So a week ago today, Neil Gaiman signed books at the FNAC at St-Lazare. And guess who wasn't there! Yes, that would be me. Why wasn't I there, you ask? Because I DIDN'T KNOW THAT HE WAS GOING TO BE THERE until 3 days after he was there. And upon learning that I had missed him, I was overwhelmed with a complete and utter devastation. Sadness. Seriously. I mean, we're talking about me, here. A person who once drove 6 hours from Montreal to Toronto just to see him give a reading and then get her books signed. And then who drove the six hours back that same night, arriving in Montreal at around 3 in the morning, because she had an important test the next morning that she couldn't miss.
Okay, that felt weird writing that in the third person about myself. But that's how much I love Neil Gaiman. For serious. So you can imagine how truly devastated I really was about finding out AFTER THE FACT that he did a book signing in Paris. Especially since NO ONE I want to see(author or band) EVER comes to Paris.
Anyhow, this missing of Neil Gaiman resulted in me finally registering for Twitter. Every day lately I hear something new about how Twitter is the new thing and about how it is the greatest thing to hit the internet in ages and how all the stars are using it and how addictive and wonderful it is, etc. etc. etc. . . Yet I really just couldn't see the appeal. Now I get it. I missed Neil Gaiman. If I had been a Twitter user at the time, I would have been following Neil Gaiman on Twitter, and I would have seen his updates and therefore KNOWN that he was going to be in Paris. And then I would have been there, and I would have gotten my copy of "The Graveyard Book" signed. Which, ironically, I haven't actually read yet. I keep putting it off and putting it off because I know how awesome it is going to be, and I am so excited about reading it. But once it is read, it is read, and then I won't get to feel excited about reading it anymore.
Okay, enough bellyaching. Things haven't been all bad lately. On Thursday night, Margaret came over for dinner, and it was great to get to catch up. It had been a long time. We had homemade lentil burgers (from the recipe in How it All Vegan) with homemade French fries - the SEB fryer that only uses one tablespoon of oil is AWESOME! For dessert we had delicious chocolate hazelnut fondue with apples and bananas. Scrumptious! Guillaume and I got into a fondue fork fight. :-) Margaret seems to be doing well here in Paris, and I'm looking forward to dinner at her place this upcoming Thursday.
Then this weekend was a three day weekend - the second in a row, and Guillaume and I had a great time. We went to a little market at Bastille and we cooked delicious food (This website of Ethiopian recipes is becoming a favorite of mine.) and watched Death Note and went to see "Star Trek" and "Wolverine: Origins," both of which I thought were fantastic. Star Trek was really amazing, though. The story was just fantastic!, and the special effects were amazing and the acting was amazing (even if Spock was a little rounder than I thought he should have been), and yeah, it was just wonderful. I'm really thinking I might need to download all the old episodes of the original and of "the Next Generation" to watch them all again. Or buy them. I think I might want to own them. I'm thinking I definitely have to go see the movie again in the theatre. Awesomeness.