I'd planed to announce this Kindle winner last night. But then something got in the way.
A something that looks like this:
Let me explain. Last Thursday after the big rain, my daughter found an eastern box turtle in the neighborhood and promptly brought it home as a "pet." Naturally, I objected to this notion. But she was sooooo excited. I bit my tongue and figured I'd let her keep it for 24 hours. We were about to go on vacation anyway. Turtle went into a large Tupperware box in her room. And she fed it earthworms and hard-boiled egg.
Before we left on Friday she arranged for a neighborhood boy to turtle-sit for her. So when we returned home on Monday evening, so did Turtle to my slight chagrin. Yesterday morning, Alaina left for school and left the turtle-in-the-box with me. That turtle tried ALL DAY to climb out of that box. I felt so sad for it. I even talked to it in the high-pitched, cheery, animated voice I usually only talk to babies and puppies with.
When she got home from school she took Turtle out to "exercise" in the back yard. A soon as it hit the grass it ran fast as it could to get away. Uh, yeah, that doesn't work when you are a turtle. Anyway, before leaving for soccer practice, she put Turtle back in the box but left it outside. So I then put Turtle on the grass with box overhead so Turtle could enjoy the ground for a change. Ahh, dirt!
At dusk I went out to bring him in - but he was gone. He finally managed to shed the box. Alaina would be crushed. Plus, I honestly feared she'd think I purposely let him go. So hubby and I spent the evening searching the entire backyard in the dark for a runaway turtle.
You may be happy to know I finally found him. Buried under pine straw a mere 4 feet from the box.
You may be sad to know, I don't think he has moved since going back into that box. I think we broke his little turtle spirit. Or maybe he is just exhausted from yesterday's great escape. Clearly, I've got some turtle research to do. And I think Turtle needs a proper name. Let me know if you got any ideas.
On to the big announcement .... The winner of the Amazon Kindle 3 with wi-fi and a $10 Amazon gift card is:
Here are your random numbers: 114
Timestamp: 2010-10-06 00:55:15 UTC
Commenter #114 MOTIV8EDBELIEVER.
Congrats Motiv8ed ... email me your contact info so I can have your prize mailed.
As for the rest of you, if you are feeling really sad about losing out on the Kindle, give me a call and I will talk to you in my high-pitched, cheery, animated voice if it will make you feel better. And if the prospect of my "baby-talk" voice scares you, I just learned you can head over to Shari Braendel's blog today for some fashion advice and a chance to win a copy of my book It's No Secret.
I truly wish I could afford to give you each a Kindle, but I now sense some vet bills in my future.