Monday, March 30, 2009

Keep Austin Spicy

I am always on the lookout for cheap/free food, so I jumped at the chance to acquire $5 all-you-can eat food at the Keep Austin Spicy food festival last weekend. I was sadly disappointed. Here's how the website advertised the event~

KEEP AUSTIN SPICY! Asian Food Festival will provide a wide variety of entertainment all through the day while you sample all the delicious selections at the Tamarind Food Court.

Tickets for Keep Austin Spicy Festival are on sale NOW!

Enjoy your day of SPICY goodness for only $5! You may purchase your tickets at the event. Cash only!

So stupid me, I assumed that there would be 50+ vendors handing out free samples of flaming hot tamales in promotion of their restaurants. Wrong. After paying the $5 to get in, I was then required to buy 'food tickets' to pay for food. There were probably less than 20 vendors at the entire event, and it didn't seem like I was paying much less than what I would have paid at the restaurants for their mediocre food. Also, nothing was spicy! This is Texas, and if you advertise something as "spicy" you had damn well better provide some jalapeno chili or something, not Thai bubble tea. When I got back home, pissed off and poorer, I combed through the event website (which was far classier than the actual event, btw) and found that it did in one area mention the 'food tickets'. Overall I still feel scammed.

In other news, I'm submitting my application to the UT Summer Academy of Architecture today, and hopefully I'll be accepted. I am doing well in my Architecture & Society class and my teacher recommended me to someone involved in the summer program's orchestration. I'm also throwing into the application a drawing of one of my favorite cafes, Sugarcubed in Montgomery, TX. Check them out if you get the chance!

Sugarcubed off highway 105 in Montgomery, TX

Saturday, March 28, 2009

The Knife's Edge

I left my camera back in Montgomery, so I won't be able to post pics of the crawfish boil for a little while. The party was lots of fun with great turnout - over 50 people came! It was great seeing both sides of my family get to meet again, especially my Granny and Meemaw.

I haven't been updating this blog much lately because I've been pretty worried about my grades. I'm walking a razor thin line, and I hate writing sad/scary/anxious posts. We'll see how it goes with my tests next week. I'll leave you with this pic of my Uncle Brent and his sweet Harley.

My beautiful Granny and my good friend Jeremy (how much have they had from that keg?)

Aunt Cindy at the poker table, Granny suggesting she go all in every hand.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Texas Crawfish Boil

Party today at my Dad's house in Montgomery, TX. The weather looks to be nice and the area has been decorated with blooming bluebonnets and Indian paintbrush. Unfortunately, the crawfish are not being cooperative. Last night they staged what is being dubbed "The Great Crawfish Escape of 2009", and were found flowing in a long march from their holding containers to the dry creek bed in the back of my dad's property. Then, after we spent an hour searching the grounds with flashlights to recaptrue them, they retaliated by ingesting cyanide pills and most were dead by morning.

We're still scurrying around trying to prepare for the coming guests, but here's a little taste of what's to come:

Monty! Sit yer black ass down 'er and guard 'dem crawdaddies

that's it.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

One More Day Till Spring Break!

Things on my list for this spring break:
  • SXSW
  • Create and submit an application to the UT School of Fine Arts
  • Finish the architectural drawing/painting I started two months ago
  • Check out Lasik surgery
  • Have a sweet Texas-style crawfish boil birthday party!

(btw I figured out how to get my nine-year-old yardsale scanner to work)

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Hey Cat, You're on My Stuff Again

What is with this cat? He always wants to lay right on my crap, wrinkling my homework, obstructing the use of my laptop keyboard, and turning my cotton hoodie into something that PITA members are going to throw paint on. He also has this thing for my pink eraser (movie to come).

*Note my pink eraser clenched in his phalanges

In infinitely more important news, academic clutch time is upon me. My grades have not been outstanding so far this semester, more like average. That's not going to cut it. I need to make at least a 95 on my next government and anthropology tests, a 90 on my architecture and society paper, and As on all my physics homework from here on out. If I don't meet these goals, then I am going to be in a very scary situation when I try to apply to the School of Architecture next fall. I don't intend to put myself in the position.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Empty Forest

Did this while watching Solitary 3.0 episodes on This show is ridiculous!

'Empty Forest' by Tom MacDonald
watercolor on paper, all rights reserved