Category Archives: Life

Contemplative Vincent is Contemplative

Nothing new with the cats as of late. Life has seem to calmed down in fact. Everyone is getting along with everyone else. Something I never thought would happen.

Contemplative Vincent

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Posted by on July 22, 2014 in Life, Randomness, Vincent


Wedding Bliss – Engagement Shoot

Yesterday I posted a behind the scenes picture from our engagement photo session on Sunday.

I had such a blast!  Jennifer from Full Bloom Studios was so much fun to work with and she immediately put me at ease. I forgot all about my uncomfortable issues with my body and being photographed.

Here are a couple of sneak peek she’s released. The rest I will have to wait for them to finish being processed but wow, I am just blown away!

Engagement Photo - B&W Kissing


Engagement Photo - Katy Smirk


Posted by on July 17, 2014 in Life, Wedding Stuff


Wordless Wednesday – Behind The Scenes

Engagement Photo - Behind the Camera - Laughing

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Posted by on July 16, 2014 in Life, Wedding Stuff


Wedding Update – Venue

We toured the venue a couple of weeks ago and fell in love with it! It’s an old opera house located just outside of Austin, Texas. A sneak peek from about midway into the room. My friend, Kellie, is standing on the stage where we will put the musicians.

The Opera House

It’s sorta kitschy, I get it but we are going to put a Spanish/Mexican flair on it. Kellie and I are still in the detail planning stage but I think it is going to be great! We put the deposit down so now that is all taken care of, whew!

The caterer ended up not panning out. Her minimums exceeded what I want the entire wedding to cost so I had to scrape that idea. Instead, a friend of mine is going to be taking care of the food for me as a wedding present. The plan is to have Spanish tapas, mostly cold foods so we don’t have to worry about keeping food hot. The plan is to have the wedding in the middle of the afternoon in June so I think that will be good.

We met with our photographer for the wedding last week and just talked about Kress and I, the engagement photo shoot we have coming up and what we would like to see happen at the wedding. It was a great meeting and it just made it that much more real for me. So exciting!

Now we get to switch gears and focus on getting ready for Pennsic. We will be gone from June 30th – August 11th, I am so looking forward to it! But in the meantime, I go back to just being engaged and idly dreaming up ideas for the wedding. :)

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Posted by on July 10, 2014 in Life, Randomness, Wedding Stuff


Venues and Caterers and Photographers! Oh my!

There hasn’t been a lot of forward movement just yet on the wedding. Mostly talking, hashing out ideas and of course, trying to figure out how we are going to pay for everything!

So initially, we wanted a garden party type wedding and reception, outside under the Oak Grove in Zilker Botanical Gardens. It sounds so lovely. Except, they are not taking any reservations until Oct and even then, the date is not guaranteed because they may schedule classes. They also required a $300 deposit with the balance ($900) paid day of, if not before.

On top of all of that, an outdoor wedding, which already has it’s challenges, in a Texas summer; which anyone who lives here will know, that is no joke. The parking is not great, we would need to have people park at Zilker Park and walk into the venue, which is all well and good but Zilker park is a VERY popular park. Finding parking is not exactly easy. And then finally, the gardens is located in Downtown Austin.

The more I thought about it, the more I realized, this could possibly be an absolute nightmare. So back to the grindstone I went, looking for a new venue. After *several* phone calls, I finally found a place that just sounds awesome! We are going to go look at it tonight and if we like it, lock that baby down. I will try to remember to take pictures so I can share.

While I have been dealing with that, I have also been trying to get in touch with the caterer of my favorite tea house. I knew there were going to be challenges seeing as how they were not geared up to cater small venues but I think a month with no call back or response to emails is a bit much, no?  So I finally gave up and started looking around. I found a place that sounds absolutely incredible and she responded to me in less than 24 hours!  What?!  That happens?! Sign me up!

I just sent her my wedding wish list and budget to see what we can do. She sounds quirky and fun so I really hope I can work with her. I have to admit, the caterer is probably going to be my favorite part of the whole thing. All the tastings! :D

The photography was probably the least stressful. A friend of mine is a phenomenal photographer so there was no question that she would be doing my photos. That was probably the very first thing I locked down after the rings!

There has also been a dress change. While I love the dress I picked out, it just doesn’t have that…that umph! It doesn’t say bride at all! It’s just a nice dress. Which broke my heart a bit, I had so hoped that part of the journey was at least handled but hey, I get to go try on dresses! So that will be a journey in and of itself and I am really looking forward to it.

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Posted by on June 26, 2014 in Life, Randomness, Wedding Stuff


Layla Being Loveable

It’s not often Layla shows any kind of affection. So when she does, I always try to capture the moment.

Of course, a minute after this pic, she woke up and nipped me. LOL

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Posted by on June 24, 2014 in Layla, Life, Randomness


Love me some greyhounds!

Our friends, Craig and Michelle, rescue greyhounds. They have a pair that are so adorably cute, it is not even funny. The bad part, I forgot their names. :(



Michelle has been able to trace this one’s lineage back into the early 1800′s as her family line is all well known racers.

They are both retired now and live a quiet life in suburban Buda, Texas. Lovely animals and more often than not, happy to just have a nap. :)

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Posted by on June 17, 2014 in Life, Randomness


35 Things to do in Austin

Awhile back, Buzzfeed put out an article about some things to go in and around Austin.

I’ve lived here since 2005 and have only done two of the things on the list. Those being watching a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse and walking around Mayfield Park. It was time to do more!

So some friends and I came up with a plan and knocked  4 or 5 items off the list.

12pm: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is a gorgeous place. We only managed to see about a quarter of it. I will be back! You can see a panoramic picture of the display gardens here.


2pm: Umlauf Gardens is a museum and sculpture garden with over a 100 pieces of Charles Umlauf’s work. All of which he donated to the museum.

3pm: Hey Cupcake! One of my all time favorite dessert food trucks! This is a Dark Chocolate cupcake with cream cheese topping and then filled with whipped cream. Because we all need instant heart attacks in the middle of downtown Austin. :D

A Whipper Snapper Michael Jackson

4pm: Uncommon Objects is a really interesting place. Great for looking around and finding odd things but a tad overpriced if you ask me. Still a great place to experience though.

6pm: Magnolia Cafe is a *great* place to eat. It is very eclectic and friendly. The food is always incredible and anytime someone wants to try something local, I take them there.

8pm: Austin has one of the largest bat colonies living under Congress Bridge. Every evening starating from mid March to early November, over a million Mexican free-tailed bats fly out from under the bridge. It was really impressive to watch.


And there you go!  A snapshot of my Sunday. :) Lots of walking, lots of laughter and a great day with friends. :)


Posted by on June 9, 2014 in Life, Randomness



A friend of ours, Keith, has one of the cutest dogs. Her name is Sadie.

We were going to the lake and Sadie really wanted to go!  She turned up the charm but alas, we had to leave her behind.

But is that not the cutest face EVER!

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Posted by on June 3, 2014 in Life, Randomness


Combat Archery Coat of Plates Progress

It’s been some time since I have been able to work on my coat of plates. But I was finally able to sit down and draw out the plates on the back!


Now to get the other side drawn out so I can start attaching the plates. I can hardly wait for it to get finished! I am shooting for mid July since I will be going to an SCA event in PA from July 31st to Aug 10th. It would be great if I could debut it there. :D

More soon!

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Posted by on June 2, 2014 in Life, Randomness, SCA


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