Sunday, August 15, 2010

Counting down

Mark and I are planners. We like to do research, discuss different options, and make lists. Lists are my favorite, and for anyone who has ever asked, "Are you like your characters?" the answer is, Sometimes, and definitely when it comes to the list-making.

We're leaving on Friday, and despite the fact that we're in kind of good shape, we're still nervous about getting everything done so to make what is going to be a very action-packed roadtrip as pleasant as possible.

How action-packed, you ask? Remember when I said about Jason?

August 20th
We leave Philadelphia.

August 21
Dayton, OH
Books & Co, 1pm

August 22
Cincinnati, OH
Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2pm

August 23
Columbus, OH
Cover to Cover Bookstore, 1pm

August 24
Indianapolis, IN
Kids Ink Children's Bookstore, 4pm

August 25
St. Louis, MO
Pudd'nhead Books, 7pm

August 27
Omaha, NB
Bookworm, 6:45pm

September 1
Rochester, MN
Rochester Barnes & Noble, 7pm

September 2
Minneapolis, MN
Wild Rumpus

September 4
Rockford, IL
Wonderland Books & Toys, 11am

September 7
Pittsburgh, PA
Penguin Book Shop

In addition to all that, we'll be visiting family, friends, national monuments, and going to a wedding.

It's a lot to prepare for. I've met my deadlines, did an awesome book event in Harleysville Books, we've taken the car in for a tune-up, we've given our housesitter, henceforth to be known as Clyde, a tour of the house and several thousand warnings about the extreme badness that is Tilda, we've mourned the fact that our tomatoes are probably all going to ripen in the couple of weeks that we're away, made hotel reservations, collected audiobooks to listen to...

All that's left to do is
  • Laundry
  • Packing
  • Cleaning the house
  • Cleaning Tali
  • Trimming Tilda's claws
  • Grocery shopping for healthy extended roadtrip food so that we won't only eat Pizzaria Pretzel Combos the entire time
  • Come up with photo or illustration for this blogpost

Yeah, it doesn't have much to do with the blogpost, but I just want the world to know that in addition to sleeping on my work, my cat also drools on it.

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