While I spent the last desperate moments searching for a sophisticated touch to my dress for the DK Publishing/Smithsonian book launch party for NATURAL HISTORY, my husband decided it was time to take down a bathroom wall. The one attached to the closet. With my dress in it. Now, he built the house so he knows his way around a hammer but obviously NOT the stress level of a humor writer invited to a launch in DC. Never having been to one before, I'm dragging him in his big boy pants and my friend, writer/editor, Nancy, along with me so I can appear witty and charming - at least to those two. Too bad I'm now shaking drywall dust out of the sea of navy blue perfection that was my dress.
Here's my question. Is it gauche to take along business cards? What do I do at a launch? Fondle the books then go home? Chat up people within reach? Okay, that was more than one question but do I do anything but nod appreciatively and take photos for y'all? Take cupcakes? Heeeeeeeeeelp!
S'cuze me, a toad just jumped in my lap. Time for summer... VYOOOLEETTTEE!