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Please pardon a second post today announcing the winners of this week’s blog theme contest. Andra and MTM renew their wedding vows in Vegas was the hidden theme. Cootchie Hooch and Las Vegas themed prizes are secured for the winner. Several honorable mentions get Las Vegas tinted goodies as well. I hope no winner stamps their package ‘Return to Sender.’

Lou Mello was the first reader to guess the theme. He had a slight advantage, because he was one of only four people who knew what we were doing in Vegas. I think he guessed the theme as a joke, not really sure where the week was headed. A deck of fabulous Las Vegas themed playing cards and a pair of loaded dice are en route to Lou.

Andrea Boccucci was the first reader to guess the Elvis theme behind the song titles. I hoped some of his gospel music would be less obviously Elvis, but I discounted how many diehard Elvis fans exist in all genres of his work. For her devotion to Elvis, Andrea will receive a deck of kitschy Las Vegas themed playing cards.

Robert Johnson at The Quotidian Hudson guessed the theme about five seconds after our winner, making him the true runner-up. Readers may recall Robert’s win during last month’s Christmas music extravaganza, one that required luck and multiple comments to be drawn from the hat. This week’s theme needed a little more skill. Robert wins a delightful set of Las Vegas themed playing cards.

Nancy Hatch at Spirit Lights the Way is the winner of this week’s contest. On Thursday, she logged onto the blog at just the right moment and scored. Though we did not spring the extra cash to have Elvis conduct our ceremony, it was our original intent. Nancy wins Cootchie Hooch, a deck of tacky Las Vegas themed playing cards and a pair of lucky dice used in a casino in Vegas. Congratulations, Nancy!

Thanks to everyone for reading and playing this week. Your presence made us feel like you were there in The Little White Chapel with us, and we couldn’t ask for a more eclectic, esteemed group of guests.

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  1. Woo hoo! What a great theme and guessing game, Andra! I had ever so much FUN playing along and hoping that the “light bulb” would go off. :idea:

    Thanks so much. Here’s to Cootchie Hooch and Las Vegas souvenirs!

    And to many more happy and kitschy years together for you and MTM!

    PS I shall NOT return to sender. ;)

    January 29, 2012
    • I wish the same for you and your BFF, Nancy. I will get your things in the mail tomorrow or Tuesday, at the latest. Let me know when they arrive.

      January 29, 2012
    • Will do! :D

      January 29, 2012
  2. Did you miss my presence, even though we havent met in person? Im a big elvis fan as well. Nice idea for renewing the vows!

    January 29, 2012
    • This blog sort of becomes family to us, so YES! You’ve been a little occupied, if the post I last read from your blog is any indication. I hope you and YLB are okay.

      January 29, 2012
  3. The funny thing is that with my short attention span, I had totally forgotten what you and Shadow Ninja were doing in Vegas, all I remembered was MTM working and a side trip to Zion. You’re right, I was just stringing together hints in an amusing (at least to me) manner. However, I humbly accept the specially card shark marked playing cards and will invite the Cyber Ninja Carnell to a “friendly” card game forthwith.

    January 29, 2012
    • Lou, how could you forget something like that? That’s just cwaaazzy.

      January 29, 2012
      • He still receives the loaded dice, regardless.

        January 29, 2012
    • You are always amusing, Lou, and I am happy to give you surcees. :)

      January 29, 2012
  4. Yay! The answer is revealed!! (And many congratulations to you and MTM, too!)

    January 29, 2012
  5. You are so creative; and a lovely blog hostess to have included your readers in your Vegas adventure ~

    January 29, 2012
    • A week of fun before I dig into a major revision of my book. I am glad some people came along on the trip.

      January 29, 2012
  6. Such a fun thematic week! And I learned a new word…surcees. I am going to try my luck at using the word this week. My grandma was a southern girl…why didn’t she teach me about it? Debra

    January 29, 2012
    • I can’t wait to hear how that word resonates in Southern California, Debra. Please let me know the context and the outcome.

      January 29, 2012
  7. Thank you so much, Andra! Remind me to tell you just how far my devotion to Elvis goes next time I see you. It includes birthday cakes and a life-sized Elvis cut out (from the late 50’s, when he was still gorgeous) that lived in my dorm room for a few years.

    January 29, 2012
    • My favorite Elvis is from that period, too. Your devotion served you well. :)

      January 29, 2012

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