I had a wonderful Thanksgiving this year and luckily enough… I was able to celebrate it twice.

This is what it looked like at my house this year:

This is a pic of my dad and I. He was teaching me how to correctly carve a turkey. It’s very difficult. One must remember to slice the meat, NOT tear the meat.

Our beautiful spread — much thanks to mom and dad. We had…. a beautiful 20 lb. Turkey (of course) for  7 people with Dressing and even SOY dressing for my grandmother, delicious homemade gravy, cranberry sauce (out of the can) plus another kind out of the can but with real cranberries (gross), we had Clemson green beans (as my mother has affectionately named them), Turnip Greens, wine (lots of wine), squash casserole and rolls. DELISH!

And of course we couldn’t forget about our monster baby. He got a pan with leftover dressing. HE LOVED IT. What a baby! A BIG baby.

Mark Twain

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

mark twain

The Ridiculous Christmas Wish List:

That’s right… with Black Friday coming up I had to come up with a list… for myself… that I will not be buying. I’ll go over what all of these splendid things are when Thanksgiving Break is finally upon us. 

The Art Building

I love art (and CAKE).

Even though I majored in Fine Art in undergrad, sometimes I have a hard time remembering that I love art . AND furthermore — I’m good at it. Far better than I could ever hope to be in Architecture. Yeah, I know… Let’s start the pitty party. Back to the topic at hand, I love getting immersed in other people’s work. Spending a few minutes getting lost in the strokes of a charcoal drawing might be one of my favorite past times. So again, as I was patiently waiting to get things done in the wood shop… I went on a little tour…

Both of these pieces are made out of electrical tape and line the walls in the art building.


another detail

It’s probably obvious that I LOVE these huge drawings. I love that the artist didn’t erase the earlier marking and kept moving the placement of the foot, head, and horns. Also, as it was taught to me… REMEMBER: the eraser is as much a tool as your pencil. ughhhhh… I miss drawing. It’s my goal to start back this winter — no excuses.

All drawings/artworks are property of Clemson University as I don’t know who the artist are. Please feel free to let me know.

Clemson: Sculpture

Now I don’t actually know much about Clemson’s sculpture department, other than the fact that they were once in a building that occupied a lot of my time until Clemson decided to shove their unfortunate graduate students into trailers… but that’s another story completely. I was back in my once  beloved building to have some wood cut down in the wood shop and I had forgotten about one of my favorite doors. Yes… a door. A door that was probably once very boring, as all the other one’s are in the building, but one that now occupies several puncture marks that create a beautiful design.

I love time consuming art. Which must be why I’m an architect in training. But even in my past life as an artist, I loved the works of my own and the works of others that obviously took a lot of time. Someone might look at this door and think, oh Neat. But then this wasn’t something that could be easily done in a matter of hours, this had to have taken at good bit of time and more importantly time out of the daily grind of school work and the projects that have to be turned in. Maybe it was done haphazardly as there are still the memo’s and reminders of this doors past life reminding people to wear shoes and use safety precautions but I think that only adds to my love of this door. I might even have to make my own now. I better start collecting some nails…

detail shot

Artists’ are so witty sometimes.

Chili Night!

It was a cold day and we decided that it was high time for some chili. The season is just right and the air is cool enough and it’s just damn time for some warm yummy food. So we started making chili at 9:30 a.m. We had a concoction of meats in there: turkey, beef, and pork… 5 lbs!… and even a bottle of Newcastle 🙂

Appetizer’s anyone? This is a yummy cheese dip one of our friends gave to us and it is the best thing I have ever had. We served it with apple and pear slices as well as Ritz crackers. Sooooo delicious.

And the main course…

And the perfectly paired vino – Clos du Bois, Pinot Grigio. I think all-in-all this was a pretty fine meal. Capable of feeding 6 people. I love my friends old and new and I love coming together over food. Have a dinner party and enjoy one another.

Shipley Do-Nuts

So we played Mom and Dad for a day and took our friends’ children to their tennis game last Saturday morning. The other parents kept asking me which child is mine… and I said the beautiful blond hair blue eyed children that would be impossible for me to produce. It was funny. After a close game and an unfortunate loss there is nothing better than a doughnut! So we went to one of my favorite doughnut shops: Shipley Do-nuts — Birmingham, AL. I think it’s a chain but it sure doesn’t feel like one. Every one that I have been to feels like a hole-in-the-wall mom and pop kinda shop that has survived the times by the blood, sweat, and delicious tears that go into their remarkable baking. YUMMY.

Now this is what a doughnut shop should look like!

I love doughnuts! I ALWAYS get the doughnut holes!!!! We got three dozen. And this is how the looked only 5 minutes later. It was absolutely delicious. Oh I want more right now!!!

Looks Good!

Yummy doughnuts, awesome kids… sounds like a good day to me!!

Busy Busy Busy…

I might be busy but thank goodness I’ve got my momma’s gumbo — It has to be the only thing getting me through the craziness of end-of-the-year reviews.

On another note, here is what I saw at 3 a.m. this morning as I was leaving studio… that’s right, Freshman students camped outside the ticket box office for the Clemson v. South Carolina game. With temperatures in the low 40s, I hope those kids made it through the night. Oh to be a freshman again…