Morning Meanderings…

Oh wow – I can’t wait to share some news with you!  Go refill your coffee cups this may take a couple of minutes to get out of my between the “Squeee’s” and the cartwheels…. and possible another squeee….

Ok.  Ready?  Let me set the scene for you….

I am in my office yesterday afternoon.  We are doing a total office inventory so by mid afternoon my eyes are bugging out of my head.  I click on my personal G Mail link to see if anything new and exciting is going on in the world and I see this email titled:  You Are Going TO NYC For Free!!!

I figured it was some sort of scam advertising but clicked to open the email anyway.  (Oh come on, you would have opened it too!)  Turns out it is from author Sarah Pekkanen (Opposite Of Me) and I won her blogger giveaway for NYC!  I still can’t believe it so I find her website, and start reading the details.  I remember signing up for this much like if you are at a grocery store and they are doing a giveaway for a freezer full of food… you don’t think you will win, but you fill out the form anyway.

So by now (and remember I am still in my office), I am trying not to scream, I read through her email again and she asks me to either email her back or to call her for details.  I start the email – telling her I am so excited, then decide I want to call her too, think I send the email but forget to hit send and dial….

She answers.

I tell her who I am and we have this wonderful conversation where I am excited and bouncing and I think she may be too.  She tells me how they used (I LOVE Random.Org!!!) and explains the package to me.  Since I have paid for most of what she is offering already, all I had to do was email her my flight info and hotel and she is going to give me a check to reimburse me.

I can’t even tell you how high I am flying off the ground right now!  The last couple of days I have been trying to plan how to do BEA and not spend a lot of money.  I was making little deals with myself like “well, if I take from savings I can put it back in with next months check….” and then knowing full well that wont happen as youngest son is getting an apartment when he goes back to college in the fall and he and I are going to look next month to start to furnish that apartment and I want to help where I can..

This is such a gift!

Be sure to look at Sarah’s website – it gives a lot of details of what the package consists of.

So bouncy girl, I mean I, am working out this morning, using a spa gift card this afternoon that my hubby gave me for Christmas for a manicure and pedicure – (I usually do not bother with a manicure because I am always doing stuff that would ruin it, but decided to use the Gift Card for BEA).

I have books to mail today.  Contests to end that I have been trying to get to all week.  Start to pack.  Date night with hubby.  And – in a few hours I have a post where I want to introduce you to a blogger that if you have not already met, you should.

Have a super fantastic day!  If you are going to BEA I would love to meet you so connect with me on Twitter (bookjourney) or email me at

52 thoughts on “Morning Meanderings…

    1. Thanks Mary! 🙂 I have never tweeted on my phone before – I will have to ask my son how to do it.

      I I am planning on continuing with my morning meanderings with updates that way and I have reviews and posts lined up too for the afternoons….

      I can tweet when I am back at my laptop in the evenings!

  1. I am so happy for you! What a wonderful surprise. It is a most generous prize. It will make the experience so much more sweet. It is always nice to be able to enjoy a splurge without felling guilty about it. Have a wonderful trip.

  2. OMG! OMG! OMG!!!! SQEEE! SQEEE!!! Cartwheel, and oops broke a hip,lol! I am so HAPPY for you!! This is fabulous news and I am so glad you won!! Good for you my friend!

  3. That is the greatest post and news! Talk about allowing you to buy a bunch of books at BEA and go out to eat without worrying about it! BEA was going to be awesome before, but I bet you can hardly contain yourself now.


    1. Helen I have this smile on my face that won’t leave…. I am so excited about this being my first trip to New York and things just sounds so amazing….

  4. I am bouncing for you, Sheila! Congrats! I know you’ll have a great time at BEA and can’t wait to hear about your escapades in upcoming posts.

  5. How wonderfully exciting for you!! NYC is fabulous; NYC for free is well…..priceless 🙂

    I look forward to reading your return posts!

    1. I picked up her book on the way out of town and dove in on the plane. I am really enjoying the book and find the characters funny. I am counting hours! LOL

  6. I got an email yesterday telling me that I didn’t win that contest but that Sheila from Book Journey did So I probably knew you won before YOU did. Haha. What a fun surprise to find that email in your inbox. Yay!

  7. Oh, how totally wonderful, Sheila! I’m late to the party this morning, so when you said to get another cup of coffee, I was almost out…but just enough in there for a few sips.

    That is so fabulous! Now you’re going to take photos to post on your blog, right?

    BEA in 2008, which I attended, was in LA, and there was no BBC attached that I know of, but there might have been…I wasn’t really blogging at that point. I only had one blog. Last year was when I went crazy with adding blogs, and I’m still doing that. Added another one yesterday, here at Word Press, and it’s all about family and social connections. Just building it right now. Called Laurel-Rain’s Connections.

    1. ThanksLaurel 🙂

      BBC is new this year. I had actually extended my ticket to do that when I heard about it. I am excited for everything 🙂

      Laurel I dont know how you do it – I could never keep up with more than one blog 🙂

  8. New York is the city that never sleeps and I can see that that is going to be you! You are going to have to give espresso a try!

  9. Congrads, Sheila. Enjoy your trip and looking forward to hearing about the trip. I am so excited for you.

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