NOTE: I’m in NYC for Book Expo America (BEA).
Today was. I don’t know how else to explain it. I felt like I was walking around in a life that wasn’t my own. That or I AM GHOST.
I woke up this morning after three hours of sleep, and that was hard. My body was hating me last night, so I barely got down a scoop of breakfast before needing a full can of Sprite that I so graciously left in my dad’s car.
ATL of course is all about the stress free travel, so I got to my gate fairly quickly. That flight felt long, but not full-feature movie long.
Sidenote: My plans changed yesterday so I ended up booking a hostel for the first four days of being here. Also, I just read the “rules”. One says, “Food and beverages are not allowed in the rooms and will be thrown out by housekeeping.” I definitely slipped my chicken salad from Brooklyns Natural without a problem.
THAT’S RIGHT I WENT TO BROOKLYN. My friend Jenn and I got together with her roommate to coordinate BEA schedules because that’s something you have to do to obtain the books you want. My list is relatively short compared to theirs. I am the odd ball. I think I’m most excited about seeing BLOGGER FOLK and quite a few of my favorite authors. Victoria Schwab and John Green, I’m lookin’ at you.
Also, there’s a lot of events I didn’t even know about that are happening concurrently with the conference/exposition. So it’s good to know some BEA veterans.
I walked quite a bit today. Probably as much when I was in Los Angeles last year. I wish I had blogged some of that because Alexi and I, as well as a gaggle of friends, had some crazy adventures. ANYWAY. I walked from 11th/23rd to 5th/14th. Because I am crazy and I needed the exercise. And sunshine. I had Jamba Juice for the first time in my memory. I felt like I needed to tell my friend Dev because he is quite the JJ enthusiast.
Plans for tomorrow: There’s breakfast tomorrow morning at 8-9:30. You know how we do… Slide in at 8:30 or something. Anyway. Anyway. Then I’m going edit the frick out of a video. If my roommate leaves for a good bit, I’ll make a BookTube News, but I am not certain on that as this hostel doesn’t have A/C so I’m dealing with street noise, as you would expect from Chelsea, NY. Like, guys, I’m near Chelsea Pier. I don’t know if that’s anything exciting, but I just had a rush of feelings when I walked past one of the pier buildings? I dunno, maybe I’m falling in love with this city. TO MAKE IT UP, I will be vlogging at BEA and BEA Blogger Con. I will have no shame. *nods*
NOTE: What the heck is my roommate listening to? Goodness. First, she’s listening to Rihanna, then fun., then some sort of Rod Stewart stuff. And now back to the Rhianna/raggae hip hop stuff. Whoever she’s listening to now either covers bits of Sean Kingston or vice versa. I don’t even know music anymore. She’s Argentinean so it’s all swell. Okay, now she and I need to be best friends or something because she’s playing Party in the USA. Girl, turn that up.
TL;DR – I’m in New York and it’s nice and humid and my legs are jello and my hostel roommate listens to a lot of American music. And I got to meet and hang out with Jenn Levine. Cool. Cool cool cool.