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.



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?



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



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.



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!

42 thoughts on “Watching the Clouds Float Across the Sky (While Wearing a Wetsuit)

  1. Susanna Leonard Hill

    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!!! 🙂

  2. Name

    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 😉

  3. Sheila

    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.

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      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!

  4. Patricia Tilton

    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. 🙂

  5. Joanna

    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!

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      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…

  6. Patricia

    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

  7. Emily

    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? 😉

  8. Karen McFarland

    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! 🙂

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      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… 🙂

  9. Allison

    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!

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      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…

  10. Chris Edgar

    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.

  11. Julie Glover

    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! 🙂

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      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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