3 new things i’m trying.
I came across the below image on pinterest several months ago…
Ever since seeing it, I started to embark on a mission to try some things for the first time. I’ve been working on this post for 3ish months and here’s what I’ve been up to…
New thing #1:
Houston is filled with bayous that help drain rain water and keep the city from flooding. They are basically like rivers through the city (some are natural streams and some are man-made). Anyways, I heard you could kayak in them so I figured why not!
Andrew is a good sport and is up for very nearly anything I suggest (after some persuading), so he came along on this one. This ended up being one of the nastiest experiences of my life lol. While some parts of the bayou can be pretty, at this time of year the water level was low so there was no current and the water was stagnant and nasty. There was a lot of trash and 40% of the time everything reeked of bat poop (if you’ve never smelt bat poop, it smells just like cat urine…i know you wanted to know). I think in the below photo Andrew was already smelling the bats.
Andrew and I got a tandem kayak and quickly got super annoyed with each other trying to tell the other the “right” way to paddle. After 20 minutes or so we finally found a paddling rhythm that we were both happy with. When we got done, I wanted to burn the clothes I was wearing! I’m lucky to have such unconditional love for Houston. Because if anything was going to change that, it would’ve been this disgusting experience. This was a first and last time for bayou kayaking!
(pssst. it is quite possible I am a total wimp and you may love kayaking the bayous. In my defense, 1) I grew up fishing and can still clean/filet a fish and 2) I thought I was going to go to vet school for 3 years so I’ve seen and smelt some nasty smells…and all that said I still found this gross.)
New thing #2:
A couple months ago I was driving down one of my favorite streets in Houston, Shepherd, and saw a sign for a new cafe opening called, Honey Art Cafe.
They have food + coffee + art lessons and I had been eagerly waiting for them to open. I’ve been trying to find a new hobby for myself lately since I realized my last hobby (aka blogging) became my career. So I’ve been painting some trying to see if that is something I could also enjoy. I saw Honey Art Cafe offered an ‘Intro to Watercolors’ class, so I signed up. I laugh that I took an art class because I have a mom who taught me that no one can teach you how to create art…but I really liked learning some watercoloring basics.
We learned about fading watercolors, how adding salt to watercolors creates spots, and about wet-to-wet vs. wet-to-dry watercolor painting.
I loved this class and will definitely be back soon to try the coffee.
Then I drew a plump lil cactus. I love him.
New thing #3:
So you know of my undying love for vanilla lattes, right? So it’s funny that I’ve never owned an espresso maker. I’m 99.9% sure Santa is bringing me the most gorgeous, art piece of an espresso maker for Christmas, which I’m PUMPED about! But last week Andrew won an espresso maker at his work Christmas party. I don’t think the espresso maker I’m getting has a milk steam, but this one does! That’ll come in handy.
So I’ve been playing around with latte art lately and I’m completely horrible at it haha! I watched some videos, but it didn’t really help me much. I’d love to take a latte art class in the future.
I shook around the steamed milk as fast as I could and it randomly made a heart. I’ll take it!
Is there anything you would like to try for the first time? TELL ME!