Jackie B. at Death by Tsundoku and I planned to meet each other. We talked about it all summer. We got distracted. We didn’t compare calendars. Then we choose a weekend — we really did — but I started a new job and was immediately assigned to be at three events that same weekend. The Jackie B. & Melanie weekend got pushed back. But it finally happened . . .
And when you meet someone in real life, someone you’ve been book blogging and texting with for years, you learn that they are almost exactly who you thought they were. There are some things that I learned, though!
#1. Jackie has this amazing, full, room-filling laugh that makes me smile.
#2. Jackie can wear chunky high heels and walk around all day in them without complaining about her feet. “Walking” includes going up six flights of stairs.
#3. She has house, so when Jackie met her husband, she was a total catch and a full-blown grown up woman.
#4. In her kitchen nook, she has a shrine dedicated to Harry Potter, which includes several copies of the entire series. She also has the series at work, which she loans to co-workers.
#5. Stylin’ and profilin’. Jackie B. always looks cool in sweaters, dresses, and leggings. I brought a variety of hoodies. We didn’t match, but I love her.
#6. Jackie has a big floofy dog with a name that starts with a K. My brain could never get around her doggo’s name, so I called him goulash, which rhymed with his real good boy name.
#7. A percussionist through and through, Jackie plays drums on her steering wheel, which made me giggle. I’m married to a percussionist, and you better believe everything turns into a bongo at our house.
#8. Jackie “stops” at stop signs, but I figured we’re supposed to be afraid in October.
#9. In her basement, Jackie has a bunch of canned goods she made herself! I got to take some home. Pickles and pear butter, here I come.
#10. She eats Daikon radishes. I knew these were a thing, but also convinced myself they only existed in Super Mario Bros. 2.
I want to thank Jackie for inviting me into her home and showing me around the town. Also, huge shout out for picking up the slack when I forgot it was my husband’s birthday. I never would have gotten him a pie. I mean, pie? Who eats pie on their birthday?!