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January 7, 2019

A rant & a birthday gift giveaway

Update: Contest is over. The winner has been sent an email. Have a lovely day.

Birthday Gift Giveaway
For my upcoming 27th birthday (okay, so I've been 27 for a while now but who cares?), I'm going to celebrate by giving someone else a gift on their birthday. Whatever you want, I'll buy for you — okay, maybe not whatever but it should be exactly or under 50 U.S. dollars that is. So why don't I just give to a charity? Well, it's not about that. I thought someone should get a present, something they wouldn't buy for themselves. And it's my birthday so I can do whatever I want.

I don't celebrate my birthday with cake or party or much of anything. I usually just buy myself something. I know it's not a good way to celebrate birthdays but I just hate getting another number add to my age. People said you are getting wiser and better but honestly, getting old is not a joyful thing, not always. Sometimes I really just like being one age all the time, like 27. But that can't be possible so I'll just pretend that I am anyway. In case you want to know, my birthday is on January 24 and I'm an Aquarius, though I really rather be under a different sign.

Here are some of my favorite quotes about birthdays:

"There are two attitudes you can have when it comes to your birthday:

1. be thankful you have lived another year.
 or, 2. complain about being a year older."

— Catherine Pulsifer

"The secret to staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age."
— Lucille Ball

"It takes about ten years to get used to how old you are."
— Raymond A. Michel

"When people ask me my age, I tell them it is unlisted just like my phone number. Perhaps this birthday year it may be a good idea for you to unlist your number."
— Kate Summers

Rules for the birthday gift giveaway :
1 - To enter, leave a comment saying what you would like for your birthday - that is, if it cost exactly or under 50 U.S. dollars. And mention your birthday if you like, just the month and date.
2 - You must leave contact info - ie, email or blog link.
3 - One winner will be randomly selected & will be contacted.
4 - The gift will be shipped to the winner from a reasonable online retailer and will be sent by or after the winner's birthday. I will not be responsible for shipping problems.
5 - Anyone can enter - U.S. or international readers but the retailer should ship to your country.
6 - Last day to enter is January 31, 2019.
7 - If you win, you can also have me donate the money to a charity of your choice or even nominate someone to receive the gift.
8 - Rules are subject to change but probably nothing will change except maybe the end date.

Questions, email me at lissawrites@gmail.com.

[ quotes are from here


  1. Happy birthday to a fellow Capricorn.
    I like your idea to spread the gift giving. And yes, late twenties is a good place to stick. I wouldn't be a teenager again for anyone, but my late twenties (a bloody long time ago) was a good time.

    1. actually I'm an aquarius, my birthday's on january 24th - but I think I'm born on the wrong sign. I would gladly be a capricorn if possible.

      I agreed with you, I don't want to be a teenager either.

      thanks for visiting, have a lovely day.

  2. Happy Birthday when it comes Lissa!

    1. thank you and thanks for always stopping by, have a lovely day.

  3. LOL! Love that you've been 27 for so long, and nothing wrong with that. My son is also a Capricorn and will be 36 on January 10, but my brother is an Aquarius, so that's another reason to want to hang out with you. Of course, I'm a Leo and celebrate all the freebies I can get on August 12. There are times that I wish I could go back to 25 with the knowledge I have now, but that would take time travel.(lol) Hugs...RO

    1. 25, 27 - honestly I think everyone should just be the age they want to be. being an aquarius doesn't fit me though. I think I should be any other sign but that but I can't change it so I've accepted it somewhat.

      thanks for stopping by, have a lovely day.

  4. Hi Lissa and congratulation on 27!
    I'm turning a year younger each time now. My children told me, that when you reach 50 you begin counting down again. This suits me. I'm going to be 42 come June 14. One gift I'd very much like, but never buy for myself is crazy bento accessories like nori cutters making smiley faces and rice forms in animal shapes ;) I would be so fun to be able to make funny lunchboxes for me and my children.

    1. bento accessories, really? I have seen those on korean tv dramas and some of them are so cute, that is, if you can make the food into shapes. I've never tried it but I can't cook so.

      thanks for stopping by, have a lovely day.

  5. there are times when I can be dyslexic for my birthday (25 instead of 52), but this year (May 5th) I will turn 57, and the option isn't acceptable. my mother never fails to call me on my birthday and remind me that I'm actually starting my "next" year ~ so she will tell me this year I'm actually starting my 58th. I've not celebrated my birthday in quite a while. My husband will get me a card, perhaps a potted plant, and depending on whether it falls before or after a good payday, we might go out to eat. It is just another day on the calendar. We just recently bought an older home, so all of our extra funds this year will go into repairs and renovations. If I were to splurge on something for my birthday, it might be unique windchimes, or a gazing ball for the garden, or perhaps bird feeders. Winter here is long and harsh, and it looks like we will have beautiful lilacs and other flowering trees in our yard. I've already set up my patio chairs (in the snow) where I will sit in the spring and drink coffee while watching baby robins learn to fly.

  6. Oops, I had this post bookmarked, but I'm 3 days late for your real birthday. Either way, I hope you had a happy one! even if you didn't turn 27 😉.

    Right now, if I had to choose a birthday gif...it would be a book. I did treat myself with a book haul for my birthday + Christmas (I was born on Dec. 14th, so they are close), but there's nothing wrong with more books, right? 😉


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