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Friday, January 30, 2009

I Take My Luck Where I Can Get It

While cleaning out my inbox folder, I found this guest post! Yikes, I almost forgot about Eileen!

I'm thrilled to be a part of a Chinese New Year Celebration for a couple of reasons:
1) who doesn't like to be invited to a party, and
2) it is like getting to do New Years all over again! Even if you've already screwed up your resolutions from Jan 1, now you can start all over. It's like a giant cosmic resolution do-over.

I'm lucky enough to live in Vancouver Canada which has a huge Chinese influence. We have a cool Chinese New Year parade complete with music, dancing and those great dancing dragons that I love. It wasn't until we moved here that I heard of the Chinese Zodiac. A whole new source of luck!

My traditional astrology sign is Pisces. I don't believe in my horoscope- unless it says something really good in which case I decide that I TOTALLY believe and hope for the best. Looking at the Chinese Zodiac lets me have another set of predictions that I can choose from. The Chinese Zodiac is a 12-year cycle. Each year in the cycle is named after an animals. Each animal has a different personality and different characteristics, just like the traditional zodiac signs. Your animal is what is supposed to give you your traits and determine your success and happiness.

My sign is the Rooster. At first I was somewhat disappointed because I was hoping to be a cooler looking animal like the dragon or the tiger. Nothing against roosters of course, but who wants to snuggle with one? However, Roosters have a lot going for them, here is what was listed about roosters on one site: "Roosters are the most eccentric of the Chinese zodiac. They are full of dreams and romantic ideas. They are colorful and attractive, radiant and dashing, and they are quite proud of themselves. Roosters are organized, precise,and their sharp eyes seek out fine details in everything. They are perfectionists and leave no room for human error. To Roosters, a difficult task is a challenge. They dearly love starting controversies. Roosters express themselves very well both in writing and speech."

How about that? The most eccentric? Dashing! However, the whole description doesn't fit. I'm far from a perfectionist and many of the fine details slip away from me. The site suggests that Roosters can make great accountants. Uh.... I don't think so. This is one rooster who isn't so great at math.

2009 is the year of the Ox. This apparently means that it will be a year for tradition and values with an emphasis on hard work. Sounds promising. I believe we make our own luck in this world, but I have to admit I love checking my horoscope. How about you? What is your Chinese Zodiac sign and does it describe you or not?
Who knew this was coming? Anyway, Eileen was wonderful enough it give away a signed copy of "What Would Emma Do?"!

1. +1 entry for commenting on this post
2. +1 entry for following me
3. +1 entry for blogging about this contest
4. +2 entries for ... (this is a secret...)
5. Leave me a way to contact you
6. If blogging, please leave me a link
7. The extra entry puzzles/riddles will not accepted for this celebration week.

This is an INTERNATIONAL giveaway! It will end on February 13th! Just a little note, if you live in Europe or Asia, Eileen won't be sending it airmail.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED

46 comments:

  1. Oh cool. I loved this book and would love to be entered to win a signed copy.

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  2. yohooooo
    entering another of your contest again! and you already know everything so i wont repeat them again :D

    stephanie

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  3. I have been wanting this book since it came out, so enter me
    I follow you
    Megan
    bookworm8675309@yahoo.com

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  4. If we guess the "secret" want us to post on the giveaway or email??

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  5. I'm not entering this contest. Just want to say that I'm a Pisces as well! Whoo! :)

    And that it's cool that this is the year of the Ox. I didn't know that...

    Great giveaway BTW. :)

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  6. Hi hi!
    I'd love to enter, already a follower :)

    http://lookatthatbook.blogspot.com

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  7. This book looks really good!
    I'm a follower, I posted a link to this contest in the sidebar here: http://katiesbookshelf11.blogspot.com/, my e-mail is bball11kt (at) sbcglobal (dot) net, and the link to my blog is the same as the one above.

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  8. I am a capricorn and I think my year is the rat, but I'm not sure.

    I'm a follower

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  9. My brother and mother are Roosters - I thought they were a little eccentric ;)

    I'm a Rat! Also a perfectionist like the Rooster. Astrology sign is a Leo.

    Sign me up! I follow, and I will be updating my sidebar @ epicrat.blogspot.com

    cecilia // cecpham(at)gmail.com

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  10. I would love to be entered!

    I blogged about the contest here:

    http://purplg8r-somanybooks.blogspot.com/2009/01/book-contest-what-would-emma-do.html

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  11. blogged
    http://kissmybook.blogspot.com/2009/01/another-week-of-contests.html

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  12. Yay, enter me! I'm a follower already too, if that counts for this?

    And I'm a horse, but I don't think all of it fits. A bit i guess.

    -Lauren

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  13. I would love to be entered to win this book. I follow your blog already.
    Thanks
    Katie

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  14. Oh and my email is katieb206@gmail.com

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  15. Another book I'd love to have!

    Once again, I'm a follower and a link will be in my sidebar:
    http://bookishreviews.blogspot.com/


    livey12@excite.com

    -Liv

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  16. I would love to win this book, I am already a follower and I have posted this on my blog

    http://lushbudgetproduction.blogspot.com/2009/02/happy-chinese-new-year-book-give-way.html

    curlyshoe(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. Please enter me in this contest! This looks like a cool book. I'll blog about it on my LJ (Dnt have a Blogger)

    Purdypirate@gmail.com

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  18. Thanks for the giveaway.

    fmd518@inbox.com

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  19. Oooh I want this one with the ferocity normally reserved for chocolate. I have linked it to my contest box in my nav bar.

    Cheers

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  20. Get me in plz!
    I follow ur blog now. and i'll put a sidebar with a link in my blog ^^

    here's where to contact me: hardoka2010 @ hotmail . com

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  21. Awesome contest. I am a cancer and I am a sheep.
    I follow you.

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  22. Ooh, this looks amazing too!

    Enter me please :)

    & I'm a follower of this blog! Yippie

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  23. Blogged it here: http://lucidconspiracy.blogspot.com/2009/02/interview-nora-baskin-contests.html

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  24. Please enter me for this one too!

    P.S. I'm a follower.

    mishtakes AT gmail DOT com

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  25. Cool! Count me in :)
    bunnybx at gmail . com

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  26. I follow
    bunnybx at gmail . com

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  27. Blogged: http://bunnymoney9.blogspot.com/2009/02/giveaways.html
    bunnybx at gmail . com

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  28. hi, I'd love to read this!
    theodoragroger@yahoo.com

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  29. can't wait to read this one.

    wishonstars13(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  30. Please enter me! And I'm already a follower.

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  31. Please enter me! I've already blogged about all the contests in general in one blog. & I'm a follower.

    michelle.kuool@yahoo.com

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  32. Please Enter Me!

    hellokitty534-books@yahoo.com

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  33. Enter me.

    Already a follower.

    harmonybookreviews@yahoo.com

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  34. " if you've already screwed up your resolutions from Jan 1, now you can start all over." - haha I love that!

    My Chinese Zodiac Sign is the Snake, and it describes my personality perfectly! It's really cool.

    Enter me in this cool contest!
    I'm a follower

    Happy New Year!
    Sara

    sosarora_11 at hotmail.com

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  35. Again.. thanks for the contest! :)

    - Jenny
    buffy_chosen@hotmail.com

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  36. Please enter me! I really want to read this.
    gelno1@hotmail.com
    I also follow you

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  37. Please count me in!
    sena.sagani[at]gmail[dot]com

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  38. I have linked you at http://senalovescandy.blogspot.com/2009/02/sweet-stuff.html
    sena.sagani[at]gmail[dot]com

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  39. I follow you
    sena.sagani[at]gmail[dot]com

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  40. Finally an international contest!

    I followed you, please count me in ; )

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