I went to NYC last week. I hadn’t been before. My publisher offered to have me out for a meeting with my new editor and of course I wanted to go.

Because I am magic, it went from 100+ degrees of sweltering to only 65. Brrr! I had to wear the one sweater I brought.

The plane landed on time, but had no gate, so we had to cruise the tarmac for an hour. Curses! But finally we drove into the city.

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All the drivers I had were crazy. Like shoulder-driving, finger flipping, we’re-in-a-Jason-Statham-movie crazy. So basically everybody drives like my husband. Kidding!

The next day, I got to meet my publisher and my new editor, Ivan Held and Christine Pepe, and my agent, Dan, who had to go to another meeting before I thought to take this photo. We started talking about my book and career path (all good stuff) but ended talking about our kids.

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Publishing offices: what can I tell you? They’re quiet. Very, very quiet. Way quieter than my house or even the hotel room. So what I’m telling you is I should go back to the office in NYC to write hmmm? Yes. I’d write five books a year.

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After lunch, I cabbed it up to the Museum of Natural History, which mostly consists of dead animals. Below is the view from the Astor Turret.

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This is a hard headed dinosaur which looks like a freaky alien.

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Does anybody else think monkeys are scary little critters with super sharp teeth who would probably kill you in your sleep if it meant they could take your banana?

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Later, I met my first editor, Peternelle van Arsdale, who bought HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE. I hadn’t met her before and she was just as nice and lovely in person as she was in all our phone conversations and emails.

Then I walked around the city proper. I stopped in at B&N on 5th Ave and saw my book:

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Looked at Rockefeller Plaza:

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and Rockefeller Center:

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Saw the NYC Public Library. It was closed. Damn, I wished I could have gone in. Next time. Yes, going inside a library is ON MY TOURIST LIST. Deal with it.

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I went into St. Patrick’s to light a candle and see the architecture. They’re doing construction.

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I walked until my legs and hips felt like they were a hundred years old. I walked like 40 blocks, seriously, and it was like nine, and most stores closed at eight on a Thursday. What? I know!

The next day, I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where I went to the rooftop garden for lunch. They sell food, but they have no tables. They had a great view:

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This work by Herbert Adams from around 1899 was interesting. It’s La Jeunesse, and it’s applewood, marble, glass and wire. Nobody was using mixed materials like that back then.

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The best part of my trip back was getting to the airport to see Cadillac with these. Awww. I know. He wanted to take me out but all I wanted to do was get home and rest.

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