Monday, August 29, 2011

The Winner of the Verifictionary Contest (and the odd reference to earthquakes and hurricanes)!

But first, a moment to sigh over leaving this:

Yeah, I'm back from vacation. 

It was wonderful. Well, other than that it started with a freakin' earthquake (apparently the biggest in Virginia since 1897) and ended with a hurricane evacuation. But there was that one really great day on the beach between those two things, so who am I to complain?

Especially when I got to sit on my hotel balcony with TG, sipping a caffeinated beverage while enjoying sunrises like this:

Gorgeous, yes? Though, in retrospect, that old "red sky at morning, sailor take warning" saying comes to mind.

But even amidst earthquakes and hurricanes, when my mind was focused primarily on the safety of my family (and, okay, perhaps a teeny bit fuzzy from a Bloody Mary or three on the beach on that one reeeally nice day), I still managed to think of you, my loyal blog readers and contest enter-ers.

Yes, before we high-tailed it out of Virginia Beach I grabbed a box of my favorite beach candy:

And that, my dear contestants, is THE PRIZE!

Uh-huh. I KNOW! Bet all you people who didn't enter are sorry now.

Oh, come on. I told you it would dumb and/or silly, and possibly edible, didn't I? I think this qualifies as all three. Plus, it's taffy. Pure cap-pulling deliciosity. Yum!

Choosing the winner of the Verificionary Contest was difficult. There were so many great definitions to choose from! But don't take my word for it -- click on that link and go check out the comments yourself. You will giggle, I guarantee it.

After much deliberation (which included my hand in a hat full of names on slips of paper), I chose...

Karla Nellenbach!

Karla, if you'll email me your address, I will dispatch your taffy with all speed. :)

P.S. Starting today I'm officially a Deb over at The Debutante Ball (I'll be blogging there on Fridays). Monday Deb Joanne Levy -- a super fantastic middle grade author -- is kicking off the season for us. If you get a chance, pop over and say hi to her. Trust me, it's worth it just to get a load of her outfit. ;)


Jessica Lemmon said...

This reminds me of those fantastic games of Balderdash I used to play with my family. You get points two ways - by being smart enough to know the actual definition or by being a really good liar. I always had lots of points - by being a mix of the two.

Congrats, Karla! Your entries were hilarious, so were the others, I went over to read and chuckled! Fun post!

Dianne K. Salerni said...

It WAS a helluva week for the east coast, wasn't it? I'm glad you got a day or two of beach bliss squeezed in between the hysteria.

I have only one thing to say about it: "That's great. It starts with an earthquake. Birds and snakes ..."

Jennifer Shirk said...

I know what a end of summer between earthquakes and hurricanes. I need a vacation now. LOL

Anne Gallagher said...

I'm sorry you didn't get your time in at the beach. That just isn't right. But I'm glad you're back.

Unknown said...

well, that was quite a whirlwind of a vacation, wasn't it? first an earthquake and then old Irene coming to visit.

and I won! yay! I LOVE saltwater taffy. it's my favorite :)

Tiffany Schmidt said...

I can't wait to see your DEBut. And I'm glad that there was some vacation down time amid the natural disasters.

Dawn@Lighten Up! said...

Oh my stars. Do I love a drink or three on the beach...that hot, fuzzy feeling. Mmmm.
Welcome back, my friend!

Kimberly Sabatini said...

Can't wait to read your Deb posts! Congrats to Kayla Grrrr who stole my taffy. :o)

Tara said...

Geez. I missed out on SW taffy.

Glad you had one good day, at least!

Carol Kilgore said...

What a vacation! It's one you'll get a lot of mileage from, I'm sure. Glad all is OK :)

Teri Anne Stanley said...

Welcome home! Congratulations, winner! Goodnight Irene!

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Welcome back. Nothing like vacation being sandwiched between an earthquake and a hurricane. (At least there were no frogs or locusts.)

Congrats to Karla for winning your contest.

abby mumford said...

congrats karla! saltwater taffy is delicious!

congrats linda on the beginning of the debutante year!!!

Michele Shaw said...

Glad your back, Linda! That sunset picture is amazing!

Sarah Tokeley said...

Saltwater Taffy. I always thought that was something made up by writers :-)

Patsy said...

Sorry your holiday was a little more exciting than you bargained for - lovely pictures though.

Congratulations, Karla.

Steph Schmidt said...

Those beach shots are so pretty. You'll be awesome over at The Debutante Ball!

Pearson Report said...

Welcome back!

So, you had one reeeally nice day, well, could've been worse - you could have had two and double the fuzziness.

And, damn I am ticked for not entering your contest. It's dark in this here rabbit hole and well, um, like, you know...I just didn't get my act together. (I wanted to say poo, but I didn't think it was so ladylike, so I didn't)

Congrats to Karla for being a winner as opposed to the rest of us runner-ups. (I wanted to say losers but I didn't think it would be politically correct, so I didn't)

And...okay, I'm going to do what you tell me from now on, you know, trying to act like a winner and all, and I'm going over to check out your friend, Deb.
(will there be a prize, some leftover taffy, or anything like that...just asking)

Ah...nothing says crazy like...

Judy,Judy,Judy. said...

Yay I'm glad you got Tawna's old Friday spot because I'm in the habit of making sure I read it on Fridays!

Al said...

Gorgeous sunrise!

Welcome back!

Unknown said...

YAY!!! You're back! :D We had missed you! :D

And you're right, it was a scary week with the quake and the hurricane. :P

And that's an awesome sunrise!! :D Thanks for sharing it with us.

Also, congrats Karla!! Enjoy the Taffy!

Lola Sharp said...

It was quite the week here in the mid-atlantic, indeed. (we can add lots of tornados and flooding to the list of earthquakes and hurricanes) Maybe the zombies are next?

I never liked salt water taffy. But I do like fudge which is also prevalent at the beach.

And I do love a good bloody mary. :D

Congrats to Karla! :)

Have a fab week, LG!