Friday, August 30, 2013

Ultimate Life Prize Pack

PinkMama’s Place and Carol's Random Babble are hosting "The Ultimate Life" Prize Pack.

Ultimate Life

Between the pressure of running a foundation started by his late grandfather, being sued by his greedy extended family, and seeing his beloved Alexia leave on an extended mission trip to Haiti, Jason Stevens' world is unraveling. But when Jason discovers a journal that his grandfather began as a Depression-era lad, his writings transport Jason on an incredible rags-to-riches ride. With everything he loves hanging in the balance, Jason hopes he can discover "THE ULTIMATE LIFE".



Opening in theaters September 6, "THE ULTIMATE LIFE" (the sequel to "The Ultimate Gift") reminds us some things are worth more than money! With "The Ultimate Life" Blog App, take the quiz to find out if YOU are Living Life to the Fullest! Read six great ways to start living the ultimate life NOW, as written by Jim Stovall, author of "The Ultimate Life" book. And watch the official trailer for this inspiring movie!



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Carol's Random Babble Quiz Results:

CONGRATULATIONS! You know how to LIVE to the fullest! You know that LIVING life is not about possessions but people.

PinkMama's Readers~ Official Ultimate Life Prize Pack to award one lucky reader!

The prize pack contains:
• DVD of "The Ultimate Gift"
• "The Ultimate Gift" book by Jim Stovall
• "The Ultimate Gift" charm bracelet
• "The Ultimate Life" leather-bound journal

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Blogger op: "Ultimate Life" prize giveaway

BLOGGERS: Pink Mama's Place is hosting a giveaway and there's still time to get in for a free link.

Calling all BLOGGERS- would you like a FREE Link on the “Ultimate Life” Prize Giveaway - starting tomorrow?  All she asks if you please share on your blog (not required but you can) and your social media outlets.


Official Ultimate Life Prize Pack:
The prize pack contains:
• DVD of The Ultimate Gift
• The Ultimate Gift book by Jim Stovall
• The Ultimate Gift charm bracelet
• The Ultimate Life leather-bound journal

Please fill out form here.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Blogger op: It's Halloween

Bloggers: Here's an opportunity to be involved in a giveaway. These are great for increasing your readership.


It’s Halloween Event

Organized by: Mom Powered Media


Grand Prize: $500 K-Mart Gift Card
Event dates: 10/14 - 10/28
Open to US
Referral prize: $50 Amazon E-Code or Paypal Cash

Bloggers: Sign Up HERE


Please say that Carol's Random Babble referred you.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Tired and crabby

When people ask me, "how are you?" I usually say "tired" because it's almost always true.

Don't get started talking about how it's probably depression because you're probably right but there's not a whole lot I can do about it right now.

So, between 11 a.m. Tuesday and midnight Wednesday, I had about 3 hours of sleep. Not consecutive, either.

I had insomnia, then after getting up for a bit to go on the computer, when I laid back down, I couldn't breathe very well. That problem is actually the reason I sleep with a body pillow crossways on my bed, around my rib area. It seems to help, although the pillow is getting pretty flat.

But I had to get up at 6 a.m. so Cayla could get up at 6:30 to be at the Civitan meeting at 7 to report on the youth leadership conference she attended that the local Civitans sponsored.

Only, when we got there (across town), she discovered that they want her to come next week. It was a scheduling error on the part of her advisor. So I get to do that over again next week - hopefully without the insomnia.

Then I had to go spend 5 hours at the library as a volunteer for the Webster County Genealogical Society. Which isn't a bad gig, but it helps to be well-rested.

Then back home, where I stayed awake to take Cayla to band camp, waited for her to be done (had my Kindle Fire with me) and then took her to church.

I had asked Cayla to do a load of laundry for me. She couldn't do it before band camp and church because the one working washer was occupied. So after church, she started it. She did get it in the dryer (after I reminded her) but said she was going to bed and I should wake her up when it was time to check the dryer.

Which meant that I finished it myself. I didn't dry the load a second time because it was close to dry and it was late at night (can't disturb the neighbors with laundry sounds, right?).

Cayla brought home a sheet for me to sign with dates of home football games. They want all the band parents to volunteer at least once for working concessions. Every one of those games is on a Friday night. The one person who could take my place working on a Friday night goes on maternity leave today or tomorrow. The other options are Saturday band contests, which I suppose I could do a couple of hours, but would have to go home and rest/sleep before going to work. And I don't want to think about how much pain I'll be in with my feet and knees after being on my feet for even a couple of hours.

The rolling garbage bin for our building hasn't been emptied since Aug. 5. It's always been emptied on Mondays since I moved in, 13 months ago (except for holidays). Apparently now the pickup date is Thursdays. Only here it is Thursday and it hasn't been picked up yet. (Update: The garbage was still there when I got home around 11 p.m., so it is officially - as opposed to actuallly - late.)

Does this seem right to you?

I originally posted this in a hurry and didn't notice that I posted to the wrong blog. So this is late to Carol's Random Babble and I'll have to delete it from the other one, which is where I plan to post writing stuff, not my usual complaining. (I wondered why this didn't show up on the Facebook page. Now I know.)

So here I am. There are a couple more things going on but it's family stuff and I don't want people getting all snippy with me for airing our communal dirty laundry. Suffice it to say I'm not just tired - I'm tired and crabby.

I have my reasons.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Winning and losing

Yesterday, my father-in-law was in town.

My situation is kind of confusing. I've been separated since October 2008, but not divorced. No plans to get back together - ever. Much happier this way.

But it makes talking about the man I married confusing. He's not actually my ex-husband, since we're still married. And I do and don't consider myself married. I don't in the sense that I don't have a "married" emotional attachment to him any more. But I do in the eyes of the law and am not free to consider dating or anything of that nature.

But back to the father-in-law visit.

He lives in another state, but comes back to Iowa from time to time. He came up to visit Kent (my future ex-husband - see how awkward that is?) and took the girls and me out to lunch, as well.

During lunch conversation. I asked him if he ever considered writing his life story. I think he confused my intent with family history, or genealogy. (And I'm interested in that, too.) He didn't think he has anything interesting to share.

So I asked him a question. From what I knew, he was born in Pennsylvania and his family moved to San Diego when he was a kid. So I asked him why.

He talked about that for a couple of minutes, and I found it interesting. I asked Cayla later (she's the "family history is boring" girl) and she said it was "kinda" interesting. I don't think my father-in-law thought that it was anything spectacular, but I consider that a "win" on the family history front. He gave a glimpse into the history of the family, of himself, and that move was what brought him into contact with Pauline, the girl he later married and raised four sons with.

When he brought us home, I tried to find the box of photos we got when Pauline died in 1997. I know exactly what that box looks like, but I couldn't find it quickly enough (I think it's in another box, and I'm not sure where that is). When I do find it, I am to scan any photos of him with his car(s) that I can find. I've got at least one from the 1950s, when they were dating.

The losing side of the day was much later, after coming home from church. I asked Cayla to do a load of laundry, which is mostly her stuff plus the pants I wear to work. She put the clothes in the washer, but then she won the game of "who gets to finish doing laundry" by falling asleep at the kitchen table, leaving me to bring the clothes down to the available dryer and run them through 2 cycles. Which kept me up to 11 p.m. or so, and still I didn't go to sleep.

As I write this, I'm planning to take a nap. But Cayla is still asleep, as she has been since about 10 or so last night.

I wish I could sleep for 12-14 hours straight ...