November 2007 - Posts

  • First Time, 'Thanks to' s, and Life After the Party

          Hello everyone. This is both cool and weird at the same time. Cool because I get to speak with the readers and other writers of the book, but also weird because I have no idea where to start and have no experience with this. Well, I'll take courage in the other girls' blogs and believe I'm not alone in this feeling.

          First of all, it was great to meet all of the authors at the NYC book reading. I'm really glad we can all keep in touch. Long distance friendships are often hard to maintain. This will definitely make things easier! Quick notes: Olive, you're band was awesome and you were great to talk to. Kirsten, thanks for hanging out with me and, once again, you're dress ROCKED! Lisa, your reading was HILARIOUS to say the least. Annie, you were truly inspiring to me with your reading and the courage you showed. Sarah and Hannah, you guys were great talking to and I felt very at ease with you both.

          Last, but by far not the least, Amy. I always thought you were very cool and professional, but meeting you in person at the party made me have even more respect for you than I already had [which was hard to imagine]. You were funny, easy going, not to mention looking fantastic in your sequin dress, and I felt like conversation came easy. Thank you SO much for putting all this together for us and for giving me this opportunity. You are truly an extraordinary woman!

          I'm literally pooped from traveling. I just got back yesterday and I didn't sleep that well as I was in a sleeping bag on the floor rather than my comfy little twin bed. You see, the reason I was on the floor in the first place was because my Amma [a.k.a grandma] is out visiting us for Thanksgiving. It was so nice to be able to see her when my mom pulled the car up to the airport curb. I've really missed her a lot. Maybe that's why I was so willing to allow her to keep sleeping in my room. Hmm, possible. Then again, maybe I just didn't know where else she would sleep. Again, possible. However, last night's sleeping arrangements didn't put me in a bad mood today as they sometimes do. Why was today different? Let's just say, my little brother is adorable. This morning he came over to my sleeping bag, laid down next to me, and put his arm around me. Then he whispered, "Wake up, Dani" so sweetly that I could have just been imagining it. If this was his reaction to me being gone for an extended period of time, I should go away more often! 

          So, I guess I'll need to continue on with what else I have to do today. You could say I'm not entirely jumping out of my seat in excitement to get to my next task: school. It's not like I hate school, in fact I find it very interesting most of the time, but I could think of a couple things I'd rather do today. If I'm ever going to get to the other things on my list after school [such as wrap my friend’s presents, spend time with Amma, and reply to all those emails piling up in my inbox], I better get started. So I suppose I'll wrap up this blog with a few, and I mean FEW, songs that are on my mind. I can't wait to talk to everybody and I'm excited to see where this might take me. Keep encouraging each other with even the minor things! Here are the songs that are stuck on my mind:
    •  Let It Be by The Beatles
    • 17 Years by Red Handed
    • The Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin
    • Dust in the Wind by Kansas
    • Jimmy's Rap by Eddie Murphy [from the movie Dreamgirls]
    • Randy Scouse Git by The Monkees