Posts Tagged ‘Alaska’

Happy Birthday To Me

It’s my birthday this week! Happy birthday, me! For my birthday present to myself, I almost let myself not update this week. But then I thought better of it and figured I’ll… something else. I haven’t decided yet. But I felt like drawing on a rainy day in January, so you get an update. (By the way, WHY IS IS RAINING IN ALASKA IN JANUARY? This doesn’t bode well…)

There are two Jills which put together this comic. Writer Jill and Artist Jill. Writer Jill is pretty outgoing and she surfaces often. Artist Jill is an elusive beast, who only seems to show up about thirteen seconds before the children make a huge mess. (Monday’s mess included toxic poop and an entire box of cold cereal. You don’t want the details.) There are many times when Artist Jill doesn’t show up at all. Those times make it hard to produce a comic. But she usually shows up eventually, if only for an hour a week or less. Artist Jill wasn’t showing up for about a week and I had pretty much scrapped putting up a comic for this week, on the excuse of the anniversary of my advent into this mortal realm, but then she popped in for a quick visit. I think she left again before the last panel was drawn, but it’s good enough for Dead Timmy standards, at least. Bon appetit!


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Sweet Cuppin’ Cakes!

It’s cold! Hopefully by the time you read this, it will be warmer, but right now it’s like negative fifty! -50 degrees F! That’s cold! My Papa got in last night. (Last night being like a week ago…) We went to the airport to greet him there, and my boys and I made a big batch of saltwater taffy and then handed it out with thank you notes to all the soldiers we spotted coming and going. My little three year old went around handing them out from a sparkly blue bucket. My husband insisted we were bringing too much, but we ended up not having enough! It was a lot of fun. When my dad first stepped outside, he started coughing and hacking as soon as he took a breath and then laughed and gasped, “Wow! That’s really cold!” Fortunately, he’s stationed up in the mountains, so it was at least threatening to snow when he left to come here, so it was only an eighty degree drop instead of, say, a hundred twenty degree drop that my brother is about to enjoy. Mwa ha ha ha…

So, since I’m time traveling from the past to talk to you, I won’t be able to tell you about Christmas until later. I know you’re excited to hear about my mundane life. Just wait.

To tide you over, the staff of Dead Timmy send you this holiday greeting.

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I’ve had a sort of epiphany over the course of my travels this last week. It used to be that when I went on a vacation, it was relaxing, fun, and enjoyable: in short, a vacation. I imagine it will be something like that again when I’ve thrown out all my children. However.

Vacationing with small children has once more broadened my appreciation of my own mother and father, proud parents of five once small children. It also makes me realize I don’t remember going on many vacations when we were little, which probably also makes them the wise parents of five once small children. (They probably laugh their heads off watching me try to wrangle my little monsters.) I found myself frequently saying things like “We’re almost there, honey, calm down.” and “Sweetheart, Mommy has a special treat for you if you can use your calm voice.” and “Boys, it is nap time (or night time). Go to sleep. Mommy wants sleep. WHY WON’T YOU SLEEP?” To be fair, they both did remarkably well, given the lifestyle we forced on them for a week. We became veritable gypsies, sleeping in a different place every night, and performing neat toddler tricks for our food. Since last posting, I have levelled up to Master Carseat Nurser, which is a class I wouldn’t not have imagined possible in my pre-baby days, and Robert became a Grandmaster Meltdown Diffuser, and we’re not talking about the children’s meltdowns.

On the way out of the airport back home in sweet, sweet Fairbanks, Alaska, Robert and I looked over at one another, he carrying a Herculean load of gifts from grandparents and other relatives, and I carrying an infant on one arm and dragging a screaming toddler away from yet another vending machine, and we both decided that, some beautiful day, we needed a vacation sans enfants. Hello, Grandma.

So… that said, I haven’t finished the next page of the comic. Shocking, I know, but here is yet another cheater update of Dead Timmy novelization. Enjoy!

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Babies, Babies, Everywhere

I’ve been watching a friend’s baby, who was born about half a day after my baby (we’re working on the arranged marriage), and we all just had a lovely morning nap together.  She’s a good kid.  I could do this all the time if we’re just going to nap all the time!  🙂

I hope everyone had a good labor day.  Husband, babies, and I all went cranberry picking yesterday.  I didn’t get enough berries in last year, so I’m trying to get a bunch more this year.  (I guess we had enough, but most of them were berries I don’t like to eat, so does that really count?)  So far, we’ve got blueberries, cranberries and a few raspberries, all of which are high on my edibility scale.  (I need more raspberries!  They’re my favorite and we hardly have any.  I suspect my brother’s been getting into them…)  I’m still kicking around the idea of bringing in a bunch of rosehips, too.  Anyone know any good recipes for rosehips?

The comic is definitely winding down.  There are still a few more things to wrap up, and then we’re on to the next big thing.  I still don’t know what it’s going to be about, but I’ve at least got a genre now.

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I had biscuits for breakfast.  They were delicious.  I mixed up the dough last night and then put them in the oven this morning, and it was downright epic.  So, I’m in a really good mood.

Today’s comic is ridonkulously early because I’m leaving work early today so I came in early today because my Aunt Sue is coming up from Idaho to visit, so I’m going to run around town pretending to be a tourist with my family.  It should be fun.  But, seriously, what is there to do in Fairbanks Alaska?  We’ll figure something out, then I’ll let you know so that when you fine folks in Uzbekistan come up to visit us, I’ll have some ideas for you.  In the mean time, enjoy a really terrible scan!

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Good morning, all.  It’s another lovely day in Fairbanks, Alaska.  (I really should get my garden in the ground.)  Other than that, I don’t really have anything else to say.  Except that I think we’re finally all ready for baby!  He could come tomorrow (and he might) and we probably wouldn’t accidentally kill him.

Have a comic!

Have some pictures!

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Sled Dogs

… are beautiful.  I just really like them.  So I drew one this morning for you to enjoy.  For those of you who don’t already live here, it would be worth your time to come up to Alaska (or pretty much anywhere northerly) just to play with these dogs.  ‘Cause they’re awesome.

Since I’m really good at these early warnings, I will now tell you that I’m going to be out of town visiting family in Kodiak next week.  So… today’s the last post until the 25th.  I kept forgetting to tell you.  ‘Cause I’m awesome.  Oops.

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