So Exciting


So we’re pulling in to Wal-Mart. My daughter says, “THERE’S DADDY!!” And she’s insistent about it. DADDY IS HERE! Okay, Daddy works 30 minutes away in another town. He came home at noon to go to Wal-Mart? I said, “Right. He just says he goes to work every day and then he goes shopping.” “NO, IT’S DADDY!!” Hey, maybe he’s here to SAVE ME FROM THE SWIMSUITS! We could do lunch! I picked up my cell phone and called his cell phone, which he keeps in his car. No answer. NO, HE WAS NOT AT WAL-MART IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY AND HE CAN’T SAVE ME FROM THE SWIMSUITS.

Then, to delay the whole swimsuit shopping ordeal, I stopped first in the book section. I go through all the June SIMs looking for an ad for my book, which I’m hoping desperately is there somewhere. Meanwhile, my daughter is tapping her foot. “Do you have a book out, Mommy?” (Daughter accustomed since birth to the obligatory gazing-upon-the-new-book-in-the-store routine.) “No.” (Not yet. Grrr.) “THEN WHY ARE WE HERE?” (Instead of buying beach toys.) “Because—LOOK!!!! Here’s an ad for my book!!!” (Happy dancing!) “That’s SO EXCITING, Mommy. LET’S GO.” (How do they get so sarcastic at only nine???)

In the ad my publisher calls my PAX series “groundbreaking” and it’s the only thing that keeps me from slitting my wrists in the dressing room.

We are now the proud owners of multiple sand buckets, shovels, 30 SPF sunscreen, ice-blue cooling burn gel (because the 30 SPF sunscreen will NOT work), new sandals, and swimsuits.

I’m now blind from seeing myself in the dressing room mirror in a swimsuit, but that’s okay. I didn’t really need eyeballs anyway………..


  1. Michelle says:

    Yay on the ad!

    So, did you get a swimsuit? :hyper:

  2. Melissa says:

    I laugh so hard when you talk about trying on swimsuits. :relieved: It’s so nice someone can relate. I’m going to get a new one when I move considering I will live within walking distance :bananadance: to the beach. My Ma told me to take my sister with me when shopping for one as she’s funny as all get out and cracks jokes while you’re searching thus stopping you from having a panic attack in the dressing room. :hissyfit: Who’s body is this I ask myself when I look in a full length?

  3. kacey says:

    Cool on the “groundbreak” ad for Pax!

    And better you than me on the swimsuit search. AND taking all the kids to Walmart 😯

  4. Joely says:

    Woo-hoo! Congrats on the “groundbreaking” ad! How cool is that???

  5. Teresa says:

    So cool about the add, Suzanne!! Groundbreaking. . . I love it!


  6. Margery Scott says:

    Yay on being groundbreaking!!! But taking the kids to Wallyworld AND trying on swimsuits – all in the same day. AAARRGH!!:no:

  7. trish says:

    Suzanne, you took the kids with you while swimsuit shopping. Are you insane. (Don’t answer that! I already know.:twisted: )

    And you’re groundbreaking! How cool is that?:thumbsup:

  8. Rene says:

    How brave of you to go shopping for a swimsuit with your kids. Either that or you are crazy! I’d rather pull my fingernails out with needle nose pliers than shop for a swimsuit. Adding kids to the mix just ads to the pain.

    Your daughter wasn’t impressed that you are a “groundbreaking” author? Wow, tough crowd.

  9. Robyn says:

    Wow, wiping my brow, I am happy for you that the swimsuit hunting is over. Mark that off the list in a hurry.

  10. Lynn says:

    But you didn’t slit your wrists after seeing yourself in a dressing room mirror in a swimsuit, so I’d call the trip a rousing success. :hyper: Especially since you’ve learned you’re GROUND BREAKING. How cool is that? That’s something you can always tuck away to pull out later. When your kids are older and telling you how lame you are (because that’s what teenagers do), you can pull out that ad and tell them that your publisher says you’re GROUND BREAKING. Look. Right there. It’s in print. And that means it’s true.

  11. Jill says:

    I want to hear about the swimsuit!!!

  12. Kelly says:

    Yay, Suzanne! Or should I say, Yay, Ms. “Groundbreaking” Suzanne?!! πŸ˜‰

  13. Amy K. says:

    Congrats on surviving and also on the “groundbreaking” moniker. :guitar:

    I’m thinking for a 9yo to be so sarcastic, she has to hear it at home…a lot. πŸ˜‰

  14. Tori says:

    that is so awesome on being called groundbreaking!!!! :bananadance:

  15. Mary says:

    Okay, what color swimsuits? And congrats on the groundbreaking!!! I’ve been telling you that for years.

  16. Crystal* says:

    It’s a good thing your keyboard is like an old friend, huh? Who needs eyeballs? :rotfl:
    I am so excited for you! GROUNDBREAKING!
    I had to capitalize it. It’s just too wonderful.
    And now for the swimsuit portion of the post…
    Did you go for the thong bikini? Or something more sedate like a one piece?
    Have a GREAT time.

  17. Marcy says:

    WooHoo!! Your PAX series is Groundbreaking! :thumbsup:

    And I bet you looked like this when you were surrounded by all those mirrors in the dressing room, right? :bananadance: Come on…admit it! *gg*

  18. Suzanne says:

    A thong??!!!! :shocked: I don’t want to hurt OTHER PEOPLE’S eyeballs, too!!! It’s a bikini, but it’s a demure bikini, LOL. Pink with black polka dots. And a nice white cover-up that will never be removed….. πŸ˜†

  19. mary beth says:

    Spew alert…eyeballs. I hope I didn’t kill my laptop with that one. πŸ˜†
    Glad you were able to get your suit even if it was a painful experience.

  20. Marcy says:

    She bought an itty-bitty, teeny-weenie, pink + black polka dot bikini. :guitar:

    Sorry. *gg* I’m sure it’s quite demure.

  21. Suzanne says:

    LOL, Marcy! That sounds soooo much sexier than it is! In my head, I’m one of my heroines…..

  22. Steph T. says:

    Yay on the great ad!

    And I’m jealous that you got your bathing suit shopping over with. I’m way too scared – I’ll need to be dragged into that fitting room.:hissyfit:

  23. Beth C says:

    Marcy beat me to the polka dot bikini song. :guitar: It sounds like a cute suit, Suzanne, and in my two favorite colors. On another note… ‘groundbreaking’, huh? Now THERE’S reason to celebrate. Woo-hoo! :bananadance:

  24. Toni Anderson says:

    Suzanne–I feel your pain. I did the swimsuit hunt in WalMart a couple fo weeks ago with the kids. Nightmare. Kids kept trying to escape change room when I was naked. I bought something with a tummy tamer LOL!!!:yuck:

  25. Carol Burnside says:

    Congrats on the ad and THANK YOU for the swimsuit laugh-out-loud comments. I really, really needed that laugh today.