Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The "Olympics Make Me Feel Inadequate" Sweepstakes

Watching the Olympics always makes me feel old and unaccomplished.  I will never win a medal, because in the world of the Olympics, I am already a senior citizen.  It is eye-opening to see people more than a decade younger than me representing their countries as experts in their sports.  The closing ceremony for the London games was on Sunday, which means I must wait 541 days for the winter games in Sochi before I can once again live vicariously through Olympic competitors.

In an effort to come to grips with my inadequacy, and to curb my current Olympic withdrawal, I thought, "I shall have a contest of my own."

To enter my contest you must simply leave a comment on my blog.  The contest starts today and will end Tuesday August 21st at 11:59 p.m.  I will assign each comment left on my blog between now and then a number, and at the end of the week I will use an online random number generator to declare a winner.  Comment on any post you want, and as many times as you want.  The more comments you leave, the better your chance of winning.  Remember to leave your name in the comment; if it says "anonymous" I won't know who to award the prize to.  Also, in appreciation for those who have already been commenting on my blog, I will include your past comments in the contest.

Obviously, this contest needs a prize, and I can't afford a gold medallion.  While brainstorming ideas, I asked myself, "what is the best gift I have ever received?"

For my 11th birthday, my friend Olivia handmade me a stuffed animal from felt, sponges, shoulder pads, and buttons.  It was a "square head wren," based on a drawing I used in lieu of a signature when I passed her notes in class.  She attached the jester's hat from her childhood halloween costume, probably so I would stop digging it out of her closet and asking her to wear it when I went over to her house.  Here is a picture:

Now that's one good lookin' bird.
So, in honor of the Olympics, and Olivia's generous gift, I am offering to make a homemade stuffed animal for the lucky winner of my contest.  The winner gets to choose what type of stuffed animal I make for them (animal, vegetable, amoeba, dinosaur, video game character, it doesn't matter; if you win, I'll make it).

I will announce the winner next Wednesday, and I will post a picture of the prize once I finish making it.

May the odds be ever in your favor.

P.S. Olympic medalists are also invited to play.


  1. OMG! I love this! I, too, posted a blog entry on my blog about how the Olympics make me feel like I've accomplished nothing in my life! I am telling no one about this contest, as I am DYING to win your interpretation of Baby Snicks as a stuffed rabbit!!!

  2. I'm requesting a stuffed animal interpretation of that jester's hat I gave away so long ago . . .

  3. Matthew Bartholemew RoweAugust 15, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    How long have you had the skills to make stuffed animals?? I predict myself winning this contest, so you should probably know i'm gonna ask you for a lazer cat.

  4. Fun! I too can relate to how crappy the olympics make me feel as a person ... and I'm relatively accomplished for my age!

  5. There was a 71 year old equestrian (or is it dressage - is one a subset of the other?) competitor from Japan. So you have a lot of time left to ride horses to Olympic glory.


    My little girl and I would LOVE to win a custom stuffed animal from you! She promises to give it extra love and tuck it in at night.

  7. So the competition is based on chance and luck, so my odds are better than they would have been had it been skill-driven. When I win, I plan to call my stuffed toy "Mandy."

  8. I'd adore to see a stuffed version of Donatella Versace.

  9. I think I should win simply because I would request a KFK. But, alas, This must be a fair contest, so I will not pay you to pick me.
    At least you don't watch the Olympics and just get pissed off because you could have been there if someone hadn't decided school was more important than your dreams...

  10. Jenna! I love this!!! That stuffed animal is amazing, whoever made it is amazing, and this contest idea is bangarang.

    Bet you thought I'd say amazing.

    PS -- also in general I totally love and stalk your blog. Perhaps I should comment more ...

  11. Yesssss! You know if I win I want a stuffed pug. I'm pretty predictable. - Jackie

  12. I love that Olivia is one of the commenters! I want to win, but have no idea what I would ask for. Still, Olympics in the air and I want to win!