"If You Asked Me To" – and I win – I might bring you along


I admit it: I can be a bit of a cheap skate… although actually, I prefer to think of myself simply as one who finds “creative solutions that involve no money.” This past week, I found myself at a restaurant ordering – no joke “a water with no ice, and maybe could you just throw some extra fries on HER plate? Thanks.” I clip coupons. I buy used rather than new. Any leftover coffee in the coffee pot gets poured into a mug and put in the fridge, so every couple of days when I have a full cup, rather than making a fresh pot, I nuke the remains. I frequently take multiple laps around the grocery to eat 3 helpings of the free samples in place of lunch. Like today.

Afternoon Report from Annie Parsons on Vimeo.

Okay, so that video started out being about free samples, but it wound up being a therapy session. Apologies. I’m really not as sad as I seem. Although I am every bit as weary as I look.

Back to business: I really, really love contests.

I enter as many contests as I can, always hoping that I’m going to win something for free. My thinking is that the more contests I enter, the better my chances will be at winning something – anything. My favorite kind of contest is when you don’t have to earn the prize – you just have to sign up online (because, another confession: I don’t really like to work?). In 2008, I have already won two contests – tickets to the opera back in January, and tickets to the Nashville Film Festival back in April. The restaurant from which I frequently pick up lunch for my co-workers offers a daily chance at a $1,000 prize, so long as I fill out the online survey.

So don’t think I haven’t entered this contest. And don’t pretend that if I win, you wouldn’t want to go.


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  1. | B e c k | on August 15, 2008 at 1:59 PM

    The end of your video was AWESOME! How I wish I were in the head of the person in the car next to you. Good to know about the self-imposed 10am deadline. Now I know when to check back.

  2. erin on August 15, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    i’m speechless regarding the contest. But, i’m pleased to see the pullup bar is still afixed in the back seat of the car. Also, i liked your earrings. Lastly, as you were saying that you impose a 10am deadline on yourself, i looked to my friend and said “it hasn’t been happening.” Then, you said “it hasn’t been happening lately.” It’s like i was in your head or something. i know this because i’ve been not working, sitting lazily in my apartment, checking your blog every 10 minutes from the time i wake up until i finally get to read some annie goodness.


  3. Mary on August 15, 2008 at 2:24 PM

    I want to gooooo!!

    I’m Your Lady. :)

  4. Laura on August 15, 2008 at 2:42 PM

    I think some of us will wonder, “what am I doing with my life,” for our entire lives. It’s probably a control thing, at least, that’s what I would attribute it to in my life. Keep walking with the Lord, it’s the only way we can keep going in confidence of doing the right thing. Miss you!

  5. Greta on August 15, 2008 at 3:35 PM

    Me too! Celine Dion??? After my first high-school romance let-down, I used to sit on the floor in my room with the shades drawn and the lights turned off, and listen to “I’m Your Lady,” and cry.

    Um. No I didn’t.

    Mary, me, you. That leaves room for one more.


  6. Annie Parsons on August 15, 2008 at 3:39 PM

    Someone totally worthy.

    I’m thinking MEG ALLISON.

  7. bec on August 15, 2008 at 8:50 PM

    great. now i have ‘if you ask me to’ stuck in my head.

    it would be pretty sweet to meet celine. can i be the fifth wheel in case someone gets the flu?

  8. Terry McNichols on August 15, 2008 at 10:32 PM

    Darn, Annie, we oldsters are still blogging about the same life questions…. WHEN will we get the answers?

  9. Sarah Kate on August 16, 2008 at 9:02 AM

    Damnit Annie! Now you have “If You Asked Me To” in my head.

    I totally registered for the contest too. Doubles the odds.

  10. Rebecca on August 19, 2008 at 9:37 AM

    I love contests! Courtney, Debs dear friend who was also in Nashville in July, LOVES Celine!!!

    I love your videos.

    I love you.


  11. Sarah Markley on August 19, 2008 at 2:58 PM

    I don’t know about the whole Celine Dion thing.

    And I like music.

    I just don’t live in Nashville.

    But…I do like you and your cute car video. I think you should have panned over to show us who pulled up next to you! =)

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