Friday, July 31, 2009

A New Skill

I like to sew. Most of the time I quilt, and that is usually done for friends expecting babies. I discovered the other day that I have an embroidery foot which means I can quilt in pretty patterns instead of just straight lines. I had to get out the old screwdriver and take the fabric feeders off my machine since the cover I have for them doesn't fit. I may have dropped a screw somewhere into the depths of my sewing machine, but it still works fine, and I was able to create this:

And a close up of the flowery design:

Next I have to figure out what pattern to use on the dinosaur quilt I'm piecing. Hmmm.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Admiral Twin

A couple weeks back, Josh took me to the ultimate Tulsa experience: The Admiral Twin Drive In Theater

Once a popular hangout for Tom Cruise, Matt Dillon, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez and the Karate Kid, the Admiral Twin is still open for business and enjoys a sort of landmark status. It costs $7 per person, which is less than the regular old theater, and you get to see not one, but two movies for your ticket. Once there, we backed the truck into a space and used an old battery powered tape deck/radio thing to pick up the theater’s radio frequency. We filled the truck bed with pillows and blankets and were quite comfy during our two movies. A plane flew overhead once or twice making it hard to hear, but that wouldn’t have been a problem if we’d been in our car like most people. As it was, it wasn’t enough to be unpleasant or make us miss anything important.

Best: Cheaper, bigger, and more comfortable (in a truck bed at least) than a boring multiplex.

Worst: Starts after dark (obviously), so you have to stay up pretty late to see both movies.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Mid Year Resolution

I want to be a better blogger. My blogging has been sparse and dull lately, and I think I know how to spice it up. Most who know us know that Josh looooooves Tulsa. After living here for a year, I think it’s great too! It has lots of parks and trees, beautiful art deco buildings downtown, and some pretty cool stuff to do. Since this may be our last year here, Josh and I have decided to make the most of the city and do all the “Tulsa” things. I will then post a helpful review of the event, restaurant, or shop on my blog. Helpful to whom? I’ll figure that out later. So without further adieu, I give you:

The Porter Peach Festival

We went on Saturday, July 18, because that was the day they gave away free peaches and ice cream, which were delicious! Porter is only about a half hour drive for us and very easy to get to. The town isn’t quite equipped to handle the influx of traffic for the festival, so the intersections (all stop signs) got rather backed up. We paid $5 to park in the first available yard and walked past all the cars waiting to drive the 3 blocks to closer parking. The festival is pretty small, but the free peaches were delicious, the booths were fun to look at, and they had lots of places to sit and enjoy your fair food. There was a country band playing that was pretty good. Their sound was balanced and everyone was good at their instrument, so it was nice to sit and listen to their cover songs. An hour and a half is plenty of time to see all there is to see and go through the free peaches line (twice).
Best: Free peaches and ice cream, of course! Also, you can bring your dog (we didn’t know, poor Ada)!
Worst:There were actually no peaches for sale at the PEACH Festival. We didn’t bother driving to the nearby orchard where they were sold, but my friend Susan did and brought some to work for me. It turns out they are yummy!

Smitty’s Western Store

We went through Coweta on the way back from the Peach Festival, and stopped by Smitty’s to look at boots. Josh and I are getting each other cowboy boots for our anniversary since the third year is the leather gift year. They had more boy boots than girl boots, but since they had exactly what I wanted for 75% off, the smaller selection was okay with me. I mostly wanted to mention them because the lady was so nice and helpful and really fun to talk to. Plus, what a deal! Thanks Smitty’s!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


We went to Durango, CO last week to backpack in the Chicago Basin. We enjoyed being someplace accessible only by a three hour steam train ride followed by hours of hiking. There was no cell phone reception, there were barely any other people, and I slept in a comfy hammock all week.

One of the highlights of the trip was the bed and breakfast Josh booked for us in Durango for the night before we left and the night we came down. It was awesome to have a fantastic meal to send us on our way and a jacuzzi tub to welcome us back. Plus we had a sweet framed picture of Chevy Chase on the wall:

Ah, how homey!