It is seriously cold here. Like right now I can't feel my toes and I'm inside the house. The good news: I get to go to California tomorrow! The American Library Association conference is there. I cannot wait to get off the plane and not have to wear a parka and boots.
My brother will be there; he's on the Caldecott committee right now, so he'll spend most of the conference locked in a room with 14 other people trying to decide on the best illustrations of 2010. My friend Lindsay lives there, and I'm going to try to sneak her in to a publisher's cocktail party. Shouldn't be too hard, since she's a social butterfly and instantly becomes best friends with everyone she meets. And I get to meet Leslie, whose blog I adore.
Neil Gaiman, winner of the 2009 Newbery Award (whoever picked that book must have been really awesome...), is going to be speaking. Neil may or may not have been featured on our Christmas cards last year. Oh yes, the family photo.