July is one of my favorite months. I love 4th of July cook outs and
colorful explosions in the sky (not in my hand or within 10 feet of me thankyouverymuch) and then a week later I get to eat birthday cake. What could be better than that?
This year's birthday was insanely awesome. Adam, Ella, pals and the familia really made it special for me – I can't say that I've had such a great birthday in a long time. It was pretty well themed out – all Tokidoki-style actually, MY FAVORITE!?!? – since I apparently I am still in middle school. But I'm completely okay with that. Thanks for everything guys, it means a lot to me.
And then there was Ella…
My daughter Ella (aka: happykiddo) is the bee's knees. She's almost 3 years old now and has officially made the transition from baby to little girl. I think she's going to have an even quirkier sense of humor than I do (awesome!) and excels at making up songs about popsicles, doing elaborate dance numbers with her princess jump rope and eating strawberries faster than any human alive. Not a day goes by that she doesn't make me belly laugh – at least twice – and she also has the honor of being a hardcore old person magnet in any public space, which she accepts with varying levels of acceptance. In a word = AWESOMEkiddo.
Radio radio (Overtime, baby)
I've been a longtime contributor to the Business Maker's radio show and love it – talk about a talented and innovative group of folks. I'm excited about taking things in a new direction for the Business Maker's with a separate show of my own (along with new gal pal Esther Steinfeld who is going to make a killer partner in crime).
More on this later as we'll be announcing the big launch and making it a (very exciting) to-do, but please do keep me in mind if you have any quirky businesses we should know about, funny CEO quotes or just want to hang out in a recording studio.
Hoop and fire
Adam has been really into the fire dancing scene in Houston
lately. Yes, you totally read that right. Fire. Dancing. With
fire. The burn-y stuff. It's a natural extension of his ceramics and
kiln building love and, um, his patchouli-ness, good times.
If you know me, you probably also know that in addition to a random
fear/dislike of balloons, fire and I also do not mix well. But that's
totally okay, because the fire spinner community is closely tied with
hoop dancing. And boy do I love hoop dancing. I just ordered my first
hoop (and look forward to getting to Austin for some classes there as
well – thanks Beth for the heads up!) and am more giddily excited than I probably care to admit about
it. I mean… how can you NOT have an amazing time when you're in a
frigging hula hoop!?!? And also, I know that my abs will thank me and
that's a great thing too.
And now that I've typed that, I realize there are very few things I
could ever type in the future that would scream HIPPIE more loudly than
these. Unless it was about only drinking hemp milk with my coffee
(check), wearing Thai wrap pants as much as possible (check), holding
on to my ongoing obsession with our local organic farmer's markets (check) and lecturing people on using Dr. Bronner's soap (check and check).
Houston and the artists I love – Dr. Sketchy's // Sketches and Pints
As the founder of the Houston chapter of Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School, I've gotten to know a lot of amazing artists in town. So when Aaron and Fayza
told me about this San Francisco drawing event that lets artists
sketch, sip and sell their work to art loving folks, I knew we needed
to have on here too.
This weekend was our very first Sketches and Pints event – we met at Saint Arnold's Brewery (the full blog wrap up here)
and had a BLAST. We had 12 artists show up to draw and hang out – and
over 500 attendees to mingle with for the brewery tour.
Art was sold, jokes were made, beer was imbibed – I can't
wait to make this a regular force to be reckoned with in the Houston
art scene. So. Much. Fun. Likey and want in? I'm working on the Web
site still, but you can sign up for the newsletter here.
Yoga and how Off! told those mosquito bastards to beat it
Sweet lady Chookooloonks co-hosted (with Edelman PR and Off! – yes the bug-be-gone folks) a fun yoga party at Bright Sky Press last week. The glowing Elizabeth Irvine (whose podcast
I'm listening to right now actually) led us through the sun salutation
and some great meditation exercises and then we ate delicious food,
like REALLY delicious food, rounded off by being sent home with lurvely goodie bags.
It was a really nice time, but even better was the fact that a few days later we spent a day and a half without electricity at our place (transformer-something-or-other FAIL) battling softball sized mosquitoes as we had to keep all windows and doors open to keep the air flowing going. Commercially-sounding as it may seem, that little motorized Off! doodad completely saved us from days of scratching and extensive calamine lotion. I never would've picked it up on my own or guessed it would've worked so well, so now we're hooked. PERFECT TIMING MUCH!?
So that's a few random pieces of my life these days in a nutshell. What are your adventures? Where are you headed? Let me know!