I’m back from the DC trip! I gave five talks, did two media appearances, four book signings, and hosted my radio show live from SiriusXM’s Washington studio, so it was quite the adventure. Honestly, it wasn’t as stressful as it sounds. I got to meet so many new people, connect with friends whom I’d never met in person, and even enjoy a few moments in quiet hotel rooms!
It’s good to be home, but I’m already looking forward to to get back to the that area one of these days, hopefully bringing the whole family next time.
I was just going through pictures on my phone, and here are some shots of just a few of the friends I met in person for the first time on this trip:
I guess it’s time to turn in my introvert card, right?
I had a rental car for my trip since I was running around to so many different areas, and that experience has left me with a new thankfulness mantra: At least I’m not driving in DC.
That is going to be my go-to gratitude statement for the rest of my life, no matter what my circumstances. Meteor hit my car? At least I’m not driving in DC! Right arm severed in a dishwasher accident? At least I’m not driving in DC! My cheap boxed hair color melted all my hair off? At least I’m not driving in DC!
I felt like I was in a macabre video game where there is no winning and you die every time you play. There were stoplights hidden on the side of the road behind bushes. There were streets with multiple names which intersected multiple other streets, some of them with no names at all. There were “wheel of torture” traffic circles with eight possible exits. There were pedestrians everywhere. And the locals who kept telling me that their city is laid out “in a grid” are going to need to have a long, sit-down talk with me about their definition of the word “grid.”
I love DC…but WOW do I not miss driving in DC.
The night I flew in, I went directly to a talk and book signing at the Daughters of St. Paul bookstore in Old Alexandria. I’d been kind of stressed about it since it sounded like a lot to handle after a long day of travel, but it ended up being an absolutely lovely evening! Not only was it great to see everyone who came out, but I got to meet fellow author Sister Maria Grace Dateno.
Sister Maria Grace has written a fabulous children’s book series about time-traveling kids who go back to Biblical times. After flipping through the books I realized that they’re exactly the kind of thing I’d been looking for for my kids, and I bought a whole stack of them. Sure enough, the kids are thrilled with them. Congratulations to Sister Maria Grace Dateno on creating a great series!
Our 11th anniversary this weekend! I can’t believe we’ve been married for eleven years. It feels like it’s been eleven thousand.
We’re hoping to get the traditional 11th Anniversary wedding gifts of gift certificates to liquor stores and free babysitting, and we’re planning to celebrate by taking turns taking naps on Saturday.
Since I don’t have time right now to pen ruminations on marriage like I have in other years, I’ll just say this: When we first got married, a wise former professor of mine said, “It just keeps getting better every year.” I have absolutely found that to be true.
I am mildly obsessed with this Plane Finder app I got for my iPhone. It brings out every OCD bone in my body to know that I can discover the origin and destination of any plane I see flying overhead.
I have a feature suggestion for them that I am almost afraid to say out loud, because I fear what it would do to my productivity if they actually implemented it:
How cool would it be if they connected this app with Twitter, so that you could check in publicly if you’re on one of those flights? So, for example, I could tweet at someone on a plane up in the sky, and say, “Hey, you’re flying right over my house, on the Phoenix to Orlando flight! I see you!”
Really, my entire life would come to a standstill if I were able to do this. (And I have probably just established that I am both a stalker and a nerd by admitting that.)
For the record, it is actually not my intention to update my blog only with Quick Takes on Fridays. It might be a few weeks or even months until everything settles down enough for me to return to the usual routine, but I’m really looking forward to getting back to regular blogging!
Have a great weekend, everyone!