Thursday, April 26, 2007

A thousand thank you's...

So you know when you've got great friends and you feel very lucky, but then something happens and then you realize just how amazing they are? That's totally been this week, for me.

When my books arrived on Tuesday, I of course called The Hubs immediately, but because he does a lot of ACTUAL WORK when he's at WORK, he was in a meeting, so I just left a squealy message. Then I called my agent to squeal to her.

After work, I was walking through the mall with a girlfriend (because just because you got your new book does not mean you don't still need to go to the mall. Really, is there ever a reason NOT to go to the mall?) So anyway, we were just heading for the Lululemon, when The Hubs appeared. "I've been calling you on all your phones!" Even my very favourite LG Chocolate phone, which he bought me for Christmas. Which I love. Which was sitting in the outer pocket of my handbag, right up against me, and which I did not hear go off. Or vibrate. Which is why this phone really really frustrates me even though it is SO pretty. Why won't it actually ring loud enough to hear it? Anyway, that's why it was even crazier that we just bumped into eachother randomly. Then, he took me out for escargot (snails!) and champagne to celebrate and told everyone we passed - the maitre d', the waiter, the concierge at our building - that I'd wrote a book. So, so sweet.

When I got to work the next day, one of my friends, who had just finished reading the book, sent over CUPCAKES from The Cupcake Shoppe! Does it get any better than that? I mean, I LOVE cupcakes, but the cupcakes from The Cupcake Shoppe are so pretty. And so appropriate since Mara, the heroine of Stuck in Downward Dog, also loves these cupcakes from The Cupcake Shoppe. Such a sweet, sweet gesture.

Then, my boss and everyone at work bought me a bouquet of gerbera daisies, which are my favourite flowers ever. Such a favourite that when I was getting married, the only three things I really cared about were a) my dress b) a photographer who didn't suck and c) the bouquets, which had to be gerberas. Which didn't actually happen since when I said "pink gerberas" to the Spanish wedding planner, she decided instead to order me "orange lilies." Not really the same thing, but I did end up with a few pink gerberas in the end. So it all worked out.

Anyway, the last few days have been filled with nothing but the sweetest gestures from my family and friends and I can't thank them enough for sharing my excitement.

PS Thanks to Charlene Martel at The Literary Word for the great review of Stuck in Downward Dog and to Vickie at Yep, I'm a Writer for her mention. PPS Her blog is super funny. You should read it.


Nienke said...

I just love the excitement in your voice on this post. Congratulations Chantel! I'm going to try and make it out to your book launch in a couple weeks!

Laural said...

If your book is like your blog I'm sure it will be fantastic!!!!
(I'll go buy it.)

Charlene Martel said...

I am so thrilled to see you have a blog too. You are more than welcome for the review. I love helping more people discover great books and Stuck in Downward Dog was a joy to read!

I can't wait to see what you write next and in the meantime, I will be following your blog with interest.