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Monday, August 18, 2008

"IF" CHALLENGE WINNER ...

Now for some GOOD NEWS ....

The winner of the "IF" Challenge is ... (drum roll, please) ....

MICHELLE RAMSAY

I decided it wasn't fair for me to choose a winner as I am not an impartial judge, so I got a friend to have a look at the entries and she chose Michelle's LO, based on her journalling ...






Her journalling reads as follows ...

IF .....

… I could start my married life over, is there someone else who I would have preferred to marry? No, because I am extremely happy to have such a wonderful husband as Dereck. I had been invited to my matric class Teacher’s wedding and didn’t have a partner and my friend arranged for Dereck to be my date. 28 years later, we are still together, having been married for 24 years. There was a stage in my live where I questioned my relationship, but that was me rather than any actual problems. Dereck is a wonderful support and I have had a lot of freedom to do the things that I have wanted to. Dereck has always been there and provided for us and we both have a lot of fun together even though our music tastes are “kilometers”apart!!

… I have to say how I am feeling about life right now, I can honestly say that I am content, happy and really satisfied with all that I have achieved.

… I could bring up my children in a different way, would I do it? No. I feel that I was strict enough but also gave them some space. I am happy with what both Leanne and Grant have achieved and I have a wonderful relationship with each of them. Leanne & I often used to go to the movies and shopping together and now that she is overseas, this is something that I really miss a lot. Leanne, Grant and I have a wicked sense of humour and have had many good laughs about someone else’s misfortune often to the horror of Dereck!

… I could go back to school, would I study harder? No, because then I would have got into University and gone and studied at Rhodes as a Phys Ed Teacher. Instead I chose to go to Natal Technikon and did a Computer Secretarial Course. In July 1999 I bought a Run/Walk for Life Franchise and felt that I had then achieved my “Phys Ed” dream.

… I had the choice of sitting at home and watching TV or going out with my friends, I would definitely choose my friends.

…. I had the choice between chicken or beef, I would chose chicken.

… I had the choice between a sandwich or a salad, I would choose a salad.

… I had to totally give up eating chocolate, I could not do it. I would have to have at least a piece in a month!

… past tense – implying that condition is not fulfilled

… the mind can dream it, the body can achieve it. This saying has kept me going through many difficult walking races that I have participated in over the years. It has also made me more determined to prove someone wrong if they ever told me that I was not capable of achieving something.

.. I had to choose between tidying up or scrapping - the tidying up would lose 100%!!

… I had to eat pigs brains, or bulls testicles to win a million rand, could I do it – NO!!

… I told you my nickname at school was “Frog” because I put a dead frog on a friend’s hair and it got tangled in it, please don’t laugh out too loud!!!

… If I had to buy a cake for a function or bake one, I would definitely bake one.

… means on the condition or supposition that

Congratulations and thanks for your heartfelt, indepth and honest journalling, Michelle - I really enjoyed reading about you - especially the bull's testicles bit (how did that enter you mind???? - too much Fear Factor, baby). Please e-mail me your addy and I will send you your FREE STASH ...

Well done to all the other ladies who entered this Challenge, I enjoyed everyone's stories ... Keep entering my Challenges ladies - the decision to choose a winner was really difficult as all were really good.

Greg has my camera in Zambia otherwise I would have uploaded a pic of the FREE goodies that Michelle will be receiving to show all of you what you are missing out on - if I could figure out how to transfer pics from my camera to my PC that is as Greg did it last time ...

I am almost finished BOM Challenge No. 4 - should be able to show you real soon and I am STILL getting around to printing my baby photo to add to Challenge No. 3 - Rome (my LO's) was not built in a day (or even a few weeks ... tee hee).

Sleep tite!!

Love,

5 comments:

Desire Fourie said...

I am so glad for Michelle. She really deserve to win this ... she has put in such a great deal of thought and effort into her journaling that one just had to read right to the end. Well done Michelle.

Michelle Ramsay said...

Woo hoo, what a lovely surprise!! Thanks Tracy. I certainly enjoyed doing this challenge and it made me think about some really personal things.

Will e-mail you my address.

Sophia said...

Congrats Michelle on your win, your journaling sure was great to read!!!

jacqui said...

Congrats Michelle! You deserved to win! Enjoy your prize.

Desire Fourie said...

Hi Tracy. I was just wondering how the STASH looks like that Michelle has won ... your 'green' fan on this side.