A brilliant start to February!
– day much quieter and much less anxiety producing than, say, any day in January
– left at 4:00 p.m.
– Met up with beledibabe at Barnes & Noble on 12th St. NW in DC. The plan: to have an early dinner and then go to the Jenny Crusie event at the Smithsonian.
– Found a great notebook at B&N – spiral bound, black cardboard cover with silver gilt lettering “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it, you will land among the stars”. Lots of little silver stars and a crescent moon.” Had to buy it.
– Dinner at Harry’s – a restaurant/bar just across from B&N. Lovely drinks, lovely burger, WAY too much food. Getting to spend time with beledibabe: priceless!
– Jenny Crusie is now and will always be one of the women/writers I revere greatly. She didn’t get published until age 41, and has published 16 books so far and is on the NYT bestseller list. She adores pop culture. She’s a huge Buffy fan, plus she’s a total hoot! Her humor is snarky, sarcastic and utterly witty. I resisted reading her when my sister shoved a paperback into my hands some 5 or 6 years ago. (My sister is a *wonderful* person and for the most part, our reading tastes are the same, but she has a tendency to read a few things I don’t particularly like.) The book was Anyone But You, just now re-released in hardcover. At the time, it was a paperback original issued by Harlequin. I nearly split my sides laughing. However, the joke was on me. It’s a simple story, but with vivid characters and a wonderful style. I’ve devoured every book since.
– Jenny signed my hardcover copy of Bet Me, and I gave her an inscribed copy of Matters. All was great. Didn’t get home until 10:00. Took Metro, then had to wait for a bus for about 20 minutes, but no big. Better than driving and trying to park. Better than $20 for a cab.
Read a lovely write up on MSNBC the other day – talks about how the movie resonates so much with straight folks because it’s about loneliness. Here’s the link.
* as in Jenny Crusie, not Tom. Spelling deliberate. ::g::