2/14/10

If at first you don't succeed, your angel will take care of it.

(That's a tiny shot of the small city where we stayed for Blissdom. Population: One trillion.)


I have GOT to take a moment to give a huge shout-out to my guardian angel, Marguarite. (As I was leaving the session with my medium, she said, “You know you have a guardian angel, right? Her name is Marguarite. She takes good care of you.”)


Well, she kicks BUTT. And, as most of you know, she has her work cut out for her. I keep her on her toes DAILY, and am often reminded of her presence.


While attending the writing conference (Blissdom) in Nashville, I was given a task by Bitchy and Sassy.

“PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE bring us make-up. If there are any sponsors there with make-up, we would LOVE some.”

Imagine my delight that morning when I noticed several lovely young ladies setting up a Cover Girl booth right outside the Presidential Ballroom on the first day of the conference! After talking with an amazing girl named Brooke Austin, I learned that they were preparing the booth to give “smoky-eye makeovers” to those of us who were patient enough to wait in line.


The demonstration wasn’t slotted to begin until around 4:00, and it was 10:00 a.m. I couldn’t help but keep track of their progress as the day unfolded, and took advantage of every opportunity to BEG the girls for make-up. They were very polite each and every time they denied me.

I was so obsessed with trying to get make-up, that I was driving my roommates and the girls at the booth CRAZY. (Mothers of teen girls, you KNOW that we need all the help we can get in keeping these hormonal teens human.)

In the end I stood in line with the throngs of excited woman, made some new friends and enjoyed a fun make-over. I was resigned to the fact that free Cover Girl make-up was not in the cards. I was comforted by the fact that Harry Connick Jr. was going to be singing to us later that night.

I was awakened the next morning by one of my very excited roommates, Melanie.

“Vodkamom, GUESS WHAT? You know there are 9,000 rooms in this monster of a hotel, right? There are many wings, restaurants, shops, conference rooms, rivers and BOAT RIDES! Well, guess what? Last night I discovered that the Cover Girl Reps that you’ve been stalking are in the room next door. NEXT DOOR TO US!”

“WHAT????????????” I screamed like a little girl on Christmas morning who’d found a PONY under her tree!

“I said, the Cover Girl reps are NEXT DOOR.”

I FLEW out of the bed, grabbed the LAST TWO BOTTLES of product that my incredible sponsor had sent to the conference, and decided that perhaps a trade was in order!

I ran out into the hall, said a prayer and knocked.

The two lovely ladies who answered were thrilled with the trade, and happy to hand over the last of some samples they hadn’t used the previous day.



And Marguariate? When I see you (which I hope will be years from now) I am giving you a huge, huge, huge kiss!!



Sometimes life has a funny way of working out.

36 comments:

Rebecca Watson said...

I love love love your blog! totally cute :)

The Mayor said...

So that's what happened to the olive stuff you promised me! Being a mom to many girls... I completely understand.
My few tidbits of Cover Girl from our bag was quickly spoken for upon my return.

She Who Sasses said...

I loved this post! You can always count on mom's to come through in a pinch! Bitchy and Sassy are VERY lucky!!

Kathy's Klothesline said...

Such a good mom ..... willing to prostitute herself for make-up samples! My hat is off to you!

Michele said...

What a nice mom. If it was me I'd dole that make-up out to those girls like it was candy to hyperactive children. Sparingly and upon good behavior.

3 Men and a Lady said...

Sweet deal! I'm glad you succeeded!

Mimi Lenox said...

Who could live without makeup???!!
Certainly not I.

You've been royally tagged by the Queen of Memes ..I Have a Dungeon and I Know How To Use It ~ The UNValentine Grumpy Meme

phd in yogurtry said...

And we must assume Bitchy and Sassy, upon receiving said CG gifts, were instantly transformed into Grateful and Appreciative. No?

The Dotterel said...

No, I couldn't possibly. You've given me stage-fright...

Irish Gumbo said...

Where's my free makeup? I want to feel pretty tooooooo!

Brian Miller said...

nice. free swag!

Gaston Studio said...

Free goodies! And you were right next door!

Secretia said...

I'm glad you had a chance to go on this adventure.

Anything Fits a Naked Man said...

Man, you're fun! Wish I could've been at that bloody Blissdom conference, it looks like you all had such fun! Please don't stop writing this blog, I'm really, really enjoying it!!

Have a great week!

Just B said...

Wow I missed your blog!! I took a little break, but am dipping my toes back in the blog river. This is a great post.

I'm afraid I wore my angel out in my twenties. Like the time I hopped a ride with a truckload of men on their way to one of their friend's just-got-out-of-prison party. It's a long story, but suffice to say they dropped me off at my destination safe and sound (and my angel had to go put her feet up and have a double martini).

Maureen@IslandRoar said...

Wow, nice to see Marguarite doing her job! Gorgeous photo.

The Pipster said...

What a fun time and so cool to get good swag too.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Does your guardian angel have a sister???
Great swag!
Sounds like you had a blast.
xo

Suzy said...

I did a post maybe last year of a woman named Marguerite, a friend of my French Grandmother's. She was a seer and psychic. She used to come over and take me and Lindy out to cemeteries to give my mom a break when we spent time in Paris.

In my post I didn't tell the whole story about her because it is so freaky that I didn't think anyone would believe it. But I sure do like the name Marguerite!

Katy said...

I made myself up with that smoky eye stuff--I like some of it, but I'm not sure blue is my color!

I love the hat you gave me--I'm going to try to mention it SOON on my blog.

Melissa B. said...

My Lil Sis is in the fashion biz, and your experience reminded me of one of her recent posts about swag, et al. Here's the link. Enjoy!
An Ella Numera Una B-day

Krystal Grant said...

I'm glad you finally got the make up you wanted. That's crazy they were staying right next door to you. Your guardian angel did a good job.

Merrily Down the Stream said...

Fab! Mom eeks out a win at the last possible moment!

Annabelle said...

Oh Vodkamom - what fate and luck you have. You''ll be crowned mum of the year when you give that makeup to your daughters!

Keyona said...

The things we do for our kids!! :)

laughingwolf said...

come getcher award...

FranticMommy said...

Fun! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog on my SITS Day. And what a wonderful day it was! I don't do many giveaways (they are kinda of a pain-in-my-drain) but I am doing a cool one now. Pop by and enter to win! http://www.franticmommy.blogspot.com

slow panic said...

angels rock.

Kathryn Magendie said...

Laughing!!!! whoop whoop!

Cora said...

SWEEEEEET!

I have an angel too, I just don't yet know her/his name. Too bad too 'cuz I owe my angel many a thank you note!

Char said...

Its really great when there's someone watching your back. Sounds like a fun time, glad you got to go.

Stefanie said...

Any chance you loan her out?

Smart Mouth Broad said...

Oh man, I want a Marguerite. I really need some new makeup. But wait, I need to keep my wine even more. I bow to your awsomemomminess. Giving up wine for makeup. *sigh*

Angie Ledbetter said...

Time for your annual hearing screening, dear. Your medium said your guardian angel's name is MARGUERITA, def not Marguerite!

Can't wait to hear the whole conference scoop and this sponsor stuff. I'm more out of the loop than usual.

Real Live Lesbian said...

How do I totally miss this damn conference every year!? And I'm IN Nashville!!!! I would have totally done you. ;)

Your makeup, that is.

Katja Presnal said...

LOL, I was happy to share makeups with you :)

It wasn't the CoverGirl reps you visited.. It was Erika of ChicShopperChick.com and me. I work with Brooke for Collective Bias, and CG is our client, and Erika was our blogger advocate for the Smoky Eye campaign. It was so great to meet you and I'm happy to hear that girls finally got their makeups!