I don't go in for actual gambling like bingo or poker. I'm far too risk averse for that kind of thing and I'm not sure I'd be able to get to Victoria Coren's level of skill in poker without seriously sacrificing a lot of my family life. I also don't play the lottery or scratch cards - they're far too random for me.
No I get my kicks from entering competitions online, usually via other blogs and I do occasionally win. I know there are people who commit a lot of time to competitions and win all sorts of goodies, but my own winnings have been pretty modest. In the last year I have been lucky enough to win:
- a Meatfree cookbook signed by Paul and Mary McCartney
- a gorgeous baking book
- a beautiful bracelet
and just before Christmas I won something just for my boy
- the Snowman dvd and soft toy
I'm hoping to win some big ticket items this year. I hardly think it's too much to ask to win a Smeg fridge, a new car, an exotic holiday or my beloved Kitchenaid is it ?
Warning: Shameless self-promotion up ahead
Of course this is not a post without a purpose and like many of my fellow bloggers I'd love it if you would nominate me for the MADS awards with Parentdish. There are a lot of categories and you can be entered into more than one of them so I'm suggesting the family life and best blog categories, but you may choose others if you prefer. There is a link here http://www.the-mads.com/vote/or you can click on the box on the top right of this page.
I have no idea if I even stand a chance, but if you don't try you don't know do you ?
Wish me luck (and don't forget to nominate me will you ?)