Saturday, December 17, 2016

who doesn't love this guy....

now all you millionaire rap artists, get out there and buy some fancy Columbia jackets! ;)

Friday, December 16, 2016

let it snow let it snow........


ahhhh.....winter.


Tulsa Thursday.......

what a great week!  I did go into the office Monday and finish up some final grades, and then also Tuesday to turn in a form I'd forgotten about.  next to to the dental hygienist.  I had a pretty good report which was a good thing because I skipped out my 6 month cleaning last summer and waited til December instead. oh well.  This has been a pretty lazy week. Wednesday I got stuff done around the house and went for a pizza lunch here in town. Thursday was really busy though.  I'd agreed to make scones for a lady at work who's division was having a morning potluck thing.  I got up at 630am and baked 2 batches of 10 scones. I was done by 9 and driving them over to the college, and then straight back through OKC and on my way to Tulsa. I'd agreed to meet my friend T there before lunch.
On my way my light came on for getting close to empty. I thought I could make it all the way but nope. I passed one exit and then started getting worried and slowed down to 65 or 70 behind a semi as we went up and down the hills.  finally just in time I made the Sapulpa exit and got off and gassed back up to FULL. back on hiway to 80 and after a short while in Tulsa. :)
I went to Utica square and waited for T to arrive.  we met up at the Banana Republic where I found a great blue shirt on sale and another black and grey one, they were out of my size for that one and so I paid and they are having one shipped to me. awesome!

T bought some things too and then we left to find a place for lunch.  We drove down "Cherry St" or 15th, and decided upon an Italian place called Mary's.  had some really good Lasagna! Next we drove down Peoria to the Trader Joe's and T bought many things, some for the cafe she works at and some for her or for gifts.  She doesn't have one in AR where she lives, although the is a Whole Foods in Fayetteville but not the same thing of course. We went back to Utica and went in to a few more stores and places there.  Next over to Philbrook Museum.  They were having a winter festival of sorts there after 5pm.  we walked all around taking photos and checking out the place and the live music, also the lights in the gardens out back, and the screen printing inside, had some pizza etc.. all good. We both got out of Tulsa by 7pm going our separate ways. good times!

Today I woke at 7am, laid in bed looking through facebook posts and reading article links and videos for about an hour, then I sent a few photos of me in my reading glasses and head on my pillow to my family and friends saying good morning. finally got up and had some breakfast and watched some tv and youtube great relaxing day. after lunch I was outside in the beautiful sunny weather working in the yard cutting branches and plants and limbs and carrying pots to the back porch etc.. work! then dinner with buddy and Scott and BF and their place, carry out pizza. their place is all decked out for a holiday party tomorrow.  they invited about 75 people and I'm looking forward to geeting some social time in.
Here is a nice article about Dickens's A Christmas Carol  that I found interesting. I particularly like the quote "In Scrooge's personal shift, isolation and selfishness are made subordinate to community, kindness and generosity." out What a great idea, to turn away from the world view of isolation and selfishness toward that COMMUNITY, kindness, and generosity.  But if the world keeps us isolated individuals, the easier we are manipulated and swayed, the easier targets of consumer marketing.  I encourage others constantly to speak and communicate and get to know, understand, work well with others... alas!
I'm about to crash so I can get in bed with a book I'm reading currently, cheers all. Enjoy the holidays :)

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Sunday, December 11, 2016

break begins........

good morning from Arkansas.  Just woke up and going to get up soon to have some breakfast before church. I'm going with the ex gf, T to a Methodist church she's been wanting to visit in town.  She usually goes to an Episcopalian church but there was a couple that separated a couple years ago and the church took different sides on the whole thing which created a struggle for my friend.  She sided with the wife who was hoping they'd get back together, and others sided with the husband who was dating and staying over with another member from the church who was divorced with 2 kids.  On this visit, I finally get the grapevine news that he finally filed for a divorce... oh brother, after 2 years come on stop dragging the dead horse and end it!  The town is just small enough that it's a pretty sore topic, a real conflict at liking the young couple because they are both the nicest people in the world. the wife sings with various folk bands at events here and there and works at the Christian University in town, and the husband was the bar manager at the one big fancy restaurant downtown . So they're well know in the community, and now the husband plans to open a brewery downtown? within blocks or the wife's house etc. blah blah.  There are more details and drama to the story but anyway you get the gist.
I finished the semester! what a great feeling. I got all my grades done and turned in Friday morning and then left after lunch to drive up to NW AR.  I stopped off in OKC for a little gift shopping. I brought a wrapped gift of Topodesigns Travel Bag for my friends' college kid and needed to buy something for the little brother (he's 14 and was born with AFS) so I got him a book about how thing work at the Full Circle Bookstore. next I dropped by a beard shop on Classen curve, I'd never been before and didn't realize they'd added a little men's boutique clothing section. which was all pretty much the same plaid and scarves and winery stuff, bowler hats for the bearded trendy etc.. found nothing there other than a clothing brand I hadn't heard of 7diamond or something like that which I plan to google and evaluate etc.  Next stopped in at Trader Joes and got gifts for my best buddy J and his family.
I'm styaing this weekend with the same friend couple. I used to always end up in a bunk bed or one of the kids rooms, sometime on a mattress on the floor downstairs in this new house. but now that the oldest kid is in college,I can stay in his old room which is nice. a twin bed and to myself.
Arriving Friday I went straight to a local music store that's been in business for 50 plus years and the current owner, the son in law of the original owner is closing it down at the end of the year. I wanted to come by and pay my respects and buy some things while saying hi.  I know them and the family from the church I attended while in college.  I like to stop in there and look for some interesting piano music to play whenever I'm in town.  I bought a used guitar and 4 books of piano music all on discount. that was just after 5 , and good thing they stay open til 6. :)
next went to T's place and we caught up and then went out to that nice big restaurant downtown that I mentioned earlier. a great atmosphere and she always knows a lot of people working there since she manages the cafe across the street and it's such a small town etc. some workers have been traded back and forth over the years etc..  had a great dinner and then went over to her cafe for some hot tea and so I could meet all the amazing young people she's hired to work there. a fun staff!
Saturday I sat around mostly all morning to my two married buddies here at their breakfast table all morning while entertaining the young kid here and there. was a great morning of nothing! yay. I went and got lunch around 12 and then over to best buddy J's house to see his family and bring the gifts from TraderJoes, we sat around and ate lunch, the 3 kids 5,7, and 9 played legos nicely together while we talked and then we all looked at photos of the trip to Disneyland they took last summer.
around 3 I went back by T's place, she was busy working on a dress for a party. a real project runway moment, she can sew anything and had a photo from the internet of a dress she wanted to recreate with a plaid mens shirt she's taken apart and was looking for dark fabric from all her boxes of fabric. so I left her alone to keep to her project.  back to my friends' place and then the wife SH and I left for our college alma mater for the candlelight service.
It was very fun and special, I ran into my first college roomate at the college and his husband , and so we caught up and chatted while waiting in line to get in. He and I were both in the college choir together and it was the last service for the director and organist who both retire this year after 30 and 40 years or more working there. All the traditions were the same and the music was wonderful. loved it.
THis morning I'll be getting up and packed up and out the door to church by 11 with T, and then hopefully a lunch with B and T, B is a friend from town I hung out with many summers while all my college friends were gone and i stayed in town working at Walmart all summer to keep the job. I plan to drop in and visit them before leaving town.  Christmas break has begun, how exciting.  I will go into work tomorrow to finalize something from an online course. also I need to plan some thing for the intercession class I'll be teaching in January (college in English course in 2 weeks!). the of the break is ALL MINE! :) cheers and hope everyone is keeping warm and enjoying the season. :)