Friday, June 29, 2007

i'm lucky to be alive

Okay, so there is no lunch note because Chris has so much on his plate right now. But the following is a true story. I was running errands for work the other day and as I was passing a right merge lane, I saw a turtle starting to creep out into the road. Being the animal lover I am, I quickly made the next right I could so I could come up behind the turtle and safely put it somewhere else. Somewhere leafy and green and not a five lane road in suburban St. Louis. I pull my car over and dart out to pick up what I thought was a box turtle.

This is a box turtle, cute no? I was planning on putting my little box turtle pal in the car and driving him to safety where I might feed him some lettuce and enjoy his cute box-turtleness. Instead, as I rounded the car I saw this:

It may be difficult to tell the size from this photo, but I was trying to rescue a 35 pound dinosaur also known as the common snapping turtle. That was rearing up and snapping at me. I have never been so scared of a turtle in my entire life. Seriously folks, it was traumatic. I actually debated if I should try and pick it up because (although this thing appears to have mighty survival instincts given that it's been around since the jurassic period) it was heading straight into traffic. Luckily, my survival instincts kicked in (and my love for all ten of my chubby little fingers) and I got back in my car. I waited until the dino-turtle decided to head back from where he came (the rain forest? seriously where did this thing come from in an office park in the suburbs?) and out of impending danger.

When I got back to the office, Wikipedia gave me the following information "Common snappers have long tails with spiky protrusions, as well as long flexible necks which can reach one-half to two-thirds of the length of their shells, making handling dangerous. They cannot fully retract their head and appendages, relying on fierce displays when aggravated. Their snapping jaws and sharp claws are capable of inflicting serious injury up to and including amputation of digits."

On this matter, Wikipedia seems to be completely accurate.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

poor bebe (and me!)

While Chris is far too professional to complain on his blog, I am not, so here goes. When Chris was finishing up Capote in Kansas (about two years ago exactly), his last week on the book he had to pencil and ink 11 pages in 7 days to have the book ready for the San Diego Comic-con. For about a week, he was getting an hour of sleep and working the other 23 on the book. The last few days he was actually soaking his drawing hand in ice water so he could numb the pain enough to keep going. I was so stressed out as Chris became a haggard, sleep deprived mess that I started having anxiety attacks at work and developed an eye twitch. This week Chris attempts to pencil 12 pages in 5 days to make a deadline (which his editor has kindly offered to extend, but other obligations will make that impossible to take her up on). While he is actually sleeping about two and a half hours a night right now and I have yet to develop the eye twitch again, I have come down with a headace so massive and persistent that not even Starbucks and lots of advil will take care of it. And so continues my day of self pity. Please feel sorry for me.

Friday, June 22, 2007

yay heroes!

So this is officially the most neglected blog in the blogosphere . . . but here's to trying to revive it! Chris and I returned from Heroes Con in Charlotte, NC this week and a good time was had by all. Chris stayed busy sketching all weekend and we almost broke even on the trip! We met some of the loveliest folks around and it really appeared that everyone enjoyed themselves. Highlights included the massive detour off 40 in NC on the way back, a lovely stop at The Beef Jerky Outlet in Tennessee, lots and lots of biscuits and a half hour spent at (the seriously weird) Patti's 1880's Settlement, somewhere in Kentucky. I loves me a road trip!!! Heroes already has a great lineup for next year and we'll be there again - so start planning your trip now!

More lunch notes posting soon . . . for reals and no foolin's.