On A More Personal Note- Frisco, Texas

It’s been about oh, a month or so since my last blog post and while I don’t have quite a high enough readership for that to cause a stir, it’s only polite to put a cap on the silence considering I was about 10% through the blogging of a whole trip.

Though I love the process of going through photographs i’ve taken on trips, editing and tweaking them and then putting it all together as part of a blog post, it does take a bit of time and lately thats been in high demand around here. Between my day job as someone who’s main responsibility is putting out fires on a team of 1, studying for the advanced Salesforce Admin exam (because why not push for something just that bit of extra), taking an online course on how to become a full stack web developer, working on a couple of art projects for friends, keeping up with letters and penpals, pushing myself to keep a weekly workout routine that will hopefully one day allow me to unironically wear a shirt that says, “Suns Out, Guns Out” and a few other items…some things have had to be put on the back-burner. Things like baking up cool and complicated recipes (almond shortbread raspberry thumbprint cookies are a frick-ton harder to make than expected), reading books about medieval manuscript and of course, this blog.

I’m really hoping to get back into the swing of things before my next trip in May (headed to Greece and Spain) but, no promises just yet.

Only slightly drowning in my coffee cups,
~m

p.s If anyone has a good thumbprint cookie recipe that doesn’t end with the baker in tears at the sight of their crumbly cookies, do share.

Whats Up? (aka the past 4 Months)- Frisco, Texas

Back in April I started posting about the trip me and the bf took to Europe together at the end of March and since then it’s been pretty much all i’ve posted about- both because I had so many photographs I wanted to share and because I do like providing a more linear kind of blogging experience vs sporadic postings all over the place. But, because of that and my reigning title as Exemplary Blogging Procrastinator, it’s now the middle of August and i’m just now finishing up posting about the trip (which isn’t even counting the fact that I didn’t do my usual Outtakes post but lets not get into that…)

So whats up?

A fair amount of stuff actually. Here’s a handy numerical list of things :

1- House sold. The bf and I decided you know what, as has probably been apparent for a good while, living in the suburbs isn’t for us so we decided after 3 years of living out there in a house much too big for just the two of us, to sell it and move closer to civilization. We’re now renting a 3bd apartment in the city of Frisco, Texas and it’s honestly been fantastic.

3- Fantasy books bought because my co-worker suggested them as we have the same taste in books. I still haven’t read the first one because this guy promised me they were a complete trilogy but a frantic late night discovery on his part reveled that nope, it’s an ongoing series. I didn’t commit workplace violence by throwing one of the books at him but, it was a close thing.

2- New places visited and marked off my bucket list- Washington (specifically the Seattle and Olympic Natl. Park area) and Vancouver. To put it simply- I loved it. Like no exaggeration here, i’m already making plans to figure out how to move out of Texas and live somewhere in Washington permanently.

1- Work related goal completed. I doubt i’ve mentioned this before but my day job (the one that I was offered last year while I was on vacation in Germany) consists of working in Sales Ops as a Salesforce Administrator and in June I finally put  my money where my mouth was and took the certification exam- and thankfully passed! Its not the first certification i’ve gotten for a job but it certainly felt like the hardest.

8- parcels/letters sent. Outside of work and traveling, i’ve a giant procrastinator. This definetly applies to my love of snail-mailing and after coming back from the aforementioned trip to Seattle and Vancouver, I sat my butt down and put together a bunch of packages to send to friends and realized as I always do when I get back into it, that I love and miss snail-mailing.

2- Unexpected work related things that happened in June. My director ask me if i’d be interested in going to the yearly Salesforce conference  (Dreamforce!) thats held in San Francisco and after I said yeah sure, why not? got issued a company credit card. Neither of these should be taken as a not-so-subtle humble brag though, because after that happened I had a deep existential crisis about what the heck i’m doing with my life and decided escaping to the PNW for a couple of days with the bf would be a good way to clear my head.

4- Pairs of weird and cool pj pants bought- one has whales, the other dancing cactuses and the third happy ice cream cones. The last one had otters on it that I sent to my friend Julia (the one who is amazing and let me stay with her when I visited her in Germany last year) and if thats not a sign of affectionate friendship that transcends international borders, I don’t know what is.

Countless- Cheeseboards eaten (because thats what you get when you realize you can either make them yourself or easily order them in place of a meal especially when you’re stressed as all heck)

And so thats, more or less, a compendium of whats been up in the last 4 months. Ideally the goal is to start posting about the trip to Seattle + Vancouver here sometime soon, but at this time i’m also navigating work (and studying up for my next Salesforce certification that I want to take in September at the conference), working on polishing up a manuscript to shop around to agents (query letter hell here I come), trying to get back into my art and snail-mailing, oh and also planning my next trip to Europe at the end of November. I think I forgot to mention that in the list above so here-

2- Plane tickets about. One roundtrip ticket from Dallas–> London and one from Budapest to London. 3- Hotels booked so far- cities include: London, Prague, Budapest.

Yup. Life has not slowed down and if anything it’s looking to just keep getting more and more interesting but apart from needing cheeseboard and coffee breaks here and there, i’m enjoying it.

Not drowning in my coffee cups yet,
~m

Monday Interlude- Frisco, Texas

monthly notebooks fablesandcoffee canyonlands art in process fablesandcoffee canyonlands art project in processFablesandcoffee at home

Its been a while hasn’t it?

Between work, plotting out and writing new stories, editing an old one (who says 100,000+ words aren’t fun to re-write?), making travel plans, and in general just trying to get through everyday life in the semblance of a mindful adult, this blog has been shuffled off to the side. If I follow your blog you’ve probably seen me go on liking sprees every so often, so at least i’ve been on here in some form, but my own post have been absent.

That should should hopefully be changing soon though! For one, i’ve got an art project i’ve pretty excited about as it’s a different landscape than I usually work with, inspired by the wonderful Canyonlands National Park in Utah and i’m excited to keep slowly chipping away at it. When it comes to journals and journalling, i’ve picked up the habit of using small ones for each month, as a way to keep goals and plans fresh and present in my mind. My regular art journal has been tucked away for a little bit since I unearthed the travel journal I used on the last trip and have started scribbling in it for future trips (which will be detailed soon…er…maybe). And last but not least in two short week I’ll be up in Colorado for a week long trip that i’m still sorta planning because it wouldn’t be me if I didn’t leave it till the last minute right?

Keeping it real with all the coffee available in North Texas,

~ M

p.s Yes that a Gudetama notebook (in the first pic )that the bf got me for Valentines day because he’s cursed with the kind of girlfriend that wants weird egg things as a show of romantic love. What I also truly very much wanted was a can of Flex Seal® (in clear) but I think that would have been a bridge to far for the guy and, I can respect that 

Art Journal Monday- We Are An Army That Breaks From Within

How is January almost over?

I feel like I blinked once, twice and by the third time the month had rushed on by. Any plans I had to wander around the DFW area this month have taken a backseat to art projects, catching up with friends, obsessing over Yuri!!! On Ice (and that last one was completely unexpected let me tell you), working on writing projects and getting my work out routine back on track.  Also tack on watching way too much HGTV with the bf and drinking so many fruit smoothies I’ll probably start having dreams of strawberries soon.

Music on Repeat:
Moscow- Autoheart
Goodnight Gotham- Rihanna
Nuvole bianche- Ludovico Einaudi
12 Violin Concertos, Op.4-“La stravaganza” Vivaldi (if you’ve about an hour or so to spare, give it a listen)
Prosthetic Love- Typhoon
We Don’t Eat- James Vincent McMorrow
Death of a Bachelor- Panic! At the Disco
Varúô- Sigur Rós

~m

Art Journal Monday- Burst of Yellow Warmth

fablesandcoffee art journal


art journal monday, January sunshine

For those of you that have never visited North Texas in the winter time, lucky you. I don’t make a habit of hating the weather- of all the things to waste energy on – but while i’ve come around to the frankly astonishingly temperamental weather patterns here in this lovely corner of the US of A, the winter time takes the cake. These past 2 weeks have been filled with heat and sunshine, thunderstorms, sleet and flurries of snow, humid rain and more cold snaps than anyone could count.

With that in mind, finding a sunny weekend afternoon to devote to art projects was an unexpected joy and I made the most it before I succumbed to laziness and the need to lounge on the couch.

Ambitions/Projects for this Week:
-Catching up on my snailmail (couple of posts coming up on that later on) and spending my lunch hours at work scribbling travel wishes to friends

– Re-writing a good chunk of my first effort at a modern fantasy novel, the Ocean Is Spilling. Which at this point is just me clicking around multiple screens on my laptop/display furiously and talking to myself in the car a lot.

– Finished up my Bastille inspired art piece (lyrics from their song “The Anchor” ) and sketching out some rough drafts of my next topography mountains piece

– Find a way to motivate myself to get my weekly workouts up from 2 a week to at least 4 (eventually the goal is to get up to 6 a week plus two extra on the weekends…this is perhaps a bit much for a person who still regularly takes the elevator up to the second floor instead of taking the stairs but hey, dream big yeah?)

Progress on the whole “reading more fiction books in 2017” thing: 
Since last year I read literally zero fiction books, preferring instead to drown myself in travel guides and economics, I decided to make it a resolution for myself to read more of them this year. That goal is…not going so great. So far out of the 4 books/graphic novels I had set myself to read for this month, i’ve only read Volume 4 of the Fables comic series by Bill Willingham and gone about a third of the way through The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins. I still have Volume 5 of Fables and the Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman to read this month but unless I find the motivation to get through the Girl on the Train, not sure how likely it will be to finish those as well.

Playlist of the Week :

Not falling into my coffee cups yet,
~m