My Do-Over Moment: A Presentation with No Hiccups

by Jennifer on June 14, 2012

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Do you also have a moment of regret? A situation you wish you could do reenact all over again? The memory of the one moment you know would be highlighted if you were ever the honored guest at a roasting: Yes, the ‘Do-over’.

There are a few moments that come to mind when I think about situations I would love to ‘Do Over’. Yes, I have a few.

The first one that jumps to my mind is a dozy: Back in college, I had the rare opportunity to present the results from my independent study at the prestigious Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Yes, THE Wood’s Hole.

Naturally, I was extremely nervous as not only was I going to present to about 200 people but many of them were the most respected researchers in the country.

I did a nice job presenting my research before I was handed over to the wolves audience for questioning. I was more nervous about the question part than the presentation. I knew my stuff however, I did not know what questions would be thrown at me. Quiver…..

So, you know something good happens next right? Right?! I took a deep breath and asked ‘Does anyone have any questions?’

About fifty hands went up and I pointed to the Head of The Department ‘Yes, Sir’. He asked his question and I opened my mouth to answer. No problem I thought as I knew the answer, I knew what to say. This was going to be easy-peesy but instead of delivering my answer, all that came out was: ‘HIIIICCCCUUUUUPPPPPPPPPP!!!!!!!’

The echo vibrated throughout the acoustically designed auditorium. It went on for miles and miles and miles.

Then the laughter began. I looked to my colleagues and professor. My professor slapped his forehead and slid down into his seat. I watched as if in slow motion as the laughing and giggling continued for the remainder of the five minute question session.

I. am. not. kidding.

Why am I telling you this? Not just for my embarrassment but as a way to share this fantastic and fun initiative by Frigidaire & Save the Children:


Nearly half of adults admit to re-washing and/or re-drying dishes after the dishwasher cycle has been completed. To prevent dishwasher do-overs, Frigidaire® is stepping in with its new Gallery® Dishwasher featuring the OrbitClean™ Wash Arm, ensuring dishes are cleaned right the first time.

Frigidaire® invites you (and your readers!) to visit and submit a moment you’d like to do over. Whether it’s a bad first date or a vacation gone wrong, Frigidaire® will help cover the costs for one lucky visitor to win the ultimate do-over. And, for each do-over submitted, Frigidaire® will donate $1 to Save the Children.

By the way, another ‘Do-Over’ I need to tell you about is about the tuna casserole I made for my now husband on our third date…..I will simply leave you hanging with a photo of a tuna melt.

This post was sponsored by Frigidaire. When you share your own do-over moment at, Frigidaire will donate $1 to Save the Children’s U.S. programs. Plus, Frigidaire® will help cover the costs for one lucky visitor to win the ultimate do-over.

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Kristin Wheeler (MamaLuvsBooks) June 18, 2012 at 11:41 am

I usually wonder more about how things would have turned out differently had I chosen a different path. It’s strange to think how one decision can impact your life altogether, but it can.

Debra Kapellakis June 19, 2012 at 2:28 am

lol…Mine is worse…

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