You know that big deal local writing contest I was whining about two weeks ago because I didn't hear anything? Well, the actual winners still haven't been announced and won't be printed publicly in the paper for another month, but.... They did print the finalists' names and story titles in this weeks Sunday newspaper. Guess what? I'm a finalist!!! Out of more than 600 entries, I'm a finalist!!! (if you follow me on twitter you already know this and are probably sick of hearing about it). Now, in all seriousness, I'm guessing the "winners will be notified on June 1st" deal was probably for the actual winning stories, which have probably already been decided, but just making the short list is more than fine with me. Many of the past winners of this annual contest are published authors, so the competition is tough. Although you'd think they would have at least popped an e-mail over to let us know we were finalists - I would never have even known if my grandma didn't read the paper cover-to-cover.
Speaking of awards (kind of), I've also been given two lovelies recently and waited entirely too long to post them. Thank you ever so much to my humorous friend Carma of Carma Sez for the Extraordinary and Awesome blogger award. On the subject of winning, stop by and congratulate her - her son recently won a local silly-photo contest.Much thanks to the current Bucket Filler, my friend Carissa from Sugar Boogers & Tantrums for the Kreativ Blogger award. On the congratulatory note, her family just finalized papers for their new home. You can stop by her blog and take a look.