AUGUSTA, GEORGIA, December 3, 9 PM—I am charmed the moment I walk off the plane at Augusta Regional Airport. It’s late. It’s dark. I am tired. But the airport is small and quaint. There are no elevators, no trams, no escalators or moving walkways, no shuttle buses. Once I have my bags and the keys to the rental, I walk a few yards out through the front doors to find the car in the airport parking lot. As I stash my bags in the trunk, I look up and catch sight of a plane parked on the tarmac, just beyond the main terminal building. It’s so close, if my soccer-star nephew kicked a ball, I bet he’d hit the plane’s windshield. The whole setup reminds me of the drive-up/walk-in airport Fort Lauderdale (near where I grew up) used to have before its mega expansion. I love the simplicity. Especially because I am dragging.
Mercifully, Jessica’s booked us into a small hotel not far from the airport. I check in and fall into bed. Tomorrow, we’re reading at the Columbia County Public Library. It’s going to be a busy day.
December 4: Given that I am in Augusta on this crisp, clear #BoogieWipesTour morning and therefore not responsible for rousting my 9-year-old from bed, toasting his waffle, packing his lunch and shuttling him off to school, I treat myself to a relaxing, unhurried morning, with breakfast in bed before heading back to the airport to pick up Jessica, who’s arriving from Denver later on in the day.
By the way, this is what the Augusta Regional Airport looks like in daylight …
I am busily touting our book to the airport barista pouring me some much-need coffee—for some reason that hotel styrofoam cup just wasn’t enough this morning—when Jessica sneaks up behind me. “Always be selling!” she chants, then skips off to find her bags. “Of course!” I say. Barista Guy and I had been commiserating over shared bewilderment of our 9-year-olds’ Minecraft obsession, so naturally, I pulled out the book. (Hey, if you tell me you’ve got kids, I’m showing you the book!) He snaps a picture with his phone, then hands me the precious coffee.
“It’s on Amazon,” I say, walking backward to the baggage carousel. “Makes a great gift!”
With our bags and boxes of Boogie Wipes products stashed in the trunk, Jessica and I make our way toward the Columbia County Public Library where Tara, the blogger behind the suggestively snarky blog, Love Morning Wood, is hosting a reading for us.
“Look for the murder van,” she texts as we hit the highway.
Sure enough, when we pull up to the beautiful brick library, a huge black van that looks like it could be up to no good is parked in the drive, a Science of Parenthood sticker on its bumper. Now, one of the coolest things about the #BoogieWipesTour is meeting, face-to-face, other parenting bloggers who we’ve only seen in Facebook groups or Twitter feeds. As Jessica and I walk in, looking for someone to tell us where to go, a tiny gal with long, thick hair and a Julia Roberts-wide smile flies down the hall and into our arms. Tara.
“OMG! You’re here!! I can’t believe you’re here!”
Frankly, we can’t believe Tara’s pulled this event together for us, considering that she’s toting around a 6-month-old. That takes more organizational skill than I had with an infant. No doubt, Tara’s got it all together because the lovely Marigold is Tara’s seventh, so girlfriend’s been there, bought the T-shirt and handed it down several times already.
While Jessica cooed over Baby Marigold …
Tara’s hubby Garrett, helped set up our fabulous Boogie Wipes/Science of Parenthood banner. He’s a keeper!
Jessica and Tara couldn’t wait to try out the banner and show off their street cred. Um … wait … is this right?
Not quite …
How ’bout this?
Ooops! Try again!
Must be why the Sheriff’s Department sent a deputy to our party. You know … in case someone overdoes the white wine spritzers and tries to stab someone else with a cocktail toothpick. He doesn’t look overly concerned.
Especially since everyone is having such a good time! Bet these moms and dads are psyched about the Boogie Wipes, Boogie Mist and Kandoo Wipes they’ll be taking home!
Yeah, there is a lotta good stuff in these #BoogieWipesTour goody bags!
Before we sign off, we’ve got to hand it to Tara, library branch manager Mary Lin Maner and her team for the lovely event they put together. That’s the crew, right there! Thanks ladies!
See you next time, on the #BoogieWipesTour!