After a good two weeks of holing up in my new room and letting my inner artist child run-a-muck, I had a week of indulging in much needed "vitamin P" (P = people.) CHECK OUT THE RUN DOWN BELOW:
The fun began Tuesday night, when Amy and I went to a secret island party! The hosts had build a raft out of planks of wood and two canoes. We sang sea shanties and "Up a Lazy River" as we were motored over to the tiny island on Lady Bird Lake. We were met by strings of Christmas lights, meaty chili, and guitars strumming out Beatles Covers. My kind of evening.
Thursday night, I ended up at The White Horse for some two-stepping. Again, I found myself wearing the wrong shoes, but threw caution to the wind and danced barefoot - dodging heavy cowboy boots and (even more treacherous) fine-pointed high healed shoes. It was worth it though, as I found my dancing abilities drastically improved without the added burden of trying to keeping my flip flops on whilst also trying to follow the fancy turns and dance moves.
Friday, I went out with some friends from High School to see French Horn Rebellion, but the highlight of the evening was dancing at Barbarellas where they have.... 80's dance night complete with 360 TV's projecting music videos!!!! It was "Just Like Heaven" rocking out to The Cure, Talking Heads, The Police, Bowie... Feeling that I may become a regular.
Finally, on Saturday night I went to see my friend Tyler's band The Gents play at The Scoot In. They did soo great, and after feeling rather home sick last week, was awesome to remember what a great community I have right here in Austin. I also went to see a really interesting social design school exhibit before hand. I keep having moments of fretting about the future/if I ever want to go back to school, and was neat to see a new opportunity and model that I had never heard of before.
........It is interesting, as I find myself to be a person who is both energized and drained by spending too much time either alone or with people, the need to strike a balance with time spent out and time spent alone. This week helped me to realize how important it is to let loose and have fun in order to refuel and be a more effective artist and person. I also forgot how fun and important it is when you are in a new place to meet new people and put yourself out there! There are so many unique and interesting opportunities and people to discover in Austin and this weekend helped me to remember how happy and grateful I am to be here!