Tuesday, September 28

some days

are just crazier than others. what are the odds on the day we're sequestered — misinformation flying around facebook, twitter, cnn — that a random font site, populating its fonts with random headlines, would pull copy from so close to home?

and I don't mean the bears/packers story.

my heart goes out to the family and friends of the student who so needed attention that he walked (grinning) onto campus with a kalashnikov and a ski mask. he clearly did not intend to take anyone with him, or he would have used any of the many opportunities he had. he did, however, feel the need to plunge fifty-five thousand people into the chaos he embraced.

hug your families tonight, please.


Sunday, September 5

what I did with my summer vacation

it's been too long since I've checked in here, but from the first day of june to the last day of august, this summer was one fantastic blur of events. that, and I've been hating my publishing platform quite a bit (mucho frustration). it would take far too long to go week by week (and would be entirely outside of my character to expend the energy), so here's the abridged version, in photos:

b & I enjoyed a sisterly visit, from someone we see far too little of (she studies at a small academy situated — like a monastery — atop a mountain).

then one sister traded places with another (who is more accustomed to the crazy heat), and the fun continued on for another few weeks.

but let me tell you folks, it was hot.

... so we continued on in a more nocturnal fashion

chewing our way across town by the light of the moontower

not *exactly* following in anthony bourdain's footsteps — after all, they were our favorite spots first!

(who wouldn't love a place like

... or this? (salted caramel and blackberry macarons, courtesy of la boƮte cafe)

... or this? (phenomenal birthday/celebratory* dinner at uchiko)

don't worry though, we found some educational activities, too. we visited austin's city limits for a little birdwatching.

... and ate some healthy stuff, too.

(because god probably doesn't want enchiladas all the time)

full disclosure: we did have our fair share of the city's best snowcones (post-swim snowcones pictured above came in raspberry + cream and wedding cake* flavors).

oh – and I almost forgot! I have a new vantage point at work, from my new digs ...

... complete with some new (to me) classics to spend my days amongst (if not for the giant sign reminding that 'university surplus is not for personal use,' my whole house would probably be outfitted in eames era "upcycle-chic").

then we had another distinguished house guest, best friend to that dog (we suspect there may have been a little romance in the air). but alas, she's gone to cooler climes, and that dog pined for days. which is something like months and months and months in dog years (we all moped for days after that sweet pup's parents relocated to kansas).

and speaking of honored guests — I shared an unforgettable afternoon with office mates, over words by the most distinguished speaker that comes to mind (rhymes with resident snow-mama).

I took a quick trip home (for celebrating multiple* fun things)

which meant a little long-awaited summer reading time and some truly exceptional meals with fambly (especially the chocolate cake for breakfast part).

also on the summer agenda: an attempt at the art of toaster oven cookery. for approximately 2.5 months here, it's just too damned hot to cook. we ate out far too often, and I'm sincerely thankful for a break in the heat that should jump-start fall menu planning. and hopefully give us a few more tomatoes, too.

overall, the summer was a brilliant success.

I spent nearly no time at all on number 49-across.

indeed, the summer was truly wonderful, and I can't imagine how it could have been any better.

* (okay — so have you guessed yet? in just 7 short months (ack!) b & I will be getting hitched!)

(more details to follow)