End of Summer

The end of summer has been a bit of a blur. Like most people probably, at the turn of September I found myself asking, What the hell, already??

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With three workshops, a party, and three weddings this season on top of our usual summertime busyness at the Inn, I found myself slipping out of maternity leave and into work even more than I had with Amina.

Hosting a little party for some of our Artist Residents aka totally nailing a no-work maternity leave. *slaps forehead* (It  was  super sweet and fun though.)

Hosting a little party for some of our Artist Residents aka totally nailing a no-work maternity leave. *slaps forehead* (It was super sweet and fun though.)

I felt guilty and annoyed and did some beating myself up over it then reassessed, recommitted, and have all but submarined entirely into family and writing life and will continue to do so until the end of the month. (So many high-fives to our Innkeepers Lexi and Hannah!)

Don’t get me wrong— it has absolutely been snuggly and special and fun, my could-have-been-better work boundaries and all!

And the big September thing we’ve actually all been looking forward to:

A huuuuuge congrats to Steven and my dad on the launch of AstroNuts!

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Meet book one of the three part AstroNuts series which just came out this week! 200 pages of full color, craaaazy illustrations that combine Steven’s digital drawings with old paintings, engravings, and more from the @rijksmuseum all telling the wacky tale of four mutant animal astronauts in search of a new, Goldilocks planet because humans have ruined this one with our climate crisis. It’s real science! And completely, wonderfully ridiculous and hilarious too. (Pick one up for the 7-12ish year old readers in your life wherever books are sold. Like here!)

And one more shout out to Steven and my parents, without whom this maternity leave with Felix wouldn’t have been nearly as a) possible and b) fun! It takes a f*cking village guys.