Recently, my daughter and I attended a book signing by our favorite author in Orlando.
Kim Harrison has written The Hollows Series. Thirteen books about witches, demons, vampires, werewolves, elves and pixies or as the friend who introduced me to the series said, “A gay man’s fantasy!” I got my daughter hooked on them and she wanted more than anything to attend a signing by Ms. Harrison.
Since we decided to go up a day early and spend the night, we had some free time in O-Town. We hadn’t won the lottery so we didn’t go to any of the theme parks. We were going to go shop and eat in nearby Winter Park but saw a brochure for The CSI Experience and went there instead.
Much to my delight, in the same building as The CSI Experience was one of The Body exhibits. Several years ago, there was one of The Body exhibits in Tampa that caused some craziness because it uses actual, real dead, human bodies. So cool!
These bodies are sliced, peeled, cut, diced, etc. to allow you to see what’s under the skin. The preservation method is incredible. My daughter was horrified to realize that even the body hair was intact. She was a wee bit freaked by the perfectly preserved pubic hair!
The CSI Experience was fun. It’s geared more to children-tweens, I think but it was worth the admission price and we spent less than if we had gone shopping! If you’re heading to Orlando and want something more than The Mouse, give The CSI Experience a look. Definitely go if The Body exhibit is still there.
Kim Harrison was lovely. She’s funny, smart and her husband is hysterical. She seems like a good person – not letting fame get to her. My daughter was thrilled being able to take pictures with her and I was able to help out another fan by emailing her the pictures I took of the group shots. Ms. Harrison is having a new series published very soon. It won’t have any paranormal elements but sounds like it’s going to be interesting. I like her writing style and will most definitely be pre-ordering!
Overall, my daughter and I had a great “girl’s weekend” even with the trauma of preserved pubes!
6 blew out from under the bed:
We have the Body Worlds exhibit 'Animals -from the inside out' at the Franklin Institute in Philaelphia now until next April. I think we had the human body one a couple years ago. We haven't been to either. Looks strangely fascinating though.
Very cool that you got to meet your favorite author! Especially nice that you got to spend time with your daughter. :)
Yes, as Crystal Chick shared, we have the animal body works exhibit here in in Philly currently, and we've had the human body exhibit several years ago, both of which I haven't attended but look SO interesting!
LOVE the photograph of you and Kim Harrison! Glad you were able to spend time with your daughter.
And speaking of Winter Park, I lived there for awhile before I moved back east. I also had a job there at one time (on Park Ave). What a charming town Winter Park is!
Have a super Sunday, Sis!
so fun.. and what great memories you and your daughter have made. :)
I saw the Body Works show when it was in NYC. It sounds like you and your daughter had an enjoyable day.
My girls day out involves grocery shopping and shoe shopping. Your sounds like more fun! :)
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