PORTLAND, OR—When we last left off, I was catching a flight from Santa Barbara on my new favorite airline, Alaska Airlines, to meet up with Jessica in Portland. I’ll tell you, though, it’s been a long time since I’ve boarded a plane straight from the tarmac!
Jessica has been to Portland many times, it was my first visit and wow was I impressed! Just look at the spectacular hotel Jessica found for us — the Hotel Monaco, right downtown!
Here’s the lobby! Eclectic and elegant!
They had bikes for rent—Portland’s preferred method of transportation. I swear this city runs on coffee and bicycles!
Our room even came with a teddy bear! (Good luck getting that away from a family with children. Well played, Hotel Monaco!)
First order of business was a segment on KATU’s morning program AM Northwest, talking about our book and promoting our Boogie Wipes event later that night at the Sunset Athletic Club, hosted by none other than Boogie Wipes own Molly Wright! We’d been working with Molly for months, but at last we were finally going to meet her!
Jessica snapped photos while I was on-air with AM Northwest host Helen Raptis. We had the whole studio rolling with laughter! Watch the segment here!
Afterward the show, we headed to Portland’s famous bookstore, Powell’s, known as the largest bookstore in the world and one of the “10 best independent bookshops in the world,” according to The Guardian. So many books! I could spend weeks in here and not browse them all! No wonder they call it the “city of books!”
We couldn’t find Science of Parenthood on the shelves, but Powell’s had it available online, so we asked Shawn, the man in charge of purchasing, if he’d bring in a few copies. Absolutely, he said. “Your book looks really cool!” We couldn’t agree more!
But what really made the trip to Powell’s fun was having breakfast with friend and fellow blogger Carisa Miller (right). Carisa’s also the producer for the Portland Listen to Your Mother show. If you’re in Portland, you’ll want to catch it at the Alberta Rose Theatre on May 5!
Later it was on to the Sunset Athletic Club for our reading and signing. Here’s the fabulous Molly Wright (top left) of Boogie Wipes who organized the event! Plus, we got to meet Boogie’s Wipes’ Tamena (top right, center). And Melissa Sher of Huffington Post came by to say hi! Melissa, a former “toddlerologist” and creator of the Tumblr blog, Mamalingo, is one of the few people who’ve guest-posted for Science of Parenthood. She gets it!
And to make the night complete, Jessica and I finally got a chance to meet our fabulous publicist, Joanne McCall, who made sure that someone besides our families knew we’d written this book. Thank you, Joanne!
The Boogie Wipes Tour was coming to a close. One of the last things Joanne did was get us booked with John Erickson on K103FM.
And just when we thought things could not get any better, we learned that our fun little gift book had been chosen as a finalist for Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award in Humor.
Such a splendid way to end the Portland leg of the Boogie Wipes Tour.
Look for our wrap-up post on the Boogie Wipes Tour. What a long, cool trip it’s been!