Back from break.
My wife, my son, and I came back from our annual vacation in upstate New York after spending a week away from everything. It was gloriously uneventful. I cannot think of a time when I enjoyed nothing so much. On second thought, the last time I enjoyed nothing so much was last year’s upstate New York vacation. It’s becoming my annual reset button, though that will likely go away the older my son gets, so I’m going to enjoy it while it lasts.
With friends watching our cats back home, we were free to unwind and unplug. The little guy enjoyed his time in the country splashing around in a lake and a pool, running around our tiny cottage, playing with his cousin, and experiencing all sorts of new sensations. It was thrilling and heartwarming to watch him, and to be there with him as he discovered things for the first time. He also blessed us with lengthy naps and slept through the night (nearly) every night. Not bad behavior for a one-and-a-half year old in the countryside.
The only slight downside was having to do some work during my vacation. In years past I’ve taken a break from updating completely, and last year The Search for Black Hole Bill came to its conclusion right before Garth and I left for our separate summer breaks. Timing was not on our side this year, so the comic had to keep updating and I had to do my part in helping Garth color upcoming pages. What I thought would be tedious, lonely work ended up being a conversation piece for members of my family unfamiliar with the creative process. More than one curious pair of eyes gazed over my shoulder while I worked, asking questions about digital art and the methods by which Garth and I work together. In a weird and unexpected way, I rather enjoyed doing work during my vacation! This time.
Feel free to check out my Instagram account for some pictures of my vacation. It’s mostly my son looking super adorable.