Most Embarrassing Moment of 2016

I’ve been thinking all afternoon…. Has there been anything more embarrassing happen to me this year than “THIS?”

I can’t think of anything. I’m sure I’ve been embarrassed. I’m sure there have even been some very embarrassing moments. How could there not be in an entire year?  But I don’t recall anything specific, so I’m thinking “this” could be “it” – the most embarrassing moment of the year.

Last Christmas (2015), I received a gift from a team member.  It was a Banana Bread Mix.

When I unwrapped the package, I looked at the box of mix, and thought it was a slightly unusual gift.  I hadn’t told her I liked banana bread. I hadn’t created a kit with the focus on bananas or anything remotely related.  I couldn’t quite decide why she chose that gift; but I was thankful she thought of me and I put the box in my pantry.

My husband doesn’t like banana bread, so every time I thought of baking the bread, I knew I would end up eating it all by myself, so I decided to postpone making it until we had guests whom I could share it with.

Yesterday I reached for the box in my pantry. I was finally going to bake it.

I turned on my oven to let it pre-heat, grabbed a bowl from the cupboard, ripped open the box….. and saw white tissue paper inside.  Puzzled, I reached in and pulled out the contents. Carefully wrapped inside the paper was the most beautiful pocket album, created with papers and embellishments from a kit that I designed. Each page was intricately created, hand inked, and painstakingly designed. Each page had a pocket for photos. And all were connected with a brass ring, embellished with vintage looking charms. It is beautiful.

And I just found it. Eleven months later.

I talked to my friend today and confessed that it was only yesterday that I decided to bake the bread, and found her gift.  I guess it shouldn’t surprise me that she thought it was hysterically funny.

I’m always looking for boxes at Christmas time.  Maybe I’ll start raiding my pantry for boxes when I need one. But if I do, I need to decide whether or not to include a note telling the recipient to open the box upon receipt. If I don’t….. it could make for a great story.



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Comments (15)

  1. that is a great story, thanks for sharing, and a good friend would definitely get a smile out of it! Have a great day.

    November 17, 2016 at 7:24 am
    • Karen

      Thanks, Tracy.I’m glad I can laugh about it today!

      November 17, 2016 at 7:34 am
  2. Liz in Tx

    What a great story! And what a gorgeous album!

    November 17, 2016 at 8:28 am
  3. This is such a precious story! I’m sure you and your friend get a chuckle “NOW”! Hugs,

    November 17, 2016 at 4:44 pm
  4. Lynne

    A similar story about my stepmom Jean, and my daughter Janine. Janine sent Jean a gift in big box for Christmas, some kind of appliance box, I don’t remember now what. Jean already had one so she returned it to Costco and got something else. Several months later Jan asked her how she had enjoyed the wine she had sent for Christmas. She had packed it in that appliance box. We still laugh about the look on someone’s face when they bought an appliance, got it home and it is all wine! Jean says she now opens ALL gifts she receives!

    November 19, 2016 at 10:15 am
  5. Lenore Gilshenan

    Love your “embarrassing” story Karen. I have some “wicked” ideas just racing around in my head right this moment!

    November 19, 2016 at 9:59 pm
  6. Steph

    I love your story. I would have been the person putting a gift in a recycled box. I have done it many a time.

    November 19, 2016 at 11:07 pm
  7. Thanks so much for the laugh this morning Karen! Now that would be something that would happen to me as well! 😀

    November 20, 2016 at 4:04 am
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