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Texas - grackles   antiques   abandoned rusted machinery  fields of cows occasionally   plastic drink cups made for trucks   wide roads seven lanes   plenty of parking   the natural extension of infinite space   no way off that doesn't lead back to on   thick accents   sweet tea   if you ask for it sugar   endless flat roads   the scent of mesquite on your fingernails   oil that collects at a laundromat a.k.a. washateria   slow but fast   a tangle of roads   somewhere brides colliding   roses   the obvious blue sky   no option   blackout shades that hide the tall perilous light.

Antique mall north of Austin

Rooms of costume finery; antiques; 1920s shoes; narrow button gloves; corsets unopened from a factory; Victorian delicate hand worked lace blouses; beautiful white lawn tennis dresses; unopened package of 1940s stockings w/ seam up the back; hats and feathers; childrens' baptismal gowns; rouge tins and powder boxes; piles of gloves soft, to the elbow, barely worn; ladies cheap jewel boxes; a row of furs; girdles; slips and strange bras with stays and buckles; disintegrating beaded shifts and purses; glittery rhinestone buckles; glass bead necklaces.

At the wedding

Red church chapel walls against the perfect blue fading sky; one songbird perched above; grasses at my ankles when I walk a path; during interminable pictures, feeling clever and grownup clutching a beer by its neck, bringing it to Kirk; flowered gravel paths; the cool and surprisingly deep pool of water at the fountain, where I dipped my hand at the end of the night; dancing in a giant circle and wanting more like that; bright Texas stars in the sky; Aggies singing in a swaying chorus; Kyle sling-shotting the garter; the tractor filled with balloons; Jeannie's grace in her large poufy skirts, cascading hair.
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we're in austin! doing...things. apparently this city is infested with bats, but we haven't seen any yet. we did see a bum sleeping on the road! also a lot of car accidents. the food is really good here but no one seems to give a rip about local ingredients or whatever. it is kind of the anti-portland? i googled locavore restaurants and found only a few, and they have like a "local specialties" menu section. very weird.

i bought a slightly creepy doll. she moves her head around when you move her limbs.

more on flickr.
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i just booked our tickets to austin, september 23-29. kirk's brother kyle is getting married on the 27th! the ceremony is about 2 hrs away, but we are staying there for the first three nights and then driving to college station, which is where kirk was living when we first met, and it's also an hour closer to the church.

i've never been to austin! things i am excited about:

good tex-mex
specifically, mesquite chicken
college station friends
family! my new niece!
little road trips
fun austin exploring
(sadly, no roller derby games that week)

we might look for a b&b in college station we will hopefully stay with kirk's friend jason because allllll the hotels seem to be booked up. must be a football weekend! i actually miss that crimson color and that crazy aggie spirit. (okay, maybe also i miss wings n more.)

ETA: wonderful, we managed to pick three nights in austin right before the austin city limits music festival. b&b = FAIL. i am so not a music festival person, but for some reason i am really bitter we can't see alison krauss, gogol bordello, manu chau, other amazingness. sad.
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kirk and i went to several antique stores while we were
in texas. betty's corner in levelland, the lubbock antique
mall, and hastings antiques in idalou. they were all run
by crazy old folks whose stores were enormous and
overwhelmingly crammed with stuff. we had a lot of fun :)

some purchases:

at the top, a small green 1940s teapot from a hospital.
in the middle, three wooden-handled biscuit cutters.
underneath that, a red and white enamelware fridgerator box.
(the rest of it is just regular kitchen stuff, but the big artichoke was
a christmas present. it now holds my earl grey tea)

two antique cotton combs. you comb the cotton to align the fibers and make it into a skein to spin thread from.

purchased and not pictured: a tiny toothpick holder in the shape of a green art deco chicken; a vintage pink and white half-apron; a folding travel alarm clock (it sublimates brass). if i had had infinite shipping capacity and $1,000 more to spend at hastings, i would have also bought two lace-bordered petticoats from the 1890s, a hoosier kitchen cupboard, purple glass iced tea goblets, and a million more beautiful things. we did spend about $150 at hastings--but she only charged us $80. she also trailed us around the store for a long time, saying things like, "sissy, do you need any help finding anything? you let me know, babies." ha.

item i did not find anywhere but desperately want: an antique primitive wooden trencher with handles (like this but not painted or fake). kirk's mom has an enormous one in her kitchen, and his aunt shirley has a PERFECT one that i coveted mightily. i had my heart set on finding one in idalou, but it was not to be. instead i am checking ebay daily.
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at the keen house over vacation. left to right: kyle (kirk's younger brother), kasidi (20 months, our niece), becky (kirk's mom), jolynn (kirk's younger sister, kasidi's mom), and kirk hidden in the shadows.

kirk's cousin lashonda doing jolynn's makeup for the wedding.

jolynn just before the wedding.

aunt shirley pins a boutonniere on kirk's tux; kyle in the background.

jolynn and freddie on the altar.


gas pump behind the house.

two puppies!

the white puppy

the brown puppy

oilfields and grassland by the keen house


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