Monday, February 22, 2010

A Different Kind of Publication

Eddy has been hard at work getting some of his papers published (yay!) but I have been working on a different kind of publication. Earlier this year, Jason Thompson, author of Making Journals by Hand, contacted me to ask if he could feature some of my paper necklaces in his upcoming book, Playing with Books. The books are finally back from the printers and my advanced copy is on its way! I'll post more photos here once we receive our copy. In the meantime, Jason has posted a preview of the book on his blog, Rag & Bone. The book looks amazing! I can't believe some of my pieces are being featured among such talent!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Everything's Up to Date in Iowa City

So, I'm applying for academic jobs this year. It's pretty stressful. To help me get all geared up and ready for interview season, my PhD advisor set up a mock interview at his institution, the University of Iowa in Iowa City. My flights got canceled and re-booked on a 6:30 AM flight... which ended up being a good thing, because I got there early enough to finish up my talk and have a look about the town.

The first thing I noticed upon arriving in Iowa is that it was exceedingly snowy. (Guess that only seems like a shock if you are living in Texas). I was especially amused by this bench, where it looks like some Iowa natives were so immune to the snow that they could just sit down in it:


My hotel was by a cute little bar area:


I didn't get to sample their wares, but it looks like the bars around served some delectable delicacies:


Unfortunately, having the campus bar scene right by my hotel meant there were college students singing loudly out my window at about 2:30 AM. But I had a good visit anyway. One of the highlights was some gelato made in-house right across from my hotel:


I got half chocolate, half raspberry:


Historic side note: Did you know that Iowa City was once the capital of Iowa? I guess the politicians all left, but they did leave behind a sweet building with a golden dome:


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

We Got the Crabs


We had quite an adventure for Valentine's Day this year. We we took a road trip out to Beaumont to see a replica of the boom town.




Then we drove down to Nederland to see a windmill.


Finally we stopped at a Vietnamese/Catholic shrine in Port Arthur.



The culmination was a trip to our favorite brasserie, Max and Julie's. I blindfolded Eddy so that he would be surprised.