On Saturday night I went with my sister and my mother to Deseret Book. During the General Priesthood Session of conference the bookstore holds a "Ladies Night." I don't go every six months, maybe once a year, or once every 18 to 24 months. The bookstore gives away books, stickers, pictures, candles, statues/figurines, etc. There are usually a pack of women in the store and women with children and strollers are in for a bummer of a time trying to get around.
As the three of us drove to American Fork to the store we were commenting on how we were sure we would win something. We seem to have a bit of a lucky streak, but I prefer to call it positive energy. I have really started trying to use this positive energy in all facets of my life, but it seems like whenever I enter some sort of drawing my personal positive energy ignites. We entered our names into the plexi-glass box and as we did so I made a fan out of my paper. I know this makes me a freak, but I have heard that there is something to do with more surface area, thereby making it easier for the person drawing the cards out to find and pick my card. Amy and I both used the fan approach.
As we watched names getting called my mother commented that she thought the women pulling the cards out were specifically avoiding the fanned cards. I have actually been at drawings where the person doing the drawing has commented out loud on how they WILL NOT pick the fanned cards. Come on! Every person who entered wants to win, that is why they enter. If it makes someone feel better to fan their card out, so what?
They did a drawing every 15 minutes or so and as I was waiting in line to purchase a new Book of Mormon for my son (he spilled something sticky on his old one, thereby rendering the first 1/3 of the book useless, kind of like the 116 pages that were lost) I hear the name Amy Coat called. Well, as most of you know this is not my sister's name, but pronunciation be darned, Amy won! She got a John Bytheway CD. She assures me that she will listen to it and then pass it on so that my family will have something fun to listen to while we drive to So. Cal next month.
Since Amy won we were satisfied that our luck appetite had been satisfied and we trooped over to Pet Smart. There we met a nice female ferret named Willow. She was cute, but freaked me out a little bit. Amy and her family have just purchased a rabbit and so Amy was trying to find a leash for Snickerdoodle, which is a whole different blog entry but who has the time? While we were watching Amy choose a leash I said to my mother, hey let's run back over to DB for the next drawing. So we did.
Sure enough, there had been such a large exodus out of the store after the previous drawing that they were picking name after name after name to claim the prizes. Sure enough, my name was called. I won a book about mothers with pictures by Greg Olsen. Okay, I said I was lucky, I didn't say I always win cool prizes. The book is nice and all, and has a retail value of $15.95, but I don't get in to picture books. I want a book I can READ, something of substance, not just cutesy quotes about motherhood.
Now that two out of three of us had won we decided to go get some dinner. We walked into Applebee's and there were people strewn all over waiting for tables and priesthood session was getting out in 10 minutes so I was worried about our seating wait time. We walked up to the podium, told them we were a party of 3, and lo and behold, they immediately sat us. Okay people, that made our lucky streak 3 for 3.
We had a great time together and commented on how lucky our husbands were that they married such lucky ladies.
In the future, when I call upon my positive energy powers, I will be more specific as to the items I want to win at the DB drawing, but in the mean time I will bask in the positive energy that seems to flow from within.