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Austin, Texas
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Slept in, strained the turkey stock, crafted/drank beer/ate pizza with friends, petted the dogs. Now I'm on the couch under a blanket with a fleece-clad Üter curled up on my feet. It's cold and very damp this weekend; what else could I do? Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Awesome Joolie
I love this story about Michael Dukakis soliciting turkey carcasses from his friends and neighbors. I am not quite as hardcore as he is, but I do think one of the nicest things about hosting Thanksgiving is being able to make stock out of the bones the next day. I'll... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Awesome Joolie
10:24 p.m.: Aw, man, it's over. Now it's time to take off my bra and help with the dishes. We had a great time. Hope yours was good too. 4:50 p.m.: I think it's beautiful. Eric makes a roux for you. And Lei-Leen reorganizes the fridge so we will have... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Awesome Joolie
I am ready for it to be tomorrow. We're smoking a bird and having a few people over to eat it, which is one of the best things in life. The weather is supposed to be shitty, which is too bad, because I love hanging out in the backyard while... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Awesome Joolie
I walked the dogs. I did some laundry. I made a pot roast. That's about it. It was great. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Awesome Joolie
And the trip wasn't as harrowing as I thought it might be, thanks to a nonstop flight, fast security at LAX, and unexpected exit row seats. One thing I noticed is that all the locals we talked to were really friendly and down to earth. I wasn't sure what to... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Awesome Joolie
Dag. I had so much fun this weekend. I've been cooped up in an office for the better part of two decades, so I forgot how fun it can be to stand behind a table and talk to everyone who flows past. Exhausting, but fun. We met so many creative,... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Awesome Joolie
The people watching here is amazing. It's nerds on parade, flowing through the aisles like a river, and it's beautiful. Blue hair, cat T-shirts, punny tote bags ("Sofa King Rad," with a little cartoon king poking his sword and crown out of a couch-cushion fort was my favorite). Hot dog... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2015 at Awesome Joolie
Freshly-painted heads. Photo by Eric. Tomorrow morning we fly to Los Angeles to attend Designer Con, an art and toy extravaganza in Pasadena. Eric rented a booth there and has been feverishly painting, designing, printing, and packaging toys nearly every day for the past several months. It's been intense. A... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2015 at Awesome Joolie
The agency I work for had a group photo taken* in the Senate chamber today. It was a lovely clear morning, so we eschewed the underground tunnel that connects our building to the Capitol and walked over outside together. People were a little dressed up and there was a giddy,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2015 at Awesome Joolie
I gotta get my blogging act together. There's not much point in doing a posting-every-day challenge if I keep throwing up some lazy crap just to check the "I blogged today" box. Yet I'm going to do it again tonight. Worse, I'm blogging about blogging. Few things are more self-consciously... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2015 at Awesome Joolie
I actually slipped on a banana peel. I did not realize you could actually do this, I thought it was all ha-ha cartoon stuff. But come to find out banana peels in the sun on a hot sidewalk are quite slippery. I didn't fall. But I felt like I was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2015 at Awesome Joolie
This is a wonderful, moving tribute. You've always written about your dad with a lot of warmth. I'm so sorry for your loss. xo
Toggle Commented Nov 17, 2015 on RIP, Dad at Kingfisher Cove
Enjoy scenic Central Texas. I am still very sad and angry that there will not be a high-speed train between Austin and Dallas anytime soon, if even in my lifetime. The drive from my house to my parents' is about three and a half hours, which always gives me plenty... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2015 at Awesome Joolie
It's 1 am but it's still Saturday night. My stepmom had her 60th birthday party tonight. It was full of family and family friends--people I've known my whole life, or at least more than half of it. There is always awkwardness and some regret that I don't keep in better... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2015 at Awesome Joolie
There is some, which is kind of amazing to me. I just ordered some cheeseburger mac-n-cheese abomination that comes with pickles. I forgot to optimize my mobile blogging setup before leaving town. That's all. Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2015 at Awesome Joolie
Not much happened today. I got up, made a smoothie, went to work, came home, got takeout, came back home and ate it, and walked the dogs. That was it; that was Thursday. I did not live a great story, as the fake-inspirational wheatpaste signs all over town would have... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2015 at Awesome Joolie
Photo credit: Len Burgess Today I planted the passionflower vine my friend Phyllis* gave me the other week. It was tricky, since I was planting it in sloping clay soil, and it took a lot of effort to dig a big level hole in that sticky dirt. Also there was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2015 at Awesome Joolie
I was riding my bike to work this morning and hit a spot where the cycle track ran out at the end of the block and was replaced by a bike lane at the other side of the intersection. This was no big deal but did require me to veer... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2015 at Awesome Joolie
I keep seeing sad articles about Generation X, how we're this teeny demographic blip between the Boomers and the Millennials who are going to end up shafted on benefits and have a muted voice in politics. How we are destined to age and die alone, poor, and broken in our... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2015 at Awesome Joolie
Ooh, shiny! Ok, this first one is boring because it's just the weather. But oh, wow, today. Cool air, yellow sun, blue skies, green everything else from the rain. Days like this are a Texan's reward for putting up with August. The next thing I liked is a little boring... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2015 at Awesome Joolie
Pretty glass! And your space looks amazing. Nothing like a messy studio to prove you've been in there working!
Toggle Commented Nov 8, 2015 on Projects! at Kingfisher Cove
What. Üter is extremely grumpy when he's trying to sleep. If you so much as rest your hand on his shoulder when he's dozing he'll let out this exasperated-sounding grunt: Nnnnggggh. I don't do this often because I don't think it's cool to pester the dogs (and also because I'm... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2015 at Awesome Joolie
It's Friday night and I'm drained from an unremarkable work week. I'll probably go to bed early so I can make the most of tomorrow, which is supposed to be cool and rainy. I'm envisioning drinking coffee and working on projects with the radio on while the dogs sleep on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2015 at Awesome Joolie
I have a little flexibility in my work schedule and I like variations in the seasons, no matter how slight, so I've been taking the time change and attendant early darkness in stride. Except I have been playing tennis* at the nearby middle school with a friend one evening a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2015 at Awesome Joolie