June 29, 2017

Yesterday had to be the longest day ever. Marci and I met at the office early to print documents for a presentation in Norman. We made a few last minute changes before printing the information. We then drove down to Norman for back to back meetings. After the meetings, we stopped for lunch at Kamp's instead of doing the block party with everyone else. Hilaire said there were only two food trucks. BBQ and some other boring food truck did not interest me. I love Kamp's half BLT sandwich and chicken noodle soup combo. It's the perfect portion and both items are made fresh. You can certainly taste the freshness. We made it back to the office and I had a couple more meetings. I felt like all I did was talk and did not do any work yesterday. Since the new snack box came on board, the team and I have been congregating around the snack box on a daily basis to comment on the "healthy, organic" snacks. A lot of complaints are coming from the team but I like most of the stuff. The only ones I don't like are the Turkey jerky sticks and the chickpea puffs. Also, why do they flavor everything with maple? Is maple the new kale? It's funny hearing everyone complain about the snacks. We feel so privileged and very ungrateful! I got home and put a load of laundry in the washer. I cleaned up the house and didn't get to vacuum before Tess came over. A big tree trunk fell on the ground in our backyard. Luckily, the tree didn't damage the house or any of the cars... praise be. Speaking of which, I need to finish The Handmaid's Tale. I have a feeling the book will be a lot better than the Hulu show. We met up for dinner at La Brasa where they had a half chicken and wine special. Definitely a great call, Sarah! Colin fell asleep in Tess's arms. He's just too precious. Sharon let us borrow her chainsaw so we can chop down the big tree trunk into pieces. We got back to the house after dinner and continued watching "The Keepers". The murder mystery documentary is crazy good and gets you hooked with every episode. So no slip and slide is on the itinerary for the 4th of July...I'll leave my swimming trunks at home.

June 27, 2017

June 22, 2017

We need to talk about The Handmaid's Tale finale. It is the best episode to date. The show is certainly not over. The finale ended with a cliffhanger. Is she starting a new life or is she doomed? I doubt she is going to die. We do not want her to die. What's the point of killing off all of the handmaids when those poor wives need babies. The most moving scene for me was when Moira is reunited with your girl's husband. She did not expect any family in Canada and here she is with her friend's husband. It was very moving! I added colorful commentary as I watched the episode. I finally got to see her brown pants as she got into the black van. I did not notice the brown pants until this very scene. Jacqueline and I saw the brown pants at the art exhibit and asked the girl what the pants are about. The girl said they have always worn pants beneath the red dress. We just never noticed it. It's another way of keeping the women covered from head to toe. I started reading the book last night. It is super eerie...more so than the show itself. The writer writes mostly in short phrases to emphasize her message. It's very similar to how Trump communicates verbally and in his tweets. The novel was written back in the 80s and it's crazy how the story is coming into full circle. Canada accepts all refugees no matter who you are!

June 21, 2017

This morning's meeting went well. I don't know why Marci and I worry about Bonnie. I feel like with one flick of her finger, we will get burned alive. We don't need to stress over her. She really does appreciate our work. It's just funny how we scramble things around to get deliverables to her. Yesterday night's Hotel 21c event was a lot of fun. I think I got seriously buzzed off of my second drink. I could barely hold the third cocktail. Drinking on an empty stomach is never fun. We got to play some ping pong but Paul and his teammate kept messing up. Holding a glass of red wine while playing ping pong is never a good idea. I met a couple new folks and caught up with old ones. We definitely need to plan something for Julie...she does so much for us! If Blain decides to stay in town for his bachelor party, Hotel 21c is definitely a place to consider. The rooms are super huge and the pricing is not bad at all. It's also close to a lot of the downtown bars and restaurants. Thanks to Tess I now have a Sam's Club membership. Welcome to Suburbia! I still haven't finished the many stacks of paper trays. Noah seems to like those paper trays. You can pretty much use them with any food. I need to test out the new contraption I picked up in New York. I come back with rare candy and gadgets that you cannot find anywhere else. Let's not forget a butt load of clothes I picked up as well. Clothing is tax free if it is under $100. Such a great deal considering it can get expensive living in New York. This weekend, we are off to Grand Lake for the Bullard family reunion. I am number 00 according to the Bullard clan. When you're not official, they don't count you. You are undocumented in their eyes.

June 20, 2017

I finally have a moment to myself to reflect. I remember a time when I sat on my yoga mat before class to reflect. It really is mind blowing to just sit there and remove yourself from what's around you. It wasn't really meditation. It was more like I need to slow down, sit here, and do nothing. I really do miss Yoga Vida. It was my true introduction into the yoga practice. I should have taken a class when I was there last week. I was too busy trying to see people and eating the snacks I craved. Oh well, there's always next time. Ali and I would meet there. Then Nicole came along. Jacqueline came and went when she felt like it. I need to find a place that emulates Yoga Vida and my favorite teacher of all time, Heather. Met Market closed down on Mulberry Street. Delicatessen's hamburger egg rolls are now double the price. There's a cereal bar across the street from the old Nolita Mart, which is no longer there. A pilates studio or some kind of female-focused work out studio is now there. I can say this because the girl standing outside the shop handed out flyers to only female pedestrians. I did, however, visited the shop and got a matcha drink. It was so good I went back the next day and got the same thing. I've only been gone for not even two years and everything has changed. It was great seeing everyone. This trip was by far better than my September trip for some reason.

June 19, 2017

Sorry, Taylor...it's been a whirlwind. I'm now back in OKC and can update you on what I've been doing. Thank you for your continued patience. Oh and I was kidding about your photos. I was just giving you a hard time. Keep those beautiful photos coming!

June 9, 2017

Congratulations Blain and Tess! #teambless lives on and on until the end of time!

June 5, 2017

June 1, 2017

John Plenty and Sharon Needles have inspired me to get nice grass. I was very impressed with Sharon's backyard lawn. She said it took a bit of work to get the lawn looking nicely. Heather and Robert stopped by with a bottle of wine and hung out with us on the porch. It was the first time we all hung out on the porch. We finally tried the Thai place right outside our neighborhood. It was super good. The only bad thing was the car grease smell that lingered as we entered the restaurant. The smell eventually went away because your nose gets use to the smell. I'm big on smells so if a restaurant has a distinct smell, I'm not a fan. The restaurant is right next to a lawn mower repair shop so it makes a lot of sense. However, the restaurant needs to do something about the odor. The food, on the other hand, was amazing! The basil stir fry was my favorite followed by the Tom Yum Soup. I think we ordered a bit too much food. I have the leftovers for lunch today. I'll definitely do take-out from them. Hard boiled eggs and watermelon for breakfast...it doesn't get any better than that.