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Visual Vocabulary: Saturnine

I came up with this idea for the word saturnine two weeks ago, at about 4:18 AM, when the power went out in our apartment and I was woken by the sound of my phone vibrating ("I'm not charging anymore, nanny nanny boo boo"). I knew it was going to be bad because we were in the midst of an ice storm. So I laid awake wondering how long we were going to be without power and wondering what I was going to do all day since if our apartment was without power, then surely my office would be as well (and it was).

Visual Vocabulary: saturnine illustration, Julie Rado Design

Instead of dwelling on the fact that I would probably sit in my cold apartment all day reading A Storm of Swords under several blankets and a snuggie (which is what I did for many hours, along with napping) I tried to use my time not being able to sleep to think about how to illustrate the word saturnine. I kept kept imagining this grim old lady who looked like a Puritan. And then I started to try and remember some of the phrases from the New England Primer, and if any of them would rhyme with "saturnine." A Google search told me that they didn't, but you can see I didn't let that stand in my way. 

Another interesting tidbit: when Scott and I first met, he said that I scared him because I had a pierced nose and tattoos and when I didn't smile I looked, and I quote, DOUR. So when I was finished drawing this picture, I sent him a text: 

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So yeah. An easy word for me to remember. Also, she could be sisters with this lady

Visual Vocabulary is a project I created for myself in which I attempt to sear new words into my memory by illustrating them. You can see all of them here.