43 thoughts on “If it’s Saturday this must be Portland.

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  1. Me & my girl gang (aka the Trois-T, pronounced “twat”) were supposed to be up there today, but my 13 year old daughter had her first play with drama club and there’s no way I can miss it. It’s a 5 hour drive to Portland from where we live, but it was worth the drive last time and would be worth it again. Hopefully you’re back in our area again one day!!

  2. It’s here! It’s finally here! I’m so excited (assuming I can get over my nerves and actually go).

  3. I am gonna be there so hard. No rumbling, though. Probably just shyly admiring from afar and trying to find the courage to say hi. So…best day ever.

  4. How early should we be there? Have there been crazy lines? I can’t wait to meet you!

  5. A www, I really want to come! It’s my daughters 13th birthday so I guess I will have to stay and supervise her party. 🙁

  6. I want to. Very badly. But I can’t. Trying to let myself off the hook for it. I know you understand. I feel your furious happiness though. You must have come in on this wind, like Mary Poppins. Except way more accepting and loving towards humanity. And way more cats.

  7. I bet you can get the same reaction if you say you need your meds for your gonorrhoea or chlamydia too lol
    Have fun at home with Victor, Hailey, Beyonce and the rest of the furry taxidermy friends

  8. OH my gosh, I SO should have used that at the pharmacy yesterday. Except it would’ve been better to use it on the actual cashier, because she couldn’t find my rx for the FOURTH time in 10 days. Which could cause me to need antipsychotic meds. Like, “While you’re looking for my prescription for the fourth time, how about you just THROW IN SOME HALDOL OR XANAX OR SOMETHING FOR THIS HUGE PAIN IN THE ASS YOU’VE CAUSED”.

    And Portland. Just ahhhh! Such a short 6 hours to drive!! waves from Idaho

  9. Waah! I tried to come but they were at capacity more than 1/2 an hour before it started. Really mad Powell’s didn’t put those details on their website. 🙁 Portland sure does love you, deservedly so….

  10. What a crowd!! Pretty sure you are gonna have to start playing arenas. Wasn’t gonna miss it, so heard you over the PA from the floor below and snuck a peek at you from the back of the crowd upstairs before we had to start the trek back to Eugene. Body just decided it wasn’t gonna deal with that many hours up and about. So thrilled to see all the folks there and four floors of people laughing and enjoying your visit!
    Glad you get to go home now and recharge with your family.

  11. Thank you!!!!! Thank you so much for sticking around and signing the books for those of us in that last group of numbers at Powell’s tonight. I am so glad I finally got to meet you (after missing you the last time you were in Portland). I was so excited and nervous to meet you that I kind of got choked up and could barely get my words out. I don’t know if anything I said made sense, but I know I didn’t get the chance to thank you for writing everything you write about. Your writing means so much to so many of us. I’m so glad I went tonight. Thank you!

  12. Hey I’ve read some of your things recently and I’ve been dealing with some, er, psychological problems. It’s been the most terrifying experience of my life. It is nice to know someone understands cause it’s hard to discuss sometimes.

  13. You rocked at Powell’s! it was not only standing-room-only but also maxed out the floor occupancy, I wonder how often that happens.
    It was great to meet you and see what a positive force you are to so many people who have never had a voice for their reality before now. The first step for a brighter tomorrow is to step out of the shadows and now many can see you as their lighthouse. You are real, ribald and awesome. Shine On!

  14. What a crowd! We got there an hour early and were still standing in the waaayyyyyy back, but it was so worth it! Thank you so very much for visiting us, and not challenging us to any serious slappy fights (we’re weak here from lack of Vitamin D), and for making it cool to be crazy. And just so you know, I always pack some extra Xanax, so when you drop behind the podium, I got you covered, lol.

  15. Oh Jenny, my long-standing plans for Saturday included visiting with my cousin and his kids, and then going to Powell’s with a fellow crazy mama friend to hear The Bloggess speak about her newest book. Instead, I spent the day wrestling with a feverish cranky 15 month old baby (with her first UTI), trying to get her to nurse, nap, and take her medicine. (We managed to get most of the dose into her mouth in only one hour! Sigh.) Topped off by 20 minutes of threatening my 5 year old to take his medicine for an infected toe. Oh, and I got some experience administering acetaminophen suppositories.

    My actual day was a lot less enjoyable than my planned day promised to be.

    I’m up at 4am, snuggling my babe and worrying about her (and about the fact that my husband leaves on a business trip today), and I just wanted you to know that I really wish I could have come to see you.

  16. When you complete this tour, I’m gonna officially diagnose you as cured of everything, as this schedule would kill a normie. But wait a minute, maybe I just defeated my own argument? I couldn’t have done it with a gang of angry villagers after me with torches and pitchforks! God, I hope you are okay.

  17. I hope that when you are in my neck of the woods, I am able to come and see you. I love your books and your blog, they always somehow make me feel better or more centered.

    I don’t know if it is okay if I post this link again, but I don’t know what else to do guys. I am in dire straits. My entire life might be completely screwed up come later this week, if I’m not able to find help soon. I am scared. I have been trying to get help to keep my home, and I just can’t find any. Anywhere. I feel like such a loser. Maybe I am a loser.


  18. I loved meeting you in Minneapolis! It was pretty cool to share the silver ribbons with most of the audience, too. I wish I had known how many to make so I would have had enough for everybody. You are the first author I’ve ever gone to meet in person at a book signing. Yours is also the first blog I ever really checked out. You’ve even inspired me to write my own. It’s still in the very early stages but I have high hopes. My blog is about the things that I find that inspire me and I’m working on a post “Ode to The Bloggess” I’ll come back and let you know when it’s up. I hope you will check it out. Thanks again for sharing with the world like you do. You truly do inspire me!

  19. The longer I live, the more I realize that love for our fellow human beings is based exactly in our various broken/crazy/weirdo-ness. I loved hearing you in Portland. Enjoy your home time!

    A question – I was just reading parts of the awkward tweets that I’d missed and of course, crying with laughter. And then suddenly I was just crying. Does this make me meta-awkward?

  20. I almost had myself talked out of coming down to see you–glad I wasn’t successful! Thank you so much for putting yourself out there and letting it all hang out (not that anything was literally hanging out there–I’m sure we would have totally let you know).

  21. Hi Jenny I love your book and read your blog every day. Last year I got Christmas help from you for my family and am hoping to pay it forward this year. Are you going to be doing your gifting post again? Thanks for evrything, your blog is all that keeps me going some days.

  22. Thank you sooo much for being here! I was the one who unabashadely (that’s a word) stood up to drool fan-girly love words your way because truly, you ARE my literary Petronus! (also a thing). If I ever do write my own mostly true memoir, I’m totally dedicating it to you.
    Also, I cried just a little bit during your reading, which was a little awkward because my 13 year old daughter was there and I haven’t told her much about what ails me. But truly, they were tears of gratitude because I’m not alone.

  23. I’m listening to your book now. The book would be easier…..I can’t easily stop the recording to laugh and not miss what’s next!

  24. Oh, good news! If you DO book an arena it looks like 38 special might be able to open for you after all! I mean in the sense that they are apparently still alive and playing music, not in the sense that I have any power to make that happen…

  25. I was planning to see you in LA on the last leg of your tour…but then we booked international travel to take my daughter to visit my in-laws. Blah blah family first blah.
    I’m so sad I’m going to miss you because I really wanted to be able to say thank you in person. I mean, the list of reasons to thank you is cuh-razy long, but the main reason I want to thank you is because, in all honesty, if it weren’t for you I would never have become a mother. I always thought I wanted kids, but then when the time finally came I was terrified. Terrified that I wouldn’t be able to cut it. Terrified that the need to spend days at a time curled up in bed would prevent me from being the kind of mother I wanted my kids to have. Terrified that I would fuck them up. And then I discovered you and your blog and your first book, and I saw you and Hailey and read your stories, and I realized that while it may not be picture perfect every day, depression and anxiety did not have to prevent me from being an amazing mom. My daughter is 18 months old now and I have loved every day of it. She’s the most amazing thing I’ve ever done. Thank you for showing me that it’s possible to be both a person who battles depression and a kick ass mom. Thank you for giving me the courage to be the happiest I’ve ever been.
    So that’s what I wanted to say to you when you come to LA, but now I won’t be there so I thought I’d say it here. Because it needed to be said.

  26. Jenny, this isn’t book tour related; just something that made me think of you! Have you heard about the lady in MA who won the right to wear a spaghetti strainer on her head in her driver’s photo? She is a Pastafarian and belongs to some kind of church of spaghetti! I was sure this was you until I saw the photo!

  27. I’m completely the opposite. I always end up at the back of the very longest line in any retail establishment I ever enter. I don’t do it on purpose. It just seems to be a gift.

  28. Ah, Jenny. Just finished reading your book. It arrived in the mail whilst I was overseas and I’ve been itching to get back and read it. Another bestseller to a deserving writer. What a bucket list tick!
    Congrats, well dones, high fives, hugs, baskets of cupcakes, alcohol slushies or whatever makes you smile, to you. 😉
    I’m not even offended at the Australia chapter but feel I should be…

  29. other benefits of psychotropic medications: collecting reactions. if you are comfortable spreading the word of your private business, then your boundaries are perfectly healthy. and if anyone is out to get us, as such is presumed we presume, it doesn’t matter, because our dopamine is being antagonized, so it doesn’t really matter if i’m paranoid, because this sucks worse.
    embarrassing moment yesterday, by myself: “gee tim buckley sounds an awful lot like jeff buckley. wow! they even look exactly alike! must be the “buckley” playing tricks on my mind!”

  30. i know i’ve already left a comment, but i knew that you had already shared this quote with us, and that my last reply was better. so i found it….and i definitely share the following suggestion if any of us find ourselves “in a line” somewhere…i was un-clever and left two clever comments:

    “you could also use this line: “mind lending me money? i need to buy my anti-psychotics because i want to be responsible, but the price is unconscionable.”

    “nothing quite like maybe-needing a dopamine-antagonist in your life to keep your mind from secreting the information it receives all over your sensory output.”

  31. Once in my office I had such a bad chocolate craving I went into a wastebasket to fish out a recently-thrown out piece of chocolate cake… so I could eat the icing. I thought no one saw me, but of course, they did. Wanted to die but still ate the icing.

  32. OMG Yay! I just realized that your Los Angeles signing is actually in Pasadena, at my favorite bookstore, so I don’t have to be so scared to go! I’ve even been to signings there before! (Where I didn’t, actually, manage to get in line or get anything signed, because there were way too many people, but I was there. This time I will get in line and stay there until I reach you!)

  33. Hey Jenny – My girlfriends and I saw you in Minneapolis. Three of us got our books signed with a personal message and one didn’t because she didn’t have a book to sign….if I had know this at the time would of bought her one right then and there. Anyway I am wondering how I could now buy one and still have you personalize an autograph to her. Thinking it would make an excellent Christmas gift! Let me know.

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