Tuesday, March 18, 2014

South By South Best

Perhaps I'm getting dull and boring, or perhaps the festival just feels like it's getting out of hand, but this year I wasn't really feeling SXSW. Either way, this year turned out to my most favorite SXSW. Here are my happy reflections from my SXSBest.

The best thing this year, by far, was taking the entire week off of work without any intention of joining in the festivities. My staycation certainly turned into a SXSW party, but my expectations were low and I knew I would be happy at home if the party didn't appeal to me. I also had plenty of down time to tackle some house chores, hang out with Pam and baby Charlie, and nap!

My week started off with a bang! Egyptian Lover is a DJ from the early 1980s that BBC turned me on to. Brandon was in a breakdancing crew as a kid, with Egyptian Lover being one of his favorite beat throwers. We were both pretty excited to learn that he was DJing at Holy Mountain and quickly made plans to be front and center at the stage. It was an amazing show and we danced our boo-tays off. Last year for BBC's birthday I bought him an unopened, original pressing Egyptian Lover album. We brought it, opened in it front of da Lovah, and got it signed.

I had to pee, so the album came with me.

Monday was a very exciting day for me. I woke up early-ish (for being on vacation) and went down to Austin Pets Alive! to meet my favorite internet sensation, Lil Bub. It's pretty insane how long the line was to meet this petite puss, but it was worth the 45 minutes and the $25 donation. The event raised $7,000 and I got to say, "Howdy, lady!" to a kitty celebrity. It was the only time I've ever been star struck by a celebrity. (Or, should I say, celebr-kitty!)

This photo is a keeper!!

Here are some photo out-takes. After all, we both can't look great all the time.

Lil Bub showing me her Yoda impression!

I wonder how well Grumpy Cat is taken care of with all the events she does over SXSW, including a Town Lake boat ride. You can rest assured that Lil Bub is pampered like a princess and got plenty of breaks and alone time with her pops during the event. I snapped a pic of a little snuggle break and for reference: Lil Bub's Dude is Hot and We Need to Talk About it.

Since I had the day off, I took the opportunity to cook a 14 pound turkey Monday and host a Fakes-giving movie night with the ladies. We had a feast with all the trimmings: stuffing, cranberries, mashed potatoes, fancy potatoes รก la Bridget, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, pie, bisquits, brownies, and cranberry jammy cocktails. We watched Son in Law, being that it's a Thanksgiving movie and all, and since it was Spring Break we didn't let the party stop once the film did.

Wednesday afternoon BBC and I set sail on a Bruise Cruise on Town Lake. It was a beautiful day and the music was great: Arp, Kelley Stoltz, and Coachwhips. My favorite part was watching the sun set while we cruised to the Coachwhips. I've been on a boat before, but I was really surprised with the weak sea legs I have. It was dizzying walking around while we were sailing and I felt like I was floating on air even after the cruise ended.

Watching the sun set on a boat, y'all!

Glamorous Sherry!

We started many of our days and ended most of our nights a Trailer Space, which was a pretty great buffer from the SXSW world. Brandon played a show Saturday night and we were fortunate enough to find great parking everywhere we went. Obnox, Gary Numan, Parquet Courts, Ty Segall, The Blind Shake, Reigning Sound, and all of our favorite local bands filled out the rest of the weekend. I think my favorite surprise was seeing Harvey Sid Fisher play an unexpected show at Trailer Space. 

Harvey Sid Fisher and BBC

As always, we ended our SXSW at the best party in town, Uncle Doug's Chili Dog Fest. Eating chili dogs and drinking beer is the best way to cure a week-long hangover. We crawled out of bed Sunday afternoon to join our favorite, tired locals for great rock n' roll. And, even better, it raised money for Austin Pets Alive! and HAAM. Needless to say, yesterday was a pretty tough day back in the office.

Pretty perky for the Sunday after SXSW. I woke up like dis!

The were certainly ups and downs at SXSW this year. The insanity of Wednesday night outside of Mohawk was sobering, to say the least. Every single person involved could have been someone we knew or loved. Friday night, after an amazing and packed Reigning Sound show at Yellow Jacket, a team of under-age, skateboarding jackasses started swinging their boards at bar staff breaking noses and busting faces when they were denied entry. I heard countless other stories of assholes across town causing havoc. It's all so very disappointing, I truly feel like the festival has gotten out of control, and I hope things will be better regulated next year.

So why was this the SXSBest ever? This year Brandon wasn't working at a bar or the festival, so we got to enjoy the entire week together. Whether we were napping in the back of our car mid-day, missing all but one song of a set that we really wanted to catch, or losing our hearing at the loudest Blind Shake show ever, it was great experiencing everything with my best friend.

Friday, March 7, 2014

5 Facts Friday

Here are 5 random facts/stories about yours truly.

  • My Sophomore year in high school I wore gold eyeshadow as blush. My BFF, Karen, told me that you were supposed to wear blush in a tone similar to your natural blushing color. I agreed with her stating that that was what I did. She quickly shot me down telling me that nobody blushed gold. I'd still like to think that I could blush in golden hues if I was charmed enough.
  • Jay-Z is fixing my sweetie's grill. Well, not really, but kind of? The Grammy Organization, MusicCares, offers grants to musicians and we got one for BBC's dental overhaul. Woo Hoo
  • I like to use things until they run out. Like pens/markers/highlighters for example. I use the same pen at work until it's empty. Also, there are four rolls of toilet paper in every stall in the bathroom on my floor. Each day I only use the smallest roll in hopes of using it all.
  • I'm absolutely in love with this song right now.
  • I found a crumbly, dirty ten dollar bill on my way to the bus stop this morning!   

Monday, March 3, 2014

Oscar Madness

My most viewed blog posting of all time was my Oscar-related Oscar Schmoscar post in February last year. Honestly, I think some of my photos just show up in Google searches when people look for Rick Rubin because the post gets daily hits. Either way, I'll take those blog hits as affirmation that I'm doing something great.

Once again, this morning I did my annual Oscar tradition of trolling the internet for Rick Rubin's photo in the slew of Vanity Fair Oscar party press images. Here you go, friends:


Things got a little more stalkery than usual, because this year his beautiful lady's name was published instead of just being listed as "guest." First off, way to go, girl! Finally getting your name credited in a photo is, like, 100 times bigger than changing your Facebook status to, "in a relationship with."

Her name is Mourielle Herrera and she's an actress, not a Brazilian model as I had assumed. Naturally, I found this out through a Google search, which also led me to her IMDb, Twitter, and Instagram. And through mild prying, I found these little gems:

Ricky paddle boarding


And in closing, as a disclaimer of sorts, I'm overwhelmingly in love with my wonderful husband! Furthermore, BBC has nothing to worry about with my celebrity crush simply because no length of juice cleanse will ever give me Mourielle Herrera's bangin' bod!