Tuesday, December 28, 2010

I am Not a Juicy Hermit Crab

I hate being squeezed. Hugs are one thing, squeezes another. Emotions squeeze so tight; they don't stop even when there's nothing left to squeeze out. It's a break at the press, then back to it again.

Ever since April, when I went to the Storymakers Conference, I felt different. Something changed for me, that weekend. James and I both had an experience during one of the conference workshops that I won't share because it's one of those things that are better left to marinate in the sauce of privacy, but it was one of those life-changing things, something you know you'll never forget.

I've struggled since then, with life here as I know it. There are people I care about and love, but I desperately want a new space to grow. I'm a hermit crab who is being squeezed into hermit juice, shell cracking yet holding strong, and there's no new shell as far as the eye can see.

need to get out.

My sister is moving; the one who lives three minutes from me. She'll be moving two hours away. Not far, and not across the country, but still--underneath, I kind of believed that if you don't take something for granted and are thankful for it every day, that it would stay the same.

Yeah, I didn't really believe that, but something deep within me hoped. Our daughters adore each other. Karen is the only thing that has anchored my tether to our city, the only thing pulling at keeping me here.

Now, I'm adrift.

Pulled and tossed by the waves, each one washes over my head, pretending to be kind by washing off the salt from my eyes, but leaving more deposits. Soon, I will weigh too much and drown.

I find myself crying during the week far too often.

Some may say, "You sound depressed." You'd better believe it. I'm tired of pretending I'm not. I'm fighting against it every day, the squeezing, seagulls pecking at my shell, snatching bits of me because I'm bursting at the seams.

I need a new shell.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Felt Food Giveaway Winner and Consolation Prize for All!

The winner of the Felt Food Giveaway is:

Blogger Julie said...

http://www.etsy.com/listing/40192140/queen-of-hearts-linzer-cut-out-cookies love these
December 8, 2010 7:39 PM

An email has been sent, and you have 48 hours to claim your prize! Congratulations!

For all of you who didn't win, you are in luck! Karen at The Whimsical Gourmet is extending her holiday discount this week only. Get 10% off any size order in her shop by entering the code PISTACHIO at checkout. This offer is good through Saturday, December 19th.
Thanks to everyone who entered! 

Friday, December 10, 2010

Tristi Pinkston's Merry Month of Miracles Giveaway!

Make sure to enter my handcrafted play food giveaway that ends tomorrow night!

Tristi Pinkston is having a Merry Month of Miracles month long giveaway to celebrate her new book, Dearly Departed. Head on over and be sure to enter! There's a cool prize every day, and a few big ones you don't want to miss out on!

Go here: Merry Month of Miracles 

Saturday, December 4, 2010

GIVEAWAY! Adorable, Handcrafted Play Food by The Whimsical Gourmet!

***Comments are now closed. The winner will be announced Monday morning at ten o'clock, and the wintner will be contacted and given forty-eight hours to respond.

Thank you for entering, and good luck!

Guess where I've been?  

Ok, I won't make you guess. I've been working on my manuscript. My goal for NaNoWriMo was to finish a first draft for the FIRST TIME EVER, and I did it! Though I didn't officially win NaNo because I used a partially-written manuscript to start with, I achieved a goal that I seriously doubted I'd ever reach. 

Man, it feels so good!

Now, I'm going to let my book simmer and wait to be edited. Simmer. . .mmm, reminds me of soup. Soup, rolls, take-out, holiday party food--I'm hungry! Let's have an online holiday party! I'll bring the food! How would you like some no-calorie takeout with your choice of shrimp. . .  

Chinese Shrimp or Tofu Lo Mein Take Out Box and Fortune Cookie Set - Felt Play Food

. . .or tofu?

Chinese Shrimp or Tofu Lo Mein Take Out Box and Fortune Cookie Set - Felt Play Food

Mmm. . .perhaps with a side of crab rangoon and sweet-and-sour sauce?
Crab Rangoon with Sweet and Sour Sauce - Felt Play Food

If you're in the mood for breakfast, how about some light and fluffy pancakes with eggs, bacon and sausage?
American Pancake Breakfast Set - Felt Play Food
We'll even dip our own strawberries in chocolate for dessert! (The shells are removable and perfect to dip over and over if you like chocolate as much as I do!)
Felt Chocolate Covered Strawberries with Removable Chocolate Coating - Felt Play Food
Karen of The Whimsical Gourmet (who I also claim as my very talented sister) hand-crafts these adorable sets, plus more, for her Etsy shop. I have been privileged to see these way cute toys in person, and they're even better than the pictures!

So, drumroll, please. . .

Karen is giving away one of her handmade sets to one lucky reader of this blog! It gets even better--the winner gets to pick between two of them!  The prize winner will receive their choice of either the Felt Sandwich Set with Nacho Cheese Chips. . . (How fun is that tomato and bag of chips?)
Felt Sandwich Set with Nacho Cheese Chips - Felt Play Food
Felt Sandwich Set with Nacho Cheese Chips - Felt Play Food
Or the Deluxe Sushi Set. (I just love the little tube of wasabi!)

Deluxe Sushi Roll Set - Felt Play Food
Deluxe Sushi Roll Set - Felt Play Food

Either one would make a perfect Christmas gift--if you can bear to give them up. If you like these, you'll want to check out the picnic basket, egg rolls, gourmet pizza, falafel, raspberry tarts, and everything else Karen offers!

The giveaway begins today, Saturday, December 5th, and ends Saturday, December 11th, at 11:59 Central Standard Time.

To enter: Please leave a separate comment for each entry. For example, if you're following my blog, leave one comment saying "I'm following your blog", and if you share on Facebook, leave another comment with that information. If you combine your information into one comment, that one comment will be treated as one entry.

Entries: There are six ways to enter, which mean six chances to win!

1. Follow my blog, I am a Pistachio

2. Post about this giveaway on your blog and link back to this post.

3. Visit The Whimsical Gourmet and leave a comment about your favorite
    item. ( http://www.etsy.com/shop/thewhimsicalgourmet )

4. Follow The Whimsical Gourmet on Twitter @thefeltgourmet 
http://twitter.com/thefeltgourmet  and tweet this giveaway RT -insert some creative message about giveaway-

http://tinyurl.com/yjtj3oj   Leave the link to your tweet in a comment

5.Like The Whimsical Gourmet on Facebook 

6.Share this giveaway on Facebook and leave the link to your post in a comment

The winner will be chosen by Random.org. (This means though *I* will still welcome all bribes, especially books and chocolate, the website will be an impartial judge and will not listen to any of my whining about how great so-and-so's Grandma's holiday fudge tasted.) 

IMPORTANT! To qualify, if you do not have your email address on your blogger profile or it's private, leave your email address in your entry comments so we can find you if you're the winner.  

The winner has 48 hours to respond after they have been announced and contacted. If the winner is not heard back from, the next winner will be randomly selected, and they will then have 48 hours to respond.

**********************Special offer for my blog readers!*****************

The Whimsical Gourmet is offering a 10% discount to the visitors of this blog, I Am a Pistachio, for the duration of this giveaway! Use the coupon code PISTACHIO at checkout.

Good luck, and happy shopping!