Wednesday, February 16, 2011

CSN $50 Giveaway & Valentine's Day

My Valentine (taken by my bro-in-law)
Things have been busy around the boring household. You can use a number of measuring sticks for a lot of things: Shoe size for……..sock size, hand size for….….glove size, but for me the gauge of how busy I am is most easily calculated by how long I am in the shower the frequency of blog posts. I’ve been busy because this weekend was what I affectionately call the “weekend of the wife”. I have the honor, nay the joy of having my wife’s birthday in very close proximity to Valentine’s day. It is kind of like the chicken pox that way – good to have it out of the way early.

So, we did the normal dinner / night out along with gifts, etc. I actually like to do it right on her birthday and Valentine’s Day so we had a good time. We went to a very nice seafood restaurant and EVEN had a babysitter. Amazing. Unfortunately though, I found out that dinner didn’t sit in my stomach too well around mile 2 of my tempo run Tuesday morning. I ran/walk like I had an impending load in my pants the rest of the way back to the house. Not exactly a good “tempo” run – but I think I got bonus glute cross training points.

Do you “like” the Valentine’s Day holiday? Or, do you rise up burning bra / jock strap and Hallmark card in hand screaming “This is a made up holiday! It is only used to make single people feel shitty sell holiday cards!”

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To make amends for my lack of posts, I’m having a giveaway! But, not just any giveaway. This one will be cold-hard-CASH.…in gift card form. (Who carries cash now anyway?)

CSN Stores has contacted me once more about an awesome giveaway. Never heard of CSN? Well, they have just about anything you could ever want from over 200 stores. It is like shopping that you can not only do in your underwear, you don’t even have to do a ton of Google searches trying to find the right store. Laziness to the extreme! They have everything from cookware, bookcases, swing sets, and tons of other things. Quite literally they even have the kitchen sink. I have a blogger buddy who bought a COUCH from them. A real live 3 person piece of furniture.

One lucky (US or Canadian) person will win a $50 gift certificate to any CSN Store to purchase anything you'd like! Easy-peasy. All you have to do is drop a few comments below. I don’t have those STUPID word verification deals on it so it takes like 10 seconds each. I’ll draw the winner Saturday morning so get as many entries in as you can before then. Leave a comment for each you do.

  • Follow my blog
  • Retweet this: "Check out www.TheBoringRunner.com for @TheBoringRunner CSN stores $50 gift card GIVEAWAY!!"
  • Check out a few of CSN’s stores and let me know what you are going to buy. I REALLY would like a new gym bag
  • Post this contest on your blog, FB, whatever
  • What is your favorite/least favorite part about Valentine's Day? (I hate how hard it is to find reservations.)

220 comments:

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Karen said...

I follow you.

Karen said...

I really want a BOSU ball.

Karen said...

What I love about Valentine's Day....the candy that invades my house.

What I hate about Valentine's Day....the candy that invades my house.

Jamoosh said...

I carry cash!

Zaneta said...

im a follower! :)

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

Thanks for hosting!! I follow you! Great picture of your valentine too!

Zaneta said...

I can't decide ... but i know it would be something new to workout with as I can't get motivated lol..

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

Tweeted @blondeponytail

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

I would love a coffee maker

Zaneta said...

I LOVE that I get to spend a day with my fiance and it's usually accompanied by a few more "I love you's" then usual ;)

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

Least fav part of V-day=fancy dining--we now opt for a home cooked meal and celebrate out to eat a day early! reservations stink!

ratherbeswimming said...

My least favotire part about Valentine's day is the prix-fixe menus at restaurants!
-Elaine

ratherbeswimming said...

From CSN, I'd get one of those nifty personal blenders :)

ratherbeswimming said...

Tweeted! @ratherbeswimmin

mikem2010 said...

Follow/tweet/shopping done. I've always wanted an inversion table, but I need some new luggage. Can I have two of those gift cards please?

Jess said...

I am always amused when the bitter and cynical exclaim that V-day is a made-up holiday, but they rarely have the same accusation of similar holidays such as Mother's Day or Father's Day.

Personally, I don't feel really strongly about it one way or another. Mostly, I like it because I get a nice dinner, flowers and chocolates, and what woman doesn't like that combo?

Adrianne said...

least fave part of valentine's day is the expectation to do something sweet - i'd rather my hubby bring me flowers on a random day just to let me know he thought of me rather than live up to some expectation that society and mr. hallmark has created.

love your blog! you make me laugh and wish i was faster!

Kovas said...

I hate how on Valentine's Day I wait by the mailbox but your card never comes.

Nobel4Lit said...

I'd like to get some weights or something to that effect...

Nobel4Lit said...

I follow your blog!

Nobel4Lit said...

My least part about Valentine's Day is watching so many people throw their money away on material items that are supposedly meant to show love. I usually keep mine low-key.

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

I follow!

Kandi said...

I'm a follower.

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

Would love to get a weight bar or bosu ball.

Kandi said...

I tweeted.

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

Posted on my blog: http://www.babyweightmyfatass.com/

Kandi said...

Favorite part of V-Day. Making dinner/dessert with my love.

Kandi said...

I'd totally buy a new food processor.

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

Favorite part of VD is dinner out away from the kids. Oh and how it's your wife's weekend. Mine is Mother's Day weekend my birthday is right there always. My husband does pretty well with it.

Katie said...

I follow you.

Katie said...

I would buy a new suitcase, so that when I go somewhere for one week, I don't look like I'm going to stay for three years.

Katie said...

I hate that Valentines day is so commercialized. I don't feel like I need a holiday to tell me to be good to my guy. He's awesome, and if I want to tell him so, I will, whether it's Feb. 14th or not (plus we celebrate our anniversary not to much after the 14th anyway).

Greg said...

I follow.

The Fam said...

I'm a follower!

shannoncarman at yahoo dot com

The Fam said...

I want a BOB jogging stroller!

shannoncarman at yahoo dot com

traciet said...

gfc follower! tracietrump@yahoo.com

Greg said...

I need a new toaster.

traciet said...

Love to get paula deen cookware in red! tracietrump@yahoo.com

ShutUpandRun said...

I'm a damn follower, have been since before Hayden was a fetus.

ShutUpandRun said...

I'd get a one cup coffee maker. Sick of making a whole pot for myself and getting all jacked up on caffeine. It would provide discipline and make me a better person.

traciet said...

My fav thing about Valentines Day is doing things for the ones I love! tracietrump@yahoo.com

Spanky said...

Bosu Ball for sure.

trailturtle said...

I'm a follower!

trailturtle said...

Need a new toaster :)

trailturtle said...

I hate how people use Valentine's Day as another excuse to foster the obesity epidemic.

Christine said...

I follow your blog.

T said...

I want a new suitcase.

T said...

And also, I follow your blog!

Christine said...

I think i would totally want this trampoline http://www.csnstores.com/Stamina-35-1625-36-Trampoline-SSM1100.html#ReviewHeader (with free! shipping) or this apron http://www.csnstores.com/Sassy-Cookn-Flower-Pot-Adult-Apron-CKN1017.html or a kettlebell set...http://www.csnstores.com/J-Fit-20-6008-10-FIT1229.html

Christine said...

My housemate made cookies to celebrate Valentine's Day. Yum.

Kristin @NyceLife said...

I follow you :)

Kristin @NyceLife said...

My favorite part about V-day is it's intended purpose- to show those you love how much you care- to put little red and pink hearts on everything, etc.

I hate, however, the blatant commercialization of the day. Totally turns me off.

Kristin @NyceLife said...

Oh and I would also love (hate?? ;) )a Bosu!

Kate said...

I follow your blog.

Kate said...

I love getting presents (except candy).

I hate trying to pick out something thoughtful and meaningful on a budget. For a guy who pretty much buys what he wants.

Kate said...

I'd like to get some stability balls. They make great classroom "chairs" for squirmy kids.

Rose said...

I follow the shit out of your blog.

Rose said...

I would buy kettlebells in girly colors to further ensure that my husband never works out.

Rose said...

I posted this giveaway in my giveaway side bar thing on my blog.

Rose said...

My husband and I have never celebrated Valentine's Day. My favorite part is mailing little kid Valentines to my friends.

Domestic Diva said...

I follow on gfc

lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

Domestic Diva said...

I'd use it toward this blanket:
http://www.csnstores.com/Daniadown-65825TH-DWD1489.html

lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

Domestic Diva said...

I like that my local market sells chocolate dipped strawberries. Yum!

lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

JP said...

Following the blog

JP said...

not sure what i'd get, but probably something for my wife

JP said...

I get annoyed with the jewelry commercials that make you feel like you don't love your wife if you don't go buy her an expensive diamond this or that

mommaof3ontherun said...

I follow

mommaof3ontherun said...

I tweeted

mommaof3ontherun said...

I need a new coffee maker

mommaof3ontherun said...

I don't like Valentine's Day...I want romantic and all that all year....and all the prices are marked up

GeorgiaSnail said...

i carry Jamoosh (who carries cash)

katychick said...

i follow you gfc
tcogbill at live dot com

katychick said...

i want to buy my son the toy story desk
tcogbill at live dot com

katychick said...

i hate how the chocolate is expensive and then the next day its 1/2 price- ugh
tcogbill at live dot com

The Sean said...

I boycott V-day...

but since your wife's b-day is right there... I guess you are doing the right thing. I told Lynnea she gets the other 364 days of the year. Guess how that went over:)

Tricia said...

I follow

Tricia said...

I would buy a spring form pan because

well I like cheesecake

Tricia said...

That's a great pic

(i made up my own entry. +1 for sucking up to Tiff)

Tricia said...

Wait, I missed Valentines day?!?

charles is in trouble.

thanks for reminding me.

although...not sure he'll be thanking you

Tricia said...

You're at 399 followers. I'm starting a twitter campaign to get you to 400.

does that count for an entry?

Tricia said...

And 2minutes later you're over 400.

pretty sure thats worth bonus entries

:)

S said...

I follow your blog! :)
And your podcast... make another one!

S said...

I would put the money towards a bookcase! I am a student and have too, too many books :)

S said...

I twittered about this contest.

S said...

My favourite part about Vday (and any Western holiday) is the CANDY!!! CHOCOLATE EVERYWHERE!! :D

Pam said...

I follow.

Pam said...

I DESPISE Valentine's Day. Because I hate money wasted on flowers that die and cards that get thrown out with the recycling. And my husband knows this so he gets me neither. I'm cool with that. What I'm not cool with is all the, "Oh, look at my pretty flowers. My husband sent them to me. And he gave me my REAL present of diamond earrings last night. What did your husband get you? Nothing? Oh, you poor deprived, unappreciated wife. Well... HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!"

Barefoot Neil Z said...

SWINGsets? just what the hell are your trying to sell me here... yeeash... ;-)

kilax said...

I am a follower :)

Aww, Tiffany looks so pretty! I would celebrate V-Day if she was my wife. Whoa, that was weird ;)

Ha ha. We don't really do V-Day, but I am not opposed to it. Just not much of a romantic.

Happy Birthday Tiffany!

Liz said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I follow with GFC!

eemoody77 at gmail dot com

Liz said...

I tweeted!

http://twitter.com/#!/FakeGradSchool/status/38009028131045376

eemoody77 at gmail dot com

Liz said...

I'd love to get a Cuisinart fondue pot!

eemoody77 at gmail dot com

Liz said...

My least favorite parts of Valentine's Day are how it reinforces harmful gender roles and stereotypes and how single people get all mad at you if you are in a relationship and don't make a big deal out of the day and have an awesome time!

eemoody77 at gmail dot com

Silly Kristal said...

I follow you!

Silly Kristal said...

I just hate V-day period. It's just too fake, you should show your love all the time, not just one day a year! Me and my husband did nothing special and it was the greatest.

Silly Kristal said...

Oh wow, so many options! I think I would go with an Egg Poacher!

Silly Kristal said...

Linked you to my blog!

Ashley said...

I'm a gfc follower.

hewella1 at gmail dot com

Ashley said...

I'd get new throw pillows.

hewella1 at gmail dot com

Ashley said...

I love getting flowers on Valentine's day.

hewella1 at gmail dot com

Dee said...

I follow your blog as Dee :)

deeg131 at gmail dot com

Dee said...

I would get the nostalgia electrics retro popcorn maker! :)

deeg131 at gmail dot com

Dee said...

I tweeted

http://twitter.com/DeeGee13/status/38040547708895232

deeg131 at gmail dot com

Dee said...

I follow you on twitter @deegee13

deeg131 at gmail dot com

Dee said...

My favorite part is all the heart shaped chocolate! :)

deeg131 at gmail dot com

Dee said...

I shared on fb as Dee G

http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=189274531103030&id=1449584700

deeg131 at gmail dot com

Detroit Runner said...

I follow.

I also hate the commercialization(is that a word?) of the holiday.

Spike said...

I'd follow you anywhere! And I'd do it for free.

Chris K said...

I hang on your every word. Nice pic of the Mrs. Still not sure how you landed her.

Laurie said...

I follow your blog ...

Tricia said...

Just remembered...I texted you to wish Tiff a happy birthday. I'm thinking that kind of personal attention deserves an extra entry.

(dont you LOVE that I'm hijacking your giveaway?)

Laurie said...

... and I would put the gift card toward the Toto vertical spray bidet.
Because owning a bidet named after Dorothy's dog would be awesome.

Chris said...

I follow you :)

Chris said...

tweet http://twitter.com/#!/stickyprints/status/38060381062701056

Chris said...

I really hate all of the candy my kids come home with! Ugh..especially the colored powder, I had it all over my carpet yesterday.

Jill said...

I follow!!

Jill said...

I like to make small gestures/reminders of "your loved" on VD for my kids. We made heart-shaped pizzas and red velvet cupcakes, a tradition my mom did for me as a kid and it makes me smile when I remember. Is that an Iowa thing? :)

Average A said...

I follow!

Average A said...

I'll probably get a BOSU ball or stability ball, maybe some handweights... my apartment is small and I could use the crosstraining. :)

Average A said...

My favorite part about V-Day... all the candy!

p/s: CSN contacted me for doing a review or a giveaway and I opted for the review. Am I a jerk for not letting people win something??? :)

Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

1. I follow, but I'm not sure why.
2. I can buy oodles of chocolate and eat it at work and pretend my hubby bought it for me.

Christina said...

Of course I follow your blog.

Christina said...

Gag!I don't like Valentine's Day. BF is really great though and bought me flowers and I feel guilty that he spent money on them. That could be a new pair of Nike Lunar Glides.

Christina said...

I'd consider buying you a new gym bag but would probably buy a useless lamp or blanket instead.

Mrs. V said...

I love CSN Stores. They have a lot of workout accessories that I would buy. I also like their gym bags. For bigger purchases, I still have my eye on one of their desks.

Heather said...

following on gfc

Heather said...

Emma needs a booster seat.. maybe this http://www.csnstores.com/Britax-E9LD22S-BRX1294.html

Sharon said...

I am following you on GFC.

Sharon said...

Tweeted http://twitter.com/rusthawk/status/38093989613809664

Sharon said...

I've had my eye on some things from the cookware section ....I like the Microplane precision implements, like the zester and the slicer.

Sharon said...

I posted on facebook http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=194530223899700&id=100001156831237

Sharon said...

Ah, Valentines day ...I don't like the commercialization and the pressure to produce something to show your love. I believe it should be expressed everyday. :)

robin said...

I'm now following.

robin said...

I tweeted: birdie00000

robin said...

I'd maybe buy an overnight/carry-on bag.

robin said...
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robin said...

I love surprising the kids with a little something (candy, usually, or a special desert) on Valentine's Day.

Nicole said...

Happy belated birthday to your wife! I follow you.

Carolsue said...

I follow you publicly on Google Friends Connect (Carolsue)
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Carolsue said...

I'd love to get the Cedar Creek Cedar Square Planter
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Carolsue said...

I like Valentine's Day cause of the candy and flowers!
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Tracy R said...

I follow your blog on GFC as cardprincess. Thank you so much for the chance!

Tracy R said...

I tweeted
http://twitter.com/tracylr233/status/38115691592683520

Tracy R said...

I really want to get a new purse and CSN has quite the selection.

Tracy R said...

My favorite part of Valentines Day is that it seems to behoove my BF to be romantic.

Shel said...

I'm following

shel704 at aol dot com

Shel said...

Tweeted:
http://twitter.com/auntiethesis/status/38135797374779392

shel704 at aol dot com

Shel said...

I want the Thomas Paul Ornithology Cake Stand from CSN Stores....I need an excuse to bake more cakes

shel704 at aol dot com

Shel said...

My least favorite part of Valentine's Day is how bad it makes those who don't have anyone feel...my sister still can't find a decent boyfriend and ended up calling me, crying on V-Day. Kind of put a damper on my Valentine's Day.

shel704 at aol dot com

The Green Girl said...

I'm a follower!

The Green Girl said...

I am going to get bike accessories if I win!

~*Kimberly Douglas*~ said...

Following your blog! kimmymay03@yahoo.com

~*Kimberly Douglas*~ said...

Tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/kimmymay03/status/38151019791794176 kimmymay03@yahoo.com

~*Kimberly Douglas*~ said...

I would love to get some new picture frames or some kitchen gagets!

~*Kimberly Douglas*~ said...

My least favorite thing is how crowded the store is with last minute shoppers! kimmymay03@yahoo.com

LAMusing said...

I follow you on GFC
adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

LAMusing said...

I'd like the Hamilton Beach personal blender with lid
adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

LAMusing said...

My least favorite part of Valentines Day is getting V'day emails and reading friends FB posts about their fabulous honey and getting depressed because I don't have a special sweetie
adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

Norma said...

I'd like to get a Le Creuset baking dish in Caribbean
bingomamanorma(at)gmail(dot)com

Norma said...

My favorite thing about Valentine's Day is the day after chocolate sales :)
bingomamanorma(at)gmail(dot)com

Molly said...

follower : )

Molly said...

I need a new kettlebell, I can't believe my arms are actually getting stronger.

Molly said...

V-Day is close to my birthday, so whatever presents I didn't get for that, I hope to get for V-Day. I know, I'm shallow.

Molly said...

tweet tweet!

Angie said...

I would love to win this! I would purchase a Le Cruset Fry pan!

Al's CL Reviews said...

I love Valentine's Day. It makes my husband buy me flowers which he doesn't do any other day of the year. So if Hallmark makes him do it, hooray!

I follow your blog.

The Buffalo Tool's Vertical Sausage Stuffer looks cook! I need a new sausage stuffer.

Jenna Z said...

I follow you via GFC.

Jenna Z said...

I'd love to get a new chef's knife, a nice one that won't dull after just a few chops!

Jenna Z said...

I LOVE and HATE the flowers. They are so pretty but I feel so bad because they wilt so fast AND they are so pricey! My husband splurged this year and got me work flowers and at-home flowers!!

Debbie said...

I'm a gfc follower.
fourkidsrgreat(at)gmail.com

Debbie said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/suburbsanity/status/38373289873117184
fourkidsrgreat(at)gmail.com

Debbie said...

I'd like the Coleman inflatable bed.
fourkidsrgreat(at)gmail.com

Debbie said...

Posted on fb http://www.facebook.com/#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=179795345396371&id=100000865341565
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Debbie said...

I hate the pressure to do something so romantic and fun. Sometimes we just have to be parents that day!
fourkidsrgreat(at)gmail.com

cyclicalunemployment said...

I'd love some luggage! I'm a college senior about to graduate and I need something professional looking. I know it's not outdoors but I am in need. Remember the days of being broke all the time? :)
Katherine


PS: MAJOR agreement on the word verifications being stupid

Caroline said...

I follow you

Caroline said...

I tweeted

Caroline said...

Valentine: I hate the pressure that comes with it

Caroline said...

I would love new sheets

Ironmom (Julie) said...

Hi, I follow!

Ironmom (Julie) said...

And my most favorite thing about Valentine's Day is anything that comes in a heart-shaped box.

Elizabeth said...

i’m a follower

Elizabeth said...

I need a new skillet or some type of pan for the kitchen

Elizabeth said...

adding giveaway to my blog

Elizabeth said...

not a Vday fan and very glad it is over. Its a holiday that is miserable if you are a single and an obligation if you are in a relationship. I would rather have a sweet card and flowers on a random day of the year. NOT because hallmark and society say you need to on Feb. 14th. but thats just my opinion :)

Lynda Del. said...

I follow you via GFC. ID: Lyndadawinda1074
lyndadawinda1074 at yahoo dot com

Lynda Del. said...

I tweeted
http://twitter.com/#!/lyndadawinda/status/38451480574951424
lyndadawinda1074 at yahoo dot com

Lynda Del. said...

I'd get the Cuisinart Panini/Sandwich maker.
lyndadawinda1074 at yahoo dot com

Lynda Del. said...

I shared about this giveaway on Facebook!
http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=177760122269450&id=1366325085

lyndadawinda1074 at yahoo dot com

Lynda Del. said...

My least favorite part about Valentine's day are the restaurants specials that are less than stellar!
lyndadawinda1074 at yahoo dot com

Christine said...

I follow your blog, posted your URL as my fb status..(kinda of a big deal)
I looked at CSN and I'm thinking the Sony walkman would be nice believe it or not-I'm so annoyed with my darn headphone string! That or I'd save it and put it toward a new pair of running shoes.
The thing I dislike about Valentines Day-the markup on flowers, seriously its like a 300% markup!! Oh, and the fact people feel obligated to show their spouse extra love...by them flowers (holla for orchids and lilies!) on a Tuesday because you feel like it not because you think you are suppose to!

Dash said...

I follow!

Dash said...

I linked you on my blog

Dash said...

I told TeaMarcia I was going to get Dash the wonder dog costume, only to find out after I won that they don't carry it in her size. As if only small dogs could be wonderful! I would probably get her a bunch of toys from there, since it's her blog, I need to thank her for being such a good sport in pictures!

Dash said...

Favorite part: chocolate. But when will they make a heart that has only milk chocolate covered caramels?

Dash said...

Tweet will be done tonight! ;)

Katie said...

I follow :)

Katie said...

I think I would get some sky high heels :D

Katie said...

Least Fav part: Too much chocolate!

Hi! I'm Erin said...

Let's see. The last time I entered a CSN giveaway and won I ended up buying a waffle maker. But I waffled (hah hah) between that and a grill pan and a cheese knife. Well, now I have the waffle maker and a grill pan. So I guess I need a cheese knife?

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