Friday, October 22, 2010

Julie Berry Signing: In which I channel Halloween early

On Wednesday I had the opportunity to go to a signing for my friend Julie Berry and we had the bonus of Jessica Day George being there as well! They are both very fun and interesting to listen to, and I love both of their books.

Jessica is ADD (or so she claims), hence the knitting while answering questions.

Now, the reason why I "channel Halloween early" in this post, is because 1. I have bloody hair in all the pictures (dried, don't worry, I wasn't dripping or anything) and 2. I have staples in my scalp.

Yep, the hits keep on coming. In this case, in the form of cracking my head open on my granite countertop when I was standing up too fast without making sure I was far enough away from the ledge. I spent the afternoon in the Instacare, but I wasn't going to let a little thing like that deter me from seeing Julie. She was here from Massachusetts, hello! I haven't been allowed to wash my hair since the injury, hence the dried-on-blood-hair in the pictures. I finally get to wash it today. Hallelujah! (Can you say hat days?) So, ya'll wanted to see pictures of me looking not-so-great? Then read on--or look on, rather.

I went with my friends, book blogger Stacey (Aubrey) at My Pile of Books, and Jena. Since I rarely get to see Julie, when she said she was coming to Utah for some signings, we decided to go to dinner after one of them.

We hit up Cheesecake Factory, yum yum! (And yep, still rockin' the bloody hair. Luckily the staples are on the top/back of my head and not easily visible. Though that would have been kind of cool....)

Yeah, I look about like the day I'd had. But Julie is so adorable, I had to get a picture with her! I love her YA books, and have heard so many great things about her "boy books," The Splurch Academy for Disruptive Boys, that I got one for my sons. If any of you have any little boys or know any little boys (probably age 5-12) these books would be a great gift idea with the Holidays coming up. They are funny, inventive and have amazing illustrations her sister did all throughout. The illustrations actually further the story, so they aren't just for fun to look at. Check 'em out!
Anyway, despite my injury and the fabulosity (yep, that's so a word) of my bloody, stapled self, it was an awesome night!
So, what books are you hoping to get for Christmas? Or which ones are you going to give to others? I need some ideas... :)


Stacey said...

It was SUCH a fun night! Julie is AMAZING as is Jessica! I'm glad you were able to come, even with the Halloween Hair! ;)

Anonymous said...

Oh, Sara, your poor head! You need to find ways to entertain us that don't include so much injury to yourself and car.

I didn't know Julie lives in Mass...that's quite close:)

Jemi Fraser said...

Sounds like a fabulous time despite the staples! Glad you're okay!

I haven't started thinking of Christmas yet - too much stress!!!! :)

Jennie Bailey said...

Sara, what are we going to do with you??? Yikes! Your poor head! I'm glad you were okay. And I'm not the least bit surprised you went anyway. Thanks for the great idea - I have three nephews in that age range to buy for this Christmas and I'm the aunt that buys the books. Luckily, they love reading as much as playing sports so I'm still the cool aunt for purchasing reading materials. I'm trying to catch up on my TBR pile at the moment. Most of the books I want now aren't coming out until next year!

ali cross said...

Nah, you are always beautiful. All you have to do is smile and anything else is just extra. :) So sorry for what happened to you, but MAN you're a trooper for going out to the signing anyway!

Unknown said...

Wow! What a story you'll have for the books! I love the pictures and thought you looked beautiful... much better than I would have looked after the day you had!

I would have gone anyway as well so go you!

Books I want for Christmas? What don't I want for Christmas? Ummm Anna and The French Kiss is at the top of my list.

Miles McG said...

Looked like you had fun!

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Sara B. Larson said...

Thanks everyone. I know, what IS wrong with me? I'm a magent for trouble right now. Let's hope that changes soon! ;)

Julie Berry said...

Sara! Thanks for this lovely post, and I'm so psyched to see the pictures. Would you mind if I borrowed some for my blog? I'll link to yours. It was so great to see you last week (was it last week? time warp!). Thanks for coming out despite your throbbing pain and bloody head!