Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Stuff I won. And other stuff.

I’m often heard lamenting the fact that I am NOT LUCKY.   I never win anything.  Contests, draws, BINGO…nothing.  I quit buying scratch lotto tickets because the most I ever won was enough money to buy another ticket.  And of course, I’d lose on that one.

So you can imagine my delight over the past little while when my luck started to change, just a teensy bit.

First of all, I’ve been entering giveaways on Blogs for months and that was only reinforcing the idea that I’m insanely unlucky in my mind.  Those stupid little widgets NEVER picked me.  EVER.

But then one day, back in early August, I had an email from Lena at Mom2MemphisAndRuby to tell me I had won her Soleil Selene necklace giveaway.  I was so excited!  I received this lovely necklace in the mail a few weeks ago:


I also recently won a free My Memories software download over at The Testosterone Three And Me.  I haven’t had a chance to play around with it yet, but I’m looking forward to trying it out.  It just might finally get me back on the scrapbooking train!

Last week, I won a giveaway at Nay’s blog, Cover To Cover…And Everything In Between.  From her, I get a set of cards from Sara’s Organized Chaos.

And then this week, I won again!  Another win over at Mom2MemphisAndRuby, this time I get to choose a necklace from Nicole at Miss Mommy’s Etsy Shop.  This is the one I think I’m going to pick:

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And…AND!!   I had almost forgotten about something I had won last spring, non-blog-related.  At the Fashion Show I went to in May, I won one of the door prizes.  It was a $100 gift certificate for fresh produce and frozen products from a local organic farm, Bryson Farms.  I came across the envelope containing the gift certificate last week by chance, and realized that it said the basket would be available for pick up in August or September, and to give them two days’ notice before going to pick it up.  I emailed them immediately and went to get my winnings on Saturday morning.  Check THIS out:


This picture does not even show the frozen foods, which I had already put in the freezer.  Included were red & yellow peppers, a hot pepper, a bag of red potatoes, spring mix, garlic, decorative gourds, cantaloupe, beets, turnips, swiss chard, yellow beans, green beans, parsley, 6 cobs of corn, red carrots, yellow carrots, an assortment of tomatoes, an eggplant, squash, some little bags of herbs, and something that I’m still not sure about…we think it might be bok choy.   For the freezer I received a cauliflower-crust pizza, a tomato tart, a squash cake, and a vegetarian lasagna. 

…And I think that’s it, but I could be missing something.


Let’s just say the first thing I did was call my mom to come down and help identify some of it.  Even she wasn’t sure and had to call my aunt and describe it to her.  Apparently we’re very sheltered around here when it comes to our veggies.  Then we spent the afternoon making tomato sauce, and cooking and freezing as much of the veggies as we could so that it wouldn’t go to waste.  There was no way, even with my current healthier eating habits, that I was going to be able to use up all of this before it went bad!

So yes.  Someone PLEASE remind me of all of this the next time I complain about never winning anything.

In other news, my TV’s being an asshole.  I don’t know what is wrong with it, but it needs some serious attention.  A few months ago, my satellite dish started acting funny, cutting in and out like it would normally do in a storm, but doing it at all hours of the day, no matter what the weather was like.  I had chalked it up at the time to the dish being in line with some trees that were getting bigger, and figured they were interfering.  But one night, while unplugging the Wii (I have to unplug the Wii from the TV to hook the DVD player up…it’s confusing…and clearly another reason why I need a husband.  To figure this crap out for me.), I hit a chord or something that made my dish magically return to normal.  I was thrilled that I had figured it out.

Unfortunately, ever since, I have to wiggle and play around with the chords everytime I want to watch TV.  And one night last week, I must’ve yanked or twisted or something too hard, and now it’s not working at all.  Perfect timing for a TV meltdown.  PREMIERE WEEK.   I’m so out of the loop in the TV world.  I totally forgot about Ashton Kutcher’s first episode of Two & A Half Men  Monday night, and had to go racing to my mom’s to catch Glee last night.

It was sad enough that I was one of the few people left in the world without a DVR; that I was still taping things via VCR.  And no Internet, also.  Now I DON’T EVEN HAVE A TV.  Just call me the friggin’ Pioneer Woman.

I’m so unlucky.


And last but not least, I’d like to take a minute to wish a very HAPPY 1ST BIRTHDAY to my friends Sara & Graham’s baby girl, Charlotte!

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A year ago, I was waiting around for Sara’s sister Kelly to call me with the news of Baby Dowe’s arrival.  I was expecting that call to come at annnnny minute!

Charlotte took her sweet time, though, and it wasn’t until much later on in the evening that she finally made her appearance.  I still can’t believe it’s been a whole year!!  

On Sunday, we all gathered to celebrate Charlotte turning 1 and it was so much fun to watch her daintily sticking her fingers in her “smash cake”, and the excited sounds she made just simply opening her cards.  I’ve never seen a baby who took such an interest in cards and clothes before!

Wishing her a wonderful 1st birthday and looking forward to watching her grow in the year to come. :)


Stacy said...

I can hook you up with a TV but you will have to wait until my parents get their new one in November....eekk! LOL

ashley said...

Hahaha...oh this...In other news, my TV’s being an asshole.

Congrats on the 11 lb weight loss...(saw the ticker on the side)good job!! :)

Mandy said...

Jill, love your post today!!! Also just wanted to say a huge thanks for insiring me to use myfitnesspal!!!! I see you have done awesomely well, and I hope to do the same!!! Thanks again :)

Amber said...

Look at all the amazing loot you've gotten! What a great post!

How lucky is it that you found that certificate? What a perfect time to have so much fresh and frozen produce. Awesome!

Charlotte (my favorite girl's name) is super cute, I love her red hair! :)

Sarah said...

Huge Congrats on the 11-lbs lost!
The basket of food from Bryson Farms looked awesome, wow!

VandyJ said...

Glad you have been winning some stuff. I often feel like that and then wham, I win for a bit. Just enough to convince me that my luck isn't all bad--just mostly bad.
Oh well, with out bad luck, I'd have no luck at all.

Kristine said...

I never win anything. Good on you for scoring!! I live vicariously through you!!! Necklaces are gorgeous!!! And those veggies? Yummo!!!

Nicole said...

Yeah I don't win giveaways, but I help put numbers in there so hopefully someone else will win :)

sarajo said...

That is quiet a lucky streak! I'm jealous. I haven't won anything since I won a cloth diaper....7 moths ago! :(

Oh, poor girl! No TV!! Totally, call your dish provider and tell them what's going on. They should be able to fix it, hopefully for free!

What a bunch of cute kids! I just want to eat them. lol!

Mindy said...

Looks like you are on a winning streak! Go play the Lottery. :)

I nominated you for a blog award: