Hand in hand

Friday, November 9, 2018

Figuring things out on a several fronts of late.

Another round of tests at hospital with mom.

Sis in town still. She’s a rock.

The colors of autumn have been so lovely this year.

Fiddling with aspect ratios.

Tackling lists.

Savoring moments.

Closed out the day making soup.

Press cleaning

Tom, cleaning the press before hosting a weekend screen-printing workshop.

He’s got a new book out on our store. It’s weird and wonderful, like him.

Edie, cozy

Thursday, November 8, 2018

felt cat bed

Edie, curled up in her Gatto Basket.

felt cat bed

She also likes to sit in it and stare at me with palpable disdain.

I’ve been posting photos sporadically since April of 2003. If you asked me how many products I was provided to review over the past 15 years, the answer would be zero.

So when Tuft + Paw reached out to see if I was interested in trying something out for Edie, the answer was an emphatic YES!

The reason was twofold—I’d longingly bookmarked their cottage a while back, plus also? I’ve been wanting to add influencer to my business card for some time.

In all seriousness though, she loves it. It’s her safe space in the studio when she’s not accosting the only person who is allergic to cats.

Next? I’m going to get her this cat house. She’s worth it and I believe it’s one of those things that will last a lifetime.

22 years

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Unrelated the rest of this post: I took this selfie at the Weston Art Gallery. It’s a work by Chris Engman called Containment and it’s a part of the FotoFocus biennial that is wrapping up in Cincinnati. I really liked “stepping in’ to this photo.

22 years ago, my oncologist and I decided to kick the proverbial can of treatment for Non-hodgkin’s Lymphoma down the street. Instead of employing chemo or radiation, it made more sense to “watch and wait” because I wasn’t symptomatic and frankly? Sometimes procrastination can be super beneficial.

I’ve been kicking that can down the street Every. Year. Since.

Today I met with a new oncologist since my last doctor of 17 odd years retired.

After reviewing my file, the new doc’s initial response was “These numbers are a clear indication that treatment should be administered.” But having met with me, he now understands the perspective of my former doctor… My case is still quite the anomaly. I’m pretty darn healthy, and some of my numbers actually IMPROVED since last year.

What to make of it?

We’re going to get some additional scans with blood work and consider everything at a glacial pace.

It’s important to note, when we decided to watch and wait way back in 1996, the idea was that more effective treatments might be around the corner.

22 years later, there are LOTS of WAY NEW approaches to treat this particular blood-borne cancer.

Oh, I should mention, it’s in style to categorize my Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma as CLL or Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia these days. I thought I had both so it’s news to me. So confusing.

Last bit of interesting info from our appointment? There’s a specialist up at The James at OSU that is renowned for working with CLL patients. Maybe he’d find my case of interest? Worth a visit for sure!

Me? I feel fine. I mean, sure, I could probably feel a lot better… But I feel best when I know as much information as I possibly can. And so here I go, picking the can up to examine it before I decide if I’m going to kick it down the street again.

The good things that happened

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Of course I voted.

And I’m having a coffee this morning, keeping my eyes on the good things that happened.

Post update, more good news:

All 19 Black Women Running for Judge in a Texas Race Won Tuesday Night

The US just elected 9 new scientists to Congress, including an ocean expert, a nurse, and a biochemist.

WIRED: Drawing the line on gerrymandering

The Cut: All the Good News From the Midterm Elections

NY Times: Sizing up the 2018 Blue Wave

Don’t give up

Monday, November 5, 2018

Sarah’s idea for a Public Service Artists sign. I pulled it together with Helvetica flush left, but when the printers got a hold of the file, something went whacky. Looks like it got squished horizontally about 80%.

This I can let go.

The hope we can restore balance and go forth with dignity for all? I’ll fight for that.

Breeders Halloween show poster

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Sometimes I like to wear the hat of production artist. In this instance, Kyle had an idea for a poster to have for The Breeder’s Halloween show in Columbus. Take this Dr. Phibes poster, add in Kelley and wrap it up with the appropriate text.

I was hanging in the hospital with my mom while this came through, and it was the perfect easy-peasy joyful task to whisk the mind away.

Aaron and company over at DIY Printing knocked it out of the park with the fantastic five color print job. This thing messes with your eyes good.

It sold out during the opening act and lots of folks were sad, so we decided to extend the limited run this week.

It’s available on the Breeders’ store until Nov. 9th.

Another bow

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Celebrated Casey’s birthday over a meal with close friends, enjoying the evening so much I failed to snap a photo. Which is a pity, because the lighting at Ché was really flattering.

Alas! To living in the moment.