June 25, 2012



This will be the cover of the boys' first rap album. It will be called "so fresh so clean". The duo will be called Twinatopia. What what?!

June 22, 2012


I've always had an slight obsession interest in maps. Probably has something to do with the fact that I was the navigator when I was a kid. Even though we have Vanessa (the lady that gives us directions from our phones), I want my kids to be able to read a map. It's such an important skill to have.

There's something about how seemingly permanent maps are, but at the same time completely of their time and in some ways, completely subjective. I remember looking at an atlas at a book store that not only had maps and satellite images of the entire earth but also statistics about random aspects of earth. There was the coldest recorded temperature, as well as the hotest. The places with the highest per capita income and the lowest.

Who decided what was important for that atlas? Why are those specific stats important?

I gave a globe to the hubs for our wedding. It's a super cool one that you plug in and it glows when you turn it on. I believe it was made sometime in the 50's. It still has Persia as a country (instead of Iran and Iraq and the like). It also still has East and West Germany. It's so interesting to look at this thing, the globe, that isn't going to change (not this particular globe), that is representing something that is always in flux.

That seems, to me, to be the most important aspect of mapping. The cartographer is a historian and is only documenting what is happening at that moment...only to change in the future. It's such an interesting way to learn about history. And...let's be honest, maps can be so BEAUTIFUL (yes...I'm a complete nerd right now).

Just look at these awesome early maps of North Carolina...

Theodore DeBry, "Americae pars, Nunc Virginia," 1590.

"A new discription of Carolina by the order of the Lords Proprietors," circa 1671.

"North Carolina," 1795

". . . First actual survey of the state of North Carolina," 1808.

All North Carolina maps and MANY more can be found at North Carolina Maps.

Isn't it so cool that each map is a bit different depending on who authored it? At first, the only lines are rivers and streams and oceans and landmarks. And...isn't it so interesting that by the time the last map was drawn there were all these invisible lines delineating counties and cities?

And now!!!! Now...there are so many maps of so many things. The first thing that comes to mind is the NYC subway map.

It's not a map of a "real" place. It's diagrammatic so we can understand relationships. That's really what maps are about...graphic, visual ways to display relationships.


Always being one of those people who likes to see AND do, I like a visual.

The part I like most about mapping is that it doesn't have to be about geography or places.

Here's one of my favorites that displays the relationships between famous American architects and their mentors and apprentices and predecessors (please note that they're all male).

sorry it's so small...I couldn't find a bigger version. source

So...if maps are just about relationships...we can map almost anything. That is so exciting to this girl.

Here are a few maps that I absolutely LEARVE!

This is actually a print that we have in our house. I bought this for the hubs just because (it's awesome) one time. You can find it and a lot of other super awesome "maps" at Pop Chart Labs. Pop Chart Labs is a uber cool place to get some super hip apparel and prints for not a lot of money. If you sign up, they'll send you emails when sales are happening.

How about a family tree..

I love these.

image from Chris Magiera

from My Tree and Me

Isn't it funny how in both the cases above, the child is the "center" of everything...interesting.

This map is one I did in school for my final project. I definitely copied was inspired by the concept my good friend Ashley of Edible Perspective used in her final project for grad school...thanks Ash! But it really worked out well. I had this pretty crazy facade system and this was a very clear way to describe it. I even know of architecture firms who use methods like this to explain ideas to contractors. So cool.

How about Jenna Bigott who maps her days! How awesome is that?

Hmmm...what would be the subject of my map? I've got some work to do!

June 15, 2012

to-do list

photo credit

There were so many things I had on my to-do list when I was pregnant.

And then all this and this and this and this happened.

Kinda put my to-do list on hold (I don't really like others to do the things on my to-do list...the hubs and/or my mom would have been more than happy to attempt to complete the list, but much like the journey being more important than the destination, doing the thing, whatever it is, is just as important to me as having the finished product).

So...I'm back and ready to tackle a new and revised to-do list.

Don't worry, I'm keeping my expectations low at first. I know I have two little tinies and it will take longer than it used to to get a task done. But I'm ready for the challenge. goes:

1 - Finish the boys' room. Of course the boys sleep and play (if you can call it that, they mostly just lay around and kick their legs, which is SUPER CUTE) in their room now, but I want to finish all the things I had planned for the room. So...this number gets a few bullets underneath.

1a - Cover the lamp shade with fabric I already have - all the materials are present, just need to do the work.

1b - Make name signs for the boys' beds (we know which beds they sleep in, but once we start getting sitters, it's going to be helpful to have everything labeled.

1c - finish knitting the quilt I started for one of them and start and finish the other one. This one's going to take a while, but dag-nabbit...I'm going to finish.

1d - Sell the cloth diapers that we had intended to use but are now not (if anyone's interested in a pretty good collection of used cloth diapers, I'm your girl!)

1e - Hang the crib mobiles.

2 - I would like to rearrange some of the art in our house. I get bored rather quickly and we don't have the time and/or money and/or energy to paint our house, so I'd just like to redo some things.

3 - Wipe down the baseboards. I try to do this every spring...I'm a little late. It's so easy just to take one room an evening and just do it.

4 - Get rid of clutter (unfortunately, this is one of my MAJOR downfalls in life...I'm a collector of junk stuff and have a hard time putting things away. The hubs is VERY patient with me). Mostly I just need to find a place for a bunch of stuff and if I can't...GET RID OF IT. That's much easier said than done. I think I will have to tackle one room at a time again...we'll see how that goes.

5 - I would like to do something like this to all the plain white onesies I bought with every intention of making funny/spectacular.

I LEARVE PB & J. And it's perfect for my two boys. Wonder what other combinations I could come up with that aren't like "I was planned...I was a surprise". I don't like that one.

6 - Ebay or craigslist maternity clothes and baby clothes that the boys have already grown out of (sniff sniff!), as well as a bunch of bottles and other things that we don't use anymore. Use that money to do something fun...or buy more diapers!

That's enough for now, right? The to-do list gets so long and I get overwhelmed. Here's hoping I get at least a few things checked!

Happy Friday and have a great weekend.

June 06, 2012

the new normal

This used to be a blog about my life...well, I guess it is still a blog about my life, but my life has drastically changed (as you might have guessed).

I remember finding and blogging about fun designy things online; blogging about things I was cooking or doing around the house; or even blogging about my own photography or paper work.

I took a brief, and needed, hiatus from my previous life to welcome two new lives to the mix.

Now, I'm ready for that hiatus, that sabbatical if you will, to end. I'm ready to get back to being my old self...or I guess my new architect-crafter-blogger-runner-wifey-mama self. I'm rather excited about this new normal. I'm excited to figure out how to juggle it all and be ok with it. Because I believe it's possible and important to be a mother on top of all the other things that made me me before that oh-so-important role was bestowed upon me, while still remembering AND BEING that person before the babes.

I know I'll be a better mom if I ensure that my relationship with myself and my relationship with the hubs are taken care of FIRST. It's rather liberating when you say it that way. start off (again) on this's a little something I found that I loved.

photo credit

I can look at this image and see so many parts of myself on either side.

I love math and reason, love being in control of certain things, and I try to be super practical; but I'm also super messy and love dance, movement, art, photography, and all things creative.

This may have to be the new desktop on my computer. It's such a great inspiration.'s to new chapters, new novels, new epics. Let's get going.

June 02, 2012

four months

It's hard to believe, but the boys are four months old!

It's such a cliche to say that the time has flown by. But it has...and it's also gone completely at a snail's pace too. We've been through so much with these boys and they're only four months old. Who knows what is in store for the future? But, I am so happy to say that I am so lucky I get to be present for it.

Today is also the first day of Camp (the place where the hubs and I met, became friends, fell in love, and, eventually, got married). We're taking the boys over to greet the first campers of the summer and to introduce the boys to the place that is the most special to their mom and dad. I really can't wait.

Here are a few things we've learned about the boys in the past 4 months...

They pretty much only cry when they're hungry or tired (turns out they're tired quite a bit).

They are not robots or the same baby (we always want them to eat the exact same amount at each feeding and as the other's taken us a while to learn this one...).

They are sweet and love to smile.

They love staring at mommy and papi.

Holt may be a thumb/finger sucker one day (once we stop swaddling them).

They LOVE to be swaddled and have a hard to going to sleep if they're not.

Holt is a cuddlebug.

Win would get up and walk away if he could.

Win looks like Win and Holt looks like Holt (finally!).

They like to go to bed between 5:30 and 6:30 (last night they went TWELVE HOURS between was 5pm to 5am, but STILL).

They love to sit up and look around and only like to be held like "babies" when they're sleepy.

They really are the best things that have ever happened to us (except for each other).