I love this

I loved it while I was making it, I love it now.  It's like looking at clouds, I see all sorts of things in the shapes that I didn't even know I was drawing.

More Staff Meeting Doodles

This is a scan of a full page: A whale, a quail, and a little deco sort of thing that was totally inspired by the bursts of life that surround Raina in the graphic novel, Blankets.


I drew some not-so-scary (mostly silly, in fact) monsters at our last Staff Meeting.  Behold:


Today, I baked bread.

Just out of the oven.

Here is the recipe.  I used dried cranberries instead of raisins, and I forgot to get lemons so I just used two teaspoons of orange juice in the glaze.

Vacation pictures, Part B

Click through to any of the photos, so see notes and more details.

Steps down to the garden

The view up the hill

The pool

Vacation pictures, Part A

These are pictures I took my first day in the Bahamas:

Leaving a Grey Boston Morning
My Matthew's profile before leaving Boston, on a rainy morning.

After settling in at our bed and breakfast, we went for a walk. These leaves were taking a swim together.

Full Bus
We took a bus to explore Nassau. These buses were rickety little things that barreled down the roads. It was quite an adventure! On the way back to the B&B, the bus was too full, so we sat on these little jump seats that folded down into the aisle. It was a little ridiculous, and pretty awesome. Look at Mr. Simoneau, all sitting pretty wedged in there.

Some Day in Early February


You guys, I am so grumpy!

I just got back from a glorious vacation, and I was remarkably happy to be home despite the gloriousness (I missed my shower, and my bed, and my normal-sized toilettries).  I was so pleased that the transition was going to go smoothly - even the weather in Boston is mild and bearable!

BUT nothing is working!

My washing machine is squeaking, and my internet is broken, and I had to go into work on my work-from-home day because I couldn't access any of my files, and my CAMERA...

Let me tell you about my camera:
I am editing the pictures from aforementioned glorious vacation, and I'm having some problems.  Firstly, I have apparently forgotten the lionshare of my photography skills.  What was I doing with high ISOs in the bright bright sun?  Who knows.  Not me.  IN ADDITION, the digital sensor is so very splochy.  Finally, I've had a hunch for awhile now (like, more than a year) that there's something wonky with my focus.  When I manually focus it doesn't come out right, and when I auto-focus it doesn't come out the way I want it to (I think this has something to do with the view-finder).
Everything is grainy, and out of focus, and has splotches, and it was too sunny and the pictures of my handsome boyfriend are all squinty, and I only took pictures on the first and last day, and I didn't take any pictures of the inside of our hotel, and HELLO I AM POUTING!

Okay.  Grumble.  I'm going to try to post some pictures now.



from the margin of my Staff Meeting Agenda