May 19, 2008

Pay it Forward Contest

It seems almost too SOON for a contest, doesn't it? We JUST HAD contests. We are still a little WRUNG OUT from contests. Nevertheless, we are having another contest! Because I won Jess Loolu's pay-it-forward contest, and now it is my turn to send a package!

First, let's take a look at the awesome package Jess Loolu sent me:


That is a polka-dotted terry sundress for Elizabeth and a set of extremely cool gift-tags (I'll use one on the package!). Both items from, as Jess puts it in the pretty card, "your boyfriend Target."

It will not be easy to measure up to the glory that was that package; I love BOTH items SO MUCH. But I will try! And as I mentioned in the post about my date with Paul, I have one item, an item PAUL-APPROVED for cuteness. It is this tube-shaped pencil tin:



I think you can see it larger if you click on it. Inside the tin are a dozen colored pencils with those same little pictures on the sides---and the pencils are rounded-triangular, so they don't roll away. ALSO, the cap has a lion's face on it! Oh, it is so cute! Do you see in the photo how my hand is sort of CLUTCHING the tube, like I am unwilling to let it go? THAT IS NO ILLUSION.

And that is just the START of the package I am assembling! Who knows what else I will put in there? WHO KNOWS?

So now let's talk about the rules, and how this thing goes. If you want to win the contest, you will leave a comment in this post's comment section before Tuesday, May 20th, noon, United States Pacific Time. You don't have to say anything in particular. You can say "hi!" You can say, "I like squirrels." You can say, "Roses are red / Violets are blue / I want to win this contest / So let me." It does not matter what you say---and there is no sense either kissing up or working the pity angle, because I'll use a random number generator to pick someone, and the random number generator's mathematical heart is unswayed by kissing-up and pity. UNSWAYED!

And! If you win! You must pay it forward! In this context, that means you must assemble a package and mail it to someone else.

Now go comment if you want to be entered. If you need help deciding what to say, why don't you tell me if your face is dry, oily, or combination?

139 comments:

jen said...

badgers? we don't need mo stinking badgers!

kirida said...

I like tuh-tles.

Nowheymama said...

What an excellent contest idea!

Combination.

Safire said...

Too sleep deprived to say anything.

ccr in MA said...

I'm glad I don't have to say that I like squirrels, because lying would be a bad way to enter a contest!

Combination skin, for sure.

And to the random number generator, I say, 42!

pinkelefant said...

combination fo sho!

CassJustCurious said...

I feel like my skin is changing with each trimester and I simply can't keep up with the product required to make it look a step up from death. It's Monday - I'm not exactly glass half full on Monday's.

Stacy said...

Stop looking at me swan!

Elizabeth said...

I was trying to pay attention to this post, but I was woefully distracted by what seemed like BEAUTIFUL flowers outside the window behind the prize. Do you garden, TOO? Is there no end to Swistle's powers?

Vicky said...

Contest sounds like fun.

Combination.

Mimi said...

My face tends to be oily.

Shelly Overlook said...

Squirrels taste like chicken.


(just kidding, I have no idea if this is true or not)

Erica said...

Oily. Like the Exxon Valdez crashed on my forehead.

Kris said...

Delurking for the first time to enter your contest! What a fun idea!

Swistle said...

Elizabeth- Ha ha! No. We have a flowering shrub in our yard. I do nothing but neglect it and occasionally prune the living heck out of it.

Jen In MI said...

I'm entering this contest, for sure!

Combination skin...

JMC said...

Oh, SO glad I sneaked away from my mother for a moment and saw this post.

Combination skin.

Oh, and random number generator? You NEVER randomly generate MY number. Let's see if we can change that, huh?

Cam said...

Love this contest. The colored pencils are too cute.

Karly said...

Combination. Only not your normal combination. My nose alone is combination. The sides of my nose are dry and flaky. The tip of my nose is so greasy you could fry a french fry on there. WTH nose? What is your problem??

Paige said...

I do not like squirrels, but I do love chipmunks. What makes a chipmunk so much cuter than a squirrel? Maybe their high pitch voices.

Tessie said...

So sad that I had to consider the possible humiliation of failing to appropriately pay it forward before I entered.

Dry skin. LIZARD dry.

donna said...

Totally combination skin but thanks to my lovely Morgan who does my facials and waxing, I have finally gotten the right products for me (that are cheap!) and now my skin is as close to normal as it will ever be.

I love the idea of this pay-it-forward contest, by the way!

Mrs. M said...

not trying to play the pity card or anything, but I AM having lunch with my inlaws today....SANS HUSBAND!

I know, I'm a saint. For this I will receive many crowns. And one of them I'll pay forward.

HollowSquirrel said...

I like squirrels with combination skin!

Alice said...

roses are red,
violets are blue,
my combination skin
has acne too.

(WOE.)

Clarabella said...

happy to see this post after possibly the worst night of sleep (or lack thereof) ever. i hate monday.

Jennifer said...

Combination= face

Lizardesque= hands and feet (despite GALLONS of lotion)

laurie said...

yeah! Contests are fun!

Amber said...

I love contests!

M said...

I'm in!

Karen said...

Well, since the random generator is unsympathetic, I say: I WANT THOSE PENCILS woman!
Have a nice day.

nonsoccermom said...

What a fun contest!!

Oily, oily skin. Argh.

Angie said...

I think random contests are my favorite, since no skill is needed. I wasn't even CLOSE on your name.

And, combination skin. Hate.

Saly said...

....maybe there is a way to bribe the generator....

Due to pregnancy hormones, my skin can be any of the 3 on any given day.

And Alice's comment is GREAT!

minnie said...

i love that alien pattern ! i got the bag and have been using it as a diaper bag. jack loves it.

Pixie said...

I love those pencils unfortunately though I think the random number generator hates me so oh well.
Also my skin it's a mess, combination and acne prone, yuck. Share with me your secrets oh wise Swistle.

Emily said...

Combination skin.

These contests are so fun.

Christina, Steve, Clara and Elena said...

I heart you, random number generator.

KatieBug said...

Fun pencils! DRY forehead, oily nose.

moo said...

I like squirrels.

AND contests.

Kristin.... said...

Oooh, pick me. Pick Me (totally spoken by Eddie Murphy as Shrek's Donkey)

:)

Oh, and I have a combo t-zone skin. What a drag.

Kelsey said...

Sadly, I have to second Alice's poem.

I would love to pay it forward!!!

Ashley said...

This is a great idea, I love contests!

Erin said...

I've always had a soft place in my heart for possums. They're our continent's only native marsupial. And their only real downside is that they're ugly. Which seems a bit harsh to me; we should not punish possums for being ugly.

Also, you know what makes a great not-so-fatty diet food? Saltines with jelly.

beach mama said...

I am SO in! I figure I enter enough of these I'm bound to win someday! :)

alienbea said...

My three year old anointed himself and, consequently, everything within a five foot radius, with my favorite shade of mineral makeup blush this morning. He was head-to-toe sparkly pink and gold. Little stinker did his best to first hide the evidence and then to wash off before Mommy found out!

Skin: combination, with an especially shiny, oily nose.

honeybecke said...

oh fun! those pencils are awesome!

Julie said...

Great idea!

Misty said...

This is fun. Hope I win. Because I like stuff. :) And you have excellent taste.

Yes, yes, I hear. UNSWAYED. It is just true, eh.

Lettie said...

Combination

Julie said...

I want to play!

Nanna said...

I want to "Pay it Forward".

Marie Green said...

According to the good people at the Clinique counter, I'm combination. How do they know that???

Hey, how about a diet update post? I'm on a diet too, and I'd love to hear how you're doing. (I'm doing WW).

Heather said...

Is it ok that I am also in love with your boyfriend Target?

the new girl said...

Dry. Dry as a desert.

Also? I totally LIED about that rimshot thing b/c no sooner had I made that comment did The Man enter the computer area and we did it back and forth for TOO LONG.

Ba-dum-dum.

Courtney said...

whooo-hoooo!

kdbear said...

Delurking purely to enter this contest!

jennifer said...

Hi! My name is Jennifer & for dessert last night I had a (small) bowl of chocolate chips since my husband was out of town.

Swistle said...

Heather- Oh, yes. Target and I have an "open relationship."

Marie Green- Okay! Good idea!

mcx said...

Combination!
And Holy Cuteness!

brenna said...

My skin is a haphazard and unpredictable combination. Woe is me. WOE.

caleyadams said...

Ugh, oily. And even more so since the birth of #2 5 months ago.

I love pay-it-forward contests!

Kate said...

Spring has arrived!

SleepyNita said...

Oily in the summer - combo in the winter. Needless to say I love the oily skin = no wrinkles ;)

laura said...

I'd love to play!

Ashley said...

Me too!!!

Mihelle said...

I have terrible oily skin. And I hate snakes.

amber said...

I never win contests: I am the unluckiest person I know. Not that it stops me from trying.

There, see now? If I win, it'll be nicely ironic.

Jess said...

Pick Me! Oh Pick Me Great Random Generator!!

Combination skin...

Mommy Daisy said...

Good taste, Swistle, that pencil tin is adorable!

My skin is generally oily. Unless it's in the dead of winter, then it's dry and I must moisturize.

Who likes squirrels? I can't even remember if you spell it with 2 R's or 2 L's. Grr. In random story-ness: my dad once had a squirrel fall from a tree into his truck bed at work. Some of his coworkers saw it happen. The squirrel fell into the side of the bed and got stuck. It seriously ripped up his truck and caused thousands of dollars of damage. He didn't believe the coworkers when they told him what happened until he saw the damage. Then he called my mom (who is an insurance agent) and asked her what they cover for squirrel damage. HA! He will ALWAYS hate squirrels.

pseudostoops said...

Mmmm. Pencils.

vague said...

Hello there! My face is very oily and I like squirrels!

McWriter said...

My skin is pretty normal, with a fancy chin-zit once a month. Joy.

If anyone's asking, and I know Swistle almost always is - my skin now expressly sports the Fresh makeup line. From concealer to foundation to powder to bronzer to eye shadow and more, for me, it's all Fresh, all the time.

Perhaps my pay it forward package (pick me, pick me, pick me) might be filled with items of the Fresh persuasion.

may said...

Is "pay it forward" a new hip phrase? Is it the new "it is what it is?"

Colleen said...

Me, me, me! Count me in. What a really fun idea.

Let's see... I suppose squirrels are alright. My skin? Right now it's rather high school like thanks to the whole pregnant thing.

G said...

Combination, but more oily.

if you like cheesecake, go get Ben and Jerry's cheesecake brownie ice cream. Now.

omnia_vincit_amor said...

cool idea for a contest! dry skin.

Shelly said...

Ooh! I love this!

My favorite insult:
To my friend Cheryl from her ex-fiance:
"You have the cold, dead heart of a lizard."

Laura said...

Does anyone know the difference between in-laws and outlaws?


Outlaws are WANTED!

Amber said...

I like pelicans.

Swistle said...

May- Yes! It's like casting bread upon the waters, and I think hoping someone ELSE'S bread will then come floating by for you, while YOUR bread goes on to someone else casting their OWN bread.

Lorraine said...

Um...

Kim said...

Lawn Gnome.
Sensitive desert skin, dehydrated.

lisa said...

Oooh....I want to play. And if I win, since I live overseas, I get to pay it forward with stuff from Japan!!

Meredith said...

I love this! You are so much fun.
Dry Skin here.

Melessa said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! I'm not a big fan of the invisible cylon-talking man either, but my crush on Lee Adama sustains me through the show.

Kate @ Life As I Live It said...

Ooohhh! This would be fun! I'd love to win, not just for the sake of receiving fabulous goodies, but for assembling an equally package of goodies to send off!

Jessica said...

Hooray for random number generators!

doing my best said...

Oily...but I hear this will be good for keeping wrinkles away someday...

Anonymous said...

You didn't tell us that Devan had her baby!!

Emblita said...

Love the contest idea!

Ehm, I like to watch bumblebees and wonder at their lack of aerodynamics.

Constance the 32nd said...

Love the idea and want in too! And, I have to tell you that I made your Andes Mint Brownies the other night for a party and everyone loved them! Everyone was impressed because I don't bake if it doesn't come from a box. So thanks for all the effort to put that recipe together and make it so easy to make for dough-heads like me. ;)

Constance the 32nd said...

P.S. That was in no way a suck up move; it's true and I just wanted you to know how yummy those brownies are

Trishy said...

I'm in! This is great fun! :)

Joanne said...

Oh this is cheering me up from my shitty day. So thanks!

Suzannah said...

I don't have a blog, so if I win, you'll have to pick a SECOND winner so I'll have someone to send a package to. Otherwise, I'd have to send it to my sister, and while I owe her a care package anyway, she would open it, and then do nothing forward or backwards or any which way. So pick me and someone else for me!

Swistle said...

Anonymous- I thought Devan would probably want to announce it herself.

Shoeaddict said...

I love it.

My skin is dry but I have some pimples right now. :( gross

Miz S said...

I'm a teacher! I need pencils!

Skin = dried-up-old-crone kind

melissa said...

Target is my boyfriend

Nellyru said...

I don't like squirrels, except in stew.

Barb @ getupandplay said...

What a great idea for a giveaway! I love paying-it-forward!

Melissa Touchton said...

Oily right now.

Mayberry said...

combination, as in oily some weeks and dry others.

Laura B said...

Hello. Been reading for a long time, decided it was time to delurk:)

mytotalchaos said...

I'm so tired but had to get in on this before my mommy brain forgot! :) What a fun idea!

Daycare Girl said...

oh, i love those pencils!!

susan said...

all hail the great number generator ;)

Anne said...

Word verification can be fun. I always think its some shorthand thing I'd know if I were cooler --like lol. Reading Henry is THE best.

Anne said...

Word verification can be fun. I always think its some shorthand thing I'd know if I were cooler --like lol. Reading Henry is THE best.

Omaha Mama said...

Is it combination if I worry about adult onset acne and wrinkles all at the same time?

Jess said...

Oh random number generator how do I love thee? Let's count...

Their Giant said...

Horrible, pregnant skin here.

Meredith said...

Hi-- I have oily skin and I'm in Birmingham, AL-- humidity city!

Alicia said...

Slowly shifting from nasty-oily to more dry... Maybe I have lived in the desert for far too long?

I want SURPRISES! Please?

And Target...? He totally asked for my number the other day. We've been getting together on the sly ever since. Sorry. I hear he still loves you, though.

Amy Q said...

A contest? That I didn't disqualify myself from? Bring it on random number generator.

Missy said...

That dress is so cute. And I swear I had a pencil thing really similar to that one when I was a kid.

Random Number Generator: You hair looks so good today. (Can't hurt, right?)

Black Sheeped said...

I REALLY like squirrels.

Mrs. CPA said...

It's bog ultrasound day at the Mrs. CPA house. And I need some pencils! And other fun stuff! To be announced later!

Sam said...

blah, blah, blah. That's all I can think of to say.

Kristine said...

I guess combination. Although right now, dry, because I got sun burned and am not quite peeling yet.

Also...I love pencils, I can't wait to see what else you have assembled in your package!

Kristi said...

I have the kind of skin that currently requires me to have a very large third eye. Winning a contest would make me feel ever so better...

Elizabeth said...

I love your blogs - especially the baby name one. I'm also passionate about baby names. Keep up the great work.

Michelle said...

This is an awesome idea! I love it!

Cherish said...

Yay! I love your contests Swistle

Amanda said...

Freckles

jenny said...

combo baby! sweet contest! i hope to win so i can pay it forward!!!

Anonymous said...

I want to win contest even though the movie Pay it Foward made me cry myself into a migraine.

--Kim

LeeAnn said...

Deeeeee-trooooiiiiiit
Baaaaaasssket-Balllllll

Sam said...

Dude. Oily skin, but not as bad as it used to be.

Come, random generator! No whammies, no whammies!

H said...

well...i hope your computer likes 131.
I on the other hand like Day-Quil!

samantha jo campen said...

Combo since the pregnancy. Wheee.

SarahO said...

Oily, oily, oily.

Dianne said...

I don't have a Blog. Can I still enter your contest?

Swistle said...

Dianne- YES! Consider yourself entered. What I'll do is, if someone without a blog wins, I can choose a second person from the contest to be the recipient. If the SECOND person has a blog, then they can get it back on the blog chain that way.

Pann said...

Groovy contest.

I kind of hope I don't win, but I want to participate anyway because the LION LID IS SO CUTE.

Plus my daughter could really use some pencils for all this pesky homework!

McMama said...

Is it noon yet? no? SWEET! Squirrel Poo it is!

brandy said...

I have no idea if I made the cut off. I totally live on the edge.

Chez Bacon said...

is it noon in california yet? Seriously, I have no idea.

my skin, it's normal, but large-pored.