Monthly Archives: September 2009

Look What I Did

If you’re like us, you have a lot of little framed pictures that seem inadequate for big walls. Here’s one solution. Some fun stories in a few of these. That National Grain painting is by our old friend Rodney White, … Continue reading

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Dan's Hamburgers: "I stopped at a roadhouse in Texas…"

Yesterday, Eliza and I decided to celebrate one of those only-in-America holidays: National Chocolate Milkshake Day. To mark the occasion, we visited one of the vestiges of the old, weird Austin: Dan’s Hamburgers.¬†We’re not clear on the story behind this … Continue reading

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Azul Tequila, Where Have You Been All My Life?

The first Christmas after Eliza moved to Austin, I gave her all Austin-themed gifts. One of these “gifts” was kind of like that bowling ball Homer gave Marge. It was The Fearless Critic restaurant guide. On the cardboard display stand … Continue reading

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Ben's Bow Ties

When Ben and I got married last November, he wanted to wear a Carolina blue bow tie. We hunted high and low for the right shade of blue and the perfect fabric, and ended up placing a custom order with … Continue reading

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Garden & Gun

I subscribed to Garden & Gun magazine a couple of months ago (after it was recommended by our friend Elizabeth) and was thrilled to receive my first issue this week. After finally finishing Ellen Gilchrist’s Nora Jane, and before diving … Continue reading

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My New Stitching Addiction

I remember reading about Jenny Hart and Sublime Stitching a few years ago in Bust and thinking she had a really cool thing going. I recently bought one of her hand embroidery kits and a baby bib to practice on. … Continue reading

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Paging Paula…

One of the nice things about using WordPress is that it provides a surprising amount of analytics right out of the box. You can learn some pretty interesting things about your blog, especially about how people end up there. Recently, … Continue reading

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The Fix: Caffe Medici

Yesterday, I had some work to do, so I went to one of my favorite places in Austin, Caffe Medici. I went with a double breve macchiato.

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Handmade Nation Was Unwatchable

Nora Ephron, a journalist before she was a filmmaker, once began a profile of New York Post Publisher Dorothy Schiff with this immortal line: “I feel bad about what I’m going to do here.” After sitting through Handmade Nation today … Continue reading

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Old School San Francisco

I recently spent the better part of three weeks in San Francisco for work. At the beginning of my last week there I was talking to my mom on the phone, when she asked me incredulously, “You haven’t been to … Continue reading

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