Thank you all for voting in the First Ever Contest With a Prize poll. You have done what I could never have accomplished. You chose a winner!
The recipient of the two books is Whitney from Baby Tunnel Exodus for providing the caption, "Whattaya mean the grass is greener on the other side? Looks the same to me."
Congratulations, Whitney! You can email me your address and I'll send your prize just as quickly as the rural postal service allows.
Those who are interested in the books can find them at Amazon.com. Just do a quick search for author Jenny Oldfield.
In other news, I spent a good portion of the past 24 hours searching for a blanket that my daughter misplaced.
I looked in closets, under beds, in the luggage, in every cupboard, behind every dresser, and under all the seats in my car. I even looked in the freezer, in the shower, and in the dog house. I stripped the sheets off her bed and looked under the mattress pad. She went to bed sobbing for her blankie.
After a long day of further searching, I gave up ever finding the blanket. I found 27 legos, 48 cents, 11 hair elastics, and a decapitated Barbie. No blanket.
At one point, my daughter said, "I can find the blanket, Mama. I will just be magic."
I said, "Really?"
She said, "Yes. I will say abwacadabwa."
She stood on the bed, looked very serious, and said, "Abwacadabwa."
Then she said, "It didn't work, Mama. I need a hat to be magic."
Alas, we don't have a magic hat.
We do have a very tiny drawer in the end table in the living room, however, which is where the three-year-old found her blankie tonight as she was headed off to bed.
I didn't know whether to be relieved or to scream with the agony of knowing that all the while, it was in the one drawer in this house that I failed to inspect.