She’s crafty!

Yesterday was art day for my sister and I.

First we had a delicious vegan breakfast at Grate Full Gardens in downtown Reno.

Then we went to the Nevada Art Museum and stared at art.

This was outside and made me think of Burning Man:

We were so INSPIRED by the art we saw we decided to try our own hand at it and went to Clay Canvas to paint pottery.

I started with a small blank platter.

I added a little paint and voila. . . a nice cheese platter for my mom:

What amused me about the whole painting process is that my sister and I picked up a bottle of wine to sip and enjoy while we were painting.

Right next door to The Clay Canvas is a restaurant that sells bottles of wine to go.

It’s a match made in heaven.

So we got our bottle of wine, slipped it into a brown baggie, and opened it at the pottery store.

Since we didn’t have cups, I grabbed two dixie cups.

Classy, eh?

Well, the hostess at the clay store OBVIOUSLY thought this was insane, because she came to us while we were sipping out dixie cups and she handed us two clear plastic cups.

I mean, it’s okay to drink wine while you paint, but could you please drink your wine out of a proper cup?

That’s my sister and I – always classing up a joint!

The things we do for our kids

I’m not a BIG fan of guns.

TBH, they scare the shit out of me.

I had a boyfriend who collected guns and he made me pick up and handle all his guns in the hopes that I’d get comfortable with handling them.

I never got comfortable.

He took me to gun ranges to shoot hand guns.

We used shot guns to blast skeet apart.

I still never got used to guns.

In fact, when I’m around people who are firing guns, the compression waves I feel in my chest when each bullet is fired, is alarming to me.

This is the preface I give you BEFORE I let you know that I BOUGHT A GROUPON TO LET MY 19-YEAR OLD SON SHOOT A MACHINE GUN IN NEVADA during our summer vacation.

He will absolutely ADORE it.

I will be secretly cringing in a corner.

But what makes the boy happy makes me happy, eventually.

And this is what he likes.

Juplaya Day 2: The playa and Soldier Meadows Hot Springs

God, was I hung over on Saturday morning. I thought my head would split wide open. Tejas fed me Advil and Tylenol to settle my pounding noggin and we went on our way.

After breakfast, we joined up with Twisty Doer of Things, his girlfriend Manea, and Lucky Linda.  Our first venture was out to Frog Pond to check out the happenings there. And there was a lot of people camping out at Frog Pond. In fact, the two closest ponds could be referred to as “Burner Stew” there were so many people inside.

Soak in grey water? No thanks. I took pictures though:

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I discovered at Frog Pond how fricking hot it is out there as my head went up in flames. Thankfully Tejas had a hat he let me borrow so I strolled around for a bit checking out the naked and not naked people partaking of the Frog Pond waters.

IMG_6877Then we went out onto the playa and drove around for a bit checking out encampments, trying to find friends and make new friends.

We really enjoyed hanging with the burners over at Bromance camp and listened to their stories about getting engaged on the playa.

They were the Shangri-La of the playa – they had clean port-o-potties which they shared. Love you guys!

IMG_6890They also had a cool black geodesic dome which provided shade for us to sit under while we ate lunch. Tons of fun to relax in there with the Bromance crew.

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We found Spanky’s Bar on the playa and marked it in our GPS to find later but never went back (because of the storm on Saturday night).

IMG_6894Off then to Soldier Meadows Hot Springs which was AMAZING!  Of course first we had to outrun the HUGE WALL OF DUST which threatened to engulf us (photo credit:  Illiana).

IMG_6932Look at this pool. I could not resist a little dip inside. Too bad I though everyone was going in to the water wearing suits. By the time I realized it was clothing optional, I was knee deep on 102 degree water. Still it was very nice and refreshing and I enjoyed myself thoroughly.  I got reprimanded for wearing a suit though.  Sorry, hot springs virgin here.


All in all, the six of us had a great time on the playa and at the hot springs. I am grateful that Illiana and Tejas took me around and showed me the environment that I’ll be facing during Burning Man. Considering I was sweating buckets when it was a mere 80 some degrees out, I can only imagine what 100+ feels like.

Someone is going to fry her ass off!