Monday, November 11, 2013

So Much Win!


Hear ye, hear ye!

The Resurrection Blogfest II participants who won the drawing* for $20 Amazon Gift Cards are:

Carrie-Anne's Magick Theatre
Ashley Nixon
Debbie Christiana - Curious Tales of Love, Magic and Mystery

Congratulations, Peeps! Please contact me at aoorooo (at) gmail (dot) com and let me know to which e-mail addresses y'all want y'alls gift cards sent.

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But youse ain't the only winners in the house, yo. Since I quit smoking in August, I've saved up quite a bit of coin. That is, I saved only long enough to treat myself, bit by bit, to keep myself on the non-smoking wagon. Here's the loot I've scored with the monies saved by not smoking:

Acer Chromebook


A slew of stuffs from Brighton Collectibles

Andie Soft Shoulderbag


Apollo Key Fob


Intrigue Reversible Necklace


And finally, a new "mini-makeup bag" and "wallet" for my new handbag!

Coin Purse & All in One Crossbody in Canterberry Magenta

Now, before I hear the gnashing of teeth and cries of envy, I need to point out that these came to me after much suffering in the name of being smoke-free. Also, I'd rather be up close and personal with the man of my dreams, but since these are all I can cuddle up to, I shall. Cuddle up to them, that is. Anyway, yay me, for staying strong. Fingers crossed I can maintain my abstinence from cigarettes for the long haul.

*The drawing for the three $20 Amazon Gift Cards was conducted via Random.org.

58 comments:

  1. Congratulations to the winners, you and them! And congratulations on being smoke-free.

    The Warrior Muse

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  2. Congratulations to the winner. Being a non-smoker now has many advantages apparently.

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    1. It sure does, given how much cigarettes cost in NY!

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  3. Congratulations to the winners and to you for your hard work of staying smoke free. It's amazing to think how much money it costs to smoke. At $10 a pack, a one pack a day habit is $70 a week x 52 weeks which is math I can't do without a calculator. Well done!!! Nice swag too....you deserve it!

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    1. $10.75 in NY suburbs; close to $14 in some places in NYC, and yeah, no matter how you slice it, it's a LOT of money! :-)

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  4. Congratulations to the winner, and a big congrats to you! That's awesome. I have an Acer too, and I love it. Also, today you are the first victim in the Drench-a-Wench event for Realms Faire 2013! :)

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    1. LOL, that was AWESOME!!!!! Thanks so much, Christine, and all you loveable wench-drenchers! :-D

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  5. Congratulations to the winners and well done you on quitting smoking :)

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  6. Awesome job staying smoke-free!
    Congrats to the winners!

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  7. Congratulations to the winners, and a very special "Atta Girl!!!!" to you for overcoming the smoking demon! You deserve all the bling you can fling at yourself (as well as that man-of-your-dreams thing, too)!

    And as a fond reader of your blog -- thank you for taking that vitally important step to help ensure that you and your blog are around for a long, long time!!!!

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    1. Back again -- evidently Christine says I'm supposed to drench you. Well, I'll refrain from any winking comments about what might be the best way to get you wet, and simply add my voice to the chorus calling for your dowsing.

      Huzzah!

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    2. ROTFL. I'll be happy to let that bit of innuendo slide. (In YOUR endo!). ;-) Thanks for the dunking, Chris! :-D

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  8. Super cool giveaway, Mina! I was directed here by someone who said you could use a good dowsing. :) Nice to meet you!

    E.J.

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  9. Hey Mina! I'm here to drench you too. :)

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  10. Congrats to the winners! Great fest! So glad I was a part of it!

    Congrats to you on quitting! I know it's not easy but great job. Look at all that LOOT!

    Also... !*SPLAT*! I'm sending a little drench your way! Enjoy the waterworks!

    Heather

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  11. Are thee drenched yet? Congrats on your new book, Fatal Kiss, Mina. More congrats on quitting smoking. Tis a hard thing to do. But look at that beautiful loot! I quit almost 14 years ago now, so get the suffering.

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    1. I'm feeling a bit damp, yes! ;-) Thanks, M Pax, and congrats on quitting!

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  12. Drenching ye wench! Congrats on quitting smoking. I've done so several times. :/ This time I've gone almost a year now and I've figured out the secret - don't be around anybody who smokes. That's what pulled me back in before. Stay strong!

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    1. You're so right; I've missed chilling with my smoker buddies at work, but being around them does test my resolve, I must admit. Good on ya for striving to get off the styx!

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  13. Wahoo! Way to go with the quitting. You definitely deserve to get dunked today. Stay strong, woman!

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  14. Congrats to the winners! And congrats on the loot you got for yourself! Quitting smoking isn't easy, and you deserve to treat yourself.

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    1. Thanks, LG. I'm finding it tricky to not go overboard with the shopping, though, when Brighton's got so much of the preciousssssssssssssssssssssss...

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  15. Congrats to the winners!

    And good for you for quitting, Mina. I quit 16 years ago, when I got pregnant with my daughter. Haven't gone back to it. It CAN be done.

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    1. Thanks, Melissa - congrats to you for quitting!

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  16. I cometh from Drench-a-Wench to show you some bloggy love. Congrats on not smoking. I'm 7 years smoke-free last May 1st. Huzzah!

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    1. Thanks for the drenching and congrats on being smoke-free, W00T!

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  17. Wow!! Good for you. And I am in LOVE with that bag!!!!! Need!!!!

    Hugs!

    Valerie

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  18. Congrats to the resurrected winners!! It was a blast helping celebrate your Bloggiversary:) And, girl--you know how to shop! I luv the purses and Apollo key fob!

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    1. Thanks, lady - that the fob is called "Apollo" had nothing to do with me buying it, I promise! ;-)

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  19. Many Congrats to the winners and you are the grandest winner of all by maintaining your smoke-free. And the things you bought yourself are well earned. :-)

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    1. Thanks, Angela, I really appreciate the support!

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  20. well that is a win-win - apart from the bloke thing good bloggyfest and all that...

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    1. LOL, apart from the bloke thing, yes. :-)

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  21. Congrats winners!!
    Wow Mina! Congrats on quiting and awesome loot! You are a powerhouse!!

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  22. Good work, and a gorgeous necklace :)

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  23. Wow, that's a boat load of loot! My son is trying to quit. Next time he comes over I'm going to show him that. He asked me for $500 today, wonder how long it'd take him to raise it himself from cigarette money. Interesting?
    Congrats to all the winners, it was a fun bloghop already looking forward to next year!

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    1. Thanks, Yolanda. How much do smokes cost in your neck of the woods? I saved something like $40ish dollars a week, but heavier smokers make get to $500 faster than I did. But the thing is, person really needs to want to quit to have a hope in hell of making it stick.

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  24. Congrats on your non smoking status. That's awesome!!!! And Damn...that's a lot of $$$$$

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    1. Thanks, Dude! After all the non-smoking angst, it was pretty sweet to be able to reward myself. :-)

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  25. Congratulations on smoke-free living and keep it up. There's the added bonus of skipping out on all that yummy lung-cancer, too! That is some serious swag purchased with your smoke money, though. A friend of mine did the same and bought a car at the end of the year, so, if nothing else, it's proof it's one costly hobby. Seriously, well done, I know it's a hard habit to kick.

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    1. Wow, congrats to your friend! Dang, a CAR!!! That's amazing; I hope s/he's able to stay off the smokes.

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  26. Congrats on staying smoke-free for so long! That is such a great achievement, so no wonder you felt like treating yourself! Looks like you picked out a lot of awesome goodies. :)

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    1. Thanks, Heather! The trouble I'm having now is restraining myself from picking out MORE goodies! :-D

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  27. Thanks for selecting me as one of your winners! And congratulations on being smoke-free.

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    1. Thanks, Carrie-Anne, and thanks for your e-mail; an Amazon gift card's coming your way! :-)

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  28. I'm so so SO impressed you stopped smoking! And saved so much money you got a new laptop. WOW! I need to stop smoking, too. But every time I decide to cut back, I find myself smoking more because of the stress of trying to cut back. I'm pitiful...

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  29. You go girl! I used to love smoking and I actually have the best memories of those years. Then a very close aunt died of cancer and I just couldn't do it anymore. I stopped cold turkey and never felt a bit of anxiety over it. I'm now on my eighth year. My mother also stopped but for her it was a struggle. She's now five years without a smoke. I know you can do it, and so far you are doing a great job. Keep treating yourself, you deserve it!

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  30. @Lexa - I should clarify - the Chromebook's a laptop-lite. It doesn't accommodate lots of software, not even MS Office, 'cause it's a Google product, so if you want to do word processing or spreadsheets, or whatevs, you have to use Google Drive. It cost $200. Also, you have to really want it to have a hope in hell of successfully quitting, and for 26 years I didn't want it. Plus, my antidepressant really helped with the withdrawal symptoms. That said, it was super hard. When you're ready, you'll totally do it.

    @Georgina - I'm so sorry about your aunt. Congrats to you and your mom for quitting. All of you chiming in with your stories about quitting help me stay strong, so thank you all!

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