SUNDAY FUNDAY (on Monday) – 1,500 Miles

So Sunday Funday is something that the lovely Cristina over at Girl in the Pages started as a way to recap the bookish (and not-so-bookish) things that have happened that week. I only tend to do it on weeks that actually have something really exciting happen. I also tend to do them on Monday instead of Sunday. Oops. But this past week was so ridiculously awesome that I had to write a post about it.

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I took TWO road trips this week. Yeah, I’m pretty much dead, but it was well worth it. On Tuesday, I went to Birmingham, Alabama (a little over 3 hours each way) to go see AWOLNATION for the second time and the first time in the States. I had an incredible time and the show was absolutely amazing. Not that they weren’t already, but this show just solidified in my mind that they are tied for first (with twenty one pilots) as my favorite band. Here are a few pics.

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Then on Saturday I drove over to Decatur, Georgia (a little over 5 hours) for a little getaway. On Saturday, I had lunch with the absolutely lovely Becky Albertalli (and her ridiculously cute son, Henry) at a place called Thumbs Up Diner. Then we headed to Little Shop of Stories (you’ve probably seen me mention this place about fifty times on the blog – I love it so much), where Becky BOUGHT ME TWO BOOKS. If she wasn’t already one of my favorite people (she was), she made me love her even more with this. I had a fantastic time talking to her about books (my TBR grew even more because she told mem about some awesome books she’s blurbing), the Decatur Book Festival, and so much more. Plus, I got to hold Henry and he’s the sweetest kid.
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For anyone who’s ever asked me about Little Shop of Stories, here’s a few pictures. It’s the cutest place ever!

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After lunch with Becky, I went over to a brewing company in Decatur where I was going to take a tour but when I pulled up no one was there and it was kind of sketchy and I didn’t want to go by myself. I actually think the place was closed because as I was pulling away, two people with the company logo on their shirts pulled up to put a sign on the door. Oh well. So I headed to B&N for a coffee and then went ahead to Little Shop of Stories for the book club. They were discussing The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, who WAS THERE. I’m really glad Vonya (the woman who usually runs the book club) told me about it at Becky’s book launch, because I had a fantastic time. Renee was really nice and I enjoyed the discussion we all had about her book. Plus, she called Sabaa Tahir for Kim (Little Shop’s store manager) because Kim’s pretty much in love with Sabaa. As you can imagine, we had a great time.

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After the book club, a few of us headed down to Colbeh, a Persian restaurant, for dinner. We had some delicious food (Renee pretty much told us what to order!) and some great conversation.

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I can’t even really put into words what an incredible time I had on Saturday. Lunch with Becky and dinner with Renee, Kim, Rachael Allen (author of 17 First Kisses), Ricki Schultz (editor and hopefully soon-to-be author), and MaryAnn Dabski (also a hopeful author). The food was delicious at both places, as was the conversation.

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After dinner, Kim and I went back to Little Shop to get my stuff, and she let me go through their collection of ARCs and take a few. I told you she was awesome. I had a pretty freaking amazing haul, if I do say so myself. LOOK AT WHAT I GOT!!!

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On Sunday, I spent a little time with Kim at her house (she kindly let me stay with her Saturday night) then went to two comic shops in Decatur (Oxford Comics and Criminal Records). I was looking for two specific issues, which I didn’t find, BUT I had a pretty awesome haul anyway!

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Then I drove home. Overall, I drove at least 1,300 miles this week, and that doesn’t include going to work on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. So probably about 1,500 miles in a week. To say I’m exhausted is an understatement. I’m one of those people that HAVE to travel to stay sane, but even I’m done with travel for a bit (you know, like a month or so. Haha). In the end, these trips were TOTALLY worth it.

How was your week?

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14 thoughts on “SUNDAY FUNDAY (on Monday) – 1,500 Miles

  1. It sounds like your weekend was a blast! I loved seeing all of the pics (and yay for The Wrath and the Dawn–love that one).

  2. Oh my goodness, it looks like you’ve had some particularly brilliant trips! I’ve only heard possibly their most well known song, Sail, which I do love, but I’ve never listened to any of AWOLNATION’s other songs, which… well it kind of seems like I should.

    Ooh, that bookstore does look gorgeous, and so nice of them to let you search through their ARCs! It looks like you picked up some beauties, so that’s excellent- I hope you enjoy them and get some good discussion out of them. And that book club! How excellent the author turned up. Really, it sounds like you’ve had a truly splendid couple of weeks. xx

    • This was all in one week!! It was definitely the best week I’ve had all year even if I’m still completely dead from it. I think you should give AWOLNATION’s other songs a try, for sure! Most of them are quite different from Sail – actually most of their stuff is distinct and different as well. That’s part of why I love them.

      Little Shop of Stories is so great and full of super nice people! 🙂

  3. What an epic week!! I know I’m horrible because I’ve never heard any music by AWOLNATION, so I’m going to look them up! YAY FOR THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE!! I can’t wait for you to read it!!! Sounds like everyone was so lovely and awesome on your trip!

  4. Whoa, what a fantastic week! It’s SO cool that you got to meet Becky, as I know that Simon Vs. is one of your favorites. 🙂

    Yay for music, good food, good friends, and book/comic hauls!

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