To combat the growing misconception that I spend all my time working or painting, I decided to take a day trip and have some fun. The locale was a quirky little town north of San Francisco that features yummy gourmet sandwiches, a Sunday street fair, outlet malls and a stop on the Cake Wreck world tour at Copperfield’s books.
But I wanted a travel buddy. Someone to hold the iPod, give directions when I got lost and not fill the car with endless chit chat. Enter Mr. Happy Feet:
Mr. Feet was a gift for the wonderful Melissa and I did get lost on the way home without my co-pilot.
(quick note: the morning would not have been complete without a stop at Dutch Brothers for my shot of adrenaline. They usually rock out to some great music because if you’re working at 5am, you need some good tunes. This morning it was Carrie Underwood’s rendition of Jesus Take the Wheel. heh.)
Anywho, Mr. Feet and I made it safely to Petaluma and I went off in search of lunch. I got a yummy turkey sandwich from a man yelling at the radio (something about a 49ers game) and enjoyed my lunch in this little courtyard:
Then it was back to Copperfield’s for some serious splunking in the basement where a wealth of used books can be found. Many were out of date business books or hard covered early editions but in the back corner I found the children’s/young adult section.
Collecting books from my childhood is becoming somewhat of an obsession for me. Principally because these books are all of $2 each and remind me what it was like to spend the entire summer reading in my bean bag chair until my neck hurt, my thumb was stained black and my eyes ached.
Vintage Bobbsey Twins hardbacks in great condition from the 1950s? Check.
Two yet unread Cynthia Voigt books? Check.
The I-can’t-believe-I-don’t-have-a-copy-already Secret Garden? Check.
I would go on but you get the idea.
Once I made my purchases downstairs I found the book I came looking for: Cake Wrecks by Jen Yates.
Jen and her husband John are so funny and down to earth. They shared their favorite wrecks, talked about their background – she is a former Disney World River Cruise guide – and showed some of the most controversial creations.
A local bakery provided cake balls or “cake bites if balls make you uncomfortable” per Jen. There was a fun cupcake wreck contest with the winners taking home naked mohawk baby carrot jockey necklaces. It’s hard to explain. See the original post by Jen here.
After the festivities Jen signed copies of her book while we chatted about the ability to snark on something without offending. It’s a fine line, Jen agreed, and she manages not to cross it.
And the picture of the blogging Yates:
It was a fun day, met a hilarious blogging team who make me smile on a daily basis, sent Melissa home with Mr. Happy Feet, enjoyed the thrill of finding books for my growing collection and enjoyed not working!
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go work the night shift!