Wednesday, September 10, 2008

They're HEERE!

I picked up Knit With Courage today (all 800 pounds of them) from the printer, they're here and they're BEAUTIFUL! And they're taking up their own private little corner of my literary warehouse, aka my garage. And it's a one car garage. And we put our car in it.

We might as well just MAKE a garage out of the boxes of books at this point...

Several hundred books have already shipped, I have more orders to get to tomorrow (or, rather, Gerry will pack the up for me tomorrow and we'll have the PO come and pick them up if he doesn't feel like lugging them to the PO) and I have 48 pounds of books packed in a box to take with me to Portland tomorrow.

When I teach I usually travel with 3 bags, one for clothes, one for samples, one for knitting stuff. Northwest is now charging $15 for the first bag, $25 for the second, and the third is my carry on. So my packing is a challenge since I'll be away a full week, I have 7 classes to teach, a book signing AND a TV appearance. I'm counting on Shannon to let me use her washer when I get to Cleveland...

I'm taking one BIG suitcase with clothes and a few sample garments, a big box full of books for the TKGA show, and my carry on with abbreviated knitting stuff and - guess what? - more books. I'll ship even more books out to Cleveland so they'll be waiting there for me when I arrive.

In addition to picking up the books today, I also rode my bike to a new nail salon quite nearby and had one of the absolute BEST manicure/pedicures I've ever had - really great! If you're in St. Paul and you're looking for a good $40 mani/pedi, Happy Nails is the place. My only complaint was that the music was a little loud, but I had my headphones on listening to a history of 14th Century France, so I really didn't care.

I'm not sure if I'm going to be one of those competitive bike folks, I enjoyed the bike tour last weekend, and I LOVE riding my bike to the local yarn shops and on errands, but I'm not a very competitive person - it takes a lot of the joy out of some things for me. Actually, I can be VERY competitive when it comes to Trivial Pursuit, so much so that I avoid the game because I can become absolutely terrifying. But it's my deep, dark, secret pleasure...

Local Signage
I'm so excited, I found out today that my PR person's scheduled a book signing at Common Grounds Bookstore in the Cathedral Hill section of St. Paul. I think I'll ride my bike. Maybe local celeb GK will be there...?

and, ironies of ironies, just as I finished the last sentence Max came bursting into the house with the announcement that "The woman who writes the Warriors books is going to be at Red Balloon tonight!!" - which just happens to be 1/2 mile from our house...

So I abandoned any thoughts of packing, at least for the time being, and ran with Max down to the bookstore where we caught the tail end of Victoria Holmes (one of the three women who write the books, all under the name, Erin Hunter) giving a talk about writing the books.

Max was #82 in line, but he got his books signed, bought a new one, and slightly flabbergasted Ms. Holmes by asking, very politely, "Is it okay if I have my picture taken with you?" She said he was very polite, and I was insanely proud.

Brag Alert: Max is a very thoughtful boy, and does seem aware of the concept of personal space, but I never would have thought - given his excitement - that he'd think to stop and ask permission to take a photo. Kvell...
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Blogger Darcys Knotty Knitter said...

It sounds like you are very busy yet very excitted:)Hugs Darcy

September 11, 2008 2:55 AM  
Blogger Darcys Knotty Knitter said...

My hubby has Men who knit and the dogs who love them.He got it from vickie howell she is the sweetest lady.Hugs Darcy

September 11, 2008 2:57 AM  
Blogger Darcys Knotty Knitter said...

I hope you will post the picture when able and Max sounds very thoughtful.My 2 year old Athena always says please and thankyou and hello and goodbye people think she is pretty sweet to do this:)Iam excitted for you with the arrival of the books and will be reading as you post about your adventures:)Hugs Darcy

September 11, 2008 11:32 AM  
Blogger badmomgoodmom said...

He sounds like a wonderful boy. You are justly proud.

Iris has been on a tear with the warrior book series. She read the whole series in 6 weeks. We are also working on teaching her to chew her food slowly...

September 11, 2008 6:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just ordered our signed copy! Congratulations!
Susan, Rick, Lily and Ruby

September 11, 2008 9:20 PM  
Blogger Sel and Poivre said...

I so feel for you travelling with so much luggage!

September 11, 2008 9:52 PM  
Blogger Grumpy Crumpet said...

Max is an awesome kid. You and Gerry are raising both your kids well.

Thanks for the nail alert. I will celebrate some of my newly earned money by blowing it on pampering myself! Now I just have to find a job that pays decently......

September 21, 2008 10:12 PM  

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