May 21, 2013

Finding the Sunshine in the Rain

I've always said that I absolutely love tornado season because it produces some really incredible weather.  This statement is, of course, always followed with the caveat that I HATE the destruction that comes with it. Watching the news coverage and hearing the stories from the victims of the tornadoes that terrorized Oklahoma these past few days has just completely broken my heart.  The tears come without warning.  

These families.  These animals.  These communities.  I cannot begin to fathom what these people are going through.  It's easy for us on the outside to say "Well, it's awful what happened, but we're strong and we'll rebuild."  Our homes and photos and families and sense of normalcy weren't ripped out from underneath us.  "Awful" doesn't even begin to describe it.  It's a complete effing nightmare.  The beautiful thing about this life we all live, is that there's always a little sunshine in the rain.  

I think I've discussed this with you in another post, but one of my biggest passions in life is helping others and giving back to my community.  That being said, it is INCREDIBLY humbling to be a resident of this wonderful state of Oklahoma.  I wish that I could show you all how quickly and fervently and AWESOMELY the people on my social media feeds have lept into action.  Their generosity, creativity, and eagerness is inspiring.  It's an honor to call these people my friends, acquaintances  Tweeps, etc.  

Moving forward, I encourage each and every one of you to donate your time, money, resources, equipment, prayers, and whatever else you can spare.  The road ahead is long and rough for these people --- do what you're able to make it a little easier.  

April 1, 2013

30 Before 30: Doin' Werk

Good news!  Today marks Day 1 of  a few of my 30 Before 30 list items:  

#9:  Do 50 Push-Ups... At One Time
1.  Why?  I have ZERO upper body strength.  I have to concentrate really hard to even flex my left bicep.  Did you just get embarrassed for me?  It's cool.  In case you're wondering, I tested my skills on Saturday night.  I finished 1.5 push-ups.  My mom did 8.  I suck.

2.  How?  Several people have told me it's gonna be tough.  I get that, but I have a plan!  My theory is that there 52 weeks in a year so if I start now and add 1 push-up a week, I'll be Muscles McGee by May 8, 2014.

Hopefully it'll help me develop a little more core strength too.  I'll be damned if I can't manage a headstand at Christmas next year...

#13:  Read 10 Books - Half of Which Must Be Classics
1.  You can read?  I can, in fact, read.  Probably even faster than you.  Wanna race?

2.  What am I reading?  "Here I Go Again..." by Jen Lancaster.  Clearly it's not one of the classics, but she's a pretty hilarious author.  

3.  Has Ms. Lancaster written anything else?  Duh.  A couple of my favorites:  Bitter is the New Black; Bright Lights, Big Ass; and Such A Pretty Fat.  Check her out!

#27:  Give Up Drinking Pop For a Whole Year.  
1.  My weakness?  Pepsi.  

2.  Why is this so important to me?  In high school, I gave up pop for the 40 days of Lent and ended up not drinking it for 2 years.  Then I started drinking rum & cokes.  Lots and lots of rum & cokes.  Then I'd get up and have a Pepsi to help calm my hangover.  It's time to get healthy and ditch the sodas again.  A small step toward lookin GOOOOD when I round the corner to 30.  Boom!

3.  What am I going to miss the most?  Obvi Pepsi is high on that list, but I'm also going to miss Cherry Limeades from Sonic.  Summertime isn't quite the same without 'em!

February 19, 2013

Thank You, Mr. President(s)

Unless you are currently living under a rock, you probably know that Monday was President's Day.  This means that the stock markets were closed and I got pretty much the PERFECT end to my long weekend of moving.  You have no idea how much I needed to not go back to work right away.  First up:  I'm so incredibly thankful that my parents are still willing to help me move after all these years!  That being said, if I don't stay at this apartment for at least 2 years, I'm probably going to be disowned soon. 

Fireplace & Puppy Corner

View from my couch

My lovely little kitchen and bathroom
This little place is cute as a button and I'm so excited to be living so much closer to Downtown, Midtown, and the Plaza District!  Seriously - I'm just a hop, skip, and a jump from all the good stuff!    

So what did I do to recover from the crazy weekend?  SLEPT IN!  It's been so long since I got to stay in bed until I felt like getting out of it... so obviously I had to take full advantage.  After moseying out of bed, I FINALLY got to try out Kitchen #324.  For months now, I have drooled over photos and Twitter posts showcasing their dishes without having a chance to sample them myself.  Since we were both off work, the manfriend (first mentioned here) suggested we try it out.  Uhhhh.... DELICIOUS.  Do yourself a favor and eat there often.  

While we were downtown, we decided to head down to the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum.  I had never gone and walked around the Memorial and neither of us had ever been to the museum.  I assumed we'd be in and out of the museum in 30 minutes or so.  Wrong.  If you've never been, remedy that.  The museum starts out on the morning of April 19, 1995 and takes you through the entire, tragic day and the days following.  A somber visit for sure, but totally worth it.  

So my dear, past Presidents - thank you for being awesome enough to get me a day off work and an extra day to explore this beautiful place they call Oklahoma City.  

February 14, 2013

To Valentine Or Not To Valentine

Let's discuss Valentine's Day for a second.  I'm all for people being in love and loving the people in their lives, don't get me wrong.  What I don't enjoy is the commercialness of this particular holiday. You mean to tell me that if I don't buy a card or a gift or some generic, overpriced flowers, then I don't REALLY care?  Shenanigans.

This is how we used to celebrate VD back in the day.  Old pub crawl shirts and copious amounts of booze.
That being said, my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are BLOWING UP with photos and celebratory activities so clearly you all like that sort of thing.  So my gift to you all?  Several people have suggested lately that I start going on some blind dates so that I will have plenty of blogs to write.  While I think it's a great idea, the guy I've been seeing the past couple months said he'd prefer I not do it.  Whaaa?!?!  You read right, folks.  In the event that you're feeling incredibly let down by the lost potential for bad date stories, he has offered to take me on awful dates in order to amuse you all.  Sweet, right?!

For now, that's all the juicy gossip you're going to get. If he happens to make it a little longer, I'll try to be nice to the creeper in all if us and share more.

Until then, Happy Valentine's Day, kiddos!

February 10, 2013

More Excuses with Sassafrass

Remember me?!?!  I'm the girl that fed you lies about how I was going to start blogging all the time once my life slowed down?  Also the same girl who hasn't blogged in a month?  I swear that one of these days I'll pull my shit together.

I spent 2 of my January Saturdays in Wichita.  First was a baby shower for Baby McGuire with a little extra time spent with the girls while I was there.  I just don't ever get to spend enough time with them.  If I could figure out how to change that, I would do it in a heartbeat.  The second trip was just as fun, but slightly more exhausting.  I don't know if you've been to a 5 year old's birthday party recently, but those kiddos be cray.  I was practically praying for a nap before heading back to OKC.

What else is new?  I'm moving next weekend!  This will be the 15th time I have submitted a Change of Address form to the United States Post Office since 2002.  I should have bought stock in cardboard and packing tape years ago.   The good news is that my family and I are professionals by now.  We can have the trailer loaded and unloaded in an hour.  Wham. Bam. Thank you, ma'am.  The good news is that the new place comes with an extra bedroom and completely remodeled kitchen and bathroom.  A few MUCH NEEDED improvements from my current living situation, fo sho.  Remember that whole "flooded apartment" incident from December?  Nightmare.

Mother's Day Tea 2012
I'm going to save the details for another post, but Katie came down from Kansas this weekend to visit. You may remember her from a guest post she did here on Sass back in March.  (Re-read it here.)  To tide you over for a bit until that post is up and running, my friend Marek has a fabulous blog where she posted about our Friday night shenanigans.  If you're smart (and I know you are) you'll check it out!