greetings from…

We are still on vacation…and having the best rest ever.   I however, cannot be too far from my camera and computer for too long.  I also wanted to share one of my new favorite hotels… in San Antonio of all places.  It has been AGES since I’ve visited San Antonio and I was so glad to find a boutique hotel that shared my “mature sensibilities!”  Hotel Havana was designed by Liz Lambert of Hotel San Jose & El Cosmico fame (both Texas hotels).  It was unique but not trendy and felt perfectly curated.  From the minimal front lobby to the black and white movies playing on the patio, Havana was not only chic but in a great location.  It’s right on the non-touristy part of the River Walk, but close enough to the Alamo and the rest of downtown for a quick walk.  We met a local friend for drinks at the Hotel’s restaurant and bar, Ocho, and I can personally attest to the fact that the margaritas definitely live up to the hype.  Although we were only there for one night, we really, really enjoyed our stay and will again next time we’re in S.A.

havana hotel

words cannot express

He did it!!!!!  The hubs has completed his FINAL architectural project for school!  Graduation is a mere 18 days away and a bit of a formality at this point….because it’s over!

My reaction: celebration gif

 His Reaction:  Napoleon Dance

Someone was so kind as to snap a photo of him in action.  Brad said that this was his best final jury.  (Mind you that doesn’t mean it was a great review… it was just better than the last two years’!)  But he said that it felt good to go out on a high note, because there was no redeeming this project once it was complete.  Maybe I should finally post one of his projects in this space.  For now he is celebrating by getting up and going to a paying job and not school!  A great day indeed…

final architecture project

weekend scene


What a weekend!  We spent half of the day on Friday discovering the Museum of Natural Science.  I haven’t been since I was in high school and it was so much fun.  I’m so glad that the hubs and I are compatible museum partners, but we almost ran out of time.  My favorite part was of course all the pretty rocks. I kept saying, “Why didn’t I become a geologist?!”  It’s also a really magical experience to walk through the butterfly wing of the museum. There are hundreds of butterflies floating around in a room with a waterfall that’s kept at 80 degrees with 80 percent humidity every single day.  For those folks that need eternal summer, it’s a good spot to escape to.

The rest of the weekend consisted of an early birthday celebration for the hubs (more to come), a party for a friend who shares B’s birthday, taxes, organizing our file cabinet, ironing a PILE of clean laundry, and watching a cinemax series “Hunted“.  (I thought it was just a notch above *meh* in retrospect.)  It was also amazing weather again, so I put in some serious miles and my body is paying for it today.  I didn’t think I could still be sore from running, but I am!

And now I’m looking forward to the week ahead…

house hunting

I feel that I should qualify that title.  We are NOT looking for a house to purchase.  After our last ordeal (and the craziness that was 2008 real-estate) I don’t know when we’ll buy again.  Besides we LOVE our little abode; but the hubs and I are always looking (and critiquing!)  *Sidebar — how terrible is it that we bond over griping about stupid houses in the neighborhood — ok, so I’m guessing the homeowners don’t think they’re that stupid.  But how can we resist when we run through this neighborhood — it’s so ripe for fodder.  And yes it’s probably all just good old Cain and Able jealousy; however, it’s clear that money can’t buy you taste!  But I digress…

Last weekend we changed up our running route a bit and stumbled across two fantastically 60s-esque apartment complexes.  (See not everything in that neighborhood is tacky — in fact, it really is quite pleasant and thank goodness I am putting their tax dollars to good use and actually using their wonderfully flat sidewalks.) We have decided to call this little section of the neighborhood Palm Springs 2.0.  Well, I have never been to Palm Springs, but I know automatically that I would love it.  I mean, what’s not to love, right?  All that mid-century architecture, lovely topography, and perfect year-round weather… it’s enough to make me consider finding a job that actually pays really well.  Ha, ha.  Well, these two little, groovy communities looked super inviting and like they had LOTS of potential; and it’s not just because of the pools either (clearly I’m a little obsessed.)  It would be interesting to attempt to shoot some architectural shots of these places with my real camera.  And the bottom photo is to add to my personal collection of favorite homes.  I didn’t realize how much I really, really like that house.  Every time we run by it, I say something (nice!), so I finally paused on Sunday long enough to snap a photo (but hopefully not long enough that the neighbors called the cops).  I love the clean lines and of course the colors: black, white, & wood.  I would love to know how the interior is laid out, but in my book it’s perfect — especially since just over that wooden fence, in the front yard, … is a POOL!

House Hunting

architecture of the object

So this is where I’ll be this Thursday night.

One of B’s classes this semester is called “Architecture of the Object.”  The short of the long: create a beautifully designed object, pitch it to a store for purchase.  And that he did.   He and his fellow classmates are showcasing their projects at one of Houston’s finest shops, Ph Design Shop.  Basically Ph Design Shop is my pinterest boards come to life (sans clothing).  There you will find the likes of Kinfolk & Anthology, Rifle Paper Co goods, Herschel Bags, and any other beautiful object trending at the moment.  (If you can’t make it into the shop you can see some of their on-line offerings here.)  I’m holding off on posting the hubs’ project until after Christmas as several will be sent out as gifts.  But if you’re in Houston on Thursday, go see the manifestation of a semester’s worth of creativity and sweat equity.


(Kudos to Michael for such a well crafted flyer!)