So on Thursday last I set out by myself on the streets of New York to find the FinePrint offices. Agent Janet had given me detailed walking instructions, which I diligently printed out and put in my coat pocket.
And lost before I left the room.
I LAUGHED out loud when I realized this, because it was just so ironic and yet typical of me. Fortunately I remembered most of the directions, and figured out the rest. I successfully made it. The intern said, "Oh YES!" when I said my name. *beam*
I had the pleasure of meeting Stephany Evans, Colleen Lindsay, and several very cool interns, and giving Joanna Stampfel-Volpe a quick hug before Agent Janet and I set out on a surprise adventure.
"You'd better laugh when you see this," she said, "or I'll disown you." She studied me. "Never mind, you're going to laugh."
Reader, I laughed. She maneuvered me through my first subway trip, and stood me right here.
Nah, she doesn't know me AT ALL.
In further proof, she took me to a chocolate restaurant for lunch, Max Brenner's. Chocolate!Restaurant! I ordered this:
Yes, I did. It was AMAZING. Add in coffee and talk, and a very happy conversation about my new book, and it's hard to top that.
And it was only my first full day!!
But that night the rest of the Team Sparkle contingent--my lovely Emily Hainsworth and Tiffany Schmidt--arrived, and we hoofed it to a diner. Then we came back to the room and ate from a whole desk full of snacks, mostly sugary, and watched a RAINBOW BRITE movie.
I know. Two of us (*raises hand*) had not seen it before, and two of us SANG TO EVERY SONG.
We have video, somewhere.
The next morning we were meant to go do touristy stuff, but we kind of stopped at Dylan's Candy Bar. And stayed there, for an hour or two. We browsed, bought presents, bought chocolate, and had cupcakes.
And they browsed and tweeted on their Blackberries. (caption: What Team Sparkle REALLY does)
And then V and I set off for our most glamorous lunch with Joanna and Suzie Townsend. But that will be tomorrow!