My house feels a little empty this morning.
It took Mars and I almost three hours to pack up the clothing and shoes she'd amassed in the 11 days I spent with her and her 102.3 Now Radio morning show co-host, Crash. Three suitcases - and a stack of signed books by local celebrity authors - later, I dropped the duo off at the station. They kind of looked sad, standing outside the door, waiting to be let in like lost puppies.
Crash may have even shed a tear.
And why wouldn't he? Clearly the two had the best time of their lives.
We've shared some great memories. Like, my first book launch. Crash and Mars stood hung out with me and Simone Demers-Collins (Alberta Canola Producers Commission) while we waited for the crowd of kids...
And then stood in line for me and illustrator James Grasdal to sign their book. (Luckily the young writer they butted in front of in line isn't planning to sue!)
We toured the city...
And toured the city....
And, um, toured the city...
We also stood at every billboard or sat at every bus station branded with the 102.3 Now Radio logo...
And, er, solicited a lot of kisses... (That's actually another time Crash cried...who knew he had a fear of snakes?!)
But the fun's over now. *sigh*
And with Crash and Mars back where they belong, I guess it's time to get back to work on all of those writing deadlines I've let fall behind.
Oh, and selecting a new muse.
Someone less skinny. (Sorry, Crash.)
And bare chested.
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