— Feathers and Wax

Monday was the 2017 spring equinox, also called Ostara or the first day of spring. As a cold-weather hater and possibly a mild sufferer of seasonal affective disorder, each year I eagerly anticipate the official end of winter and the return of longer days.

The equinox is all about balance. It’s literally one of two days each year when the night and the day are exactly the same length. An old myth says that the equinoxes are also the only days you can balance an egg…but I haven’t attempted that magical feat, personally.

I prefer to think about the balance of the equinox it in less literal terms, seeking balance in my own life and mentality. So, with balance in mind, I did a one-card draw to figure out what I should focus on this spring. I drew the mother of cups.

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It’s incredible to me that it has already been a full year since Fred and I went to Mexico to celebrate the marriage of two longtime friends of ours. On a recent flight, bored amid a lack of wifi, I unearthed some unused shots on my phone from our final day there. So, consider this a “throwback Thursday” post, if you will.

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If I played my cards right, my visit to Amsterdam next month should coincide perfectly with the tulip season there. I can’t wait to see all the rows and rows of bright flowers, buzzing with bees as far as the eye can see, like in this post from designlovefest!

All our Amsterdam planning (plus this late-winter cold snap in Houston) has me eager to put away my sweaters. Let’s daydream about all the lovely things that springtime entails, shall we?

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On the final few days of our trip to Marfa we really settled in and got comfortable. It was nice being able to remember where things are without having to refer to a map all the time, like our first trip, and revisiting all our old haunts from our first trip.

We also settled in, quite literally, to our Airbnb and immediately felt right at home. It’s incredible what a difference having your own apartment makes on whether you feel like a tourist or a local.

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Usually at this point of the month I would do a “Lovely Things” post, with a roundup of nice things I found online. But today I’m shifting gears to feature one of my favorite new spaces in Marfa: Do Your Thing coffee shop. Maybe “Nice Space” will turn into its own series? We’ll see.

After a morning spent on wind-swept plains at the Chinati Foundation, Fred and I were cold, starving, and needed more caffeine. It was time for us to…ahem…do our thing.

(sorry)

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The whole reason that Marfa, a town in the middle of nowhere, started getting attention in the first place, eventually drawing people like me to its desert landscapes, is Donald Judd. The artist moved there in the 1970s in search of simple surroundings that complemented his style of modern sculpture.

At the time, the seat of Presidio County was no more than a former army base and ranching town, although it had gained some notoriety from its ghost lights and being the filming location of the movie “Giant.”

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I never thought we’d go back to Marfa. Our last trip there was amazing but admittedly a bit harrowing. It was a seven-hour drive, with us filling the boredom with podcasts and Mexican cokes as endless desert vistas roll past the windows. Being IN Marfa is incredible, but the journey there? Not much to write home about.

And for this trip we didn’t have as many days off as last time, either. But when Fred said he wanted to go back, I found some cheap flights to El Paso and a car rental and figured why not?

And now that we know how easy that method is, we might get the temptation much more often…

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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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