Dorky awkwardness with all kinds of cool

I’m probably pretty dorky sometimes, and definitely usually awkward. Part of it I attribute to me being an only child. I didn’t have any one to look up to or glean the, do this, not that, rules from. I didn’t have cousins near me until I was a teenager, and since I was some transplant from some weird west coast state, they wanted nothing to do with me. So I had to pave my own way. I was always told to be true to yourself, even if others don’t like it. I did this, and true to the wisdom, lost some friends because I was too different from them. But things work out. I don’t have a million friends, but that’s okay because most of them would be fake, and what’s the point in that?

Either way, this video made me think about awkwardness and paving your own way, because you never know, someone may think your dorky awkwardness is actually pretty cool and deserves a record deal. Be true to yourselves folks!

Finally! *collapses face first onto floor*

We finally finally finally (barring little touch-ups) finished painting our house at 8pm Tuesday night. I had so little left and I was losing light but we did it! When I gave the hubs a high-five, we both had smiles on our faces. The relief rushed in and the pride in our work came soon after.

Even though it took waaaay longer than I figured (I originally estimated two weeks tops – try two months!), it looks great. We are proud of our work and I feel like we did just as good, if not better than most professionals. We went over the house with a fine toothed comb, finding any spots, re-caulking areas that had either been missed, never touch, or already needed more touching-up. It took a lot of our strength and sweat and a ton of our time, but everyday now, when we come home from work, our hard work shines through. I love it.

We still have the doors to replace and paint, but there’s no rush on that. They work for now. Next up is some fun stuff – new house numbers and finding a spot for our raised bed garden. But again, in due time. For now, we rest. These other projects take little time and can be done whenever we feel so inclined. I’m not worried about them, and I usually forget about them completely until something triggers my memory.

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Last night we went to Austin’s last Sound and Cinema for the summer. It’s a great free deal Austin does at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. They have a band that plays music from the movie they are showing, and when the sun sets, they play a different movie each time. This time was The Sandlot, a classic coming of age story. If you haven’t seen it, I recommend it. It’s a favorite of ours.

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We stayed for a short while, but since it was so busy, it was hard to hear the movie so we ended up leaving to find a quieter place. We stopped at Radio Coffee & Beer, a great newer place that has great cold brew coffee and local drafts, so everyone can get something they want. The place has a great outdoor setting. One area has an open field with chairs for chatting, and the other side has picnic tables (and a couple food trailers of course), and they happened to be playing a bunch of short films. During the short films, one of the trailers came out with samples of their rosemary honey popcorn. If I hadn’t just eaten earlier, I would have grabbed a bag because it was amazing.

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I stayed out much later than planned but it was well worth it. We hadn’t “gone out” and done something like this for weeks, heck, months, because of the house projects. When I have a big project going on, I feel guilty leaving it undone, so we committed ourselves to one last push, finished up the painting, then went out, partly as a celebration, and partly to renew our love of the city. You can start to forget why you like a city if you don’t take advantage of the things that made you love it in the first place.

A little SXSW is all you need

I figure I need to post some obligatory SXSW photos since I live in the city of SXSW and I’ve already gone to a couple of shows. Word of advice though. Don’t think you have to shell out hundreds, or even thousands to see bands and get free stuff. Yeah, some of the bands I’ve seen no one’s ever heard of, but that’s part of the fun of SXSW. You get to see some great shows before these bands get big. For instance, the hubs saw Fun. before they blew up on the radio. Cool, right? And you never know what you’re going to find. My second piece of advice: have a fluid plan before you head. Know of a couple of shows you want to see, and head to them, but don’t be disappointed if they’re filled up and you can’t get in, or you don’t want to wait four hours to get a wristband for one show. Have a secondary plan, and keep your eyes peeled. For instance, we went down to Cheer Up Charlie’s last Wednesday, purely because the Humane Society had cat’s you could pet and were going to have some free music later in the evening (after the cats had gone home of course).

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We started there, checking out the cats but grew bored. I was hoping for more cats, but they’d only brought a handful. So we moved on. We went over to Casino El Camino and split the amazing Armadillo burger with fries. My throat was burning beautifully after, so we headed over to my favorite bar, The Gingerman, for  a pint. We hung out there for a while, until we figured the bands would be starting up back at Cheer Up Charlies. We walked in that direction, but got caught up at Stubbs. The husband noticed some posters on the wall. Free Battle of the Bands concert at Stubbs plus and special guest. We were right by Stubbs so we went in. Well, it just turned out our luck was on our side that night. We ended up with special wrist bands that got us free beer all night. And not just Lone Stars or Miller’s, but anything. Brooklyn, Austin Beerworks. Beautiful.

We watched the bands battle it out. They even tried to make it American Idol-like by having three crappy judges and a method for you to “text and vote”. None of the bands were anything to write home about and they all did covers, so it was hard to really gauge what they were really like. BUT! After that was all over, the guest band came out and it just so happened to be Future Islands! (I apologize for the blurry, grainy shots. I only had the iphone and I’m no good at grabbing great iphone shots.)

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We were stoked. We stayed to watch the show, which was fantastic, and sadly too short, then we went back over to Cheer Up Charlie for a couple songs from another band, then headed home.

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All in all we only spent money on some food and a couple of beers and the non-venue places.

And this kind of stuff isn’t a fluke. On Sunday, we went to The Grackle for more free Brooklyn beer (not just one, but three), free ice cream, turtle races, Chinchilla and hedgehog petting (no kidding) and old school country music. Again – for free.

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We wandered off from there and landed at another free show. We saw a band called Basketball Shorts (I’d love to hear the story on that name), which reminded me a bit of Weezer, or at least the main singer did, and Sol Cat, a semi-psyched out poppy band. They actually were quite good despite them all looking completely stoned out of their minds. I swear if you’d asked them what city they were in, they’d have no clue. But nevertheless, they were actually very entertaining.

And the people watching alone, is worth the free tickets in. Check this guy out. And I’m sure he’s not the weirdest one but the rose glasses, fanny pack, red sweats and scrunchy socks puts him up there. Top 100 at least.

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So remember, if you’re just a blue collar, music loving, penny pinching tightwad, much like myself, you can still have a lot of fun out at SXSW, for very little money.