Saturday, June 27, 2015

Close Friends

Do you have a lot of friends?  What about close friends?  Best friends?

It puzzles me how time changes so many people and relationships, how circumstances (sometimes out of our control) can put real stress on friendships.  And I also laugh at how life sometimes comes around full circle and presents us with people who we were close to as children.  Perhaps we can thank technology for that -  Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Vine, Blogger, etc.

I was thinking about this yesterday.  Growing up, I had very close friends thru grade school and middle school.  In high school, I didn't really have super close friends because I tried to be friends with everyone.  In college, I had zero close friends and as I have grown older, close friends have come and gone.  Maybe they weren't so close?

I do have those friends in my life now, the ones I consider close, who I don't even talk to every day, sometimes not even every week.  They are the ones who you know that no matter what, you can always pick back up where you left off and continue on.  Those are some of my best friends.

Anyway, I am rambling now.  It's going to be a hot weekend and the 4th of July holiday will be the busiest week of the year for our stores.  It surpasses Thanksgiving week and Christmas week, all because it's on the first week of the month.  There will be many family picnics, family reunions and get together, barbecues and dinners.  Starting on Wednesday, it will be a mad house in the store.  I am somewhat thankful my last day at this store is on July 4th.  The store I am going to is bigger and will be busy, but not crazy with first of the month shoppers like the current one.

At my current store, we do a lot of EBT and WIC orders.  Many of our wonderful customers use their funds all in the first week of the month and they load up!  The store I am going to is the complete opposite.  They don't care what day of the month it is and come almost every day for daily needs in their households.  To compare, my current store is what we call a 1st of the month store and the store I am going to is more upscale.  I don't know how else to describe it without being offensive in someone's eyes, so I guess I will leave it at that.

I am going to miss my current store.  The people are amazing and I really like working with all of them.  My store manager is awesome and she has taught me so much.  I guess all good things come to an end so something better awaits.

I am working late today and I have tomorrow off.  I haven't had a regular Sunday off in awhile.  I won't be going to OKC on Sunday because I have to be at work on Monday at the crack of dawn.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


Thursday, June 25, 2015


Ugh... this is why I don't like summer.  It's my least favorite season.  First favorite is autumn, but not until after the cooler temperatures start rolling in, usually mid-September to November is my favorite time.  This is followed by Spring, then Winter and last is Summer.

It's so flippin hot outside!  And it's the humid muggy kind of hot that you really only find in Kansas and Oklahoma.  I don't know how people did it back in the old days and I am sooooo glad I didn't have to live like that.  I will take my modern comforts of air conditioning on a day like today.  I feel bad for so many who don't have that luxury.  If any of my friends have no air conditioning on a day like today, they can stay with me!

I worked the early shift today, so it didn't get bad until about lunch time (12:30).  I didn't get much sleep last night due to heart burn.  But I feel better now and will probably get to bed early tonight since I have the early shift again tomorrow.

My official last day at my current store is July 4th.  Of course, I have to close, which totally sucks, but what can you do....

I am really looking forward to working much closer to home.  I can come home for lunch every day and get some stuff done around the house.  I can prep for dinner every single day and have it ready to cook by suppertime, much earlier than I do now.  Instead of eating so late, we can eat earlier.  This is sure to help the waistline!  I hate eating so late some days.  It's really bad for you.

I am having leftover chicken and rice now and will grab a shower and do a load of laundry.  I will do some reading tonight before bed.

I forgot to mention that my friend, K, is dilated to 5!  We may have twins in a couple of days!  Yay!

Hope you all had a great Thursday.

I leave you with this TBT picture I received from an employee about 4 years ago.

U Rock!

I love it!  I have passed it on to someone else who totally rocks.  :-)


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Wonderful Day

It's been a wonderful day so far.  Two years ago, my ex and I broke up.  It was a really bad time and I felt so guilty for wanting to call it quits.  I will save that story for a rainy day.  Anyway, today I decided I would spend the day paying it forward (PIF) to as many people as I could.

I started off at Starbucks this morning and paid for the car behind me.  This is my quick go-to PIF and I try to do this once a week.  I once paid for someone's order amounting to $32!  Lol....  Bet they were surprised!

After Starbucks, I met a co-worker for breakfast.  I have mentioned K before and today I met up with her and her two kids at Village Inn.  She is having twin girls and she could pop any day now!  While at Village Inn, we got to see my favorite waitress.  She takes really good care of us and always gives me a coffee to go.  I made sure to leave her a really big tip today - 50% of the bill.

We made our way to Target.  I asked K to get together a list of all the things she still needed for the twins.  The twins are girls btw.  Anyway, she had the list and we proceeded to get the items (I missed out on the baby shower due to the wedding).

We got another Fisher Price rocker, a baby tub, a bunch of newborn clothes, bottles, diapers, baby wash, a bumper for the crib (I bought her a crib a few months ago) and a few other items.  I spent a little over $300 there.  She started to cry at the register (pregnancy brings on those emotions!) and said she couldn't believe I got everything on her list.  She thought we were only going to grab a few things.  Lol....  I loved doing it for her and she is so sweet.  K is a good mama and her other two children are so well behaved and wonderful kids.  I know she needs help.  Unfortunately, she can't really depend on anyone on her side of the family.

Her boyfriend is amazing and so is his side of the family.  I think she is in good hands.

After PIF at Target, I had a hair appt to get to.  I gave my hairdresser an extra tip today for doing such a good job and taking great care of my locks for me.

I then headed to Carter's and found a huge sale on clearance baby clothes.  I purchased a few more things in premie size for the girls and grabbed a salad from Doc Greens.  Remember when I said I was going to eat my way thru their menu?  Today I got the Dr. Fiesta salad.  It's now my new favorite.  Lol...

Dr. Fiesta

Today has been an awesome day.  I could have spent it wallowing about and feeling bad about myself.  Instead, I used it to PIF to some special people in my day-to-day life.

Tonight I am cooking supper for the Kid and I.  He has requested my baked chicken and rice, with a side of roasted Brussels sprouts.  We won't eat until later, so using the oven won't be so bad.

Hope you all had a wonderful day!  I sure have.


Monday, June 22, 2015

Hot, Windy and Cranky

I am in Oklahoma and it is hot and windy.  Stephen is cranky today (which makes me cranky) because he has a sore back.  We just returned from the chiropractor.  I don't understand why people spend money on them.  Whenever my back is out of whack, I always do lots of stretches and then use a heating pad or ice.  I feel better the very next day.  Whenever he goes to the chiro, he feels like crap the rest of the day and it's still sore.  The aches and pains are still there for almost another day.  I can do my own treatment at home with no cost.  But I guess if it makes him feel better, than that's on him.  Just wish he wasn't such a baby about it.  hehehehe.....

It's super windy and hot outside.  I saw a huge jackrabbit outside with the longest ears ever!  I wish I could get a picture, but they always race away before I can get my phone out to get a pic.  This jackrabbit is the size of a small dog.  I can't get over how big it was.

We are grilling sockeye salmon tonight with a myriad of vegetables.  I will probably do some light cleaning and a load of laundry.  I am so glad I am a clean person and don't need people to clean up after me.  That gets on my nerves about some people I know.  They can't clean up after themselves and they are grown adults!  smh....


Saturday, June 20, 2015

In the Heat of Summer

Looks like we hit over 100 degrees.  You know it's hot when the store starts to feel warm on the inside.  It's usually pretty cool in the store, but I was sweating while working on the sales floor.  I took a cool shower as soon as I got home tonight.

I work tomorrow and then I am heading south to see Stephen.  I am looking forward to going down and spending time with him.

Well, it's a short post tonight because I want to read blogs before bed.


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Eating My Way Thru Doc Green's

It was certainly a long day.  I didn't get to bed until 3 am!  That's what I get for taking a late nap.  I woke up at 9 am and started a load of laundry.  I got ready for work early and stopped by Doc Green's to grab a salad to go.  I am eating my way thru their entire menu, one item/one week at a time.  It's soooo good!

I ordered the Dr. Grilled Veggie: Field greens, grilled zucchini & yellow squash, grilled portobello mushrooms, roasted red peppers, red onion, avocados and balsamic vinaigrette dressing.  It was pretty good.  I am not a fan of balsamic vinegar, but this wasn't too bad.  I have decided to start off at the top of their menu of salads and work my way down.  This was my second salad and now my second favorite.  The first salad I tried was Dr. Beeks.  The description is as follows: Field greens tossed with cranraisins, feta cheese, candied walnuts and raspberry vinaigrette.  I also added some grilled salmon.  It was delicious and is still my favorite so far.

If you are interested in trying new restaurants, I use an app called Zomato.  You can create an account, check in to restaurants, write reviews, add pictures and see what other diners are saying about the restaurants.  I have quite a few reviews on the app from my food blog.  I haven't done a review in ages or a blog post on my food blog.  I hope to resurrect the blog once again soon.

Anyway, after picking up my salad, I headed to work and ate my salad in the conference room.  I like to eat in there because people rarely go in there.  It's a nice place to sit and not be bothered.  I worked 12-10 today.  I did clear off my desk and packed up a few things for my upcoming move to another store.  I am now starting to look forward to it.

Well, I better hit the hay.  I have to be in by 6 am and it's almost 11:30.  Hope you all had a wonderful Thursday.


A Wedding, A Walk and Apricots

Prepare for an extra long post!

Here are some pics I took of my brother's wedding....

The Vows

The Rings

The Kiss

The Happy Couple

The Bride

Cutting the Cake

New Family Pic

Our New Family

After getting back from Concordia, I headed straight for OKC.  Stephen did not go to the wedding, so I headed down there to spend the last of my vacation with him.  I went for a walk on Sunday and took a picture of what I call Horse Corner.  The house in on the other side of the trees on the left hand side.  This is a different neighbor that has a few horses.  The horses were on the other side of the trees that day, but here is a nice shot of where they hang out when they want shade.

After getting back from my walk, Stephen and I hit the backyard.  We picked lots of apricots from his two apricot trees.  There are so many of them and I hate to think these will be wasted.  We stopped by the new neighbor's house and offered them to stop by and pick as many as they wanted.  I got a small bucket and filled it up.  I am now making canned apricots and apricot jelly as I type this.  It's a three hour process and since I took a nap today, I figured I would get a post up in between tasks.


I worked 12-10 yesterday for my first day back and was already off again today.  I went to lunch with a work friend, hit the YMCA and did an hour of cardio (walking, biking and elliptical) and then made supper.  I grabbed a little nap around 7 and slept until 9.

The apricots in light syrup are done and the popping noise from the lids have popped!  Yay!  My first successful canning venture!  The apricot jelly is now in the boiling bath water and will be done soon.  These beautiful orange fruit look and taste so divine. I love the color these give off.  I will get some photos tomorrow in natural light so you can see how vibrant they are.  Not to mention the apricots smell heavenly!  The jelly will go nicely on toast or English muffins.  I packed everything in the small jars, even the apricots in light syrup.  Since there is just two of us, no sense in wasting any fruit by packing it in big jars and not being able to eat all of it.   Not that it should be a problem... but for my first time, I wanted to do smaller portions.

I had a wonderful week of vacation and I am looking forward to another week coming up in mid-July.  I am not planning on going anywhere except Oklahoma.  I have not heard on a start date for my new store, but it may be as early as next week.  I hope it's soon.

Hope you all had a fantastic week!


Saturday, June 13, 2015

Vacation - Day Six WEDDING DAY!

Today is wedding day!  I get to see my baby brother get married.  I was so emotional at the rehearsal yesterday. It was so embarrassing.  I think I got all of the crying out of me.  I have to speak in front of the congregation and I can't cry in front of 200+ people.

Anyway, I will try and post more later.


Friday, June 12, 2015

Vacation - Day Five

Well, I guess I didn't realize how stressed out it can be doing a wedding.  Holy cow.  I also can't believe how much family my future sister-in-law has.  I think my SIL is having a small anxiety attack.  Too many questions for that poor girl.

I was in charge of the supper last night and lunch today.  Last night I got enough pizza, tacos and "extras" to feed a small army.  For lunch today, I got sandwich fixings, veggie trays, chips, cookies and condiments to feed the same small army for two days.  There are so many kids!

I am hiding out in my hotel room at the moment, awaiting instructions from the decorators or for my parents to arrive.  Whichever happens first is the way I am going.

It's been drizzling all day.  I am anxious about tomorrow.  I want it to get here already so everyone can stop stressing out.  Weddings can bring out the worst in people.

I will get some pics up later for you to see.  Hope you are all having a fantastic Friday!


Thursday, June 11, 2015

Vacation - Day Four

Today marks the middle of my vacation.  Hard to believe it is already halfway over and we haven't even had a wedding yet.  We are leaving to head out of town soon.  I have everything packed and ready to go.  I still can't decide what I am going to wear tomorrow at the rehearsal dinner.

Once we arrive, we will be put to work getting the reception area all decorated.  I think the church is done.  Heck, I don't know.  I do know I have to read a passage from the bible during the ceremony.  It's strange. I never go to church, am not the least bit religious, but I was chosen to read during the wedding.  I asked my brother if he would be mad if I rapped the verse.  He laughed and said I would say something like that.  And no, I can't.  Darn!  I've got mad skills!

Anyway, I guess it's time to make sure The Kid and The Yak are all ready to go.  I can bet you one of them forgot their toothbrush.

I will check in later this evening after supper.  Have a good day!


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Vacation - Day Three

Good day!

The shower is fixed.  Yay!  The maintenance man came by this morning and fixed a leaky part in the wall.  I also got a new spray nozzle for the kitchen sink.  I love where I live.  They are speedy when it comes to maintenance and you don't have to pay extra for parts and whatnot.

The nephews are playing a video game downstairs and anxiously waiting for my kid to get home.  He is going to take them swimming.  The pool is right across the parking lot.  My townhouse is the closest to the leasing office, so it's super close.  It is within throwing distance!  The nice thing about it is my townhouse is brick, so I hardly hear any noises from the pool.  Sweet!

I got my shopping done.  The only things left on my list is to vacuum and prune Henry.  Supper will be easy. We are having leftovers from lunch at Old Chicago!

I think I might go by Bed, Bath and Beyond this evening when I take the local nephew home.  I would like to get a new shower curtain.  I am tired of the one I have.  Maybe something in blue?

Anyway, it's a scorcher out there.  The boys will need extra sunscreen this afternoon.  Hell, I may even take a nap!


Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Vacation - Day Two

This day is almost at an end.  Talk about busy!  Whew!  Here is what the day looked like...

I got up around 7:30 (no sleeping in again) and got myself together. My boss texted me and asked if I could run the meeting today at the store.  I was going to be up there anyway and told her I would.  I also got the chance to tell the team I was transferring to a bigger store.  They were all sad.  I almost cried.  I don't have a start date yet, but I am looking forward to this opportunity.

After my time at the store, I ran to the Asian market to pick up some stuff for my mom: tea, peppers, fish.  I had to make two different stops at two different Asian markets.  Those places can be an adventure.  The one I usually go to is a Vietnamese store.  The workers and owners there are super rude.  I won't be going there anymore unless it's a last resort.  The second stop was better, except the store was unorganized.  Oh well.

Once I got all of my items, I headed to the airport to pick up my Aunt Sookhi.  The Wichita airport has been newly remodeled and I was in and out in less than 30 minutes.  That means I didn't have to pay for the parking garage!  One of the perks of living in a smaller city, I guess.

I drove my aunt to Great Bend, where my parents live.  My mom called about 3 times during the 2 hour trip to see how close we were.  She cooked a bunch of Korean food and was anxiously awaiting our arrival.   We arrived home and were promptly moved to the back living room to eat lunch.  It was delicious!

My sister came by and dropped off my nephew, aka The Yak.  He is staying with me until the wedding.  He has been bouncing off the walls since he got here.  I have managed to make sure he got in a good bath and had a good supper of Arby's roast beef sandwiches.  Lol.... He got to pick tonight.

Now I am finishing up another load of laundry.  It must sound like I do a lot of laundry.  I actually probably do.  I do at least one load a day.  If I let it go a couple of days, which I did all last week, it builds up.  Besides, I went shopping yesterday and needed to rearrange my closet.  All of my fall/winter clothes are in the guest bedroom closet and my spring/summer clothes are in my room.  I bought several new summer blouses to add to my wardrobe.

Tomorrow's agenda for vacation is as follows:
  • Maintenance man will be by around 9 am to fix the shower (no water pressure)
  • Grocery shopping around 10 am
  • Pick up my other nephew around 11 and take the boys to lunch
  • Come back to my house and let the boys play, go swimming, etc.
  • Clean my kitchen
  • Vacuum the upstairs rooms
  • Prune Henry (my plant)
  • Take the local nephew back home
  • Cook supper
  • Get packed to leave on Thursday
Whew!  It's going to be a busy day tomorrow.

Hope you all had a good day!


Monday, June 08, 2015

Vacation - Day One

Vacation all I ever wanted
Vacation had to get away
Vacation meant to be spent alone

Ah.... the Go-Go's.  I know you are all humming this tune now.  I am!

I am on vacation for the next eight days!  WooHoo!

First day of vacation and this chica wakes up at 7 am!  My goodness.  I will never learn.  Lol.

I was going thru my comments and I received a comment from The Lies of 4th Avenue Blues.  I popped over and the drama continues.  Can't say I am surprised.  Jonathon sure has left a foul taste in a lot of people's mouths.  People keep emailing me about it.  I commented my thoughts on this blog.  I guess if you want to really piss people off, this is what happens.

Anyway, enough of that.  I had lunch with the Kid this morning.  We went to the Egg Crate Cafe, which is close to where we live.  I got the combo meat breakfast.  It comes with 2 strips of bacon, 2 sausage links, 2 eggs, hashbrowns or country potatoes and choice of bread.  It was so much food for an awesome price - around $8.  I couldn't finish it all so the Kid had to eat the rest.  He got the pancake combo.  HUGE portions!

Here is a pic of my breakfast plate.  So much food!

I do have an agenda each day I am on vacation.  I have already met with a co-worker to discuss their progress in their new training class.  I have started a load of laundry.  I have a few more things on my list for today:
  • Shoe shopping with the Kid for the wedding
  • Shirt shopping for the wedding
  • Two loads of laundry
  • Clean the upstairs bathroom
  • Change the bedding in the spare bedroom for my nephew's visit.
I should be busy the rest of the day.  Hope you are all having a great Monday. I know it's not everyone's favorite day, but it's as good as you want it to be!


Thursday, June 04, 2015

A Day Off!

I am so happy I am off tomorrow!  That means I only have to work Saturday and Sunday and then it's vacation.  I love that I get 6 weeks off every year.  That is one of the perks of my job.  Of course, I had to work 20 years for the company to get it, but at least I have it.

I am in OKC this evening.  I haven't been here in a few weeks and I was really missing Stephen.  I will head back Saturday morning.

When I arrived, I found a fur ball in the bedroom.  Gross.  That's a downside to having Gabby.  She coughs up fur balls because Stephen doesn't brush her enough.  One good thing is that she doesn't shed cat hair around the house very much.  I would have a fit if she did.  I can't stand having animal hair on me or my clothes.

Anyway, work was crazy busy.  We had a couple of visitors (district suits) come in today.  I didn't really walk with either of them.  We were just too damn busy!  Business picked up today, so most of it was a blur.  It's one thing after the other.  I don't even know where all of the time goes.

Well, I want to read some blogs and watch a little more of the Gilmore Girls before Stephen gets home from work.  Hope you all had a good day.


Wednesday, June 03, 2015

1st of the Month

Man... if you have ever worked retail grocery, then you know how crazy it can be during the first week of the month.  Everyone comes in to do their shopping.  Lots of people at my store are on government assistance and they get their money at the first of the month.  We also have some shoppers who work aircraft and they also get paid at the first of the month, some bi-weekly.  Regardless, our store is jam-packed busy and it gets a little hectic.

Retail grocery has its ups and downs.  The upside is seeing all of the different kinds of customers who shop.  I love to people watch and we have some funny characters that come in every week.  For instance, there is a guy named Timothy who is an alcoholic and on several medications.  He's a character.  He will come in several times a day, each time his state of consciousness is altered further.  It's come to the point where our security guard has to follow him around so he won't bother other customers or employees.  He has sandy brown hair, is gaunt and bony.  His voice is sassy and if he could snap his fingers when he talked, he would.  I walk the opposite way when I see him coming.  Timothy will stand and talk to you all day if you would let him.  But we can't, there is work to be done!   Especially at the first of the month!  :-)

Costco opened today in Wichita.  I am so thankful I don't live anywhere near the intersection of Kellogg and Webb.  I feel sorry for anyone who travels thru that intersection.  Now with Costco opening, it's only going to get worse.  Screw that. I will stick to the west side of town.  Traffic is so much better and we have almost everything the East side has, some things are even better.

I am having a vegetarian dinner tonight.  Brussels sprouts are roasting in the oven and I am going to make a nice hearty salad.  I will probably get to bed early this evening.  I can't wait for vacation.  I start Monday and don't have to go back to work until the 23rd.  Sweet!

Hope you had a Happy Hump Day!


Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Free Time

Yay for a day off!  I am so excited!  I have a hair appt at noon thirty.  These locks are in need of a fresh coat of color and a serious hair cut.  I got 4 inches cut off the last time, but I need to cut another 4 inches.  It grows so fast plus the extra weight off will be good during the summer months.

After my hair appt today, I am meeting my friend Chris for a late lunch at Jason's Deli.  I love that place!  They have a yummy salad bar.

Some time today, I plan on cleaning my bedroom.  I need to sort and hang clothes, vacuum and dust.  Bedding will be washed today and different sheets will be put on.  I have a rotation every two weeks.  Ya, I know.

My son keeps his room much cleaner than I keep mine.  He actually said something to me two days ago, "Hey Mom.  How come you make me clean my room and keep it clean and it's cleaner than yours?"  Touché, my dear.  Touché.  So ya, it's time to clean my room.  I mean, it's not a disaster or anything.  I just have work clothes on the floor near my closet, a few work clothes on the other side of my king size bed and a few clothes on my dresser.  I get so busy in the morning trying to figure out what to wear.  Sometimes I change my mind last minute and instead of hanging the clothes back up, I just throw them on my bed, or the floor.

I do have a system for dirty clothes.  In my closet, I have 4 different laundry baskets.  Each basket is designated for specific clothes: darks, lights, towels and bras/socks/panties.  As soon as one fills up, I take it downstairs.  I just recently came up with the system because the previous system of just dumping the clothes in the middle of the laundry room floor wasn't working.  I hate sorting, so I decided I would just sort them as the clothes came off.  That way it takes the extra work out of it.  I know it's not rocket science, but my boyfriend would call it a super genius move.  I think so too!

Well, I better get around here.  I have a few blogs to read and I want to eat a very light breakfast since I will be eating a very late lunch (2 pm).  Hope you all have a wonderful day!


Ken - I wish you had a blog!  I love corresponding with you back and forth.  You mentioned a religion thing with your wife's parents.  What kind of thing was it?  As for my parents reaction, I can't wait to see it also.  :-)

Monday, June 01, 2015

New Opportunities

Got some great news today!  I am transferring to another store.  I'm super excited because this store is only two miles away from my front door.  This means I don't have to leave the house until 10 minutes before I am scheduled, plus I can come home for lunch every single day!  WooHoo!

I will find out in a few weeks when my official start date is.  I will miss my old store tremendously, but I am always open for new opportunities.

I am starting to get a little nervous for my brother's wedding in two weeks.  Partly because my family has not met Stephen yet.  This should be interesting.  Stephen is not your ordinary 50 year old guy.   He is tatted up, has gauged hoops in his ears, bald and has a tongue ring.  I know, I know.... you are shaking your head, right?  I did too!  When I first met him.  Lol...

Anyway, my parents are a little old fashioned, Republican and they have a way with words.  My boyfriend is open minded, Democrat and doesn't ever mince words.  It's going to be great!  (save me)

Seriously tho, I would be lying if I didn't say I was a little nervous.  He isn't the typical guy I have normally dated, which is probably why it works.  I guess I shouldn't worry over it.  It is what it is.  I am a grown adult.  My parents can't tell me what to do anymore!  ya, right...

Did I mention I am super excited about my new work adventure?  :-)