The election, my birthday, links, and nine winners

November 7, 2008 Categories: All About Me , Books , Contests , Politics | 11 Comments  

I don’t have many links to share this week – I’ve been too busy to do much surfing. I will say that we watched the election returns and speeches on Tuesday night. The kids and I watched Schoolhouse Rock, particularly the song “I’m Going to Send Your Vote to College” and talked about how the electoral college works. We tracked the votes on our map, with red and blue stickers. Since we live on the West, they were able to stay up long enough to see almost all of president-elect Obama’s speech, but Noah was nodding off toward the end.

I cried often, with true amazement that our country has elected a black president. Only fifty or so years ago, Barack Obama would have not been allowed in certain restaurants, would have had to sit at the back of the bus, would have gone to a segregated school. But this is 2008, and he is our new president. Noah wondered why I was crying: “Why are you sad? You voted for him, didn’t you?” I tried to explain, but I’m not sure if he understood.

I thought I had done a good job of explaining how the election works, until Josiah (6yo) said, “So, Mom, which state is Obama president of?” :)

Today is my birthday – and I am 36! I’m now closer to 40 than to 30 – how did that happen? Kevin and I are going out to dinner tonight, and then heading to Barnes & Noble to do some browsing. I’m not expecting to buy a whole lot, since my to-read stacks are already embarrassing, but I do have a 15% coupon burning a hole in my purse. And with my 10% member’s discount…

Sunday night, my parents will come up for dinner and cake. My dad is making a red velvet cake – and I can’t wait, because I haven’t eaten any sugar since Labor Day. That cake is going to taste soooooooo good.

~ I’m have a Books on Screen post about The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen at 5 Minutes for Books.

At Books and Movies:

~ A review of A Monstrous Regiment of Women by Laurie R. King.

~ A book meme.

I can’t believe I did this, but I completely forgot about my 100,000th Visitor Giveaway! I think it was all the election fervor.

So, with no further ado, here are the winners, thanks to

…Yan, who wins The Complete Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Movie Tie-In Edition

…Michelle at Scribbit, who wins Stealing Athena

…Erin at If You Give a Mom a Moment, who wins How to Be Good

…Joy at Thoughts of Joy, who wins The Bookman’s Promise

…Rebecca C. at Mommyhood is Thankless, who wins Ain’t No River

…Lauren at Mama’s Books, who wins Passion on the Vine

…Chrissy at Chrissy Blogs, who wins Presumed Guilty

…Katy at Fallible, who wins The Radiation Sonnets


…Lisa at This Little Piggy, who wins Elsie Dinsmore!

Congratulations to the winners – I will be contacting you soon for your mailing info.


  1. Carrie

    Happy Birthday Dear!!!!

  2. Joy

    First – Happy Birthday, Carrie! I hope your day is very special! :)

    Second – Woo Hoo! I won The Bookman’s Promise! Thank you so much. I’ll send my address to you asap.

  3. Erin

    Happy birthday to you! I have never had red velvet cake before. Enjoy an extra bite for me.

    And thank you for the book! I am really excited (my birthday is next week, so this is just the beginning of my birthday festivities).

  4. Meg

    Happy Birthday!

    I was teary-eyed as well and seeing the scenes from Atlanta and Jesse Jackson crying, only made it worse.

  5. Ron

    Happy Birthday!

  6. Blakely

    Happy Birthday!

  7. Sarah at themommylogues

    Happy Birthday! Sounds like a nice date night!

  8. Kev

    Happy Birthday!

  9. carrie

    Thanks for all the birthday wishes, everyone!

  10. This Little Piggy

    Happiest of birthday wishes to you! :o )

    I won! I won! Woot!

    Pst… Obama isn’t black. ;o)

  11. Amy @ Hope Is the Word

    Hi Carrie! Thanks for linking to my Read Aloud Thursday carnival. I couldn’t find a place to leave a comment at your actual list, so I’m leaving it here and hoping you’ll see it.

    One day I’ll figure out how to make Mr. Linky work correctly. Thanks again for linking!