When I heard, a few months back, that Amanda from Fig and Thistle was heading to Dallas for a conference in November, I knew there was vacation time in my future! I booked a hotel from this past Monday to Thursday, and stared making plans with Amanda, Andi (Estella’s Revenge), and Trish (Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity).
Drive, drive, drive. The trip from San Antonio is five hours. Oy. I finished up my audio for Far From the Madding Crowd by the time I reached Dallas. Soon, I was checking in with the hotel, and letting everyone know I’d arrived. Turned out, Amanda’s flight was delayed, so for a couple hours, no one knew what was going to happen. Eventually, though, Amanda arrived, the girls swung by to pick me up, and we all ended up ordering chicken korma from an Indian place. Mmm…korma…
Best thing about book bloggers: Yes, this may have been the first time we’d met in person, but it was not the first time we’ve met. We’ve known each other for years, and it was just like hanging out with old friends. Lots of laughter and no awkward silences. Just fantastic! At the end of the night, we went for a triple-goofy-selfie (with all three phones simultaneously). It. Was. Awesome.
Spent the day reading, writing, and walking. I love relaxed vacation! Andi picked me up on the way to grab post-conference Amanda, and we all went out to the largest Half Price Books I have ever seen. It was bigger than a Sam’s Club! I had to use the panoramic function on my phone to get the entire building in one shot!
We wandered, both together and separately. We were surprised by the random discovery that Ally Condie, Meg Wolitzer, and Jandy Nelson were speaking and signing books that night. !!! Eventually, we left, despite only scratching the surface of what this HPB had to offer. We were starving, though, and had yummy tex-mex in our immediate future.
More relaxation – after a frustrating hotel room change (long story) – and this evening, we finally got to meet up with Trish! Dinner was at an American place famous for their pizookies (like pizza-cookies). The four of us hung out for hours, laughing and talking and eating ourselves into that lovely fat-and-happy state.
There was, of course, more goofy selfies, plus a long-suffering waiter named Cody who took pictures of us with our four different varieties of pizookies. I can only repeat: the night was amazing. No awkward moments or silences. Old friends, even if we rarely meet in person, or never have before.
This is why I love this community so much. This is why, as we all discussed that third night, we need to set up a Book Blogger Camp someday…
(PS – There’s no entry here for Thursday, because it was just me driving home. For five hours. In the rain. With no audiobook. I was sooooo glad to get out of the car and into my house! It was good to see Jason and the boys again, even as I missed being up with Amanda, Andi, and Trish. You three ladies are so smart and funny and wonderful to be around!!)