the cure for a NaBloPoMo hangover

So NaBloPoMo is officially over. For the third year in a row, I posted every day in November. Whoopdee-doo and all that jazz.

Now that it’s over, what will I do for an encore? hm… I know! Another blog design contest!

The same rules apply:

  • Leave a comment on this post in response to the question listed below. One entry per person, please.
  • I’ll pick a random winner using either a Random Number Generator or let Maggie pull a number from a hat. I haven’t decided on the method yet.
  • The winner gets:
    – a custom designed WordPress blog, courtesy of yours truly (if you’re on Blogger or Typepad, we can talk about options if you win!)
    – free hosting for life and a free domain name for 1 year, if you need it

So go for it! Even if you don’t have a blog yet, you could totally start one if you win. JP was the big winner last time, you can check out her new blog at

Comments will be open until Thursday night at 9pm (EST). Just answer this question: What is one item on your current wishlist (Christmas or otherwise)?


  1. vanessa

    December 1, 2008 8:52 pm

    Fun contest =) One item on my wish list is a french press travel mug. I have it in my head that I’ll start bringing my coffee to work if I have one.

  2. san

    December 1, 2008 9:38 pm

    Uh, what a neat idea! And who WOULDN’T want a custom designed blog design from jaysel??? ;)

    The biggest wish on my Christmas wishlist is to go home and see my family and my new niece Greta. I am desperately longing for some family time and it’s so hard to be so far away from them for the rest of the year :(
    I’ll be leaving in two weeks! Wooho!

    sans last blog post: First Sunday in Advent

  3. Nicole

    December 1, 2008 9:40 pm

    Fun! One of the things I want – a Roomba. And I just ordered it which I guess means it isn’t on my wish list anymore… but technically it should be since it’s a Christmas present from my mom. She just couldn’t figure out how to order it online. But I love her anyway.

    Nicoles last blog post: November 30: The End of NaBloPoMo

  4. Corrie

    December 1, 2008 10:11 pm

    I would die of complete happiness if I won. I love, love your designs. If I won it would be like a b-day present and Christmas present all wrapped into one, as my birthday falls three days before Christmas.

    Number 1 thing. A camera. I’m not too sure if I shall be receiving this, but I want it, because the pink camera Jon bought me in October SUCKS and I hate it with a firey passion.

    Corries last blog post: Weird

  5. Jane

    December 1, 2008 10:37 pm

    oooh.. either a new camera or an espresso machine, because I can’t afford Starbucks every day!

    P.S. Maggie, please pick me!

    Janes last blog post: Snow, Snow, Snow

  6. Melissa

    December 1, 2008 10:39 pm

    #1 item on my list: two pink lines :)

    You rock with these theme giveaways. Even if I don’t win, I love just seeing the designs!

    Melissas last blog post: discoveries

  7. Sarah

    December 1, 2008 10:42 pm

    Ooh! Pretty!
    My #1 wishlist item: a new bathroom.
    My realistic wishlist item: a router.

  8. Becca

    December 1, 2008 10:49 pm

    Hmm Well, all I had on my wish list was a dutch oven, which I know I’m getting. So I guess other than that, is to lose some weight and I’m working on it. :)

    Beccas last blog post: Home

  9. Rebecca

    December 1, 2008 11:50 pm

    Hi! I stumbled across your site awhile ago and have been lurking so I figured it was time to say hello! My name is Rebecca, I’m 25 and from California!

    For Christmas I would love to get an acoustic guitar and some lessons. I kind of regret choosing the FLUTE as my instrument of choice in sixth grade. I wish I had chosen the guitar – I think I’d probably be a rock star by now :)

  10. Woy

    December 2, 2008 12:16 am

    To hear my daughter talk for the first time. Not sure if that’s going to happen for Christmas. :)

    One awesome giveaway, Jen! Good luck to everyone!

    Woys last blog post: Discovery in Pittsburgh Bathroom Mistaken for Relic from Library of Alexandria

  11. Andrea

    December 2, 2008 12:23 am

    Um, I would have to start blogging if I won, but I’ve been thinking about starting anyways, so we’ll see.

    Either a super-warm beach vacation in February… with a nanny! :) Or else a boob job! Hey, it’s a wish list- they can both be on it! :)

  12. Rachie

    December 2, 2008 12:54 am

    I would LOVE a new design from you!

    The one and really only item on my Christmas list is a new camera, which Neil bought me online last night so Yay!!

    Rachies last blog post: I’m doopid.

  13. Jen

    December 2, 2008 8:28 am

    I think about a blog but don’t know how to get started…what an exciting contest!!!!!!

  14. Carla

    December 2, 2008 9:43 am

    My main wishlist item is new carpet in my living room. I know I’m not getting it though. I mean, how can I possible get new carpet when the Christmas tree will be sitting on top of the old?

    I would love a design. I just restarted blogging, maybe this would motivate me to continue.

    Carlas last blog post: Taking Control Of My Life

  15. Kaley

    December 2, 2008 9:56 am

    What an awesome contest!

    (please pick me. please pick me.)

    As for what I REALLY want for Christmas…a positive pregnancy test. I’m hoping hubs does not disappoint.

    Besides that, though…a new flat screen TV for our kitchen!

  16. Athena

    December 2, 2008 10:08 am

    i go back and forth with this blogging thing so maybe what I need is a brand new design and some inspiration to keep up with it.

    for christmas, i’d really, Really, REALLY like my husband to be home to see his kids christmas morning. he’s working – stupid hospitals open 24/7… but it’s home call so let’s just pray everyone decides to be safe this christmas and not break any bones!!!

  17. Dee

    December 2, 2008 10:34 am

    one item on my wishlist: freaks and geeks DVD box set!

    because the sheer genius of the show makes me cry. and it died off prematurely.

  18. Mel

    December 2, 2008 11:42 am

    Yay contests! :) I know this isn’t part of the question but I haven’t ever had a custom design at my little home online. :)

    Anywho….My Christmas list…I am dying for a new wool pea coat. DYING for it.

    Mels last blog post: Today’s Workout Update

  19. red pen mama

    December 2, 2008 12:24 pm

    Just one? That’s tough. I just wrote about one on my blog. Hmm. I don’t even have a Christmas list for myself yet. I’ll go with the non-realistic wish:

    I wish to travel to Ireland. Family can be included.

    Whew. That was hard. I deserve to win! :)


    red pen mamas last blog post: Smokin’

  20. Crissy

    December 2, 2008 2:09 pm

    oh for the love of… blogging, let me win! :)

    Zach bought me a Pandora bracelet and I have about a million beads on my wish list that I want him buy me to go on that… mainly the Tree of Life and Key to my Heart beads. Kind of addictive:

    Crissys last blog post: Is November over yet?

  21. Katie

    December 2, 2008 2:27 pm

    Ooh :) I’ve been meaning to start blogging again! This would be a perfect reason to.

    I really want a new lens for my camera. I broke my regular lens (smart, I know) and I’ve been stuck with my telephoto for months. I can’t take inside pictures well at all!

  22. Kelly

    December 2, 2008 3:40 pm

    I really want Smashbox primer, because I don’t like my foundation puddling into my mini-wrinkles! :)

    Kellys last blog post: Because I am an Awesome Mother

  23. Amy

    December 2, 2008 4:40 pm

    Oh, I love contests! I’ll even make a comment for one…which I NEVER do. Heh.

    Lets see, if I could have like an Amazon gift card, for $50 or $500 or something so I could buy books I’d be happy. Since getting a Kindle for my birthday I’ve been spending way too much on books. Nice if someone else footed the bill.

    Amys last blog post: Just your average Thanksgiving.

  24. Nicki

    December 2, 2008 5:05 pm

    One thing on my wishlist is one of those cool car battery chargers that you can keep in your trunk! My car battery has died twice in the past week! So far I’ve been lucky… the first time, Diana was able to come give me a jump, and the second time, a security guard at my school charged my battery. But I hate having to depend on other people!

    Nickis last blog post: Sticky Post: This Is An Important Post To Read!

  25. Burgh Baby

    December 2, 2008 5:09 pm

    I would actually switch if I got a free design from you. That is saying something!

    The only thing on my list right now is the $300 lens that I think I’m going to buy myself. Shhh . . . don’t tell Mr. Husband.

    Burgh Babys last blog post: I Probably Should Have Asked the Question Before I Bought Those Toys

  26. Caity

    December 2, 2008 5:42 pm

    Awesome idea! And generous of you, too!

    I’m asking for books this year. I made up a list for anyone to look at. The only other thing I want is a camera but I want to get that myself when I have more money.

    Caitys last blog post: Goodbye ASJ.

  27. Leslie

    December 2, 2008 9:59 pm

    anything Coach :)

  28. Steph

    December 2, 2008 11:18 pm

    I’ll play too :)
    Honestly, my biggest Christmas wish-list item this year is Tony Horton’s 10 minute Trainer DVDs ( I love exercising but I don’t have the time anymore. I am pretty sure (98%) that I could give myself 10 minutes a day… just 10 minutes.. really :)

    What a great gesture Jen! Congrats on Napblopomo.. I couldn’t keep up :)

    Stephs last blog post: Seasons Greetings…

  29. Jenn

    December 3, 2008 12:10 am

    This is an awesome idea for a contest! I’ve tried to do Nablopomo for the past few years, and I never make it past a week.

    One thing on my Christmas list is Miss Cherie Dior perfume.

    Jenns last blog post: Security & Video Games

  30. Keely

    December 3, 2008 1:59 am

    #1 on my list is a vacation away with just me and my husband. Ah. Just thinking about it makes me happy.

    #2 is a new computer… one that hasn’t had water spilled on it so that all of it’s keys work and the power cord keeps it charged all the time. Apple, I love and hate you all at once.

    Keelys last blog post: Zoe: Fashionista

  31. Dave

    December 3, 2008 10:44 am

    One of the items on my list this year is a Santoku knife with the little scallops on the side to prevent food suction to the knife.

    That, or couple pairs of nice, warm, wool socks. It’s cold in this office!

    Daves last blog post: Enjoying the glow: Pittsburgh Light Up Night 2008

  32. Dave

    December 3, 2008 10:47 am

    wrt the Santoku knife…much like the one you have here:

    Daves last blog post: Enjoying the glow: Pittsburgh Light Up Night 2008

  33. kirida

    December 3, 2008 12:14 pm

    I really want a Wii, but that is on my fantasy Christmas list so I will probably just get a giftcard to Target.

    And I’m excited to join in this contest because I need serious help. My blog looks like it was designed by that guy the movie Beautiful Mind was about.

    kiridas last blog post: the kayne west workout plan for couples

  34. Courtney

    December 3, 2008 12:18 pm

    One thing on my wishlist this year, is definitely new jeans/pants, I keep wearing holes in the jeans I have and I I am in desperate need of some new ones.

    Courtneys last blog post: I’ve been feeling very crafty lately

  35. Chelsea

    December 3, 2008 12:43 pm

    I was just joking with someone about how my wishlist this year is SO BORING. Half of it comes from the Container Store. The one fun thing I want is a new perfume. I’ve always used Bath & Body Works body splashes, but at twenty-four, I think I can graduate to a scent that isn’t being used by middle schoolers, right? ;) I’m hoping for Escada. I smelled it in a Sephora and loved it!

    Chelseas last blog post:

  36. Allison

    December 3, 2008 12:52 pm

    Yay! Maybe I’ll win this time :) I would love to have you design for me!

    I have an wish list, but the one thing I’m really asking for this year: gift cards. I need clothes BADLY!

    Allisons last blog post: Wordless Wednesday: Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall

  37. Carrie

    December 3, 2008 12:55 pm

    Well, I know my husband already ordered the item on my wishlist – it’s a Silhouette digital cutter machine. It’s used for scrapbooking, so you can cut out fonts and other designs you can create on your computer! It’s so nerdy, but I’m excited. :) haha.

    Carries last blog post: WordPress disaster and Turkey 2008

  38. Amanda of Shamelessly Sassy

    December 4, 2008 3:46 pm

    The number one item on my wishlist is a Kitchen Aid stand mixer. It is the number on item on my list every year. But I really hope I get this year, because I’ll be home from now on, and I can totally get my bake on.

    Amanda of Shamelessly Sassys last blog post: Five White Hairs and a List

  39. Leslie

    December 4, 2008 3:52 pm

    ohhhh now that would be super swell… I totally totally need a new blog look, have pitty on ugly blogs.. :)

    the big thing on my christmas wishlist is… ohhh I would really really love a gocco, because yes I need more hobbies to consume my time ohhh or a new sewing machine, but considering I could a new camera yesterday.. I think that was my christmas..

    Leslies last blog post: perfectly imperfect

  40. samantha jo campen

    December 4, 2008 4:11 pm

    How cool–I was actually going to email you about a blog design when I plan on moving to wordpress after the 1st of the year! Crazy!

    I really really want 30 Day Shred and/or new clothes to go with the new job. I don’t ask for much, really.

    samantha jo campens last blog post: Well. I’m here.

  41. Priscilla

    December 4, 2008 4:48 pm

    I’m with Andrea, a boob job!! Chuck is thinking of getting me a portable dishwasher because I absolutely hate doing dishes and I’ve never in my life had a dishwasher so that is my number one wish.

    Priscillas last blog post: Wednesday Weigh-In

  42. AD

    December 4, 2008 7:14 pm

    Delurking after months and months of following, and I have no idea how I ever got here in the first place! On my Christmas list, a new flash for my Canon XSi SLR camera!

    ADs last blog post: I didn’t die. I took a sabbatical.