The other day I found this insect while coming home from a family walk. I kept it in my hands and held on to it long enough for us to take a couple pics of it. I think it's a praying mantis, but it looks pretty strange for one, doesn't it?
Man, what a day I had yesterday. So awesome! It turned out so much better than I had a right to think it would. (Check out my posts on my other blogs later.) I went to Borders bookstore and caught lots of pics and vids of the bestselling Rick Riordan.
(These are actually pictures that I took. I practically stood the whole time next to his table as he signed all the kids books and answered their many questions. ^,^)
When he was finally all done with everyone, I was right there to say, "Mr. Riordan, will you please sign this?" And he did! Right then and there he grabbed my scrap of paper and autographed it for me!
Do you see it?! That's his loopy signature. ^_^ It's cool, because all he has to sign is an "Ri" and then a "Rio" and you can tell that it's Rick Riordan. I'm so glad I was able to catch him! It's too bad though... I'd also wanted to get a picture with Rick, but he said sorry, he was too busy and had to get to his next event right away. Oh well. I'm pretty content with having gotten his autograph.
So after leaving Borders, my sister and I walked all the way to Books-A-Million, where I spontaneously decided to buy Pendragon #10!!!
Cool, huh? I think it's uber-cool!!! That's my book on my table! And that's how thick the book is. I'm sooo going to enjoy it. ^,^ (Of course, I've got a load of other books to read first, so I can wait. At least I own it now and I don't have to wait until it comes out in the library! Hee hee.) Here's the link to my book blog, where I rave all about Pendragon.
I was riding my waveboard today, at one of my favorite parks, Peacemound. It's a fun place with lots of hills and a couple bridges. Bunch of squirrels and ducks too. But the hills are the best part, so Annette and I were dropped off at Peacemound to "rip" for awhile, and then we'd ride home. However, the paths are a little bumpy. They're mostly made of asphalt, not cement like sidewalks.
I don't have much idea of what happened. We were going down a bit of a steep hill, I saw some other people ahead. I noticed that Annette had jumped off her Ripstick because it had been too bumpy for her, but the board was in the middle of the path. I planned on jumping off to safety, but I was going too fast.
One moment I was on my board, the next I had skidded to the ground, my left hand stinging. Annette was immediately at my side. I really hurt, but I didn't feel the need to cry, so it mustn't have been that bad. Still, I was all, "It burns! It burns!" Lifting my left hand to see the damage, (my right hand was unharmed) I saw it had been scratched. I instinctively went to the lake nearby to "put out the fire" in my palm. Later I also discovered a big boo-boo near my elbow. Not pretty.
After I felt like I'd recovered myself, we got back to boarding. Just like my last Ripstick accident, I wasn't too worse for the wear. But I was a lot more careful. Luckily, I didn't get traumatized by the hill I went down. Maybe because I know it better than that ramp I tripped off of before.
They might be ugly, but here is what my scrapes look like. I want to post them here so that when I heal, I'll remember what they looked like before.
Why do I have to be the one to fall off of my board?! I hate drawing blood even more than I hate getting sick. I don't remember the last time I had to give myself some bandages. Well, I'm sure I'll heal soon enough.