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Yayoi Kusama at Dallas Museum of Art

We make 10-12 trips to Dallas a year to visit family. Even having grown up in the Dallas area, there is much about this city I simply don’t know. I didn’t make it very far beyond our suburb (also, I did not have the confidence to drive highways when I was a teen!). But now when we make our trips back, we try to seek out interesting experiences to share with our little family. I had seen my Dallas friends post on social media about the Yayoi Kusama pumpkin exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art since it opened October 1. It’s 62 lit pumpkins inside of an infinity room, and you get 45 seconds to take it all in. Only two people can go in at one time with a room attendant present. This particular exhibit is part of the DMA’s permanent collection and will run through February 25, 2018. It really is a very cool experience, standing in this room of pumpkins, reflecting on pumpkins, reflecting on pumpkins. I recently read that Yayoi …

Blanco State Park

A quick 1-hour drive west took us out to Blanco State Park this summer. It’s a pretty small park along a bend in the Blanco River on the south edge of town. But it was a perfect spot for a swim and a picnic. My brother joined us for the outing, and we left in the morning before the park got crowded. We picked a spot under the shade of whatever huge trees were growing along the bank and set up our blanket and chairs. We really should invest in a portable tent shade because it got sunny really fast as soon as the sun moved over the trees. The people behind us had the right idea. For a while, our kids just sat and ate watermelon. My husband was the first to get into the river, and eventually, the Big Kid got brave enough to go in the shallow end. It’s a pretty slippery entry with algae and whatnot growing on the rocks. We were glad to have the foresight to bring floaty noodles …

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 …

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 …

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