Thursday, July 16, 2009

Washington D.C. RWA conference happiness!!

Wow! This week is crazy. I wasn't sure what bringing kids to conference would be like, but was determined to be low key about it and have a good time and not stress about what I was missing, and so far so good. They've been great and really helpful - all 3 of us helped set up the giant signing which raised money for literacy charities and they've been having a blast meeting so many of my friends and colleagues.

OK, I don't know how to begin to break this down unless I do it day by day so here goes:

Monday, flew in, cab to Marriott Wardman park - gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. I don't know what I expected from the largest conference hotel in DC but it wasn't this. Beautiful landscaping, feels almost like being in a country estate. flowers everywhere. Location is terrific, too, only blocks from the zoo and surrounded by many many places to eat and little shops too (already hit the CVS for the loaf of bread, jar of peanut butter, and jar of jelly. (did I mention kids? LOL)

Threw kids in wonderful outdoor pool Monday evening to burn off travel energy

and then hung out with friends. Even slept! In a hotel! which I can never do!

Tuesday: off to the spy museum first thing. This place is insanely wonderful. My son is still telling everyone we see that they MUST go - and I have to agree. He and Eileen Carr's sons went on a special interactive 1-hour program where they actually became spies, deactivated a nuclear bomb, and saved Canada. Or Kandar. I wasn't exactly sure. But they loved it! The rest of us toured the rest of the place, which is also hugely interactive and very very cool. Princess climbed through the overhead duct system spying on the crowds and felt very "spy-ish" she told me. Success!!

Lunch at a microbrewery and we were fueled up for an afternoon at the Smithsonian. Air and Space first, saw Amelia Earhart's plane and went to a show at the Planetarium. LOVED it! Rejoined the Smithsonian since there are good chances we'll move here next summer and then of course blew some more money in gift shops. A quick sweep through Natural History and then back to the hotel with our aching feet.

Dinner with Serena Robar, Cindy Holby, and Barb Ferrer, where I received a photo of my first-ever "dump" - a standalone cardboard case of only my books that gets prominent placement in the stores!! My friends and I were squeeing (embarrassed kids again; theme of the week. Heh.)

Will tell all about Wednesday later, including my 5-minutes before the booksigning news that I HIT THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LIST AGAIN!!! Thank you again!!!

But for now, pictures!!


RKCharron said...

Thank you for sharing!
It sounds like a wonderful time.
I'm glad you're children are enjoying it too. They must be extremely proud of their mother.
Thank you for the pictures.
We not at #RWA09 in DC live vicariously through your Tweets and Blogs.
Love from Canada
PS - Thank your son for saving us:)

Nancy the Romancehick said...

What a great trip! I'm so jealous. Will be keeping up with your blog and on twitter!

ev said...

At least any and all embarrassing moments will be kept in your circle of friends and not around the kids. They shouldn't be too traumatized by it all!! LOL

Have a great time. I love DC.

Maggie Toussaint said...

This sounds so cool, Alesia. I'm so happy that you have found this level of success, and that you are able to balance kids and writing so well. I will definitely put the Spy Museum on my list for my next DC visit.

Cybercliper said...

Wow, you make me tired just reading about your schedule!! Sounds like you and the kids are having a wonderful time though!! Congrats on making the Best Sellers List!!!

Diane Sadler said...

sounds like you were having a great time