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|Saturday, March 28th, 2015|
|Our Last Day in Paris
As promised, I am writing this on the plane home from Paris (technically, we're not going home; we're going to pick up our car in NJ and drive to Mississippi, but you know what I mean).
Yesterday, for me, was sadder than fun. We got to sleep in, and then spent much of the day at the Rue De Sevres office. Scott had several interviews, while I sat around playing games, reading, and trying not to fall asleep. There wasn't much time for lunch, so Nadia took us nearby to a store I've already forgotten the name of but it was awesome! It reminded me a lot of Harrods in London. It was huge! We only had a short time, but I would've loved to explore more, even if I couldn't afford to buy anything there. Nadia took us to the sushi bar (mmmm, sushi!), then got us dessert at the patisserie (omg, chocolate cake to die for, have I mentioned how much I love the food in France? I do. I really really do).
Then Scott did some more interviews, and then it was off to our last event of this leg of the tour; a signing in yet another great bookstore. This one in Paris. Another rousing success.
And then came all the goodbyes. This was the part that made me sad. Everyone was so wonderful, I didn't want to leave. There were actually tears.
Scott and I wandered a bit in the evening, but mostly we found an okay place to eat dinner, and then went to the hotel and packed.
This morning one of our new friends from Rue Des Sevres came to our hotel to make sure we got off okay. She gave me a box of chocolate marshmallow bears that I had liked. I cried.
So far everywhere we've gone on this trip we've met people who made me feel like I belonged. I am the wife. I frequently worry that people wish I wasn't there. That has not been true at all on this trip. I can't thank everyone enough. And I mean everyone. I love you all.
Some notes about our time in Paris:
Paris is amazingly good at being Paris! It lives up to expectations. Such a beautiful city!
The people, however, have changed. I don't know if it's just the people we were with, or if time has softened them, but no one made us feel bad about being tacky Americans. People were nice to us! It was weird.
The strangest thing for me at the signings was the lack of females. They were there, but in much fewer numbers. I've gotten used to Scott's signings being close to 50/50 gender split, but this was more like 90/10! And many of the women were getting books signed for husbands or sons (amusingly there were also men getting books for wives and daughters). I asked about it at the last signing, and they said most Ban Designee was geared towards men, but it was beginning to change. This surprised me. I figured with the lack of superheroes there would be a less male dominated market. Guess I was wrong. And all the storesh are so beautiful!
Of all the books Scott signed, the one person who I will remember most was the woman who spoke almost no English at all but came to get a book signed for her husband. He had wanted to be there but had been rushed to the hospital. She was there to get the book signed and then was going back to the hospital to give it to him. She was crying most of the time Scott was signing it. I hope he is okay, but I have no idea what was even wrong. The language barrier and her sadness were too great to overcome. I will never know what's happened, but I will think of them often and hope they are happy and healthy.
Our plane is going to land soon. Sadly, not in New Jersey, but in Bangor, Maine where we will refuel. This will make us land later than scheduled. Luckily I was not counting today as a driving day and there should be enough time to get to Mississippi by Tuesday, no problem. Since the next few days are gonna be just us driving, I'm not sure if I'm gonna post or not. If you're worried about us, I promise to tweet our whereabouts while on the road. You can check for updates here
Hi from New Jersey! We are at a hotel, safe and sound. I had more I'd wanted to say, but honestly it is now after 10pm Eastern time and I've been awake since 7am Paris time and I'm far too tired to figure out how many hours that is, so I think I'll just go to bed.
|Thursday, March 26th, 2015|
|Musings From Trains
I promised I would write next time I was on a train! Technically I'm on my second train of the day, but I was too tired to write this morning. We spent the last two nights and one day in Brussels. It was Scott's third time there and my first. We weren't there long enough for me to see too much, but I tried to make use of the time I had.
Our room was amazing. THERE WERE TWO BATHROOMS!! And a tub! I took two baths in one day! There was also a couch and two comfy chairs. It really was quite spectacular. And very different from our room in Paris.
Scott spent most of yesterday being interviewed. I only made it to the third one as I took a very long bath instead. After the interview I was around for, we were off to a lovely lunch with yet another reporter. Throughout Monday night and all day Tuesday, we were carted around by a very nice woman named Stephane. She helped us get to the museums. Scott could only spare about 15 min before his next interview, but I skipped that one also and stayed at the museum for about an hour and a half. We went together to the Magritte Museum (I took a picture of Treachery of Images!!). Scott's been before, which is good since he couldn't stay long, but I got to take more time.
I also went next door to the special exhibit they had of Chagall. I love Chagall. Would've liked to buy something in the gift shop, but no time...
Next was the signing. It was well-attended (it went an hour longer than scheduled, so I think that means it was good). During the signing, Nadia, our host from Rue de Sevres, (who had arrived in time for the event) took me on a chocolate expedition. I know the important things in life. There were a lot of chocolate shops! We found the one that the most people had recommended and I bought a very expensive box of chocolates that we've yet to taste. But they look really good and many people told me they were the best.
After the signing, we were treated to another wonderful meal. This time dessert was "Chocolate Follies" which meant a bunch of different chocolate things (mousse, ice cream, cookies...). Yum yum yum!
We got back to the hotel late, but I took another bath anyway. :-)
And now I'm writing on Thursday on yet another train. This time on our way to Lyon.
Wednesday morning was all about transportation. There was a train from Brussels to Paris, a quick stop at the hotel where we were given the exact same room again, then off to a different train station and a trip to Le Mans. Which is yet another beautiful city in France. We didn't have time to explore, sadly.
But we did have time for an amazing lunch. It was in a house and our group had our own room. It was run by two sisters, who were both delightful. They took turns: for one week one cooked while the other waited on tables, then the next week they switched. The food was great and the dessert; magnifique! I had a selection of chocolate things (pie, mousse, and ice cream!).
After lunch it was off to another amazing comics shop (they have all been awesome in very different ways). This time we had a camera crew following us around for awhile. Very odd. Scott did a signing followed by an "onstage" (really "in room" but that doesn't look right) conversation to a packed house (The space was brand new, Scott's event was the first time it was used). Really interesting. Much fun. Then there was more signing and a mad dash to get train.
Side note: really awesome people the last few days! I'm not naming them for fear of leaving someone out, but I could spend ages talking about how much I adored everyone!
Arg! My hand is going numb again and I'm pretty much at the end of yesterday and we're almost at Lyon, so... I think I'll finish this tonight on the train back to Paris.
And we're back on the train to Paris! My hand is not so numb anymore, we'll see how long it lasts. My hand's been like this for months, so don't worry. Oh, and in case you're interested, my knee is still swollen, but not nearly as much as it was and I've been walking fine. It only hurts when I put weight on it.
Today was Lyon. What a beautiful city. And again, the nicest people. This time Scott did signings in two different stores, and both stores were gorgeous. I can't say how much I wish we had such nice stores near us!
Our group consisted of us plus Nadia and Alain from Rue de Sevres. When we got to town we went right to our first store. As we arrived, we met up with Sylvie, who also works with Rue de Sevres who GIFTED ME WITH CHOCOLATE! (I told you, awesome people!) We were worried that there was a small turnout, but we discovered that the store owner had given people times to arrive. Once Scott started signing there was a constant stream of people.
From the signing our whole group went to lunch with some reporters and our hosts from store number two. I made sure to order Lyonnaise food. It was very good. I ate way too much. Luckily we took a very long walk afterwards. There are secret passageways!! I kept expecting D'Artanion and friends to show up any minute. Finally it got late enough that Scott (and Alain) had to run off to the signing. The gals and I went hunting for more underwear for me, as I had nothing clean left. So we got an even longer walk!
We accomplished our task and got back to the signing. I love meeting all the people.
Scott finished with just enough time for us get to the train station in time for our train. Which we are now on heading back to Paris and our hotel.
Oh, and while on our walk I bought another purse. It has Le Petite Prince on it! It makes me very happy!
Tomorrow is our last day in Paris. That makes me very sad.
Next update will be written on the plane home. :-(
|Tuesday, March 24th, 2015|
|So. Busy. Omg.
I know, it's been forever. So sorry. To be honest, we've been doing so much, it's hard to find time to write. I'll be on a train again in a few hours,so if I don't finish this now, I can finish it then.
Last I wrote, I think I was heading from one friend to another. At the second friend's I was treated to new and excellent food, and BABY SHEEP! THEY WERE SO CUTE!!! Ahem, sorry. Lovely walk, cute sheep and a way of life so different that I kept bothering them with questions.
All in all, my time with friends was exactly as awesome as I'd expected knowing how awesome my friends are.
From there I TOOK THE EUROSTAR!!! This gets all caps because it's something I've wanted to do for, literally, decades! It was very fast. I was wondering when we'd go through the Chunnel, and then realized that we were in France! There was a bunch underground so I just hadn't realized. The "in France" part of the journey was longer than the England or Chunnel parts. My ears felt the speed. So weird!
I was not given any problems trying to check into our Paris hotel (I had feared I would since I was sans Scott). It took me a bit to figure out what to do alone in Paris. In the end, I decided to go for a walk. Going for a walk in Paris is exactly like in the movies and songs. It is just beautiful. I wandered aimlessly and saw all sorts of cool things. Unfortunately, my new shoes tried to kill me. One slipped off my foot and I went boom. Ow ow ow. I was instantly helped up by a group of young men who were concerned about my wellbeing. I found a bench to sit on until the pain subsided enough for me to continue my walk. Sitting on the bench I looked up and realized I was right in front of the Louvre!! I sat and stared. I later found out it had been open, but I wouldn't have had much time anyway. Plus: my knee, OW! Once I could walk again, I went right back to the hotel (about a 20min walk). Once back in the neighborhood I had my first of many amazing deserts (what we Americans call Chocolate Lava cake).
(And now I'm on the train, in 1st class no less! So far Scott and I have the car to ourselves) (damn. We are no longer the only people in this car; one fellow has entered)
Scott arrived in Paris early the next morning (Thursday) beginning our Paris portion of the tour.
(Damn again, just before the train left the station someone else joined the car, oh well, they are both several rows away...)
Thursday we were met at the hotel by Nadia our host from Rue D'Sevre, our French publisher. She brought us to their offices where we were given a tour and a wonderful lunch (you'll hear a lot about food in Paris because it's been amazingly good) with Nadia, Louis (the head of the company), and Laura (who sold the foreign licenses for Scott's book. My dessert turned out to be the same kind of cake I had the night before but slightly different, still wonderful.
Scott was so tired he fell asleep on the office couch!
The evening was spent at the opening of the Salon du Livre, which was basically why we were in town. It reminded me of Wednesday night at ComicCon.
Friday we were able to sleep late! Then it was back to Rue de Sevres for many interviews, then off to the Salon for more interviews and a signing, then back to the offices for a party! A very busy day! But not so busy that we didn't have time to run off for a bit. To Notre Dame. Just in time for a service to begin. Quite the perfect experience. And the singing! And the stained glass! I don't have words to describe how beautiful.
Saturday was another late morning! These have been few on this trip. There was a film interview for Scott and then a break! So Scott and I took a walk. Our plan had been to try to get an hour or two at the Louvre, but the line was ridiculously long so we just stared at the huge building, and then continued our nice long walk. Paris is ridiculously beautiful. We got back just in time to meet with Nora who was moderating the panel with Scott and Boulet the next day.
Then we rushed back to the Salon just in time for Scott's signing. But that was it for us for the day, so we had the night to ourselves. We made best use of it by taking a boat ride on the Seine! Yes, we do know how to be tourists. :-) The boat dock was at the Eiffel Tower, so we got to see that as well!
Sunday (yesterday) was the big day for us. The Salon people picked us up and got us there in time for Scott and Boulet to have their talk with Nora for a packed audience. It was lots of fun and way too short.
After was another wonderful meal (I can't remember which dessert it was, but I know I've not mentioned the amazing chocolate mousse yet, omg was that good, oh wait, I remember, this wasn't that amazing chocolate cake thing that was like a mousse ball on a layer of cake, omg was that good!).
Then it was off to Scott's last signing of the festival. Really good crowd! And when it was over, so was our time at the Salon. A ride was waiting to take us back to our hotel.
That night we decided to walk the Champs Élysées and have dinner within the sight of the Arc de Triomphe. Dessert was another (totally different) amazing chocolate cake.
Which brings us to today (Monday). Today we checked out of our Paris hotel and went back to the Rue de Servres offices where Scott had his picture taken and I (with help) managed to acquire tickets to the Louvre! Which Scott and I got to spend a few hours in. Not nearly enough time, of course, but we saw something.
After that it was back to the office for another interview and then to a really great comic shop for a signing. Small store, but lots of people. And hence, lots of fun!
Then to the train that we got to ride 1st class and then to here. An amazing room in a radically different hotel in Brussels. It is time for bed, so Scott will proof this, and then I'll post it. My next post will be written on the next train (which will be Wednesday).
|Monday, March 16th, 2015|
|A Pathetic Attempt to Write About Germany (and Newcastle)
This time I'm writing from a plane instead of a train!
I'm back in England, heading off to visit some friends while Scott flies back to the states to do a talk in Ohio. We meet up again in a few days in Paris. How romantic is that!?
I left my narrative off in England. Since then, we've done our Germany portion of the tour. We were two places in Germany; Berlin and Leipzig.
Honestly, the whole trip is a blur. In Berlin we had two hours to sightsee with our hosts. We saw a church that had been mostly destroyed by bombing and the new church they built next door. Both were awe inspiring in their own ways. We had lunch in a restaurant overlooking the zoo, so we got to see animals! Unfortunately, there wasn't enough time to actually go into the zoo.
But mostly Germany was a few days of meeting people (as par for this tour, all the people we spent time with were great) and Scott being interviewed. With a few train rides.
The two big talks Scott did were well attended (the last one in Leipzig had people piled into the room, sitting in every available space on chairs and floor). They were massive amounts of fun.
I'm sure Scott will eventually be linking to many interviews that were done while we were there as well. Like I said: Germany was spent with Scott doing lots of talks and interviews and me watching him (and joining in on an interview or two) and good food with wonderful people.
(Time has passed again)
And now I'm back on another train. I'm traveling from visiting one friend and on my way to the next. My visit to Newcastle was awesome and I'm very sad to leave. K and I basically spent most of our time shopping. She took me to a bunch of markets that were very cool. I finally got my Cornish Pasty! Mmmm so good! Then we went to a mall where I MANAGED TO BUY NEW SHOES! So exciting! I also bought a change purse but it's not exactly what I wanted. It will do for now and I wanted two anyway.
There was also a great dinner my first night, and watching of things. Basically an awesome time with two awesome people whom I'm very sad to be leaving.
But I'm off to spend the next few days with another awesome friend and her husband, so go me!
I'll post this when I get to their place, and try to include a pic of my awesome new shoes.
And here are my awesome shoes(well, one of them, anyway):
|Thursday, March 12th, 2015|
|The Rest of England
Well, clearly I failed to write while on the last few trains. Which means I have a bit to catch up on!
Let's see, we left off on Sunday night, so I guess I should start with Monday:
Monday started with us waking early on one of the few days we didn't have to. Well, we did have to, Sky needed us. Sky sent us her script, then had Scott and I got do voice work (with Sky recording herself as well), for her film for her senior project. I hope she's satisfied with the results.
We only had so much time, cause then came time for walking to the train station and saying goodbye to Stephan from Page 45.
And no dead bodies at the train station this time!
(Did I mention that in my last entry? There were bunches of dead bodies all over the station when we arrived. Most people seemed to be ignoring them and we saw one taking her place to lay on top of one of the other dead people, so we realized pretty quickly that it was some kind of performance art or protest. I tried to look it up online,but found no mention of it)
From Nottingham, it was on to Leeds!
There were two events there; a signing at a lovely store called OK Comics, and an event at the Leeds Town Hall (an amazingly beautiful building with a theater I could've spent hours staring at, which sadly, was NOT where Scott spoke) (I mean the theatre, he did speak at the town hall...).
Our day in Leeds was bracketed by two very scary almost accidents that were close enough to us that had they not been "almost" accidents we might've gotten really hurt. One was a car turning when he shouldn't've and the other was a car going way too fast and recklessly. Both incidents involved screeching breaks and happened while we were standing at the intersection. The two events were separated by one block and the whole day. Weird. All three of us (Sam, from Self Made Hero, was our amazing and wonderful guide throughout our stay in England) were a bit shook up.
The OK Comics signing was pretty well attended considering it was in the middle of the day on a Monday. And I really liked the people that showed up, so it was a really good time.
The Town Hall event was full and Scott was in discussion with Peter Daherty. The questions from both Peter and the audience were great. The night was so much fun. After the talk (and the signing that followed) it was off to Indian food! And yet again it was great food and even better company. Except for the two near death experiences it was pretty close to a perfect day.
Despite everything being a 9min walk (according to Sam's phone) we cabbed it to the train on Tuesday morning for yet another train. This time to Birmingham.
Once in Birmingham we were able to meet up with our friend Ted, who always makes things more fun! Ted knew of a cool Tea Room in a museum, so that was where we lunched. It was indeed cool and pictures of us all were taken there (unfortunately not with my camera, so I don't have them to post).
From there we continued our, as yet, unsuccessful shoe hunt. Hmm, have I mentioned this yet? I have no memory anymore. I'm trying to get new shoes before we go to France because my Captain America shoes are falls apart and I didn't bring any others. In Birmingham there's a mall (shopping plaza?) that looks like it was created and dropped into the city by aliens. It does not look of this earth. In this wondrous building we actually found the shoes I wanted. But, sadly, not in my size. Arg. They were even on sale! Double arg!
I could've hung out there for hours more, but we needed to get to Scott's signing.
It was a fun signing and I bought a poster! This is a big thing for me. Poor Sam has been delegated to get all our gifts and purchases sent home for us. I asked if it would be okay to include the poster, and he assured me it would be. I'd not have bought it otherwise.. But it was Watson (Martin Freeman) BY HIMSELF!!! (To go next to my Sherlock alone poster I got for December holidays).
After the signing Scott, Sam, Ted and I went to a cute place for dinner, then it was time to say goodbye to Ted. He went for a bus and we got on our train for London.
This was our last night in London. But we were too tired to do anything other than sleep. We hit our beds after midnight and had a cab waiting to pick us up at 5:30 am.
Well that finishes up England. I'm writing this from Germany, but we have to run to catch another train so I'll have to do yesterday later...
|Sunday, March 8th, 2015|
|Goodbye London—Hello Nottingham!
I'm back on another train (this time on our way to Nottingham and the awesome Page 45) so I figured it was time for another blog post.
We left off last post in the middle of Friday: After the train, we went back to the Self Made Hero offices (our British publisher) so Scott could finish signing their quite lovely book plates. But Scott was not done signing when he'd finished there, oh no! From there (after checking into our hotel) it was off to Gosh Comics and then Forbidden Planet for Scott to sign their stock. While Scott was signing I was either off getting pork buns (mmm, so good!) or enjoying the store. I could happily spend hours (days?) in any of the stores we visited.
In the evening, we had the wonderful talk at the British Library! Paul Gravett, whom I adore, was there to ask Scott questions in front of the sold-out crowd. They were both in rare form and it was much fun. During the signing I got to run around and talk to everyone there. There was a delightful woman who had come despite the fact that she was supposed to be on bed rest due to her pregnancy. I hope all is well with her! There were so many cool people, I can't begin to mention them all, but suffice to say, I think Scott has the best fans!
Dinner was with the staff of Self Made Hero and Paul. I got the pie of the day and it was bigger than my head! Fun conversation despite the music being on loud enough to barely hear over.
We went late as one does on a Friday night with awesome people. The great thing was that it was the only night, on the UK leg of the tour, that we did not have to leave the next morning so we got to sleep in! Mostly.
Saturday morning we slept so late we almost missed breakfast! After our very quick breakfast, Scott had several interviews at the hotel. I took a long bath instead. Then I joined the gang for the last interview at a pub and on to a signing at Waterstones, this one open to the public. For me, the best part of that signing is that a friend of mine arrived half way through. She stayed the rest of the evening! Have I mentioned I know really awesome people? Because I do. I really do!
There was another stop at the hotel for Scott to do a live radio show (with Judith Regan) and then off to Orbital Comics for a signing. Unlike Friday, Saturday's signings were public (Friday Scott was in the stores to sign back-stock not to talk to people). We had met the gang at Orbital last time we were in London, hence the evening was like hanging out with old friends. Dinner was even at the same place we'd had dinner last time! And my friend was invited along, and she definitely counts as an old friend!
Since I wrote the above we've had our appearance at Page 45 in Nottingham! Page 45 is a great store with one of my favorite store owners: Stephan Holland. So naturally we had a grand time! Both the signing and the dinner after were filled with interesting, smart, talented people. Scott did an impromptu Q&A at the store where the lively conversation continued through dinner.
And I knew how to spell raccoon, which evidently is something many people get wrong (especially impressive considering how much I can't spell (thank god for spellcheck!).
We are now back in our hotel room. Once I post this, we'll go to bed so we can get up early to help Sky—thousands of miles away—record the sound track for the movie she's working on, which I believe is her senior thesis!
Tomorrow is Leeds. If I'm awake enough, I'll try to write the next post on the train between Leeds and Birmingham.
|Friday, March 6th, 2015|
I'm on a train right now heading from London to Cambridge where Scott will be speaking this evening. I figured this was as good a time as any to catch up on my blog. Although really the excitement is just about to begin.
In my last post (on Monday) I said, "Hopefully tomorrow will be more interesting." It was not.
We spent all of Tuesday worrying about our flight (yet another storm was coming in). In the end, all we did was change our flight to an earlier one, then spend most of the day hanging out in the airport waiting and watching as the storm got worse and our flight got delayed.
Eventually the flight did take off. It was not crowded at all so we had plenty of room.
When we landed it was Wednesday. We were picked up and brought to our hotel where we could not yet check in. Scott and I wandered around, got some food, saw a mall that we are convinced was in Love Actually (this counts as exciting to us), and wasted enough time to allow us to check in.
Scott took a nap while I took a very long bath. So nice!
In the evening we met with our delightful hosts for this trip; Sam and Emma from Self Made Hero, our UK publisher. We had Chinese food. I love Chinese food. After our delicious dinner it was back to our hotel, and bed.
Which brings us to today. I started this post on the train, but I am finishing it now, hours later, on Thursday night (technically Friday as it's after midnight).
What a great day! Fantastic start to our "World Tour". First we went to the offices of Self Made Hero for Scott to sign books for Spain and bookplates for UK. Didn't quite finish before we had to run for the train. Sam is joining us so we have good company.
Cambridge is a beautiful city, omg. The university is huge and confusing and gorgeous. Before the talk we had lunch, Scott was interviewed, and we got a bit lost but found the right place. When we arrived we were greeted by some friends we hadn't seen in YEARS! It was so great to see them. The adults looked just the same, but oh how the kids have grown. Time does that.
I got to hang out with them before the talk.
This was another Q&A event. The person on stage with Scott was a fellow named John Lennard, who was fascinating in his own right. The conversation covered all sorts of new things. It really got me thinking. Best part: the last audience question, which Scott answered so beautifully that he earned massive applause (I'm still laughing to myself about it and it's now the next day).
(Oh, right, I'm now on the train back to London, fell asleep last night before I finished this)
After the talk (and signing) we went to dinner. Our friends were invited along. What a delight! Great food and even better company. Our friends (Ann and Steve and daughters Kate and Alice for those of you at home wondering who I'm talking about) were just as wonderful as the last time we saw them. Kate is a student at Cambridge so we were on her turf. The conversation between the ten people at dinner was varied, interesting and exciting. More often than not there was one conversation that everyone took part in. I love when that happens.
During dinner two drinks were delivered to our table for Scott and I courtesy of two other anonymous patrons in thanks for a wonderful evening! I couldn't thank them last night, but guys, if you read this; THANK YOU!!
What a wonderful day. And did I mention that Cambridge is beyond beautiful? So pretty!
We are pulling into London, I will post this as soon as I have internet.
(Oh, and don't forget: British Library tonight! People can't all make it; probably some empty seats despite being sold out!)
|Monday, March 2nd, 2015|
|Didn't do a lot today...
Today we spent much of the day hanging around the hotel. Scott had a phone interview midday, and afterwards we went shopping. I failed to buy a new pair of shoes, but Scott did get some t-shirts. Hight of excitement here folks.
Five pm found us at WNYC studios Where Scott was to tape an interview for Studio 360. It was a really good interview. I'm pretty sure Scott was asked questions and gave answers that I'd not heard before. This is rare. Can't wait until I can share it with you!
After the interview we were able to meet up with Brooke Gladstone (of "On [The Media]" fame) for a bit. SHE GAVE US HATS!!! They are awesome!!!!!
By far the most exciting part of our day.
She had dinner plans so we could only take up so much of her time. But...she did walk us to a restaurant she loves and recommend. Scott and I did indeed eat there. The food was delicious.
After dinner we came back to our hotel and did stuff on computers.
Hopefully tomorrow will be more interesting. I'll probably skip posting tomorrow night since we are taking the red eye to London!
UK, WE WILL BE IN YOU SOON!
|Sunday, March 1st, 2015|
|Cheated: here's the whole weekend!
First, if you were waiting for me to do the "real " post for Friday, it's finally up. Sorry about that, the last few days have been just too full to find time to write.
Since I missed yesterday completely, I'm going to make this post be for the whole weekend. I know that's kinda cheating, but it seemed silly to write three separate posts in one day...
Saturday: after a later start than we had hoped for, we went to visit Scott's mom again. This time, not only did we have lunch with her, but we were joined by one of Scott's cousins and her son. As we finished eating, the group got bigger as another cousin joined.
As if it wasn't awesome enough to see and get to spend time with all of them, Scott's brother then arrived with his whole family (wife, their three adult kids and their two spouses and the one grandchild)! I think it was a total of 14 people there (including us and Scott's mom). Scott has a pretty great family. I really appreciated being able to spend time with them all.
As if just their presence wasn't enough, Scott's brother and his wife brought a cake! For us! It said "Congratulations Scott and Ivy" in honor of Scott's new book. Total surprise. Made my day (week? month?). Like I said, Scott's family is pretty awesome.
The impromptu party broke up at around dinner time. From there, we met up with my friend Alice at Uno's for dinner. Afterwards she came back to our hotel for an oh so very exciting night of laundry and hair dying that lasted past midnight. Which is why I didn't have the energy to write anything.
Sunday (today): I purposely decided not to get up too early so that I'd be plenty rested for the day's driving. We started later than we'd hoped, but not too late. Our GPS said that we should be getting into NYC at about 3pm. I thought this was great because it meant only driving in the day and getting there just in time to check in to our hotel.
But fate was cruel and the weather was horrid (lots of snow and very scary road and weather conditions), so instead of arriving at 3:00, we got there at 7:30! My car was awesome but I was a wreck.
The important thing is we made it here safely. I didn't manage to eat dinner, but the whole day was so stressful that it's probably for the best.
And now it is 11:35pm, Scott's in bed and I've written two posts. I think I'll answer all the previous comments that I've not gotten to, tomorrow.
And all our Boston friends that I wanted to get to see and didn't manage to: I am so sorry! We WILL be back at the end of April. The weather will be better and I will find a way to see you all. I miss you!!
|Saturday, February 28th, 2015|
|Took me longer than 24 hours, so sorry
Things got very busy and writing time disappeared. But I have some time now, so I'm trying to make up for it.
I'm supposed to be writing about Friday, right?
On Friday I got to spend the day with my friend, Kait. We first went to TCM as I knew it (The Children's Museum to the rest of the world). I used to work at the museum decades ago. When Scott and I got married the second time (three weddings, remember) we had our reception at the museum. In other words, I know the place pretty well. Or, rather, I used to know it well.
I was barely able to recognize it! Things felt all wrong. They've added a section to the front, and took away two floors. Including the one our reception had been in! Honestly, it kinda freaked me out. Yes, I know you can't go home again and all that, but it was very disorienting. There were still awesome exhibits, and my favorite, the Japanese House was still there, so that was cool.
Because we were two adults with no kids they took our licenses and gave us special badges. This is a new policy, but one neither of us minded, which I gathered was an unusual attitude. We are both on board for keeping kids safe, but I got the impression many people objected? I was only sad that they thought that it was necessary.
Without children, it feels weird to stay too long there. You don't want to prevent kids from playing with exhibits because you're playing with them. And it feels smaller now (not because I've grown—I haven't—but because it really is smaller I think). Meaning we were only there a couple of hours.
After the museum, we had lunch with Kait's housemate, then went to the movies. We saw "What We Do In The Shadows" which I can't say was a GOOD movie, but I enjoyed it immensely!
After the movie, we met up with Scott and Alice (Scott had stayed at the hotel all day to get things done) and had dinner at Jimmy's. I miss that place. The food is so so good!
After dinner we said goodbye to Kait, and Alice came back to our hotel for a while (via a bizarre late night stop at CVS where everyone there was much nicer than they needed to be!).
All in all, it was a pretty awesome day, but it ended so late I didn't have time to do much more than brush my teeth and fall into bed!
(Whole entry edited, of course)
|Friday, February 27th, 2015|
|A lovely but not overly exciting Thursday
Today we visited with Scott's mom, with whom we had a lovely lunch.
Then we spent time in our hotel room where I actually got stuff done!
In the evening, my friend Kait came over and we had dinner at Friendly's for old times sake.
We ended the evening back at the hotel, with the three of us watching the trailer for Man From U.N.C.L.E. (It looks really good, I'm very excited!), and (thanks to Sky) arguing the color of The Dress,
Um, like I said, lovely but not much to write about.
And now it's late, so I shall sleep.
|Thursday, February 26th, 2015|
|The Missing Post(s)
It is late, but I'm awake! Time to catch up.
On Monday we woke early and did our 6 hours or so driving. We arrived in Vermont at around 3pm and got to visit with our friend Steve Bissette (and student David) and Scott's sister Ruth and her husband George who had all come to see us.
We visited for a while, then Scott and I had to leave to go have dinner with our hosts. Some really great people there. After dinner it was off to the theatre where Scott was doing his presentation. We had a pretty good crowd considering temps were in the single digits. The intro they gave Scott made me cry. In a good way. It was awesome.
Then we went back to the bed and breakfast we were staying at, which is when I discovered I had lost my room key. We hung out with Steve, David, Ruth, George, James Kochalka (who'd been to the talk and had joined us) and his friend Jon.
We stayed up far too late, but we were having too good a time to go to bed. Eventually, Scott and I were falling asleep where we sat, so we went to bed.
The next morning we had breakfast with Ruth and George who were also staying at the B&B. Delicious food!
When we got in the car to leave, I found my key to the room! It was on my seat. I think this shows how tired I was.
We rushed from Burlington to White River Junction to surprise the students at the comics school there (we invaded Steve Bissette's class). They were appreciative.
The drive to our Boston hotel was not long from there, but I was so tired it felt like forever. We made it safely. Spent time doing nothing, had a nice dinner just Scott and I.
We went to bed early (this was last night). And slept. And slept. And slept some more. I think it was close to 12 hours!
Today was a lazy day. I took a long bath. Failed to do a bunch of things, then we went to see Kingsmen which I'd seen, but Scott hadn't. Then we had dinner at S&S (I love this place), with my bestest friend Alice. My biggest complaint: not enough time to spend with people I love!
We were in town to do something special tonight, but Scott had gotten dates confused so we did a different something special!
And now it is after midnight and I really should be in bed.
|Tuesday, February 24th, 2015|
|I was going to put the day here, but I don't remember what it is
I'm so sorry. Today was a good day, but the lack of sleep over the last few weeks has totally caught up to me. I figured I had a choice: do an incoherent post or wait 'til tomorrow and write a good one. It has taken me several minutes to write the small amount I have here. So I'm just gonna go to sleep now, and write something real when I have a brain. It is only 8:30 and I'm a zombie. 'Night.
Today was much fun, and very busy. But honestly, I have far more to say than energy to say it. I think I'll wait and do a real post tomorrow. I'll try to do it early in the day, if I can.
I will say that we did make it to Vermont safely, and Scott, as usual, was awesome.
Good night (I am SO tired!)
|Monday, February 23rd, 2015|
Didn't do much other than drive today. We made it to our chosen destination: Hazleton, PA. Weather continued to be better than we'd feared. We have about 6 hours left to drive. At least we get to do it all in daylight!
Got here in time to watch much of the Oscars, though we missed the 1st 30/40min. :-(
(And I'm so bummed that Boyhood and Selma didn't get the recognition they deserved).
Wow, when we're on the road it really isn't very exciting.
Tomorrow we (had better) get to Vermont where Scott will be lecturing. I promise tomorrow's entry will be much more interesting.
EDIT TO ADD: I forgot to put down mileage, but now I've forgotten. It was over 750, but under 800.
|Sunday, February 22nd, 2015|
|A really long day
Last night, fears of today, or something, kept me awake all night. I think I got maybe one hour of sleep.
In order to do today's drive, we woke up at 6:00am and got on the road just after 7:00am. I managed to both not fall asleep,and to drive ~930 miles. We lucked out and the weather was perfect for driving.
Except for Tennessee; where I had to drive in the dark, with near freezing temps, and more potholes than I've ever seen! It was the most dangerous driving yet this trip.
It is now after midnight here, and as soon as I post this I'm going to bed so I can get a few hours sleep before my alarm goes off again at 6:00am!
We're starting north tomorrow so the rest of the drive will be cold and icy/snowy/scary. Gonna try for 800 miles tomorrow!
But for now, sleep.
|Friday, February 20th, 2015|
|Today was good. Tomorrow scares me.
Today we got an early-ish start (9am, but we'd lost an hour, remember) and managed to drive 750 miles. Not bad.
Not great either, since this is the easy part of the journey. We're taking the Southern route so our weather's been fine so far. But we are now in a hotel in Amarillo, Texas and the wind is blowing fiercely outside our window. Glad I'm not driving right now, but if it continues, I'm not looking forward to tomorrow!
Tomorrow is our make-or-break driving day. The plan is to get to Nashville, that's close to 900 miles from here. We're getting up super early and it'll be the first day we don't lose an hour, so that should help.
Wish us luck!
(By the way, I'm too busy driving these days to do much online. Please forgive me. I plan to answer comments here and write a new post, possibly tweet at a rest area, but all else is going to be put off until Vermont)
|Thursday, February 19th, 2015|
|The craziness begins!
We were a bit late, but we managed to get on the road today!
Today, Thursday, started with us rushing to Santa Monica, so Scott could be interviewed by Elvis Mitchell for The Treatment (it should be on in the next few weeks) on KCRW. Lots of fun to listen to.
Then a lovely lunch and finally on the road at 1pm (far to late).
Because we started so late, I only managed to drive about 400 miles. Scott is sitting here in our hotel room answering questions for his Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) and I am more asleep than awake. It was good to stop. Scott needed internet, and I need sleep.
I answered all comments on previous posts, but am not up to answering my email. Falling asleep where I sit. Tomorrow I'll make my post more interesting.
At least I'm posting something tonight?
|Wednesday, February 18th, 2015|
|Before I go to bed
I promised myself I would post every night through the end of the trip. I am exhausted so this will be very short.
Today was the last stop on Scott's US tour. It was in Huntington Beach. The turn out wasn't huge, but since it was "home" a bunch of friends came out. Pretty awesome to see them all.
Tomorrow will be crazy and hopefully I'll be more awake to write a better post. Gonna get up early to pack and leave. Oy.
Too tired to answer the rest of the comments on last night's, I promise to do it tomorrow.
|Tuesday, February 17th, 2015|
|All the news?
Things keep happening. Wow.
In personal news, my dad died. This Friday it will be 3 weeks. I still don't believe it and I haven't really cried yet. Mom and I saw him in the hospital on Thursday. Thursday night he was transferred to a facility where he was supposed to relearn to walk (he had no balance and kept veering to one side; they THINK he had a stroke). Friday morn Mom made a quick run to the grocery store and the plan was to visit Dad in the new place as soon as she got back. While she was gone, I got a call from the place telling me he had just died. It makes no sense, and I guess I'm still in a state of shock. I had to tell everyone. It was all pretty awful.
I was going to do a whole post on my dad, but I just can't. Not yet, anyway.
In Scott's new book (The Sculptor) my dad modeled for Uncle Harry. It's a bit eerie for me. So, if you want to see my dad, just open the book. Oy. Or check out one of the vids that Sky filmed of my parents: What to Watch
and The Fatal Question
. For the record, in the first one you see both my dad, and Mom's dog Daisy, they're both gone now (I mean Dad and Daisy, Mom's doing great). Oh, and my brother finally made it out to visit, but not in time to see my dad again. In the second one, Dad mentions that they were married 54 years; we spent their 55th anniversary checking Dad into the hospital. He died 6 days later.
It's been hard to know if I should be happy or sad these days. Besides my dad dying, Scott's book came out! And it made it to number one on the NY Times comic best seller list!!
I got to go with Scott for the first four stops on the book tour, then made it to the two CA events as well. On Wednesday Scott will be at the Barnes and Noble in Huntington Beach, CA. I will be there. It's the last American stop on this tour. I expect it to be awesome! Afterwards we're heading off; first in our car for events in Vermont (open to the public) then to Boston (for something I think I'm still not allowed to talk about).
Then we leave the country! First stop is England. Here's the info
, after that is Germany (I don't have the info for any of the other trips: I'll try to post when I know more). Scott's doing a gig in Ohio, but I'm staying in Europe. Then there's a bunch of things in France.
Back to the states for a gig in Mississippi (March 31st if you're keeping track) then Virginia Commonwealth University, and Rutgers' Camden, NJ Campus! Next is NYC for MoCCA Arts Festival, then back to Europe (for the Netherlands, Spain, and Italy). That takes us to about the end of April.
There's also TCAF and ComicCon (Scott's a special guest at both)!! Can. Not. Wait. So cool!!!
And the news that was released today, that it looks like there will be a Sculptor movie
. Like I said. Interesting times!
Oh, wait, one more thing: you've all seen the Playboy interview
, right? I'm very proud of this! (Totally work safe)