A Perfect Day

What would constitute a perfect day for me? Things on sale, a nap, tasty food, books, new friends and old friends, and chocolate.

Why, hello, Saturday. Thanks for stopping by.

This past Saturday included all those things.

I got up in the freezing dark, dressed quietly and went outside to meet some friends, only to realize that I’d just assumed it was cold because it was dark and it was actually about 70 degrees. We headed over to a nearby community garage sale and I picked up a little push bike/car for Ella for a buck, a huge bag of foam blocks for 50 cents, and a set of animal fridge magnets for $2 (originally the seller was asking the outrageous sum of $5; I made Bart make the lower offer because not only am I cheap, but I’m a wimp). Bart and Ella joined me part-way through and we had a nice morning together.

Then, back home where Ella went down for a nap and Bart and I realized that, hey, we could go for naps too. So everyone snoozed for a while.

When we all woke up and realized we’d like some lunch, we headed off to Austin’s 2nd annual Gypsy Picnic, where more than 40 food trucks were assembled along the river. Ella was in heaven, screaming “da! da!” every time a dog passed.

 We had a fried avocado taco from Torchy’s Tacos, a quite unimpressive jerk chicken sub from Snarkys, some excellent and large eggrolls from Fresh Off the Truck (Ella was a fan too), and wrapped the whole thing up with two frozen bananas from Bananarchy. One was dipped in peanut butter and rolled in crushed oreos, the other was dipped in chocolate and then covered in toffee bits. Ella didn’t mind having some of those either.

Ella was losing steam, so Bart dropped me off at the Texas Book Festival and took Ella home for a nap.

I headed into Sarah Dessen’s panel where Elizabeth, Jennie, and Jonna had saved me a seat. They were all in town for The Blathering and I was so happy to get to meet them (technically, I met Jennie for all of thirty seconds this spring at BEA). I sat by Elizabeth and after years of online friendship, it was so fun to get to know her in real life. Also, it is so ridiculously easy to talk to someone who has similar (or similar-ish) taste in books. There may have been a few snarky comments about some of the books we both found completely terrible.

And then (good heavens this is getting long), Kay, my library mentor, met up with me and we visited for a little while while she waited for her ride. Oh, how I love her.

Bart picked me up, we went home to have dinner, and then I headed off to babysit for Ralphie’s kids (which meant a strenuous evening reading on the couch).

Minutes after I arrived back home, Landen and Adam showed up with molten chocolate cakes and ice cream. Obviously, we invited them right on in.

And then, an hour later, collapsed into bed in a chocolate coma.

That Saturday is going to be hard to beat. But I’m willing to make a valiant effort every weekend for the rest of my life.

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  • Reply Elizabeth October 26, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    I was telling Erik that same thing – everyone else that I talked to that weekend said "Who?" or "What?" every time I mentioned an author or a book, but I said to him "Janssen and I speak the same language, it was so cool! I didn't have to explain anything!" Thank you so much for coming out and meeting me, it's crazy that we've never met before but I feel like we're old friends anyway.

  • Reply Merrick October 26, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Sounds like a pretty darn good day to me…Especially the food trucks and chocolate!

  • Reply Kelly J. October 26, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Man, what a perfect day. So ridiculously simple but so dang perfect!

    I'm drooling a little bit about the bananas.

  • Reply Erica October 26, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Amazing. My favorite part? The food and the naps.

    North Meets South

  • Reply Creole Wisdom October 26, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Sounds like a perfect day!

    Don't be scared to bargain. I just go up and politely ask: "is there any wiggle room in the price?"

    I know, hilarious, but it usually works 🙂 The worst anyone can say is "no," right?

  • Reply Jenny October 26, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    totally living the dream.

  • Reply Lexilooo October 26, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    that is a perfect day for sure!

  • Reply ellen October 26, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    I had those fried avocado tacos at Torchy's last year — YUM!

  • Reply heidikins October 26, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    I wish Salt Lake had more food trucks.


  • Reply Jenny October 26, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    You have such a way of making your life sound absolutely perfect…it isn't really, right? Right?! 😉

  • Reply Cami and Juan October 26, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    We've got to try some of these food trucks. They sound delicious. I'm so glad you guys told me about that garage sale, I came away with a few good things also. It always makes you feel so good!

  • Reply Elsha October 26, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    And why didn't you come to any of the rest of the Blathering? Because I was there you know!!

  • Reply Packrat October 26, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Sounds wonderful.

  • Reply Melinda October 26, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    Oh delightful!!!

  • Reply Mrs. Doolittle October 30, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    I forgot to tell you that in mid-October we went to the Providence Children's book fair. One of the featured authors was Gail Carson Levine. She was so funny! Even though she and Norton Juster were the only two I had heard of they all were very interesting presenters. The nice thing is that my husband really enjoys going too and hearing from all these creative people. I'm posting partly because some of the people reading your blog may be from the Boston area and may not know about this wonderful event.
    By the way, Worcester got a foot of snow today!

  • Reply Hawke October 31, 2011 at 2:25 am

    That does sound like a rather perfect day. What am I doing trying to get all my housework done every Saturday?

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