Monday, December 2, 2019

ARCH 3500 Studio Project Fall 2019

The Link

Architecture 3500 Studio Project

This project was designed to be a link between the cruise terminal and the strand in Galveston, Tx. So it is a place where tourist and locals can visit and feel like they both belong. 

The diagrams above show the points in which most people approach the site and the paths they follow after entering. Based on this, the building form molds to create the optimal experience.

Next, the program is organized so the small eateries relate to existing restaurants across the street,the lobby is on the same axis as the Tall Ship Elissa Promenade and the Market is first when entering from the parking garage.

I'm really proud of this drawing because it was my first time using Revit. Everything else I drew in AutoCAD .

However, I am most proud of my elevations. I struggled for a couple of weeks to come up with something that really portrayed my building materials. Over and over,  my professor told me this and that doesn't work. Finally she approved my drawing and even said that it looked really nice. There is nothing like getting that kind of acknowledgement from your professor.

My biggest struggle this semester was letting the form change. This was the first semester that we  had a really strict program and it was huge. Once I had gotten it all to fit, it was hard for me to want to change the form. That's my goal for next semester, to be more flexible and open minded to change. I also want to focus on experience and the feeling one would get from visiting the site. 

Programs Used: AutoCAD, Revit, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Acrobat Pro and Adobe InDesign

Thank you for visiting!

Love Always,


Monday, November 11, 2019

New York

Concrete jungle where dreams are made of!!🎶  

I know I haven't posted in awhile. So I wanted to give y'all a little life update. Y'all haven't missed much. I've just been busy at school and work. We've been meal prepping every weekend for over a month now! It's exhausting though. I don't think I've lost any weight but I don't feel sluggish after eating anymore. One more week until I will be finished with my studio project. I'm so excited to create a separate post for that and give you a complete break down of my project. I''m also in the process of applying for the study abroad program. My top choice is Iceland, then Paris, Morocco, Japan or Greece. It's really expensive and I don't know how I'll pay for most of it but I feel like I still need to try. Anyway, if that goes well I'll be posting about that too. ^.^ 

But back to the best news of all: New York 2019! 

Jorge's cousin was planning a trip and invited us along. It felt like a whim but we decided why not? :D We will be leaving Dec. 18th and returning Dec. 23rd. I am so excited about this trip. I wore boots in the snow once and I was slipping all over the place. I don't know what to expect for New York. I'm going to have to get new winter clothes or a long coat and ear muffs at the least. And how am I going to pack all that?! Can I make my usual bag work? Will we share a suit case? So much I don't know yet and that's what makes it so exciting! I can't wait to tell y'all all about it! :)

Friday, September 6, 2019

Our Little Vacation

Galveston, Texas
As you all know, I'm studying to be an architect and our current project is located on Galveston Island. One of the first things you do when you're beginning a project is research and become familiar with the area. So our class took a small field trip together to participate in a mandatory scavenger hunt. Coincidentally, the AIA Sandcastle Competition was on the same weekend and Jorge talked me into staying the night so we could go.  
We stayed in a super cute hotel, Commodore on the Beach, just off of the sea wall where every room had an ocean front view. We ended up getting a room with two double beds and it was a nice comfortable size. One wall was completely glass so you could see a decent stretch of beach from anywhere in the room. The bathroom was itty bitty but manageable. Lastly, I really liked that they had free parking with a permit behind the building. Overall it was a great stay and I would absolutely recommend it. 

Right next to the hotel was a diner that Jorge and I concluded must be part of the hotel. For one, the breakfast included in the stay was awful. They only offered coffee, water and cereal. But just next door at this diner were the juices and breakfast options you would typically see in a hotel. I suppose they just spiced it up a bit because someone was preparing it for you.. Who knows, maybe the lunch and dinner are great but we didn't stick around to find out. 

On our way to the beach for the competition, we stopped at a rinky dink gas station for some scratch offs. I thought I won $20 but when I scanned it, it turned out to be a losing ticket... I was so excited ahah. We both lost that time. 

The event was free and they had optional paid parking but we chose the free lot and walked the rest of the way. We ended up renting the blue chairs for the day and relaxed while the castles were being built. Here are just a few of the pictures I took.

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Totally out of order but we did go out the night before.

Here's the only picture I got. I would have taken more but since I was already taking blurry pictures I didn't think I'd be able to take any better ones as the night progressed. We met up with some friends of mine at a roof top bar near the Historic Downtown area. Made our way to a karaoke bar and finished off at a bar or tiny club.. (I don't know what it was) with the smallest dance floor I've ever seen. Thank goodness for the 4 Uber drivers in Galveston.

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I almost forgot the car chase when we were heading home! Hands down the most dangerous car I've ever been near. We first saw a cop hauling butt into the opposing traffic lane  but we didn't think much of it. Next we see a car jump out of the line of traffic behind us, do a U-turn and haul ass in the other direction. Weird, but still no cause for concern. Not even 5 minutes later this guy speeds past us and following him are probably 5 police vehicles. In the end there was a big wreck where he had plowed into an oncoming truck and what looked like another vehicle he may have hit some time before that. See more info on that here:

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What a weekend! It was a great time and I just have to say, life feels so easy breezy with my honey by my side. I love you Jorge! I don't know where we are going next. Our birthday is coming up on October 1st so we will be up to something! 

Thank you for stopping by!

Love always,


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

South Carolina

Aiken, South Carolina
First and foremost, thank you Clint and Taryn for having us! I met Taryn ages ago through a mutual friend that we played soccer with and the rest is history! 

I think the trip turned out to be as expected.. luckily, no worse. Before we left I felt like I had planned horribly. I booked flights for late Wednesday and early Saturday. Which leaves only 2 days in between. Why I chose Saturday? Most likely because it was cheapest at the time. It was also a plus because it gave Jorge a day to rest between getting home and work on Monday. So here we are, flights booked, things are moving, and I remember there's a 3 hour drive from Atlanta to Aiken. Now that puts us getting in even later and leaving earlier. I was kicking myself for a couple of days but then realized we just had to make the most of it. Taryn and Clint had work during the day so I booked things for Jorge and I to do Thursday. Which included an almost 4 hour drive to Myrtle Beach! Again, when I booked these things I still had hope that Taryn could get off from work and we could go together but unfortunately she couldn't. I guess the moral of this story is to not plan a surprise visit? Or if you do be open to the fact that plans always change? Who am I kidding. Surprises are fun! Life is life, we just gotta roll with it.

To the Airport! (IAH)

I won't lie, I was a little worried we wouldn't make it. Luckily, Jorge brought his badge and we were able to skip the line. We made it to the gate with 10 minutes to spare! Then the flight was delayed. I tend to worry for nothing. Although I do think I'm getting better about it. Slowly but surely. We flew with Delta this time and the cheapest ticket got us back row seats, smack dab in the middle of the engines. I don't think we have ever been that close to the engine before and I wasn't sure how that might effect us. I remember my ears popping an unusual amount and said this has been the worst flight yet. Lord knows the worst was yet to come. Lastly, with this flight we were allowed a carry-on (small suit case or luggage) and one personal item (purse or backpack) for free. Which I'm finding is pretty typical with most flights. Except Spirit. Spirit flights are cheap as all get out but I believe you can only take a personal item for free. Everything else has to be checked. Don't quote me on that, it's always best to double check luggage allowance before you get ready to fly out. 😃

By Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb
See, right there? Engine. In ya face. Not cool.

When we leveled out I was able to read a little. I truly loved this book and honestly stopped reading towards the end because I didn't want it to be over. This was the first historical nonfiction book I've read and being able to research the characters' real lives makes it so much more interesting and fun to read. Meet Me in Monaco has it all: passion, hardships and miracles. I highly recommend.

Touchdown in Atlanta, Georgia

Pretty interesting installation in one of the terminals at ATL. We were hesitant at first to take the plane train but finally asked someone for directions. I think we walked 2 of the stops the train did? Not worth it. If you hear plane train, HOP ON! Those stops are farther apart than you could imagine. When you finally get to your stop you have more walking to look forward to. Next, we had to take the sky train to the rental car center. Now, online and over the phone, I was told the car I was renting was going to be $130 with the underage fee and insurance. Booyyyy was I in for a treat. After all kinds of random fees and daily protection of the car the total came out to be over $300. NOT including the $200 deposit. Jorge told me afterwards that a good rule of thumb is whatever it says online, triple it. So now I know and so do you! I can't believe I didn't get a picture of my first rental car. _._ It was a cute Nissan Versa with impeccable gas mileage. I mean  we drove over 800 miles and filled up less than 4 times. Way better than my car! 

I think we woke up at 9:00 o'clock the next morning? My Watch was a hour behind and got me all messed up. But while Taryn and Clint went to work, our next stop was almost 4 hours away. During the drive, I sang a lot of county on repeat because it was the only decent station I could find. Jorge watched his show under the towel to block the sun from his screen. Every time he had a commercial he'd come out of his towel fort and tell me what was happening in the show. Lol

Myrtle Beach

Myrtle beach was actually a ton of fun. I purchased tickets to the aquarium, Hawaiian dinner and 5D movie theater for roughly $120, for 2 people. They were all Ripley's tickets so I was able to get a deal by combining the aquarium and dinner. Buuut we didn't do the dinner for the sake of time. The aquarium was interesting to say the least. The brochure has all of these different rooms or areas and makes you think it'll be huge. I suppose I was underwhelmed when we walked in and from the atrium you could see every one of those areas. But anyway, I was really expected the jellies to be my favorite but I think I'd actually give that to the shark tunnel. I've never seen so many sharks that size up close before.

The Jellies were still really cool though:)

We got to touch the Moon Jellyfish. I'd say is comparable to touching a jelly-like chicken breast.
Next, the Ripley's 5D movie theater. Honestly, I'm going to keep this park short. The ride/show was $12 each, so not too bad. The movement of the chairs barely matched what was happening on the screen, we got sprayed with nasty water way too much and the 3D glasses were terrible. My favorite part, however, was the fake snow. To be cheesy, it added a touch of magic to the experience!⛄

Honestly, the hour at the beach turned out to be the best part! It was clean, relaxed and not too crowded. There was plenty to do like gift shops, giant ferris wheel, restaurants and all of the Ripley's entertainment places. This part of the day really made the drive worth it. <3
When we finally got back we had super yummy burgers that Clint and Taryn cooked for us. If you've never had burgers with jalapenos mixed into the meat I absolutely suggest trying it!  

The next morning, we strolled over to Augusta for a bite to eat at Southbound Smokehouse. It was delicious! And the price was $$, average for that type of restaurant. 10/10 recommend.

We may or may not have left a cute little drawing of Texas where there is a missing picture frame up there... #texasisforever

Lastly we visited the Augusta river walk. Right as you enter there are lines indicating different flood levels from the past.(Far right picture) It was surprising to see the levels displayed that way because you can really get a sense of damage that took pace. The rest of the walk was very peaceful and seemed like a good place to jog in the mornings when its cool. Along the way are some signs with history tidbits but other than that there wasn't much to do in the immediate area.We saw signs for gifts shops but I guess we didn't walk far enough to find them. I love when Jorge takes the time to carve our initials somewhere. We will visit that tree again one day and hopefully see where we left our mark! 
On the way back to the house we found a garden center with a tiny fresh produce market. Cold Creek Nurseries is cute little gem where we bought fresh peaches and alcohol ice cream! We also couldn't help but buy and scratch off way too many lottery tickets. It was my first time ever buying one but no such luck. Jorge won almost $200 on a scratch off the night before! 
We finished the day with Chinese take out and scary movies. It was really nice getting to see my best friend and her new home. Aiken is a really cute town and I think their apartment is in a really great area. It was quiet and peaceful. Although the roads are dark at night its different in a good way compared to the hustle and bustle of Houston.
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The are only a few notable things that happened on our adventure back home. Starting with the checkpoint into ATL airport. I've never had to walk past a detection dog before so there's a first. When I finally got to the TSA agent my ticket on the app timed out and I panicked. It was like my fingers and brain just shut down. I couldn't figure out what to do for the life of me. BUT! I logged back in and everything was fine. HAHA gotta laugh at yourself for silly mistakes like that. 
We finally boarded the plane and this time we were another row back. The very last row of the plane which again was between the engines. Most of the flight home went well. There was a considerable amount of turbulence that was unsettling but the descent and landing did a number on Jorge. At the time he was in so much pain that he couldn't even tell me what was hurting him. He said it was the worst pain he's ever felt which says a lot since he's also gotten the tip of a finger cut off. He said it felt like his head was going to explode and his eyes were watering terribly. I looked for a flight attendant because I knew there was nothing I could do but considering we were already geared to land, I didn't figure they could do much either. Moving forward we will never sit that far back again. Buying the seats ahead of time now seems worth it and safer. If you have any suggestions on how to prevent this or an explanation of what happened I would love to hear it!

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Thank you for stopping by,

Love Always,