Watching the Clouds Float Across the Sky (While Wearing a Wetsuit)

Posted by on Oct 21, 2013 in Life | 42 comments

rest in nature


When I want to clear the fuzzy, cloudy bits from my brain, I typically go for a walk. But last week, after finishing final edits on my current manuscript (and reading my story just one more time, again and again), I found myself in a swirly, slaphappy haze.


Japanese garden Maymont


It was the kind of brain fog that nibbled away at my common sense.

I should’ve just gone for a walk, or better yet, taken a nap, but no, I got on the Internet and started scheming up BIG IDEAS.


examining life


Anything is possible on the Internet!

Especially if you have a valid credit card.

And a brain full of cotton candy clouds.

Of course, the Internet LOVED my spontaneous scheming and so the next day I woke up to this confirmation email:


Your O’Neill Epic Wetsuit has shipped!

I’ve never worn a wetsuit. I don’t go into the ocean. Not unless the water is very clear and mostly calm. Surfing? Scuba diving? Not my thing. Not really. I can’t really begin to tell you what I was thinking when I ordered a wetsuit.

So now I have to figure out what to do with a wetsuit. A men’s wetsuit. Yup, I ordered the men’s size, because that makes sense, right?


feel like an ass


Never operate the Internet under the influence of a mental fog.


clear my mind


Or keep a buddy close by for talking you off wetsuit buying ledges.


sheep and duck


In the meantime, I am resting and going for walks.


maymont garden


What have you bought on impulse? Do you have any non-ocean ideas for wetsuits? Should I take a photo of me and my brand new wetsuit? (Considering the level of my mental fog, I may do this.)

Happy Wetsuit Monday!

Coleen Patrick


  1. Yay for you finishing your ms!!! If it’s as good as Come Back To Me I can’t wait to read it :) And you deserve some slaphappiness after such hard work! A wetsuit, though? That’s WAY out of my league. I am not a swimmer. At all. Of any kind. Definitely post a photo of yourself in it, though!!! :)

    • Not a swimmer? Man, I should’ve bought TWO. More the merrier…

  2. Sometimes the combination of a credit card and the internet is a dangerous thing! I need to stay away from Ebay!
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    • I haven’t been on Ebay in so long, which is a really good thing. I can barely be trusted with Amazon.

  3. I have to stay away from 0Amazon books. I don’t need to start another library.

  4. Congrats on finishing your ms Coleen and how funny you bought a men’s wetsuit. I have such a funny picture of me and Phil in wetsuits which will never see the light of day lol. If you can find a cave do one of those tube trips going down mini waterfalls and looking at gloworms it’s awesome. A bit less adventurous than waterskiing ;)

    • Mini waterfalls and glow worms do sound awesome. I’m going to have to look into that! :) Thanks!!

  5. You never know when a wetsuit might come in handy! :) You could use it for extra insulation on cold days and then you’ll always be ready for a flood or a torrential thunderstorm.

    • Flood and torrential rains…so my wetsuit will be my first purchase toward my disaster/doomsday bunker. Sounds about right with the way my logic has been going, right? Thanks, Sheila!

  6. Congratulations on finishing your manuscript!! What a relief that must be.

    Love all of your photos today. But, seriously a wet suit when you’re not fond of water sports — are you going to swim the the gold fish in your photo? LOL! Next time call someone to talk you out of it, unless it makes a great Christmas gift for a family member! If you use it, I hope you post photos. :)

    • It’s so funny how I got so caught up in the Big Idea, but by morning I was over it. Oh well. Live and learn, I hope! Thanks, Patricia. :)

  7. I bought a plane ticket for the wrong day once – that was expensive to fix! Definitely post pics of the wetsuit – and congrats on finishing your book!
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    • Thanks, Jennette. :) And ouch on the plane ticket. I guess the airlines don’t accept brain fog as a good excuse?

  8. I am still laughing! But I do know that feeling of giddy elation when finishing a manuscript! No ideas here as I used mine for winter sailing and triathlons!

    • Hmm, winter sailing or a triathlon. Nope. Probably not. :) I did see a photo of someone swimming in a river with manatees and they were wearing a wetsuit. That’s a maybe. Of course, I’d have to get down to Florida…

  9. I can’t stop laughing. A wetsuit? Perhaps you could take up deep sea diving? Weirdest Christmas gift to that family member who has everything? Halloween costume?

    How much did you paid for this wetsuit?

    I’m all about returning stuff. Just say it didn’t fit.

    I’m still laughing.

    Have a great day – walking.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt
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    • Deep sea diving is a big no. I have a pretty strong fascination with deep sea creatures that is only rivaled by my fear of them. :) Thanks, Patricia!

  10. A WETSUIT?!?!? That is soooooo awesomely hilarious. I love the spontaneity!!! You know my impulse purchase was a 1960s muscle car last month. I can attribute mine to a brewing midlife crisis. But…a wetsuit. What’s next, a parachute? ;-)

    • Yeah, I knew you’d see the craziness in my purchase. I think I’d have to develop amnesia before I bought a parachute. :)

  11. When I need to clear my head I go hiking in my Arizona mountains. Buying a wet-suit is weird. We need to go hiking. (not in the wet-suit)
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    • Yes, it’s definitely weird. Especially if you knew how much of a wimp I am when it comes to ocean sports. Hiking I like. :)

  12. Ha, ha, ha Coleen. That is hilarious. You burned out your brain girlfriend. That’s what editing will do. Glad you got a break. But a wet suit? Do you live near the ocean? You could take up surfing. That’s a really hot sport right now. Yep, I can see you on a surfboard. Wipe-out! Wahoo! :)

    • I am two hours from the ocean, but very close to a river. I can only see myself surfing on a surf simulator. I wouldn’t be able to focus in the real ocean, what with all the lovely creatures living below… :)

  13. I totally want to see you in your snazzy new men’s wet suit. Hey, if nothing else it could make for a great Halloween costume!

    • This is true. I will probably find a way to do some photos. :)

  14. You’re reminding me of Opus, the Doonsbury penguin. I’m guessing he had more than one wet suit in addition to the one he was born with. :)

    • Blast from the past! I haven’t thought of Doonesbury in forever. I remember one of my friends loving Bill the Cat. Thanks, Piper. :)

  15. Oh my, that’s funny. A wet suit as an impulse buy. Ha!

  16. Wow, that’s some serious brain fog Coleen! But yay for your manuscript! Wetsuit, huh? Gift for hubby, maybe? :)

    • Hub is certified scuba diver, so he could make use of it for sure! Thanks, Alarna. :)

  17. Hmm. No clue on what to do with a wetsuit. Pictures please. :) Congrats on finishing the manuscript.

    • Thanks, Stacy! I believe the suit will be going back, but I’m hoping to do some pics first.

  18. Oh my gosh. That is SO something I would do. Narrowing down one example is difficult. Six months ago I thought I should start making velcro clothes for dementia seniors like my mom. I ordered a bunch of knit dresses from China and boatloads of velcro. The problem is I DON’T SEW. And my new biz idea lost it’s mojo by the time they arrived. These items now sit in the basement!

    • Yes, we should form a club. :) I once subscribed to a scrapbooking magazine, but by the time the first issue arrived, I was kinda done with scrapbooking…

  19. I guess the wetsuit isn’t liable to shrink to your size when it gets wet, or else there would be many infuriated wetsuit owners out there. I’d love to say that, as a man, I could find some sort of use for it, but the only kind of swimming I do is my nude winter diving with the Polar Bear Club. Just kidding, I don’t really swim at all. Yeah, I haven’t been very helpful so far but I’ll keep the noggin engaged.

    • Ha ha! Wait, is there a dress code for for the Polar Bear Club?

  20. Hahaha! This has happened to me many times at auctions…
    thanks for bringing it to the party! I hope you made some new friends!

  21. Congratulations on the new story! I do a lot of “window shopping” on the Internet, but having to explain my purchase to my husband has kept me from making too many impulse buys. Enjoy the wetsuit! :)

    • Thanks, Julie. Luckily, I do have the option of returning the wetsuit. I’m not really keen on the idea that it becomes my next birthday present. :) But first, I will try it on and snap some pics.

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