I’ll admit it. I’m having a good year. Despite still being unemployed, I love what I’m doing. I love writing and meeting new people and even getting to try new stuff. A lot of new stuff. Every time I turn around, I seem to be winning something. I’m hoping that maybe it’s good karma but I feel like saying that might actually deduct some good karma points.
So I’ll just say I’m lucky (Don’t worry – I’ve got some luck to share on Wednesday. It’s involves a really awesome bed).
Here’s how my most recent bought of luck played out:
My blogging buddy, Suzanne, asked if I would be interested in joining her and possibly even promoting an upcoming local event called Strollerthon. It’s a walkathon with strollers and was created to raise money and awareness for postpartum education and support.
As usual, I dove in headfirst and wrote many posts on postpartum depression, personal stories, the PES founder’s story, and a great list of resources and support. And then came the actual Strollerthon on October 2nd.
Can I be the first to admit that I didn’t want to go? I had to be all the way across town by 9:15am (hello…not a morning person). But I gave my word. Then I get an email that Suzanne, our Strollerthon team captain, was not going to be able to make the event because of a stomach virus. Oh, now I really didn’t want to go. But I gave my word. And then, one more email about poor Erin, also scheduled to walk, who would not be able to make it because she was in an accident and rendered carless. Okay, I don’t want to go. But I gave my word.
One of my pet peeves is reliability and dependability. If you say you are going to be somewhere, I am counting on you to be there. And I feel compelled to do the same.
So I dragged myself all the way to Cary and found a wonderfully organized event at a beautiful park I had never visited. The weather was gorgeous for a nice little walk. I got to see and meet some new Twitter friends. I spent some time in the beautiful outdoors with Evan (something I forget to do sometimes) and I was able to support a good cause.
In the picnic shelter where the even was hosted, there was a table for ModernNursery.com. They were having a raffle for a Bumbleride stroller and selling tickets for $5. As usual, I had no cash with me but the lure of low entries and high odds of winning led me to pull out the checkbook I happened to have with me and enter the raffle.
I even made a comment as I entered that I’m close to being out of the stroller phase. But Bumblerides are just so cool. It was one of the original strollers I looked at when making my big pre-baby purchase.
I thought nothing more of the raffle and took Evan over to play at the playground before heading home. Suddenly, here comes Sue barreling towards me yelling my name. “Fadra, Fadra, they’re calling your name. You WON the stroller.”
It’s not possible.
Oh, I won it alright. And it’s the most beautiful stroller I’ve ever seen. The one thing I miss about having a baby is… not the cuddles or the cooing. It’s the gear. I was a sucker for the gear 4 years ago and I still love the stuff now.
So here I am with a gorgeous stroller compliments of ModernNursery.com. It’s brand new. I love it. I want to keep it. The weight limit is 45 lbs. My son is 3 1/2 and weighs 37 lbs.
What’s a girl to do? I laughingly said when I picked up the stroller, “Now I have to have another baby!” Something tells me a new stroller isn’t the right reason to have another baby. But you never know, right?
Winning this stroller was seriously a lucky draw from the hat. However, I loved that ModernNursery.com was there supporting the cause and donating such a large prize. In keeping with my desire to use my powers only for good, I wanted to support them in return.
If you are in that baby market (for yourself or an upcoming baby shower), please consider shopping at one of their sites. Visit any of the sites below and enter the code 10PES10 at checkout. You will receive a $10 discount on your order of $100 or more and PES will receive a donation of 10% of the value of your order from Modern Living.