Thursday, April 03, 2008

It's Official

This is post number . . .


500!!


WOOHOO!!

To celebrate, I have decided to make an attempt to bribe my blurkers out of anonymous hiding and offer a fun and fabulous prize giveaway to a couple of lucky commenters. Although I have not yet determined exactly what the prizes will be, here are a few ideas to lure you in.

GRAND PRIZE: The New York prize pack
I plan on collecting a few of my favorite things from around town when I'm out and about on Saturday, including (but not necessarily limited to) the following:
My latest candle obsession:

My latest chocolate obsession:

My favorite shopper bag:


If I have enough comments, meaning more than 10 (a lofty goal, I know), in addition to one lucky winner receiving the grand prize, I will also give away an assortment of other prizes which may include one of the above items or might just consist of one of the following:

*homemade cookies

*a specially crafted SPRING! cd mix
*and/or some other fun surprise I find during my Saturday wanderings, most likely something purchased from a street vendor

The rules are simple:
1) You can only comment once (restrain yourselves!)
2) You can't be anonymous to eligible - because then how would I know who won?
3) You don't have to be a blurker to play - all my regular (and irregular) readers/commenters are eligible
4) You must submit your comment by 9 pm EST on Friday, March 4th

I've seen these giveaways around the blogs before and I think they are fun. To select a winner(s if more than 10), I will put the commenters names in a hat and randomly pick out the winner(s). I know some people get all fancy with numbers and randomized selectors or something but I am just not that high-tech at the moment.

So come one, come all, join in my celebration and leave a comment. I know it is difficult to come out of the woodwork to make that first comment on a stranger's blog but this is your chance to tell me what is on your mind.

UPDATE: Due to the overwhelming number of comments (THANK YOU EVERYONE! I LOVE THEM!) and the fact that I will not have the prize packages put together until tomorrow evening, I am extending the deadline until Saturday, April 5th at 6 pm EST. Now, don't worry about this decreasing your odds at winning because I have decided to expand the number of winners . . . final number of prizes will be determined tomorrow when I have all the loot. I will post the exciting results tomorrow night with the next divorce segment (hopefully) not too far behind.

Have a great weekend all - now I need to concentrate on the Jazz game.

44 comments:

Christina said...

Ooh, lucky #1. I'd be honored to win!

Annie said...

8 is my lucky number, but # 2 is good! What would I do without your blog...I don't even want to imagine! You can close the contest now...my chances of winning would be really good! Oh wait, there needs to be 10 entries. I'll take spots 3 thru 10 also!

marialuigi said...

I am, admittedly, a Blurky Turkey. I am and ardent admirer of your writing and I'm ever impressed by your talent.

I would LOVE a chance to win a prize for such a grand occasion!

Leslie said...

I love you writings! You are an amazing woman with amazing strength. Thanks for letting me peek into your world, and for being my sister's friend!

Robin said...

Hi Alyssa-
Just wanted to say I love your stories and am excited for a chance to win your giveaway!

happy thoughts said...

I love your blog! I check every day to see if you have posted a new chapter in your story. I love it, as sad as it is. I love your links! I love your photos! Thanks for sharing!

Dede said...

Ok, I have commented once or twice, but I read often. Forgive me. You are an amazing writer.

Jen said...

I officially stopped lurking last week, and as you can see, I'm back again. Glad you had a nice trip to see your friends, and welcome back to the blogosphere!

Maria said...

I think I need those cookies *fingers crossed*

Cindy said...

Ooohh! Count me in. Anytime the brown truck man (as my kids refer to him) comes to our house, it is indeed a glorious day. I can't wait to hear the results :)

Kami said...

Happy 500! Wahoo! Those handy shopper bags are too cute!

I just love a giveaway!

hovergirl said...

I know I'm the worst. But I'm v. bashful and I prefer to email you directly. If I win the cookies we can make them together in May!

Tiffany said...

Congrats on the big 500!

(Pick me! Pick me!)

katie said...

If I told you that I have only really ugly bags and no chocolate around, would it increase my odds in winning? I think I should win. Thanks in advance.

Mike said...

Pick Katie, that's all we need around here is another bag.

Heather said...

I love your blog and I am so into your divorce saga...Congrats on 500!!! you are a very talented writer.

Beck said...

What a great giveaway!
I've really been loving - well, "loving" is a strange word, but you know what I mean - your divorce posts. You're a terrific writer.

Meghan said...

I love to visit your blog! If I win, could I substitute the cookies for your famous red velvet cupcakes?? Everytime you mention them, my mouth waters.

Shannon said...

Wow, look at all these comments! How fun!

autumn said...

Wow 500! Way to go girl. May 500 more delightful/heart-wrenching entries come our way.

lizzie said...

i am jealous--500! and i LOVE the bag. and the candle has been lit every day in my house so i need another! good luck to me!

Jen said...

I admit, I'm a lurker. But I love your writing style and I love all of your descriptions. Plus, you live the fabulous NYC lifestyle and I love NYC.

I found your blog through Tiffany.

DeAnn said...

You are a fantastic writer! I wonder how many of us found you via Tiffany? She's kind of like weed -- the gateway drug!

Suzie said...

found you through Tiffany and haven't commented til now. not because I was in hiding, but I was too clueless to find how to comment on your blog. this time it seemed easier. maybe something has changed?
and also, I wanted to say hi on a post not about your awful divorce, which is well written and rivoting, by the way...
so happy 500th post! that's amazing.

Keith said...

I enjoy my blurker status! I can't be bribed...

Aimee said...

Wow! I'll be #26, I think! See how many readers you have? I think we all check to get the next installment of your divorce memoir. I know for me personally it's killing me to have to wait in between! I'm a total addict! So, since I've confessed my blurker status a week or so ago, does that make me more or less eligible for the bag? :D

Jim(the voice orf Reson) said...

Were I fortunate enough to win, I would donate the bag, candles and other such items to the DI or Savers. I would, however, be very interested in the chocolate and the cookies. I would also consider a substitute for the items to be donted. Perhaps a couple of tickets to a Rangers hockey game or to the Metropolitan Opera. Please, no ballet tickets.

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Tamara said...

I must admit, I'd do just about anything for food, especially chocolate or cookies. Katie told me I had to read your story, and I've been a blurker ever since...your writing style is addicting.

michele said...

holy cow you have a lot of fans. way to de-lurk(?) some readers!

erin said...

I just want homemade cookies. And since I'm family, I don't think I need to win a contest to deserve my sister's famous chocolate chip cookies.

KimmyGoat said...

Food and cute bags? How could I *not* emerge from Blurkdom?!

:P, corrie said...

I'm guilty too! I'm a friend of Leslie's who is Tiffany's sister. I am totally into your divorce saga and am sorry that it is actually non-fiction. You're an incredible writer, thank you for being willing to share.

Are you willing to share your red velvet cupcake recipe? They look so yummy!

Jen S. said...

Wow - You must feel like a rock star with all these comments, and the Jazz win doesn't hurt as well I'm sure. I am Jen S., formerly known as anonymous. Don't have a blog of my own and am a mom of three from Utah who wonders if I am pathetic the way I wait for your installments.

Jazzy said...

Congratulations! Very cool. This is Jasmine, Autumn's little sister, who also loves your blog. Thanks for extending the deadline!

mickey said...

I would also like to thank you for extending the deadline, I think you knew it would take me time to read your blog.

At least I didn't miss this contest. I wish I could stroll with you, and visit all the street vendors. I hope you are having fun!

By the way I think I might try out for DEAL OR NO DEAL and if I am choosen I'll take you as a supporter, wanna come? [have i done a sufficent jog of kissing up?]

Jan said...

I have only been reading your blog for a short time, and I'm so addicted. You are a VERY talented writer. I enjoyed your blog about your visit to Denver, since I'm from there, and I'm glad you made it back safely.

Ma said...

Just thought I would say congrats on your 500th post. I'm impressed, and have always known that you had a gift for writing.

I think your contest is a great idea because everyone loves to win free stuff. I am not writing to get a chance to win a prize. My prize will be seeing you next month when we go to Boston.

sarahels said...

I love reading your blog! I love the divorce saga and I especially enjoyed reading about your trip to Denver! I am in college right now away from Denver and it was nice to see my hometown. Keep up the writing because I enjoy it!

jani vegas said...

Wow, 500 posts! That is incredible. You are a fabulous writer and you have totally sucked me in with your divorce saga--I'm HOOKED! Please pick me!!

Mari said...

I know the contest is over. But I just wanted to say that I too enjoy reading your blog. Your divorce story is very similar to my own. You have such a fun/captivating writing style. You seem like an amazing person, making it through such a difficult time. So with that said I'll keep tuning in, if that's ok.
Mari (a cousin of a couple of your commenters)

Misty Fowler said...

Ah, well. I'm too late. But, I'm happy to leave a comment, anyway. I love reading your stuff, and I'm off to read part XIV now.

Alaina said...

Oh man, I hate I missed a chance at this contest! I found you through a comment you left on "shewalks" about her divorce saga inspiring you to write your own. It's been fascinating to read your story.

I'm a 28 year old small town Alabama girl living in DC, and I really identify with some of your writings. I've got a ton of friends that are on the baby train now, and we're all jealous of each other. There are parts of me that would love to be married with kids and my girls have times where they would love to be living my life in a big city, sleeping late and doing fun activities, etc.

Also, where can I find those shopping bags? I would love to order myself one!

Thanks

Soul-Fusion said...

Alaina, the Container Store carries them although they always seem to be out of stock so I usually buy them at a local home goods boutique in my neighborhood.

Thanks for your comment!

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