We’ve been away from the studio for far too long. Today, our first day back, has been a slow one. The place felt neglected, so we turned up the thermostat (who turned it off anyway?), built a fire in the old Franklin to take the chill out of the air, replaced the ink cartridges in the printer (it’s been on the fritz), and sorted through the pile of mail—we struggled to get back in the groove. Then we had lunch. We kept it simple—pan-fried spicy Italian sausages and tender cannellini beans annointed with a delicious green extra-virgin olive oil. Now things are working, surfaces cleared, we’re cozy, well fed, and quietly, happily dozing at our computers. Happy 2013, dear friends.