Thursday, January 02, 2014

It won't be the last.

Well, I’ve found my way back here to this comfy little spot on the internet. So much has changed since the last post. Those who know me know the story. You know the details. I don’t have to retell it. I prefer not to retell it now. (You’ll see why. Keep reading.)

Long story very short: Our little baby girl Elsie Joe was born on 7/29/13. She was born right before I was to start my third trimester of pregnancy. The single most terrifying day of my life... emergency c-section and a baby weighing less than three pounds. The baby we prayed seven years for. 63-ish days in the NICU later, she came home. An incredibly healthy and happy baby girl. There is so much more to this story, obviously. How the power of God moves in people. What miracles are capable of occurring here on Earth. So much. So, so much. Suffice it to say, everything has changed. Oh, but don’t you worry. God created a fighter in her. From the very first seconds on this earth, a fighter. We always tell people that she’s here on a mission. Oh boy, is she ever strong. I’m talking superhero type stuff here. Gentle and feminine as a baby girl can be, yes… but something in her eyes. I see it in there. I can see all her little thoughts forming behind her eyes… she is going to have so much to say once she knows how. I keep telling myself to get ready. Words like plucky, moxie, fearless come to mind. This is good because God knew my fearlessness and pluck levels were getting low. Enter Elsie Joe. Thank God for you, my Little One. I’d say you have no idea. But I know you do, Elsie. I know.

So now what?

Golightly has been big for me. Even in the great blog fizzle of 2013. I went back in the archives and found some really funny entries. Stuff I thought was such a huge deal. Stuff that is so lame now. But it’s growth and documentation and that is never a bad thing. Golightly is my voice. My experiences and thoughts. Blogging itself has changed though. I recently had a conversation with a dear friend about how Blogging has now become this homogenized, sponsored, outfit of the day- land void of any emotion or feeling. I guess when blogging pays your bills you need to follow those guidelines. But still. Sometimes I just want to read and not have pop up ads and links and share this and you’ll get a discount (aka “I’ll get a kickback and tons of swag.”) I think Golightly has been even keeled… deep stuff mixed with lipgloss reviews. I’m certainly not being paid. That would be nice. But only ten of you out there read this, and that is a generous estimate. Not really the numbers those sponsors are looking for.

I love to write. I love to read. I love words. They are one of my passions. I have been itching to write a lot lately and coming up for excuses why I can’t. Time. Thought organization. Subjects. Pouring my brain out has always been a lengthy process that I wanted to honor and not rush. I was thinking what is the best way to start up again? What would be helpful? In the past, pre-internet, I’d go and buy a new journal and a new pack of pens and fix a cup of something and go to town. So in that spirit… a new journal. A new pack of pens. A cup of something. A new place for me to write.

Goodbye, Golightly. You have been a great friend. But, a fresh start is in order. A new era, if you will.

If you feel inclined… follow me over to my new space… my huge dream of becoming a mother came true here in my time at Golightly.

I’m going to find a new dream now.

I’m going to tell you what I’ve learned. What I’m learning. It’s going to be the same. But it will be different. That’s really all I know for now. And like before, lipgloss. There’s always going to be lipgloss. Maybe you’ll grab a cup of something and feel like joining me?

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Thursday, May 09, 2013

15 Weeks

Delicious POG yogurt from Yogurtland in Littleton. Tastes exactly like Hawaii.  Just like Jack Shepard in LOST- "Weee haaave to go baaaack!"

Pregnancy so far has been pretty smooth sailing, nothing too out of the ordinary here!  Here is a rundown for those who are interested:
-Cravings have run the gamut.  During the first few weeks, I was craving honey mustard of all things. Anything salty, dipped in honey mustard.  After that, I could not (and still can’t) get enough peanut butter.  We went through an entire large club size jar of Jif Natural in one week. I also keep a jar of this coconut peanut butter (from Oprah's Favorite Things list) in my desk at work.  I also ate a lot of raspberries, Cuties and Noosa Yogurt.  When we were visiting Mister’s sister in Colorado, there was a frozen yogurt shop right down the street from their house and we went three times.  Could not get enough of their frozen yogurt!  This week, my strongest craving is chips and salsa.  The restaurant kind of salsa, the thin, super spicy kind.  I made a huge batch last night and had to stop myself after 10 chipfuls!
-I have not had any morning sickness. Every once in a while during weeks 10-12 I’d feel kind of queasy right after I ate, but never any close calls with the bathroom.  I hear this is a great blessing, but I think it’s too good to be true… I expect Miss Nausea to show up in the second trimester.  We’ll see.
-Diabetes: Since I was on the lower side of normal for Type 2 Diabetes prior to being pregnant, the hormones of pregnancy put me into full blown gestational diabetes from the beginning.  The only thing this means is that I have to take a very non-scary insulin shot at night and time my meals and snacks each day to avoid blood sugar spikes.  The diet that my doctor has me on is actually way MORE food than I am used to eating (like a bedtime snack!) and that was hard to adjust to, but other than that everything is under control.  I think eating so much food and keeping my blood sugar regulated is what keeps me from not feeling sick to my stomach.
-Gender: Yes, we want to know what it is.  I’m a planner, and we’ve always wanted to know.  We will tell everyone the gender, but have decided to keep the name a secret until Baby is born.  We have a boy name pretty much settled on, but the girl’s name is tough!  Mister bought a baby name book and pored through it and came up with his top ten list for girls.  He has a really cute girl’s name picked out, and it’s kind of sweet.  We have it narrowed down to two, but are still open to suggestions. J
-Symptoms:  So sleepy.  Sooooo sleepy.  Anytime I sat still during the first trimester for more than five minutes I’d fall asleep. It was normal for me to come home from work, sleep for an hour (or more!) and then go right to bed at 9:30.  Now that I’ve rounded the corner into the 2nd trimester, I feel a little more energetic.  Other symptoms would be super fun things like sore b@@bs.  I think there’s an element of pregnancy that allows you to FEEL ALL THE FEELINGS, which means… crying.  For no reason.  Full on, ugly cry at dumb, dumb things.  I won’t forget hearing the Beyonce song “Love on Top” in the car one morning and completely losing it. (Huh?)  Or watching a really sappy Hallmark Commercial, or The Voice, when they’re singing for their grandmother who is in a wheelchair or something.  UGLY, snot Cry.  The funny thing is that I didn’t shed a single tear when we shared the news with our family.  Big things=no crying, dumb things= all the crying.
-Ultrasounds: We have had two so far, the first one was at 8 weeks and we saw our baby’s heart beat. You can imagine how great that felt to see on the little monitor.  At 12 weeks we had another one and we saw our baby dance and wave.  Super cute. The next one will be at the end of May, and it will be a more in depth ultrasound with a specialist to check baby’s development.  Please pray that would go smoothly and that baby is healthy and thriving in there.  Hopefully we will find out that day if it is a boy or a girl. :)
-Other things: I had to give up my gym membership. Walking and yoga are the only approved exercises I can do right now so I’m saving myself a monthly fee.  I may pick it back up towards the end of my pregnancy to use the indoor pool for walking in the water.  Right now I am enjoying 2 mile walks on my lunch hour through the fancy neighborhoods and parks near where I work.  When I walk, I also like listening to the Joy the Baker Podcasts with Joy from Joy the Baker and Tracy from Shutterbean.  It’s like listening to your girlfriends have a conversation.  I plan on taking a prenatal yoga class at a local studio here in Tulsa soon… just trying to find the best one that fits my schedule.
The only pregnancy book I have liked so far is Great with Child.  If you know anyone expecting,  with a baby or small child, read Great with Child.  It’s a keeper. All the other ones like What to Expect and the Mayo Clinic Pregnancy Books scare me and only make me think of worst case scenarios, or I get freaked out if I don't have ALL the symptoms they list. I imagine I will pick them up again closer to the end but for now I just like to keep it light. I'm trying my best to listen to my body and trust my instincts.  
That's pretty much the gist so far.  Looking forward to more of this second trimester and "feeling" more pregnant.  Right now since I can't feel anything, I'm still not convinced it is real.  Who knows if I will ever be.  ;)

Thursday, May 02, 2013


Easter 2013. With Boots because it was freezing and my legs are still too white to go without leggings.

Confession: There was something from the previous post that I wrote at the beginning of this year that I left out of that blog post.  Partly because I felt it was too personal to share, but partly because I had a pretty big secret I was keeping. 
I wrote:
“This year I turn 36 and there’s a feeling of this being the make it or break it year with the whole infertility thing.   I am not, repeat, NOT! putting a limit on what God can do. Nope.  Not at all.  Seeing the words “UNEXPLAINED INFERTILITY” on your medical chart will do that to you.  We’re ready for a miracle and lucky for us, we serve a God who is in the business of miracles.  A God who has created mountains and oceans.  A God who makes a clear path in a River that is above one’s head and flowing so fast you’d never dream of stepping foot.  We are at the point where we have done everything we can that is covered by insurance.  Our next step would be to make an appointment with a local fertility specialist.  This specialist is someone that I have heard plenty of people walk away from being treated by him with a baby in their arms.  (Even without IVF.) But that’s a struggle point for us.  Do we go there, spend the minimum hundreds of dollars for JUST the consultation and testing to possibly get answers, or do we wait for the miracle?  The miracle is sweeter.  There is infinitely more Glory in the miracle.  Not so much in the “Dr. So-and-so put us on this medication!” Is going to the doctor making that Glory less?  Or is God telling us to go to this man?  Who is just that… a man? Would God wrap up this Glory in the advice of a physician, or would he just do it on His own with no explanation?  In the spirit of true honesty, this is the struggle we’re facing.  Do we soldier on doing things the way we have always done, knowing God will be faithful?  Or do we seek medical help, knowing God could be equally as faithful? I can’t answer any of these questions on my own.  I can only sit still and listen and know He is on the throne, caring His heart out for me, and keep asking my questions to Him.”

The Truth is this:
By the grace of God, and only that… We are expecting our first child. 
Even to type the words is surreal to me and I can’t quite get used to the fact that this is happening. I am about 14 weeks along, and of course Mister and I are absolutely thrilled.  We tried for SEVEN years to make this happen.  Seven.  We've been married for 11.  It's been a long funky ride, for sure.
We knew from the beginning of this fertility road we have been on that God was guiding each and every step.  That this would only happen in His perfect timing.  That wasn’t always an easy thought to go along with; my human tendency to be impatient or discouraged would often get in the way of that vision.  We knew this year would be the year we’d have to make a tough decision. God is so good like that, though… with this and other experiences I’ve had, He makes the decision for me.  He takes the difficulty and guesswork out of it, breathes His perfect grace on the situation and all things work together for His good and for us to glorify Him.
I’ve read and heard plenty of testimonies of women going through infertility.  Hannah Bunker is the first one that comes to mind, her Waiting for Grace writing series (and soon to be book, I pray!) is something that I read faithfully and was encouraged by.  If there was ever a person that literally said what was in my heart, and closest to the true way it feels to go through infertility, it is Hannah.  She's such a talented writer, and hilarious, too!  ( I recommend her posts on Mother’s Day and Dos and Don’ts for your Infertile Friends.)  Hers and other women’s stories are unique and priceless.  Mister and I both knew in our hearts that this path was building a story… it still is building a story toward the way our family is being constructed in His perfect timing and grace.  Every single tear, every single moment of “when, Lord?” every single moment of doubt, disbelief and pain (both physical and emotional) has led us to this.  And it is so worth it.  Do I think we have a long road ahead of us? Absolutely.  No, it won’t be easy.  But. God knows my heart. He knows I’m a fighter. He knows I’m also a dreamer.   He knows Mister and I and our deepest desire to have this experience of having our own baby, together.  He knows we want nothing but big things for this child’s life and we dedicate ourselves and our lives to make sure this child glorifies the One who created him in this most perfect way.
There are not enough words in the world to thank God.  To thank the people who have prayed for us this entire time.  Who kept us in their hearts.  We’re ready to take on whatever comes our way. 
And for anyone out there who is facing something unknown… fertility related or otherwise, keep soldiering on.  God is with you.  Even when it feels like he’s not.  He is.  He is guiding your thoughts and your feet. He is giving you Hope and perseverance for a bright future because He loves you. Please believe it.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Maybe I should have posted this one yesterday.

image belongs to Elise Blaha

Two blog posts in a week?  Who am I?

I was looking through old drafts on Blogger and found the blog post I really had intended to start of 2013 with.  I wrote it back in early February.  I think it still rings true, so I thought I'd publish it anyway.  Please, for your reading eyes and hearts:

"I’ve been thinking a lot about this blog since the New Year began. How the New Year always feels like a fresh start and a great place to unfold all your hopes and optimistic plans for the year. How this blog in the past had been such a great place for me to do that, to share what’s on my mind, regardless of the level of intellectual deepness. I always joked my blog was mostly about lip-gloss, lotion and cooking with the occasional epic personal tale added in for good measure.

I have started this blog post so many times in my mind over the past month. But it’s a struggle wanting so badly to say what has really been inside my heart, but at the same time feeling guarded of that very notion. I would try to type out the words but then I’d feel a wave of caution come over me. I’ve been trying to figure out where this reluctance is coming from, and the only thing I can come up with is fear. Fear of disappointment (Am I going to start just to stop again? No one is reading this anymore anyway, I’m sure, so why does it matter?) Then I tell myself to lighten up because really. Really? Ack.

Anyway, I have no idea where to start to fill in the gaps. I can let you know that we had a fabulous holiday in San Diego with Mister’s family. We were all together, and had a wonderful time. There’s a bittersweet feeling lingering over that trip because usually we have our next trip home planned before we leave, but we really have no plans of returning anytime in the next few years. Mister and I attempted to see as many people as we could while we were there, and we even took some alone time to walk on our favorite beach and reflect on all the ways we have been blessed. Luckily we will have some family visitors to our little home this year, and we will get to see family in their new homes other parts of the country (Hello KC! Hello, Denver!)

2013 feels like a year of getting out of my comfort zone. Prioritizing my life in different ways. Stretching and growing. Leaving the past and all of its hurt and worry in the past where it belongs. Leaving behind the people , places and ideas that have let me down… behind, as in rear view mirror behind. My mother in law writes devotionals that I cherish… one of them has a quote in it that keeps popping into my head: “When all is said and done, we want our lives to reflect those things that are important to us. We cannot do that if we don’t take the time to ponder what our priorities are, and ask ourselves whether or not our lives display them.” I think this blog break has helped me to take note of what priorities I am displaying in my life. I think it has helped me to take note of how other people display their life in priorities, too. I’m hoping this blog will help me to do that… to display those priorities. Maybe that looks like what I’m learning in my Bible Study. Maybe that looks like photos of my family and friends. For all I know, maybe it is a new nail polish or recipe I’ve tried. My priority, in case you’re wondering is and always will be to think positive. The bright side. The glass half full. That’s who I am and it’s what I do.

I will try to continue to tell you my story here. No matter how hard. No matter how much I want to guard it.

Because face it, there’s always going to be a lip gloss I want to talk about."

Good Stuff, peeps. 
2013 is a keeper so far.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Hello 2013.

Me and Mister on a birthday date: 3/23/2013

So I guess for a while there blogging wasn’t a priority.  I still don’t know if it is but I figured I would check in here anyway to say hello.  Is anyone still reading this thing?  Lately I have been having more cravings to empty my brain out through writing.
I’d love to be able to tell you all the fine and dandy things that have happened since the last post, but I will spare you the details (partly because who can remember all that?) and tell you quite simply that life is good here in Montywood.  2013 has been a great year for Mister and me.   Last fall the two of us dove into making our health a priority by increasing our exercise and healthy eating habits, and we have both been very successful.  We have both lost a good amount of weight, our clothes are looser, and we are feeling healthy and invigorated.  Mister is even rocking some “guns” lately… all those weights he lifts are paying off.  (Hubba Hubba!)
The way I have made strides is through consistent workouts and a solid eating plan.  I am not a nutritionist or a personal trainer, so I can only tell you what has worked for me personally.  I think most of it is common sense… nothing too groundbreaking here.
-Consistency is paramount.  Make these changes your life.  Not just part of your routine.  I’m lucky that where I work has a great gym that I can walk to on my lunch and get a good workout in.  I usually do 30-40 minutes of cardio and a little ab work if I have time.  I aim to do this 4 out of the 5 days I work each week, and then take a walk or do a DVD at home on the weekend.  I try not to do weights very often; I prefer doing Yoga and Barre DVDs at home for strengthening.  I feel like with weights I get too squatty.  It might be in my head.  Sometimes I like doing Zumba; too… it is the most fun you can have working out!  Lately the weather has been really nice, so I’ve been taking walks through the neighborhood around my office.  The other good thing is that most people in my department work out at lunch, too, so there’s no worry if I can’t get my hair back right the way it was before the sweat fest.  (Dry shampoo, my new addiction helps with that.)
-Write everything down.  I keep all my thoughts in a big green spiral school style notebook.  I write my goals and my to do lists there, as well as my grocery lists for meal planning for the week.  I also track my lady cycles here and any other thoughts that come to my mind.  I’ve found when my mind isn’t cluttered, I accomplish so much more.  I always have this green notebook with me.  Also, the MyFitnessPal app on my phone is a lifesaver, and it’s totally free.  You put in your goals (be reasonable!) and use the app to track what you eat and when you exercise.  It calculates all your calories for you using a huge database of nutrition information.  It even calculates meals that you make; you can store your own recipes in there.  I cannot recommend it enough.  I’m better with writing things down.  Lately I have gotten to a point where I don’t need it as much for keeping track of calories (since I know the calories of the foods I eat) But it is great to look up calories on the go, especially since most restaurants are in there.  It helps you become very aware of portion size.
-A phrase I repeat to myself is “You have to be okay with it.”  Meaning, to make a meaningful change in your life and for that change to stick, you have to be okay with it.  You have to be okay with breaking out of your comfort zone.  You have to be okay with telling people your plans for success. You have to be okay with looking like a drunken giraffe during a Zumba class.  You have to be okay coming back from lunch a little sweaty. You have to be okay with not comparing yourself to to other people... only measure against yourself and try to be better than you were, the day before, the week before, the year before.  Why?  Because 9 times out of 10 it’s worth it.  You’ll have a more positive outlook on making changes rather than making your health something you dread working on if you’re "okay with it."  Maybe its just a nicer way of saying suck it up and get to the gym. ;) 
-Treat food and exercise like medicine.  You’ll get out what you put in.  You have to take the medicine in order to see changes.  Also, all the workouts you can possibly fit in a week’s time will not undo an unhealthy diet.  (Unless you’re an Olympic athlete or something crazy like that.)  Don’t fall for the idea that you can “work off” a poor diet full of fast foods and sugary treats.  That being said, there is always a time and place for a treat, every now and again.  Just really try to decide if it’s worth it.  Again… you have to be okay with going over your calories for the day if you do so.  Don’t write off the whole thing just because you eat a cheeseburger… just start right over again at your next meal.
-Also, don’t go to extremes with your diet.  There is no magic pill or diet plan that is meant to work long term.  They are good for the short term, but to truly maintain weight loss, you have to do something that is realistic for the long term.  This means eat nutritious foods and move your butt. Put in the time.  The slower you take off the pounds, the longer they will stay off!   Unless you have a true and real severe allergy, there is no reason to cut out entire food groups from your diet. (With the exception of processed foods and refined sugars.)  I’ve talked about Michael Pollan’s Food Rules here before, and I go by his simple philosophy: “Eat real food, not too much, mostly plants.” I try to buy organic for as much as possible and try to limit processed foods.   And for heaven’s sake stop buying diet foods.  Don’t buy into the “Skinny” food craze.  The calories and sugar in those foods are just as high as the real deal- if you want a treat have one small serving (MEASURE!!)  of the real stuff vs. the chemical filled skinny version. Also, try not to get wrapped up in the latest Pinterest weight loss craze…  Doesn’t it make you laugh when people pin “SUPER FRIED CREAM CHEESE DONUTS” next to “DO THIS WORKOUT TO GET CARRIE UNDERWOOD’S LEGS” and “DR OZ’S MAGICAL WEIGHT LOSS WATER!” Maybe that’s just me.
-Have a good support system.  Mister and I root each other on all the time, but it’s good to have a few friends along for support too.  There’s someone close to me who will remain nameless and we started this journey together under full disclosure. Yep, we told each other our weight.  It’s fun checking in with her and challenging each other and she’s doing great, too!  You're a super star, secret person... you really are!  I’m all for making things human-connected.  It's a great way to keep it real.
Well, I think that was a little more long winded than I intended, but most of my blog posts are.  Like I said before, this is what works for me; I don’t claim to be an expert.  You might do something completely the opposite and have great results.  I just know that I haven’t felt this energetic and healthy in a long time, and for me, that is what is most important.  Not the number on the tag in my jeans or on the scale.

As far as this blog is concerned, I’m ready to get back into writing this time for real.  Who knows what it will be about or what changes I will make….but thanks for reading.  If you're still reading. 
Stay tuned.

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Accidental Summer Hiatus

Hello, it's me.

It's been a while.

I took a little unplanned break from blogging this summer... mostly because our office is the warmest room in the house and to sit in here and upload photos and blog while the sweat pooled in the pits of my knees was the last thing I wanted to do for fun. Also, they changed the Blogger interface so it took some getting used to.

And to be honest, being involved in other social media makes this blog take a back seat unless I have something that I have a lot of words to type about.  Sometimes I have lots to say.  Sometimes I just don't.  But, I'm not the only one who has taken a break on blogging this summer.  You know who you are! ;)

So here's what I did on my illustrious summer vacation:

 - I became addicted to these two products... Mountain Ocean Skin Trip lotion and Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil.  The lotion is the perfect light lotion for every day hot weather and smells like a vacation.  I buy it at Whole Foods and it's cheap.  I love that it doesn't have a ton of harsh chemical crap in it and did I mention that it smells like heaven?  I also took the advice of the internets and fashion bloggers to start using Extra Virgin Coconut Oil as a moisturizer, too. (Also purchased at Whole Foods for cheap.)  I first started using it in the kitchen to cook with, and in my smoothies now and again.  It's got a great flavor and healthy fats so it is great to cook and bake with.  (Brussels Sprouts sauteed in coconut oil... you'll never go back.)  It comes in a giant jar, so I just put a little bit in a small jar for the bathroom.  I use it on my upper arms and it literally erases those pesky upper arm bumps.  I use it on my face a few times a week as a night cream and wake up with the softest most evenly moisturized skin. 

-I read a few great books... Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and Wild by Cheryl Strayed.  Both incredibly different from one another, but both completely engrossing.

-Saw a few movies, but my two favorites were Moonrise Kingdom and of course, The Dark Knight Rises.  You know I love Wes Anderson films, so Moonrise was a must.  Dark Knight was a great way to end the trilogy and Christopher Nolan is also a genius.  Other movies that were summery but not as great were Magic Mike and Rock of Ages.  (Both get a solid B-.)

-I decided that I'm giving up on gardening for good.  Here is the one caprese salad I was able to make with the one tomato I was able to pick and eat. It tasted soooo good and perfect!  It just gets too darn hot here in the summer for anything to survive!  I made this salad and one batch of almond basil pesto and then I retired from gardening.  I got most of my produce from local farmer's markets and produce stands and farms like...

-Livesay Orchards in Porter, Oklahoma.  One afternoon my niece, nephew and brother in law made the 40 minute drive to Porter and picked us some of the sweetest peaches I've ever had.  If you're in Oklahoma, put this on your to do list for next summer.  Even though you sweat buckets, its still a fun thing to do and the people down there are so nice. 

-I started brewing my own kombucha tea, and I love it.  One day I will do a full post on it because there's lots of information and of course awesome photos of my "scoby" that ferments my tea!  I have officially kicked Diet Coke and my dependence on it out of my life.  I've quadrupled the amount of water I drink and I only rely on my morning Americano for caffeine fixes.  (Kombucha does have caffeine in it but none of the chemicals and fake sugar that diet coke does.) I have a brew of Raspberry/Tazo Passion kombucha getting ready to drink on my kitchen counter as we speak.  I was loving the premade kombucha by GT, but at 3.50 a bottle it is kind of pricey.  You can make it at home for a tenth of the price. Can't say enough about it, really.

Now we are transitioning into Fall, the weather is getting cooler, and I've started wearing jeans again, which is the telltale sign of crisper weather.  I've got a few tricks up my sleeve, including the re-opening of my Etsy shop, Green Apples.  I have a few items re-listed there for now (Hello, Fall leaf garlands!) and I'm hoping to add some pillows and a few other goodies in the coming month or so. Anything you'd like to see?

Coming up on the blog:

A tribute to Friday Night Lights (I cant... I can't even begin.)
A post on how I finally finished the quilt I started forever ago.
Some new recipes (and a post on Kombucha?)
Etsy shop updates.
Photos from some fun events planned for Fall.

Stay tuned!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Oh, Hi.

I guess I've been gone a while, haven't I?  Sweet Erin said on her Facebook that she wanted her friends to update their blogs so she'd have something to read.  And when Sweet Erin asks, I do.  I don't really have a reason why I haven't written... I guess life got hectic and yada yada yada I won't bore you with that.  I don't really know where to start tonight, so I chose some photos from my phone that I think can explain a few things.  My life as always is full of little details that don't mean much individually, but collectively when I look back I count my blessings and say thanks for this colorful little life.  It's in the details.

I started a new job, I'm still with the same company, I just moved to a new department and I feel like it is a really great fit for me.  I feel like this transition has really helped me learn a lot about myself.  It has strengthened my faith and made me truly believe that God does His work for the good of those who love Him.  (Romans 8:28)
This is a photo of me at one of our new favorite hangouts... Dust Bowl. Check out their website, it's hilarious. Imagine a bowling alley that the Brady Bunch would have gone to.  Now, put it in a cool part of downtown, (The Blue Dome District, a Monty fave) add some fun cocktails, a tater tot snack bar menu, and some friends and you have the Dust Bowl.  My work buddies took me here for happy hour before my last day and we had a blast.  This is me in the Loo with the Miller High Life wallpaper.  I am a sucker for a tacky bathroom, it will make me so giggly.  Down the block is Fassler Hall, another cool hangout, as well as Back Alley BBQ and The Max Retropub (an 80s themed arcade bar.)  No one should ever say there's nothing to do in Tulsa.  It rocks here. 
It's summer, and that means sno cones from all the local sno cone shacks that pop up all over the place around here.  I have two favorites, the one by my house called Island Ice and then there's the Godfather of all sno cone shacks, Josh's Sno Shack.  If you're friends with me on Facebook or Twitter you see me check in there quite a bit with my niece and nephew.  Josh's has the best flavor combinations, hands down.  Also with summer's return are the cutoffs and flip flops, bright toes and my spring obsession that carried over into summer, Kate Spade bangles.

We took two mini road trips.  One was on Mother's Day... I felt like I needed to get away from my least favorite day of the year, this year being particularly tough with losing my Mom.  So we drove over to Oklahoma City for the day, did some outlet shopping, and on the way back, we drove on Route 66 and stopped by this cute place called Pops which is famous for having all this cool soda.  Pretty fun little detour, totally worth the stop.  Plus you get to drive on Route 66 for a little while which has a little historical feel to it.  Very "Doc Hudson" from Cars.

The second one was up to Kansas City to see our family up there... Mister's Brother, his wife and kiddos who crack us up, they're getting so big.  Talk about giggly and fun.  This photo is of an exit that we always pass somewhere in the middle of the trip in farmland Missouri.  We love the H and K and call it our Exit.  One day we will have a kid and name it Jasper just so I can blow this photo up and have cool art for that kid's room. Or something like that.  We spent the weekend in the sun, swimming, eating hamburgers from Five Guys (Our vote for best burger still goes to In n Out.  That's what a hamburger is all about, right?) and enjoying some much needed down time.  Kara (my sister in law) and I even got to sneak away to the Plaza for some good old fashioned handbag purchasing.  It had been a while, and in the spirit of my favorite Tom Haverford from Parks and Rec's Treat Yourself, (<---Watch that link.  No really, watch.) well, we both did just that.  She was Michael Kors and I was Kate Spade, and they happened to be right next door to one another.  The End.

In other news... I tried my hand at backyard container gardening, and so far, so good.  I had three tomato plants... one has already died.  (Wop-Waaaa) I think it caught some disease or something, the stem had all these white spots on it and then it just shriveled up and died. Sad.  I planted basil and mint, and the mint died... I know.  It's impossible to kill mint.  Mint is the plant that can overtake a whole garden if it's in the ground.  But I, of the black thumbed gardeners, managed to kill a mint plant.  So terrible.  Basil grows like GANGBUSTERS, though... and I've made a batch of pesto to prove it!  (More on that later.)

I've successfully ripened one tomato, and the others are finally beginning to ripen after I pruned the "suckers" out of the tomato plants.  Suckers are these small shoots that grow in between the leaves and you have to pinch them out otherwise they suck all the nutrients that would go o the ripening fruit. Score one for me... but.  BUT.  (Dun dun dun) this week, out of no where, there's a baby bunny that I keep finding back there.  Brave little sucker.  I try to scare him away but I know he's back there when I'm at work, just plotting.  Plotting a big nibble fest on my tomatoes.  My sad two tomato plants.  Sigh.  All I want is enough garden to make a caprese salad.  Live out my Italian villa dreams and pluck the ingredients from my sunny backyard.  That's all.  Just one little salad.  Come on, Tomatoes.

 In short, I think I remember Ferris Bueller saying, "Life moves pretty fast.  If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."  Lots of words are true, but those are particularly true.  This change in jobs has given me my life back in some strange way... I'm not so drained all the time, worried about the next step and hurdle to jump over.  I have a new attitude.  Ready to open my eyes again and learn and take it all in .  Life is sweet.  This is certain.  Happy Summer to you all... be back soon!