Monday, March 31, 2008

All Clear

Last night there was a line of storms that moved through the metro area. It wasn't close to us, but it was too close for comfort to my friend Stephanie. We were actually at the Ford Center downtown watching the women's NCAA Sweet Sixteen. And the TV we had access to was showing the weather but it was all way west of us.

So when we drove home, we could tell it was looking bad. You also kind of feel it in the air. But when we got home, things seemed fine. Our radar was clear. We went to bed about midnight and things were fine.

The real bad stuff is supposed to be here Wednesday and Thursday. It's just that time of year. I need to get used to it and realize that most of the television I watch on network television will be pre-empted. That's fine, I guess. At least it's keeping some people safe. SIGH... so I guess it's worth it.

Friday, March 28, 2008

um.....yeah....i don't know...

At some point since my last post (or maybe before it, I'm not really sure when), I had a whole list of post topics in my head. Some of it was quite hilarious. I know you're riveted to your seats and clutching your keyboards so you don't fall out of your chairs. But in typical Nicole fashion, I have forgotten the list.

If I had just posted it when I thought about it, you'd be laughing right now (or a week ago depending on when I was thinking it). But I didn't. So here we sit, just looking at each other.

I do know one of the posts was a monologue on the paper clip. Somehow it was funnier in my head. Isn't that always the case?

So I guess I'll go clean the kitchen. Maybe something funny will happen in there. Well, that is, other than the typical Revenge of the ToGo Box that happens on a regular basis. You think we'd actually eat something we bother to package up and take with us from a restaurant. But not so much....it usually just tries to become a cure for some communicable disease in the back of our refrigerator.

At least it's Friday.....I don't have to concentrate too hard on anything from here on out. At least until Monday....

Monday, March 24, 2008

Crawfish a-boilin', a-boilin', a-boilin'

Here are a few of our pictures from our crawfish boil on Friday. Y'all have no idea how much we enjoyed this! It's funny to explain when you know you miss something but you don't have any idea just how much until you experience it again.


Growing up in Louisiana, we just always took crawfish in the spring for granted. I promise I will no longer do that! We haven't been home during the spring since we left and crawfish just aren't in season during the fall and winter. If you can lean in and smell the screen, don't inhale too much. The seasoning is good but it's spicy!

Welcome, little man!

My friends Annette and Jason welcomed their first child last Tuesday, March 18th, around 5:30 pm. Ryan Jospeh weighed in at 7 lbs 10 oz and almost 21 inches long. Mom and baby are doing great! Congratulations!!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter!

Dad's been here this weekend and I have some fun pictures to post from Friday. We boiled crawfish and introduced them to some of our Oklahoma friends.

I just wanted to jump online and wish everyone a Happy Easter!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Monday, March 17, 2008

I hope I'm wrong

Tonight we have new shows on network prime time television. I think it's the first time in 4 months. But guess what we also have....

Yep, that's right - severe weather! And since every weather guy in the state is keyed up like a kid on Christmas morning who's been eating nothing but candy, I've made a bet with T.

I am willing to bet that his favorite show (Two and Half Men) is going to be pre-empted by weather coverage. Let's just say - I hope I'm wrong.... because there's nothing I love more than 3 hours of coverage telling me that it's raining and the wind is blowing.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Karma

It is what it is. That's what I've been telling Claudia all week long. Kind of stupid, I know. But when there is nothing left to say about something OR if it's happened and now you have to move on, I'd say, "it is what it is."

Well, we can definitely say that about last night. Either that or it was Karma kicking me in the butt.

Shelly and I went out for drinks after work. Turns out both work places thought it would be good to let us go early, so we got started at 4:00. We went to a new place to us downtown, RedPin. It's a bar with a bowling alley in it. Quite fun! It was very modern, with a reclycled glass bar top and loads of other fun features. It's located right in the middle of everything downtown on the Bricktown Canal.

As we were leaving, Shelly decided that the red back lit wall section in between the two doors was the door and was pushing with all of her might to get out. I started laughing so hard that I stumbled out of the actual doors. We are on the lower level by the canal and my laugh is so loud that it echos and everyone turns to look at us. I couldn't help it. I couldn't stop laughing.

So where's the karma part? Yeah, I'm getting to that.

We walked to the car with me still laughing and then choking because I was laughing so hard. At that point, it had taken on a life of it's own and I couldn't stop laughing. Since it was after 9pm and we'd been there since 4, we knew what we needed - IHOP! There is an ihop downtown, so we headed over there.

As we were walking inside, Shelly pointed out a couple making out in a truck that we had just walked in front of. I guess it's like a car accident, you can't help but look. So I turned around and was no longer watching where I was walking. And that's when it happened.

Karma happened. I tripped over a large 3" gaping raised section of sidewalk. There was no graceful fall. There was no stumble then catching myself. I went down. I fell hard and fast. It was like a cartoon. I fell out of my shoes. There was blood. And I almost ripped my relatively new blue jeans.

Shelly laughed but was more concerned that I was ok. I'm ok, just learn from my lesson. Don't piss off karma on a Friday night. Apparently her justice is swift and painful.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Helpless

I hate feeling helpless. But that's exactly how I feel right now. A dear friend is going through a tremendous loss, and I don't know how to help her. I can't know exactly how she's feeling, but I can hurt with her. I can grieve with her. I can cry with her.

Our family cooks when we don't know what to do. And of course, that's what I'm doing. But sometimes that seems like not nearly enough. I could never do enough. So if you pray or meditate or just hold things close to your heart, please do that for my friend and her family.

Thank you...

Friday, March 7, 2008

Thank goodness it's Friday!

I'm not sure why I look forward to Fridays so much. I no longer dislike my job. I guess it's my desire to sleep late! No real big weekend plans for us. Same ol', same ol' - laundry and cleaning.

Did I mention that my wonderful husband installed my garbage disposal on Monday? Well, he did. And you can't even hear when it's on! I'm so excited. We were just trying to find stuff to put down the disposal on Monday. We settled on ice and you never even heard it.

Anyway, that's about it. I didn't mention the retirement of Brett Farve earlier in the week because I know Leslie did. And while I was/am a fan, I'm not sure if I am to the extent that Leslie is. But I did love to watch him play the game. He will certainly be missed.

Ok, just wanted to update and say there's nothing to update. Maybe I'll use this weekend to finish putting the sleeves on Leslie's Christmas sweater. The sleeves are knitting more slowly than the rest of the sweater. Oh well.... Have a good weekend!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Commute Vistas

I work 500 yards north of the state capitol. It's in an area that is bordering on not the best neighborhoods. In fact, I have to drive through those neighborhoods to get home. Well, I don't HAVE to, but it is the quickest way home.

And although this job is not very far from my old job, I've changed my commute a little. It's taken me a little while to find the perfect way home because I'm not using the interstate. I have realized that I work right around the corner from an organic chicken farmer.

I know you're now scratching your head. An organic chicken farmer 500 yards from the state capitol? Well, let's just say I'm using that term loosely.

It's a ramshackle house that has chicken roaming free all over the front yard and along the busy street. I almost wrecked the car the first day I saw it. But that is the definition of "free range chickens." I wonder if that guy knows he can sell his eggs to Whole Foods for a crap load of money. HA!

While that's good, I might be able to top it. Apparently, there is someplace east of here that employees a peacock. No, I haven't lost my mind. Everyday when I drive home, there is a peacock walking down the same stretch of street when I get there in the opposite direction of me. His feathers are tucked under and his head is down, just plodding along.

It has to be a commute for him, because I know I've felt the same way some days - feathers tucked, head down, just driving along....

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Be prepared to be jealous!


For those of you who don't know, this picture is of Michael Buble'. He was in concert last night in Oklahoma City. This picture was taken from the EIGHTH ROW! I'm glad I grabbed my camera at the last minute. I didn't actually know where our seats were prior to arriving to the Ford Center. We went with T's work people and I was just along for the ride.

I was happy to go but I don't know that I was a HUGE fan. I like his stuff, but only know what's on the radio. Well, let's just say that he gained two new fans - T included. That is one of the best concerts I've ever seen. I don't know how it played to the people hanging from the rafters, but I was completely blown away. He is a true entertainer.

I went expecting something similar to a Harry Connick, Jr. concert (which I've seen IN NEW ORLEANS) and he doesn't hold a candle to Michael Buble'. Harry Connick was a jam session with his band and we just happened to be there. He sat behind his piano most of the time and that's about it.

Michael on the other hand was up and down and dancing and jigging around. He was so fun and entertaining. His stage was on an angle so that he can slide from the top, where the drums and top of the horn section was, to the front of the stage where his mic and stool were.

And he finished the show with pure gratitude and humility. He sang the final chorus of the final song, not only with no music (a capella) but with NO MICROPHONE. IT WAS UNBELIEVABLE!

When I get some more pictures posted online, I will make sure that I let everyone know.

Thanks to T's work people who invited us. I had an amazing time!
UPDATE: Click here to enjoy the best of my pictures from last night. Can you tell I've been hard at work today?

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Get a grip, people!

So I've gotten out of the blog habit. I know... I know.... I hang my head in shame. I can't really blame the new job because it's not really new anymore. I guess it's just laziness. The problem is that if I had a lot of stuff going on, I'd have lots of writing material.

The only thing really going on is life. It's not real exciting, but we find comfort in it. Last weekend T had friends come into town and we had a nice time. Nothing super special, we just hung out and had a good time. If I had really been on top of my game, I would have taken some pictures. But well, I was so occupied with cleaning the house.

[pause for TV weather alert]

Ok, let me just say that I HATE THESE PSYCHO WEATHER BASTARDS around here. It's raining. That's it. IT'S RAINING. And they have pre-empted the end of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to tell me "breaking news: there is no need to be worried"

OH. MY. FREAKING. WORD. Seriously? If I hear the freight train sound, I'll bunker down. But until then - QUIT INTERRUPTING TV TO TELL ME NOTHING IS WRONG!

See, now I've completely lost my train of thought and am frustrated. It's not bad enough that they take up one third of the tv screen with a map of the state to show me it's raining in the panhandle. Nope - let's just take off actual programming all together. We can have 4 local weather channels. What a great idea!

I'm going to do laundry.... That's how disgusted I am!