Wednesday, June 22, 2011

When MISS is Code for Something Way Bigger

Last you heard from me, I was taking a break from pretty much everything. That was sort of a fabrication. I mean, YES, I took a break. I didn't write, and as you may realize, I didn't blog really. I barely emailed, et cetera. I did, however, feel all itchy inside from not doing any of that stuff. Not, like, itchy, people. Anxious, I mean. And I did clean a bit. I also ran loads of errands and stayed up way too freaky late, and also I read. Laundry. Cooking. You know, existence stuff. I guess even the best laid resting plans get derailed by existing.

For example author John Green decided to do a signing on Monday near my house (again), and so I had to go. Of course.

I went with my friend Liza Kane, which was amazing, but we have way too much fun together, and we ended up talking in my car until after midnight...after a brilliant night listening to THE MAN JG--see Liza's awesome post on this HERE--and eggs and sausage and stuff at Bob Evans.

And there was this guy in a pickup truck near us in the empty car park, and he was flashing his lights at us periodically--I'm pretty sure he was probably a meth dealer, or sold stolen televisions or maybe wanted to convert us to his religion or something. Anyway, I didn't get home until super late. And then today--err, yesterday, I spent the day preparing for a trip to New Orleans by shopping and stuff, only to discover we didn't need to leave our house at 4 AM Wednesday morning for the airport as planned because our flight was delayed a million hours. That means I didn't have to go to sleep early and I could work late.

SO. Here I am. At 4 AM, posting finally about WisCon (conference in Madison, May 2011). I will make this brief. Err. Well.

DSC02955 Here I am with J. Koyanagi who is totally off-the-heezy awesome. Here we are upon arrival.

We hung (hanged?) with (from left after J) Derek Molata and Sara McClung and Brad Beaulieu and Holly McDowell. FanTASTIC group of people. So beautiful, I had to get an aerial view. Thank goodness I have angel wings.

Oh my word, I love us.

Is that wrong to say? Should I be more modest? Ok, I will say: Awwwwww, I MISS us.

P.S. This bar was kind of ooky, but the soft pretzels were drooling good.

We did lots of stuff. Like, we went out with these people to eat Nepalese food. The only one (of the new three) whose name I can remember is Shveta Thakrar because, although the other two were lovely people, Shveta is super sweet and I spent way more time with her and now we are happy friends.  Also, my memory is pee poor.

DSC02958 We pretty much went to this cupcake shop every day. J is looking forlorn because she has a very restricted diet and cannot eat the most delicious foods like sweet stuff. She indulged only a little. I, on the other hand, indulged frequently. I'm pretty sure those cupcakes were laced with magic.

Here we are walking in the rain. Hence the umbrella.
(Sara, me and J)

DSC02979 Here is our group, looking most dapper.

Here I am sitting in between Holly and Brad, two people I would bookmark if they were websites.

Was that cheesy? Yes. Yes it was. Eh. Missing makes cheese of us all.

I'll come back to this when I review it, but for now, soak this in. The Girl of Fire and Thorns. Rae Carson. Remember it. After you read it, you will MISS it.

DSC03010 Here I am with Sara. I'll just let the picture speak for itself. Happy happy happy.
I MISS us. I MISS YOU. <3 <3




With J. OMG, awwww!
Seriously. MISS.

DSC03027 Derek joining in on the fun. Unexpectedly. MISS.

Sniff. I MISS you, Holly.

DSC03030 Don't you love it when people post pictures that depict a private joke that you're not in on? And then they say, "You just had to be there"?

Here I am with J and Shveta eating Mexican food. MISS. Had so much fun. Also our waitress was kind of slow. But the slowness was offset by the gigantic bowl of soup in front of me.

DSC03054 See?

DSC03022 DSC03029

I MISS us. Very much.



Okay, so I'm not sure when I'll post again. I'm leaving for New Orleans to attend the ALA annual conference and to have fun and stuff. So it might be awhile. I intend to review next week, though. I swear. But maybe I'll post sometime before then. Maybe I'll do something fun, like post random photos of alligators and heads and stuff. Or I could just wait. I don't know. Miss you.


  1. *sniffle*

    Wishing I'd gone. For serious.

    *wipes eye*

    *lip tremble*

    Next time! (See you at WFC.)


  2. You're going to ALA??? A favourite author of mine, a New Zealander who lives in Australia, will be there. Karen Healey. Look her up (if you don't know who she is already :D). She writes YA Fantasy and has won lots of prizes. If you post a pic with her I will *squeee* about two of my favourite bloggers being together in one picture!

    Also, after a brief trip, I MISS New Orleans. So I am jealous.

    Have fun! (I know you will have fun)

  3. Looks like the conference was awesome. Have fun at ALA.

  4. Fun, fun. That's what summer is for though! Have a great time.

  5. This post made me hungry! I haven't had breakfast yet! :) It's fun to watch you have fun.

  6. So glad you had fun--I LOVE conferences. You get to go to all kinds of cool ones! :)

  7. Aww, what great pics. Better late than never.

    Have a great time at ALA! Be safe!

  8. Madison Wisconsin is such a beautiful town I named my daughter after it.

  9. Wow--looks like you made the absolute most of that conference! Have a wonderful time at ALA!

  10. Aww! I said this on Sara's post, but i wish i would've gone. memorial day weekend is always a big family event for me, but i know one of the WisCon organizers and she's always asking me to come with her and her husband. I may have to next year

  11. I LOVE all the food pictures! And the fact that you all are so cute!
    Have fun at ALA! I hope the humidity is kind to your hair!
    (ps, thanks for the shout out! ^_^)

  12. MISS being there for all the fun times! ;) Hope you have a great time at ALA!

  13. Thanks for sharing your awesome photos with us! It looks like you had an amazing time. I'd miss that great group of people too! Have fun in New Orleans. I sooooo wish I was going!

  14. Clearly, you had a fantastic time at the conference! You look so happy in those pics!

    I love Madison Wisconsin, it's a lovely place. Must have been a good venue for the conference.


  15. Eeeh! I am a huge JG fan :) His books are amazing and his vlogbrothers stuff gives me hope that there are still good men in this world.

    Sarah Allen
    (my creative writing blog)

  16. *misses EVERYONE* I'm just glad a teeny tiny part of me got to hang out at Wiscon! <3

  17. Yay I love this post! Wiscon was magical and YOU are magical. MISS and LOVELOVE. <3<3<3!

  18. You're always smiling, aren't you? Loved this post!

  19. Aw, it looks like you guys had a blast!!! <3

  20. Yay for writerly fun! Wish I could have gone, but I'm so glad you guys had so much fun!

    Please eat a beignet for me in New Orleans.

  21. You are so good about taking pictures! Wish I could have gone Monday. Makes me sad:( but glad you girls had fun!

  22. Thx for the update... have a safe trip!!

  23. I miss you SO MUCH! and I can't wait to see you tomorrow <3 <3 <3 <3

  24. Aww, looks like so much fun! You go to all kinds of cool events... lucky girl!

  25. Love the pics! Sounds like an awesome time, but I'm more jealous of JG. I wish I lived close enough to attend one of his speaking and signing engagements!

    Have fun in the Big Easy!

  26. Looks like you had an amazing time - and yes, that's one gigantic bowl of soup!

    Have fun in New Orleans!

  27. Aww. I miss too. *pouts*

    Have a fabulous time in NOLA at ALA. (as if that needs to be said. Duh. *smacks self*)

    Give hugs to all my loves for me. Including you.

    Love and huggles,

  28. Beautiful, fun shots! I can see why you miss it all. :) I get the feeling you hang out with absolutely wonderful people.

  29. I hope I bump into you at ALA. I'm sure I will.

  30. You are such a jetsetter!! I love that pic of you three under the umbrella and I'm SO glad that you got to see John Green again since you missed him due to Jared Leto and me. :)
    Enjoy the conference!

  31. Great post. Very heartfelt. Great photos. Enjoy ALA, and the AWESOME food!


  32. I love your picture posts. They basically make me want to hang out with you guys too.

    Also: the picture of J at the cupcake shop? That is me. Like all the time. There is a cupcake shop 15 minutes away from where I live that has the hands-down best cupcakes I've ever had anywhere. It kills me.

  33. Looks like someone's been having an awesome summer so far. :)

  34. Wow, I want your life! :) Looking forward to hearing all about ALA, too! :)

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

  35. Looks like you had some much needed fun. And ALA too?! Can't wait to hear all about it. And see pictures.

  36. Sounds like a blast! Love all the pics :)


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