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Monday, March 19, 2012

Post Blog O'hop news - & Photo Caption Winner :)


I'm writing this and it’s 1 a.m. on Post-Paddy’s Day Party and I am just in awe!

I snatched and scribed just a little on Paddy’s Day itself, but as you can imagine it was a crazy day!

Got Green? Check.
I started at 7:30 a.m. with our men’s group meeting outside of Starbucks. (I was wearing a green shirt and an Irish Viking hat…. SIGGY would have been proud :)

Then it was time to prep for a party of five… or fifteen, or maybe just two…?
(We invited the neighborhood over for “a few pints and a dodgy dog” about two weeks ago, but never followed up with O’fficial invites – yeah, we’re *sooo* organized :)

Indeed, my wife and I were in a minor pickle (buy a jar or not?) about the number of attendees to our first annual Hawaiian Paddy’s Day Part-ee.

Not having the time to check and respond to emails and tweets, I was able to steal glances and watched as my inbox lost it like a contestant on The Price is Right.

I rarely, *if ever* go to bed with more than a couple of unread emails (OCD anyone?) so you imagine my mind-boggledness as I just looked at my inbox with a current list of SIXTY-TWO unread emails (and *none* are anonymous ;)

Currently, (Sunday evening) I am working my way through the thirty-eight official entrants of the Got Green? Blog O'hop - and will announce the winners in about a week. Watch this space :)

I am in awe of this community, and am so grateful I fell into this patch of what I used to call “the BlogO’fear.”

Morgan, Cassie, Rek, Leigh, Melissa, Mel, David, and everyone else – thanks so very much just for believing in my weird-ass idea to do a Blog O’hop.
I am eternally grateful…and should we ever arrange for a meeting in an Irish Pub, please know that the first round of Water (with ice and lemon) is ON ME!

Sarah's Caption: "This is gonna be a shoo(e)-in :-)
The winner of the Photo Caption is Sarah Pearson, and Sarah now wins the amazing prize of making me write a 500- word flash fiction story in *any* genre based on this one  picture…

The deadline is Friday, while the “story” will post sometime the week of March 25.

Sarah, please post your “requirements” (sigh) in the comments and I’ll go from there.

Oh, and speaking of next week, Cassie Mae will be interviewed by me in the return leg of our battle of “he said, she said more.” :)

PS… Happy belated Mother’s Day (March 18) to all the Moms in Europe, especially me Ma in Dublin…
How’s it going Ma!!! I hope you like the flowers we sent you… (Just be careful, ‘cos the invoice is in the bottom of the vase, and they’ll need to be paid by the end of the week:)

PPS… Is it OK if I don’t mention the words “Green” and “Got” until Cinco de Mayo and please don’t worry if you see me weeping the next time the UN-Lucky Charms fall to the ground :)


Sarah Tokeley said...

Awesome! How about a romantic, historical,fantasy steampunk thriller?

Nah, just kidding - can you do SciFi? I love SciFi :-)

You know what's even more brilliant than winning your caption competition? I got a tag under your post!

By the way, I'm loving the entries for your bloghop.

Miranda Hardy said...

Sounds like you had a great time. That's all that counts. Good luck with getting caught up on the emails. Lol

Matthew MacNish said...

I'm in awe of how much writing on got done on Saint Paddy's day myself. Congrats on yours, Mark!

Morgan said...

LOL! I loved Sarah's entry! A deserved win, for sure ;)

And *gasp* Mark, you're too generous... Ice AND lemon?!?!?!

Hope the party went well? Did you end up buying the jar of pickles? *snicker*

Too funny. And it was a GREAT hop!

Leigh Covington said...

LOL. You never fail to crack me up. Love that you included the invoice with your Ma's flowers. lol.

And I hope your St. Paddy's day party ended up being a hit. Sounds like fun. I think Siggy would be proud of your St. Paddy's day attire. Quite phenomenal. I did it. But mostly I dig the sunshine and that you're sitting outside. Just doesn't seem fair!

Cassie Mae said...

Gosh, I still have to jump around! Busy weekend for this here blogger.

And when you say lemon water... you really mean Mtn Dew for me, right? ;)

Congrats to Sarah! Here entry was a shoe-in ;)

Good luck responding to dem emails my friend!

M.J. Fifield said...

Wow. Ice and lemon. That sounds like a real party. =)

Your blog always makes me laugh so thank you for that.

Today's highlights:

the ice and lemon part, the inbox losing it like a TPIR contestant and the invoice in your mother's flowers.

Have a great week...

cleemckenzie said...

I never get caught up on my emails! I'd probably be behind if the mail still came on that pony.

Happy St. Paddy's Day--belated. You definitely know how to celebrate in green.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations to Sarah! Glad you had such a good turnout for the blogfest. I already had a scheduled guest or I would've jumped in with the crowd.

Nicole said...

The hope was fantastic! I loved reading all the entries. Thanks for hosting.

Meradeth Houston said...

Love the photo caption! Wish I had come up with that :) Congrats on the success of the blog hop--it was lots of fun!

Mark Koopmans said...

@ everyone ^ : Thanks for the comments and I'm glad everyone enjoyed the hop :)

Looking forward to it being an annual tradition, to be shure :)

M Pax said...

I love your hat. Bet Hawaii was nice, Saturday. It snowed here. Congrats to Sarah!

Anonymous said...

Awesome, 'Shoo-e in' So great!

ANd a round of ice water and lemon is great for me

Nancy Thompson said...

I am so sorry I missed your blogfest. I was in the middle of some tense negotiations. It sounded like it was a fun one, and I do so love me a good bloghop! Darn. Well, if you ever get over to my place, you'll see why I was so busy. And now the A to Z is looming so close. YIKES!!

Theresa said...

Happy Belated St. Patrick's Day! Such a busy weekend I haven't had time to hop around. Hope yours was a blast. And I'm in love with that hat!

Mary Aalgaard said...

Catching up on your blog. Congrats on the successful blog o'hop, and the lovely letter from the Mrs.

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