and the winner is…

Can I start off by saying that I had this entire post written and lost it all? Deep breath, don’t cry, let’s try this again.

In the spirit of copying things from last year so I don’t have to think, this italicized bit is what I wrote on 9.02.09 (not to be confused with 90210).

I so enjoyed your answers to yesterday’s question–what would you do if I handed you seven bucks? Little did you know, I wasn’t messing around. One of you is getting $7 in the mail this week, and the lucky winner is based on nothing more than my own whimsy.

Welcome to MarlaTaviano.com where Dreams! Come! True!

Or where Marla tries to buy new friends for a measly seven dollars. (hey, 7 bucks is nothing to sneeze at, as evidenced by all the cool things you all were planning to do with it!)

Back to 2010.

I seriously considered giving the 7 bucks to Rich who said he would buy flowers (or one flower) for his beautiful wife. Shalla is a friend of mine, and she has many small children and deserves many, many flowers. (Rich, how about you go buy her some anyway?)

And I love that my adorable friend Maddie (14) wanted to “go to Meijer and ride the pony 700 times!!!” Can you even imagine?

And I was tempted to choose one of you suck-ups who offered to hand the money right back to me.

But in the end, I picked the dude who said he’d “Give five to the homeless man on the corner and ask him to share the other two bills with someone (or someones in need).” Congratulations, Jeff! In the spirit of Radical, the $ is yours. On one condition–that you actually use it how you said you would. And then tell us how it goes. (And could you e-mail me your address please?)

And you guys should totally check out Jeff’s blog, Pilgrimage of the Heart. I hopped over tonight, and I’ll definitely be going back to read more.

And may I encourage each of you who would’ve given the money to organizations that help people in need (or directly help those people yourself) to take $7 of your own money and go bless someone today? That would rock my world.

Man, can I tell you how disheartening it is to rewrite something completely from scratch??

Anyway. A few items of business before I let you loose to celebrate a delightful 3-day weekend with the ones you love.

1. The Radical Read-Along starts THIS TUESDAY, September 7th! Pop on over here anytime Tuesday to answer a few introductory questions (about yourself, not the book).

2. If you’re up for extra chatting about the book on Facebook, come join our group!

3. A HUGE thank-you to M, S, P, M, S, R, and C for sponsoring a grand total of FIFTY-FOUR Radical books!! Isn’t that amazing?! Thank you for letting God use you in such a crazy-awesome way!!

And I thought to myself, why not just mooch a little bit more from last year’s post while I’m at it? Happy Weekend and here you go!

And I do have another question (which may or may not but most likely may not involve cash rewards). It concerns procrastination. What is one chore/duty/responsibility that you constantly find yourself putting off? And what activity do you find yourself engaging in while you procrastinate?

19 thoughts on “and the winner is…

  1. Erin

    Def. laundry! It’s in the basement and the girls are upstairs so to put it away even is a chore. But fresh closets of clothes are so divine!

  2. Ali

    Amy’s response makes me laugh because I know how her husband feels about laundry.
    And to answer your question . . . I so often find myself procrastinating all my homemaker duties. It’s not that I can’t stand to do them, but it’s so difficult for me to find the motivation when I know that within minutes, one of my two kids will interrupt me and pull me in another direction. Sometimes it’s worth it (when they want to read a book with me or play catch) and sometimes it’s not (when I need to break up a fight or discipline one of them, or both.)

  3. meghan @ spicy magnolia

    1.) Some kind of chore, usually either ironing or mopping.
    2.) Blogging, reading blogs, reading, watching a movie.

    I mean, who wouldn’t want to do those other things??!!

    I’m sooo excited about “Radical”, Marla! Hope you have a great, restful weekend!

  4. Elizabeth

    The read along is so close! I’m excited to start and read the different perspectives we’ll all have.

    I HATE to mop! I put it off forever, then feel so much better when it gets done. While I procrastinate I just clean something else. I’m always cleaning, it feels like.

  5. O Mom

    That was seriously a year ago? I still remember the winner, the librarian who would bring coffee for her coworkers, right?
    Got my “free” book yesterday and said a pray of blessings to the wonderful person who bought it, God knows who you are…thank you!

  6. Missy June

    I avoid mopping until absolutely necessary. On a happier note, I don’t mind vacuming one bit, so I usually tell myself, I don’t need to mop since I vacumed the rest of the house.

  7. Betsy

    Cleaning up our Family Room area in the basement which we finished in 2000. Don’t you think 10 years of procrastinating is bad enough?

  8. Mary

    putting away laundry! i am great at putting things IN the washer and dryer, just not putting them back up. i make excuses about using the internet instead 🙂

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