Last night Melissa and I went to check out Fork&Taco on burnet. I had heard that it was overrated so I went in a little skeptical but I was pleasantly surprised; I really liked the decor and the one taco I got was delicious especially paired with a Peacemaker (good job Fork&Taco for having Austin Beerworks). 

En route home (Mel's my neighbor), we spontaneously pulled into Half Price books on lamar because sometimes you just need an evening out, walking around and browsing books. 

I wonder if I could recreate this: beets, grapefruit, avocado. Three favorite ingredients right there. 

I wonder if I could recreate this: beets, grapefruit, avocado. Three favorite ingredients right there. 

Some Pablo Neruda at Half Price books 

Some Pablo Neruda at Half Price books 

I'm thankful for bookstores and for heart-to-hearts over tacos. 

PS: I came home with a stack of back issues of Domino Magazine, a steal at $1 each ! 

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Kae and James took Rose on a little road trip from Temple to Georgetown to see me for lunch yesterday ! We went to Hatcreek Burgers, which is moreorless my happy place here in Georgetown. We ate lunch under the big tree out back and enjoyed the perfect weather. 

Pretty mom and silly Rose. Kae calls her Chipmunk :) 

Pretty mom and silly Rose. Kae calls her Chipmunk :) 

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Yesterday was my mom's birthday. She spent it in Arizona with my dad; I honestly thought she was in Sacramento. My parents travel so much, it's hard to keep up sometimes. 

When my friend Layne first launched her shop Oh Dandelion, she featured moms on her blog, and asked me to write a little something about my mom, here's the graphic Layne created: 

She's a fun one that Sherry Wang. 

She's a fun one that Sherry Wang. 

Happy Birthday Mom, hope you had a good one! Thanks for your love. 



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I painted a couple pumpkins gold this weekend and they joined the two already outside our door

White pumpkins are my favorite. 

White pumpkins are my favorite. 

This weekend was packed in the best way: it included catching up over new candles (Meyers love) with a friend in town from San Antonio (hi Tiff), a BBQ with Peter's GMC, some alone time reading on my balcony, eating hot dogs while watching Antony Bourdain with neighbor Mel, attending Taylor's bridal shower at a cute house in South Austin, and watching Walking Dead with neighbors Georgina and Brandon. 

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Have a good one ! 

Hope this little nugget warms your heart: 

Oh hey there, aren't you the cutest burrito there ever was ! 

Oh hey there, aren't you the cutest burrito there ever was ! 

 

 

 

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The other day I dropped my favorite mug in the sink at work and broke her :[ I was pretty bummed about it but I've got a couple other mugs, and no joke, when I broke the mug I thought to myself: treasures in heaven do not break. I'm super spiritual like that ;) (just kidding, but really, that came to mind... and it's a good truth to be reminded of often in my opinion). 

Pretty clean break, I could probably use this as a pencil holder now or something. 

Pretty clean break, I could probably use this as a pencil holder now or something. 

Anyway, so the other day I came home and what did I find waiting on my bed? The sweetest gift from awesome roommate Holly who made a little trek to the east side of Austin to Take Heart to find my mug: 

According to the owner, the artist is no longer making this version of mugs, so Hols was able to grab one of the last few  !

According to the owner, the artist is no longer making this version of mugs, so Hols was able to grab one of the last few  !

This is yours truly this morning happily sipping coffee in her new mug:  

oh hey. blurry mug selfie. 

oh hey. blurry mug selfie. 

Thanks Holly, you bless me. 

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Recently my parents got back from a trip to Turkey and Greece and brought back a beautiful piece of fabric for me which I tucked on the back of the couch: 

Thanks Mom for picking this out for me ! 

Thanks Mom for picking this out for me ! 

Detail shot

Detail shot

Two things I have always wanted is a small home full of treasures from travels and original art by friends strung throughout the walls. This dream is slowly coming to pass with pieces like the above fabric and this original print by my friend Daph. 

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So one of my creative goals (by this time next year hopefully) is to have my work up in a coffee shop. The idea of that terrifies me! (See quote below from recommended book The War on Art)

I've recently been dreaming up a theme and started looking at frames; I even have a coffee shop in mind I want to ask to display my collages. It feels like such a faraway goal and in this busy season I keep wondering if it will even happen, but I'm hoping as I take baby steps towards it, it will. 

Usually I collage on watercolor paper but this piece (started here) is on tracing paper. 

Usually I collage on watercolor paper but this piece (started here) is on tracing paper. 

Resistance is experienced as fear; the degree of fear equates to the strength of Resistance. Therefore the more fear we feel about a specific enterprise, the more certain we can be that that enterprise is important to us and to the growth of our soul. That’s why we feel so much Resistance. If it meant nothing to us, there’d be no Resistance.
— Steven Pressfield
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Rose Mei is finally here! Kae & James were awesome this weekend; I am so proud of them and can't wait to see them raise Rose.

Here's grandma seeing little Rose Mei for the first time: 

My nickname for my sister is Chip-Chip; immediately when I saw Rose I started calling her Baby Chip. It came out without me thinking! So Baby Chip, I can't wait to get to know you. You are a blessing from God and I'm honored to be your aunt. 

My nickname for my sister is Chip-Chip; immediately when I saw Rose I started calling her Baby Chip. It came out without me thinking! So Baby Chip, I can't wait to get to know you. You are a blessing from God and I'm honored to be your aunt. 

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