Monthly Archives: August 2011

Nasher Sculpture Center / Balloon Emporium

A couple of months ago, two friends of ours were in town and wanted to go to the Nasher Sculpture Center.  We hadn’t gone yet so we thought it would be a good opportunity.  It’s in downtown Dallas in the “Arts District” where there are several other museums we need to visit and the Meyerson Symphony Center (where we saw Ben Folds) and the Winspear Opera House (where we will see Bon Iver in a couple of weeks!).  Unlike some museums in the area, this one cost some money but it was worth it for the visit.  They have a lot of  sculptures indoors and outdoors, including several Picasso’s.

But we all agreed the best part was the temporary exhibit.  Really, I don’t think it had anything to do with sculptures but I was okay with that.  An artist had filled an entire large room with balloons.  Assistants would open the door quickly to shove you in and then shut it behind you.  You walked through and had to find your way to the other set of doors.  We got lost.  In a 20′ by 20′ room.

Once we found the door they wouldn’t let you out until you cleared all the balloons between you and the exit.  I never realized this would be so difficult.  It was like being in a pool and trying to scoop out the water in front of you.

-Sara

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Water Baby

Luna is obsessed with water.  The second she hears us turn on a faucet she jumps up to the counter and settles down right next to the sink.  And she will just stare at the running water, occasionally sticking her paw into it.  When you turn the faucet off, she will climb into the sink and let her paws get wet.  After you finish taking a shower, she goes in and walks around shaking each paw as she picks it up.  We have cat shampoo – maybe she would like getting a bath?

-Sara

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My New Distraction

Maybe I’m behind the times and you all have of heard of this already.  It’s called Pinterest and it is brilliant.  Say you want to redo your kitchen so you hit the internet for inspirational pictures of appliances, color schemes, and designs you like.  When you find a cool picture you simply click on a button in your toolbar that says “Pin It”.  That picture will be placed on a Kitchen “board” with all the other pictures you have pinned to it.  For example I have one that has fabrics I would like to use for some undetermined projects – don’t worry I am still working on that quilt!

Other people post hundreds of different inspiration boards so you don’t even need to go out of the site to find great things.  Once we actually own a home and want to start decorating I think it will be a great way to decide what we like and don’t like.  This is going to be worse than HGTV.

-Sara

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The Value of Time

I know it is the 21st century but it really bothers me that our society’s expectation is you should always have a car available to you.  Guess what?  I don’t.  It is true that Taylor and I could buy another car.  But in our daily schedule he can drop me off and pick me up from work and we have access to the transit line here in Dallas.  Buying another car would help us address the not-everyday-stuff and that to me is like having two dishwashing machines for use after holiday dinners – it would be nice to have, but seems difficult to justify such a large purchase for the occasional need.  And I am not saying I expect others to help us with this – we can figure out a solution to those situations where it would be nice if we had two cars.

What I think this comes down to for me is that people are not respectful of others time.  I’ll have a meeting for work that goes an hour later than it should because someone rambled on so I miss the bus I was planning to take or poor Taylor sits in the parking lot waiting for me.  Taylor and I need to accept that we should be flexible because that’s what happens when you have only 1 car.    I just would like for others to be more aware of how valuable everyone’s time is to them.

-Sara

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Candy for Adults

Taylor and I have been frequenting a bar near our apartment called The Common Table.  We were drawn to it because of their excellent draft beer selection that changes often.  However, I have discovered a drink for me when I’m not feeling beer: Skittles Sangria.

You can get it with white or red wine and it is super tasty.  It doesn’t taste like Skittles until you get near the bottom where they have sunk.  It also looks kind of gross once the color dissolves off of the candy.  But despite that it is really good.  The sweetness definitely makes it last longer for me and I never feel like I can drink more than one before I slip into a sugar-induced coma.

-Sara

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Dallas Airports

If you’ve ever been to Dallas you probably flew in and out of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW).  Like the name suggests, it is actually between Dallas and Fort Worth and is at least a 40 minute drive for us.  But there is actually a closer airport to us – Dallas Love Field.  It’s been around longer than DFW and is smack in the middle of Dallas – only a 5 mile drive from our house.  So why do we never fly out of there?

Back in the 1970s the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth agreed to build DFW.  A condition of this construction was that Dallas would get all of the airlines to move their flights from Love Field to DFW.  Everyone agreed to it.  Meanwhile, Southwest Airlines was founded and began flying out of Love Field.  When it came time to move, Southwest refused saying they never agreed to it.  Under the pretense of “protecting DFW”, this resulted in a bill being passed by the UNITED STATES CONGRESS that restricted flights in and out of Love Field to be limited to within Texas and the bordering states.

So unless Taylor and I want to take 2 to 3 layovers to visit our families we are forced to fly in and out of DFW.  Thanks US Congress.

-Sara

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Jaguar Aquarium

A fellow Georgia Tech couple that lives in Austin came up to Dallas for the weekend.  Taylor and I are kind of embarrassed because Austin is so much cooler than Dallas.  The whole weekend I was trying to find stuff to point out that they would like – “Oh you guys have 5000 delicious food trucks in Austin? LOOK AT THAT COOL STATUE.”

Okay so it is actually a pretty cool statue.  But I still feel like Dallas is inadequate.  Anyways, we did find one pretty sweet thing to do and that was visiting the Dallas World Aquarium and Zoological Garden.  You guys, this place was huge.  While it was a tad expensive ($20 a person) we soon found out that it was worth it.  Not only were there all of the cool aquarium animals – like MANATEES! – there were monkeys, sloths, lots of different birds, and even a very random jaguar.

I felt bad for the jaguar – he was all by himself.  He looked overweight too – probably because he can’t actually run anywhere.  But really I think what pissed him off is that they do this tribal dance on top of his home every day.  That’s got to be annoying.

-Sara

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