Monday, April 13, 2009
a weekend in austin
several times each year we go back to texas, that land where the bluebonnets cover the earth and the temperature is fit for humans - usually. this time we had one day of gorgeous weather and then it felt like we were back in kansas again. but that didn't stop me from stealing an afternoon to check out the groovy shops, street art and odd finds on south congress avenue in austin. and it most definitely did NOT stop me from meeting my favorite ranter and writer on creativity, ricë freeman-zachery, and her husband earl that evening for the first time. i already knew i'd love them and of course i did immediately. i found that ricë is not only a darling, but to my delight she rants in person just like she does on her blog, in a sweet and charming voice, and earl complements her beautifully with the perfectly-timed zinger throughout her rants. we met for drinks and then went out for dinner with a few of their friends, including the outrageously funny wendy hale davis, a bookbinder who creates stunning visual journals. being around all of that artistic and comic genius left me rather mute by the end of the evening, but with a huge smile on my face, and strong hopes that i'll see these lovelies again someday.