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Remember those seemingly empty promises I made months -- nay, YEARS -- ago of bringing the blog out of the dark age of muskets and horse drawn carts? Well, I finally put aside my fear of computers and public failure and done did it. Please, have a look around. Check out my new portfolio. You might find that five years' worth of posts are more accessible, or you might find that Rome is burning... after all, I built this city on a foundation of ignorance and hackery. But isn't it pretty?

In all honesty I was motivated to clean up by my fancy cable television debut, which is scheduled for today. I couldn't have fame and fortune come knocking only to find me clothed in old skivvies, could I?

Speaking of my 15 minutes of fame, here is the only behind the scenes shot I managed during our whirlwind shooting session. It's called an OTS (over the shoulder) shot... I know that because I'm now a seasoned tv vet, yo.

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Between Amy Hadley's perfect bone structure and Robbie the camera dude's gymmy guns, I'm convinced YNN is breeding a super race of extraordinarily handsome, ridiculously talented people. Thanks a lot for making the rest of us feel frumpy, YNN. Thanks.

Anyhow, the shoot was super fun although a little stressful, and I think maybe some of the enamel on my teeth is gone now. I am a boss behind the camera, but in front of it...??? Pretty sure I'm going to come off like a buck toothed double chinned know it all dummy. I probably should have grabbed some hay straw and started chewing it up like I was Minnie Pearl filming Hee Haw.

You may have guessed by now that I haven't seen the segments yet. That's because I don't have Time Warner (shaking my fist at ATT Pooverse right now). But I assure you I will You Tube that business -- buck teeth and all -- and post it asap even if I have to don my ninja duds and sneak into Time Warner myself.

So please do stand by in case I need a ride home from the police station. And if you are in Austin please tune into Time Warner's local news channel YNN to see my segment on House Proud.

Thanks for visiting!

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Wow. Summer is really slapping down my blogging mojo. I just can't bring myself to recount the long days spent wiping baby butts, fighting toddler tantrums and wilting in the triple digit heat, even though I know you're dying for every glamorous detail.

But I guess I do have, oh... a few little things going on. Things like this:

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If you squint your eyes you can see that's my living room with YNN tv anchor Amy Hadley standing smack dab in the middle of it. That's because she's running a new home and garden television series called House Proud and our humble home is going to be featured.


The promo started running on Time Warner Austin last Saturday, and Amy and her crew will be coming back next week to tape segments in the teal room and Luke's nursery.

And to interview me.

I would be cold sweat chills cramps nervous all day and night if Amy weren't so laid back and adorable. Just look at that cute face:

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I know, I know. It's blurry. I have a master's degree in photography but I can't seem to take a single clear picture with my freaking camera phone.


That hashtag says I was totally pressured into joining Instagram, so you can catch the breaking news in all its blurry glory right here.

I'm planning to blog more behind the scenes action as it unfolds, and perhaps between now and then I will learn something about photography. Taking pictures without a screaming kicking baby in my arms should help.

Don't worry, you will hear a lot more about my newfound fame and fortune. Probably you will hate me before the show even airs.

Some non sequitur housekeeping:

Pinterest has eaten all the pictures from a year's worth of previous posts and I can't figure out how to restore them... I can't even figure out what the pictures were to begin with. It's really awesome. I'm slowly re uploading broken links, but in the meantime I do apologize for the ugly old posts.

Also, I am revamping the back end of the blog and you may find that my permalinks have changed or that stuff has disappeared or that generally Design Crisis is heading down the slippery slope of neglect and ruin.

Rest assured everything will be shiny and newly ergonomic very soon. Or at least soonish.

And finally, I have gone a little berserk in the shopping department.

italian modern marbleKeep checking back for updates. Sooner or later these kids have to nap so I can blog, right?


Later, taters. Don't forget to slather on the sunscreen.