Thursday, October 29, 2009

Reasons to Celebrate! A Rejection-Free Disneyland Day!

Thanks for the birthday wishes for my five-year-old, we had a great time at Disneyland (he hasn't had his "own" day at Disneyland before, and he loved it). Also, I'm happy to report that my Blackberry was rejection-free at Disneyland this time around, definitely a reason to celebrate.

Another reason to celebrate, (maybe): I learned on Karen Amanda Hooper's Blog that Literary Agent Mary Cole is having a query letter contest. The deadline is October 31st and you paste your query letter right in the comments. It has to be for a YA or MG book that is completed. The prize? Her critique of the first 30 pages of your ms... here is the link: Kidlit Contest.

And something else! I enjoyed The Maze Runner so much that I want to share the joy. Since I won it in a giveaway (thanks again Mary!) I figured I would pay it forward in a giveaway of my own. I'll put up details this Saturday :)

Last thing for today: I'm catching up with an award, and awards always makes me happy. Thank you to both Melane at Chasing the Dream and Natalie at Sound of the Rain for the Kreativ Blogger Award! The rules for this award are...

1. Copy the Kreativ Blogger picture and post it on your page. (Done)
2. Thank the person that gave the award to you and link back to their blog. (Thanks administered above)
3. Write 7 things about you that we don't know. (Posted below)
4. Choose 7 other bloggers that you would like to give the award to. (Hmmm...)
5. Link to the bloggers that you chose. (I will!! But there is some rule-bending going on here)
6. Let your winners know that they have the lovely award! (Winners, I am letting YOU know. YOU have won the lovely award!!)

I JUST did the ten things challenge, (click HERE if you want to read them) so coming up with another seven things I'm willing to reveal isn't going to be easy... thankfully I'm using my real name and this is a public blog, otherwise I might be concerned about privacy. Here goes!

Diana's Seven Additional Things You Don't Know About Me

1.  I love dipping my food, drowning it really, in cheese.

2.  If I start a video game I will become obsessed with finishing it, down to every last heart piece or whatever. Beating all the levels is sadly not enough. Therefore, I don't start video games anymore... but I did "help" my daughter finish Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

3.  My husband and I were high school sweethearts (awwwwwwwwwwwww).

4.  I love a lot of movies, but if I'm honest with myself, my true favorite are The Three Amigos, The Princess Bride, and the first Pirates of the Caribbean.

5.  Um, um, um, (starting to run out of ideas here!) I don't watch much T.V. Here is exactly what I watch: The Office, 30 Rock, Community, The Bachelor/Bachelorette, and Survivor. I know. Junkfood for the mind. Other shows I happen to know about are thanks to my T.V. addict husband.

6.  I'm an Aries (See? I told you I'm out of ideas!)

7.  I have a Disneyland Annual Pass. The cheapest one, because it financially comes out to the same as two admissions... and we live close enough that we at least do one birthday trip for somebody, and one Christmas trip as a family. And sometimes a in-from-out-of-town family member wants to go, or a friend asks us to go... Okay, okay, you got me, I LOVE going to Disneyland. One of the things on my ten-year To Do list is a kids-free Disneyland day :) Disney Love is NOT something my wonderful husband and I have in common, but I think I might convince him someday. Or not. Either way he doesn't argue about the annual passes, which is worth my loving adoration.

And now for the winners! 
The winner of the Kreativ Blog Award is... YOU! Yes YOU, the person reading this blog right now. I'm writing in the second person here, and if you actually read through my seven additional things you deserve this award! And if you didn't read the seven things I don't blame you! Please accept with my congratulations, and follow the rules above (or break the rules, like I did).I will edit this post and put in a link to your blog, yay! Congratulations, you!! You are awesome! And if you don't feel like posting seven things and all the rest, you are still awesome! Thanks for reading my blog :)


  1. Anyone who loves the Princess Bride gets an A+ in my book. Pirates of the Caribbean gets extra credit!!!

  2. Thanks Liza! Now if someone gives me bonus points for The Three Amigos I'll be golden... I thought Sesquipedalian might because of El Guapo's canny use of "plethora."

  3. The Princess Bride is my favorite too. Congrats on another well-deserved award.

  4. I enjoyed reading this post. Thank you for the great writing. You have been awarded the Heartfelt Blog award. Come on over and grab your award! You deserve it and here is the link:

  5. Hi Angie, always so nice to see you! One of my favorite quotes, and good advice:
    "You rush a miracle man, you get rotten miracles."

  6. Hi Kristi, thank you for the award!

  7. I can't believe you think of Three Amigos when you hear the word "plethora" too. LOL.

    "Would you say I have a plethora of pinatas?"

    "Yes, you have a plethora."

    Ahh... good times. Forever ruined the word for me so I laugh whenever I see it.

  8. Hey, I'm an aries too! And I love The Princess Bride.

  9. Ah, another Disneyland annual passholder. My husband and I both have them and usually go at least 8 times a year. The best part is that if you get there and it's really busy you can just leave--no harm, no foul (we have the parking option so we don't even have to pay for that!).

  10. Wendy- Oh my gosh, YES! Plethora belongs to El Guapo and always will. And infamous. Or should I say, IN-famous. Heh heh.

    Melane- Yay, another aries! I knew you had a great personality ;)

    Shannon- Boo yeah! Another AP guest! I have the parking option too. My favorite part is being able to go for "just" one land, or "just" the fireworks or "just" the characters. Usually I'm by myself with the three kids so it makes it much less overwhelming :)

  11. I come not to accept an award, but to give you two more. LOL

    It seems like every time I want to give you an award, you've already got with the Splash Award. Or someone is just giving you another one.

    Well, I'm finally giving you these awards whether you like it or not. LOL They're both at But don't worry about doing anything with them. Just know that I think pretty highly of your blog.

  12. OMG!!!! The Princess Bride!!!! OMG!!! I totally forgot that movie until now!!! I Watched that I think 29 times when I was like 8 years old!!! Then I forgot all about it!!!! I remember it now!!!! omfg!!!! I loved that movie!!!

  13. Hi Mary, thank you for the awards, you are so sweet. I do like them, and I'm enjoying your blog too :)

  14. Hi Charity, Isn't The Princess Bride just the best movie ever? I bet watching as an adult you'll "get" a whole bunch of the jokes and love it even more :)