After living in our house for over two years without much change or personality put into it (granted, we did have two little babes in that time, in addition to having our desk jobs), I had this sort of house-breakthrough were I realized that we could do this. With a little time and sweat, we could DIY and decorate just like anyone else (although maybe not as well...haha) and if we were going to wait until we could pay someone else to do it or have enough money to makeover a room all at once (definitely not a good idea anyway), then we'd be waiting forever. Literally forever. And it just wouldn't be fair to this house or us if we didn't pretty it up before we moved on. So on we went with drilling, thrifting, painting, blogging and so much more.
Which brings us back to today. I was HERE, at the Wilton, CT Library, the place I routinely go to for audiobooks, dvds and books, this morning with my partner in DIY waiting to listen to John and Sherry's talk and get one of their books signed. The library was actually a pretty busy place since it has heat, electricity and entertainment for the many Wilton residents (and those of other towns I'm sure) who are still without power after Sandy.
I was feeling super shy (what, a shy blogger, no way!) but then I started talking to the sweet and new-to-Connecticut Sara which helped ease the nerves a bit! The whole nerve-easing thing was helped by the fact that I was my usual front-of-the-line gal so we were like the fifth person to buy a book, seated in the second row and probably the sixth or seventh person to get a signed book (and fun picture).
And then they came! All of sudden we started hearing whispers - "There's John" and then "Ooh, there's Sherry!" Aaron said he even heard someone say "Look at John's hair!" (which was nice, although I can't say that I focused on it at all). After a quick intro, they gave a really really good presentation about lessons they've learned while DIYing and decorating. They were exactly like you'd expect (think their video q&a's) and were funny, charming and spot on with their topics. John even said some things that Aaron could relate to (e.g. wife wanting to move heavy furniture late at night when husband is ready for bed) so that was good...for Aaron to know that he is not alone and that I am not a crazy person!
Here they are signing - looks like someone brought in a ceramic animal. They were both so sweet to us but I hardly know what happen because it was sort of a blur. I told Sherry who I was (I'm a regular commenter) and she actually recognized me/my name...or acted like she did! Haha. It was pretty cool. Ooh and I signed their book but I was so flustered that I couldn't even spell correctly so hopefully they can read what I wrote!
See this is why I like to be at the front of the line! So many people waiting to meet them and get their book signed (including many cute babies and kids) but I was done!
Although it would have been lovely to chat with all these people that share a major common interest with me (seriously, I think it'd be a ton of fun to get together with some other bloggers some day), Aaron and I packed things up and headed back home where we picked up lunch and I enjoyed some time with my new book...and my sandwich (it was my all-time favorite sandwich - a veggie reuben, tomato instead of meat - with my new all-time favorite book). After lunch, we took the rest of the afternoon to just be together and bang out some house projects (we'd taken the kids to school in the morning and we do a date night about once a year, so alone time is few and very far between).
Since we were the second stop (unfortunately, they had to cancel one in Manhattan yesterday because of the aftermath of Sandy), I thought I would share some of my own tips for attending one of these events
1. Be early. It probably depends on your location (and whether there has just been a hurricane) on how early but either way, make sure you aren't late. If you're anything like me, you'll already be nervous enough, you don't need to stress yourself out with getting their late.
2. Strike up a conversation with someone. Honestly, this can be hard for me but I really didn't want to leave without meeting some nice people so I took myself out of my comfort zone (the initial hello can be hard but once we're talking, it is a free for all!) and talked to a few.
3. Bring some paper. I didn't take notes on the presentation because I just really wanted to enjoy it in the moment but I did ask a few gals if they blog and if they wanted to share their site. So a few of us passed around our notebooks and shared info.
4. Bring someone if you want to. Even though Aaron had just had a week+ vacation while his parents were here a couple of weeks ago, I asked him to come with me. It didn't take much convincing at all as he's really supportive of my obsession with the house but I likened it to going to a wedding alone (not when you're the bride or groom of course). Which we've both done (in the interest of the children) and it's not very fun for the person going. But hey, if you don't have anyone to ask or you don't care, just go enjoy yourself!
5. Bring your camera and have a plan for getting pictures. You can see above that I took some general shots of the room. Kind of awkward but I figure, hey, if anyone is going to think it is not weird, it is this bunch. Also, I came up with this idea of getting John and Sherry to do their book pose with us. I felt kind of silly asking but it is fun, right? And that is not even my book I'm holding - I just wanted it in the picture too so I nabbed it off the table but it belonged to someone else. Ooops! I gave it right back though!
So there you have it! My fun, fun time this morning meeting John and Sherry with a few tips that may be handy if you get to go to a book event. I can't wait to get started on a project in there and see what you guys come up with!