Saturday, April 12, 2008

Giveaway Winners and Meme Fun

I actually got to sleep in this morning, can you believe it? No mewing cat and no nose pushes from my dog. I was able to wake up after the sun had already come up. What a nice way to start a Saturday. According to the forecast, it is supposed to get up to 95F (35C) today. It is already very pleasant out, and the neighborhood children are out and about earlier than usual. But you are not here to read about my weather, are you? You want to know who the winners are! I really cannot blame you. I want to know too.

For this and the last giveaway I held, I gave each of the entrants a number (in the order you commented) and then let do all the work for me. The winners of this week's book giveaways are

The Remedy by Michelle Lovric is going to Kay of My Random Acts of Reading!


Laura of Reading Reflections is the lucky winner of Tending Roses by Lisa Wingate!

I hope you both enjoy the books! Please e-mail me with your mailing addresses and I will get those in the mail to you as soon as I can.

Thank to everyone who participated! The downside of a giveaway like this is that not everyone comes out a winner. I wish I had enough books to give each of you. Come back on Monday to try your luck again with two more books that are looking to find new homes.

Alice tagged me for the Decades Meme. I considered doing it again, but not enough has changed since October to make it worthwhile. You can find my journey down memory lane here.

Dancin' Fool tagged me for the CD CV meme, which evidently was originally taken from Mark Radcliff at Radio 2. This was actually a very difficult meme for me to do because as much as I love listening to music, my tastes change frequently. I am afraid my answers are not very specific in most cases.

1. The first record you ever bought? The first record I ever owned all my very own was a Strawberry Shortcake album, featuring the Peculiar Purple Pie Man of Porcupine Peak. It was a birthday gift, and I used to love listening to it and singing along. I didn't buy it myself though. It was a gift from my parents. I could not tell you what the first record I bought with my own money was. Maybe the first Whitney Houston album? I really can't say for sure.

2. The song that led to your first pop star crush? Russians by Sting. (I never have had an actual crush on a pop star, but I suppose this comes the closest).

3. The song that reminds you of your first true love? Just about any love song really! I once made a radio dedication of You're the Inspiration by Chicago to my husband-then-boyfriend. Our wedding song, however, was Bryan Adam's Everything I Do, a song that still makes me melt.

4. A song that's guaranteed to make you dance? Me dance? Not in public, anyway! Any song with a good beat will get my toe tapping.

5. Your favorite holiday track? My favorite type of holiday music is Christmas music, but that is about as specific as I can get. My favorite song changes each season, sometimes by the month or day.

6. The song you'd most like to sing on stage? A Little Fall of Rain from Les Miserables.

7. The most embarrassing record you ever bought?
I can't think of one. I am not easily embarrassed by my music choices. I already know I am a bit odd.

8. The best guitar riff ever? I am especially fond of the sound of the acoustic guitar being played; how could I choose just one? My husband says his favorite guitar riff is the bass riff at the beginning of Jet City Woman.

9. The one song you wish you'd written? All of the beautiful ones.

10. What is your favorite radio station, and/ or DJ? I'm a radio channel flipper. I go from radio station to radio station depending on what is playing. I have no favorite radio station. And sad to say, I don't really pay much attention to the DJ.


  1. Wendy, thanks so much for randomly picking my number. I'm excited. I'll send off the address now.

  2. Congrats to the winners!

    That's great that you got to sleep a little longer for a change. My cats and dogs have been particularly devilish lately, so I haven't had a good night's sleep in a few days.

  3. Liked the answers to your meme lol! I never owned the Strawberry Shortcake album until recently but it is cute!

  4. Yikes! 95F, I thought it was bad here -- we are about 85F today. Enjoyed your meme. I still love Chicago and Bryan Adams.

  5. Thank you for the book--it feels like Christmas or my birthday! I thought Texas was warm, but 95 in April--wow!

  6. Congrats to the winners!
    I can't remember the first album I bought either; and like you I'm a radio channel flipper. ;)

    Have a great weekend.

  7. That CD meme would be a tough one for me too. I can't even remember the first record I ever bought, and there's not enough to distinguish most radio stations from each other these days.

    I love the lyrics to "Russians." Even though they're very specific to a time and place, I think the message is still applicable to current situations:

    "We share the same biology
    Regardless of ideology
    Believe me when I say to you
    I hope the Russians love their children too"

  8. Kay - Congratulations again on winning. I hope you enjoy the book. :-)

    Nymeth - I doubt I will be so lucky tomorrow morning, but that's okay. It's best not to have a spoiled human. ;-) I do hope your animals let you get a good night sleep soon though. It's one thing to be awakened early and another to not get a good night's sleep.

    Jen - Thanks! I think I still have that record album too . . . I used to love Strawberry Shortcake and all her friends.

    Susan L - When I drove by the bank today the temperature was 93. A little too hot for this time of year, but I am glad it's warming up some. I really like Chicago and Bryan Adams too.

    Laura - It's a lucky day for Texans! I thought it was neat coincidence that both you and Kay are from Texas. :-) Congratulations again on winning!

    Melody - I wish I could remember the first album I bought. I have a bad memory when it comes to stuff like that. Another radio channel flipper! I really hate sitting through commercials.

    Florinda - I think you're right about the radio stations not being all that distinguishable.

    I can still remember the first time I heard Russians. It really moved me at the time. Substitute a word here and there and it is still very applicable today, I agree.

  9. Congratulations to both the winners!

    BTW, Wendy, I have an award waiting for you... :D

  10. Congrats to the winners!

    Brian Adam's Everything I Do is a great song and brings back so many memories. Isn't it wonderous how a song can just transport a person to a different time and place?!

  11. April - And they so often do for me! It's also interesting how much I like songs today from my past that I couldn't stand back when they first came out years and years ago . . . I think part of it has to do with the memories they invoke.


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