Archive for the ‘Contest’ Category



Oh, Canada!

4:09 pm · category: Contest

I have some questions about your esteemed land.  I’ve been doing my research, but I’m still a bit confused.

And no, it’s not about this no confidence-vote-election thingie.  Best as I can tell, that Harper guy is a dick and y’all are pretty much tired of it.  Is that it in a nutshell?

Anyway, I need to know about your Thanksgiving.  I found the history part of it, but — as always –I’m way more interested in the food.  Does your traditional Thanksgiving meal mirror its American counterpart?  I would say that, while many things (many, many, many things if you’re at my house) are considered traditional menu items here, some are really traditional: namely, turkey, dressing/stuffing, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie.

Oh!  And everyone should go to Meghan’s website, where she has a contest to give away some lovely cards made by my Canadian friend Jenn at her Etsy shop.



Contest Winner

4:06 pm · category: Contest

Congratulations to P@, who won the September contest!



Healing: Body, Mind, and Spirit

3:05 am · category: Body of Mine, Contest

If you’re following it at all, I’ve posted my 5K Ass Project results for Week 3 in the August 2000 archives.  Things are a little womlu this week, and I got a bit long-winded in the most recent post.  But I noted a couple of important discoveries that I felt compelled to share on the very off-chance that someone else had struggled with the same issues.  (Anyone else out there who is 4’11″ and thought she should weigh 100 pounds?  If the answer is yes, you should probably go to the Archives.)

Although I didn’t mention it there, part of my increasing acceptance of the way my body should be is thanks to my almost-constant viewing of the Olympics.  I know that sounds crazy and might lead you to think that I’m aiming for something ridiculous like a 2% BMI, but that’s not the case.  In point of fact, I’ve come to accept that I have significant muscle mass and that is not a bad thing.  I’m never going to look like any of the athletes you see in the Games, and I don’t really want to.  But watching the Games has reminded me that terms like “athletic” and “fit” do not necessarily mean “rail thin.”

I’ve found myself especially admiring the female athletes’ physiques and marveling at their sculpted muscles far more than I do their male counterparts.  (Except for the male swimmers.  Is there anything more scrumptious than a swimmer’s body?)  This is ironic because my yoga instructor has mentioned several times over the past few weeks that many women who do yoga intentionally don’t focus on the poses that require upper-body strength in particular because they think that muscle definition in their arms is “unfeminine.”  This seems like crazy talk to me, because upper-body strength means that you’re, well, strong.  I’ve always been strong relative to my height, thanks to some incredible genetics from my maternal grandmother.  My lower- and upper-body strength, in particular, are very good.  I need to focus more on my abdominal strength, which sucks.  And although I love my yoga classes, I also need to concentrate on doing more cardio — despite the fact that I hate it.  But Aunt Doodie has committed to walking with me every day, so I hope that I’ll make some progress in those areas soon.


As promised, there’s a new contest for August.  This month I’m giving away one of mouse‘s (Laurie’s) healing stone bracelets.  The winner can choose one item from mouse’s selection of said bracelets at her Etsy store, which features her LollyBeads creations.  (I purchased a set of her hairsticks for one of my sisters as a birthday gift, and said sibling loves them; her melodramatic, all-about-the-pretending three-year-old daughter loves them even more.)

To qualify for the contest you don’t have to do anything except comment below. The contest closes at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, August 23. The winner, which will be selected using a random number generator, will receive the aforementioned healing stone bracelet of his/her choice from the linked page at mouse’s LollyBeads Etsy site. Everyone who comments is eligible to win, including people I know in real life.



We Have a Winner!

10:36 pm · category: Contest

Congratulations to Laurie from The Nonny Mouse, who won the gift certificate from the contest in the inaugural* post! I used a random number generator as promised, so as not to be accused of trying to distract her and steal Nathan Fillion right out from under her while she was busy choosing something on which to spend the certificate. However, if NF had actually been under her at the time, I’d have done the honorable thing.

There will be more contests, so please be sure to check back! Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go watch Dr. Horrible several more times before it disappears at midnight.

*At the new site, that is.




After a significant hiatus, I’m back and better than ever.

First, take a look at this place. It’s all thanks to Vicki, who did a lot of mind reading and ended up creating exactly what was in my head. I think I mostly grunted, “Blue. Bradi like blue. Use much blue,” and she totally figured it out. Everyone should have a Vicki.

Second, a big shout-out to Robin of Enchanted Visions who took this incredible photo in Scotland. It is possibly my favorite photo ever; many of you will recognize it as my profile picture pretty much everywhere on the Internet. Vicki manipulated the picture and designed the site around it.

Next, I know this place is so pretty that you just want to reach out and pet it, so make sure you update your bookmarks/Reader/RSS/whatever. And if you were kind enough to have linked to the old blog, please don’t forget to update the name and URL.

Finally, I promised big things and I meant it. So let’s kick this off the right way — with a contest! You don’t have to do anything except comment below. The contest closes at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, July 18. The winner, which will be selected using a random number generator, will receive a gift certificate to Everyone is eligible to win, including Vicki, Robin, and people I know in real life.