Happy Wednesday and Discover What Your Name Means Day! Here’s a site for you to check into the history of your name. I’ve heard conflicting things about my own name all my life. The Virgin Mary, “bitterness”, and other things. Tell me what your name means!

And yes, it’s Wednesday! That means that it’s time for the weekly photo contest. Today, I’m asking you to take a picture of something patterned. Sometime today, take a picture and upload it to social media (FacebookTwitter, and Instagram are all fine). Be sure to tag me in it, so I definitely see it, and #uncustomaryart. At the end of the day, I will pick my favorite, e-mail you for your snail mail address, and you’ll get a little envelope in the mail from me! It’s pretty simple. (And yes, it’s open to non-US people.)

+ seeing these balloons as a beacon of hope after a day full of emotion
+ hanging out with Michelle at her new apartment
+ my unicorn headband gift
+ running into my 6th grade English teacher at Panera

+ taking this super sweet photo of Nick prepping for a sleepover after I promised I wouldn’t post it online (he should know better)
+ Jason Derulo’s “Dirty Talk
+ feeling romantic on my drive to Virginia with planes flying across the sunset
+ late night snacks at Honeybee Diner

+ a boy giving me googly eyes at a bar
+ seeing a really funny Improv show at the Creative Alliance
+ making Nick dance to “Pony” by Ginuwine
+ chocolate raspberry torte

+ how bright our shoes were on Mardi Gras
+ eating at IHOP for Free Pancake Day
+ working on my media kit
+ organizing my studio

+ meeting new people at Brad’s birthday
+ Brad enjoying his presents
+ crab quesadilla
+ a great parking spot in an especially crowded neighborhood

+ going to a burlesque show at a jazz club and getting called on stage to do a card trick
+ the MC calling me out at multiple points in the show to the point where I had people congratulating me on my performance on my walk to the parking garage
+ meeting Maria Bella
+ Charlotte finding her birthday present early and loving it

What’s on your happy list this week?