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It’s been less than a month since Along for the Ride came out, and yet I feel like I have not stopped moving once. It’s been such a fun, wild time, and ending it this weekend at ALA was great. (I will be doing one more local appearance, at McIntyre’s in Pittsboro on July 25th. And we’re hoping to add a DC date, and maybe one in New York eventually.) But for now, yes, I’m done. Which means I can (maybe) step back from the computer for a couple of days, catch up on my sleep, spend time with my family and all that other good stuff. I promise a better, longer entry later. But for now, I just have to share these few things. And because I AM so tired, I will do it with pictures.

First, the view from my hotel room was freaking awesome:

And this view, at Anderson’s in Naperville on Saturday night, was equally great:

I got to hang a LOT with Laurie Halse Anderson. We signed books for two hours (!) straight at Anderson’s on Saturday, then did a pizza party/talk with very cool teens on Sunday. I love Laurie. She’s, like, totally made of awesome:

But the GREATEST thing about ALA, the thing that I still can’t believe actually happened, is this:

Yes. That is Judy Blume. THE JUDY BLUME. There are better pictures on Penguin’s camera, but I can’t wait for them so I am posting this one even though I look like a total grinning freak. But I mean, hello! Meeting her was a dream of MY LIFE. I was so nervous I don’t even remember what I said. I just hope I didn’t embarrass myself too much.

I have so many more stories to tell you, and things to say, but honestly, I just can’t do it right now. I’m wiped out and my house is a mess and my daughter won’t let me out of her sight for two seconds for fear I’ll leave again. I’m putting away my book tour shoes and getting out my flip flops, trading sandboxes for boarding passes. It’s been a great time. But it’s really nice to be home. When I saw this when I arrived in the terminal late last night, exhausted, depleted, it just made me so happy:

Have a great day, everyone!

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