Can We Talk?, Giveaway/Contests

Coffee Chat – March 2009

(Sorry for the delay, folks. I had something come up at the last minute …)

CONGRATULATIONS …

Coffee Chat Winners - March 09

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THANK YOU for playing, everyone! I really enjoyed reading your answers!! Let’s do this again in June!

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Coffee Chat is ALL about YOU! Here’s what you do: Answer the daily question. That’s it! (Beware! The questions get more challenging as the days go by!)

1. Each answer you leave in the comment section counts as one ticket. (One comment per day, please).

2. Subscribe to my feed, receive another ticket. (Please leave separate comment if subscribed).

3. Follow me on Twitter, receive another ticket. (Please leave separate comment if following).

On March 13th, at 5:00 p.m. CST, I’ll draw two winners
– first place winner gets to choose a $25.00 gift certificate to an online retailer of his/her choice (see this page for store listings) AND, the second place winner will receive a $10.00 Starbucks gift card (U.S. residents only for the Starbucks gift card, please).

Confused? Contact Karen.

Ready for the questions?

Question #1: Do you squeeze the toothpaste tube or roll it?

Question #2: Are you a hugger, or a non-hugger? Why?

Question #3: What’s your favorite ice cream brand and flavor?

Question #4: What’s one of your greatest achievements? (Other than being a mother/father).

Question #5: If you could be invisible for one day, what would you do?

Question #6: What does “success” mean to you?

Question #7: What’s one regret you live with?

Last Question: On a scale from 1 to 10 (10 being the best), how happy do you usually feel?

My answer: I’d have to say 9 for me – I’m pretty happy with my life. I rarely dip below the 6 mark.

Giveaway/Contests

Giveaway: Father’s Day Journal

**Just leave a comment and tell me one (or more) great things about your man/dad.

A few days ago, I mentioned a giveaway.

I know, I know. I told you I was going to ease up on the giveaways, and I WILL, right after this one. 😀

Father’s Day is coming up. Duh, right? Well, I’m a big fan of filling out the memory journals, you know the ones, the pretty hardback books that you fill in the answers to all sorts of life questions? Yeah, those. They’re awesome. Can you imagine coming across a journal your grandparent, or even your parent left behind? Talk about a touching reminder of that person.

So … I thought it would be fun to give away a memory journal about dad.

Now wait, I know what you’re thinking. “Dad?? I’m lucky if I get the man to talk at all, let alone reminiscing about his past.”

Right. Well, what if you bribed him with …? I don’t know, you fill in the blank. You know your man/dad better than I do.

Or, if the bribe doesn’t work, play the guilt card. “But honey,” as you bat your pretty lashes at him, “think of the kids. Think how much FUN they will have reading over your entries later in life. You’ll be a hero!”

The hero thing seems to work sometimes, too. 😉

Seriously, it might be hard to get your man/dad to particpate in this book, but he might if you sit down with him and coax him to remember things (or write it down for him). I’m betting the time he spends with you is a motivation for him to fill this book out, too, and think of the memories you’re creating by doing this with him.

I know whenever my husband talks about his early years or shares funny stories from his past, our boys are just RIVETED and love hearing about what he was like before he became their dad. When I asked my own husband if he would fill something like this out? I received a “no.” But when I said, “I’ll write it down for you,” I got a “okay.”

See? The men in our lives just want to spend time with us. What a great way to spend a few hours documenting his past!

Have I convinced you? Excellent. Then if you would like a chance to win A Father’s Legacy

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for your man/dad, then leave a comment and list one thing that is awesome about your man/dad. Just one (or more, if you want to). I’m sure you can come up with one thing. *smile*

I’ll announce the winner (and notify him/her through email, please supply a valid email address) using the random generator on June 16th.

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General

Behind the Scenes

So I’m behind the scenes working on some stuff and I’m not quite ready to talk about any of it at this point. But to give you a sneak peek (Sundays are all about sneak peeks with me lately – check back later for the Monday Morning Meme sneak peek questions) of what I’ve been up to …

1. I’m working on importing my old Reflections entries from my previous self-hosted blog. One of the biggest reasons I blog is to leave a part of me behind for my family/children/grandchildren and I have several books (Reflections from a Mother’s Heart, Between Me and You – Mom Edition, Between Me and You – Honey Edition, and The Book of Myself) that I’ve been systematically answering questions from that I would like to document and post here for anyone interested enough about me and the life I led to read later on down the road. I’m currently writing new entries and will be posting those at irregular intervals in the weeks ahead.

2. Looking up these books has gotten me in the mood for a giveaway – a little something to honor Father’s day … check back next week for details on that.

3. I’ve also been researching charities for the 2008 Blog-a-thon that I’ve decided to do unofficially. (The official Blog-a-thon organization is taking the year off but I feel pretty strongly about continuing the tradition of blogging for charity so I’m going to go ahead and participate this year on an unofficial level). And I’ve decided to blog for a cause that has always tugged at my heartstrings – Operation Homefront. I’ve started a page that will explain more about the charity and how I plan to blog about it (keep checking back as the page evolves), so I won’t go into too many details here. Suffice it to say, this is going to be an emotional blog-a-thon – have a full box of tissues close at hand.

4. And last but not least, I just found out that my blog has been nominated for two of the ten categories from Kailani’s 2008 Bloggy Hoss Awards. WHOA. I was shocked to see my name listed among so many talented bloggers. And these folks are certainly more entertaining than I’ve ever been, believe me. I’m very humbled by the honor – thank you. I’ve been nominated for the Brainiest and Most Talkative categories. I’m sure the brainiest category has to be wrong but I’m reluctant to bring it anyone’s attention because they will most likely gasp in horror and rip my name right off of there. *grin* But the most talkative ….? Yeah, I can see that one. 😉

If you have a few minutes, please visit Kailani’s blog and vote for me! And while you’re at it, click over and visit all of the wonderful people that have been nominated – talk about a stellar group of people!

As always, thank you for visiting my humble abode and I wish each and every one of you a FABULOUS Sunday! *blows a huge sloppy kiss to everyone in the room*