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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

I'm a Winner

My thoughts have been consumed with the benefits of blogging this week. In addition to the perks that both our wonderful commenters and I came up with, I realized that I left one out...the opportunity to win, win, win. On any day of the week, there are a countless number of blogs hosting give-aways. All joking aside, what is not to love about a free Starbuck's card, blog make-over, Kate Spade bag, or fancy camera?

I am continually entering give-aways, trying different strategies to get my hands on the "big pay-off." However, nothing I do seems to be working. Entering first, last, or crafting witty and creative comments have all led to zilch.

Today, I am taking a different approach. I am hosting a photo caption contest, similar to others I have seen on the web. You may enter my contest, but know that you won't win. In an attempt to bolster my self-confidence, I am declaring myself the winner.

I'll even share my winning captions with you...

Thuy and I took the kids to the Oakland Zoo a few weekends ago. She thought it would be super funny to have her husband snap a photo of my very stylish up-do.

Caption: Yes, I am a Fred Flintstones' long lost daughter, Pebbles, but I must conceal my celebrity-like status with dark sunglasses for fear that I will be recognized.


Caption: Nooo, paparazzi, nooo. Out of my face with your flashing lights.


Caption: Gawd! Why won't this woman just put me down already? I am so over her.


Since I have already declared myself the winner of my contest, I decided not to come up with a caption for this photo. It is simply a lovely shot of Thuy and little M.


This is a picture that I took last night after dinner. Giancarlo took it upon himself to bandage a mysterious cut that neither Geoff nor I could see. As he was showing off his Bandaid, he flipped up his middle finger at me and actually said, "See, Mama, see? I will have to show everybody this finger now."

It feels good to be a winner. Now all I need is for Kacey and Thuy to decide on my prize.

-Francesca
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40 comments:

Jennifer said...

I love your husband's band-aid job. The picture spoke volumes! :-)

Just wanted to say 'hi' and let you all know how much I enjoy your blog! Jumped over from Helene's blog, "...God Has a Sense of Humor". Great work!

Alicia said...

LOL..this was a super funny post! I love the pictures too!

Oh..and I wanted to say that I'm a "bay area" girl too!! We're about 35 minutes south of the city!! Woohoo!!

Mama Wheaton said...

Maybe the bandaid is just excuse to flip the bird? No that would only be something the boys in my family would do!

blueviolet said...

That's it! I've been wracking my brain for weeks on end trying to think who it was that you reminded me of! Now, thanks to Thuy, I've got it. It was Pebbles!! Thank you! That was driving me completely crazy.

Kristina P. said...

I win all my own fake contests too. Well played.

mommaof4wife2r said...

that is a riot...and i love that you are already the winner, so there's no pressure!

Beth (A Mom's Life) said...

I don't ever win those bloggy giveaways either. I've just stopped trying....

Renée aka Mekhismom said...

You are so funny. Oh my gosh. I love that you are the winner. Every time. I have won several contests and I think it really is just luck. I hope that you have been entering the iPod Touch contests - and Mommy advice is giving away $50 gift cards daily. Check them out!

Mary Moore said...

Great job with the captions!

Cammie said...

congrats on winning! I hope you got an awesome prize!

Stesha said...

Cheaters never win!

Hugs and Mocha,
Stesha

seriously? said...

Congrats on your win...how does it feel? I am so proud of you as you have worked so hard in this contest. Good for you!!!

pam said...

You are a winner in my books. Hang in there your number is bound to come up sooner or later.

Love your pictures.

Heather of the EO said...

Congrats on your big win! Way to go, champ!

The pics rock.

LOVE the pony on the top of the head. Hot.

Jill (Sneaky Momma) said...

Congratulations on winning the photo caption contest! LOL
You're so funny.
Keep trying! You're bound to win one sometime.

The High Family said...

Funny I was just feeling the same thing about these contests! I NEVER WIN ANYTHING...geez!

Love your contest and glad you are the WINNER! :)

Brooke said...

Love the bandaid picture. Congrats on the win! I think I need to do this for myself, since I never win either.

He And Me + 3 said...

I have won several bloggy contests...I guess I have been lucky, but no such luck for any gift cards or kate spade bags. Am I entering the wrong contests? LOl
Love this post. YOu are a crack up. So glad you won. Let us know what they give you...LOL

amanda said...

congrats on the win!! i also love the tea collection dress!! so cute. i love the tea collection. yet another crazy thing in common. :0) geesh...too bad you live there and i live here. or we could go shopping together!!!

Julie said...

Hilarious! Doesn't it feel good to win something?! LOL!

The Blonde Duck said...

Ya'll are just so cute!

Nana said...

YOU are a weiner...err... WINNER.

joanofalltrades said...

Giancarlo was flippin you the bird for not letting us participate in the contest. Prize hog! This was very clever though. I love your captions. You can stop by my blog for a give away on Friday and I promise you will win.

Heidi Ashworth said...

You're pretty brilliant! I am going to have me a contest like this! The prize will be an extra day in the week to work on Miss D part two. I will call it (the day, not the book) Greatday. I think it could catch on.

Willow Tree said...

Is it wrong that I wanted to caption the last photo, "Yu're Numbah One Raymond, Yu're Numbah One!!!" Dang I miss Everybody Loves Raymond. No kidding, my mother IS Marie. Yeah, explains a lot, eh?

So, I'm a big fan of you winning your own contest. That's right up my alley; I send myself flowers. Oh yeah, I said it.

Got to go, I'm off to win my own contest for a laptop cleaning... because I spit cherry coke on it laughing so hard at your caption that started off "Gawd!!..." But may I just say, the picture was priceless and so was the one of Thuy.

Still a no on y'all relocating to Wisconsin then??

Blessings, Carolynn

Jo said...

You are winner everyday in my book! Especially with those great pics!

The Thompson's said...

I wanna win too! Maybe you could have another contest and make me the winner, yeah thats it, and my prize should be a Canon EOS 5D Mark II with a couple of lenses to boot! Now that would be the bomb baby!

Tim

Barbaloot said...

Congrats on winning!! You totally deserved it.

JanMary said...

LOL!

Love it - you are definitely the winner with these :)

Megryansmom said...

Love the pictures, I'm so jealous, the zoo in February. Oh sure we could GO to the zoo,but we'd freeze to death!

dede said...

Congratulations!! I can't wait to hear what you won!! Do you always come up with captions when you look at photos?? It is quite a talent!

Jillene said...

You SHOULD be the winner!! The pics are great BTW!!

My kids put band-aids on imaginary cuts/bruises/scratches too. That is why I think I should own stock in Johnson and Johnson!!

Kathy said...

Congratulations on the hard-earned (?) win!! Cute moms with beautiful kiddos.

Lady of Perpetual Chaos said...

Between the cute pictures and the captions, you are definitely the winner. If you want, I can host a fake giveaway on my blog and make sure you're the winner. ;o)

The High Family said...

Francesca! I won I won!

I opened up my dashboard to see who updated their blogs while I slept and wouldn't you know it...I saw that I had won some cute flower barrettes from one of the giveaway sites I've been putting entries in (forever!) today!

Maybe my luck is changing? Doubt it but it's pretty exciting to actually win something!

Domestically Disabled Girl said...

Those kids are way too cute. And, the comments were awesome. I am never that creative!

Nadine said...

Hahaha! I love this post!

I won't even attempt to come up with funnier captions, since you know, YOU won already :)

heidi said...

Really?? That's all I have to do - just declare it and it is so? Then I declare us rich and wealthy and well taken care of. I declare myself pampered.

Hang on, I gotta go clean the throw-up off the living room carpet.

Guess my declaration didn't come true. *sigh*

Mama Zen said...

I wear that exact same up-do. I'm definitely going to start claiming to be Pebbles!

mads said...

Hi francesca,
Thanks for reading my blog. I have just recently read yours and loved it. Now you have a new follower.
Can't wait to see what you write next.
-Maddy (A day in the life of a Twilight reader)