Friday, February 27, 2009

My Day Off

Cloudy days feed my soul. Sunny days feed my work ethic. This day was perfect: sunny in the morning and cloudy in the afternoon. I took today off because it was the last day of Josh's internal medicine rotation. So while he was taking his test in the morning, the sunshine inspired me, and I got the house sparkling clean. Josh got home in time for lunch and treated me to the Sushi Train (yes, plates of sushi are pulled around the restaurant behind a toy train). We ate plate after plate of delicious, cheap sushi. On the way home, we stopped at some used furniture store hoping to find some inexpensive furniture for our porch. We stopped at the wrong stores. Though cool stuff, everything was pretty spendy. It was fun anyway. At home we caught up on Lost and played some games. Then ended the marvelously cloudy evening outside, looking at our blooming magnolia trees, sharing a cigar and glass of wine, and talking about our Lenten journey so far. What a spectacular day!

Also spectacular: Adelaide won the puppy push up contest at her class graduation. We were pretty proud. But since the class is over, she had to say goodbye to her boyfriend, Orry. He's a St. Bernard, and the only dog she's met that is her size and lazier than she is. If we didn't separate them, they would spend the whole hour each week snuggling. It was darned adorable.

Also also spectacular: I saw a tough looking workman (gruff face, work boots, denim clad, cigarette in hand) skipping down the street the other day. Yes, skipping quite happily.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Links Are Fun!

Since I work in Financial Development at the Tulsa Red Cross, I am in charge of securing 10 silent auction items for our Red Cross Red Carpet event in May. Today I dressed up in my best suit (my only suit), pinned my Red Cross pin to my lapel, printed my informational fliers and hit the road. I visited local museums and businesses to make my asks. I got only one definite no, and a bunch of, "well, this is how to start the process of asking"s. It was kind of fun, mostly because I got myself pumped up by listening to my 1985 Transformers movie soundtrack in the truck on the way. "You've Got the Touch" and "Dare!" are great songs to feel ready to conquer the day. Here's a special thanks to Ruth Reese Photography for being my first auction item!

Tomorrow is Oregon's 150th birthday. Oregon could be Oklahoma's grandpa. Now I will treat you to some Oregon facts:
1. Oregon's official state beverage is milk.
2. Portland is home to the world's smallest park, measuring 452 sq inches.
3. Oregon has the most ghost towns of any state.
4. Oregon is the only state with different designs on either side of their flag.
5. Oregon is the 9th largest state, but has fewer people than Puerto Rico.
6. This proves that the Trail Blazers are the coolest team in the NBA. Give it a chance till the chorus.