Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Keeping Austin Dallas Weird?

Yes, it's true, I did get a job offer, and I have accepted it. Unfortunately, it is not here, it is there. A place I had absolutely no desire to live in. But it was a job in my field (aren't many down here), so I applied for it and, welp, there you go.

This is also my second relocation in a year - something, as I told someone yesterday, I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. I hate - no wait, loathe - moving. So you can understand why amidst all this, I'm a little less than elated. Even though getting a job is a wonderful thing and I should be grateful for it.

I never spent a lot of time in Dallas, despite growing up in Forth Worth, so I don't really know much about it. Hopefully I'll come to like it. Got any tips?

Meanwhile, this also means I can begin (tentatively) spending money again. I broke the seal on Saturday at Maker Faire with Stacey, home to the Bazaar Bizarre craft fair and rock-em-sock-em robots. It was a perfect Texas fall day (i.e. warmer than you'd prefer, but pleasant). I took lots of fun pictures which it'll probably take me forever to sort through and edit, so we'll just go straight to the product shots.

My goodie of the day was this calendar from ilee papergoods. Here's her etsy shop. She had traveled all the way down from Seattle to sell her beautiful cards, and seems she does custom wedding invites too.



So pretty and perfectly seasonal. And of course the best month is my birthday month - October! Looks like my birthday's on a Thursday next year.



I also got to meet Elizabeth Soule of e.soule, whose pictures of tiny animals I covet. This one in particular of course.



She usually sells them on these wooden blocks and then you put it on the wall and it's gorgeous, but I'm not that financially flush yet. Or, rather, might not ever be. But I was able to buy my favorite little polar bear photo on a card. So that scratched the itch.



She's got a horse collection now too. Did you know she takes these with a Polaroid camera? You can shop her stuff here.



She also sells many of these as just prints. You know, frame-it-yourself deals. I'll keep that in mind going forward. I am looking to expand my polar bear print collection.



And yarn lovers everywhere collectively swooned.

Okay, I better get going. I'm heading over to the local NPR station to take pledge calls. Yeah, this was a commitment I made before I found out I needed to move in three weeks. But procrastination's my middle name, so...

9 comments:

MBQ said...

YAAAAAAAAY! Congrats! What's your new job?

Sara Christine said...

Congrats on the new job! The Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas is top 5 best museums I've ever been to...so Dallas has that going for it. :)

Also, I LOVE that calendar! The super deep letterpress is so pretty.

Elizabeth said...

My birthday and now moving sister! I feel your pain. Good luck. Pockets of Dallas aren't so bad....

Tara said...

Yay! Congrats, Amanda! There's lots of shopping in Dallas but probably nothing as eclectic and fun as Austin. Best of luck, to you!

AMH said...

I enjoyed my 3 months in Dallas. It's no Austin but...it ain't bad. I'm excited for you. :-)

Nicole said...

Of course the biggest plus is that I'm here. :) You'll eventually love it. I promise.

floozigrl said...

ooooh what a double edged sword :( i'm so glad you got a new job but suckage to have to head out of austin!!!! whens the big day???

Courtney said...

WOW! Congrats on the new job and I have a feeling you'll find your niche in Dallas pretty darn quickly. It is a bit of a different city in this great state, but it's also a wonderful place for young professionals.

Hoping your move is an easy one. xx

dayna said...

Hey Amanda!! Congratulations on the job!! I've never been to Dallas either! But hey, now you'll have another adventure. They do make life interesting. Best wishes on the move and the new job!

Dayna