Summer Partying

I’m working on my hiking posts but spent the weekend partying so those will have to wait.

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My friends Lauren and Rory celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary and several other special days with Sugarweek, and us friends were invited to tag along on their celebrations.

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Friday evening marked the opening of a show at Zhou B Art Center, so before that 5 of us had dinner at the Honky Tonk BBQ. The ambiance is fun.

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One of the few things I miss about Texas is a good brisket, and now I’ve found a local place to have it. Their food was delicious.

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Fighting the food coma, we made our way to Zhou B, where the Self-Portrait Exhibition was in full swing.

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Lauren and Rory were part of it, and perused the other works.

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Here are a few of my snapshots.

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I’m mesmerized by encaustic artists who work large.

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Dan Addington’s Pereginus Cor: I am Content to Follow the Source with oil, wax, tar, collage on wood is striking and filled with texture.

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Erin McClellan Zhoushi’s Untitled photography is so magical.

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InJung Oh’s Untitled oil on canvas is so vibrant, and I was especially drawn to the texture and layering of Corinna Button’s Now + Then (oil and collage on canvas).

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I like the multidimensionality of Robin Monique Rios’ Beyond Midnight with acrylic/liquid plastic. There are numerous other great pieces, so go see the exhibit this month.

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Saturday was spent making a few trips to Belgian Chocolatier Piron, first to order mousse from last year’s birthday gift certificate and then to pick it up.

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For once a party was walking distance for me, which I took full advantage of. Our friend Dean smoked a meal for us, that actually was quite a competitor to the Honky Tonk fare we had just feasted on yesterday.

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Then we ate our hearts out on chocolate mousse and devil’s ganache cake.

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We sampled various beers and whiskeys and had fun conversations until deep into the night.

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Needless to say, not much writing was done on Sunday, so the blog will need to catch up later.

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This is what summer is for, to enjoy the days and nights among friends and savor the love and joy that is in one’s life.

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I am reminded almost daily how blessed I am, and how quickly things can change, so I am going to celebrate where I am, who I am with and whom I hold in my heart every single day.

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