Boise City, Oklahoma

So July was quite the doozy y'all. While on a wonderful Mom/Daughter adventure in Santa Fe, we received word that Maudie (My Mom's Mom) was on her way out of this world and onto the next. We rushed home early and missed her by 1 hour, which was devastating, only made better by knowing my Dad had been holding her hand during her last breath.

Ultimately, this lead to her funeral in her hometown of Boise City, Oklahoma. It's where she grew up, met my grandfather and got married. It's where our family roots still are - many of them graciously making an appearance at her graveside service. The trip to and from the funeral will forever be one of my favorite family memories, as it was a throwback to the classic Bowie family road trips (yaaaaay)...only now I am old enough to do the majority of the driving (booooo).

The trip was a last HOORAH in honor of Maudie - and we raise a glass of zinfandel while wearing red lipstick and toast to her feisty and beautiful legacy.

(photo by the amazing Briana Purser, whom I am oh-so-proud to call my friend and wedding photographer)

A few things you should know about this trip:

- it was made in our dear family friend's giant green passenger van - complete with the kind of tires that would take you to Hell and back with the extra flair of a kick ass grill (and bumper) guard.

- on the way up there my Mom had a fever of at least 101. By the time we got there my Dad had come down with Pneumonia and was sporting a fever of 103. Troopers...both of them.

- I videoed and photographed the entire trip, this is just a tiny selection of what I wanted to share. Most of the landscape photos were taken one handed with my iPhone while driving. Safety first y'all.

- my parents are super cute as evidenced by this video:

Cinco de Mayo

a few days late but better late than never, right?

I had a splendid little day with my lovely friend Johanna - from a laid back brunch at Takoba to a lovely little stroll through East Side Succulents - it was the perfect Sunday that just also happened to be Cinco de Mayo.

this amazing day was promptly followed by a monday morning adventure which ended with a diagnosis of rapid onset bronchitis and/or pneumonia...booooooo.

Don't worry Monday, the feeling is mutual.

A gathering for Poss

When I moved to Austin in 2004, my very first job was working on a reality TV show as a lowly PA. I walked in the production office on my first day (which was literally

the DAY AFTER I graduated college) and there she was...Kate Poss. We met, it was friendship at first sight and that was pretty much that. In the weeks, months and years

to follow we made a lot of trouble and had a lot of fun and always seemed to act surprised when yet another stranger cracked the "oh, it's two kates! it's kate squared!"...yes,

that one never gets old.

Last year my dear friend, who was born with the most adventurous soul, decided to quit her job and move to the Seychelles to become a Divemaster.  Her reasoning was

basically, "Well, why the hell not?" and we all hugged her and were insanely jealous and wished her the best. On the selfish side, I really miss my friend...but mostly, I am

so unbelievably PROUD and happy for her. She's my hero.

She is back in the states for a little visit and her family threw her a Welcome Home BBQ. Poss has one of the great families that you kind of want to inject yourself into and

hope they just adopt you - so I attempt to do that as much as possible. It was a wonderful gathering to celebrate her adventures that included BB guns, a giant pig named

Tinkerbell, a brisket made with brotherly love, ping pong and lots of laughter.

**If you feel like you need an escape from your job to daydream a little - might I recommend  you follow Poss's blog? It's like she wakes up in a screensaver every

day...http://captainofmyownship.blogspot.com/**

*photo credit: kate poss

*photo credit: kate poss

*photo credit: kate poss

*photo credit: kate poss

#artiseverywhere

Last night, while cooking dinner, I was reminded that art and beauty is absolutely everywhere. Even if you can't see it right in front of you, it's there if you look for it. Look up, look down, look inside, look around. It's there and mostly likely if you let it, it'll find you. And sometimes it'll jump out at you while holding a knife and chopping vegetables. Surprise!