And yet, somehow I still have time to waste on a new secret passion. Well, not secret anymore I guess, now that I'm blabbing it all over the internet. I have become a giveaway junkie. Did you know that there are a lot of people out there giving away all kinds of stuff? All you usually have to do to participate in these giveaways is become a follower of the blog of the person hosting the competition.
The cool thing is that I have won a lot of stuff since I got hooked on this pastime. Yeah, really, you play, you win. It's that easy. Well, you have to enter a lot of giveaways to win one every once in a while, but that occasional win is such a pleasant surprise that it keeps me coming back for more.
|A necklace I won from an Australian artisan.
So, what have I won? Well, my first win was a very young children's DVD. I do not know why I entered that particular giveaway since my children are way to old for the DVD, but, oops, I won! That experience taught me two things: first, that it is possible to win, and second, that it's rather daft to enter giveaways that are offering prizes you aren't actually interested in. I gave the DVD to a friend with a toddler.
My second win was a book listing substitutions for cooking ingredients. Such as, you need oh say turmeric in a recipe and you haven't got any in the cupboard? Just look up the missing ingredient in this book and it will tell you what you can use to replace it. Handy, especially since here in provincial southern Italy a lot of easy to come by ingredients in US recipes can be pretty hard, or impossible, to come by. Now, that was a better prize.
But, what got me hooked for good was the $250 gift certificate to JC Penney's. Wow! That's a lot of gift certificate at JC Penney's. I had a blast picking and choosing what I wanted. And from then on, playing the giveaway game has been my favorite time-waster.
It's really addictive, though. Once I start surfing the web, hunting for giveaways open to international participants (so many are limited to the US and Canada), the hours fly by. I think I may need an intervention...or an extension of the 24-hour day!