Tuesday, July 24, 2007

What happens when 16 obsessers are in one room?

Swapping madness ensues! This Columbus meetup brought Obsessers from near and far and good times were had by all.

I arrived a little before noon on Sunday. I saw a small group standing in the parking lot and decided to ask if they were there for BookObsessed. Thank goodness they were - gothamgal, BluesMan, and TinkEsq. Shortly afterwards, both cowgirl-up and Thursday5 joined us. We moved to the other side of the parking lot and found Pepper and Rebecca. Ri joined us with little Makaio.

Lunch was at a yummy place called Mozart's. The sandwich was good and the dessert was better. We stayed there for quite a while and then went to Ri's house where (eventually) the others joined us. Swapping madness ensued! As well as pizza at one point.

Then book shopping for some of us. First we stayed at the Half Price Books until they closed and kicked us out. Then off to The Book Loft which was just an amazing place - room after room after room of books. Several of us got lost! I only wish there had been more bargain books - though I was extremely happy to get an autographed copy of a wishlist book - The Ice Dragon by George R.R. Martin.
I was tired afterwards (didn't get much sleep after staying up all night to read Harry Potter) so went to the hotel and to sleep. I woke up early the next morning (this morning) and decided to get back on the road. And now I'm home.

Thanks so much to everyone who got to make it. It was fantastic meeting you! And thank you especially to Ri for hosting the swaps at her place.
So here are the pictures:

Rhonda (Sand) held on to Makaio during most of the swapping:

Pepper, Nou, Explorer, CTGMOM, Ri:

Shauney, cowgirl-up, Rebecca, Cherie, Pepper:

Thursday5, cowgirl, Shauney (foreground), Rebecca:

DragonGoddess and Cherie:


Pepper, reading off the pizza menu to us. Sadly, I didn't catch her when she was turning around to give us the "be quiet" face. *grin*:

(Tink and BluesMan were sitting on the couch next to me, so I didn't get any pictures of them. Sorry!)