1) the $'s you just spent because the exchange rate spiked. 2) the number of carbs you just consumed. 3) the extra $'s you spent because your taxi driver could tell you had NO IDEA what you were doing. 4) the number of times you think, "OMG what is that smell?!" 5) the number of times you think, "OMG what happened to that dog's FACE?!" 6) the number of times you curse yourself for trying to pack light. (Note to self: underwear is NOT THAT HEAVY. And even though you think you'll be able to wash them in the sink, the truth is, you won't be able to do that very well. This is how you will end up smelling all European. Next time: pack more underwear.) 7) how many pounds your "light" suitcase ways in spite of your lack-of-underwear drama. 8)the number of times you drank out of the sink that said "do not drink this water" not because you couldn't read the welsh sign but because you couldn't find any other water and you were really thirsty. 9) how many people stare at you because you're a gazillion feet taller than they are. 10) clouds. 11) also lambs.
I put some ads at the bottom of the page not because I want to make a gazillion dollars (that would be nice, of course, but I think I've made a grand total of $0.27 off them, so I'm guessing it's not gonna happen) but because I thought it would be funny to see what google thinks of my blog. See, apparently, they have magic google-bots that troll your website for key phrases and then they use some schmancy algorithm to figure out what kind of person would read such a crazy page. All very illuminating, I assure you.
Today, I'm particularly amused by the plethora of "OMG I might have cancer!" ads, followed by a contextually funny "Mormon Singles" thing.
Especially because (confession) I was just searching Web MD because it's entertaining to have my computer make fun of me for being a hypochondriac. (And, just FYI, today the internet tells me that I don't have cancer, just jet lag. I mean, sheesh!)
I was just compiling some demographic data for my book study--looking at the ages, races, genders, religions, etc. of those of you who were so lovely as to read for me (by the way, all the cupcakes should have been delivered by now and if they weren't, it was probably an address problem. email me!).
Here's some info:
Average age of readers: 30.9 Average number of children: 2.79 Total percentage of readers who were Caucasian: 97% Total percentage of readers who were Mormons: 83% From one of the Western states: more than 90%
Just by comparison, I am a 30 year old Caucasian Mormon with 2 children living in Utah. Yeah. I feel a little cliche now.
This super cute puppy (and by puppy, I mean 8-year old lady) needs someone to live with. She's prettymuch the best puppy on the planet. She's
1) spayed 2) trained 3) adorable 4) not a biter or chewer 5) extremely tolerant of small children 6) sort of lazy (i.e. you won't need to walk her much)
plus she doesn't eat very much.
she doesn't do terribly well outside, so the perfect home for her would be someone who just wants an adorable Ewok to sit on their lap all day and watch TV with them. (seriously; she just wants to sit there. preferably on your lap because she's a cuddler. but as long as there are people around, she's clam happy.) Perfect puppy for elderly folks who just want a low-maintenance companion or a family who want a super-obedient, non-violent, non-crazy puppy to hang out with.
either comment or send me an email (kerryspencer[at]byu[dot]edu) if you're interested and we can find the cutie somewhere to live!
So, i totally didn't think that anyone would read more books than my mom, so I didn't really think of a good prize and I've been completely un-creative when it comes to thinking of prizes. But here's what I gave David for his second place finish:
1) a Windmill Watching T-shirt and 2) David's FAVORITE book from the sample
Of the last 200 books I've read, some books I loved more than others. Here are a few of my raves (alphabetical order):
betrayed: house of night chosen: house of night Dead connection Hallowmere: In the Serpent's Coils I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls) Kiss me, Kill me Madapple **Maggie Quinn Girl Versus Evil: Prom Dates from Hell **Marked: house of night **Red Glass The patron saint of butterflies the Princess and the Hound The Strongbow Saga Book #1: Viking Warrior The Very Ordered Existence of Merilee Marvelous Unwind Wicked Lovely
** = top three
(there are links on the sidebar to all these; I'm feeling too lazy right now to do the linkedy-link thing in the post)