Travel

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 Sabbatical

I thought I would pop into this space to say life has happened and gotten in the way of my little electronic creative outlet (i.e. my blog).  I’m trying to strike a balance and want to make sure I’m not ever posting anything because I feel compelled rather than because I want to.  (I don’t know why I feel that pressure…it’s not like I make money doing this…)  Anyway… I may not be in this space right now, but you can find me on Instagram.  Happy Summer… I’ll be back soon!

Summer Sabbatical

The hubs snapped this last summer when we were in The DR.  I want to go back!

WAKING FROM A DREAM

I did a little disappearing act around here and reappeared in Boston, specifically Massachusetts General Hospital.  A dear friend was being induced; and we thought it would be a good idea if she had an extra set of hands around.  I’ve seen both seasons of Call the Midwife; I’m qualified right?!

What an experience, to be in the room when life enters it. It still feels like a dream.

I cannot say enough great things about the entire staff we interacted with.  Momma & Baby are doing very well (Dad too!).  And now I will have more than enough to write about for weeks to come….

BABY DREAM

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

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

Documenting My Travels

Despite my wishy-washy feelings about blogging, there is a part of me that is glad that I have this particular form of documentation of the last 5+ years of my life.  I’ve tried to maintain a balanced approach to my on-line presence.  I don’t really do social media (my 10 instagram followers don’t count!) And really, I only post part of what’s going on in my life at any given time.   As I’ve said before, this is just some sort of a creative outlet and thus a record of how I have stretched my “digital art” skills.  Some of the early stuff I really want to take down in shame but I leave it all there as a reminder of how I’ve changed and to hear my voice throughout the process.

Despite my journeying from a DIY-holly-hobbie-crafter to a wanna-be-design-snob, one consistency is prevalent throughout: adventures — great and small.  And I figured it was time I dusted off the archives of this digital time capsule and actually organize my travel photos.  What I found to be most interesting of all is two-fold really: 1.) In my earlier travels I didn’t post a lot of photos after the trip — despite having snapped literally hundreds.  And 2.) I don’t always document trips with photos.  I can think of at least 2 major cross-country roadtrips that didn’t even end up archived here in any way.  My sister even commented whilst in Spain that I didn’t take very many photos even though I lugged my DSLR with me all around the country.  It’s weird — I know.  But I want to have pure motivation while snapping… and thinking about what would be good on the blog before I snap always makes me uncomfortable.  I don’t want to capture something just to put it here — I want to capture it because I want to remember something authentic.

So… all of that qualifier to say that 1.) I’m glad I finally organized my adventures and 2.) they are what they are.  Sometimes I post about the details, sometimes it’s just been the mood.  I would love nothing more than to be a travel writer: documenting customer service, secret back-alley shops, and the best local food.  But… I’m not.  I often like to pretend that I don’t actually have an audience in this space.  (This is all just for me, right?!)  So, I’ve captured what I’ve captured and it means something to me.  But if someone else connected with it visually or verbally, then that’s just the cherry on top.  But, I must admit that it’s been pretty fun to share details of my adventures and the more I share, the more it motivates me to do it again.

If you click on the little tab up there that says Adventures, you’ll see all the places I’ve been (since 2008)…that I’ve actually posted about.

Travel Tags

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!

life lately

When friends are in town it makes me see my city with fresh eyes.  And Houston has been quite hospitable… especially to two New Englanders!  We had a wonderful week of eating way too much, seeing the sights, and catching up on some much-needed face to face time.  And now here we are on the steps of the last week in February.  Twenty Fourteen — you sure are interesting so far!

Life Lately in February

a snowy start

What a way to start the year — freezing with a smile on my face!  I had not been back to the Mitten since Jan 2012 and that year, we had no snow until our last day and mostly balmy weather.  Well, this trip couldn’t have been more different.  It was the perfect weather for cross-country skiing, eating P-I-E, drinking hot tea, playing cards, and opening presents.  A great way to start the year indeed!

Michigan Vacation

a late start

This does not bode well for new resolutions.  It’s the first week in January and I’m already behind!  It doesn’t help that we spent two full days trying to escape the snowy, icy tundra that was the state of Michigan.  But according to Mrs. Glass-Half-Full (*she’s only a teeny-tiny portion of my alter-ego not eaten by Mrs. What-The-Hell-Happened-Half-Empty) it means that I got to start the year with a bit of an adventure.  I think getting stuck in Minnesota on a record cold night counts.

I have so many thoughts — about this space, my other space, goals, hopes, attempts, and a new word for the year.  All of course to be shared in the days, weeks, and months ahead.  If I can get it together.  I can’t believe that this little space turned 6 years old on Jan 1 and that I’m still at it (as embarrassing as it may be).

Here’s to another fresh start (albeit a late one)!

Minnesota from airplane