— Feathers and Wax

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I wish I could remember when I had my first glass of champagne. Even though I can’t recall the exact details, I know I was immediately smitten with it. The fizziness, the slender glasses, the intricate dance of the bubbles from bottom to top. I liked how it wasn’t too sweet but still played on your palette, instantly banishing all solemnity.

It’s difficult to be sad while drinking champagne.

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I hope everyone’s having a lovely summer so far! Despite the fact that it “feels like an armpit outside,” to quote someone I overheard in the gym yesterday.

Days with 90% humidity are probably best spent inside reading a good book, hmm?

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I went on a street skate this past weekend for the first time in MONTHS (thanks, rainy Houston weather) and now I’m falling back in love with it all over again. I’m already chomping at the bit to plan the next skate!

Late summer is the best time to cruise around on a pair of quads. It’s so hot out, but snow-cones and rollerskates are basically BFFs. If that isn’t enough to get you rolling, here’s some fun skate art to inspire you.

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As you could probably tell from my recent mix CD post, I’m feeling a bit stuck in the nineties lately. While I might not be quite ready for scrunchies and floral sundresses to come back in style, I am certainly digging plenty of X Generation aesthetics lately. Just pop in your Romeo + Juliet DVD and I bet you’ll feel just as nostalgic as I am.

Just in time for this nineties revival in fashion and music, new theater group Rec Room HTX is doing live action performances of My So-Called Life,  episode by episode, every Monday night until they’ve completed all 19 episodes. Are you excited? I’m excited.

I checked out this week’s performance, and I’m totally hooked.

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Last weekend was Museum Experience Day for my favorite museum district — it includes the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. On experience day, admission is free (which is always the case for CAMH, but is a real treat at MFAH) and there are usually some activities going on as well as food trucks and other fun stuff.

I had been really intrigued by social media posts I had seen of the exhibits at CAMH particularly — Houston artist Mark Flood’s work looked so intense and interesting, and Jae Ko’s gorgous paper artwork looked amazing in the photos I had seen.

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Over the past few months something kind of miraculous happened: Fred ended up working a fairly similar schedule to my own for weeks and weeks on end. We generally don’t know what his schedule will be ahead of time, so it just ended up being a pleasant surprise, week after week.

So going through photos to do a “currently” post today I was surprised to see that most of them were of this guy, sitting across the table from me. Lots of date nights. I’m going to miss it! A couple weeks ago he went back to his normal schedule of working nights and weekends, so I’m currently enjoying the alone time but I know that feeling will be short lived.

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Making mixed CDs has become kind of a lost art now, what with our use of MP3s and Spotify playlists to get our music fix. When my art and DIY exchange pals decided to host a mix CD swap for this round I almost wasn’t sure I’d be able to meet the challenge — my home computer doesn’t even have a CD drive in it! But I was so excited about the idea, making mix tapes and mix CDs brings back so much nostalgia for me.

In the end I was able to complete the assignment (and even get extra credit). Keep reading for what went on my mixes and get a link to a spotify playlist for the same songs!

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Humans have an innate tendency to procrastinate on activities until the situation is dire. Anyone else out there wait until the last minute to turn an assignment in to your boss, or wait to clean the house until an hour before guests arrive? The tendency hails from the time we were all cavemen and cavewomen who reacted primarily to only the most basic impulses, like hunger, sex drive or a sense of danger.

Since there aren’t any wooly mammoths chasing us down, why should we bother to plan ahead, right?

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Houston weather is bringing the heat lately, and it’s just going to get worse. I looked at the extended forecast recently and we’re in store for 100+ degree days pretty soon. Oof!

Times like this I want to wear as little as possible in only the lightest, most airy fabrics. Time for some inspiration…

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