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January 2, 2023

Monday, 14 June 2010

A Day of Woe

Who takes a baby to a book signing? Yes that would be me, and yes, it did not go well.

I never intended to take him, but the family friendly football screening his Daddy was supposed to be going to with him, turned into a 400 strong gathering. They shipped in portaloos! Probably not the best environment for a baby. England fans can get a little excited, shall we say.

I probably should have resigned myself to not going but I’d as really looking forward to seeing, Elizabeth Scott, Jenny Han, Kristen Scott. Also, the baby, is a very good baby and has behaved impeccably at Diana Peterfreund’s, Scott Westerfeld’s, and Shannon Hale’s signings. He was so good and charming at Shannon Hale’s, that he had a photo with her and was cooed over by other attendees.

However, he was in no mood to be constrained in the pushchair on Saturday, and in no mood to nap either. So we made a sharp exit the Meeting Room in Bethesda Library before the Librarians pained grimace became something worse.*

Ah well, I thought, at least I can watch England score a glorious victory. 1-0, 2-0, 3-0? How much would we win by?

Alas, an even greater disappointment awaited me.

A draw.

A freaking draw!

With a country that doesn’t even care about the game.

Really England, you make it very hard sometimes to be a fan. Very, very hard!

There was a glorious ray of light, in this storm cloud filled day, though. Behold David Beckham, in a 3-piece suit, no less. If there was ever a case for angels falling to earth here he is. Sigh!

Team David Always
*My apologies to the person I emailed about a signed book. I shall send you the book just minus the signed bit, sorry. So funny that I put that small print in, maybe I’m physic.


  1. It may have been a draw but it was a great game. I agree about US though, they are in it because it has amazing coverage not because of the game, uggh.

    BTW – I am a France fan, and I know they won't make it this year but Englad could make it far. πŸ™‚

    Toddlers never do what we expect do they, lol


  2. Marce – I know that is part of the joy of them πŸ™‚

    I have my fingers crossed for England but I bet it's out on penalties in the quarter finals. You never know with France, runners up last time. Enjoy!


  3. Kids can be so unpredictable. Sorry things didn't work out.

    We've got a few huge soccer fans on our staff at school, including an England fan. Better luck in the next games πŸ™‚


  4. Aw that sucks! And you're right, your baby was REALLY good at Diana's signing. I didn't even realize a baby was even there until I met you, lol.

    I pay no attention to soccer (or any sport really), so I have nothing to add regarding the other bit.

    Also, Elizabeth Scott will be signing at ALA, so you can see there then at least.


  5. Jemi – thanks. We usually start slow πŸ™‚ they like to keep the fans on the edge of their seats.

    Bookchic – thanks! Now people can see it's not just me thinking my baby is perfect, he really is πŸ˜‰ Yes I plan to stalk Elizabeth at ALA, poor woman. I'll be looking out for you too. You'll be where the commotion is right?


  6. It must be me that makes the baby act perfectly. πŸ˜‰

    We should get coffee sometime soon. You know, or tea.


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  8. Diana – I think he was worried you'd sic bonegrinder on him.

    That would be nice. I do drink coffee as long as it has flavoured syrup and tastes nothing like coffee πŸ™‚


  9. I found that my writing life and my home life were two great tastes that do not taste great together. It's cool you got out of the house with a baby, that's a big victory for you.

    Normally my child is acting up I look around and say, "Who's child is that? What irresponsible parents!"
    I think it's funny, but I'm not sure if anyone else does.


  10. I know why I'm not a fan. Who wants to root for a team for a whole game that ends in a draw? That makes no sense to me on any level! At least in baseball, I can pretty much be assured of a loss (Cubs fan, here). Unless there's a rainout.


I adore comments, so thanks so much for taking the time. I'll try and return the favour πŸ˜€

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