Since you asked...
I'm not in Austria anymore. I've been back in California for a bit, did the holiday thing, and now I'm right back where I was before: wedged into the corner of a hot little room at Disney.
Austria was really cold, and everything was super old and historic. I went to Crystal World. It was extremely surreal (it even smelled like a dream).
Other highlights: ate in a medieval castle (there was an awesome CAT in there too!), it snowed and looked magical, I stole some tiny spoons from the Swarovski office, went to Lichtenstein (that's a country and no I didn't make it up), rollicked around the traditional Christmas Markets, went to Mozart's house (where he lived pre-Stanzy, with his dad), checked out a LOT of crazy baroque churches and cathedrals. And ate a lot of cheese. And drank a lot of coffee, even though I don't really like it, it's just the thing to DO there, and it tastes an awful lot better than that muddy bean water they serve up here in the states. I also found myself calling my home country "the states". Is there a way to say United States of America without feeling like you're playing an American in a movie? "USA" is awkward. "America" makes it sound like the land of milk and honey, which is certainly not my personal impression of it.
X-mas was okay. That is one holiday that dilutes into a big old bummer as one ages. The best thing about this x-mas was my favorite best present ever: A BIG RED BICYCLE! A one speed Schwinn with a basket and back pedal brakes (I never liked those hand brakes...they give my thumbs blisters). Sean and I spent several afternoons pedaling around our neighborhood during break. Lovely!
I've been working on a lot of stuff but I can't exactly show it to you. That's one of the many facets of suckiness that accompany making artwork for a job. But I won't go into that. Suffice to say that I can promise you much new stuff soon, since I've decided that my new year's resolution is to make more art for myself, just cause I feel like it, just right out my guts, just letting the right brain flow all over the place. That's my favorite kind of stuff anyway...the funnest to do and usually the best lookin'.
That said, here is an exremely tiny, extremely accurate self-portrait (by accurate I mean that I am in reality absolutely no more, or less, attractive than this image implies). This was supposed to be my new blogger image, but I'm having a hell of a time getting it to work for some reason.
Okay, happy new year, and expect new and excellent things from this blog. It's about time already.