Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Around Campus

Well, it's finals time and I've got a sinus infection, but I thought I could spare the energy to share some photos I've taken recently on campus:

So many butterflies! These were by the greenhouse.

These two were taken on Saturday. I took the one above just for dad. And, fall comes late to Texas, but it shore is purdy.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Plumbers Can Be Mean, and PW Comes to Austin

When it's cold, I find myself wishing more fervently that whoever put in my showerhead didn't have it out for average-tall people.

average male height, US: 5'9"
average female height, US: 5'4"
me: 5'7 1/2"
showerhead: my eye-level

I asked my apartment complex when I moved in if they would fix it. They said no.

And is it cold. Observe at right tomorrow's Austin forecast, courtesy of
(it says today because it's 12:58. I say it's not today until I wake up)
I'm all for cold weather. But not for shivering in the shower.

So, in my last post I was talking about famous bloggers. I had the chance to see one tonight in person at her book signing at Book People (the best and most wonderful book store).
Ree Drummond (aka the Pioneer Woman) was funny, modest, kind and everything you should expect from the author of such a heartfelt, artful, and all-around pretty great site.

But what really got me was her husband (Marlboro Man, as she refers to him). He was there, quiet and supportive, taking pictures, signing books (yeah...), and I could tell he has a great sense of humor. No wonder she likes him so much.

And now I have a wonderful new cookbook. Watch out, kitchen!

Now playing: Sufjan Stevens - Hey Guys! It's Christmas Time!
via FoxyTunes

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Skywdds Will Be Skwydds

Hello, world!

I've been thinking for some time now that a wildly popular blog would be just the antidote to my jobless despair. I could get rich and famous, like Perez (I actually don't read celebrity gossip, but I hear he's pretty famous now, interviewing Miss America contestants and all). I could become a fashion icon like our friend Jane (doubtful). Or they could make a movie about me, like Julie (sadly, much as I love Amy Adams, I must say that only half of that movie was any good- and it wasn't her half).
Soooo, in lieu of these things, I will make myself content with creating this thing for my own enjoyment, and perhaps the enjoyment of people who like me (or are like me).

-> My blog title comes from a wonderful children's book collaboration by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith.
And my dad calls my Skwydd, because I really loved the water as a kid and he has this thing for weird spellings.

Quick rundown on me:
-I'm a senior at UT
-I am utterly at a loss as to whats happening after graduation (though I do plan eventually to go to grad school for library science and work in a public library, encouraging kids to read)
-I really love Shakespeare and performing Shakespeare (caveat: I do not condone this review's poor editing, plot-driven content (can I put in another parenthetical thought here? good. seriously- Cymbeline is complicated and intricate and you may have to work to enjoy it, but if you have a problem with the plot, take it up with Shakespeare), or its cursory references to the actual performance, but they do say nice things about me)
-I am currently rehearsing a play called American Volunteers, written by my friend and co-Shakespearean Johnny Meyer. It's going up in January as a long fringe piece at FronteraFest
-I love music and photography
-I really really love dressing up (see photo above, halloween 09)
-I adore my family (I'm the oldest of five)
-I like hyperlinks - the internet fascinates me

Now playing: The Avett Brothers - Laundry Room
via FoxyTunes

The amazing Avett Brothers at ACL this year.