Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Wednesday's Special Extra Prize Post

My favourite radio station has been running a series of programmes on memory. Plays. Discussions. Phone-ins where listeners confess to those sudden and inexplicable lapses that attack us all from time to time. Endless numbers of babies have, apparently, been left in the Post Office. A concert pianist found herself repeating the same phrase of music over and over when her mind went a complete blank. It's wonderful stuff; grist to the author's mill. Memory is such a powerful tool in fiction. It's the engine-house of internal conflict and in my September Harlequin Romance, THE SHEIKH'S GUARDED HEART, my hero is imprisoned by painful, guilt-ridden memories that keep him exiled both physically and metaphorically in the past.

In celebration of the joy and agony of memory - and for a chance to win some luscious, body-pampering treats from Crabtree & Evelyn (as well as a signed copy of the book) -- I want you to reveal your own lapses. Those hideously cringe-making moments that it would be a mercy to be able to wipe from your memory bank, but which steadfastly refuse to fade. (You didn't expect me to ask for joyful memories did you? As Tolstoy nearly said: All happy memories resemble one another; each terminal embarrassment is unique!)

Since I would never expect you to bare your souls without revealing my own worst memory (and so you'll know there's nothing you can tell that could be worse) here's mine.

I was an office junior. Sixteen years old (it's my only excuse!) and a woman I worked with (always on a diet - always talking about losing weight) was discussing, in luscious detail, a trifle she'd made that weekend. Layer after layer. The sponge cake. The sherry. The custard. The double cream. The chocolate. A million calories a mouthful. And I heard the words - "Good grief, no wonder you're so fat..." slipping out of my mouth. Forty-plus years (and 30 lbs heavier myself) later, I still remember her name, her face. The memory of the silence, the chill, the absolute certainty that nothing I could ever say or do would expunge the insult, is still as agonisingly vivid. And yes, I changed my job next day!

Liz Fielding
Website: http://www.lizfielding.com/
Blog: http://lizfielding.blogspot.com/

87 comments:

kim said...

nice cover.

Meljprincess said...

Oh, man. I put together a e-mail where I was dissing someone who shall remain nameless. Thought I was sending it to my Mom and accidentally sent it to her. She wrote me back and I tried to apologize but she didn't respond. I felt like poo. lol!

Julie in Ohio said...

Oh, Liz, that's horrible. I'm blushing for your embarrassment.
If it's any consellation, your book sounds really good. :o)

I have so many embarrassing moments. My foot has made a home in my mouth. I just don't bother trying to take it out anymore.

My most recent issues deal with the internet. I can't seem to make myself come across the way I want to when typing. I tend to mean one thing but someone takes it another way. I have a real sarcastic way about me and that doesn't alway come across correctly when typed.
It can result in some really uncomfortable conversations.

Darla said...

Nothing comes to mind at this point in time...no I'm not by any stretch of the imagination an angel...just...forgetful! LOL

Kelley said...

Congrats!!! Sounds like a great book. Love the cover.

blueberri said...

I was telling a close friend my father had had a bout of cancer and I had no idea he was listening. Now the family doesn't tell me anything. LOL but not so funny.

Tara W said...

I remember this just like it was yesterday. Although it is more like 18 years ago. I had my favorite lucky pair panties on. Well this day my luck ran out. Me and my cousin was walking to the corner store because we knew guys would be out. We made it half way when the darn elastic broke and my so called lucky panties fell around my ankles. I pulled them back up and had to keep my hands on my hips until I walked back home. I can still hear the laughter. (well at least they were pretty LOL)

Rita R. said...

I have tried to live the "golden rule" my whole life. I have always been afraid something would come back and haunt me if I didn't. 2 days before my Mother died we had a fight, nothing big had to do with the voting that had happened the day before and I forgot to go and vote. I never got to say "I'm sorry" for the fight...I think that will haunt me for a very very long time.

Niny said...

The most embarrasing moment I can remember now is that I was going to an interview and while getting out of the car I ripped my pants. I was already at the place and I took my jacket and wrap it around my waist. Of course I had to explain to them what had happened. They gave me the job and then that was a topic of conversation sometimes. It was embarrasing at first then we got a good laugh about it.

bamabelle said...

I think my most embarrassing lapse was in nursing school. We were doing clinical rotations and had to leave all our things in a locked conference room. Since it was a lot of trouble to have someone unlock the room for us, we tried to carry all that we needed on our person. As my Mom would say, I was having my monthly visitor. Therefore along with my pens, notepad, and penlight I had a tampon in my uniform pocket. Imagine my patient's surprise when I pulled out not a penlight, but a tampon to check her eyes. There were also first year nursing students in the room. I was supposed to be demonstrating how to do a head-to-toe assessment on a patient lol. Oh well, everyone had a good laugh. Still, I don't think my face has been that red since.

Judy F said...

Nice cover. Oh my LIz....

I am good for getting up to get something then saying what did I come in here for.

Or I like how you are talking and you forget where you were going with what you were saying. LOL

Dannyfiredragon said...

Liz,

your new book sounds really nice and the cover is great

Jennifer L hart said...

There are way too many to narrow down. I think if I tried to tell all of my mortifying stories, Lucy's blog would die of exhaustion. All I have to do is open my big mouth and something inappropriate comes out. In recent history, I double posted on Lucy's Blog (on monday.:)

Cherie Japp said...

I can sympathize with your faux pas Liz. i did something similiar years ago. A coworker and I were talking about another coworker and criticizing her level of work. We thought she was out assessing someone. Next thing I know we hear a voice coming from her office and she said "You know I am here and can hear every word you say." Needless to say you could have cut the silence with a stick. I was so embarrassed i could have crawled under my desk. So I can honestly say I feel your pain and I was in my twenties so I can't even blame it on being 16.

Barb V. in NY said...

Oh so many embarrassing moments to choose from.

One that stands out is discussing with some co-workers whether or not our agency's director (the BIG BOSS) had *finally* departed for her vacation. She was a control freak who constantly would work through her scheduled vacations, because she was too busy and important to be out of the office. It was crushing to expect a few days reprieve from her, and then have her come in. We had gotten into the habit of asking if Elvis had left the building. And on one occasion she actually heard us. She had been lurking around a corner, eavesdropping. She whipped around that corner and just glared. We all scattered like roaches. We continued to refer to her as Elvis, but we learned to post a guard first! And BTW, I no longer work there.

Evelyn said...

My most embarrasing moment turned into an embarrasing weekend.

I use to do re enactment and I was all dressed and ready to leave but I needed my antique rabbit skin muff (you know the type - to put your hands in to keep warm).

Well I looked everywhere and I couldn't find it. So I walked into the living room, there were about 15 guys there and me and my big mouth said "Anyone seen my muff? Its white, furry with a pink silky inside." The whole room erupted into snorts of laughter.

The whole weekend I kept getting comments of "Do you want me to hold your muff?" blah blah blah.
300 hundred people laughing and making fun - not good.

Amy S. said...

My most embarrassing moment was talking about someone and I didn't know that they had walked into the room until someone pointed it out.

ShelMel said...

I like the premise for your book - sounds intriguing!

I can't think of anything I'd like to forget right now - but I'm pregnant. Apparently you tend to be very, very forgetful when you're pregnant and I'm forever not remembering stuff. My hubby calls me and will ask me to do something for him. He'll call me back 15 minutes later and ask if I did it yet (he knows how I've been lately) and wouldn't you believe it? I will have already forgotten! ACK!

If I remember something, I'll post it. LOL

Stacy Dawn said...

I was just beginning as a children's photographer and had a major stupid memory gone moment. A woman walks in with an adorable baby of only a month or two old and we're talking and taking pictures. For some reason I still have no clue why, I asked her when her next baby was due. She still had the pregnancy belly. I thought I would just die when she pointed to her daughter and said I just had her. Yikes. Now after having two of my own I feel even worse remembering it because some of the hardest weight to lose is baby weight

Lucy Monroe said...

Most of my foot in my mouth moments happen with my kids. I'll be joking and they'll take me seriously and end up with hurt feelings.

But a truly funny one was at the RWA National conference last year. I was part of a workshop panel and was nattering on and said something that wasn't common knowledge yet. I stopped mid speak, covered my mouth, turned red and then blurted, "I wasn't supposed to say that." Everyone laughed so hard. But the worst thing? It was on tape of course. LOL

Blythespirit said...

Okay, the worst one I think is when I went home with my boyfriend (now my husband) to meet his parents (and sisters and brother). I hadn't drunk alcohol before and we attended a Passover seder. After several cerimonial glasses of wine, I bumped the table getting up from my chair and spilled Elijah's glass all over the special white table cloth. Then my hubby and I taught the family a dice game we enjoyed called greed. Hubby's sister (very large chest)kept rolling the number that ended your roll her very first try, eight or ten rounds in a row. She was sitting next to me so I noticed. After about her tenth roll without a turn I giggled and said, "If Sue's bad luck keeps going this way, we are going to have to find a new kind of prize for her 'cuz she already has boobies!" (refering of course to a boobie prize) How was I to know she'd already had breast reduction surgery. The room got very quiet. My hubby broke the silence by saying that I had a small, cough, cough, chest condition. (I have very small breasts) Then they laughed, but I'm afraid they (the whole family) were very offended and never got over it. I still think it was clever, maybe thats why they haven't gotten over it. *blush*

Jenn said...

I have had many moments that I just can't forget. Times when I think what was I doing or thinking. That is why now I much prefer to be in the background and not bring too much attention to myself.

AmberPackard said...

My most embarrassing moment
well that list is very very long...

I was dating this guy named Brian and my best friend at the time name was also Brian My BF and I always write these "Personal" emails to each other and I wasn't paying attention to the name I clicked and sent one out the my friend instead he called me up and said While laughing I got your..... your email. I could barely look at him the next time I saw him.

Blythespirit said...

One morning long, long ago and far, far away, my husband had a very early court appearance. He left home at 6:30 a.m. leaving me to get our four children ready for school and myself ready for work, ALONE. Only the little boy and the oldest daughter made the bus, leaving me with #2 and #4 daughters. The kindergardener didn't want to go to school, so I had to make getting ready a game and trick her into getting dressed. We all got into the van to leave and the 80 lb. german shepherd crawled in the side door and laid down. She is usually very well behaved but this day she refused to get out. As I tried to pull her out by force, the kindergardener got out and ran around the back of the house. While I put in the k-g-er, the dog climbed back in. As I pulled her out, the k-g-er got out and ran around the back of the house. We repeated this process a couple of times and I ripped my panty hose. Went in called work, said I'm going to be late. Cried,changed hose. Chased down K-g-er, dog already in van. I finally just took the dog with me to work and dropped the girls at school. That night I received a note from the school nurse asking for a note excusing the forth grader's tardiness. "Why was J----a late for school.
?" So I wrote the whole thing in a note for the school nurse..."And that is why J----a was late for school!" She framed the note and hung it on the wall beside her desk. Several years later I had occasion to visit her office and it was still there, for everyone to see.

Amme said...

Several of my most embarrassing moments involve tripping and falling...usually right in front of someone I'm attracted to.

In fact, I think I've fallen in front of every man I've ever had so much as a informal lunch date with.

Luckily, it only happens once. I think. I guess I better not test my luck by making that claim. lol.

Becky said...

I was at a party with a boyfriend. Another guy came up behind me and thinking it was my boyfriend I kissed him. He ended up being someone I knew. For 2 weeks he kept coming over to my house and trying to get into my pants and I wouldn't let him. So I wrote an email telling him I never wanted to see him again and all sorts of stuff like that and sent it. Except I clicked the wrong contact. Instead of the guy who was stalking me I clicked my boyfriend email address. I never saw him again and I still haven't heard from. lol

Amy said...

Mine would be when I was a Junior in High school, we were to keep a diary for our English class. Our teacher was not to read them but she wanted us to keep one and we wrote in it the last 10 minutes of class. I was upset with my best friend over something and had written some not so nice things about her in my diary. Well, we shared a locker and she accidentally took my diary home with her instead of hers and when she started reading it she saw what I had written. I explained why I wrote what I did and we both apologized and we are still very good friends 21 years later.

AmberPackard said...

I am glad I'm not the only one that has that problem Becky...lol


Amme I hae that bad luck as well except when i fell i slammed my face into the cake display at the walmart and broke my nose.

robynl said...

One evening on a walk with a friend we come upon 2 gals from the neighbourhood who had recently moved in. When we finished 'small talk' I said 'have a gay time' and we left. Guess what, they were/are lesbians and I still think about this when I see them. How embarrassing!!!

Sarah Catherine said...

Gosh, let's see...my sense of direction (or lack of it) gets me into more trouble. In recent memory, I was heading home to Houston by myself from San Antonio (decidedly, straight as an arrow EAST). I exited for gas, and got back on going the wrong way. Drove 35 miles in the wrong direction before I recognized a rest area!!! DH won't let me live it down...

Fun party!

Heather said...

I'd say my most embarassing moment was in college. I had an early morning class and friends and I usually went to breakfast together before that. I was pretty tired one morning when I got up and running late. Quickly showered, dressed and pulled a pair of shoes out of the closet without really looking at them, and off we went.

Walking from breakfast to our first class, one of our classmates caught up with us, pulled me aside, and quietly pointed out that I was wearing not two navy shoes as I had thought, but one navy and one black. At least they were the same style--which was how the mistake was made in the first place.
:-\

Jennifer L. said...

Oh the horror! I think I could never face that lady again. One of those if I could turn back time moments was when my boyfriend o'the moment were fighting and I poured my heart out in an email. I talked about sex in crazy locations, my hurt feelings, and all types of crazy things. Somehow I sent it to my entire address book, (including his parents, my relatives, and co-workers)!

Rachael said...

Well my aunt tends to ask a million invasive questions whenever I see her. I should know how to not spill my guts, but I sometimes slip up. She asked me some personal questions and I just answered. It's stuff that not even my mother knew!

Rachael said...

Well my aunt tends to ask a million invasive questions whenever I see her. I should know how to not spill my guts, but I sometimes slip up. She asked me some personal questions and I just answered. It's stuff that not even my mother knew!

Rachael said...

Oops sorry I double posted!

Lyric said...

The most inappropriate thing I did as a child was to smart off to my 10th grade biology teacher and it got me kicked out of class. They had to call my parents. It was the only time my mother had to come up to the school because I'd gotten in trouble. I felt so bad and embarrased for myself and my mother. Never did anything like that ever again.

Maureen said...

I have tried to forget my most embarassing moments but my husband and children insist upon remembering.

I wasn't embarassed at the time but should have been when I pulled out my parent's wedding picture and told my mother how young, thin and pretty she was. What goes around comes around because my daughter's friend sees my wedding picture and says to my daughter that her mother was so pretty back then.

Ali said...

Oh, Liz, how embarrasing :-)
Well, almost everyday I have an embarrasing moment. One of my earliest would have to be with my Mother. We were on the beach one day when she saw that she had a gray hair. She pulled it off and showed it to my father, then I said, "It's because you're old." Oh my gosh, I couldn't believe I just said that to my mother. She turns around and gives me this murderous look and asks, "What did you say?" I looked down, ashamed, and squeked, "Nothing." Ugh, my mind will not let me forget, lol.

Bonnie Ferguson said...

In college I went to a friend's house for dinner. It had been raining and, after dinner when I excused myself to go to the washroom, I realized I had mascara running down my face. He never bothered to tell me {:0

CrystalG said...

I have had many embarrassing moments. Once in junior high, I walked to the front of the classroom with my jacket trailing behind me because it had gotten hung in my back pocket when I pulled it off and hung it on the back off my chair.
I also have worn two different colored shoes. I worked in an office where dress clothes were a standard and I wore a blue shoe and a black shoe one day. I hid my feet under my desk all day.

lidia said...

Most embarassing moment was some years ago. A nominated a woman that reported to me for an award -- she won. The President of our company was to present the award -- of course I was attending.

I was all dressed in a business suit. Since I had a pretty long drive I wore sneakers and packed heels to change to. When I got to the office and pulled out my shoes I found two shoes, same color, same size heel, different style. I couldn't go to the President's office in those. Had to borrow a pair of shoes from a co-worker. The closest to my size were still a whole size too large. Needless to say I had to be extremely careful not to trip. Luckily only a few people noticed and kidded me about the shoes later.

Cherie said...

OK I grew up with a mother who would always misplace things in odd places.
Like the toilet paper in the fridge. and one day all the plates was stacked nicely in the freezer.
I also found a ziplock bag filled with rocks in the freezer too, don't ask.....
She would mix her words up like she would hand us a bowl and say "put the bread in the telephone book" or strange things would come out lol and she would ask if one of use could "please pass the potato chip juice" at the dinner table.
when one of use would reply "I'm sorry Mom but I don't see any potato chip juice" then my dad would give her the bowl off pea's or something.
For some reason my dad always knew what she was really meaning to say.

Well, so I lost the super glue and was looking every where for it finally my husband said to go look in the fridge and I'm like why?...... and there it was on the top shelf just laying there lol
That is when it hit me that I'm turning into my mother.

Kate R said...

I asked a woman when her baby was due and she wasn't pregnant. We were changing in a locker room so I couldn't blame it on her dress.

I learned my lesson. I've never asked again--not even when it's one of those stringbean mothers-to-be with a watermelon on her front.

Cheryl said...

Oh, gosh, can't think of just one thing right now. Most of them have to do with my general klutzy-ness.

Joyce said...

My biggest problem is being out with my dh and meeting someone I know and drawing a blank with their name.

Liz Fielding said...

Oh my goodness!

To those of you who've done the navy blue/black shoe thing I have just one thing to say: welcome to the club!

Evelyn! What a nightmare -- I'm blushing for you.

Emails (and pants) are clearly seriously dangerous things: the whole address book, Jennifer? How long before you went out in public again? :)

Amy -- you've cracked it: talking, communication is obviously the way to go. If you can get the other person to listen.

Amber -- Ouch!

Rita, I'm sending you a special hug. Forgive yourself -- your Mom has.

Ladies, what fabulous, fabulous stories. And doesn't it make us all feel better to know that it isn't just us that makes total idiots of ourselves from time to time.

Minna said...

I have same kind of problem as Joyce: I can't always remember peoples names.

Barbara said...

One of my embarrassing moments was when I first came from my country I used to work at the airport in the cafeterias. I used to wake up at 3 am to start working at 4. I grabbed my shoes put them on and kept going. When I got off of my car I felt that something was funny. Oh my! I looked down and realized that I was wearing 1 sneaker and 1 boot and the worst part not even the same colors. I was the laugh of my co-workers for one day. People told my husband to go to K-Mart at brake time and buy me a pair of shoes. But I just took it easy what else can you do?

catslady said...

Mostly from opening my big mouth at the wrong time - talking about someone and finding they are standing behind you, but lately it's been sending an email meant for my sister (of course critizing someone or something) and sending it to the person I was talking about. I've totally had to stop going to certain sites! That horrible nanosecond when you hit send and realize you shouldn't have, has to be the worst feeling ever.

Lynne said...

Joyce said...
My biggest problem is being out with my dh and meeting someone I know and drawing a blank with their name.

Well Joyce, I can top that. My biggest problem is being out with my dh and meeting someone I know, and drawing a blank with My Husband's name!!! True story. I was mortified. And we'd been married for *years* at that point!

Lynne

Lynn said...

I went to the store for milk, bought tons, and left the milk by the cash register. I made a speedy return to the store and had another customer (elderly, somewhat dithery) run into my car. While I was jumping on the fenders, trying to disconnect the cars, she kept asking, "Is everything all right?" She told my to take the car to a body shop where she had "all her work done" and she would pay. Then she wouldn't. She called to tell me she was no longer driving. Hubby wanted the cart back - NOW - but the shop needed payment. Finally resolved, but what a pain that little memory lapse turned out to be!

AudreyB said...

Your book sounds like a great read. One of my many embarassing moments was at a very posh restaurant and the tables were very close together, French restaurant, very intimate, romantic, and I knocked the wine bottle, in it's stand over and it hit another table and spilled all over the women and her nice outfit and of course it was RED wine, I can say I never have been back there.

Marcy said...

Shelmel - I was the same way when pregnant. After I had my 2nd son I laughingly told my MIL that I figured you lost half your brain with each child. I thought it was funny, but she didn't seem to. It wasn't until days later that I realized I'd insulted her because she had 4 kids. LMBO! Oh well. Thank goodness we get along good. :-D

Pamk said...

I work in a payroll department and a lady came up to our window and she was going on and on about how tired and sick she was. And I asked her when her baby was due of course you guessed it she wasn't pregnant so I don't ask anymore at all

Carolyn A. said...

Oh my goodness - some of these embarassing moments are really, really embarassing. I can't think of anything right now but that doesn't mean I don't have a few skeletons in my closet (so to speak).

Jen in WA said...

This might not be my most embarassing, but it is the most recent one in my mind...

I work in a church office. I have to create and print the bulletin for Sunday worship. It's a tradition in our church to list all those who are celebrating birthdays and anniversaries in the coming week so that the congregation can celebrate too.

A couple months back there was a couple celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. I put the info in the bulletin. Sunday morning, someone comes up to me and points out that I changed their last name! During the annoucement time, the couple stands up to be recognized and had to make mention of my boo-boo. Of course, I was teased about that mistake for several weeks. I still blush when I think about that day.

Brandy said...

Not an actual foot in mouth (I keep quiet in public) but more like an embarassing physical thing. When I was in HS I got a really bad period while in school, so bad my cramps made it impossible to walk upright. I made it throught the day,( because my Mother wouldn't let me go home) and collapsed at home. My boyfriend came over after school and I was in so much pain I was crying. He CALLED MY MOM AT WORK and told her, she FINALLY relented for me to go to the Doctor. The embarassing part? My BOYFRIEND called my Mom to tell her my cramps were bad.

Debbie E said...

Many years ago I remember working with women in sales and always reciting always follow through with what you say so that people will get to know you and your character will speak for itself.

Famous last words. Don't do as I do but do as I say. hehe

I had a customer which I promised to deliver something and never did in the time I was suppose to. Well then I didn't want to face her simply because I was wrong and young and just avoided the situation at all cost. To this day I have never talked to or seen the lady and what a shame because she was very kind. I just remember driving by her house and avoiding even looking at her yard in case she would recognise me. I mean really, what would she have done? Berated me? Big deal but I did avoid it for years.

Nicole said...

I've this lovely ability to quickly forget embarrassing moments. So I never remember when people ask. But oh do I have them. I just can't remember them anymore.

I'm also very pale, so anytime I'm every flustered or even just emotional, my face gets bright red. Coworkers love to laugh at that.

Kathleen said...

What a fun cover!!

Stephanie said...

My now frind was writing a fanfiction story and asked for character discriptions from the reader .... well I sent one in asking for a red-head with brown eyes since more and more stories seem to give them either blue or green eyes well as it turns out she herself is a red-head with Green Eyes lol Needless to say the character came out with green eyes and I sent her an apology when I realized and after that we got to talking and luckily made a friend out of it!!

KimW said...

Hi Liz! The first thing that comes to mind is when I was a teenager laughing with my friends at a woman who had a large lower belly that touched her legs when she sat down. Later in life I learned that the pouch of fat is often times a result of a hysterectory and then I felt so bad about it. And..as you get older often time you get larger. So, I never make fun of anyone now, thin or not.

Jodi said...

My most embarrassing moment wasn't something that I did, but something my boyfriend did to me. We were in the mall eating ice cream. He kept acting like he was going to flick a spoonful at me. Well, wouldn't you now it, but he accidentally (so he says) let go of the spoon and the blob of ice cream came flying at me and hit me right between the eyes! I was so mad and embarrassed that I could have killed him. But, instead, I married him 6 years later!

cyngreen said...

As a teen, my high school choir was away for regionals. We were sitting in the auditorium, awaiting the final results. As they called out our choir's name as first place winners, I lept from my seat to cheer as loudly as I could. In my excitement, I didn't remember that the seats automatically folded up when you stood up. I went to sit back down, and hard I went to the floor. In front of many, many people. Who laughed and laughed. I still feel the pain to this day!

cyngreen said...

Oh, I remember another one. I was going for a job interview, and didn't have time to get my hair professionally done. I thought I would shortcut by pulling it all back and adding a long ponytail. I thought I looked so cute! Until it fell out - plop - right on the floor during the interview process. Luckily, it was not where the boss could see, and I did end up getting the job. And getting my hair done.

Kiki said...

I have both the attention span and the memory of your average goldfish, so while I very frequently embarrass myself, I also usually forget the incidents, too. It's a blessing, I can assure you.

When someone asks me to come up with a specific memory relating to XYZ, I always blank out. Doesn't matter what sort of memory it is.

I am the original memory sieve. And I can't even claim senility yet!

Pam P. said...

I've done the different shoe thing, too.

I remember once years ago wearing a minipad just in case and somehow didn't get the strip torn off most of the adhesive (probably rushing late out the door to work). Walked from my desk over to the copier and on the way back, there it was, laying on the carpet. Somehow it worked its way out and down and out the wide pants leg. I quicky dropped the papers in my hand on the floor and scooped it up for the trash, hoping no one else had noticed.

Melissa said...

Awesome cover Liz! Sounds like a must read book. I'm a Speech Pathologist and work with adults with memory problems due to stroke, dementia and brain injury all the time. I joke that I have "Dementia by Proxy" -- it's not my memory (ha!)people just wear off on me.

One episode of failed memory that sticks with me to this day is from grad school when I worked as a teaching assistant. One of the professors I helped was going to be gone for his class that day and I was supposed to go and show the class a film and pass out an assignment. I just completely forgot! Didn't realize I'd even forgot until days later when he very gently confronted me about it. In my defence there had been a recent death of a close family member and I still wasn't thinking too clearly at the time. I was just horrified that I completely zoned and then he was so nice about it.

Danielle said...

One of my co-workers heard me complain about her, I just wanted to hang my head. Oh well!!!!!!!!

Sandra08081998 said...

Oh - I remember dressing very quickly one morning and running off to work. As I walked into a meeting a pair of old underwear came out of the bottom of my slacks onto the floor. I quickly grabbed them up and tried to hide them in my folder.

Michelle B said...

I have more moments like this than I care to remember:/ And my problem is that I can't let them go for the longest time! It's not always that I say something embarrassing for someone else, I usually just say or do something I feel is stupid. I find myself thinking "Why did I say/do that?"

The most recent was when I decided to change out of an uncomfortable shirt before a long drive. There wasn't a restroom close by, so I just decided to do a covert change in the car. After the fact, I kept wondering if I had flashed anyone on accident! Since I live in the town, I still wonder if I'll ever run into someone who saw me that day!

Lucy Monroe said...

I've got to say that this has been one of the most entertaining blogs! But also, well...I love the sense of comeraderie we all share in having our embarassing moments. It is so nice to know there is definite truth in the addage, "No one is perfect."

Chantal said...

This is hard for me because I don't get embarrassed easily. When I have a 'duh me' moment I just laugh it off and move on. I find it easy to laugh at myself so I think thats why I don;t get embarrassed.
The only thing I can think of happened to me in 7'th grade. I got my monthly a few days early except I didn't know it. I was putting the shop bench up on the table after class when I noticed some dark staining on the seat. I wasn't sure if it was me or not so I went to the bathroom, and boy oh boy it was me. I had leaked though something awful. I had no choice but to wear my coat around my waist on the way home and by the time I got there I was frozen stiff.
Went I went to school the next day everyone was talking about it. I was mortified. Even my so called best friend knew I had leaked and she didn't bother to let me know about it.

KarenG said...

One of the night shift employees where I worked a long time ago was caught with drugs. As a precaution security came around and searched our desks. I had a brown paper bag filled with tampons and pads in there. The security guard picked it up and opened it. I was so embarrassed. I just sat there and couldn't look at him.
Karen

Tee said...

I have many but one that really sticks out is meeting the singing group the Lettermen. I was maybe 17 years old. One of the memebers was recovering from losing his voice. What did I say when he mention it, yes I could tell. Talk about wanting to hide. I did!

Cryna said...

As an office manager I was relieving the receptionist for the lunch break. I had on a rather low cut blouse and when the two female sales reps were teasig me the about it, I said well it is at least not showing everything like this and sort of pulled it down lower.........Unbeknown to me one of the male reps had got behind me to use the fax machine, and you guessed it he got a show.

I was not sure just where to hide, and he finished up his fax and said to me and the girls "please call me when the next show and tell is being held,I don't want to miss it" and walked away...............I could have died.........and so could they have but we just all burst out laughing because the rep was always such a shy person. Not after that..............LOL

Lori said...

Hi Liz~
I think that most unforgettable moment that I still relieve over and over and yes this will seem mild, but it happened when I was about 9 and very jealous of any attention that my Grandmother (Who is one of my very favorite people in the world) was babysitting me, my brother and sister while my folks were in Vegas. I was so angry and annoyed that she would ignore me (which she completely did not do) that I wrote her this really mean note telling her that since she did not love me then I did not love her anymore. I can still actually remember the sad look on her face when she read it. I still feel bad and to this day I am now 37, she still has the note. I felt so mean and hateful!!
Lori

Mark St. Claire said...

I really can't remember an embarrassing moment at all since I actually made myself forget those memory and no I'm not trying to get out of it, LOL. They still pop out at me once in a while and then I forget them right away after. I admit they are still in my mind, just hiding and waiting for the right moment to make there presence known.

mammakim said...

Oh my most embarrasing moment was when I went for a job interview and the guy was really into talking to me. My interview lasted for over an hour. It was only for a retail position. I have never had an interview last that long for a cashier, well I had this nice black velvet dress that buttoned all the way up, Yeah, it was unbuttoned all the way up to almost my crotch. I did get the job on the spot though. I was pretty mortified when I discovered how much he could see though

Estella said...

My most embarrassing moment was when my son repeated something I had said about my mother-in-law.

MarilynS said...

Horrible, horrible....when I asked a co-worker "how was your vacation?" Answer: A family member passed away. I was mortified.

MarilynS said...

Love sheikh books and your books as well Liz.

JENNA said...

I ALWAYS forget to make rice when I make Chinese for dinner. It gets really annoying for those who come to dinner. So one time I did make the rice...in the microwave...and it needed just one more minute...but I pressed 4 instead of one...and forgot...and we had no rice with our king pao shrimp and broccoli beef...and I just told everyone I forgot

Nancy in TX said...

I think the 2 that stay with me the most have been "wardrobe failures" a la Janet Jackson.

The first one happened when I was about 12 and was at the local pool with my best friend. The mega-cute lifeguard (sigh!) was sitting by the diving boards, so I decided to show off. Yup - my top flew off as soon as I launched off the high dive! I wound up freaking out mid-air, doing the flailing arms and bicycle kicking leg thing and landed a "perfect 10" belly flop. My swimsuit top landed about 25 yards from my body, last seen floating down towards the shallow end of the pool on the "tidal waves" caused by aforementioned belly flop. The lifeguard almost fell out of his chair laughing, and I think it took a full week for the heat to go out of my cheeks! Needless to say, I refused to go back to the pool for the rest of the summer...

The 2nd incident happened in college - I went to University of Texas at Austin (about 50,000 students). Well, had a student council meeting that day, so I dressed up a bit instead of my usual uniform of jeans, T-shirt, and ponytail. I ran to the restroom before heading to class. Yup, tucked the back of my skirt into my pantyhose, then proceeded to walk to class along the most congested pathway on campus mid-day! Oh, only a couple of THOUSAND people walked by without saying anything until a girl I didn't even know grabbed my arm, led me to a tree, and told me. I just about died right then and there...especially when I realized it was laundry day, and I was wearing the last clean pair of underwear...Christmas red and green holly pattered panties in the middle of August!!

Liz Fielding said...

So many fabulous, funny, painful stories. And Brandy, embarrassing maybe, but what a nice caring guy!

Thank you all so much for sharing. And for the lovely comments on my cover -- it's one of the new Harlequin "Romance" covers being launched in September and they are all lovely.

blueberri said...

I won the draw! Thank you for your fantastic prize, Liz. Both my husband and I love your books! I can't wait to get pampered and have a good read all at the same time!

Lynette said...

One of my most embarrassing moments, and believe me there are many, was one day when I bumped into another mature student who had been on the same counselling course as myself. She had one of her teenage children with her.

I said: "So, this is your daughter?"

She replied: "No, this is my son!"

If ever there was a time when I wanted the ground to open up and swallow me, it was then, right in the middle of Holland and Barrett.

How could I get out of that?

He did look like a she though. I know lots of youngsters have long hair, it wasn't that, he just had a girlish face and I spoke without thinking.

In the end, I said something stupid like: "Oh, slip of the tongue!"

Oh, one more embarassing moment. I met an old friend in town who seemed to have pregnant forever.

I said: "So when is the baby due?"

She replied: "I had it a fortnight ago!"

Me and my mouth!