Weekly Adventure: Thanksgiving in Connecticut

Happy Holiday time everyone!! I’m big into Christmastime, but Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday, because it’s a lovely American idea – gather with you family, reflect on what you are thankful for, and eat so much you may be ill. I traveled home for the feast this year and had a lovely time arguing with my dad and watching Endeavour reruns with my mom, and generally eating far too much food. I also took a bunch of pictures:

This was the view near take off from Austin

This was the view near take off from Austin

And when we landed in NYC

And when we landed in NYC

Thanksgiving Eve fireside chat with my dad and Salty Dog

Thanksgiving Eve fireside chat with my dad and Salty Dog

My dad's pumpkin pies

My dad’s pumpkin pies

My Thanksgiving morning cereal prize

My Thanksgiving morning cereal prize

Excellent Thanksgiving dinner prepared by pretty much everyone in my family except me.

Excellent Thanksgiving dinner prepared by pretty much everyone in my family except me.

(I’m very good at sitting and drinking wine while others cook.) 

Salt did not like me taking over his bed

Salt did not like me taking over his bed

(It took a good five minutes to get him to move.) 

My mom and I went to see The Theory of Everything for our annual post-Thanksgiving movie. It was lovely, and I will write a longer review after it gets, inevitably, nominated for some awards.

Followed by our annual Shake Shack pig out

Followed by our annual Shake Shack pig out

The store fronts on Chapel Street in New Haven all have these beautiful cut paper displays for the holidays

The store fronts on Chapel Street in New Haven all have these beautiful cut paper displays for the holidays

They were done by students from the Paier College of Design in honor of the Shubert Theater’s 100th anniversary. This one is my favorite – Peter Pan in the window at Hull’s Art Supply

My mom and I play this celebrity initial game and she always wins - she did again...

My mom and I play this celebrity initial game and she always wins – she did again…

On my last day in town I met Hanna and some other friends for a reunion lunch at Pepe’s and had a good old-fashioned white clam New Haven pizza.

All in all a successful trip home, and I have plenty of fuel to get through the next week of finals writing and presenting.

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Weekly Adventure: East Austin Studio Tour

We had kind of bipolar weather this weekend in Austin. It poured all Saturday (and poured is really not a strong enough word – sheets of water fell out of the sky), but then yesterday it was 77 and sunny and Victoria and I took this as an excuse to take a long walk around the East Side. We did this in part because it was the last day of the East Austin Studio Tour (which everybody just calls EAST) and partly because it was just a really great day for a walk, and it’s a really nice part of town. EAST is basically a big, neighborhood-wide open house for artists to show off their work and we saw some really cool painters and one really cool woodworker studio. We stumbled upon some really cool things:

photo (27) Including this Little Free Library in an old newspaper container, which was adorable. I really want to build these someday, and this one was totally inspiring.

photo (28) After walking for a while we went into a food truck lot (one of my favorite Austin phenomenons) and got some really good Thai at this adorable place – Coat & Thai (see what they did there?)

photo (29)photo (30) photo (31) I’m on a grad student budget so I didn’t buy any art (Victoria did get a really cool print though), but I couldn’t resist these cameo earrings from Bohemian Jewel.

Sorry I’ve Been Missing Music

So somehow I’m less than a month away from the end of my first semester of grad school, which is insane and means that I have been mostly looking at a view like this:

photo (26) which helps me write papers about the categorization systems in local supermarkets, but doesn’t lend itself to blog content. So here’s some music to tide you all over until I can finally blog again (I have a very long winter break coming up – and it’s almost awards season!! – so there should be actual posts coming soon.)

Aime – Pure Prairie League 

This was playing before one of the sessions I attended at the Texas Book Festival and I had to try really hard not to sing along out loud in a theater full of strangers.

Mesmerise – Temples

Ladies Who Lunch – Elaine Stritch 

So I’ve been on a Sondheim kick lately (or for most of my life but it’s been more pronounced in the last couple of weeks because I’m getting ready for the Into the Woods movie) and that, naturally, led me back to Ms. Stritch and rewatching the amazing documentary about her (that you should all watch on Netflix) because I want to be her when I grow up.

Heart Shaped Box – Nirvana 

Oh you weren’t expecting the jump from Elaine Stritch to Nirvana? What can I say? I’m an eclectic mood today.

I Like to Keep Myself in Pain – Kelly Hogan

Because she needs to release a new album, because I think I’ve shared all the songs on her first one. (And listened to that record to death…)

Beware the Dog – The Griswolds 

I Want It That Way  – Charli XCX cover 

I feel like if you’ve read this blog, at all, I don’t need to explain why this amazing.

Shake It Off – Kelly Clarkson cover

I love the way she calls this a ‘church song.’

The Devil is All Around – Shovels & Rope 

I’m pretty sure that this was a recommendation from Lys…but it was a thousand years ago…

Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now – Jefferson Starship 

I told you I was feeling eclectic…and this is mostly because I’m obsessed with the sing-a-long scene in The Skeleton Twins