Tuesday, March 15, 2011

One Misconstrued word: One Big Embarrassment

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And now for my blog:

Last week, I had one of those experiences that reminded me how one misconstrued word and one wrong assumption can totally throw off a conversation and lead a person to making an idiot out of herself. Here’s what happened.

Okay…some of you know that my new series, Hotter In Texas, is set to release August 23rd. Yup, between writing two series, short stories, and guest blogs out the kazoot, I’ve been a busy, busy girl. So busy that I’ve started scheduling regular massages to help me relax. And that afternoon was my appointment to get my massage. Hey…it’s my reward for working so hard. But before I go to get my massage, I have chores to do. Some of you know that I’m basically a promo slut. I love finding perfect giveaways to offer as little prizes to my readers and booksellers. So after some brainstorming, my agent and I came up with the idea to buy some mini fans. Get it? Hotter in Texas and a mini fan? So . . . part of my morning chore was ordering said fans from the Internet. With that accomplished, I stepped out to do my daily hour walk, another thing that helps me relax.

When I returned, I went into my office to start producing pages. My email dinged and I saw I’d gotten a confirmation on my order of the fans. Right then Hubby stepped in the office and said, “Oh, you got a call. They can’t get the rubber you wanted.”

I look at the screen. I didn’t even know the fans had rubber in them, and then I look back at my husband. “But they confirmed everything.”

“Then I guess that’s why they called,” he said.

Mentally, I chewed on that for a few seconds and stared at the screen, then I stared back at hubby.

In a no-big deal tone he said, “They want you to call them back.”

I sat there, my brows pinched, trying to understand. “I didn’t ask for a special kind of rubber.”

“Then call them and tell them that,” he said.

“I don’t even know their phone number,” I said, feeling frustrated.

“Then get it off the caller ID,” he said and walked out.

I stared at the email for a few more seconds and decided to forego the call and just shoot them an email. I type out a quick message. “Did I miss something? I didn’t see where I was supposed to ask for a certain type of rubber? But any rubber will do as long it’s red. And not poison or something, just in case someone accidentally puts it in their mouth.”

With that taken care of I started to work on my pages. A little later, Hubby walked back in. “Did you get the number?”

“No,” I said. “I just shot them an email.” The puzzlement that I felt from before bubbled back up. “I still don’t understand what they want.”

He shrugged. “All they said was that you were going to get a different rubber. Your rubber is sick.”

“What?” I said. “My rubber is sick? What the hell does that mean?”

He shrugs again. “They didn’t say what was wrong with her.”

“Her?” I asked. My rubber has a gender?

He shrugged. “Yeah, the person you get to rub on you. She’s sick.”

“My masseuse?” I dropped my head on the desk. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. I still haven’t gotten an answer from the fan people.

So . . . have you ever made an idiot out of yourself? Leave a post and I’ll send one person a red, Hotter in Texas fan. And don’t forget all of you are a winner today, so go download or read my short story and the first three chapters of Born at Midnight.


krisgils33 said...

My entire existence has been about embarrasing myself!!! That is a really funny story. Thanks for sharing. Can't wait for the Texas books to come out!!!

TerriOsburn said...

OMG! That's hysterical. Though I blame this one on Mr. Craig. The word "massage" couldn't have been thrown in there somewhere??

And you've given someon at that fan company a terrific party anecdote. LOL!

I'll download the free short tonight when I get home.

Michelle said...

OMG, that is too funny! Yes, one wrong word or phrase has been the bane of my existence.

I once saw somebody at work with a banana, and proceeded to say "wow, he's got a big banana"...nobody had seen the banana in his hand,lol.

Rebekah E. said...

I seem to embarrass myself at least once a day. For some odd reason my foot likes my mouth. At least after it is all said and done we can usually laugh at ourselves, usually.

AnneMarie Novark said...

OH God, Christie!!! That is hilarious!!! Only to you. Only to you.


Amanda Brice said...

LOL! Very funny. And yeah, totally something I would do.

And thanks for the short story! I love contests I can win.

CrystalGB said...

That was so funny. Sounds like conversations with my hubby. Thanks for sharing. :)

Loretta said...

I am "not" surprised. I've shared the type of household I live in on your blog. Flash cards with words "spelled" on them is the only way to survive!:)
Come to think of it, maybe it's simply a man/woman thing. Wouldn't have a clue...
Downloading your freebie today! Can't wait to read it:)

Virginia said...

How cute, sounds like something I would do. Love your books reading one of them right now, can't wait for your new one to come out.

Anonymous said...

OMG! That is too hilarious! Your hubby is such a source of enjoyment!! LOL! Thanks for the laugh, Christie.

Sharon said...

Being a "card carrying member of 'foot-in-mouth syndrome" myself, this made me laugh out loud. Thanks for this story and a good giggle today. If you send me a "rubber" make sure it is red and it works. Have a great day.

Sharon Humphries

catslady said...

My mind must be in the gutter but when the word rubber came up...


Christie, I dont think I have laughed that hard in a long time! A great laugh and an even greater example of why it is really important to pay attention to what we do.

God bless,

Brandy said...

LOL! Omgosh, I can't imagine what the fan people are thinking! Thanks for sharing. *g*

Diane Kelly said...

I once chaperoned a fifth-grade field trip to Sea World. When the guide asked if anyone had questions about the whale family, I asked how they prevented the whales from in-breeding. Really, I was afraid a whale might be born with two blowholes and drown itself or something. Little did I think before openeing my mouth that all of the kids would then want to know what "inbreeding" was. Oops. . . I wasn't invited on any field trips after that.

Sandy said...

ROFLMAO I can hardly write this I'm laughing so hard.

Christie Craig said...

Hi Krisgils33,

Thanks. I can't wait for the Texas books to come out either.

Have a great night.


Christie Craig said...


Thank you!!! I told him it was fault, too. LOL.

Thanks for dropping in, girl. And I'll see you tomorrow!!


Christie Craig said...


Big banana, huh? I think I would have died on the spot.

Thanks for stopping in.


Christie Craig said...


I'm with you, girl. I know the taste of toes. Foot in mouth is way of life for me.



Christie Craig said...


I swear, I don't go looking for these things. But I admit, I had my mind on the fans and so whatever he would have said probably would have confused me. But he had to find the one word that I could almost connect to the fans.

Thanks for stopping in.


Christie Craig said...


Thanks, girl. I tell you, this happens to me way too often!!


Christie Craig said...


I think I'll think twice before send anymore emails. LOL. But hey...we gotta love those hubbies, even with their flaws.

Thanks for stopping in.


Christie Craig said...


I'm telling you. They don't have to be from another country to have communication problems.

Thanks, girl.


Christie Craig said...


Thanks girl. I'll have new romance out in August. I can't wait.

Have a great evening.


Christie Craig said...


I love him, Jenn. But somedays I could use a little less enjoyment. LOL. Okay, I wouldn't give him up for nothing.

Thanks for stopping in.


Christie Craig said...


So we both have those cards, do we?



Christie Craig said...


My head wasn't anywhere near the gutter until I realized what I'd written. LOL.

Thanks for stopping in.


Christie Craig said...


You know, after it was all over, I had a good laugh, too. And hey, we all need more laughter in our lives.

Thanks for stopping in.


Christie Craig said...


I think they are thinking that they are glad they already got their money because obviously, I'm a total nut job.

Thanks for stopping in.


Christie Craig said...


You would assume we would eventually learn to keep our mouths shut, and stop e-mailing, but it ain't so. We just keep on keeping on. LOL.


Christie Craig said...


What's bad is that man is a smart man. He could use the word masseuse. LOL.

Thanks for stopping in.


Bethany said...


You just plain rock and I totally laughed out loud with your story.

Between me and my husband it's the thought-you-said diease. I'll say something and he'll think I said something else (something outrageous) and vice versa. Reminds me of those "Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle" books and "The Thought-You-Said-Cure"

Stacey Joy Netzel said...

Thanks for a good laugh after a long day at work, Christie. I haven't met your hubby, but don't need to to be able to watch this exchange in my head as I read it.

I'm very much looking forward to the Texas series!

Christie Craig said...

Hi Bethany!

I thought you said disease is a good name for it, too.

Thanks for stopping in. Had fun at your blog.


Christie Craig said...


Anytime, girl. We all need to laugh more. Thanks for dropping in.


Mary Ann C. said...

Hah! I do it all the time, and I'm getting worse at catching them! How about ordering a music box for your grandmother's 81'st birthday, only to find out that the melody it plays is, "Try To Remember", and she is already Alzheimer's phobic? Yes, that would be me!