This one was inspired by real-life events. Earlier this evening, DH and I finally converged at home, me after a post-daycare-pickup trip to the grocery store with the younger two, him after having brought back Eldest from an activity. We passed each other in the garage; he was carrying trash bags out, I was carrying the groceries in, and we shared a brief smooch. It occurred to me that this encounter encapsulated marriage perfectly.

The drawing is very rough, blue pen on a jagged 6×9 cutout (one of the font-combination test pages for my book is on the other side). I placed the drawing on a dining room chair and scanned; the wood grain works beautifully as the rim decoration.

I think it’s lovely and just the perfect amount of messy.

Jay Zee


* This joke is for everyone who’s ever loved (or hated) the quantization of total angular momentum, J. The z-component of total angular momentum is denoted by Jz.

For a given j (the quantum number that characterizes the magnitude of total angular momentum as J=ℏ√j(j+1)  ), Jz can have 2j+1 different values.

* In case you don’t really follow pop-culture, the joke refers to Jay-Z’s song “99 Problems,” which has the infamous chorus line: “I got 99 problems but a bi*ch ain’t one”.