Here's something a lot of you may not be aware of, but certainly is a love of fun.
It's called Storybird and it's a new website where you can log on and write short stories and illustrate them with the designs from various artists that have been uploaded. I have a little shop there and the stories that are written with some of my illustrations are just adorable. I love reading them! And the best bit about this is that it's all free. Not only is it a whole lot of fun for yourself, but it's perfectly suited for kids as well to get those creative writing juices flowing.
But wait, there's more! For the month of December, you can send stories you write and "illustrate" as greeting cards. And both Polly Packages and Pia Puddingtop are up there! I know I'd certainly love to get a card with one of those lovely ladies on it. Wouldn't you?
So here is the link http://storybird.com/chichiboulie/ now go check it out!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Here's something a lot of you may not be aware of, but certainly is a love of fun.
Monday, December 14, 2009
It's done. I posted the last of my holiday orders this morning and now I think I can breath again. What a relief from a worldwind couple of months.
But it was such fun and I love the thought of so many little boys and girls (and mums too because we do so love these things) opening up their gifts and hopefully brightening up with big big smiles when they see them.
I have posted many many personalised prints and paintings, colouring books and BoulieBags, paper dolls and writing sets. I have become best friends with the ladies at the post office (for whom I'm going to make a huge batch of cookies to thank them and will try my best not to burn them this time). I have stressed beyond belief because I've run out of ribbon or paper or ink or mounts. But it was all very much worth it.
And so a very large thank you to all of my customers, wherever you may be in the world. I hope you will enjoy your parcels.
And myself? I am going to relish the next couple of days before launching into new projects, because now I truly know how to appreciate having nothing to do!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
...now would be the time.
You see, we have a puppy. Some of you know this already. She's a lovely scottie called Pippa. Pippa has just recently turned 6 months old and so I know she will be coming into heat for the first time at some point soon, though I have no idea when. I've never raised a puppy before.
So I did what any person these days would do. I googled it.
In my search box I typed in "how to tell if dog is in heat".
You know at the top of your results page where they suggest alternatives in case you've misspelled something? Yup, that bit up there in blue. Well that popped up with a suggestion for me although I was pretty sure I'd typed all my words correctly. I double checked and indeed, everything was typed correctly. So what on earth could google be suggesting I check out in case I don't find what I'm looking for.
Do you want to know?
Are you sure?
It's a question I've never asked myself and now that it's been proposed to me, it remains a question I have no intention of asking myself.
Google has suggested that I search for....
"how to tell if god is in heat".
Anyone want to go for it?
Monday, November 30, 2009
'Tis the season for dressing up in pretty frocks, full of colours and patterns. So why should Pippa, Imogen and Anna miss out?
The girls should have a bit of winter fun as well, so I've prepared a few little frocks for them. With matching hair accessories of course! I do have one other outfit in mind, something that would be just perfect for a good old snowball fight, but you'll all just have to wait and see about that one.
In the meantime, I hope you enjoy these little dresses and maybe a bit of hot cider as well.
(as always, the downloads are over there on the right under Paper Doll Freebies)
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
While I struggle to keep my head above water, I thought I would show you all some of my favourites from Etsy and things I would love to purchase (or better, get as a gift!). Aren't they all just lovely?
From left to right, top to bottom: Set of 9 Ragball Trio by Alices Looking Glass, Thick Knitted Blanket by Rocket and Bear, Cotton Fabric Bunting by HollieLollie, Planet Ornament by Beehive Kitchenware, Set of 8 Napking Rings by Beehive Kitchenware, Petite House by Blueberry Fields, Bunch of Stars by Quotes and Notes, Christmas Pears by Jillybean Craft, Cherries and Green Gingham Fabric by Apples and Eggs.
Monday, November 23, 2009
...my blog has been so quiet lately.
A photo of today's packages. Phew! So glad they are at the post office at this point, but a bit worried that we may be having a postal strike tomorrow. Vive la France!
Okay, time to get back to the rest of the orders....
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Okay, at the moment when I'm writing this I will admit that there is still 1 hour left in the voting. But given the current trend, unless there is a sudden surge of mad-capped embroider-ers out there who are planning on staging a last minute come-back, it looks like the card makers have it.
Thank you to all who have helped out with this decision. It allowed me to concentrate on getting orders out to customers and not have to think about what to do with this illustration. A big relief!
I've spend the day between painting and gluing and cutting and tying and I now feel very much relieved. So much so that I've gone ahead and made a 4x6 inch card pdf of Teacup Tobogganing for you to download. But because I love those of you out there who love to stitch as well, I've also gone ahead and uploaded an embroidery pattern for you to download as well. As usual, you can find them listed over there on the right. Just scroll down a wee little bit.
I hope that you will come back and share your creations with me. I'd love to see where this little mouse ends up on her (or his?) adventures!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
I've been a very bad blogger lately despite all my claims and efforts that I was going to be better at it.
The good news is that I've been a bad blogger because business is booming and I'm having a very busy season. The bad news is that part of my delay is also due to various viruses that have apparently decided to take up residence in our home. Tis the season as they say!
To make it up to all those who do read my blog, I've decided that I need to give you a free download. And so I have this very cute image (okay, well I think it's cute) that I've titled Teacup Tobogganing and that I'd love to set up in some way for you all to use and enjoy, but I'm stumped. Probably due to lack of brain functioning which would be a direct result of lack of sleep.
And so I'm asking for your help. How would you best like to see this image as a download? Shall I give you choices? Set up a poll? Let's try it and see what happens!
PS - see poll on the right over there!
Thank you for participating!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Introducing Rosie! At least that's what I've chosen to call her and I think she'll eventually grow into it. I haven't heard any complaints from her yet so fingers crossed she'll be content being Rosie.
Rosie has been sitting around on a few scraps of paper for a while now, while other Rosies have been floating around in my head. I only finally decided that it was time to introduce her to the world and let her come into her own.
So here is your first peek at her. And you can purchase her in printable stamp form for your own cardmaking and scrapbooking. She's be ever so happy to make new friends!
There are currently 4 Rosie images available with more to come soon.
Oh, and as an added bonus, there is also a new Winter Eloise available too! I hope you'll come see!
Remember in my shop, you can choose the currency you want to shop in! No more guessing at prices. Hooray!!
Monday, November 9, 2009
...you just feel like being a deliquant mum and serving the kids French toast with maple syrup for dinner. And today felt like a good day to do that!
Of course, in France, French toast is not called French toast, but pain perdu instead (translation: lost bread).
Either way, it's still yummy and guaranteed to avoid any arguments from kids. Just what was on the menu this evening.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Surprise! It's mine and it's featured over on Fabulous Finds. To be very honest, I have blog envy when I look at Heather's blog. I'm a wee bit jealous. I just love the colours and of course, the polka dots! I guess it's time to revamp the BoulieBlog, but maybe after the holidays.
In the meantime, you can check out the Fabulous Finds blog to sign up for a giveaway to win one of my personalised prints for your child (or someone else's if you want!). It's really perfect timing for the upcoming holidays and what a lovely gift. And you can choose from any of my shops if you are the winner.
So hurry over to Heather's blog and sign up. Couldn't be easier really!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
...cookie of course!
Just click on the image or find it in the categories on the right (under bits and bobs) and you can download this invitation for free. That's it! Fill it out, send it to a few friends, and you've organised yourself a cookie swap!
And if you're looking for some extra yummy cookies to make, check out the new issue of Modern Handmade Child online magazine for some delicious recipes. It can't get much better than that now can it?
I wanted to share with all of you an interview I've done for A Mom in Red High Heels. For What? I hear you shouting. For A Mom in Red High Heels ! It's a website for mothers where you will find fashion and beauty tips. And Tammy, who owns the site, runs interviews with real mothers who share their little tips on staying stylish.
You're still laughing aren't you?
Okay, admittedly, I don't have the most stringent of beauty regimes, but there is a little bit there. Okay, maybe just a tiny bit. But something, I promise.
I will be honest and say that when she contacted me I was a bit taken back and thought for sure it must be a hoax. But because I like a good joke as much as the next person, I went and checked out her site and as it turns out, it's not a joke and in fact, the website is very nice! And so I shrugged my shoulders and said, "why not"!
And now here I am! So go everyone and have a look at this very fun and useful website. And as a bonus, you'll all get to see the man in my life....
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Even though it seems like autumn has only just begun, I thought I should really try to get ahead of things, something which is usually quite contrary to my habits. Not contrary to my personality because in my mind I'm a very organised and forward thinking person. However, in my reality things can often be quite different and more often than not, I find myself scrambling at the last minute to achieve what I thought about 6 months prior.
But just to prove that even the seemingly impossible is possible from time to time, I have created 2 new digistamps to help you start thinking of warm cups of cocoa, frosted windows and long walks in the snow. They are now available in the printables section of my shop so all you have to do is purchase and bingo, they are yours to download. Talk about immediate gratification!
Time permitting, I'm planning a few more and so if you have any suggestions please do feel free to let me know. Have fun!
Monday, October 19, 2009
No, I haven't abandonned my blog though by the looks of it, I could see how one may wonder. It's been (once again) rather hectic around here with a few technical problems, a rather large and sudden cold and various other mishaps of daily life.
But I have been keeping busy if not been terribly profilic with my words. During my silence, I have in fact been working and one of the things I've been working on (and having rather a lot of fun with) is a new collection of prints - The Calicos.
The idea has been simmering for some time now and it finally simmer long enough that it seems to have finally all come together. So with a few patterns added to some illustrations and bit of this and some of that, I have a fun new collection sure to brighten a few days!
You can see them all here (though I'm still adding some) but here are a few samples for you to see.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
I have finally heard back from the mysterious iluvspink and her alias is Mary Jane! So a big congratulations to you Mary Jane for being chosen as the winner of the Chichiboulie giveaway.
Mary Jane is in deep discussions with her consultants (also known as her daughters) to try to come up with a decision on a painting.
In the meantime, I thought I would show off a new print in my shops. It's been in the thinking phase for a while now and yesterday I committed it to paper. Well, okay, I committed it to digital paper. But it wasn't quite right. You know the old saying to "sleep on it"? Well that's what I did and it came to me overnight. So this morning it was just a matter of putting it all together. I'm quite pleased with the results in the end.
Thank you all again for participating in my giveaway and please do stay tuned for more giveaways and events!
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Something new for me and for the moment on a trial basis.
Over the past few months, I've had quite a number of requests from customers and contacts for digital stamps. Up until now, I put it on the back burner and would think about it from time to time. I had to figure out the logistics really and decide if I really wanted to launch into the world of printables.
Well, I thought about it long enough and maybe had a few more pushes in the direction so I've finally decided to give it a try.
I've been lucky enough to have a few wonderful stampers in my contact list who have been helping me along the way. Hope (my idea of recess) has been lovely in giving me feedback and positive vibes. But not only that, she's been being my guinea pig as well and has provided me with, among others, this gorgeous ballerina card. Didn't she do a fabulous job!
As you may have guessed, this image is one of the digital stamps you can now purchase here. For the moment, the selection is small, but I hope to be adding more slowly. I'd love you to come have a look and let me know what you think. And any stampers and scrappers out there, please spread the word!
Monday, October 5, 2009
Well..... a winner was actually selected from all the entries I received. I put all the names and entries into a hat and as promised, a winner was chosen.
But I haven't heard back from her yet. I sent an email but so far no response. I was hoping to have a name before posting here, but I think now that maybe posting here will help find her. So, instead of waiting for a name, I'm going to post part of her email and hopefully you will contact me to choose your painting.
Please send me an email (email@example.com) so we can discuss your prize and I can have a name to go with the email!
I will give it another few days (until Friday morning) and then if it's still silence on the other end, I'll start the process all over and choose another winner. I hope to hear from you!
Thursday, October 1, 2009
.... and there are a lot of names to put into this hat! So I ask you all very kindly to give me a couple of days to prepare everything for the prize drawing and I will post the winner as soon as he or she has been selected. Thank you all for participating!
In the meantime, I do have a a little something. Since the weather has turned, I thought it was about time for the Paper Doll girls to have a couple of new autumn outfits to keep the chill off. I have uploaded them into the Paper Doll category over there on the right. You can click and download them to add to your doll's wardrobes. Anna, Pippa and Imogen will be so pleased because truly, what little girl doesn't love a new outfit?!
Pippa, Anna and Imogen can be found by clicking on the links.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
For your chance to win a 10x10 inch acrylic painting of your choice.
To celebrate the grand opening of my new shop, I'm having a giveaway. For this last week, I'm changing the rules just a bit.
For your chance to win:
1) Become a follower of this blog. If you are already a follower, please post that in your comment.
2) Visit my shop, Chichiboulie, and tell me which product is your favourite. It doesn't have to be a painting, there are many others to choose from. Have a look around and then comment here on my blog telling me which item you prefer.
3) Of course, you have to leave a way to get in touch with you if your name is the winning ticket, so don't forget!
For an additional chance to win:
Sign up for the Chichiboulie newsletter on my site. (You'll find the little box on the home page)
For those of you who have already signed up for the newsletter, follow the above rules about commenting and following and you too will win an extra entry form!
All entries must be received by midnight (Paris time, that's 6pm US East Coast) on 30 September 2009. Winner will be notified by email. If I cannot contact you by email, another winner will be chosen at random.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
....at salvaging my gardening reputation.
Do any of you remember a few months back when I shared my olive tree fiasco with you? What I initially thought were buds on my lovely olive tree turned out to be black scale instead. Tiny creatures that were procreating on my tree's branches and slowly sucking the life out of it. And they had moved on the the other olive tree as well as the lemon tree (yes, I live in the north and insist on trying to grow warm climate plants). Things didn't look good for my poor olive tree but I didn't have the heart to just toss it away.
Admittedly, sharing that info with the public in all likelihood, and with good reason, did more than just slightly tarnish my gardening reputation. To be fair, I've never claimed to be a true green thumb in the garden, but I do so love plants and have a deep-seeded dream of being a successful gardener. When I have the time.
Well. I have news. News that will hopefully salvage this tarnished image of myself as an amateur gardener and quite frankly, news I'm rather proud of. You see, in my original post I didn't mention my cyclamen to you all. I didn't dare for fear of seeing them go the way of the olive tree as well. I have 3 cyclamen. You know those lovely little plants we all buy because they have such pretty flowers. And then the flowers wilt and you're left with a tuft of green leaves and the desparate hope that you'll see flowers again. Someday. Cyclamen are well known for being rather difficult to get to reflower it would appear. I've researched it and many websites actually go so far as to tell you to just bin the plant and buy a new one with flowers.
But I'm stubborn. And a good thing too. Because now I can proudly say that I have not 1, not 2, but 3 re-flowering cyclamen in my house. No outside intervention but my own! Ta-dah! Reputations salvaged?
Well if not, I have another little bit of news. That olive tree from a few months ago? Well, poor balding Ollie has new branches and leaves that he has sprouted over the summer and is well on the road to recovery. Sometimes it's not all bad to be stubborn after all.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
....it must be Cupcakes!
I've been waiting to show this for a while and now finally I can. Synie's Cupcakes has finally opened in Paris and it was worth the wait. While those of us elsewhere have been enjoying cupcakes for ages, the French are only just coming round to them. And Synie is taking good advantage with this gorgeous new shop specialised in what else? CUPCAKES!
Decorated in incredibly fun and lively colours, the shop is already a huge hit.
But guess what else. Guess whose cupcake paintings are featured in the shop. Can you guess? Give up? Want a hint?
MINE! Yup, Synie purchased a bunch of cupcake paintings from me and now they are happily displayed in their new home in Paris. I'm so excited I could burst!
Friday, September 11, 2009
And what better way to top it off with than with a reminder that in fact you are lacking in parenting skills. Not you. Me.
Our summer holidays weren't actually as sunny as they normally are and with the inordinate amount of rain that fell, my girls watched a few more films than they usually would. Well, in reality not a few more films, but rather one film a few more times. My Big Fat Greek Wedding. They were head over heals laughing with this film and with good reason. I enjoyed it myself the first time I saw it.
I didn't however realise just to what extent they had watched it nor had I realised that my 3 year old had joined in the fun. Until dinner this evening when he asked me, "What is that, mummy?"
"It's moussaka." I answered.
His face lit up. "Oh! Moose Kaka?"
That's it. No more films.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
And to show just how excited I am, I'm giving away an original 10x10 inch painting (25x25cm) of the winner's choice. Totally free. Even shipping is included! Want to hear about it? Read on to find out how you can be entered.
To enter for your chance to win the painting all you have to do is:
1) Sign up to receive the newletter at Chichiboulie . You can find this on the first page. I promise, I won't inundate you with emails, but the newsletter will enable you to find out about new products, special offers, and promotions, so it's definitely worth it!
2) To receive an entry, you must sign up before midnight (European Time) on 30 September 2009. Any inscription received after this time will not receive an entry for the drawing. The winner will be contacted by email.
Please note - I'm still adding items to my boutique so if there is something you would like but don't see yet, don't hesitate to send me an email and I'll get it posted for you.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
I have a bunch of watercolours on order, but sometimes it seems as though I just can't get my head around what I need to do until what I want to do is done. And so since it's the weekend and technically I shouldn't have to be working anyway, I thought I would take a bit of time to do something that's been going around in my head for a while now.
The Sweetie Jar - inspired by a cushion I made a few years ago inspired by, well, a sweetie jar!
Now perhaps I can get on with those watercolours.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Remember a few months ago when I came clean and admitted to my tendency of stocking up on random items inadvertently? Remember the 5, no make that 6, sacks of flour I showed you? You do, don't you. Well, it seems to be happening again.
I don't know if it's because things have been hectic around here with everyone settling in from the summer holidays and getting ready for back to school. Or maybe it's because I'm getting older and the grey matter just isn't functioning as well as it once did.
It could be either of them really. Or both. I suspect, however, that I know the source of the relapse and I'm pretty certain that most psychiastrists would agree. And it has nothing to do with either of the above. No, it's much more straight forward than that. No deep analysis or testing necessary.
You see, in my mind, what you're about to witness is quite simply the after-effect of attempting to simultaneously potty train a toddler and house-train a puppy. But I'm no expert. I'll let you be the judge.
I present to you the result of today's grocery shop..... *cue drum roll please*
48 rolls. Count them. 48 rolls of toilet paper. All purchased today. (Online shop of course. I'm not that daft. Yet.)
So, if there's ever a shortage in the near future, you all know where to head. But I'm not sure I'll share. I wouldn't want to run out.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
This is it, the last day of summer holidays. I can't say I'm too disappointed as the weather has already changed towards autumn and well, if you haven't guessed it yet, I'm ready for a break. I'm also ready to get back to work with orders lined up and ideas floating around.
Until I can post something completely new (and hopefully announce some exciting news for me), I thought I would show off this logo for Pulling at Strings that I worked on over the summer with August Afternoon. I was a bit nervous about it as the client was looking for something slightly less little kid-ish than I have a tendency to do, but I do love a challenge. And she seems quite pleased with the outcome.
Pulling at Strings is an online yarn shop opening soon.
Monday, August 31, 2009
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
the courage to change the things I can;
and the wisdom to know that they are going back to school on Thursday.
Surely I'm not the only mother feeling this way, so this is for all of you too.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
My husband is a very thoughtful person, I will admit. On days when I'm down, he'll come home with flowers or some little surprise to brighten my spirit. He loves to cook and will often cook up a favourite recipe of mine for us to share on a weekend evening. And I've had my fair share of gifts so that I couldn't really complain. Overall, I would say I'm a pretty lucky girl.
But, it's a well known fact that every silver lining must have a dark cloud, and today that dark lining was a shade of blackest black. Okay, maybe I'm exaggerating just a bit. I'll settle for dark grey.
It was a pretty awful day around here today. The kids are still on holidays for another week, but unfortunately mummy isn't and does have work to be done. While I tried to entertain them or at least give them ideas to entertain themselves, they seemed to have other plans and expected me to play along with them. And if they couldn't get me to play, they had a back-up plan of driving me mad by playing their version of 20 questions. In their version, it's multiplied by 1000. So while I tried to update orders or finish up projects, I struggled to simultaneously respond to the barrage of 'when is lunch?' and 'can I write an email?' and 'where are the biscuits?'.
Our youngest is still very much in holiday mode and spent most of the morning asking about the weather - 'maman, il va faire chaud? froid? (mummy, is it going to be hot? cold?) or wondering exactly when it is that we're going out for a walk. The slightest sign that I could be moving in the direction of the door brought up a flurry of 'on y va? maintenant?' (are we going? now?) as he rushed to get his shoes on the wrong feet. This is the same child who has a propensity for stealing fruit and eating far too much of it, leading to a minor problem in our potty training efforts. It all comes out much too easily, leaving no time for running to the loo before an accident occurs.
If this wasn't enough, we've of course added a puppy to the mix. A puppy who thinks she's a cat and is quite the agile climber. The lovely safe corner we created for her while she learns to be house-trained has proven an all too easy challenge to her and she is no sooner placed in it than she is climbing straight out.
Between the untrained puppy and the really-not-constipated toddler, a good part of today was taken up with my hands in some kind of muck. Mostly with one hand in the toilet trying to salvage accidented pants while the other hand attempted to keep the pants' owner from touching anything in his immediate vicinity and my foot tried to hold open the bathroom door to allow me to shout at the puppy from across the room in hopes of keeping her from leaving any more thoughtful gifts for me to clean up. And let's not forget all the questions that just kept coming.
It wasn't a good day at all.
But then my afore mentioned thoughtful husband told me he was going to make dinner for me and things started to look up. I thought for a moment that all would not be lost in the 24 hours that made up today. Sadly it was to be a fleeting thought, lasting only the amount of time that it took my husband to tell me what exactly was to be on the menu and for my brain to register what he had said because it wasn't obvious straight away that I had actually heard correctly. It took a few times repeating it my head to believe it.
It's the schism that will forever divide the sexes - what makes for a smile-inducing dinner. Men, take note: when your wife or girlfriend or sister or mother or just plain friend has had a difficult day, please please please do not under any circumstance repeat my husband's folly. It will only make it worse. Guaranteed. Offer chocolate, offer macaroni and cheese, offer mashed potatoes or pizza or pasta or ice cream. But do not, ever, truly never, offer ostrich.
It just doesn't work.
I cried. I really did. I was on the phone with my mum and I cried. It started out as laughter at the ridiculousness of it all, but it ended in tears. Although I am usually able to find the humour in situations such as these, the ostrich was just too much. It pushed me over the edge. It wasn't the kids or the dog or even the poo. It was the world's largest bird that made me cry today.
As I write this, I still have 4 ostrich steaks in the refrigerator - uncooked, untouched, uneaten. Anyone want to come to dinner?
Saturday, August 22, 2009
That's how it started with us. Our oldest asked for a guinea pig and for some unknown reason, her father agreed. We had had guinea pigs in the past and I even had 2 growing up, Gladys and Arthur. But I just wasn't liking the idea of launching into the world of guinea pigs again. While they are absolutely adorable creatures, I felt like if we were going to attempt another foray into the world of pet ownership, it may be better to have more of a playmate for our kids.
And so we started discussing the alternatives. We have fish, but as our second daughter once pointed out to us, they are nice, though rather difficult to cuddle. Point taken. No more fish.
I briefly pushed for a hedgehog. They are super cute, live outside under a pile of wood, eat bugs, are generally low maintenance and have the added bonus of being able to substitute for a ball in case of a bowling emergency. But I was vetoed. No hedgehogs.
A bit more thinking and we finally gave in. We were headed for puppyhood.
And so upon our return from the summer holidays, the pressure at home to go and start looking for puppies began and increased at a surprisingly rapid pace. A few phone calls later and only one visit and Pippa has come home to stay with us. The fact that we had decided upon a Westie didn't seem to matter once the girls set eyes on the pitch black Scottie we had seen.
So now we find ourselves in the midst of potty-training a puppy while continuing to house-train our 3 year old. Or maybe it's the other way around. Which ever way it is, a new adventure has begun for us and Pippa has captured all of our hearts.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
..and completely jetlagged. But arguing with children to go to sleep at 11 pm seems pointless since we only just rolled out of bed less than 12 hours ago. We'll get back to normal time soon enough and perhaps with a wee bit of coaxing. In the meantime, I thought I would share with you all a few images of our holidays as it's all my brain seems able to handle at the moment.