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Thoughts on First Impressions – and a #Giveaway

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second chance first impression(This is one of those posts where you will want to read all the way to the bottom so you don’t miss your chance to win a Walmart Gift Card!!)

You know that saying “You never get a second chance to make a first impression?”  Well, in my experience, sometimes you do!  When my husband and I first started dating, I was living in New Hampshire and he was living in Wisconsin. (Yeah, I know. It’s not ideal and I don’t recommend it!)  Once we got engaged, I figured he should probably meet some of my extended family on one of his visits out East.  My paternal grandmother was in Connecticut and was getting up there in years.  She was always very interested in whatever I was doing and I knew she would appreciate meeting Jay.

So the next time Jay came out for a long weekend, we hopped in the car and drove the 2 1/2 hours down to CT and took my grandmother out to lunch.  We had a nice time and she asked Jay all the kinds of questions you would expect as well as ooooh-ed and aaaahh-ed over the ring.  It started to snow and she expressed a lot of concern about our trip back, so we cut the visit a bit short and hit the road for home.

The following week, I was chatting with her on the phone and she mentioned she would love to meet my new fiance the next time he was in town.  I honestly thought she was kidding, as she was still pretty sharp and rarely had any major memory lapses.  No, she seriously did not remember a minute of our visit and lunch the previous week.  I tried to jog her memory by mentioning the snow storm, but she honestly had no recollection of the entire incident.  She did wind up meeting Jay (again) at a later date and we often joked that if that first meeting hadn’t gone well, at least he would have had a second chance to make that first impression!

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This post was part of a sponsored campaign. All embarrassing anecdotes are true and all opinions are my own.
About Maureen

Maureen Fitzgerald is a Milwaukee, Wisconsin freelance writer, social media marketer, community manager, and brand enthusiast. She helps brands reach more potential customers through targeted consultation sessions, press coverage, product reviews and campaigns both at and by leveraging her blogger network, the Wisconsin Mom Squad.


  1. Debbie Jackson says:

    I like rule 47

  2. I like rule #34.

  3. rule #34 is cool

  4. terri lewis says:

    Rule # 73

  5. I like Rule #47 – when in doubt, improvise!

  6. I like rule #47

  7. My favorite is Rule #47: When in doubt, improvise … but look good doing it.

  8. I like rule 47.

  9. thought #34 rule video was good

  10. I like Rule #34.
    Thanks, Cindi

  11. I like rule #34

  12. rule #34 thankyou, ken

  13. Amelia Drew says:

    I like rule 43 the best

  14. rule 47

  15. Christine W says:

    I like rule #73….every woman loves compliments!

  16. Susan Christy says:

    Rule 34 is my favorite

  17. I like rule 47

  18. rule #11

  19. Chris DeHart says:

    I like rule #73

  20. marian boll says:

    Rule 47

  21. Tina Demarco says:

    i liked #73

  22. My favorite is Rule#34

  23. Rule #11

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  24. I like rule number 11.

  25. Ann Fantom says:

    I liked Rule # 73: Compliment her

  26. I like rule 73 – a compliment is always nice

  27. Barbara Montag says:

    47 when in doubt improvise.
    Good advice!
    Thank you.

  28. Rebecca Graham says:

    I like Rule #11.

  29. richelle bowers says:

    rule 11 be a man of eloquent words

  30. Amy Bostic says:

    Rule # 47 Improvise

  31. wendy rozema says:

    my favorite was rule # 47!

  32. melissa Resnick says:

    rule # 47

  33. Kyl Neusch says:

    Rule # 73

  34. #34 is my favorite.

  35. I liked rule #11

  36. Margaret Smith says:

    My favorite is rule #34

  37. rule #11

  38. #73 complimenting her!!

  39. Jody Sisson says:

    Rule # 47 is the one I like.

  40. I love Rule #11: Eloquent Words are definitely a great asset!

  41. Mary Cloud says:

    I like rule #34
    annabella @ centurytel dot net

  42. I like 34.

  43. Rule #47

  44. beth shepherd says:

    My favorite is Rule #47

  45. 47 improvise but look good doing it.

  46. Stephanie Larison says:

    Number 71 is my fave

  47. julie murphy says:

    I like rule 73

  48. robyn paris says:

    i like rule 34

  49. I like Rule #11

  50. Carey Miller says:

    Rule #34 – it made me laugh!

  51. Michelle Weaver says:

    My favorite rule was number 47!

  52. rule #34

  53. tina reynolds says:

    I like rule number 47

  54. I like rule #47

  55. Rule #47

  56. danielle Marie says:

    i love rule #47!


  57. rule 73 – compliment her.

  58. Mine was 47. Improvise!!!

  59. I like 47…improvise

  60. tammy shelton says:

    My favorite is #47.

  61. Sara Sullivan says:

    Rule #47!

  62. Jennifer Reed says:

    Rule #47, improvise!

  63. Leslie L Stanziani says:

    I love rule 73.You can never go wrong with compliments.

  64. Samantha Daleo says:

    Rule #47 is my favorite!

  65. Priscilla P. says:

    Rule #73

  66. Rebecca Peters says:

    I like number 47

  67. Debra Hall says:

    i like rule #34

  68. #47 is the best

  69. Patty Hancock says:

    Rule 47 was my favorite

  70. Susan Smith says:

    I like Rule #47

  71. Melissa Nagy says:

    My favorite is number 47 – When in doubt, improvise … I haven’t seen this movie, but I love Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn.

  72. Terry Cross says:

    I like Rule #47

  73. Samantha S says:

    I like rule #34

  74. Monique Rizzo says:

    Rule # 34
    Thanks for the chance.

  75. I like #47

  76. I like #47 rule

  77. Cathy Truman says:


  78. Rule 11 is my favorite.

  79. I’ll go with rule number 47. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  80. My favorite rule was number 11!

  81. Sarah Marshall says:

    My favorite rule is #47, when in doubt, improvise!

  82. Karrie Millheim says:

    Rule # 73

  83. Laurie Emerson says:

    I loved rule #34!

  84. Brittney House says:

    I like rule #47.

  85. My favorite rule is number 34.

  86. rose paden says:

    I really like rule #47!

  87. I like rule #47.
    Thanks for the contest.

  88. joseph gersch says:

    I like Rule #47

  89. I like #47. When in doubt, improvise.

  90. Mary Calabrese says:

    I loved rule #34!

  91. I like rule 47.

  92. Karen Gonyea says:

    I have to say my fav is rule # 34 :)

  93. susan smoaks says:

    rule #47 is my favorite rule in the playbook, it’s so cute!

  94. My fav is rule 34

  95. Denise Donaldson says:

    #47 is my favorite

  96. Tanya White says:

    I like rule #47-First impressions

  97. Jacob LaFountaine says:

    I enjoy Rule #34. I think sometimes it needs to be broken for love

  98. Charlene Kuser says:

    I like rule#34.

  99. 73!

  100. Elizabeth Ray says:

    rule 47

  101. #47 is my favorite.

  102. Patricia Fienga says:

    Thank you for the opportunity…34 is my favorite.

  103. Carissa Joslyn says:

    when in doubt, improvise!! Rule #47

    My favorite !



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