Sunday I crawled out of bed and caught the last-minute shuttle to BWI. Both plane rides went without a hitch, although as I landed in my town, I discovered I'd missed a historically-huge windstorm for which I am supremely grateful (I was NOT amused by the severe turbulence going into Minneapolis on the way to RWA).
Next up came Customs. Ha, hahahaha. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. While I was smart enough to have listed all the things I received in the US beforehand, uh, well it was an experience to have to read it all out to the Customs officer. Let's see - estimated 50 books shipped over the border, 12 in my bag, 65 bookmarks, 12 cover flats, 11 postcards, 1 rubber duck, 1 license plate holder, 1 flashdrive, among other sundry items, all of which were free.
I still had to estimate the cost of all these items, so it turned out to be something like The Price is Right, only in hell. All in all, though, from RWA I received an estimated $833 worth of free merchandise. Wow. Not bad for a conference with a $525 registration fee, eh?
I will post a full description of my book loot (I've since given most of my coverflats and postcards away) once my package arrives from UPS. Now it's back to book reviews. I'm tired from posting today, so I'll start working on my review for Sabrina Jeffries' One Night with a Prince tomorrow.