Airport Woes and Books To Give Away!

It's 8 a.m.
And I've been up since 6:30.
I am soo ticked! This was one of those weeks where all that gets you through is the knowledge that you can sleep in on Saturday. So obviously there is some law of science or nature that says a Worn Out Body With the Opportunity to Sleep Until Nine Will Wake Up Before Roosters and Howling Neighbor Dogs. (AND it's even raining–PERFECT sleeping weather! AUGHHHHHHHH!)

Anyway, hope you had a good week.
Not only did I have a hard time adjusting to the time change between Hawaii and Arkansas (six hours), but it's like I was not only on Hawaii time this week, but also mentally in their climate. Sunday for Easter (did the church thing on Sat), I put on my capris, my short sleeve shirt, my flip flops. I go directly to my garage, get in car, and drive to my mom's. I get out…and freeze my BUNS OFF!! It was like 40 degrees! So wrong.

So my airport experience was interesting last week. I went with two good friends. Friends who know that I will always bring my pillow (my sister in law calls is my “woobie.” My friends call it my “baby.” They place more significance on it than I do. I call it something to drool on when you have a 6 hour flight.) Also these are friends who know that I don't pack until the last possible second, and I will overpack. I'm also so boastfully proud of my ability to pack a bag right up to 49.5 lbs. Well…I must confess to you that I failed this time. It was 52 pounds. I seriously needed a moment to collect myself after that. How could I have messed up? How could I have let two extra pounds get away from me? Did I even deserve to go to Hawaii? And if they asked for a human sacrifice for their volcano,should I just go ahead and volunteer? So yeah, that really weighed heavily on me.

I would also like to say (and sorry if this offends anyone) that if you travel you need to do everything in your power to avoid the LAX International airport. You think, “Oh, I'm going to Los Angeles. I will see famous people in the airport–they're always there.” NO, not if you're going to the hole known as their International terminal. Not only will you not see famous people, but you will see every day Joes–about five thousand of them–and you will all be headed for the same place–one of their TWO restaurants–a Burger King (wait–I'm gagging just thinking about it. Gimme a second to recover….Okay, I think I'm….nope, still gagging…) and a Chilis Too. (How about a Chilis Too Yucky? A Chilis Too Bad We Ran Out of Everything on the Menu? A Chilis Too Run Down To Take Anything But Cash. GOOD TIMES!!! So we waited an HOUR in line to eat at Booger King (going to my happy place, going to my happy place…). And then we had flight delays, so we went and ate AGAIN at Chilis (wanted to spread the love) and sat at the table for as long as we could stretch it out because there was absolutely NOTHING else to do.

At one point, after reading all the magazines in a store, we got so bored we started sniffing these horrible candles (on PURPOSE!) and it was like:
“Oh, sick. Smell this. This is the worst.”
“No! Try this one. It will make you want to totally yack up your Flame Broiler.”
“Yeah, well, this candle will make your stomach churn, your guts clench, and your head throb.”
“Ew, seriously? Lemme sniff.”
Sheer boredom…

Okay, enough about my trip.
Until Monday.

BUT…in case you missed book two, ON THE LOOSE, in the Katie Parker series or in case you want to get some extra copies for early Christmas presents, to hand out to a friend, or to stick in your 2050 time capsule, I'm giving away FIVE copies of ON THE LOOSE. Book III, THE BIG PICTURE, will be out in a matter of weeks (I just got my copy last night!!), and maybe somebody needs a refresher.

So if you'd like to win a FREE copy of ON THE LOOSE, just email me (jen at your name and addy, and you'll be thrown in the drawing. Well, not you. Your name.

Okay, so have a great weekend. Can't wait to show you my luau pictures. Ladies, did I find some hot men for you

Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 11 comments
Anonymous - March 29, 2008

I enjoy your Zippity Blog, it gives me something to look forward to each day. Hutch and I read it aloud every post. We love it and are so proud of you!!! Enjoy your weekend.

Edge - March 29, 2008

*squee* Free books?? Sign me up. I have number one, but not two…and I can’t wait…

Tigger - March 29, 2008

I loved book 1, and was thinking about buying book 2, but if I can get it in a drawing I’ll be SO happy…

Edge - March 29, 2008

Oh, right, I forgot my email address.

Anonymous - March 29, 2008

Oh! hey! I know the poster before me! 🙂 I’m Debbie from Writer’s Bloc. 🙂 I didn’t know you were a Jenny B Jones fan! 🙂 So am I! 🙂

Debbie, who’s signing this as anonymous because blogger doesn’t like to let me in. *sniff*

Gracie - March 29, 2008

I’ve never had to run through airport terminals (as of yet…), but I totally understand the candle sniffing. My friend and I were once walking around in Hallmark and we spend at least fifteen minutes testing scents.

So sorry that your packing came in over the limit; but glad that you still decided to go to Hawaii. ; )

Brittanie - March 29, 2008

Jen I love your blog too. You make me laugh many times. I have read both your books and loved them. I can’t wait for the third to come out. 🙂

Jenny B. Jones - March 29, 2008

Don’t forget, guys, to email me at the addy at the end of the blog to get entered in the drawing!

cballan - March 30, 2008

We flew out of LAX to Hawaii, and it was such a monumentally traumatizing experience we needed the Maui beach to rehabilitate.

It’s the airport version of Survival with adult gang wars-

Jenny B. Jones - March 30, 2008

We decided LAX International was like an airport AFTER a nuclear holocaust. It was unreal. It was like a third world nation in there. I mean, come on. Who has ONLY Burger King? Get some class and have something a little more upper scale, something for discriminating palates.
Like a McDonald’s.

Sara E. - April 1, 2008

LOL @ smelling the yucky candles. It amazes me how people can even sell such things. I mean, does anyone really buy those kinds of things?


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