Saturday, December 30, 2017


anyone in NYC know if this is an actual store? brand?  I came across the brand from a fashion account on instagram and sort of had to have this jacket... ;). ha  but the more I researched the more I was thinking, is it just some made in China clothing company passing off as a fashion brand or is it a good quality stuff?  I guess I'll find out since I ordered something anyway. The shop is on Bleeker street between Christopher and 7th ? cheers for any response on that.

leave 2017 behind, move forward.....

Hello from Arkansas!

Good afternoon!  from Arkansas again, I'm here for the weekend because of a get together planned by my friend T.  She's great friends recently with a guy in town who they both left their church because of this issue with a mutual friend. long story but basically the friend's husband showed up on Sunday's with his girlfriend while the wife went had to go to a separate service, all this while they were separated and not divorced etc etc.... anyway, since the church seemed to back the husband more than the wife, they were out of there.  She was called "too fundamental" by the Rector when bringing up the adultery issue.... okay too long a story. Well they are great friends now.
He was a director of many community theater productions while we were in college together. he's older. He was the only openly gay guy in town I knew while going to college etc etc.  well,
now over the years we all have quite a few of the same mutual friends here in town, being so small. so T's idea was to get some his favorite past performers together for a night of fun an catching up and remembering. T and my friend S who I'm staying with this weekend ( I usually stay with J and S here and their son is now at ll of our alma mater college here in town etc) are going, and then someone the director's age who we all know and love and then another girl that we went to school with. I was Napthali in a Joseph and the TD. production, but all the rest were like starring roles in something. regardless I'll have a lot of fun just hanging out with everyone.
what a busy holiday break! Christmas went really well for my family. the weekend before I had a sibling and folks get together at my brother's in town. then the Saturday after that, I was helping out at S and B's party from 3 to 9pm. Lots and lots of people coming through and I helped keep the food cooked and stocked out on the tables and chit chatted with lots of new people. one particular guy looked sort of like a clark Kent big strong football player solid guy in a sports jacket. Very talkative straight married guy that B had helped by a house (he's a realtor btw). anyway, my friends that the party were kidding around with me to give it up talking to that guy so much, and we call cracked about it, because, hey, I was just being friendly and enjoying the conversation, puh lease! ha
anyway, that Monday I was back on campus getting all my final grades in, and then back up there on Tuesday and Wednesday working in advising, helping students find and enroll in classes. rest of the week just went by way too fast. thursday and Friday cleaning up at home, getting things wrapped, running errands to my mom and dad's to drop off stuff for Christmas decor.  Friday night was a blast since because S and B had an extra ticket for the Thunder game against Atlanta. We went with B's son who got back into town. the 4 of us sat through a very exciting game.  the tickets were club level which includes a buffet to eat before the game. after that we drove through Nichols Hills on the way home and it was magical and beautiful!  I hadn't been through there since people began using LEd lights all around.
Saturday I was milling around at home waiting to see whether I wanted to get out or not, working on projects, and I got a message from H,  a guy in OKC that has cut my hair a few times. He does a great job but it's at a fancy pricier place and I am always too lazy to schedule ahead enough to go to him for a haircut. I usually just like walking into a barber. ha ( and actually I found a barber down the street that I REALLY like and went the last two times to in my town). well anyway, H is younger, 28, and was living in a house south of me in OKC with his boyfriend of 5 years. He messaged me about meeting up for pizza for lunch at my usual spot in town. YES! someone reaching out to plan a lunch, loved it. I met him at 12:30 and we caught up. I gave him a mixed Christmas music CD that I share with my family and friends each  year.  He was alone and notified me he'd broken up a few months ago with his bf. awe!! he said he was doing fine and was glad to see me and hoped we could keep up with each other etc..  I told him I'd get him to join S and B and me on some occasions this year. I'm looking forward to it.
Sunday was church at my folks' place so I could sit with my mom while my dad sat and sang with the choir. I was uncomfortable with the worship music the same as last year, playing Christmas hymns but in a different way or different lyrics.  I think you know by now I'm not into guitar rock band led worship. the worst part of it was the dragging it out with extra refrains o music between verses. ughh!!! ha ha. I know minor details, over all great service just that the music was same as last year. ha and I'd forgotten.
Sunday night I went back over to my folks' place for a lasagna dinner with my mom and dad, and we arranged tables and set up table cloths and I did a table setting etc.
Christmas morning was wonderful. I slept in. I wrapped gifts. I arranged some flowers, and at some point ater lunch arrived at my folks' and then waited til my other two sisters and all of their kids and gkids arrived, and my brother and family etc.... big crazy dinner time and hang out time and I got out of there rather early once all the kids started running in circles from room to room and after I felt I'd done enough clean up work in the kitchen to be of help to mom and dad.
Tuesday I had a lunch date planned with a former student. he graduated this December from a local college. I had him his first year of classes in my English class before he had transferred in and played football there. he's kept in touch with me over the years, showing up in my office to visit now and then and we follow each other on snapchat.( he's one of 5 people I connect with on SC besides my mom and siblings! ha).  So anyway I had ordered him a traveler bag from Topo Designs since he travels a lot with his gf. We had a great lunch, caught up, I gave him the gift, and then we went out way.  that afternoon I was contacted by a college friend L who was driving down from Tulsa to pick up the boy from the husbands M's parents house in Moore. She asked if I'd like to meet up for dinner.  as the day went on, and when I returned from Crossfit, plans changed from going out to staying in. So I drove down and had dinner with the parents, M and L, and the son. what a great time again to catch up, meet, get to know, and speak to her husband M and then the parents etc.. wonderful time. I felt really a lot less alone like a homebody to have H and L contact me about meeting up with a few days of each other.  Their place in Moore was a new house that was built east of the Warren theatre in Moore where all the houses were wiped out by a tornado there. Well, someone's gotta live there! hopefully it won't happen twice, alas!
I did crossfit again on Wed and saw my folks again on Thursday before Crossfit at 4:30. then Friday mulled around the house getting ready for my trip. out of the house by 12, stopped in Tulsa by 1:30 ish to see the new World Market store, bought a few things marked down for next Christmas and some chocolates. went to Mcdonald's on Yale for some chicken strip lunch. then the Barnes and Noble there to use the bathroom and the wireless, to be honest ;).  back in my truck and on my way out of town by 3 and chugging along east to AR.  last night I met up J and E with their kids for dinner downtown and brought T with me. we all caught up and enjoyed the time. ran into my favorite college English Prof while there. :).
today I've been very chill. I hung out most the morning catching up with J and S at their place, and hearing all about their son at and his college life etc.  showed up here at the cafe for lunch where my friend T works and then have been just visiting with her in the kitchen and sitting at my laptop back and forth until she gets off here in a few around 3:30.
The year is coming to an end. we can leave it behind and move forward.  I ahve gained some new outlooks on my life as I approach the new year. I'm excited bout it. I've made some goals and decisions about some things.  Happy new Year everyone! :)

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas!

really love this song, great duet harmony and lyrics! this one is more socially conscious about the Syrian refugee crisis in '15 THis next one is slow/fast , again great lyrics, and very funky/unique cheers all

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Dan's favorite things....

THis is my favorite new Christmas music discovery this year. Gotta love that 80's reverb drums! check if out, these are the singles that made my annual Christmas music mix cd for family and friends this year...

Sunday, December 10, 2017

let it snow....

Thanksgiving update

Thanksgiving week had me going full throttle and thus no blog updates. I don't know if I had too much to say or nothing new to say, or perhaps just didn't want to have a tone of complaining about it.
but as I like to journal things onto this blog as a record, I must catch up.
I had essay 3 turned in the week before Tgvng break and set as a goal to have them back to classes that Tuesday.  So I was doing that most of the weekend while getting all my holiday stuff down from the attic to prepare making wreaths. the goal was to make 4 wreaths and drive up to AR with one for 3 different families and one for my friend T, the girl I stay with up there.
Sunday night, my best bud J texts to say he and his family will be visiting the weekend after Tgvng and will I be in town?  well, yes I can be although I'm already planning to come to his T in AR......but anyway.  He booked a room at 21C downtown OKC and that was that. by Monday I had one class of papers done, but not the other two.  Monday worked, Monday night worked on papers , but didn't get the second class finished. I realized Monday night there was no way I was going to be leaving for AR after work Tuesday to get up early for my days off there. Tuesday worked all day, it's my busiest w/ 3 regular classes and 2 lab classes. came home and had to get started on the holiday wreaths. Since J's family was coming for the weekend, that meant I only had to do 3 wreaths and perhaps I'd have time to throw his together upon my return to OKC (nope).  I spent Tuesday night getting TWO wreaths done and not the 3rd. woke up early Wednesday morning, like 6am, and began on wreath three, then packed my clothes for the trip. then the food I was bringing and gifts and etc etc..
T wanted me to stop by Trader Joes for some things. My goal was to get to Siloam by 12 so I could get to Rogers by 1pm to meet the family in town from Denver at Crystal Bridges...however I didn't get out of the house til after 9:30 and then stopped by Trader Joes, and finally was leaving OKC by I think 10:20. jumped on the turnpike north and stayed in speed with traffic, which was moving fast and steady, and drove straight through Siloam all the way to Rogers. somehow I made it to Rogers by 1:30 and had called ahead for the Denver family to leave Springdale hotel in time to meet me there. we met up! whew! walk walk walk and talk. enjoyed catching up and their kids of course... let by 3:30 or so..back to Siloam. THey went back to hotel and I went back to Siloam.
I stopped by Jy and Sh's place, the family I usually stay with,( I've blogged for years from one of the twin beds there). and dropped off their wreath, they loved it! then over to T's place to meet up with the Denver family. T loved her wreath and hung it immediately on the door. we all chit chatted a bit and then by 6 were in the family's van and off to a CHristmas bonfire party, out in the woods big family, big house, big bonfire where we ate food and met people and talked all night ending with the dad there on guitar playing lots of songs and hymns to sing with everyone.  before we left. he said, "you wanna see some Arkansas fireworks?" .... he went to the barn and brought back a leafblower, fired it up, and aimed it on the fire that had now died down. it send up sparks all over up into the air, very fun. man that was a packed day!
Thursday I got up early at T's and we had breakfast then I worked on a table cloth and table runner as I had been put in charge of table setting for dinner ;).  T worked in the kitchen on "brunch" which really turned out to be lunch. I ran errands to the store around 10:30am also stopped by my buddy J's place to say hello and see when they would be arriving in OKC Friday.  He said by lunch and then they were going to cowboy hall of fame museum. I said I wouldn't be back to okc until before dinner so I'd meet them for dinner. ha
The Denver family arrived by 11am . They got their wreath, and we all had a sit down set up lunch of eggs and bacon and scones ( T is a baker of course so...). kids so awesome to interact with. after that we set back. THey all got to work on Thnksgiving dinner. taking turns doing this or that.  I did some dishes from lunch etc.. kids sat around. at one point we watched a snow white movie with Julia Roberts as the evil queen and Nathan Lane doing the same one line character as ever, but it was a good movie overall. we also all went for a walk by the house that at various times T and I had rented, she lived with the wife of the Denver family there and I lived there with the husband of the Denver family. college days! then we all walke downtown and then back to see if Turkey was done. 
Eventually a big Turkey dinner, and a night of playing cards and napping and cleaning.  The Denver family has 3 kids btw, 4th grade boy, 9th grade boy, and a junior girl. In fact they had made the trip to visit colleges along the way with the daughter, ending at our alma mater there in town. T's place is small old rental house in town. So we were all of us either sitting in the front room arrange so a table would fit behind couch and kitchen wall. and then behind that a small kitchen. ha two rooms and a bathroom in the middle connect to a short hallway on the right. usual small house set up I suppose.
We said our goodbyes that night, family back to hotel and leaving in the morning. T and I crashing Zzzzz. (I had a blow up twin in the 2nd bedroom. comfy enough!). 
Friday morning I relaxed around, getting packed and ready and stuff back in my truck. T wsa feeling stuffed up and sick and a little cranky, went back to bed eventually about the time I left to go shopping downtown at some stores I saw the day before. I was waiting for then to open by 11. shopped, came back to give regards to T, then left town about 1pm or so.. back to OKC.  arrived back by 4 and was non stop, unpacking my things, cleaning house a bit, picking up stuff doing laundry, ( I was in a rush of getting things presentable for J's family coming over Sunday morning before church). well within a half hour I was ready to leave for the mall.  J's family planned to meet me at Pepperonni Grill for dinner at Penn Square.  funny thing is my best bud S and husband B also were meeting there for his birthday dinner and to go shopping. alas! I had considered all of sitting together, but I get too stressed with 3 kids around. J's kids are 6, 8, and 10. so I told S we'd just say hello and not try to make it a meal with everyone.  we all said hello when they came in and reintroduced Jeff who'd met Scott before in Siloam? maybe? hmmm anyway after dinner a bit of walk around the mall, then they went back to hotel and I went my mom's! yup, my little sister was still in town after Thanksgiving so I wanted to go over and see her. since I got out of the mall by 7pm, I made to my mom and dads on west side of town by 7:30. visited til about 9:30 then drove home and CRASHED into bed.
Saturday morning up early cleaning picking up my place, downtown at 10am to meet J'd family at the okc art museum. With my membership I get in 4 people free so they only had to buy one ticket. :) we walked all around until about 12:30 then went to lunch at the Garage burger place on broadway. walked around shopped, back to hotel so I could see their room, also all the crazy big art on the first floor. 21C is a fancy boutique brand of hotel with art galleries on floor one, a restaurant and then a hotel. they rehabilitated the Ford Mercury factory that sat there for years, a beautiful pane windowed and red brick building on the west side going nowhere side of down town.  I drove by the building for years loving it and wondering what......  I please with the hotel conservation of it. also the area of course now has construction and new things going up all over. change!   anyway, we left for the Plaza district to an icecream place there. and then eventually drove over to Classen Curve to check out the Anthologie store for a gift for one of their moms? I dunno. then dinner at Hideaway pizza back on Broadway downtown, then whew.......back to hotel, and me back home! 
Sunday morning I was up early and drove up to Walmart for bacon and some things. They were all coming over for breakfast at 7:30. which happened. then they came to church with me at 9am. they left after church service and I came home and did nothing but relax. well also I graded papers and watch my usual Youtube video subscritions etc...
So that was my busy Tginvg weekend if you can believe it. I decided never again. either have friends visit okc if I'm here for Tgvng in town also. OR not if I'm out of town for Tgvng. because I was full on the whole week. whoosh!

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

adjust it!

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hanging to the left in those brown pants....

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


I'd do fine in any marriage or relationship that I was into from the get go... I'd do fine with any pet too that I chose and selected and consciously pursued. I'd be more loyal than you might imagine, and loving, and dedicated, etc.. I'm a giver.  the cat I've been fostering was a stray I found and only fed it because I knew that's what my vet friend would want me to do, and I knew she is actively involved in adopting out cats etc...  I should have let her come over and trap it in the first place instead of just feeding it as an outdoor cat all summer until it was too big to really find a home for. I realize that now. it never grew on me and I never wanted to commit to 12 years or more with an animal.  But dont' think I haven't been completely supportive and loving to the stray. It's had only Iams cat food and it purrs anytime I'm around to pet it , also I play with it a lot, sometimes I'll run away or run at it, other times a sort of hide and seek. nothing more fun than surprising it when it comes to look for me and it jumps with its arms in the air. ha! It's been well fostered.
The good news is I found a home! A student who has a sister whose cat died a year ago, wants to give it to her as a gift. She says she's a real cat whisperer and will have my cat loving her in no time etc etc. plus she'll keep it as an indoor pet. which my vet friend was glad about. They want it after Thanksgiving break so hopefully all will run smoothly and the cat will have a new home. :)
that's the end of that.
I'm eating dinner after back from Cross fit. I decided I may not go anymore after November.  I have a dilemma . I REALLY don't like the music at times. Sometimes it's great 90's rock, current dance songs etc.. really motivating, what's not motivating is the expleicit lyrics that come on every now and then, I guess it's on shuffle.  lots of n word, or four letter words, or today something about look his balls?  the sound and tome of such songs is sort of just dark and angry and doesn't motivate me at all. . In fact, I can say I'm never in an environment where I hear a lot of strong language if you know what I mean. I kind of thought I'd get over it, but I'm not. and it's worth it to stop.I'm alwasy sort of wondering about the kids in there 4 or 5 year olds or whatever hanging around while parents work out. songs just play right on. great parenting. Basically I plan to sort of look around for other cross fit places, maybe sort fo ask around if they are explicit lyrics a lot or not, I dunno. I'm sure this sounds completely ridiculous to many of you who swear like a sailor day by day and think nothing of it in all your macho bravado feel like a man express yourself ways, fine fine. It's never been a part of me though so I'm withering. I love the people and the intense workouts. already my legs are building and butt, I can feel it. I love all the cardio etc..It's just how I feel. So I'm going to give it some more though, but at the end of November I might bail out. I dunno, maybe go back to doing workouts at Ymca after work and keep swimming laps.
I might also be motivated by the thought of handing over the $600 for 6 months. I might just pay $135 for December and then decide what I want to do.hmmm . Otherwise I have been pretty busy for a while now. Last Friday I was with a committee the entire day intervewing people for the position of dean of my department at work, my new boss ha.  4 by skype and one in person. there were 3 very strong guys that I'd love to work under, tow older and one about my age, alldifferent and with different strengths,/personality.  one thing interesting is that the one my age didn't have a tie on and with the awkward close up of sitting infront of his camera, you could see his unbuttoned dress shirt with his undershirt underneath and chest hair around his neck line. ha my boss who was on the committee wasn't impressed. oh come on! my boss commented that would he work well with upper administration etc blah blah. oh puhlease.... of the five, we almost sent 4 through for a second inteview as we were all going over our favorite 2 or 3 to send on.  I had to speak up about NOT sending 4 forward, because what was the point of us even being on a committee. if we just sent 4 and then the VP of academic affiars just picks the new dean? what was our point of weeding out just one of the candidates... if the 4th candidate ( with least votes) ends up getting hired, I'll know the whole commitee thing is just a big red tape ruse. ha!  I have faith though that one of our top three and hopefully my top two will get the job. :P
Saturday I got lots of laundry done, sat down to grade papers and got a text from my brother who lives south of OKC. He wanted help putting up a fence so I went over there around 11, after a trip to lowes for screws and pizza delivery for lunch that his wife called in, we got to work. He'd already had the poles cemented in so I helps get all the cedar wood panelled sections up and held still while he screwed them in etc.. good work.  he told me about going for a procedure this week where they were shoot two wires into his uretha near the prostate because he has trouble always going to the bathroom at night? something like that, apparently the same doctor my dad goes to, and my dad had been encouraged to have it done as well so now he's happy to wait and see how it goes for my brother and then reconsider. ha.  I'm no longer going for pizza lunch on Saturdays in town. i decided to sit out for a while and save the $12 each Saturday ( 7.50 for the lunch special and $5 into the online jukebox). I went over to S and B's Saturday night. they invited me over to eat some of the buffet food they had out, I wasn't clear why they were eating buffet style until I got there and saw that it was B's homecoming reunion with all his friends over for dinner. oops, i showed up in my house shoes and sweats and whatever long sleeve tshirt. ha ha. I walked in anyway and was nice and kept buddy S company a bit chatting him up in the kitchen. Sunday was put clothes away day and clean up and get the wreath stuff out from last year and a table set up in the front room to work on.
I'm not going to Cuba. decided to put traveling on hold till I get some things worked out. goals and such.  I am setting goals and putting ideas into action. I am pursuing enrolling in a night class next Spring for digital video editing ( profs can take class for free at my college). I am also thinking of saving up and getting a camera Canon SL2 is my decision so far. I like the idea of it taking photos and video. (Thus the no travelling for now and why I don't want to cough up $600 for 6 months to crossfit just now either.) I want to learn to edit my own videos and prepare content for online, basically all my summer time in the yard, I could share with the garden club. also I want to edit some videos for class etc blah blah. we'll see where it goes.  I am also going to take a floral design class at a college in okc. have always wanted to and want to move forth and just do it!
I have plans in February to go to Kansas City for a garden club winter meeting, and the following weekend I'm going to be in Wichita Falls for a Men's conference that is church related.  next semester going to be BUSY whew! however!! I plan to be teaching only 5 classes (15 hours) and not the 23 I am working this semester. Yes, less money but more time for living. please! :)
This week is going well, I've been doing morning swims, stayed late at work til 6pm to get things done for some classes and made it by the post office to drop a package in the mailbox.. and then today I followed through with leaving work a bit early so i could go by Precure off of Council rd to get some winter Kale they had smaller (affordable 1.19) and violas ( the smaller pansies that grow better/last longer). I'll plant them around the yard saturday. I also had time to go by Target before Crossfit and get my sister some $3 wooden chargers they had for holiday table settings.
this weekend I"ll be working on four classes of papers coming in to grade, the biggest paper of the semester, woot woot. but grading goes pretty smooth , as I tell me students, by now they make it very clear by the effort they put into their paper what grade they are happy with getting in my class. ;)
I also will be getting Christmas decor down from attic (YIKES) because I want to have 4 Christmas wreaths ready to bring to AR while I'm there over Thanksgiving break.  I gave all my siblings and parents one last year, so this year I'm making them for my friend T , the married couple i always stay with, my best bud J and his family, AND also the family that T and I stayed with in CO last May, they are coming to AR this year so I'll also make one for them to take back.  yes, holidays are coming!! how wonderful, can't wait for break! :P  cheers all have a good week, thanks for checking back to this long time going blog.