Manicure, CHECK (thanks for that tip, everyone – my nails are growing!)
New outfit that isn’t stained by baby spit up, apple juice that sloshed over the top of the cup, or Starbucks coffee that I spit all over my shirt because I was so desperately in need of caffeine that I sipped it before letting it cool – CHECK!
High heeled, open toed shoes – CHECK! (Also pedicure in a shade called “Starter Wife,” which totally cracks me up)
Stress zit on my chin – CHECK! (Noooooo…. why me? Must rush to store for cover up)
I’m ready for Debut Day. I’ve been waiting so long for this moment – maybe every author feels that way – and I can hardly believe it’s here. Tonight I’ll walk into the Barnes & Noble in Bethesda, past the window where my face is featured on a poster advertising my reading, and talk to an audience about The Opposite of Me. I’ll remember what it felt like to sit upstairs at the cafe, hunched over my laptop and doubting myself, and how I’d look around at all the shelves filled with books and tell myself that if all of those authors could do it, that maybe, just maybe, I could too.
These past few weeks have been incredible, and thanks to Jennifer Weiner, my book is off to a terrific start. I’m excited and nervous and thrilled and ecstatic, all rolled into one. Thank you all for coming along with me for the ride. I value and appreciate the friendships I’ve found through this blog – from the Graduate Debs to bloggers to readers and fellow authors — and feel as though you’re all with me in spirit today. I’m raising my chocolate martini to you all tonight!