Well, Mother Nature sure rained (or, rather, snowed) on my parade by cutting off the game before it really got a chance to get started. As you may have read in my updated post, I declared Dave and MFA Mama as winners when I closed the contest around 10:30 a.m.
Luckily for you, my Dad gleefully pointed out how complicated things really were by using my carefully-worded rules against me. In case you missed it:
Alright, kiddo, hold them horses. Before you declare winners, you may have to do some serious sleuthing yet. Let’s see – if there is one cm on your deck on October 5th I will readily concede defeat for myself, but if you are going to declare runners-up, it gets one whole lot more complicated.
First of all, Stacie bet on “today”. But Dave beat her to “today”, so by your rules, Stacie should be moved to October 6th, which will make HER runner up.
Then there is the question of Murray – your “update” was not time-stamped. This leaves the serious question as to whether or not Murray posted his comment before or after your closing notice. If it was before, then by your rules, Murray would have to move in line after Stacie, which would make him second runner-up. And by the same immutable logic, MFA Mama will be third runner up.
And since you already promised a win to MFA Mama, I hope you got lots of Kleenex in the closet, including the extra box you’ll need to dry off your tears of laughter.
Dang it, I hate it when he’s right. (Which, he would tell you, is always.) Murray did indeed post his comment before I closed the contest (which I totally meant to “time stamp”, argh). So instead of one winner, I now have four!
Mailing out four boxes of Kleenex would totally break my budget for this game. Happily, I was able to find a prize that I think the four winners will enjoy a lot more.
I called up the lovely folks at Aroma Borealis, which is a local company that creates herbal skin care products, aromatherapy products, and herbal teas, all inspired by the northern boreal forest. (I luuuuurve their hydrating facial cream and their all-natural shampoos and conditioners! And I love going into their store because it smells so good in there without being overwhelmingly perfumey. *happy sigh*)
Aroma Borealis has agreed to make up special bags of their own Arctic Wildflower Tea for our four winners, perfect for boiling up one pot on a cold autumn (or winter) evening. There’s even an extra bag for Dad, since all you winners can thank him for making sure I didn’t cheat you out of your prizes. (Do you think he missed a calling as a lawyer?)
Well, it was short-lived, but I declare this game a success on the basis of raising the humour quotient around here. Thanks to Dad and Aroma Borealis for stepping in when they were needed. This time again next year, okay?