Ok Fall Allergies, you win! We made the absolute most of the insanely beautiful weather this weekend, but now I’m paying the price. I’m surrounded by a cloud of used tissues and my nose looks like Rudolph’s. I love fall, but fall in Texas makes me really work for it. Clearly that didn’t stop us from eating the most amazing food and taking a nice ride through the city.
And now onto the week. Hey October, I’m glad you’re here.
With the weather finally cooperating the hubs and I headed south to the Gulf Coast. Clearly this family likes the beach — even an old, stinky, puddle-brown one. The salt air is good for my soul. Mornings were spent drinking tea and reading from this book (a delightful gift from the hubs some years ago); I went for an unexpected long run by myself (who knew the sand was easier on my knees?!); and there was plenty of time for other things: eating like we had never tasted food, drawing out potential new tattoos, playing cards, swatting mosquitoes, and celebrating life with friends old and new.
With each visit to my childhood stomping grounds, B and I have an ever more serious conversation about having our own cabin. He is just ITCHING to design a beautiful, modern beach house. And this was the first cabin we’ve stayed it (and we’ve staying in a least 5 in the last 3 years!) that has been more up my alley interior-wise. It was a super-cute, clean and modern ikea-hacked cabin. (See the full cabin here.) This only added to our growing desire to put a permanent stamp on another property. But I think the best way to curb our real-estate appetite is to convince my mom and dad that they really want one and we’ll just come visit all the time!
(You can see where my love of this beach started here and another beach weekend here.)
A very dear friend text me this quote last week when I was having a brief existential crisis. I liked it so much I thought I would share it in this space, because surely I am not the only one that threw up her corn dog and cotton candy. And usually I’m snapping away during my weekend adventures, but this weekend my phone/camera stayed zipped away. The hubs is still studying (testing on Friday!) and so my sister came over to the big city so we could find her a new chair and a rug for her office. And if I was doubting it at all, summer is indeed here — hello humidity. I then finished out the longest day of the year by painting a little (and of course meditating)! On Sunday I read a hodge-podge of things and practiced my Adobe Illustrator skills and now it’s already the last week in June. Good grief.
The hubs and I continued to celebrate our 10th Anniversary with dinner at our new favorite restaurant, Sparrow Bar + Cookshop. I Suwannee! It was delicious…which doesn’t adequately describe it. But it wasn’t just the food; it was the entire experience. We enjoyed a perfectly paced 5-course meal (over 2 hours!) infused with curious combinations and unexpected epicurean creations and upon being seated our waiter brought us a bottle of champagne — a gift from two very-classy, thoughtful friends. I can’t wait to pay that one forward — what a fantastic surprise!
It seems like B is back in school again because he is spending so much time studying these days, but did you know in order to become a licensed architect it’s not enough to complete a degree you then have to take an exam for licensure. Oh — or S E V E N exams. He’s passed one already and has his second scheduled for two weeks, thus his nose being stuck in
a book his computer.
We continued celebration on Sunday with a quick lunch with my Pop. Good times.
And now on with the week…
Life has been quite colorful lately, at the museum, in fresh flowers, at restaurants…all over! I’ve been a bit busy writing, and I’ve got a new 30-day challenge under-way, and editing photos. Life is good…these long June days are my favorite!
It was a beautiful weekend! The fam came over and we attended a baseball game (interestingly no picture though) and the hubs changed from winter to summer by shaving his beard. I had a whole before and after in mind prior to him getting it done, but the place where he had a “straight blade shave” should have been called a butcher rather than barber. He was bleeding so much post-shave that they sent him home with a towel!
Despite a little blood-shed, we really did have a great weekend. The park has some more interesting art displayed and it’ll soon be too hot to enjoy it whilst the sun is up. We also had a friend over on Sunday and then sat outside and read for the long, sun-filled evening.
My sister and I hung out with my mom…at a spa! We also fit in a little shopping. And it’s officially hot in Houston these days…so sad. I also cleaned my house, prepped the studio, and collected my husband who was away all last week! It’s good to be back in a routine with him by my side.
It was in fact a weekend of beautiful light… early morning, each evening, inside, and out…
It was great to meet and greet folks this weekend and ever better to talk about my writing workshops. I’m so excited to start writing with other people again. It’s magic making.
1.) The light at my studio | 2.) A new book to explore | 3.) An engaging painting
It’s a little late… but that just means it was a good one. The weather has been so fine — the top has stayed down on the jeep. The first two shots are looking up from inside. I LOVE this time of year! It feels like such a small victory, but it’s definitely in my win column. I have a post ready to go about our little staycation…so that’ll be up tomorrow. Life is good people… and good is contagious. (Also I’ve got a fun little video up over at SWWS today — check it out!)
Spring is officially here… and spring-like colors abound.