I have had so much fun this past weekend hanging out with all of my fellow nerdgirls. I think (and I could be wrong) that it was the first time all 4 nerdgirls were together since the midnight showing of “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” Is that right??
Well, on Thursday night Amber, Jill, and I went to a Meg Cabot signing at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville. I zoomed in at the last minute and had to stand in the back because the store was so crowded. Meg gave a very funny, spontaneous talk about several of her books including Airhead, The Princess Diaries, and the Allie Finkle series. Anderson’s had the priviledge of selling the third Allie book early even though it doesn’t come out till March. Meg looked absolutely fabulous in a sparkly dress, fantastic tights, and the best heels ever! She also had a very adorable way of posing her feet under the desk while she was signing that would have taken me weeks of princess lessons to figure out.
She was so sweet and talked with everyone as she signed all of the books. The crowd was a balanced mix of adult fans, teens, and little girls. When she signed my book I think I blurted something out about reading all the Princess Diaries books in ten days and she said, “Wow, I don’t think I’ve even read them that fast!” Then I think I giggled like a little girl and ran away.
Friday night Lindsay arrived and we had a wonderful time putting together Meg’s gift. It involved a lot of preparation including clothes shopping, hair cutting, and gluing things. I won’t go into too many details because I think someone might post a video later (maybe…we’ll see……the sound went kind of weird due to a non-competent camera operator…..which of course was me).
On Saturday we all got dressed up and went to the 7th Annual Children’s Literature Breakfast to see Meg again. We decided to give her the gift right away since she was innocently eating breakfast and would be easy to ambush. She looked so pleased to receive the present (a Hannah Montana doll transformed into Meg Cabot, complete with snowflake necklace) and we got to take a picture with her and everything. We were all on cloud nine for the rest of the morning.
The speakers at the breakfast were all very good, including Meg and her very skilled Powerpoint, Steven Kellogg and his stories about the real Pinkerton, Sharon Draper and her Sassy bag, and Peter Yarrow with his guitar. I was a little teary through all of Peter Yarrow’s presentation, but when he started singing “Puff the Magic Dragon” and invited people on stage to sing with him I totally lost it. I was literally sitting at one of the front tables sobbing like a 12 year old who just touched Robert Pattinson. The waiter standing at the front of the room kept staring at me like he thought I was going to pass out or something…..but it totally wasn’t my fault, “Puff the Magic Dragon” is like the saddest song ever!!!! Poor Puff having to waste away because stupid Jackie Paper grew up……that’s why you have to be like me and never grow up. (And don’t say the song is about drugs, because I heard it from Peter Yarrow himself that it is NOT.)
So, those are my thoughts so far. It was an amazing whirlwind of a weekend and it was phenomenal to meet Meg Cabot, but the best part had to be getting to spend time with my girls who live so far away.
**All photos stolen from Amber’s camera since mine can no longer take pictures involving a zoom or indoor lighting.
P.S. A big thanks to Meg Cabot for mentioning us on her blog!!!!!