Some days, I think about all of the grandiose and magnificent things I could be doing to change the world. I could be saving lives as a medical doctor or teaching university students at Stanford or coming up with brilliant new technology ideas at the Google headquarters.
And yet, here I am - blowing noses, making macaroni & cheese, giving baths, singing songs, going on long walks to collect rocks, changing diapers, drawing pictures with sidewalk chalk, saying "don't put your feet on the table" and "use your nice manners, please" and "would you like to wear your blue shirt or your red shirt today?"
Sometimes, it seems so inconsequential, so small.
But then, I realize that THIS is what it's all about. THIS is what matters. Not my masters degree or my work or even this little blog. What matters are these two precious girls - the lessons I teach them, the legacy I will live, the people they will become.
This Sunday is Mother's Day - a day to recognize our own mothers, to reflect on the kind of mothers we want to be, and to acknowledge the important role that mothers play in our society.
To celebrate, I am pleased to be giving away an incredible prize package (valued at almost $1,800) to one reader:
First, the winner will receive a Toshiba Portege M750 ($1,699).
Your mom (or you...) will be the "coolest mom on the block" with this lightweight, portable, and highly functional tablet/laptop. Yes, that's right it's a notebook that converts to a tablet.
You can work on it like this:
Or you can adjust the screen:
And it will look like this:
Awesome, huh? The tablet allows you to write on the screen with an accompanying digital pen and/or you can do what you need to do by simply touching the screen.
You can read all the specs on the Toshiba website, but you can be assured that it has lots of excellent features and that it is "among the greenest" laptops (it was awarded the elite EPEAT Gold status, the highest rating in environmental standard for laptops by EPEAT).
The Portege M750 would make an awesome gift for any mom. Whether she's a blogger, a designer, a professor, or a stay-at-home mom who enjoys going online throughout the day, she'll love this small notebook that she can carry around with her anywhere.
The winner will also receive the Small Phantom laptop bag from STM Bags.
She'll need somewhere to store her precious "cargo." Why not explore the options at STM Bags? The Small Phantom is an especially good pick for laptops with a 12" or 13" screen. The vivid red is an STM-exclusive color and the entire look is sleek and streamlined. The interior is roomy enough for your notebook and baby gear. Last night, I went to National Mom's Nite Out and comfortably arranged my MacBook, baby diapers, wipes, an extra outfit, my wallet, and my glasses in the bag.
One winner will be toting around a new laptop in a trendy new bag this summer. Here's a shot of the prize package:
HERE'S HOW YOU CAN WIN!
Leave a topic-related comment on this post. It can be about what you most want for Mother's Day or about how you would use the "tablet" functionality of the Toshiba or about the features you look for in a laptop bag. You choose. Just remember all generic entries ("enter me," "love it," "pick me, please," etc.) will be disqualified. This contest is open to readers with a U.S. mailing address.
Because this an extra-special giveaway, I'm allowing you the opportunity to earn up to 7 additional entries.
For additional entries you can:
That's up to 7 additional entries! Please be sure to leave a comment for each additional entry.
The deadline for this contest is Friday, May 22nd, 2009.
*UPDATE* The winner is #294 Emily. Congratulations!