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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Guacamole Time

As soon as we were settled, everyone hiked up the two flights of stairs to check out the rooftop pool.  It did not disappoint.



After a little unpacking, we decided to venture out and find a good spot for margaritas and guacamole.  Our hotel sits on one end of The Malecon, an oceanside street that is closed off to cars and filled with street performers, little touristy shops, and palm trees.  It also is host to a string of sculptures spaced along at every few hundred feet or so.





While walking we came by a second floor restaurant that looked nice and breezy and had a good margarita deal.  Cheers to our first night in Mexico!


(photos by e.hunt)

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Viva Puerto Vallarta!

The other thing I've been spending my free time doing is getting ready for Mexico!  It's been six years since Debby, Mom, and I have traveled together outside the country, and boy was it time!


Our last trip was in Europe.  They met up with me in Geneva, Switzerland after my excursion in Paris and Cannes.  From there we went on to Italy, Sicily, and a few of the islands of Greece.

On Tuesday we woke up at 2:30am (which is even early for me!), to make our 5:30 flight to Houston.  We had a three hour layover, meaning we had time to meet up with Debby's friend who was joining us, and eat a satisfying breakfast burrito.  We arrived in Puerto Vallarta at 1:30, took a taxi to our hotel, and immediately went out to the balcony.  What a view!


(photos by e.hunt)

In the Land of Mordor Where the Shadows Lie

Hello everyone!  Welcome back to Kindof Maybe, a journal of the life and times of me.  A journal that I've been too busy to upkeep over the past couple weeks!  That time has been filled with work, hanging out with friends, collecting last minute travel necessities, making a trip or two to the pool, and going home for dinner.  With what little downtime I have, I've been spending it on the balcony.


These particular photos were taken on Memorial Day.  I was off work and decided to have a beverage before heading home for a barbecue fiesta.  This cool peach and salmon floral dress that I'm wearing is a new one I found at my favorite thrift store.  I don't wear this color too often but sometimes it's nice to switch it up.


At one point my phone decided to jump off the edge while I had it standing up for a photo and it self-timed a pic!  I looked over o see if it was still in one piece before running downstairs to retrieve it.


And after photo time I decided to do a little sketching.  After a quick warm-up, black ink sketch of the plant, I thought a drawing of the color pencil variety would be fun.  And what better subject is there than Lord of the Rings?!!  I thought about a scene in Hobbiton, or my favorite Middle Earth culture, the Rohirim, but for some reason I was in the mood for the darkness of Mordor, with the bright Eye watching from above.  I haven't used colored pencils in a while so it was a fun exercise.


(photos by e.hunt)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Let's Go Play Outside

Good morning, all!  Hope your last few days have been lovely and enjoyable.  I stopped by the park on the way home for dinner the other night for a spin around the lake.



On my second loop around I decided to venture over to the community garden.  Ever since one of my friends and I found it in high school, it's been one of my favorite spots.  You may even recognize it from past blog posts!



It was a beautiful day to be outside; not quite as hot and a little cloud cover.  Perfect for debuting a pair of linen-like shorts I found on end-of-summer sale last year, and a classic black tee.  There was quite a bit of vegetation growing in the little boxes: tomatoes, zucchini, peas, peppers, asparagus, and even strawberries!  It was fun exploring, and a good way to get some activity in for the day.




(photos by e.hunt)

Thursday, May 18, 2017

A Master of Coffee

I have officially started my journey to become a Coffee Master.  I will study and become extremely knowledgeable on the topic of coffee: where it comes from, how it is processed, flavors, roasts, and good food pairings.  And at the end I will receive the coveted Black Apron.

The first step is finishing my Coffee Passport.  I have to try all of the different Starbucks coffees and write my reactions to them.  Today's tasting is Veranda, a blonde roast that's balanced and flavorful without being overwhelmingly bold.  Fun fact - the lighter the roast, the more caffeine!


(photo by e.hunt)

27: Day Five

I'm finally coming down from my fun and exciting birthday weekend.  I got to spend time with old friends, lots of family, and got to pick the menu for Sunday's dinner party.  All was good.

One of my best college friends, Shelby, arrived on Friday to spend the weekend celebrating with me and a couple of our friends who graduated on Saturday.  We spent a lot of time catching up and talking about life.  Friday night and Saturday day were pretty low-key, then Saturday night we went all out.  Sydney, who graduated that day, planned a big party at a bar downtown called McGurk's.  It's a huge establishment, with little bars spaced out on the inside, then also around a courtyard-like outside area.  We commandeered one of those outside bars, and talked and sipped on cocktails the night away.



The next morning we slept in, then stopped and got coffee before Shelby dropped me off at my car and then continued on to the airport.  I'm really glad she ended up coming in for the weekend.  We only get to see each other maybe once or twice a year, and a lot of times its for a wedding or other event so its nice when we just get to hang out, like the old days.

Later that day I drove home for Birthday/Mother's Day dinner.  Grandma and Nana joined us for a delicious meal of barbecued chicken, rice, green beans, and Dad's special corn dish.  The Gary Hunt Workshop does it again!





Mom had even made a dairy-free ice cream cake!  This recipe has sort of become a birthday tradition in our dairy-free household, and for good reason because it is delicious!  Once everyone had a slice I started opening gifts.



Taylor gave me a really awesome Return of the Jedi Sketchbook (appropriately wrapped) that has sketches of characters, ships, and the different planets.  It's really cool to see the progression of ideas: the first sketches of Jabba the Hutt look nothing like he does in the movie, for example.


Mom found this vintage lamp at an art fair a while ago and thought the French porcelain characters would go great in my apartment.  It's a little girly, but I like it, and it looks good next to the French dining room chair and the Star Wars prints.  As Taylor said, across galaxies and time!


What a great birthday weekend!  Thanks to everyone who wished me a happy day, and to everyone that celebrated with me!  Year 27 is going to be a good one, I can feel it.

(photos by e.hunt)

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Queens of Celestial Clouds

I chose a deep blue for this month's inspirational color.  Blue has always been my favorite color.  Calm, soothing, but also intriguing and mysterious; the color of the ocean, the color of the sky, a beautiful ink and paint hue.  Perfect for this early summertime month.



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