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and other reindeer games

I like my new hat

I haven’t blogged in so long you probably thought I died. I bet you thought that big fat Pop-Tart haunted mansion from my last old moldy post fell on me and killed me dead. I can just see my avocado green and black striped witch tights sticking out from underneath the house like the wicked witch of the West.

a day in the life

Nope. I’m still alive. Some days barely.

I have actually been buried in work, which is a good thing because I’ve finally decided to ramp up my freelance business and become an official working mom. I’m not working in an office or anything but I am rocking and rolling on some big freelance jobs. I hope to have my business website up in a week or so. I’ll share that with you when it happens. It’s pretty exciting. Not a mind-blowing design or anything but at least it will be something so my prospective clients can see what I really do. If you know anyone looking for a graphic illustrator, put the word out for me. I’ll love you forever!

In other news, I am still in Texas! As you would expect, I’m picking up the drawl and people are starting to think I’m a local yokel. I love it here. The food, the people, the great expanses of green space…if I weren’t so attached to California, I’d move here in a heartbeat.

on a mission

Bug has been having a blast. She thinks she’s the OMSH family’s long-lost fourth kid. They play all sorts of crazy complicated games while I work away on my laptop in the schoolroom. I have to admit it tickles my heart to see her sneaking around with the gang, plotting elaborate spy games while armed with a pink hat, a pink puffy skirt and a Nerf gun. It’s a very refreshing sight since I’m about as sick as one can get of playing kitty and being named “Flower.”

this is a hold up, give me all your money

“Stick ’em up! Give me all your money!”

What? The pink skirt and pink hat aren’t intimidating enough? (They are actually pink, not red. Forgive my poor photography.) How about that red laser beam piercing your forehead? Just kidding around. Isn’t her hat cute? Sonja made it for Bug to match mine because now that I have a new red hat Bug thinks her old blue one is just not girly enough. She loves her new hat and even though it hasn’t been a bit cold here she wears it around the house regularly.

in the trenches

about to bark flanking

I know these pictures are not the best quality. That’s what I get for backlighting people and shooting in low light but I thought they told a good story. I just wanted to let you know we are still alive and kicking. Or at least Bug is. I’m sitting my butt in OMSH’s funky green office chair and cranking on freelance work.

bandits holing up

I hope to have more tales for you soon! In the meantime don’t miss my Bowly Bowl post (yes, I wrote an entire post about bowls) for your chance to win $100 before I close up the comments on Monday!


  • bethany actually

    Man, Annalie is going to have to work overtime to even come close to comparing with all the fun Bug is having with THREE kids to play with. :-) I’m so glad she’s having a blast while you work work work!

    Has Bug been doing school with the kids at all, or are you keeping her occupied while they do that?

  • lynne

    The image of you being squashed by your Halloween house is a funny one but at least you could eat your way out . I am glad to hear bug is having so much fun playing with the big kids meanwhile you get to work on your freelance projects. Take care of your self and enjoy the free open space of omsh’s home it sounds delightful .

  • Madge

    It looks like the kids are having a grand ol’ time. It’s a lot easier to be productive when you know the kids are busy and happy. How would you feel about another three kids in the mix? I could ship them out tomorrow. :P

    I had a good laugh over your Pop Tart imagery also. Thanks for the laugh. We miss you lots!!!

  • a chris

    I’m excited for you getting back into the freelance work! I’m NOT assuming it’s an easy road, and I’m sure I’ll miss your frequent posting, but…that part just feels like a piece of good news, and I’m hoping to be witnessing the start of something great.

    It’s heartwarming to hear about the kids getting along like that, too.

  • Mary

    I moved from the long beach area to San Antonio Texas about a year ago. I spent 9 months in farming area about 1 1/2 hours from Fort Worth. I miss it. But certainly leaving Cali and coming to Texas has been one of the best choices I ever made!

  • Kuky

    Wow took me just about all day (feels like) to get around to continue trying to catch up on my reading. Good to hear that Bug is having so much fun there.