Thursday, December 19, 2013

500th Blog Post and a Giveaway!


Happy Thursday!

I realized late last week that I was going to hit my 500th blog post this week and you know I love a celebration...

So to thank all of you who have joined me along the way, I wanted to acknowledge this milestone with a giveaway of three different items, since 3 is a magical number to me and since I would like at least three of you to get something!  I will ship these anywhere in the world, and even to outer space if it turns out someone is reading this from the International Space Station!

The gifts:

1) A lovely little cookbook called Le Petit Paris, chockfull of the best recipes for French finger food:

 



There is healthy fare - I just find myself drawn inexplicably to the French fries...

2) A lovely pouch with a heart, since I heart you so much...




3) A $25 J Crew Gift Card for all that after Christmas shopping..




How to enter:

  • First, you have to let me know you would like to be part of this giveaway!
  • Second, you have to be a 'follower' of this blog - it is easy to do!
  • Third, you have to do both of these things before Monday, December 23rd, when I will randomly draw the three names!

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On a completely different topic, I have some most excellent news.  I had submitted an op-ed piece to the Globe and Mail (for those of you unfamiliar, this is Canada's national newspaper, the equivalent here of the New York Times or one of the major London papers) and I was just informed that they are going to publish it on Monday, December 30th!  This is exciting and scary all at once, since it is quite personal, but it is a big coup, as the editor advised me that for every one they publish (which is usually only once per week) they turn away dozens and dozens more.  I am feeling quite proud and it is nice to end 2013 having one of my works published (excepting writing to you all!) and inspires me to keep working at it in 2014!  I will share more information and links when the time comes, but want to thank you for your ongoing kindness and encouragement!

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After 15 more cm of snow we have a lovely sunny day.  We will definitely have a white Christmas now!  I am not up to much today except driving people to dentist appointments and helping son pick out jewelry for girlfriend.  I may even start my Christmas baking...







Have a great day and stay safe out there!

75 comments:

  1. Morning Wendy. Well - I started out excited about the giveaway, but I'm REALLY excited about your G & M article!! Congratulations! I'm looking forward to reading it.

    Can you believe it, I actually had to become a follower to participate in the giveaway - I bring up your blog every morning out of habit, so I had never become one before!

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  2. Congratulations Wendy! What a wonderful way to end the year!
    I hope you post a link to the article.

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  3. Oh that is funny! I don't actually no who all are followers or just pop in, but I figured I needed some parameters! I have to say - I may have to go back and buy myself the cookbook and the pouch - I love them! And that is the whole problem with me and gift shopping - one for them, two for me... I think Fred wrote a fabulous post on that...

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  4. Yup, you got the snow ,too. We may have ice Saturday which would kind of ruin it, though.

    SO exciting about your article!!! What a great Christmas present for you!

    Enter me, please.

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    1. Lane - you are in! Ice - yuck! I hate Ice! Barry made a flying trip down to see his parents today as the weather looks so iffy between now ands and the 25th!

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  5. Well talk about going into the New Year in style, congratulations! What an excellent start for you.
    You garden is so stunning, I just pinned it.
    It'll be great when the alien finds his voice and speaks up and wins the competition because I will beg him to whizz me back and forth in his saucer to Canada and I hear it only takes ten mins by saucer plane.

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    1. If I had half a brain I would have made another blogger profile "Marty the Martian!"

      Thanks Tabs! I just wish I could beam you over!

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  6. Congratulations on 500 posts....I love your blog, insight, and wit. You are my first read in the morning.
    I have signed up to follow your blog by email...would love to win one of your
    wonderful prizes! Diane in Ontario

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    1. Oh thanks DIane - that is so kind!!!!!

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  7. wow congrats for both the 500th post and the op ed piece. I will pick up a copy of the Globe for sure.

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    1. Thanks Mar - I will have to call you over next couple of days and let you know how many critique went!

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  8. Well it's about time some one opened their eyes and took notice of your writing. Very good job! Do post a link. And enter me in your give away since I seem to be on a roll I just might win something. Congrats on 500 posts. Here's to 5,000 more. And we are getting rain...not snow this weekend.

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    1. WE've had 90 mph storms, you should see the damage, luckily we are all toasty and no damage considering we are surrounded by ancient trees its a Christmas miracle!

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    2. BB - you may be on a roll! I won over at Tiffany's - first time in years I had won something! Rain and 90mph winds - oh global warming, you suck...

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    3. Okay I will never bitch about my weather again. Tabitha, I do hope you stay warm and toasty and safe. Wendy, I won at Naomi's. Haven't won a thing since college...a CD from a radio station.

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  9. Wendy-
    Congrats on your article being published! I hope you share the link so we can all read it! Love a give away and of course follow you :-)
    Have a great Thursday.

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    1. HI Julie - will definitely share the link when it goes live!!!!

      You are in!

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  10. ack- so many milestones! Congratulations Wendy- well merited- I look forward to seeing your piece!

    I am a follower, of course!

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    1. Thanks! I really have to email you off line for technical advice on posting on your blog - I read it every time, but seem to be a luddite about being able to post!

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  11. Hurray!! Congratulations on getting your article published in the Globe! I am so excited and happy for you - can't wait to read it!

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway! I am throwing my name in the hat - I am a follower of course!

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  12. BIIIIIIIG congratulations to you on getting an article published! How very exciting (and I'm sure scary too!)! That is fantastic news.

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    1. Thanks Cate! It is scary, but neat!

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  13. OMG,you already have 500 blogposts:)
    Congrats!
    I would like to participate and i am a follower as you know!
    You can reach me with my email ina.mack5@gmail.com

    Thank you so much for you generosity!

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    1. Thanks Ina!!! I think having 500 blogposts in only 18 months is a sure sign of being a TALKER!!!!!!!

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  14. Congrats!! Excellent news :)

    And yes please enter me in our lovely giveaway and I already follow on both GFC and bloglovin!

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    1. thanks CSW!!! How are the London Christmas festivities coming?

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  15. Congratulations and Congratulations Wendy! (500th post and the article). I will definitely watch out for it! And yes, please enter me in the giveaway. :)

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    1. Thanks LR! Have been thinking of you this last week - it was so cold here on Saturday night there was a ring around the moon - the last time I noticed that was when we lived in Saskatchewan!

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    2. It has been so cold here, we've seen sundogs almost every day!

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  16. Wow 500, I was shocked by the number, you do like to talk ;-).

    I am so happy for your co-ed being published Wendy, that's huge and I hope we can all read it on Monday. Congratulations!

    I would love to be entered in the giveaway, as you know I am a follower ;-)

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    1. Thanks Ema! Now will have to add New York Times to my bucket list!

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  17. Congrats on the 500th blog post and the Globe & Mail article! That's fantastic news and am very happy for you!

    I would love to enter the giveaway.

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  18. Oh wow Wendy, congratulations on the op-ed!! So, so exciting! I hope you'll post the link to it when it publishes.

    Congratulations on 500 posts -- isn't it amazing how quickly the posts add up? I love it, and will be thrilled to read 500 more of yours. :)

    Would love to win one of those lovely items -- so sweet of you to offer! You know where to find me!

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    1. Thanks Melissa! I am pretty sure I can suss you out!

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  19. Congratulations on 500th blog post, but specially, specially on the publication!!! What a wonderful Xmas present! I am so happy for you... I really hope it will be available online and you will share a link.
    Of course I would love to enter the giveaway :-)
    Wishing you a lovely evening on those wonderful news...

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    1. Thanks Steph - I really appreciate the kind sentiments!

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  20. I've been away from the Internets (terrible last couple of weeks, but who wants to hear me complain) and this is a most excellent way to welcome me back WMM! An op-ed piece! Fantastic! As many other lovely ladies, I am also excited to read your article, especially now amidst the fame! :-)
    Lovely Xmas there, it rained for about 2 minutes here, and now the temps are just in the high 40s but with sun. Like I said nobody wants to hear me complain!
    Please enter me in the giveaway! I could do some damage with that gift card :-)

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    1. Thanks AB! Hope work slows down a bit so you can relax!

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  21. What fantastic news Wendy. It's very hard to make the cut at the Globe. Our oldest son is working there . Can't wait to see it. So excited for you.

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    1. Wow - good for him - love the globe and mail!

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  22. Way to go on the article Wendy! And that snow is just gorgeous as well!

    Would love to enter the giveaway!
    Laura

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  23. I would love to enter the giveaway! (French food--my kryptonite. Along with shoes and sparkles.)

    Congratulations on the publication! Can't wait to read it! I love your "voice" and think as many people as possible should get to "hear" it.

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    1. Thanks Danielle - you are so kind!

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  24. I am so thrilled to read that you will be published! Congratulations. It is so very well deserved!

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  25. Hey Wendy, I couldn't be more proud of my friend....being published in the Globe and Mail!!!

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    1. Thanks Ger! It can only be a matter of time till we do a picture book together!

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  26. Oh yes, and you can enter my name as well xox

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  27. Congrats on the article! That's such exciting news to end a year of so many changes. I hope you share a link with us when it's available.

    Please enter my name in your giveaway as well. Thanks much!

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    1. Thank you so much! You are entered!

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  28. Oooh pick me! I am of course a follower! Congrats on your writing being chosen for publication. Just remember us little people when you hit the big time!

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    1. Hi SC - you are entered for sure!

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  29. Oh, Wendy I am so proud of you! I can't wait to read it!

    And of course, enter me!

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  30. CONGRATS, Wendy!!!!!!!! That is SO awesome!!!!

    And, I'd love to enter the giveaway! Thanks for hosting it!

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  31. Well done from me on getting your piece published, brilliant news! I'd love to be included in your giveaway if it's open to us in the UK?

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  32. Of course I'd like to enter your blog celebration of 500, that went by fast!! I've loved every word Wenders, I am so happy to have met you through the wonderful blogging world. :)

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  33. 500 CLUB! Wenders, late to the blog party again. But you know I am SO proud of you about the G&M. They are, after all, right across Front St. from me. I will be buying copies on 12/30 and giving them to all my friends who don't subscribe.

    Love your Indigo picks, some of their gift items this year were really lovely. There was an infinity scarf I wanted, but resisted successfully. (See Santa, I am a "good" girl.)

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    1. Good for you! Of course you may have been scarfed out...

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  34. Congratulations on your 500th blog post and the Globe & Mail article! Those are both amazing achievements and am very happy for you! Looking forward to reading your article. Thanks for posting the link for everyone.

    I would love to enter the giveaway.

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  35. Hi, I would like to enter your drawing. I have been an avid reader for a very, very long time but I don't believe I've ever posted.
    I'm not sure I'll be able to figure out how to send this. . . . .
    But, here's to trying!
    Janna

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    1. Good job Janna and thanks for posting!

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  36. Wendy,
    I am so happy I saw this. 500 posts is quite an accomplishment, but 500 great posts is amazing. How fabulous- I can't wait to see your published piece. I hope you will show a link.
    Happy holidays!

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    1. Thanks Knityarns Hope you are keeping well and things aren't too crazy at work!

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  37. Congrats on your blog milestone, and on being published. What a nice way to end the year/start 2014! Wishing you and yours a very merry Chistmas!

    I'd love to enter your giveaway, too!

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    1. Thanks Wendy - Merry Christmas to you and yours as well!

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