Thursday 8:07 AM: Flight approaches La Guardia. Laura digs her nails into Lisa's arm in a gesture reminiscent of our raging battle for the armrest when we were 10 years old because she is sure we are going to land in the water.
Thursday 8:13 AM: Land safely and manage to de-board the plane without humiliating ourselves (unless you count the fact that we asked the flight attendant if we could videotape her denying Laura peanuts. Yeah, it's kind of a long story...)
Thursday 8:35 AM: Apparently we look like total tourists making our way to the cab line because a sketchy black market cab driver tries to lure us toward his beat down Honda Civic in the parking garage. Discuss repercussions in reference to the movie Taken. Decide against offer.
Thursday 9:40 AM: Make it to the hotel without puking in cab. A bigger accomplishment than you might think.
Thursday 9:50 AM: Drop bags off at tiny bed and breakfast. After heading to the basement to use their bathrooms we are 99% sure that it is haunted.
Thursday 10:09 AM: Totally mess up directions and attempt to enter a condemned building to meet editor Dan. Yeah, the construction workers aren't impressed.
Thursday 10:11 AM: Successfully locate the Sourcebooks offices! Get a really weird look from the guy manning the door when we try to sign into the building. In retrospect we're pretty sure we tried to sign an inventory form.
Thursday 10:15 AM: Meet editorial assistant extraordinaire Aubrey Pool who is amazing. She puts up with us as we request photo after photo. Yep, we're those people.
Thursday 11:30 AM: Conclude epic meeting with editor Dan and the amazing Rebecca Frazer. So excited to be Sourcebooks authors!
Thursday 11:40 AM: Discover that if you try to eat lunch in an NYC restaurant before noon, you will almost certainly be the only people in the restaurant.
Thursday 11:41 AM: Also find out that the waitress really doesn't like us very much. Or perhaps her Russian accent just makes her sound perpetually irritated. Too hungry to care.
Thursday 1:45 PM: Laura makes the first big purchase of the trip: A gorgeous grey purse that Lisa found on a clearance rack. Lisa is only slightly bitter that she didn't keep it for herself but extremely thankful she won't have to host a diaper bag intervention. With Lydia's second birthday right around the corner, it was time.
Thursday 2:00 PM: Meetings at InkWell! The agents there are amazing and informative, as always.
Thursday 4:15 PM: Finally back to the hotel. Forced to answer the question "How many Roecker sisters does it take to open a hotel room door?" Answer: All three of us AND the super nice guy from the front desk. We are idiots.
Thursday 6:07 PM: After approximately 16 wardrobe changes and one last minute decision to change into ballet flats after hobbling to the elevator in heels, we are ready for the Teen Fire Launch Party. SO nervous to meet all of the amazing writers and industry peeps in person!
Thursday 6:22 PM: Walk the wrong way on the same street twice (not even sure how that's possible) guided by Stacey's iPhone (yep) but finally make it to Books of Wonder (i.e. The coolest bookstore EVER).
Thursday 6:25 PM: Make our grand entrance and don't spot a single familiar face. Okay, this is going to be harder than we thought. The entire bookstore is packed.
Thursday 6:27 PM: Spot Frankie Diane Mallis! She's just as adorable and outgoing as she is on her blog. Success!
Thursday 6:45 PM: Meet writing bud Shana Silver, fellow Elevensies Alissa Grosso and Kiera Stewart, Lorettajo Kapinos from the Fire Ning and fellow Sourcebooks authors Joy Preble, Lisa Brown (how did we miss Adele Griffin????), Dianne Salerni and Jennifer Nielsen. Also shook hands with Dominique Raccah who has the most inspirational story about how she created Sourcebooks. Amazing. The only hard part is that there is not nearly enough time to chat with everyone and the amazing Tiger Beat tunage is loud so you sort of have to yell.
Thursday 7:03 PM: Meet longtime girl crush Joanna Stampfel-Volpe in person for the first time ever. She is AMAZING. Seriously. Anyone looking for an incredible agent should query Jo. Not only is she super fun, she also freely channels Pat Benatar. What's not to love?
Thursday 7:30 PM: With Frankie's help, humiliated ourselves in front of the Libba Bray, who is maybe the best sport ever. Let's just say we have top secret video proof--but this is for another time, our friends, another time.
Thursday 8:30 PM: Met our NYC friends for dinner at the trendy (um...The Hills filmed there!) Il Bastardo. And yes, we totally pick restaurants based on where MTV reality shows film. We're cool like that.
Thursday 11:30 PM: Collapse into bed. Us Cleveland girls are SO not used to the big city life.
Friday 9:40 AM: Ate a bagel.
Friday 11:30 AM: Ate a pizza.
Friday 12:22 PM: Ate some mints out of Lisa's purse.
Friday 1:04 PM: Ate the most expensive soft serve ice cream cone in the world. Tried to hail a cab with said cone in hand. No go.
Friday 2:45 PM: Lisa bought a scarf at Old Navy. Hey, big spender!
Friday 3:00 PM: Ate a famous NYC hot dog.
Friday 4:00 PM: Ate veggies and dip in a failed effort to counteract having eaten our way through NYC. Fail.
Friday 7:00 PM: Inhaled mini pretzels, a super secret ARC and THE BODY FINDER on the plane ride home.
Roecker sisters out.