Monday, May 23, 2011

I Sit in a BEA Armchair Soaked with Tears...

...tears of lament over my lack of adequate fundage to attend the actual BEA :)  So if you are broke like me, or bogged down with the other stuff life'll throw at you, sit down and enjoy Armchair BEA.  This is my first time participating, and as the first post, we are supposed to introduce ourselves, so here is some random junk about me:


 


  1. I like to use my wedding pictures whenever possible, though it was 5 years ago because that was the last time I think I was photogenic.
  2. I have social anxiety (one of the things that drew me into the anonymity of the blogosphere) but I am KILLER at hiding it.  I can put on a charming, funny face while (usually unwillingly) in social situation, but inside I feel like I'm gonna toss my cookies.  So next year, when you see me at BEA and I appear cool as a cucumber, you'll know that I'm just acting well and putting all of my years in musical theater to good use.  Mom would be so proud!
  3. Now, seemingly at odds with my last random factoid, I talk a lot.  I mean, a LOOOOOOOT.  But on the plus side, I'm pretty good at editing myself around people who aren't used to the sheer volume of words I can spit out, I'm pretty funny and I'm quite entertaining with my facial expressions, etc. 
  4. I started my book blog because I realized I was yapping incessantly about every book I read to my poor unfortunate husband, mom, dad, siblings, and even 3 year old.  I already had a personal blog, so I decided to branch and out blog about books instead.  I have so enjoyed finding like minded book weirdos (I mean that as the highest compliment), you all feed my book addiction and I love you for it!
So that's it for now, I'm looking forward to participating in the rest of Armchair BEA, more than that I'm really really looking forward to the day when I can go to the real thing!  But for now, let's all console ourselves in our tear soaked armchairs :) 

36 comments:

barmybex said...

Nice to meet you.

I'm like you, I can talk a mile a minute and act like I'm cool, but really shaking inside and when I walk away I feel like I've just run a marathon. That is until I get to know someone well, then I just go and go and don't shut up.

I hope to get to real BEA sometime, but for now, I join you in sobbing in my armchair.

Kate the Book Buff said...

@barmybex- well, since we are 2 of a kind, lets be sure to meet up at the real thing some day and help each other play it cool!

Chrisbookarama said...

I'm in total agreement on the first two. It's amazing what a professional photographer can do. And yes, I feel that way in most social situations.

Jenn said...

I am chatty myself and it's usually book related. :)

Your wedding photo is awesome.

Thank you for your follow. I'm for sure going to be following your blog as well. There's so much here!! Oh, and I love the name. :)

Jenn

Serena said...

This is my first armchair bea as well. I tend to think that a lot of bloggers have social anxiety... We express ourselves better in words I think... Thanks for stopping by the blog, and I know what you mean when you say wedding photos are the last time you were photogenic...I felt the same way until my recent professional photos with "wiggles"

Smash Attack! said...

I have faith we will all make it to BEA one day!

Book Lady said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! You gots a new follower bebeh ;)

Melissa

SpadesHigh said...

No tears for the book buff... you have us at the Armchair BEA... =) well, hopefully the funds will be in your favor for 2012 and im crosing my fingers for you! =D It's good to have a lot of words to say, and perfect for a blogger... im an introvert and it takes quite a bit a while to get me to be off my shyness. i enjoy meeting people who are able to divert their inner shy-ness, i envy them at times. but you come to see they are wonderful people and from what im reading from your intro you are ^_^
I hope to be able to go to BEA NY as well, and when i do, i would be honored to meet you there. You can break the ice with your upbeat facial expressions lol
Im glad to have the chance to meet through Armchair BEA and I hope your enjoying it too. When you have the chance, i hope you come pay me a visit as well.
http://spadeshighreads.blogspot.com/2011/05/armchair-bea.html
Have a great week!!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I can see why! That picture is fantastic!

Ahhhh social anxiety sounds tough!

Thank you SO much for visiting my blog.

booksNyarn said...

Thank you for the visit to my blog! I have realized through blogging that it is my way of talking, after convincing myself I was shy through the years. We ARE social!

heidi ruby miller said...

I can see why you would want to use your wedding pics--you are a beautiful couple!!

Nice to meet you,
Heidi

Kate the Book Buff said...

you guys all rock! Thank you so much for your compliments on my wedding photo :) I am looking forward to ArmChairing it with all of you!

inga said...

Hi!
I'm so glad that you came by and left your blog link! It's an awesome blog you have!

Aww, the wedding picture is so sweet!!! You look so happy.

Reading facts about you made me realize that we have 4 things in common!

I'm a new follower, too!

inga from http://www.ingasilbergbooks.com/

Susan said...

I'm not officially participating in Armchair BEA (too lazy), but I'm celebrating by visiting some new-to-me blogs. I'm always excited to find new ones!

BTW: Your wedding picture is gorgeous :)

Karis Jacobstein said...

I think we were separated at birth (well, except for the fact that you're younger than I am)... :)

Happy reading! Looking forward to your reviews!

http://yalitwit.blogspot.com/2011/05/introducing-me-armchair-bea-kick-off.html

bookspersonally said...

Love your intro! Too funny. So nice to meet you through Armchair BEA! look forward to reading more of your blog.

Michelle (my books. my life.) said...

Nice to meet you. I hope you enjoy Armchair BEA and it gets you through to next year (when all of our schedules and finances let us attend, right?).

Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic said...

You make me want to pull out my wedding pictures. This is my first year as well.

Jacinda (The Reading Housewives) said...

I think of myself on my wedding day being the last time I was photogenic as well! So funny you said that!

Mundie Moms said...

It's great getting to know you! Thank you for your comment on MM's! I'm so glad you found us. We adore Cassie!!!

NotNessie @ Today's Adventure said...

Gorgeous wedding photo! Though I doubt you're any less photogenic now. We girls are so tough on ourselves.

I'm on the socially anxious side myself, though I'm less good at hiding it =o) If you ever see me at the "real" BEA, I'll be the one with the panicked look on my face. Please be kind to me.

Meg @ A Bookish Affair said...

I fully understand hiding fear when talking to other people. Fake it til you make it, I say!

Mickey @ imabookshark said...

I loved my wedding pictures too. I'm divorced now, but I still looked good that day! ;o)

Thanks for visiting and following my blog!! Much appreciated. Happy BEA!

Amy @ My Friend Amy said...

Very nice to meet you! I completely agree that blogs are a great way to talk about books as much as you want and also deal with social anxiety. Hopefully I'll meet you next year at BEA. :)

Chachic said...

That's a lovely wedding photo! It's funny that you said you talk so much because I feel the same way. I was just thinking that I think it would be a good idea if I could tone down the talkativeness but I'm not sure if I'll be able to do it, especially when I talk about things that I get excited about like books. See you around ArmchairBEA this week. :)

Donna said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I'm enjoying reading everyone's post on who they are and how do armchair BEA.

Girl Who Reads

Aths said...

That picture looks super-cute! I know the social anxiety too. I think I have it as well! Have fun armchairing!

Erin said...

I love your random facts! Very nice to "meet" you!

Jennifer Perry said...

Your wedding picture is so beautiful, though I feel sure you are still wonderfully photogenic.

Amazing coincidence, I'm quite the loner and not exactly at ease in many social situations. Yet, like you, I cover so well I am constantly referred to as a 'real people person.' The envelope please!

Brodie said...

Your wedding photo is beautiful! You both look so happy <3

Oh I am totally with you on #2 and #3! I am ridiculously talented at talking, but I too suffer from social anxiety quite often. I love meeting all these amazing bloggers participating in Armchair BEA!

Maidenveil said...

aww...don't be too sad. you looked great in your wedding picture! glad we have other people to do armchair bea with. :)

Risa said...

*chuckles* I talk nineteen to the dozen too!! But, in the cyber world I do tend to be a bit reticent...:)

kathy said...

It's so fun to "meet" everybody! You look so happy in that picture.
And yay for like minded weirdos. :)

Jillian said...

That wedding picture... I don't know you and have never even seen your blog until today but I am in love with it!

Jenn said...

Last time you were photogenic? Please! If you looked like that then, you remain one of those girls who makes the rest of us feel slightly more ugly then we thought we were. :) - beautiful picture!

Trish said...

Ha! Great intro! I also have a touch of social anxiety but I'm not as great hiding it. Instead I am obviously the most socially awkward gal at the party (if I'm even there). Somehow not the case online where I'm free as a bird--think I probably overshare most days. ;)

See your camping this weekend. Have fun!! I can't wait to go camping again but we have a small window here in Dallas--like March or October and that's it.

Best!

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