I woke up to some cool news this morning, and I have to share!
“Back in the day” (ie. before kids), I was an aspiring fine art photographer. Most of my photographs from those days are listed with a stock agency, Arcangel Photos, that specializes in offbeat, artsy photography.
It’s been years since I’d sold anything, which isn’t surprising; my portfolio is old and very small compared to the professionals. I figured they’d retired my images, or shoved them to the back of a virtual drawer of search results somewhere, never to be seen again. But today, I got an email from royalties management, noting I’d sold an image.
That was a pleasant surprise in and of itself, but then I saw the publication and did a double take – it’s the cover of a French reprint of a Margaret Atwood novel!
I’m having a fangirl moment! Margaret Atwood has been one of my favorite authors since I was in college; heck, when I first read The Handmaid’s Tale, I was that young, aspiring photographer, living out of a one-bedroom apartment with my then-fiancé and two cats instead of two kids. What a rush!
And that’s the story of how I checked an item off my life list that I didn’t even know I had. 😀
Ellie: What does a taco say in the morning? “Taco-doodle-doo!”
Me: What do you call a taco that can’t talk? An O.
Gwen: What does the taco say when it wakes up? “Wake up everyone! Tacos are the best!!!”
I’m a couple weeks late, but have I mentioned how excited I am about this? Because in case it wasn’t clear, I AM REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THIS!!!!
I’ve been meaning to write about all the stuff we’ve been up to since I got back from my last trip, but I’m tired. The weight of the world’s problems is dragging me down; I need to get better at ignoring the news. Most nights you’ll find me on the couch, wrapped in a fuzzy green blanket, working or watching Parks and Recreation. I expect this to continue through the rest of the winter. It’s as close to hibernation as I can get.
That said, there have been some fun times. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.
Someone lost a tooth!
Ceramics painting in Fredericton, NB.
Ellie and I on a weekend adventure.
More ceramics, working on Christmas presents.
Dessert for breakfast for lunch at the Waffle Bar.
She looks possessed.
Showing off her finished “Ola” piggy bank.
Coffee + pumpkin spice Timbits
The colors are spectacular this year.
The second front tooth is hanging on by a string. It fell out shortly after.
Munchkin with the munchkins.
This dude really didn’t want me to work.
All she wants for Christmas is her two front teeth and some LEGOs
This guy is my favorite.
Happy fall selfie!
She’s so proud. 🙂
Homemade apple crisp for breakfast? Don’t mind if I do!
The Theme Team and our poop, less one Richard.
The week before last I met up with 570-ish of my Automattic colleagues in Whistler, British Columbia for our annual Grand Meetup — and what a Grand Meetup it was! I’m still tired and I should have posted this a week ago, so I’ll let the photos speak for themselves:
Crossing the border
Coffee with Tim before my flight
My kids always send friends to keep me company
It’s all about the conference name tag and the endless coffee.
Time for a company photo!
John Maeda, getting into the GM spirit(s)
Oh, Whistler, you are charming.
Why hello there, Mr. Prime Minister…
I won cute stickers!
Bailey + Kahlua + coffee for the town hall
Death Before Decaf at the Firerock Lounge
Waiting for gondola tickets with Tom
Gondola selfie with Mel
Peak to Peak Gondola
Thanks for the photo, Mel!
Whistler, ladies and gents
Checking out Alta Lake
Time to par-tay
Not a proposal; Tallmattician problems
Photo booth shenanigans with the Theme Team