We have a winner!

Ladies and Gentlemen,

My sincere thanks for your entries in the Overwhelmedness Contest last week.  You made my first contest an overwhelming success, and I’m grateful for your honesty, your willingness to laugh in the face of crazy, and your bravery in sharing your stories with my little corner of the world.

I’m better for your sharing, and I hope you were encouraged by the stories, as well… even if it’s just to feel a touch more normal and a bit less alone.  Thank you for being a terrific community to me and each other this week and for making me regret my embarrassing disclosures a little less than usual.

Sally writes:

We do, in fact, have a winner in the contest.

So after developing a detailed tallying system, countless minutes reading, assessing and reassessing, Kim and I came to the conclusion that it was only fair to narrow it down to the most harrowing stories and tales and have Spencer pull the winning name out of a hat (or rather a red preschool bucket).

The $20 Starbucks gift card goes to… (drum roll, please)… Leslie! Between car accidents, office floodings, and general craziness at church (not to mention jet lag), we crown Leslie the overwhelmedness Queen.

AND the $1.55 goes to… (drum roll, please)… Dave Woolsey! Because if anything is more frustrating than being 75 feet from the Coffee Cottage, it’s a $1.55 gift card which we all know will buy nothing at Starbucks.

Dave, when finding yourself that close to the Coffee Cottage, the answer is always YES!  There.  I solved all your life problems.  You’re welcome.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Sally

Congratulations, Leslie!  And Dave? 😉

My sincere thanks, Kim and Sally.  I’m exceedingly glad that I didn’t have to judge.  The fact that you both did it graciously while parenting your small children, preparing for Christmas, and having illness in your homes to boot… well, those things just show how very, very qualified you were for your roles.

I’ll join Kim and Sally in saying,

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Beth

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ABOUT BETH WOOLSEY I'm a writer. And a mess. And mouthy, brave, and strong. I believe we all belong to each other. I believe in the long way 'round. And I believe, always, in grace in the grime and wonder in the wild of a life lived off course from what was, once, a perfectly good plan.
6 comments
  1. Two things. First I must question the validity of the criteria for winning this contest. It should be obvious that one truly overwhelmed would not have had the time to write of his/her plight, a condition of which I am a prime example. Therefore I am nominating myself for The Prize, even though it has already been awarded. (It’s a principle thing)

    Second, if the winner of the award is as overwhelmed as stated, she will not have time to make use of The Prize, and therefore the true winner (see paragraph 1) should have it.

    Thank you for your consideration.

    Larry

    1. Larry, you make me laugh. That in and of itself is worthy of a prize. I hearby award you the Man of Principle award. Wear it with honor.

  2. WOO HOO!! I never win anything! This is so awesome! thank you, thank you!
    I wish somehow, that a $20 gift card to Starbucks would stop the overwhelmedness but I’m not so sure…but I thank you all anyway!

    I loved hearing everyone’s stories and it indeed helped me to laugh along with others and feel not so alone.

  3. Thanks so much! I was just looking for a re-gifting item for a relative who has 5 kids. (And that’s a lot.)

    1. Maybe I’ll just put that certificate in my own stocking. 🙂

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