Off to Chicago

November 13th, 2011

Well, I’m off to Chicago on Tuesday morning! It’s a bad time to leave home, mainly because the strawberries are ripe. πŸ™‚ AND it’s getting warmer, and I had my first ocean swim for the season last week – now here I am heading into very cold weather. Forecast for Wednesday is 5 degrees Celcius! Brrr! I’m packing lots of warm socks.

I’ve never been to Chicago before, but people say it’s a really nice city. I’m talking at the National Council of Teachers of English annual conference, on a panel called ‘Examining the Past and Exploring the Imaginative with Outstanding International Books’. I’m also visiting a school – don’t know the name of it yet – and doing lots of book signing and going to a dinner and a breakfast and various other things.I’m going to get to meet some other authors too, which will be interesting.

So I’m nearly packed, and I’ve got the house sitter arranged. And this morning I explained to Miss Mouse that I’ll be away for ten days – she of course merely blinked and went back to watching butterflies.

27 thoughts on “Off to Chicago

  1. Hannah says:

    Cool, you should come to my home town!!!

    1. Lian says:

      I’ll wave from Chicago, Hannah. πŸ˜‰

  2. Hannah says:

    Hope you like Chicago!! And have a safe trip!! πŸ™‚

  3. Hannah says:

    Hope you like Chicago and the USA!! And have a safe trip!! πŸ™‚

    1. Lian says:

      Thanks Hannah. I loved my trip to the US last year, and I expect I shall thoroughly enjoy this one.

  4. Hannah says:

    Sorry put a duplicate message!!

  5. Hannah says:

    You just missed the severe weather in the northeast. πŸ™‚

    1. Lian says:

      Phew! Mind you, it’s pretty cold this morning in Chicago. Definitely gloves and hat weather. But the sun is shining and I’m having a good time despite the jet lag. πŸ™‚

  6. Hannah says:

    must be beautiful to get to see Chicago in the fall. And also it is getting cold. :/

    1. Lian says:

      I’m finding it a really interesting city, Hannah. I particularly like the old skyscrapers, and today I am going to ride on the El. I am VERY rugged up – the cold bites right into your face, which is a bit of a shock after warm Tasmania!

  7. Roan says:

    have a safe and fun trip, Lian ! Enjoy ! πŸ˜€

  8. Hannah says:

    I am loving City of Lies. I am gasping of who the evil people are!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Hannah says:

    Almost done with the book. I read a lot of it last night and I am still excited about what happened!!!! πŸ˜‰

  10. Hannah says:

    Yes!!! I finished the book and I loved it!!!

    1. Lian says:

      I’m so glad, Hannah. I wonder what your favourite part of the book was?

  11. Hannah says:

    I loved the part when Goldie Toadspit, Morg, and the Cat was tormenting Smudge. Saying “Hooow did Smuuudge diiiiiieeeee.” I was laughing all day!!! : )

    1. Lian says:

      Oh yes, I like that bit too. I think one of my favourite parts is where the mice join in, hanging upside down from the rigging. πŸ™‚

  12. Hannah says:

    How was your trip to Chicago?

    1. Lian says:

      Hi Hannah, the trip to Chicago was wonderful. I just arrived back last night, so am very tired, but will update the blog some time in the next few days, with details of the trip.

  13. Hannah says:

    I loved that part too. I love the Festival of Lies!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Hannah says:

    Very happy that you enjoyed your trip!!!!

  15. Mia says:

    This makes me wish i lived anywhere remotly near Chicago… But sadly, i don’t πŸ™
    Hope you had a safe trip πŸ˜€ Was it fun?

    1. Lian says:

      Yes, it was terrific, thanks Mia. I still haven’t blogged about it! Hoping to get to it this weekend. πŸ™‚

  16. Lily says:

    Hiwy Lian
    Which city in Tassie do you live? (Excited squeak)
    Lily πŸ˜€

    1. Lian says:

      I live near Hobart. Not really in a city at all, but Hobart is nearest.

  17. Lily says:

    Oh, ok. Just needed to know. I live just outside luanceston. Wouldn’t it be awesome to have YOU as a next door neighbor. Sick.

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