On Tuesday I staggered out to do a little gift shopping with John - my first real outing in weeks - and I had the whole post-sickness, frizzball frumpy no-makeup thing going, and a fan recognized me in the aisles of Barnes & Noble, and I was so embarrassed I stammered something about how if I hadn't just been sick for a month I'd be all over her (YES I ACTUALLY SAID THIS, right in front of her male companion), then my whole face caught on fire and John started smirking because I never blush, and finally to distract everyone I gave the poor girl a pin I found in my purse, and she said some lovely things before backing away slowly, turning, and sprinting for the exit.
Ok, maybe that last bit was an exaggeration, but I'm sure she wanted to.
"Oh gosh, ohhhh gosh, I think my whole face is red. Am I really red?" I hissed to John once the couple was out of earshot.
"Yes, but it's adorable." John said.
Then I wailed a bit, and John gingerly suggested that maybe I *could* do something with my hair, and I wailed a bit harder until I got distracted by a pretty Alice in Wonderland puzzle which I made John promise to buy me for Christmas.
Look how pretty.
As we were walking out later - and while I was still frantically finger-combing my hair - John remarked, "I know you didn't want to be seen like this, but you know what? You're Jen from Epbot. People love you enough to overcome their shyness and come say hi to you. C'mon. That's pretty awesome."
And it is.
So if you ever see me somewhere in public, PLEASE say hi. Just know that I may accidentally come on to you and then turn into a tomato.
But at least you'll probably get a pin out of it.