“Make It Mine” Monday – As Husbands Go Book Giveaway *CLOSED*

Congratulations to last week’s winner, Charline S.! Charline won a copy of When God Created My Toes.

This week’s book is As Husbands Go  by Susan Isaacs.  You can check out my review of the book here.

To enter, just leave a comment telling me your favorite flower. (The heroine is a floral designer.) I’m not sure I have a favorite flower. Tulips, maybe…
As Husbands Go: A NovelMake sure to leave your email address in the comment or that your profile is linked to the comment so I have some way to contact you if you win.You can also earn extra entries. Leave a separate comment for each entry. If you are already a follower, you can still enter. Just leave the verifying info noted below. (Entries must be comments made here on the blog, not on facebook.)1. “Like” my blog on Facebook. Leave your first name and last initial(s) in the comment.
2. Follow on NetworkedBlogs. Leave your first name and last initial(s) in the comment.
3. Follow on Google Friend Connect. Leave your gfc name.
4. Follow on Twitter. Leave your Twitter name.
5. Tweet about the giveaway. You can do this once each day. Leave your Twitter name in the comment.
Don’t forget to make sure I have a way to contact you.It won’t count as an entry, but don’t forget to vote for the book you want to see in next week’s giveaway! You can vote for more than one book.Entry will close at noon EDT Friday, July 29, 2011. Winner will be chosen byhttp://www.randomizer.org/. Winner will be notified on Friday and will have until 10 AM EDT Monday, August 1, 2011 to claim the book. Winner will be announced on Monday afternoon along with a new giveaway. For more information, see the “Make It Mine Monday” page. Sorry, US only.

Learn Nothing Day

If you’re learning all the time, you need a break sometimes, right? That’s what Learn Nothing Day is for. (And don’t say I should start tomorrow learning grammar. That sentence wouldn’t come out right no matter how I tried it.)

Learn Nothing Day was a fail for us. First Jeffrey asked me how long dogs live, so we had to look it up. (The average is 13.5 years, and the oldest dog on record – according to site I found – was 29 years and 160 days).

Then he asked me if sour cream is made from sour milk. (I didn’t know, either. It’s made from fermented cream.)

Oh, well. I suppose we’ll try again next year.

Gummy Worms > Squid

I have six books already read and ready for review, so next week I’ll have to play “catch-up”. Today, it’s hot, and I’m lazy, so you get a couple of Bennett stories, and a Jeffrey joke.

Jay asked Bennett if he wanted to go to a Japanese restaurant and eat squid. Apparently, not: “Daddy! I don’t like squid! I like gummy worms!”

Bennett asked if he could touch my glasses. I told him no, because we have to be careful with glasses.
B: I might cut myself on it?
Me: Well, no. Not unless they’re broken. Then you might. But our fingers have oil on them and it gets on my glasses and it makes them dirty and I can’t see.
He looked at his fingers: Oil?
Me: Yeah. You can’t see it.
B, jumping up: I have to wash my hands!
Me: Well, you can’t really wash it all off. It comes from your body. It’s just part of you. That’s why you leave fingerprints on the mirror.
So he had to run to the mirrored closet door and see if he could make fingerprints. He did and it apparently disturbed him, because he told me again, “I have to wash my hands!” I finally convinced him that in this case, it wasn’t necessary. Now I have to clean the fingerprints off the mirror. 😉

Jeffrey’s latest joke:
What do you call a religious giraffe?
A high priest.

I’m Going to the Women of Faith Conference!

On July 1, I wrote that I had applied to attend the Atlanta Women of Faith conference, August 12-13, for free as a blogger. I got an email earlier this week, that I’ve been accepted! I’m so excited! Not only do I get to enjoy two days of girls-only spiritual refreshment, but I’m really looking forward to hearing the speakers. I’ve been reading books by the speakers and reviewing some of them here, and I feel as if I’m getting to know each of the women (and Steve). I’ll have more of those reviews between now and August 12, and you’ll definitely be hearing more from me about Women of Faith!

Unlimited Streaming… Just Kidding!

Have you looked at the fine print on your new Netflix plan? No? You might want to do that soon. There is more than just a 60% price increase involved. You are now limited by how many devices you can actually use at one time. Yeah, they forgot to tell us about this part. While you can have multiple devices registered, you can only watch on 1-4 devices at a time, depending on your plan.

This is from the Netflix FAQ:

A :
Some membership plans allow you to watch simultaneously on more than one personal computer or Netflix-ready device. If you are on the Watch Instantly Unlimited plan or the 1-disc-out-at-a-time plan, you may watch only one device at a time. If you are on the 2-discs-out-at-a-time plan, you may watch on up to two devices at a time. Members on the 3-disc plan can watch on up to three devices. The maximum is four devices — available for members on the 4-or-greater-discs-out-at-a-time plan. Your account can have up to six unique authorized devices activated (and associated with it) at any given time, including personal computers and Netflix-ready devices. For example, if you’re on the 1-disc plan, you can have up to six devices associated with your account, but you can only watch one of them at a time. If you’re on the 2-disc plan, you can have up to six devices activated but can only watch two of them at the same time. 
So, it’s unlimited, only with limits. You know, like “It’s the same, only different.” 
We found out when Jeffrey tried to watch something Tuesday night while Bennett was watching something on my computer. We had previously been able to stream on two devices at a time, but Jeffrey got a message that we can only stream on one device at a time. I mentioned it on a Yahoo group yesterday, almost in passing, and started a huge discussion. No one else knew about the new limits, either. One woman went to the website and found the FAQ above, and another actually called Netflix. I love how they’re trying to slip this in while everyone is ranting about the new pricing. Not only do we get less service for our money, we’re getting even less than we originally thought. It’s like an anti-bonus!

Your ABCs

I just heard Bennett singing the alphabet song all the way through, on his own, for the first (then second) time. So sweet! No one was prompting him; he was sitting in the playroom by himself. When he got to the end, he sang, “Now I know your ABCs…” Maybe he thinks you have to be able to read before you can claim them as “my ABCs”?

Is Requiring “Follows” or “Likes” to Enter a Contest a Good Idea?

I’ve recently developed a new pet peeve. Blogs that host drawings and require entrants to either “follow” the blog or “like” the Facebook page in order to enter. If the blog is interesting to me, it’s not a big deal. If it’s not a blog that interests me, I do one of two things:
If it’s a low-value prize, I click out and move on.
If it’s something like a $25+ gift card to Amazon (or a Kindle!), I’ll go ahead and follow, but I’ll probably never go back to read the blog. And hiding pages on my Facebook newsfeed works really well.

I have two goals for my book giveaways. 1) Get rid of the books that are accumulating in the corner of the room, and 2) bring more readers to my blog. Readers, not just followers. I would rather grow my blog slowly (or top out somewhere below one million followers if necessary) than have 10,000 Facebook fans, but only 1,000 readers. Numbers are great, and it’s awesome to see those numbers rise, but I’d rather have repeat visitors, and visitors who land here for one post and stick around to read one or two more.

That’s why following my blog or liking my Facebook page are not requirements for entering my drawings. Or subscribing to my RSS Feed, or posting the contest to your Facebook page. I think sometimes, the promotion aspect can go too far. Also, I can’t verify if someone has subscribed via RSS or posted on a private fb page. Since I can’t verify it, it doesn’t seem fair to my other readers to allow those as entries. I wonder if other some of these other bloggers have considered that?

I really would like some input on this one. Is it just me that finds this too pushy? If you enter blog drawings, do these requirements bother you at all? I’d like to hear from any bloggers who host drawings, as well. Do you think enough of the people who follow you because of drawings stick around, to make it worthwhile? I’m not trying to be mean. I’m really curious.