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March 2010

Today is the first day of the rest of your office.

March 22, 2010

As of today, I now have a little office in the back of my house. It has six, almost-floor-to-ceiling windows in it. I think I’m going to need to start wearing sunscreen in the house. But I’m not complaining.

*Horrible photo taken with my iPhone. I plan to find my actual camera sometime tomorrow.

#19. Go to Marfa.

March 19, 2010


I’m thinking a lot about Marfa lately. Partially because it’s on my year list. And partially because I do this every spring. Whenever it starts to warm up around here, I begin to dream of wearing house dresses and walking around lazy, open spaces. No one knows why.

But there’s something mysterious about Marfa.

I’ve never been to see West Texas, the mysterious alien lights, the Prada store in the middle of nowhere. So I’m going to spend Tax Day there. With the art, the BBQ, the cool/weird locals, and…the quiet.

I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the end of my Tax Day year list. And I can’t think of anything more antithetical to taxing.

How to Throw a Party in Texas. (The SXSW Girl-Guy Party Edition)

March 17, 2010

If you’re planning to throw a party in Texas…specifically at SXSW…here are a few things that might help:

1. Interesting People. See above photo for 12 of them. Then add 12 + 438 = Awesome. Especially that dude in the lower right box. He’s a swell Guy to partner with when you’re ready to party.

(Feeling Happy with Gretchen Rubin)

2. A Rad Location. In our case, Allens Boots.

3. Good Music. Because this is SXSW, it is particularly important. Last year, we had Diane Birch, and look what happened to her. This year, we featured Bo Cox, who I predict will be bigger than Botox. Thank you Bo Cox. Thank you, Culture Map.

4. Excellent Food. Of course this is always important. And this year, we had a real chuckwagon serving up delights. Oh yes we did. Thanks, YouData and Werkadoo!

5. Swell Booze. Thanks to Shiner, and Canopy Management wines, Purple Cowboy and Middle Sister Wines.

6. A Photo Booth. This is particular entertaining when it occurs after the Swell Booze (see #5).

7. Plenty of Hay. If only so you can spend the day saying “Haaaaaaaaaayyy!” to everyone’s complete annoyance. Trust me, that’s fun.

Hugemongo thanks to these great companies who made the whole hoedown possible: Thank you again to: HP/@hp, Sticker Giant/@stickergiant, Starbucks/@starbucks, Realzi/@realzi, Culture Map/@culturemap, and Allens Boots/@allensboots! As well as Shiner/@shinerbeer, Evamor/@evamor, Bright Sky Press/ @brightskypress , YouData/@YouData, Werkadoo/@werkadoo and Canopy Management wines!

Y’all come next year!

(All photos completely stolen from Guy Kawasaki and Karen Walrond and KK, the best photobooth photographer ever. )

Basically The Best SXSW Party Ever

March 10, 2010

Tomorrow morning, I’m going to drive 20 miles south to borrow a truck, to visit a barn, to borrow 30 bales of hay.

Welcome to my new life.

And welcome to four days until basically the best SXSW party ever: The second annual Girl + Guy, Kirtsy + Alltop party.


The band is set. The photographers are ready. And the sponsors (Allens Boots, Starbucks, Shiner, Realzi, Sticker Giant, YouData, Culture Map, and HP) are geniuses.

Will we see you? The party is currently closed, but leave a comment if you want me to make sure you’re on the list.

Yeehaw, y’all.

Hello, Austin

March 9, 2010

So here’s the thing. We sorta moved to Austin. And by sorta, I mean, basically. And by basically, I mean somewhat. To sum up: none of our stuff is here, but we are.

What I’m trying to say is that for the time being, we will be dwelling in and re-doing my great-grandmother’s house.  Technically, this house not in Austin, as least Austin as I knew it. But the way Austin has grown, it now is, and we now are. We’re south, which is good, since Harry’s new, rad, totally hippie school is too.

There’s so much more I need to write about this…VOLUMES… and I will.  In fact, I’ve gone ahead and made a whole category for “The Casa” on this newfangled blog of mine. (And let’s be clear that when I say ‘I made it’, I completely mean ‘Monica made it’.) So there will be a lot more to come. Once I find my brain, which has been packed away with my underwear.

I also haven’t yet found or unpacked my camera, so this lovely shot above from Stuck in Customs will have to do. It captures our new home quite well.