Wednesday, January 21, 2015

I Call Shenanigans



So I ordered this cute, reflective, PINK harness for Franny, from Amazon. It said right on the damn item description that it is sold by and ships from So why the hell is it shipping from China? And if that's legit, WHY don't they indicate on the item page that it's not shipping from within the US?

Shenanigans. I call them.

Pretzel Pelvi

Pretzel Pelvis #food #snacks #pretzels

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These things. I just don't even.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Things That Are Orange

Sunrise Over Wright Quad
Sunrise Over Wright Quad

My Darling Clementine

Clementines exist to remind us that winter cannot last forever.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Esther's Senior Yearbook Photo

Esther Munro
Artubus, Indiana University, 1923

I've got a couple of photos of Esther, but not many. This is actually quite lovely in an unfussy kind of way. She was, I think, an unfussy kind of woman.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Beautiful Day

Beautiful Day

It's supposed to be 50F today. And I don't want to jinx anything, but when I got to work this morning, it was 74F on my floor. HUZZAH! It was warm at work yesterday, too, and I'll be damned if people weren't complaining about it.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

From the "You Just Can't Make This Stuff Up" Files

I've mentioned that it's cold at work?  And that complaints have been made?  And that the people who control the thermostats seem to think that it's reasonable for desk-bound workers to spend all day sitting in 60F temperatures? And that has been going on since Labor Day?

Yesterday this appeared in the hallway outside our department. Apparently they can't turn up the heat, but they can give us a fake fire. And to add insult to injury, the orientation of the screen is wrong. 

I just don't even. 

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Friday, December 26, 2014



Wherever the green beans are, there's Franny, hoping one will jump into her mouth.



This. This is what we have been looking at for days and days and weeks and weeks. It finally cleared up, and it looks like it will stay mostly dry for the next few days.

I wouldn't mind winter so much if we could just see the sun once occasionally.

Thursday, December 25, 2014



This little guy stopped by a couple of weeks ago. I love that we have cardinals year round. They're like bright and cheerful little strawberries in the midst of the winter greys.

A Visitor



We had a yearling deer visit. Franny was absolutely beside herself, because I was a giant meanypants and wouldn't let her bark at it.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

I Made a Book

The Mirage

The Mirage

The Mirage

The Mirage

The Mirage

The Mirage
three needle, single sheet Coptic bound book using recycled materials
7 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches

The boards used to belong to a college yearbook. The pages were cut down from larger pieces I did years ago and meant to bind but never got around to it. They were single folded sheets, then, which would have been easy to do as a Coptic binding with single-sheet sections. But I've been wanting to try out one of Keith Smith's single sheet Coptic bindings, so I decided to cannibalize some old work to practice on.

Why single-sheet Coptic? Because I've got all kinds of single sheets of things that I want to turn into books, but I don't want to stab-bind them. I want the pages to lay completely flat.

It's not perfect. Because I was working with single, unfolded sheets, it was a little too easy to get them flipped upside down. Which I did. Which meant that the center section of sewing is a little skewed because the center holes in the flipped sheets did not line up properly. Also, though this is actually less annoying, those pages are now upside down. I'll have to go in and rework them so that they make sense. Story of my life. Boys and girls: Never attempt bookbinding while drinking bourbon. It's a bad combination for a lot of reasons. Like blood.

When Art Attacks
When Art Attacks

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

No Sunshine


It was supposed to be sunny. Now they are alleging that we'll see the sun on Thursday. I am not holding my breath.