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last week in iphone pix

I feel like everything in my life is moving at a million miles a minute and all of my time is spent doing something. (I've explained this before in the old blog.) Anyways, because of my ever growing, super busy schedule I am severely slacking on my new fabulous blog. Honestly, I can't imagine that changing any time soon. I wish it was not the case and I will still try my best to attend to this site, but other priorities are coming first. Including some below... And so, if nothing else, I want to try to take more silly documentation photos of the goings on in my life. Enjoy. Left: Celebratory free beer and pizza at Rice in honor of my coworker (he just got into his first choice grad school!) Right: AIGA Q&A with Steven Thomson. My parents got a new puppy! We still have no idea what she is, but she is small and has a brindle coat and is adorable! (When she's not chewing on your arm/finger/shirt/shoe/face.) Left: Cricket's for brunch. Yes, my brunch consisted of a Root Beer float. Don't judge. Right: St. Paddy's Day parade in Galveston. I put down all of my work and went to the beach for the day. I NEEDED a vacation and that was the best I could do.

it could be time. a new portfolio site.

Some days I visit other websites of young professional only to drool over their work and daydream about having my own site that looks just as fabulous... In the back of my head, I know that I need to create a new site. Mostly because my current site has just become an embarrassment. I thought it was the coolest thing I'd ever created up until that point, but I've learned and have grown so much while working at PH. (I would link to my old flash site, and realized that maybe I should have taken a screen shot before it went away, but's now just another boring WordPress Theme.) I'm really interested in learning how to theme a blog (as stated a million times on this blog!) and so now is my chance to take the plunge. My brother told me about Firebug, which allows users to look and edit HTML and CSS in real time. It's pretty neat. It's also helpful for newby's because I can go to other sites and get clues on coding! Yay for me! These are some portfolio sites that I really admire. Most are very clean and simple and direct. Everything that a portfolio should be (in my opinion.) Sarah Mick This site is my favorite. I like the white background. I'm toying with whether or not I want a white background, a pattern or a color. Who really knows. But I love her color pallet and use of typography. The only thing I DO know is that my color pallet with be full of yellows and grays (surprise surprise!). I also like the scrolling feature...might have to figure that one out. .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . Jessica Hische Not only is all of her work...AMAZING...but I also really dig the design of the site. The navigation is very clean and legible. Each design project is listed separately and you can hit a "next" button to keep going through all of the projects. .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . Strange Native This site has the same formatting principles, but applies a completely different look with color. And makes me go back to my question of a background. This site also uses one image at a time that you have to scroll through. I like the idea of seeing all images at once, but know that sometimes the scrolling back up is more than our little fingers are down for. Hopefully in the next few months and I can start teaching myself some of this stuff to create a portfolio that is perfect just for me.

etsy finds: put a bird on it!

Have you been watching Portlandia? Well, you should because it is the funniest show at the current moment. Well, perhaps it's only funny for people that understand the hipster culture or went to art school or actually live in Portland, but I think it's pretty dang hillarious. After their sketch "Put a Bird on it" aired, I was sent a link to watch it by a couple of people. Were they trying to tell me something? Do I put birds all over things or would I just appreciate the humor? Either way, my bathroom is full of birds, so I suppose that is it. In case you are unfamiliar with this growing phenomenon: My bathroom is the one neglected place of decor. I've thrown up a birdy shower curtain and have matching towels...but the walls are so BORING. So, this week's etsy finds is inspired by Portlandia and by the need to put something on my walls! 1. Blue Jays from Bee Things (I actually already own this print and LOVE it...I suppose I should move it to its appropriate room!) 2. Icy Bird Pin from Moloco (I'd put this on a shelf so that every time I saw it, I would say "Aww! So cute!") 3. Love Bird Necklace from Spunk and Sass (Ok, so I don't need this for my bathroom, but it's cute and they are local!) 4. Love Birds Ring Holder from Darrielle's Clay Art (I would actually use this as an earing catchall.) 5. Little Bird Print from One Sweet Orange. (Love the colors in this!) All images courtesy of the artist's etsy shops.

st. arnolds: a houston gem

After living in Milwaukee for a few years, I grew to love local microbrews, specifically New Glarus beers. Back in Texas, my go-to beer would always be a Shiner. Good. Texas. Beer. And while I might be the last to jump on the bandwagon, I have a new place in my heart for St. Arnold Brewery, brewed just north of Downtown,  conveniently 5 minutes from my house. What's better than locally brewed beer? A brewery that offers you 4 (decent sized) tastings for $7.00 every Saturday. The beer hall is always packed by 11:20, so this time I knew to get there early to stake out a spot to sit. A few friends and I met up to enjoy a beer and company. Eva graciously brought some game, but none of us had the energy or know how to actually play the game. Thank goodness someone else had a deck of cards. And we might have brought a little bit too much food for 7 people... The longer I live here, the more I discover in Houston. It's really not that that bad! We may not have numerous breweries, but we definitely have one really good one to keep us going.

ice day 2011

Last Friday, the City of Houston shut down. Like, completely shut down. There was only 1 day in my five-ish years in Wisconsin that something that that happened, though it seemed to be with a little more reason (like lots of snow?). But no, the 4th largest city in the United States shut down BEFORE anything had even happened. It all started last Thursday, when the meterologists told us to go home early because of a winter storm that was going to bring in 1" to 3" of snow and lots of ice. I did not go home early that day, but I did enjoy the light traffic on the way home. That night, the news announced that schools would be closed the following day and the mayor made a statement that the city would be closed. (Funny, I still got my mail, so not ALL government employees got the day off.) I actually woke up in the middle of the night to check for the snow out of my window. Nothing. Then in the morning I thought to myself, "there HAS to be snow now!" Nothing. But then I turned on the TV to the news to learn that most of the streets in Houston were covered in ice. People were getting stranded on overpasses and bridges. Knowing that I would have to cross at least 2 bridges to get to work, I knew that would not be possible. I did venture out eventually and really couldn't see much evidence of a huge freeze. Luckily, Erin, was kind enough to post some photos from that day.
More of Erin's photos from the day can be seen here.
It may not look like much and it really didn't seem like that much, but it was dangerous. People in Houston have NO idea what to do with wintery weather. We can handle hurricanes, but not icy conditions. So I listened to the weather people and stayed home (almost) all day. It was nice to have a 3 day weekend and the chilliness was a nice peview for my following weekend in Wisconsin!
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