Author: Terri

EAST (East Austin Studio Tour)

Man, I was on a roll with keeping up with NaBloPoMo, and then we found a new show on Hulu to binge watch (check out Future Man!) in the evenings. And then, I taught extra classes over the weekend. Well, here we are. Back on the wagon. This past weekend was the last for the East Austin Studio Tour. Since I was teaching at ABP both Saturday and Sunday, I made it a point to walk down the street to Canopy between classes. There are so many artists housed in this space, but I mainly went there so I could see my old co-worker Kevin Munoz‘s work. He designed my Finding Drishti logo and is super talented. I thought these laser-cut pieces of jewelry by Melissa Borrell were so intricate and delicate. I love the colors and the organic forms. This exhibit by Susan Scafati made me feel so happy! Light and color and even smell. Neena Buxani was the last artist I got to see before I needed to head back to work. She does …

Internet in the early 2000s

I’ve been publishing on the Internets for a very long time. I think my first Geocities site went up in 1996. I was using Netscape’s WYSIWYG application to build my site. Creating links was pretty much all done manually. By the time I was blogging (or what I called my daily “rambles”), I created archive pages and linked new and old updates grouped by month. It was time consuming. But I was in high school and college, so I had a lot of time on my hands. Thanks to the Wayback Machine, these treasures can still be found in bits of pieces. This was a scan of a self drawing (where are my hands?) that I used for my website’s splash page. Forbidden Donut is a Simpsons reference, for anyone wondering.  By the time I moved to California after college, I was digital photographing everything in sight. Here’s some Photoshop magic for my website’s splash page circa 2003. Look at that sweet drop shadow action! While my daily rambles were literally today’s Twitter in long …

Creek Show 2017

Waller Creek in downtown Austin has been a work in progress the last few years. I’d heard the city wanted to make it like the Riverwalk in San Antonio, but having been in Austin for almost 20 years, I wasn’t sure how they could possibly make a run down, polluted creek look anything as nice. Well, I’m glad to see it’s getting much needed restoration work, thanks to the Waller Creek Conservancy. This is the 4th year for Creek Show, which is a series of art installations using light. I’d never been before, so we made it a point to gather the kids and make an evening of it. The show only spans from 8th and Red River down to Easy Tiger at 6th St., so it wasn’t too long of a walk for the kids. They were giving out glow stick necklaces at the information table, which was probably the most exciting part for them. Some of the installations are a statement to the pollution that ends up in Waller Creek and downstream into …

When I was 22 & poor

It feels like a lifetime ago when I was 22 and living in California. No friends. No money. Crappy cell phone reception. Ample time to sit in the misery of quarter life crisis woes. It took me a few months to land my first full-time job in advertising. The economy was not great in 2003. Lots of people were laid off/unemployed in the Bay Area. Scared of running up credit card debt, I did as much cheap and free stuff to keep myself entertained between job hunting and pondering life. Thankfully, Homestar Runner was putting out weekly new toons. While I could watch those toons on repeat, I didn’t like feeling cooped up in the apartment for hours on end in front of my desktop computer. I needed to get out. One of my favorite “free” excursions was driving over to Emeryville, sitting at a Barnes & Noble, and reading magazines for hours. I’m sure the staff there didn’t like that I never bought any magazines, but it killed some time. Sometimes, I’d splurge and …

Let me tell you about my Hamilton obsession

Made it to Day 13 of NaBloPoMo! Almost half way there, and I haven’t tired of blogging yet. 😉 I was introduced to the Hamilton soundtrack by a women’s forum in early 2016. The Broadway show was really starting to pick up steam, and the Presidential race seemed to make the story of Alexander Hamilton extremely relevant to the current political climate. With so much buzz about the show and the genius that is Lin-Manuel Miranda, I had to check it out. Thankfully, it was on both Spotify and Amazon Prime. The opening number had me hooked. If I had to describe my taste in music, I probably fall in the categories of nerd rock, sad ballads, and over-manufactured catchy pop. I’m NOT well versed in hip hop, although I do like the rhythm and beat of hip hop without paying much attention to lyrics. It took the topic of American history and the story of one of our founding fathers for me to really have an appreciation for hip hop. (Can you imagine how …

Texas Peaker Gathering

While this is my second year doing My Peak Challenge, I never got too involved in the community aspect. I’m juggling so many online groups and social media accounts that the best I could do to stay involved was lurk from the outskirts. When a group of Peakers gathered in Central Texas last year, I had a FOMO moment and made sure to seek out more opportunities to meet people in person. Yesterday, I drove out to Burnet where the third Texas Peaker Gathering took place. I wanted to meet the ladies and offered to take them through an all-levels yoga practice. I’d only met one of the Peakers there in person before (Hi, Amy!). I nearly met another Peaker (Hey, Pam!), but we missed each other. Pam kindly took the group photo so I could be included, so I photoshopped her in. 😉 Everyone else was a picture and name on the internet. It was SO LOVELY to see people face-to-face! We took our practice nice and slow, focusing on breath and grounding. I …

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