Sunday, January 25, 2015

Nilla One-Hundred and Fifty-Six

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A couple of Sundays ago while Missy was busy telecommuting in the craft room, NILLA’s squirrel friend, MR. NUTZ, stopped by for his weekly weekend visit with her. Nilla watched patiently as Mr. Nutz scurried back and forth in front of the window, seemingly trying to find a way in…

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Occupational Hazards 27

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(Image taken from Missy’s Instagram a couple of months back – a “mood board” in the Art Department at Anna Griffin, INC.)

It’s been exactly 3 months since Missy started her new job with ANNA GRIFFIN. New job, old career – Missy went from product design to catalog design with our old company, and now she is doing BOTH at the new company. I am, on the otherhand, still with the old company. For Missy, the transition was easy. Partly, because there was no break between jobs…she left her old job on a Friday and started her new one the following monday; and partly because she is pretty much doing what she had always been doing at her old job of 10+ years: designing product. Except, now, she’s designing stationery instead of “balloons and coordinating gift items”. But mostly, the transition has been easy for her because the new team she joined welcomed her with open and loving arms…so much so that she feels like she’s been working with her new co-workers for-like-ever.

As for me, I miss having my best friend literally, right next to me (at one time, Missy’s cubicle was right next to mine). And even though it had been over a year since she was my office neighbor, it was still nice knowing that she was just down the hallway in another department. It made our lives incredibly convenient, to say the least. And fun too…though, being the professionals that we are, we kept it in BUSINESS MODE when we were at work. It’s not like we were running rampant through the hallways or making out on the copy machine every chance we had. Geez. But, we were always RIGHT THERE for each other, through thick and thin. I miss that. But who knows. Maybe someday we’ll be working side-by-side again. If there’s one thing that I know for sure it’s that, in life, “you never know for sure”. TRUTH. A year ago, if you would’ve told us that Missy would finally have her DREAM JOB before the end of the year, designing stationery and crafting supplies, we would’ve told you that you were absolute crayballs.

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In other news, my RUBBER BAND BALL is coming along nicely. Slowly, but nicely. Every week I get the PAYCHECKS for the Art Department where I work at and then distribute the checks to all the designers. Anyways, the checks come in envelopes that are rubber-banned together when I pick them up from our department’s mail slot in the mail room. Every week, I pick up our paychecks and then I add the rubber band to the ever-growing ball. I started the ball sometime in 2007 and I’ve been incrementally and compulsively adding to it week after week after week after week…it’s slightly smaller than a RAQUET BALL at this point? If I am SISYPHUS, then this ball is my reminder of an eternity of futility…

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Weekend Wind-Down #182

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This past Saturday was pretty busy. We started the day off by delivering a specially commissioned TOFU BABY COMIC to TREEHOUSE KID & CRAFT for MAYPOP, one of Tofu Baby’s biggest fans. She had just turned five years old and she was having her birthday party this weekend. The strip appeared in our local culture mag, FLAGPOLE, a few days earlier, and then Missy printed out and framed the same comic. When we got to the shop, we were happy to see our friend Katelyn working. Treehouse is one of the most photogenic businesses in town, so we ended up staying a little while longer taking photos and the buying a few things…

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I ended up getting this cute little PENCIL CASE for Missy:

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Missy has a handful of her LAZER-CUT WOOD ACCESSORIES available at Treehouse…they’re on this adorable little display rack that looks kinda like a miniature bed with a hanging rack above it:

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We ducked into IDEAL BAGEL next door to grab a couple of bagels before heading back home, where we punched out one-inch buttons and stapled zines for orders, before heading back out to the post office…

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FAVORITE MOMENT OF THE PAST WEEK?
MISSY – Hanging out with Erin and getting caught up was fun!
RAOUL – Agreed. Dinner with Erin.

WORST MOMENT OF THE PAST WEEK?
MISSY – Oreo Bun having a tummyache late Friday night.
RAOUL – Running around Athens at 2am on Friday trying to find children’s gas relief medicine (in a dropper) for the bunny.

FUNNIEST MOMENT OF THE PAST WEEK?
MISSY – Trying to use the word “brolly” in a card design I was working on.
RAOUL – Running around Friday night was a comedy of errors.

WORD OR PHRASE OF THE PAST WEEK?
MISSY – “Brolly”
RAOUL – “Downton Abbey Pizza Party”

FAVORITE MEAL OF THE PAST WEEK?
MISSY – Butternut squash risotto.
RAOUL – The risotto was really good.

WORST MEAL OF THE PAST WEEK?
MISSY – I just had a quick soup the other day. It wasn’t terrible, but…
RAOUL – Salad from work with microwave burrito.

FAVORITE CHARACTER ON DOWNTON ABBEY RIGHT NOW?
MISSY – I like Daisy because she’s going to school.
RAOUL – Lady Rose because she seems really “progressive”.

LEAST FAVORITE CHARACTER ON DOWNTON ABBEY RIGHT NOW?
MISSY – Lord Gillingham because he seems sleazy.
RAOUL – Lord Gillingham because yes, he comes off as being a little d-baggy.

PERSONAL SOUNDTRACK FOR THE PAST WEEK?
MISSY – The Smiths, Morrissey, Echo & The Bunnymen, Marc Almond, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Kate Bush.
RAOUL – David Bowie, Morrissey, Parkay Quarts, Echo & The Bunnymen, Marc Almond,The Shivas, OMD.

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