Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Dwight

Dale and I recently purchased a 2011 Cadillac CTS. I know, it's pretty fancy. Yes, it's materialistic but I love that dang car. Every time I see it I smile. I love driving her and I love just looking at her. She is a beauty, let me tell you. Shiny black paint, black leather interior, all the bells and whistles. The best part is that it came with some preprogramed music in it's hard-drive. You see, you can add music to the hard-drive from a CD or USB thumb drive. The previous owner added a variety of artists, such as: the Scissor Sisters, Harry Nilsson, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, and Dwight Yoakam.
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I grew up listening to Dwight, falling in love with originals like Ain't that Lonely Yet,  Long White Cadillac, and  Please, Please Baby. I adored his covers of Suspicious Minds, Little Sister, and I Want You to Want Me. Having his music available in my car reignited the flame that once burned for Mr. Yoakam. After listening to his music while driving around, I ended up going deep down into a Dwight Yoakam worm hole. I found and purchased his highly acclaimed album  Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. on vinyl. I watched Panic Room, Sling Blade, and The Last Rights of Ransom Pride. I watched several youtube videos of his live performances. I was deep into the Dwightness.

Then, one day I thought "hmm, I wonder if Dwight is playing Austin any time soon?"  I googled "Dwight Yoakam 2014 tour" and wouldn't you know that, at the time I searched, the man would be playing in New Braunfels (which is only a little over an hour away from Austin) in just a few weeks?

It was fate.

I immediately purchased tickets and marked the date on my calendar. Don't you just love having a good show to look forward to attending?

The show was set to end around midnight which would put us back in Austin around 1:30; prime time for drunk drivers. Instead of dealing with that mess, I decided to book a room at The Faust Hotel, a very old historic hotel in downtown New Braunfels. Some say it is haunted....muahahaha!

Hang on, I got off track. Back to Dwight (more on The Faust in my next post).

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Dale and I at the show

The concert was at The Whitewater Amphitheater, an outdoor venue integrated into the river landscape. The setup was nice. You could see the stage from almost any angle. Bars were set up everywhere so you were only a few feet away from your next beer. People were pretty nice, especially when the contents of my purse dumped out (including the car keys and a tampon) without me knowing. "Is this bottle of eyedrops yours"? asked one young lady.

I ran into my friend Rob at the show. Rob and I have been friends since highschool. He is one of the funniest dudes I know. He traveled from Lubbock to New Braunfels to see  Mr. Yoakam. It was so good to hang out with Rob during the show! He made me laugh, dance, and drink a whiskey shot (pssst....I only took two sips and gave the rest to Dale).
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Good ol' Robert

What's that? What about Dwight? How was the show?
FAN-FRICKEN-TASTIC!

He sounds better live than on his recordings. His voice is just amazing and his band is tiiiiiiiight! They played all the hits and some new tunes which were killer. The show was entertaining and invigorating from the first to the last chord. Oh, and yes.....his jeans were very tight. Very.

The man is getting close to 60 and he can still rock it out. This makes me very happy.

Moral of the story, sometimes it is good to go down a wormhole. You might find a surprise in there somewhere. Follow your instincts.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Woodland Creatures: Part 2

We made it into the "magical forest" and I, the photographer, have befriended these beautiful woodland creatures.
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Awesome girls, big imagination, some crazy makeup, and a beautiful setting made this an unforgettable afternoon.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Woodland Creatures: Part 1

Back in 2012, I gave 2 of my nieces a glam rock makeover.
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Zoe 2012- age 7

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Lily 2012- age 5

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Band name- "My Metal Pony"



The girls came to visit me, again, this summer. They are now 7 and 9. Here we all are with an American flag and a giant spider:
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This year, we threw around a few ideas for a photoshoot. Ghosts, Fairies/Woodland Creatures, aliens, mermaids, etc. We settled on Woodland Creatures as we had been going on multiple hikes during their time with me in Austin. The setting of flowers, rocks, trees, creeks, and dirt inspired thier looks.

Here are a few beauty shots. I'll post the pics of them in the "magical forest" next.

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Honey Wine

We went to the Cedar Park Farmer's Market held in the parking lot of Lakeline Mall this morning. We had burgers, bought a bunch of produce and products, and got a refill of honeywine mead in our growler. Meridian Hive Meadery makes an excellent product. Go to their website to find where you can purchase their goods.

Like I said, the farmer's market is in the parking lot of a mall. I was all out of my moisturizing sunscreen, so I talked Dale into running into Dillard's with me to hit the Lancome counter. (bonus, Lancome is running their special event right now so you get all sorts of goodies if you spend $35 bucks).

As we approached Dillard's, I realized I was not finished with my honeywine. Yes I got a to-go cup when I had my growler filled. Do you think I am some kind of amateur?
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I was not about to gulp my drink down. No way. I wanted to enjoy every sip. So, I took that solo into Dillard's and placed it on the Lancome counter as I did my shopping. The Lancome lady almost knocked it over as she was handing over my free baguette. Yes, you read that correctly. For some reason, Lancome is giving away bread today.

After I completed my purchase, we made our way back through the bags and shoes and exited the building.
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And that is how you do Saturday morning.



Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Sunset


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I don't really know what to say about these pictures. I just know that I wanted to share them with you. The dogs really enjoy walking early in the morning, and at dusk. The temps are cooler and the critters (frogs, worms, etc) come out at dusk. At dawn, Charlie enjoys finding frogs that are dead and flat (I assume they were run over) and eating them. It's pretty terrifying.  Cooper prefers dead, dried worms he finds on the sidewalk.  In these pics, the dogs are rolling around in the grass. Well, Charlie is in the grass. It looks like Cooper is in a patch of dirt and dead leaves. Remind me to bathe those mongrels.

These pictures were taken as the sun was setting.

See:
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Why yes, that is a walking stick. I bought that beauty at a little shop in Wimberly, Tx that sold everything from Kendra Scott earrings to boot scrapers. 

We were in the field by my house, which was great because we don't always have the opportunity to frolic in that area as it is often occupied by other dogs and their owners. Off leash dogs. Charlie does not play well with others so unless the lot is empty, we have to move on.

The lot is really beautiful, especially at sunset
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There are patches of wildflowers growing here and there. Each year, there seems to be a different variety.
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Saving these for the next dead animal I find.

I need to time our walks to where we are always in the field to watch the sunset. You can never see enough sunsets.
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 That is all.


Saturday, June 14, 2014

More Dead Things

Two days after I posted about the dead squirrel and Emma Kisiel's photography, I came upon another dead creature. I was on my afternoon walk and everything was beautiful and BOOM! Dead little bird on my path.

So little.
So fragile.
So covered in ants.
So dead.

I plucked some blossoms off a nearby bush and made a memorial.

Can you imagine what people think when they find this?

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Dead Things

I was walking down a street in my neighborhood when I came upon a dead squirrel. It's body was laid out in a way to which half of it (bottom half) was on the sidewalk and the half on the ground. No blood, no guts, no smell. This squirrel had recently passed.

I stood there looking down at it for a while. The squirrels' eyes were halfway closed as if it were sleepy. One hand (paw?) was palm down on the ground and the other was tucked under it's chest. The squirrel's tail was long and spread out on the pavement...the fur moving with the breeze.

I remembered coming across a series of photographs by Emma Kisiel called At Rest in which she creates and photographs  a serene memorial by encircling roadkill with rocks and flowers.
Here is one of her creations:
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Emma Kisiel (Source)

I looked around and saw a bunch of wildflowers in the open lot adjacent to where I was standing.  Quickly, I picked a few of each color available. I went back to the squirrel and basically just tossed the flowers here and there. I didn't take the time to pull the blossoms from the stems and arrange them in a beautiful circle with little rocks. This is because I was afraid somebody would see me if I didn't hurry up and think I was the neighborhood weirdo (if they don't already). Also, I was a little afraid of getting too close to Mr. Squirrel. Not because of germs and diseases but because I had the irrational thought that he might come back to life and attack me.

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This happened yesterday. This morning, I went back to the death spot to see if the squirrel was still there. No squirrel, no flowers, no nothing.