|Much shinier than ours...|
Anyway, long story short, he went into sticker shock when he saw the prices ($37K for a minivan? Really?) True, it's been 7 whole years since we bought our Toyota minivan (which is hard for us to remember, because, hey, we still call it the "new" car), so I guess prices have gone up a bit. Still, that's a LOT of dough. Is everyone paying that nowadays? And how much longer do you think we can make our 2004 Honda Odyssey last?
Yes, we ARE a two-minivan family. We refer to it as "the fleet."
In other news, last night I attended a cast party for LTYM DC that included former cast members. It is sort of a blur, but I vaguely remember going all fangirl when introduced to someone from the very first year (2012), someone whose piece I loved. Also, it gradually dawned on me that many of these women were fairly serious about writing. I mean, there was talk of writer conferences and fellowships and how to get the attention of the Huffington Post, among other things.
It's hard to describe how it feels to meet a whole bunch of these women at once. Picture it - I sit here in my den, writing my silly little blog posts for what? 8 or 9 years now? Toiling away in relative obscurity, as it were, all while attending LTYM and following other people's blogs. Suddenly, I am in a room full of flesh-and-blood people who take this stuff seriously. People who talk about writing stories as if it is something important, something that matters.
It's as if a world I made up in my head turned out to be real, imaginary friends and all.
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