How do I ever get to The End?

Most of you probably already realize how disorganized and scatterbrained I am. I don’t know how I can possibly sit down and focus long enough to make it to the end of a book. For those of you that don’t know, let me enlighten you.

I needed to be in Orlando today, so while I was in Vegas a few days ago I booked my flight.  Now, this wasn’t a last minute trip.  I’ve known about it for a few months.  Most people would have booked their flights weeks ago once they found out they’d be in Orlando.  Not me.  Nope.  I have to procrastinate or I’ll feel productive, and we can’t have that.

Yesterday I was curious why I had not received the 24-hour check-in email, so I log on to American Airlines and check my flight info.


I booked my flight for March instead of February.  I was so annoyed with myself I rolled my own eyes at me.

So I call AA and tell them my mistake and it turns out, the only flight they can get me on is an eight o’clock flight for THAT DAY.  Which was yesterday.  So, I pack.  In a hurry.  I didn’t even get to tell my boys bye and it’s my Beckham’s birthday tomorrow.  But…it’s all my fault for not knowing what February and Boston and Orlando and March mean.

In my haste to pack, I decided to take a carry-on with copies of all three books for the signing.  Well, that carry-on was a small suitcase and weighed over eighty pounds.  So I did what anyone would do who is too lazy to carry around eighty pounds worth of luggage.  I checked it.

BUT!  Here’s the great part.  I didn’t think about the hair products that were in the inside zipper and how if I checked it, the suitcase would be manhandled and thrown around and quite possibly, being as though it weighed eighty pounds, placed on the bottom of the dog pile.  So when I made it to baggage claim and saw my lovely purple suitcase was soaking wet, I knew.

I knew that I just took the crown for biggest idiot ever.

Eighty pounds worth of books are now covered in both Pantene mousse and leave-in-conditioner.

At least they smell good.

And no worries for those of you coming to the signing, I still have some good ones.  I just might be handing out IOU’s.


Is it sad that i want the a copy of the shampoo diaries?

Why does this sound like something that would happen to me? Sorry to hear it! :(

Can I just say that I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE YOU IN MARCH! Squeeling and jumping for joy. Believe me…it could have totally been worse.

You never fail to make me laugh, Colleen! hahaha! Good luck!

You had to have been frustrated! I think most of us working mothers with a hectic schedule are scatter brained!

Maybe you can use that in your next book!

Two words zip lock lol…. I love that we are all human. :)

You. Are. So. Funny.

I’m sorry that has to happen. Well, at least the books smell so incredibly good.

I would love to volunteer to take one of those sweet smelling books! :) just so you don’t have to keep so many copies, of course…yep! A purely selfless act! It has nothing to do with the fact that I LOVE your books and, well, I love it when things smell good, so, really, it’s like these books are meant for me! LOL!!!!!

LMAO! :P Oh dear! So sorry to hear about this!! Glad you arrived in Orlando safely and I’m sure your readers attending the signing would be more than happy to purchase the nice smelling Pantene books :) Wish I could be there! Have a blast and safe travels!!

OMG!! LOL!! I have shared this with my children – because it sounds awfully familiar! *grin*

lol! are we related!?!?:)

I absolutely love your blog posts and I am sorry to hear what happened but I am glad you hear the humour of it!! You are not alone in procrastination, that is my middle name. LOL. So what happened definitely sounds like something I would do. ;)

Awe. Bummer about the fiasco. I went to Germany as an exchange student and was so nervous about getting my bag from baggage claim that the sudden relief that washed over me when I noticed my familiar pjs didn’t dawn on me instantly that I shouldn’t be recognize my luggage from my pjs and a huge hole was made during the international handling of it. Yikes!

Forsure sounds like something I would do, and I’d ark totally take the good smelling books…..;)

Well it sounds like you need a personal assistant. If you don’t mind me working remotely from my home, I will take the job! Hope the trips gets better.

Sounds to me that you are in need of a personal assistant or a college intern to help you out.
I love to procrastinate too, it irritates my husband to no end. He likes to be early and on time.

Dry them out sign them and give em away! They are part of a great story and I’m sure your fans would appreciate them just the way they are!

Oh my, that sounds exactly like something I would do.

You are hilarious!

At least you are laughing, not crying. That’s got to count for SOMETHING. ;D

I think Colleen, you need a minion. One to keep yourself organized with dates, etc. and helps with packing.

Oh jeez, what a day! Hope the rest of your trip to Florida is better.

god bless, you are human after all. i was beginning to wonder. well hang in there. sounds like you deserve a cocktail

Wow, what a day, sounds like the start of another good novel :)

Sounds awesome! These types of things only make life interesting! :-) Your children will grow up thinking that you are truly one of a kind…and thank God for it! :-)

Can’t wait to meet you in March at the Boston Author Event. Check your plane ticket when you get back from Orlando.

Oh Colleen….. Smh you poor poor thing! I just want to hug you

Ugh, I hate exploding shampoo. I’m glad you have a good attitude about it. I’m sure the books will be great once they’re dry and smelling good :)

Taryn @MySecretRomance February 15, 2013 at 10:54 AM

You have THE BEST blog posts ever! So sorry this happened to you, but I love how you found humor in Pantene getting on your books.

Like you said atleast they smell nice…dont you hate it when we have to learn a lesson after the mistake happens..we should have someone one say are you sure that you luggage is packed correctly, no liquids and paper in your bag…my cream exploded once on my clothes….

I would love to read Hopeless again! Especially if it smelled like Pantene ;)

Only you, guess u need to hire me to be ur assistant/manager. Which ever. You choose. Lol

ROFLMAO!!!! That is AWESOME that you shared that – and it sounds like something most any of us might do :-P

Awww! That sounds like a pretty hectic day! I’m glad you at least got to your destination although I’m sad about the books and the fact that you now have to go buy new shampoo and conditioner!

That kind of makes me smile… so something I would do! (maybe have done, though not with books… wedding pictures!)

LOL Poor thing!

Sounds like me when I travel. My logic is it’s them and not me. I wish WISH you could come to my neck of the woods, but until that day comes I will be your ever faithful reader and fan ♥

    I usually do a google search of the top NY Times books to fine my next read. Read all your books Colleen thus far and I must say you are very gifted in your art! Keep them coming!

OH NO!!! Can’t wait to see you!

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