ATLANTA, NOVEMBER 7—Hey! Hey! Norine here. I can’t let Jessica have ALL the fun, narrating our book tour. So … [and here you should imagine that kind of ubiquitous harp music that movies and TV shows use to indicate that we’re going baaaaaaack in time] While Jessica was hobnobbing it in San Francisco with Deva Dalporto and friends, I was jetting to Atlanta where the very wonderful and ha-frickin’-larious Leslie Marinelli, editor-in-chief of In The Powder Room and the blogger behind The Bearded Iris, was hosting a party at the Mathnasium of West Forsyth. If you recall, Jess and I had gotten up an at insanely early hour to make our flights for our next stop on the Boogie Wipes Tour. My flight was at 5:30 am, so I was on the shuttle at about 4 am. I’d have a picture to show you just how dark it was when I boarded the shuttle … except that I was too sleepy to remember to take a picture. Someone needed some coffee, STAT! As Jess mentioned, I was a picture of hilarity as I schlepped my bags and our beautiful, but incredibly enormous, banner to the airport. Mercifully, I was able to unload everything at curbside check-in. Then I stumbled off in search of caffeine and my flight to Atlanta via Charlotte. This last bit is kind of important because when I finally reached Atlanta, I found that one of my bags had actually gone to CHICAGO!!! Murphy’s Law of Travel being what it is, the bag that got rerouted to Chicago was the bag that held all the goodies for our Atlanta party. Of course, it did! Luckily for me, there was a dynamite gal at American Airlines baggage services who immediately located my bag and arranged to have it special-deliveried (yes, that’s a term!) to the Mathnasium location. My bag arrived just minutes after we got in there to set up! Way to go American Airlines!
I thought it was a stroke of absolute genius to host the book signing at Mathnasium. This is a very cool franchise that aims to help kids understand math so they can do their homework without stressing their parents who’ve likely forgotten everything they ever learned about the Pythagorean Theorem and quadratic equations. (Well, I’VE forgotten what I learned anyway.) Mathnasium is all about making math fun and totally not scary for kids. And Jess and I are all about using funny math to make jokes, so really this was a brilliant move on Leslie’s part to host her event here. Here are Leslie and I with the indispensable Todd, who owns the Mathnasium in West Forsyth and who not only let us completely rearrange the space for our event, but also set up our Boogie Wipes/Science of Parenthood banner too! Thank you, Todd!
And here’s Leslie, making sure the banner “works.” Is it any wonder that we love, love, love this gal?! Looking good, girlfriend! That’s the way you do it!
As Jessica’s said, one of the coolest things about being on tour with our book is meeting the amazing people who come out to hear us read from the book and share their own crazy stories about parenting SNAFUs. And what a great audience we had in Atlanta. We even had some bona fide scientists in the crowd. I could tell these gals (left) in pink and black were real scientists, because they were snickering loudly at all of our science-y jokes … even before I got to the punch lines! That’s me (holding the book!), showing one of our favorite cartoons in the book: Sleep Geometry Theorem: A child will always sleep perpendicular to any adult laying in bed next to him. If you’ve ever wondered why parents need California king beds, that’s the reason.
It’s always wonderful when our blogger pals, who we typically only get to see online, come out IRL. Bloggers are the most generous, supportive people. Meredith Trotter of M.Blazoned, who’s known the world over for her viral blog posts, like “The Default Parent” (which you probably read on HuffPost Parents) stopped by with her husband Dan, and it turns out they both went to UConn the same time Jessica did! (Jess, does this gal look familiar?)
Lisa Rene LeClair of Sassy PieHole, who we met at BlogU in June, wins the Long Distance Award, driving two hours to be there. Or maybe it only seemed like two hours. I gotta say, I was functioning on about two hours of sleep, thanks to my early morning flight, so I may have hallucinated the whole thing. But … nope! Here she is (far right, in the adorable eyewear) with the very lovely Allie Smith of The Latch Key Mom. (Damn! That banner looks good!) I also got to meet Sarah Hosseini of Misguided Mama. Funny blog! But I was most taken with girlfriend’s blue-green hair. Gives totally new meaning to “going green!” One of the highlights of this whistle-stop on the Boogie Wipes Tour was talking with these two ladies (center and left) about hybrid publishing and our publisher She Writes Press. This really is a fantastic time to be an indie author because the options for publishing are positively multiplying. We chose to publish our new book with She Writes Press because we were able to have almost complete creative control of the process (while also retaining our copyright, e-book rights and merchandising rights) AND She Writes Press provided distribution into bookstores (something that most self-publishing operations do not.) SCIENCE OF PARENTHOOD: Thoroughly Unscientific Explanations for Utterly Baffling Parenting Situations officially comes out on November 17. Find it in bookstores then! But if you come out to one of our book parties, you can take home one of our over-stuffed goody bags, filled with all the good stuff moms and dads need, courtesy of Boogie Wipes and their parent company, Nehemiah Manufacturing. Check our tour dates here. Can’t make it out to a party? Enter the giveaway to get this fab swag PLUS a signed book PLUS a $100 Visa gift card! Who loves you, baby?
a Rafflecopter giveaway
See you on the road!