Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Summer's over........

so, Hamilton is OKC?... People kept asking if I loved it, and my reply was that I loved the story..... :).
Overall I did really like the production, I just wasn't happy with the performance overall in okc. As the singers deliver the storyline and sing in rap, I missed a lot of words which I think was do to their enunciation? it was pretty badly done.. BUt not Hamilton or Washington, they were well done and all the female characters etc.. just a lot of the in between back and forth with Hamilton and his cronies etc..I think it is because I'm used to hearing all the original production recordings online.
the staging and performance and setting overall was great. the ending, so unexpected and thought provoking, yes!  I loved the Washington character the most.  I'm not sure if it was the hunky Asian AMerican guy playing the role or jsut the role itself. but ah yeah.
that was a couple weeks ago. that Saturday i worked in Norman and then came back to OKC by 3pm or so to dash into the pool and S and B's and some friends.  They all had a wedding to go to that night so I was out and home by 4:30 or so.  A friend of all of ours, Robert, was getting married to his bf of many years from St Louis and B was doing the wedding. it was a small event with a much larger reception with tons of people. I wasn't interested in going and not really invited either way. ha
anyway. last week I thoroughly enjoyed having no class and nothing to grade, although the week was full of meetings, faculty meetings and division meetings etc daily. office hours and getting ready for the next slew of classes this fall semester.  Basically all the meetings were repeating the same line over and over: we're changing to all 8 week courses next year, like it or not, and btw we're changing to all online free textbook material, no more textbooks for your classes, like it or not. ;)
I went to crossfit all of last week of course!  Have I mentioned that I'm up to 181 pounds, an all time life high. woot woot. and still a 32 waist, so I'm very happy with the muscle gains from the new crossfit gym. paid for my 3rd month yesterday.  I also got a message on social media from my old crossift gym's owner, asking when i was coming back and how everyone was asking about me.  I need to respond in some nice kind vague manner that I'm not planning to return. In my usual non confrontational passive aggressive way, I want to 1) not let him know I've joined another crossfit gym, 2) be honest that I don't plan on coming back (to his gym anyway), and 3) not lie about why I'm not coming back...  I plan to keep it brief and short by saying I won't return, thanks for the last 2 years, and say hello to everyone there.  
Well, so anyway, I skipped out on all the Friday meetings last week and headed up to NW AR Thursday afternoon. in fact I left halfway through a 1pm meeting at 2pm and went home, grabbed my luggage and things, and hit the road.  I got there about an hour before a 7pm anniversary party. I checked into a hotel! ha... My friend was starting at a new school Friday morning and was afraid of being stressed out with company, and I didn't let on to her that I wasn't going to stay with my friend J or S and J, and instead just got a hotel in town which was actually very nice having a place to myself not to mention they had a great breakfast bar the next morning. anyway, overall it was an awkward evening.  The anniversary turned out to be all family only.  I found out later that I had been invited and mailed an invitation before the other sisters decided to make it jsut a family reunion instead of everyone else invited. But then it wasn't clear how to dis invite me or (I dont' knwo if their were others).... anyway. it was also very awkward because my good friend Ht. who I fell out with ten years ago during a trip to London, long story, gave me a very superficial hello when I struck up conversation and excused herself to get right back to her bf at the table.. blah blah ( they came in from London for the event). sigh.. we wer all part of a very tight group in college for a few years, and Ht and me hang out a few summers in town with friends all the time between our last 2 college years..... alas.  my romantic sentimental soul is learning that not all things last forever and although I've apologized for being the jerk i was in london ten years ago, I seem to have ended the friendship more or less, other than superficially.  It was my former college roomate's wife Hd. who is her sister who invited me, I'm actually much closer of a friend with her for many years of college and after blah blah so again awkward, but anyway. I had a good time. I brought a great vase of flowers for the parents and spoke to some relatives, and then when Hd. husband K got there, we spoke for a good 20 minutes or so before and caught up, a joy! and then I left as they were getting ready for group photos.
the next morning I checked out of the hotel after yummy breakfast, then got a haircut downtown at the city barber. my best favorite place since college!  Bill who is now retired has been replaced with a new favorite Rob.  after that, about 915, i made my way over to J's house. He took the day off and we'd planned to hang out all day and catch up. TO me, that meant me sit around his house, follow him around whatever he wanted to do, play with his kids, or watch them and just hang and chat with buddy J. but he planned otherwise. it was a family outing day with Dan ! ha we loaded up in their SUV and drove over to Bentonville to go indoor rock climbing/ ha. at first, I thought about how that wasn't the relaxing day I'd thought of.... but after we got going I actually really loved it. and plus guys really relate better doing things together, right?  his wife watched the kids climb a bit in the kids area while he and I watched each other attempt different climbs. and then we went back and forth with the kids to different areas trying climbs etc... a good time!  lunch at town square Bentonville, Oven and Tap, I think it's called.a pizza place.  J's 3 kids are so well raised and behaved. it was great eating out and then we went back for antoher hour of climbing. then back to town. 
I went to work out at the local crossfit there at 430. then over to T's by 6 showered up and dressed and T and I went to a college friend's bday party. it was just okay, like 7 people? half of them new to me so we all talked about how we knew the host and then what years we went to the college in town etc.. I left around 7:30 to hop downtown for a bit and see a married couple that was in town moving their son onto campus from Texarkana..... they'd seen a post I had on instagram and contacted me about being in town. a joy again! spent an hour with them while they ate dinner, then returned up the street to the party.  chatted a bit more with a few new guests, then the girls started getting rather chatty and it was late for me, 10pm or more... I got T's things together and got her out the door back home ha. we were turnign in by 11 zzz.
Saturday morning was a breeze. lazy morning. up and chatting, by 9am we went to a diner on the edge of town for a GREAT big breakfast, then over to a friend of T's who she'd wanted me to know better, BK and her 3 children.  the oldest son is about to move away to interlochen boarding school, it's a talent school, for his senior year. he'd jsut done a camp there with his french horn and was invited and given scholarship to return for school. so cool!  her other two kids were amazing and also smart and talented, so we spent a few hours talking away and also looking around their historical home. got back after 12 and then said, hey we need to get lunch now. ha, and went to a sub place in town.  piddled around a bit more then by 4ish i was loading up and leaving for home.  I stopped by K and Hd's house first to visit a bit more without the family event going on. got home Saturday night in time to mow the yard front and back. some of which was so overgrown i had to mow once at a high height and then again at a lower height. ughhhh.. ha ha
This week is all about back to classes! I've met all my students. 2 classes Monday/W. and 3 on T/th. The only catch is Monday morning the campus had no AC!!!! oh my land!  what a misery.... I went back this morning in shirt and tie as optimistic as ever it would be fixed but no... so I brought a short sleeve button up and wore that the rest of the day.  tomorrow I have shorts and shirt already laid out to wear, whether I find it's fixed or not. UGH!! again. ha
summer over, bring on  FALL! :)