Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Book Review


I flew to LA last week, yes it was a last minute trip to visit the hubs while he is away for work.

I had just gotten my order from Amazon in that had been delayed by the blizzard & I thought the flights to LA & back would be a perfect time to knock out Pioneer Woman's new book, Black Heels to Tractor Wheels, before I went to her book signing in a couple of weeks.

1. I had not read any of this story on her blog. I just prefer to read stories in book form :) So I was doubley excited to start it.

2. I ALWAYS sleep on flights. Even Tulsa to Dallas. Transportation=sleep to me if its over 20 minutes, whether planes, trains or automobiles.

My opinion of the book is.....it was fantastic!! Let me just say I read the entire book from start to finish between Tulsa & LA. I have never finished a book that quick. I forgot I was even on an airplane and was living her life for appx 5-6 hrs that day. It didn't even occur to me to stop and take a nap. And I laughed out loud several times.

I enjoyed it so much because:
A. I can relate to her view on things, she is just better at putting things in to words than I am.

B. I love cowboys, country sunsets, dirt roads, & open pastures so reading about them makes me happpy.

and

C. I also love sushi, black heels, lipstick & living half a mile from Pei Wei.

D. I can also relate to MM's personality and his lifestyle since I lived on a ranch for 12 years. With cattle. And branding. And birthing. And other gross things.

E. I am even more impressed with MM after reading this than when I met him in person last year :)

Its a book I can read multiple times I think just for sheer entertainment. And its a feel good story with lots of great one-liners on her part :)

Obviously, her decision to skip out on Chicago was a good one :)

And I had nothing to read on my flight back home, so I slept!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Snow.....klahoma

Snow-klahoma, where the wind and snow come sweeping down the plains.....ugh! The snow was fun for a week and now I'm over it :) Below is tonight & tomorrow's forecast. Not excited.

It wouldn't be so bad if I didn't have to take vacation time to miss work because I prefer not to risk my life driving. So annoying.

Some random reasons why this is getting old:
  • We have 3 full trash cans of grossness that have yet to be picked up.
  • We haven't gotten mail since last Tuesday.
  • We haven't used our front door since last Monday, there is STILL a huge drift.
  • To look at our street, you would never know any streets were clear & melted around town.
  • We almost had a pipe freeze, but we discovered it in time & got it thawed with the hair dryer.
  • I keep baking & cooking. I will probably gain 10 lbs. by the time it warms up & I can get to the gym. It has been delicious though! :)
  • We got stuck, going downhill, in the 4wd, going super slow we did a 180 & ended up turned the opposite direction facing uphill. Lovely. But thanks to neighbors we didn't even know, we got out!

On the positive side (and more importantly!):

  • We have POWER.
  • We have heat, cozy blankets, and a roof over our heads.
  • We are healthy.
  • We have had a fun time at home watching movies, playing the Wii and just hanging out.
  • We have food, milk, etc.
  • We didn't wreck the car or get stranded, I'm really grateful we have 4wd :)
  • My sister is finally over the flu!
  • I do love the snow on the trees, seeing the cardinals & other sweet birds at our bird feeders, watching Capone leap around & cover his little face with snow, looking out my kitchen window to a bright, white front yard, cooking for Eric, wearing my warm pajamas & socks & robe, and naps :)
  • Also, we are very thankful for the city workers, for hospital & emergency workers, for the shelters around town, & for kind strangers helping each other around town.

Sooo ready for spring & summer! And looking forward to seeing all my tulip bulbs bloom (hopefully!) once the ground thaws :)

I did get my Amazon shipment finally, so I have something to entertain myself if we have another snow day.








Thursday, February 3, 2011

Snowpocolypse - February 2, 2011

Happy Groundhog Day & Happy Snow Day #2 to us!

Here is what our day consisted of once I got up at noon :)

Finishing DVDs 3 & 4 of this, so good!

Then, outside to play!












Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Snowpocolypse - February 1, 2011

The February 2011 Blizzard officially hit. Tulsa got something around 14" of snow or some nonsense. It was wonderful, as in wonderful since I stayed in ALL day :)

Things accomplished on this first snow day of the year:

-Eric was scheduled to leave today but all his flights got cancelled, OH DARN
-I made the Hershey's recipe for Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies
-Slept in-major YAY
-Woke up to snowiness everywhere
-Made Pioneer Woman's pancakes
-Eric hung the new curtain's in the living room---made a HUGE difference, much cozier now!
-Eric painted on the 2nd coat of paint in the game/media room...making progress (pics to come later).
-I watched 2 of 4 DVDs of the Anne of Green Gables miniseries. It makes me cry every time. Insane. I love it so much. Gilbert kills me!
-I made Pioneer Woman's Chicken & Dumplings. PERFECTION.


-Eric drank a lot of Diet A&W Root Beer and Chocolate Milk today.
-We had a lovely night hanging out at our neighbor's playing Apples to Apples & talking
-Looking forward to sleeping in AGAIN tomorrow & watching the rest of Anne of Green Gables & then onto Price & Predjudice :)

As of 10:30am, 2.1.11