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the winner is…

…Brittany (comment #32)!

Congratulations, Brittany! I will e-mail you to get your address and will send Being Sixteen your way ASAP.  Brittany has been a reader of this blog for a long time (right, Brittany?) and it’s so fun to see her win. 🙂

Thanks to everyone for entering!

Also, just because I feel like it, here are some things I like this week:

1. The Olympics. I can get sucked into any kind of human interest story. Plus, I am endlessly fascinated by the dedication the athletes show to their sport. Like when they said Apolo Ohno did four two hour workouts per day. Can you imagine? I mean, I know lots of people work eight hours a day, but work out eight hours a day? For years? My hat is off to you, Olympians.

2. The book I am reading right now. Do I dare say what it is? I’ve been accused of reading “filth” before so I’m a little gun-shy.

3. Stephens Hot Cocoa, the Belgian Dark Chocolate kind.

4. Finding the gum in the first-grader’s pocket before it goes through the wash.

5.  When my dad called to wish me a happy Valentine’s Day.  He used to give us a special treat every year on Valentine’s Day when we were kids/teenagers living at home (nothing crazy, but a sugar cookie from the bakery with our names on it, etc.).  This was especially nice during those teenage years.  Thanks, Dad.

What are some things you like this week?




+ comments (6)
  • Susan Auten
    February 16, 2010

    I so totally want to know what book you’re reading this week and I won’t accuse you of reading smut. I’m loving that my kids are back in school and that tonight is Girl’s night out. We’re going to see Valentine’s Day!



  • becca
    February 16, 2010

    I like looking forward to lunch dates with my favorite friends.



  • Samantha
    February 16, 2010

    I love dark chocolate cocoa too! I’ll have to try Stephen’s. Don’t worry about people who call certain books “filth.” Everyone’s got their hangups. I, for example, think the word “shizzle” should be banned from the English language. Don’t let that stop you giving us the blessing of a book recommendation! Fo-shizzle.



  • HeatherSmith
    February 16, 2010

    I too am wondering about the book you are reading…have I read it? Is it one of those that you read and then just aren’t brave enough to rate on you Goodreads list? 🙂

    At least your son put it in his pocket….my children have a tendency to just drop it on the floor. (Do you remember the Haunted Mansion at Lagoon?….those walls were always greasy from hands rubbing on them and colorful with gum…..so gross)

    I really, really, like that the days are getting longer. I get giddy when I am outside in daylight when, a month prior, I would have been in the inky dark!!!!



  • Heather Moore
    February 17, 2010

    I just bought the Stephen’s Belgian Dark Chocolate hot cocoa at Costco. They were on clearance–haven’t tried it yet though. I drink hot chocolate almost every day, rain or shine 🙂 Something I liked this week–bowling with my kids. My five year old beat everyone (she had bumpers up of course).



  • ally
    February 21, 2010

    Susan, I hope you had a great girls’ night out! And the book I was reading was Run, by Ann Patchett. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Samantha. That was hilarious.

    Becca! Me too!

    Heather S., I love longer days too…and I don’t even have a Goodreads account. Lame!

    Heather M., you’ll have to let me know what you think. I thought it was fantastic.




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