My hat is off to grandparents who wind up raising their grandchildren. A mere half-day spent with my niece’s kids makes me want to lie down with a cold cloth on my eyes.

The boys are funny and sweet but very, very high-energy. Bless their hearts.

That’s why today’s entry is short. By the time I got back to my host’s home last night, I wasn’t good for much besides having a bowl of oatmeal and visiting a short time before crawling up to bed. And I’m only 52.

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Alas, it’s not another $100 Amazon gift card. I wish I could give away one of those every week (and keep a few for myself).

However, it is a $10 head start on something you want — and it comes with chocolate!

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Chocolate and attitude.

Since the “Alaska Girls Kick Ass” bumper sticker went over so well last week, I’m going to do it again – and this time, with Godiva chocolate.

Yes, you’ll get the AGKA sticker — which is fun even if you’re a guy — plus several Godiva goodies. To enter, leave a comment before 9 p.m. PDT Monday, June 21.

You can get additional entries by subscribing via e-mail or RSS, or by signing up to follow me on Twitter or Facebook. If you do any (or all!) of these things, please leave an additional comment for each so that all your entries will be counted.

Incidentally, the first batch of Alaska postcards has gone out. If you want to put yourself on the mailing list, you can do so by following this link.

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Yesterday I bought three 12-packs of Diet Coke for $6.99. That is not a typo. I took advantage of a buy-two-get-one-free sale and “bought” one of the two with a “free 12-pack” coupon that I got from My Coke Rewards. I’ll be all set for quite a while as regards my caffeine of choice.

Before you hit “submit” on the Comments button, let me assure you that I already know carbonated soft drinks are not good for me. I already have a dental hygienist sister who is happy to point this out. But what’s life without a little sin?

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Two contest winners.

The random number generator has spoken! Here are the winners of the most recent contests:

Marcia Carli gets the stuffed husky pup and the “Alaska Girls Kick Ass” bumper sticker. (Another AGKA bumper sticker will be up for grabs soon. Watch this space.)

Buffy wins the “Minor Celebrities” draw. I think even the computer laughed at her tale of running into her big-time crush, Richard Gere, only to commit a most unladylike faux pas. Read her story, and others, by clicking on the above link.

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