Five little Chickies went to Left Coast Crime. One little Chickie went on an awesome family camping trip. And the three little Chickies who stayed home went wah-wah-wah! all weekend–and did their best to keep up with all the news from afar.
This year, a trip to the fabulous Left Coast Crime Conference in gorgeous Vancouver, B.C. was not in the cards for me. I’d been to previous LCCs, in Portland, OR and Reno, so I knew what I’d be missing. But I was truly thrilled that several Chicks–some even nominated for the Lefty Award in the Best Humorous Mystery category–were attending and could keep the rest of us in the loop.
Plus, I had something really fun to distract me, should I ever begin to be consumed by the dread FOMO (Fear of Missing Out):
I mean, what’s more fun than taxes?
We non-LCC Chicks had our own little party. Kathy checked in from the road to share her adventures on the Oregon Coast whenever she had wi-fi. She also sent us the cutest pictures. Note the frozen eggsicle–and the Chick-themed cereal. Maybe we will serve those at our next Author-Reader Connection party.
Oh, and check this out: Kathy made it to Vancouver after all! (Disclaimer: This photo is from the Vancouver Mall in Vancouver, Washington (my hubby’s hometown):
Unlike yours truly, pawing desperately through boxes of receipts as I kept one eye on Facebook and LCC hashtags, Marla and Vickie were models of efficiency. Vickie expertly packed her family’s boxes for storage and Marla drove all over the Bay Area in search of the perfect granite and tile for her present and future homes. We’d planned to virtually “attend” the Nightcap with the Chicks get-together on Friday night, but unfortunately I zonked just before midnight EST, when it was supposed to start. Here’s a pic, though, stolen off Becky’s Facebook feed (“Hi, guys!” *waves*):
Here’s a close-up (kinda) of the Chicks nominees on the Humor panel. I wish I’d been there–El, what are you saying?
We non-LCC Chicks did not miss out on the Awards Banquet festivities. Here’s a pic of El in her beautiful purple dress (even her daughter approved!), along with a festive gator glass from her table.
And then there were our two “angels” Cynthia and Kellye at a nearby table. (Do those halos look a teensy bit tight?)
So that’s all I’ve got, dear readers. I know we’ll hear more LCC news from the other Chicks soon and I promise I’ll be a much better correspondent next year–because you can bet I’ll be there in San Diego!
I might even do my taxes early.
Readers, what did YOU do last weekend?