What could be better than a day spent with Jo Knowles? A day spent with Jo and her son, E.
After touring them about town and making them throw coins atop Benjamin Franklin's grave (what? it's a Philly tradition and the cemetery can use the revenue), the three of us spent several hours at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where we spent quite a bit of time in the armory (okay, it's not so much an armory as a collection of things that would be found in an armory - like, say, armor), quite a bit more in what I call "the rooms" - there are entire places that have been relocated inside the museum, like at 13th century French cloister (one of my favorite places in Philadelphia) and a Chinese reception room (ditto), and then time in the Modern Art section (Monet, Degas, Renoir, Cassat, Cezanne, Picasso, Warhol), and then time in the cafeteria, because hungry museum-goers gotta eat.
While there and then, later, back at their wicked cool B&B, we discussed things like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, giving me reason to use the icon you see flashing about up there. Two of my favorite fandoms combined. *grins* And we talked Tiffany Aching and writing and publishing and such as well. And! Jo and E gave me a copy of an Emma comic! *love*
Happy, happy day. Too bad that Vermont and New Jersey are so far apart that it can't be a more regular occurrence. (I've said that about Virginia and California and Scotland and Texas and Kansas and Wisconsin and more, too, based on the locations of various writer friends. It's lovely that internet goes 'most everywhere!)