August 18, 2017

Thanks to Devon I was given two tickets to the Cookies and Cocktails event. The food was okay. A couple of the dishes were good, but others were not so good. Sarah was able to join me at the last minute. I do not have that many people to choose from to join me on these events, but I was happy Sarah made it. She even won a massage package for only $20 in raffle tickets. I got to meet Kaci and Jacob J, plus Stephen Salewon. I think the highlight of the event was meeting Superintendent Aurora Lora. I heard her earlier that morning on NPR that four OKC public schools will be changing their names because they currently have confederate names attached to them. I wanted to thank the superintendent that what she is doing is a good thing and reflects the values of her constituents. She was thankful and appreciative of my support because she has been getting hate emails and telephone calls from a lot of folks. She's doing a great job for the public schools and I hope she stays in place for a while. We need a strong leader such as Aurora to get us moving in the right direction. So we sort of stalked Jacob J and Kaci for awhile until we finally got up to their table and introduced ourselves. They were both very nice and were on their break. I'm telling you...this small talk thing is easy when you have wine in your system. After the event, we visited with Blain and Tess and the boys. Ben was asleep and Noah was getting ready for bed. He really does pay attention to everything. News Flash: the mother of the victim who died in Charlottesville does not want to meet with Trump because he equates her to white supremacists. Good for her.

August 17, 2017

This is for Marci...

August 16, 2017

Just when you think it's going well again, he throws out a bombshell. He really can't keep his mouth shut. The good thing about what happened is we get to hear how he really feels as opposed to reading a script from a teleprompter. He really is something. To give equal weight between the two groups is just outrageous. I believe in freedom of speech but when it comes to spewing hate and animosity towards another group, I draw the line there. He just doesn't get it. Fox News decided to focus on the two sides as opposed to digging deeper into what the president said. We clearly see that Fox News wants to stay on his good side. They say that a sitting president is the leader of his/her political party. I'm not sure the GOP can look to their leader anymore. He will continue to do and say outrageous things that are disrespectful to the American people and to the Office of the President. We understand that you are not part of the establishment, but let's exercise some restraint and respect humanity. How can he side with these marchers that chant "Jews won't replace us!"? His own daughter is now a converted Jew and his son-in-law is a Jew. Both are his closest aides, yet he gives credit to the KKK and other neo-nazi sympathizers. I can go on and on, but I think I am going to stay clear from his shenanigans for awhile. I'm wasting valuable real estate on this page.

August 15, 2017

Halfway through the month of August and it's steaming hot here in OKC. It is extra humid this morning. The grass is completely wet and so am I. The worst feeling is after taking a shower and walking out with your work clothes on and you sweat underneath. It doesn't make for a comfortable walk to work. The walk I am referring to is a one minute walk from the gym to the office. I am not talking about the Avana walk to the office. Those were fun walks, Taylor! I didn't mind the sun in the afternoon either. We would cut through the memorial as a shortcut as opposed to doing 90 degrees on the street. The post office next to the memorial opens at 7am and closes at 6pm so that was also a plus. The eyesore on the walk was the bus station that all buses feed into. You had some serious transients hanging out and begging as well. Anyways, the days of walking to work are long gone unless I pick up and move to a bigger city. I am envisioning some place on the west coast where the weather is comfy all year long. Speaking of which, can we call out Shannon for being very dramatic? She is very defensive in how she communicates with others. Kelly was pushing her buttons for sure, even to the point of telling Shannon to stop stuffing her face. That was certainly a dick move. Kelly also has some anger issues and she takes them out on the other girls...mostly the vulnerable ones like Shannon. It's all very high school. It makes very great television but sometimes I am disappointed in myself for watching all of it versus doing something productive.

August 14, 2017

Let's work our way backwards. On Sunday morning, no one responded to my text to go get breakfast so I went and got banh cuon from Nhu Lan. I may have been their first customer for the day. I ransacked whatever they had on their menu, including their banh gio. They only make these bad boys on the weekends. It's the Vietnamese version of a tamale. Instead of corn meal, banh gio uses rice flour and has ground pork and mushroom stuffing. The tamale is wrapped in banana leaves. I coat a bit of nuoc mam while eating the banh gio. This was a tip that Jacqueline taught me from back in the day. It really does enhance the taste. I finally got my phone screen fixed. I dropped off the phone at the mall and went to Walmart to pick up a few things. One thing I didn't need to get, which I bought anyway, was family size double stuff oreos. I miss these guys. They have always made an appearance in my pantry until recently. Well, they made their comeback and they are now happily sitting in my pantry. Never go to the grocery store hungry! I thought I need a tip 1 to write on the cookies, but according to Wilton, all you need is a tip 3. I already have that tip. I think we just need to be better in our decorating and improve the consistency of the icing. Armando was able to fix the garage door, but now the garage door opener does not work. The sensor is not on for some reason and the button to open the garage door is blinking. I read up on this and it says the sensor is blocked. If the sensor is blocked, the sensor light will not come in. I was too lazy to deal with it yesterday so I left. I caught up on some housewives and took a 10-minute nap. I joined Blain and Tess for the ballgame. I went a bit crazy with the all you can eat food service. On Saturday, I brought coffee to Marci and went with Tess to the judges clinic. We learned a lot at the clinic. I dropped Tess off at Sharon's and I sat with Chris that afternoon. I would have taken him around but the weather was bad. I picked up Marci and we headed over to Sam and Suzanne's for Lucy's going away. After that, I dropped Marci off and picked up Blain at his house. As I am typing all of this, I am realizing I was an Uber driver all weekend. I don't mind the drive so much. Blain and I hung out for a bit. We stuck our heads into the Bunker and drove around. On Friday, I hung out with Marci before heading over to the Bullards for Chris's birthday. John brought over some coffee mugs that he made for us to choose from. I picked out the only white one. Paul is on his way to New York now as we speak. I finally scheduled an eye appointment to take place tomorrow afternoon. I have been putting it off because I still have my supply of contact lenses. My vision may have changed since my last appointment.

August 11, 2017

Praise be for all the rain we have been getting. I have been a stickler for watering the lawn on the days I'm supposed to. When it's an even number day and it rains, I am excused from watering the lawn. Tess, are you taking notes? Heather did not know about the water rationing rule. Apparently, Sharon's lawn guy is half the price of our lawn guy. Our guy sprays stuff to kill the weeds, which has helped a lot. The weeds will eventually would hope. As if Trump's "fire and fury" was not enough, he has added more aggressive language to his narrative. Yes, this sounds like CNN commentary. The word narrative all of a sudden appeared in last year's elections. Just this morning, Trump said the military is locked, loaded, and ready to go at the South Korean border. This guy is definitely the American version of Kim Jong Un. They are both little kids yelling at each other and drumming their chests to see who is stronger of the two. It's ridiculous. Mike, let's hope your vacation to Guam in a few weeks is not disrupted by an all out assault on Guam and its neighbors. Apparently, a missile can get to Guam in about 14 minutes from North Korea. So the drama that went down in Mexico was insane. Just like Sarah said, the New York housewives were at it again. Ramona is a super diva. She needs to have the best bedroom in the house on any vacation or girls trip. This lady is insane. I'm glad Bethenny put her in her place. I wanted to stay up and watch the remaining episodes but I was beat. Armando didn't come by to fix the garage door because of the rain, but he's supposed to come by on Sunday.

August 8, 2017

I doubt that Melania can continue pursuing her cause to end social media bullying. I mean...look at her own husband. He is out there tweeting to his heart's content. If it's not the attorney general he's after, he's now after a Connecticut senator. He talked about how the senator lied about his service in Vietnam and to take a long vacation in Vietnam now to say he was there. Last time I checked, Trump dodged the draft a handful of times for a variety of reasons. He never enlisted and here he is bashing on people who actually enlisted. The guy is insane and will not end his rhetoric. It's his way of distracting the people who are trying to do good work. He likes to create a firestorm and get his ignorant supporters to follow his lead. Speaking of which, that stupid blonde commentator on CNN who always defended Trump is now on a cheesy news show that is broadcasted on Facebook. It has Trump's logo in the background while she broadcasts "real" news to the general public. She talks about what Trump is doing for the country and focuses on the positives and not the negatives. Is this the administration's idea of a state-sponsored news outlet? Last time I checked, we Americans do not condone such news outlets because it's a sign of government interference in the independent media. Next thing you know, we will end up like Russia where all news outlets are managed by the state. So back to Melania and her cause to end bullying...good luck, my dear. You have a long way to go. People who live in glass houses...

August 7, 2017

The drive to Grand Lake wasn't so bad. I had my podcasts, Pandora stations, and NPR to keep me company. Steve took us across the lake to the clubhouse for lunch and drinks. A couple hours later, we were on the water to the mouth of the big lake and back to the house. Marci and I made a run to Dollar General and picked up pizza from Gambino's. We thought the pizza had one pepperoni per slice until Marci found pepperoni underneath the layer of cheese. It was a pleasant surprise for sure. Minhaj told me about Throwing Shade not too long ago. I finally got to hear their podcast. It's very much my cup of tea. The one I listened to was about the transgender ban in the military and the two female senators constantly voting no against the Obamacare repeal. Anyways, their podcast was a good balance of politics, personal opinion, and current events. Ben had his first birthday yesterday afternoon at Pop's. He's beginning to warm up to all of us. I was able to hold him for a few minutes. He would look at me and looked the other way, yet he didn't push me away. He allowed me to hold him. I think he enjoyed all of the attention he got yesterday and rightfully so. It was his first birthday party. The drag show on Friday night was good. I laughed a lot and so did Tess and the rest of the gang. We got to get up closer thanks to some no-shows. Riane and her friend Joey didn't make it out so late. We took them home after about 15 minutes at the bar. Tess and I went for Empire Pizza after we dropped them off. The pepperoni is always the way to go at any pizza place.

August 4, 2017

There are business women who do business lunches in their business suits...not just men. Thank you, Jones Assembly, for getting this wrong. We got third place at trivia last night. The questions were quite easy early on and they actually got more difficult as we moved along in the rounds. For third place, we were supposed to get our appetizer comped but since we already closed out our bill, they gave us a $5 gift card instead. Our appetizer was about $8. My latest electricity bill is the highest it's ever been. I am expecting the next bill will be as much or a bit less. After these two big bills, we should be okay for the rest of the year. My goal this weekend is to sort out all of the trash for big trash day this coming Wednesday. There are quite a few things still lingering in the garage that need to leave. Kaci had some visitors over at the house last night. They stayed for about an hour. Our night to get crazy turned into dancing and singing at the house. This was more for Tess and Riane. I couldn't get up this morning at my usual time and my stomach is not sitting well. I ransacked the almonds and snack mix last night. Paula Dean, safe travels with all of your connections today! Happy Birthday, Tammy!

August 2, 2017

Ba Loan oi! Cam on nhe. I had no idea the production value of vpop is up there. On my first day of driving the Pilot, I get to fix a flat for the front right tire. The service light showed up immediately. It seriously needs to get patched. Yesterday's home tour committee took place because I asked John about it. He didn't have it on his calendar and didn't send a reminder out to folks like he normally does. Anyways, we are out to publish the flyer on the website by this week and social media postings will follow thereafter. Rain will likely stay with us all week, which is great for me because I do not need to water the lawn. I timed it last time and it took about 1.5 hours to water the entire lawn. I didn't even consider the space behind the garage and behind the house. I'm ready for sprinklers.

August 1, 2017

Happy Birthday, Mamma Cay! As of this morning, Paul is off to his multi-city and multi-continent adventure. I was telling Sharon she has two days to water her lawn back to back because yesterday was an odd number day and so is today. Lucky for me, it rained a bit yesterday afternoon and quite a bit this morning. My goal is to have suitable lawn by September. I need to get rid of the weed at the end of the path leading up to the front door. So a lot is happening with GOT and a lot is not happening with GOT. The dialogue among the characters are getting quite snarky and super funny compared to prior seasons. Everyone is on edge and replying with sass remarks. It makes for entertaining tv. Ozark is my newest favorite show followed by Friends From College. Jason Batemen is pretty much the same character in every movie and tv show. He plays the same family guy who wears either a button down or a polo shirt even if it's in the middle of summer. Today is only Tuesday and I'm ready for Friday. Indira and Avery finally got to try Chow's last night and they were very impressed. My newest favorite dish from them is the tofu salt and pepper. The tofu literally just melts in your mouth.