Six LDS Writers and A Frog

Friday, December 05, 2008

So This Is Friday?

by Kerry Blair

When last we left the Friday edition of the Frog Blog, it was the day after Thanksgiving and Kerry was stressed, exhausted, and just a little crabby. A week has passed and, frankly, not much has changed.

Well . . . a few things have changed. Instead of pumpkins and pilgrims on the mantle I now have:


This represents a fraction of my rather impressive Santa collection. Since I totally spaced blogging this week, we'll have another contest. Guess how many representations of Santa are on my mantle or the wall above it. (If more than one correct answer is submitted, I'll draw for the winner.) Winner gets a copy of Covenant's new Christmas compilation: By the Light of a Star. I have a story in there along with Gale Sears, Joni Hilton, and several others. It's a fun and inspirational little book, but this is not an ad. (Unless Robby or Rachel from Covenant are reading this, then it is -- I swear!)


The winner of last week's contest, the This Just In gift set, is Commenter #14, Heather! Please contact me at kerrylynnblair@aol.com with your mailing info.

As much as I hate to admit it, this is honestly the best I can do right now. Join us again next week for the continuing adventures of The Old and the Nearly-Comotose.


34 Comments:

At 12/05/2008 10:59 PM, Blogger Jennie said...

31

 
At 12/06/2008 12:21 AM, Blogger Julie Wright said...

42

And Your mantle looks very festive :)

 
At 12/06/2008 12:23 AM, Blogger Cheri J. Crane said...

What a festive mantel. It looks great! =) It reminds me of my mother's abode. She collects Santas too. I'll guess "26" knowing I'm probably wrong. Math is not my friend either. ;)

 
At 12/06/2008 12:40 AM, Blogger lachish said...

Are there 36?

 
At 12/06/2008 1:39 AM, Blogger David G. Woolley said...

It depends. Does the clock count? Its got a santa hat, a face, and two arms.

With the clock: 27

Without the clock (I agree with Cheri the Crane-ial math expert): 26

You better be nice and tell us, you naugthy little girl, or no books for you.

Dave

 
At 12/06/2008 1:40 AM, Blogger Kelsi Rose said...

I like nice round numbers, so I'm going with 40.

 
At 12/06/2008 1:41 AM, Blogger David G. Woolley said...

PS: Send me the HTML code for imbedding an email link in your post or, again, no books for you.

 
At 12/06/2008 1:20 PM, Blogger Anna said...

34 Santas is my guess.

 
At 12/06/2008 4:42 PM, Blogger Julie Coulter Bellon said...

It look so festive!

I guess 88. :-)

 
At 12/06/2008 6:20 PM, Blogger David G. Woolley said...

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At 12/06/2008 6:22 PM, Blogger David G. Woolley said...

88? Are you kidding Julie? Where did you come up with that? I know Blair blocked the blow up feature so you can't enalrge the photo for an accurate count, but 88?

This isn't Buckingham Hearth here. Its a small fireplace in Chino Arizona, which they rarely use because who needs anything warm in Arizona? It can't be more than twelve feet long and maybe five feet high. Do you really think Kerry could squeeze 88 santas into twelve by five feet. She's an author for crying out loud, not a magician.

If this were an 8 1/2 by 11 sheet of paper she could write in 88 santas, but not in real life.

 
At 12/06/2008 6:56 PM, Blogger Julie Coulter Bellon said...

Listen, Woolley, 88 is my favorite number and I thought it was appropriate because it's sort of Santa shaped and who died and made you the guessing police anyway?

Hmmmph!

(Besides, Kerry is tricky. I'm sure there's tiny Santas on there as well that she's going to count.)

 
At 12/06/2008 6:57 PM, Blogger Danyelle Ferguson said...

OK - I thought I counted 24. Maybe my eye sight is going. 88???? :)

 
At 12/06/2008 7:13 PM, Blogger Kerry Blair said...

David:

Your guess IS a little closer than Julie's -- but not all that much. Perhaps you need glasses; besides, I AM sneaky.

Furthermore, Mr. W, it was 20 degrees F when I got up this morning. We not only have a fireplace, we have two woodstoves, and none of them are merely decorative. I keep telling people I live in Central AZ, but nobody listens . . .

As for the "HTML code for imbedding an email link in your post" -- I have NO IDEA what you're talking about. Nor did I deliberately make the photo difficult to blow up -- Google must have done that.

Now send those books!

 
At 12/06/2008 8:28 PM, Blogger Kelsi Rose said...

I counted again, when I wasn't dog tired, and I came up with two different numbers, so I am revising my guess to the mean of my counts of 41.

 
At 12/06/2008 11:40 PM, Blogger Julie Coulter Bellon said...

*sigh* Okay, can I revise my guess to 48 then?

 
At 12/06/2008 11:45 PM, Blogger Heather said...

My guess is 38.

 
At 12/07/2008 11:34 AM, Blogger David G. Woolley said...

We have a santa shaped guess (thanks Julie) and a freezing cold Arizonan (or is it Chinoan?). Would would have guessed?

Not me. At least not 88.

 
At 12/07/2008 11:36 AM, Blogger David G. Woolley said...

I really hope I win because Jennie Hanson always wins. Always. It think Kerry is bucking for a good review or something. Life is never fair.

I suppose I could give away a gift or two but no one wants my used stuff, even when I wrap it up pretty. So Kerry is by the Lig of a Star used? And, if I happen to win, which I won't because I'm up against Jennie, do you plan to wrap it up pretty?

Just wondering.

 
At 12/07/2008 11:47 AM, Blogger Kerry Blair said...

Um...Heather just won the biggest prize I've ever offered here. (YaY, Heather) But, yes, the book is brand new, shiny red, and will be prettily wrapped upon request. :) Thanks to everyone for playing -- especially those who are playing nice.

 
At 12/07/2008 11:49 AM, Blogger David G. Woolley said...

I am really sorry to post so many comments, but it just dawned on me that the title of this prize needs some re-working.

Aren't most, if not all, the authors of By the Light of a Star, fiction authors? Instead of By the Light of a Star--true Christmas Stories, you should change the title to this:

By the Light of a Star--True Christmas Stories by Professional Liars.

Just a thought.

 
At 12/07/2008 12:41 PM, Blogger David G. Woolley said...

Yeah, Julie Bellow--in', play nice!

 
At 12/07/2008 1:03 PM, Blogger Melanie Goldmund said...

Well, I was going to say 15, or maybe 50, but now I'm going to go with the Grinch number of 53. "Why, for fifty three years I've put up with it now, I MUST stop this Christmas from coming! But how?"

There are just days when you feel like the Scroonch, which is Scrooge and the Grinch rolled into one, and this whole season has been one of those days. Christmas spirit? Me? Bah! Humbug! In fact, I'm not even sure why I am entering this contest, unless it's the faint hope that IF I win this book, it MIGHT make my heart grow three sizes in one day (enabling it to at last be visible under a high-power microscope.) Of course, the right Christmas cookie could do that too ... did I read anywhere about consolation prizes? ;-)

 
At 12/07/2008 7:43 PM, Blogger Julie Coulter Bellon said...

I think she meant you, wild, Woolley, and cranky.

 
At 12/07/2008 9:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

After much thought (the reason I am posting so long after one would expect) I had determined the exact (well, almost) number but not having the availability of certain necessary facts, I must ask you, Kerry, to plug in the needed data. It is: 1/7 W (the width of the mantle in inches) squared, multiplied by the D (depth in feet, rounded off to the nearest full number) + or - (plus or minus) N (some number between 1 and 100).

See, I told you it took a great deal of thought!

Marlene Austin

 
At 12/07/2008 10:13 PM, Blogger David G. Woolley said...

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At 12/08/2008 8:59 AM, Blogger Paiges' Pages said...

I guess... 37! Math has never been my strong suite either... :)

 
At 12/08/2008 5:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Using Marlene's formula, I calculated 45.7 Santas only after I carried the three. Kerry must have one broken decoration she keeps hidden behind the pretty garland.

 
At 12/08/2008 5:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That 47.5 guess is mine.

Deb

 
At 12/08/2008 5:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Make that 45.7 not 47.5. I'll proof-read better.

Deb

 
At 12/09/2008 1:56 AM, Blogger David G. Woolley said...

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At 12/10/2008 7:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Deb,

If you read this, this is Marlene and the best part of the equation is the + or - N since it can represent anything between 1 and 100, course, that doesn't really help a lot unless you know which number you want to add or substract... I truly appreciate your confidence in me, though. That made my day (which tells you how my life is going right now!)

Hey Kerry, you wouldn't want to provide the missing N for our formula, would you? Didn't think so but Merry Getting Ready For Christmas anyway.

Marlene

 
At 12/10/2008 7:25 PM, Blogger Kerry Blair said...

Marlene: the missing N in your formula is . . . No clue. Math has never been my long suit. In fact, I'm lucky I can count to . . . uh, oh! Almost gave it away there. One more day to guess, or formulate, or postulate or whatever you all want to do before Jennie wins.

 
At 12/11/2008 12:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahhh. Now when you say before Jennie wins does that mean that 33 (or was it 32) is the closest number so far or are you falling for David's ploy? Knowing that could almost be as good as knowing N!
Actually, I'll figure out the value for N myself if you just tell me how many more Santa's you'd have to add to have 100 there. Not falling for that either? Shoot!! Well, I just went back to look at the picture to estimate the width and length to fill in the formula and, of course, the picture isn't showing on my computer. So I'm having a hard time between 32 (4 squared times 2) or 44 ( 2 squared and 2 squared) since 4 and 2 are my favorite small numbers. If I can only have one number, I'll make it 44 since I like squares.

And since I'm going that way, N stands for "nice prize".

Marlene

 

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