Monday, December 28, 2015

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Luke has the force.............

end of the year...............

boy, what a holiday! Did everyone survive the whole family get together business?  My family gets together between 3 and 5 pm at my folks' place for a dinner of casual sandwich with lunch meat and snacks and treats etc buffet, with just a few tables set up and others just sit where they'd like in the sunroom or tv room...... it was a great time.  Christmas Eve night I stayed home watching "It's a Wonderful Life" and crying a little as usual. ha
and then Christmas day I slept in so late, so cloudy and dark every morning... ahhhh, got up and piddled around, put on comfy clothes for the day and some music on. I was on the computer for a while and around 11 decided I'd better start making the cookies I said I'd bring to dinner.  made those and had lunch and wrapped some gifts. then gathered a few things to bring over with me and left for my parents' place by 3pm... (I made gingerbread whooppie pies! yummy).
When I got over there, I helped mom and dad roll out wrapping paper and tape it onto the tables (as a table cloth) then set out items in the kitchen according to my mom's planned diagram for everything. little by little the family started showing up by 5:30 about all were there, dad was saying a prayer and all 27 of us began to line up and dig in. :)  got to visit with some of my niece and nephews. One niece had her boyfriend there for the first time who I'd taught with many years ago at the school I worked at before leaving overseas.  Talked about the Star Wars movie to those who've seen it, talked about everything else, and some people not much at all, as is the way with large family gatherings.  I helped clean up after gifts and as people left around 9pm I stayed to rest with mom and dad and discuss the kerfuffle that happened between my sisters and nieces ( My sister wanted a photo of my parents with all 10 great grandkids, and my niece with the 3 wk newborn commented on "how is that going to work?" because she and her husband are germaphobes and my mom unfortunately mentioned having a cough a few days before. My sister unfortunately made a comment about that being "weird" but also saying just kidding (she's known my niece's husband since he was a kid from church with her boys) but anyway my niece apparently got really offended sort of sticking up for her husband.  Well my dad held the baby and they all took the pic, but right after my niece, husband, and two kids were in the car and gone! and then my other niece, her sister, followed also taking offense in support. and then their mom, my other sister, agreed it was kind of rude, which then my super sensitive sister got quiet and felt down and quietly began cleaning up the kitchen blah blah. anyway, so eventually when everyone left, I got the whole story from my mom since I was oblivious to the whole thing. ha I agreed that yes my sister could have been more careful with words, but that also my niece could have been a little less indulgent in their ocd germaphobe ways, or if taken offense, suck it up and write a letter later etc without just up and leaving. but I dont' really care, I had a great time. :P)
I remember clearly realizing I would never go with friend Am to NYC again when twice I recall her saying something like "that's weird" after I'd said something or pointed out something or shopped for something in New York, something obviously wonderful and fabulous and creative, but to her "weird". no thank you! ( she emailed a nice Merry Christmas email including that she was looking forward to NYC 2016. ha! nope I'll put a brakes on that one!!).
well yesterday Saturday was a late morning sleeping in again. super chill all morning, I think I had on Lifetime movies in the background as I cleaned up the kitchen from the day before. laundry, trying to clean up the place more than I mess it up.... I had been contacted a week before via email from a reader of the blog, Dv,  who lived out east and was going to be in OKC for the holidays and wished to meet.  Well Saturday was our agreed free time.  he had emailed that he had plans before lunch and then would be free. Then my power went out for a couple hours around 10:45am... hmmm grey quiet morning....I began to deconstruct the tree and sort out of Christmas ornaments I had in large vases with battery string lighting.  I got dressed in real clothes and while waiting to see if power would come on, I wondered how would I communicate back with Dv about when and where we could meet up. luckily lights came back on around 1pm so I checked email and saw he was in the city and had given me his text number.  I texted that I was going for pizza and to either join me or meet afterwards.. heard nothing back after about 20 minutes so I went for Pizza with a New Yorker and Outside magazine in hand. came back after 2 and checked my phone again (I dont' get a cellular signal on my phone so I rely on wireless at home or work). He was in my area and we agreed to meet at the Barnes and Noble on my side of the city.
Well we pretty much talked nonstop for a couple hours. it was awesome. a really great guy, great looking and in shape, sexy beard.  I tried not to over talk like I am prone to do and give some wait time and listen and ask questions. but it came naturally.  The thing is when someone has already my story here, where I sort of put it all out there, I figure I need to ask him some questions to get his side of the story. ha  He had an impressive one, living out west, then out east in CT and now MD. He seemed to know NYC very well and we compared experiences. we agreed with my perception of how sometimes at a bar , why can't I just meet someone for a little make out and some heavy petting and call it a night?! ha ha that cracked us up.  we could both relate to being raised in a church and dealing with dating not women but possibly men etc etc. familiar story I'm sure! :P  we were both smiling and laughing so that's a plus. I may have mentioned before I can make a terrible first impression and sometimes I walk away feeling like an idiot, but yesterday I left feeling like I'd made a new friend. We hadn't realized the time and he had to get back to his folks' place for dinner. I look forward to seeing him next time in OKC for sure.
Dv was so nicely dressed in a great plaid shirt and jeans, black jacket, black soft looking beard. I'd worn a new plaid flannelshirt sort of dark blue and burnt orange, with some doc marten boots and jeans and a navy puffy vest. Good thing since I got a text from buddy Sc saying to come over so we could all go to dinner. The book store was just a mile south of his place and since I was already dressed up, I went on over. sat with his bf and kid while we waited for my buddy Sc' brother to drop by. he was coming by on the way up from houston to get some hunting gear.  The idea was that he'd get it and leave so we could all go to dinner, but somehow he ended up coming along with us. Ha now that was weird because Scott is not out to his family and none of us are really sure who he think the bf is or what about the fabulous Christmas tree and decorations all over the house. ha ha. plus we met two of our gay friend J and his friend at dinner. very very interesting time. But I will say his brother is super cool and as kind and nice and well raised as my buddy S.  Surely my bud's family has the idea, right? I mean come on, but it's still strange when it's not right out there.  I still get suggestions from my family about finding a wife, I mean come on REALLY?!? ha ha
that reminds me, I took some cake over to my friend B's house Thursday and while we were eating it and sitting at the kitchen table she asked me "I know it's none of my business but how come a girl hasn't snatched you up?" ha ha. she's so sweet.  She was cracking me up with a story about how her husband had cheated on her once and how this many years later that same woman's daughter move in two house down a few years ago.  She was just like "of all the places in the world!" ha ha and how she's seen that lady come and go a few times while outside in the yard. can you imagine at 87 having to deal with all that still? oh man, later we were looking at an old album sitting in the back room, and she showed me one photo of her back from the 70's where she had a big smile. she said" that's a photo I had especially made for [husband] to put on his desk at work".. "that's how you fight!" she said. awe!
today church was cancelled, sleet and rain and freezing cold temps. I just stayed in all day long. I've been watching some of Chef's Table episodes on Netflix. and deconstructing my Christmas tree. I get a kick out of having all evidence gone and while I''m at it, I'll switch out a rug and a few things on the wall. leftover lasagna for dinner tonight. yum! and maybe some more netflix movies. Enjoy the weekend all!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Thursday, December 24, 2015

what a week!.

It's been a good busy holiday week......basically last week and weekend I was cleaning up my house, which means putting all things AWAY, including all kitchen counters, my bedroom, and the bathroom etc...all in prep for my parents and siblings coming over for dinner.
last weekend I was dog sitting for buddy Sc at his place and enjoying his direct tv channels. He was in AR all weekend for his BF last big weekend and goodbye parties.  I ran errands Saturday that included getting some fresh flowers at Whole foods to leave at Sc's place for the bf, just to say welcome to OKC.  Btw what's up with all the healthy clean cut gym attire guys shopping at whole foods? every time!  anyway, Saturday night I super enjoyed watching "Guardians of the Galaxy" on Sc's tv and coloring on some paper to make a banner that said Welcome Home to his bf.  After Christmas break they'll be living together here in OKC from now on. Not sure what we all have planned for new year's eve, but Sc mentioned 4 of his bf's friends coming over from AR and all of us going out to dinner with the bf's son and our friend J here in okc.  I might not be able to make it, it remains unclear.
Monday I got some gifts wrapped up and boxed and to the post office! I went over to my sister's house and hung out with her and family for a while, had lunch, went in to my office to gather a few papers, and then to the GYM! oh it felt so good to get back and swim laps. Monday night I watched road show and chilled. Tuesday morning I worked on getting laundry done and some clothes put away in my room, and then went and saw STAR WARS!!
I loved it! I really really really liked it.  I'm not sure if was just the non stop action, storyline, seeing familiar characters again, the script, the great acting,??? but oh boy did I love it and am hoping to see it again soon at the theater, maybe with buddy Sc and his bf and son. we'll see.  I went with my friend H and bf M from Austin who are in town all week. they'd considered staying a night or two here, which is why I was trying to clean my room so deeply.  However, they have decided to stay at his dad's house in town all week, and I was all right with it.  Going to the movies and back, we didn't haven't all that much to say or catch up on about anything, and I think mainly this is due to the stress he's always under when visiting OKC since his mom was put in a convalescent home a few years ago. I do still enjoy seeing them though, and perhaps I'll get back down to fun Austin and visit them in their town. It's been YEARS and I love that place.
well not as much as NYC perhpas. ha!  when I arrived home from the movies around 4:30 there was a message on my answering maching (yes I still have a home line and machine) from my church friend B. she's 87 and a widow and I give her rides to our garden club meetings and sit next to her at church on Sunday nights. (She told me last Sunday that she couldn't believe they weren't having an evening service that night and that she thought there were too many young people on the board! ha ha). anyway she wanted me to come over and help with some branches in her back yard. So I left and got over there by 5:30 just as it started getting dark. she had an old wooden ladder and some saws pulled out of her husbands work shed.  I climbed up and sawed a few off and pulled down the others with my body weight! ha. we dragged them out the her front curb and then I went inside and listened while she went through her bowl of Christmas cards about who they were from and who she knew or didn't know. ha
Yesterday I had to get out for more errands, never ending! I still needed cake flour for this recipe I wanted to try from a magazine at Whole Foods, there was a hazel nut cake on the cover. got what I needed, went by Sc's to say hi to the dog and return an iphone charger cord I ended up taking home with mine oops. and then went to Office Depot to get some blank cd and a plug adapter so I could plus in some lights next to a lamp.  well sure enough I came across this marked down display with everything like $1 or $2. , yup I loaded up with staplers and boxed of binder clips to sneakily leave in co workers' boxes when I go back up to work next week. ha! also I got some folders and stuff and I was really glad to find some globe strings led lights for $2. sweet, had those puppies out and batteries in and hung before dinner last night! :).  I got home before noon and started baking the hazelnut cake.
Since I don't have a food processor I had to slice up and mince them up myself. made the cake , baked it, made the frosting, and again without the processor I had to use a cheese grater to get chocolate shavings.  but it all turned out well.  I made the lasagna Monday night so that was already done.  I kept getting thigns ready and clean, table set up, bathroom final cleaning, music on, had a glass of wine and cut up some cheese slices as my brother arrived. next my mom and and dad and then two sisters and spouses. we had a great time!
I'm taking a slice of cake and maybe some leftover lasagna for lunch to B today.  She gets lonely on holidays especially .  She'll see her kids on Friday though.  I plan to go check out another Office Depot south of me today, and then go by folks' place tonight for pizza and chill time. all my siblings have family time with their kids and families today.  We'll all get together tomorrow afternoon for a family dinner, although we keep it low key, sandwiches and treats.  we all drew names at Thanksgiving and will exchange gifts.  I plan to spend tomorrow making gingerbread whoopie pies? something else from the magazine. ha Hope everyone is enjoying the holidays and Christmas season. :)

happy holidays!

Thursday, December 17, 2015