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Amazon Treasure Truck & Thanksgiving Prep

Coming down to the wire on this NaBloPoMo post! It’s Thanksgiving week. I’m trying to stay with the blogging. This is NOT easy. A few months back, I learned about this new shopping occasion offered by Amazon called the Treasure Truck. Austin is one of the cities to have a local team. They have the occasional super sale on one item. If you choose to jump on the deal, you have to be able to pick it up in person at a location within a small window of time. Talk about a flash sale! This Sunday, I got a text alert that they were selling 12-lb turkeys (fresh!) for $19.90. I had a little bit of time before I needed to teach class, and the downtown location being the most south had a pick-up window of 10-11:30 am. So I purchased it through the Amazon app and got dressed to head out. They were waiting in a parking lot with the flashy truck, bubble machine, and music. I walked up, had them zap my QR code, …

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 …

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 …

LBJ Library

A few weeks ago, I binge watched the 10-part Ken Burns/PBS documentary series about the Vietnam War. It was an incredibly detailed, heart breaking, and eye-opening look at a time that I didn’t quite understand but can feel the effects in today’s society. The documentary really piqued my interest in Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidency, and I was looking for another opportunity to visit the LBJ Library at the UT campus. With the Big Kid off from school for Veteran’s Day, we made a family outing to the Library. They have a special display of Sesame Street characters to celebrate 50 years since LBJ signed the Public Broadcasting Act into law. I was probably more excited about Big Bird than the kid was. Also on special display are a collection of Dr. Madeleine Albright’s pins that she wore as a diplomat and Secretary of State. The pins are quite elaborate; some commemorated an event, some reflected her personality, and some celebrated the culture of whichever country she visited. While LBJ never sought re-election as the Vietnam War …

Austin’s New Central Library

I’m kind of obsessed with Austin’s new Central Library. It is BEAUTIFUL. We went during the grand opening, which was a zoo. But I also went back again during the week, and it was peaceful and quiet. Conveniently, the 803 bus stops right in front for an easy trip downtown. I’ve been watching the construction progress of the library over the years, excitedly anticipating its opening. The old downtown library was not much to look at. It smelled of body odor, and it felt claustrophobic. If I ever needed to head over there, I’d do everything online first to find a book and have it put on the Hold shelf so I wouldn’t have to walk through the stacks. At the new library, I want to hang out all day. Each floor has a ton of natural light, places to sit or gather, and little surprises. Even the furnishings are fun and unique. Very smartly, they have places to plug in and recharge devices at all the tables and sitting areas. The children’s area on …

PSA: Vote on November 7

If you missed the early voting window that ended on Friday, get yourself to the voting booth tomorrow. There isn’t anything sexy on the ballot like President or Governor or congresspeople, BUT if you like well maintained roads and local schools, then this is a good one for you. Here are some links to non-partisan voting guides. You can print these out to take with you into the voting booth. I like to make a little index card with what I’ve decided after doing some research and reading. League of Women Voters of Austin KUT  My husband and I happened to be on the UT campus 2 weekends ago, so we made plans to walk by the FAC and cast our ballots. With our cheat cards in hand, it literally took 2 minutes to get our codes to access the machine and make our selections. No one was in line. I know sometimes voting feels like you’re back in high school, taking a standardized test. You don’t want to screw up your vote, so it …

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