Welcome to Ana’s #AdventCalendar2013, Day 1!

The day we have awaited is here! Advent Calendar, Day 1 has arrived to brighten the snow-filled (for some of us) dark winter days (again, for some of us). Our European and Asian/Australian friends are already into their afternoon and evening. πŸ™‚

Congratulations to the 85 registrants who earned a bonus prize entry by signing up early!

First, some orders of business. Because we have a lot of new people signing up for the Advent Calendar this year and it’s a big event, there are some posts you should read if you haven’t already done so:

Your comments will only count as prize entries if you have signed up (correctly!). If you haven’t done so already, sign up now. Warning!

I will no longer accept incomplete sign-ups. If you fail to include the necessary information (name, email address, and book preferences), you will be disqualified. Read the instructions, please!


First of all, I’d like to offer an enormous thank you to the 83 authors, publishers, reviewers, and companies who donated 150+ books, $200 in gift certificates, and $500 in tangible prizes to make this year’s Advent Calendar a blast! Check out the prize list here–it’s jaw-dropping!

Thank you to Minelle and Katie T for providing the wonderful artwork and logo for this event.

Thank you to everyone who has posted, tweeted, and spread word of the event to your friends. Without you, this event couldn’t happen. My hat goes off to you with sincere thanks.

This month we’ll cover topics including getting on the Good Girls and Boys Nice List, how to get a spanking, Christmas trees, favorite holiday memories from some international members, remembrances of loved ones who will share this holiday in our hearts, pet peeves, how to avoid the commercialism/consumerism of the holidays, and many more.

My questions for you today are simple but many. πŸ™‚

  1. Have you read and understood all four information pages? (There is only one correct answer to this question!)
  2. Did you participate in Ana’s Advent Calendar last year?
  3. How did you hear about the Advent Calendar this year?
  4. Do you plan to drop by now and then, or is your eye on a Perfect Attendance prize?
  5. Which prize(s) are you hoping to win?
  6. What brings you to the Advent Calendar this year? Why do you want to play?
  7. Who are you? Are you new to Governing Ana, or have you been here before? Tell us about yourself.
  8. Say hello and respond to the person who has commented before you. (If you are the first commenter, you can respond to me.)

Here are my answers:

1. Yes, I have read and understood the information pages, and I will follow the instructions!

2. Yes, I loved meeting many new people for Ana’s Advent Calendar last year. It was wonderful.

3. I heard about the Advent Calendar when I came up with the idea. πŸ™‚

4. I will be here every day, but I won’t get to win a perfect attendance prize. Maybe I should change the rules. πŸ˜‰

5. I won’t be able to win any prizes, but I will win by getting to know all of you and enjoying a fun time. Also, I think Rogue might let me keep one of the Christmas cards. πŸ™‚

6. Christmas is my favorite time of year, and I love being able to share it with my online family. Thank you to everyone who has helped to make this event special.

7. I’ve been at Governing Ana since the very beginning. I am a blogger-turned-author, but originally I came here to blog about my domestic discipline relationship. I write stories of F/F DD because I’ve never been able to find stories that showed two women in a domestic discipline relationship. I like to cook, I’ve lived abroad, and I adore babies. I have been known to choose churches and friends based on the availability of babies to spoil. πŸ˜€ I’ve been trying to get a NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) volunteering spot at the local hospital for over a month. I’m also a supporter of organ donation. I adore Mother Gothel, and my favorite spanking implement is a hairbrush (wooden spoon is a close second).

8. I’ll say hello to the last person who comments. πŸ™‚

Thank you so much for playing! Let’s have a wonderful month.

Advent 2013

216 thoughts on “Welcome to Ana’s #AdventCalendar2013, Day 1!

  1. Roz says:

    Yay! Let the fun begin!

    1. Yes, I have read and understood all 4 information pages
    2. Sadly, no, I didn’t not participate in Ana’s advent calendar last year
    3. I heard about the advent calendar this year through this blog and several others
    4. I plan to participate every day and will be doing my best to make sure I do πŸ™‚
    5. I’m here for the fun, but if I should happen to win a prize, even better! I’m not picky πŸ™‚
    6. I want to play to enjoy being amongst my online friends and also to hopefully meet some new friends. Also to help get me in the Christmas spirit πŸ™‚
    7. I’m Roz and I’ve been following Governing Ana ever since I started my own blog some 22 months ago. I am in a DD relationship with my HoH Rick and we live in New Zealand, which means Christmas is summer time for us. BBQ’s, beaches etc. Yay!
    8. Hello Ana! ( I believe I’m the first commenter, although by the time I hit publish someone else may have beaten me to it!) I enjoyed your answers to these questions and want to thank you sincerely for organising this wonderful event. Thanks also to your elf helpers and all those who have contributed in some way.


    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      Yay! The fun has officially begun, and you are the very first commenter of the entire event! I’m looking forward to hearing from you each day.

      If you earn perfect attendance, you will earn a prize for sure!

      Mrs. Claus will make sure you are in the Christmas spirit. πŸ˜€

      Wow, that has been a long time! We’ll be hearing about another person who celebrates the holidays with warm weather. πŸ™‚

      Thank you for being the first, Roz! I always look forward to your kind comments and appreciate your presence.


  2. Erzabet Bishop says:

    1. Yes.
    2. No. But I am excited to play this year.
    3.Through your blog and emails. Loved the summer event.
    4. I will visit every day. Can’t get enough of a good spanking and that spoon…well. πŸ™‚
    5. Fun, hanging out with you all and if I win that is even better. Spoon!!!
    6. Playtime with friends is fun and I love the holidays.
    7. I have been following the blog for awhile since I reviewed your book for BDSM Book reviews. I am married with a lot of furry children and I live in Texas.
    8. I think I am the second. Thank you for making the holidays even more fun and to all the sponsors and donors. β™‘ You rock.

    Now off to work for me…


    Erzabet Bishop


    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      Don’t forget that the wooden spoon comes with a matching spatula. You’ll be a well-behaved Erzabet in no time. πŸ˜€

      It’s not too late to donate a book, if you’d like to. πŸ™‚

      You know about warm weather for the holidays, too. Are you able to BBQ for Christmas?

      Cats? Or other kind of furry children?

      You are the second! Welcome and congratulations on earning your second prize entry. Have a great day!


  3. Janey says:

    I have read and understood all four information pages.
    I did not participate in the Ana’s Advent calendar last year, I didn’t know it existed then!
    I found out about its existence this year on this blog and through others that were talking about it.
    I do plan do try and get here each day, I really will try, but life sometimes takes over….
    I don’t really mind if I win a prize or not, anything would be good.
    I wanted to play along with everyone mainly because I had so much fun on LOL day and found out that it is good to take part and join in with others.
    I am Janey, I have been married for 16 years and DD for 5 (although this has been on and off) my HOH, my husband H, and I seem to now be enjoying a very connected time together this last year, it seems to be working. I am not new to Governing Ana although I will admit to lurking rather than making myself known for many months.
    Hello Erzabet I’ve not met you before, but this is part of why I wanted to join in here to meet new people, lovely to ‘meet’ you.


    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      So glad to have you here this year, Janey! Erzabet is lovely, and I’m sure you will enjoy getting to know her and others here.

      No worries if you can’t get here every day! There are incentives for getting perfect attendance, but you can still play and enter for prizes even if you don’t.

      5 years? Wow, that is an accomplishment! I’m thrilled to hear your DD seems to be working and keeping you connected. I’m so glad you delurked and decided to join the fun. It can be scary, but I promise everyone here will be friendly…or answer to Mrs. Claus. πŸ˜€


  4. constance Masters says:

    Yes I have!
    Partly I think.
    I heard about this year on Fika.
    I am going to try and remember to drop by every day πŸ™‚
    I would be happy to win anything.
    It’s fun to take part with other people but it’s also Christmassy and I love Christmas.
    I’m Constance and sadly there’s no part of me that’s new anymore lol
    HI Janey! Happy to meet you πŸ™‚


  5. Ami says:

    1 Yes, I have read and understood all the information pages and will follow instructions!

    2 No, I only started here around the 6 December. I am really excited to join in this year!

    3 Because a certain naughty Elf told me about it and ordered me into the corner until I had agreed to take part! Her name could begin with an M. Ha!

    4 I hope to visit every day, misbehaving internet notwithstanding.

    5 I’m not good at winning prizes, so for me just participating will be great fun.

    6 I love Advent Calendars and opening all the little doors to December! And this time I have friends to play with!

    7 I am Ami Starsong married to my Starman, Dan, and we have a hybrid Dd/TTWD relationship which I brought to him just one year ago. We’ve been married a long time and have two grown up kids and now two disreputable grandkids, who I spoil to death. I am an avid reader of spanking stories and have a collection that is large even when measured against my other collections, ie knickers! I live in deepest, darkest rural England, and have a black cat with half an ear who thinks he is a dog. People have been known to ask where my broomstick is! I try to read Governing Ana as often as possible, even if I am often one of the last to comment. I just love to read all the banter that goes before.

    8 Hello Erzabet! Very good to meet you. Texas eh? Hmmm… Do you have a big hat and cowboy boots? I should love to have both! I get the impression you love “wooden spoons” LOL!

    Thanks Ana, for all your hard work. I truly don’t know how you do it! I shall have to check out this Mother Gothel character. I am still pretty unclear who she is exactly, but something to do with Rapunzel? Now I must get on with our Sunday lunch! Bye for now.



    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      What, you following rules? On purpose? πŸ˜›

      LOL! Good for that naughty elf. I am glad the Mysterious Madame M exerts her influence over you, but I’m not certain whether she’s a *good* influence.

      Everyone will win who earns perfect attendance, so don’t lose heart.

      Disreputable grandkids? LOL! Do they know their granny talks about them that way?

      Ami with a broomstick is a cute image. Maybe for Dan to use on you when you get too unruly. πŸ˜‰

      Now why do I have the suspicion you could find cowboy-themed knickers?

      Mother Gothel is the hairbrush-wielding villain of Tangled who locks Rapunzel in the tower. Yes, from the fairy tale, but the Disney version has a hairbrush. Enough said. πŸ™‚


        • Anastasia Vitsky says:

          Yes, it’s Disney! 2010 release, I believe. It depends on the 5-year-old. There are a few scary scenes, but Disney usually has scary scenes. Let me see..scary Mother Gothel threatening Rapunzel, some fighting (but they are funny rather than scary), and a few scary bad guys. If the 5-year-old can handle your typical Disney movie, it should be fine. πŸ˜€


  6. Tara Finnegan says:

    Yay, it’s really here. I’m going to open the first window ever so slowly and savour the moment.
    I’ve read the rules and signed up.
    I didn’t play last year as I hadn’t found this wonderful community then but I’m so glad I have now.
    I heard about Ana’s Advent Calendar from Ana and her blog, and Facebook postings.
    I will be doing my best to play every day.
    Actually, for me, its not about the prizes, if my name gets drawn out, I’d really be just as happy to see the prize be put back in the hat and given to someone else.
    I want to play because its such a seasonal kick, counting the days down to Christmas and what better way than in the company of friends.
    I’m Tara, I’m a wife and mammy living in Ireland and I love it here but I do sometimes wish I was on the same time zone as the rest of you. .
    Big wave to Constance. Is it ok if i say hello to Janey Erzabeth and Roz too? And of course you too Ana – Hi!


    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      It’s hard to believe the day is really here, isn’t it? Honestly, I’m more excited than I was a child, and that’s saying a lot.

      Love having you here, Tara, and your mammy touch.

      We have people here on nearly every continent! So while the majority is from the US, there are a great many on other time zones. Ami’s right with you in UK/Irish time. πŸ™‚ Be careful, though. Rumor has it that she dips in the eggnog a bit early. She’s a naughty, naughty influence and will get you in trouble if you’re not careful. πŸ™‚


  7. Shirley says:

    1.-understand I believe 2-No 3-one of the connected blogs 4-will try to visit everyday 5- any would be grand 6- nothing particular just exploring 7-new 8- Ami love your stories about you & hubby


  8. JC says:

    Hope this is what I am suppose to do!

    1. Yes
    2. Did you participate in Ana’s Advent Calendar last year? No
    3. How did you hear about the Advent Calendar this year? Blushing Books website
    4. Do you plan to drop by now and then, or is your eye on a Perfect Attendance prize? Perfect Attendance
    5. Which prize(s) are you hoping to win? Doesn’t matter
    6. What brings you to the Advent Calendar this year? Why do you want to play? Curiosity brings me here. I like to win things is why I want to play.
    7. Who are you? Are you new to Governing Ana, or have you been here before? Tell us about yourself. I have never been to Governing Ana before. As far as who am I I am 27 years old and I teach elementary school.

    Hello Ana! Looking forward to participating in the Advent Calendar this year.

    Oops. I was suppose to say hi to Tara! Hi Tara!


    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      So glad to see you here, JC! Thanks for being a trooper and finding the right page. πŸ™‚

      I’ll look forward to seeing you every day. Everyone with perfect attendance will win a prize. I like winning things, too, so I hope everyone will get to go home with at least a small gift.

      We have a lot of teachers here. Elementary is such a fun age, although it’s getting harder these days with all the regulations.

      Thank you for joining, JC!


  9. Joelle Casteel says:

    * I read and understood all four information pages- including re-reading the sign up because a silly little OCD moment had me wanting to make sure that I had signed up (yes, checking again, I know I’m already signed up :D) and skimming through the maybe a 100 additional comments since I last read it.

    * I participated in Ana’s Advent Calendar last year, but with less than stellar attendance.

    * This year, I was talking with various friends before you even got things together, Ana, but you did get me the invite to the Facebook page once you had it made this year.

    * I most definitely have my eye on a Perfect Attendance prize- after being about 5000 words short of Nanowrimo because of everything that kept breaking in my life, the notions of holiday cheer and community of Advent calendar, I’m going to make it a priority to make it here.

    * I need to look them over again. If someone is offering a new paddle, that might be nice, although I know of Blushing Books gift certificates and I’d love one of those. Then there’s friends’ books I haven’t managed to buy and with my Master having been fired, it might become hard for me to regularly purchase the books i want.

    * Like I said in the prize spot, I’ve had a really hard November. Mother and mother-in-law both with really scary health issues (mil is still in hospital having inpatient rehab after having had a stroke). And that’s just mother-related badness from my month. I need spending time in our community, reading people being happy. So I want to read fun posts, answer questions, see people being silly, talking about earning cyber-spankings and such.

    * I don’t remember exactly when I found your blog, Ana, but I know it was around the time I read Sue Lyndon’s “Dark Without You” and then found this whole word of spanking romance. I do remember noticing specifically that you wrote female/female and as I identify as queer, your focus was interesting to me. I’m Joelle and my first girlfriend introduced me to BDSM by way on Anne Rice 20 years ago. I’m now about 13 years into a wonderful 24/7, lifestyle BDSM relationship with a wonderfully loving Master who isn’t a stereotype.
    * Hi Roz πŸ™‚ I was so happy to read your “get to know me” post. I’ve seen your posts on Ana’s blog in the past, but I’d never known much about you. I’ve actually made more friends from New Zealand than I’d ever expected. But then that’s one of the wonders of the internet.


    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      Hi Joelle! So glad to have you here. I remember meeting you while talking with Sue. πŸ™‚ She is such a wonderful author, isn’t she?

      I hope your December is a better one than December, and that we’ll get to enjoy making some special memories together. Happy Advent!


      • Joelle Casteel says:

        yup πŸ™‚ a good December… I still gotta check on the first day of Chalica this year and get to planning. I want a writing-free, actually-doing things Chalica this year. Yup, Sue’s good. I need to get reading- I know I have books both of yours and hers among the many un-read books on my kindle


  10. robskatie says:

    YAAAY!!! I’m SO excited, Ana!!! Are people sure that they want to win that wooden spoon and spatula???? Ummmm… Okay then… πŸ˜€

    1. I understand all the rules and regs, and how to play/participate.
    2. I did not know about Ana’s Advent Calendar last year.
    3. Ana told me about her advent calendar and I helped her with the banner with Minelle! It was a blast! Thank you for mentioning that above, Miss Ana Naughty Elf in Corner! πŸ˜‰
    4. Oh I want to drop by every day! Not for the prizes really, though that would be fun. I really love the Christmas season and a spanky Christmas season sounds like even more fun! Also it looks like some great topics will be covered.
    5. I’ll consider myself lucky if I win anything at all. Ana’s chance to read Becoming Clissine early was the first time that I can remember winning anything in a long time.
    6. I am here to enjoy the spirit of Christmas with the neat people in Blogland!!
    7. My name is Katie T (for trouble) as my husband Rob, of 25 years so sweetly calls me sometimes. I actually am pretty good most of the time, and usually Rob just chuckles and shakes his head when I get into mischief. Often enough, however, he swats or takes me on a trip to the bathroom with the spatula. Blame it on those hormones- or lack there of! We have four kids, teens to young adults. Most live home still, so no privacy around here!!! I love all things techy, and photography and editing videos. I can officially start listening to Christmas music today, though I have been known to listen to some year round. It is one of my favorite things about the holidays. It can be anything from Benjamin Britten to some new country in flavor. I grew up listening to stuff like Choir of Kings College Cambridge on Christmas morning, so that kind of music is usually on when we decorate the tree or open gifts on Christmas Day. I always enjoy coming over to visit Governing Ana!
    8. Hi Joelle! Hope that you have lots of fun participating!

    Thanks so much Ana! All of your hard work on making this even special for all of us in Blogland is sooo appreciated! Happy First Day of Advent to you!


    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      You’re the one who donated the prize, and now you’re not sure whether people will want it? πŸ˜€

      Ami has already confessed to being the naughty elf in the corner.

      Bach is good year-round, and it makes me think of Christmas even if it’s not really Christmas music.

      I love any excuse to listen to Christmas music! I’ll have to dig out my CDs.

      I can’t wait for all the fun of this month. πŸ˜€

      Thanks for joining, Katie!


  11. pao says:

    1. Yes, I have read and understood Ana’s instructions. This feels like the ‘Terms and Conditions’ box we tick on an online form…
    2. I did!
    3. I heard about Ana’s Advent Calendar and advent calendars from Ana. I didn’t know there was such a thing til last year.
    4. Mm, I hope to visit everyday except for a week or so in the beginning πŸ™‚
    5. I don’t know… the prizes are an added plus. I just like seeing people participating in the event.
    6. I’m playing this year because I played last year and it was fun to read the many things about Christmas as I don’t really celebrate it at home.
    7. I am pao and I’ve been here for a while. Who am I… geez, such a difficult question πŸ˜› Mm, I’m a student abroad and I have not lived long enough to have much to say about myself.
    8. Hi Katie T (robskatie)! Hope to see you everyday here this month πŸ˜€

    Thank you, Ana for your Advent Calendar πŸ˜€ You were counting down to December the 1st that I felt like today was special and I should wish you or something. Excitement is contagious!


    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      LOL Pao. Yes, that’s exactly it. Commenting on today’s post signifies understanding and acceptance of the rules. πŸ™‚

      You most certainly did, and didn’t you win the grand prize?

      I’m honored to be your first Advent Calendar, too!

      You’ll be off having a wonderful adventure, and we’ll welcome you when you come back.

      You’re also a naughty girl who needs a good spanking. Plus a talented artist and a someone with a tender, sweet soul.

      Thank you, dear! I am silly to get this excited, but I don’t care. Life has enough stress and worry that we should seize opportunities to celebrate.


  12. Emily Tilton says:

    1. Yes.
    2. No.
    3. Somehow I was lucky enough to have Ana invite me to contribute to Spank or Treat. It seems like once you do an Ana event, all the other Ana events suddenly beam themselves into your consciousness. So, I suppose the real answer is, I don’t know. πŸ˜‰
    4. I want to comment every day!
    5. I really just want to play. If I get a prize, yay! πŸ˜€
    6. My love of this strange and wonderful community makes me want to participate in everything I can.
    7. Under this name I write BDSM fiction with a heavy spanking emphasis. My style is strange. In this persona, I have a wonderful dominant husband who spanks me very, very often, just the way I like it; we play at DD. I hang out here whenever I can!
    8. Hi Ami! Congrats on the grandkids, though I can’t imagine they’re truly disreputable. πŸ˜‰


    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      Giggle…that’s a quote for today: “It seems like once you do an Ana event, all the other Ana events suddenly beam themselves into your consciousness.”

      The true Emily punishment is to be denied a spanking. Mrs. Claus is warned. πŸ™‚ You can say hello to Pao soon, I am sure.

      “Strange and wonderful”…that’s exactly it. πŸ™‚


  13. His First Mate says:

    1. Yes, I understand the terms and conditions….Actually no, I have a question….Why does it say we will be disqualified if we dont include book preferences on our sign up? I cant find anywhere where I can find out what I am supposed to put, and it doesnt look like many people did this?

    2. Actually, I think I did participate last year and won a book! It was fun!
    3. Heard about it on Ana’s blog
    4. I hope to participate daily πŸ™‚
    5) I haven’t looked too closely at the list of prizes yet, it was long!
    6) I love participating in all your “events”
    7) I’m His First MAte, I’ve been “around ” blogland since 2011. I recently made a life changing move and have never been happier. I’m a stay at home mom to 2 amazing kids and have been happily married for 11 years

    Hello Pao, Havent met you yet, but I have seen you around! Enjoy the Advent Calendar!


    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      Shaking my head. You’re lucky you’re a three-time VIP, or you would have gotten disqualified. S, K, and/or V for the type of books you like to read. Spanking, Kinky, and/ or Vanilla. Go and add it, quickly, before I change my mind. πŸ™‚

      You did win last year! Weren’t you a perfect attender or very close?

      I know! Such a burst of generosity this year.

      Yay about your new life direction and being happy.


  14. minellesbreath says:

    1)Yes! Although just to mess with you I was tempted to say no.
    2) I absolutely participated you were my first Advent Calendar.
    3) Seriously???? Actually I think it was you and your blog ….plus I drew naughty elf Ana for the event!
    4) I will come every day and want perfect attendance…but not to get a prize …but, because I love the challenge and it is great to participate.
    5) I will be happy to win anything…or nothing. I will be excited for anyone to win. Now maybe I hope that Cat or Ami will win the spatula set! I wil gladly share if I do.
    6) I would never miss this exciting event, I love the community spirit it engenders!! Christmas is my favorite time of the year.
    7) I am Minelle, a wife mother sister and friend. I am an artist and a teacher. I am a bit crazy and busy in my life I can SOMETIMES need reigning in because my life gets a bit overwhelming. I hope to come here to step away from craziness and remember the meaning of the Holidays!
    8) Pao Hi!!!! I feel we know each other a bit after commenting over on Kat and Natalie’s stories.

    Sheesh Ana I had to copy and paste the questions so I could remember to answer all the questions!!! Now I bet I will need to comment again since It took me so long to finish my answers. I think I need to speak with Mrs Claus!!


    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      Just to mess with you, I was tempted to disqualify you.
      Glad to have taken your virginity. LOL.
      Naughty elf Ami, you mean.
      You know your winning streak with these events! If you get the spoon and spatula, they won’t go anywhere except across your naughty backside. πŸ™‚
      A bit crazy? Only a bit?
      I promise none of the other posts will have so many questions. It’s long, but I wanted us to get to know everyone a bit today. πŸ™‚


  15. Kelsey Summer says:

    1. Of course I’ve read all the rules!
    2. Yes, I participated last year
    3. I heard about it on Ana’s blog and on several others blogs I read.
    4. I hope to participate every day and win a Perfect Attendance prize.
    5. Can I say any prize? I have a bunch of the books, but not all.
    6. I’m here because I love games, spankings, Christmas, and winning.
    7. I am Kelsey Summer. I am trying to post more and not just lurk. I read a lot (my Kindle is always with me. I do review on my blog. I’ve been married for almost 20 years and have three kids (14, 12, and 7). I’ve been reading Governing Ana for about 2 years now.
    8. Hi Minelle. I’m not sure if we’ve ever “met online.” Good Luck to you!


    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      Kelsey, you’ve been with me since the beginning. Every time I have an event, I can count on you to participate. πŸ™‚ I am sure you will win perfect attendance.

      Of course! Happy players are easy to please.

      I love having you here and especially love when you come out of the woodwork to comment.

      Happy Advent!


  16. JoanneBest says:

    Yay! It’s here!!!!
    1.Yes, I went to Catholic School and always follow directions πŸ˜‰
    2.No I didn’t play along last year but only because I wasn’t here yet (on WP I mean, I was on earth but not in the Land of Pressed Words.
    3.I found out about this because I’ve been following your blog so yay me for following you!!!
    4.I plan on going for the Perfect Attendance (it’s a leftover habit from Catholic School )
    5.I would be thrilled to win anything (although I do have a heart-on for Alice Dark πŸ˜‰ )
    6.This is my first Advent Calendar (I know, bad bad me) and I know this is going to be tons of much needed fun- I lost my Mom a few months ago and I need to keep my mind on new traditions and meet new friends who share a common interest.
    7.I’m just Joanne Best (and yes that is my birth name lol) and I’ve been following this blog for awhile now but have been a lurker because I’m a newbie to all this wonderful fun. I’m a writer of words, some of my words turn into songs that I sing with my band (when we play, we’re all getting older so it’s more for fun than anything else), I’m also hoping to publish/sell some of my songs to somebody famous because aim high πŸ˜‰ oh! I love my kitties and I love all my new friends here πŸ˜€
    8.Hello Pao! I’m so glad to meet you and I’m looking forward to playing with you, umm, I mean playing along with you ;-P
    Also, hi everyone {waves hard} this is going to be fun!!!! πŸ˜€


    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      Aw, what a cute response! Catholic schoolgirl…of course you love Alice Dark! Maybe you’ll win her books. πŸ™‚

      Land of Pressed Words. How cute. You have a fun way with words, and I like your sense of humor.

      There are quite a few of us who are facing a first Christmas without a loved one, and one of the days we’ll talk about that. You might be interested in this post from last year: https://governingana.wordpress.com/2012/12/04/blue-christmas-advent-calendar-day-4/

      LOL! Poor Pao is probably giggling her head off. Such naughty friends we have here. You’ll fit right in. πŸ˜€

      Do you have any recordings of your songs on youtube or somewhere? I’d love to hear them. πŸ™‚

      Welcome! Please make yourself at home…and leave poor Pao alone! She’ll warm up to you soon enough. LOL.


      • pao says:

        πŸ˜€ I heard my name called out thrice! Hi Minelle, His First Mate and Joanne Best! What’s that I heard about playing with me? And something about warming up?

        Yeah, I’m sweet and tender so Mrs. Claus will certainly agree with me when I suggest I donate all my spankings to Ana here. I’m sure Ana will enjoy them πŸ˜›


  17. SH says:

    Here we go πŸ™‚

    1. I have read all the rules, more than once, and I understand them
    2. I did not participate last year but I can’t remember why
    3. I read it on your blog and made myself a note so I would not forget this year
    4. I will be here everyday except for the time I will be on a trip
    5. I will be happy winning any prize or nothing at all frankly. I enjoy all the people here and this should be a lot of fun!
    6. I want to play this year cuz I didn’t last year and because this year I actually stopped lurking on my favorite blogs.
    7. I am SH, but my real name is Sandy. I found your website, Ana, two years ago with a whole lot of others, discovered spanking books, and found out I was not as weird as I always thought I was πŸ™‚ I am married, a mother of 4, grandmother of one with another due next month, celebrating my 28th wedding anniversary in a few days and taking a cruise to celebrate, I read a lot of books because I love it, I am an ARC reader/reviewer for Stormy Night Publications, and I adore the community here because I feel accepted and normal which is a huge deal for me.
    8. Hi Joanne! Welcome to you and you will definitely have fun here with all of these great people!


    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      Hi Sandy! You’re such a wonderful reader and participant. I love seeing you at every event. I think you did part of the calendar last year, or am I remembering wrong?

      It’s great to have you participating. Wow, a grandbaby to be…so exciting! Enjoy your anniversary cruise. It sounds fantastic.

      You are accepted and normal! We’re just all a bit different from others, but still normal.


  18. Michelle B says:

    Have you read and understood all four information pages? umm yeah?
    Did you participate in Ana’s Advent Calendar last year? nope 1st timer!
    How did you hear about the Advent Calendar this year? from the horse’s mouth πŸ˜‰
    Do you plan to drop by now and then, or is your eye on a Perfect Attendance prize? will do my best to visit daily!
    Which prize(s) are you hoping to win? I’m easy… and I won’t cry if I walk away prize-less
    What brings you to the Advent Calendar this year? pleasing the mistress πŸ˜‰
    Why do you want to play? again – pleasing the mistress πŸ˜‰
    Who are you? Michelle of course!
    Are you new to Governing Ana, or have you been here before? New
    Tell us about yourself. – Hi I’m Michelle πŸ˜€ I’m not a writer but I occasionally read a kinky story now and aain when th emood strikes my fancy πŸ˜‰ I live in Canada with hubby and our dog Belle. Not much else to say! I’m here because Mistress (I call her Madam) Ana brought me here… heehee



  19. Liv Honeywell says:

    1. Yes I have πŸ™‚
    2. No, I didn’t have any books out that I could give away in time for last year’s event and I was also fairly new to Facebook, etc
    3. From Ana and various blogs
    4. I’m going to try and comment every day but will have to see how things go. Lots to do! πŸ™‚
    5. I really don’t mind about the prizes. I love books but am just going to enjoy taking part and meeting new people πŸ™‚
    6. See 5.
    7. I’m Liv and I write BDSM erotica books. I’m from the UK and live with a fur baby who likes to wake me by patting me on the nose! I’ve posted on Fika and hovered around commenting on the odd blog or two over the last year.
    8. Hello Sandy πŸ™‚ Nice to meet you. Hope you have fun and win lots of prizes πŸ™‚


  20. Holla Dean says:

    Oh my goodness, this will be such fun. Let’s see if I can do this right.

    1. Yes, I have read all the rules and I do understand them but may have to reread them.
    2. No, I did not participate last year but wish I did.
    3. Ana asked if I would like to contribute one of my Xmas books and of course I said yes.
    4. I should be here everyday though the last few might get iffy as I’ll be visiting family.
    5. I’ll be thrilled to win anything.
    6. Once Ana asked me to contribute I was sucked in. It sounds like a lot of fun and I don’t know why I didn’t participate last year, I don’t think I knew about it.
    7. I am Holla Dean and I’m an author. I’ve been lurking on governing ana (and a gazillion other blogs) for about two years. I write romance stories and novels; most of which have spanking and domestic discipline featured. I am married, have two grown children, and two adorable grandsons. I’ve finally started my own blog just a short time ago and it’s been an ongoing work in progress. I love this blogging community and feel like I know so many of you even though you may not know me. The way everyone here welcomes all the newcomers with open arms is simply wonderful.
    8. Hi Sandy (SH). Welcome, I think we’ll all have a spankin’ good time with Ana’s Advent Calendar and we’ll all get to know new people.


    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      We’ll have to put you in the corner, Holla, since you love that so much! I’m thrilled to have you both contributing and playing. Your sense of humor cracks me up, and I’ve loved getting to know you. I wasn’t on FB by Christmas last year, so I didn’t know as many people. That’s probably why. πŸ™‚

      Grandsons!! Okay, that needs to be a topic for a post someday. I love baby talk.

      So glad to have you here. Now…off to the corner!


  21. Holla Dean says:

    Oh Jeez, am I already in trouble? It took me so long to write my answers that Liv popped in before me. Just to cover my you know what, I’ll say hi to Liv.

    Hi Liv, welcome and let’s all have fun!


  22. Leah says:

    1.Yes, I have read the rules. Had a little confusion over the SKV on signup yesterday but I get it now (though a little surprised that vanilla is on the list!)y

    2. I didn’t even know that such things existed last year, but if I had, I’d have been here.

    3. Various bloggers- can’t remember who was the first.

    4. I hope to be every day depending on work trips, etc.

    5. A prize would be exciting but just happy to play and meet some new people.

    6. Again, looking forward to meeting people.

    7. I’m Leah. My wonderful husband and I started ttwd a few weeks ago and are a having a good time. We have two school-aged kids who are in a great stage of life. I love reading (and am fairly new to the spanking genre) at the expense of other responsibility in my life.

    8. Sandy – good to meet you. Congrats about the coming grandbaby. I’d love to hear some of your book recommendations.

    Thanks for doing this, Ana!


    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      The Advent Calendar is open to everyone, even vanillas, so few of the books aren’t related to spanking. Not many, but it’s still good to know who’s here just for the kink. πŸ™‚

      So nice to have you here this year! Wow, only a few weeks? There are a lot of ttwd/DD veterans here, so you’ll find lots of people to talk to.

      Don’t we all wish we could just read instead of other things? πŸ™‚

      Thanks for playing!


  23. Michael Thorn says:

    1. Yes, I have read and understand all the rules and information and stand ready to be quizzed on said rules and information. And standing I may be doing a lot if I fail the quiz.
    2. No, unfortunately I did not participate in last year’s Ana Advent Calendar. The shame is all mine.
    3. I heard about Ana’s Advent Calendar by visiting Ana’s Governing Ana blog which I am doing more and more, much to my delight.
    4. I plan on perfect attendance and hope to do so without the need of any EXTRA motivation.
    5. I am not looking to win any prizes. The prize for me is the participation, and meeting old friends and making new ones. Let’s all have a fun experience.
    6. I think I answered this in my previous question but will repeat; I want a fun experience meeting old friends and making new ones. Also, Ana is a fantastic, talented and creative person whose blog is so warm and inviting I want to be here.
    7. My name is Michael Thorn. I am a Top to many and a Dom to my beautiful wife, Season Blossom. We publish a blog, Blossom and Thorn, where we talk about many things but mostly spanking subjects. I have visited Governing Ana many times before but don’t always comment as often as I should. I will try to improve on that in the future.
    8. Hi, SH (Sandy). Congratulations on the upcoming birth of your second grandchild. You must be one proud mother and grandmother. I would like to read some of your book reviews. I will check out Stormy Nights Publications.


    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      Grin. I love the image of you standing after failing a quiz.

      Last year’s event was much smaller, and I didn’t have as wide of a reach then. So glad you hopped aboard this year.

      Always happy to see you here! I wish I had a real-time blogroll that showed me most recent posts. Sigh.

      I love your attitude about making new friends. You are so sweet. *blush* Thank you for your lovely words. It’s wonderful to have you here. Happy Advent!


  24. OctoberWoman says:

    1. Yes, I have. At least, yes, I have read them all, and I hope I understood them all correctly!
    2. No, I didn’t.
    3. I learned about it on Patricia Green’s blog.
    4. I’m hoping to attend every day, if work and life do not get in the way.
    5. I’ll just be excited to win any prize!
    6. I love contests and maybe this will help put me in the Christmas mood. And I never had an Advent Calendar so what a great first!
    7. I’m Robin, and I’m very new here! When I learned about this contest on Patricia Green’s blog a couple of days ago, that was also my introduction to Governing Ana, and I haven’t had much time to wander around yet what with the holiday weekend and visiting family. I work in the adoption field, I blog about books a little, I love to read and I can’t keep up with my DVR.
    8. Howdy Michael! I’ll have to check out your blog!


    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      Hi Robin! I had a look at your blog when you signed up. It looks neat! Thank you for visiting, and thank you to Trish for sending you over. How great to meet new friends. Please pull up a chair and make yourself at home.

      I don’t even know how to operate a DVR, so you’re ahead of me. πŸ™‚

      Michael is a wonderful community member, and I’m sure you’ll love getting to know him. Thank you for joining!


  25. SassyTwatter says:

    1. Yes, I have read & understand the rules.
    2. I did participate in last years advent calendar- it was so much fun and helped me get into the holiday spirit & son some great books.
    3. Ana emailed me after I emailed her about something and asked if I would be participating again this year as I haven’t been around as much on her blog over the spring & summer due to travel.
    4. I plan to stop by to check in love reading all the comments- but am away a few days with questionable internet so fingers crossed. I got perfect attendance last year which is rather funny since I was almost was expelled from private school because of my poor attendance despite being a good student.
    5. Not hopin to win any prizes just meet some friends in blogland as I have tended to be rather shy. And I especially do not want the spoon & spatula set the Ana keeps sayin she hopes I win. Would be fun to win a soanking book as I am a voracious reader and especially love that genra.
    6. I’m am playing to help get into the holiday spirit it worked last year as it seems the holidays came to fast and I’m in denial. And to meet new people and have fun. Ana does such a wonderful job org against events makes you want to participate was sad I was away and unable to participate in her last couple of events but since last year this was my first blog hoppy sorta thing wanted to make it an annual tradition to participate.
    7. Ugh rather not but here goes…. I am girl. I am not new to this blog started off as a lurker after I accidently found the site by searching Fika (I’m swedish) definitely not want I thought I’d find but being a closet spanko/dd fan made it kismet the way I found the blog. My husband still chuckles. About myself…..hmmm I seem to have multiple personaties and am often told I am a pixie i think that’s just a nice way of saying a brat. I speak and type tomfast switch subjects break into different languages and often confuse the hell out of people when I talk. I have been with my husband almost 21 years since I was 16. We have some sort of ttwd and always more or less have. I’m told I can get bossy & often find myself in trouble but thankfully he usually just chickpeas and shakes his head partly I think because he’s not sure what to do with me. I live in Southern California technically but you will usually find me at the airport traveling somewhere if I’m left at home with our supervision he says I get into to much trouble. Still no kids….maybe soon. Ok probably over shared- sorry.
    8. Hello Michael. Very nice to meet you sir. I will have to check out your blog wih your wife I love to learn more.

    Happy first day of advent. Thank you Ana fornorganazinisnwonderful event! You are such a dear.

    7. I forgot to say my name do I have to say a name?…..Can I use SassyTwatter I think my giant would have a fit said any personal info.

    8. Hi Robin. Nice to meet you. You will have such a fun time exploring Ana’s blog fix yourself a cup of tea and a plate of cookies and spend a wonderful afternoon reading.

    8. Hi Sunny Girl/Leigh Smith I think you may be my new BFF love people with active personalities. Have always enjoyed reading your comments on this and other blogs.


    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      I combined your comments into one big one. And of course you can say SassyTwatter, silly. πŸ˜€ I love the story of how you found Governing Ana. Probably one of my favorites of how people came here. You will mean lots of really nice people here, and I certainly hope Mrs. Claus takes care of your naughty self even if you don’t get the spoon and spatula you so desperately need. I also love the story of you and your giant. πŸ™‚ Try to behave, missy!


      • SassyTwatter says:

        Pouting no one said hi to me 😦

        Just read the prize list never did until I was reading a few of the comments. I ended up having to buy a few books on amazon just now!! Wow you got an impressive list.

        The dd package ekk that’s serious- don’t need the giant to get any ideas that he think he can make behave.

        And thanks Ana you already got me in trouble is morning I was so excited about the advent post I kept telling him to shush he was not happy with that.

        Hope you have your advent lights up.


        • Anastasia Vitsky says:

          Hi Sassy! Hmph! So I am no one now? Looks like it’s my turn to pout. πŸ™‚

          Wow, look at you go.

          Your giant would just have to say a word or two, I’m sure. I have a few notes for him once he starts taking you to task…telling him to shush? Really? Silly Sassy.


          • sassytwatter says:

            I thought we were friends! It’s not nice to tattle! I may need to call Mrs Claus. He is big but not that scary I learned you just hold on a hug and don’t let go.

            Thank you for the warm winter hi 😁

            I’m giggling because you think I’m naughty when really I’m very well behaved just misunderstood!


  26. quiet sara says:

    Yes I read all four pages and most likely understood them… I confuse easily!
    No I didn’t participate last year because I wasn’t in blogland then and didn’t know about you.
    I heard about your Advent Calendar from you maybe? Yes, I think you.
    Well I sure hope to do perfect attendance.
    I’d like to win the kindle or nook but anything would be fun. πŸ™‚
    I decided to play because you invited me to, it seems easy, you are super nice. xoxox
    I am quiet sara πŸ™‚ I am fairly newish around here. I do have a blog as well.
    Hello to Robin. Hope you had a good holiday weekend. πŸ™‚

    And hello to Ana ❀ xo


    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      We all confuse easily, and you’re doing just fine. πŸ™‚ Yes, you’re newer than last year. I remember seeing your name and thinking it meant you were quiet. Hehe. I hope you get perfect attendance, too. Aw, thank you so much.

      Hugs and welcome.


  27. Leigh Smith (aka Sunny Girl) says:

    1. Yes
    2. Yes
    3. Your blog and badgering
    4. I will visit every single day unless of course, I don’t.
    5. Of course, I want a prize.
    6. I think it is great fun
    7. I have a dual personna,Sunny Girl and Leigh Smith. Never quite sure who I am. I write stories and if you check every single day, you may just find a new story right here.


  28. chickadee says:

    1. Yes, i will follow the rules
    2. No, i was too busy hiding in the shadows last year to play
    3. I first heard about it here but that wooden spoon is haunting me everywhere I go
    4. Perfect attendance, that’s me!
    5. I’ll be happy to win anything, except the DD package (sorry chelsea!) because I don’t have a participating partner. Really need a new nook!!! Just excited about the possibility of maybe getting something is winning.
    6. I want to play because it’s fun. Even without the prizes. But, hey, I could use something new!
    7. Yes been here before.
    8. Hello to all those before me, looks like it might be Sunny Girl… we’ll see when I’m done with all this typing!


    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      Chickie, just to be clear. You may NOT steal the Christmas turkey and hide with it in the closet. Do you understand me? πŸ˜‰

      You know what, that’s a good point. Let me ask Chelsea whether a single person could win the prize. If you get perfect attendance, you are guaranteed a prize. πŸ˜€

      So glad to have you playing. Just hands off the turkey, missy! Or it will be worse than the wooden spoon. πŸ˜€


      • chickadee says:

        LOL I’m not a single person but might as well be! At least there’s spanking friends on the horizon…

        Turkey schmurkey. I’m sittin here in bed “working” and chowing on my oatmeal chocolate chip cookies! That counts as breakfast, right?


    • chickadee says:

      And i didn’t finish #7. I’m perpetually functioning with just a small portion of my brain.

      7. Yes I’ve been here before. Always reading, not often having something meaningful to say though. I’m just chickie. I play well with others and don’t run with scissors.


  29. P.T. Wyant says:

    1. Yes, I read them and think I understand them. (But how do you sign up again?)
    2. Nope. This is my first year.
    3. I heard about it from someone who thought I might be uncomfortable reading spanking scenes.
    4. Computer and internet willing I’m planning to be here every day.
    5. What I’d like to win? Becoming Clissine. (Kissing up is allowed, correct?) Well, actually, as long as I don’t win my own book I’ll be happy. LOL And if I don’t win anything I’ll be happy, too, as long as I get to pick on the hostess.
    6. My computer and internet and FaceBook bring me here. And I’m playing because it looks like fun.
    7. My name is Paula (aka P.T.) Wyant and I’ve been here before via Sunday Snippets. I’m a writer — mostly fantasy with occasional forays into science fiction. I write, I blog, I do counted cross stitch, have a dollhouse remodeling project that is on hold due to lack of space, and I’m really good at avoiding housework.
    8. Hi, Robin! You sound like me — too little time. (You can’t keep up with the stuff you record on your DVR and I can’t keep up with the stuff I download to my Kindle.) Ana’s a great writer — enjoy her blog!


    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      LOL! Ever the smart one, you are. πŸ˜€ You’ve certainly got a wit about you. Yes, kissing up is allowed but won’t earn you extra prize entries. Hehe.

      As if you’d stop picking on me even if I asked you to!

      Avoiding housework should be an Olympic sport. We’d all win. Hehe. I love your blog and your thoughts on writing and life. Thank you for playing and contributing!


  30. Terry says:

    1. Yes I read the instructions and understand them but I’m not good with internet stuff so please forgive me if I don’t do things correctly
    2. No I didn’t participate last year
    3. I heard about the Advent Calendar from visiting the Blushing Books website
    4. I will try to come by every day but I can’t promise that I will be able to
    5. Prizes are nice but I’m not expecting anything. I love to read so a book would be great prize for me
    6. I liked the idea of an Avent Calendar for Christmas with a bit of a different twist than the normal ones so I thought I would give it a try
    7. I am new and have never posted to your blog (or any one else’s either) so I am very nervous. I am married with several four footed children (all dogs). I live in the northern US so it is cold here but no white Christmas yet.
    8. Hi Leigh Smith (aka Sunny Girl). I hope you enjoy the Calendar and have a wonderful Christmas


    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      You’re doing just fine, Terry. Plenty of people here are technologically challenged. No pressure to come every day–drop by when you can, and we’ll welcome you. If you do come every day, you’re guaranteed a prize that will most likely be a book. πŸ™‚

      Wow, I am your very first delurking? I am honored and hope you find this a good experience. People are kind and friendly, and it’s all in good fun. I hope you like it.

      Take care and enjoy your Advent.


  31. TL says:

    Well here we go. Happy Holidays Everybody.
    1. Have you read and understood all four information pages? Yes, I have read and understand the rules.

    2. Did you participate in Ana’s Advent Calendar last year? No, this is a first for me.

    3. How did you hear about the Advent Calendar this year? I heard about the calendar from you, Ana, after the Spank-or-treat blog hop.

    4. Do you plan to drop by now and then, or is your eye on a Perfect Attendance prize? The ultimate goal is perfect attendance, but I plan to do as much as I can.

    5. Which prize(s) are you hoping to win? Call me a glutton for punishment (pun intended,) but I have heard great things about Blondie’s paddles.
    6. What brings you to the Advent Calendar this year? Why do you want to play? This sounds like so much fun. The time before the holidays is a busy time at work, and this is such a great way to make sure I don’t just crawl in a hole and wait for Christmas break. πŸ™‚

    7. Who are you? Are you new to Governing Ana, or have you been here before? Tell us about yourself. Hi, I’m TL. I wouldn’t say I’m new, but I’m not exactly old either. I have been married for almost four years, and things are pretty awesome in that regard. I have been around for a little while, but I don’t often say much. I think this is an awesome way to get out there.

    8. Say hello and respond to the person who has commented before you. Hi Terry. We have a four legged child too, but she is a cat. I hope you enjoy the calendar and have a wonderful holiday. Nice to meet you!


    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      Hi TL! How is your shiny new Kindle from Spank or Treat? πŸ™‚ Bet you’ll get a nice new book for your Kindle this time around. Blondie is offering either her pocket paddle (lighter than a hairbrush) or a square hairbrush paddle. They’re both small and easy to carry, but they still get the job done.

      If the Advent Calendar helps you to enjoy some fun during a busy time, that’s wonderful. Glad to have you here.

      You’ve got a lovely blog and a neat community. Thank you for joining us here!


      • TL says:

        My shiny new kindle is the bestest thing ever! I use it all the time. Bucko thinks I may have a problem… I just tell him it’s all your fault. πŸ˜‰ It is nice to have a reason to get off the couch. This time of year is tough for teachers, so thanks for helping me through the countdown to holiday break!


  32. George K says:

    1. Yes, I have read all the instructions.
    2. No, I didn’t participate last year. I only started blogging in May.
    3. I read about the Advent Calendar first on Sunny Girl’s blog and then realized it was actually on yours!
    4. I will probably not make perfect attendance, but will certainly be here as often as possible.
    5. I rarely win anything so I have no expectations. However, I am an avid reader and always enjoy a new book.
    6. This sounded like a lot of fun and I always enjoy a new discovery.
    7. I have not been a regular follower of your blog, but I do lurk on occasion. I am new to this community and started blogging in May. I live in Oklahoma and have two grown daughters. About 25 years ago, I shared my desire to be spanked with my wife of 37 years. She was surprised but willing to indulge my request. We do not do DD and but she spanks me for fun and stress relief, and has been been off and on since that fateful day I asked!
    8. Hi Terry, congrations on joining the fun. I remember how scary it was the first time I left a comment, but I promise you will not regret your decision. This is a really great community! I wish you a very merry Christmas.


    • George K says:

      Hi TL, I was late getting my answers so I wanted to say hello to you also. We too have a cat who thinks the house belongs to him! Nice to meet you and have a very Merry Christmas.


    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      I heard about you because Sunny told me you had tried to register on her blog. πŸ™‚ Glad you are here! I’m especially happy to see people from F/F, M/M, and F/M dynamics. We need more stories of people who come from different walks of life, and I’m glad you provide that. Thank you.

      Wow, 25 years? That is a long time to be honest about your desires. I’m so glad it turned out well and that you and your wife have enjoyed it.

      Thank you so much for joining. We are enriched when people add new layers to the discussion. Hope you’ll be back soon. πŸ™‚


    • Corinne Alexander says:

      Hi, George! It’s so nice to meet you! Congratulations on your long and successful marriage! Kudos to you for being honest with your needs & trusting her to explore them with you. For me the hardest part was gaining the courage to take the leap of faith to talk to my husband about it. What I didn’t realize was that we would need to continually talk about these needs and the way that they change throughout the years. I’m glad you are joining in this year!


  33. Kathryn R. Blake says:

    Wow! Eight questions at once. Okay, here’s my attempt at answering. BTW, I am on the correct page this time, right?

    1. Yes, I have read and understood all 4 information pages
    2. Sadly, no, I wasn’t aware of Ana’s advent calendar last year (I’m a newbie), so I didn’t participate.
    3. I heard about the advent calendar this year through Facebook.
    4. I plan to participate every day, and yes I aim for perfect attendance, but not for the prizes..
    5. I’m here for the fun!
    6. I love Christmas, and I want to share the spirit of the holiday with others.
    7. I’m Kathryn, and I’ve been visiting Governing Ana since February this year when I started Saturday Spankings. I write paranormal and spanking romances and plan to have at least two books out next year.
    8. Hello George! I’m glad you came out of the woodwork to join us. Like Ana, I agree it’s refreshing to hear from individuals who practice alternate dynamics from the standard M/F. I’m pleased for you that your wife was so understanding of your desires and willing to meet them. Undoubtedly that’s why you’ve been married for 37 years. My hubby and I have been married nearly that long, but not quite, and I attribute the success of our marriage to understanding, cooperation and a similarly wicked sense of humor. He can always make me laugh.


    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      Kathryn, it’s always lovely to see you here. I’ve even put off decorating my tree until the 3rd because your post is sure to put me in the spirit. πŸ™‚

      Gosh, was it only in February? It seems so much longer ago than that. How lucky I’ve been to get to know you.

      Thank you for all that you do for the community.


  34. abby says:

    Yes, I most certainly have read and understood all the information pages!

    2. I did participate last year, but did not finish the month due to traveling….I plan on finishing this year!

    3. I first heard about it last year….have been looking out for it this year…..saw it on your blog first.

    4. Perfect attendance is my goal!

    5. If I were lucky enough to win….any of the prizes would be terrific!

    6. Because it is fun and maybe I will meet new friends.

    7. I have been here before….usually find some good reading here. I am abby, I have been blogging for a little over 3 years, have been with Master for over 12. I am a grandma and retired teacher.

    8. Hi George, nice to meet you. I will have to pop over and visit you. You will find us to be a welcoming group!

    thanks for doing this Ana…hugs abby


    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      Hi Abby! How nice to see you join. Glad you made it. πŸ™‚ I bet you will get perfect attendance and enjoy the prize! I know you will meet some neat new friends, too. You’ve been a wonderful presence, and I love having you here.

      We may have a grandchildren-themed post later on, so keep an eye out. πŸ™‚ Hugs back.


  35. pieclown says:

    1. Yes, I have read the 4 pages
    2. No, I did not participate last year. I just found your blog today.
    3. I saw it on another blog called Naughty Little Writer.
    4. I plan to be here every day, Lord willing and the computer does not crash.
    5. To be honest, I would like the Kindle, it would be first foray into “Smart” Tech. I have a dumb cel phone and a tower for a computer. I did see a purple paddle, then there is the spoon set, and the pantie( if I win them I hope they fit.)
    6.It looks fun and can give me another way to celebrate Christmas.
    7.I am new here, first day. I 46 male and live in Nebraska – GO BIG RED. I am divorced and daddy to a 8 year old. I am a professional clown but I keep my “pieclown” separate. I started following another blog on DD and am slowly expanding my views. As for experience, my x-wife was mostly vanilla. I have posted on some websites. I consider myself a switch. My main kinks are pies in the face, dunk tanks, spankings, and bras. I like seeing, doing or getting.
    8.Hello George K. So are you a Sooner or Cowboy fan or do you not fallow college football.
    With all the prizes, you just might get that new book. Good luck to you and all.

    pie pie 4 now


    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      I wondered why your nick was pieclown..now I see! What a cute way to sign off. Isn’t Penny’s blog wonderful? We’re so lucky to have her as a helper elf for the Advent Calendar.

      The paddle is not purple (I think) but a wood color, but they are lovely. I hear the spoon and spatula are quite sturdy and pack a punch.

      The knickers go up to an extra-large, I think, so you never know!

      Thanks for joining, and welcome!


  36. catrouble says:

    Good gravy…didn’t realize it was an essay test!

    1. Yes…No…Maybe? πŸ˜€
    2. A bit but not consistently…of course I was for the subsequent bloghops!
    3. Ana, Minelle, Ami, Katie, Sunny, me, etc.
    4. Hey, I’m shooting for Perfect Attendance!
    5. Would love to win the Kindle as a Christmas gift for my mom but would be happy with any of the gifts…the weapons don’t scare me…haha! πŸ˜‰
    6. I have always loved the Advent Calendar and hope playing will get me in the Christmas spirit…sorely lacking around here at the moment.
    7. I am me…C A T…mother, sister, daughter, friend…not new around here…you could say that sliding down the banister of life, I’m one of the pleasant little splinters in you’re a$$! I love painting and reading…I have a blog and share giggles and thoughts and recipes…once in a while a bit of TTWD/DD info (have been asked to increase that…we’ll see). Oh and I am crazy. *snicker* πŸ˜‰
    8. Hey…Hugs and Blessings…Ana, Roz, Erzabet, Janey, Constance, Ami, Tara, Shirley, JC, Joelle, Katie, Pao, Emily, HFM, Minelle, Kelsey, Joanne, SH, Michelle, Liv, Holla, Leah, Michael, Robin, SassyTwatter, Sara, Sunny, Chickie, PT, Terry, T, George, Kathryn


    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      Yes, Cat, I’ve told you that you have great advice about ttwd/DD..I’d love to see you writing more about that. We’ll get Christmas spirit into you one way or another, even if Mrs. Claus has to beat it into you with her wooden spoon. Never fear!

      You are also trouble, don’t forget!


  37. Sandypo says:

    1. Yes.
    2. No, I didn’t participate last year.
    3. I heard about it through this blog on WordPress.com
    4. I plan to participate daily unless circumstances beyond my control (such as having no time to read my email) keep me from doing so.
    5. I would love to win the Kindle as a holiday gift for my husband.
    6. I want to play because the contest sounds like fun and I love to win stuff!.
    7. My name is Sandy and I am married and the mother of a 23 year old law student. I’m in marketing and between work and home, I have very little free time. I also help take care of my 87 year old mother who lives nearby. I love to cook, read, watch TV and eat dark chocolate.
    8. Hi to Catrouble — I love your phrase “sliding down the banister of life…” great visual!


  38. Corinne Alexander says:

    1. Have you read and understood all four information pages? (There is only one correct answer to this question!) Yes, I have…several times!

    2. Did you participate in Ana’s Advent Calendar last year? Yes, it was a lot of fun and very meaningful. The advent calendar last year was just what I needed to distract me from a hard time I was having in my personal life. My Dad was diagnosed with cancer a few months prior and several months of care giving later he was about to go through a bone marrow transplant. The advent was equal parts fun and deep & thoughtful. Just what the dr. ordered.

    3. How did you hear about the Advent Calendar this year? From Ms. Ana of course

    4. Do you plan to drop by now and then, or is your eye on a Perfect Attendance prize? I am going to try for perfect attendance. We will see if I will be successful in this. Last year I came in something like 2 minutes before midnight on the last day. Success! It was close though.

    5. Which prize(s) are you hoping to win? All I can say is yes please & thank you! I’m a sucker for prizes and love prizes of all kinds! Gift cards are always wonderful and that subscription to Discipline & Desire is VERY appealing. All the prizes look great. I do already have a Kindle & Nook so if I win that I will ask for it to be passed to the next person. Everything else looks like a lot of fun & books are always welcome!

    6. What brings you to the Advent Calendar this year? Why do you want to play? I love Christmas and I love surprises so the advent calendar is the perfect mix of sugar & spice & everything nice for me! Also, WOW it has grown so big! I am blown away by the prize list and participants!

    7. Who are you? Are you new to Governing Ana, or have you been here before? Tell us about yourself. I first found this blog during Spank or Treat 2012 thanks to Renee Rose & Jade Cary for spreading the word to the little corner in which I was dwelling away from blog land. I am a 34 year old wife of 14 years & mother to 4. I have been a spanko my entire life. I started lurking on the internet spanking sites from the time I was 18. My husband & I played with it during our early marriage. I finally brought DD to him 5 years ago. At the same time I joined several yahoo groups where I was an active member for a little over a year after which I migrated to a smaller community where I have remained. Blogs overwhelmed me for a long time. How do you stay up to date with the groups & blogs! However, finding the author community online is what pulled me like a moth to a flame to this aspect of the spanking community. I am a hopeless spanking romance addict and there you have it.

    8. Say hello and respond to the person who has commented before you. (If you are the first commenter, you can respond to me.) I sure will! Look for my comment under their post!


    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      Hi Corinne! I remember getting to know you “way back when”…how funny when only one year ago seems like forever. You’ve become a part of this community in a special way, and we are lucky to have you. You bring a maturity and thoughtfulness to the discussions that I love, and it’s always a pleasure to see you here. We will most certainly have both silly fun and some deep conversations.

      Discipline and Desire is a wonderful site with a lot to offer, and I’m thrilled for their sponsorship.

      Best wishes and Happy Advent!


  39. Delfonte says:

    1. Yes
    2. No – I was still shyly lurking
    3. I follow Ana!
    4. Perfect Attendance – I’m an optimist
    5. Prizes, especially books, any books.
    6. Good company and books….
    7. I’m spanko, blogger, author and no, I’m not new here, I’ve been lurking for a long time.
    8. Hello Ana! Great start to the advent. Well done to Roz for being the early bird.



    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      So great to have you, Del! Also thrilled you’ve delurked and joined the party. You have a wonderful blog and way of writing. I’d love to feature you sometime. πŸ™‚

      Books, books, books. We have an embarrassment of riches! Thank you for joining in to make this event more special.


  40. Elise Lansing says:

    1. Yes! I will check again, though.
    2. No, new here!
    3. Facebook, I think?
    4. I’m not sure yet about the perfect attendance prize, but I am pretty competitive. πŸ™‚
    5. Oh I’d be happy with anything, really. Great idea, this.
    6. Something new to have fun with online this holiday season.
    7. New to your site and a new author (I write BDSM erotica but have met lots of nice people on Facebook in other sub-genres of erotica including spanking fiction).
    8. Hi Corrine! πŸ™‚


    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      Lovely to have you here, Elise! Great way to meet authors and readers. I also love the name Elise…that’s a character I’d like to use in a story someday.

      I bet you’ll get perfect attendance and enjoy the prize. πŸ™‚

      Hope this is fun for you! If it makes our holiday season more cheerful, than I’m thrilled.



  41. angieia says:

    1. Yes, I have read the instructions.
    2. No
    3. I found out through Ana and Maren’s blogs.
    4. I am hoping to be by everyday.
    5. No prize in particular, I am enjoying doing this.
    6. It sounded like fun.
    7. My name is Angie and I live in Iowa. I am married with 2 children. I have been lurking on Ana’s blog for the last month or so.
    8. Hi Delfonte and Ana. Have a great day!!


  42. Mona Lisa says:

    Hope this is what I am suppose to do!

    1. Yes
    2. Did you participate in Ana’s Advent Calendar last year? No
    3. How did you hear about the Advent Calendar this year? Ana`s blog.
    4. Do you plan to drop by now and then, or is your eye on a Perfect Attendance prize? Perfect Attendance
    5. Which prize(s) are you hoping to win? Doesn’t matter
    6. What brings you to the Advent Calendar this year? Why do you want to play? Curiosity brings me here.
    7. Who are you? Are you new to Governing Ana, or have you been here before? Tell us about yourself
    Yes, I have been here Before. I found you via Bas.
    I’m … me.
    Curious, questioning, rebellious Mona Lisa.
    Friend of fun spanking, enemy of dicipline and punishment … lol ..
    Hello Ana! Looking forward to participating in the Advent Calendar .


    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      Curious, questioning, and rebellious. Yep, that sounds like you. πŸ™‚ So glad to have you here. Did you know that Sassy Twatter is Swedish? Bet you two could have some fun.

      Glad to have you here! I know you can get the perfect attendance award if you want it.


  43. Thianna D says:

    1 -YEP!
    2- I don’t remember.
    3 – Ana of course πŸ˜€
    4- While I would love perfect attendance, my life is so uber busy I will have to go with the now and then theory πŸ˜‰
    5 – A kindle – my tablet is getting ancient. πŸ™‚
    6 – First and foremost? It’s fun. Second? Why not?
    7 – I’m an erotic author and some tell me I’m a brat – but nuh-uh, I don’t believe it. *smiles angelically and maneuvers halo over horns*
    8 – Hello, angieia! Welcome to the fun πŸ™‚


  44. Katy Beth McKee says:

    1. Yes I have read and understood the rules.
    2. I can’t remember. I think so because I’m pretty sure I was in a spanking one.
    3. From a couple of the blogs that follow. Patricia Green is one of them.
    4. Baring unforseen problems with coordinating airport runs and school stuff I plan to be here every day.
    5. I love to win stuff and don’t that much. I just hope I don’t win one of 100’s of spanking books I already own. That’s why gift certificates are so nice.
    6. I think it looks like a lot of fun and it’s nice to have something that’s just for mom.
    7. I’m a mom to 5 from the ages of 30 to 12, (one is doing relief work in South Sudan, one is at Job Corps training for computer repair, one is in the Air Force currently at tech school, and two are still at home), preschool assistant, early education student, homeschooler, blogger, reader, and digital scrapper. And of course most interesting is I’m a native Floridian who didn’t see snow until I was 44 and I went to Norway to do that. Not in a dd relationship. I sometimes think i could benefit from it but it’s not my hubby’s thing and I’m not willing to throw away 25 years over it.
    8. Hello to Mona Lisa. I hope you have playing too.


    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      Yup, I remember you! You’ve been in at least one if not two spank hops before. I remember taking down your name for comment verification. And it’s a pretty big commenting window, so hopefully your schedule will work out.

      Hundreds, really? If you win a book, I’ll see what I can do. Maybe stretch your reading horizons a bit.

      Yes about just for mom! Hope you will be able to keep your kids away.

      What neat things that your kids do. I’m surprised you didn’t see snow for that many years.

      There’s another player, chickadee, who’s also in a vanilla partnership but would like some spanking. Sometimes this community can be a bit exclusive to those who aren’t in a spanking relationship. Great idea for a post. Hmm…


  45. Blondie says:

    1.Have you read and understood all four information pages? (There is only one correct answer to this question!) Yes

    2.Did you participate in Ana’s Advent Calendar last year? No

    3.How did you hear about the Advent Calendar this year?
    Ana’s blog and Blushing Books and a lot of other blogs.

    4.Do you plan to drop by now and then, or is your eye on a Perfect Attendance prize? I plan on being the big Perfect Attendance Winner

    5.Which prize(s) are you hoping to win?
    Any prize except the one from our store. I have enough paddles!

    6.What brings you to the Advent Calendar this year? Why do you want to play?
    This is so fun and now that I am aware of all the fun things and contests in blogland, I intend on playing more and more.

    7.Who are you? Are you new to Governing Ana, or have you been here before? Tell us about yourself.
    I am Blondie and I am blonde-Lol). I am a blogger and a paddle shop owner of Blondies on Etsy.I have been around and I have been a frequent visitor and lurker and participant. And I get spanked for many reasons…..

    8.Say hello and respond to the person who has commented before you. (If you are the first commenter, you can respond to me.)
    Hello, hello Mona Lisa !


  46. Maren Smith says:

    1.) Yes, I have.
    2.) No, this is my first year.
    3.) Ana told me. I’m in the ‘in” crowd. πŸ™‚
    4.) I am going for perfect attendance!
    5.) I would love some cool stuff to read, if I am eligible.
    6.) I’ve never seen this played before, so curiosity and I’m all for the fun of it! Even if I don’t win, I’m going to enjoy watching everyone else have fun!
    7.) I am an author of spanking smut (the good kind) and kinky couples who find love and happily ever after amid the swats and scoldings. I am married to a wonderfully dominant man who has never read a lick of what I write and yet who is convinced I’m the best author out there. (Not quite, but thanks, honey!) Our children consist of a blind, retarded Siamese cat and a green-wing macaw who likes to torment him by calling him in my voice until he walks face-first into the walls of her cage. Then she pelts him with food. Ah, sibling rivalry…


    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      Every time you open your mouth (technically type), Maren, you have me in stitches. LOL about your macaw! Somehow, I’m thinking such a naughty bird learned some of her naughtiness from a certain Ms. Smith…

      So sweet about the in crowd…you most definitely are! You are also absolutely eligible for every prize except your own (that you donated).

      Please try to stay out of trouble today, okay? πŸ™‚


  47. Renee Meyer says:

    1. Yes, I have read and hopefully understand all four information pages.
    2. I did not participate in Ana’s Advent Calendar last year.
    3. I found it one day while roaming the web.
    4. My goal is perfect attendance but I’m not that great at meeting goals.
    5. I would be happy winning anything. I always explain my disgusting lack of luck by saying I really don’t believe in luck so I tend to have no luck. However, it sure sounds like fun meeting others and participating in the excitement.
    6. I have never had an Advent Calendar so this seemed like a great hoot. I am really enjoying discovering that there are other like-minded people out there.
    7. I’m Renee and I have been married for 20 years. We have two grown children and three teenagers. (Yes, my house can be a little crazy at times). I am a school administrator and also homeschool two of our children. I live near the beach in South Carolina. Our Santa wears a bathing suit and a sun hat. I have not been to governingana before as this is my first time blogging. I had my teenagers teach me so I could participate in this awesome event. I have been blog stalking other spanking blogs for a while and just decided to it was time to put my toe into the water with this event. I enjoy reading all kinds of spanking romance, bdsm, erotica books. I do love how accepting this community is and look forward to watching from the fringe.
    8. Hello Maren. I love your stories and sibling rivalry can be so much fun to watch. Have a great day.
    Ana – I really appreciate all your work in putting this event together. Have a happy!!!


    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      Don’t make it a goal and an expectation. If you get perfect attendance, great. If not, enjoy the days that you are here. πŸ™‚ You’ll still get the fellowship and friendship either way.

      Never had an Advent Calendar? That’s too bad! I haven’t, either, so I made my own. That’s the fun of being an adult. πŸ™‚

      LOL about your Santa! That is too funny. I’m impressed you got your kids to teach you computer stuff so you could participate. Certainly extra points for effort. Yay for being brave! We were always new once.

      So glad you made it here.


  48. Irishey says:

    1. Yes, read and understood all four information pages, AND marked the email feeds of those posts as favorites in case the excitement overwhelms me or my memory should fail me. πŸ˜‰

    2. No, I did not participate last year. I wanted to, but illness and other life events conspired against that.

    3. I heard about the Advent Calendar this year from you, Ana, on your blog. It is one of the few that fairly consistently feeds to my email, even though often there are hours’ delay, with only a few complete misses here and there.

    4. Do I have to choose? I plan to drop by now and then, and my eye is on a Perfect Attendance prize if I have internet access during holiday travel the week of Christmas.

    5. What do I hope to win? This sounds suspiciously like a “What is your favorite…” question. Ugh. πŸ˜‰ Lol!

    6. A promise not to disappear from blogland again with no warning, and the excitedly frenzied anticipation you’ve built, are what brings me to the Advent Calendar this year. I want to play because I believe this will be a fun way to stay involved in the community. Thank you for providing the opportunity, and making it easy, to do all that. πŸ™‚

    7. I am Irishey. I am not new to Governing Ana – I lurked your blog early on. πŸ˜‰ Tell you all about me?! I’ve left pieces of me all over the place in my comments on others’ blogs, but I don’t know “what all” I want blogland to know about me in a definitive summary. That is part of why my blog lies dormant. Essentially, I am just me, trying to be a better me for myself, my D and my family. I’ve found the ttwd community helps keeps me aware of, and honest about, that personal desire, and consciously working toward that goal. The bar is set high in many places around here, and I like that.

    8. Hello, Maren! So good to see you again, Ms. “In Crowd” Lady! I love that your husband believes you’re the best author in the world without having read your works! Lol! And your children…omg! Hilarious!


    • Irishey says:

      Oh, dear. Renee Meyer snuck in while I was trying to copy and paste. I did not mean to skip over her. Yikes!

      Hi, Renee! Welcome to the blogging world and the ttwd community! We’re glad you delurked, stuck your toe in the water, and shared that visual of Santa in a bathing suit! (Okay, I’m a bit wigged out by that, but it’s still funny!). I’m sure you will enjoy your first “event” around here.


    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      I’m glad you’ve come back to blogland and stayed in contact. Many people worried about you last year. 😦 We may just have to get you a barn burner and a come to Jesus meetin’ if you try to pull another fast one, eh?

      LOL no not a favorite question, just to help me get an idea if people especially want a certain prize or are happy with anything. If someone really, really wants a particular book, then if it’s possible I’ll try to make it happen. Last year I wrote to everyone and gave everyone a choice of books, but there are too many people to do that again this year. The answer I like to hear is that you’ll enjoy anything. πŸ™‚

      You’re a pretty great you, Irishey, and we’re glad to have you. Besides, you helped Emily get revenge on Headmistress Blake. πŸ˜€


  49. Merna says:

    My questions for you today are simple but many.

    1Have you read and understood all four information pages? (There is only one correct answer to this question!)
    2Did you participate in Ana’s Advent Calendar last year?
    3How did you hear about the Advent Calendar this year?
    4Do you plan to drop by now and then, or is your eye on a Perfect Attendance prize?
    5Which prize(s) are you hoping to win?
    6What brings you to the Advent Calendar this year? Why do you want to play?
    7Who are you? Are you new to Governing Ana, or have you been here before? Tell us about yourself.
    8Say hello and respond to the person who has commented before you. (If you are the first commenter, you can respond to me.)
    Here are my answers:

    1. Yes, I have read and understood the information pages.

    2. No I didn’t know about Ana’s Advent Calendar last year. It sounds fun, and I’m looking forward to it.

    3. I heard about the Advent Calendar from the Blushing Books website.

    4. I hope to be here every day, but real life may intrude. I don’t know if I will have the time.

    5. Any of the prizes will be fun.

    6. I saw an ad for the calendar on Blushing Books and looked up what it is all about. It sounds like fun, so I am giving it a try.

    7. I hadn’t heard of Governing Ana before, but hopefully will be able to find some time to explore. I am married with 3 children, 22, 17, and 15. Work part time teaching preschool, and the rest of the time driving kids around and homemaking. Husband knows I want to be spanked and sometimes obliges me.

    8. Hello to Irishey. I hope I have time to play around here, but already I am behind in my work because of getting signed up here. If only my husband was serious about Dd…, sigh. At least he will play a little.


  50. Renee Rose says:

    1.Have you read and understood all four information pages? (There is only one correct answer to this question!) YES!
    2. Did you participate in Ana’s Advent Calendar last year? Absolutely!
    3. How did you hear about the Advent Calendar this year? Ana!
    4. Do you plan to drop by now and then, or is your eye on a Perfect Attendance prize? I plan on perfect attendance!
    5. Which prize(s) are you hoping to win? A new car! Oh wait, that wasn’t one of the prizes, was it? A Kindle? Still don’t have one, can you believe it?
    6. What brings you to the Advent Calendar this year? Why do you want to play? I never had an advent calendar as a child, so I have to make up for lost time.
    7. Who are you? Are you new to Governing Ana, or have you been here before? Tell us about yourself. I’m Renee Rose, naughty elf. I have been reading GA since I started blogging in May of 2012. Actually, I think I read it when I lurked, so before I started blogging.
    8. Say hello and respond to the person who has commented before you. (If you are the first commenter, you can respond to me.)
    Hello Merna!! Preschool teachers are a blessing to the world. Thank you for your gift to our babies. πŸ™‚


    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      Renee, you seriously don’t have a Kindle? Wow…

      I did not know you lurked that long! I knew you started reading a year ago last summer, but I don’t remember you before that. Ah, lurking. πŸ˜€

      Very naughty elf! Mrs. Claus has a long memory.

      So many of us never got to have an Advent Calendar, so it’s high time to remedy that.

      And yes, preschool teachers are wonderful. Aw, babies.


  51. bellabryce says:

    1) Yes, Ma’am!
    2) No, I wasn’t an author then and didn’t know this community existed!
    3) I’m part of the SNP/Blushing writer community and heard about it from the great Ana banana herself
    4) Obviously, a well behaved girl like me shows up on time although my sash might be undone and my hair ribbons askew :p
    5) A gold iPhone 5S. Oh wait, no one donated one? Okay, how about a good ‘S’ story then!
    6) What brings me to the Advent Calendar this year is donating a book as a prize but wanting to be part of the fun!
    7) I’m Bella Bryce, the newest writer to Blushing Books. I write clean age-play and spanking fiction. I stay home and write fultime and have done since late September 2013. I read GA weekly because I’m a friend of Ana banana.

    Hi Merna! Welcome to the Advent Calendar! I hope you can play often and win a great story to snuggle up with in the New Year.



    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      And now your books are doing well! Second one already.

      Sashes must be neat, dear, or Mrs. Claus will find her wooden spoon. Naughty!

      You said you wanted a Galaxy. Make up your mind.

      Ana banana, hm? Maybe you and I need to have a lil chat…

      Oh, and welcome! Naughty minx.


      • bellabryce says:

        Thank you Ana, I’m so enjoying writing fultime. I’m so blessed to be able to do it.

        Now for my cheeky responses, because I can’t resist. Sashes will be neat when you’re looking, untied promptly when you’re not. Galaxy is a brand of chocolate, so I want iPhone. Unless they make a Galaxy Chocolate iPhone!!!!

        Yes, that’s right, ANA BANANA! We can chat, but I doubt you’ll get a word in edgewise because I tend to do alot of answering back.

        Thanks for the welcome, bossy boots. I’ll get out of any trouble because I can πŸ˜€ heeee!!


  52. Marybeth Renn says:

    1. Yes, I have read and understood all the rules pages.
    2. I did not participate in Ana’s Advent Calendar last year.
    3. I heard about this through the Blushing books website.
    4. I hope to be here every day. But, sometimes life breaks through! πŸ™‚
    5. I am hoping for gift certificates. Like Katy Beth, I have hundreds of spanking and BDSM books.
    6. This sounded like fun. And I have never posted on a blog before. So, hopefully I do OK.
    7. I am Marybeth. I have been married for 26 years and have 3 kids, 20,17 and 14. I am a stay at home mom and I am going back to college part time. I don’t really want to be a teacher anymore because of all those “pesky regulations”! I am in a vanilla relationship as my husband is not interested in the lifestyle. So, I lurk and read. lol
    8.Hi Merna. I hope that you get your wish with your husband. I’m not sure I would like the reality of a DD relationship. I am pretty strong willed and don’t know if I could be submissive.

    BTW, Ana, thank you for setting this up and getting all the prizes. Also, I don’t recognize the term ttwd. What does it stand for?


    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      “ttwd” stands for “this thing we do,” a sort of euphemism to cover a whole range of spanking, discipline, play, etc. It can include DD, CDD, BDSM, S&M, etc. I happen to focus on DD, but a lot of people here like spanking in different ways, so “ttwd” is a bit more inclusive. Anyone who likes a bit of kink and spank!

      You are doing just great! Don’t worry. Today is actually the hardest day with all the questions. From now on, the daily questions will be not as long.

      Lurkers are great, too! But I am glad you got the courage to speak up. Comments are so wonderful to read.

      It is tough to be a teacher these days. So many people trying to tell people how to teach.



  53. Marybeth Renn says:

    Hmmmm…..I took too long reading all the posts. So, Hi to Renee Rose (love your books!) and bellabryce (I’ll have to look and see if I have read any of your books!)


  54. Penelope says:

    1. Of course! I read them all twice, in fact. And checked them for typos.

    2. I did not. And my Christmas was all the less fun and festive for it.

    3. Ana pelted me with a snowball and shouted that she was hosting a really cool advent calendar thing.

    4. Planning rarely goes well for me. I’ll play it by ear πŸ™‚

    5. Any prize would be awesome!

    6. I want to play as it’s fun to hear from people in our lovely community. And Ana’s cute πŸ™‚

    7. I am Penny Hasler, naughty girl, sometime scribbler and friend to the stars.

    8. Hi Marybeth! Nice to follow such a lovely first-time commenter πŸ™‚


    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      LOL! There probably were typos. I’ve found typos in my responses here. Eh, with 50 commenters I can’t be responsible for an error here and there. πŸ™‚

      You will have a deliciously fun and satisfying Christmas this year, miss naughty girl. Maybe we’ll have to line up all the naughty girls for a spanking.

      Come when you like, and don’t worry about the rest.

      Aw, cute? *blush* I’m fearsome! Fear the Mighty Ana! Aw…well I tried.

      And the author of a short story published today! Yay!


  55. M. Palmer says:

    1) Yes, I have read and understand the rules.
    2) I did not participate last year, but I “lurked” for about half the season!
    3) I heard about this because I follow Ana’s fabulous blog. πŸ™‚
    4) My goal is every day – I want to get that perfect attendance prize!
    5) I am hoping for one of Blondie’s paddles. Perfect for the girl that doesn’t want coal but has still been naughty..
    6) I got hooked after Spank or Treat!! Seeing everyone’s comments was so fun!
    7) I’m Michelle – I’m mostly a lurker, on Ana’s page and on others, but I’m also avid reader with two teenage girls and a husband of 24 years.
    8) Hello Marybeth. To answer your question about ttwd, it stands for That Thing We Do. In my experience it’s a common acronym used for a relationship that can’t be easily defined – kinky, D/s, D/D, S/m, etc.

    Excited to see everyone’s responses as the season goes on!


    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      Thank you, Michelle! We have two Michelles here, but she is Michelle B. She’s the REALLY naughty one. πŸ™‚

      Really, you lurked for half of last year? How glad I am that you decided to de-lurk this year. So fun whenever someone steps out of the shadows to start playing. We won’t bite! Well, except for Renee. She loves to bite, but that’s a long story about vampires…

      Thank you for a lovely explanation about ttwd.

      So nice to meet you!


    • Marybeth says:

      Thank you Michelle. I have heard of the other terms, ttwd was stumping me though. lol Two teenage girls. Wow! My oldest is a girl, but she is past the teen years, thank God! In fact, third year of college now! But, I have two teenage boys. No verbal abuse, just physical. Can’t wait til this stage is past.


  56. M. Palmer says:

    Since Penny posted at the same time as me, I’m responding to her post too – Hi Penny! Which stars are you friends with, exactly? Besides the lovely Ana, of course…


  57. Michelle Willms (@willms_m) says:

    Yes, I read and understood the rules.
    No, I didn’t participate last year. Sadly, I didn’t know about it.
    I heard about the Advent Calendar this year from Ana (via the wonderful website).
    I plan on perfect attendance, but given that things never seem to go the way I plan, I’ll probably drop by as often as I can.
    Hmmm. I’m not picky. I love prizes. Lots of prizes. Lots and lots…oh, sorry. I got distracted.
    I want to play with everyone and find out what I’ve been missing. I’ve been a good girl most of my life. Isn’t that sad?
    I’m relatively new to Governing Ana, though so happy to be a fan now. I’m Michelle Willms, retired Good Girl.
    Hello, everyone, glad to join you. Hi, Penny, Anastasia, Penelope, and all the naughty crew (and the nice ones, too).


  58. Adaline Raine says:

    1. Yes
    2. No, this is my first time.
    3. Ana. πŸ™‚
    4. I would love to get PA but we shall see.
    5.The gift card to Adam and Eve sounds nice and any of the ebooks.
    6. Distraction from the Holidays.
    7. I’m Adaline Raine, the author and brat extraordinaire. I am not new to Governing Ana.
    8. Hi Penelope! *waves* You always leave love on my page and it makes my day. πŸ˜€


    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      You’ll get PA if you do, and if not we’ll love having you whenever you can come by. πŸ™‚
      I still get a kick out of sweet innocent Governing Ana offering sex toy gift certificates! (Thanks, Kate!)
      Love having you here, Addy, always. Hugs.


  59. Erik Schubach says:

    1. I answer the “one correct way”. Ummm… Just a sec, I got this. Ummm Yes?
    2. Nope.
    3. Ana started throwing stuff at me.
    4. I dunno, like, what if my foot gets stuck in a pond and the pond freezes over? Then I’d like, miss a day.
    5. Any but Erik Schubach’s crap. I mean does he really think that… wait.. umm his stuff is doooo cool I mean!
    6. Ana told me about it. I want to play cuz all the cool kids are here!
    7. I like long walks on the… oh… not that kind of site? OK. Then I’m an author and webmaster. Some people say I have an unhealthy preoccupation with playpus stuff.
    8. Hello M. Palmer!


    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      Platypus saddles. Why didn’t you donate a platypus saddle as a prize, Erik? πŸ˜€ What is it that you like about platypuses, anyway?

      Ooh, you weren’t supposed to tell about throwing stuff! Naughty. And I didn’t push you into the pond…on purpose…exactly.

      You’re a cool kid, too! Alta says so. And spankity spank.

      LOL about the long walks. You’ll take a long walk, all right, Mr. Vanilla. πŸ˜€


  60. Ruth Staunton says:

    Have you read and understood all four information pages? (There is only one correct answer to this question!)
    Yep Yep!
    Did you participate in Ana’s Advent Calendar last year?
    No, I just found out about it this year.
    How did you hear about the Advent Calendar this year?
    I think Ana told me on Facebook.
    Do you plan to drop by now and then, or is your eye on a Perfect Attendance prize?
    I’m a born perfectionist so I’m hoping for perfect attendance.
    Which prize(s) are you hoping to win?
    Books! I’m a book fiend and am always looking for something new to read.
    What brings you to the Advent Calendar this year? Why do you want to play? It sounds like fun.
    Who are you? Are you new to Governing Ana, or have you been here before? Tell us about yourself.
    I’m Ruth. I’ve been around here for a couple months now, since I emerged from the shadows as an author.
    Say hello and respond to the person who has commented before you.

    Hi Erik!


  61. laurellasky says:

    1. Yes
    2. No. This is my first time.
    3. Where are the daily questions? I can’t find them.
    4. I would love to win an amazon but would be happy to win any spanko book.
    5. I am a new spanko, and as I’m 70 I’m past it so I get a vicarious thrill as long as my batteries last.lol this sounds like great fun.m


    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      Hi Laurel! Welcome and glad to have you here. The question or questions will be up each day in the post. Some days there may not be a specific question, and you’ll have freedom to respond to the post however you wish.

      You know what, you have a few contemporaries here. There’s quite a range of ages from early 20s all the way up to late 60s and beyond. All are welcome. πŸ™‚ Plus lots of new spankos!

      Glad to have you here. πŸ™‚


  62. Regan Nicole says:

    1. Yes
    2. No this is my first year participating!
    3. I heard about this event from a Goodreads group post by Anastasia.
    4. I will try for perfect attendance otherwise I may just drop in here and there.
    5. I would LOVE to win a kindle fire but I’m a good sport and would be happy winning anything πŸ™‚
    6. I thought this was a very unique event and seemed fun so I decided to join!
    7. I am a reader and new blogger/reviewer. My blog focuses on lesbian, F/F, and LGBT fiction. I have previously read a few books by the host πŸ™‚ and have been a subscriber here for a while.
    8. Hello Laurell! Hope to see you around the event and hear your thoughts!


    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      Regan, I’m so happy to see you here! I love your reviews. Come whenever you want. Perfect attendance is a guaranteed prize, but even without it you might well win one of the random ones, either along the way or at the end.

      Can I say how much I ADORE that you focus on F/F? It’s absolutely wonderful to have a reviewer who does. You fill such an important need in the community. ❀

      One of my favorite quotes about you was someone who didn't have your blog address and tried to google you by your blog name. She found a whole lot of other lipstick lesbians. πŸ˜€

      Welcome! Glad to have you.


      • Regan Nicole says:

        Aww thank you so much! It means a lot that you say that!! I thought it would be a challenge at first to run a successful F/F only review blog but so far I’ve been having a great time! LOL that is hilarious! I hope they eventually found me…but I bet they got distracted by some eye candy!!


  63. terpsichore says:

    my comment just disappeared 😦 this is what happens when I try to offer thoughtful responses – this time I will need to be short and sweet…

    2.Sadly, no.
    3.I was introduced to this blog last January as I was reading and meeting new friends and have been reading since whenever I can.
    4.I hope to stop by every day, but the reality is it may not be possible – I will do my best.
    5.To be honest I am here to enjoy reading and celebrating with friends old and new. The prize does not much matter. However, if I do win anything, I will certainly be grateful for any prize and will be very excited.
    6.Friends. I love this community. I know it will be fun.
    7.I am Terpsichore. I have been married for 14 years to a wonderful man who I love and who spanks me because he knows I like it. πŸ™‚ I am happy to report I have visited here before and I will visit here again. Another thing about me…I have a hard time with short and sweet answers. πŸ™‚
    8.Hi Laurellasky! Welcome! This is my first time participating in this event, too! It is going to be a lot of fun! As for the daily questions, I believe you can find them in the body of the post each day. There were 8 questions today – a few you may have missed in your answers are
    3.How did you hear about the Advent Calendar this year?
    4.Do you plan to drop by now and then, or is your eye on a Perfect Attendance prize?
    6.What brings you to the Advent Calendar this year? Why do you want to play?
    8.Say hello and respond to the person who has commented before you. Hope this is helpful.:-)

    Thanks, Ana! πŸ™‚


    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      Grin. Many people here have a hard time with short and sweet answers. You’re not charged per word, so go for it!

      Thank you for helping out Laurel. Some people are new here, and I can see how it could be overwhelming–particularly this first day! Tomorrow things will settle down a bit, and I won’t ask eight questions. LOL…live and learn, but the fun was worth it. However, I have to ask fewer questions or I’ll never get any work done in December, and you won’t be the only one getting spanked. πŸ™‚

      I didn’t realize you’ve been here for nearly a year. Happy almost anniversary of our knowing each other. Hugs and welcome (again).


  64. Patty Devlin says:

    1. Yes.
    2. No, I missed the fun.
    3. It’s everywhere. I don’t know how I heard specifically.
    4. I will probably just stop by to read here and there and meet new friends.
    5. The NEW Car! Wait that wasn’t there? Oh ok. I would probably like to get some new books so I don’t have to keep getting spanked on Saturdays for the money I spend after reading all the #SatSpanks.
    6. Meeting friends, seeing what’s going on.
    7. Hi Terpsichore!


    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      Here and there works…come whenever you like! No minimum participation rules. πŸ™‚
      lol..you and Renee wanting the new car. I want a private jet.
      There certainly are a few new books to win! Not to mention all of the gift certificates.
      Hope you get to meet lots of friends here. Thanks for joining!


  65. Sherilyn says:

    Hi, I think I missed the deadline–I had a hard time signing into WordPress for some reason..Answers anyway:
    1. Yes, ma’am, I did.
    2. No, I didn’t participate last year, more’s the pity!
    3. I heard about it from the #SatSpanks crowd, including you!
    4. I think I blew perfect attendance, but I’ll probably poke my head in everyday.
    5. The Kindle! But I’ll be happy if I just meet a bunch of new, fun friends.
    6. I love this time of year and having new friends with, ahem, similar interests certainly makes more fun.
    7. I’m here because I finally owned up to my kinkiness and decided I might like to try writing a kinky romance (I’m a retired technical writer–this has to be more fun than software). First, of course, I have to read a lot! We’ll see if the writing ever gets out of the bedroom.
    8. Hi, Patty! I hope you have a great holiday season!


    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      Hello, Sherilyn, and welcome! Don’t worry about last year. This is a new year. πŸ™‚ I only asked because I wanted to know who was new vs. who has already been here and knows their way around. I think we can perhaps sneak you in for today. Shh. πŸ˜‰ 16 minutes was awfully close.

      Most definitely similar interests here if you like spanking! If you like platypuses, we even have a guy who likes them..so come on in.

      Software! How neat. Did you write the coding, or did you write the words to go along with programs?

      Great quote: “We’ll see if the writing ever gets out of the bedroom.” πŸ˜€


      • Sherilyn says:

        Thanks for taking time to respond to each of us! You are very generous, Ana. I love spanking! I think. Unless it’s because I did something really bad.

        A platypus, huh? I once sculpted an Echidna.

        No, I never wrote code. I wrote the English that explained how to use whatever the coders perpetrated.Not opinionated here or anything.

        Thanks for organizing this, Ana. It really is fun!


  66. thelongbean says:

    1 Yes
    2 Not that I remember
    3 From Minelle
    4 I plan to try and catch every day
    5 A kindle (I don’t have one!)would be awesome, but it is not really the prizes for me
    6 I played on one earlier in the year
    7 Not really new but not a regular visitor. I live on a small Greek island do what I want
    when I want
    8 Yassas bn100


  67. Leona Bowman says:

    1.. I wish I could say a I do understand but really don’t hahaha..
    2. No .. this is my first year..
    3. I saw it on blushing.com.. a week ago.. and took a bit figure out how to sign up..
    4 . yes I will drop by when I can.. I don’t every win.. and If I do it is a fluck.. zero luck..
    5. anything.. I will be happy.. haha. it would be nice to win a kindle fire. ahaha. but I love sstorries.. so that would be excellent..
    6. I saw it on blushing.. I love to read.. any free books are a bonus.. because I don’t have the money to buy books.. so the few I do buy are Gold to me. my little treat.. for being good. I came to see more things see if I can find more stuff to read.. I am scaried of people and talking… so this takes a lot for me to do.. But like I said I am trying to be good. lol.
    7. I am 45 divorced mom of a 18 yr old son.. I scaried to leave my place.. working really hard to over come my fears.. So when I saw your contest.. I thought it would be cool to put my fears on the line… I am terriable at contest.. so really I join just to have fun and read people comments.. they put a smile on my face..
    8… Hello thelongbean.. good luck and have a great day.. Smiles..


  68. Ria says:

    Hi Leona,
    I am a little like you – lost in this activity. However, it sounds exciting and fun; so, I thought I’d give it a shot. Here goes:
    1. I have read and understand all the “Ground Rules for participation”. Were those the four information pages Ana referred to?
    2. No, I did not participate last year.
    3. I was browsing through Blushing Books and the cartoon drawing caught my attention.
    4. I plan to check in every day. But I do not know if I will leave a comment… I am normally on at 4:00 am EST (it is the only time I can get a few mins to myself). However, since Ana says she will post between 6 – 8 EST, I do not know if any comment I provide would get registered, :-).
    5. I would be nice to win a gift certificate to Amazon or Blushing Books. I practically live on those sites when I am not dealing with the real world.
    6. I am curious – I have never done anything like this. I must be going through a mid-life crisis, :-0.
    7. I am brand new to Governing Ana. Never heard of it before. I am a transplant to the US and have 3 grown children. I am an intensely private person (which is why I am very surprised that I am doing this). I very rarely blog. Though I have a Facebook account, I only use it to wish others well or to find out what is happening with family and friends. I am not in any relationship. My greatest weakness is reading (well actually purchasing books). Like Leona, I do not have a lot of money to spend on books, but I spend any extra I have on books. What I enjoy is shopping for books on Amazon. I select a book, and they provide so many alternatives that 2 hours later, I am still browsing and having fun, :-). I have 2 kindles – a first generation (which is on its last legs) and a 3rd gen which I purchased for my eldest son. However, since he has since purchased an ipad for himself, I absconded with his gift (which I enjoy). I also enjoy paperbacks, so I am a member of BooksFree.
    8. Hi Leona – because we may be in similar situations (i.e. strapped for cash, :-0), I do the majority of my shopping under Amazon, by:
    (a) Select the Kindle department
    (b) Enter in the search criteria – Free books…(you can enter any additional criteria eg. spanking, ageplay, blushing books, etc.). Their search engine is terrific. I have purchased over 2000 free books (yes, honestly, that much). I have also purchased over 2000 paid books (the majority of them are less than $3, :-0). As an avid reader, I devour books and could not afford to purchase as much as I read.


    • Marybeth says:

      Hi Ria. Thanks for the info about Amazon. I buy a lot of books, but free ones are nice too. I have a first generation Nook, but then bought a notebook last year. I love that thing! Asking Santa for a tablet this year, but, if I’m really good, I want the computer that is also a tablet. My dream! lol


  69. Kitty says:

    1 yes
    2 no i’m a first timer
    3 through blushing books
    4 plan everyday but as u can see i’m tardy i’m a procrastanator. and i cant spell. so spank me.
    5 i never win anything so i’m just having fun. but i wont be holding my breath. so anything is good.
    6 it looks like fun.
    7 i’m a newbee who loves reading i’m a selfstyled bookaholic. also i love anime. spanking is a fasination for me. no children, and i’m 50 in real life. but a lot of time i feel like a little brat.
    8 and hi Ria
    gee we seem to be a lot alike. but then a lot of us r straped for cash. i wish i had a nook or a kindle i dont have any kind of pad ect. i get most of my books at yardsales ect..
    what is booksfree. i’d like to check that out. i also have a tendency to be on in the we hours of the morning.


    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      Welcome, Kitty! You never know. There are SO many prizes here that most people will win something. πŸ™‚ After all, we have (so far) 108 people, 155+ books, and something like 19 grand prizes. πŸ˜€ That’s a lot to spread around!

      I love used book stores. πŸ™‚ And dollar stores.

      Booksfree? Not sure what you mean.


  70. Tracey Horton says:

    1. Yes I understand all the rules.
    2. No, I didn’t participate last year–didn’t know about it!
    3. Heard about Ava’s advent through the Facebook pages.
    4. Well, my plan was to participate everyday but I missed the first day doing my tree and family things. So no perfect attendance now. So…….
    5. Now I will be happy with any of the gifts if I am fortunate enough to get one.
    6. I am here for the fun. You guys are fun to be with and make me smile!!
    7. I’m Tracey I have just recently started following this blog (along with several others! :)). I am a secretary processing Medicare appeals for the USA. I have two college-aged children and my husband and I are tiptoeing into DD. I have a heart for the hungry. I grew up poor and had many nights I went to bed hungry. I was one of four people that opened a food shelf in our local town. It brought things full circle for me. My next goal is to work in our local hospice.
    8. Hi kitty. I am tardy too. Guess we get a double spanking. Both of us bent over the back of the couch!!


    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      Glad to have you here, Tracey! And last year we had quite a few people “almost” get perfect attendance (just missing one day). That’s still an accomplishment, so never fear. There is honor to be had, still.

      Yay for making you smile!

      Wow, Medicare appeals? That sounds like a tough job. It must be hard to have to see who is approved and not.

      There is a great wealth of DDers around here, so feel free to ask! We’re all friendly and love to talk.

      On December 4th, I’m going to put up a post I think you will like. πŸ™‚ I hope we can all help to make a difference.

      Double spankings, hm? Don’t sound so eager. Hehe.


  71. Arleen says:


    1. Yes

    2. No but it sounds like fun.

    3. through Blushing Books.

    4. I wanted to do every day but ( since I’m a slow learner when it comes to computer) it took me three days to fine where to post.

    5. I would love any gift.

    6. I enjoy all the contests that you do through BB.

    7. I’m 63 and retired. I finally get to do all the reading I want and my husband got me a kindle so I can get my books instantly.I’m an animal lover and live on a small horse farm with my husband.

    8. Hi Tracey. Enjoy the fun.


  72. angel says:

    Hello Mistress Ana I know this is a little late hope it’s ok that I am doing it late ,,,,,
    1.Have you read and understood all four information pages?
    2.Did you participate in Ana’s Advent Calendar last year?
    No this is my first year with you all looking forward to all the fun
    3.How did you hear about the Advent Calendar this year?
    Saw it on Patrica Greens comments on her Amazon page
    4.Do you plan to drop by now and then, or is your eye on a Perfect Attendance prize?
    I will try to be here the rest of the time I already messed up my attendance
    5.Which prize(s) are you hoping to win?
    I will be fine if I don’t win..I would love to win the Kindle
    6.What brings you to the Advent Calendar this year? Why do you want to play?
    It looked fun and it has been fun with lots of giggles and virtal huggs
    7.Who are you? Are you new to Governing Ana, or have you been here before? Tell us about yourself.
    I am Angel I am new here I am married in a DD relationship also a mom of six kids yup I said 6 lol I got a few extras a few years ago but it is really awesome my life is never boring…
    8.Say hello and respond to the person who has commented before you.
    Hello everyone!!!!!!! Thanks for having me


  73. Laura says:

    Ana – I put my answers in last night but I don’t see them. Have I screwed up? Anyway here they are again. Sorry if I end up posting them twice.

    1. Yes, I read and agree to everything.
    2. Sorry, no prizes.
    3. I’ve participated and loved this in years past. My favorite memories are of all and fun and bantering back and forth that we have.
    4. Thankfully, I looked at my ems and saw Ana had sent out the info. I hadn’t read any in a week.
    5. I always hope to have a perfect attendance but I guess that’s out the window this year. lol
    6. Being here with all of you is my favorite part.
    7. My name is Laura. This has been a craptastic year and I know being part of this will definitely pick up my spirits.

    I’ll say hi to sweet Ana as she will be the only one to see this. So hi Ana!


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