Things have been crazy lately! Thanksgiving, tons of guests, work, Christmas shopping… I met Scott in Barcelona from Dec 4-9. It was really awesome… also fun to see the Park Güell, which I had drawn in Nico’s Journey. I’d been wanting to go to Barcelona for years, so when Scott suggested I meet him somewhere in Europe on his return from Egypt, Barcelona came to mind! The image to the left is, of course, delicious churros con chocolate. Mmmm…. It was a fabulous time. I’m kind of weird with art museums when I travel. I usually like to see everything else first, and since we were only there for a few days, we didn’t go to any! They just take up so much time and you don’t get to see any of the city… We did go to the cool Museu d’Història de Barcelona and saw awesome Roman ruins. Went in a few churches, including La Sagrada Familia. Took the cable car over Port Vell. Went to Montserrat (beautiful). Saw a bunch of other Gaudi buildings… it was fabulous! And now I am back and things are hectic!!!
I’m leaving for Pittsburgh to join my family for Christmas and likely attend my grandmother’s funeral. She became really ill and is now unresponsive in a hospice, and this time we think is it. In the past few years she’s been pretty ill before and always miraculously recovered. She is one tough lady! But she’s also been suffering and getting more and more sick, so this is probably for the best. We’ll miss Noonie.
Oh yes, I also attended a great signing over at Books of Wonder on Nov. 28th - in attendance were Art Spiegelman, Francoise Mouly, Jerry Pinkney, Brett Helquist, Holly Hobbie, John Rocco, Laura Cornell, Charles Santore, and Leo and Diane Dillon. Spiegelman drew a sweet picture in the book of his I bought! Funnnn.