Wednesday, June 20, 2018

awesome & awkward

[sibling happy hour]

  • about a month ago, T and i finally got to meet one of his oldest friend's' baby. it was such a treat to watch T's excitement about this new chapter in his friend's life. plus, of all the cutesy baby photos i've seen, i really love that T's friend goes for the goofy or awkward facial expressions to post. 
  • i've never talked about my work life on the blog. it has been an intentional choice, but there was a great moment that happened completely by accident. not long ago, i brought in a new stress toy for people to use in meetings. after recommending it to one individual in particular, there's been a huge shift in how that person responds in stressful situations. it was such a great win and made me really happy that something so small made such a huge impact.
  • so, i've talked about how solo watches tv occassionally, but we've recently started catching boba watching tv. funny thing is that he seems genuinely interested in watching for long periods of time (ears perked up, pensive expression, and focused eyes) whereas solo seems to be drawn by a lot of movement. boba's current favorite? brooklyn 99.  
  • during alton brown's interview on hot ones, he was asked about his experiences in the grocery store. aside from the obvious fans who ask him what they should purchase or try, alton moved onto a subject that made him more somber. he talked about his experiences when he sees some of the food choices other shoppers make with their grocery carts. when he sees what products shoppers have selected in their carts, it often makes him depressed and he will leave the store (cart left in the aisle) without purchasing his items. when asked why, alton said the choices people make with food that isn't nutritional, flavorful, or beneficial to the individual cause him to feel sad for grocery consumers. as a result, he commonly shops late at night where he is less likely to have issues. i found this not so much awkward, but interesting because i often have that exact conversation with T. now, i've never left my groceries, but i have become concerned, if not saddened, at some of the decisions i see. of course, we are all free to chose what we consume, but there are products that are not of any nutritional value and can cause harm. plus, there are always more ways to add flavor! take it what you will, but i found it interesting :) 

[chocolate break]

[red dirt rug]

[big stick house, little momma]

Friday, June 15, 2018

ride okc

last saturday, T and i took a bike tour through downtown okc with ride okc. ride okc recently opened as a bicycling tour guide throughout the metro area offering art + architecture, cookies, and brewery tours. with options like those, who could say no, right? 

after mulling over our options, T and i decided to check out the art + architecture tour. it seemed like the perfect activity to get into on a sunny summer morning. 

[learning about okc's oldest hotel]

[T and our awesome guide, ryan]

[the largest bronze sculpture short of buddhist temples...crazy, right?]

[admiring the boat-shaped boathouse]

[my favorite mural]

[i love this house]

the temperatures may have been a little toasty, but our tour was dynamite. we couldn't have been happier with our tour guide and can't wait to take another tour. thanks again for everything ryan!

Monday, June 11, 2018

beginning french cooking

for this year's birthday, my cousins very sweetly gifted me dorie greenspan's cookbook on french cuisine in the home. i've always been interested in testing my cooking skills with french foods, but i didn't think i was at the level of trying out julia child's book. truthfully, as much as i admire julia as well as everything she has done for making french cooking accessible for americans...i am so intimidated. dorie's book appealed to me because it made the recipes she selected seem so relaxed and easy-going where anyone could try them out. granted, julia's book has the same intention, but even julia loved dorie's way of narrating her recipes. aka a good sign for an intimidated cook like myself. one day julia, i will work through your book. 

[chicken diable with garlicky, crumb-coated broccoli]

both recipes were amazingly delicious and the scents created while making each dish was spectacular. i really wish there was a scratch and sniff function to these photos because the photos only tell a small part of the story. 

overall, the dishes weren't too complicated. however, they did require a good amount of time as the dynamite flavors from the dishes came from layering the seasonings over steps. it was well-worth the work and wait. 

[chicken in a pot: the garlic and lemon version]

so far, having only tackled two recipes, i cannot wait to see, smell, and taste more recipes from this cookbook!

Friday, June 8, 2018

summer to-do list

"summer, after all, is a time when wonderful things can happen to quiet people. for those few months, you're not required to be who everyone thinks you are, and that cut-grass smell in the air and the chance to dive into the deep end of a pool give you a courage you don't have the rest of the year. you can be grateful and easy, with no eyes on you, and no past. summer just opens the door and lets you out." - deb caletti

i just adore summertime. the long, sun-filled days stretching into those balmy nights with the sounds of crickets singing. it has a certain sweetness to it, don't you think? even though i don't get to experience the same joy of being out of school for the summer i still look forward to it with the same excitement. it just feels like there is so much more life to live during the summertime. 

here's what i'm looking forward to doing most:
  • take a bike tour of okc to explore hidden gems
  • try out a few adventurous ice cream flavors including passion fruit, ricotta, and blackberry cheesecake
  • resume sunset walks in the neighborhood with T and the pups
  • master homemade pineapple preserves for an upcoming family celebration this summer
  • soak up extra sun rays by the pool or lake with friends
  • work on a couple of backyard projects to maximize al fresco dining
  • take a taco tour of okc's best taco trucks in the southern metro area
  • take advantage of happy hour drinks and oysters at the drake and o bar
  • make use of the walking paths near my office by taking short breaks to clear my mind
  • practice a better life-work-school balance with this semester's course...including making use of rest days

what are y'all looking forward to doing this season?

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

life, according to my iphone

[finding new recipes to love]

highlights from the past week: i started/finished an art project i'd been putting off, T and i finally got to see deadpool 2 (loved it! i couldn't believe it could be as funny as the first movie), i tried out a new lunch spot, i whipped up the first ice cream flavor of the season - strawberry (so good), my nephew has gotten into a fun game with me about who would eat more (hint: he always thinks it will be piranhas), and T's infamous mojitos have made their seasonal return. 

[farewell dinner; family cookout]

[babies and puppies]

[cocktail hours]

[spa day]

[tuna time]

[baby shower fun]

[classic summertime treats]

[friyay local date]

[sampling local sweet treats]

[cute pups alert]

[wine-ing down]

[funky watering hole; favorite bath goods shop]

[office fiesta; celebrating the end of the semester]

Friday, May 25, 2018

binging with babish

after receiving binging with babish's book from T, i figured he should have first pick of what recipes and movies we should try out. after looking through the book, he decided on two recipes - one from a movie he hadn't seen, and one that contained one of his favorite movie scenes. the first movie and recipe we tried out was breakfast at tiffany's chicken and mole with saffron rice.  

[wishing you guys could have smelled the heavenly mole]

[saffron water]

it had been awhile since i'd last seen the movie so, it was interesting to see it again through T's eyes. i can't say he's a fan of it, but he was a fan of audrey hepburn (i mean, who wouldn't be, she was a total babe). thankfully, he and i were big fans of the recipe. it was really tasty, and i'm glad it didn't blow up all over our kitchen like it did in holly golightly's. 

our second recipe to tackle was pulp fiction's big kahuna burger. as far as movies go, this had to be one of the most iconic moments for burgers. plus, we were curious if this recipe would live up to the hype. 

[just like the photo! but, we of course had to have fries with it]

[T recreating his favorite moment]

and just like jules said, "this is a tasty burger!". honestly, it may be one of my top five burgers i've ever had, and that's saying something. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

owen's warriors

last saturday, T and i drove up to tulsa for a quick trip to support our friends matt and julia at the cystic fibrosis walk. it was their third year to raise funds under team owen's warriors which placed third after raising $13K! plus, our team shirts for this year's event were modeled after owen's favorite dinosaur, the triceratops.

[gents (above) and ladies (below)]

as always, we had such a great time sweating it out during the walk with our friend gang over loads of laughs while bringing awareness to an amazing cause. here's to next year's walk and the hope that cf one day stands for cure found!

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