It is hard to remember what happened exactly during the last two months. In hindsight, it’s like a flurry of days filled with work, thoughts, walks, swimming and other things. I guess that’s the downside of the MPAs not having any immediacy. But I like it this way.
June was characterized mainly by the rush of getting Teeth finished in order to meet a festival deadline. We graded the film, finished the VFX and also did the sound mix. When I was exporting the film to send it out it felt strange that it was over. I had promised myself to take some days off after it was finished so Juan & I went exploring.
I guess it’s better if I tell you with pictures! Here are June & July’s MPA.
Skunk family and succulents on the set of a shoot.
I called this squirrel and it came near me. As I talked to it, another three squirrels showed up and they ganged up on me. One even tried to grab my sandals as they chased me while I ran away from them!
Grading Teeth with Nick from Finland Finish.
Friendly Albino squirrel. Luckily for me, this one didn’t attack or chase me.
And then we gave the finishing touches to Teeth’s audio mix at Ponysound.
I saw this boy and wished I could do my weekly grocery shopping like this.
I also saw Zubi. She’s dangerous because she will offer her belly for you to rub only to scratch or bite you in return.
Secret downtown views after work.
My favourite Austin tree bloomed and its flowers were like little ruffled skirts.
Different versions of myself hung to dry in the living room.
I perfected THE vegan ice-cream and enjoyed it thoroughly while wearing the dog dress that my friend Maria from The Accident made for me.
I went for a walk with Juan and saw this father & son fishing on town lake.
I made a bunch of screeners for Teeth and also cut the trailer for it.
Rings and Blondie tried to perfect symmetry.
Secret messages during one of our walks.
We then drove to Houston and visited NASA. I was super excited to see all thing space related but It was quite disappointing. However, this old spaceship was pretty cool and we also touched a moon-rock.
We then drove through a lot of towns in order to go to the beach. I would say this view is 100% Texan.
The name of this boat was funny to me. As I took this photo a lady offered to give us a tour of her radio station. It was named “Happy Radio”.
When we came out of the station I saw the best thing I have ever seen: a man in overalls without a shirt riding a bike and carrying a puppy sitting like a child as a passenger. He looked at us and nodded. We nodded back.
We made it to our destination: Bayside.
The village was just a few roads with houses and then lots of birds, rabbits and cats. It was pretty cool.
Bayside Pier with Bayside’s teenage boys.
The next day we had to take a ferry to go to Port Aransas. I was super excited to take the ferry and got out of the car to fully experience the ride but it only lasted 4 minutes!
We visited a natural preserve. It was so beautiful, and windy… I lost my hat in this very spot and now I always imagine that a coyote wears it to pretend he is human when he goes to buy chicken at the stores.
The reason why we didn’t try to recover my hat from the bushes: all along the trail there were lots of pictures and descriptions of all the snakes that you could find in the preserve.
This photo can’t capture how big and amazing the preserve was. I also put my finger in front of the lens.
This was the end of the trail were you climbed up to a platform to enjoy the views. After taking this picture, I saw 5 coyotes hunting in the distance. We decided that it was best to get out of there as soon as possible (and that we had to bring binoculars next time!).
We had our lunch near our car, while these little birds gathered and basked in the sun.
We then went to this crazy ice-cream place. The decor was all over the place but my favourite part was a giant wall dedicated to the owner’s dogs.
“Te extraño tesorito”
It made me miss all the Mexican paraphernalia that I left behind in Madrid.
Here is a close up of the amazing dog-altar wall.
And the Asian wall.
I saw this car as we left the cafe and guessed that it must belong to the owner of the place.
The next day we went to another nature preserve and saw this little warthog eating (through binoculars).
Believe it or not, the warthog is in this picture.
I then turned around and saw this raccoon walking nonchalantly. We followed him for a bit until we saw an alligator on a small swamp. He looked at us and even discretely followed us a little. Since we don’t have much first hand experience with alligators, we decided to turn around.
We then climbed up onto a super high platform. Here’s Juan looking through binoculars.
We came back to Austin and I saw this mini-library on someone’s yard.
And this giant flower on someone else’s yard. The owner told me it was called “muy grande” and that he bought it from a Mexican gardener in San Antonio.
Gregor Samsa, is that you?
I visited Visconti. He is allergic to mosquito bites, so his nose and ears are full of blisters and scabs. I feel sorry for him.
I met up with Filipa to have coffee and she let me walk her dog, Dots.
And then I saw Lola and Super Bock at her house. I think Super Bock looks a bit human-like in this picture.
I found out that Rings REALLY loves to be petted with a stick (?!).
And Zubi tried to trick me into rubbing her belly again.
There was an incredibly powerful storm. Lighting struck a few feet away from our house and all the lights went out in the whole neighbourhood.
Next morning, I looked out of the window and saw Zubi was waiting for me.
I have been spending a lot of my free time in the library doing research for a new project. Sometimes I look in unusual places. Like I looked under the desk and I saw these inscriptions. My favourite one it the Princess Bride quote.
Sometimes I look up instead of down and I see people sleeping everywhere.
But most of the time I just try to concentrate on my research.
And to end the month, a blanket of petals from my favourite Austin tree outside the library.