reading and smirking

While laid up on the couch this weekend, I caught up on some reading.  And on the lighter side, here were two things that made me laugh:

New Eustace.indd

The New Yorker chose their winner for their 2013 Eustace Tilley Contest.  I love this “Brooklyn Eustace.” You can read the full story here (and see other submissions too.)

The New Yorker Cartoon

And this one is just really funny. #truth

weekend scene

How is it September?!  I honestly don’t like being so busy that when I sit down to type it dawns on me that the month is half over!  (Such a pessimist realist, I know.)  Well, this weekend was no different than the previous million.  But it was however the first weekend in a LONG time that they hubs didn’t have anything pre-scheduled so he was quite the dear and peered over the tower of laundry he tackled to watch me furiously work on my computer.  I have been busy designing my business cards, flyers for coffee shops, and mailers/info brochures.  And two out of those three complete is not bad.  He put down the vacuum long enough to help me out with a little graphic design project for church too.  We also managed to squeeze in there a beautiful sunset (power) walk via a new route.  Upon said route, I discovered a gem of a little street and a house with a solarium (and chandelier!)  This little street seems to have magically transported itself from our old home on Cape Ann in Massachusetts.  I love finding city treasures like that!  And one of the best parts of the weekend was that I got to go peek at my new studio space that is currently under construction.  As we walked through the metal maze of 30ft-tall beams, I had butterflies in my stomach.  I still can’t believe I’m doing this.  As we left my studio, we stumbled upon the studio of artist David Adickes.  Simultaneously creepy and amazing — and so inspiring to go big or go home!


1. Sunset walk | 2. Graphic Design Project | 3. David Adickes | 4. The view for most of my weekend | 5. A solarium on my secret street

turning my dream into reality — today

*Eeeeek!!* I keep repeating my favorite Brene Brown mantra: “Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change.”

I cannot believe that it’s finally here; I have been working diligently for months…and dreaming for years.  And today, I finally launch my own business.  Let me introduce Houston’s only AWA writing group — Salt Water Writing Studio.  I have just published my first blog post under the SWWS name and sent out invitations to Houston area writers, and I feel like I’m standing naked on a Broadway stage!

As painful as all this vulnerability is, I know it is worth it and I look forward to growing my business and helping writers find their voice by way of thoughtful workshops and stimulating groups.  If you are in the Houston area and are interested in learning more, please visit my website and send me an email.


*A huge thank you to Chelsea of Oh My Deer for her lovely lettering of my logo!

weekend scene

The weekend was so full.  Of course, my weekend started on Thursday night with Free Thursdays at the MFA.  I love that place.  (And yea for Anthony Burrill prints on display at the CAMH!) Then on Friday after doing some much-needed cleaning at my house, we headed to my sister’s where the hubs worked on a small renovation project at her office and I soaked in the pool.  My Pop also had a show at a sweet dive bar….entertaining it was.  As we drove home last night, the sky lit up with puffy clouds, intermittent rain showers and the most beautiful sunset. We’re ready for the week ahead!

Final August Weekend