— Feathers and Wax

The folks at Free Press Summer Fest released the 2017 lineup yesterday and I’m…looking forward to a fun time but not quite as pumped as I’d hoped.

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Fred and I traditionally go out for our Valentine’s Day celebration a day early. This year we had the option of going out tonight too, but after thinking about the hassle of making a reservation and elbowing through crowds of anxious paramours, I decided we should stick with Monday.

I wanted to keep it simple this year. Maybe it’s just because the last few weeks have been so harrowing, or maybe it’s because we’re about to go on vacation…but I didn’t feel like some fancy outing. So we stuck with jeans and leather jackets and headed to Love Buzz to get a pizza large enough to nap on.

It was our first time there and it turned out to be entirely perfect.

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I always get excited about live music around this time of year. The holidays are over, spring weather is around the corner and tons of bands start to announce their tours. And then my calendar starts filling up quick!

As a result, I went to three shows just over the past week with my friend Melissa, who has scarily similar taste in music as me. Read on for more on those as well as my Spring live music calendar!

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Is anyone out there feeling a little fatigued lately? Tired of paying such close attention to everything, tired of feeling so outraged by every news cycle, maybe even physically tired from marching and holding signs? I hope you take some time to yourself to recharge. As for me, I spent my Sunday night on my couch drinking wine and watching The Love Witch  so I’m feeling ready for fresh motivation.

I’ve been saving a lot of feminist-themed art lately for that reason. I love it in all its zine-ready, in-your-face glory. I also love how it reminds me that there are so many others out there just like me, and that together we can make a difference. Here are some of my faves…

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Since the past two weeks have been so…interesting, it was nothing short of fascinating going through photos of my life from the past two months in order to prepare for this “currentlies” post. Like, oh yeah, I did have a life pre-Trump presidency, one that was relatively idyllic and easy-going.

It’s not like the worry about his presidency wasn’t looming at the time, but I certainly didn’t realize how insane things would get straight out the gate. Post-election we were all hearing conservatives say that should take Trump seriously but not literally. Welp. As it turns out we should have taken him both seriously AND literally.

No wonder I’m feeling a bit nostalgic about my recent past. Here’s what I was up to while I took a monthlong break from blogging…

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As expected, the winter has turned me into a voracious reader. But current events seem to have stoked my need to educate myself as much as possible as well. As a result I’m rereading some relevant classics as well as trying out some new nonfiction for this round.

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There are so many reasons why I joined 100,000 people to March on Austin this past Saturday — if pressed to list them all I might end up with as many reasons as there were marchers.

Certainly I marched for all of the reasons outlined in the march’s mission statement. And I picked Austin over DC or Houston because right now I have a few bones to pick with the Texas Legislature, specifically. But instead of why I marched let’s talk about for whom I marched.

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Remember my Riot Grrrl Post-Election Toolkit post where I mentioned thinking about what causes matter the most to you and seeing how you can help them? In that post I also suggested you think about whether a group or club you’re already in has the potential to be organized for a good cause.

I’m so happy to say that a group of friends and I actually pulled that off. Our regular art/craft/DIY exchange meetups have officially been organized into an activist cause: the Makers and Thinkers Collective of Houston. We threw our first event this month and made more than $400 for local nonprofits!

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I first met Fred in 2004. He was working as a barista on Galveston island and served me a cup of coffee.

Coffee, as it turned out, would end up being a constant in our relationship over the next 13 years.

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On New Year’s Eve, Sally and I went to the Troika, where we met Fritz. The couples were dancing with hands on each other’s hips, yelling in each other’s faces, streaming with sweat. An orchestra in Bavarian costume whooped and drank and perspired beer. The place stank like a zoo.

After this, I think I strayed off alone and wandered for hours and hours through a jungle of paper streamers. Next morning, when I woke, the bed was full of them.

–“Goodbye to Berlin” by Christopher Isherwood

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