Tuesday, October 4, 2011

How we benefit from Jen Tucker's bad day...plus a book giveaway!

**Giveaway is now closed**

Jen Tucker claimed she only wrote for kids, until a rather "off" day (and some encouragement from her publisher) inspired her adult memoir, "The Day I Wore My Panties Inside Out." She has been writing since the age of four by creating little books to leave under her mom's pillow. As an adult, she went on to work at the Children's Museum in Indianapolis, Indiana and then wrote two children's books. She's a mother of three who considers herself to be a "married single parent" because her husband travels so much. And having a young daughter means she never gets to escape from all things Hello Kitty related. Jen is really friendly and enjoys writing e-mail "novels." She is also extremely funny, which is why she fits in perfectly with our humor theme this month.

Because she is so kind and giving in every aspect of her life, she extends her kindness to our blog by offering to give two copies of "The Day I Wore My Panties Inside Out" to some lucky readers anywhere in the world!

You can find Jen on Facebook, Twitter and at her website.

Funniest chick lit novel?
My friend Erin told me that I had to pick up a book that she could not stop laughing about, and referred to as “true chick lit.” When I read the first sentence of this novel, I was hooked. How could I not be? “Loreen Murphy hadn’t meant to hire a male prostitute in Las Vegas.” I answered that sentence aloud with my own retort of, “NO! She did NOT!!” I even covered my mouth as I laughed, knowing this was going to be the start of something great! Beth Harbison’s "Secrets of a Shoe Addict" reeled me in and it was jackpot gold! If laughter is the best medicine, then Beth Harbison has the right prescription.

Funniest book character (chick lit or any kind)?
Hands down, or should I say credit cards down, the funniest character has to be my girl, Rebecca Bloomwood. Even though you know she needs a serious crash course in debt dieting with Suze Orman, you want her to outwit the nitwit bill collector! Sophie Kinsella, on behalf of women everywhere who have maxed out of their credit cards because they couldn’t resist (*AHEM* not that I know anyone like that), thank you.

Favorite comedy film?
Can I cheat and tell you that I have two? I guess I just did! The funniest “old school” comedy film has to be "Caddyshack." We have watched that movie every year, for 20 years, while on vacation at the beach with my husband’s family. We use the one liners at dinner (“You gonna eat your fat?”) and on the golf course (“Oh Mrs. Crane, you’re a little monkey woman.”). That cheeky gopher strutting his stuff to Kenny Loggin’s lyrics shows the potential of a Solid Gold dancer. He steals the show.

From this century, my other movie choice would be "The Hangover." Baby Carlos, Mike Tyson tiger-napping, a naked dweller in the trunk of a car, and the “Doug” song. Need I say more?

Funniest TV show?
"Modern Family," hands down. I think it is the most cleverly written show on television. The character’s quirks and sticky family situations keep me howling. It is the freshest comedy to come along in a very long time. There is no way I can be mad at my husband, Mike, for having a crush on Sofia Vergara. I mean, have you seen her? Yowza!

Funniest song?
I am laughing as I type… Weird Al’s "Bedrock Anthem." It is a parody of The Red Hot Chili Pepper’s song "Give it Away Now," which is married with a salute to "The Flintstones." You must look this one up on YouTube right this minute! Well, empty your bladder first and then watch it. You will thank me, on both accounts.

Funniest quirk you had as a child?
I think around the age of eleven I went through a phase where my friends said my laugh sounded like a machine gun. Yeah, that was not good for a girl to hear who already suffered from preteen image issues.

Funniest misunderstanding?
My friend Vicki is a super busy girl. We text several times a week. One of the funniest misunderstandings I have been a part of came from one of our finger-led conversations. Forgive the text lingo below, but I wanted to set the mood.

JEN: I love you Vic, have a great week!
VIC: You 2! I luv you lots like tater tits.
JEN: WTH? You luv me like tater tits?
VIC: I luv lots like TATER TOTS!

Strangest thing you find funny?
So I think I might be a weirdo, because I don’t know if I find strange things funny. I have a really good sense of humor, but I am baffled thinking of an answer to this question. Mike thinks it’s funny to watch videos of people stupid enough to document themselves getting hurt. Then, they show the entire world via the internet their obvious Mensa memberships. I can’t stand that! My son Ryan thinks the words “tenderloin” and “beef brisket” are hysterical. Seriously Ryan?!? Our oldest son, Wil, records his burps on his Nintendo DS and plays them for me at different speeds and tones. I think all three of these humans are strange, and funny. Does that count?

Funniest TV or movie character?
The funniest character has to be the one portrayed by Wesley Snipes in the movie, "Too Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar." He transforms into Noxeema Jackson, a drag queen on her way to California to compete in a Hollywood pageant along with characters portrayed by Patrick Swayze and John Leguizamo. Three macho guys in gorgeous designer duds, and they pull it off with such finesse that you will be jealous they walk in heels better than you. The one-liners by Snipes will keep you in stitches. Rent this now!

Favorite joke?
This is a joke my best friend Nancy told me years ago. Please note that I am blonde, and so I am allowed to repeat this joke according to the blonde code of conduct manual.

A blonde calls 911.
“Quick! Please send the fire department! The house across the street is burning down!”
“Yes ma’am! Right away! We need to know where it is. How do we get there?”
“DUH! Big red truck?!?”

Special thanks to Jen for making us laugh and for sharing her book with our readers.

How to win "The Day I Wore My Panties Inside Out":
Please comment below with your e-mail address.
(Please note: Entries without an e-mail address will NOT be counted. You can use AT and DOT to avoid spam. Or provide a link to your facebook page or blog if you can receive messages there.)

Bonus entries (can be listed all in one post):
1. Please tell us: What is your funniest wrong-facing wardrobe moment? (Inside out, backwards, mismatched socks/shoes...anything goes!)
2. Follow this blog and post a comment saying you are a follower (if you already follow, that's fine too).
3. Post this contest on Facebook or Twitter or in your blog, and leave a comment saying where you've posted it.
4. Join Chick Lit Central on Facebook. Edit settings if you don't want to receive a lot of messages at your e-mail account. Please read our posting guidelines, as well. (If you're already a member, let us know that too.)
5. Add a friend to our Facebook group. (Tell us who you added.) Be sure to remind them to edit their settings.

Giveaway ends October 9th at midnight EST.


holdenj said...

I picked up Secrets of a Shoe Addict at a library book sale and think I need to read it after Jen's recommendation! Thanks for the chance to win!

Anonymous said...

Aside from everything written above, Jen is the most positive person and has a huge giving heart. I wish her great success with her writing and her beautiful children. xoxo Cindy & Sassy

Kim W. said...

1. I think the worst I've done is wear mismatched shoes. One was brown and one was red so it was really obvious, only I didn't notice until I arrived at work and someone pointed it out to me!

2. I already follow the CLC blog

3. I posted this contest on Facebook

4. I am already a member of CLC on Facebook

Email: kewalker1972@gmail.com

Dee DeTarsio said...

Great interview! I love Jen--we are Midwestern soul sisters!!

Kritters Ramblings said...

I came to work one day with one brown shoe and one black, thats what I get for dressing in the dark!

I follow this blog.
I am a fan on facebook.


Nina said...

Luckily for me the only inside-out type of wardrobe malfunctions I've experienced have been in those "first day of school" type of dreams!! ::knocks on wood:: Haha!

Amy said...

This is a hilarious book! Anyone and everyone will love it! It will lift your spirits on one of those days that is just out of control! I can't wait to read Jen Tucker's next book! BRAVO!

Sherry said...

While attending college I had two food serving jobs-- being so unbelievably exhausted and having too rush out of my house to go to class and take my uniform( I had to work right after class). I changed into my uniform and realized I grabbed two black shoes--just happens they were not the same black shoes. I had to work with shoes of different height for entire shift--argg felt so dumb!--at least I had 1 left and 1 right shoe:)

Jeryl M. said...

I have once or twice gone out with my pajama bottoms on under my clothes by accident.

I am a subscriber.

I am a Facebook follower.


Jel said...

the title and the cover of the book looks amuzing and interesting. this will surely have me laughing i guess. haha enter me pls :)

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Jel said...

funniest and embarrassing as well was when i was wearing a buttoned shirt and i had the buttons in the wrong place lol.

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Jel said...

im a blog follower =)
GFC: Jel

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Jel said...

fb shared: http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=160288587395172&id=100002184952335

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Jel said...

im a member of Chick Lit Central on Facebook :)

FB Name: Maggy Diaz Oro

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Unknown said...

thankyou for the competiton!
r.m.haigh at hotmail.co.uk
joined the chick lit central group on fb :)

Jane said...

*blushing* I have actually worn my panties inside out! Nearly died laughing when I discovered it while getting ready for bed that night!



Unknown said...

following the blog
i'm a new member of the group that's where i saw this interview

Unknown said...

addition link for me

namomof3 said...

humor and reading is good for the soul-- therefore, I'd LOVE to win this one!


Anonymous said...

Half way thru the book and love it! I officially own all of Jen Jen's books. She's amazingly funny and such a truly "real" person I am honored to also receive text that she loves me lots like tater tots (but never tater tits~) But I have been loved like dippin dots!!

Tiffany Drew said...

I actually just wore my underwear inside out a few weeks ago. By the time I realized it, it was already late in the day and I was too tired to care so I just left them like that lol. This book looks like a lot of fun, so please count me in!

GFC follower Tiffany Drew
Facebook member Tiffany Drew


Unknown said...

This looks like a fabulous read!

1. I've actually worn my panties inside out and didn't realize it until I was halfway into my work day.

2. I am a follower of the blog and a fan on Facebook.


Dolly said...

If Jen survived working at the Children's Museum, I give her props!

Thanks for the interview and giveaway.

jcsites2002 at hotmail dot com

Dolly said...

One day I wore a black loafer and a brown loafer all day at work, and no one noticed!

I'm a blog & FB follower.

Tweeted https://twitter.com/#!/DollyJ007/status/121401696999055360

Katie said...

I just last month wore a tank top inside out ALL DAY LONG. During my second week of a new job!

cookiesncrafts AT gmail DOT com

I already follow you too!

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

Way back in the 70s, I had 2 pairs of cowboy boots in different shades of brown...one tan and one a reddish brown. I got ready to go in a hurry and grabbed one of each pair. Hours later, I think someone must have told me. I hid my feet for the rest of the night.

I am a GFC follower

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Mary Preston said...

Loved the joke.

I once had a dress that plunged front & back. I wore it back to front & there was more plunging in the front than was decent. (Don't dress in a hurry & check in the mirror.)
GFC: Mary Preston
FB: Mary Preston

Michelle said...

I must read this book!

1. Big job interview, BIG JOB INTERVIEW, and I wore my shirt inside out and couldn't figure out what they were staring at. So embarrassing.

2. I definitely follow this blog!

3. I follow on Facebook as well!

Have to work on the others. :)

MissMichB at gmail dot com

Unknown said...
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Unknown said...

Oh my gosh!!! You guys these comments are so great! Ha! Best of luck to you all and here's to living life to the fullest amidst wardrobe malfunctions! XOXO Jen Tucker

Unknown said...

1. This sounds hilarious! And if Dee DeTarsio says to read it, I'm going to read it :)

I'm sure I've worn my underwear inside out before - not that big of a deal unless someone else notices, right? I have, however, lost my pants in the rainy driveway while trying to save dinner. And yes, my neighbors did see. And I melted my arm in the process, thankfully those scars are gone. Ouch - physically and to the ego!

2. I'm already a CLC follower :)
3. I posted on twitter
4. I'm a member of CLC on facebook

Thanks for the chance to win!!

Charlotte said...

1. I went to work with my shirt inside out, and a customer pointed it out to me.
2. I am a definate follower of your blog
3. I posted this on fb
4. I am a big follower of chic lit on fb.

StereoQueenBee said...

1. Please tell us: What is your funniest wrong-facing wardrobe moment? (Inside out, backwards, mismatched socks/shoes...anything goes!)

Underwear on inside out (don't ask?!)

2. Follow this blog and post a comment saying you are a follower (if you already follow, that's fine too).

Follow this blog already.

3. Post this contest on Facebook or Twitter or in your blog, and leave a comment saying where you've posted it.

Facebook - Sabrina-Kate Eryou
Twitter - stereoqueenbee

4. Join Chick Lit Central on Facebook. Edit settings if you don't want to receive a lot of messages at your e-mail account. Please read our posting guidelines, as well. (If you're already a member, let us know that too.)

Am a member on FB.

queenofcrunk at gmail dot com

Jasmine1485 said...

I loved the interview, it made me smile :) As for an odd clothing moment... I once had my fly open for half a day without noticing. I'm just hoping that nobody else did either!

kate1485 at hotmail.com

Cassieopea said...

I wore odd trainers to the gym once, crossed my fingers that no-one noticed, don't know what plane I was on doing that! but think i was in a rush to go out.


Unknown said...

r.m.haigh at hotmail dot co dot uk
joined chick lit central! :)

Nancye said...

Sounds like a hilarious book! Count me in!

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Nancye said...

I can remember bright purple underwear under a pair of reakky light-colored khaki shorts. They really stood out & looked stupid! :)

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Nancye said...

GFC Follower

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Nancye said...

I tweeted!


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Nancye said...

I posted this on my Facebook Wall


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Nancye said...

I like you on Facebook

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