I got an email from Elizabeth Pantley, the author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution, a couple of weeks ago.
(I hope she actually DID find and read my blog posts, rather than get forwarded links by her editors/media relations people, but you never know. Still, I choose to believe that she did!)
She wanted to know if I would like some free copies of her other books.
So of course, I said HELL YES.
Today I went down to UPS to pick up a box with three shiny new books in it. They still have that new book smell. Since I buy most of my books from Value Village or the used book store where PH used to work, this is a big deal for me.
They didn’t want to give me my books at first, because they were addressed to someone named Doug. I don’t know a Doug, unless you count my friend’s dog, and he’s not much of a reader. I pointed out that my own name was also on the label, right under Doug’s. The UPS lady looked at me suspiciously through her granny-glasses.
“I can’t give this to you. It’s addressed to Doug, not you,” she said firmly. “But my name is right there!” I said, pointing to the label and waving my ID.
“I’d really rather release this to Doug himself.”
“But there is no Doug! I don’t know who Doug is.”
“Well, it’s addressed to him.”
Eventually her younger male co-worker reasoned her into letting my have my package. “Her name IS on the box.”
“Well, then why does it say Doug?” the UPS lady argued.
“It must be a mistake.”
“Look, I was expecting the package. I know what’s in the package. My name is on the package,” I said, pointing again to the label.
So they let me have my package from Elizabeth Pantley.
(When I opened the box, there was a packing slip billing the cost of my books to the self-same Doug, so he must be a media relations guy or an editor or something at McGraw Hill.)
As a thank-you to her for the free books, I’ll of course be posting reviews of the books as I complete them.
The books are:
The potty training one especially will probably get a couple of posts – I’ll post one as I begin the process, and another when I finally succeed. Here’s hoping you won’t have to wait until Owl is five years old for that second update :-p