Whew.

Okay, so the last couple of days have been a serious whirlwind. Truth be told, I feel like I’ve been walking around in a mild trance since I found out about the NYT list. Which is probably a good thing, because if I was actually completely processing it I’d most likely be having heart palpitations. I mean, this time last year, I was pretty much curled up under my desk in the fetal position, terrified that 1) I’d never finish Just Listen and 2) if I did, everyone would hate it. A lot can happen in a year, clearly. Which I guess is a good lesson, straight from the very first page: The best way out is always through. If you don’t push on, you’ll never know what comes next.

Anyway, I know I’ve said this a bazillion times by now, but thank you to ALL of you for the kind words, and congratulations. It is because of you, the readers, that all this is happening, and I am more grateful than (clearly) I can even put into words. I’m finding myself speechless a lot these days, and people who know me well will tell you that NEVER happens. Enjoy the silence while you can, I guess.

(I’d also like to say that I have the most fantastic best friend in the whole wide world. Thank you, Bianca.)

Next up: the book tour. I leave Monday, for ten days, and I know it’s going to be a blast, although a lot of work at the same time. Regular readers of this page know that I am a nervous traveler, but times like this I just have to suck it up and just do it, as they say in the Nike ads. I’ve got some This American Life shows downloaded on my iPod, for extra calm during turbulence, lots of books for the downtime I do get, and a laptop so that I don’t have to neglect this journal the whole time. Now, I just have to pack and get ready. Which sounds so easy, as I write it, but actually stresses me out to no end. Honest truth: I’m an overpacker. I ALWAYS take too much, and never of the things I actually need. Factor in I’m going to be in both Florida AND Minnesota, and the wardrobe requirements get serious. Do I want to lug around a coat? Or should I just bring some sweaters and hope for the best? Decisions, decisions. In the end, I’ll most likely just freak out, toss everything I can into my suitcase and zip it shut, only to realize by day two that I don’t have any pants, or something. Oh, the horror.

Okay, enough worrying about that. Let me just say that I hope to see some of you during my travels, so if you’re near one of signings, come on out and say hello.

Monday, April 17th: Little Shop of Stories, Decatur, GA 10am
Barnes and Noble, Alpharetta, GA 5:30 pm

Tuesday, April 18th: The Book Mark, Atlantic Beach, FL 7pm

Wednesday, April 19th: Vero Beach Performing Arts Center, Vero Beach FL 10am
Books and Books, Coral Gables, FL 5:30 pm

Thursday, April 20th: Barnes and Noble, Framingham, MA 7pm

Friday, April 21st: Bookcase, Wayzata, MN, 1pm

Borders, Woodbury, MN 6pm

Saturday, April 22nd: Borders, Novi, MI 12:00pm
Nicola’s Books, Ann Arbor MI 7pm

Monday, April 24th: Copperfield’s Books, Petaluma, CA. Go here for details.

Tuesday, April 25th: Books Inc, San Francisco, CA 6pm: ticketed event, go here for details

Wednesday, April 26th: Rakestraw Books, Danville CA 10am
Barnes and Noble, Walnut Creek, CA 7pm

Thursday, May 11th: Barnes and Noble, Greensboro NC 7pm

Saturday, May 13th: McIntryre’s Books, Pittsboro NC 11am

Monday, May 15th, Joseph-Beth, Charlotte NC, 6pm

In other news, it’s Friday, and last night I finally caught up on some of my TV watching. As I said yesterday, I was disappointed there was not more Jess on Gilmore on Tuesday, but then again, I can see that bringing him back for longer would complicate things (especially since, um, he’s on another WB show). Still, it felt like such a tease! But it was better than nothing, I guess. Then last night, I got caught up on Top Model—the numbers are dwindling! this is getting serious!—and the O.C. I have to say, there was a chorus of boos and hissing from our couch (if you can call two people, me and my friend Dana, a chorus) when Seth was so cold to Summer. Bad move, Cohen. Bad move! I can’t believe I’m leaving just as everything is heating up on these shows. At least I’ll be home for sweeps and all the finales. And once THAT’S all done, I can kick back and, hopefully, sink into my summer. I mean, I haven’t even made deviled eggs yet. Although yesterday, to celebrate these wild last couple of days, I did splurge on another favorite: Harris Teeter cupcakes. $3.39, people. And worth every penny. Yessss!

Thanks again for all the support, and have a great weekend everyone!