Monday, June 16, 2008

In Which TadMack and I Meet For Coffee at the Airport

TadMack and Alkelda, photographed by DaviMack

This afternoon, I was working on my first attempt to make spanakopita, a heavenly concoction of spinach, feta cheese and phyllo dough (and plenty of butter for the phyllo, oy gevalt) when I got this email from TadMack of Finding Wonderland:

Hey Kids, My plane lands for three hours tonight – 6:20 – 9:15 at SeaTac. I’ll have my American cell, if anyone is around and wants coffee. If you know anyone else in our ‘sphere who might care, I’m going to be in Miami Monday night through Thursday morning. xoxox T

I quelled my inner cowardice about having to (1) drive to the airport (2) drive on I-5 during rush hour and called TadMack to say, "Yes, count me in!" I brought some spanakopita with me for TadMack and her husband, DaviMack. (I mention this only because it's referenced in the following video.)

After figuring out where we could actually meet, we found a corporate coffee shop outside of the security lines. Big hugs! We had never met before, so we had to start talking fast, because there was only a little time before TadMack and DaviMack had to catch their connecting flight. TadMack brought me a couple of copies of her new book, A La Carte (one for me, one to give away at the 2nd Annual Kidlitosphere Conference). She signed a book plate, too, for the book I had ordered through my favorite bookstore. Amid much giddiness, we filmed a little booktalk for your benefit:

16 comments:

Jules at 7-Imp said...

I wish I were sitting there with you all -- and not just 'cause there's coffee there.

P.S. Thanks for the rolling credit, Alkelda! Now my say-hello-to-TadMack-for-me is captured in film for all eternity.

Kelly said...

Yay for Alkelda and Tadmack and for kidlit blogging. What a wonderful treat for this Tuesday morning. Thanks for posting the video, Alkelda!!

Vivian said...

You go! That is so awesome--I wish I could meet you all too! Yay! to TadMack, fun video and I want your spanakopita recipe!

Lone Star Ma said...

I am so jealous.

Noodle said...

I'll bet that was so fun! I just ordered my book!

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

It was a lot of fun! I'll type up my spanakopita recipe (or rather, what Moosewood offers and I've modified).

Susan T. said...

Oh, I wish I could have been there, too! Great video, y'all. What fun!

Susan T.
Chicken Spaghetti

Cloudscome said...

ooo I am so jealous! I mistyped my comment cause I was so excited to see your book talk video. I want Tadmack to come to an airport near me!

jama said...

I'm late seeing this but loved seeing you both! Thanks so much for scoping out Tadmack, Farida :)!

adrienne said...

WOO TADMACK!

And can I just say that I *love* these videos you've been posting? Yay to video capability!

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

I'm glad to hear that! I was wondering if people were starting to groan, "I didn't sign up for a video-blog, thanks."

Yorkshire Pudding said...

Farida. This could be the beginning of a new TV interview career! But we'll need to think up a new name for you - something like TadMack.... maybe AlkSpin?

"Tonight on Fox News AlkSpin interviews John Steinbeck..." (oops - sorry I forgot he's dead)

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

YP: It's a fabulous idea, this "AlkSpeak," except for two things: (1) I don't think I've got the gravitas for it (2) Fox News? Never!

slayground said...

GO TANITA! :) I'm glad that you made the trek successfully, Alkelda, and that DaviMack helped out.

a. fortis said...

I forgot to mention what a fab video this is. :)

diana said...

Alright....where is that recipe!???