– After a year of disappointment and heartache, Anthony was presented with four possible job opportunities at almost the same moment. While two of the options were pretty easy to eliminate, the last two were extremely hard to chose between. After a lot of stress, discussion, and thought, he has settled on a career path that has the least immediate benefit but the most long-term gain. It’s also a better fit for his personality. But it was an extremely tough decision. If any of the four options had been presented to us at any other time throughout this period of unemployment, we’d have snatched them up without hesitation. They were all fantastic opportunities, and it still seems unbelievable that they would all appear in our lap within the same week. It’s going to be a lot of work as he’s now starting over in a new industry but we know this long climb will be worth it. It’s also going to take quite a long time for us to recover financially, which is one of the harder aspects about this choice, but we are finally moving in the right direction.
– Lately one of Isobel’s favorite games to play with Anthony is “Pokemon.” It involves a baseball cap, backpacks full of beanie babies, and Isobel insisting on being called “Ashley.” She and her father throw balls at her stuffed animals and shout “I CHOOSE YOU!” It’s pretty great. I actually have a small stuffed Pikachu that I bought at a flea market in my raver days and I just never got rid of it, thinking my kid would some day like it. And she does! It makes me wish I would have saved my plush Pikachu backpack and Charmander figurines. I have, however, impressed her greatly with my limited recitation of the Poke-rap from memory.
– I realized people usually don’t add detail to their angel illustrations when Isobel explained that they have to hover from place to place because they have no feet.
– According to TimeHop, five years ago yesterday I earned my first royalties on a photo I sold to Getty. It was a photo wherein it appeared Zorro was high-fiveing Anthony. To this day, “Cat appears to give high-five” remains one of my most sold photos. The photos is an illusion, though–Zorro really can’t high-five at all. He was trying to bitch-slap Anthony for being annoying. Anthony, who was being annoying, turned the moment into a high-five and got stabbed for his efforts. Five years later we can look back and say that it was all worth it for the Benjamin. (For me, anyway. I didn’t get stabbed.)
– To our delight, a humming bird is building a teeny tiny nest on the twinkle lights on our patio. Hummingbirds are the only birds Jupey can’t seem to catch so it should be safe.
– In Things That Make Me Vomit News, our house was invaded by a cloud of fruit flies that either slipped in through an open door or piggy backed in on some fruit. Either way, it quickly became clear that we had a serious fruit fly issue when the problem seemed to get worse instead of clearing up after a day or so. I set several traps and can tell you that incense had little observable effect, fruit in a bowl with plastic wrap worked well, but wine in a long-necked bottle with a small opening worked the best. Also, fruit flies seem to prefer Marsala to Pinot Grigio. I’ve become almost obsessed with the traps, trying different combinations of bait and containers and locations in the kitchen. I have four traps out right now – no joke – and feel maniacal glee when I see them filled with tiny corpses. I’m conducting a fruit fly genocide and I fucking love it. Isobel has taken an interest, too, suggesting different fruits to put in the bowl. She keeps asking me how her trap is working, and when we say it’s going swell she says, “Everything is going according to my plan!” and cackles.
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Scrapbook: Home Life. Ten photos of home.
Sponsor Spotlight: Little Big Bazaar. These are a few of my favorite things.
Follow Friday: Spring Dinner. My love letter to the internet.
Scrapbook: Nature Walk. Fist post-baby nature walk to our favorite, daisy park.
Snapshot 05.14.14. Fairy cutouts and subdivisions, a night at the piano bar, and rejecting home-cookin.’
Scrapbook: Kitchen Helper. Tiger hat optional.
Scrapbook: Mother’s Day. A vintage photo of my mom.
Guilt Cakes. My twitter wife and Circulation Department Manager librarian extraordinaire, shinyinfo, presents pages with loving, guilt-inducing cakes when it’s their time to move on. They are hilarious.
How is Martha Stewart doing? Her advice? “Get married! Why not? It’s fun!” Also, she’s writing a book that will include her ideas on prison reform. She’s such a badass. A filthy rich, WASP-y, old school bad ass. Via twitter crush ImAmandaNelson
How to make vinaigrette without a recipe. A simple guide is all you need.
15 First Picture-Book Gift Ideas for Children’s Book Week. “Want to give some books to a new baby? Here are 15 suggestions for picture book gifts.” Via @catagator
Our Changing Seas: A Ceramic Coral Reef by Courtney Mattison. Nature inspires amazing art.
Nagging Questions: Do you really need to refrigerate that? Helpful links and tools on food preservation and refrigeration.
Holiday Special: Easter Basket Inspiration. Gardening gifts we gave Isobel for her second Easter. She looks so teeny.
Singing ABCs & Don’t Bite Your Friends. A home video of Isobel and her crazy post-nap hair.
Classic. Anthony has some splainin to do.
Guest Post: Foreign Correspondence. My hilarious English artist pal Nic fills in for me. He is great, don’t miss him!
Thrifty Crafting: A DIY Kitchen Set. My artist Aunt makes a kitchen stove out of paper, clay, and awesome.
Easter Portraits. I caption Isobel’s Easter portrait session with things she’s undoubtedly thinking.
Spamalot. I make fun of my numerous spam comments.