#BookFest, #Endgame, and Derby

This was one busy weekend – but busy in a good way.  Books!  Authors!  Avengers: Endgame!  Doesn’t get much better than that.

The book festival was, as always, spectacular.  On Friday, I attended writing classes involving topics on how to use time in novels, social media strategies, and YA fiction.  Saturday was spent at a worldbuilding panel, and listening to Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give, discuss the events that led her to write it.  What an incredible speaker she was – relaxed, charismatic, inspirational, motivational.  And a great sense of humor!  The room was packed with people of all ages, races, and cultures, and her signing line afterwards stretched down the hallway and around the building.  It was such a pleasure to meet her.  If she’s ever in your neck of the woods, don’t miss the opportunity to see her.

As I said last Monday, I planned to use restraint, and refrain from buying every book I saw.  With only three, I’d say that showed incredible restraint.  Of course, Bond had jump into the picture.  I probably would have bought more, but I was meeting the youngest son for lunch before we saw Avengers: Endgame.

No spoilers!  Endgame was epic, incredible, and more than I’d imagined.  It absolutely deserved to break all those box office records.  At the end, everyone in our theater was clapping – how often does that happen?  Before the movie, I noticed a young boy around three-years-old sitting with his father behind us.  I was nervous, because what child that young is going to sit quietly through a three hour movie?  Evidently, he was just as enthralled as we were, because I never heard a peep.

This week will also be a busy one.  Maybe you don’t realize it, but in Kentucky, just about everyone knows Derby is this weekend.  We’ll be at some friends’ (who are more like family) party spending time with other friends (also more like family), and the best part is that all of our kids, who are now scattered in VA, OH, and TX, will be there!  On Sunday, I’m following my oldest son back to his new apartment in OH and spending a few days to help him unpack and get settled.  The Friday after that, I’ll be moving my youngest son out of his dorm back home for two weeks, then getting him ready to travel to Austria for four weeks, followed by moving him into his new apartment.

Tired yet?  Have a great week!

33 thoughts on “#BookFest, #Endgame, and Derby

  1. I forgot Derby weekend is coming up. Thank you for the reminder!

    The book festival sounds amazing, and apparently Bond appreciated your restraint in book buying, LOL.

    End Game is on my list but I have to catch up with the other movies leading up to it first. I’ve heard it’s amazing!

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    1. I’m afraid to ask how many you need to get caught up, Mae – I probably have all of them at my house, lol. Bond can’t resist lying on horizontal objects – usually places where he’s not supposed to be, or inconvenient ones – tables, counters, books, laptops. You get the picture.

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      1. Cats always have to be in the thick of things, LOL, and if something is off limits, it’s “on limits” to them! 🙂

        I’ve seen almost all of the individual movies, but only one of the Avengers. Yeah, I know–a lot of catching up to do!

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        1. On limits is right! You’re the first person I know who’s seen the individual movies, but not the Avengers. Hubby is just the opposite – he’s seen the Avengers, but has no interest in any of the others unless it’s Iron Man.

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  2. Applesauce! You are one busy lady, Teri. I know you were waiting for that movie, so I’m happy it did not disappoint. The writing event sounds fantastic. LOL and yes, your restraint on book buying was downright heroic! I’m glad to see Bond approving the books. It’s so cool that you got to do that — and to party with loved ones. Have a beautiful new week. Hugs on the wing.

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  3. You have so much going on! I’m so glad everyone will be together for the Derby. Enjoy that time.

    The book fair looked wonderful. And kudos to you for showing restraint.

    I saw Endgame over the weekend. I’ll also avoid spoilers, but I bet you can guess how I felt about it. From a literary standpoint, I’m on board. But personally? I’m not happy. And that’s all I’ll say about that so as not to ruin anything for anyone.

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    1. I’ve never been to the Derby, Jacquie, but I’ve been to other races at Churchill Downs. It’s really exciting, but I’d much rather watch it from home. Do you have a horse chosen? A couple of our friends really study the lineage and records of the horses and jockeys before betting. For me? It’s the name or jersey color – and I’ve never won, so I gave up betting, lol.

      And Endgame absolutely lives up to the hype – soooo good!

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  4. We have been watching every single movie leading to Endgame and will find out the ending this Saturday. So glad you didn’t include spoilers. Glad that you enjoyed it…it seems to have garnered a lot of positive reviews. 🙂

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