Travelin’ Along

I got a little behind on blogging due to some traveling… and I fear that as the beginning of the fall quarter starts to creep up on me, I will get behind again. But before that happens, I wanted to share some of my fun travels over the past two-ish weeks.

Kevin and his friend, Wes, had been eagerly planning a trip to PAX. Not surprisingly, I did not have any interest in attending the conference but I really wanted to go up to Washington with him. I had only been one time before and only for three days. This time, we went up for a whole week! While Kevin spent 3 days at PAX, I spent time with his family, my uncle (who is currently working in Washington),  my friend Natalie, researching, and enjoying some nice runs.

Before Wes flew in and PAX began, Kevin & I met my uncle for some delicious Italian food in Post Alley. The Pink Door not only had great food but excellent ambiance too. Plus, I rarely get to see my uncle so that made for a wonderful evening in Seattle.

The first day that Kevin and Wes attended PAX, I ventured up to the University of Washington. They have a beautiful campus and a library that had some great documents for my research.

Kevin’s aunt Kathy and cousin own a yummy little cafe, 2 Blocks Up. They hosted a birthday party the Friday night that I was in town, so since Kevin was in Seattle that night I offered to help out. While I don’t have any photos to prove it, I promise I did wash a great deal of dishes and provided some other assistance. But the best of the night was spending time with Kevin’s family (especially my partner in crime, Marylou) and eating and drinking some mighty tasty stuff!

I also found out that one of my best friends, Nat, had moved to Oregon over the summer. She volunteered to drive up to Washington to visit me. I hadn’t seen her in nearly a year and a half – so this was the perfect opportunity. She brought along her two sons and we had some great times eating yummy food and eventually making our way to Pike Place, where we posed with the famous pig!

I also ran while in Washington (of course!). Kevin’s dad shared a great trail with me that provided a beautiful run, even in the rain. I had just completed the Dirt Inspires Race so I kept my runs short.

Well we flew back into San Jose late Tuesday night, but I was on another plan the next day. My parents paid for me to have a quick visit with them before the fall quarter starts (thanks Mom and Dad!). When I’m in town I make sure to visit some of my favorite spots: Beach Break Cafe, Garcia’s (yum Mexican food!), Vinaka’s, and of course the Museum (my previous post has all the good information on their current amazing exhibition). But mostly I just relaxed and hung out with the fam.

While I love seeing my parents, I missed Kevin & Sami so much! And now, just about 2 weeks until school starts again.

Encyclopedia of Meg: A

I have a friend who writes an amazing blog (if you haven’t clicked on it in my blogroll, please go visit it: Gidget Goes Home). The blog has great tips on going green, delicious recipes, and sewing ideas (now I just need to break out the sewing machine and try them out…). But she also just has some great ways of blogging that inspire me and what I want to do with this blog. One of these blogging ideas is the Encyclopedia of Me series that I shamelessly borrowing here at my blog. So today, I have decided to institute this idea and begin my very own Encyclopedia of Me, beginning simply with the letter A.

A is for… Art! Ok, I know I don’t make art (although I make some pretty amazing little stick figures), I love it! I love going to museums and wandering around the halls and galleries. I actually like it best when I’m by myself and can linger by the pieces I like the best and zoom by those I’m not so interested in.

And actually, I should take a step back because while I don’t make visual art, I have participated and performed in much performance and dramatic arts over the years. One of my first and enduring loves is dance. I will always be a dancer at heart (and will be trying to attempt it again this fall…). And the theater will always be a home away from home. As many know, Camp Bravo has been one of the places that has facilitated and helped grow this love.

But back to the visual arts. Today I spent some time at my old employer, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido to check out their most recent exhibition. Ok, first of all – it’s amazing! If you live within a two-hour drive, you have to go! My favorite is Wes Bruce’s “The Secrets Surrounding the Mysterious Life and Psychology of Mrs. Augustine Greane.” I can’t even begin to describe the art he created, except that it made me feel the wonder of being a kid again. Second, my friend Tara curated the exhibition. She’s a crazy talented artist and come to find out, a crazy talented curator too! You can keep up with her experience of the exhibition on her blog (which is also listed in my favorite blogs to the right).

Despite the fact that I worked in an art museum, I’m taking my first art history/visual studies class in the fall. This is my second focus outside of history. I am excited and a little scared for the class. I know I will be completely out of my element! But it will be fun to learn a little more about something that I already consider so close to my heart. So that along with the Jazz 2 class (I’ve been told I will do fine … we’ll see) means that this fall will be filled with a great deal of art!

Comic Con & Curiosity – A Weekend in San Diego

Last weekend, we made a quick trip down to San Diego.

Giving Lego Harry some bunny ears!

We had planned the trip to attend the first day of Comic Con this year. Comic Con is always fun for the people watching and random celebrity sightings. Once we had checked in, grabbed our badges, and were armed with possibly the biggest grab bags ever we made our way to the convention floor. This year lived up to expectations, with a cute kid dressed as Hit Girl and seeing the cast of The Big Bang Theory signing autographs. We saw them last year, just as randomly. I love the show, so its fun to see the cast, even if its over a crowd of people and snippy security guards. I was a little sad to find out that my current favorite show, Bones, would only be at the Con on Friday. However, I found this super nerdy but awesome comic book/faux history textbook Boilerplate that totally made my day.  Despite some sore feet at the end of the day, we had a great day at the Con.

Posing with the "Spring" tree

I also volunteered at my old job, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, helping out with their fundraiser auction, Curiosity. I helped out by being the evening’s MC, announcing various entertainment and auction end times. My former co-Teaching Artist, Lee Ann, and I also had a great time with our photo shoot through the Museum’s various “seasons.” I love the Center and all my former co-workers, so it was a treat to both get to see old friends and be able to help out the organization. Plus, getting all dressed up never hurts!

Speaking of the Museum, they have a great new exhibition opening in August, Leveled. You can track the progress through (my good friend) the curator’s blog: ArtUncovered.

Now, however, our fun-filled weekend is over. We are back in the Cruz and I’m back to being a Teaching Assistant.