Monday, May 03, 2010

There's No Place Like Home

But if I'm not at home, there's no place better than being surrounded by hundreds and hundreds of like minded people who love romance of all types and genres!

I've been home about an hour and a half and debating between doing a post and having a nice long sleep. I want to blog about all the good times and excellent workshops I attended but I'm not sure I have the energy at the moment. I meant to do a post everyday but unlike the RWA conferences I've attended, I went to a lot of workshops and was on the go from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm every night and just didn't have the chance. And right about now I forgot what I did on Monday.


I still have the program and when I look at it, I'll remember all the stuff I did. So for now, I'll just do a few highlights - they will be random as I think of them.

  • My roomies, Jill and Nath were delightful to share a room with. I've 'loved' Jill ever since I first discovered her blog, but meeting her in person, I loved her even more! She's such a bubbly, upbeat and friendly person - so friendly she can get old men to carry boxes for her, and bar tenders to give her bottle openers. And I've met Nath before of course, but she's also such fun to spend time with - even though I thought she over worried about getting through customs with the large amount of books she got *g*. (By the way Nath - I slipped through in less than two minutes - hope it went smooth for you to) And - by the way, it's her birthday today so be sure to wish her a happy one - she's spending most of it in airports :-(
  • Meeting CJ and at the end of the week telling her I was so disappointed that I didn't get a chance to get Mind Games during the Author Signing but it was so packed and it wasn't very long before I got a huge case of claustrophobia and had to get out. She said her books sold out and I was so disappointed, but then through Nath, she slipped me a signed copy. Thank you CJ!!
  • Picking up a copy of His At Night by Sherry Thomas in the Goodie Room. It's not even out yet people!! And guess what - I read it while I was there and it is EXCELLENT - review to come soon.
  • Picking up a copy of Beyond the Shadows by Jess Granger at the book signing. I've been looking forward to this one ever since I finished Beyond the Rain. Even though claustrophobia struck much earlier than I hoped it would, I did manage to get this one!
  • Getting a chance to tell Joss Ware how much I LOVE her Envy Chronicles series.
  • The potato bar at the Carina Press Launch Party. Man, was that ever good - and such an excellent idea!! You see, they had 3 different kinds of mashed potatoes, White Cheddar, GarlicWasibi that you put in a martini glass. Unlike my rather lumpy (or so my sons say) mashed potatoes, these were smooth and whipped. Then you had a number of things you could top them with - shredded cheese, bacon bits, beef tips with mushrooms and gravy, fried onions and sour cream. I think they had a few other choices, but these were the ones I went with. And were they ever GOOD!!! I had TWO helpings.
  • Meeting up with Jane and Sarah again. I attended two workshops they gave as well as the interesting bingo game that Sarah ran.
  • Seeing Angela James standing on stage introducing Carina Press. I've known Angie for a while now and have met her at the RWA conferences and she is such a great person. I was just so darned tickled at all that she has accomplished.
  • And of course - the Wearing of the Mullet. This will take longer to blog about and I really do need a nap to go on. The

The brain is sinking fast so I think I'll be back after my well needed, five and a half hour drive home.


See!!! I knew the brain wasn't working at full capacity!!

  • Getting a chance to meet fellow blogger Mollie. Although she didn't attend the convention, she lives in the Columbus area and went out to dinner with us - twice!! We went out the first night and then again last night. Last night I finally got to eat at The Cheesecake Factory - and I liked it. And after dinner was a trip to Barns and Noble where *cough* I picked up more books


Kim in Hawaii said...

Thanks, Kristie, for the "peek" into your week at RT! Looking forward to reading more about Mullet-Mania!

azteclady said...

*sigh* Oh the fun you had!

I will keep coming back for more as you post it *hug*

Leslie said...

What a wonderful time you had. Meeting all the bloggers and authors must be fun.

Thanks for posting the highlights before your nap. :)

Jill D. said...

Yay Kristie!! I enjoyed meeting you too! I am glad you had such a good time and it was so awesome that we got to room together.

I am sitting here in GA after a long drive, as well. I have to catch up on blogging and email. I wonder if Nath made it home by now too.

Kristie (J) said...

Jill - if her plane wasn't delayed, she was due to get in some time between 5 and 6 I think - so she should be home now - probably too tired to celebrate her birthday :-(
But at least she's tired for a good reason. And after we went out for dinner last night - ACCKKK - I'll have to do an edit - we went to B&N where I picked up a whole whack of books I didn't get at RT - including the one by Barry Eisler - heh heh heh.

Leslie: LOL - I still haven't actually had a nap. Do you know how much you miss when you've been gone for a week???

AL: I still have lots to post about - it's just getting the energy. Now that I know why my laptop mouse wasn't working, perhaps I can multitask and blog and watch DWTS at the same time. Though what I should do is go to bed. I'm back at work tomorrow *sigh*

Kim: oh it's quite a story - heh heh heh! And I have pictures curtesy of Nath.

orannia said...

Oh, I think that was a pretty good round-up Kristie :) Sounds like you had an amazing time! Am looking forward to any RT-related posts...and the photos of the infamous mullet!

And Happy Birthday Nath!

Kristie (J) said...

Orannia - oh, I've so much more to say :-) I just don't have the steam in me to say it. But there's more to come

Hilcia said...

It sounds like such a fun time, KristieJ. Keep the posts coming. We definitely want to see pictures. :D

Sherry Thomas said...

I think I told you already, I was hoping for a much more egregious mullet. You actually looked rather charming in yours. :-)

Kristie (J) said...

Sherry - I only got around to posting thee pictures tonight. Just like Uncle Joe, I'm moving kind of slow. My minds wants to do so much but the rest of me isn't so sure.

Hilcia: It was a wonderful time, but I'll confess I was more than ready to come home. That much excitement is such a far cry from my normal life *g*

nath said...

Kristie, I'm really glad that I got to attend my first book convention in your company :D You're awesome! :D and LOL, yes, I tend to over-worry... but can you imagine the amount of $$ I have to drop if I get searched?

I'm really glad you had a good time :) Jill and I were both worried, especially after the camera incident ^_^;

and yes, the potato martini bar was such a good idea!! and total score on the Sherry Thomas book!!