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Two comments already, and from people who really want to win. To blueheart, yes, I will ship to Australia, should you win. It will cost nearly as much as the book cost, but hey – it's a giveaway, right? I expected it to cost me something.

I asked Kitten With a Whiplash to share pictures when he finished a project from the book he won, and I'll say the same to whoever wins Marathoning for Mortals. I hope you'll post a link to your finish-line photo.

It sounds counterintuitive to ask you to spread the word about these giveaways. You probably want fewer entries, not more, so you'll have a better chance of winning. I understand that. But I want more readers. Readers help bloggers in so many ways. It's great to have feedback and accountability and responsibility, and blogging to a void doesn't do that quite as well as blogging to real live people.

I'm glad this giveaway is bringing folks out of the woodwork. Don't be shy! Speak up! Tell your friends!

I can't figure out a decent segue to another topic, so I'm just moving on now. Heh.

Gardeners spend a lot of time watching, checking, planning around and praying about the weather. I'm no different; I check the weather several times a day (sooooo easy to do with computers and BlackBerries and The Weather Channel, oh my). Southern West Virginia – and much of the United States – is gripped by a heat wave right now. It's already 77 degrees at 7 a.m., and the humidity is 85 percent. Making it feel like … crap. Too hot to pull weeds, too hot to plant anything, too hot to stick my nose outside for any reason whatsoever, unless it's to get into my air-conditioned car.

We've had some rain along with the heat, thank goodness, but I'm going to have to water all that creeping sedum this morning, and if the hose is out I might as well drag it down to the vegetables and give them a drink, as well.

And then I'll take a shower.

And then it'll probably rain. Heh.


I don't want to enter for the running book, but I blogged about the giveaway. I'd like to say that I'm not entering cuz I'm not greedy, having won the fabulous Viking Knitting book, but... well, I just don't run.

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Well. Well, well, well. Should this morning's scale number be divided between two weeks, or did all of it happen this past week? It's an easy number to divide, and I've been consistent for two weeks, so it should probably be split, doncha think?

That means I lost three pounds for each of the last two weeks. SIX pounds total. Excuse me, I mean
SIX!!!!!! I'm going to do everything I can to stay on track while I'm gone this week. There's little more I can promise. I'm really motivated to keep it up. The dumbbells are packed (and my luggage weighs a ton!), I'm taking a thermos of water in the car and I know where are the rest stops are between here and Nashville. I think I'll walk a bit at each of them, then walk again when I arrive at my destination. Hope to get a total of 80 minutes done by the end of the day. SIX!!!!!!

And the winner is …

Kitten with a Whiplash, who left two comments and it was the second (which had nothing to do with the contest) which won the prize. Congratulations, and since the Kitten was the only commenter who expressed any interest in actually winning it, I'm so glad the Universe took care of it. Heh.

What a weekend! But first, how was yours? I hope you did some fun stuff and got some necessary stuff done, as well. It's all about balance.

Saturday was our fun day (but we had to drive, drive, drive to get there and then drive, drive, drive home again, all in one day, boy was I tired). We went to my husband's granddaughter's first birthday party. In addition to a sweet little doll, suitable for ages 0+ (meaning it has no parts that will come loose, and do you know how difficult it is to find dolls for babies when you live in the Middle of Nowhere?), I made her this:

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