Sunday, March 21, 2010

a celebratory chocolate giveaway

How about a giveaway, my Mastermind subject, to celebrate being a finalist in the Irish blog awards?

Scottish Husband says the awards are just a bunch of techies having a day out, but hey, don't mind him: I'm proud of myself, and I'd like most particularly to thank the people who nominated me. Surely goodness and mercy will follow them all the days of their lives.




If this were fiction, a Baddie would jump out of a rusting submarine round about now, brandishing a bloodstained axe and an increase in the mortgage interest rate to puncture my self-satisfaction, but it's Lifestyle, dude, so it's all good. I'll arrange to send supplies of fancy Cocoa Bean chocolate to a random commentator on this post, anywhere in the world, in a week's time. No, they're not sponsoring me; I just like their wares.

Be realistic, people: it's only chocolate, there's no need to be conspicuously nice. Unless of course you're someone who has never commented before, in which case fulsomeness would not go amiss.

56 comments:

  1. very cool giveaway! :D

    cindyascott{at}yahoo.com

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  2. Yea, though you walk through the Valley of Cadbury's death....

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  3. hearty congratulations and VERY proud you should be...
    Where did you say scottish husbands blog was again ?

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  4. Omigosh it's chocolate and not just any old chocolate it's SPECIAL chocolate and it's a prize and it's from one of my most favouritest blogs and.... *breathe*

    OK, feeling calmer now. Did I ever tell you how much I like your beautiful hair? xxx

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  5. How exciting! What will you wear? Have you written your acceptance speech? And have you rehearsed your "happy for the other winner" face - not that you need to but it pays to be prepared...

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  6. Hi, long time listener first time commenter...
    Seriously though well done on being a finalist,well deserved! I say make a pot of tea and eat all the chocolate yourself. Yay!

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  7. A chocolate give-away! Yummy! Count me in please!

    Congratulations on your wonderful blogging achievements too-how clever!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha.

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  8. nice one - great giveaway...

    and should i win i'll arrange for the goods to go to my lovely sister and new mummy extra-ordinaire in cavan...

    well done in your short-listings...

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  9. Oh ,yum.

    I have never seen such chocolates as these. In addition to the likelihood that they taste like heaven, they look like they might very well possess healing properties.

    But how can I know this for certain unless I win???

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  10. How did I not know that they made chocolate in the kingdom of Kerry? I'm thrilled to enter my first Pretty Far West giveaway and even more thrilled at your blog nomination. Enjoy your day out with the techies and prepare yourself for plenty more self-satisfaction should you win!

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  11. Gin & Tonic Chocolate? Heaven is shipping now? I distinctly remember my granny* telling me about it in our last ouija communication. She says they have it for breakfast lunch and high-tea up there but that it can't be found on Earth apart from in a tiny illegal still in a forgotten peatstack in Outer Inverness.

    Congratu-flippen-lations on your shorter short-listing! I discovered your blog via the list and have been having all kids of acquisitive fun I can't afford bouncing around following your links. And I've been thoroughly enjoying your writing. As engaged as a mo-fo, so I was. Best of luck next week, Thu! (Calling you Mise seems weird)

    *Granny doesn't like to be called Granny any more, mind you. She feels it's aging and in Heaven they get to choose their own names. She goes by Lola Von Legges and keeps little winged Yorkshire terriers.

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  12. What great and colourful packaging.

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  13. Chocolate. Needed.

    Kids. Not. Sleeping.

    Okay, I lie. They sleep 12 hours a night. But some good ol' chocolate and wine sounds nice.

    Congrats on the award. I would have expected nothing less from a Prada-carrying bloggerista who makes me laugh on a daily basis.

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  14. Well done on the nomination. So many categories though? you could have fitted into others (best sporting blog). What a wonderful world this is.

    I would obviously like the chocolate but I tend to think it would (a) melt (b) crack (c) go white (d) all of the above on the slow steamer to Australia. Of course if you undertook to send it first class UPS then I would be up for it. Oh but then there is customs. In a country where they regularly find snakes, rats and sausages up the leg of tourists, and recently jailed a Malaysian woman for a week for smuggling in amphetamines (actually it was Nestle Green Tea) I don't think the chocolate would make it.

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  15. oh yeah... best thing ive seen all day.
    PS kudos to you. you deserve it
    ~laura

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  16. Congrats on your nomination! May the best Irishbloggerista win!

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  17. I come out of hibernation for chocolate! Congratulations! I adore celebrating.

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  18. OOOooooo , Mise,
    Chocolate is the work of the devil and must be avoided at all costs so..... I'm going to enter your giveaway and hope that I win so that I can save all of your misguided followers from a terrible fate, and I will dispose of it humanely ...... right down my throat !!!! haha XXXX

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  19. Definitely practice your acceptance speech, and feel very proud. I agree with Jane you could have been nominated in so many categories - best use of the Irish language last week, best blog by a politician next year. xx Hope you win!

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  20. Mise, I feel so proud of you ~ are you sure we aren't related? Congratulations on a tremendous achievement and most beautifully merited, and I'm not just saying that because the potential for free chocolate lies within.

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  21. Congrats again, star blogger and sharer of chocolate. The recognition is well deserved. Will we see you there on the night?

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  22. well, i'd like to win it. shakes fist at 'random generator'. do you hear me random generator? random generator is ignoring me and my world wide web pleas to win things off blogs.

    and chapeau to you for being nominated. hope you win win win.

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  23. Oh yum!
    You wouldn't have to worry about it melting if you ship it to Dublin. ;)
    ha

    Congrats on all your blogging successes!

    rach@balancedcrafts.com

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  24. Oh Mise,
    Where are my manners. I was blinded by the sweeties.I certainly haven't done my chances of winning the choccy any good!!
    Huge high five for your nomnation. Thoroughly deserved, if I may say so. How brillianr to be a finalist.
    Well done, Mise. XXXX

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  25. Congratulations!!! You deserve it with your amazing blog!

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  26. Congratulations!!!! very well deserved. What do husbands know :/

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  27. Ha - anyone who likes gin & tonic chocolate is worthy of my undying affection and smarmy comments! Do wish I could email witty remarks back to you after you have popped over to see m, but then I am always disappointed by the 'no-reply blogger' sign :(. No mind. I will generously say 'Woop de doop' 'lucky you' for you are surely one of the finest Irish blogs I've ever seen. Of course, I need to see some others now. But I'll still take their word for it. Mmmmm could I be lucky?? ;-D

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  28. Hmm - I'm sure I didn't cheer loud enough.. DID YOU ALL HEAR ME? HURRAH FOR MISE - The bestest blog in the Pretty Far West!! (I know I'm sneakily cheating but so did Jackie ;-)))

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  29. Dearest MISE
    I will disqualify myself from the giveaway for two reasons.. 1] what jane said.. and 2] I'd prefer to gush and say HOORAY and well done on your nomination.. you are certainly the quickest wit online!!! xx Julie

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  30. Oh yes!! and i love your hair too.. although i don't need to say that now the chocolates off the table.

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  31. Whoo hoo! You should most definitely be proud of yourself. I hope you have your acceptance speech prepared because you will win this and many others, I predict. Congratulations and good luck!!!

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  32. Have I told you lately that I love you? In my book, a chocolate giveaway and an award-nominated blog make you the queen-for-a-day blogger.

    Okay, so maybe I am a bit of a suck up, but I think there's nothing wrong with that when there's chocolate at stake.

    All sucking up aside, hearty congratulations on the nomination! It is VERY well deserved.

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  33. Problemchildbride, I hope Granny, excuse me, Lola, will intercede with the random number generator on your behalf. I really do.

    Stan, I may well be there. But if I don't make it, will you pick up my Most Apologetic Absentee award for me?

    In the present, I like your shoes.

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  34. Mise: Sure! But I hope you can make it.

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  35. WOW..Best Newcomer Nomination...that is so cool Mise. Can we vote for you somewhere? I certainly would:) Chocolate, how could I ever say no?? Great giveaway idea...just because you want to, the best kind of all:))
    Jeanne

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  36. I don't even know what fulsomness is because I am American and we are dumb. :) But I have commented before, so I guess this does not apply to me any way.

    Congratulations on your award. And even if it is a bunch of techies, who cares. Has Scottish husband ever won and award from a bunch of techies? Hmm?

    And I love chocolate.

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  37. yummy giveaway!
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

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  38. Anything I've ever read about the Blog Awards suggests drunkenness, hilarity and a hint of debauchery. You should go.
    Bring scottish husband if you don't think he'll be tempted to start a blog in competition. Although his giveaways couldn't be so wonderful, nor his hair so pretty.

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  39. The Blog Awards introduce me to the best blogs. Congrats on the nominee.
    V&G

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  40. Congratulations on the Blog Awards Nom! That chocolate looks fantastic - love the packaging & the nifty names! G

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  41. I think you should wear "lime zest and black pepper" to the awards - what a fabulous combination. Much like everything you put together Mise - seriously well done. Take an hour on the 4th plinth in Trafalgar Square (my ultimate accolade)Good luck!

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  42. Don't listen to Scottish husband. Chocolate is especially good when packaged cutely and in happy colours, like these ones. I want chocolate.

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  43. I come visit you wether there is chocolate or not..So of course, I should jolly well get the chocolate so I should.. Is this like IRISH Choc...if so I must have it then.

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  44. And they say a prophet is never recognised in his own land? Congrats on your award. Scottish husband's mockery notwithstanding, you should be very proud of yourself. If my comment comes up trumps, please don't send it....instead give it Scottish husband insisting that after each square he eats he must repeat to you "I am not worthy O Queen of the blogosphere". Meredy xo.

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  45. Madame Finalist (to be said in your best french accent), Congrats!

    Now, what is it you were saying about chocolate??

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  46. Chocolate, I HATE chocolate. Did you know that when Husband came back from Dublin last month he brought two bags of effing chocolate for IRISH AND ENGLISH people at work?! I got one box -that stinking small box of Butlers you get at the airport for people you think of at the last minute and don't really give a rat's ass about. Butler's should call it The Afterthought Mix. And then he tried to get me to SPLIT it with him. I don't really hate chocolate and I deserve these bars more than anyone else here who left a fake comment.

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  47. Congratulations on your blogging award, and thanks for arranging the "sweet" giveaway.

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  48. holly crap, I almost missed this! Damn, I need the dark chocolate as I've banned delicous milk chocolate from my life. But, I'll still be over joyed!!!!! if I win that is.

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  49. I LOVE chocolate :) *Congratulations* and *Thanks* for the giveaway!
    theluckyladybug[at]gmail[dot]com

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  50. Contgratulaions. I was about to take umbrage at husband's characterization of your fans until I realized I am indeed a techie having a day out.

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  51. Well done on being a finalist - and thanks for following my blog - I will return the honour with pleasure! I got to the shortlist in two categories which was brilliant as I'd never thought I would (final 25) - food and drink and personal blogs. So you did great! I love the look of your blog so far and your kids look sweet - I'm a generation ahead of you with our brand new granddaughter melting my heart like chocolate easter eggs - her dad, my eldest, was 28 yesterday. We are all having a sugar rush today from the cake and the eggs!
    All the best, Catherine

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