Apr 18, 2011
A weekend recap!
The husband and I are currently re-watching Lost through Netflix. We started watching it during our time in Thailand and completely fell in love with the show, especially the characters. One night we decided that we needed a new show to start watching, so we walked down to Night Bazaar, surveyed the available options and after narrowing it down between Grey’s Anatomy and Lost (neither of which we knew anything about), we decided on Lost. After which, we proceeded to watch every single season within about a month long period (could be slightly exaggerated). I think the show was technically in season five or so when we discovered it. We totally fell in love with it, and of course continued watching it once we moved back to the States. Anyway, it’s such a complex show that we recently decided to re-watch every episode, which has proven to be almost as exciting as the first round. We’re noticing and catching things that we never noticed before, and the story has become even more amazing. If you’re a Lost fan, you know what I mean.
So Friday night we had a Lost marathon and ate some pizza in bed. Yes, in bed. Our bed is essentially our new living room because my mom and step-dad don’t watch Lost. We spend a lot of time on our bed these days, which also really reminds me of Thailand because when we lived there our bedroom was the only room that was air-conditioned. Tropical country + no a/c = no further explanation needed.
After relaxing in bed (told you) for awhile Saturday morning, we headed to the city to get some house progress done! Most recently we got our a/c ducts and furnace installed as well as wiring throughout the whole house. With all the progress that’s happening, we’re realizing more than ever that we need to get on the ball with making decisions about the inside. We met with our design person in the early afternoon, and finally decided on our flooring – it feels so good to have one decision finally made! Our entryway, kitchen, living, dining and bathrooms will all be stained concrete, and our bedrooms with be a dark brown wood. I love the idea of juxtaposing the two materials, and I think it will add to the eclectic feel – which makes me happy!
Anyway, after house errands, we met with our accountant – finally finishing up taxes – and then decided to explore some more OKC restaurants, namely Iguana.
The husband had heard about this little mexican cafe, and it sounded divine. Upon pulling up to it, we knew it was going to be right up our alley. Situated at the edge of Midtown right beside the railroad tracks, it has a lively, modern atmosphere complete with indoor seating as well as a lovely outdoor patio. So so pretty. The service was fantastic – from the waiter who, upon bringing our setup, breezily stated “best chips and salsa in OKC” to the fast delivery of our meals. And the food was honestly the best mexican food I’ve had in Oklahoma, no exaggeration. There were a TON of veggie options, and everything (especially the salsa) was ultra fresh and delicious.
I ordered the veggie quesadillas, and the husband ordered a veggie burrito so we could split both. It was definitely way too much food by the end, and next time we’ll try to restrain ourselves by ordering just one dish to split…but we enjoyed every last bite, only leaving a few remnants behind.
Despite being so full, after we finished eating we walked next door to check out yet another cupcake shop – hey, it was too cute to pass up! SaraSara Cupcakes is a cupcakery we hadn’t heard of yet. The atmosphere was adorable, located in a two story old fashioned house – it surprises you when you walk in to find super modern decor.
The cupcake selection was pretty extensive, and the husband and I walked out with a red velvet and a mint chocolate in tow. To be eaten later of course…in bed. I’d say the atmosphere of this shop ranks just under Cuppies and Joe (for all you Oklahomans), but above Gigi’s and Pinkitzel. However, as far as taste GiGi’s cupcakes have still yet to be beat (in my opinion). Overall though, I’d choose Cuppies and Joe any day if I was looking for a great cupcake + great atmosphere. Love that place. No doubt we will be back to SaraSara though, and I will say I think you get more cupcake bang for your buck there!
Last stop of the night was a tiny little shop called Shop Good next door that we just barely noticed on our way back to the car. Intrigued, we ventured inside to discover a novel little place filled with vintagy and unique clothing, accessories and trinkets. What really makes it special though, is that every item in the store comes with an attached tag that indicates a specific cause to which part of the profit of that particular item goes. They currently have a partnership with “The Tapestry Project, an OKC-based nonprofit that’s working to address homelessness and poverty among marginalized women in a deteriorating neighborhood on the south side of the city.” [source] So not only did I come out with an awesome skirt and tee, but 5% of the cost went toward this awesome OKC charity. Epic. I love my city.
Sunday started out bright and early with an eventful ten mile run. We had planted frozen water bottles along our route that morning, thinking they would be partially thawed out by the time we got to them. Unfortunately, it was quite a bit chillier than past weeks, and upon hopefully arriving to each bottle we realized each time that they were still frozen solid. Finally at about mile eight, we ran up on some sprinklers working hard to quench the thirst of the yard and sneakily took full advantage of them, getting huge mouthfuls of water as it ran down our chins. I was a new woman. We rocked the last two miles and came in at about an hour and fifty minutes. The weather was absolutely perfect for running – high 50′s with a slight breeze – and now I’m keeping my fingers crossed for similar weather at our race – which is in just 2 weeks! So excited!
Unfortunately, after spending about 15 minutes looking for the long sleeved shirt I’d ditched and hidden a little too well at mile 2, we were still an hour away from church and were already clearly going to be late, so we just hit up Panera looking way too dressed up. Though completely unplanned, it was a wonderful breakfast and we spent some time dreaming about plans for the future and all the great things that are happening right now. Love those kind of moments with the husband:)
More family time ensued in the afternoon when we picked up Olive and then followed my mom, step-dad, and grandparents to our new house. They hadn’t seen it yet, and we were so excited to show them; it meant so much to us that they came up to see everything. After the house, we caravanned around OKC, cruising by some cute houses in our favorite districts and then finally ending up at Subway for some quick dinner.
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Since moving to OKC, our weekends have become so much more full. We are LOVING all that there is to do here – the neighborhoods to explore, new restaurants to try, streets to walk. We love to go, do, see – and the city lends itself to that so much more. We’ll always love our little college town, and every visit back there will be so sweet…but I think I can officially say our hearts now belong in OKC. I’m so thankful for the opportunity to make our home here, and so excited for the future. I know OK isn’t a popular city, and many people probably still think it’s red dirt and cowboys, but it truly has so much to offer, and I hope we’ll be able to offer back to it in the years to come. And besides, a little red dirt never hurt anyone anyway.
What’s your favorite thing about the city you call home?
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Apr 15, 2011
I’m so excited it’s the weekend!
I haven’t been super productive today…unless you count spending hours browsing for decor inspiration as a major accomplishment. Although I have done several loads of laundry and gotten in a really great workout, so I haven’t been all bad.
Anyway, for a little Friday fun I thought I’d share just a few things that I’ve been loving lately!
- First up, the book I just finished this week - The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom. Once it got going, I simply could not put it down. It was “one of those.” I highly recommend it!
- Simple and healthy homemade meals. I’ve always loved to eat out, but lately I’m just really craving food from home, especially some of my old staples. Today was lovely getting to be home rather than taking all my food on the go.
whole wheat bread with roasted garlic hummus, broccoli slaw and spinach
kashi, green yogurt, frozen blueberries
- Apartment Therapy. I’ve been getting tons of inspiration browsing this website for house decor ideas.
The husband and I are contemplating what flooring combination to do – stained concrete, wood, tile – so many options! I’m loving so many elements of this space right now.
- These shoes I just bought to wear on Easter. Yes, I’m 27 years old, and I’m still buying clothing items specifically for Easter. Why not? It’s a great reason to get some new staples for the beautiful spring weather! Plus I just couldn’t resist the vintage modern vibe…and they’re comfy too:)
- Dinners shared in the car with the husband while running house errands. Actually, just being in the car with the husband while running house errands. Who am I kidding?
- And last, Dove dark chocolate. Just one square (okay, two) does the trick:)
Hope you all have a lovely weekend!
What is one thing you’re really loving right now?
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Apr 14, 2011
Oh, boy….I’ve been dealing with taxes all morning – such a headache. How can it possibly be April 14th already?? Nothing like waiting until the last minute! I think we finally got it all sorted out. The husband and I like to make our taxes as complicated as possible by switching jobs, buying and selling houses, and owning our own business. Fun:)
Anyway, this morning I started off with a bowl of cereal – Shredded Wheat n Bran +Kashi, and by about 2 hours later I was starving. I have a very serious love for cereal, but it rarely keeps me full for long. Yesterday I was home in the morning for the first time in a while, and after taking a nice 4 mile run, I knew I needed something substantial for breakfast. I found some Van’s flax waffles in the fridge that we had brought over from our previous house, and I got so excited! Hadn’t had one of these in a long time, but they used to be one of my go-to breakfasts/snacks. I dressed it all up with some almond butter, sliced banana, chia seeds, and a drizzle of pure maple syrup. mmmm.
As my stomach rumbled one last time, I took a mouthwatering bite….
And it was hard as a rock. Seriously, I couldn’t even bite into it. Freezer burn I’m thinking? Guess it didn’t survive the move very well. I’m sure you can imagine my disappointment. Anyway, I just transferred the toppings + a new layer of almond butter over to an Ezekiel english muffin. Not quite the same, but it was okay. Lesson learned – check the frozen item before putting on your most expensive toppings…especially if said frozen item has been through a lot in its short life.
My morning began looking a up, however, when I decided to run through Panera to get an iced tea. I grabbed it to-go, got all settled in my car, and took off. About five minutes later, I glanced up for some unknown reason, and through my sunroof I could actually see my tea sitting on top of the car! Now tell me my little Mini isn’t a smooth ride, ha! I was just kind of amazed that it survived up there…so I took a picture of course. And by the way, our Mini is still for sale, so if anybody in the OKC area is looking for a fun little car with great gas mileage, look me up!
Anyway, newest update on our house is that we have shingles and electrical wiring – yay! Don’t worry, I won’t keep bombarding you with house talk every day. I think we’ll be waiting for inspections for awhile now, so we might not see much happen. We did have another appointment at the design center this morning, and we spent about 20 minutes picking out the door style that will go inside our house. It was ridiculous. It’s so fun picking everything out, but sometimes I feel like I would never even notice what type of doors we have on the inside, but because I have the opportunity to make the choice, I’m going to analyze it to the bitter end. And I’m still analyzing it. It happens with everything. Until suddenly it will hit me that no one (including me) really cares what the grooves look like on the doors inside our house – there are so many more important things I could spend my time thinking about. All about perspective friends:)
And now I’m off to grab some lunch and run some errands. This is probably the lamest post I’ve ever written, but I just wanted to drop in and say hi and also thank you for the sweet and encouraging comments on yesterday’s post. All the thoughtful words meant so much.
Hope you all have a great day! It’s almost Friday:)
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Apr 12, 2011
Awhile back, after being inspired by a fellow blogger, I signed up on a website to receive daily affirmation in the form of email messages. I usually would rather give my right arm than hand over my email address to anyone that wants to send me daily messages, but the encouragement I got from the one posted by my friend was just what I needed to hear that day and I thought it might be a good thing. Since then there have been several days on which the message really hit home for me, and today is another one of those.
So often we find that our individual experiences in life may not have been as beneficial to us as they were for others. Life works in such a way.
We all have our own journey to travel…an individual journey that is meant for us, but we also get to live through things that are not so much about us at all. Sometimes our trials or our blessings or our lessons are meant for the people who we surround, or who surround us. It’s important to remember that people are watching the way you handle things in your life, they are learning so much from you and your strength and your grace and your wisdom. It’s important to remember how much we can help each other along their way because of what we have learned or what we remember.
It helps make sense of things too…when we can recognize our ability to be a miracle in the life of others…in a way that we never could have had we not traveled the path that we each have traveled.
The truth is that each and every one of us has our own crosses to bear. I know that my life is so very blessed – I have my health, my marriage, a wonderful family, a home, an education, and so many other things that a lot of the world doesn’t have. I’m so thankful for it all, and I don’t take it lightly.
But I also have my own cross to bear. And somehow, in the thick of things, knowing how blessed my life is doesn’t make that cross any less heavy…it doesn’t make it hurt any less. I struggle daily with trusting that God has a purpose for this issue in my life and that it is ultimately for good, even though deep down in my heart I do believe it to be true. And I long for the day when that purpose is revealed to me.
I truly want to handle everything that comes in my life with grace, wisdom and strength, but I honestly have never thought about doing so for someone other than myself. As humans we have so much influence over each other – we impact other people in ways we never imagined we would, and I don’t want to let selfishness guide my actions and reactions to events in my life. Even if the only person I influence is my sweet husband, that is worth the world to me. A million times over, it’s worth digging deep, finding a way to respond with peace and faith in the midst of uncertainty.
And for me, it does help make sense of this seemingly purposeless thing that I’m going through – to think the purpose could be greater than myself and the way I handle it could make a difference for someone else. I’m seeing it all from a different angle, and in the moments of deepest questioning and hurt, I feel a bit more grounded by realizing that it’s not all about me.
I really needed to get these thoughts out. A times I worry about sharing some things here, but this blog is an outlet for me. It helps me process, and when I finish writing it’s like parts of me that once felt so heavy seem a bit lighter, and I see more clearly. One of the many reasons I’m so happy to have this space.
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