Well, we rolled in to Los Alamos, NM at about 8:30 p.m. last night.
We drove all day and made it before the sun went down.
It was so surreal to see sunlight after 8 p.m. Things just don’t happen like that in Tejas.
The trip flew by so quickly — I attribute it to the audio book we listed to: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. One of my all-time favorite books. My mom had never read it, so we were both entralled.
As we approached Los Alamos, we noticed the sky had turned a dark color.
On one side of the car, the sky was dark and foreboding.
On the other, it looked like this:
Can you see the rainbow just barely peeking out at the bottom right?
That wall of smoke is from nearby wildfires that are raging in the mountains.
Yeah. They’re 0 percent contained.
But, they’re heading the other way, or so I’m told.
Isn’t the smoke scary?
But the rainbow brightens it up a bit.
Check back throughout the week for details of our fun adventures while here.
No, not like the ugly step-sister of the A-Team (that would be scary).
We were the Computer Team, coached by Mista Williams in Computer Science and Computer Applications U.I.L.
I was on the Apps team.
And the peeps in that pic above were my co-horts. That’s us having our congratulatory dinner.
We were good.
Can you tell which one is me? Betcha can’t…
There I am!
Essentially, I competed against other students in my knowledge of how to use Microsoft Excel and Word. We had a test where we had to cac-a-late (as Mista Williams would always say) some data and formulas, then do a Mail Merge with that data into a Word document, that we’d have to type.
The test was timed.
It was a lot of fun, and I was actually good at it.
So, when I recently decided to host my *signed* book giveaway, I knew my computer skillz would be put to the test.
I thought I’d show you all how I came to determine the winner in the contest.
Remember that form you all filled out?
Google Docs compiled it into a super-awesome spreadsheet for me.
I’d show it to you, but I’d have to kill you.
I took the number of entries for each person, and listed them out. Each person’s name was listed once for each entry he or she received:
But that list had every person’s entries in sequential order.
I didn’t think that was random enough.
So, I mixed it up:
This was totally random. I used the Random Between function in excel to add a random number next to each name. Then, I sorted the names by that number. And deleted the numbers to make it look good.
In all, there were 172 entries.
Then, I used Random.org to generate a random number:
Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.
As for me, I did *not* shout “Hallelujah!” the minute it hit 3 p.m. Friday. Not me. I would *never* relish the thought of summer vacation that much.
And I did *not* convince my husband that I needed *two more* books on Saturday, as a “reward” for passing 100 followers on the blog. Not me. I know that I have waaaaay too many books that I haven’t read yet, and I would never add to that list willingly.
I did *not* wait until Sunday morning to pack for our trip to New Mexico. Not me. I’m way more organized than that.
So how about you? What did you *not* do this week?
Arena is the wife of a Nerd and mom of a toddler who loves his Star Wars blankie a little too much. She shares parenting adventures, yummy recipes, and great photography on this Dallas mom blog. firstname.lastname@example.org
Jet is the mom of three kids under the age of four. When she's not wrestling kiddos, she enjoys coaching middle school cross country with her husband. She lives in New Mexico and writes about fashion and style. email@example.com