March: A Photo Diary

When you think about it, it’s totally appropriate that I would post on April Fool’s Day after not posting for A WHOLE ENTIRE MONTH. But look! I have pictures! Here’s how we occupied ourselves last month (and I promise I’ll be better about posting from now on!):

I guess the first thing of interest from March would be our trip to New York. We drove to Atlanta on a Tuesday night and stayed with our dear friend Robert.

Our friend Robert, who has been friends with my husband since the dawn of time.
Robert has been friends with my husband since the dawn of time.

Then we woke up at 3:30am EST (which was actually 2:30am to our CST bodies), fell into a cab, stumbled through the Atlanta airport, and eventually ended up on a New York-bound airplane.

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We sent this photo to Agent Emma while waiting to de-board the plane. Pretty sure the caption was something about our imminent approach. #CreepyTourists

Once we reached New York–and this probably goes without saying, but–the very first thing we did was try to find Jay-Z.

Spoiler alert: We didn’t. *sigh*

But we DID have an amazing hotel in Times Square, so we got settled in and then ventured into the city to hunt down some lunch. The great thing about this trip was that each of us had already visited New York twice, so there wasn’t any pressure to do any of The Things You Do In New York, which meant we contented ourselves with pizza and walking and coffee and napping.

Yes, it was lovely, thanks.

Anyway, part of the reason for our visit was the NYC Teen Authors Festival, which happened at various locales across Manhattan, but was mostly focused at the public library and this little gem of a bookstore.

I got to visit a panel/book signing at Books of Wonder!
I got to visit a panel/book signing at Books of Wonder!

I was able to attend several panels at the library and hear a lot of great authors talk.

I also got to attend several panels at the NYC Teen Authors Festival! This was one being moderated by David Levithan.
This one was moderated by David Levithan. Great picture, huh?

But the highlight of the whole trip was definitely meeting my dear Emma Patterson in person! We had dinner in Manhattan with Emma and her fiance on our first night. Then we were able to snag her for lunch the next day, and on our last night in New York, she actually MADE us dinner and invited us to her home!

I don’t know a lot of people who get to visit their agent’s house, do you?

Me at the Brandt & Hochman office.
I got to visit my agency, Brandt & Hochman, and see their offices…
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…and hang out with Emma!

Okay, I kind of lied when I said we didn’t do any touristy things. We did spend one entire morning in Central Park because it was absolutely GORGEOUS and we just couldn’t help ourselves.

Me and the hubs at Belvedere Castle.
Me and the hubs at Belvedere Castle.

And then we also sort of accidentally got a private tour of the American Irish Historical Society, mostly because I’m not afraid to randomly ring doorbells and ask if I can come in and look around.

My husband's family hails from Ireland, in case that wasn't clear. O Raghailligh = O'Riley = Riley.
My husband’s family hails from Ireland, in case that wasn’t clear.
O Raghailligh = O’Riley = Riley.

Oh, and we saw this on one of the trains, and for some reason it just really got me tickled.

Written in careful Sharpie print just after the paragraph about how the subway system is always improving: "Hard to look up though, when late for work again."  It's just so painstakingly done.  I'd swear on my life this person was probably English... I don't know why, but it just seems like they were.
Written in careful Sharpie print just after the paragraph about how the subway system is always improving: “Hard to look up though, when late for work again.” It’s just so carefully written.

So we had a great time, and it was kind of hard to come home until we saw these little peanuts…

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And we realized how worn out we were…

Yeah, I took a little nap on my laundry.
Yeah, I took a little nap on my laundry.

And since then, we’ve been playing outside…

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…getting tubes in Baby J’s ears (thank you Jesus and hallelujah)…

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…and just generally living our wonderful lives.

I hope your March was equally as fun, and here’s to a fantastic April!

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