Tuesday, March 07, 2006

:::.... We attended Staple! in Austin again this past weekend. It appears the event is growing bigger judging by the fact it was held in the Red Oak Ballroom of the local mall instead of in the Elk's Club which is located on top of a hill in the middle of a neighborhood. Also, there were a handful of more established and well-known artists there such as Jane's World writer, Paige Braddock and one of our favorites, Jim Mahfood, whose appearance was completely opposite from what I imagined. We bought two of his comic books to sign and I tried to throw in the fact it was my birthday, but he became distracted when someone handed him an iPod, so I just let it go. He was actually a cute little guy. Since I was too shy to take his picture while standing in front of him, I tried it from across the room which resulted in three thoroughly useless and blurry photos. We were disappointed to not see the artist behind Snake Pit, Ben Snakepit. I'm wondering if the larger venue resulted in a heftier exhibit fee which kept some of the locals from exibiting which would totally defeat the purpose of holding an independant media expo. Or maybe he just couldn't make it this year. We circled the floor obsessively for you Snakepit! We were there--where were you! Ironically, we ended buying a copy of his anthology at Waterloo records the next day before leaving town.

Jenny will be creating a comic book/zine chronicling our trip, which will likely end up for sell on Monkey Do Collective.

And just an hour or so ago, I finished setting up my new blog account so updates here are pretty much done. Sorry, no link will be added. Just like I didn't link my first blog to this one. Those two chapters are finished.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

:::.... I'm going to clean out my closet today. Just as soon as I finish making more coffee. I've decided that I don't want to be one of those people who stares into a space overflowing with apparel and exclaim, "I haven't got a THING to wear." Yes you do. You have every single piece of clothing in front of you to wear. You just gained weight. Or lost weight. Or chose pants that are just as unflattering with 50% off as regular price. Or maybe you are a slave to fashion and refuse to be caught dead in last year's shoes. Or maybe you are too lazy to replace clothes you've had for years with new ones because you hate shopping.

I have half a closet full of clothes I don't wear. The other half is occupied with hanging storage for me and Jenny's underwear, blankets, extra sheets, and pajama bottoms. So that means 1/4 of my closet contains clothes that are "family friendly" that I hardly ever wear, while the other quarter isn't worn due to a variation of reasons from paragraph one.

Where is this coming from? We have a washing machine and dryer now. There is no reson for the hamper to be even half full. Although when Jenny points out how it is half full, I like to think of it as half empty. My biggest problem is that after all the clothes are washed and folded, there is no room to put every piece of clean clothing away. We simply don't have enough space. Our two closets are tiny. Neither one is a walk-in and there is no hall closet. Once all of the clothes are washed, I get to spend the next thirty to forty minutes refolding all of Jenny's 100 t-shirts so that five more will fit into the drawer. Then I get to walk into her closet and try squeeze in more pants and button down shirts into a space that upon opening the closet door seems to say, "Oh no you didn't bring more shit to stuff in here!"

But since it's my fault entirely that she doesn't have more room to stretch out her things and just breath a little, I will work and rework our little space to make it all fit.

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