Best Spur of the Moment Idea: I accompanied Reagan on a quick shopping trip to a store on Broadway that sells merchandise from all the shows, and since we didn’t have anything else planned, she suggested we see Phantom of the Opera. I’ll be honest here: I despise Andrew Lloyd Webber. HOWEVER! Despite being a super geek for musicals, I had never actually seen one ON Broadway (thanks for coming to Boston, Broadway Across America!). After a couple hopeful suggestions from me (Sister Act! Baby I’m Yours!), Reagan and I compromised and decided on Mary Effing Poppins, dragging Sheila along with us. IT WAS FANTASTIC.
Favorite Celebrity I Met: Jimmy Fallon, who is just as adorably nice in person as he seems to be on television.
Blogger Who You Should Always Make Wait Until Everyone Else Has Given Out Their Business Cards Before She Does: Kim, of Sophisticated Dorkiness fame. I personally witnessed about five separate folks squee in glee at her adorably clever business card.
Event I’m Saddest I Didn’t Attend: The Lambda Literary Awards, which I almost bought tickets to but didn’t because they were $100. The three books I was really rooting for (Holding Still for As Long As Possible by Zoe Whittall for Transgender Fiction; Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation, edited by Kate Bornstein & S. Bear Bergman for LGBT Anthology; and Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist and Sexual Renegade by Justin Spring for Gay Memoir/Biography) won in their respective categories! And I am still super excited about it!
Craziest Story I Heard: Remember that time someone bit another person while fighting over an ARC?
Craziest Story I Told: Remember that time I accidentally walked into the Lincoln Tunnel and a police officer had to rescue me?
Favorite University Press: Duke. I spoke with their representative for twenty-ish minutes about queer theory and Judith Halberstalm and forthcoming titles he’s excited about.
Favorite Person I Met Named After My Least Favorite President: Reagan
Grossest Yuck that Happened to Me: I stepped in a puddle. It hadn’t rained in four days. My shoe was covered in the grossest gloop ever.
State I Was Most Annoyed to Pass Through on My Way Back from NYC: Rhode Island. Seriously, Rhode Island? Unnecessary.
Books Signed: 8
Books Brought Home: 40. The worst/best part is that they’re all books I’m super super excited to read!
Books Read Since I Left New York: 1 (Shelter by Harlan Coben, the first book in his new Mickey Bolitar series which is a YA spin-off of his Myron Bolitar series which happens to be my very favorite mystery series.)