I’m waiting on my flight, sitting outside the Delta Sky Club. They have endeavored to make the Delta Sky Club at the Atlanta airport look particularly tempting. There are sliding blue glass doors that only let in the elite and fabulous. There’s a sign that informs me I could buy a day pass, if I so desired. I assume having a day pass to the Delta Sky Club is like touring the pleasure palaces of Kublai Khan, and knowing all the while that you will be forced to leave. It would be like the moment when Eve and Adam had both partaken of the apple, and could see the beauty of the Garden clearly for the first time because they could distinguish between good and evil, but they knew in their newly free-willed hearts they were about to be tossed out by the Delta Sky Commander. What exotic and decadent delights exist beyond those blue, sliding glass doors? What almost inhuman level of customer service? I hope that in the next life, I might one day know these things. But I can’t handle being so close to beauty and transcendence, and knowing it will end. So I do not buy a day pass.
I’ll be reading in Madison, Wisconsin on Dec. 6th at the Dragonfly Lounge (401 E. Washington Ave.) at 7 p.m CST. My fellow readers are Frank Giampietro, John Jodzio, Carrie Lorig, and Tyler Mills. The reading series is the Monsters of Poetry, an excellent reading series that has a tote bag I could just murder for.
I’m excited about going back in Madison! I’m going to spend a couple of days with one of my best friends, Brittany Cavallaro. She’s going to be frantically working towards a novel deadline, so I’m going to play support staff and work on some projects of my own. I also have an interview during that time, which means I’ll probably turn pink and stutter. I’m also going to get to see Kara Candito, Lovely Nancy Reddy, Chloe Benjamin, Angela Voras, and Sean Bishop, among others. Some of my other Madison friends have moved, but I’ve kept up decently well — I recently had virtual tea with Yuko over video, which was awesome. Mark is bummed that it didn’t work out for him to come, as am I, but we are going to go to Atlanta together for part of Christmas, and then Sarasota, so I think we’ll have a good stretch of time together with friends and family.
“Do you know how much I love you? It’s a baby seal in a sci-fi princess hat.”
If you’d actually like to learn about why the baby seal has such a good hat and what scientists will learn from the hat about the baby seal, go to this site and learn all about it (and see more pics of baby seals!)
So, the turkey is in the oven and my mother has fallen asleep on the couch. Seems about right. The Macy’s parade is playing and Mark is perplexed by it — “so, it’s just advertisements? On floats?” Yup. It’s terrible, yet we must endure.
Here’s our Thanksgiving menu!
We are staying at my aunt and uncles, who are kindly letting us host Thanksgiving here while they are visiting their kids and grandkids. It’s nice to have a place to cook. They have a double oven, which does simplify the timing issues immensely. Last year we made a brown butter apple tart, and it was amazing, but we just didn’t have the time to do the baked goods this year due to the ten hour drive. So, forgive us, the pies are store bought, as is the cranberry sauce (though it looks great). I have been informed by my mother that I have done wrong because the cranberry sauce is not the weird stuff that comes in a can. O well.
Mark picks up the cat: “Oh, look what I found, wandering through the forest! Will you be my companion? Will you fetch me potions, and assist me during combat? (looks at cat speculatively) I think it’s just a vanity item.”
This afternoon we’re going to go see Catching Fire. I mostly just want to see Effie Trinket’s outfits. If you need a refresher on the events of Hunger Games, here you go!
“Look, I’m cute. I’m your cutest wife. Cuter than that other wife.”
“Other wife? Other wives.”
“What? How many wives do you have?”
“I’ve unlocked seven wife slots. I’ve been leveling really hard.”
Sooooo I’m reading with Wendy Xu in Cleveland in a few days. To be more specific, I am reading with her on Friday, November 22nd, at 6 pm, at The Galleries at Cleveland State University. If you live in Cleveland, you should come!
I’m pretty excited, for a number of reasons. Here they are:
- Wendy Xu is really cool. The first time I met her, I thought, you are neat. The second time I met her, I told her I liked her eyeliner and I think she thought I was strange (my tone was a little intense). The third time I met her, we signed books together and it was really fun.
- I have never been to Cleveland. My husband spent his undergrad and masters years there, so I have this idea that if I go to Cleveland, someone will pull me aside and say, “Have you seen the nasty apartment he lived in with a bunch of other guys in the kind of squalor only graduate students can manage? It’s terrible. Come look,” and I will look, and readers, it will be terrible.
- Frank Giampietro is the one who invited us, because he is our editor at Cleveland State University Press. Michael Dumanis was the one who selected my book, Vow, (thank you Michael!), but shortly thereafter, Frank came on and ushered my book into the world. I will get to hang out with Frank during this time.
- It’s an adventure, and even though it involves planes, which I dislike, I have a broadsword.*
* Although I do have a broadsword, FAA regulations prohibit me from bringing it on board. So I will have to purchase another sword in Cleveland.