Some trip swag! Ripped Bodice represented at the conference and I had to throw some money at them, naturally (also Bea Koch is ADORABLE). I have yet to open the Blind Date book, but I will tell you guys when I do.

 You see that book in the middle picture, left-hand side? That was generously given to me by @mariaslozak – it is now among its friends on the “pop rom research” side of my bookshelf! <3 Thank you again, I can’t wait to read it! (Bonus: I presented in the same session with Jayashree Kamble. She was super nice to me when she noticed I was super nervous. Also she is SO SMART HOW????) Balogh’s Irresistible completes the Horsemen Trilogy, which I can now finally read, and obviously I’m very behind, having only now gotten Devil in Spring.

The funkos were a present from @romancingthebookworm – THANK YOU AGAIN BOO, I’M STILL FIGURING OUT WHERE TO PLACE THEM! 

Annnd I finally got my copies of Ada Palmer’s books! If you haven’t read Too Like the Lightning yet, DO IT NOW. It’s AMAZING. I can’t WAIT to get to the sequel you see there, Seven Surrenders!

It is the object to the left of the big tree that’s generating much recent excitement. If you look closely, there you can see Comet PanSTARRS, complete with two tails. During July, this comet increased markedly in brightness and had just passed its closest approach to Earth. The statuesque tree in the center is a Norfolk Island Pine, and to either side of this tree are New Zealand Pohutukaw trees. Over the trees, far in the distance, are bright Venus and an even brighter crescent Moon. If you look even more closely, you can find Jupiter hidden in the branches of the pine. The featured image was taken in Fergusson Park, New Zealand, looking over Tauranga Harbour Inlet.

Image Credit & Copyright: Amit Kamble (Auckland Astronomical Society); Rollover Annotation: Judy Schmidt

happy ne years to my followers!!! it’s been an hour here but there’s a party and we’re dancing to backstreet boys it’s great!!! have a nice 2014 everyone!!!!!!