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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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The first Houston Ballet performance after their summer break always feels like the true start to Houston’s fine arts season to me. I love being at the Wortham for their very first show, watching the late September sun set through the building’s huge picture windows, champagne glass in hand.

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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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Shows at Miller Outdoor Theatre have begun! I love this time of year, when it’s still not too hot to enjoy yourself on the hill with a picnic before the show. This past weekend I saw Houston Ballet perform a mixed repertory there, and now I’m seriously looking forward to hitting up Miller Outdoor as much as possible this summer.

And plenty of local theatre companies in town are planning fantastic shows at indoor spots as well, although tasty picnics would probably be frowned upon there. Read on for my preview to summer theatre in Houston!

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Since getting back from Mexico life’s been less exciting and a little more simple, but it’s been nice to have a break. I’ve been doing a lot of cooking, exercising and still seeing plenty of live music and fine arts as usual.

Read on for what’s been going on lately!

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I’ve been posting non-stop about my Mexico trip since we got back, but I promise I’m still very much in love with Houston.

This past weekend was one of my favorite weekends out of the year: Art Car Ball and Art Car Parade weekend! It’s a time when Houston really lets its hair down and a lot of fun and eye candy is the result. Come join us!

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This stormy week notwithstanding, the weather in Houston has been gorgeous lately. Is winter over already? We’ve seen so many days of bright blue skies and glowing sunlight that it feels like summer is just around the corner.

Here’s how I’ve been taking advantage of it…

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