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Friday, April 13, 2007

Help A Girl Out

Despite my best efforts, the number of comments I usually receive hovers around the 6 to 12 mark, and I want to see that number get above 20 before I sign off for my vacation. Call it ego-boosting, call it shameless self-promotion, call it whatever you want, but as a blogger I would be remiss if I didn't push the limits a bit to see what I can get out of it. I mean, besides the satisfaction of writing something every day, of course.

So I've decided to host a little self-run contest! I am going to pick a random number, and the person to be that number commenter on this post will receive a personalized gift from yours truly, sent directly to your doorstep. Or P.O. Box. Either way, you'll get something great.

And by great I mean something that will forever remind you of me.

This might be pushing it big time (and tempting fate for me to get no comments whatsoever), but if someone manages to be the 40th commenter, I will also send that person a prize. A fabulous, life-altering prize.

Here are the rules:
  • The contest begins... well, when I post this. And ends... oh, hell, I don't know. The next time I post.
  • It has to actually be a comment. It can be on any topic you like, or it can be some burning questions you have for me that I haven't already answered in the myriad of memes I've completed, but I will not accept jumbled up letters as a comment. Unless, of course, it's from Aaron, since I know that's all he's capable of.
  • You have to be willing to send me your address so that I can send you your gift. I promise not to stalk you, unless you are Matt Damon and your address is in Southie.
I so just pulled those rules from my ass. Let's just see what happens with this, ok?

In fact, I'll make it even easier for you with a couple of photos you might discuss:

And I know you have something to say about that last one.


Blogger Aaron rocks hardcore!

Apparently you think that insulting me personally will draw a comment out of me. You are mista -- oh, shit.

Actually, in all seriousness, I've been on blog-sabbatical this week. I'm sorry I've missed the fun and excitement. But boy did I pick the right day to come back because -- hello? -- that sweater.

Seriously: that sweater. We need to find you a new one. Or do you still have that one kicking around somewhere?

8:22 AM

Blogger Aaron rocks hardcore!

And what the hell do I get for being first, eh? I demand recognition in the form of a prize.

8:23 AM

Blogger Noelle rocks hardcore!

I noticed aaron has commented twice. Does that count as two comments? It does in my blog, I love driving up my numbers. Any day above 10 is a good one for me. I have nothing to say about that school photo that I would feel comfortable saying.

Does the prize go to the 40th comment, or the 40th commenter? I may just post 37 additional comments, because I love to be a winner!

9:32 AM

Blogger NancyPearlWannabe rocks hardcore!

40th comment! (But I won't include my own.)

Aaron- I thought you'd go for the hair over the sweater, but it's true. I loved that knitted lion sweater. And I only wish my mother kept it somewhere.

9:39 AM

Blogger Kelli rocks hardcore!

Oooh, I want a prize! I want a prize! Pick me!
You're totally giving away a bottle of "Looking for Alaska wine" aren't you? That's quality stuff or so I hear...

So, let's see. 1st I'll address the fact that I'm sorry you're taking a blogging vacation but I hope it's a good week off!
2nd, I think we need to have a "find Matt Damon mission" in my neighborhood. It'll be like Where's Waldo but better..and we will make sure it involves beer.

And yes, I can't leave without saying that the last photo? HOT. Love the hair! Love the Lion! AND love the background star wars light show theme...

So, about that prize...

9:56 AM

Blogger NancyPearlWannabe rocks hardcore!

Kell- I especially love that I cut my own bangs for my school picture. Awwwwwesome! And the lazer beams? Yeah, I was totally jealous that my sister had them the year before so I wore my pinkest sweater to match.

I think I may just count my comments towards the 40, after all!

10:04 AM

Anonymous Anonymous rocks hardcore!

Who is that Harry Potter look-a-like? He is most handsome little boy I eva saw....and that school pix is the best....laser background and all...your bangs needed trimming???????

Aaron should not be commenting after the "Give me back my Mullet" episode recently....did I win?

10:06 AM

Blogger stefanie rocks hardcore!

Per the first photo, my question is how you feel about fruit-and-chocolate combos. As a general rule, I am opposed. I do make exceptions for chocolate-covered strawberries, however.

40 comments! You're ambitious. But I have faith that you can do it. :-) (I think 25 or so is about my all-time max. Maybe I hit 30 just once or twice. But that is rare.)

10:51 AM

Blogger L Sass rocks hardcore!

I'm happy to boost egos, especially since you dropped by blog today! :)

Also, the girl in the last photo totally needs some ego boosting (don't we all around that age?)

10:53 AM

Blogger NancyPearlWannabe rocks hardcore!

Anon- I like your use of the word "eva". Very New English.

Stefanie- I actually enjoy most fruit and chocolate combos. Although when presented with an either/or situation, I tend to go with the chocolate. Also of note: Chris did the white chocolate. I am anti-white chocolate.

10:55 AM

Anonymous repressed librarian rocks hardcore!

Hi, NPW. I'm all about helping people reach their goals, so I'll comment.

I'm totally with you on the white chocolate--that stuff's not chocolate, it's garbage made from the by-products of making *actual* chocolate!

11:59 AM

Blogger Rafe Totengco rocks hardcore!

I happen to like the sweater. Paul & Joe does these cashmere sweaters with naive childlike motiffs and they always sell out. But that's just me.

12:01 PM

Blogger NancyPearlWannabe rocks hardcore!

Isass- So true, so true. I still can't get over the bangs!

RL- Yeah, it tastes terrible to me. I say, the darker the better!

Rafe- I can assure you that wasn't cashmere, probably dollar bin yarn from Jo Ann Fabrics. But the lion is pretty cute.

No winners yet! I wasn't actually aiming for 40, I had a secret number in my mind, but we haven't reached it yet.

12:59 PM

Anonymous liberace rocks hardcore!

I have always thought that this is the most wicked-pissa-excellent blog ever.

And I am not just saying this because I want to win.

1:15 PM

Anonymous Anonymous rocks hardcore!

I've checked back to read the comments and I believe there are some brown noses out there?????

Although...that sweater was sweet like the girl wearing it, even with those terrible bangs....

1:31 PM

Blogger Ween rocks hardcore!

Oh jeebus. I had that background for my 6th grade picture...and I had a black and white striped shirt on.

I totally looked like a convict.

I wish I had a copy of it to share, but alas, it's on the East Coast. Where I'm going to get my family to burn it.

I need to lie down now.

1:48 PM

Blogger stefanie rocks hardcore!

White chocolate = BAD

(very, very bad)

Except in latte form.

1:59 PM

Blogger moogan rocks hardcore!

thanks for the kind blog words you posted. The contest is an awesome idea. best of luck to all who enter.

2:31 PM

Blogger NancyPearlWannabe rocks hardcore!

Lib- Why, thank you! I try to keep it real. If by real, you mean delusional.

Anon- I enjoy the kiss-assery, but we haven't reached the secret magic number yet! We're getting very close, though...

W- I hope that Pink Floyd was playing in the background when I chose those lasers. Otherwise, they're pretty unexcusable. Even for a middle schooler in the eighties.

Stef- I'm very hesitant to try it even in latte form, that's how strong my dislike is. Chris kept trying to make me taste the ganache as he made it, I kept pushing it away.

Moogan- I think I'll be making a few etsy stops this Spring Break. All that extra unspent plane money is burning a hole in my pocket! :)

2:46 PM

Anonymous liberace rocks hardcore!

Critic: You are just saying nice things so you can win.

Brown Noser: It isn't sucking up if it is sincere. By the way, your hair looks fabulous today!

Critic: Oh thanks, I used a different brush and, I, uh...quit it!

3:01 PM

Anonymous repressed librarian rocks hardcore!

Oh, and this is really a response to your last post, but be glad you're not visiting Chicagoland next week--it's not pretty here!

3:34 PM

Blogger moogan rocks hardcore!

I'll be standing by with a bucket of water to extinguish your flames

4:03 PM

Blogger Ween rocks hardcore!

I have to believe that I chose that background just for the novelty of it. If I remember right, it was only offered that one year.

What I do know is that it was far worse than the forest scene I picked the next year - with my home perm.

This is getting painful.

6:35 PM

Anonymous alyndabear rocks hardcore!

Okay, I don't even know if I should bother commenting now with all your other stalkers! Stealin' my job. :P

I'm a sucker for parcels, so of course I'm still here. Squee. Comments are love. ♥

9:26 PM

Blogger stefanie rocks hardcore!

You are up to 24. Whoo. :-) Also, that kid with the glasses cracks me up every time.

11:17 PM

Blogger B. Franklin Jackson rocks hardcore!


Wow, how did you survive those laser beams? Did Katherine Zeta Jones teach you some kind of strange dance to not touch them? Or was it dumb luck?

6:05 AM

Blogger NancyPearlWannabe rocks hardcore!

Lib- ha! My hair actually does look fabulous today, actually. Well, as fabulous as 80's metal hair can look.

RL- I heard Denver's not looking pretty either. Boo.

Moogan- thanks. I love when etsy artists got my back. :)

W- We definitely had it offered throughout my middle school years. Actually, looking at it now... well, would it be weird to paint laser stripes on my bedroom walls?

Aly- A blog is only as good as it's stalkers. And you're one of the best! :)

Stefanie- I'm getting there! And the kid in the glasses is my godson. When I put those glasses on him I kept saying "Phooooone hooooome..."

BFJ- must have been dumb luck. I mean, look at my grin. Either I was one cool customer, or I was completely oblivious to the extreme danger I was in.

7:51 AM

Anonymous Anonymous rocks hardcore!


all i have to say is that borat is the dumbest movie ever. i couldn't even get past the first 30 minutes.

- kir

1:38 PM

Anonymous megan rocks hardcore!

those glasses on the kid...nooooo...too scary!

i think i like the sweater, but only when taken in combo with the hair and the backdrop lasers.

(that was 5th grade? right? i think i had lasers in my 5th grade photo too) we are SO cool.

6:04 PM

Blogger Tori rocks hardcore!

Oh yes, we all have that infamous photp of the laser beams shooting through our heads. I am sure you are still processing what happened to you prior to the shot when they yanked that little black comb through your hair. This photo explains why I diligently did my best to skip picture day in high school.

6:30 PM

Anonymous alyndabear rocks hardcore!

I hope this is comment #31 because it is, a FABULOUS number indeed. :)

11:07 PM

Anonymous Anonymous rocks hardcore!

The picture of your wonderfully minimalist living room reminded me of the mysterious crumbs I produced after eating the great snacks you provided at the 007 book club. Sorry! I've been wanting to comment on a variety of entertaining posts but have been timid. Now that there is a contest involved I thought why not!
ps. is white chocolate even really chocolate? There's no cocoa


10:46 AM

Anonymous liberace rocks hardcore!

I've tried humor and kiss-assery
All is fair, although some disagree
I will try one more time
By sending this rhyme
For a prize from NP Wannabe...

3:03 PM

Anonymous alyndabear rocks hardcore!

What, so we aren't getting an update until you hit your magic number? :P MEAN!

1:49 AM

Blogger Aaron rocks hardcore!

Are you counting your comments towards the 40 or not? 'Cause I might just keep commenting until I hit 40.

Alternately, you should just send me the Awesome Prize, because I'm all gloomy and Eeyore-ish.

6:04 AM

Blogger Aaron rocks hardcore!

(PS - If it sweetens the deal, I'll send you one of those sweet, sweet cell phone note cards. I know you've been secretly hoping to receive one.)

6:05 AM

Blogger stilettoheights rocks hardcore!

I am scared of that baby and the glasses.

7:42 AM

Blogger stilettoheights rocks hardcore!

I will do anything for a prize...well not quite anything...oh and if you get matt Damon's address share it with me please...I will only stalk him to get Bradgelina's address, I am sure he has it.

7:43 AM

Blogger NancyPearlWannabe rocks hardcore!

Kir- maybe you just had to see it in the theatre, before everyone gave away the good bits.


Megan- Very astute! It was fifth grade. I think the lion/laser combo really asserted the fact that I am tough. That's also why I hid my eyes behind my bad ass bangs.

Tori- I would have probably smacked someone's wrist away if they tried to pull that black comb through my hair. Like I said- bad ass.

Aly- It was 31! A lovely number.

Beth- No worries about the crumbs: that's the beauty of Ikea furniture. You use it once and throw it away. Ha! I love that you commented though. :)

Lib- Wow, poems! And so close to the number 40 winner... what to do, what to do?

Aly- We've hit the magic number, lovey, I'm just keeping you all in suspense until my next post. Which may come this afternoon... because we're dangerously close to the 40 mark and then I'll have to send out TWO prizes!

Ace- You're almost there! And anyway, what do you have to be Eeyore-ish about on a rainy Monday morning? (But I do kind of want one of those postcards...)

7:49 AM

Blogger Aaron rocks hardcore!

Dude, you're on vaca! Go back to bed!

#40, baby!!

8:07 AM

Blogger NancyPearlWannabe rocks hardcore!

Wow, Ace pulling it out with the #40 comment. Good on ya!

I will be posting winner updates later on today. Till then, feel free to continue making my day by commenting on the 40 comments. :)

Oh, and as for why I'm awake? My vacation M.O. is to wake up around 9, go to the gym, putter around, take a nap, watch some movies, lament the poor weather, read, play on the computer, nap again, make dinner for me and Chris.

There, now you have my complete vacation schedule.

8:57 AM

Anonymous Anonymous rocks hardcore!

This has been interesting..but I had to add the last 2 cents in hopes that I am the rightful winner....and remember where you get your funny, smart personality and those beautiful blue eyes.

9:47 AM

Blogger beatricebomb rocks hardcore!

National Library Week
April 15-21, 2007

National Library Week is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries, librarians and library workers and to promote library use and support.

NPW - i salute you!

9:47 AM

Blogger NancyPearlWannabe rocks hardcore!

Anonymous Mother: You will always be a winner in my eyes- you created me and gave me the only blue eyes in the family. And I wouldn't be nearly as funny (or smart) if I didn't have to deal with said family all my life! ha!

bbomb: why, thank you! To celebrate National Library Week the school decided to give me the week off. And then they figured they'd give themselves the week, too. Hell, why not?

11:36 AM

Blogger Ween rocks hardcore!

Hey! I have the only blue eyes in my family too! Also: I found this t-shirt in American Libraries last night and had to immediately purchase it:

12:08 PM

Blogger beatricebomb rocks hardcore!

bbomb: why, thank you! To celebrate National Library Week the school decided to give me the week off. And then they figured they'd give themselves the week, too. Hell, why not?

you and i both know that school couldn't run without it's most gracious and hilarious librarious - i mean librarian

4:07 PM

Blogger NancyPearlWannabe rocks hardcore!

W- Congrats! Oh, and I'm so buying that t-shirt for Chris. Ha!

bbomb- I am kind of the glue that holds that school together. I mean really, there'd be no photocopying without me, and how would children learn if not for worksheets?

4:51 PM


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