The Friday Five!

1.Okay, people: my pub date is getting SERIOUSLY close. In fact, this time next week I’ll be at BEA in New York, having already done this amazing event that I still can’t believe I am a part of:

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If there is a JPEG image, it must be really happening, right? So that’s Thursday night. Friday I’m running around and have a big party thrown by my publisher, and then Saturday it is off to the Javits Center to sign books. (If you are attending BEA, I’ll be in the autographing area at Table 5 from 10-11am.) After that, I head home for a couple of days before THE MOON AND MORE’s big release event at The Regulator Bookshop in Durham on Monday, June 3rd at 7pm. The next morning, I fly out to DC to begin the tour. WHEW! To see full tour details, go here. I am so excited and totally nervous and may be having a BIT of a problem settling down, even this far in advance. I better try, though. Because once it all starts, I’ll be goinga million miles an hour. Whee!

2. Speaking of the new book—and fair warning: I’ll be doing a LOT of that in the next few weeks—this week the trailer for it was revealed over on MTV’s Hollywood Crush. Check it out here. It’s always really cool to see how someone else chooses to explain your book, and this was a particularly cool way. And, of course, it made me want to go to the beach. One of the downsides of this busy travel summer is that I haven’t yet been to Emerald Isle, and I don’t even know if I’ll GET there before my kid has to start kindergarten in the fall. I’m trying not to think about this, as I’m basically already having shrimpburger withdrawls, but every once in awhile a picture will come up on my iPhoto screen saver like this:

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And I just so SIIIIIIGGGGGGHHHHH. I have to find a way to sneak there, even if it’s just for the day. I mean, look at that!

3. It’s not just work that is busy right now. On the domestic front, we have milestones aplenty, and I keep getting all emotional. First off, my kid got her first loose tooth this week. What? How is that even possible? It’s one of the front ones, and we have a daily Tooth Watch going to check its progress in falling out. I feel like I was just comforting her as a baby as those were coming IN, and now she’s losing them? What the heck is going on here? At the same time, today is the last day of preschool. I am sniffling just typing that. We’ve been SO lucky to be at such a great school for three wonderful years, and I have a feeling I will be a weeping mess when I do my last pickup there in a few hours. If you want to see the truly great and wonderful in the world, look no further than preschool directors and teachers. The ones we’ve been lucky enough to have are SUCH rock stars. I wish I could drag them all to kindergarten with us. (No, I really do: if I could, somehow, without breaking laws, I totally would.) I know this is how it is all supposed to go. Babies are born, they get teeth, teeth fall out, they start school, that school ends. But nobody told me it would be so hard on ME. Whoa.

4. I have no way to move into this next item other than to say this: it has been the earworms of ALL earworms the last few days. (And yes, I am including that one Taylor Swift song I can’t even speak the name of aloud or it becomes stuck in my head for at least a month.) I may have written here before about this one show my kid discovered at the beach one year called MAKING FIENDS. It was on a cartoon network, but I don’t really think it’s actually for kids. It’s about this evil little girl named Vendetta who holds her whole town, Clamburg, hostage to her bad deeds. She has a giant hamster for a sidekick and only eats beef jerky, clams and grape punch. The whole show basically revolves around her relationship with this other little girl, Charlotte, who is as sunny and cheerful as Vendetta is dark. It’s so twisted and nuts, and there’s this one song that is in one of the early episodes called “Why Don’t We Pretend to Be.” My kid knows it by HEART, which is hilarious considering it has lines about telemarketers and CEOs, and she has no idea what those are. But she sings loudly and proudly anyway. You probably will do.  Fair warning. If you want to take the risk, enjoy.

5. Finally, today is the start of Memorial Day weekend AND the official beginning of summer. You all KNOW summer is my favorite season (see number 2, above) but not JUST because of the beach. There’s also flip-flops and daylight until practically bedtime and, of course, the FOOD. Only in summer can I justify a popsicle as a full meal, even breakfast. But regular readers also know that for me, summer is ALL about deviled eggs:

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(These are from a few summers back. They don’t appear to have paprika on them, yet. But I am sure they did before they were devoured.) I’ve been asked before for my deviled egg recipe, but the truth is, I don’t really have one. I just boil eggs, peel them, then halve them and mash up the yolks. Then I add low-fat mayo, yellow mustard and sweet relish, going by instinct after all these years, plus salt and pepper to taste. Then I fill up the halves, sprinkle them with paprika, and eat. The funny thing is I am NOT someone who cooks without recipes: this is the only thing I can make that way. Which means something. Although I’m not sure what, nor do I care, because I can’t stop looking at that picture. YUM!

Have a great (and safe) holiday weekend, everyone!