Yay! Tomorrow marks the official seven-year mark for my blog. *whew* I made it…even though the past year made that milestone a bit questionable.
On my post announcing my annual Blogiversary Contest, we had enough comments to earn three winners. Woo hoo! But I always struggle with the part where random.org selects the winners because I wish I could give everyone a prize.
I’ve said it before, and I really mean it. You’re the reason I blog, and I appreciate you so much that I wish I could do something for each one of you.
So today, I’m going to entertain you with a true story before we get to the Blogiversary Winners. *smile*
On my Blogiversary Contest post, I said I didn’t do normal. Here are a couple of examples of why normal doesn’t work for me…
Some of you might have seen my post on Facebook yesterday, but I’m going to share extra details here, so read on! (That post is set to “Friends,” but if you’re not friends with me on Facebook yet, let’s fix that! *grin*)
If you didn’t see my post, here you go (including all my expressive-and-true-to-life emojis):
“That time when Jami would be freaked out forever…
Story Time: So as part of having my jaw rebuilt after my bone-disintegrating infection, I’m wearing Invisilign-style braces that I take out to eat. Last night after dinner, I go to the sink to brush my teeth and put my braces back in–and a SCORPION is sitting on them.
Did you hear me? A SCORPION is sitting ON my BRACES.
You know, those things that I grab and put INTO my MOUTH.
No, I didn’t get any pictures because I was too busy SCREAMING and jumping up and down. LOL! But believe me, my whole family knows very well that I’m not making this up, as they helped dispose of the orange menace. Then I pretty much “washed” my braces in half a tube of toothpaste.
Excuse me while I have heebie-jeebies for the rest of my life… “
And note that scorpions are different in various areas of the country. Here in Arizona, our scorpions are Bark Scorpions, which are the most venomous in North America.
A bite can cause immobilization, convulsions, loss of breath, and electric shocks along the nerves. Oh, and the pain lasts up to 3 days. Yeah…these aren’t just normal scorpions… *shudders*
One thing I didn’t mention in that post is that while my family did get rid of the scorpion, they also couldn’t stop laughing at my reaction. I guess I don’t shriek incoherently very often. *smile*
Story Time, Part Two
The comments on my post—complete with horrified gifs—were entertaining as well. So thanks to all of you who commented and helped me see the humor in the freakiness.
Here are two of my favorite comments:
Yvonne Marjot asked:
“Dear Jami – do you ever have ordinary days?”
And well…guilty. But as I told her, I’m really and truly trying to have a normal life. Unfortunately, I’ve been quite the failure at that, as a normal life just doesn’t seem to be in the plans for me. *sigh*
Lissa Johnston suggested:
I replied with:
“I’ve already been bitten on my tongue by fire ants (don’t ask) and didn’t get any special powers, so I wouldn’t hold out hope for that. LOL!”
Yes, that is also a true story. Fire ants bit me on my tongue after I didn’t notice a couple of them crawling on a nut cluster I popped into my mouth (so the scorpion story could have been worse!).
(See? I told you that I fail at normal. *sigh*)
After the bite, I almost had to go to the hospital for anaphylactic shock, so I don’t recommend trying it out—no matter how much you’re hoping for superpowers. *grin*
Blogiversary Contest Winners!
And now, the part you’ve all really been waiting for…the winners from my 7th Annual Blogiversary Contest!
Elle Lee Love
Congratulations to you all! You should receive an email from me within the next day, so start thinking about what prize you want. Should I be worried? *smile*
Do you share my heebie-jeebies on that story? Do you have any weird or freaky stories to share? Or am I the only one this kind of stuff happens to? *shudders* Have I not responded to your Facebook friend request yet? (They’ve been squirrely, so I might have missed some.) Any suggestions for which prize the winners should pick?