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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Happy Dance Time!

Do you believe in miracles? Well, I'm here to tell you, that one has occurred! See this?

As UNBELIEVABLE as it is, I have to announce that I have F-I-N-A-L-L-Y WON A BLOGGING GIVEAWAY! I have never won anything in my entire life except the scratch off games at McDonald's, and when I was in high school, I won $25 from a local radio station. It was so shocking, that at my 20th class reunion, a guy came up to me and told me he remembered them calling out my name on the radio. I can't even usually get a free balloon at a restaurant...it's that bad. So, come along, and I'll show you what I won!


Erin @ Tresors Marche (sorry I don't know how to type those accents over your letters, Erin!) recently notified me that I had won the September 2008-January 2009 issues of Romantic Home magazine. That is right up my alley because that is the one (still existing) magazine to which I don't subscribe...but probably should! So thanks, Erin! I will SO enjoy reading them....if I can make myself put this computer down and stop reading every one's blogs! :O)
Notice how she wrapped them up for me! She also sent along a nice mug and a box of tea! Could it get any better? The magazines wouldn't lie flat on my table for me, so I borrowed Erin's photo so you could see them. I love their covers already! Can't wait to take a lookie!
Erin is a relatively new west coast blogger, and I know you'll enjoy her blog. Please stop by and meet her. I know you're going to love her too! Thanks, Erin! You made my week!

Changing subjects, my parents came to visit us over the weekend, and I have been majorly behind in posting some things, so I want to take this opportunity to thank Lori at Basketball, Gymnastics and Me for giving me the Best Blog Daily Thinker Award!

Honestly, that makes me chuckle because I'm SO not a good thinker! :O) Let's pretend that's the smoke coming out of my head when I'm trying to come up with a post!

Now for the rules:

The rules are to post it on your blog and pass it on to 10 other deserving bloggers. There are so many great bloggers, and you ALL KNOW WHO YOU ARE, so I've decided to let you just grab it from my blog because I think YOU'RE ALL SWELL! Thanks Lori, for passing along this award to me! I really appreciate it! :O)


Finally, I think my hair stylist must have bribed someone at Google to mess with Blogger because it has been giving me gray hairs the last few days. I have noticed that the Blogger gremlin has been messing things up in various ways, just to keep my life interesting...and ANNOYING! I have to join Nikki Crumpet in saying that I am NOT A FAN of word verifications. I don't really believe that typing 6 or so letters deters any spammer from leaving spam, and if I didn't type really fast, I probably wouldn't bother typing those letters. But, I respect people's right to use it if they so choose. For those that do, I just want you to know that I have attempted to leave several comments, and then word verification comes up, and says Loading, but the words never load, and my comment will not post because it doesn't show me any letters to type to verify. So, if you're noticing that your comment number is lower than usual, that could be why!

Thanks for stopping by today! I also want to thank Carolina Mama for interviewing me for her post yesterday! I've never done one of those (other than memes), so I am honored! And to the cutest little Ashley on the block, I haven't forgotten your tag, or to K.K., I haven't forgotten to send you the chocolate brown paint photos! I hope to get my I Wonder Wednesday post ready for tomorrow. Y-I-K-E-S! If anyone wants to play along, just leave me a comment!

21 comments:

Leigh said...

Congratulations! That is awesome!!!

I love that magazine!

LIke you I lothe comment notificaion, and sadly I do not comment many times when I see it because it is such a waste of time. I have had my blog for a couple years now and never had an issue.

Stacey said...

What a neat gift you won! You will definitely enjoy Romantic Home.

We've all had those blogger issues the last few days. Ick!! I don't like those verification letters either but...I try to do them when asked.

coco said...

Congratulations on your win and the award! I never win anything either...my kids are tired of hearing about the penmanship award I won in 3rd grade!! Enjoy the magazines and the tea...sounds like a perfect afternoon!

Terri and Bob said...

Not a winner here, either.

Congrats to you though, it gives me hope!

LOVE the magazine!

Bo said...

Hi Tar...run out right now and buy a lotto ticket while you're on a winning streak...or maybe not...it hasn't helped me any! Thanks for sharing the award...I have it but it was called something else...
hmmm...that unnecessary evil called "word verification" drives me nuts...I wish those using it would switch to "comment moderation" if they're concerned about spam comments...it is a real pain, but I care about those that use it, so I'll leave them comments anyway...what??? is it almost Wednesday??? I don't have a thing to wear...oops, I mean post.
Gulp... if I think of something I'll holler at ya...Hugs, ♥ Bo

Pug1 said...

fantastic! CHEERS! Michele

Lori said...

Congrats on your winnings..... I haven't won anything not even on the radio...
I have noticed the same thing with leaving comments on other blogs...

I am going to play I wonder tomorrow if you will let me...LOL

BTW, Lynette is sick. I think she has a cold. and my mom is finally out of the hospital, but still sick. Thought I would update you. Don't know when she will be blogging again.

Kristen said...

Yeah you WON!!!!
And what great gifts you received!

Have a great rest of the week!

xinex said...

Congratulations! Sounds like a fun magazine to read...Christine

mbkatc230 said...

Congrats! I'm like you, I've never won anything in my life, so I guess there's hope lol. I noticed the word verification thing lately too. I think I'm going to delete it from my blog and hope the spammers don't swarm! If they do, I'll just go to comment moderation I guess. Anyway, congrats again. I wonder what you'll come up with for I Wonder Wednesday! Kathy

Erin said...

How fun is that! Congrats! It is always so much fun to get something in the mail.

~~ATTIC CLUTTER~~ said...

Oh lucky girl.. what a neat package to get, you will enjoy all the fun magazines..
Ya Octimom it is so sad.. I too hope the babies and mother are all well and happy.. pray they will be..
Watch American Idol tonight (:)
... you have fun today ok..
hugs, Patty

illahee said...

congratulations!! i rarely win, too, but i got something a couple months back. i guess that's it for me for the rest of my life! ;)

i use word verification because i was getting some serious spam a while back. maybe two or three a DAY (stupid automated spambots). i don't want to use moderation for two reasons: i don't want people think i'm not letting certain comments through and i would rather not be bothered with ok-ing every comment. not enough time in my life! what drives me fricken nuts is when someone has BOTH!! i hate to say it but that's just stupid (unless you're getting ten or more spams a day and you're getting sick of deleting them....)

i have the problem of no verification word from time to time but if you try to publish your comment, blogger 'yells' at you (in red) to input the verification word and gives you a new one--which you can see. that's how i get around that glitch...

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Congratulations! What a wonderful give away! Maybe your luck has turned!
I just ask Nikki on her blog if she had something to do with the problems that "Word Verification" is experiencing! I have to real love a blog to leave a comment when W.V. is required! I knew I wasn't going to put it on my blog, because I'd never have any comments if people had to do that! I noticed that today, several have turned theirs off (until the problem gets fixed). I hope they forget to turn them back on! laurie

Lorrie said...

Congratulations on your win! You've got many hours of happy reading ahead of you.

Erin said...

Oh my goodness Penny - you are so sweet and made my day! I hope you enjoy a nice cuppa tea while browsing through the magazines :) Keep in touch please. hugs, Erin

Beth in NC said...

Well, well, well. You've had quite an eventful week so far and it is ONLY Tuesday! You've received an awesome present (congratulations!) and you were interviewed!

Those magazines look great. I am trying to figure out what I could give away for my blogoversary!

Have a great night!
b

squawmama said...

Hey Tar congratulations on all your terrific magazines and goodies... Wow with all those you were thanking at the end I thought I was back watching the academy awards...LOL LOL I agree 100% about the word verification... It is a pain in the BUTT to put it mildly... Have a good one...

HUGS,
Donna

Miss Janice said...

Congratulations on winning the Romantic Homes magazines. Don't you just love getting presents in the mail?

The W.O.W. factor said...

Cool! Those magazines would become 'uncurled' promptly! Great couch, cup of coffee and crackling fire material....
a drool cup tucked under my chin too!

nikkicrumpet said...

Congrats on winning! Awesome prize! And I must say I didn't leave comments on a bunch of my favorite blogs because I got the same stupid message. It was annoying and I felt bad...but if everyone turns the dang thing off then we could talk to you!!!