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So I finally told the parents.

Mum called this afternoon, and since spring break is in a week, the topic came up.

I told her I was going to see Andrew in New York, conveniently leaving out the fact that, of course, he is a potential lover. "You're going to New York?" she asked.

"Yes," I replied.

"Shouldn't you be saving money for France?"

"...but I am," I replied.

"Well, make sure they actually pick you up," she said. "You don't want to get robbed or anything."

I sighed. "Mum," I said. "I'm going to New York STATE. Not New York CITY." While this was pretty good advice in general, the city is NOT the entire state.

Then she asked me who this person was.

"Andrew," I replied. "We met on NaNoWriMo."

"What's NaNoWriMo?"

Face, meet palm.

I sighed one of those great exasperated sighs. "It's that writing thing I've done only for the past six years," I replied. Really, how could she NOT know?

It gets better, though. I told her about the strange phone calls I've been getting asking for an Ashley. As my name is not Ashley, I have reason to be concerned. I told Mum about it, and she thought it's probably time to change my number. Okay, fine. I told her that yes, I'd have to be there with my phone for that, and besides, I wouldn't be around for spring break or Easter, so I'd have to wait awhile.

"Why won't you be back for Easter?" she asked.

"Because Jonathan Coulton's going to be in town."

"Who's Jonathan Coulton?"

Face, meet palm. I wouldn't be so facepalm-y if I hadn't been fangirling over him ever since he rose out of obscurity. (I liked him back in 2006. Take that.)

So apparently I've been living some sort of secret life for the past six years. Who knew?

One more week!


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Feb. 23rd, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC)

Enjoy your trip
Feb. 25th, 2008 12:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I will.
Feb. 23rd, 2008 11:51 pm (UTC)
My mom always asks how long NaNoWriMo lasts. Serious facepalm.

Have fun in New York. I hope you and Andrew hit it off in person!
Feb. 25th, 2008 12:40 pm (UTC)
I hope so too.

And asking how long NaNo is? Wow. Do you mention that it's called National Novel Writing MONTH? :)
Feb. 25th, 2008 02:24 pm (UTC)
Mom doesn't always listen when I tell her things. I love her, but listening is not one of her best skills...
Feb. 24th, 2008 12:38 am (UTC)
My grandmother's like that too she's very young- only 36 years older than me). Sometimes I think she does it on purpose just to be difficult.
Feb. 25th, 2008 12:43 pm (UTC)
My grandmother actually has this thing for telling me stuff she's already told me about six times. She doesn't have a terrible memory or anything--she just thinks she's already told me random gossip about people in my hometown, some of which isn't even accurate anymore. It's pretty amusing.
Feb. 24th, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC)
Where are you going in NY state? You should come say hello to Joe and me.
Feb. 25th, 2008 12:52 pm (UTC)
I'm going to central NY, about 45 minutes out of Syracuse. I actually told myself that if the visit were a bust, I'd just come out and see you and Joe. Since I'm staying with someone, I'll have to see how feasible that is, especially since Google's telling me that's about a 2-hour drive. We'll see though.
Feb. 25th, 2008 01:02 pm (UTC)
Aaaah, do it. We'll take you to the best sushi place this side of anywhere.
Feb. 25th, 2008 01:23 pm (UTC)
Now that's an offer I can't deny.
Feb. 25th, 2008 12:36 am (UTC)
Why do you want to go to France? I so want to go all over Europe when I'm older.
So how long have you known this Andrew chap? ;) And you met him doing NaNo? Woot! It's always good to have someone who understands the craziness. Imagine if you guys got married or something, nothing at all would get done for housework during November :)
LOL, your Mom sounds like my Mom, the New York thing.
Feb. 25th, 2008 01:10 pm (UTC)
I've always had this fascination with France--the language, the culture, the cities, everything. It's why I'm minoring in French now.

I think all moms are like that, wanting to protect their kids. It's something like, "Oh noes, someone wants to take my kid out of my protective arms. Do not want!" *cling*

As for Andrew, we met on the NaNo forums in October. I adopt noobs every year, and he was one of them. We just started talking. And talking. And talking. And things went from there. If I married another NaNoer, nothing would EVER get done in November. We can compete for words, and the loser (?) gets to go grocery shopping. By the end of the month I could tell you how long milk is drinkable before it turns into cottage cheese, though. ;)
Feb. 25th, 2008 06:11 am (UTC)
I would like to mention that NYC is generally tame in the realm of crime these days.

Also, I am sorry that the above conversation occured. My mom is often clueless, but when I actually feel like cluing her in she enjoys a lot of the same things I do. I think she'd like Johnathan Coulton... but I think EVERYONE should love him.
Feb. 25th, 2008 01:17 pm (UTC)
I find that really interesting, actually--how the cities oh-so-known for crime aren't always the ones that actually have a high crime rate. Just try telling my mum that.

And when I clue mine in, she just shakes her head and says, "Whatever, I'm glad you understand that." It's not that hard to understand! *sigh* Everyone should love Jonathan Coulton, though. You coming to the show?
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