Thursday, March 5, 2009

The 100th

So here is the momentous 100th post. I feel like I should become all philosophical, talking about why I love blogging, what it means to me, and all the joy it has brought to my life. I won’t embarrass myself by doing all that, but I will say that this blog has turned into something very special to me. I guess I will go so far as to embarrass myself by saying that! I started it as simply a way to keep Laura’s grandparents in the loop on her life, and it became something that allowed me to pipe up with my tiny little voice and let the world (or at least a few people!) know what I’m thinking. I enjoy writing and have never had the opportunity to reach any audience beyond my college professors, so knowing that even 2 or 3 people read what I write is very exhilarating. I keep thinking that writing professionally is what I want to do when I grow up, and I still hope that becomes a reality for me. But at the same time, my reality right now is being a Mommy and a wife. That life keeps me very busy and this blog gives me the chance to feel like a grown up every so often, even if all I’m writing about are Laura’s antics.

To my family and friends who were my very first readers, I thank you for humoring me and telling me that you enjoyed what I had to say. To those how came along later and aren’t related to me, I thank you for not running away screaming. To those who leave me comments, thank for making me not to feel like I’m talking to a wall. I talk to myself enough already so I really don’t need any more of that in my life.

And so, as promised, I’m doing a giveaway to celebrate this somewhat momentous occasion. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment (one per person!) on this post, no later than midnight Pacific Time, and you’re entered. The comment can be as simple as “I’d like to be entered in the drawing” or as lengthy as a 3 page essay on why my blog is so important to you. The comments that fall in the latter category will be remembered when I win the lottery. And I’m leaving this giveaway open to my family members, because that’s who I started this blog for, and I also get to make all the rules. There will be only one winner (sorry!) but if this contest goes smoothly I anticipate doing it again someday, so don’t leave me in disgust if you don’t win.

Just what are you entering to win? A few little things that I have picked up here and there for just such an occasion! Let’s start out with the two adorable pink bowls from Pier 1 Imports, perfect for candy or ice cream, or even as a trash can on your craft table. Next up is a handy gift wrap cutter which makes wrapping presents a bit easier. Don’t forget the cute little flower clothes pins, also from Pier 1. If you’re feeling really crafty, you could glue a magnet to the back and use them on the fridge to hold pictures. And the icing on the cake: a fabric fortune cookie handmade by me! It is completely useless, but so cute. I’d like to say this will all arrive beautifully gift wrapped, but I’m not very good at that, so please keep your expectations to everything arriving in one piece. I will announce the winner tomorrow after I use the handy website to pick the winner!


Julie said...

I so very much enjoy reading your blog (wether I win or not). I miss talking with you. Been having a hard time lately and hopefully it will be over soon!!! Please keep writing and keeping us all informed of your wonderful stories!!! Love, Julie

Jared said...

I had a dream about this last night, Claire. The first thing I did when I woke up, was checked your blog and BOOM, it was the 100th post. Amazing. And, I am not lying.

Tam said...

Congrats on your 100th post! Bloggy is you facebook too? That is also addicting!

Christina said...

Congrats on the 100th post Claire!!
Don't worry about taliking to yourself... I think most of us moms do. Thanks for all the stories. I look forward to reading your blog every day. (does this help with my lotto chance? HeeHee) :-)

This Little Hen said...

Claire I am so excited for you to have reached 100!! Congrats!

Patty said...

I am so glad that you started your blog, it makes me so happy to read about your daily life and to see pictures of my beautiful grandaughter on a regular basis. You are a wonderful writer and have a gift for making everything sound so interesting, yet I see your personality in everything you write. I don't need a give-away to keep me reading and I am shocked that it has been 100 posts already. I am looking forward to the next 100.

Martha said...

Yeah for 100 posts!! That is so cool that you keep your family up to date w/your blog. I love the prizes, especially the fabric fortune cookie, how adorable!

Bee and Rose said...

Yay! You're 100! (wait..that came out all wrong!)

Claire, I found you in my early days and just love your blog! I try to visit everytime I see you have a new post up! You are one of my bloggy all stars!

I am LOVING the fabric fortune cookie! OH MY STARS! Are you putting those in your shop?

Congratulations! Looking forward to many more!!!!

Big Hugs!

I am so winning this giveaway!!!
Gotta have that fortune cookie!

Three Dog Days said...

I went to a play tonight and when I got home from work I had to get a shower and get dressed and when I got home I thought I'd check on what was new in cyberspace and I am glad I did! Also glad the play didn't get out any later or I would have missed the cut off! My seat at the play was 28, my special number, so it must have brought me luck to check your blog.

Congratulations on reaching 100 (I hope I can say that to you on your birthday someday also.) I was just telling one of my friends earlier this week how well you write and how entertaining it is. Keep up the good work of providing me free entertainment and of keeping me informed of your life!

Kim said...

Jared is lying.