Art

We’re Having A….

BOY or GIRL

{Photo taken at one of my favorite places ever: the James Turrell tunnel at the MFAh}

I decided that I wanted to wait to find out the gender.  It could have something to do with my fear of early attachment… but I don’t think so.  I’ve just always thought it would be great to wait to find out.  I mean, I’ve got enough issues that I don’t think I need to start projecting gender bias onto something still in utero!  I also kind of like the personal challenge of turning down the opportunity of finding out.  It’s like being able to say no to a piece of free chocolate cake. (I mean, what sane person does that?!)

One of the unexpected enjoyments has been how EVERYONE has an opinion about what I’m having.  I’m not kidding.  Just last week a lifeguard, parking lot attendant, entire Chipotle staff, and a random lady on the street offered up their unsolicited opinions.  Bradly even had someone at a taco shop tell him what they thought it was and I wasn’t even with him!!!

It’s pretty predictable and usually conversations go something like this:

[Stranger:] “Wow… how far along are you?!” or “Congratulations”

[Me]: fill in appropriate blank

[Stranger:] “Is this your first?”

[Me:] yes

[Stranger:] “What are you having?”

[Me:] Not sure, we’re waiting to find out.

[Stranger:] “What?!?! Really? Wow!  Well I think its a {insert boy or girl}!”

I’m not kidding.  People flock to this belly like free ice cream on a hot day.  Surprisingly, the misanthropic introverted part of me doesn’t mind this.  I actually think it’s really funny.   I’ve talked to more strangers in the last 3 months than I have probably in the last 3 years combined!

I’ve also really enjoyed reading about all the old wives tales about gender.  Most of them suggest that I’m having a boy.  I keep flip-flopping as to what I think it is.  I wish I could say I have this other-worldly connection and my intuition is spot on, but really I have no idea.  I think for sure that it’s human…  But these days this is what I think I’m having:

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Weekend Thoughts

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.

Life Is A Theme Park

Celebrating 10 Years Together

We kept tradition alive and did our annual anniversary photo-shoot yesterday on the actual day of our anniversary.  And tonight we’ll celebrate with a proper dinner date!  I think we should celebrate all weekend…

10th Anniversary

10th Anniversary

This year’s location was an easy choice; it’s our favorite Thursday date-night location.

And you can see a few outtakes after the jump…

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weekend scene

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.

Middle May Weekend

Summer Writing Workshop Schedule

The dates are set and I’m ready to write!  I’m trying something new this summer and instead of trying to organize several six-week sessions, I want people to just come and write when they can.  Summer is full of unpredictable schedules, but you can count on getting your creative fix at SWWS every Tuesday and/or Friday starting in June.

So the schedule is as follows: Tuesdays 6:30-8:30pm & Fridays 1-3pm. ($20 per session) || Saturdays June 21, July 19, & August 16 from 9am – 1pm ($35 per session) *If you just want to come try it, your first session is always free!*

SWWS has also joined Instagram.  I’m not a big fan of most social media, but this is a platform I can get behind.  I’m a lover of words + pictures and I’m excited to engage fellow creatives in this unique space.

Hop on over to Salt Water Writing Studio to learn more about the method I facilitate and to sign up!

Houston Summer Writing Workshops

P.S.  I had lots of fun creating this flyer in the studio!

weekend scene

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.

May 2014 Weekend

1.) The light at my studio | 2.) A new book to explore | 3.) An engaging painting

Interesting Things

Color & Texture

I’m hanging out with family this weekend, but I’ll also check out these other links too:

This is a hilarious way to identify an artist by his work.

True stories of sultry, southern women…I’ll read it.

This takes “…stop touching me!” to a whole new level.

Wow — So this is why I feel like a failure!

Even as just a hobby graphic designer I can learn from this great list.

Great…now I want to knit again.

Another Brene Brown interview to watch.

On the more serious side of economic things

Enjoy the weekend!

Three original images here: 1 | 2 | 3