Thursday, March 31, 2011

Um, at least she's following her heart?

Last weekend brought a whirlwind visit from my dad. Among other Austiny sights and sounds (Tex-Mex, margaritas, Wildflower Center, Tex-Mex, margaritas, Ginny's Little Longhorn, Tex-Mex, margaritas, Town Lake Trail) we took him to see some roller derby. You don't need any more commentary on roller derby than already exists on the internet, so instead I bring you 30 seconds of the halftime show. My friend Jeremy suggested that at least it was better than strippers? Watch our video and decide for yourself.

Oh yeah, and it's called "hoop dancing." I'm not sure if that makes it better or worse.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Spring break!

So, did I mention that in addition to getting the same job I already have, I also got the job I used to have? Yeah, that one. The one I hated. But it's just once a week - I've been volunteering on Wednesdays since January, and now they're actually paying me to be an aide. Except today school's out. Someday I'm going to stop pretending that I will spend my days off any other way than, well, off. But I did finally get around to making that mason jar soap dispenser!

Spring Break!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Whose adventure?

Hey guys! So I got a new job! It's, well, it's the job I already have. But I get to keep it! With, like, more money and benefits. (I was just a temporary employee before, which sounded fine to me back before borders imploded and I had some hope of finding a fancier bookstore position a little closer to home. Now they can pry this job from my cold dead fingers.)

To celebrate I give you a few of my favorite shelves.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Postbirthday check-in

Greetings from this side of 29! I had a lovely birthday long weekend - easy on the work and heavy on the SXSW. Which involved large amounts of free things including, in no particular order: walking, Izzes, Owen Pallett, ice cream, and bands I'd never heard of.

Tomorrow I take over the filial blogging reins from my brother when my dad arrives for a brief visit. We're hoping all the margaritas will distract him from the fact that it's already 90 degrees here. Um, welcome to Texas?

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Systems maintainance, my nemesis

No, Rebecca, the internets say. You cannot do your taxes. You cannot confirm your credit card. You cannot bank online. You can't write a goddamn book review. You are not allowed to be productive after midnight PST.

Apparently I need to find a job as a systems maintainer, because that's the ONLY time I feel like being productive.

Ahem. What I meant to say was.


Because she was too popular to be there in person, I present in her honor the sequel to Richard's Pho Tour. In which we learn you can get a side order of the good stuff (aka tendon.)

Friday, March 11, 2011

Only five people will appreciate this

But for them, it's worth it. Behold one of Dan's holiday presents to us. We're waiting for the right moment to begin hydration. As those of you who met the dearly departed Johnny Advice Bear know, growing your own legend doesn't happen overnight.

In other news, I've been on a home-improvement rampage lately (the kind that doesn't actually involve fixing anything, just doing things like making homemade frosted glass by Elmer's-gluing white cotton to the windowpanes... you know, the usual). As part of my campaign to get my mom to make us curtains (after careful study, I have concluded that the ability to sew a straight line is not, in fact, genetic), I took a few pictures. Thought I would share with you one of the many differences that five years can make. Because as you well know, there's nothing I like more than before and after photos. So without further ado, I bring you 2006... and 2011! Not too shabby for a couple of kids who moved to Texas in a Saturn.

Saturday, March 05, 2011

The musical fruit

So, Inder has a scheme to make 2011 the year of the bean! Fresh shelling beans that is. Obviously, I couldn't be more pleased with this plan. I got so spoiled in Ecuador, where bags of freshly shelled beans were a convenience product in every small food shop. (Having never before even considered the existence of such a food item! But there's no turning back. It's like discovering that pasta exists pre-dried, or that beets exist pre-canned.) And by freshly, I mean sometimes I actually had to wait for the proprietress to finish shelling the latest batch. Fortunately you can also find a few varieties of fresh beans in our local farmer's markets come summer. Black eyes peas are most common, and the cannellinis are my favorite. Can't wait to try whatever comes up in our backyard!

In celebration, I've posted some of my file photos of the gorgeous fields of shelling beans down at Phipp's. My dad and I were there for the u-pick berries, but I never leave without a few too many dried heirloom beans. (OK, so they aren't pre-bagged by Ecuadorian matrons, but they DO sell over 75 varieties.)

Now, off to order seeds for Pickle Patch 2.0!

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Marching into March

1. R posted a handful of photos from our midwinter/early spring sojourn to all the fair states of the west coast. Behold.

2. At this year's clothing swap, I designated the kitchen and couch as no-swap zones by marking them off with lines of masking tape on the floor. The good news is that since the tape pulled up all the stain on the floor, it's already pre-marked for next year's swap! Heh.

3. Due to major flooding and ensuing renovations in our office, I've been mostly working from home for the past month. OMG WHY HAVE I NEVER BEFORE HAD A JOB THAT I COULD DO IN MY PAJAMAS???? My new goal in life is to rearrange the rest of my life so that I never have to get dressed ever. Our office will ostensibly be usable again in the next couple of weeks, but now that I've had the taste of blood I'm not sure I can go back...

4. On Sunday I watched the Academy Awards in the company of two Justin Bieber dolls, two South Africans, and a girl who told me that my secret celebrity crush* has an ugly face. It was one of the randomer Oscar nights of my life.

5. Your favorite blog authoresses (and honorary blogger Richard, RIP Smarch) may or may not be plotting a rare July east coast appearance. Stay tuned for more details.

*Hillary Swank. Since I know you were dying to ask.