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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

Beach Weekend Sept 2014

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.)

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

An Overdue Apartment Update

The hubs and I recently had ourselves a little staycation.  And as I’ve said a million times before, spring is the only season I’ll openly advocate for everyone to move here.  We thought we might head to Austin or even catch a last minute travel deal to Vegas, but why go somewhere else when it is the perfect time to hang out in the 4th largest city in the country.  Believe me, come August, I’ll be begging for strangers to take me in!

During this week of heavenly respite, we made a pact to treat our town as if we were seeing it with fresh eyes and go to places we wouldn’t normally go (i.e. Try New Restaurants Lazy!)  And eat we did!  We also visited the zoo, went shopping, drove down streets we don’t normally take, grilled outside, watched foreign films… treated it like it was all new…  from the comfort of our own home.  And there will be updates coming of our fun Houston adventures.  But we also took advantage of the free time to clean and organize our home.  (Don’t worry it’s a disaster again already.)  The hubs worked on a new (and amazing!) furniture project and I assessed our art situation and tried to remedy it myself (not happening any time soon!).  So although we are about to install a new major piece of furniture, I figured I’m always going to “soon get another piece of furniture”… thus, just take the picture already!  So here’s a little snapshot of the new arrangement.  But to see the full story, go here or click on Apartment Living up top there.

Apartment Update

Over on that other page, I’ve included links to my DIY hanging pendant, our handmade coffee table, an ikea hack, and a few other things! 

weekend scene

The beach is a good idea anytime in my book.  Even when it’s sweater weather, the feel of the salt air on my skin is refreshing. My parents rented another cabin to celebrate my mom’s 60th birthday.  Although it wasn’t as rowdy as my Dad’s 60th, it was still a great time…with all the fixin’s!  It was the perfect way to say hello to the month of March!

Beach Weekend

Here we are at the same beach here, here, & here too!