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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Happy Anniversary There's A Mouse In The House

I woke up Thursday morning in a cold sweat, the remains of a nightmare clinging to me like the smell of fear and cheap perfume.  "Honey you're not going to believe this feckin' dream I had" I said to the Hubby with a voice that was still shaking. "It was horrible, I dreamed that I'd challenged an experienced painter to a painting challenge on Blogger."  Looking at me over the rim of his glasses the Hubby said "Anne, you're going to have to lay off the gin."

Later that day I logged onto Blogger and the scream I let out woke up dogs for a two mile radius.  "Holy Christ what have I done!!"  For there, staring back at me like a malevolent one-eyed  beast was the post I'd written in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. I had indeed challenged Ray Rousell to a painting contest.  Heart pounding in my chest I frantically counted the votes to see if we'd be painting a nude or a fantasy mouse.



It seems as if all those years of faithfully attending mass and going to confession had finally paid off, we were to be painting the mouse.

A customary part of my Challenges is to allow my victim  opponent to set any remaining terms of the Challenge.  So in that spirit, Ray has control over how the voting is to be done and what the criteria for voting are to be. He also has the right to set the date for when this thing is to take place.

Due to the Hubby's surgeries I missed my blogs first year Anniversary. So as is the custom for Anniversaries, I'm going to be doing a give-away.  And the thing I'm giving away is the mouse that I paint for the painting competition.

So if you're interested just leave a comment and put a link-back to this post in your blog and I'll do a random draw to see who the winner is. The deadline for entering is 12:00 a.m. BST Wednesday July 11th.

I'd like to thank all of you for tolerating me and my shenanigans for this past year and I feel privileged to have come to know you all.

Speaking of privileged, there's a blogger out there that I owe a debt of gratitude to and his name is Dan and next week I'm going to do a special post and dedicate it to him.









76 comments:

  1. darling, no pressure, but you do know you have to win, since you're representing the Alliance, yes? :))

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    1. Of course I do darling and I intend to make us proud with this little mouse. I am almost finished with your figure darling and I really think that the cape would look good done in a clean white. The figure that I am going to do for myself has a cape that is going to be done all in white and it would be nice for us to match in some way. However if you want me to do the cape in greens I will of course do as you ask. (There's no one else in the entire world I would give creative control to-just you).

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    2. sure do, darling, but put some other white elements on it then too, to match the cape with them :) And please make my skin pale :) I'm very posh like that LOL

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    3. I shall give you the creamiest of skins and I will use white on some elements in order to tie the cape in and make it elegant. I'm also planning blond hair and the eyes will be green-gold to tie in with the gold and green on the armor.

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    4. believe it or not, I am actually a natural blond :) My hair (when I had it) turned brown after my only visit to the seaside when I was about 7 or 8.

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  2. Now to find out Ray's stipulations.. such as maybe, must paint holding the brush with your toes, or must hold the mini upside down during the entire process.

    Congrats on the year!

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    1. That won't be a problem Ferret as I usually paint while standing on my head with the brush in my mouth and singing Kashmir. It's an ancient technique founded by the peoples of ancient hoody-goody land and really works. You should try it!

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  3. happy Birthday!
    Honesty, if I take part at the challenge, (why not?) I would like to have this nice mouse painted with your magic hands!
    but I could also refused the give-away because it's YOUR fig!
    great question when someone give you something which is personal, like a part of itself (difficult to say with my poor english!)
    In a recent post I've announced 2 give-aways (The first one was Ray) and I've said that it will be something quite usual in the Blog-World: I'm right!

    Makes us dream with this figure, Anne!

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    1. I'm going to have a great deal of fun with this little guy and am already planning on what I'm going to do with it. I hope you all like it!

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  4. Congratulations on blogging for a whole year! I hope I can get that far!

    Love that little mouse, I'm sure you'll be able to conquer this challenge. ;)

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    1. Thank you and if I win it will be because God Himself has come down and guided my hand!

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  5. shame on you for not posting in such an awesome blog for a while. and set a mouse trap, use melted caramel, it really works.

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    1. My garden cat recently caught a mouse and left it for a present underneath my porch chair. She adores me.

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    2. mine did that with a bat (without the head) - hope it wasn't Batman... or Vlad Dracul....

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    3. If you took the head off you're quite save from Count Dracul. If it was Batman, watch out for Robin.

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    4. oh, I'd actually like Robin to come.... to me.... :)

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  6. Happy anniversary! I'm looking forward the painted figs.
    Regards
    Bruno

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    1. I'm going to buy the figure today and hopefully you all will find the Challenge entertaining.

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  7. Firstly congrats on your first year of blogging! Who'd of thought a year ago, you'd actually be painting figures and challenging a fat Englishman to a painting comp!!! Secondly, get ready, coz your going down lady!!!!
    As for the comp rules, I'll give it a think and be back later!!

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    1. Wow, what a battle. It's more intense than Iron Chef.

      Dun, dun, dun ... who will win ...?

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    2. To be perfectly honest, I knew I wanted to paint figures when I first landed on your and Frans blog last year. I knew what I was seeing and thought "One day, one day."

      You think you're going to win Rousell. You think you can defeat a woman who has painted five figures already while you have painted a mere 4 or 5 thousand figures and won contest after contest. You must be daft!!

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  8. People chose the fecking mouse, I'm fecking shocked!!! Congrats on a great first year my cailin, Ray is sorting out the rules of the contest across from me at the moment and he's actually cackling!

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    1. I knew you'd be shocked, horrified and disappointed when you saw that the mouse had won.What can I say, the other men who voted weren't Irish and so they chose a mouse.

      So Ray is cackling, well let him cackle. Hey, could you slip a laxative into his drink later tonight

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  9. I hope you win the challenge Anne, I really do love the mouse, it rocks! Happy blogging anniversary too, that's a big milestone and hopefully you'll still be around to make another one.

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    1. I hope I will be around too. But if I'm not I hope it will be because I've gone home and not because something horrible has happened.

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  10. Congratulations on your 1st year on the blog. Now, re Rays's competition stipulations, watch out, he might require a military-like conversion of the figure.

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    1. Thank you Jay. Don't give Ray any ideas!!! I have veto power so I can strike down anything I don't like!!

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  11. Congrats on the blog anniversary Anne! It's certainly been some year for you.

    And as one of the non-Irish men who didn't vote for the nude all I can say is - "Lads, what have you done? Are you men or mice?"

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    1. Fran is devastated that the mouse won. Those men who voted for the mouse should send him a picture of Pam Anderson to make him feel better!

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  12. Well this Dan fellow is a lucky man. I think I would love the mouse, and I have no problems prostituting myself. At least for goods and services. Though I think that's what prostituting is. Anyway, you can look forward to me managing to write about five paragraphs on your drunken exploits and a mouse. It should be fun for the both of us. What are you doing drinking Gin though? I thought the Irish were all about the whiskey?

    Now I'm not winning any mouse for bringing up a stereotype.

    P.S Congrats on the anniversary :) Are giveaways really customary because feck I didn't do one.

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    1. It would be great if you did a piece on my drunken exploits. You have carte blanche to poke fun at me in any way you see fit and I promise to get even, I mean return the favor at a later date!!

      Whiskey is for lightweights. Gin is better because it makes you see things that aren't really there. It comes in handy when I'm writing a post!!

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    2. To let you know Anne I have indeed written a post, that will go up Tuesday. Which is one day before the deadline but oh well.

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    3. You don't have to write a post to enter in the drawing. I just asked for a mention and a link back. It's what the painters and gamers do on their blogs for these give-aways. Hope the post is funny.

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  13. Congrat's Anne on your first year. So what was the telly on the votes? Good luck with the painting comp. I think this will be interesting to say the least.

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    1. It was 27 to 10 in favor of the mouse. I never would have thought that possible, but men actually prefer mice to boobies. I think there's a study in this for me. Excuse me while I write an NIH grant to study this phenomenon.

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    2. Clearly there is something out of balance in the world!!!!

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    3. It could be that the government has put something in the water supply. Saltpeter comes to mind!

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  14. Customary give away... eek I've failed my people!.. Uhm, happy bloggiversary!

    Glad to see Ray get's to choose some details out there. That will totally even this out..

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    1. It's customary for the gaming and painting blogs and I thought it was such a nice thing to do that I'd follow suit.

      I hear that Ray is cackling while he comes up with his end of things. Really I should be scared but strangely I'm elated. Could be the gin.

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  15. Well the only part the cat felt was truthful in there is that your scream can make dogs bark for miles. It figures you'd make the butt sniffers succumb to your nightly howls..hahahaha....happy over one year around Globland. It has been grand, let's hope the alliance vs the arse licking cat will last another few years at least. Oh and worqueendan, pffft you owe him nothing! haha

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    1. It has been grand Cat. And as much as I hate to admit it, you're one of the things that has made it fun. The Alliance vs The Arse Licking Cat is still in it's infancy and there's technology out there that we haven't explored yet for telling the tale. We will live on in infamy for years to come!!

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    2. Sounds like a plan and maybe one day the tale will get published and become legend haha and yeah of course the cat is one of things, way higher up then that penguin man guy.

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    3. Cat I love you like a brother and I love the penguin man like a son. Generally I pick on my siblings and dote on my children. It's all becoming clearer now isn't it.

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    4. Hmm I can see clearly now the rain is gone. That just popped in, must be because I stole your gin.

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  16. Happy Anniversary Anne! I am deeply disappointed that the mouse was chosen over that gorgeous topless chick and I'm not even Irish! If you need some help with that little beastie you can always send him over to me to finish up.

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    1. I knew you'd be upset and you voted for the nude like a proper man should!! If I had you paint it, they'd know right away as there's quite a large gap between my skill level and yours!! The student has yet to outdo the master!

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  17. Congrats on the first year, Anne. I've been enjoying following you. This challenge should prove interesting and fun. Even though Ray is vastly talented and experienced, you will win because you ... are of the pure of heart. Yeah, that's it, pure of heart. :)

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    1. Thank you Joe and I've enjoyed following you too. I hope this is fun for everyone, even poor Ray.

      I'm glad to hear that you and your family are all okay. It got up to 106 degrees here today and it's taking it's toll on my garden. I've never experienced something like this before. Right now I'm missing the lovely gloom and damp of Ireland.

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  18. oo a chance to win a bit of your art...that is very cool....congrats on the year....that is a feat many dont make...you have def been a good find for me...smiles.

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    1. Thank your Brian. You know I found you through Pat but what you don't know is that I was afraid to comment on your page for months and months before I did it. And then I was nervous wondering what you'd think of a daft git like me. I was so happy when you commented back and followed me and you have the gift of inspiring me everytime I visit you.

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  19. Happy Blogiversary or however it's spelled!! I'm so happy the mouse won...I figured it would, it's just to cute to lose and with the ability to cast spells, who wants to vote against it?

    I can't wait to see what the terms of the contest are....

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    1. I hear that Ray is working on that right now and cackling while he does it. Whatever he comes up with I'm sure it will make things fun.

      And since when did you dot, dot, dot me (question mark). I think you've been influenced by another Irish person....

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    2. I can only imagine the terms that will be drawn up LOL

      I'm terrible about using ellipsis's all over the place - it just goes to show that me and that Irish person have something in common or you attract people with terrible grammar =PPP

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    3. The Hubby uses them too in his emails to people. It drives them all bonkers, but he won't stop it. So that makes three of you!!

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  20. Congrats on the year aniversery!! That reminds me mine is comming up soon, crap now I gotta think of something to do.

    I do not want the mouse statue. But if you were gonna paint the nude, that would be different! Who doesn't want a nude mini of some hot lady in their house! ... Besides woman, strict religius people, decent people, gay men... come to think of it, it might just be me...

    Good luck on the contest, and remember the weaker/less-experienced person always tries harder! So you do have a good chance of winning! Just stay confident and do your best! I'm rooting for you!

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    1. If it had been the nude, I'd have made sure you got it!! I thought you'd been around longer than me. Damn, I'm going to have to check your dates and see when your anniversary is.

      I wasn't planning on logging onto blogger tomorrow, but if there's a possibility that you will post, I will check in. I miss you my Evil Nemesis!!!

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    2. August 4th 2011.

      No, I'll be blogging on Wednesday. Tomorrow I'm filming and editing.

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  21. Very many congratulations on the anniversary Anne; what a way to celebrate! Really looking forward to seeing how the competition pans out, but have a sneaky feeling that there will be a few more twists and turns yet! Best of luck.

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  22. Congrats on the milestone Anne. You are awesome and we all are glad that we found you and got to know about you. I smiled when I read your hubby's comment, why does he hate gin?
    Dan's dedication post, cant wait to read that.

    Whoever is going to win that wizard mouse is real Lucky,

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    1. You would love to see Anne rip my arse apart, wouldn't you? It's okay, I deserve it!

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    2. That would be predictable and I'm known to be predictably unpredictable. Jesus, I need to put down the gin!!

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  23. Happy Anniversary. Sounds like a fun challenge and I really hope you win

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  24. Happy Blogoversary! I don't hope you win - I know you will!
    But this is tough competition you're up against, so be on your toes :P.

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  25. Happy Blogoversay indeed.. and hope you win..
    Posted about it tonight here - http://mrleespaintingemporium.blogspot.com/2012/07/contest-at-annes-attic.html

    And will provide you whatever support you need against Ray.. I think another win of these types would just go straight to his head.. and we can't let that happen now can we.. :)

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  26. Damn! The mouse? Thus titties have lost yet again! I really wanted to see some painted boobs! lol But I would be happy to win me that mouse!

    I'm beginning to wonder if I should be worried about this dedication post you have planned! You really owe me nothing, except maybe a swift kick in the ass! The rules to the award state that you don't have to do a damn thing...but if you must, I look forward to it! (cautiously)

    Happy blogoversary! Take care and God bless!

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    1. I know what the rules said and I say damn the rules!!! I act in my own accord in this manner as I do in all things. Like an absolute whack job.

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  27. THE MOUSE????? THE MOUSE????? Good luck Anne. I'm really looking forward to seeing the results of your competition.

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    1. I know????? People are weird????

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    2. He will beat me of course and I will smile the smile of the Mona Lisa.

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  28. Ok, the rules
    1. No bloody cheating....Anne!
    2. We've 2 weeks to paint the silly bloody mouse thing from the date we both have it.
    3. Any colours may be used, it doesn't have to look like the pic.
    4. Anne is to set up a Poll on her blog for a week for people to vote on who's is the best looking mouse, a date will be set for this after we've both finished painting.
    5. The judges decision in final, yadda, yadda, yadda!!!!
    6. Good luck Anne, I think I'm gonna need it!!!

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    1. Cheating!! Never!! I don't have to cheat, I will lose fair and square. I will even publicly admit to the nice things I said to you in my email. Ha ha, you didn't expect that one did you. The dirty double turn around and stomp your feet bit where I tell the world you are a better painter than me. Where I compliment your skills making you feel guilty about the vile things you've said about me on your post. And in the Irish tradition where even when you win, you somehow manage to lose.

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  29. The mouse won??? I didn't see that coming!! Congratulations on your belated blog anniversary! Isn't it crazy how quick time flies in the blogging world??? ;) Good luck in your challenge!! Can't wait to see the outcome. :)

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  30. Happy first Anniversary and good luck in the painting competition with Ray but really a damn MOUSE, ha ha ha

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  31. Anne, happy blog anniversary! And congrats with the win on the challenge against Ray! I know the challenge isn't started yet, but I wanted to be the first! I have no doubt that you will win. You're the best looking! ;-)
    I'm a man, and I would have voted for the nude, but I wanted her for myself, so I said "MOUSE". :-D

    Greetings
    Peter
    http://peterscave.blogspot.be/

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  32. Mice are cool and very intelligent, so it's nice that you will paint one. Congratulations on the Blog anniversary. Keeping my fingers crossed for your win by the way :)

    Cheers,

    Piotr

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