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I took a break from blogging in June, partly because life was getting pretty crazy with travel, family plans and work assignments. Things are finally slowing down, I’m getting back into my favorite routines and I’m finally able to enjoy these long summer days.

Here’s what I’ve been up to lately…

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Houston rarely experiences much of a spring season. Generally you might get a few perfect days of high temperatures in the 80s, but they’re few and far between, interspersed between chilly winter holdovers and angry, dark, thunderstorm-filled days (like today, yikes).

Not this spring! I’ve been amazed by all the multiple breezy, warm, PERFECT days we’ve had so far this season. And after a few weekends of being a homebody and getting a bunch of work done around the house, I have officially reemerged into an actual life, back to my social butterfly ways.

Read on for what I’ve been up to!

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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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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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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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“Hope” is the thing with feathers

That perches in the soul

And sings the tune without the words

And never stops — at all

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This weekend I got to spend an evening in one of my favorite little corners of this city: Mid-Main. I love how defined this little pocket of town feels, with its own unique kind of scene and vibe.

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I always look forward to doing a “currently” post after I’ve been posting a lot about my travels. Trust me, I still love Houston and I haven’t just been sitting around, mooning over Paris! Instead I’ve been spending time actually sitting on the moon.

Bad jokes aside, read on for what I’ve been up to lately!

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