It’s that time of the year! to Alas, Poor Yorick pumpkins,
sidle up to skeletons,
stuff ‘em into tire swings,
peep the bones inside of flamingos,
and make ‘em guard your books and play the banjo.
Wednesday was Arthur’s birthday. I take considerable pride in my gift wrapping prowess. But this one takes the cake (which I also made, German chocolate with the icing homemade, it was awesome, yeah).
Saying that it looked like an episode of Lost, he did not fail to notice that this is our house, Google Map gift wrap plane crashed about our yard, we’re in the flight path, after all.
He did not guess, though, that I got him a green laser for extending his wonder and touching the stars (and hopefully never taking down aircraft). Yippee!
Then for good measure we prowled around a cave.
Inner Space Cavern was discovered in 1963 in Georgetown, Texas, during the construction of Interstate 35.
As in, whoops! Here’s a cave!
The Texas Highway Department wanted to pump it full of cement, but the landowner-cum-cave-master would have none of it. They’ve since uncovered bones of prehistoric animals with sections of the cave still unexplored.
It includes adorable tiny bats, aptly described as furry chicken nuggets. They kindly did not get caught in my hair even once.
Here’s one of the resident baby ibex.
There was also a zebra, but the zebra was a jerk.
No internet fame for jerk zebra.
Who knows how many times the collection had been shifted till at last stars aligned and mind and no mind met Arizona highways?
Bree has a thing she says about improv—how all improv can’t be her favorite improv. And yet! And yet! There it is before her / you / me, something new, never before, never to be again and amazing, staring us all in the face. THIS MUST BE THE BEST EVER NOW THAT EVER WAS!
And we’re right. Over and over. Again and again.
I pass the old Arizona Highways of my collection, the 294s, now(!) Eastern Religion, this time it won’t get me, I won’t smirk and feel giddy, I have other favorite things, this will get old.
Yomicon—”reading con”—is an annual anime/manga/cosplay event for teens at the Austin Public Library. The free five-hour event features geeky crafts, gaming, costume and art contests, Magic, Minecraft, manga drawing workshops and tons of nerd swag.
They asked for staff volunteers; they got a creepy horse galomping about, nuzzling shrieking children.
I worked the photo booth, arranging shots into strips and printing them out.
The kids were so adorable, I about died.
I like my new job a lot.
UPDATE! I won an award!