Friday, January 23, 2009

The Winner!

I can't remember the last time I was this excited for it to be the weekend.  Or to wear slip on sneakers.  I wore a pair of shoes today that I will be giving away.  I walked to my front door barefoot they were so tired.  Don't get me wrong, I am excited about the student teaching and all, but it really makes you appreciate your time off more.    

Anyway, I wasn't lying yesterday, I do have news!  

First, I have been doing a Juicer Giveaway over the past few weeks, and yesterday my brother picked a winner!  Thank you so much to everyone who entered the contest, and especially those who linked to the giveaway in their blogs.  I really appreciate it!  

There can only be one winner though, and this time it was:  Joanie Simon!

Congratulations Joanie!!  Once I get your contact info from you, your juicer will be on its way!  

By the way, if you are very upset that you didn't win, or didn't get a chance to enter, Kristen also just started a giveaway for this same go ahead and try again!  

My second piece of excitement, I have to admit, is quite selfish of me, since it really only affects me.  But, I figured you are all my blog friends now, and would probably care.  

The news is, first, my husband is officially out of Iraq.  Fun, right?  The even better news is that next week is Regents week at school!  That means I will mainly be hanging around and proctoring exams.  No, that doesn't sound like good news.  Here are a few hints as to why Regents week is good news:  

Because its Regents week and I won't be doing anything, I am going to Hawaii next Thursday!  I can't stay too long, because I have to be back at school on Monday, but it should be worth it, right?!  These pictures are all from when we were living out there in 2006.  And yes, that last picture was from the top of a mountain range.  You don't even want to know how I got up there.  Well, maybe you do, we climbed, it was terrible (I was not in goof shape then), haha, but awesome.  

Lastly, since my contest is over (so sad...hopefully we'll do another soon), I thought I'd direct you over to another very yummy giveaway going on over at Ricki's blog Diet, Desserts, and Dogs.  She has a book coming out soon, and I can't even tell you how antsy I am for it.  Anyway, she is giving away some of the last vegan Ritter Sport Peppermint bars, so go sign up!  Also, if you're in the Toronto area, you can enter a separate giveaway to have her send you treats!  Never have I been so jealous of people living in Toronto.  

Some other good news is that one of our best friends called me from Iraq a little bit ago.  Despite what it may seem, I don't have many military friends.  But my husband and I went to college together, and our friend was a Biology major, and I was a Chemistry major, so we had a lot of the same classes, and then he was in ROTC with my husband.  Then he happened to also get stationed in Hawaii and we became pretty close.  I haven't really seen or even talked to him since he was home for leave in April, so that really made my day.  

I don't know how much I will be around this weekend.  I am going to see some friends in the city tomorrow (I'm not sure where, my friend lives in Brooklyn, but we may be in Manhattan...not sure)...I am hoping to find something vegan-y and fun, but we'll see.  My friends aren't vegan (at all), but I will hopefully either get there early or leave later.  I usually stay over night when I go down there, but we are going to Boston tomorrow to see my brother.  
Random question time.  Does anyone else just find themselves incapable of growing up?  I was talking about it with my friend today, about how immature I can be, (about a particular issue in this case), and I was telling him that I just don't really want to grow up.  And I think that is part of the reason why I have chosen to the spend the rest of my life in school.  I don't know if that is a good or bad thing, but I still feel like I'm the same age as the kids I am teaching (who are 15-17).      

Anyway, I'm sorry there was no food today and I'm sorry if my news wasn't as exciting as you all were hoping for, but this is a crazy exciting time for me!    


  1. Hawaii?!? That is SO exciting, and I am SO jealous! So, is your husband in Hawaii now? You get to see him? That is such great news Gina. Regents week could not have come at a more perfect time, huh? Can't wait to read all about your trip.

    Have fun in Manhattan. I was living the vegetarian lifestyle last time I was in the city...some AMAZING restaurants!!!! I think all the ones we went to were vegan. There is a raw one that I've heard is just phenomenal, but I can't recall the name of it. Have so much fun, and enjoy the time with your brother in Boston as well. So many trips!

    PS - I am totally immature. You should hear some of the conversations I have with my husband. We sound like twelve year olds. I think it's because I grew up with two brothers. I blame them.

  2. What a cool giveaway! And congrats to the winner (I'm headed over to try out for the other juicer, though!).

    And great news about your hubby--and HAWAII! I am totally jealous (being, as well, a cold weenie. Oh, except I live in minus 35C weather now-yech!).

    And thanks for the link to the contest! You're now in twice. And good luck with it!

  3. Awww..... it's all great news. How exciting! We shouldn't have to be all food all the time! Have an awesome time on your vacation! I'm jealous!

  4. Have a great time in Hawaii! Enjoy the city, too. So many good veg places that are still omni friendly. Angelica's Kitchen rocks. Thanks again for the juicer, can't wait to get juicin'!

  5. gina, i had no clue you lived in hawaii!! it's so beautiful there (i've only seen pictures), but i hope you and your husband have a romantic time!! i'm glad he got home safely, too.

    gina, i know exactly what you mean about not growing up. i feel like i'll be dependent on my parents forever. i couldn't imagine living on my own!!

  6. Awesome news!!!!! Again, I'm totally excited for you!

    I think when you (the general you) grow up in the ways that you need to, the ways that are important,'s ok to slack off in a few other ways. It keeps us balanced :]

  7. I'm so glad that everyone is okay with being a child forever, haha. Although, Joanna, I can't wait to be living on my own again, I miss it a ton, this blows :) But I probably wouldn't feel that way if I hadn't lived on my own for 5 years and then came back.

  8. I'm so happy to hear he's out of Iraq! YAY for Hawaii! I'm excited for you!

  9. I am so happy that your husband is out of Iraq. It must be quite a relief. I am in the waiting-for-mine-to-leave stage, and not enjoying any of it. Also, you lucky girl going to Hawaii. I am envious :)...But, oh so happy for you. I know what you feel about not wanting to grow up. I still feel like a teenager. Stay young!

  10. Hawaii??! thats sounds great! have fun! thats a goodlooking juicer, congrats to the winner!

  11. Hawaii??! thats sounds great! have fun! thats a goodlooking juicer, congrats to the winner!

  12. oh gina i'm so excited for you for your trip to hawaii!

    quick note: has anyone ever told you that you look like padma from top chef? gorgeous gorgeous.

  13. Congrats Joanie!! She's so awesome, she will sure enjoy the juicer!

    YAY for your husband!! That must be so exciting, I can't even imagine!

    I've never felt my age, when I was younger I felt older and now I feel younger. It's all backwards! :)

  14. Oh, and another YAY for Hawaii! Your pictures are so beautiful!

  15. Oh, what fun! I hope you have a great time in Hawaii. :)

  16. Gina,

    Dont you worry about a thing! You are awesome and your news is always great!!

    You are a breath of fresh air in the blogoshpere ~ enjoy and be safe...

  17. oh i'm so glad your husband gets to leave iraq! have fun in hawaii! i'm sure the warm weather will feel amazing right about now in the doldrums of winter. i can't belive you got to live there!

  18. Gina that's amazing! hope you have a great time in Hawaii and with your friends:)

  19. I'm sorry this is so late, but I just read this. I'm a little behind. Right now you're in Hawaii! :D Yay for your husband being out of Iraq!

    As for your question, I don't know if it's the same, but I just don't *feel* like a grown up. I don't think I'm ready for the "real world" when it comes to work. I just want to be back in school again!