Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Back -- Tagged and TT!

So we're back!

I had a great time at the conference. One of my closest friends moved last year to the town where the conference was held, so I got to spend a lot of time with her. And we even had a babysitter for two of the nights so I could join my hubby at evening events.

My TT this week is a bit random, thanks to Becka Goings' tag. I'm supposed to list eight things about me, and tag eight people. Well, I've already done this meme within the last couple of months, so there isn't much to tell, and I think I've already tagged everyone I know (and a few I don't).

So, instead, I'm doing thirteen things about me and/or my trip, and tagging anyone who stops by today who wants to be tagged. Hope that works!

1. One of the things we usually love about this conference is the nice weather. It's on the other side of the state, and tends to be really warm and sunny. This year, the weather, to put it politely, SUCKED. Windy, cold, cloudy, bleah.

2. We have a portable DVD player, but I never got around to setting it up, even though the trip usually takes about six hours each way. And the kids survived.

3. I refused the dessert menu at the big district dinner this year. Last year, I ordered a yummy-sounding dessert, only to discover it was a foot-tall tube of pastry filled with cream. STANDING UP. Aspiring romance writer with a phallic-looking pastry? The jokes never ended.

4. I write under a pen name, and only one person in the entire district knows I'm actually published. The rest think I'm still trying to break in to the traditional/sweet romance market. I'm starting to really hate the question, "So how's the writing coming along?"

5. I really don't mind hanging with the kids while the hubby is at sessions or luncheons. We walk downtown, play at the park, enjoy the pool (well, most years).

6. I'm also looking forward to RWA next year, when that situation will be reversed. :)

7. On long car trips, I hardly ever drive. My DH loves to drive, so I'll only take over if he's really tired. That's more than okay with me.

8. Now, more random facts: In high school, my nickname was Bob. After Senator Robert M. "Fighting Bob" LaFollette.

9. I once attended Westercon dressed as Crissy Kochanski, Dave Lister's love interest from Red Dwarf.

10. I'm currently re-reading Suz Brockmann's Troubleshooters series in preparation for her newest release this summer. She's one of the few authors I'll auto-buy in hardcover the first week of release.

11. Harry Potter 7 is another first week hardcover for me.

12. A very good friend of mine has made it to round four of Samhain's Best First Line contest. I've read the whole book and it rocks. Fingers and toes are crossed for ya, babe!

13. My kids can, while listening to the radio, identify the Beatles, the Stones, blues music, and "The greatest scream in rock and roll history" (The Who, Won't Get Fooled Again) Sadly, none of that is due to my influence. :)

Okay, done. Consider yourself tagged, if you so desire.


Erin the Innocent said...

I love number 3 *g* What was the dessert called? LOL

Cat Marsters & Kate Johnson said...

Ooh...I think you tagged me with that meme and I'd already done it. Or maybe I did yours and someone else tagged me. Either way, I ran out of things to say!

I love the sound of that dessert!

m-dith said...

9. I once attended Westercon dressed as Crissy Kochanski, Dave Lister's love interest from Red Dwarf.

I believe I still have the hat you wore. It's in my costume closet. ;D

I'm glad you had fun despite the weather. And I, too, am curious about that dessert. lol

Jenn L said...

I like it when my kids sing songs that are classics. Thanks to CSI my kids know the wo very well in deed. Great Thursday Thirteen Kate.

Stacy~ said...

Welcome back - glad you had a great time :)

#10. I'm also re-reading Suz, gettin' ready for Force of Nature. God, I just love her.

Kate Davies said...

For the curious -- the dessert is named the Smokestack, based on the building the restaurant is in (a former steam plant).

And yes, it was amazingly delicious -- I just didn't want to deal with the comments again this year!