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My Midnight Run To Get “Breaking Dawn”

I decided at the last minute tonight to run to Borders to get Stephanie Meyer’s new book “Breaking Dawn”. I got there at 11:54 with just enough time to get a numbered bracelet and get in line. They had a count down as if it was New Year’s Eve and there was lots of screaming and jumping when the clock struck twelve.


It was an interesting crowd there. There was a group of moms (like me) standing in line in front of me. They were all hyper and chatty…so I guess they weren’t really like me. I was tired. It WAS midnight and my baby has been getting up at 4am all week to nurse. 

The group behind me was a group of high school girls. I heard a lot of, “Whatever!” and “Nuh uh!”’s.  Then one girl glimpsed the number 414 on my bracelet and said to her friend, “Oh!  We should totally be in front of HER! We are LIKE 125!” And then they pushed past me and elbowed their way several feet in the line until the totally rockin’ employee handing out rewards cards kicked them out of the line and told them to wait until they were called. Us mom’s in line snickered as they grumbled their way to the back. 

I finally realized that it didn’t really matter if I was in line because they were calling groups of numbers and I was still over 300 away so I wandered out of line to find a book. 

When I got back in line I was behind a dad and his daughter. The dad was older and gray and the daughter could have been anywhere from 13 to 17.  It is hard to tell these days. Her dad looked tired but happy and she talked his ear off the whole time we waited. When it was time to move forward he would gently put his hand on her back and nudge her forward in line while he smiled and nodded at her as she talked.

I want to be the parent that would stay up to take their kid to a book release party at midnight when I am tired.

When I got to the front of the line I had made it to page 25 of a book called The Bright Forever by Lee Martin and I was really into it so I had to scrounge around in my purse for a pen and paper so I could write down the name and author so I could reserve it at the library.

When I got to the counter I saw a couple of younger men (who were alone) at the counter buying the book.  Of course, their copies of Breaking Dawn were hidden under another “manly” book as if they were getting the romance novel for their girlfriend and “Pimpin’ Your Civic”, or the likes, for themselves. Save your money. We all saw through it.  I bet they totally went right out and started reading in their cars.

When I got to the counter they scanned my credit card and I picked up a pen to sign the receipt but she told me not to bother and shoo’d me away.  Good way to keep the line moving fast.

I ended being in the store for only an hour.  Not bad.

So here it is 2am and I am off to read the first chapter while I curl up in bed. 

What the heck!  Kai will be waking up in two hours to nurse anyway.  I might as well pull an all-nighter!


  • Oh, I thought you were going to buy the book “Breaking Wind.” SPOILER! Bella turns into a vampire and kills the whole town of Forks and Rusty…no, that’s not his name…uh…Jacob, yeah, he has to killer her to save La Push. 😉

  • Ha Ha Warren! It sounds like the family all got their copies of the book last night. Kaitlyn got one for Kim and I when she went at midnight to get hers … Kim’s got to keep her feet up for a couple days so she’ll probably get done long before I will. I made it to page 30 last night before I got too tired and I’ve been too busy today … but not to worry I’ll have all day Monday! Retired you know. Kati on the other hand is almost done.

  • We stopped by borders on Satuday just for the heck of it…not even a planned stop or anything. As I haven’t been following this book series I wasn’t even aware that the latest installment was releasing that day. I don’t think you had to worry about staying up late to get it. The borders here in Redmond had stacks and stacks of them….seriously. Heck they had mountains of all the previous books as well.

    Maybe I’ll check them out….they’re romance?? With vampires?? hmm….

  • whim

    Brandon, they are good. I think you would like them, but women seem to like them the most.

    I was pretty sure I could get one on Saturday and had planned to go to Target, but I was awake at 11:30pm and had just read that they were having an opening party and Brett encouraged me to go see what it was like. It was fun to see the excitement for the book. I could have waited and I haven’t even read it as fast as I thought I would, but there is something about opening night of a book, movie, etc. that is fun to participate in.

  • oh man, i was at borders for so long that night! i went to see stepenie meyer at nokia theater in times square that night, then went to borders, MAN it was a long night.

    TOTALLY worth it though cuz i was the 122nd person to get the book!!!! and i got it signed by stephenie meyer!!!

    i finished just a couple days later. (i was in ny, so i had to see the sights- blah)

    (not bragging- just really happy!!)
    hehe =]

  • I love to meet Stephenie Meyers….she is better than JK Rowling (well somewhat!) DARK, Captivating, unpredictable, LUV IT!!!!

  • Keep writing! I, am a writer…not as good as Stephenie though