'Cause, you know, things happen, people move on, and even though you mean to keep in touch, you don't. We swapped Christmas cards for a few years, then they moved to a new neighborhood and I somehow missed their new address. It has been YEARS since we have actually seen each other.
But we connected recently via Facebook, and because I link my blog posts she wandered over and happened to leave a comment for me on the 500th post giveaway. The Flute Player randomly picked her comment number, so yesterday we met at a local restaurant so I could give her the goodie bag. We talked for nearly 2 hours...it was a great chance to catch up and we WILL do it again, soon!
So here's the contents of the giveaway prize goodie bag . I thought I might pick one post from each 100 posts to represent in the goodie bag, but as I looked back over the first 500 posts I found that the items I really wanted to put in the bag did not quite follow that distribution. But that's ok. It was kinda fun to match stuff up to the posts...
1) A bottle of vanilla, representing The Plain Vanilla files
2) From several posts in which I reference one of my favorite books, Hinds' Feet on High Places, a copy of the book
3) A 4-color Bic Pen, with which to Mark it Up
4) Play-Doh, for some Life Lessons from Play-Doh
And, finally, from the number one search-engine-hit post of the whole blog, 5) A Christmas Pickle
It was fun to watch her pull the items from the bag; she even said she remembered that I always had a 4-color pen with my Bible. The pickle is just like ours; only the shape of the jar is slightly different. And I had to go to two bookstores to find the book; Barnes & Noble didn't have it at all, but there was one copy in the 'Classics' section at Family Christian store. I was beginning to wonder what I would do if I couldn't find it. The clerk had to find it for me; I was looking for a different cover and the books weren't exactly in alphabetical order; this one was sitting with another book with an almost identical cover; apparently this edition is part of a 'Christian Classics' series.
It was fun to do the giveaway, and it was a treat to get to see Bev again; thanks to everyone who's stayed with me for the first 500ish posts! Maybe I'll do another one at 1000...if I notice when that happens... ;-)