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Tuesday, July 17th, 2007
6:27 pm
Hi Hi Hi Hi!

I am hopped up on Diet Dr. Pepper and too much Cadbury Special Dark and desperately in need of a break from reviewing L'Hopital's Rule, SO.

I'd like to announce Round Two of LJ Big/Little Week.

I figure we're gonna need something to get over the lull that is bound to occur following the end of Harry Potter. Plus, August is a generally sucky month anyway, so why not make it brighter?

I have no dates plotted yet. This post is mostly just to plea for help. I need 2-3 people who can take over certain parts of the process. I need (1)someone to assign the Bigs and Littles, (2) someone to make the daily posts for giftage (this may also include providing a list of prompts/ideas to add to my previous brainstorms), (3) someone to keep track/manage the gifting in order to assure that everyone is getting something out of this (last time around, this mostly involved me being a bitch to those who were slacking without any previous excuses.)

That doesn't leave a whole lot for me to do. Decidedly, this is a good thing; I'm just going to stay on in an advisory role. You all know how it works now, but I can handle the tough issues and the details, etc.

I need the REST of you, however, to SPREAD THE WORD. If you want to take a new Little, get to the advertising! We're not going to match Bigs and Littles this time--any of those who participated in the first round are Bigs. Anyone new who joins is a potential Little. So if there's someone on your flist that you want to spoil like the dickens, recruit their asses over here.

(Alternatively, if there's enough demand for it, we can do it just like last time... but it's generally easier to have one set of Bigs and one set of Littles and not everyone participating in both sets. Oh my, this is confusing even to me.)

I am HOPING for this to all go on within a month's time. One week to work out the group management, one week to recruit, one week to plan gifts, one week for giftage. So, tentatively, we're looking at the middle of August. Just as a heads up.

Okay. I think that's it. Let me know if you have questions or are interested in fulfilling one of the management roles.

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007
5:32 pm
Last one!

It's been great, guys. :)

12:26 am
Sorry it took me longer to get this posted... I got distracted by Conan... *shifty*

(yeah yeah, so I gave you an extra one because I felt guilty.)

That's sixteen of you revealed now! Only nine more to go...
Monday, March 19th, 2007
6:59 pm
Hey girls!

Well, forgive my (inherent) laziness, but I've been trying to think of creative ways to do this for the past (nearly) two weeks and am coming up short. Basically, it's easy to do something creative and fun in real life, but in order to do something like I'm accustomed to, you'd all have to be in the same room or able to interact, that's just nigh impossible on LJ.

So, at the very least, I'm going to spread it out a bit so that you can all see who everyone else's Big is.

Do, please let me know if I get something mixed up/confused. I don't think I will, but I'm at my parents' house right now and don't have all my madly-scribbled notes surrounding me, so it's easy to get confuzzled. :-D

Just look for your username and click on the jelly beans to be forwarded straight to your Big. :)

I'll post five more at midnight and then the rest tomorrow!

PS: lucy_starlet? Your Big has started to leave your presents on the previous posts, if you want to check for them!
Saturday, March 17th, 2007
12:08 am
And now for 'Mama''s present for all of you. :-D

Friday, March 16th, 2007
12:10 am
Gift Day #5

First, a few notes:

(1) DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT reveal yourself to your Little on this post. Revelation will take place, most likely, on the 20th. If you have any particular conflicts with this date, let me know ASAP, along with a date (before the 21st, because I will be in D.C.) that you will be available. I will then have to make sure that your Little is also available on that date, so the sooner I know, the better.

I realize that it's a pain to have to wait even longer to reveal yourselves, but there are a few participants out of town (one who will be gone till the 19th and has yet to send or receive any of her presents--this was an unexpected absence, so please don't hold it against her) and I think it's only fair to give everyone a chance to catch up before the fun's all over.

(2) DO feel free to offer up your guesses as to who your Big might be. And you might also try dropping a clue or two for your Little to guess your identity; I know some of you are doing that already, which is a lot of fun. :)

Okay, that should be it. If I think of anything, I'll add it in the morning/after work, so keep an eye on this post. :)

For now, though, go ahead and comment with your final gifts! (And don't forget the username in the comment header. :))
Thursday, March 15th, 2007
2:01 am
Gift Day #4
Hey ya'll--go ahead and post gifts for day four here!

I should also mention that we've had one person drop out due to her schedule, but her Big graciously took her Little in her stead, so everything's worked out shiny-like. :) Cheers!
Wednesday, March 14th, 2007
12:01 am
Gift Day #3!
Keep it up, guys! You're all amazing. ♥
Tuesday, March 13th, 2007
1:06 am
Gift Post Day 2
Go ahead and start posting your comments for Day 2! :)

Please remember to comment anonymously if you're not using a sock puppet account. You've all done great so far; just a friendly reminder.

Keep it up, guys! I'm loving these so far... it's almost as much for me to just see what you're all capable of... hell if I knew I had such talented friends (and friends of friends)... ;)

Okay, okay... back to the studying grind for me...

Also: ladyfiresprite, glass_icarus, cutesiness and lucy_starlet are still waiting for their first gifts! (One of these lovely ladies has a currently-absent Big, but I'm not giving anything away! She already knows who she is.) Their bigs can leave gifts for both Days 1 and 2 on this post.
Monday, March 12th, 2007
9:25 am
Gift Post Day 1
Welcome to Big/Little Week!

Please leave an anonymous comment to this post with your Little's first gift! (Or, if you've created a sock-puppet account, just use that.) Make sure to put your Little's username as the comment subject so it will be easy for her to find.

Have fun!
Saturday, March 10th, 2007
11:55 am
Gift Ideas
Hey ya'll!

So, I've noticed in the past few days that a lot of you are experiencing some sort of anxiety about being able to come up with enough gifts that will please your Littles. That, or you just don't think you're being creative enough. Thus, I've made a list of a few ideas that should get you thinking.

First things first, BE PERSONAL. The more personalized you make the gift, the more meaning it will have to your Little. This might not be an easy task for some of you who are making new friends--this is where networking with your Little's flist comes in handy. Leave a comment on her friends' journals (anonymous, if you can) asking for advice on what sorts of things your Little might really, really appreciate. If the flist is clueless, try snooping around your Little's userinfo, tags list, and public memories. If this seems too forward, too prying, etc., then just focus on doing your best and don't worry about the personal aspect. If you get along well enough, that part can just come later. :)

As for actual ideas...

(1)Make up a theme for every day. Some possibilities:
Tropical--mix drink recipes for her to try out, drawings of characters in exotic places, settings in stories, picspams of beaches, music to listen to on Spring Break...
Spa Day--Home remedies for aches (foot soaks, massage therapies, facial recipes, etc.), relaxing music...
Animals--Get your Little one of those "adopt-a-pet" things, find out what her "Spirit Animal" would be... this one can get a little hokey, but it's a cute theme and you can incorporate lots of things into it...
Fandom Crossovers--got a perfect pairing but they don't exist in the same fanverse? Rules no longer apply!
'Love' Day--make a comment on that day's gift post just for your Little, and advertise it to your Little's flist...a personalized love meme just for your Little! (this one's particularly good for days when you're busy... let everyone else do your dirty work! :-D)
Favorite Things--make/do something that incorporates each of your Little's favorite things, as given in their profile information.

(2)Make sure to add your own style. Don't give away your identity, but this is just as much about sharing yourself as it is getting to know someone else. Adding your individual flair makes it more special :-D

(3)Games. Try setting up an internet/Livejournal scavenger/treasure hunt for your Little. Google some websites or topics that you think she'll enjoy and leave her with a list of clues to explore all of them and/or to find a hidden 'treasure' at the end.

That's quite a lot to start out with... and that's just what I've come up with while sitting here! I have faith that none of you will have trouble being creative... you've already stunned me quite a bit with some of your sockpuppet accounts! They're adorable, seriously. But, should you get stuck, feel free to use one, or many, of these ideas and incorporate them however you wish. Think of it as a...er... multi-level prompt!

Two days before the first Gift Day! Hope you're all having a fantastic weekend. :)

PS: Whoever bought me those vgift prezzies, you are fantastic. ♥ Totally not necessary, as my real gift is getting to see all of you so excited, but still totally appreciated.
Thursday, March 8th, 2007
7:32 pm
Okay, so, I had more free time this evening than I'd anticipated, so I went ahead and created the community for our gift exchange! Please friend & join it so that you'll receive updates more easily. Ya'll are awesome, but it's so much easier to make a single post to a community than it is to make sure that I have everyone included on the email list. ;)

Thus far, I have the following details of gift sharing worked out:
Each day of the week, I will make a new Gift Post. Anonymous commenting will be enabled on this post. As a Big, you will comment anonymously, put your Little's username as the comment header/title, and provide the link to your Little's gift or the gift itself, if it's a small drabble or picture or such, in the comment itself. I leave it up to you guys to be creative about how to hide your identities--you can try to trick one another, you can create a sock puppet account, you can designate other people to do your dirty work for you. This is one of the most fun parts of B/L Week... you get to play spy! :-D And if you're curious about what your Little thinks of her presents, it's always fun to get to know her friends and see what gossip they have to pass on to you... (There we go--making even *more* friends! w00t!)

As a Little, you will scan the comments posted to that day's Gift Post in order to find/receive your gift.

As for Revelation, I have no idea when that will be, yet. I already know that two people will be absent on the 15th (and one of them through to the 19th). If anyone else will be absent at all during the week, please let me know. Also, I don't yet have my work schedule for next week, so I have no idea when I'll be around. I'm guessing that I'll have some part of Friday and/or Saturday off, so I'm hoping for it to be around then. OTHERWISE... it will be March 20th. Any problems with these dates?

Also, don't ya'll go trying to track one another IP's or something like that, or else you'll make me One Angry Mama. *scowl*

As for the Big/Little assignments: I realize that some of you were not assigned to Littles that you requested. BUT... I believe I worked it out so that if you did not get assigned to a Little that you requested, you were assigned to a Big that you requested, and vice versa. I did a lot of guesswork as to who would get along with who, but you should all have some common traits/interests. And there were a couple people who I just *knew* would get along awesomely, so, for those people: hahahaha, I feel like God bringing people together. 0:-D

If you have any questions/comments/suggestions, feel free to email me or to leave a comment to this post.

And if you have any problems/complaints/bitchy remarks, please feel free to jump off a bridge. :-D (Kidding. Or am I...)

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