Welcoming 2011 with a Sons of Anarchy DVD giveaway

The time has come for end of the year reflections, lists, projections, resolutions, etc.  I’m going to keep mine short and sweet and throw in a giveaway, to boot! 
2010 was, without a doubt, the worst year of my life.  (For those that don’t know, my dad passed away on 1/3/10 which set the tone for my year.) I tried to write an end of the year post that ENDED on a happy note, at least, but every post I tried to write was just filled with sadness about this year so I scrapped that idea.  Instead of doing a 2010 wrap up, I’m just going to look forward to 2011!
I have high hopes for 2011, folks!  It is going to be better than 2010; I believe it and I’m speaking it into existence!  This past year, while being tinged with sadness , had some very good moments.  I met WONDERFUL people both online and in real life that helped to keep me sane and smiling when I didn’t think it was possible.  I got a job after having been unemployed for close to a year.  I started a blog.  I finished a sprint triathlon.  I did NaNoWriMo for the first time and won!  I bowed to Tweer pressure (Twitter Peer Pressure) and tried several new authors that I’d never read before and found some new obsessions.  I’m going to take all the best things of 2010 & use them to make 2011 effin fantastic!  A few of my 2011 plans:
1)      I’m going to spend a lot of time on Twitter.  And I don’t feel bad about it AT ALL.  That’s where my tweeps are!   And I love my tweeps! Twitter is also the reason I now read Karen Marie Moning,  Jeaniene Frost, Gini Koch, Carolyn Crane and Larissa Ione so it can’t be a bad thing, right?  I’m going to be doing more cheering for my Cowboys and Orangemen, squeeing, screaming, DM’ing, commiserating, laughing, discovering and learning this year on Twitter with my tweeps and I can’t wait! 
2)      I’m going to write more.  This is always on my list of resolutions but this is the first year that I really did something about it.  Thanks to Adrienne at DrensBSpot for giving me that final nudge I needed to finally do NaNoWriMo this year.  Now that I have, I realize I have stories in me that must come out!  This year, I’m going to finish the trilogy that was started with my NaNo novel.
3)      I’m doing another sprint triathlon.  It was something I never considered I’d be able to do and I’m still in awe that I did it.  I owe so much thanks to my sisters and the wonderful women of Tri It For Life because I most assuredly would not have been able to do it without them.  The wheels kinda fell off of my exercise wagon right after I finished the tri but 2011 will be full of training for the next one.
4)      I’m going to do more pimping here on Penny Pimpin’!  The only goal I had for my blog when I started it was to have a place to talk about some of my favorite things with some of my favorite people and I met that goal!  This year, my goal is to do it a little more often. Heh heh.  And I’m going to start doing reviews.  I think.  I don’t know if I have the heart to do reviews because I’m always afraid I’ll offend the author or the readers that loved a book if I don’t like it.  I’m going to give it a try, though.
And speaking of pimping…there has been one thing that I have pimped more than anything else all year…on this blog…on Twitter…on Facebook…at work….to total strangers……I think you know of what I speak.  It’s a little show….with this guy….and some motorcycles…..  :-) If you’ve spent any time with me this year in any way, then you know I’m talking about Sons of Anarchy!  Its an obsession, plain and simple.  I have pimped it…HARD…all year and it has also been one of my joys of the year; watching it, discussing it and pimping it!  And I plan to carry that into the new year.  In fact, I’m going to start the year off with some major pimpage; I’ve giving away season one of Sons of Anarchy on DVD! 

I mean, what kind of pimp would I be if I didn’t offer a little taste to get someone addicted?!?!  Oh…hang on…wait….I think that’s a PUSHER…not a PIMP….ahem.   Hmph.  Well, shoot…same difference; I PUSH Sons of Anarchy too!  Tee hee!  If you’d like to win the DVD, just leave a comment about something positive from 2010 that you plan to carry into 2011 & don't forget to include your email address so I can contact you if you win.  You don’t have to be a follower to enter but I’d appreciate it if you’d become a follower if you aren’t one already. The contest ends Sunday 1/2/11 at 11:59pm EST and the winner will be drawn using Random.org.  I purchased the DVD from Amazon.com and already have it in my possession and will be mailing it to the winner.
Well, that’s it.  Goodbye 2010.  Hello 2011!  Hope to have a great year with all of you wonderful folks out there! Thank you for stopping by!  Happy New Year to all who are celebrating!  Be safe and have fun!!  Talk to you next year! 


  1. What if I have no good habits from 2010? LOL nah just playing... Hmmm lets see I want to continue moving forward with my writing and make it stronger as well as keep up the blogs and my site.. Spend time with the fam and of course my twitter peeps... Dude! I love SOA I would love to have the DVD so yeah lets get 2011 started!

  2. I'm not sure if I have good habits either, LOL! But I am so with Tigris, I need to move forward with my writing as well. Book wise and blog wise. Want to take my creativity to a different level. I want to start reading out of the normal, try genres I never tried. That is going to be tough given my love of urban fantasy, but I'll do. I hope everyone has a great New Years and hope you all have better habits than me. Would love Season 1 of SOA, but still, good luck to everyone :)

  3. OMG! Hubby and I love this show and can't watch it anymore because we don't have cable! This would be such a great win for us!

    I would have to say that the biggest good thing that I am taking into the new year is my blog. I just started it in October and it has totally set me free, so to speak.

    the_happy_soul AT yahoo DOT com

  4. I loved that despite the bumps in the road that you're walking into 2011 with a positive outlook on life. Wishing you more amazing moments than road bumps in 2011.

    I've seen your tweets about SOA and have had several people tell me what an awesome show it is and have yet to be able to catch an episode. *sigh* I want to be addicted to this show too! *pouts*

    Something positive I'm taking with me into 2011 is all the amazing people I've met online and in person. I'm definitely looking forward to cultivating those friendships.

    jend (AT) notnowimreading (DOT) com

  5. Don't enter me into the giveaway! I just wanted to stop by and tell you how blessed I am to have "meet" you this year! You are so much fun to chat with and I can't wait to meet you in person at AAD!

    I know that 2010 was hard for you, and yet you still had positive thoughts and was there for others when they needed you. That goes to show how awesome you are as a person and that you are strong willed as well as strong minded. I wish nothing but the best for you my friend.

    You are an absolute joy to chat with! You always put a smile on my face and for that I am always thankful! Here's to 2011 my friend! *big hugs*

  6. Hi Penny this is the best post and giveaway ever!!! 2010 hasn't been good to me either sometimes I find it hard to stay positive but I try.....any who something positive ummm I've read some great books met some awesome people on twitter and I started working again after a year!
    kuuipo228@gmail.com (Jax Old Lady) ;)

  7. @Tigris - family, writing & Twitter; I'm all about all three!

    @Offbeat Vagabond - I know what you mean about Urban Fantasy; its had me in its grip for a few years now! I'm going to try to jump back into a couple of other genres that I used to love; crime thrillers & contemporary romance.

    @Theresa - I know just how you feel; I havne't been blogging long but I am really enjoying it and plan to devote more time to it this year!

    @Jen - I'm with you; some of the folks I've met online this year have made such an impact on my life!

    @Bells - awwww, you are SO sweet, buddy! I LOVE YOU, GIRL!! I am so happy we met each other too!! I look forward to more chats, DM's and CAPITAL LETTER SQUEEING this year! And I can't WAIT for AAD Philly! :-)

    @Xee - oh THERE YOU GO claiming to be Jax's old lady again! LMAO! Happy New Year to you too, buddy!! Looking forward to more Twitter smack talking this year! LOL

    Thanks for the comments, ladies! :-)

  8. Sorry to hear your 2010 started out on a bad note, but I love your optimism towards your outlook on 2011 and I wish you all the best and more.

    Initially, I am a very negative person, to myself not others, and would automatically sulk about how shitty my year was, which it was a lot lol, but after reading this, I think I will put the past behind me and work at making my 2011 awesome! Thank you!

    And thank you for the giveaway! I've been wanting to watch this forever!

    Happy New Year!!


  9. Ohh I've been wanting to start watching this series. Heard about it on Twitter....probably from you! :D Moving forward in 2011 I'd like to continue living a healthier lifestyle, hoping to start running seriously. I always feel better about myself and life after a nice run but finding motivation can sometimes be tough! Great giveaway!!!

    bookfaredelights at gmail dot com

  10. i swear i wish i could sponge the entire series from my memory so i could enjoy it for the first time all over again...ssiiggghhhhhh.
    love you much sistergirlfriend... and as empathetically grateful i was that you got this job, i REALLY need you to find another one that lets you be more active... WITH US... without being on the sneak-tip all the time!!

  11. Something I'm taking into this year? I guess the fact that I'm writing more myself. I want to keep that up and make this THE year for that.

    lauren51990 AT aol DOT com


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