Could You Not Buy Anything New for One Year?

Disclaimer: This post doesn’t actually have anything to do with Austin. Just my recent mumblings.

In this day and age, it’s too easy to shop. Even if you lived one hundred miles from the nearest outlet mall or your favorite store, you could still have your wildest shopping fantasies filled with just an extra shipping fee.

Yes. The power of the Interweb has brought your shopping blues to an end.

But if you live in the city or a decently sized town where shopping is oh so easy to do, then maybe the world of online shopping is doing you wrong, hurting your wallet, and making you lazy. Continue reading

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Thank You, Television, for Making My Weekend and Making Me Fat

I spent a lot of this weekend on the sofa. Well, not the entire weekend. I hit up a couple of E.A.S.T. studios and caught the Murdocks/Kinch/Local H show on Sunday night. But most of the weekend was spent on the sofa watching Flashdance and TV shows on DVD.

Television is magical, and in most cases, a waste of time. TV also makes me fat. But why does some stuff on television have to be so wonderful? Continue reading

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Bad Blogger, Bad

I haven’t been the best of bloggers over the last few days. But I’m sure you’re still getting all your daily tid-bits and what-nots from bloggers who are more on top of things.

Until I decide to get my own what-nots back in order (only a few more days now, I’m sure), I’d like to share a recent blog discovery:

Enter cats.

Web sites full of pictures of cats doing incredibly cute or awkward things with funny captions and strange misspellings attached are starting to make a splash. Take LOLcatz or Lolcats.com or I Can Haz Cheeszburger. All great online sources of laughter and hilarity.

None of these sites are the actual new discovery, but proof of the captioned cat photo trend. The latest is “Cute Captioned Cats” – a blog written by a 10-year-old kid about funny pictures, not just photos, of cats.

I’m digging this blog a lot and I hope the young blogger will continue to make me laugh and hyperventilate with laughter by writing cute captions for cats.

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Glorious Weekend Happenings: Garden Party, Studio Tours, National Peanut Butter Month

This weekend is certainly happening.

I’ve already started celebrating National Peanut Butter Month by baking  mounds of peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, and I will continue to do so this weekend by baking a gut-wrenchingly beautiful peanut butter pie, recipe courtesy of my favorite Homesick Texan. So, that’s happening.

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Along with peanut butter pie we have the East Austin Studio Tours, a free nine-day artist-run event that started in 2003 to bring the community and artists to East Austin’s studios and art galleries. It’s going to be nine days and and two jam-packed weekends of more than 200 artists, 154 galleries and studios, and work in a multitude of mediums including painting, sculpting, ceramics, photography, jewelry, metal, and mixed media.

The event runs from November 14-22. Studios are open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday the 14th and Sunday the 15th and again on Saturday, November 21st and Sunday the 22nd.

Check out some of the studios, exhibitions, events, and programs on EAST’s Web site.

The Austinist has been ramping up EAST preview coverage with some stellar artist interviews. Read Tolly Moseley‘s interview with Bonnie Rue of Model Citizen and another Austinist interview with Abi Daniel.

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And if last week’s Austin Bleet-Up wasn’t enough fun for you, Austin Eavesdropper and Bad Seed Promotions have put together another swank and sassy social event, this time with a theme and costumes, to support sustainable living and urban gardening.

It’s the Austin Garden Party, a 1920s kind of night at The Liberty with swingin’ ’20s and 2000s tunes by Richard Gear,  a photo booth (these never get old!) by Trevor Ray Thompson, and door prizes (bottles of rum and plants!)

The party is from 6-10 p.m. and the cover is five bones ($5, wink).

The Liberty
1618 1/2 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 600-4791

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peanut butter is good for everyone – athletes who needs juts of protein and sugar,  school children who love the comforting PB&J for lunch every day, dogs, and just regular-o people like me who just like to slather it on everything.

Except for babies. Peanut butter is not so good for babies. The gooey-ness makes for a severe choking hazard, plus they could be allergic. Thus, no peanut butter for babies.

I like peanut butter in and on just about anything sweet, although eating globs of it by the spoonful can be quite unattractive. You know what I’m talking about. It’s that nasty smacking, “crap, I have goo all over the roof of my mouth” sound that goes with eating globs of peanut butter.

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An Evening of Comic Genius with Art Spiegelman, Robert Crumb, and Françoise Mouly

This is exciting, folks, especially for the lover of illustration and the comic artist.

I’m not an artist and I was JAZZED to learn that artists and illustrators Robert Crumb, Art Spiegelman, and Françoise Mouly would be coming together to speak at the UT Performing Arts Center (PAC) on Friday, November 13, about their careers, comic books, cover designs, and culture.

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Make Your Mouth Water – Pineapple Yogurt Cake with Orange Glaze

I give Dreena Burton’s eat, drink & be vegan a serious shout out in my post “Six Good Reasons to Love a Vegan.” Writing about how much I love this book made me really want to get into it and bake one of my favorite cakes, vegan or not – pineapple yogurt cake with orange glaze. It also happens to be wheat-free.

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