• Goals

    Finding the time for what we love

    I have mentioned before about stolen time, and how I declared that when I wanted to find the time to read more, I did. Today I wanted to elaborate on that and explain how I did it and what inspired me. It started when this past winter, I asked myself why I felt that taking the time to do my favorite thing, read, felt like such a guilty pleasure. My entire life, I have read before bed. But oddly, anything more than that felt like I was not being productive, which is weird as reading is much more productive than for example, watching TV. It became obvious that I needed to both give myself permission…

  • Fun

    Stay-cation

    The past 10 days have been jam packed with activities. We had two waves of house guests as well as logging in a good amount of hours with friends. Due to the schedules that Adam and I both keep these days, it was a bit outside of our norm and made it feel as though we were the ones on vacation! This also explains my absence from blogging for the past week…when I did get into the studio it was pretty quick and focused on getting orders out the door. I spent more time doing laundry (so many sheets, blankets and towels!) than I did in the studio last week, ha! I oddly took…

  • Our program from dinner at Barley Swine.
    Fun

    Top 5 Happy Moments This Week

    The minute I created a blog just for Manic Trout, I knew I would end up neglecting this space too often. So even though it’s the holiday madness, I wanted to share a few things that have made me smile this week…because, well, when you are in the midst of chaos, it really is the little things. 1. Adam is home for the week before he heads off to Chicago and then Las Vegas for work, we’ve been cramming in as many things as possible as we see other once a month right now. This basically means that we have been eating all of his favorite foods both at home and…

  • Goals

    A Night Owl Sharing A Bed With A Morning Lark

    I love being in the studio late into the night. Its quiet, there are no emails, texts or phone calls coming in after about 11pm and as its dark out there’s a cozy feeling in the room. I have been a night owl since before I can remember. I have never wanted to go to bed. Not because I think I’ll miss out on anything, simply because my brain works better late at night. I’m at my sharpest, work comes easier and I can focus the best from about 9pm until about 2am. When I do finally force myself go to bed, I still can’t go to sleep but read for an hour or two.…

  • Kite boards, South Padre Island
    Deep Thoughts

    Fare you well

    One of the hardest parts about blogging is deciding how much of your personal life should be made public. The second hardest part is deciding how much of your loved ones lives should be made public. For the most part, I feel that the “if it’s not my story, it’s not mine to share” way of thinking is the best approach. Although that has made for a great deal of vagueness over the past year. So maybe that only works in theory. Anyway that’s not the point. The point is that yesterday my father in law, Kenny, lost his battle with cancer. It’s been a tough year and a fast one. Too fast.…

  • Ping Pong at South Austin Trailer Park & Eatery
    Fun

    We celebrated the end of summer with tacos and ping pong.

    This past Sunday, I was responsible for choosing the lunch for visiting family. There would be at least 10-16 of us, it was their last day in Texas and they were meeting up with us after walking around on South Congress. I decided that as they had not yet enjoyed the pleasure of dining at a food truck in Austin this trip, or had tacos for that matter, that the South Austin Trailer Park & Eatery was the place to go. My beloved Torchy’s Tacos are there, as well as shaded tables and ping pong for Adam and the boys when they become restless during the pre eating family catch up chit chat that…

  • Deep Thoughts

    All I want is to be able to catch my breath…

    All month I have struggled with if I should blog about the behind the scenes of the last few weeks, if I should write about how overwhelmed I am feeling with work and life or if it would just be obnoxious whining. Everyday I look at the blog and decided not to write about it and then decided that I have nothing other then this to say though so I walk away. Then I reread this post about where I want the blog to go and realized that the bloggers I admire the most would be talking about it. Also that if I never wrote all this down, there was a…

  • Mom, Holly, Gillian, Sierra, Thea in February, 2014.
    Fun

    I’ve got all my sisters with me

    I was in NY this past weekend for my sister Gillian’s Bridal Shower and Bachelorette Party. It was a fast trip filled to the brim with activity and so much time spent traveling. There were about 200 photos taken of the four of us together on Saturday and not one had all of us looking at the same camera at the same time. This one’s not even in focus, but it’s my favorite as my mom is in it and grinning at us all. When I was just looking at the collection of photos from Saturday on Facebook, I ended up on the photo below…from I think 2008? We all…

  • Fun

    The rarity of a 63rd wedding anniversary for my generation

    My paternal grand parents celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary this week. That’s them in the photos above with their parents, on January 20th, 63 years ago. I find this to be wonderfully amazing for so many reasons…mostly because as my generation grows older, I don’t think many of us will see this milestone, forget about experience it. For a generation of so many who waited until their 30’s to wed, or like myself, who divorced and then remarried in their mid 30’s, it will be pretty hard to see a 63rd anniversary. I’m feeling pretty lucky though as not only were all three of my great-grandparents still alive and well…

  • Deep Thoughts

    What my brain is like when designing

    I’m in the midst of finishing up the Spring ’14 Collection, which I’m actually super behind on, but I blame the holidays 100%. Typical of design time, I have cleaned the studio, ironed all of my napkins and cleaned the bathroom today as excellent methods of procrastination. Well, some would call it procrastination, I call it my brain solving the design dilemmas that will keep me occupied all week long. The funny thing is that when I’m in the process of a designing a collection, I am never on pinterest, where normally I tend there throughout the day. There is no more room for inspiration. Right now, I’d much rather…