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  1. Monday, October 11, 2021:
    Maia's Art Day  The neverending torrent of arts and crafts from preschool included these two insightful works.     Maia had to draw a bunny on her own to get credit for a Farmer's Market activity. She often runs out of room while writing her name and puts the last A on another line. (On the back is a farm with some farm animals which I helped with).     Bunny lives on our court. Bunny has a striped car and his house has two chimneys shaped like bunny ears. This is a highly accurate rendition of the surrounding streets.    
  2. Wednesday, October 06, 2021:
    Wildlife Day  I got Rebecca a wildlife camera for her birthday this year and we've been having fun placing it in different areas of the backyard.      Here are some other notable stills from the past few weeks.       
  3. Wednesday, September 08, 2021:
    Stuff in My Drawers Day  I drew these pictures 28 years ago today, on  September 8, 1993 . They were in-class assignments in my 6th period art class, back when I still had naive half-formed ideas of becoming a colour-blind artist.     After drawing the box that art pencils came in, I reinforced the disposability of this assignment by flipping the page over and drawing my hand on the back. I still don't know why my index finger looks like it has its own enlarged goiter.   
  4. Wednesday, September 01, 2021:
    Maia's Art Day    Mama Bunny and Baby Bunny     I created instructions for drawing butterflies to increase her butterfly independence. Not only did she deliver a solid example, she also put it on a flag.     Maia drew this picture of Toad's garden after reading several "Frog and Toad" short stories. She spelled TOAD on her own, and the right-to-left orientation shows that she's ready for her Hebrew lessons.     Maia won a smiling sloth stencil during a Farmer's Market scavenger hunt. She says that each of these two pictures shows "Two bunnies dreaming about a sloth. It's a dream because there are thought bubbles". Apparently the bunnies, themselves, are offscreen. 
  5. Friday, July 09, 2021:
    Maia's Drawings Day  All of that  bunny drawing homeschooling  continues to pay dividends. Maia is always drawing her own bunnies now.     Here is a picture she drew after her first trip on the  Silver Line  on Monday. We went into the city to Ballston, where we stopped, hit the loo, and came back out to the boonies (the bunnies). You can't see me in the picture because I'm "sitting behind Original Bunny".   
  6. Wednesday, June 23, 2021:
    Maia's Drawings Day  Not yet 4 and Maia already draws like a 4.5 year old. I'm preserving these here so I don't end up with 20 overflowing file cabinet in 20 years.     I feel like side profile is an advanced figure skill.     I think we all have belly buttons in this picture, or maybe those are our flies. Ian is the little one. 
  7. Friday, June 11, 2021:
    Stuff in My Drawers Day  For comparison with Maia's house picture from Wednesday's post (drawn at 3 years 11 months), here is one I drew on my mom's birthday when I was 3 years 7 months old.   
  8. Wednesday, April 28, 2021:
    Recital Day: 20th Anniversary Nostalgia  Here is the long and unnecessarily verbose recital program I created for my music recital 20 years ago. I sacrificed my spring break in my final semester to stay in town, print 175 copies on the constantly jamming music department printer, and painstakingly bind them on a real binding machine.   (The text is preserved for easier reading  here ).             
  9. Monday, March 01, 2021:
    BD Cartoon Day, Part II   a selection of original cartoons from the business development Slack channel I maintain at work          Other posts in this series:  Part I  |  Part II   
  10. Monday, January 11, 2021:
    Stuff in My Drawers Day: Bunnies, Part IV   Even more pandemic bunny drawing requests from Maia            "Daddy, you need to draw a bunny going to the chalk store."     Other posts in this series:  Part I  |  Part II  |  Part III  |  Part IV   
  11. Monday, December 21, 2020:
    BD Cartoon Day, Part I   a selection of original cartoons from the business development Slack channel I maintain at work            Other posts in this series:  Part I  |  Part II   
  12. Friday, December 11, 2020:
    Stuff in My Drawers Day: A Snow Day Story   an exciting story from first grade    I had fun in the snow. I and my sister made 2 snowmen. What fun it was! And I through a snowball at my sister's face. And made a little hollow fort. And throuh snow in the air. I went out two times. Ellen went two times too.     It snowed hard yester day. I did not know where the animals were hibernating. I went inside then I had hot dogs and Potato rounds inside. I walked on ice with out slipping there.   - Brian Uri, Febuary 12, 1986 
  13. Wednesday, November 11, 2020:
    Stuff in My Drawers Day: Maia's Puzzle  I'm a little behind on writing new website posts because I've been dealing with some gross health stuff (I'm fine now!). To fill the void, here is the collage I created last year around this time for Rebecca's Christmas gift, a 1000-piece Ravensburger puzzle:     In other news, I bought Maia the original Where's Waldo? book because she's bored of all her age-appropriate Look-and-Finds, I single-handedly solved a Puzzle Boat 7 puzzle that required an overlayed Ouija Board, and we have finalized our COVID-altered Thanksgiving holiday plans.   How is your life? 
  14. Wednesday, October 07, 2020:
    Stuff in My Drawers Day: Bunnies, Part III   Even more pandemic bunny drawing requests from Maia              Other posts in this series:  Part I  |  Part II  |  Part III  |  Part IV   
  15. Wednesday, September 09, 2020:
    Stuff in My Drawers Day: Bunnies, Part II   Even more pandemic bunny drawing requests from Maia              Other posts in this series:  Part I  |  Part II  |  Part III  |  Part IV   
  16. Friday, August 28, 2020:
    Stuff in My Drawers Day: Kid Art  Now that Maia (at 3 years and 1 month old) is getting enough manual dexterity to create images of questionable artistic value, I thought I would see how my own artwork from a similar age looked.   I drew this first image on the back of some dot matrix printer paper at the age of 2 years and 9 months. Hopefully it was not drawn on the topic of gun violence.     At 3 years and 7 months, my line work had greatly improved. This is apparently a microscopic fantasy world where the sun is a benevolent paramecium and chimneys double as rocket launchpads.   
  17. Wednesday, August 19, 2020:
    Maia's First Stories  Here are two works of art created by Maia and Rebecca, along with stories that Maia dictated about them to Rebecca.      The Beach    There are dolphins at the beach. Maia, Mommy, and Daddy are looking out at the ocean. The sand is dry.     Here are the bunnies looking out at the purple ocean. There is a big purple wave coming! Some of the sand fell on the bunny's head. The bunny got a sunburn. There is a rain cloud. But the bunnies have an umbrella! The Big Umbrella! It's hard when you're tall, because when the bunnies grow tall, they don't quite fit under the umbrella. The End. 
  18. Wednesday, July 22, 2020:
    Stuff in My Drawers Day: July 1992  Here's what was going on in July 28 years ago, based on our junior high school's Literary Calendar. You can tell it's a high quality calendar because it lists the incorrect date for Jan Berenstain's birthday (and also shows the birthday of an enigmatic author named Heminway, which clearly should be "Hemi-way"). I was 12 and going into 9th grade.       Took art classes all day long on Saturdays at the Torpedo Factory.   Helped my dad build a shed in the backyard (#1 of 2 through the years).   Went camping with my Boy Scout troop at Granite Hill in Gettysburg.   Watched my neighbor's yippy chihuahua, Rusty, for 2 weeks.   Purchased the VGA remake of  Quest for Glory...
  19. Monday, April 20, 2020:
    39th Day  With each day of self-quarantine running together featurelessly like every scene in  Gosford Park , I don't have anything new to talk about today.   Here is a video of Maia going head-first down a slide for the very first time, taken exactly 1 year ago today.      Here's Maia independently discovering that she can hold a book up by crossing her legs, taken on the sly during the two hours she sneaks out of bed to read the Berenstain Bears every night.     And here are Maia and Rebecca reading yet another Berenstain Bears book online through the Loudoun Library, taken last night. Maia is intentionally wearing three layers, two of which are dresses.    ...
  20. Friday, April 17, 2020:
    Virtual Paint Day  On Day 35 of self-quarantine, we did a virtual painting date through Pinot's Palette. Rebecca picked up the canvases and paints from our local shop where we used to do paint dates in person. I jury-rigged an easel using scrap wood and dozens of zip ties.           Guess which one of us painted the Left and Right pictures! 
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