shiny new toys

I’ve enjoyed drawing on Tim’s iPad Mini so much in the last few weeks that I finally broke down and put some of my rainy day funds to good use. Using the 11″ iPad Pro is like drawing on a sheet of paper rather than a pocket notebook. There’s something deeply satisfying about the snick of the magnetically charged pencil, too.

So far I’ve dipped my toes in by continuing with my mushrooms:

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lake time

The kids have been begging me to take them to the lake all summer, but the weather has been sub-par for swimming.

Yesterday, I said “screw it” and told them to put on their bathing suits, low-70’s temps and cloudy skies be damned. Tim is visiting family on the west coast this weekend, and the lake makes for a convenient distraction.

While they splashed around, seemingly immune to the chilly water, I took out my iPad and pencil and sketched the scene.

look on the sunny side

I’m struggling to remember how to do this vacation thing. I have this persistent sense of needing to do something but not knowing what to do, and feeling kind of overwhelmed and under-enthused by my options (brought to you by thrilling endeavors like “organizing the office” and “cleaning the office” and “meal planning”). This results in my making a lot of random art (like the above) and sorting the kids’ LEGO collection (let’s be real, it’s my LEGO collection, it’s just on loan to them until they move out), both activities born more of procrastination than desire.

But boredom is good for the brain, right? And there was a time in my not-too-distant past when I laughed heartily at young me for complaining of having nothing to do. Boredom is a luxury and a privilege, one that I’m trying to enjoy for the next week and a half, at least.