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3 AM now means morning. SIGH.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Our neighborhood is one of those "hey, we built some houses and they sold--so let's build some more!" kind of things, so we have neighbors all around us. In fact, if you cross through our patch of "back yard" and through the "grassy area" (translation: the small space that had to be left in its natural state so cable wires, etc. could be run) you'll find yourself smack in another backyard.

Normally I don't notice the houses around us much unless the police visit or something but our backyard neighbor three doors down (not to be confused with our next door neighbors, or across the way neighbors (!)) has installed a new back porch light. And not just any back porch light.

No, this back porch light is clearly the REPEL THE DARK special. They turned it on a few nights ago and--well, let's just say we noticed. (It was hard not to. I'm sure it Icould be seen from space.)

We've tried an extra set of curtains, but it hasn't been working. So my husband and I have told ourselves it's like having a reading light. Which was sort of fun at first, but then not so much at 3 in the morning and it's the third night in a row you've woken up to find yourself thinking "Oh! The sun's already up! I'd better get up--wait a minute. It's...3 AM?? It's supposed to be dark out! Why isn't it dark? Oh yeah. THE LIGHT."

So I am all discombobulated and sleepy. But pretty soon I will be in New York, and then I will get a break from the light! I will be doing a book signing on Sunday, April 5th at 1 PM at Books of Wonder with not one, but TWO, New York Times Bestselling authors--Cassandra Clare and Lisa McMann--and you should totally come if you live anywhere near New York.

I mean, it's Cassandra Clare! And Lisa McMann! Also, I will have presents.

I have links too:

Most Girl Scout cookie sales are over, but if you're dying for some, check out these recipes for Samoa Bars and Thin Minties -- and get your fix any time! (I found these because I stumbled across a link for this, which my husband now wants. Oh, the UK, home to so many candy bars he adores!)

Closing out this sweet entry (har har!), a re-share of one of my husband's faves--a quick and easy adaptation of a Nigel Slater brownie recipe

12 Comments:

Blogger A Literate Musician said...

I know how you feel. I've got a huge window facing the light across the street and they have one of those "repel dark" lights on the front of their house. I suggest a sleep mask. I won one from Maureen Johnson.

March 30, 2009 9:22 AM  
Blogger H said...

My room has a big window facing the sun rise and that wakes me up early in the summer. You must be going crazy! Can't you (politely) complain to them?

March 30, 2009 11:06 AM  
Blogger paperback.pixie said...

Thanks for those Girl Scout Cookie recipes! I have a bone to pick with the NYC Scouts for never answering my email plea for Samoas...

Hope you have a fun time in New York! Can't wait for the signing :-)

March 30, 2009 11:50 AM  
Blogger Mrs. Duncan said...

I just hosted a Barnes and Noble signing here in Oceanside, CA with Cassandra and Lisa. They were awesome- and both read from their new manuscripts! We had over 200 fans attend...Cassie and Lisa were signing books for 2 hours! ;-) It was awesome.

Have fun meeting them in New York. Wish I could come!
Beth Duncan

March 30, 2009 1:51 PM  
Blogger Pissenlit said...

Oh, I feel your pain. My neighbour has a side door that practically faces where my bedroom window is and on occasion they leave(possibly forget about) the outside light on which illuminates a whole wall in my room...the one that I face when I sleep.

Okay, I can't decide if I want to be in New York or the UK right now. They really do have fantastic candy bars...I'm partial to the Cadbury Flake but now I'm tempted to see if I can talk my friend into sending me a Twisted(I don't think it'd survive the mail..). Have fun at the signing!

March 30, 2009 2:30 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

It's funny because I've been thinking nonstop about getting to a Cassandra Clare signing somehow and now I hear that you'll be at one with her? I wish I lived in NewYork. I want to become an author, and move to NY, and get a job as an editor for a magazine. It'd be fun, lol. Try commenting on the light subtley to your neighbours. Maybe they'll take the hint?

March 30, 2009 3:46 PM  
Blogger deltay said...

Oh wow, that really sucks about the light!

The signing sounds like it'll be a ton of fun! Unfortunately I wouldn't be able to get out to NY... :(

Have a good night! (Hopefully some force intervenes and they turn off the light or something ;)

March 30, 2009 10:35 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth Scott said...

Thanks for the advice and commiseration!

Paperback.Pixie--I'm looking forward to meeting you :-)

March 31, 2009 8:23 AM  
Blogger Thao said...

Well I wish I could trade places with you cos I'm more into lights than darkness, sleeping or not.

March 31, 2009 11:49 AM  
Blogger Lisa Schroeder said...

Have fun in New York! Say hi to Lisa!!

I saw a bunch of copies of your book at my Borders. I bet they'll be all gone the next time I go back. Looks like you have another winner on your hands! :)

March 31, 2009 4:40 PM  
Blogger Juanita said...

I think you can buy special blackout curtains. A streetlight shines into a friend's bedroom and she got these curtains that block out any semblance of light.

March 31, 2009 9:31 PM  
Blogger Polo.Pony said...

Arghhhh! I hope you have fun at the book event, I wanted to go so badly, but seeing as we live 3 days away...

Have fun!! And I hope you can get some sleep!

April 01, 2009 12:27 AM  

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