September, where did you go?

Happy end of September. I told myself that I wouldn't let this month fly by so fast, but alas, it did. Lots happened. For one, I celebrated my birthday with my twin sister by going to Chez Panisse in Berkely, CA. It's a touchstone of 1970's Bay Area culture, and one of the best restaurants I've ever had the honor to dine in. Farm to table, truly, and the elegance of natural food are what they aim to share. So glad I could experience it with my sister.

I also graduated from Improv 101 at Upright Citizen's Brigade in Los Angeles, and had such a great time performing for all of our friends. Memorable moment- playing a woman afraid of pickles.

 Right after, “Pickle Lady”.

Right after, “Pickle Lady”.

Then, I sadly lost my dear Uncle Jody, whom I will miss terribly. Death reminds us how important it is that we stay present. After I came back from Napa and had to immediately pack for a work trip to Chicago, life didn't seem real. What was I doing, flying to another state to attend a conference after all that? I didn't even feel like I was in my body, but rather, so tuned into those precious moments with my Uncle Jody, Aunts, Parents, and other family, holding his hand on his deathbed.

 My mom and I at the hospital in Napa, wearing the same shoes.

My mom and I at the hospital in Napa, wearing the same shoes.

 Beautiful gifts of nature.

Beautiful gifts of nature.

Memories are little gifts, and I value each and every one of them. And to be present in the moment, yet relive our greatest memories, that is a wonderful state to be in. It's the state of gratitude.

So on to Chicago I went, where I illustrated some tech talks at JSCAMP2018. And finally, after visiting some wonderful friends, I came home. Here I am. Waiting to hear about my book that's out with editors and publishers (some have turned it down) with fingers crossed. Back at the ole computer, freelancin'.

 Pumpkins at the Chicago Arboretum.

Pumpkins at the Chicago Arboretum.

 A Chicago house I very much want.

A Chicago house I very much want.

But, October awaits us! I have started gulping all the tea I can, and am looking forward to my vacation next week to the East coast to see my sis and all the turning leaves. Scarves ready, tea packets packed, and sketchbook in hand, I shall take on Autumn like never before!

-Annie

Annie is an author and illustrator with books available on Amazon and local book stores. She is open for commission, too! She lives in California, and loves tea, bike rides, reading, and exploring new places.