Girl Genius Writes Code at FlightPath Coffee

She was at Flightpath with her buddy during finals, banging out code

My daughter and I went to FlightPath Coffee during Finals Week before Christmas. This young brainiac came in late with her friend, and snagged one of the best tables. I don’t know if she knew how lucky she was – probably not. These Einstein- types can be totally unaware of the world around them. She had on a huge TULANE pullover sweatshirt hoodie that absolutely swallowed her. She looked like some mad monk working on alchemical formulae.  She was eating that code – her entire body was thrust into the act. Then, the caterpillar turned into a butterfly: she took off her hoodie, and the most beautiful, petite,long-necked young woman emerged. She relaxed. I suppose that she was in the groove, and had got over the difficult patch in her thinking.

43 Comments

  1. Posted January 6, 2010 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    This one is…like a view in her heart. U had a good day?!

    • Posted January 6, 2010 at 10:37 am | Permalink

      Howdy, Max.

      I wish that I would have had the time to paint her after she relaxes, sans hoodie.

      ~Lavanna

      • Posted January 10, 2010 at 8:44 am | Permalink

        Can´T translate. ” sans hoodie!!” Sans means “after” thats spanish or french, HELP ME! PLEASE!

      • Posted January 10, 2010 at 8:49 am | Permalink

        Sans, Latin derivative, meaning “without”. So, without hoodie, means she took the hoodie off, and she was actually a petite, pretty girl.

        ~Lavanna
        ps:must get my German-speaking art student to translate your blog. I might be shocked, huh?

  2. Posted January 7, 2010 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    Lovely painting, and I really like the description that accompanies it especially the part about the catepillar turning into a butterfly.

  3. Bill Gibson
    Posted January 9, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    Especially Good! Intensity.

  4. Posted January 10, 2010 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    Oh, sorry, I got it. A hoodie is when an Inuit makes a jacket from a bearfur!

  5. Posted January 10, 2010 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    No, it´s not easy to shock me but you can ask me to translate! Could improve my english!

  6. Posted January 12, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    Your paintings are very nice! I especially like this one, maybe because it reminds me of when I do research.

    • Posted January 12, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

      Hi, David.

      I checked out your new blog. Looking forward to seeing what you have to say – you’re very smart!
      My dad worked for wildcatters, started out as a roughneck, then driller, then a toolpusher. Fuel is important work.
      ~Lavanna

      • Posted January 12, 2010 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

        Thank you. That’s very kind of you!

  7. Posted January 19, 2010 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    Wonderful art and story.

    • Posted January 19, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

      Hello, there.

      I just checked out your blog, and we have a lot in common. Never underestimate a Southerner, right?

      ~Lavanna

  8. conradvisionquest
    Posted January 19, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    nice. the phrase i would use to describe it is “aloof coolness.”

  9. Posted January 19, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    Gorgeous work 🙂 I have seen pencil sketches but never oil sketches. Thank you for the introduction.

  10. Posted January 19, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    Hello, there.I just checked out your blog, and we have a lot in common. Never underestimate a Southerner, right?~Lavanna

  11. Posted January 19, 2010 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

    Guerrilla artist? Fabulous idea. (I enjoy being a guerrilla writer, hiding behind a tall coffee, observing. And writing.)

    Like the painting.

    • Posted January 20, 2010 at 7:40 am | Permalink

      Hi, there, BigLittleWolf.

      Looked at your blog – very sensitive writing style – I didn’t feel exfoliated after looking at it.
      Intrigued by the randomness, and I love shoes, too.
      ~Lavanna

  12. Posted January 19, 2010 at 11:57 pm | Permalink

    APA KABARNYA BUNG

    • Posted January 20, 2010 at 7:42 am | Permalink

      Hi, Sujaedi.

      I think the proper response to that would be KOWABUNGA.

      ~Lavanna

  13. Jeanne Kim
    Posted January 20, 2010 at 12:49 am | Permalink

    I’m quite interested in Coffee, so when I am old enough, I am actually thinking of being an amateur cupper.

    Anyway, I went to a famous cafe in Seoul(South Korea) near Hanang river. I wrote a journal about it. Would you like to see it? 😀

    • Posted January 20, 2010 at 7:53 am | Permalink

      Hello, Jeanne.

      I looked at your blog, and learned a lot about Korea that I didn’t know. People standing in 20 degrees below 0 weather to celebrate the New Year – now, that’s brave!
      So, it looks as if Gwanghwahun is the Times Square of Seoul, huh? I would really like to see the Boshingak Temple.
      If you post that coffee journal on your blog, we can have a look at it.
      ~Lavanna

  14. Posted January 20, 2010 at 12:52 am | Permalink

    I am mildly obsessed with your blog, it’s so clever and your painting ability is so evident. Excellent work. Thanks for sharing your point of view.

    sfas
    http://giveitasecondlook.wordpress.com

    • Posted January 20, 2010 at 7:58 am | Permalink

      Hi, there.

      Just looked at your blog, and I love your first post. I have no intention of seeing Avatar, but I didn’t see Titanic, either.
      Even so, I loved your post about flesh and blood characters, and true romance, and your writing just sung!

      ~Lavanna

  15. Posted January 20, 2010 at 1:21 am | Permalink

    What a gift you have. What a blessing.

    Be grateful and multiply.

    Mavis

    • Posted January 20, 2010 at 7:27 am | Permalink

      Hello, Mavis.

      I try and keep things simple. Everything you ever wanted to know is found in the Nicene Creed.

      Thank so much~
      Lavanna

  16. Sue
    Posted January 20, 2010 at 2:24 am | Permalink

    Beautiful Painting!

  17. Posted January 20, 2010 at 5:09 am | Permalink

    you’re in Austin!!!

  18. Posted January 20, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    Absolutely fabulous … you caught the intensity and sheer concentration. I know someone like this .. and you caught the essence … two thumbs up! Love this.

    • Posted January 21, 2010 at 8:45 am | Permalink

      Cait, if I could hit the “Approve” button twice, I would.
      I absolutely love what you are doing over there at http://www.getgoretro.com/
      My daughter and her college friends would love to have so many of those great retro outfits – I love that pencil sailor skirt!
      I wish you the best in your endeavors – you are so talented. Many people need to know about you.
      ~Lavanna

      • Posted January 22, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

        You are a gem. Thanks so much for the nice words … I’m adding your blog to my list … it’s a keeper : ) Keep up the good work!

      • Posted January 23, 2010 at 8:13 am | Permalink

        Hi, Cait.

        I just sent you blog link to me daughter, to see if she wants to buy a dress. I really like that little blue, sailor-inspired dress.

        ~Lavanna

  19. Posted January 21, 2010 at 2:49 am | Permalink

    nice article, inspire one … wait for the next inspire opinion

    • Posted January 21, 2010 at 8:57 am | Permalink

      Hello, Baskoro.

      I see that you are from Indonesia.
      I read an article in the Wall Street Journal recently about your President. It seems that he is very progressive in his thinking when it comes to the economy and technology of Indonesia. I wish you the best in all your worthy endeavors.
      ~Lavanna

  20. Posted January 21, 2010 at 5:03 am | Permalink

    This is lovely. Painting is my other love; unfortunately, I don’t paint as well as I read. Your guerilla style of painting and your insight into human behaviours is inspiring. Keep painting!

    • Posted January 21, 2010 at 9:20 am | Permalink

      Well, Jessc,

      I just love your book criticism blog over at jesscreadsbooks.wordpress.com.
      I found myself spending more time than I have reading your reviews. You are great!Funny!Concise!
      ~Best,
      Lavanna
      ps:please expand the BookFail Dept – what a hoot.

      • Posted January 21, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

        Haha thanks Lavanna. I’ll keep working on debunking the theory that book lovers will read anything – I’ve still got a few BookFails under my belt.

        And I must admit, I am painfully jealous of your artistry with paint. Do really do paint wonderfully. How long have you been painting for?

  21. Posted January 21, 2010 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    Beatiful painting and interesting Blog, Hi..What is the girl real? from jendelakatatiti.wordpress.com

  22. Posted January 21, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    I’m so glad I found this blog! The description really gave the painting so much more life!

    • Posted January 22, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

      Hello, there.

      I just went over to thestarlightwriter4u.wordpress.com
      I love the “Focus” post. I would love to have someone help me with staying focused, not obsessed, and staying organized.

      ~Lavanna

  23. Posted January 21, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    Very nice painting and great desciption. I felt like I was right there with you

  24. camilaum
    Posted January 23, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    Just loved the idea of you blog.
    Simple and yet, admirable.

    Must FAV it, your work is soooo inspiring!

    Congrats!


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