Bah! Downtown!

Is there a law stating every downtown has to be a confusing place to navigate?!?


I stop for bunnies!

This isn't a rare occurrence driving out to my mom's by the lake..but this bunny was determine to stay put. May he rest in peace.



Summer break is here!

And that means plenty of time to sit by the pool, and read! I zipped through How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents and much to my surprise, wasn't that into it. It was a good read, but forced myself to finish the last couple of chapters. Border-line Personalities on the other hand, almost got finished in a couple of hours...I had to put it down so I'd have something to look forward to tomorrow!
Wow, this semi-summer-sabbatical is great...so much time...what else should I do??


At the Mall 4

Let it out girl, let it all out. Darn tomatoes.

At the Mall 3

Eh...I heart me some Forever 21...but wonder what's up with the mannequin poses? This was one of many promiscuous sets. Did I care? Nah...they've been dressing me for years already and I loves their style and music so carry on mannis, carry on.

At the Mall 2

Bah! Everytime I sport a Cowboys jersey, that player ends his career with Dallas! Imagine how bummed I was to see this jersey at the Cowboy Pro Shop for $19.99. Enjoy Seattle Julius!

At the Mall 1

I've always referred to my hubby as Mr Big, what with our earlier, rocky years and all, which made it all the more disappointing when he said it would be weird for me to wear it with him. I thought it was cute! Steve & Barry, less then $9!


Oh what fun!

Since summer is here my schedule has opened tremendously! Yay for being a teacher! I had the pleasure of watching my niece for the day and because her long awaited play date with her bff was canceled at the last minute, I had to get creative! So after a quick lunch, we made our way down to one of the local museums in my hometown. I was able to see a couple of great exhibits in addition to the newly renovated children's portion of the museum where it's all about fun AND education. Loves it.

The first exhibit I saw was that of Native American artist, Jaune Quick-To-See Smith. I loved her layers, collaging and drippings. It gave me a lot to look at and study. My favorite piece was an oversized painting of the United States with the labeling of the many tribes that once existed. It was amazing to see what we so foolishly lost. I love obscure little surprises in art work, so finding quirky but meaningful portions like the one below made me want to return to better pay attention. I had a certain seven year old with me that wouldn't allow it!

Click here to learn more about Jaune and to see more of her work! Pay special attention to the lithographs, they're great.

The next exhibit I saw was one full of emotion. Photographer Dan Burkholder visited New Orleans after the Katrina tragedy to create "The Color of Loss" series. At first the photographs are easily mistaken for an etching or a highly detailed painting. Burkholder uses a technique where the details, shadows and lights are super intensified. This High Dynamic Range technique is almost like the Blue Ray or HD version for photography, It truly captured the intensity of the Hurricane Katrina on the homes.

Click here for more of his work on this series.

After being pulled away from the grown up exhibits it was time for fun with the midget. Do I have a condensed version of the story?? Of course. Glad you asked.
There were displays about the human body, how tornados are formed, and an incredible sound wall that was made of multiple pieces of wood that each made a unique sound when rubbed. There. There's the scoop.

Afterwards I took her to a place to paint some pottery. It wasn't what I expected so much, but inspired me to invest in some art classes for my niece, The shop owner took my niece in as her own little apprentice and taught her how to dry brush a piece as well as highlight and darken.

At the end of the day, all my niece could talk about was the museum and painting pots! I was thrilled to have given her an experience that will keep her interested in things other than video games and television. I was quite impressed, with her interest and the things this little West Texas town had to offer.