Thursday, May 27, 2010
-post a birthday gift idea
Wouldn't these be a perfect treat to end a long day on the lake?
Recipe Item #2: Apple Pie Granita
Recipe & Photo Courtesy of Joy The Baker
These make my heart very happy. If I do nothing else this weekend, I will try these. Maybe even add a splash of something alcoholic...
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
The W Hotel, Dallas. This is the pool up on the 17th floor. Uh-mazing, huh?! Great views of the city. (No, I did not swim.)
Me, in a chair. At the W hotel bar.
Bryan, in the same chair. At the W hotel Bar.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Lately, it seems like it's been a daily occurrence. Mother Nature has it out for the Sooner State!
In the four years I've lived in Tulsa, I've only had to "build" a tornado shelter twice. Last night was one of those nights. Two storm systems were colliding... there was circulation... and the sirens were going off.
And, my TV was randomly switching to a mysterious baseball game... and switching back.
Apparently, it was a glitch in the National Weather Service's broadcasting... but, it really sent my hysteria over the edge.
So, lets review the proper steps to take in a severe weather situation.
1) Turn on the TV and assess the situation. Note: If there is a lot of red, that's usually bad.
To all of my KTUL friends, please don't judge me for this picture. I honestly picked the station showing the scariest radar for this photo.
2) "Build" your shelter. Note: Do NOT put draino in your bathtub on a night where there is even a slight risk of severe weather. Lay down a few blankets, dig out your trusty flashlight, and make sure your pet has a "safe place."
Even if your pet would rather be in a tornado than ever set foot in his dreaded safe place.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Always one to be a follower (ahem) I decided to participate. But I'm putting a new spin on this whole "Wordless Wednesday" business.
I call it, "Share iPhone Photos and Give A Small Caption Wednesday."
Something that catchy is going to spread like wildfire in the blogging community.
We'll start with this magnificent creature. I met him at a ranch auction a few weeks ago.
Moments after this picture was taken, I was nearly trampled to death. But that's another story for another day.
Next, this. Hello, lover. Not that I would ever need anything even remotely this big. But, it does detract nicely from my "spider fingers."
I'm double-jointed, ok?
Moving on... to this. A still portrait. A family. Four children, two parents. I did not take this on my iphone.
...but, I did take this. The similarities between the two photos are striking.
Help me spread the word about "Share iPhone Photos and Give A Small Caption Wednesday"!
Making a difference in the blogosphere,
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Here we are, the night she got engaged last summer. I am SO honored to be her maid of honor!
Monday, May 17, 2010
This spa is set up perfectly for parties. They have an upstairs area- complete with a bar!- where you can set everything up. We put all of the food up on the counters...
My girls! (Minus Natalie, who got married last weekend.) We've known each other for over a decade. We went to school dances together, on trips together, had more sleepovers than I can count. We stayed friends through the drama of high school, the separation of college... and now, two are married and one has a baby on the way.
Friday, May 14, 2010
Tulsa was pounded by an EF-2 tornado a few nights ago. Rain poured; lightning struck; wind howled; tornado sirens wailed.
Next up... groupons! My mom signed me up for it, and it's just awesome. So far I've received a groupon for Salsa dancing lessons and one to a local pub & grill. Sign up for groupons in your area here!
And, finally- this is my cute pregnant friend, Jes! I feel okay posting this picture, because she posted it on her facebook page. She lives in Germany, but is here in the states for a few weeks. Her spa pedicure baby shower (read about it here) is this weekend.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Here we are, all dressed up at the reception!
Most of the fab five! Lauren, Natalie & Hilary...
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
But what if we all could come together for one single cause? And what if that one cause was something we were all truly passionate about, and believed in? What if that cause was encouraging humankind of treat our planet kindly, to have an appreciation for each and every species on this Earth?
It may seem like such an overwhelming task. We often wonder, what can I, one person, do to help our planet?
There are any number of things you can do to treat the planet well. According to articles at www.iaasp.com, it can be as simple as composting your waste or turning off the lights in your home.
But ensuring our future requires more than just treating our planet well.
Over the course of months, years, decades-even centuries, we've seen people come together for a single cause. From the volunteer who handed out bottled water in the aftermath of the earthquake in Chile to the firefighter who ran back into the collapsing rubble of the World Trade Towers... these efforts, big and small, make a difference.
Each individual effort multiplies until we have an unlikely army of people fighting for a cause, fighting for the right to live on this one planet.
And what about some of our planet's most under-represented inhabitants?
According to www.safari.co.uk/Rwanda/plight-of-the-mountain-gorilla, a recent census found there to be approximately 700 mountain gorillas left in the world. The biggest threat to the mountain gorilla comes in the form of habitat loss- a plight animal and human can understand.
This year's annual World Environment Day celebration, set to take place in Rwanda on June 5th, aims to bring light to this situation. The theme says it all- "Many Species. One Planet. One Future."
The legacy of this year's events will benefit gorillas in Rwanda- a species that is in dire need of our support and unity. If you're wondering what you, one person, can do to help- go to www.unep.org/wed/2010/english/. With just the simple click of your mouse, you can take a stand for the gorillas.
America's 35th U.S. President, J.F. Kennedy, said "The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were."
Don't limit yourself with obvious realities. Make a leap, take a stand and dream you can do things you never thought possible. One person can make a difference- whether it's helping save a species in need, coming to the aid of your fellow neighbor, or simply having a greater appreciation for this one planet we have to call home.
Monday, May 3, 2010
Simple pleasure #2: Coffee dates. I have one tonight, and I plan on sipping a grande skinny vanilla latte. Or maybe an iced skinny vanilla latte. Either way... I can't wait!
Sunday, May 2, 2010
I'd start by sending out these adorable eco-friendly invitations from Botanical Paperworks. How cute are these invites? The best part- they're plantable! You can literally bury these in a pot of soil... and watch 'em grow. The party never ends!