A doll named Jemima and a toy microphone

If you don’t count the ‘fortune’ of $11.40 in a Tattslotto draw last year, the doll and the microphone are the only two things I’ve ever won.

Jemima was so lovely.  I was five, and she was the coveted prize.  All I had to do was guess her name, with each guess worth a ‘coin’.  Luckily for me I had a stash of 1-cent and 2-cent pieces saved, and spending them all was totally worth it.

The microphone came later.  Given it was a toy you’re probably expecting me to say that I won it at aged 13 or so (or even younger). So I’m just going to let you think that and not admit it was actually only a couple of years ago.

So you can imagine my surprise when I received an email from the 12WBT team this week to let me know my blog was judged one of 10 winners.

Cue ‘surprised’ photo:

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So it makes perfect sense that upon receiving another email from 12WBT a couple of hours later with the subject header, ‘You and I Need to Talk NOW!’ that I immediately thought, ‘Ahh that makes sense – there’s been a mistake, and she’s shouting so I don’t go and share my good news all willy-nilly.’

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But then my brain did the whole ‘self-doubt thing’, and I thought maybe I’d done something wrong.  That Michelle actually needed to talk NOW as I’d called her a chick, or broken a rule, or…something (I know, I know.  You really don’t want to be inside my brain sometimes – it can get a bit tiring).

I’d sent myself to the naughty corner without even opening the email first.

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Turns out it was just one of the weekly emails (whew!), and the ‘talk’ was an announcement of a live chat with Mish herself via the website (double whew!).

Stupid brain.

Anyway, so I can now officially update my ‘loot’ to:

  • a doll named Jemima
  • a toy microphone and (drumroll)
  • a dermaviduals skincare pack worth $250! 

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Which is a bit nice.

Unexpected, but hey – I’ll take it! Three prizes in 38 years is nothing to be sneezed at.

At the risk of sounding like I’m accepting an award and making a speech, I really do want to say a big thanks to those who nominated my blog (you lovely ladies are awesome), and also to those who visit – I really do appreciate it.

Until next time!

Ruby Sneakers x

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