The Curmudgeon Wimps Out

Yesterday, I was all excited because I was going to the Young House Love book signing in West Atlanta! I spent all day thinking about the moment I would meet the beloved bloggers whose book I thought I had bought signed, but in fact, paid extra for an unsigned copy. It wasn’t their fault, the bookstore I bought it from ran out of signed copies. But it was all going to be ok since they were planning a book tour stop in the ATL. What would I say to them? Something dumb, inevitably like, “I love your dog!!!!”

Pudge and Tesla

“Wanna see pictures of my cats?!”

I’ve never been to a book signing before, so I didn’t really know what to expect. It began at 6:30, and I got off work at 5. I headed home for a quick dinner and then Sean drove me down (because he’s nice) to the Flor store off Howell Mill. We got stuck in a little traffic (it IS Atlanta, after all), and finally made it to the area around 6:15. We passed what looked like a modest line of people, and Sean dropped me off so I could go find the end while he parked the car.

Except, I couldn’t find the end. And people kept looking at me like, “That’s right! Get back to the end!” Or what I interpreted to be, “Ha ha! You can’t just show up at 6:15 and expect to be this far up in line.” People were still filing in, but I knew already that this wasn’t going to be my scene. I didn’t want to wait 2-3 hours in the cold rainy weather listening to people who were more affluent than I go on and on about the “inexpensive DIYs” in the book. I just felt uncomfortable and, honestly, a little dumb and embarrassed.

Young House Love Book

I got on my phone and acted like I was looking for someone in line. Calling Sean, I asked, “Where are you?!” And as I walked away from the enormous line of people, “Please just come get me. I want to go home.”

Sean was a little surprised and then we switched roles from the way down. Before we left, Sean kept asking if he had to go, can’t I go by myself? And I was saying, I RSVP’d for 2! I don’t want to stand in line by myself!

Now Sean was saying, We drove all the way down here. I’ll wait in line with you. And I was all: I don’t want to wait in the cold with all these people. I just want to go home.

Funny how that happens, right? 🙂

It was a good night, though, and I caught up on a good book I’ve been reading. It’s called A Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny. I love it so far. There’s something about historical fiction or fiction around the Catholic church that really interests me (see this and this).

The Beautiful Mystery

Get it! It’s the bomb dot com.

After that, I have a thriller lined up: Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape by Jenna Miscavige Hill. Exciting stuff in my life and times.

What books are you loving right now?

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