Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Dude, where's my shirt..... 2.0

dude, where's my shirt?

I woke up this morning at 530, and decided to take hump day (Wednesday) off from swimming this morning. the thing is, I had to get into work early today to get some work done, so I didn't want to mess with going to gym, swimming, then coming back and getting breakfast going etc.... so I laid in bed and checked my instagram on my kindle instead, especially since I'd already hit snooze twice and it was already a quarter til 6am etc.... sure enough, an ad comes up for this company MickyandRicky. And sure enough I impulsed bought one of the 3 shirts above. Can you guess which one?  I've been doing really good saving money all Spring and summer since I have the trip coming up. hardly any new plants, hardly any new clothes other than a few things from Norse Projects that I recall. And of course the shoes I posted about earlier but that's FOR the trip. ha.
Anyway, I never heard of this co. before and really one should be careful because some of those ads are just cheap made in China stuff and sent from China and I figure they're probably making more money off of people's address and emails! ha ha. but yeah it's a real company and I liked the appearance of quality in the shirts and the website overall.  What I like about the first shirt is the cool textured collar and navy trim.  The 2nd shirt, well botanical prints are trending this summer, so why not, it's priced way cheaper than the $100 Norse Projects version ;).  and then the last shirt just looks cool, I like a henley collar on me in the summer, not all the time but now and then, and dark red and white patterns are also trending this summer, which is cool because they go very well with my wine colored converse lo cut shoes.  woot woot.

Monday, June 18, 2018

summer summer summertime!

During the second week of classes, a former student came by my office to drop and say hi.  I've mentioned him before on the blog, he's visited a few times before and is a super nice guy.  I think he relates to me a bit because he knows of my Christian upbringing and he was raised in a private Christian school in Houston. So we have good discussions about the world, world views, life choices, and all that. He is half Mexican and half German descent. ice dark looks, great smile, great shape like a baseball player or dancer, and this time around his hair was in a sort of mohawk with the sides shaved down. He said it was a sort of sumo look? we had a long drawn out conversation about his hobby of longswords and medieval fairs. He was living with his grandfather, but when his gf got remarried, it wasn't working out as well, so now he has his own apt which his grandfather pays half rent.  He's lucky to have the support of family.  He also works as a bartender at some restaurant in OKC.  we discussed his dating life and how well he did last semester with classes, his classes this summer, etc etc. suddenly about an hour and a half had passsed, so I got up to signal that I was on my way home. ha.. He has future plans of getting a teaching degree in History and maybe going back to some shoe in job at his former high school as a History teacher. hmm. okay.
I was also very busy the week before last, even though I was looking forward to my Tuesday and Thursday off for the summer, I helped my family with a project.  My cousin D has not always lived in a wheel chair and at one time was getting therapy to walk again but fell and broke her leg, and since then she's been in the wheel chair.  She had trouble growing up with Muscular Dystrophy. Anyway she was a single mom raising her kid who's now early 30's and then also her 4 yo grandaughter who they all lived together in the same house that she had for about 27 years. Her mom, my aunt L, lost her husband about 4 or 5 years ago and since then has been the only one to come over daily to assist D with all things needing help with. L has been losing some sight lately so the two of them decided to sell their houses and get one to live in together. My dad and sis helped quite a bit getting my aunt's house ready to sell, upgrades and new paint and all that.  My dad and sis also helped paint the new house and install a new handicap bathroom built onto D's room in the new house.  Finally it came time to sell D's house once all had been moved out, and she wanted to sell "as is" but the realtor said no way. ha  so they had spent quite a bit of time repainting EVERYTHING, ripping up carpet, fixing this and that, my dad replaced all the doors and my sis took down all the cabinet drawers in the kitchen and house to repaint etc..  
SO - on Tuesday and Thursday I was over there helping my mom and dad and sister painting stuff, and then the Saturday before this last, I was over there painting and final cleaning and picking up and what was fun is my folks were there, my two sisters and my brother were there. ha only one missing is my little sister who lives way out in the panhandle of OK.  I think they put carpet in this weeek.
Well I really enjoyed my Tues and Thurs last week having to be anywhere and free to work on yard work and house pick up and I watched a movie on Netflix and youtube etc..  Summer is ON!
I watched a movie last week called God's Own Country on Netflix.  I recommend the film. It tells the story visually and slowly.  It's been described as a sort of Irish Brokeback Mountain, but it's a really its own story. I really connected with the main character's loneliness.  An immigrant worker is hired on his farm and there is a nice change in the characters acting out of his sexuality, whereas before it was just quick sex, he is opened up to a bit of tenderness and trust.  I thought about the character for a while and how it must have felt to be so unloved and stuck in such a position never getting of the farm etc.. and then to be shown love and possibilities in life and all that.  I dunno, but check out the film and do get back to me on your thoughts.  It's a rather new film.
I also watched the newest season of Portlandia on netflix. I'm getting up at 530 again and swimming! yay... started last week. I am also going to crossfit , and the swimming hasn't seemed to slow me down any. What gets me most is the dad gum HEAT that we have to work out in. but ah well. loving it.
I'm waiting to get those shoes in the mail this week and trying on the size 8 and 8.5 and send one pair back. or both if they don't seem like a comfortable durable shoe to walk around UK in during my trip.  I've decided to rent a car perhaps while in Manchester and definitely from New Quay while staying in Port Isaac and then drop it off in Oxfor, but I'm undecided whether Europcar is the way to go, they have low prices and I can pay a bit extra a day for Damage and collision insurance with a $354 deductible but then maybe Hertz, so if any has used either of those, let me know. :) As much as I'm looking forward to my trip, I'm concentrating on enjoying summer. My aim is to grab ahold of life each day and enjoy what I'm doing and who I'm with, not jsut the few times I go on a trip for enjoyment. anyway that's my focus lately, although I'm still having fun looking forward to the trip and save save saving money. ha.  Also, the weekend of June 29 I'll be in Topeka for a regional meeting and garden tours. happy summer all!


Friday, June 15, 2018

walk this way.....

I may have found the perfect shoe for my trip later this summer.... I came across this Danner boot shoe from an Instagram ad. I've been considering for a while now how to travel with the right shoes. I have a lot of shoes, but mainly casual sneakers or work shoes, not really hiking or leather walking shoes. I planned on bringing a pair of converse to walk around in, but what with the high chance of rain in England, I know I'll need something more. These shoes are leather and waterproof, vibram sole, and with a basic black color that I can wear with jeans or the stone khaki jean pants that I plan to bring. I've been looking for a shoe just under $100 but this one was marked down on a sale and I figured why not give it a try.
 They are described as: "The combination of the Vibram SPE midsole and Fuga outsole gives unparalleled grip on wet and dry surfaces while providing superior cushioning without the weight. Designed to withstand the climate and terrain of the Pacific Northwest, we utilized a smooth full-grain leather upper and Danner Dry waterproof protection. The Mountain 600 defines a new category in hiking boots we call Performance Heritage - combining our classic styling with lightweight innovation. The second lace option included with this boot is black."  For How It Fits, they say "Designed for versatility, the DPDX has a low profile for everyday wear. Whether on the trail or urban exploring, this last was built to offer enough room for comfort while maintaining a sleek profile. Ortholite footbed included. Please note the Mountain 600 fits slightly large and we recommend sizing down a half size for best fit."
I guess I'll have to wait and see what exactly they mean by "lightweight innovation."  I hope they are rather lightweight if I am to be walking around in them all day. It says 32 oz per shoe? and I like that part about "urban exploring" ha! cheers for any thoughts shared.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

hump day....


the week before last, the last week of May before my June/July summer class started, I worked my last few shifts working in advising on campus.  They give faculty extra contracted hours to come help during peak enrollment, so I worked 40 hours during May and will work another 60 hours starting in July.  Basically I help returning students make sure they are taking the right classes, help new students choose classes or figure which classes transfer in from another college, and help new students who had to test first before enrolling.  The students who have to test usually end up having to take a remedial math or English class before college level classes, so I get to read their test scores and tell them how many extra classes they must take before taking classes that actually count toward the degree.
     One beautiful person came in my last day of work, JE. A young man who'd been to college a couple years in a few places and now lives in OKC wanting to get a degree like the guys at his work had done to help him be more marketable in getting jobs.  He'd been to college in Hawaii studying hotel service and worked for a time in OKC at a hotel downtown. He lost his heart for that career dealing with so many awful people though.  I felt for him because he was a super nice calm person, and I could tell he had a great attitude to humbly servicing while working.  He'd changed his mind now toward the direction of engineering and has been taking classes/training in OKC for a few years.  (we have a degree plan that all of that applies towards once he does at least 15 hours at our college, done!).  With all his previous college classes, I told him that after the engineering certificate ( NOT an AS but only an AAA or "Applied" science) that he should get at least a diversified studies or other associates degree since he had enough hours transferring in to count toward one. It was good advice.
     I talked to this guy for about an hour. He was nice looking with an in shape body, about 5'10"? ..sort of like surfer like.  not too big, not skinny, just in shape and active type looking.  He had his hair long all combed back behind his head about neck length, but not in a douchey way but in a way he totally pulled off with his calm, quiet, and kindness.  He explained that his time was divided between work , his parents, and his classes.  Turns out he helps take care of both of his parents that are disabled. awe!!  he had on basic white tshirt with random graphic, converse shoes with socks on, and some khaki shorts that fit just right.  He said he was 34 and ready to move forward with next job/career plans in life etc.  very cool.  I hope he'll come back by advising to see how his classes transferred in since the information wasn't available that day since he'd only just brought in his transcripts.  was good to help out!
    Well, Lord willing, I'm getting the trip planned out. I've booked everything for my trip except for some train tickets , which I'm not sure if I should do online or just wait until I'm at the station on the day of trip.(Any UK person want to offer advice?).  I will on a Thursday and stay in Manchester 3 nights, fly to New Quay, rent a car to Port Isaac for 2 nights. then drive to Oxford Tuesday night, Wednesday afternoon train to London and stay 4 nights, leaving Sunday.  I'm staying at an Airbnb in Manchester, the Old School Hotel in Port Isaac, Airbnb in Oxford, and The Penn Club hotel north of Holborn stop in London.  Now it's all about paying the credit card back to zero and then saving up for food and expenses come travel time. I'm pretty excited about getting away and exploring and discovering things in UK.  Please offer any suggestions for Manchester area, between Cornwall and Oxford, or London, of course!  I'd debated getting tickets to the Harry Potters plays, but so much time and money for both....
   I believe I will spend Thursday outside of London. I plan to train to Rye and then bus/walk to Great DIxter Hall and Garden on Thursday.  Friday and Saturday will be seek, discover, and shop in London.(Also find chocolate stores, mmmm). I am researching online for literary walking tours and also plan to check out Brick lane east London if possible. any non touristy special tips are welcome. :).  ( Also any advice in the area of Manchester for gardens, points of interest, shops in the city, historic points? I plan to rent a car Saturday and/or Sunday to see what's to see.  One stop is the village where "Last of the Summer Wine" was filmed if possible.)

Friday, June 08, 2018


I heard this song today, reminds me of a late 80's sound like Eddy and the Cruisers, maybe??? a little Psychadelic Furrs? I dunno...

Sunday, June 03, 2018

update while working today...

I have a post to make about working in advising last week, a young adult student that came in for scheduling questions.  also i had a great last week and this weekend. whew! but later....

however, today I'm busy researching and planning and deciding about the trip, and thought I'd share my current process.
I have decided to stay in UK, so thanks for that those who suggested. Today I've made the decision to stay at a hotel instead of a hostel.  I've stayed a few times at the Dover Castle Hostel south of London Tower Bridge which I liked the location being on the south side of the river with so much to see and do just west of that towards the Tate Modern etc.. however that was ten years ago and what with the website saying they cater to a 16-35 year old crowd and the only beds available being 10 bunks in a room, I thought shoot, I have budgeted for rooms under $100 a night so why not get a room where I don't have to lock everything into a locker each day and can come and go nicely, work in a room online etc.  my current research includes Travel Lodge Bethnel Green,  Ibis Budget White Chapel, or Crestfield Hotel which is near King's Cross... hmm the 1st and 3rd have poor reviews online though.  anyway, I'll research more today and figure something out. I suppose I shouldn't leave out AirBNB, which I plan to use for staying in Manchester.
I have a snafu with my bank card, they have pretty tight security and won't let charges come from UK, really exasperating. Every year when I renew my Monocle magazine subscription, I have to use my Arvest bank card which is an account I've left open since college in AR ( also because my stock purchases are through them and it's easier to transfer funds from one to the other).  Anyway, so tomorrow I'm going to call both banks, make sure funds are in the ARvest account and/or tell my credit union to accept charges?? I'll make something work.
I already had a reservation cancelled because of the credit union card, the School Hotel in Port Isaac. (Yes I'ma Doc Marten tv show fan and plan to be a tourist and see the town where it's filmed! ha). if there is a still a night or two open, Sun 7/22 and Mon 7/23, I will rebook asap.  I've been mulling it over all weekend about whether or not to fly or train from Manchester to Port Isaac. the only flights are 4:35pm Sat or Sun from Manchester to New Quay, and so I could either fly down Saturday and stay the night in New Quay, train down early morning Sunday which I'm leaning towards (need to find out if trains have wifi), or fly down Sunday at 4:35 arriving 5:45ish and then another hour or so to Prt Isaac etc etc....thing is the plane or train trip costs about the same either way.
Since I have planned ( as the focus of the trip) to attend the Tatton Park RHS Flower Show in Manchester Friday, I'll have to keep researching what else might be around to see if I stay all day Saturday or if I want to attend both days at Tatton park. hmm.
while in Port Isaac or on the way leaving, I plan to visit or pass through North Tawton however possible.  It's the city where they filmed another favorite British tv show, Jam and Jerusalem. love that show!
current plan (although could totally change) is Thurs, Fri, Sat in Manchester, Sun night in Port Isaac, perhaps also Monday, Tuesday night I hope to stay in Oxford, and then Thursday and rest of vacation LONDON, baby!  happy weekend all. hot summer so far. starting back teaching my one summer class tomorrow.
EDIT:  The Penn Club at Russel Square seems to be the best $102 a night deal I've found so far with the best recent ratings....booked!
EDIT: I'm leaning train down early Sunday morning, this will give me all day Saturday to discover whatever else near Manchester.