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Full Circle

I’ve come full circle in a sense. As close to coming full circle gets in the situation I’m going to describe to you.

When I was 18 I was in the midst of putting together an art portfolio for getting into art school. You see, I only took ONE art class my entire high school career but then once I was a senior I announced that that I wanted to go to art school. And then I freaked out because I had no work to show for my artistic ability.

Soooo my lovely parentals signed me up for a handful of art classes through the Austin Museum of Art (AMOA) so I could accumulate some work. The first one I took was a life drawing class. Ok great, I thought…a still life class. um no.

What it turned out to be was a class where there were four of us that sat and drew the artist’s husband Dave, a man in his late 70s.

At the time I wasn’t well versed in drawing old, naked men. NOW I’M A PRO. I just remember having really sweaty palms and thinking, “Yes, this is about to happen.” But also thinking about how hilarious my friends would think it was…I was going to have the BEST stories to bring to study hall the following Monday.

So yes, I drew Dave and it didn’t turn out too crappy either. I remember his wife telling me I was making him look too fat with some of my lines, but besides that it was good. Oh and I didn’t draw his area either…rather pretended there was some awkward drapery there instead.

Fast forward 8 years a few months ago when I was having lunch with a friend and telling her the above story.

Her response, “Was his name Dave?”

Why yes, yes it was!

Apparently he’s somewhat of an Austin icon and is the most drawn, painted, and sculpted man in Austin. Odds are, if you’ve taken a life drawing class here in the past two decades…you’ve seen Dave’s wee wee.

My friend told me that they were having a “Dave” show that next week and that I should submit my work. So submit my work I did.

(mine is the black and white charcoal one on top)

I was able to find the small, charcoal drawing in a closet at my parent’s house, quickly got it framed, and submitted it to the show within the next 36 hours. It was featured in a small gallery opening at the Dougherty Arts Center in downtown office for the entire month of August.

Seeeeee Full Circle! right?

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August 30, 2010 at 11:08 am 3 comments

Maria’s Taco Xpress

We made our first stop on our journey to find the best breakfast taco in Austin this past Monday.

Taco Xpress on S. Lamar can’t be missed (literally), while traveling down the busy street you see what seems to be a junk yard with brightly colored objects in it (kidding…well not really). The place is definitely funky and DELICIOUS.

I ordered a breakfast taco with egg, cheese, potato, and chorizo as well as a picadillo taco and horchata. Alex got two picadillo tacos as well as a barbacoa…and a friend ordered some queso that we sampled.

All the food was great, my chorizo breakfast taco was definitely the best I’ve had in Austin so far (crazy right, on the first stop I’ve already topped my list of favs) and the picadillo was the perfect blend of spice and flavor. The salsas frescas were full of bright flavors and a good amount of heat. My first time trying the famed horchata was faboo. It was perfect match to a taco because it instantly cooled down your mouth after a spicy bite! And as I was telling my dining mates, it had a distinct flavor that brought me straight back to childhood. I STILL can’t put my finger on the exact spice/memory I was tasting. It’s going to drive me nuts.

I wish Taco Xpress had another location because I would frequent the place…for now I’ll have to deal with making the trek down south for some yummy am snacks.

Onto the next…La Mexicana Bakery here I come!

July 6, 2010 at 11:41 am 4 comments

What? I always carry a gun while jogging.

It’s stories like these that make us level headed Texans appear to be trigger happy buffoons.

Ughhh.

Excuse me sir. But you carry a gun while jogging because you’re afraid of snakes? I’ve grown up and lived in Austin since I was four, I’ve ran through heavily wooded areas and suburban neighborhoods more times than I can wave a stick at (see Texas jargon) and have never come across a snake. They’re there, I know they are…but something has to be said to the fact that most wild animals (snakes and coyotes included) are more afraid of us than we are of them.

I know he said the coyote was taking interest in his dog…but said nothing about the wild animal charging, snarling, or howling. Pretty sure he was just aware of you and your laser gun (which seconds later took him down). Also pretty sure that if you just kept jogging nothing would have happened and nothing would have gotten harmed.

To see a once wild coyote living harmoniously with his best dog pal go here.

April 28, 2010 at 3:35 pm Leave a comment

snOw sNoW SNow SnoW

It’s snowing in Austin, and not just crap snow that falls for 5 minutes and melts when it hits the ground either. It looks like a winter wonderland outside of my (floor to ceiling) window. omg omg omg omg. I want to go home and frolic with my dog in the backyard. But she’s a priss and would probably hate it anyway.

We had two mini snowball fights outside with office mates. Photos courtesy of Kevin Nuut.

February 23, 2010 at 5:41 pm 2 comments

Austin Eats – Lambert’s, Leaf, and Delish

This past weekend was awesome. The Winter Games started (EUREKA!), we ate at Lambert’s (one of my top five fav restaurants in Austin), and I ate 3 chocolate covered strawberries, an $8 chocolate bar, and two gourmet cupcakes. You can’t go wrong with those combos…oh and it was Valentine’s Day, fun time had by all!

Lambert’s, an favorite among many Austinites, is located in the 2nd Street district and serves up Fancy BBQ. It’s located in what was once a general store back in the late 1800’s and boasts both charm and trendiness. I’ll skip to the chase and let you all know that they serve up what I think is the best mojito in Austin as well as the best mac ‘n’ cheese that either of us have ever been so lucky to devour. It was laced with goat cheese, cheddar, and other creamy delights with a perfect brown crust on top. Other things we treated ourselves to were fried oysters with cauliflower puree and green chili salsa, green chili cheese grits (my fav of the evening), Mexican rice stuffed quail on top of a cheese enchilada and topped with two quail eggs, and applewood smoked pork ribs. um yeah…..we retained a smidge of dignity by skipping dessert. I then lost all dignity again (but privately) when I consumed the $8 candy bar (purchased next door at Teuscher) on the way home…what?

The next day we rolled ourselves into Leaf to allow fresh spinach, strawberries, walnuts, and the like to absorb the gluttony from the previous evening. I ordered El Jefe while Alex got the BLT salad…bacon always knows best. The salads were solid but a bit pricey for a lunch item I thought.

Later we decided to follow suit from the previous day and dropped by Delish cupcake bakery. A good friend had been telling me that they were the best cupcakes in the city so we had to see for ourselves. I had TWO, remember TWO. First I had white chocolate cake with raspberry ganache and cream cheese frosting. SUBLIME. And I bought a black and white (chocolate cake and butter cream frosting) to go, it was also amazing and I loved the edible glitter that they lightly sprinkled on all of their rich delights. Alex’s was also great, he ordered the Mexican vanilla cake with Mexican vanilla frosting. SO GOOD. If you can, go here! I will now also dub it the best cupcakery in Austin :-)

February 18, 2010 at 7:34 pm 5 comments

Good Things

I’ve been experiencing a lot of good things lately, mind you, these good things are small things…but they make me happy nonetheless.

First Good Thing: Austin in December.

I know that a lot of people like it being really cold and preferably snowy during the Holiday Season. I used to be that way, when I was a youngster whose parents are New Yorkers and would tell tales of the good ‘ole days of hot chocolate and snowmen on Christmas Day. Fast forward 18 years later and you’ve got an Austinite who truly appreciates the cloudless and temperate “winter” days that Austin provides during this time of year. We get Fall a little late down here and for the past three or so weeks there have been pockets of trees that look like fall time fireworks. Bright bursts of yellow and orange, I’m so glad that I still appreciate these types of things. I always drive a wee bit slower when passing these “firework trees” in residential areas.

Also I really enjoy the “outdoorsiness” that this seasonal weather brings along. Since it’s no longer hot as balls outside you see people flying kites in parks and eating at outdoor cafes whilst enjoying a bite of Tex Mex or a novel. LOVE IT.

Second Good Thing: Holiday Cheer.

Man oh man I am not ashamed in the least to admit that I freakin’ LOVE Christmas/Holiday time. I adore the tasteful Christmas songs (more of my favs farther down this post), the bustling retail areas, the decorations, and the eating…oh the eating. I can count on at least two or more sweet treats to be in our office kitchenette area daily. I also get more excited to watch my favorite Food Network shows because they’ll boast and PR the crap out of their favorite Holiday dishes…and for some reason, I’m more apt to try them when Giada de Laurentiis’s vein in her forehead bulges just that much more.

favorite Holiday tunes:

All I Want for Christmas – Mariah Carey (YUP!!!)
Santa Baby – Eartha Kitt
A Charlie Brown Christmas – Christmas Time Is Here
White Christmas – Frank Sinatra
The Christmas Song – Nat King Cole
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Judy Garland
Please Come Home for Christmas – Southside Johnny Lyon
Carol of the Bells – Home Alone I Soundtrack
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee

Third Good Thing: Camel Mid Calf Boots.

I was a good little girl this year and my Santa Baby let me open one of my presents early. I knew what they were, because I tasked him with finding me the perfect camel, mid calf, slouch boots. And he found them!!!! They’re perfect and I’ve worn then about 4 times in the past 6 days. Love is in the air.

Fourth Good Thing: Stephen Colbert.

My love affair with this late night mogul began recently. I KNOW. I SO wish I was introduced to his smart wit and obnoxious hilarity sooner. MUCH SOONER. The above image of him posing in the U.S. Speed Skating uniform made me so happy. In the words of my gal pal from the smallest state in the Union, “I wanted to hug the internet for providing me this joy.” NATION, for those of you not in the know, one of the main sponsors for the U.S. Speed Skating team just went out of business. So naturally, Stephen Colbert stepped in to sponsor the mal-funded sports team in time for the Vancouver Games in February 2010 (stoked is Eryn). So yes, I’ve mentioned how much I adore Stephen Colbert…and have I mentioned recently on this blog how much I adore the Olympics? And coincidentally speed skating is my favorite event of the Winter Games. It’s like the swimming of the north. Eryn = Happy

Fourth Good Thing. Saci is 4!

The beloved four-legged creature that resides in our home, sleeps on our furniture, eats our food, and sheds on our floors turned 4 today. This morning we let her out of her crate, she hopped into our bed, and we sang “Happy Birthday” to her. For breakfast (along with her kibble) we gave her a lean slice of turkey with no nitrates :-) And for a daytime activity she went to one of her favorite places…over the hills and through the woods to GRANDMOTHER’S HOUSE we go. She loves going to my parent’s house, mainly because my mom treats her like a spoiled little child, they speak their own language, and they feed her table scraps. So that’s where she is now, probably just waking up from a mid day birthday nap next to my dad on their posturepedic mattress and comforters filled with down and marshmallows.

So in the words of Martha Stewart…It’s (all) a Good Thing.

December 18, 2009 at 7:30 pm 2 comments

“Friday Night Lights” Fanatic

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I always knew of the show “Friday Night Lights.” I’d heard mostly good things about it, probably due in part that it’s shot in and around my hometown of Austin, Texas. And really, while watching the show and seeing things that I see everyday, well that’s kind of exciting. AND they play teams that were in my district in High School. Yeah…Cool!

But anyway, my friend, who I totally wouldn’t deem as a “Friday Night Lights” fan brought it up to me on three different occasions months ago. The whole, “Do you watch it?” “Oh, well you really should, soooo gooood.” Then she loaned us the first season. I have to admit, it sat on a bench in our family room for about a week and a half before Alex finally popped it in…without me. He watched the first two episodes and said, “Hey, it’s pretty good…you should watch it.”

AND OH BOY IS HE SORRY NOW

Because everyday I think about that show…the characters and the situations and how oh how is all that going to work out? We come home and I beam at him lovingly, hoping that he’ll ask what I want to watch on TV that evening. And when he does I say, “FNL FNL FNL FNL.” Yes, I’ve started abbreviating it now, because damn it, it’s just that good and it deserves its own acronym.

Does anyone else out there watch it? Let’s be dorks and talk about it.

P.S. I heart Tim Riggins and Matt Saracen!

November 10, 2009 at 9:54 pm Leave a comment

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