A few post-weekend notes

Happy 1st birthday (for yesterday) little James!

This weekend I grumped along to see Lost in Translation dragging my feet and complaining about the crappy seats. I came out sniffing the delicious summer breeze and walking lightly back to the car. What an absolute dreamlike gem. Charlotte (badly captured below) and Bob are my new favourite onscreen couple eclipsing Harold and Maude, Holly and ‘Fred’ and Harry and Sally.

We took Amelia J to the zoo on sunday. She loved the elephants and spent a good ten minutes pointing and making elephant noises. She was also quite impressed with the giraffes. The beautiful baby giraffe Tanzi also seemed quite impressed with Amelia and came over to have a good look at her. Maybe it was a mutual appreciation of fabulous eyelashes. There is no sight finer than seeing a baby giraffe playfully chase away two ostriches (except perhaps seeing it in the wild).

Note to self: Do NOT make Ainsley’s “foolproof falafel” again – they disintegrate in the pan – why didn’t I remember this from last time? Sunday night we ate falafel crumble held together with hommus and yogurt. I pity the fool.

Sketchbook update: 2 moleskines – both pocket sized, one drawing paper for doodling, one squared paper for designs – for textiles and what-not. I am loving them. Thanks for the advice!

Illustration news: Mordicai Gerstein wins the Caldecott Medal with his book The Man Who Walked Between the Towers. The book sounds wonderful, and the snippets of illustrations I have seen on the web look breath-taking.”With its graceful majesty and mythic overtones, this unique and uplifting book is at once a portrait of a larger-than-life individual and a memorial to the towers and the lives associated with them.” – School Library Journal, November 2003