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Wom-bat [Feb. 7th, 2016|02:32 pm]
Annie
squeak

Don't be fooled, they're vicious.
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This is how you party when you're me. [Feb. 5th, 2016|07:19 pm]
Annie
woo

Aww yeeeah guess who's havin' a beer and playing X-Com 2 tonight?
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Gross Animal Things [Feb. 2nd, 2016|05:00 pm]
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1.) Baxter barfed up half a lizard onto the kitchen floor. The "middle" half, I guess. Probably a smallish Texas Spiny. We saw that he had barfed up something, but I thought it might be a hairball.

Then I looked closer, and there was no hair, but there were scales. And then I saw that the barf had legs.

(He's fine now, I guess the spines or claws just didn't agree with him.)

2.) I saw my first Texas armadillo! Technically, it was what used to be an armadillo. Technically, most of what used to be an armadillo. Definitely an armadillo though. They're distinctive.

Fortunately, I don't have any other dead animal stories to share with you today! But with the things our furry little murder machine occasionally brings into the living room, I could make one hell of a Witch's Brew. You need lizard tails? Eye of newt? Snake blood? Girlfriend I can hook you UP.
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Gonna Bust Some Shell [Jan. 27th, 2016|09:03 pm]
Annie
its on

I realize that's kind of a big part of Mario characters, is that they don't use weapons, but we can pretend.

(trying out some stuff with limiting color palettes in certain ways)
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Discovery of the Day [Jan. 24th, 2016|05:35 pm]
Annie
I've been making green tea wayyyy too strong these last like, ten years. I always wanted to like it, but couldn't quite get into it. Then today I accidentally made it "too weak," and turns out it tastes much better that way!

There was some weird thing going on where I decided that I had to let tea steep forever and make it super strong to get my "money's worth" out of the tea leaves or something. I don't know. It doesn't make sense.
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The toddler did not get his cold tolerance from me. [Jan. 22nd, 2016|04:45 pm]
Annie
wheee

"If we go outside, you have to put your clothes back on; I don't want the mailman to think we're abusing you."

The funny thing is, it was 55°F today, so I can't tell if I'm the crazy one, or he is.
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Six Little Ducks That I Once Knew [Jan. 19th, 2016|10:23 pm]
Annie
quack

We continue to listen to a lot of kids' music. This song about ducks is not nearly as depressing as the previous one.

Did you know there's a kind of duck called the "bufflehead?" Unfortunately it is not featured here.
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Depressing Children's Songs [Jan. 16th, 2016|03:14 pm]
Annie
Ben's old enough now that he appreciates "kid music." We usually have some sort of music streaming in the living room, so our station based on Raffi has been getting a lot of airtime these days. It's nice, because we can tailor this to have more tolerable stuff (various Disney songs, anything acoustic/understated) and less ear-clawing-awful stuff (I don't even know, and I never want to).

But I've noticed that not everything on a kid's music station is necessarily happy. In fact, some of the songs are downright depressing, and I wouldn't have realized it when I was little.

1.) Puff the Magic Dragon: I loved me some Peter Paul & Mary when I was a little kid, and for some reason I remembered a happy ending to this song? But uh, I guess not. It's really sad. "The kid grew up, and now his imaginary dragon friend is miserable and scared and doomed to sit in his cave forever because he can't die. THE END."

2.) Five Little Ducks: Five little ducks go out one day, over the hills and far away. And at the end of each day, when the mother calls them back, there is one duckling missing. Slowly her brood dwindles down to nothing. At the end of the song, they all come back, but you know that in real life, those ducklings are toast. I remember jogging around the lake over the course of a summer and being bummed at the dismal survival rate of ducklings. Also, why does Mother Duck keep sending them out to die day after day??

3.) The Changing Garden of Mr. Bell: Oh man. This is a Raffi song, so you don't see it coming, because you're all "Baby Beluga!" and "Bananaphone!" And then there's a song about an old man who's obsessed with his garden. We talk about how lovely gardens are and how hard he works, and then one day the kid who brings him his paper notices a photo of the man when he was younger, with a lady and a baby. The kid asks who those people are, and the old man just kinda pauses and says, "...isn't the garden beautiful? It's always changing." RAFFI. MAN. Why you gotta drop that on me? He never spells it out either, so I have to imagine that one's a bonus for the parents who can infer what has happened to this man—"Have fun getting old!"
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Pink Turtle [Jan. 13th, 2016|04:12 pm]
Annie
hiyah

Was there ever a girl ninja turtle?
(Edit! A cursory google search reveals the answer to be "Uh, yeah, technically. Sort of. We don't really like to talk about it." And it was after my time anyway.)

When I played ninja turtles as a kid, and we decided who was going to be who, I remember having to insist on not being April just because I was a girl.*

Maybe somebody could make April cool (or already has? I haven't kept up). But as a kid who was watching the old cartoon, April was lame. It would have been fun to have a turtle.

I don't know any women Renaissance artists though, so who knows what she'd call herself.


*- This was when playing with other kids. When my sister and I played, it was well established that she was Leonardo and I was Raphael.
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Thought of the Day [Jan. 12th, 2016|09:38 am]
Annie
I think most of us have little demons in our heads. Sometimes the demons tell us that we are shams and soon everyone will find out that we've only been posing as competent human beings this whole time and it will be soooo terrible.

And then sometimes the demons tell us to make kimchi, hummus, granola, and chai from scratch one day. So we do.

I don't know if these are like... different demons? Or if they're the same demons, and they just become very encouraging when they get hungry?
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These Things Take Longer Now [Jan. 7th, 2016|10:16 am]
Annie
lalala

I started this on Christmas and just now got around to finishing it. As much as things like this can be finished, anyway. Not so much "finished" as "unceremoniously kicked it out of Illustrator and told it to go get a job."

Fun fact: made with the touchpad.
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Winter Problems [Jan. 3rd, 2016|06:34 pm]
Annie
My fingers get so cold that they don't register on touchscreens. True story.
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Happy Holidays [Dec. 27th, 2015|03:55 pm]
Annie
thank you

My niece and nephew, even being a year older now, still generate lots of good "moments."
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Happy Holidays [Dec. 24th, 2015|08:14 pm]
Annie
hooray

We've been ridiculously fortunate this year. We live in a great place, we have a goofy, rambunctious two-year-old, a weird cat (is there any other kind?), and fantastic family and friends.

Merry Christmas, Happy Belated Hanukah, etc etc.
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Vroom Vroom [Dec. 21st, 2015|04:30 pm]
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We continue to get use out of Mariokart, or at least Ben does these days. He can make a whole lap or two pretty consistently, even though he doesn't understand exactly what the point of the game is (e.g. he likes it when his car falls into the water, and he'll do that over and over for as long as he can get away with it), but you know what? Screw the point of the game. Play it however your heart desires. Color outside those lines. You go, kid.

* * *

Annie's Brain: These short daylight hours are killin' me.
Calendar: I have good news! It gets better from here on out!
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Iguana from the Aquarium [Dec. 19th, 2015|09:55 am]
Annie
glorp

glorp

His name is Igor.
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Bumble Appendix [Dec. 17th, 2015|09:13 am]
Annie
PS- Guess who has his own donation-brick at the park?

dang

Now I feel an urge to buy one for Baxter, just so we can show this cat up.
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Bumble is Back [Dec. 15th, 2015|03:21 pm]
Annie
Remember Baxter's arch nemesis, Mr. Bumble? He'd disappeared for a few months, and I started getting a little worried that something had happened to him. Sure, he's an asshole, but it's sad when bad things happen to kitties, no matter how unlikeable they are.

Turns out he's fine. And grouchier than ever.

We've had a few instances where he comes up on the deck and just sits there. Yowls at Baxter and refuses to leave. He doesn't even care when I walk out and yell at him to go home. (We've met his people. They're nice. They live a few houses down. He knows where home is.) So I start clapping and stomping my feet.

mrow
Bumble pointedly not being intimidated by my war dance.


I scoot flowerpots towards him, wave a stick at him. This just makes him yowl more angrily. I yowl back.

mrow
"Bitch, please."


So I take this opportunity to get some nice close-up portraits. He loves this.

mrow
Such a nice cat.


Now, I should point out here, I am not cornering this animal in any way. He is sitting right at the top of the deck stairs, three feet from our back door, which probably smells like Baxter Ground Zero, free to turn around and go at any time, and he refuses to budge.

I finally picked up the watering can and watered him. Well, watered the spot a few inches from him. I couldn't bring myself to water him directly. But that was enough to get him to leave.

I have a theory that he was friends with whoever was renting this house before us. So he gets it in his head that he'll come up on the deck, then gets angry and confused when Baxter is there and I'm not at all who he was expecting. Maybe that's why we get the weird behavior where he'll walk right up to you and hiss in your face.

Or maybe he is just a huge jerk who knows he can push us around.
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Things we have done recently that we had never done before: [Dec. 14th, 2015|08:48 am]
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1.) Roasted a Turkey. Not for Thanksgiving, but a few days after. Nate made the point that you could find a cheap turkey, roast it, then freeze most of it if you're sick of turkey by that point. We did a thing where you hack up the turkey into the breast & two legs, brine the breast, then cook it all directly on top of a pile of stuffing. It was a huge success. So if anyone ever wants to come do Fake Thanksgiving at our house, we're really good at this now.

2.) Got a Christmas tree over 3 feet high. It's only 5 feet high, but still. Sad Fact: I was so excited about Christmas-tree smell, but Austin winters bring allergies, and I haven't been able to smell much at all for the last week.

3.) Repaired the Dryer. This was my idea when the dryer wasn't heating, and Nate gave me a look an told me to go for it. So I did research, had a plan of attack, then had to call him over about 45 seconds in when I didn't know how to get the tiny-hex-lookin-screws out of the front panel. (Upside: I learned what a socket wrench is!) Nate ended up doing most of the physical labor after that, because apparently people do not design dryer innards to be easily accessible, and getting things disassembled was going to be quicker for somebody with upper body strength and a familiarity with the aforementioned socket wrench. But we followed YouTube videos and ruled things out and tested stuff and eventually narrowed it down, ordered a replacement part, and now the dryer works again!

I'm still trying to find the balance between contract work, finishing up holiday stuff, working on the game, and not neglecting our child, which means that normal drawing slips through the cracks more often than not. I drew an iguana at the aquarium a while back. Maybe I'll scan that in or something.
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Thought of the Day [Dec. 5th, 2015|08:51 am]
Annie
When you're a kid in school, you have a person at your disposal whose job is literally to teach you things. They want you to learn, and are willing to work with you personally to help you understand things.

Dude.

After high school, you have to pay a crap-ton of money for somebody to do that. I'd love it if it was somebody's job to teach me things as an adult and I didn't have to pay for it. Maaaan. I guess there's YouTube, but there's something different about a physical person who you can talk to and ask clarifying questions to in real time.*

Anyway. I totally took that for granted as a kid, and I'm sure every other kid does too. Not that anyone could have communicated it to me at the time.

*- Nate's pretty good at this and God love him, he is going to be re-explaining electricity to me every couple years until the end of time because I keep forgetting.
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Similarities [Dec. 4th, 2015|11:40 am]
Annie
We started watching America's Test Kitchen on Netflix recently (it's good!), and I also started another XCom game (because when I buy a game, I get my money's worth, apparently).

The people who fit into that section of the Venn diagram between XCom and America's Test Kitchen is probably pretty small, which is why I've never realized this:

uh oh

The story of the Thin Men becomes clear: the aliens wanted a human-looking unit, so they abducted Christopher Kimball, zombified him, gave him poison-spitting abilities and uncanny aim with a Light Plasma Rifle, and cloned him a bunch of times.

Shame they got rid of the bow tie though.
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Toaster Wishlist [Dec. 2nd, 2015|11:41 am]
Annie
Nate and I think that the world of toasters is ripe for innovation. We've had the same complaints for years now, and I keep waiting to see a revolutionary toaster on the market. We toast a lot of boule-style bread, and so the nonstandard sizes give us grief—the bread's either too big or too small, and the oblong shapes mean that it tends to get stuck in the wires.

This morning we discussed things that would actually make a toaster better for us, and discovered that we have very strong feelings on this. Strong enough that I made a diagram. So if any entrepreneurs out there want to totally disrupt the toaster industry, we would pay good money for this machine:

toaster

There are probably REASONS why toasters are the way they are. Maybe to keep kitchens from catching on fire? I don't know, I'm not an electrical engineer.

I'm just a girl with a dream.
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Tiamat [Nov. 25th, 2015|02:53 pm]
Annie
roar

In addition to showing up in D&D, Final Fantasy, and probably lots of other nerdy things, I learned that Tiamat comes from Babylonian mythology. Just like my inexplicably-beloved-dudes, lamassus.

Google suggested "Tiamat Babylonian mythology" as I was typing in the name, and I'm like, sure Google, drop some knowledge on me. And I got this. I also got explanations of what the actual myths were, but ain't nobody got time for that when there are awesome lion-bird-dragon things to draw.

Anyway, Happy Thanksgiving from Tiamat, the Beast of Chaos.
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DinoDisco [Nov. 19th, 2015|09:11 pm]
Annie
oontzoontz

Party like it's 65,000,000 B.C.

(What sauropods were even around late Cretaceous? Wikipedia says titanosaurs? Sure.)
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Pugs [Nov. 15th, 2015|08:39 pm]
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ruff

I got to help judge a pug costume contest today. That was a thing I had never done before; it was fun!

The pugs in full costume weren't sitting still (also, I was busy judging), but in the downtime before the contest started, I tried to scribble a few of the ones that were hanging around.
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