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Executive editor Laura Kostelny is not the best photographer—something you are sure to notice right away. On her way to becoming the next Annie Leibovitz (complete with the financial woes!), she spends time browsing home decor shops, talking about deep (and not so deep) things on the patio of the Old Monk, and watching the worst reality programs you can name.

Friday Fun With Jim Williamson

My season pass to the State Fair is still waiting to be used. Not to worry, I will use it next week. I almost went last night when all the power outages and overall traffic nightmares caused by that the storm ruined many a Thursday evening plan. My normally super easy commute from the Design District to Exposition Park took more than 45 minutes. The commute was filled with lots of scary moments. Why are drivers so confused by how four-way stops actually work? It is not that difficult, people. If you can count to four, you should be able to figure it out. And stop signs mean you should apply the brakes and come to an actual stop. I swear, I saw at least three wrecks in a one-mile stretch.

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Friday Fun With Jim Williamson

Often—no, let’s change that—every day on holiday, Max will ask, “What was your favorite thing about the day?” Recently, I had to reply, “Not dying.” This was after taking the advanced trail through the Muir Woods. But we will cover more on that topic later. Let’s get started with our vacation recap of San Francisco, or as I like to call it, “Please baby Jesus, don’t let this be like the last time I was here when Shortbread blew her makeup off.”

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10 Most Beautiful: 4935 Radbrook Pl.

If you have had the misfortune to talk to me for any length of time this summer, you know that I am running a lot. Pretty much the only thing I’m doing more than running these days is complaining about running. Every Sunday, I join a group of very nice people (who are also very tired of hearing me complain), and we run around different parts of Dallas. Running 18 miles or so is a very good way to get to know new people and see the cool things that are happening in our city.

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Friday Fun With Jim Williamson

“Just so you know, insulting me does not make us closer.” This was just one of the many topics of discussion the other night during dinner at Proof & Pantry. And no, this was not directed at me. You can release your shocked face now, as I am sure that lower jaw is getting tense. Other topics of discussion ranged from conditioners and coaches to couches. We like to cover a wide variety. Also of discussion was the adorable and talented Michael Urey, who stopped by the restaurant to grab some food before his show, Buyer & Cellar. We all agreed: loved the show and loved him.

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Friday Fun With Jim Williamson

It seems like this week has been about a stories of twos. It started Tuesday, when I had two beers and two tacos for dinner to celebrate selling two dining tables. See how simple I can be? Wednesday, I had dinner with a friend. I haven’t seen her in two years, and we live about two miles from one another. That’s just not right. But she is the kind of friend that you can just pick up where you last left off. In other words, she is the best kind of friend.

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10 Most Beautiful: 6005 Swiss Ave.

Sometimes, the D Home editors have to team up when we’re running the roads in search of beautiful homes so as to prevent car accidents, un-usable scouting shots, or the recording of wrong addresses. (All of these unfortunate things have happened in the past.) So I was lucky enough to have JJ drive me around several neighborhoods one fine spring day. We sipped sodas and discussed important matters (television shows, if you must know), but all sipping and discussion ceased when we happened upon this super happy house on Swiss Avenue. You should drive by it in-person. Even if you’re in a bad mood, it really will make you happy.

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Friday Fun With Jim Williamson

Want to know what else makes me happy other than the fact that today is Friday? As I was about to step into the shower this morning, Max informed me that I was going to have an even better Saturday. What constitutes a good Saturday? For me, it would be not having to track a shipment every day for a month for a package I’m never going to receive. That is a good Saturday. But I will be totally and completely happy with a facial, shopping for fall, and dining out with friends. And since he suggested the shopping part, I definitely think that means that he’s buying, don’t you?

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Friday Fun With Jim Williamson

It’s the first of August. How did that happen? It seems like it was just April. Now it is August, and I have yet to step near or in a pool. I find this almost as strange as The Leftovers. I guess my absence from the pool will make the surgeon general and my mother happy. A couple of weeks ago when we were getting some spa treatments, the lady said to me, “Your skin is so pale. Not like most people here who want color—you know, kind of orange. In my country, pale skin is a status symbol, and people even bleach their skin to make it pale.”

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