Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Blogger op: Dinner's on me!

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Dinner's on Me!

$300 worth of Restaurant Gift Cards Giveaway

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Diamond Fire giveaway

Another Kindle Fire giveaway! I love being part of these because I enjoy using my Kindle Fire every day. Good luck everyone!

Bay Area Mommy

Bay Area Mommy is celebrating her 1st blog anniversary with a giveaway for a Kindle Fire (or $200 Amazon gift card) and 2 Diamond Candles. The Kindle Fire giveaway is open worldwide but the 2 Diamond Candles giveaway is restricted to the US only since they don't ship outside the US. Giveaway will run from July 25, 12:01am EDT to August 15, 11:59pm EDT. Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclaimer: This blog is not responsible for prize shipment.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

$200 Amazon Blast giveaway

A brand new giveaway is now open for all our valued readers! Get a chance to win $200 Amazon Gift Card. Only one lucky winner will be chosen on August 15, 2012. 

You can choose to use the gift card in so many ways. I have a Kindle Fire and download a lot of free books, but there are a lot of books I want but can't afford right now. You can buy actual books, as well. They sell software and games for computers and game systems, as well as computers and game systems to use the software on.

 One of my favorite kitchen tools is the Wilton Silicone Spoon Scraper. It's supposed to be used for scraping the batter out of the bowl when you bake, but I use it for stirring things when I cook. I use it all the time. And it's available on Amazon.com, along with a million other things you could choose from if you win.

This giveaway is open worldwide. There are daily entries so keep on visiting this post to earn the bonuses for more chances of winning. Good luck.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A moving story: Part 8

Well, here we are. Or some of us, anyway.

The bishop made arrangements for people to help us move the last of the stuff from the house, plus the mattresses he had in his commercial building, to the apartment. They were to be at the house at 9 a.m.

Cayla had an appointment at 9:30, so we rushed out there, stayed for a few minutes and then went to her appointment. After the appointment, we went to the apartment, where the stuff from the house had been unloaded. We were leaving to go to the library to drop off my overdue (they had been packed!) library books when here come the helpers again. They had gone to the bishop's commercial building and brought our stuff. So Cayla and I stayed to help bring stuff in.

I made a pizza for the missionaries, but it didn't turn out right and I couldn't figure it out. (Amanda realized later that night that the Pizzazz Plus was set on top only, not dual. Duh!

I went to the library, dropped off the books and picked out three DVD sets ("Chuck," "Downtown Abbey" and "Doctor Who" Season 6 part 1), then took Cayla to my niece's place.

I came back to the apartment and took a nap for 40 minutes, grabbed my stuff for a shower and to change into, plus lunch, and went to Mom's for my shower, as the apartment shower couldn't work (it's working now).

Then I went to work.

After work, I went home, where Amanda had started a pizza. We cooked it longer than usual, but the bottom didn't cook. Amanda figured out the problem and I set it for bottom only for a few minutes, then we ate it anyway.

I slept in Cayla's bed, as she was still at Jessica's and I don't have a bed yet. (I decided not to bring the double bed from the house, so I can get a twin.)

This morning, Amanda informed me that I snore. A lot.

I'll be sleeping in my own room tonight ...

And I need to say - I could not have done this by myself. Cayla helped a lot, although when she thought she was done, I didn't think she was done. But we had help from outside our family and I am truly grateful for that. I can move boxes, even some heavy ones, although I pay for it later with pain and stiffness. But the furniture would have been impossible.

I still have stuff in storage, but it's all stuff that Cayla and I put there. The storage agreement calls for a 30-day notice before giving up the space, so since the rent is due this week, I will have to pay another month anyway. I'll work on getting the stuff that is in the apartment put in place properly, as much as possible (I need more bookcases!) before bringing more stuff here.

And the "some of us" part from the first paragraph? Cayla was supposed to leave this morning (5:30 a.m.!) for youth conference in another part of the state. I haven't checked to make sure that she made it, but since I didn't get a phone call at 5 a.m., I'm guessing that she did.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

A moving story: Part 7

How long and drawn-out is this story? Well, it's not over yet ...

But at 4 p.m. today, we sign the lease on the new apartment. Yay!

Then comes the moving-in part, and I'm still not done with the house we're in. So lots of work left to do.

I'm trying to move up the date for taking the cats to the shelter in Des Moines to tomorrow instead of Saturday, so maybe if people can help on Saturday, we can move in then. Otherwise, I'll work on the house Friday morning and take the cats on Saturday and we'll move in next week whenever we can get helpers.

Part of my stuff is in a rented storage space, part is in storage in a commercial building owned by someone at church and there's still stuff at the house.

Also, all this moving stuff has gotten me inspired to make a move with this blog that I have wanted to do for some time.

I'm going to encourage people to go to one of my other blogs: A Wiser Steward. I haven't been actively updating that one, but it's time. This blog started as my personal blog, a place where I can update friends and family, and rant and rave if I want.

A Wiser Steward is about making changes in my life, in different areas. I hope that these changes inspire other people to make changes in their lives, as well. I will start posting over there and start having giveaways over there, as well.

You are all welcome to continue to come to Carol's Random Babble, where I occasionally have witty or amusing things to say. Maybe you read this and think "at least my life isn't that bad." Or maybe you don't actually read this blog, but just follow on Facebook for the giveaways.

Whatever the reason, this blog will continue to be public, but my public focus will shift to A Wiser Steward.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

iPad giveaway

It's another exciting giveaway! This time one lucky winner will receive a third generation 16 GB iPad.

I would love one of these - I do have a Kindle Fire, but, while I am really happy with my Fire, an iPad would probably blow it away.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

A moving story: Part 6

I had another title for this but it fell out of my head ...

Stressful couple of days - I put a deposit on an apartment yesterday but I won't know until sometime today if we get the apartment. Most of our stuff is moved out into two different storage places - one of which I have no control over ...

And I had to call the Animal Rescue League of Iowa in Des Moines - my sister will drive me there on Saturday (my next available day that they are open) to relinquish our girl kitties. I am crying.

Amanda and I are sleeping here one last night, then we'll spend a few days at my mom's if we don't get the apartment I put the deposit on. We are allowed 10 days there per person per year.

(Later) I suddenly realized that I had to get something mailed out today by 1 p.m., so I rushed into town to take care of it. I'm not crying now, but I imagine I will again. This whole situation is a bucket of stress and I'm carrying a measuring cup.

I keep praying that the way will be smoothed for us to go where the Lord wants us to go, and that we'll know the right path. Some things seem like the way is being smoothed, but others seem like people are throwing thorns on the ground ...

(Later) I called the property management agency and they agreed to accept us for that apartment. I set up an appointment to sign the lease next Tuesday, but I'm going to call on Thursday to move that up. The sooner we can start moving our stuff in, the better. Yay!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Apple iPod Touch giveaway

I love being able to bring you all giveaways. It's like being Santa all year round.

Diva Fabulosa and Beauty and Fashion Diva are hosting a very FAB giveaway! One lucky winner will receive an Apple iPod Touch!

This giveaway was made possible by the following fabulous sites:

  • Prize: Apple iPod Touch or $200 Paypal Cash
  • Giveaway will start July 1 at 12:01 am EST – August 1 at 11: 59AM EST
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