The Globe Trotter, tucked under its thin blanket of snow and waiting for spring.
Though I’ve updated my Facebook status a few times, in general I’m a bit unplugged from the social scene. When things get busy, Abridged updates are usually the first thing to go… but it certainly doesn’t mean nothing is happening around here; quite the contrary.
Winter is known for its shorter days, and as we roll into mid-December like an Arctic front, our days are packed around here; Melissa’s with SMPLFY design meetings and installations in clients’ homes… and mine with many smaller illustration jobs, along with the prospect of some larger, recurring gigs in the coming months. So as my personal projects continue to languish in the corner (you’ll recall the half-finished AC battery conversion on the Vespa GS, or the three C&P Pilot press restorations) I can excuse that fact, in part, by reminding myself of the solid stream of obligations that seem to have no end.
That’s not to say we have no time left for fun around here; just this morning, in fact, Melis and I tossed peanut butter-filled kongs to the kids and headed out for breakfast with friends at Wrigleyville’s Southport Grocery. It was wonderful to hang out for an hour or so, listening about little Alek’s first trip to Disney… and watching them map out (in crayon on the paper tablecloth) the tiny Russian village where their next adopted child will likely come from.
In other forms of fun, we’re helping Melissa’s brother shoot his first real movie (which he’ll use to apply for film school); and who could forget the various and sundry holiday parties, of which we try to attend a couple every year.
We don’t get to attend them all, but as they say in Hollywood, It’s just nice to be invited.