The "expand" button on the pathfinder is my new current delight. Hey, small things bring me joy! Still mulling over my wonky family Easter, crosses infiltrated my design thinking this week. The pattern was fun to make since the "expand" button simplified each cross, allowing for clean outlines. Curiosity has done my Adobe Illustrator self-education a great service, but it means that progress through the book is glacial because once I learn a cool new technique, I may spend the next week exploring all its permutations and combinations. The learning is slow but fun!