AUSTIN, November, 12—After a quick two-hour flight into Austin, the #BoogieWipesTour headed out to beautiful Lakeway, about 30 minutes west of the city. I had never really been IN Texas, beyond the occasional airport layover. One time my hub and I had the misfortune of sleeping on the floor in the Dallas airport, and I hadn’t exactly been itching to get back. But this time at least, I got to see a little bit of Texas. It’s much greener and more rolling of hill (that IS SO a phrase) than it appears from an airplane.
[Norine here, interrupting Jessica’s travelogue. Austin is one of my favorite cities, and I was thrilled beyond thrilled (now THAT’S a phrase!) to be back. I remembered it as a fun and funky town with great music and fab food. And it’s also home to one of my favorite moms, Patty Kendall, who’d recently moved there from our little Winter Garden community where our kids had been in school together. We’d met in a Kismet-y kind of way outside of Publix, twice in 24-hours, standing around talking for so long, we finally decided we should just go for coffee. Now Patty was in Austin and eager to host a party for us, but as a new transplant, she didn’t know too many people. That’s when we got the idea to
rope in invite longtime Austiner, Kristin VanderHay Shaw, who writes the beautiful blog Two Cannoli, to co-host. She invited HER friends, so that not only would we have some actual book-loving people at our party, but that Patty would get to meet some really cool moms too!
We were killing all kinds of birds with one stone! [Okay, this is Jessica here, wresting back my travelogue] (Note: No actual birds were harmed in the making of this party. )
But let’s get back to the story, thank you very much! We took the scenic route from the airport to Lakeway cutting through the city via Congress Street. And while I was dying to get out and poke around South Congress, we had no time for that. We had goody bags to fill!
Speaking of goody bags, This time we took lots of pictures as we unloaded the massive amounts of Boogie Wipes and other Nehemiah products AND we even Periscoped Patty’s adorable daughter Elena putting one together. She was so damn cute and we didn’t prompt her AT ALL on her reactions to the products.
Funniest thing: Elena cannot stand to have anything up her nose. She will take a flu shot over FluMist happily. So when we told her than Boogie Mist was a saline mist that you can shoot up your little one’s nose to help loosen dried gunk, she was SHOCKED. To her credit she didn’t appear horrified at all as she popped that product into the bag. (And to MY credit I didn’t joke that we should pin her down so she could try it and see how great it is. But I was totally thinking about it).
And the lucky winner was … Dr. Jill Grimes, a family medicine physician in Austin. Fun fact: Norine used to interview her all the time for the women’s health articles she wrote for magazines. But till Patty’s party, they’d never met in person!
Look who else came by! It’s Susanne Kerns of The Dusty Parachute!
Most ridiculous moment: Buying my hub hot sauce on my way INTO Austin in the spirit of being efficient, and then leaving it in my purse so that my bag had to be search on my way out of Austin. Yep, I had to leave it at security. No hot sauce for you babe, sorry!
This is me taking glamour shots of Patty’s houses under the guise of taking book pix.
Favorite moment: Hanging out in Patty’s gorgeous kitchen after the party, eating pizza and talking late into the night. I just met her yesterday, but she’s one of those gals you feel like you’ve known forever and you’re both rushing to agree and share your next story.
Yeah. [Norine here, again.] Patty’s one in a million. Girlfriend knows how to throw a party!
But you know, even if you can’t make it out to one of our book parties as we criss-cross the country on the #BoogieWipesTour, you can still get a signed book AND a goody bag, absolutely stuffed with super-cool Boogie Wipes and other products from their parent company Nehemiah Manufacturing AND a $100 Visa gift card. Just enter our giveaway!
See you on the road!