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So many great friends!

a bit about this a few weeks ago, but thanks to Erik, Robyn, Milan, Dori, and Jodi for stopping by for a super fun Food Night!

It was like 2005 all over again,

-Shady

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So many awesome people in one room!

…who came in from South Carolina to visit us a few weeks ago!

That weekend also featured appearances from a bunch of out-of-town friends and family, including my sister Beth who was in from Hawaii, Erik and Robyn who were in from L.A., and Milan, Dori, and Jodi who came down from Milwaukee.

We grilled out some meat, watched some wrestling, and got really drunk. Or at least I did. In a really bad way.

Anyway, thanks to everyone for making it a great weekend!

The Youngs draw a crowd,

-Shady

Little. Fucker. Socks.

…for these kid socks… that they can’t wear in front of their grandparents!

They’re like my Trump socks,

-Shady

Ever since the Saving Charlie Chaplin live read last June, I’ve been fortunate enough to receive some awesome, Chaplin-inspired gifts from my amazing friends. (Some of you may remember this gift from my good friend Salomon.)

My (other) good friends Erik and César also recently sent me a couple Chaplin goodies. Cés sent me Chaplin: Stage by Stage by A.J. Marriot, a book about Chaplin’s theater work…

"Chaplin: Stage by Stage" by A.J. Marriot.

…and Erik sent me this flip book box of Chaplin’s “dinner roll dance” scene from The Gold Rush.

Thanks so much, fellas! Though I’m not big on opening gifts, I do enjoy and appreciate them.

I have the best (good) friends,

-Shady

…for this awesome Luke Flowers Arcade Dayz print of Jim Henson and Kermit the Frog playing, obviously, Frogger.

Luke Flowers' "Arcade Dayz" print of Jim Henson and Kermit the Frog playing "Frogger."

He also threw in a few sweet stickers…

Sweet stickers!

…as well as his take on a Press Your Luck Whammy.

NO WHAMMIES! NO WHAMMIES! NO WHAMMIES! STOP!

Basking in these gifts like Michael Larson,

– Shady

A few months ago, our good friends Erik and Robyn gave Grey and West (but let’s be honest, it’s really for me) an amazing gift.

In 1981, Colorforms released a set of Muppet Shrinky Dinks. I assume everyone reading this is familiar with Shrinky Dinks, but just in case (as I recently ran into three people who had no idea what I was talking about), here is a description from the Muppet Wiki:

Shrinky Dinks are craft kits that consist of several sheets of flexible plastic, printed with coloring-book style line drawings. Young shrinkers cut out the pictures and color them in with colored pencils or markers. When the pictures are baked in an oven, the plastic pieces shrink down to make small, hard plastic curios.

You can learn more about the set I’m about to reference here. It’s the second set listed—the Muppets Play Set—not the Piggy/Kermit set listed at the top.

Anyway, Erik found someone online who was selling the lot of original artwork from the set. Like, the actual drawings and paintings the set was created from.

Original artwork from the 1981 Muppet Play Set by Colorforms' Shrinky Dinks.

It’s a massive amount of artwork. Here are a few pics.

These are the actual (I assume) gouache paintings of the character sheets:

Original artwork from the 1981 Muppet Play Set by Colorforms' Shrinky Dinks.

Original artwork from the 1981 Muppet Play Set by Colorforms' Shrinky Dinks.

Original artwork from the 1981 Muppet Play Set by Colorforms' Shrinky Dinks.

Original artwork from the 1981 Muppet Play Set by Colorforms' Shrinky Dinks.

Also included were the paintings of the stage set and theater:

Original artwork from the 1981 Muppet Play Set by Colorforms' Shrinky Dinks.

Original artwork from the 1981 Muppet Play Set by Colorforms' Shrinky Dinks.

The lot even included original art from the packaging, like this “how to” painting.

Original artwork from the 1981 Muppet Play Set by Colorforms' Shrinky Dinks.

Some of the artwork came with parchment layovers that had handwritten instructions of how to most accurately match colors and print plates.

Original artwork from the 1981 Muppet Play Set by Colorforms' Shrinky Dinks.

Also included was a large mockup of the box.

Original artwork from the 1981 Muppet Play Set by Colorforms' Shrinky Dinks.

There is so much cool art in this set (it’s gonna be a bitch to frame), but this is my favorite piece:

Original artwork from the 1981 Muppet Play Set by Colorforms' Shrinky Dinks.

Keep in mind this artwork was created when I was just four years old. Insane.

Thanks for the thoughtful and generous gift, Erik and Robyn. Here’s hoping Grey and West like the Muppets!

They better if they know what’s good for them,

-Shady

Another quick visit from Erik and Robyn!

…for spending time with us last month while they were in town for a wedding!

Massive amounts of Aztec Chowder were consumed,

-Shady

LEG DEATH RETURNS!

I modified it a bit,

-Shady

It's like 2007 all over again!

…for visiting for Grey’s birthday party, and for helping us shuck all that corn!

Mothershuckers,

-Shady

Thanks for hanging, Erik and Robyn!

…way back on July 13th!

I know, I’m the worst.

Thanks for visiting, beautifuls!

They are my second home,

-Shady

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