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The Great Indoors

I am not a big fan of the great outdoors. Past experiences have led me to believe the feeling is mutual, just based on the mosquito bites alone. But misery loves company, so this past weekend I suffered through a walloping allergy attack, which is finally wearing its way out…
jwa
May 14, 2021
LifeTravel

Second Birthdays

With another birthday just around the corner, I’m at that point in life where a lady doesn’t reveal her age. (Nor would a gentleman ask!) But let’s just say I’m somewhere between receiving my first letter from AARP and being able to get free coffee at Whataburger. And we’ll leave…
jwa
May 7, 2021
LifeTravel

On a Jet Plane

This afternoon will mark the first time in the last year that travelling hasn’t involved a car and my in-law’s house. Now that I’m vaccinated, I’m actually hopping on a plane and heading to Denver to see a friend. He was here in March 2019 the weekend the world shut…
jwa
April 30, 2021
LGBTLife

Renewal

In 2017 Spotted Dog Architecture was certified by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) as an LGBT Business Enterprise. Finally. I was gay enough. As a business. Personally, I’ve been plenty gay long before 2017, although I don’t recall ever getting a certificate. And like clockwork, my renewal e-mail…
jwa
April 9, 2021
Food for thoughtLife

Clean as a Whistle

I’ve never been a big believer in spring cleaning. Isn’t cleaning something you’re doing anyways? Or is this just meant to be the deep clean you don’t have time to do otherwise?  Somehow the idea that with winter gone you’re supposed to suddenly go on this massive cleaning spree has…
jwa
April 2, 2021
Food for thoughtLife

One Year Later…

...and 20 lbs. heavier! Who out there hasn’t put on the COVID 19? Bad enough we had the Freshman Fifteen. Now this? (For those of you who’ve spent the pandemic working out – kudos to you. But next time I see you just know I will probably poke you in…
jwa
March 5, 2021
architectureLifeTravel

Architecture is a Drag

A few years ago, James and I purchased photographs from a local artist that quickly became two of our favorite art pieces. Both depict a drag queen in full regalia – pageant gown, full hair and makeup, crown – performing very non-drag-queen tasks. One of which has her wielding a…
jwa
February 26, 2021
architectureLife

Texas, We Have a Problem

Takeaways from this week’s snowpocolypse: One - snow is no longer pretty. Two - minus one is not an acceptable temperature no matter where you live. Three - ERCOT needs to get their you-know-what together. And four, every home should have a back-up generator. Growing up in Texas, I know…
jwa
February 19, 2021
architectureLife

Boundlessly Bad

James and I have spent a good deal of time over the pandemic playing Monopoly on our Wii. (And I’ll pause here while you snicker and roll your eyes over the fact that yes, we still have a Wii.) More specifically, we’ve been playing the “streets” version, which is their…
jwa
February 12, 2021
architectureLife

He-Shed, She-shed, Me-Shed

Spotted Dog may need a new doghouse. And no, I didn’t do anything wrong. James isn’t banishing me from the house. I’m just thinking the time may have come for a little more room to spread out. To know an architect is to know our clutter. Any architect’s office that…
jwa
January 29, 2021