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Waiting for the News that This Was All a Big Joke [Dec. 8th, 2016|08:24 am]
Annie
Between the news that keeps coming out about future presidential administration and navigating the Health Insurance Marketplace, I sometimes feel like I've been dropped into a novel by Kafka or Joseph Heller.

This is great:

health

Lol naw man, she's like a month old.

health

Yep, that's right.

health

Indeed. That zero is still zero.

health

Oh my god yes. Zero. Zilch. We've established this three times already. Can we move on?

health

...And then these were two actual questions they asked, one right after the other.

The whole thing is like this, you guys. And then for some reason you get to the end and it's convinced that your husband isn't actually in your family, giving you no reasons for this conclusion, and if you want to edit one thing you have to start the whole process over again.

Also there's a little spinning "wait" wheel after every single question, giving you this awesome 1-2 second delay after every entry. And even though that may not sound like much, let me assure you, after a few times through the entire thing, it slowly drives you insane.

Also it auto-fills like 90% of the things correctly, but not all of them.

I don't know if I could make a more subtly infuriating application process if I tried.

(Note: Lest anyone get the wrong impression, I'm not hating on the ACA overall. Web UIs just hold a special place in my heart, and when they are done bizarrely, it stings.)
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She of the Stink-Eye [Dec. 4th, 2016|03:53 pm]
Annie
ehehehhh

Eleanor has two main expressions:

1.) One where she can't believe she has to put up with your nonsense for the next 18 years
2.) One of vague dawning horror
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Deerbird [Dec. 3rd, 2016|06:39 pm]
Annie
tweet

Fun fact: made entirely one-handed with the touchpad in Illustrator while waiting for this girl to finish nursing.

Anything that would require actual drawing has to wait until the baby is down and I'm not currently a.) sleeping, b.) attending to the other kid, c.) feeding myself, d.) working on the game, or e.) packing up the house.

These conditions uh, haven't been met yet.
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The News [Nov. 14th, 2016|03:15 pm]
Annie
Man, so in the last week, the election happened. Which, if you've known me for more than 5 minutes, you can probably guess my views on. Other people have had much more eloquent responses, so I'll leave the wordsmithing to them.

AND we had that baby:

squeeee

This is Eleanor! Also possibly Ellie, Ella, Nora, Eleanoraphant, The Illustrious Miss El, and whatever other obnoxious nicknames I come up with in the next few years.

If you're interested in following baby stuff, that will be at the other blog.
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Ba Dance [Nov. 6th, 2016|05:57 pm]
Annie
dootdootdoo

Sorry guys, I'm too lazy to actually animate this.
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Thought of the Day [Nov. 2nd, 2016|09:47 am]
Annie
There's some kind of construction going on in our neighborhood, and for the last week and a half, someone has been using what sounds like a jackhammer every day from 7:30am into the mid-afternoon. It makes a lovely on-and-off "takkatakkatakkatakka" noise and makes this whole working from home thing so much more enjoyable.
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Tarsier-Owl [Oct. 28th, 2016|09:05 am]
Annie
squeak
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Beached Whale [Oct. 27th, 2016|03:29 pm]
Annie
ugh

We're in these last couple weeks of watermelon-carrying, and some kind of switch has flipped in the past few days where I've suddenly gone from "This is okay. This is sustainable. I am rocking this" to "I swear to God I'm going to gnaw my own belly off if I have to do this much longer."
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Elephone [Oct. 17th, 2016|06:08 pm]
Annie
honk

"So then I was like, 'Honey, I'm a pachyderm, I think I can handle it.'"
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Zoodles [Oct. 12th, 2016|04:54 pm]
Annie
After what, almost 2 years of living here, we finally made it out to the Austin Zoo. It's a funny little rescue/non-profit zoo kinda out in the middle of nowhere, but it was an enjoyable visit, and just about the right scale when you're dragging along a 3-year-old.

They had a few larger, more "impressive" animals (lions and a tiger and bears oh my), but the petting zoo/barnyard was where I ended up spending most of my time while Nate made Ben's wildest dreams come true and rode the train with him. Twice.

So yeah, a large number of goats + some other guys:

maaa

baaa
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Sleepy Bear [Sep. 29th, 2016|08:46 pm]
Annie
zzzz

Back when we were in Minnesota, we went to the zoo there and got to see brown bears up close for the first time (they were one of the Russian types, I don't remember which species specifically). Did you know how BIG brown bears are? I don't think I realized it. They look even bigger when they're two feet from you behind a sheet of glass.

This one was sleepy, but there was another who was very interested in the visitors, and turns out there is a deep, deep part of your brain that gets a little nervous when a carnivore with a head the size of a microwave is inches from your face and very interested in you.
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Hello, armadillo-cat-guy. [Sep. 25th, 2016|03:28 pm]
Annie
mrow
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"Well, you see..." [Sep. 13th, 2016|10:31 pm]
Annie
well, you see

I'm not sure if what's going on here is a negotiation, an explanation, or an appeal.
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Thought of the Day [Sep. 11th, 2016|12:41 pm]
Annie
When you're looking at temperatures in the high 80s, the difference between 40% and 70% humidity is HUGE. I mean, don't get me wrong, I am super wimpy these days regardless, but the humidity dropped a bit yesterday, and I am amazed at how much further I can walk and how willing I am to take the kid to the park now.
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Other Spirits [Sep. 6th, 2016|06:41 pm]
Annie
squeak

Another direction for the "friendly nature spirits." Mapping them to elements (or seasons? or something?) could be cool because hey, built-in extra content since you'll want to encounter the whole set.
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They're so pleased you made it this far. [Sep. 5th, 2016|06:00 pm]
Annie
mrrrr

In addition to the monsters, you might also run into friendly little nature spirits in our game. This particular concept may be almost too cute for our style, but who knows. You really don't want them to be mistaken for enemies.
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Kraw Krawww [Sep. 1st, 2016|06:38 pm]
Annie
kraw

Another game monster.

Hopefully when I make their environment, it will be hinted at that the previously-mentioned lizardfolk will have birds figure heavily into their culture and religion. Maybe one of the "boss monsters" you encounter will be the giant flesh-eating bird that they worship or whatever.
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Was that really necessary, subconscious? [Aug. 31st, 2016|11:35 am]
Annie
I had a dream that a whole bunch of snakes were trying to get into the house. And they were being led by a giant snake named Viper who had hands and was trying to figure out how to pick the locks on our doors.*

We in turn were trying to figure out how to chop off his hands without letting any snakes in the house.

I wouldn't call it a "nightmare" per se, but it was extremely unpleasant. And I like snakes in real life. Why you gotta be hating on snakes, subconscious?


*-I tried to draw him, but couldn't get the arms to attach right without looking really dumb, so I will spare you that doodle.
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Let's All Nap [Aug. 13th, 2016|07:30 pm]
Annie
zzzz
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I Feel Pretty, Oh So Pretty [Aug. 9th, 2016|10:33 pm]
Annie
lalalalala

Walruses get to feel pretty too sometimes.
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Did You Know: [Aug. 7th, 2016|10:58 am]
Annie
Did you know you can just decide to make pancakes for yourself?

Like when your kid inexplicably woke up at 3:15am and never went back to sleep.* And demanded that you be awake with him. And decided he wanted to walk to the park at 7:00. After a morning like that, you can just be like, "Screw it, I deserve some pancakes."

You can just make a small batch, and you don't have to eat them all, but you also don't have to share them. I mean, you'll try, but your kid won't listen to you when you tell him pancakes have the word "cake" in them because they're delicious. He'll think this is one of your evil tricks and demand Goldfish crackers for breakfast instead, because he doesn't make sense ever.


*-You on the other hand, went to bed at midnight that night because you were watching/backseat driving while your husband played Banner Saga, and you would really have preferred to sleep in until at least 9am that morning.
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California Thoughts: Heat [Jul. 25th, 2016|10:41 am]
Annie
We're in southern California for a while visiting friends and family. Our timing was a little unfortunate, since we decided to drop in during a heat wave. So the weather has been comparable to Texas, with slightly less humidity and slightly more wildfires.

We had commented on how dry everything looked as we drove out to see family one day, and by the time we drove back at night, we could see orange light and the fire cresting over some mountains. I'd lived in LA for what, seven years? And I had never seen that. Shit looked like Mordor.

The sky the next day was a gross pukey yellow color, and there was ash all over everything. No outdoor activities that day. Sorry, toddler.

But the wind seemed to change in our favor yesterday, so now the sky is blue again, and we're back to just regular heat, not heat + apocalypse.
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4th of July Sketches [Jul. 19th, 2016|07:20 pm]
Annie
people

people

I rarely sketch people anymore, not sure why. Oh wait, I remember now. Because sitting down to sketch people somewhere while you have a three-year-old is impossible, that's why.

Anyway, I did think to bring the sketchbook to the local 4th of July festival, and I even got to doodle some fellow attendees while we sat around before the fireworks.
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More Legacy Monsters [Jul. 14th, 2016|06:33 pm]
Annie
groar

The grouchy tree-dwelling lizardfolk this time. I finally gave them a real layered art pass, and hopefully these versions can make it into the game. Some outfit details as well as the horns, feathers, and hats/masks will all be separated out so that they can be turned on and off for each enemy. The different combinations of features (as well as size tweaking and color tinting) should help them feel a little more like individuals.

(FYI, their awkwardly clenched fists are where the weapons are going to go.)
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More Texas Wildlife [Jul. 13th, 2016|09:22 pm]
Annie
We were walking through the park, and I saw a bug I'd never seen before. It looked like a really big wasp, with a blue-black body and these copper wings. It was quite pretty, actually. I reminded myself to look it up when I got home.

Oh man, guys, it's a good one this time. Pepsis Wasp. And this was the article that came up when I googled it:

Absurd Creature of the Week: If This Wasp Stings You, ‘Just Lie Down and Start Screaming’

I've never really had issues with wasps, but knowing that I bent down and had my face 12 inches away from that level of potential pain gives me a weird queasy feeling.

PS- Whoa, fun fact I just learned from that article. Apparently only the females sting, since "[stingers] evolved from ovipositors, which the females use to lay eggs." Badass.
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