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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Well, not really a chicken dinner.  But something you could read while you eat a chicken dinner…

To quote The Bloggess, “this isn’t a real post.”  But, then again, you might not consider ANY of my posts real.

Announcing the giveaway winners!

Parenting Gag Reel ebook winners: Life Well Blogged book cover Parenting Gag Reel

  1. Francine Cichy,
  2. Stephanie Stone,
  3. LisaAR (thejugglestruggle.wordpress.com),
  4. Jaye Roth (jayesbrain.wordpress.com), AND
  5. Becky Richied!

Carry On Warrior winner: Christi Tavano!


If you didn’t win, don’t be blue!  I will have a paperback copy of Parenting Gag Reel to give away next week and as a THANK YOU for participating in my first ever giveaway, you will be automatically entered for that giveaway also (and then I will be done with giveaway posts)!  Maybe I’ll even figure out Rafflecopter by then. 😉

I will message the winners tomorrow!  I will need to get an email address to send the Parenting Gag Reel prize and to know if you would like a Kindle or Nook version.  Then just watch for an email from Life Well Blogged with the link for your free download!

Ever wonder where the phrase “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner” originated?  According to the infinite wisdom of Askville by Amazon…

“Years ago every Las Vegas casino had a 3 piece chicken dinner with potato and veggie for $1.79. A standard bet back then was $2.00, hence when you won a bet you had enough for a chicken dinner. So now you know the rest of the story.”

Consider that tidbit my “gift” to the rest of you!

Monkee-ing Around at the “Carry On Warrior” Book Signing

This is the story of why Glennon Melton thinks I’m bananas.

When I arrived for the Carry on Warrior book signing, the line was already winding through Books A Million.

Carry On Warrior Book Signing baby showerThe store was decorated with balloons and banners for the “birth” of Glennon’s book.

To complete the baby shower experience, favors were handed out

Including Twizzlers, of course.

I got in line behind the dozens and dozens of Momastery fans that were already there andCarry On Warrior Book Signing long line within a few minutes, the line was longer behind me than it was ahead.

I was surrounded by groups of Monkees laughing and chatting.  I quickly realized something awful.  I was the ONLY person that had come to the signing ALONE.

I expected to see a light hanging from the ceiling flashing Loser.  Loser.  Loser.  With an arrow pointing at ME.

No worries, I thought.  “I will just pretend like I have sooo many friends I’m texting and chatting with on FB.  Cell phone to the rescue!  What???  18% battery left???  Crap.  If I get on Facebook, I will drain my battery before I can get a photo with Glennon.”

Panic set in.

I resorted to blankly perusing books from the shelves next to the line.  After staring intently at the cover of one book for several minutes – without actually reading it, since I was in too much of a tizzy to actually focus on anything – I realized I was staring at a book called “Assassin’s Creed.”

Great, now everyone in line thinks I’m a loser AND a psychotic killer.

I suck at chit-chat, especially with strangers but I always struggle with it even with people I know.  Small talk is a big stressor.  I either can’t think of anything to contribute to the conversation or I babble on and on like an idiot.  There doesn’t seem to be any in between with me.  I’m either a faucet that won’t turn on faster than an annoying drip or one stuck on full blast, with everyone dodging the splashing water.

So I continued to stand there in silence listening to the conversations and fun going on around me, while staring blankly at more book covers (and yes, I had 3 copies of Carry On Warrior in a bag in my hand, but did it even cross my mind to use the awkward time reading?  No.  Not once.)

I’m surprised I didn’t leave.  Between feeling like an outcast, a bit claustrophobic (I’m not normally, but this store was packed!), not eating dinner before I went and standing there in high heels, I was having visions of passing out and taking down the aisles of books with me.  I’m sure you can picture what I mean…a domino of shelves knocking down one after another after another until the entire store is in shambles.

Fortunately – or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it – I COULDN’T leave because I was getting a book signed for someone who injured her knee and couldn’t stand in line.  And before you say I should have loudly announced that bit of information to prove that I DO in fact have friends, I have never met her.  She posted on the Momastery Facebook page asking if anyone could take her copy to the signing, and since I live in the same town I offered. (Side note: We HAVE messaged back on forth on FB since the signing and discussed meeting for lunch when she is, literally, back on her feet.  She didn’t get great test result news from her injury so send her some healing thoughts please!)

Glennon made her grand entrance right on time.  With all the squeals and applause, it sounded like a rock concert.  She had the entire room mesmerized with her words of welcome.

And yes, she is on a ladder!

Photo: First Carry On, Warrior book signing last night.Over 500 kind and brave women...a room full of love, joy, sisterhood, tears, hysterical laughter, babies, mamas, grandmamas, sisters, lobsters, and many women hanging on by that thread we all know so well. They all showed up, just as they are. Held space for each other. Closest to heaven I've ever been. Signed the last book and hugged the last Monkee at midnight.As Penny Lane says... It's all happening.

After Glennon put her feet back on the ground, she soon began signing.  At least the line began inching along.  But what happened next is one of those “What was I thinking???” moments.  Since the crowd was so huge, index cards were handed out.  Everyone was allowed 30 seconds with Glennon when they reached the coveted front of the line position, so if there was anything I wanted Glennon to hear that would take more than 30 seconds, I was instructed to write it on the card and leave it in a basket for her to read later.

I guess the anxiety of standing alone in the crowd with an empty stomach and aching feet caused temporary insanity to set in.  I started scribbling away.

Here is the gist of what I filled up every inch of that card with.  It began innocently enough.  But then took a turn for the nutso.

“Glennon, Congrats on your much deserved success. I don’t comment much on your blog, but I adore your posts. I wish I had the opportunity to get to know you when we both lived in the same neighborhood! I think I am going to just keep writing until this card is completely full because I’m convinced I am the ONLY person here alone and I feel like an idiot standing here in silence. Everyone else is chatting happily with a group of friends and I’m just feeling totally AWK. WARD. Hopefully I won’t have a full on panic attack or anything. I’d probably pass out and hit my head on the corner of a bookshelf and get a gash in the shape of an “L” on my forehead, which would confirm what I’m sure everyone is thinking right now. Well, I guess now I will go back to randomly staring into space while everyone else is enjoying the company of their buddies.  I can’t even retreat to Facebook because my phone battery is almost dead and if it dies I won’t be able to get a photo with you.  Sorry for the sloppy hand writing.  I wrote this while holding the index card in my hand.  Palms are very bumpy.  Well, I’m out of room now.  K, bye!”

And I signed it.  First AND last name.  Yeah, I know.  Sigh.

As we rounded the corner that was about the half way point, I think I must have looked pathetic enough that the group of Monkees in front of me took pity on me.  They turned around and told me I looked familiar.  I – completely jokingly – said “maybe you recognize me from my blog.”  Unfortunately I don’t think it came off as a joke.  Surprisingly, they kept talking to me anyway.  I don’t think I said much else, since I already stuck my foot in my mouth once, but just the APPEARANCE that I was standing in their group made me feel included.  Ahhh, I may survive this evening after all.  Monkees to the rescue!

The second half of the wait was much more enjoyable because I only felt slightly anti-social, plus we were in a more open area of the store and the end of the line was at least in sight even though we still were no where near the end.

Finally, after almost 3 hours in line, I was up next.  Before I continue, I must digress for a minute.  I don’t normally have a get-all-giddy-over-celebrities personality.  I never have.  I don’t watch the Oscars nor read People magazine.  No teeny-bopper posters plastered all over my room when I was young.  The closest thing I had to a teen heart throb was Andy Gibb (I did have a t-shirt with his photo on it).   Once a Redskin’s football player rented a house on my street, but I didn’t give it much thought (my husband on the other hand…total bromance.).  Even when I met Melissa Gorga of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, I wouldn’t say I was starstruck.  Don’t get me wrong, having lunch with her was an exciting and nerve-wracking experience, but I think I was more freaked out about official “press” photographers being there (I hate getting my picture taken) and trying to make small talk (or big talk) with a diva (she didn’t act like one).  She even made a comment that it was the first time she had a lunch and talked about something OTHER than RHONJ (I’m still not sure if she was pleased about that or offended that I didn’t fawn over her more).

So imagine my surprise when I set my books down on the table for Glennon to sign and this squeaky, squealy, overly-excited voice appeared out of no where and spewed,

“Ohmygawd! I’m soooo excited to meet you well we may have met before our sons were in the same class in 1st grade but I don’t know if we actually met or not but I wish we had because I know we would have been great friends what? his name is Eric McKeown M C K E O W N which doesn’t look like it should be pronounced Mc Q N but it is I asked Eric if he remembered Chase and he said yes I remember seeing him at Petsmart one day when we were in class together but we never had play dates together isn’t it funny the things that kids remember but they can’t remember where they put their shoes 5 minutes ago oh and I also have lyme disease and I went to JMU but I’m sure I’m older than you so we didn’t get to meet there either but don’t we just have so much in common? I feel like we have been friends even though we haven’t and I just loooove your blog and you are such an inspiration I just hope one day I can somehow help even a fraction of the people that you have helped this copy is for Lisa that copy is for me and the third I’m going to give away on my blog what? yes I write a blog what? ohmygawd I would loooove to email you the link to my blog so you can check it out that just made my day that is so awesome thank you soooo much you are going to be here really late signing books you must be so excited that so many Monkees came out to see you but I bet you are going to be tired tomorrow and you don’t really get to rest because you have to go to you next stop on the tour what? no it hasn’t been 30 seconds I just started talking to Glennon I still have more to say why are you grabbing me by the arm sir? oh wow I get a personal escort out of the store you guys are just too sweet you really know how to make a gal feel special let’s do lunch love ya’ bye! “

I found my inner starry eyed teeny-bopper.

Photo with Glennon Melton

I think I reacted this way because Glennon is doing what I dream of doing.  And doing it exceptionally well.  Maybe I don’t swoon over singers or actors because I don’t want to be one.  But an author, now that is something I admire.  And an author that uses her talents and influence to help others.  Wow.  Now if only Jenny Lawson, a.k.a. the Bloggess, would bring her book tour near me,  I just may be reduced to tears.  I DID foster her cat’s long lost brother after all.

On my way out I said goodbye to my new friends – you know, the people in front of me in line – and we exchanged names and said we’d look for each other on the Momastery page.  But come to think of it, they only gave me their FIRST names.  Hmmm.

As soon as I got home, I emailed Glennon.  Not once, but twice.  Then I told Jim about my adventure, including the uncharacteristic gushing adoration and the index card, assuming he would laugh.  Instead he got a look of horror on his face and said, “but you didn’t actually give her the index card, right?”  I told him that I had indeed.

Cue the crickets.

Sorry Glennon.

I think I know the title of my memoir.  “Carry Out Wackier.”


Carry On Warrior Book signed copy giveaway
Don’t worry, not by ME!

Click HERE to enter to win the signed copy of Carry On Warrior.  I promise I didn’t add any insane gibberish anywhere on it.  I only do that on index cards.  And verbally.  Don’t worry.  If you win, you can give me a P.O. box address to mail it to.  Because I’m sure NONE of you want me knowing where you live after reading this post! 😉

And in case you haven’t already heard me shouting it from the rooftops, I am in a book!  It was released the same day as Carry On Warrior.  My kids heard me say was that I was “going to a book signing.”  The next day they excitedly asked how many people showed up.  I wasn’t sure why they were so curious about the success of Glennon’s book but they ooohed and aaaahed when I told them around 500.  When they asked if my hand got cramped, I realized what they thought.  Talk about dejected faces when I broke it to them that I was GETTING an autograph, not giving them.  Sorry to disappoint fellas.

Life Well Blogged book cover Parenting Gag Reel“My” book is “Parenting Gag Reel: Hilarious Writes and Wrongs” which is the 4th book in the best selling series published by Life Well Blogged.  It contains a collaboration of writing from 40 bloggers and a portion of the proceeds goes to Autism Speaks.  It made it to #10 in the Kindle store’s Parenting & Families category and hopefully will go to #1 when the paperback is released (should be released within a week).  Don’t be surprised if you see me sitting on the floor in a corner at Books A Million with a balloon tied to my wrist begging people to take signed copies of the paperback.  Gotta’ make those kids proud somehow.

Click HERE to buy the Kindle download of Parenting Gag Reel.  It is only $2.99!

You also have a chance to win a copy (5 winners) when you enter the Carry On Warrior giveaway.  Plus there are instructions to enter a Kindle Fire giveaway!!

Giveaways Galore: Carry On Warrior signed by Glennon, Parenting Gag Reel and a Kindle Fire!

Momastery’s Carry On Warrior Signed by Glennon plus Parenting Gag Reel

I’ve never offered a giveaway before and I’m starting out with a doozy!

  1. Hardcover copy of Carrior On Warrior SIGNED by Momastery’s very own Glennon Melton!
  2. 5 Copies of Life Well Blogged’s book, Parenting Gag Reel, Kindle Version.  A portion of the proceeds will go to Autism Speaks!
  3. Life Well Blogged’s Kindle Fire giveaway

I was fortunate enough to go to the first book signing event for  Carry On Warrior and have a signed copy to give to one lucky Monkee!  I had planned to write more about the book signing (which was amazing) in this post, but will have to tell all in another post.  You know, because life is hard.  And today I’m not feeling up for doing hard things.  So I’m doing easy things…like giving things away.

Five lucky winners will receive Kindle downloads of the 4th book in Life Well Blogged’s popular series.  “Parenting Gag Reel – Hilarious Write and Wrongs” contains hilarious (i.e. the title) stories from 40 fantastic popular bloggers (well, 39 fantastic bloggers…plus me.  But hopefully my stories will make you giggle as well. 😉 ).  I’m very excited about the book and know you will love it too!

In honor of the Parenting Gag Reel Release, Life Well Blogged is also giving away a Kindle Fire when they reach 1000!!

I am doing an “old school” giveaway.  I will write all the entries on pieces of paper, put them in a basket, and choose one for each prize!  Now that is REALLY old school!

To enter the giveaway for the books (any or ALL below…the more you do, the more entries you get):

1.  Facebook – Become a fan by going to www.facebook.com/Momopolize.  Click “Like” AND leave a comment about one of my posts you read (other than this one).  Once you click the like button, hover over it and select “Get Notifications.”  (If you do this from your personal FB account AND a Blog FB page, you get TWO entries!  Just make sure to comment as both.)

2. Bloglovin’ – Follow me on this blog reader by going to http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/6028789/momopolize.  You can sign in using your Facebook account or sign up with your email address.  Once you log in, simply click the “Follow” button for Momopolize!  No comment necessary for this entry.

3. WordPress –  Follow me here (at the top of this page) and comment below about one of my posts you read (other than this one).

To be eligible to win the Kindle Fire, you must also:

1. Sign up for Life Well Blogged’s email list at http://www.lifewellblogged.com/contact/.  Abbey from Life Well Blogged will be randomly choosing the winner for the Kindle Fire and will notify the winner directly.

Book giveaway entries will be accepted until 11:59pm EST 4/11/13.  Then watch for a new post on Friday April 12 to find out the book winners!  (The winners will have until 4/19/13 to respond with contact information for me to send the prize.)

(The end date for the Kindle Fire will depend on when Life Well Blogged reaches the 1000 requirement.)

Need some giggles NOW?  Go ahead and download Parenting Gag Reel today!  It is only $2.99!  AND the best part is that a portion of that goes to charity!  What if you buy a copy and then win ANOTHER copy?  You can make someone else’s day brighter by giving them the gift of laughter!  Click on the link below to purchase.  Paperback version of the book should be out next week!


Watch for upcoming posts in the next few days for…Glennon Melton book signing

  • Details about the Carry On Warrior book signing in McLean, VA and meeting Glennon!
  • Review of Parenting Gag Reel
  • Review of Carry On Warrior

Here’s a (fuzzy) glimpse of the fun at the book signing———–>

(Yes, Glennon is on a ladder!)

You can buy me on Amazon! Well, not ME…but something I wrote!

Life Well Blogged book cover Parenting Gag ReelI’m in a book.  A real, live book.  Well, not live.  Unless you count that the paper used to be a tree.  But the paperback version isn’t out yet, so I guess I can’t really say that yet…

I’m so excited to announce that the Kindle version was released today and the paperback version should be released very soon (then I can call it a “live” book, I suppose).

The Kindle version is less than a trip to Starbucks ($2.99) so go. Download it.  Read it.  Laugh.  Grab some tissues.  Laugh some more.  And then write a (hopefully glowing) REVIEW of it (reviews are really, really helpful for the book’s success!).

Click here to buy —–> Parenting Gag Reel – Hilarious Writes and Wrongs: Take 26 on Amazon!  My stories are in chapters 1 and 6.

I tend to down play when something good happens to me.  I am much more comfortable talking about my screw-ups than my successes.  But I will admit I’m doing the happy dance about this.  It is quite an honor to be in the company of some of the other fabulous writers that are included in this book.  Bloggers that I have read and admired.  Blogs like…

Life on the Sonny Side



Laugh Lines

My Life As Lucille

and Janine Huldie

And I’m. in. the. same. book. as. them! (Sorry for the mid-sentence periods, Christine.  😉 )

I know the other 33 contributors are fabulous as well.  I just hadn’t been fortunate enough to discover their blogs until now!

Blogging is very difficult at times.  You pour your heart and soul out for a miniscule amount feedback.  It’s just the nature of the game.  Usually you are just crossing your fingers and HOPING that someone likes what you posted, but never knowing for sure.

The joke in my house is that I hit publish and then say, “Wait for it.  Wait for it…crickets…”

Then comes Life Well Blogged.  Having someone say, “Not only do we like what you wrote, we like it enough to publish it,” is pretty darn reassuring.

I would write more about just HOW awesome it feels but I don’t want to be late for the release day book signing.

No, not MY book signing.  I will be standing in line to get a book signed.  Not behind the table getting writer’s cramp from scribbling my name.  But I can pretend. 

(I’ve never been to a book signing, so I’m pretty excited to see Glennon from Momastery…but will write more about that later…)

Thank you to everyone that has supported me since I started Momopolize last August.  I never imagined anyone other than (some of) my Facebook friends would want to read my blog.  It has been a wonderful ride so far and I couldn’t do it without you.  Well, I could…but it would be called a journal instead of a blog.

Now stop reading this and go to Amazon!  Please!  🙂