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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Weird things people send us

I'm feeling a bit better today — loads less pain, but still very tired and sluggish. I went to work, put the paper to bed and left a bit early. I need to rest one of these days! I hate it that so many of us work jobs that don't allow for us to be biological organisms that sometimes need to rest and heal. I think I'm going to call in sick tomorrow just to sleep. (Imagine that!)

Today I got a large box of designer makeup products in the mail. Retailers and wholesalers send all sorts of things to newspaper editors. Trojan sent me an enormous box of condoms once. It sat on my desk for days, and I wasn't really paying attention to it until someone came in for an interview and I saw them staring at it. I wanted to say, "You know, you never can be too careful. I keep a box in my car, too." But that wouldn't have been too professional. So I told them the truth: unsolicited sample.

Then there was the time a company sent us a box of vibrators. Some were shaped like rubber duckies. One was a penguin. Another was shaped like a google-eyed gold fish. This was out of the blue, mind you. So I and another female member of the staff divided them up amongst the chicks in the office. I took the penguin. Gives new meaning to "March of the Penguins," eh?

Over the years I've gotten (unsolicited): lacy panties, jog bras, T-shirts galore, boxes and bags of candy, chocolate, tea, coffee, and food (including a frozen turkey); vitamins; energy drinks; granola bars; books of all kinds; DVDs; CDs; gift certificates for free massages and other forms of body work. And, of course, I haven't paid to attend a play or concert in probably 15 years. What are press cards for, anyway?

Oh, the schwag! Oh, the perks!

So today it was makeup: Vera Wang perfume, Mariska Hargitay lipstick; some kind of lip plumping kit; lotions, hand cremes, body butter; sparkly rose powder that I suspect you put on your cheeks; something I don't know what it is; some kind of gel that has antioxidants and is supposed to make you blush, & etc. Too bad Lina isn't here to play! She made me look like a sex kitten at RWA last summer. She'd know what to do with this stuff.

I hope to get time to get back to Marc and Sophie tomorrow.

Hugs to all...

16 comments:

Ronlyn said...

ok...here goes...my first posting EVER on a blog. *G*

I'm ROLLING at the condoms and the vibrators! Too dang funny. All the reps every bring me is food...and of course medication. I had much more fun with freebies before the FDA put so many restrictions on the pharmaceutical companies. *G*
I'm glad you're feeling better and were able to duck out of the paper a bit early. I work at one of those jobs that doesn't allow me to be sick too, so I soooo understand what you're saying.
Anyhoo...off to make my boys mac & cheese for dinner.

Ronlyn

Welcome to the blogosphere, Ronlyn! I hope you had a good dinner with your guys and that you're feeling better these days (no more morning sickness).

I saw your post about your DH packing up your books and the priest seeing you with romance novels. LOL! I can understand your embarassment. But, as someone said, I bet priests have heard it all! Can you imagine if it was your job to listen to all the things people feel guilty about?

Thanks for visiting! And come back again!

Aimee said...

I'm so glad you are feeling better today, but sad you aren't back to feeling 100%
Me & K have some sort of stomach crud today, but she has it waaaay worse than me the poor thing.

LMAO about the condoms!

Ooooooh, all that makeup & fun stuff, play with it, that's the bestest way to learn to enjoy using it LOL
Too kewl!

Do call in sick. A happy healthy author writes more words!
Mwah!

So sorry to hear that you and your girl are feeling sick! Stomach stuff is the worst! I hope you're both right as rain tomorrow. Yucky!

And, yes, I think there's a connection between being productive as an author and not feeling like crap, judging from this past weekend's slim output. Hard to write sex when you just want to die. In fact, I wrote a scene in which Sophie falls asleep... Not exactly sex, but clearly wishful thinking on my part. LOL!

Feel better, Aimee! XO

Rosie said...

Oh, Pamela, I was actually laughing out loud at your descriptions of what you have received at your office. And to think the best I've ever gotten was a Harry & David basket. LMAO!!! Congrats on keeping the penguin, though. (still chuckling) Glad to hear you're feeling better today. Me too. Something good must be in the air. (((HUGS))) sweetie!

Leiha said...

Girl, I'm all about the swhag! I'm bummed I missed the vibrators, LOL.

Let me know how all of the makeup goes, it sounds like it would be fun to play with (I love having Lina dress me up too, LOL).

BTW, I have already linked you, where's my link chick? It took me months to get the hits you're already getting. Just because you're a world famous author and all, LOL....

I spent an HOUR tonight trying to update the HTML for this blog to add you and Nes, Leiha, and it wouldn't work. Drove me nuts! I'll try again. I think blogger was having issues. I will keep you posted about the makeup, and if we get anymore boxes of vibes, I'll save one for you. LOL!

Rosie, I'm so glad you're feeling better! I wore myself out at work, and I'm going to take it easy tomorrow. The newspaper can just do without me. :-)

Chez said...

Oh honey you should have kept the whole farm. Could have had a true animal appreciation day without crossing the major kink barrier. LMAO thinking about the joys of Happy Feet.

Leiha said...

PC, thanks for going through all of the time and effort to add us, especially since I know how tight your schedule is, of course you should take time to recover today!

Sooo, how was the march of the penguins?

Let me say, Leiha, that is one peppy penguin. Eight speeds! Have I mentioned how much I like penguins? LOL!

Joanie said...

Hey there Pamela, welcome to blogland. I was LMAO at the thought of some of your freebies and drooling at the thought of the make-up.

BTW, the reason Waitangi Day is so important is that the Maori are the only native people ever to beat the English invaders and force them to sign a treaty. That's a pretty big accomplishment for a bunch of guys facing off to muskets armed with spears, ah?

Sorry to hear you are sick, it sounds like you need Tim Tams to cheer you up. Leiha has had them I think. They are Australia's favourite choccie biscuit (cookie) and they rock.
Also, one can nibble off a corner of each end and then suck up a coffee through it leaving the chocolate to turn into molten delight in your mouth! I have gathered you like your coffee..

Well, that's it, you get back to work on that nookie scene now, you can't leave people hanging like that, they might do themselves an injury!

J xx

Debbie H said...

Pamela, wow vibrators!!! Next time share with everyone. LOL I am so glad you a feeling a little bit better. Sleep will difinitely heal you. It will help in so many ways!!

Thanks for the laugh!!

Chez, you crack me up! Keep the whole farm. LOL! And you're right, I should have. "With a quack quack here and a buzz buzz there, Old MacDonald had a farm, eee-i-eee-i-oooooooohaaaaaahooooh."

Joanie, I LOVE Tim Tams. I got to try them one year at RWA when a couple of Aussie booksellers shared them with me. SO YUMMY!

Thanks for the background on Waitangi Day. It's definitely a day worth celebrating. As a person of Cherokee ancestry, I'm in awe of the Maori accomplishment.

Yes, so I'm going to get some sleep then see if I can't get this "nookie scene" off the ground.

Debbie H -- I'll definitely share next time I get a big, old box of vibrators at work. I'll have an RBL-only contest. :-)

I'd opt for the rubber duckie vibrator. :::singing::: Rubber duckie, you're the one, you make bathtime fun!

A penguin vibrator is more classy though. You know, a vibrator wearing a tux...

Ok, I'll go now. Hee hee

A vibrator wearing a tux...

ROFL!

Leave it to you to say that, Bonnie. :-)

Nes said...

Great! Now whenever I see a penguin, I'll think of a vibrator. LMFAO! I remember you telling me that story once in chat, Pam. LMFAO!!!

We seem to keep missing each other. When you can chat, I can't. Heh.

Sooooo, about them condoms, have they been put to good use? *wiggles brows*



For carrying water of course! You dirty minded peeps! LOL!

Thanks for linking us, and when we get together in chat again, I'll help you out with your page.

Great to hear you're feeling better. MWAH!


BTW, this word verification thing is really great against spammer, but no good to me when I'm drunk! LOL!

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