Thursday, April 30, 2009
1. Vacation!!!! How could I not say this? I love traveling, I love time off work, and when they combine, they form a harmonious, divine convergence.
2. No checked luggage. I have my quart-sized, ziptop bag of liquids and as little as I think I'll need. Overpacking is only fun once the stuff's in the hotel. Lugging crap through the airport -- and waiting for it to rotate on those delightful conveyer belts upon arrival -- is cazzato.
3. Sunshine. We've been dark and rainy around here lately, so I expect to be enjoying one of the 300 days of sunshine Santa Fe has every year. My migrained head needs the break.
That's my three for "today." I wish you were all on vacation, too! I hope your weekend is lovely wherever you are. I'll check in again Monday.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
I'd want a desk like this:
Shelves like these for my books and magazines:
(Photo courtesy of Laurie :: Liquid Paper.)
And heck, since I'm dreaming here, maybe even one of these, too:
Thursday, April 23, 2009
1. Spring! I know a lot of people aren't so into the 90-degrees-in-April thing, but it certainly beats the snow-on-the-ground-in-April bidness we experienced earlier this month. Plus, I'll admit to being one of those sick people who enjoys a little bit of sweltering. I live right on the River Parks trails, too, so warmer weather means I can take long, lovely walks outside.
2. Honey vanilla white tea chai from Celestial Seasonings. This stuff tastes like spicy, delicious heaven but has no calories. Woo hoo! Plus, Celestial Seasonings is relatively inexpensive but still ethically traded, which is a necessity for me.
3. Cloth pads, but I know you don't want to read about those. :)
All in all, everything is shaping up to be a great Thursday. I hope the same is true for all of you!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
There are probably lots of Earth Day events going on in the area, but I do know for sure that the University of Tulsa Conscious Consumer Marketplace is taking place this evening from 5 to 8 p.m. at the McFarlin Library. I decided not to participate, but one or two members of the Tulsa Craft Mafia (as well as many other awesome folks, I'm sure) will be there. If you're looking for an economy-stimulating and wallet-lightening way to spend a couple of hours, head over to the TU campus.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Things have mostly calmed down in my corner now. My grandmother went home on Saturday and says she's feeling better. She reassured me that she went first off to get her hair done. :)
I took advantage of a stress-free and planless weekend by hitting the Cherry Street Farmers' Market on Saturday, where I bought spinach from Bootstrap Farm, handmade soap, and snapdragons. I intended to do marigolds as my sole flower in the container garden, but I couldn't turn down snapdragons, which instantly evoke images of childhood for me. On Sunday, we went out to Southwood Landscape & Nursery to get supplies to finish putting in my container garden. We got three pots, Southwood's own soil mixture, a tiny strawberry plant, a small tomato trellis, and three kinds of seeds. Before and after The Amazing Race, I finished. Check it out:
Here's the whole garden! It's little but mighty.
The first pot contains a nice sturdy patio tomato plant. The little pouf of leaves in front is what will hopefully grow to be a strong, fruitful everbearing strawberry plant. In the "empty" spaces on the left and right are a few leaf lettuce seeds.
In the second pot, we have gorgeous, hot-pink snapdragons in the foreground. Behind them is a young grape tomato plant and its pretty trellis.
In the last pot is flat-leaf parsley and Genovese basil (like I could resist the Italian name!). In the blank foreground shall grow delicious radishes and little Italian carrots from seeds.
Ta-da! These photos were taken around 8:20 this morning, so the sun hadn't yet reached its full shine. My south-facing patio should get plenty of sunlight to make these little guys grow!
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
1. I'm thankful for having a job, deadlines and all. Lots of people cannot say the same. This week is crazy, but I'll take it -- and my decent paycheck -- over unemployment any day.
2. I'm thankful for my boyfriend. It sounds cheesy, but he's always such a great support for me. He'll even skip a new episode of Lost to spend the evening visiting my grandmother in the hospital! ;)
3. I'm thankful for knowing the difference between wanting to get in shape and needing to lose weight. I may be frustrated with myself with regard to exercise, but I'm not under the delusion that I'm hideous or disgusting. I've been around enough girls with eating disorders -- and had my own eating troubles in the past -- to know that's an important distinction.
So that's my three for today. What are you thankful for?
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
I wanted to do a small update on my grandmother because I said I would. They still aren't sure what's wrong, but they think it's something electrical in the heart. Apparently, this is good news since there are no blockages or growths. She'll likely be stuck in the hospital until the end of the week. Grey and I are going up there tonight to check on her some more, and if she's released Friday or Saturday, I may spend some time with her at her home in Muskogee over the weekend.
It was really strange to see her in the hospital with her hair deflated, her body covered in tubes and monitors, and looking smaller than I'd ever thought before. She's in great spirits, though, and is every bit the firecracker she ever was. I promised the story behind why I call her Meemaw, so I shall now deliver. I was the first grandchild born on my dad's side of the family, so my parents asked what she wanted to be called. She chose Meemaw, I guess because it was different. I remained the only kid until my cousin Nathan was born four years later. He called her Grandma, as has every other child born into the family -- five, including him. The only other kiddos who don't call her Grandma are my twin cousins who are related to us by marriage. They just call her Margaret. There are few things sillier than hearing a grown woman talking about her Meemaw, especially when her 10-year-old sister and 13-year-old brother use the name Grandma. I guess I've always been the odd one out. :)
Monday, April 13, 2009
So instead of eating copious amounts of chocolate and replanting my herbs and veggies, I was worried yesterday for obvious reasons. She's the greatest lady, and Easter is probably her favorite holiday after Christmas. Though I don't subscribe to the same religious beliefs as her, I used to visit her every year on Easter weekend. I was feeling guilty for not going this year, and then this happened. I know the two are unrelated, but it is a bit jarring.
Anyway, I hope everyone else had a wonderful weekend, and I'll update soon with Meemaw news (including the funny story behind why I call her that) and crafty/garden goodness!
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
"Tulsa—We must inform you that as of Monday, April 6th, The Collective is closing indefinitely. We have been struggling against the downturn in the economy for a few months now. With expenses escalating, and an extremely high rent payment, we were unable to continue serving you. After extended negotiations with our Landlord in an attempt to purchase the building, we could not come to an amenable agreement that benefited both parties. We hope you enjoyed your patronage here, and we hope that we were able to bring some comfort and happiness into your lives. We will continue to try to serve Tulsa in the capacities that we can in the future. Comments and concerns can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. As always we will try to respond promptly and honestly.It is important to say that our closing is not due to a lack of support from this community. Word of mouth, news outlets and return customers helped us to be more successful than most businesses starting out. We thank you for your continued patronage. Everyone would like to think that they made a positive change on their environment. We would like to think that The Collective created a community atmosphere and arts-based business that hadn’t previously existed in this location. Thank you for making this possible for us, and thank you for the opportunity to serve you. We are deeply saddened by this turn of events, and if nothing else, please continue to support locally owned, Tulsa friendly businesses for they are the lifeblood of our community.
The Collective Team"
For fellow mourners in need of a lunch or caffeine fix, I recommend Coffee House on Cherry Street (friendly staff, excellent food and drink, my favorite) or Shades of Brown (tasty coffee, local art for sale, the location of Grey and my first date). The vibes are different, but they are both great, locally owned establishments in the area.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Rylyn Diana, 5 lbs 1 oz, 19 inches.
Beautiful thumbsucker, through the glass to the nursery.
Look at her little peeky eyes! She's has full lips like mommy and daddy.
Proud Daddy. :)
Me with the sweetie pie.
I didn't get any of momma because she was still groggy and underslept, so I didn't want to shove a camera in her face. I'll get one soon. Rylyn looks so much like her. We all bet she'll darken up some soon and that her hair will get a little curlier. I know for sure she's gonna grow up to be beautiful!
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