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I worked at a friend’s studio a couple of days this week, and it always throws me off course when I have to leave the house for work. It always amazes me that:

A) People do this ALL THE TIME. And

B) I used to be one of those people (seriously, you guys. How on earth did I used to be so pulled together?? OK, not SO pulled together, but enough that my kids and I got where we needed to be, with what we needed for the day–I’m talking to you, LUNCH–and ON TIME).

Monday might’ve been the longest day, ever, followed by Tuesday, and then Thursday. Monday there was snow in the forecast, and it was almost like I didn’t live in New England, and people were panicking unnecessarily. Case in point: all after school activities were cancelled a half hour before school got out. Oh, and it wasn’t snowing at this point, nor was it forecast to start snowing until, oh, 6:00. But whatever, schools. Cancel activities, not like it’s going to affect me…

HA.

Yeah, so Monday my middle daughter has math tutoring (after school. Which qualifies as an after school activity. I know, who knew?), and I had arranged for a neighbor to pick up the intern, so I could stay at the office a little later than the norm. I got the text, laughed–literally out loud–at the sheer stupidity of canceling for snow that isn’t supposed to start falling for another 4 hours, and kept on working.

Yep, I kept right on working, because my child is going to after school activities disguised as tutoring. It was only 15 minutes later–when my friend texted me asking if I could grab her kids (because I am admitting on the internet I did NOT figure this out on my own)–that I quickly shut down and made the 15 minute drive home in just 8 minutes.

Did I mention that oh, I also sprained my finger over the weekend, and wanted to get to the doctor to make sure it was just a sprain (because OMG sprained fingers hurt)? AND Monday was the one day (ONE DAY) that my middle daughter could make candles for a class project, because Tuesday they were making candle holders. Can you imagine a greater injustice than being in 4th grade and having a candle holder but no homemade candle to put in it? Fortunately, the candle making happened at someone else’s house, or that might’ve just sent me spiraling out of control.

We had take out for dinner Monday night, followed shortly by a slight breakdown on my end. I think I went to bed around 9:30, just to get up and do it all over again on Tuesday.

Well hey there! I know, it’s been a while (I was on a roll, too!). The good news is that it’s been a while for a good reason: busy, busy, busy! These past 2 weeks, I’ve designed, approved, and had 2 stationery suites on press (you’ll see them next week, I swear!), designed a website, project-managed another site that’s currently with the developer, and designed both Word and Powerpoint templates (which on their own could’ve taken me 2 weeks. I mean, have you ever tried to make ANYTHING look good in a Microsoft program? It’s like the programs are designed on purpose to make things look BAD). Seriously, head. Spinning.

Seen + noted the past 2 weeks (yeah, sorry about last week):

Funniest Home Wifi Network Names: Yup, Mattio’s parents definitely need theirs to be renamed to Dad, use this one.

Usually internet comments are literally the worst of the worst. Literally. But this little blurb, about dictionaries are sanctioning the use of the word literally (see what I did there?), has some gems in the comments section. Well played, New York commenters.

What Coke Contains is a bit of a long read, but interesting–it’s like a written How It’s Made.

LOLZ: Every Fucking Website. A Third Goddamned Header, so true. 

LOLZ: The Soprano Diaries.

The 2012 Feltron Annual Report. If you’ve never seen one of these, they’re really a thing of beauty. Imagine making an annual report for each year of your life. Crazy, right?

Cool: Graffiti Artists Spray Paint a Church Fresco. It wasn’t graffiti, though–a priest hired the artists. Pretty cool story, really cool outcome. 

The Great Gatsby, NES-style. I mean, why not?

Instagram of the week:

Late last week we had some snow, so Saturday we took advantage. It melted pretty much 24 hours later (but not on the mountain, WHEW), and ended up being close to 50 degrees all last weekend, so it was great spring skiing weather. Hoping to repeat that tomorrow.

Here’s hoping your weekend is springy, too!

While I thought that the second book in the Hunger Games trilogy wasn’t as great as the first, I am still beside myself excited about the Catching Fire movie (which comes out in November. NOVEMBER, people). 
To ramp up excitement (I mean, really; NOVEMBER), Capitol Couture is releasing a new Capitol portrait a day via their Instagram.

I have to say that I really like them. I loved (loved, loved, LOVED) the original Hunger Games portrait posters–maybe because it was the first look at all of the characters, but I’d also like to think that they’re pretty badass design-wise, too.
I like this current crop because they’re SO different than the originals. Kudos, movie studio: I’m excited.

Not a lot of action on the ole blog this week, and I’m sorry for that. I can’t even say that I was crazy busy with one big project–just lots of little things. Good news: more stationery files released to printer, and not one, but TWO websites released to developers. That coupled with an awesome logo presentation this morning can keep a girl on her toes.

Seen + noted this week:

If you’re all caught up on Downton, you might want to check out a Working Draft for the First Episode of Downton Abbey, Season 4. First, I’m pretty sure this “John Kenny” guy is really Julian Fellows. Second, OHMYGOD that’s funny.

If you haven’t seen Jennifer Lawrence’s post-Oscar win press conference, it’s totally adorable (When questioned about her falling up the stairs to accept her award: “What do you mean what happened? Look at my dress. I tried to walk up stairs in this dress, that’s what happened.”)

Photographer Chris Buck’s Isn’t series: ordinary people who look like celebrities. In the 90s, people told me I looked like Winona Ryder–but I’m pretty sure most girls in the 90s looked like her–or at least aspired to.

I don’t think I could ever be a tattoo artist, because WHAT IF YOU MESS UP? Fortunately, a Turkish tattoo shop came up with a good test to see if tattooing is really for you.

So Jason Kottke and I have something in common:

Because who has two thumbs, disposable income, an interest in excellent films, and is not subscribing to Hulu Plus because it seems like too much money and too much effort? This spoiled idiot right here.

Oh, also, free movies on Hulu.

I’ll leave you with this wonderful story of a gay couple, an abandoned baby, and a judge who had a hunch. Goosebumps.

Instagram of the week:

The intern has always loved climbing into our laundry baskets, and don’t think because she’s 5 now, age is stopping her. She climbed in one over the weekend, playing on her iPod, proclaiming she was bored. I wish I were 5, and my biggest problems were being amused outside of sitting in a laundry basket.
In exciting news, today is the teenager’s birthday! She’s 18. Yup, 18. Wanna feel old? She was born in 1995. 1995 was 18 years ago. I’ll just wait while that settles in.
Seriously, she’s a pretty awesome 18 year old (can I say kid? Yeah, I can still say kid). This weekend we’re celebrating with pizza, more pizza, cake, and skiing. I can’t think of a better way to ring in 18 (other than voting, but, you know, November and all…)

Hope you’re celebrating something fun this weekend, too! 


Mattio and I love to watch those How It’s made shows–when you buy a pair of running shoes, or a lawnmower, or, I don’t know, Christmas ornaments, you don’t really think about how many people it takes to make that one object.

The same is true for baseball uniforms; I would love to spend the day in this factory, watching Derek Jeter’s pants get made.

Of course this clip immediately reminded me of George Costanza: “Cotton BREATHES.”