Thanks to all for the sweet birthday messages in my email, answering machine, text mesages, IM's and so forth. As a person who spends ALL DAY in the house with only a cat, bird, and rabbit to talk to it sure makes a person feel loved.
In other news, I just purchased "The Incredible Book Eating Boy" as a birthday present to myself and it's a BEAUTIFUL book which was referred to me by the many folks in the blogosphere.
It's the kind of book you wish you could design if you had a level of design sophistication such as Oliver Jeffers. It's full of old paper collages combined with painting that make for real pleasing designs. It's not typically the style you would find in an american picture book illustrator and I think it's because we here in the states adhere to a particular aesthetic. It's something I tried in my early work but was often told by art directors that it was a little too complex and not too kid friendly and so, for fear of never working in the business I adapted my style. Then again, imagine how laborious it must be to go shucking about swap meets and trying to find such interesting paper? Call me lazy but I think I'm just gonna paint stuff.
I was gonna go to the bike store to see about purchasing a bike for myself so I can be a little more "GREEN" to the environment and hustle around town without having to deal with so much traffic but the local bike store had moved to another part of town and I was left emty handed. I thought it would've been cool to tell you all that I got a shiny new bike for my birthday after yesterdays rant about missing my youth but alas.... Maybe tomorrow I'll have something to share? :)
Lastly, when Disney Channel manages to break out of their 12 hour blocks of "Hannah Montana" and "Suite Life of Zack and Cody" they'll show a new episode of The Replacements and there will be a new one this Saturday at 9PM. I also changed my profile icon to something more suitable for my accomplishments. I mean, heck, why not wear my accomplishments with some pride right?