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BookCrossing booksBookCrossing Misadventures: 04/11/07

Yesterday was my second anniversary of attending the TriValley BookCrossing meetings. Getting there last night was quite an adventure but well worth all the effort and running around.

Everything was going to plan when I left Ian at home to start dinner (barbecued hot dogs) to get Sean from school. The plan at that time was I'd get Sean with Harriet's help (she loves seeing the preschoolers). We would then get home to freshly cooked dogs. I would feed Harriet, have dinner myself and be out the door by six-thirty.

Except... we didn't have any hot dogs. Ian didn't realize this until after I was half way to Sean's school. He called me on my phone and I told him we'd come home with dogs. As I was running late to pick up Sean, I stopped to get him first.

Then the three of us dashed to PW Markets as it is the closest to the school. Sean was a huge help with finding the hot dogs and helping me pick out baby food (something else we really did need). We had made great time but were stopped dead by a huge line up front to pay.

By the time we got home it was already six o'clock and the charcoal was running out of oomph. So Ian dashes the hot dogs off the fire and onto the frying pan. I get Harriet settled into her highchair to feed her dinner and just for giggles, I check the blog of herebedragons.

Sure enough, she and Connor were coming to the meeting even though they had sworn up and down in February that February was their last meeting (and hadn't attended last month). Given that they had been on the road and should be moving back east soon, I really didn't expect them to be at the meeting. But just in case, I had to check.

Since Connor would be there, Sean had to go. So no on top of having to feed Harriet, eat my own dinner, I also had to pack a bag of entertainment for Sean. I usually pack up a drawing pad, some pens, a box juice (or two) and some cookies.

By quarter to seven we were finally flying out the door. Thankfully the traffic gods were in our favor and we were able to make up some time on the freeway and find a parking spot in the Starbuck's lot rather than around the corner at the bowling alley.

At just past seven, we were at the meeting. Sean and Connor immediately paired up and I was able to find a good seat at the table rather than having to hunt for an extra chair. Yay!

We had a lovely meeting. Sean and Connor were great except for a couple instances of playing hide and seek which just isn't appropriate for a crowded coffee house. I found homes for all my books without having to wild release any of them (a first time for me) and I managed to release Dirt in the Well to the new CEO of BookCrossing.

On the downside, I came home with more books than I took to release so I didn't keep with the two books out for every book in plan. In all fairness, half of the books I brought home were children's books for Sean's school and I took them over today. I also made up some of the difference by wild releasing three books today. So things aren't as bad as they appeared to be last night.

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