Beauty Sleep


Sometimes a good nap is better than makeup.

My favorite way to spend a nice afternoon is curled up in bed listening to some soft music and dozing. Lifelong insomnia sufferer, but my day job as a barista requires I’m up at the crack of dawn more often than not – a few hours of afternoon Z’s are sometimes what I need to keep the momentum. It must work, in the picture the only makeup I’ve got is filled in eyebrows!

Is your “beauty sleep” an important part of your regimen, or can you still kill it after 3 hours of sleep day after day? Do you need your full eight hours, or do you get a few hours and nap later? 


Can I Get a Menu?


This is what I’ve been doing for hours. I can’t stand non-intuitive navigation, so I’ve been fiddling with these menus. Obviously we do not yet have posts on all these subjects and sub-categories but building this framework before we do will save me a lot of “go back and categorize” work later. Looking pretty good! 👍

Stick a Fork in Me


Your favorite ABH Official Developer and Graphic Design Bitch is signing off for the night with first mate Fëanor for wine and a nap (read: sleep, before Day Job). It’s been real, Internet. I forgot how crazy launching a website can be, even on a small scale. 
Done! ❤️ Good night, Internets!


ABH Headquarters — West

This is me in my natural habitat. I’ll get to it in a second.

I do most of the graphic and web tinkering and “branding” (shudder) for ABH. I’m a former/semi-retired web and graphic designer; I focused mostly on designing with typography and photographs (see our header as an example) than original artwork, and more on layout and UX design than on back end code.

Basically, almost all of the actual blogging I do? I do it on my phone. Because it’s the future, and anybody who thinks that’s less pro than on my laptop or my desktop is welcome to chat with me about why that’s no longer true — the advent of mobile publishing has revolutionized and put into the hands of actual content creators The Internet, for better or worse. Usually better.

Anyhow, that being the case, I still necessarily do my tinkering on a combination of my iMac and MacBook. You would imagine, unlike the picture up there where I’m sitting on the floor playing with my phone, I would know a few things about workstations. And I do. And what works for me….

I present to you ABH HQ. Yes, I literally sit on the floor to use my 27″ iMac. It’s comfortable for me and that’s what matters, right? Let me show you around.

On the left you will see my mannequins. Their names are Brad and Angelina. They’re very friendly and also stylish. To their right is my Christmas tree. I like it, so I leave it up year round as an ambient light source.

Above my desk are an array of pictures of me, my friends, my car, and various Burning Man related exploits. The Fluevog box under the desk has cables and peripherals in it.

Oh, and the street sign just joined the collection. I found it outside of work the other day and brought it home with me.

Proper fluid intake is essential so I have a cup of tea and also a glass of wine. I suggest you do the same, it’s highly recommended. For both blogging and web design.

There you have it! I’m not showing you my beauty cave. I’d like to say it’s because I like to keep secrets, but it’s mostly because it looks like a makeup-obsessed bachelor lives in my bathroom.