Monday, August 31, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Okay, so that's an old version of Mt. Clothesmore. I'm pretty sure the mountain I'm dealing with was far larger and wider and scarier. As I carried the heaping basket down the stairs, I thought it must've weighed 50 pounds. So curiosity got the better of me and I put it on the scale.
Monday, August 17, 2009
As the plane headed for the runway, an airport official escorted us out so that we could watch the take-off and landing. When we reached our viewing spot I heard what I thought was two backfires and I said so to Derek's uncle. We both gave each other a bit of a concerned look and then notice the plane's propeller was slowing, followed by an emergency vehicle raising with lights flashing to the plane. Uh, yeah! Not good.
Now, I knew they weren't in danger, but I knew that whatever was going on wasn't a good sign. Sure enough, that was the case. A brand new back tire had popped. Strange, I know. There was no going up that day and we were leaving first thing the next morning.
Friday, August 14, 2009
This one's for you Ben Watson!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
(Someone, somewhere has a picture of my bun lips and Martha's bun lips in a bun-lip lock.)
And yes, I was being this goofy, even with the wise and witty Karen Cushman (love her!) sitting in our midst.
Then we engaged in some self-photography.
(Yes, you can pretend I'm giving you a hug!)
...Interesting nametag wearage.
And Jaime's video camera was ready (but Sara and I were still clueless!).
The winner of the Portfolio Show was announced.
And then (I think) our award came next. But really, I can't quite remember the order of things.
Here's what I know: I know that Steve started talking about the Member of the Year Award and that, at times, they give it to two people. This was about the time my face started to get warm and my veins started to throb. And I was thinking this can't be me and Sara because people KNOW when they get this award. Then I was thinking that I'm going to feel really stupid that I'm even thinking this could be me and Sara. But bodies must sense things because inside I was sort of freaking out. Then Steve mentioned bringing SCBWI to ALA for the first time in 2007 and I knew. My head turned and looked at everyone at the table (I think it was the first time I allowed myself to move...because remember I was freaking out but attempting to look cool). Then Sara turned (she was in front of me) and we locked eyes in an is-this-happening sort of way.
I believe there are a couple of videos of what Steve said and our reactions. Now that should be a kick to watch.
That fast Sara and I found ourselves on stage, plaques in our hands, saying something (I don't remember what we said).
When I got back to my seat to watch Bonny accept her Golden Kite...
After, Sara and I posed for some pictures with the founders of SCBWI, Lin Oliver and Steve Mooser.
As the ballroom cleared and everyone moved on with their day, Sara and I did what all Members of the Years do (I'm sure!) with their award after they are honored...
The stars came out for the party!
Richard Peck and I had a very serious exchange. Then we were happy, happy, happy!