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Monday, May 21, 2007

My brother got his MBA this weekend, and even though the ceremony was long (let's put it this way: even my brother took something to read during it) it was great to see him stride across the stage and get his degree. Plus I got to see my nephew, who is about six months old now and the cutest thing EVER. He's got huge blue eyes and the sweetest smile and he wants to stand up on his own so bad he's constantly trying to squirm his way up onto his feet whenever he gets a chance. And wow, is he sturdy. When he was really little, I was scared to hold him because he was so tiny, but now that he's bigger, I like picking him up and carrying him around. The only thing is, after about ten minutes, my arms start to ache. And I work out! Okay, I try to. But I think holding a baby is probably the best upper body exercise there is.

Other things I learned this weekend: If you want to keep me out of a room in your house, put one of those big plastic childproof ball things on the doorknob. I won't tell you how long it took me to figure out how to work it. (Yes, I will. Five minutes! My parents teased me about that all weekend.)

Also, people really like to dress up for horse races. There were a bunch of people at our hotel who must have gone to see whatever big horse race happened over the weekend and I'm telling you, there were fancy clothes everywhere. This one woman had on a hat that was about five feet across. And it was bright pink! You have to admire someone who can carry off that kind of headgear.

Oh! And before we left on Friday, I checked my email and found out School Library Journal has reviewed Bloom!* That was really exciting. (As in I printed out a copy and read it about eight zillion times and said "YAY!" every time)

I'm also happy to announce that Bloom is currently being featured over at teenreads.com and I want to say congrats to Shawna, Bethany, and Michelle, who each won a copy of Meg Cabot's latest, Pants on Fire!

* I don't think I can quote the whole review here, but I can at least share some of it: "In a style reminiscent of the work of Sarah Dessen and Deb Caletti, Scott tells the story of Lauren, a not-so-popular high school junior who is dating the secretly celibate most popular boy in school. Without warning, Evan, the loner son of her distant father's former live-in girlfriend, returns to town and stirs up confusing emotions for Lauren, who once believed that a popular boyfriend was all she needed to secure happiness...Lauren's inner conflict over her affair with Evan, and the various lies surrounding it, rings true, and the novel has enough drama to keep readers interested." (And now you see why I spent the weekend YAYing!)