Morning Meanderings… The total ugly truth of what happens when I host a chocolate giveaway

Good Morning!  I am still in the hotel in Minneapolis, but barely.  I am packed and ready to go out the door as soon as this post goes up.  However – first something totally random.

A confession.

You may remember that during BBAW (Book Blogger Appreciation Week) a few weeks ago I did a giveaway a day for the event.  The giveaways were for a few of my favorite things (yes, yes… cue the music…).  I did a giveaway with a large bar of Lindor Truffles.  Mmmmm hmmm…… Lindor Truffles.

Anyway, my winner and I were chatting last week and I had to apologize for the delay in my shipping as well as explain what happened.

I …


ate her prize.


Twice.  🙄

Yes.  I ate the first one…. bought a second one, that night ate that one…. and when I bought the third I had the mailing package ready to go so I could purchase it and pop it in the bag and then the post office without having any time alone at all with the chocolate.

I guess that’s what happens when you try to give away your favorite things.  😳

Yesterday I had a blast hanging out with different Book Bloggers.  Reagan from Miss Remmer’s Reviews and I started our morning at a wonderful coffee shop by the event and met us with Kim from Sophisticated Dorkiness, Ash from English Major’s Junk Food, and Alea from Pop Culture Junkie.  We had fun talking books and blogs before we walked over to the big event.


Kim and I



Alea, Ash, and Reagan


So much fun!  Right away Alea found herself in line for a book signing with Alexander McCall Smith, author of The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency.  I have never read any of these books, but found the price to be right so purchased the first book.  SQQUUEE!!!


Alexander McCall Smith


As the day went on I had the chance to talk to a few other authors I have read/and or reviewed.  I seen Colin Sokolowski, author of The Accidental Adult.  I didn’t get a chance to get a picture with him, but I did have a chance to talk to him about his book and how it was going.

Here are other connections I made throughout the day.


Beth Solheim, author of At Witt's End



JOhn Betcher, author of The Missing Element


For lunch, Joanne from Jo Jo Loves To Read was able to join us.  We also met up with Liz from Consumed By Books and she was a new blog for me to check out, which I spent time on last night thinking it was brilliant.

I hope you check out all of these amazing bloggers I linked to here this morning.  We had so much fun.

I will post later when I get home about the panel!  Saving that one for a separate post 😀

44 thoughts on “Morning Meanderings… The total ugly truth of what happens when I host a chocolate giveaway

  1. See … I would’ve waited and bought that chocolate ON THE WAY TO THE POST OFFICE because I know myself too well. If I were PMSing, I’d buy an extra, because there would be no way the chocolate would survive the trip from the store to the P.O. 😛

    It sounds like a phenomenal meeting! I hope you enjoy the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency as much as I did.

  2. Oh, the chocolate story had me chuckling here…I do love chocolate, too!

    Especially DARK chocolate, because I tell myself that it’s good for me!! Yeah, if I have only one piece….:)

    Enjoy your weekend. It looks like a lot of fun, and now I’ll be checking out your links.

  3. lmao about the chocolate. John Betcher is my favorite author of the year, I am so jealous you got to meet him in person. My kids say it’s time for me to stop being a hermit and get out more. 🙂 maybe that will be my new year’s resolution. Can’t wait to here more about your fun!!!


    1. Twin Cities Book Festival Lisa, in Mnpls. MN. We are going to plan more get togethers in 2011…. I really want to do one around the Duluth Book Sale next fall. 😀

  4. Oh you are in for a treat with Alexander McCall Smith! And isn’t he delightful in person? I saw him at the Gothenburg Book Fair a few weeks ago and he was so funny and sweet. A real gentleman

  5. LOL @ Eating the chocolates not once, but twice! I can truly understand though… Lindt Lindor chocolate is a big weakness for me and I’m lactose intolerant and so shouldn’t really be eating it in the first place! (I wholely blame my brother & sister-in-law for buying me some last Christmas!).

  6. Sounds like a wonderful time. I hate to think how many books I would come home with. McCall Smith’s have been very popular at the libraries. I have several in audio version, but haven’t gotten to them yet. It is nice to be able to meet and talk with authors you like and have read.

  7. Just thought I’d mention how much fun it was to meet Sheila at the Rain Taxi Festival. And a surprise as well…though it shouldn’t have been. I know Sheila loves books and has so much energy that she wouldn’t miss an event like this one in her own back yard.

    Nice to see you, Sheila. May our trails cross again.

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