Christmas blew past in a whirlwind of food and family. We’ve had a wonderful time with my brother and sister-in-law, plus birthday festivities for Ellie. It’s been a great week, and I’m looking forward to a few days of solid R&R before the new year.
Ready for the Christmas thing.
Happy Birthday, Ellie! Cutie Pusheen from Uncle J. and Aunt J.
…this kid, I tell ya.
Cookie decorating party.
We’re pretty awesome at this.
Early Xmas gift from Tim; a Spooky and Scully ornament for the tree!
Time to light the nativity pyramid.
Christmas morning dawns a bit fuzzy; I think there was something on my phone camera lens.
OMG! It’s happening!
Stocking stuffs on point.
Santa was good to us. <3
Scully is so over your shit. Watching “How the Ghosts Stole Christmas”.
Warm scarf love from hubby.
Workin’ on her LEGOs in her new Christmas jammies.
Adorable Polaroid Cube+ from my brother and sister!
Workin’ on the Grand Hotel.
Gwen got this handmade tulle skirt, and well…
…yeah. We’re goofy.
Cube+ shot from the hip family portraits over Christmas dinner.
Ahh, classic. Merry Christmas!
For those counting, this is my third trip to the most beautiful state in the country. But as lovely as it is, this was a work trip; there was only one dip in the pool, one brief trip to the beach, and a tiny bit of sightseeing. The rest of the time I was head-down with my group, learning the ins and outs of Gutenberg and working on a new theme.
This is what I left behind, for your reference.
I found a KP at SFO!
The view’s alright.
Someone was interested in the remote work lifestyle.
Early morning walk, cute flower.
So many delicious breakfasts.
No filter necessary.
Sunset game on point.
Thai beef salad at TK Noodle House.
Team bonding over Thai.
Delicious plum liquor.
When life gives you ugly lemons, give them away.
Farmer’s market papaya
Obligatory beach selfie.
Theam in the water.
The life, I am living it.
Dipping the toes in.
Partial Theam portrait by Jeff.
A day out at the markets. (Photo by Jeff)
Cheers! (Photo by Jeff)
Dinner under a canopy of flowers.
Richard’s amazing Banyan tree
Time to say goodbye.
Hot tub Theam machine. (Photo by Allan)
The view and the company made up for the lack of time spent in the wild, though. I don’t use the word lightly when I say I’m blessed to have these opportunities. Thanks for a memorable week, Hawaii!
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
After looking at everything I accomplished during summer sabbatical ,it’s fair to say the majority of my time was spent drawing and working on my shops.
I’d set a goal to draw three things per week, but the final tally shows more than twice that! For all this work, I still feel quite slow as an illustrator, and not very prolific. But I’m proud of what I finished and learned along the way.
Here is a sample of the work, not including the (many) drawings I didn’t finish. Everything is posted at Calobee Doodles if you want to follow along!
Watching the Grinch with my little elf.
The tree didn’t get decorated until Christmas Eve, but that’s normal.
Coooooookieeeessss om nom nom
Everything wrapped and ready to go.
Her face when we told her we had to eat breakfast before opening presents.
The big kids get LEGOs, too. 😉
Santa’s gift to our family. He’s good to us.
Someone got what she wanted! LEGO Elves.
Ready to get this party started!
Tim knows me so well.
Even Mom got in on the LEGO action.
Bunchems! She’s hooked (pun intended).
Breakfast of champions, with my new Pantone mug. Thanks, Automattic!
Father-daughter bonding over elves and dragons.
Fight the Future throw from Nana and Toom.
Wrapping up a successful Christmas; Santa was good to us this year. He seems to know how much we enjoy LEGOs, but he also came through with new card/dice games and expansions for old favorites, and sleds for outdoor fun.
We’re having quite the Classic New England Winter (TM) so far; lots of snow, regular pristine, white coatings of the stuff, which means a fair amount of plowing and shoveling and sending the kids outside dressed like waddling, hot-pink-and-purple marshmallows. In an effort to ward off the winter blahs, I’ve strung lights up to the point where our living room can probably be seen from space.
I scheduled an extra-long winter vacation, without realizing it would be almost as long as my summer break was. Not that I’m complaining, but I’m at a bit of a loss since I didn’t have any plans save for 1) surviving the holidays and 2) catching up on a backlog of fanfic reading. With the first one out of the way, I intend to start on the second, with a bit of writing of my own thrown in for good measure.