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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
LGBTLife

Just Breathe

Very rarely do I talk politics with my clients. I was taught not to. Architecture should be enjoyed and celebrated by everyone, regardless of their political stripe. At the same time, I don’t know that I’ve ever discussed politics anywhere within this blog. In my head, I have tried to…
jwa
January 22, 2021
Life

It’s a Wrap!

Over the last 25 years, James and I have established some definite Christmas traditions – Christmas Eve with one side of my family; Christmas Day with the other side (what James came to refer to as the “tour of homes” as we hop from place to place); baking a ridiculous…
jwa
December 22, 2020
Spotted Dog Architecture