Okay, so I have been racking my brain trying to come up with a challenge worthy of a present for my birthday. I've been thinking and thinking and knitting and thinking and reading blogs and thinking.......... I thought that I would do something similar to the other questions asked recently. Like maybe have you all guess my birthweight. That's a good one, huh? But then I'd have to go look it up and that started to sound exhausting (yeah, but it is more work than you think). So, whatever the exact number was, I can tell you that it was less than six pounds. Hooray for the pregnant and smoking mothers of the early sixties. Anyway, then I thought I would have you guess the weight of my largest baby. But that was kind of random. Nine pounds in case you care. Can you believe that?! I weighed less than six at birth, weigh less than 100 as an adult, gained about eighteen while pregnant, and pushed out NINE POUNDS PEOPLE! I know, at least half of you have had bigger babies, but you should have seen me. My belly could be seen around a corner about half an hour before I got there. I waddled. Wobbled. Like a Weeble. Anyway, then I thought I would send you on a search of my blog to find my oldest unfinished object. Then I thought that I probably wouldn't take the time to do that, I would probably pass along if I had to work that hard. I want to actually give a present away. And yes, I have an unfinished sweater that I started in the early '80s. Maybe there will be news on that front soon (she says with a glint in her eye). Being a real fan of Christmas/Holiday music, I was going to ask for your favorite Christmas recordings. There are a couple of reasons I passed on that one, the first being obvious, not everyone celebrates these holidays and I wanted to be all about inclusiveness here. The second is, someone might convince me that I have to get a cd that I don't already have (rather doubtful as this is my current collection, I think about 104, which is likely to grow by at least one more by the end of the season-and I have added to it this year already. My favorite of the new batch is Jane Monheit, The Season and my all time favorite, the first one I listen to on Thanksgiving and the last one I put away is Manhattan Transfer, The Christmas Album. I even have their version of Happy Holidays downloaded as the ringer on my cell phone. You can't know how happy that makes me-Thanks Gilllian!)(Oh-if you want to let me know your favorite Christmas/Holiday recording anyway, please do. I think there is still room in the playing schedule.)
So, this continued all day. I wanted it to be something that you had to think about. My other contests have had some amount of brain work involved. Some were downright difficult. My aim was to keep up with that pattern. So I kept thinking. I thought about puzzlers (like this one: Why is the Pentagon built with twice the number of bathrooms needed for the number of employees that work in the building? That's a good one, do you know? I won a Peppermint Patty for that one.) and Sudoku and searching through my Trivial Pursuit game (maybe What Grammy-winning songstress' dad, John, originated the Billy Bigelow role in Carousel? Do you know that one?.......Bonnie Raitt. Really!). Or maybe trivia from my favorite Christmas movie, White Christmas (Do you know why all of Vera-Ellen's costumes were designed to cover her neck? C'mon, you had to have noticed. To cover the signs of premature aging brought on by her anorexia). I have a ton of them.
Did you think any of these were hard? Well, just you wait to see what I came up with. It is really, really haaarrrrd. Really. So we have to have some rules. First, after you click below on the extended entry link and read the question Take.Your.Time. I will entertain guesses until midnight in some time zone on Friday. Think about it, do your research and be sure of your answer before you TWO: Send me an email with your guess. DO NOT ANSWER IN MY COMMENTS! You won't want to, because after all the work you do to get the answer you will not want to give anyone else any hints. Three: The answer can be found somewhere on the internet, possibly even on this blog. Do. Not. Ask me. For any. HINTS! I will not give anyone an advantage. Four: The present is still to be determined, but you can bet that it will include yarn and some other knitterly or yummy something. Finally, make as many guesses as you like, but only the first one will count. It is my birthday after all, and I can make up any rules that I want. Oh, and although I don't really get it, but hope that I might, I treated myself to a Frappr! map for my birthday, so stick a pin in it!
If you think you are up to the challenge click away on the link below and read the REALLY HARD QUESTION. And you know, celebrate! Have a Happy Teresa C.'s Birthday. Have a cup of tea (or coffee or latte or even better, hot chocolate) for me. Good Luck!