Monday, December 29, 2008

The last contest winner of 2008...

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I took a couple of days off from the computer. Not doing that much, just having fun with the family and doing things that needed to be done. We also went to dinner at friends' house last night and enjoyed a tasty Mexican feast. We had to cancel the original time due to the snow. As for the snow...

The rains have come, washing away most of the snow and making the Portland area look, well, more like Portland. We can now get around fine, too, so I'll be packaging up the most recent winners and shipping them off this week.

Here are your random numbers:

Timestamp: 2008-12-29 16:58:32 UTC

This week's free book winner, the last of 2008, is Virginia. She won with a comment on the post Snowflakes and Gingerbread. Virginia, please choose one book from the list here. Email me your choice along with your snail address. You can use the contact form on my website.

Last week's winner Marianne chose Kerrelyn Sparks' Vamps and the City. Enjoy!

And don't worry, I have plenty of books to giveaway in 2009. Every comment you make on the blog gives you one entry into the weekly free book contest, so comment often!

As 2008 comes to an end, I've been busy trying to get ready for the new year. I've been busy setting up a monthly budget and a monthly menu plan.

We've decided to implement Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover. I've heard him on the radio and bought his book earlier this month. For over a year now, I've thought about-okay, dreamed about-being debt free. Imagine no credit card bills or a house payment ever again! I listened to what Dave had to say and he says makes a lot of sense so we're going to a cash only system. No more credit cards. And we'll be using an envelope system for several things in our budget such as food, clothing and gas.

I really like Marianne's Tightwad Tuesday posts. They've given me some great ideas. The hardest thing is going to be implementing and sticking on budget. My income comes in very randomly. There's a sheet for irregular income as part of the budget, but we rely on my income for things like the kid's classes which are monthly expenses. So I've been trying to figure out how to make my irregular income come out more regular.

I've also been trying to get ready for JaNoWriMo. I'll be posting on that blog about my efforts along with several other offers so if you want to follow along during the month, you might want to add it to your google reader or bookmark the blog.

So that's what I've been up to. What about you?


Rottie_mom said...

Congrats Virginia!

Back to work again after being off for 5 days. Havent had 5 days off in sooo long. It was nice being off but actually happy to be back to work lol.

limecello said...

Congrats, Virginia!

For me... I'm on "break" but I'm dog sitting - a 110 lb (underweight) Great Pyr. He also got sick on Saturday/Sunday and had diarrhea all over. (TMI I know, but really it gets so much worse.) Still, at least I don't have classes. So, I've been watching dogs - and sister is here with her little dog (14 lbs)... that likes to attack other ones. We've been busy :P

catslady said...

Congratulations, Virginia.

We just had our Christmas yesterday with my two daughters, one son in law and one boyfriend. It was a wonderful day and we all spent too much and ate too much lol.

Brandy said...

Glad to hear y'all had a good Christmas and are now able to get around.
I make out a menu before I grocery shop. I find we don't make as many impulse buys at the grocery store. *G*
I hope you're having a lovely day!

Tiffany said...

Snow is lovely but it must be nice to be able to get around again?

Can't wait to hear how the Total Money Makeover goes - I've always have liked what Dave Ramsey says on the radio so I'll have to click on your link.

Hope you and the kids are feeling better!

Virginia said...

Hi Milissa, thanks so much for picking my name. I sent in my info. I hope you get it.

I am glad you tooks some time off to spend with the family, everyone needs to do that. To me family is the most important part of life, because you never know whats going to happen for day to day. Spend as much time with them as you can. Children grow up to fast. You turn around and they are gone.

Amy said...

Congrats, Virginia!

I'm soooooo glad the rain is here, I can't even tell you. I can't believe I'm GLAD the rain is here, but I am!

I'm spending the last week of winter break prepping for 2009, nailing down my writing schedule (and making a chart....I LOVE CHARTS!) and just enjoying hanging out with the kids.

Jane said...

Congrats, Virginia. I've been recovering from stuffing myself.

Dru said...

Because I'm answering this late, I'm resting after a long slow day at work.

Congrats Virginia.