Wednesday, February 20, 2008

And The Winners Are!




9:24 PM Updated see below:

10:11 PM Slowly yanking my hair out over this.

11:10 PM FRUSTRATED BEYOND BELIEF! Due to circumstances beyond my control, we'll have to announce the winners tomorrow, and I can't tell you how disappointed I will be if I can't get this video up on youtube!

Here's the deal, I've got only a portion of the stuff uploaded on youtube so far since they're having some maintenance problems over there, and no one is MORE AGGRAVATED THAN I AM!

But we'll start this little Awards Show with what I do have:

This video did get uploaded and it's me naming all the contestants, looking ridiculous doing so, and I have to apologize because I said “Mom and Dad team” instead of “Mom and Daughter team” when I read off the names of the mom and daughter who donated—sorry! And PS, I look like a dork, but OH WELL!


Here’s a photo of all the contestant’s names on cute little hearts for the drawing. I just thought it would be more fun than writing down everyone’s names, plus hearts = blood, and love and yanno…

And here’s a photo of my very good friend G, who is the last of our donors as of today, but she doesn’t qualify for the contest, well, cuz she’s my friend.

I finally came out of the Blog-Closet and told my closest friends in the ‘hood about my blog. Even though they could have all Googled me if they were bored and discovered it THREE YEARS AGO!

Thanks for bleeding today G! xoxoxo And isn’t she cute, everyone!?! Yeah, yeah, yeah, you’re all thinking, GET TO THE WINNERS, but I can't since stupid youtube is stalled! But as soon as it’s up and running, I will put up the video.

OH, and there are ELEVEN of you who have won something! MyLHIBug sent more CASH than I thought so we threw in some extra Target gift cards as gifts, so like one-third of you who donated will win something!

So, if you are a winner, and if your name is called on the video when it is posted below, please email me at with your full name, address, city, state and zip code so I can send you your prize. If your prize is cash, I can either send you a gift card to Target or another well-named store of your choice or a Visa or MasterCard gift card. Just let me know in your email what you would prefer!

Check back please in a little bit!

9:24 PM, Wednesday night:

Still no youtube--drat! I need to go to bed but I feel an obligation to stay up and hope youtube gets their act together so I can post the winner video! Hey, when I joked previously about the Academy Awards and how they leave you hanging till the wee hours late at night, I WAS JUST KIDDING. How was I to know this bad karma youtube thing would happen.

In the meantime, check this out. This truly unexpectedly happened today with my stalker. Stalkerazzi Part III. I think it's time to get a new jacket. Maybe something a little less pink!

10:11 PM Slowly yanking my hair out over this.

11:10 PM Giving up for tonight. Only because Diva has an orthodontist appointment at 7:30 a.m.! I'm SORRY! I'm also very FRUSTRATED and ANGRY about this! There goes my career in planning major awards events.

6:57 AM Woke up to find the video uploaded, so here are your blood donor winners, even though you're all winners; you're ALL LIFE SAVERS! THANK YOU!


Suburban Correspondent said...

Hey! I'm in the blog closet, too!

MaNiC MoMMy™ said...

Coming out of the blog closet is such a relief! Like no longer hiding a boyfriend! Hah.

And I'm royally annoyed with YOUTUBE! If I don't get this video up until tomorrow I may SCREAM!!!

I hope everyone will be patient!

AutoSysGene said...

Wow, look at you all skinny and such!! I had a heck of a time uploading video to YouTube last week, too!!

Good luck to the bleeders!

Laski said...

Wow! I'm in the closet . . . must be said. But more importantly, congrats to you for hosting one heck of a great contest--for such an awesome cause!

Sauntering Soul said...

I'm in the blog closet hidden behind a bunch of trench coats.

Aren't you cute on your video with the adorable heart name cards! Of course we'll be patient. It's the least we could do.

Sarah said...

Ooooooh, I feel like a celebrity with my name mentioned and on that cute little heart! :) But I am quite annoyed with youtube right now, because I want to SEE THE WINNERS! :)

Kate said...

I am waiting to hear the contest winners! (Other than the 99 people whose lives were saved by all you amazing donors!)

Seriously, YOUTUBE really needs to get their... stuff... together!

And I agree--you look great!

Kalynne Pudner said...

You are AMAZING! Not only have you lost all that weight, but you pronounced my name correctly. Nobody EVER does that...even the people with whom I am an uncloseted blogger. (My students about feeling exposed!)

Melisa Wells said...

WHO'S the stalker??? :)

(I think that's YOU.)

We'll see, I guess.

BTW, where will you be tomorrow? tee hee

Roger Miller said...

Like the Academy Awards, I can't make it through to the end of the show. I guess I will read it in the papers. :)

Keep the hair in, if it doesn't make it tonight... there is always tomorrow.

Have a peaceful evening.

MaNiC MoMMy™ said...

Yep, I think I'm calling it a night. Will have to check for the winners on the recap tomorrow. At least we won't have to worry about Joan Rivers talking about what everyone was wearing!

Night all! (Unless youtube gets its head out of its assky in like three minutes!)

Colleen - Mommy Always Wins said...

Also in the blog closet - guess it makes it easier for me to truly write what I feel - no one I know is reading it...right? ;o)

Totally unrelated to your post, but I feel the need to tell you I channelled Manic Mom last Friday night:

Sarah said...

Blast! I didn't win anything! Oh well...I donated and that is what's most important. :)

Kate said...

ARGH!! YOUTUBE is blocked at school! Did either of my boys win anything??


Kim Rossi Stagliano said...

Oh my GOD that is too funny! You are amazing! So, um who won!?

MaNiC MoMMy™ said...

Kim. A mind is a terrible thing to waste my dear.

MaNiC MoMMy™ said...

Kate--I sent you an email regarding 'your boys.' I am just saying, I bet you wish youtube wasn't blocke right about now.

MaNiC MoMMy™ said...

PEOPLE! You have to WATCH THE VIDEO to know WHO WON!

Unknown said...

Congratulions to all the winners! You definitely deserve it.

xxxx said...

*I* watched the video!!! And I wasn't even a contestant! YAY to the winners and YAY to the SUPER-CUTE videos!!!

Laura ~Peach~ said...

Love the video and getting to "meet" the folks at your blood donation station! Congratulations to all winners and Thank you so much for this contest, it is the best of all i have ever entered or seen because EVERYONE wins!

kay said...

even tho i didn't win (sniff sniff) :) i am sooo glad that i donated!! and i can't wait to do it again.

manic you rock! all the work you put into this. man, i'm so impressed. thanks very very much!

(i LOVED the video's - those ladies were super cute!)

Roger Miller said...

Congrats to all the winners, which is each and every one of you. Thanks for your blood. :)

Robin said...

Waaah Waaahh, I didn't win. Was it my red wig or the blue eye shadow (sob).

Just kiddin', thanks for a fun contest manic. I am looking forward to the next one.

Amanda said...

Didn't enter but still watched the video just because I could, being kid free right now and for the next 21 hours....great prize draw Manic, but who the hell goes to the dentist at 7.30AM?? Life is too short!

Tanya said...

Great Contest. Congrats to everyone who won!

I was really hoping for a Bakers Square pie. When I was a kid in Chicago, we would go there after church a lot of times. Next time I visit, I'll put it on my list.

Anonymous said...

Well done to everyone who donated, and a huge congrats to all who won x

Sammie Banks x

Shelley said...

How much fun was that? I loved watching the winners being drawn and announced, that was way better than the Academy Awards!

I am not in the blog closet, and I so, so wish I was. I think I've maybe written two posts since my husband decided to start reading it, damn him.

Oh, and Manic? I think they ought to kick your skinny ass right out of Weight Watchers. Just sayin'. ;)

AutoSysGene said...

OMG, is that Amy from Amy's Gripping Commentary? She is one lucky girl, she also won the gc over on my blog.

I see a spending spree in her future. Congrats to all the winners!! And Sarah I will take you out for a celebratory martini!!

Sarah said...

Melissa - I sure could use a martini! It's been one heck of a week (work wise) and I'm pretty burnt and frazzled over there.

Anonymous said...

Ok, that was too totally fun for you! I love how you put that together. Very clever with the little hearts (showoff!). Congrats to all the winners, and here's hoping more blood gets donated regularly. I'm waiting wiht bated breath for my little yellow postcard to arrive in the mail (I think March 1? 8?). And I have to say... I love how all the Heartland Blood Centers look alike. When you swing into the back, mine has the same three doors on the left, the same setup of chairs, etc in the back. But MINE has a play area for kids where the file cabinets are in the front for yours. Not that I've ever seen kids in there.

Yay blood donors!


Kate said...

Manic, I didn't get your email. I got home and squealed! How fun! Ryan is tickled. I said, "Honey, you won a Major Award!" And then he quoted that whole scene out of A Christmas Story. =) I'll email you the addy.

I haven't heard from Donald yet. I suppose I could actually call...

This is the coolest!

Anonymous said...

Holy moly, I won BOTH the blood contests! This is the first time I've ever entered blog contests. I swear I don't know you and did not rig it!

I'd like to thank my mom, my hairy dog, my neighbor who gets the snow out of my driveway, and the guy in the next cubicle who clips his nails at work! And of course all the people who donated all that blood! 33 pints is what...4.125 gallons?!!

Thanks Manic and Melissa and all you donators!

MaNiC MoMMy™ said...

Amy--you must have some good karma blood flowing through those veins to win BOTH contests. Now do me two favors--1. email me your address so I can send you the prize (and let me know if you want a Target card or Visa or Mastercard) and 2. MAKE YOUR NEXT DONATION APPOINTMENT!

With your luck you probably have the most highly coveted blood type too!

Jules said...

HI Maniac ( ya, ya, I know...Manic),
Thanks so much for your lovely contest. You are such a good person for doing this.

And I still hate needles. So... say it with me now... needles are not my friends. NEEDLES. ARE. NOT. MY. FRIENDS.

But wouldn't you know it... I have O+ blood and the blood bank ladies get this maniacal gleam in their eyes when they see me coming. Arg! I'm being guilted into giving again!!

Billie Wages said...

Manic, I am the biggest winner of all! My treatment and the blood drive ended about the same time, and I am back at home now. So far, I am having better results with this treatment than with any since beginning them last May. My doctors were all excited about the blood drive (one of them with his picture on my corresponding blood drive article: One end result for a blood donation - an IVIG in my blog) and *did* state that I would probably derive a *better than expected* return from my treatment due to the positive impact *you all* have had on me throughout this period of time.

I just cannot say "Thank You" enough, nor do I have adequate words that truly expresse my feelings for each of you who donated. One day *YOUR* blood may make up part of the pooled blood that I receive at one of my monthly treatments.

I am not giving up on trying to get to the blogs of those who donated, but it is the nature of this beast I have (Myasthenia Gravis) to prevent me from doing all I wish to do.

Hugs to each and every one.

Ragdoll Billie on the Road to Remission

Suburban Correspondent said...

I still can't look at the video - my husband is asleep in the chair behind me, and I don't want to wake him. But congrats on figuring it out.

zolafan said...

got Kate's email last night. have to admit, I have DIAL UP (cringe) at home, so went off and watched basketball while the video loaded. pretty funny that Ryan and I were drawn back-to-back.

also funny that you misspelled my user name as "Zolofan," but did say it correctly when they pulled my heart. Oh well, no reason for you to know the name of an Italian soccer player. :)

thanks for the prize - very exciting to win a gift card to that exquisite boutique Tar-zhay!

on one of the previous contest posts, someone mentioned how their local blood center doesn't give away t-shirts. made me grateful for the Blood Center here in Houston. I've gotten t-shirts and hats from blood drives they've done in conjunction w/the Astros, Texans and Rockets. They also have a point reward program. I've redeemed the points I've gotten for donations for stuff like a backpack, a sports bag, and a Starbucks gift card.

Check with your local blood center to see if they do anything special for donors who are willing to commit to regular donations.

ORION said...

This is TOOOOO wonderful- I used to work in hospitals as a med tech so I was so stoked as manic was doing this-
Very WAY cool!

KATE said...

Wow, you put a lot of work into that contest! Good Job!!

Cat said...

how very cool for everyone! and, i just loved that you taped it - the video was very neat. so glad your contest encouraged some new (and hopefully lifelong) donors!

Barrie said...

Do the Academy Awards know about you? You'd be a terrific emcee!

Great contest. Love the Youtube!