Why the freebie? ‘Cuz it’s my blog’s birthday!

11 Nov

One year later and I’m still pecking away at this here keyboard!

So I’ve got to admit, I did realize last month that November would mark the one year birthday of this blog (if you want to read about that first crazy day click here). I also did intend to acknowledge this fact with an anniversary post or some other self-satisfying accolade. In real time this looks like me, in front of my computer screen moments ago scrolling down to check the date of the first post, followed by me wincing at my own ineptitude and wondering how different this post would have sounded had it come seven days ago. On November 4th. On my actual 1 year blog anniversary.

Ah, well, if nothing else this year I’ve learned to roll with the punches, to let life lead the way, to feel  less guilty when a deadline approaches, lingers, then hightails it right past me. And although I know that none of you awaited November 4th in breathless anticipation of some glorious composition, I do feel like I owe ya’ something. Something more than a belated party popper. So here goes:

I, my friends, am holding my first giveaway! This is something you all want, so hunker down for a minute here. My dear sweet friend, Heidi Knechtel, is an incredible painter of portraits, landscapes, animals, you name it. Unbeknownst to her, I am giving away one of her Original Hand Painted Charm Pendant necklaces (surprise, Heidi!). I have two of them myself, plus two of her portrait necklaces with my kiddos’ impossibly tiny faces hand painted right on them. They are my prized possessions. And now one lucky FreeTheMom subscriber will have the chance to choose their very own treasure from her amazing smorgasbord of beauty! Wanna know how to play?!

1) Become a subscriber. If you already are, then you’re automatically entered to win!

2) But wait, there’s more! Want better odds of winning? Make a comment anywhere on FreeTheMom, share a post on your facebook wall, or show some twitter love. Just be sure to tag me (Anjale Perrault) in any facebook post you share so that I can be sure your entry counts. And there’s no maximum number of entries here, people, so go hog wild!

3) Refer a friend. If any of your friends subscribe to FreeTheMom and make a comment anywhere on this site thanking you for the referral, you gain an additional entry. Yay for you!

4) Be sure to do it all by Thanksgiving Day! That’s right, contest ends on Thursday, 11/24/11. I’ll be on my mark and ready to give one of you something a little extra to be thankful for.

So I think that’s it. Thanks to y’all for keeping me company over the last 365, er 372 days (oooh, and FYI this is my 40th post!). I’m measurably more sane than when I arrived here a year ago, and I’m willing to gamble it’s only up from here.

And speaking of gambling, happy birthday, mom! 11/11/11…time to go use those lucky numbers on some slot machines and bingo! You may think that’s a joke, but it’s not. We’re Cherokee. And headed to San Manuel this afternoon *battle cry*. Wish us luck!

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12 Responses to “Why the freebie? ‘Cuz it’s my blog’s birthday!”

  1. Rose Armand November 11, 2011 at 7:36 am #

    Let me just say that when I grow up I want to be a writer too…your words inspire…and thanks for the birthday wishes Anjalé!

  2. elizabeth barrett November 13, 2011 at 5:50 pm #

    I love heidi’s work, fun to find a new interesting blog 🙂

    • Anjale November 13, 2011 at 8:01 pm #

      Thanks, Elizabeth! I love Heidi’s work as well. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Becca November 13, 2011 at 10:22 pm #

    Um, I had better win! Happy blog birthday, my dear. It’s inspirational, funny, and fabulous just like you! Sharing this post now!

    • Anjale November 14, 2011 at 11:37 am #

      I know, how badly do you want one of these necklaces!! And the best part, it wouldl always remind you of me, Becs 😉

  4. Winkee November 14, 2011 at 11:43 am #

    Anj, I have enjoyed the last year of your thoughts and observations. I look forward to the next years.

    • Anjale November 14, 2011 at 12:07 pm #

      Thanks Winkee! It’s reassuring to know there’s a thread or two that ties us all together despite the time and distance. Hope you are well!

  5. Robin November 23, 2011 at 9:22 pm #

    Hi! Found your blog through one of Rysa’s facebook posts. I used to teach in 117, where your mom currently teaches. 🙂

    I’ve really been enjoying your blog…and I do read quite a few blogs.

    Unrelated- One day last year, I was walking out the front doors of the school at the same time as a preschooler and his mom. The little boy looked up at me and asked, “Where’s Mason?” I was confused for a second, and then I figured out that he thought I was you. I admit, I was flattered. It totally made my day. I told him that Mason was in his classroom. He told me that Mason was not in the classroom; he was on the playground. 🙂

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    • Anjale November 23, 2011 at 10:36 pm #

      Aw, Robin, you’re making me blush! I’m so glad you clicked over to the blog. We sure miss you at school, and hope all is well! Happy Thanksgiving 🙂

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