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May 26th, 2009

I’m busy getting ready for my big trip to New York City for Book Expo America, where I’ll be speaking and signing this Friday (click here to see my complete schedule)!

I’ll be speaking at the Children’s Book & Author Breakfast with authors Tomie de Paola and Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Julie Andrews will be the Master of Ceremonies!

This could be a bit weird because I sometimes talk about meeting Julie Andrews at the Princess Diaries movie premiere as part of my speech.

Only she’s going to be there, at the function, listening to me talk!

So…a little freaky? Or is it just me?

To add some unnecessary frisson to the occasion, I’ll be bringing my one-eyed cat Henrietta (to NYC, not to BEA…although that would make the public speaking part EXTRA SUPER CRAZY), since she has gotten very clingy in her old age, and whenever I go away she refuses to take her thyroid medicine and sits in the exact same spot (on top of my old Raggedy Ann doll) for days at a time without moving.

In fact she is on top of my Raggedy Ann doll right now because she saw me get out my suitcase.

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that Henrietta is not fond of traveling, and in fact is something of a menace in the airport security line. I won’t go into it again, but if you want to know the details, you can read about it here.

(PS Henrietta now has a special step to get up to the bathtub rim…and to my bed, and to her favorite chair, and to everything else in the house.)


Henrietta at the vet’s office last week, getting her “travel papers” so she can fly in the cabin with me. Note her expression: “I’m not here.” Two minutes later, she launched the you-know-what.

I expect Henrietta will be doing some Twittering tomorrow, so stand by.

I spent a lot of time this weekend thinking about our service men and women….

…and about Kevin Bacon, not just because it was Memorial Day and on HBO they were playing Taking Chance, a very touching movie about a Marine killed in the line of duty, and the military officer (played by Kevin Bacon) who escorts his body home for his funeral.

As you’ve probably heard by now, Kevin Bacon hasn’t had the greatest year: First, Kevin and his wife Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer starts again soon! I love that show!) were among the many swindled by Bernie Madoff.

Then this weekend, someone stole Kevin’s BlackBerry from him while he was riding on the NYC subway!

(FYI, I’ve taken the NYC subway a million times and never been mugged. But for a while in the 90s I was getting pickpocketed every time I left NYC. In fact my credit card companies would laugh every time I called them to cancel my cards and be like, “Again?” So go figure.)

Kevin gave chase, but the thief got away. This seems amazing, given Kevin’s ultimate world-famous punch-dancing prowess!

But those of us who love Kevin don’t want him punch-dancing with muggers in the subway. We want him to be careful, so he can go on starring in excellent movies such as Footloose, Quicksilver, Stir of Echoes, Hollow Man, and Taking Chance! Stop chasing muggers, Mr. Bacon! Take care of your precious, precious self! We also need you to be there for Kyra and the kids!

Now that I have gotten the most important celebrity news out of the way, I want you to know that I have nothing to say about this, this, or this.

But of course, I’m excited about this, and I’m kind of looking forward to this!

That’s it for now! See you in New York (if I survive the trip)!

More later.

Much love,

Meg