Monday, October 23, 2006

Hello again

Like a bear waking from annual hibernation I'm just coming out of my work induced coma of the past six months... I've spent the past week enjoying other blogs. Thanks to those of you who've continued to stop by and check in... yes, I'm alive... just let the Beast that is my work consume me.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

New Toy

It's been so long I've pretty much forgotten how to do this... but, needed to tell you about my new toy. The boss bought me a Blackberry. Yes, he's a generous kinda guy, but mostly he got hounded while we were at our last conference and everyone back at the office kept sending him emails to pass on to me. Only problem... evidently I'm getting old... signs of carpal tunnel. Fine, just fine.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

What's on your bumper?

I saw a new one today. "I vote the Bible" My guess is that like most American voters this guy doesn't have a clue what his candidate really stands for or actually says on the issues. I don't do bumper stickers. If I did I'm guessing mine would say "WTF?" What does your bumper sticker say? Real or imaginary?

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

For Keris and the Curious





My favorite parts of the new house include the pool... woodwork above the fireplace and the red entry/dining areas. My furniture won't be quite so grand, but my grandmother's antique Duncan Phyfe table will look great in the dining area... and I'll have enough space to stretch it out to it's full length. That little room off the entry that they are using as an office/sitting area will be turned into my library... I'm looking for floor to ceiling bookcases and a couple of really comfy/cushy chairs to snuggle into with a good book. Those stone figurines around the pool have to go.


Saturday, March 25, 2006

Back to the Burbs

My apologies for the disappearing act during the past month, Okay, closer to six weeks. Especially to those who have faithfully checked in here to see if I’m still alive. Spring is a particularly busy time for me at work and this year the one person I depend on most at work is pregnant and will be out on maternity leave during the most critically important two months of our year. That said, she’s also made sure that every detail of the next two months is meticulously cared for and outlined in advance. She is truly an amazingly efficient, creative, extraordinary young woman. And, because at her age I felt I was treated like slave labor, I will not do that to her. She recently received a great promotion and mega raise to go with it. I want her to enjoy every moment possible with her new baby. But, please dear God don't ever let her decide she wants to be a stay at home mom. Also, I don’t ever want her to feel the need to look elsewhere for work.

For the next two months I’ll have others pitching in to help. Good people who do good work. But I’ll have to be extra vigilant. Aware. Cautious. Constantly reviewing and checking what I’ve been able to take for granted on a daily basis for years.

And, if that isn’t enough stress I found the perfect house in the less than perfect nether regions of west Edmond. Can’t believe I’m moving back to the burbs. But the house is perfect (at least for me) and no woman in her right mind would pass up the perfect house when it’s right there for the taking.

PS: I have managed to catch enough news to notice that in my absence President Bush, the national debt and college basketball have continued to astound an unsuspecting nation.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Cousin Ben Roethlisberger



Have I mentioned that in addition to my claim of kinship with Lady Godiva, William the Conqueror and Charlemagne, my mother’s maiden name is Roethlisberger? Although her branch of the family dropped the first “e” around the turn of the 20th Century, I’m still laying claim to Big Ben. There are a handful of Roethlisbergers in the US and all are descendents of Johann, Friedrich or Simon. Johann and Friedrich were brothers and Simon a cousin who emigrated to the US in the 1800s from the area of Emmental, Switzerland.

So with Ben’s stunning performance in the Super Bowl tonight, I’m claiming him as cousin (although several times removed) until someone proves otherwise. Besides, he has the same cleft and dimples that make my oldest nephew such a hunk.

Congratulations, Ben and the Steelers. Great game!

Thursday, February 02, 2006

The Waiter is Always Right

If you haven't yet discovered WaiterRant you are missing out on one of the best in the blogsphere. This week he comments on drinks and what they say about the drinker. Have to say he's pretty much on target in my case. Here are my three favorites and you can check out his other assessments of charachter at WaiterRant.

Margarita – You’re fun, good in bed, and naughty with a sense of style. If you don’t have it with salt you’re a wimp.

Champagne – You’re reserved, classy, or a stripper.

Mojito – You’re not afraid to try new things, have low frustration tolerance and are prone to wild rages.

I want my Margaritas on the rocks with plenty of salt. Love champagne for breakfast as well as later in the day. Find Mojitos refreshing and if you haven't caught one of my wild rages you've really missed something.


BTW, he's nominated as a finalist for the Best American Weblog of 2006.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Make Love not War


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Friday, December 30, 2005

New Toy



Bought a new speed light for the camera. Had to play around with it a bit today. Charlie the psycho cat posed quite well, but Watson not so happy... he's Himalayan and into the belief that the camera is stealing his soul... or at least one of them. Have to get some practice before I shoot the big wedding next weekend. This the fourth wedding I've photographed in the past six months... I'm actually getting paid to do something I love. However, this kind of photography is definitely work.


Thursday, December 22, 2005

This Place Called Earth

The new boss showed up a few days ago with a box of chocolates and the following. Chocolates and a conscience... great combination.

THIS PLACE CALLED EARTH

If we could shrink the earth's population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look something like the following.

There would be:
57 Asians

21 Europeans
8 Africans
14 from the Western Hemisphere, both north and south

52 would be female
48 would be male

70 would be non-white
30 would be white

70 would be non-Christian
30 would be Christian

89 would be heterosexual
11 would be homosexual

6 people would possess 59% of the entire world's wealth
and all 6 would be from the United States.

80 would live in substandard housing

70 would be unable to read

50 would suffer from malnutrition

ONE would be near death;
ONE would be near birth;
ONE (yes, only 1) would have a college education;
ONE (yes, only 1) would own a computer.

When one considers our world from such a compressed perspective, the need for acceptance, understanding and education becomes glaringly apparent.

And, therefore...

If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of this world.

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace, you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy.

If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death, you are more blessed than three billion people in the world.

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation, you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.

If your parents are still alive and still married, you are very rare, even in the United States.

If you can hold someone's hand, hug them, or even touch them on the shoulder, you are blessed because you can offer healing touch.

If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful, you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.

If you can read this message, you have just received a double blessing in that someone was thinking of you, and furthermore, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world who cannot read at all.

As we sit down with family or friends during the upcoming holiday, no matter what challenges we are facing, it helps to remember that we have MUCH to be thankful for!

Monday, December 12, 2005

Talk about being a Minority




Cute little scooter seen recently outside Pei Wei at Belle Isle. Just have to wonder who's brave enough to drive it in OKC. Going up against the multitude of SUVs is truly scary.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Bedlam






Although the game was a bash. The party wasn't. But we did have a few token Cowboys there to keep it interesting. The Sooner-tinis were a little too sweet for me so I added lime and more vodka, resulting in a very sleepy fan. At half-time I opted for the hot tub. FYI, for Dr. Pants... not naked, this time... had to be a good example for the kids. But ...

PS: Playing around with a new lens, Nikon 50mm, f1.4 with natural light.


Monday, November 28, 2005

Time with the Fam





Although my mother didn’t die until 2002 she turned over the holiday meals to me in 2000… with the full designation of family matriarch and cook.

I truly enjoy cooking for a crowd… but detest the day to day throw something together hassle of cooking. That said, the torch has been passed again. This year my nephew and niece at age 27 invited the entire family to their new home. And they did the cooking.

Since my darling nephew forgot to pass the word that I was to bring the relish tray I showed up with a bottle of wine and a party attitude. He actually cooked the turkey and it was beautiful and moist and as good as, or better than mine would have been. I think I can get used to this. Loved sleeping in instead of the usual 5 a.m. wake up call to get the bird stuffed.

Only complaint... someone actually brought fruitcake.... yuck. For the record… I did the dishes!

PS: For all you non-US bloggers, Thanksgiving supposedly started with the Pilgrims, at least that's what we were all taught in school. In reality it was instituted as a national holiday by Abraham Lincoln in an effort to unify the country (after the American Civil War) with a national day of thanksgiving.


Wednesday, November 23, 2005

A Yankee in the Land of Barbeque - Misplaced

A recent conversation with an Oklahoma liberal brought to light the challenges that being a child of "Yankee" parents transplanted in the south can bring. I was one of those children, too. Thought patterns and values just a bit skewed from the crowd. Then the question arises: Stay, or leave? Stay and be a force for change? Leave and let it be?

Then I came across this and realized there is a new generation facing the same issue. This comes from 24 year old, Roman Starr.

"Misplaced"

I sit confused like fly by flame
Attracted by the light, but how horrible the heat
Bewildered by the wilderness, I am urbanized
Yet human nature still calls to me

I feel as misplaced as an Eskimo in Ecuadodr
I was raised as a Yankee in the land of Barbeque
There's no mistake, I know who I am
But like a firefly in cold winter sky
My fellow kind are few

Sometimes I seem stuck, like sand in a sock
Yet I have fruitful goals and success in my mind
Perhaps patience should be practiced, and perspective protrayed
Let things fall where they may, let fate come to play
I'll sit back and enjoy my life as it's made


Sunday, November 20, 2005

Earth to America

Hope you caught the TBS presentation "Earth to America." I do believe the dems are finally getting it... smart move. Let's have more of it. If you missed it you can still get on the bandwagon at www.stopglobalwarming.org As Robin Williams says, "Whether you're into intelligent design, or a guy named Phil who's really pissed off... this isn't just about the birds and fish, it's about us having a place to live."

Saturday, November 19, 2005

XM vs Sirius

I love my XM Satellite radio. The original free 3 months that came with the new car will expire soon. I've really enjoyed it and planned to subscribe, but here's the catch: Sirius has a channel for Jimmy Buffett and has just announced a new channel for Bruce Springsteen. That's a huge plus for me. I need your help... pros and cons of Sirius vs XM... soon, please.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Joy

Keris passed this on back in October... but I've been an absentee blogger and just now getting around to fulfulling my commitment to her that I would get this done. I wasn't totally clear on the assignment, but my interpretation will be to give you a list of some of the things that bring joy to my life.

Joy — amusement, bliss, cheer, comfort, delectation, delight, ecstasy, elation, exaltation, exultation, exulting, felicity, gaiety, gladness, glee, good humor, gratification, happiness, hilarity, humor, jubilance, liveliness, merriment, mirth, pleasure, rapture, regalement, rejoicing, revelry, satisfaction, wonder. Here goes:

1. Crusing in the convertible. As Jimmy Buffett says, "It's a ragtop day." (delight)
2. A beach (elation)
3. Anything ELO. "It's magic, you know..." (rejoicing)
4. The IM "ping" that says cyberguy is looking for me. (jubilance)
5. A young child reaching out to me (wonder)
6. Massage (bliss)

I won't pass it on, but if any of you want to share I'm interested.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

My Favorite Waiter


Did I mention Tim? He's the hot young waiter from Dublin, Ireland that moved to Vancouver about 10 years ago. Tim got the mega tip of the week for being the best waiter on the Vancouver trip. (Since I began reading WaiterRant about 6 months ago I've become the worst over-tipper. I just assume that one day I'll actually be sitting at "The" waiter's table and I definitely want to know I gave him a very good tip.) When Tim's not working The Sandbar he's with a rock band called All State Champions. Haven't been able to locate the website he told me about, but did find several writeups about the band. Fun guy!

And in OKC you just have to stop by Cafe Nova. Robert and Lindsay will take such good care of you!

Hummmmmmmmm, speaking of waiters, have I ever told you about Sergio? THE hottest, wittiest waiter on the planet. He's now moved on to more altruistic pursuits as a bilingual high school teacher (last time I ran into him) but about 10 years ago the girlfriends and I would wait for hours just to be seated at one of his tables at Pepperoni Grill. He always remembered the wines we liked and how we wanted our coffee. Whew, and did that man know how to flirt! Yummy.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Houdini

To all of you gracious enough to inquire... sorry about the disappearing act. I am alive and well and living in OKC. Life has taken over and hasn't left much time for the blog.

Managed a few days in Vancouver, which is an amazing city. Reminded me again that I must one day live in a port city. Loved the ethnic and cultural diversity. Fabulous flower and vegetable markets and incredible shops with goods from all over the world on Granville Island and fabulous restaurants. Joe Forte's, The Sand Bar and Five Sails were each unique culinary experiences.

I was priviledged to stay at the Fairmont Hotel downtown across from the art museum so managed to squeeze in the Picasso exhibit as well. He was such a brilliant perv. Then again, some people view rape as a suitable subject for art. Their choice, not mine.

A few photos follow:

Granville Island Market... fabulous flowers






Granville Island Market... veggies






Wednesday, October 12, 2005

The Party’s Over


Six months of planning. Over five hundred people. Another night with Oklahoma City’s rich and famous. Once again ran the gauntlet of political traps and social snafus to claim the victory. And I’m whipped! Celebration breakfast first thing in the morning before we start planning the next big event. Talk about a glutton for punishment, but this sucker loves the adrenaline rush!

Cartoon Credit - Scott Clissold

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

XOU

Several people have asked if I’m buying a personalized tag for the new car. I tend to think I’ve got better uses for the $25 it would cost me. But I was considering it until I got my new tag. Think I’ll just keep this one – XOU. While it could be translated former OU, I’ve decided it will be KISSOU or LOVEOU. Both work for me. After Saturday’s game I’d say we’ve got a shot on a decent season. Maybe not up to the ridiculously high standards we Oklahoma fans set, but decent. That is, if we survive Texas on Saturday. Do I expect a win? No. But on the other hand, wouldn't that be a thrill! Maybe UT is over confident. Maybe Adrian is ready to roll. Maybe the guys are up for the challenge. Maybe.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Drama Queen Diva

It was a laid-back Saturday night. Invited to dinner with good friends. A huge bottle of champagne they were given months ago and saving until I could share it with them. Now an old married couple of four months they wanted to show off the work on the house and just kick-back for the evening. To my surprise darling J, a 16-year-old and an old soul was home with us. It seems EVERYONE was out of town this weekend. My fav part of the evening since she’s been a part of my life and I’ve been “Auntie” since she was two. She’s always been wise beyond her years and can absolutely “nail you” with a look or word. Tonight she got me with the new title: Drama Queen Diva. I think it fits. But wanted to check it out. Yup, definitely me and I like the company, with the exception of Mariah Carey who irritates me beyond reason.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Diva is the
Italian word for "goddess", the feminine form of the Italian word divus (= "god").
Time Magazine observed in its October 21, 2002 issue: "By definition, a diva is a rampaging female ego redeemed only in part by a lovely voice." The word was originally used of great female opera singers, almost always sopranos (like Maria Callas), but can be used to describe many female celebrities, such as singers, or movie actresses.
In order to qualify as a diva there must be one, or both, of two dominant traits present: a broad and expansive voice (such as
Mariah Carey) and/or a thoroughly captivating and commanding stage presence (like Madonna).

There are many women who are or have been world famous divas. They include:

A - F:
Christina Aguilera, Julie Andrews, Joan Baez, Anita Baker, Kathleen Battle, Beyonce, Björk, Mary J. Blige, Laura Branigan, Toni Braxton, Sarah Brightman, Mariah Carey, Karen Carpenter, Cher, Patsy Cline, Natalie Cole, Sheryl Crow, Doris Day, Céline Dion, Fairuz, Ella Fitzgerald, Roberta Flack, Connie Francis, Aretha Franklin,

G - L:
Judy Garland, Delta Goodrem, Ayumi Hamasaki, Emmylou Harris, Deborah Harry, Lauryn Hill, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, Whitney Houston, Chrissie Hynde, Janet Jackson, Etta James, Norah Jones, Rickie Lee Jones, Janis Joplin, Alicia Keys, Chaka Khan, Carole King, Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle, Brenda Lee, Peggy Lee, Annie Lennox, Patti LuPone, Loretta Lynn,

M - R:
Madonna, Sarah McLachlan, Bette Midler, Liza Minnelli, Kylie Minogue, Joni Mitchell, Anne Murray, Olivia Newton-John, Stevie Nicks, Dolly Parton, Pink, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Diana Ross,

S - Z:
Sade, Carly Simon, Nina Simone, Patti Smith, Britney Spears, Dusty Springfield, Gwen Stefani, Barbra Streisand, Joss Stone, Donna Summer, Tina Turner, Shania Twain, Sarah Vaughan, Regine Velasquez, Dionne Warwick, Dinah Washington, Tammy Wynette

"Diva" may also have a negative connotation, however I prefer to think that the darling child did not apply those definitions to me.

I'm Goin' Down

Following is an excerpt from an email I received this week. I'm one of those people who have a hard time letting go of relationships. Even when I know they no longer work. I've been reflecting on this all week.

"Don't spend major time with minor people. If there are people in your life that continually disappoint you, break promises, stomp on your dreams, too judgmental, have different values and don't have your back during difficult times...that is not a friend.

Sometimes in life as you grow, your friends will either grow or go. Surround yourself with people who reflect values, goals interests and lifestyle. Over the years my phone book has changed because I changed for the better.

Remember what grandma used to say, "Birds of a feather flock together." If you're an eagle, don't hang around chickens: Chickens Can't Fly!"

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Shame on Me


Yes, I admit it. I’ve been a pool rat since about age 10. My father grew up on the Mississippi River and had a passion for the water and boating. He passed that on to his kids. Every summer day was spent at the local pool. Every weekend at the lake. How could I not love the water?

So, I’m a pool rat. Now it’s time for true confessions. I did it. I confess. Used a man for his pool. Wasn’t sure I really wanted to spend time with him, but when he mentioned hanging out at his pool…. Well, I’m not proud of it. But, on the other hand after Labor Day pools become scarce and I really needed a pool fix. Indoor pools will help me survive the winter, but just aren’t the same. Guess I need to start thinking about buying a house with a pool... heated. Maybe I need to start working on the new boss about a promotion.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Katrina Timeline


While the response of individuals has been heroic, the lack of competent governmental response has been disheartening. Thanks to the Token Liberal for this link to the Hurricane Katrina timeline. Not much else to talk about these days... all else pales in comparison.

Although the occasional ride in the convertible does lift the spirits.



Friday, September 02, 2005

I Give

“Lookin’ forward to goin’ down there.” Where do you think you’re headed, Mr. President? Mardi Gras? You’re looking forward to it? Yup, death and destruction are just a thrill a minute. And, hey, you get a helicopter ride, too.

While our president has never been what you’d call “good with words,” this one sent me over the edge. Unlike our friends Chase, Chris and Token Liberal, I’m not ready to jump on the guy every time he breathes… although they generally have a good point to make.

I don’t believe that Republicans are all bad and Democrats are all good, or vice versa. I’ve always been inclined to think that people act with the best of intentions. That certainly our elected officials while ineffective are generally good, honest servants of the people.

I give up. I’m no longer holding my tongue. I want to know. Why would the American people elect to their highest office an individual with the intelligence of a gnat?

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

On the road with Thelma & Louise








We hit the road on Friday afternoon and enjoyed a weekend with friends on Grand Lake. My sidekick for the weekend, D was a perfect companion for male-bashing (her d-i-v-o-r-c-e becomes final in October) martini's and Michelob.

Stayed at a great lake house with deck overlooking the lake... spent Saturday morning in the pool and the afternoon cruising the lake by boat. When I had my fill of exploring issues with D (I can only take so much of that stuff) I handed her off to W and went to join the male conversation. Much more interesting... cars, boats, jobs, world problems... not to say I don't enjoy conversation with my girlfriends... and I can truly be just as shallow as the next woman, but... enough!


Friday, August 26, 2005

Week in Review


On Wednesday I bought a new Solara convertible. Still working on how to use all the gadgets. Too busy cruising to read the "how to manual." New Dell Axiom pocket PC delivered today... at least I've got access to my calendar again. I've been carrying paper for 2 weeks and missed several appointments... at least it was a good excuse. Activated the XM Satellite Radio in the new car tonight. Currently in technology overload. Still haven't managed to get the auto buttons in the car synced with the garage door opener. But, hey, I've got the CDs in the changer. Feels like I'm reprogramming my entire life. Taking a break at Grand Lake this weekend. Updates and new photos early next week.


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