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Weekend Scene

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.

Oct Weekend 2014

Weekend Scene

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…

Weekend June 15

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!

Houston Staycation: Where We Ate

While hanging around our hometown we visited old places and new.  We seriously blew our food-budget for the month, but it was worth it!  Cafe Brasil is an old neighborhood stand-by… especially this time of year when we can sit in the back courtyard and enjoy this perfect spring weather.  Local (on Upper Kirby) was new for us and has a great vibe — fun atmosphere and the best part — within walking distance!  After our zoo date — we decided to stick around the museum district and try some Southern Fare at Lucille’s.  According to their website, Lucille’s is “progressive southern cooking refined by history”… and I think they’re right!  Yum!

We also tried Canopy and Beavers and couldn’t stay away from our beloved Paulie’s and Little Bigs.  (Did I also mentioned that I gained 10 pounds?!)

Houston Breakfast

Houston Lunch

Houston Dinner

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

Staycation — Zoo Date

First of all let me preface this by saying it had been over 15 years since I had been to the Houston Zoo.  I wasn’t quite sure what my expectations should be.  Secondly, I have really mixed emotions about zoos.  The animals always seem so depressed… but that could also be because I tend to anthropomorphize everything.  I know that a lot of conservation, preservation and care goes into the animals welfare, but it still tugs at my heart strings.

Shoving all that emotion into a deep pocket — it was so fun!  It helped that we visited on the most amazing weather day ever (76 & sunny) and we went on a Tuesday prior to school being let out.  We felt like we practically had the place to ourselves.  It was so lovely strolling hand-in-hand, cool breeze in our hair, comforted by the familiarity of being married to someone for nearly 10 years — commence vomiting now! 🙂  We did get pretty googly-eyed when we saw any two animals carrying on with the natural order of things by grooming one another snuggling.

Of course, to no one’s surprise, our favorites were the big cats.  We were quite fortunate to hear the very vocal Jonathan.  Did you know that a lion’s roar can be heard up to 5 miles away?!  See the zoo is great if anything to help with fun facts that can be used at awkward dinner parties!

Clearly, I highly recommend giving the Houston Zoo a visit — but only on a non-crowded, spring day!

Zoo Date