SUNDAY: 9:30--Left house. 11-3--MARYLAND RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL. Dressing up, duelling, archery, jousting, etc. Home. Grading. Made a pot of turkey chili. +++ MONDAY: 8:20--Drop off Child. 9:10--ENG 1101. Debate on lowering the drinking age. 10:20--GLC. Discussion of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaids Tale. Lunch break/grading. 12:40--Victorian Literature. Wuthering Heights. Hand back essays. 2:15-4--Office hours, grading. 4:30ish--Left work. Extremely upset to learn today was Picture Day at Child's school. I now remember getting the e-mail. Child wears super-cute outfits about 1/2 the time, sometimes with matching hair accessories. Today, however, she was wearing an all-black Darth Vader long sleeve t-shirt from the "Boys" section of the catalog. (I obviously have no problem with Child wearing a "boys" shirt, since I bought it, but I wouldn't have chosen it for Picture Day.) I recognize that in the grander scheme of things this doesn't matter at all, but I love picking out an outfit and doing Child's hair nicely for picture day. 6:10--Met Child and Husband at skating rink, where Child had just had a private lesson. 6:15-10:45--Drove to Paramus, NJ. Checked into the Comfort Inn and Suites on Rt. 17. +++ TUESDAY. A little before 6--Child wakes me up. 7:30--Out on pavement waiting for B&N to open. (We are not the craziest people; some people slept overnight in their car!) 9--B&N opens. Pay for two signed copies of Rick Riordan's Mark of Athena, which will be given to us that evening at the reading. Get our arm bracelets AND TWO cool promotional t-shirts!!! Child buys some reading material for the day. Okay, 10 books. 10:30-11:45--I take a nap, as I will be driving late that night. 12--To Hoboken in pouring rain. Out to lunch. Then to Crumbs to buy cupcakes and mini-cupcakes for class. Best Buy. Get CD player so can listen to audiobook on way home. (We don't have a built-in CD player in either car.) 4:15ish--Back to get a place on line for Rick Riordan presentation. 7-8--RICK RIORDAN presentation and reading!!! Very funny and fun. 8:15-12:30--Long, tiring drive home. Worth it. I <3 Mommy-Daughter Adventures.