The Friday Five!

1. Today is Laurie Halse Anderson’s birthday. Not ONLY is she the author of Speak, Wintergirls, and so many other great books, but she is also a really cool person. I can attest to this as I have been lucky enough several times to do events with her, most recently in Chicago this summer. Laurie also writes children’s books, and her most recent, The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes to School, is in the running to be in a Cheerios box giveaway next year. Right now, though, Zoe’s kind of lagging. So if you want to give Laurie a bday present, go to link below, click on the MORE BOOKS arrow on the bottom right TWICE, and then give her a vote. The link is here. Happy Birthday, Laurie!

2. I honestly don’t remember how I used to spend my spare time before I was a mom, but I know how I spend it now: looking for things. A lost shoe, one paintbrush, a plastic chicken. Whatever is missing instantly becomes CRUCIAL to have, right that very second. Today it is this little Jesus Christ action figure someone gave me ages ago that Sasha found in my office yesterday. It was still in the box, but she insisted I take it out and let her have it. I did, and she carried it around all day….until somehow, it disappeared. We have NO idea where it is and I have turned the entire house upside down looking. I know he moves in mysterious ways, but this is ridiculous. On the flip side, whenever we lose one thing and start searching, something else turns up I’d given up ever seeing again. So it’s like this constant cycle of lost and found, found and lost, on and on and on….

3. The NC State Fair wraps up this weekend, and it looks like I probably won’t be making it. Two of my babysitters have gone, though, and reported back on the rides and the food. Apparently the big draw this year, the oh-my-God-are-you-kidding-me-that-people-will-eat-that thing, is fried butter. Yes: butter. Can you even imagine? There are also fried Ho-Hos. Oh, my stomach hurts just writing that. Fried desserts aside, the fair for me is always about the food. I would not mind sampling a bit of funnel cake and one of those big turkey legs. Ah, well. Maybe next year.

4. I know a lot of people thrive on making decisions, but I am not one of them. Especially when the choices have long-term implications, like decorating a room you will then have to live with for years on end. After meeting with a designer to pick cabinets for my new office, I have to make a choice: maple or white? I liked the white, but my husband thinks we should do maple. And the truth is….it’s a known fact that I don’t have the best taste in decor. I just don’t. I am one of those people who really does best with someone else picking colors and furniture, and then I can look at it all together and say, “Oh, yes, that’s nice.” Nobody’s good at everything, right? And won’t white cabinets look really smeary the minute a two year old gets her hands on them? Yeah. That’s what I thought.

5.Okay, I PROMISE this is the last time I’ll mention how I need to get rid of extra books. But I do, so here’s the deal. I have a TON of my UK editions I need to find a good home for. The spelling is a bit different, and some of the language (“boot” for trunk, “fringe” for bangs, etc). But otherwise, they are exactly the same. If you are a teacher who could use, say, 16 copies of Dreamland, or 19 of Keeping the Moon, or 12 of That Summer, then shoot me an email at sarah at sarah dessen dot com and we’ll see what we can do. Everything must go! (UPDATE: all books are spoken for. I’ll let you know if I have any more to give. Thanks for your interest!)

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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