Here we go again…

In case you didn’t already know, Oklahoma is getting ready for round 3 of dangerous weather this week. And they are saying today poses the biggest threat. Awesome. I’ve been fortunate enough so far to have zero damage, or any real threat to my house, and I am praying that is still the case when today is over. I’m so thankful I’m not really a panicky person when it comes to things like this – I’m prepared, I watch the weather, I have a bag with the important stuff (for me and the kiddos) ready if I have to make a quick getaway or to grab and throw in the closet if we can’t leave. You learn these things when you 1. live in Oklahoma, and 2. have multiple wildfires within 1 mile of your house (esp. when you have 4 fires within a mile of your house all on the same day).

To inject a little amusement into the day, and in honor of it being only two weeks until Man of Steel opens, I went to the MoS Glyph Creator (thank you Nerdist for sharing this with the world) which gives you a Kryptonian name and glyph (think Superman’s S which isn’t actually an S it’s a symbol of meaning to the Els). I did it twice because I’m indecisive and here are my two results:

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House of Ak – Stood for art, beauty and inspiration.

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House of Tor – secrets, mystery and ambiguity.

I think it’s kind of awesome.

Be safe today Oklahoma and please stay weather-aware!

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Cara Box & Music.

This is going to short & to the point because I’m in awful mood today for no apparent reason.

I got my Cara Box yesterday from Angela at Harrells on Hood and I loved it. She did very well, as you can see below. I’ve wanted to read Blue Like Jazz for years and have gotten around to it, and now I have no excuse! I’m also really excited to plant the flowers and to make all the food, especially cider sorbet. And I didn’t know that Portland is the City of Roses, but it is (hence the rose tattoos :)). Thanks so much Angela!

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And as for music, I’ve got a playlist of the songs I keep listening to on repeat.

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Humma Kavula!

That’s been stuck in my head since yesterday morning. I keep saying it (in Zaphod’s voice) over and over again in my head. Always makes me laugh.

Hi, by the way. It’s been a few days – almost a week, actually. I just wasn’t in a blogging mood. I think I just needed a wee break.

The long weekend was great. I mowed Saturday (which took all day: 2 hours in the front yard and 4 in the back yard because it was a jungle, and I got a little sunburned), then I cleaned and did laundry Sunday all so I could do nothing but lay on the couch and read yesterday (and watch Hitchhiker’s Guide, and the last four Harry Potter movies, and figure out how to pronounce several words/phrases in Occitan)…and it was glorious. But I just can’t seem to wrap my mind around the fact that today is Tuesday, so it’s going to be an off day, but it’s worth it to have had Monday off.

While we are (somewhat) on the topic of films and books, I watched two Friday night: Broken City and The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Hamlet, starring the 10th Doctor himself, David Tennant. Broken City was an okay movie, worth watching at least once. Nothing amazing, but still a good watch. Hamlet was very, very good, just as I imagined it would be. If you like Shakespeare, great British actors, and/or a modern-day setting of a classic play, it’s probably for you. It’s also Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is a freebie week, so I decided I’m just going to skip it, because I can’t really come up with anything.

I made pizza this weekend – one of the best I’ve ever made. I cheated and used a store-bought crust, because I couldn’t find the flour I needed anywhere. Easier, yes. But also not quite as fulfilling for someone who really loves to cook. Anyway, here’s the breakdown:

I got a whole-wheat reduced-fat crust that was already cooked, and made a garlic & herb infused olive oil sauce – I toasted some minced garlic, and put it into a bowl with about 1/4 cup of olive oil, and maybe 1/2 a teaspoon each of oregano and basil, and then I added a splash of balsamic vinegar for good measure. And I let it sit while I was doing everything else – the longer it sits, the more flavor it has. It was good, though it could have used a bit more of the vinegar. The pizza was topped with a layer of mozzarella, then about two handfuls of fresh spinach cut into ribbons, a grilled chicken breast cut into bite-sized pieces, sliced black olives, and feta (one of my favorite things in the universe). Since the crust was already cooked, I just put it under the broiler until everything was bubbly and brown. And then while it was cooling, I rolled up and cut some fresh basil into ribbons, and sprinkled that all over the top. I was yummy. And, as far as pizza goes, much healthier, especially considering I got four meals out of it.

That’s about all I’ve got. I feel like these are incredibly boring, but if I skipped writing every time I thought it was boring, I would probably never write anything.

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Music Wednesday!

It’s Wednesday, which means music post. So, I have for you today Fossil Collective – a couple Brits from Leeds. It’s folky, and quite English, which makes it great. Your earholes with thank me.

That’s it today: short and sweet because I don’t really feel like blogging.

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What can you say?

I think it’s safe to say that most of the world now knows about the devastation that occurred yesterday afternoon in Moore, OK…half of a mile from one of my best friends. Thankfully, Cynthia, Grant, Walter, Alison, Johnnie & Michael are all fine. Grant & Cynthia’s home if fine. But so many were not so fortunate – homes completely destroyed, loved ones lost, and then the children…it absolutely breaks my heart. I can’t even imagine.

It’s so hard to process something like this happening. We see it on TV–the war zones overseas, the building that collapsed in Bangladesh, the earthquakes in Haiti and Japan–but it’s so very different when it happens in the place you call home. Oklahoma isn’t a large state, so when something big happens–be it good or bad–I think we all feel it. And that’s a good thing, if you ask me. We rally together in times like these. You can already see it. It was already starting last night, people gathering supplies, volunteering, donating, praying…and it won’t stop there. We will continue to help in any way we can. A few of ways you can donate funds:

  1. Text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation to the Red Cross.facebook_-1746873142
  2. Text FOOD to 32333 to make a $10 donation to donate to a relief fund.
  3. Text STORM to 80888 to make a $10 donation to The Salvation Army. The Salvation Army is also asking for bottled water, Gatorade, wipes, diapers, baby formula, hand towels, individually wrapped snacks, and work gloves to be donated.
  4. Here in Stillwater, donations can be dropped off at the OSU Campus Life office on the 2nd floor of the Student Union today thru Thursday.
  5. Here is a list of donation drop-off locations in the Metro area.

And if you can’t donate money or items, pray – for the victims, for the missing, for the workers and volunteers, for the City of Moore and the state of Oklahoma.

I debated doing Top Ten Tuesday today, but I needed a pick-me-up, so here’s today’s topic – top ten favorite covers of books you’ve read:

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I haven’t actually read the last two, but I plan on reading them and I love the covers. And Jamie At Home is a cookbook, but it’s an exceptionally beautiful one from possibly my favorite chef that I look to for inspiration often.

My heart and my prayers are with my fellow Oklahomans in Moore and everywhere else.

*Update for Stillwater-area residents: Cowboy Country 105.5 and The Red Cross are hosting a relief/benefit concert at Eskimo Joe’s starting at 8pm tomorrow night.

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Ugh, Mondays.

First off, I’m in an awful mood  – I think it’s mostly from not sleeping last night. I’m praying my insomnia isn’t flaring up again, though that’s what it looks, unfortunately.

Fellow Oklahomans already know this, but yesterday, the state was racked with tornadoes, and we may have a repeat performance from Mother Nature again today. I’m sure hoping not…at the very least, not until I am with my dogs. I can bear losing my house or my car or anything like that but not my babies. The thought makes my stomach turn, so I’m moving on.

Other than the tornadoes all over the place, it was an uneventful weekend. I did watch series 2 of Wallander, and Spice World, which I hadn’t seen in 72 years. What else? I made stir-fry, did laundry, should have given Buster a bath but didn’t. Like I said, uneventful. I didn’t even get my yard mowed because it rained Saturday night.

Gosh, this is boring today. So, I’m wrapping it up – the blog challenge can wait. I’ll be back tomorrow with Top Ten Tuesday, and hopefully, I will be in a better mood.

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It’s Friday! I saw Star Trek! My life is complete!

Well, at least for the time being. There’s still Thor to look forward to in November, and Avengers 2 next year. And others, no doubt.

So, how was Star Trek: Into Darkness you ask? Amazing. Yes, amazing. I absolutely loved it. I admit there was a tiny little part of my that was afraid that it wouldn’t be able to live up to the astronomically high expectations I had. Obviously, that was silly. It’s such a great movie. Well don JJ Abrams and all of the actors, but especially Benedict Cumberbatch. I’ve known of (and been a fan of) him and his brilliance for a long time now, but he was just incredible as the villainous John Harrison. But everyone was great in this. I highly recommend going to see this movie ASAP, even if you aren’t a Trekkie. Actually, we may no longer be able to be friends if you don’t (just kidding…or am I?).

I don’t think I have any big plans this weekend, other than cleaning and mowing, that is, if we don’t get blown away by a tornado. It’s certainly that time of year, my friends. I’m all for the rain, even thunderstorms (if I can get at least my front yard mowed first), but I’d rather pass on the tornadoes, if that’s ok.

Today’s blogging challenge is to post your favorite picture of yourself, I think this is mine. At the very least it’s one of my favorites because it’s with one of my all-time favorite singer-songwriters, the brilliant Bobby Long:

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I also like it because I really liked my hair then, and I had lost some poundage at that time, too, so I felt pretty good. Did I mention I love that guy? You should check out his music – my personal favorites are Dead & Done, Being A Mockingbird, Dublin’s There For Me, Cold Cold Loving…the list goes on to be honest. He’s wonderful.

That’s all I’ve got today. A little boring, but not every day can be profound.

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