Our local Harley Davidson shop has a mascot named Chopper. Emma just liked him because he was a dog. ;)
(I still haven't seen the movie--the DVD has been sitting in a drawer for the past six or seven months)
I have six years of higher education and what do I do? I stay at home. Don't get me wrong, I love staying at home (i.e. "not working") but I don't get paid much. And daily interaction with a 6 year old and a 4 year old isn't always intellectually stimulating. But the benefits are okay and hubbie pays the bills, so here I am.
I recently read this book
This woman supported her family of 10 on her prize winnings from contests in the 1950's and 60's. Just when they would find a great need, she would win a prize to help keep them going. One of her last big prizes was being the 1st place winner of a Dr. Pepper contest to be able to pay off the bank for their 2nd mortgage (the alcoholic husband took it out without her knowledge). This was all back in the day when contests were looking for new slogans or testimonials, not just random comments on the internet. There were books and social groups dedicated to "contesting". If they knew who the judges were for the contest, they knew how to write to please those particular judges. She would send in multiple entries for contests under all variations of her name--she could come up with at least 50--and also entered under her husband and kids' names. She would often win small prizes, all which were used by the family in some way or another. One year she stashed all her prizes in a closet that was off-limits to the kids and was able to provide a wonderful Christmas for 8 kids on winnings alone.
I don't necessarily want to win enough to support my family, all I'm asking for is a win more than once every ten years. Wish me luck!
ETA: So after I wrote this, I did my normal blog
stalk walk through my daily sites and came across a giveaway from Clemson Girl and the Coach. She is so much fun to read and along with some of her favorite bloggers have me intrigued by the Southern lifestyle. Which is way different than things are up here in the North, I tell you. Anyway, go check out Clemson Girl (but don't necessarily comment for the give away, that would only lower my chances of winning) ;) Off to see what I can find on Little Birds Boutique.