Look who we ran into at house #3 – Robin Callan, design guru at Room Fu Knockout Interiors!! I was super excited when I spotted her last year and glad we got to chat it up again on this tour. I’m a big fan of her work and her wit, I recommend checking out her website and blog.
I have anxiously awaited The Modern Home Tour each year for the past three years and each time I get more from it. The first year I was just beginning to train my eyes towards architecture and design so I didn’t really do much but decide on a very basic level what I liked and didn’t like. But now, I’m in it and on a mission. I critiqued each house, not as an authority (of which I certainly am not), but as a budding designer sculpting my own sensibilities about how we create the spaces we occupy.
My husband and I both have a specific idea of what it looks and feels like to being living “Austin-style” in Austin. Decidedly in our 9 months (me) and 4 months (him) of living here we still haven’t yet achieved that lifestyle goal. Before we moved here this tour has really made us feel like we’re in and a part of Austin. Making the trip down just for this was so much fun and I kind of miss that now that Austin is our home. Either way, touring people’s cribs is a unique way to experience the city and get a bit of that “how the other half lives”.
Speaking of “the other half” I must admit that co-existing with my excitement and love for these spaces, is a more disapproving set of thoughts and feelings. You see, on this tour I get to step into the residences of some lucky ass fucking people and after I’m done oohing and aahing it’s hard for me to have too much respect for all that luxury and privilege when I know so many people are suffering in the world. I tend to doubt most people (like the owners) are doing much about and I find myself looking at their nice things and thinking that such excess only exists because others have been deprived. I think they only have that killer pad basically because of the subjugation of people all over the world. I’m not setting out to show how this makes sense here, but I know that it’s the truth in so many ways. Now in fairness I also realize that depending on who’s making the comparison, I’m a lucky bastard too and that this feeling of mine is largely based upon where I place the threshold of judgement. My frame of reference for luxury is American but my frame of reference for suffering is global – pretty ‘tarded I know. Yet I find a lot of validity in how I’m viewing this, but again this isn’t the post to get into all that, I just wanted to put it out because it’s extremely relevant to the kind of architect/builder I am going to be.
Ahhh, Monday morning… this semester I’m enjoying this day of the week quite a lot – now that I’m over that nasty Physics bump in the road. My day begins between 5 and 5:30am, so I can begin working in morning yoga and beat all the ghastly commuter traffic to this campus. This morning I din’t fit in the yoga, but since I am out of lemons for my am water, I decided to try the peach green tea I just bought and oh it’s sooo good.
I’ll admit I was surprised at how much I like it because it’s Celestial Seasonings, nothing fancy. Correction: it was Bigelow Peach Green Tea. But to find a green tea I really enjoy that won’t break the bank- I’ll take it! :)
I get to school when barely anyone is there and have a good hour to myself before my 9am class begins. It’s on the second floor and something I am particularly taking note of is my recent enthusiasm for geodes, which greet me each Monday and Wednesday when I step off the elevator. It instantly brings a smile to my face and I’m drawn to the case each time to revel in the natural beauty of such gems. Lucky me too that the latest videos from Spirit Science is a four part series on crystals – oh joy!!! :)
It’s a great thing to be in a good mood so early on a Monday, or yes on any day for that matter. I hope it keeps up and your day is bright and happy as well. If not, try meditating on a beautiful stone.
I just checked my email to find this upsetting news. From what I understand according to this article, Google is planning to incorporate Picnik-like services into its other services across the Google empire, specifically Google+ – which I still know nothing about; hubby says it’s popular with photographers. Anyways, that sounds like a whole lot of shit to me. I don’t want to have to go through the Google portal for such services. I don’t care for a lot of what Google puts out. I use their email and docs (although they never print right), but I could care less about Picasa (which I did try), their social network, or many of the other Google products that have come across my screen. This feels to me like the total death of a great service, as opposed to a rebirth in a better way. It sounds like an awful idea even though, yes, I may be a bit panicky at the moment and resisting change because I trust Google about as much as I do any other mega-huge-take-over-the-world corporation. So let me just say… FUCK! SHIT! WHY!!! You bastards, you killed Picnik!!!
Here’s the official word from Picnik (notice how they don’t mention what’s really going on at all, and basically just sink out the back door with their tail between their legs.) Dammit Google, why didn’t you just keep your grimy little hands off if this is how you’re going to go about your business!
Since joining Google in 2010, we have been creating editing magic in Google products while continuing to keep Picnik awesome. But now we get to focus on even awesomer things. Picnik will be closing on April 19, 2012.
Your photos liberated
Amazing photos are created in Picnik, so we have launched a new feature, Picnik Takeout, that easily downloads your photos to your desktop in convenient zip files. You may also elect to copy your photos toGoogle+ where you can store and share your creations. You may request your photos at any time and use this handy tool as many times as you like until our closing date of April 19, 2012. Learn more.
To our primo Picnik Premium members, we’ll begin processing a full refund of your current membership fee within a week of this announcement. By “in full” we mean the whole darn thing. Yep, this means even if you are on your very last day of an annual membership, we will refund you the entire $24.95. Just because we want to say thanks.
Now the Good News – Free Premium for ALL!
To express our gratitude for your support over the past 5 years, Picnik Premium is free for everyone! Use Picnik in all of its premium glory, for free, from now until our actual closing day. Touch-up, Textures, Advanced, and more are all free for you to use!
We have been incredibly proud of building a product that is used and beloved by so many of you. We continue to be amazed and humbled by the photos you create and we are immensely grateful for all of your support, creativity, and passion.
We are excited by the photo-editing fun we have already brought to Google products, like Google+, where you can find many of your favorite Picnik effects in Creative Kit. We encourage you to visit Google+ andgive it a whirl.
It’s been awesome,
My class is about to start so I have to make this quick. I’ll admit that I have not yet had time to read up on what the details of this are. However, I’ve been a supporter of Save the Internet since I heard of them because I know how fucked the powers that be are and it’s not difficult to see why the open internet is a threat to them. So, now that SOPA & PIPA are getting more attention for the threat that they are to free and open communication, I’m all about shutting them down. I’ll admit that I’m a pirate and while I’ll save that rant for another day, my desire in killing these bills is not so that I can steal shit. **Note: I do not view my actions as theft in the traditional sense, more of a “taking it back” sort of thing. So, here’s the website, let’s make this happen – STOP SOPA & PIPA!!! I do wish I knew of better options than just signing a petition and calling my representative, but do what you can.
I just got finished dancing my ass off in my apartment to a song that had planted a seed in me, without my complete realization, the first time I heard it some months back. Well today as I went to put on a documentary for background noise, the opening tune sprouted that seed right out of me and I just couldn’t help myself; I had to dance! That’s when you know it’s something special. When you have to move, suddenly you’re inspired, your body contorts and springs without much direction from you at all, and inspiration is birthed through the interplay of you and the music. It’s truly one of my favorite things in life. I found myself thinking about a burlesque show I said I’d do next month (that would be my first show since Dec ’10!!), and found that the waining interest I had in doing it bolted out the door as I choreographed in the musical vortex of “Sail” by AWOLNATION. As one YouTuber commented, “It’s like hearing a damn dragon cry.”
Lead singer Aaron Bruno is such an unexpected hottie with a very powerful voice. In my minds eye I was expecting him to look like a dark-haired, scraggly long-locked guy from a heavy metal band as opposed to being blond-haired with striking blue eyes and a face resembling a cross between Ralphie from A Christmas Story and Michael Pitt (finally, I’ve been trying to place him for an hour!)
Revel! Enjoy! Laugh! Cry! Be Moved! and Dance dammit!!
Their website: http://awolnationmusic.com/
Before I found the official music video for the song, I ended up here and discovered two very funny and talented young ladies who make me sad face because I don’t have a bff like that. And because after getting pulled into watching about six of their other equally awesome videos (which are shot amazingly well – how the hell do these kids get these skills!?!?!), I reflected on my own late teens/ early twenties and nothing there is even half as cool or as much fun as these kiddos appear to be having. The fact that they have it on permanent record is just a bit ‘ol juicy sinkhole of jealousy, which I must now quit indulging. I got lotsa luv for them though really, they make some funny shit. :)
Wow. Yes. and Wow, again.
Once more my ever evolving facial recognition skills kicked in and within seconds I knew who I was looking at, despite not being very familiar with him. His name is Rick Genest, and I’ve casually admired him (for reasons you will soon discover) since first catching glimpse of his captivating self maybe three ago. Recently I’ve seen him in a music video (with a pop star if I remember correctly – he was the only interesting thing about it), and some really hot ads. Then there’s this incredible video below. I’m glad to see someone such as he (I’m doing good at keeping the secret right!) getting jobs like these. I like to think he’s as good of a guy as he is good-looking’ and I hope good things continue to come his way.
Oh and I might mention, I use the product in the video and it’s the best!
Here’s a good interview about Rick: http://www.bizarremag.com/weird-news/tattoos-body-art/7173/zombie_boy.html
Ricks sweet-ass website: http://rickgenest.com/
It finally happened! We’ve been in wanting for years; me especially. Almost two years ago, we almost had one. The price was right, the arrangements set, my husband took his work weary butt out to Timbuktu- but it was minutes too late as the seller jacked us and sold to someone else who was leaving as the hubs approached. What a fucking asshole! Here in the ATX I’ve set an alert on my phone using Craigslist Pro+ to be alerted as soon as a Vitamix hit the CL market. I’ve seen them come, and I’ve watched them go almost as if they never really existed at all. I thought I had me one for $150 last month. My vision blurred and I almost had a heart attack just reading the post. I immediately responded, but the seller did not leave a phone number, only an email – the torture!! I made my interest very clear, and after two hours I was working myself into a frenzy. I knew something was wrong, so I emailed again. Nothing. The next day… nothing. The ad was still there for two days but I never got a response. And then it was gone.
Then there was today. **cue heavens parting choral music** My alarm sounded and I was surprisingly alert and ready for the day. My finger automatically stretched to silence my phone, and with sleep wary eyes I caught a glimpse of… hmmm, was that?… no, it’s probably nothing… a vitamix?… yeeaaahh, I think it was, but c’mon it’s probably another $600 monstrosity, just forget it…. like hell! you better wipe the sleep from your eyes and check that shit! And I did just that. Before I finished brushing my teeth excitement had taken hold – I have the $300! I can pick it up right now! It must be MINE!!!
And now it is. :D And I shall name it Bliss (which is coincidentally the name of a raw food cafe we adore in Dallas). My androgynous partner and I will be making sweet, sweet love together. We consummated our union tonight by creating THE BEST carrot soup I’ve ever had in my life. Oh yeah, I’ve got a keeper.
My baby performed beautifully and with the fantastic cookbook that came with this gorgeous package this recipe warmed me all over and tickled my tongue just right. (okay, I know the sexual innuendo involving a kitchen appliance may be odd to some, but don’t judge my love; it’s pure.) It was wonderful being able to whip up such aaahhh-mazing and healthy fare so quickly and easily for my other baby, who happens to be in his second week of being sick (boo!). Truly a great culinary experience and piece of equipment that I am VERY grateful for.
This is awesome and generous! Create and print your own customized owl-themed calendar using images from 45 international artists. I love mine!!
Get yours now at: My Owl Barn: Owl Lover 2012 Calendar.
So here it is, “THE” color of 2012… Tangerine Tango. Apparently they debut the next years color in December, but in recent years I start wondering right about now.
Is it what I was expecting? (I like to play a little guessing game with myself.) No. I’ve actually been resisting orange I’ve noticed and surprisingly been pulled like a moth to a flame to yellow hues, as you will eventually see in my home tour (and my background of course). I’ll have to ponder this electric coral color some more before I draw my final conclusions. I think a plum or indigo is what I was subconsciously imagining for this legendary year. However, I have been seeing some gorgeous things using just this version of orange and I can’t deny it’s allure.
Read about it here: Fashion + Home – Pantone Color of the Year for 2012: Tangerine Tango PANTONE 17-1463.
I found the following description of the meaning of the color orange here:
Orange combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. It is associated with joy, sunshine, and the tropics. Orange represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, and stimulation.
To the human eye, orange is a very hot color, so it gives the sensation of heat. Nevertheless, orange is not as aggressive as red. Orange increases oxygen supply to the brain, produces an invigorating effect, and stimulates mental activity. It is highly accepted among young people. As a citrus color, orange is associated with healthy food and stimulates appetite. Orange is the color of fall and harvest. In heraldry, orange is symbolic of strength and endurance.
Orange has very high visibility, so you can use it to catch attention and highlight the most important elements of your design. Orange is very effective for promoting food products and toys.
Red-orange corresponds to desire, sexual passion, pleasure, domination, aggression, and thirst for action.
I’m still full from my late night gorging, but even so, as I sit here thinking about all my plans to detox and meditate, this list of healthy snacks is mouth watering.
Read more: 2012 Whole Living Action Plan | Whole Living.