Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Art, Shoes and What Not

"El Remendado" by Lizbeth Ortiz

Black Slingbacks by 9 West

Faux Snakeskin by Torrid

Saturday we went by the Houston Institute for Culture for an art show. I got away with a steal! I bought this beautiful "mended heart" by my friend and Latin Grammy artist, Lizbeth Ortiz. Beautiful! 

Also Saturday I went shoe shopping and found a nice conservative 9 West slingback and a crazy faux snakeskin pair to replace a lost pair. See the whole story over on Hips 'n Salsa. Rey isn't too crazy about these shoes. I told him, "But they are just like my other pair that was lost. Do you mean you didn't like that pair either?"  No comment. I guess he didn't.

In addition to all this art and shoe shopping I got some writing done and I took the kids to Build a Bear on Saturday. So I had a very busy weekend, despite the neck pain thing still going on. I can't believe that is still hurting, but thank goodness it is slowly going away. I think I just need a massage!

I haven't talked about my daughter and what predicament I got myself into. My nine year old daughter is in cheerleading! Yes, cheerleading. It all came about because there wasn't a beginning gymnastics class that fit our schedule and she has two school friends in the same cheerleading class. I figured it was great for exercise and for her self esteem. (not that she has low self esteem, just to help make it even better) Well, to my surprise for the next three weeks she has an additional practice day and she performs in Galveston on April 24. Lovely. So now my month is even busier and my life is even crazier.

On a good note, I can work out at my gym down the street on those days she has an extra class. I need to exercise more, but that's a subject for my other blog.

I'm excited for my friend Tony Diaz who has launched a new Latino magazine, Aztec Muse. His launch party is Thursday and I wish I could be there, but it's still tentative.

In addition to that news there is a new initiative to integrate Mexican American literature into the schools. It is developed by the Centro Victoria at the University of Houston- Victoria. There is a free interactive workshop for Houston area teachers this Saturday at HCC, 1300 Holman, Learning Hub 100.  UH Victoria just announced the appointment of Macarena Hernandez as Endowment Professor of Humanities and Dagoberto Gilb, Writer in Residence and Professor of Latino Studies.  Awesome step for Latino literature!

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