Friday, December 31, 2010

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! 

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Winner Post!

Thanks to random.org, we have a winner and it is..........

Theresa @ The Creative Well

Congrats, Theresa!  You've won a $10 Borders Gift Certificate for commenting on my November Obsessions Blog. 

An email has been sent to the winner. Thanks to all who commented!  See me again at the end of December for another chance to win!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Pimpin' My November Obsessions + Borders GC Giveaway

Happy December, folks!  It’s time for my monthly obsessions post.  Let’s see….what was I obsessed with in November?  Any guesses??  *Waggles eyebrows and tilts head towards the upper left hand corner of the blog*
1) National Novel Writing Month aka NaNoWriMo
I’M A WINNER!!  I took on the challenge of attempting to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November and I DID IT!  In order to do it, though,  I let some things slide.  I didn’t do any blog posts (sorry ‘bout that!), I cut down my TV viewing, I cut down on my Twitter time, I cut down on my gym time (between us, that was probably NOT actually related to NaNoWriMo….but…I’m just gonna go ahead and throw it in there anyway!) and I cut out my reading time, for the most part.  And you know what?  I was ok with it!  I immersed myself in my own world that I decided to create and I enjoyed my time there.  I’m so glad I did this challenge.  I now know that I can find the time to do some writing every day.  I won’t be trying to do 50,000 words in a month so I won’t HAVE to let everything else fall by the wayside, if I don’t want to.   I’m also very excited about the project I started.  It was originally just a quick idea I came up with to work on specifically for NaNo but now, I LOVE it!  It’s the first novel in a planned trilogy and I’m very excited to start editing it so I can keep the ball rolling with the story.   This is something else I owe  to Twitter.  Along with all my new buddies and new books that I’ve discovered as a result of Twitter, it can also be credited with my discovery of NaNoWriMo.  Several people I followed last year did it or talked about it which caused me to look into it and I vowed then that I’d do it this year.  And now, I’m a winner!  Thanks Twitter! 
For more info - http://www.nanowrimo.org/
2) Sons Of Anarchy

The Sons of Anarchy season three finale was this past Tuesday and my goodness it was a DOOZY!  Even though I decided to give up some of my tv time every day in order to write in November, it was never even a consideration to give up Sons of Anarchy.  I’m addicted and I’m not afraid to say it!  November was the time to be watching for Season three and I was right there; eyes pinned to the screen!  And I was NOT disappointed!  People…if you haven’t started watching this show yet….I BEG YOU TO DO SO!  Best show on TV; hands down!  I’m starting to feel like its my personal mission to get everyone I know addicted to this show!  So, if you feel like I’m being a little heavy handed with it….GET OVER IT! I’m on a MISSION; it’s what I gotta do!  Tee hee hee!
For more info - http://www.fxnetworks.com/shows/originals/soa/
3) Family
It was Thanksgiving and I had family in town; woot!  I live very close to my mom, my sisters and my niece but the rest of our family is much farther away and its always a treat to get to see any of them. This has been a tough year for our family and it was nice to be able to hang out with the fam for a happy occasion for a change.  Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday.  I did a big “Things I’m Thankful About” blogpost that included my fam that didn’t get posted..mainly because I did it only in my head.  Never fear, though; it’ll be a part of my year end wrap up blog.
And there you have it! I really was all about NaNo for November and I have no regrets!  What were you obsessed with during November?  Tell me...tell me; I'm always looking for a new one!  Share your obsessions in the comments and I'll enter you into a drawing to win a $10 gift certificate for Borders, which may just help you further your obsessions.  If you want to be entered into the giveaway, just let me know in your post and don't forget to include your e-mail address so I can contact you.  You don't have to be a follower to enter but I'd appreciate it if you would become a follower.  The contest ends Friday 12/10/10 at 11:59pm EST and is open to all how care to enter and can benefit from a Borders gift certificate.  I appreciate you stopping by!