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a win-win-win situation

How was your weekend? Good? We had a nice one over here. It went a little like this…


the boyz at seafood always deliver

a little wet, a little muddy, a lot of fun

tremendous lightning storms…

which gave way to beautiful evenings




And then there was this business of the giveaway. Thanks to everyone who entered and shared their goals. I closed the comments at midnight on Friday, so any stragglers were stuck out. It seemed the most popular goals were: losing weight, running, gardening, cooking, cleaning, spending time with loved ones. I hope you all meet your goal(s) and even if you don’t, I hope you find happiness either way.

Jeremy and I pondered how to go about selecting the winner. There is Random and then there is Inane. You can probably guess where this went:


to the dogs (someone is on a diet, so carrots in place of kibbles)

we employ trained, licensed professionals resort to kaweah



We recorded the number under the first kibble Kaweah ate upon her release command. Jeremy had to rush in to keep her from mowing through all of the neighboring carrot nubs each time. Each number corresponded to a digit in a three-digit number, x. If x was greater than the number of entries N = 616 (since #422 out of 617 opted out) then we took the mod of x by N.

6… (see her eying 9? she ate that too)



After each selection, we filled all of the numbers with carrot nubs to “reset” the board. We wound up filling more than one because Kaweah made quick work of sucking up the surrounding carrot nubs.

and another 6! (and she ate the 9 again)



Kaweah was so excited about the treats that she dove into the third digit before I was ready to photograph it, but it was a 3. So our winner was 663 mod 616 which is 47. And commenter #47 who will receive a $100 giftcard is:

Shanna whose goal is: 1) to not waste any of the beautiful veggies coming from my CSA box and 2) to save $50/week.

But wait! There were two runners up to be chosen (by the same ridiculous and slobbery method). They are #561 and #216. Now because #422 opted out (she was our lovely winner of the Kyocera knife last time) #561 actually corresponds to #562 in the comments. So our winners of the Patagonia Carry Y’all bags are:

Marsha: I want to become more organized in this little 3 bedroom house. Is it to much to wish that everything should have its own place? Since I am a kindergarten teacher, me and my family will have a staycation summer as well.

Jen!: I too live in a fantastic city (Austin– thought it’s probably too hot here for you!) but for years and years have dreamed of living in NYC. A couple weeks ago I came back of my NYC pilgrimages and it finally struck me that while the big city is great and all, Austin is where I belong. This summer is the summer I will stop dreaming of living somewhere else and embrace this city, humid summer heat and all, as my own. Also I have stepped up the ol’ workout plan, so I WILL be losing some lbs!

Congratulations, ladies! I will contact you to get your selections and mailing addresses. Everyone, go forth and have a fantastic summer (or winter)! Thanks for participating and being a part of use real butter.


my work here is done


50 nibbles at “a win-win-win situation”

  1. Tartelette says:

    I need to learn how to do that with Bailey. Tippy would just lie down on top of the numbers :)
    Congrats to the winners!

  2. Christy says:

    Awesome! Absolutely the best ever way to pick a winner! And Kaweah got a snack to boot!

  3. Whitney says:

    Kaweah is so precious. So much more fun than a random number generator.

  4. Tiffany says:

    The judge is so cute! She can tell me I failed whenever!

  5. Kate @Savour Fare says:

    Much better than Random.org!

  6. Teresa says:

    I found your site through Esi at dishing up delights. I must say you take amazing photos. I love the lightning photo especially. Great work.

  7. Ciaochowlinda says:

    Loved how you picked a winner

  8. Georgia says:

    I love photos of your dog almost as much as I love your food photos. What a beauty!!!

  9. dawn says:

    I love love love those lighting photos!

  10. Allie says:

    Ahaha. Fun method to pick. Geekery.

  11. TheKitchenWitch says:

    You are hilarious! Your choice of methodology made me smile.

  12. maybelles mom says:

    Alright, I think your dog is amazingly well behaved. It wouldn’t have worked that way at my house. Those three ladies have great goals.

  13. Ronine says:

    The first photo of Kaweah eyeing the snacks made me giggle. I love that evening sky also.

  14. Simone (junglefrog) says:

    O my god, what a fantastic way to pick a winner!! Loved it!! Hmm, now I have to go and find a way to teach my cats to do something similar, although for some reason I fear the worst… lol

  15. Nicisme says:

    Heh heh! Great way to pick a winner Kaweah!

  16. charlane says:

    adorable way to pick a winner

  17. Liz says:

    Great photos and great selection method! :) Even though I didn’t win, I’m happy I had a chance to think about my goals.

  18. Kaitlin says:

    Cute way to choose a winner :)

  19. Fiona says:

    Ok, now. Time for honesty.

    The Colorado Tourist Board is paying you to put up these insane pictures. Right? It’s part of their evil plan to make *everyone* want to live in Colorado.

    It’s working.

  20. Shanna says:

    That is such a great way to choose a winner. Thanks, Kaweah!

  21. jo says:

    I think my dogs would love to have been in Kaweah’s shoes. They’ll probably try and bungle up the entire number picking process just to eat more treats!

  22. Paula K says:

    I love it that you use Kaweh to pick the winners. :D

  23. heather says:

    OMG – seriously…your antics really do exceed “random” to enter “inane” territory. love it.

    and now…it’s pate de fruits time. oh tartelette…

  24. Asianmommy says:

    Hee! Love your method of selection–much more fun than a random number generator. :)

  25. GIGI says:

    HA! So I just stumbled across your website and from the first picture I can tell you live in Boulder!!! I know all the Whole Food Fish Mongers @ the Boulder Pearl Street Location! How funny! And you’re right: they always deliver!

  26. Manggy says:

    Congrats to the winner! For a while there I thought you were going to proceed to chop hundreds of carrot bits to match your comment numbers, lol.

  27. April in CT says:

    Congrats to the winners!

    You make me want to move, seriously.

  28. Diana Merrell says:

    Gotta love it!!

  29. Jamie says:

    Aww, give your doggy a kiss for me… so cute!

  30. Kristine says:

    I wonder if my teachers use the same method for choosing our grades!

    Congratulations to the winners!!

  31. Eat. Travel. Eat! says:

    That is a very cool way to pick a winner! I really like the last photo of Kaweah.

    And those photos are fabulous again :). I’ve never seen a Whole Food’s fishmonger hold that much fish and posing for a photo!

  32. Barb says:

    Oh, that was the best way to select a winner! Love your dog! And that photo of the lightening bolt is amazing! Thanks for sharing it.

  33. Lori says:

    Her work there is onde… I l love that pic. You always capture her emotion so perfectly.

  34. Steph F. says:

    aww Kaweah. Always adorable and expressive!

  35. art and lemons says:

    Your Boulder photos make me miss living there! Especially Whole Foods, Flagstaff, and Mount Sanitas. What a sweet dog…

  36. Melissa says:

    Love the math. Love the Kaweah face. So, so adorable.

    Congratulations folks!

  37. Melissa says:

    That is the most fabulous way to pick a winner I have ever seen! You are sooooo creative! Love the parting shot of Kaweah.

  38. Elaine says:

    OMG that’s soooo cute and creative! What kind of dig is Kaweah? She’s soooo, I dont’ know what the word is, but she makes me want a dog with me while I’m away from mine.

  39. Annie says:

    Haha, so cute. I love Kaweah!

  40. Brittany says:

    I love the sky in the “beautiful evenings” picture…makes me wanna ditch town for the rockies!

  41. Jen says:

    Geeks rock. As do furry, carrot-munching cuties.

  42. Erin says:

    Your dog = awesome. Our lab *used* to would do things like that, but the days of obedience left us long ago (about the same time a human child came into our life). :)

  43. jenyu says:

    Thanks all for participating!

    Fiona – ha! I wish they were ;) xxoo

    GIGI – actually, I don’t live in Boulder, but I live near it.

    Elaine – Kaweah is a black labrador retriever :) And she’s a goofball.

  44. Mollie says:

    I love K-girl picked giveaways!!! She’s could get a job hosting the lotto numbers on TV… :)

  45. melanie says:

    i like your bear. very handsome

  46. Caitlin says:

    Every time you haul out Kaweah, I get irritated that I can’t have a dog. So absolutely adorable.

  47. Lisa is Bossy says:

    OMG I LOVE IT! Bummed I missed the giveaway – but I never win those things anyway. Haha!

    Ms. Kaweah has so much hard work to accomplish each day. It’s a wonder you don’t give her more breaks. Ms. Lucca is the same way. Rough life those doggies have…

  48. Mrs Ergül says:

    Congrats to the winners! Kaweah is real adorable in that last photo! Do you ever struggle between what to shoot? Kaweah or the steamy hot food just cooked?

  49. jenyu says:

    Aww, Kaweah sends her waggy love to everyone :)

    Mrs. E – I shoot Kaweah a lot when we’re not around food, so when food is out, food takes priority.

  50. Paola Lucca says:

    a little wet, a little muddy, a lot of fun…for me is like hell! but I’m happy you enjoyed your days…

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