WINNERS: Congratulations to alyson330, russellk and mikesgrrl! They are the winners of Just Let Me Lie Down. Enjoy!
Tuesday night I was one of the many tired, half-insane moms who gathered at Orbis Bistro in Montclair for wine, hors d’oervres, and discussion of Real Simple editor Kristin van Ogtrop’s new book Just Let Me Lie Down: Necessary Terms for the Half-Insane Working Mom. Sponsored by Watchung Booksellers, it was a great book event.
After some mingling and drinking, Margot Sage-EL, owner of Watchung Booksellers, welcomed everyone and introduced Kristin, who told us the inspiration behind her book and read some of her funniest terms, such as Coup de moi:
It works like this: There is a flag football game at 6:30 at night and the entire family is going, but it’s November and thirty-five degrees outside and you declare in a moment of bravery at 6:15, I am not going. My son will just have to know that I love him. No one protests and you end up on the sofa with a glass of wine in a completely quiet house. That is a coup de moi. Or you look at your work schedule for the day and see that it contains three meetings that don’t need to happen and so you cancel them. That is a coup de moi. Or you keep getting cc’d on a long tedious e-mail chain and finally send out a reply-to-all that says, “Please stop cc’ing me or I’m going to kill one of you”–coup de moi.
More mingling, eating and drinking occured and Kristin, who looks just as put together in real life as she does in Real Simple, was funny, friendly and great to talk to as she signed copies of her book. Watchung Booksellers treated everyone to a great goody bag, with things to calm a tired, insane mom–chamomile tea and a delicious piece of chocolate. My favorite treat? The $5 off coupon for any book at the store.
If you haven’t purchased a copy yet, you’re in luck. Thanks to Kristin’s publisher Hachette Book Group, Barista Kids has 3 copies of Just Let Me Lie Down to giveaway.
To enter the contest keep reading…
Simply tell us your funniest half-insane mom story in the comments section. Three people who reply to this post by 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, May 2, 2010, will be chosen at random to receive a copy of Just Let Me Lie Down: Necessary Terms For the Half-insane Working Mom. Please post only once.
No purchase necessary. Starts Thursday, April 29, 2010, 1:00 pm EST and ends Sunday, May 2, 2010, at 11:59 pm.
Open to U.S. residents ages 16 years and older. Void where prohibited.
If you aren’t lucky enough to win, head over to Watchung Booksellers and buy a copy. It will make you laugh.