Posts Tagged ‘celebration’


Monday, June 27th, 2016

Every year, google calendar reminds me that June 27th is my Name Day.

Unlike my birthday, which is a passive obligation based in celebrating something I had very little to do with, my name day brings me a sense of pride and reverence for myself and the work I have done to actualize my own personhood and stand firmly within my own integrity.

Two years ago, early in my Year of the Nee, a year of celibacy, therapy, teetotaling and self focus, I became Courtnee Fallon Rex.

My drivers license picture is of me beaming from that day. My most vivid memories are of walking downtown after taking myself to the market, glowing, because something about me had broken open. Something that flourished and gasped gratefully in the raw, rushing air. A seed so sealed and protected, only the tire fire that was my life at the time could have set it free.

I won’t go so far as to say everything changed that day I simultaneously released myself and claimed my masculine royalty. That would be an offensively simplified version of the events that lead to and preceded that particular June 27th. But, I am able to think of very little of my life that has remained the same since.

Now, after that dense year I dedicated to only myself, Name Day is the lingering milestone. An appreciation for what has come, gone, been gained, and lost. I still think about the many casualties of that fire. I am grateful for their sacrifice as I continue to refine; into my Self, into my vision, into my senses, and into my appreciation for who I, so uniquely and messily and strangely and passionately, am.

** As I continue to fine-tune the edit I notice that this piece appears to be about my transformations over the last two years, specifically illustrating the experience of music as a catalyst for moving forward, while existing in a world which most of the time I clearly do not belong.

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New Holiday: June 27, name day

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Seared scallops, roasted garlic, crispy kale, heirloom tomatoes and avocado slices in a miso and butter broth with fresh lemon.

Created by me, for me, to celebrate a day I became more me.

Also; I had an ice cream cone. :D

Nee v3.4 Release Weekend

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

Hola, friends and stuff; Behold, my birthday plans for 2013.

Events all over the city, of all different types and levels of commitment, over the course of 4 days.

If you wanna celebrate Nee v3.4 with me, here are your options! Also:

For those inclined: Gift ideas this year: Bitters, Tiny House Fund moola, Cooking/Art Classes/Supplies, Awesome HandMeDowns, Tea.

Group Gift idea = (Size US 4)

Thursday, Oct 31

  • 12:00-2:00 – Lunch at Pintox with Jonathan. RSVP if you’d like to join.
  • 5:00-7:30pm – Shopping and costume gawking on Capitol Hill, potential for a Molly Moons run, Sugarpill and Value Village. I’d love to have a group of ladies to shop with!
  • 8:00-10:00pm – 21+: Open Mic at Scratch Deli, where most of my art is currently showing and I will be playing some music – probably wearing some new hipster thing from Value Village.
  • 10:30pm-???? – 21+: Crawling the hill after Scratch, perhaps head to Poco Wine + Spirits where I am also showing a few bloodwork pieces! Other favorites are the Unicorn, Tavern Law (maybe even Needle and Thread), Stumptown, and Cafe Presse – all possibilities.

Friday, Nov 1

  • 12:00pm – Group Lunch with Carrie, see Her Facebook Comment to RSVP
  • 7:00-10:00ish – 21+:  Feedback Lounge, sip an artisan cocktail, check out awesome music memorabilia and BRING ME PRESENTS! :D Possibility of moving venues afterward.

Saturday, Nov 2

  • 4:00pm – MUST RSVP: Versatile Arts Student Show Matinee. My teenage students Kelly and Lena are doing a super smooth act in unison on two trapeze’s! RSVP/tickets required –
  • 7:00ish – MUST RSVP: Dinner at Melrose Grill in Renton
  • 8:30ish – 18+ MUST RSVP: GO-KART RACING at Sykart in Tukwila! If you have a motorcycle helmet, bring it. Note that this is not a cheap activity, it’s $17 per 10 minute race. I was spent after 4 last time, will be there about an hour. It’s strenuous stuff. There’s a price break for groups of 6 or more, and they need 7 days notice to book that, so RSVP please to if you think you might come and we might be able to save some cash.
  • 10:00-12:30am – 18+:  Roller skating at Southgate Roller Rink in White Center, which is near my house where we can stumble and crash or slightly inebriate before going, or even play some Rockband if we have the energy afterward.

Sunday, Nov 3

  • 11:00am – MUST RSVP : Bacon Sunday, Birthday edition, at Meanders Kitchen in White Center. CASH ONLY
  • 8:00pm – All Ages: Om fusion blues dancing at Om Culture on Northlake. $5.

You can RSVP here, on Facebook, in email, via text, calling, twitter, or however else – I am keeping a spreadsheet.

Happy Birthday Edgars!

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

My boys birthday dinner [His only request when asked was “something involving bacon :)”]

Cocktail – Honey Jack Daniels, angostura bitters, dandelion and burdock bitters, Reeds ginger beer, fresh strawberry, lemon, soda.

Course 1 – Rinsed romane with sliced apple, strawberry, blueberry, green and red grapes, walnut oil lemon balsamic vinaigrette.

Course 2 – Baked salmon with dried herbs, everyday seasoning, meyer lemon slices.
Wild brown rice and green lentils with sundried tomato seasoned in walnut oil, pink Himalayan salt, white truffle.
Ripped kale wilted over bacon and garlic, simmered until tender in my chicken stock.

Wine – The Ghost of 413, 2009 (Columbia Valley red, gifted to me earlier this year from Aaron Tebrink of Poco Wine Room)

Course 3 – Uncured bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with gruyere and a single pistachio.

Dessert 1 – An INSANE salted caramel pie from PCC speared with ultra dark fearless chocolate, fresh raspberries (his favorite).

Dessert 2 – Chocolate pudding, sliced apple, strawberry, blueberry.

So fun.