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LEAVE OF ABSENCE AND A CONTEST!
I don't know about you guys, but I get twitchy when I'm without computer access for an extended period...and that is what is looming up in my face RIGHT NOW. We are leaving at o'hell early in the morning to fly to Germany to celebrate my baby brother's nuptials with the whole fam damily. Wish me luck singing! studiozoe and her Tobey are housesitting for us, for which favor I am very grateful. :)

And I will wish YOU luck with a contest that I have devised to keep you occupied (and get comments, lots and lots of pretty, pretty comments) while I'm gone.

Just to give you some background and to help with your clever twisty minds, John sells skis and snowboards and Simone is a physical therapist. She is, ahem, MUCH younger than he is. They met when she was an au pair in the States for a year and did the long-distance thing for way too long. He's been working hard on his German since he moved to Germany a couple of years ago, and is pretty fluent now. He plays baseball, and they are both very outdoorsy, going camping and hiking and biking and skiing all the freaking time. He is an excellent photographer but he is very lazy about posting his photos on his journal (or anywhere else). A journal, you ask, in surprised tones? Why, yes, I reply. A LiveJournal to be exact. But he never posts there because he is a slacker, so don't bother clicking on the link. Also, Simone is very crafty and loves to make things. She made me 2 strings of paper flower lights for my birthday last year, for example, which I shamefully can't post a photo of because they're still not up. My bad.

ANYWAY! Now to the contest!

Seeing as how my brother has reached the venerable old age of 36 (37? 35? hee!) without having ever managed to tie the knot, he is probably in need of some good advice for weddings and relationships and marriages in general.

The contest is to give John and Simone advice, BUT! (there's always a but, isn't there?) it must be in the form of a poem, and free-form poetry is, I regret to say, since it's by far the easiest, not allowed. You can write your advice in rhyming verse, in limerick, in haiku, in sonnet, whatever else you like.

Leave your contest entries in the comments of this post, DO NOT SEND ME AN EMAIL. ...because the very lovely Liz Elayne, of Poetry Thursday fame, has graciously agreed to be the contest judge! Yay, Liz! (what a nice name she has, too, by the way, don't you think?)

The contest will run until our return on June 4th, so you have a whole 11 days to think up things to tell the newlyweds. Everyone can enter (even you lurkity lurkers), and you can enter as many times as you like.

What do we get out of this, you ask? I'm so glad you remembered that part! PRIZES! Pretty, pretty prizes! There will be German souvenirs of the best kind (and possibly the kitsch-iest kind, muahahaa!) for the funniest entry and possibly a couple of other categories that Liz Elayne and I will make up on the spot after the contest is over and since we will be going to Oberammergau (yes, John, sorry, it's inevitable), which is renowned for its wood carvers, there will be something woody and carvy, most likely, for the Grand Prize Winner.

So, go forth and advise! The contest starts NOW!
 creative
mood: creative
music: Anders packing suitcases and the camera bag


Comments
Attempt Numero Uno


So many years for John and Simone
yet neither truly other own
for they have not walked down the aisle
allowed sister their path with rice defile
shared some rich and icing thick fruitcake
or a real honeymoon in the Sun did you take

of love there is no doubt
as a wedding is an expensive shout
drinks all round and a meal
and some grumpy vegetarian won't like the veal
but the speeches rambling will make you remember
why you joined when your ages reach towards December

after the wedding life's not so different
perhaps only one surname on the bills and rent
for you the heat of passion's fire
must be kept lit in the one you desire
flowers and night's off from cooking or cleaning
and communication as you share life's sweet sweet dreaming.

(Anonymous)

But I was going to have a contest while I'm gone next week. Oh well, I suppose I still can.

~Sprigs

You'll do just about anything for comments, won't you? :) Wait a minute...this post has been up for two days?...(sorry, I've been swamped at work)...and there's only one entry? Don't everybody jump in at once... A haiku from your unmarried friend who believes she's married anyway...

Some legal, some not
there are ways to tie the knot
but best is with hearts






Oops...yes, I see that the post has been up for THREE days...I really can count...it's just been that kind of week... ;)

(Anonymous)
marriage haiku

communication
is the basis of it all
love, respect, follow.


~aswope@hotmail.com

(Anonymous)
marriage advice for John

This is very important, John, so pay attention! :-)

If ever your wife asks of thee
"Is that girl hotter than me?"
Don't think and don't sigh,
Just quickly reply,
"Shen's not and she never could be."


DebR
http://debrichardson.blogspot.com

(Anonymous)
Re: marriage advice for John

Dang...First word of the last line should be "She's", not Shen's...sheesh!

(Anonymous)

well, i don't think i can enter...wouldn't be fair i guess. but i love some of these...hope we get to read some more!!
liz elayne
http://bepresentbehere.blogspot.com


Wedding advice is hard to give
for each one's life seperate live
love one another as well as you can
take holidays where you can tan
feed each other with love and light
and support each other when all isn't right
the world speedbumps will present
but these obstacles don't resent
just providing opportunities to bond you nearer
as through life lived in love you love clearer.

(Anonymous)
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