A lovely day

Welcome back friends.  We are still enjoying New Mexico, thanks for asking =)  There has been so much arabic going on here its ridic.  Writing it, reading it, speaking it…the rosetta stone program is really good, but  I wonder how good Id be doing without having Him to help.  We have a ton of flashcards that We take with Us everywhere so I can practice.  English on one side, arabic on the other and all mixed up so they go back and forth between english to arabic and arabic to english.

Today, We took a trip to the Paguate Reservation and got to see a great guy and old friend of Calis.  His name is Pat Pruitt.  Click his name to see his amazing work.  We hung out with him for the entire after noon, mostly at his workshop.  Its more like a playhouse really…he makes amazing art, not the least of which is jewelery.  His designs and imagination combined with his rooms of machinery and years of experience make him someone to watch for sure.  Well, don’t watch him literally, he likes his space.  He likes it so much he is rebuilding the house he grew up in with his own two hands in order to house his shop and himself (and his pretty lady) on the reservation where you dont get found unless you want to.  Awesome.

So, Cali and I went to visit Pat and catch up…and Cali and Pat got to discuss something of great importance.  The great Pat Pruitt is also the man making Our permanent collar. (insert squealing and jumping here).  [A brief moment to backstory anyone who doesnt know why this is a big deal, or wtf a “collar” is if not for a dog…the silver “necklace” I have worn all day every day and has been in every picture of me for over a year is a collar.  Its locked, and no I don’t have a key.  Actually, neither does He, it was lost some time ago.  Its a symbol of my belonging to Him-much in the same way a lot of people look at a wedding ring, only it isn’t. =)  Im open to further questions, but thats enough for now if you don’t already know.]  So We are going to eventually have a formal collaring ceremony to essentially gather everyone We know and care about together and say “hey yall We like each other and plan to do what it is We are doing for a loooooooooong time”.  During this ceremony, He is going to remove the collar I presently wear and replace it with another permanent one.  Today, the design and specifics were finalized, details were tweaked and decisions were made and it won’t be long now.  It could be a while since he’s doing it between the other amazing fun he is building, but he now has all necessary information to make magic for Us and I.am.ex.ci.ted.  Seriously, CHECK HIM OUT HERE.

It was rainy today.  Didn’t spoil Our fun, but it was rainy which was weird.  Its been either sunny, or just cold.  I am NOT a fan of the rain so for me it was kind of a big deal.  Ok not really, but I didn’t like it so 😛

I tried to pop my ears in the car while driving back from the reservation through the mountains today by opening my mouth real wide, and my jaw popped so loud it scared me and then pain shot through my head.  Its gone now, thank jebus, but it hurt.

Planning Zoes bday party is fun.  I have been finding websites with the help of my mom and perusing thrift stores for tea cups and what not…getting great ideas.  I am also soliciting ideas from others…hinthint.  Im looking forward to seeing how excited Zoe is and also to see the friends who will be coming by with their kids (and without).

Well, I guess thats all for now folks…stay tuned!!

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Church ruins, fire valley and petroglyphs

Welcome back, friends.  We have been taking it easy in New Mexico.  Kinda.  I have been doing my arabic studies for about 3-5 hours every day and THAT is a chore.  I love it, don’t get me wrong, it’s just mentally draining.  It makes my brain really work, which is awesome, I just haven’t been in school for a while, ya know?  Having Cali here to help me with the arabic is immeasurably valuable.  He is such a great help when it comes to “wtf why (this that the other)”.  He got me a book about the arabic alphabet that is learning me how to write the words I’m learning to say.  AWESOME.  Just sayin’.

Other than arabic, household duties, and driving around We have just been planning what We want to do.  Not like long term or anything, more like next week =)  Cali got His new clothes!!!  He threw out almost all of His clothes and bought robes to wear all the time.  He also got a sleeveless shirt that looks amazing on Him with His robes…read on and you will see Him in them.  He looks awesome.

We actually recently went on a roadtrip.  That Nat’l Park passport book thing I told you about last time helped Us plan a day trip to 5 amazing places.

Our trip Route this time

We got 3 more cancellation stamps in Our passport!!!  We got up at about 7am tuesday morning and started taking showers and packing things for the trip.  Stephen made Us amazing omelettes for breakfast and We were on Our way.  Our first stop of the day was the Quarai Ruins, one of the “Salinas Pueblo Missions“.

The first site of the day.

We pulled up and the parking lot had one car in it.  Not surprised since it was kind of an “out of the way” place.  The car belonged to the nice man working inside the ranger station, who gave Us a brochure and directed Us across the sidewalk path to the “museum” for the ruins.  After stamping a piece of paper because I left Our passport at Stephen’s, We checked it out.

The little museum at the ranger station

When We left the museum, We started on the path to the ruins.  They were nothing less than amazing.

The ruins as you walk up to them on the path

Inside the ruins was a rock covered path going through the labyrinth of rooms.  The church itself had a large sanctuary room

They were soooo big!!

and several smaller rooms for the convents it housed.  Being there was phenomenal.  It was beautiful no matter which way We looked and the colors were such that I had never seen.  We took so many pictures, again there is an album for this trip (THE ALBUM), but you get the idea.

It felt like time travel back

After walking through this ruin and taking pics, We left for the Abo Ruins.

The second Natl site that day
It was beautiful even half broken
It was beautiful, even half broken
Standing tall after hundreds of years.

The Abo ruins, like the Quarai ruins, were red in color and made of pretty much solid rock.  Brick, I guess.  I reflected for a while on what it would have been like to build those giant buildings without all the modern machinery.  As We left, We saw the road We came in on was beautiful as well.

The road as We were leaving
The road as We were leaving

We had Our atlas, of course, but We also ran Our navigation on Our phone to be sure.  When We left the Abo ruins, We checked the gps map to get on the way to the Gran Quivira ruins.  This, is what my phone said:

gps showed nothing except for "you are blue dot going this way..."

Nothing.  Nothing is what my phone said, except for making Our blue dot with an arrow move along an unknown invisible path toward some nothing…when actually We were headed to one of my favorite stops of the day.

3rd stop of the day.
3rd stop of the day!

From the parking lot, We could see the ruins on a hill lookin’ all majestic.  One of the first things We noticed about these ruins is their color.  While the other two were red, these were a beautiful white/grey.  Not like a white that looked dirty, but like real white, with grey dirt and stone.

On Our way up to the ranger station We caught Our first glimpse

Every direction We looked the scenery just went on forever.

Did I mention it was VERY windy that day?

My dress kept getting blown up!!

Cali looked so pretty in this environment with His new clothes.  (not that He doesnt always =))

He's so pretty

Before We left, I had to grab an amazing picture opportunity…

Cali standing on top of the ruins. One of a series.

We took the opportunity to picnic at the tables before leaving this place.  It really was an awesome feeling there…peaceful.

Before I go on, I will tell on myself for a second.  If you noticed a smudge on the right side of the pictures, starting after Our first stop, its because I totally got my fingerprints all over the camera lens after cleaning it that morning.  I did it not long after We started so almost all of the pictures We took have smudges.  Awesome.  Oops =)

After leaving the Gran Quivira ruins, We drove out to the Valley of Fires.  If you dont know what that is, and I didn’t until then, please click the link.  Basically, it is a field of cooled lava that stretches for about 44 miles, or about 135 square miles of surface area.  From far away you can tell when you are getting close by looking at the black band cutting through the scenery.

4th stop
4th stop

Before We started on the “nature trail” We were advised to be very careful when venturing out on to the lava off the trail due to it being like broken glass if you fall.  BROKEN GLASS!  Im wearing a dress and flip flops…call me a daredevil.

Lava field

In that one you can see the walking path winding through it.  It made me think about the people who had to actually make the walking path.  It was very unforgiving and uneven ground.

The explanation of the Valley

If you click the picture, you’ll be able to read the explanation of the lava.  None of the pictures or stories do it justice…the lava field was an amazing site to see.  There were cracks and depressions, and cave like structures and giant mounds.  The plants growing there were so hearty and tough.  I kept thinking about what it would be like to survive there.  What if I had to hike through it to get somewhere else.  The rattlesnake warnings and perfect scorpion habitats were enough to be scary but added to the “broken glass” of the ground and the fact that every plant there had sharp things on it made me anxious about being alone there at night.  Good thing that wasn’t about to happen!!

Imagine hiking across this!!
Imagine hiking across this!!
One of my fave pics from this stop. A juniper tree and a crack.

Of course We did get off the trail for a bit.  Mostly just for a few pictures.  Stepping into the cracks was super scary since there could be any number of creepy crawly things inside!!

One of the more shallow, yet still creepy, cracks

There were also many scenic stops along the road outside of the recreation area that captured Our attention, but werent captured on film so you’ll have to go yourself!  One sight We did happen to see on the way to 3 rivers was a dust storm at White Sands.  3 Rivers is not very far from the White Sands Natl Monument and due to the windy conditions you could see the sandstorm from miles away.  A crap picture, but here it is:

Through the windhsield
Through the windshield

Our last stop that day was 3 Rivers Petroglyphs.

Last stop
2 signs??

I didn’t happen to be familiar with petroglyphs until this trip.  Basically, they are etchings on rocks.  This collection is one of the biggest in the southwest and is one of the few that lets you mingle with them and walk among them to look closely.  As you may imagine, that has invited dumbasses to deface them, but for the most part, they were very well taken care of.  Please see the album for some amazing pictures of the petroglyphs at 3 rivers.  THE ALBUM

Our "designated path". FML

The, ahem, “path” that We were supposed to stick to kind of disappeared ever so often and We had to go on the path of least resistance sometimes.  No problem, except hiking in flip flops isn’t something I will making into a habit.  I didn’t think about the “off road walking” We would be doing all day, I was thinking about being comfy =)  Ps, a “WINDY” day-according to the desert news people-means that you should NOT venture out into very dusty wide open spaces.  Unless you just don’t give a WHAT =)

See the thorns on that plant right in front?!
In the background is the welcome center about a half mile back

We got in the car at the petroglyphs and We were supposed to drive to Roswell to check out the aliens and stuff, but…decided We had had a long day already and headed back to ‘Burque.

I started writing arabic.  Its damn exciting.  The letters I had a problem recognizing and pronouncing are becoming more and more clear.  Sometimes it seems like I study all day.  Aside from cooking amazing meals and driving to far away places, We just take it easy.  I clean alot, We go to Barnes and Noble pretty often to look at books about New Mexico or Nevada (Our next state), We hang out together and enjoy it.  Still doing the pilates…I hurt my tailbone doing it the other day.  As most of you probably know already, I broke my tailbone almost 2 years ago and it just hasn’t been right ever since.  It protested my ab workout the other day.  Not fun at all.  I found my desire to smoke cigarettes again.  I still don’t smoke at all like I used to, but I have found that I so still like to smoke…and when I don’t have any (like now) I don’t like it.

One love

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Scared of heights? Climb a ladder.

Welcome back, friends.  We have been enjoying Our stay in New Mexico.  Still doing the pilates (go Us) and We decided that since Our muscles were sore from all the “core burning” We have been doing, We should totally go for a 2 mile hike.  Ok, so We didn’t actually think about it that way, and kinda forgot Our muscles hurt until We started the hike…We went on a road trip:

Our roadtrip route from ABQ to Bandelier to Jemez and back. about 250 miles

Our first stop was Bandelier Natl Monument.  It was pretty amazing.  We had gotten up at around 8 that morning to pack a picnic lunch and get on the road.  Cali was like a kid at Christmas…He was up before the alarm and getting things done before He woke me up!  For those who don’t know-that just doesn’t happen.  We got to the park and got an “Access Pass” for all federal lands (which means We don’t pay any entry fee to Natl parks or other “federal lands” due to His military status).  We visited the welcome center and purchased a self guided tour map and a Natl Parks Passbort book.  The passport has a map of all Natl parks and reserves and such and has them grouped by region and there are pages to put stamps from the parks to “cancel” your passport like when you travel to other countries.  Pretty exciting stuff.  I got to cancel the Bandelier one.  Stamp and everything.  Im going to post some of Our favorite picture from that day to give kind of an idea of what We saw, but Im also posting a link to the album where all the pictures are from that day.  They are beautiful and you should check them out if you have a few minutes. CLICK HERE for the album and click “slideshow” at the top right.

First was the drive out to Bandelier National Monument.  It took about 2 hours and We went through Santa Fe.  Took the “back way” on the “Turquoise Trail”.

He likes this one. On the road to Bandelier

The rocks were so big.

When We got there, We had a picnic lunch of turkey cheese sandwiches, cheez its, potato salad He made that morning, and pink champagne.  MMmmmmmm.  Once We started the hike, We saw so many beautiful things.

Not so rio grande! (or frijoles creek)

We saw the remains of a “kiva” which is where the pueblo people would have had important meetings and nobody would be allowed in if they weren’t directly involved.

Inside a ceremonial "kiva".

It was in the center of one of the ground villages.

We were in the wilderness.

I like to climb!
Awesome view of village walls from up on the rocks

Thats the village I spoke of before with the kiva.  Then We started climbing ladders to get into the cave dwellings in the rocks.

I dont think I could do this all day everyday
Looks like a lizard on a dragon head
A "ladder" if you will

The small holes in the rock face are a “ladder” that the inhabitants of these caves would use to get up and down. Carrying everything…their water, food, kids etc.

Looking up into the room above.

I had a lot of fun climbing into and around in all the caves.

It was amazing inside.
Inside looking at the doorway
The view out the window of a cave dwellers home
Almost like an apt complex

I cant even imagine climbing around on that with a child squirming around!

The small holes are foot holes they used to climb the wall to their home.

The swirls and stuff on the wall are petroglyphs.  Amazing.  a half mile and 4 ladders in, We get to this sign:

No health problems, but We are scared of heights! Push on.

And the fun begins.

Very narrow walkway. Barely wide enough to set your foot down.

That walkway was literally barely wider than my shoe.  It was crazy narrow.

See how high up? People climbing ladders and stairs above Us.

We look up to see people climbing stairs (just as narrow) and ladders (with no railing).

Cali climbing the highest (therefor scariest) ladder of the day just before me.

Both up and down that ladder were close to the scariest I have ever done.

Looking down a ladder before getting on.

There are more, but you get the idea.  Seriously though, check out THE ALBUM.

We hike the 1 mile back just looking around at all the nature.  It was so beautiful there.  The grandeur of everything really showed me how small We all really are.  When We left the park, We drove through the Jemez mountains to get to…yep, Jemez.  Prounced=hay-mez.  We came upon this:

A snowy/icy field We saw after leaving Bandelier on the way to Jemez through the mountains

Water cutting through the ice and snow.

Not long after, We happened upon this:

Another roadside view in the Jemez Mountains

Loved the colors here.

When We got to Jemez, and in between also actually, everything We wanted to see was closed due to snowy conditions.  Blah on that.  The Jemez Ruins were just closed because it was after 5pm.  Stupid business hours.  Driving back to Albuquerque wasn’t a long drive and it was very pretty.  Most of what was said in the car was “look at that” and “wow, thats pretty” or “I like that”.  We very much enjoyed Ourselves.

We have another trip planned for next week toward Ruidoso.  (rio-doso  I dont know why, it just is).  We are going to stop at several different places, including “ABO Ruin”, “Quarai Ruin”, “Gran Quivira”, “Valley of Fires” and 3 Rivers Petroglyphs.  Pretty excited about it.

We got a giant atlas that We carry around and use to plan Our trips and not get lost, and He got me some flourescent highliters…which means that I have been tracing Our path across the pages of the states for the road trips and the long in between state trips.  I love tracing the roads.

We have been cooking a lot.  I wasn’t kidding when I said a full size kitchen is not to be taken for granted.  Having counter space is so nice after NOT having counter space.  A regular size fridge is equally amazing.  Our friend Stephen has been so nice to let Us stay at his apt.  Its a very stylish place that was remodeled right before He moved in because an old lady burned it down.  We blow up Our air mattress and put it on his futon every night and the first thing I do every morning is deflate it and put it all away.  Since We sleep in his livingroom, its courtesy, but he also has 2 cats that would looove to get their claws into Our mattress.  No privacy here, but thats ok mostly.  Around here, nobody cares what the others do.  Its like We exist in the same space with no knowledge of each other except when We are directly communicating or interacting with each other.

After pilates, We do about an hour or more of school and then eat and stuff and do more school and do more stuff and do more school…see a pattern?  I have been doing a few hours of arabic a day.  He got me a writing book that I have started using so I can write the words I know.  Since I am doing my school work on the computer with rosetta stone, I don’t get to write it.  There are excercises that make me type the letters and it has a virtual arabic keyboard…which is pretty hard if you don’t know what the letters look like in the middle of a word.  All the letters have 3 different versions (basically) depending on where it is in the word.  I can read it pretty well, but I definitely will improve.  I am almost done with the Level One Rosetta Stone program.  I intend to finish it and go through it a few more times while practicing my writing before We buy the next level.

We are going back to TX for a week at the end of may.  My oldest daughter Zoe is turning 8.  OMG my daughter is turning 8.  We are returning so I can be with her on her bday and she can have the most awesome party ever.  She has laid out what she would like and it sounds like a good plan.  A sleepover at La’s with her friends (La’s kids) and me and Cali and La and Ammer.  She wants to go shopping and get a dress then go back to La’s and do nails and dress up.  Then rent a movie and watch it while eating and have cake.  She would also like to karaoke.  Zoe has always loved to sing.  Im not sure about karaoke but her party will be amazing.  Plus mom showing up at school on her bday with cupcakes and a flower?  She might stroke out she’ll be so happy.  I miss my babies and Im glad I get to see them soon.  They are pretty excited about getting a baby brother (their dad, not me crazies) and they seem to be doing really well.  We also have to visit a few VIPs.  If I don’t hug my BFF soon, I might die.

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Long time, no blog.

Yes, yes, its been over 2 weeks since I last blogged.  There has been a lot going on and so many pictures that this blog might very well be loooooong.  I’ll keep the chatter to a minimum =)

Shortly after I blogged last time, We both tried Our hands at watercolor painting.  The tattoo shop Our friend owns had an art show coming up and Our paintings were going to be displayed with the rest of the art.  Cali’s painting SOLD!  It was one of the first paintings to sell.  He did such a good job. The picture does it no justice.

Calis painting

What We find funny, is that the person who bought it, bought it for her daughter-who We just happen to have made fun of the night before at the club due to her freaking out over the club trying to throw her out.  She was drunk, we have all had those moments, it’s just ironic how the circle is made.

The night before the art show, We attended an 80s cover band show at the neighborhood bar REHAB.  The name of the band is Dr. Squealsgood and Our friend Brando is the bass player.  He’s also the friend that owns the tattoo shop…(Rock n Rolla tattoos in Tulsa)  The show was pretty awesome.  REHAB was the bar they first started playing in, and since REHAB was closing on the 31st, it would be their last show there.  It got cuh-ray-zee.  See:

Metal hair and leggings!
The odd couple =)

Brother Mark got decked out.  My tutu, 2 different shoes, a “you need jesus” shirt, and  helmet.  Heres before drinking:

And the next morning when I dropped him back off at his car after picking him up from where he slept in this outfit due to his pants being in his car:

More fun pictures from REHAB, including their last night.

Me and Carri and the silli boy fingers.
Vodka redbull slushies!!
Bartender Cedric shakin it for a dollar on the bar's last night.
Shirtless bartenders are the best bartenders.

Sunday the 28th, I had brunch with Carri at the White Owl place I had brunch at when We first got to Tulsa.  Bottomless $10 mimosas and the best eggs benedict I ever had.  We stayed there talking for a long time before ever even ordering.  It was nice to sit and talk to a girl!!  Being away from Cali was weird though.  Made me kind of anxious when I focused on Him not being there (like when We texted or checked in).  It brought to my attention how seldom We are away from each other…We are together ALL THE TIME.  But you know what??  We don’t hate each other.  Actually, We really like each other.  We enjoy being together all the time.  Every now and then one of Us will need some alone head space, but We have generally found it possible to be apart even in close proximity since We don’t like leaving each other.  Strange.  So…that means We do a lot of stuff-like go to the park:

We take pictures at parks.
The park was beautiful. Still snow on the ground in some spots.
Daffodils and snow. It was beautiful.
Super cute bridge.
This bridge was beautiful

We both got tattooed.  Cali got His stomach tattooed…mostly.  It was a lot of black and We didn’t have much time left.  It will be finished in TX next month.  Mine is finally done.  Now, the day We both got tattooed, We decided it would be a good idea to taste a ghost pepper.  For those of you who dont know what that is…CLICK HERE. It is the hottest pepper in the world.  3 times hotter than the Habanero!  Whether or not its related, We both felt that the tattooing was much more painful than normal.  We did, however, heal 2 weeks faster than normal,  Weird.  For the video of the tasting…CLICK HERE.  For a video of Cali getting tattooed…CLICK HERE.  Me getting tattooed…CLICK HERE.

OUCH.  In progress
OUCH. In progress.
Finished!! Thanks Mark

We drove around a lot and hung out at the tattoo shop when they were open.  The shop was adding a few rooms on so We helped them get it all done quickly.  Painting and cleaning and stuff.  We hated saying goodbye to Our Tulsa friends and family, but it was time to move on down the road.  We stopped at Phat Phillies on the way out of town and Momo served Us up the best damn phillie cheese steak sandwich I ever effing had.  Period.

I waited until it cooled off and stuck a fork in it...phillie pop! mmmmmm

Next stop on the 1st of April, Oklahoma City Museum of Science.  We had so much fun.  We watched 2 IMAX movies and that was amazing.  One about Mt Everest and one about Fighter Pilots.  We saw a planetarium show and played with a million and one of the hands on exhibits.  I felt like a little kid.  AND everything there was educational!!  Definitely a place to take the kids.  Or grownup nerds:

The wheel in my hands was spinning, and it was turning me in my chair
Mirror triangle.
Mirror triangle

"stand n spin" = superfun
almost as big as mine!!
Im an astronaut!

After leaving the Science Museum, We had a delicious meal (compliments of Our friend Brando) at “Los Vaqueros”.  After dinner, straight through to Albuquerque New Mexico!!  We got into town around 2am and We were tiiiiired.  About 8 hrs to ABQ from OKC.  We talked to Steven, an old friend of Cali’s We are staying with, and enjoyed being all together for a bit and passed OUT.  The next day, We ran errands and then grabbed the ever lovely Lisa VanDyke for a lunch at Cervantes.  The amazing conversation We all had was so comfortable and filled with love.  We love LVD…like forreal.  She writes an article for the Albuquerque IQ publication titled “FABU” where she reviews and raves about all things fabulous.  Her new addition Ms. Mary Poppins (the pomchi rescue she adopted) is a DIVA too!!  You should all be jealous that you don’t know her.  Srsly.  The 3 of Us joined Steven at his place for some wonderful fun, then moved the party to LVDs.  Hotness.

hot MESS

Saturday, brunch with the gays.  Love them.  3fag hags + 2 lovely men = FUN @Nob Hill Bar and Grill

Brunch love.
Brunch love.

That night was Julian’s big bday bash at Retros in ABQ.  Happy bday JULIAN!!  The cake was delicious.

The next day happened to be Easter.  We got up early and got dressed up…for church.  LVDs mom was leading the church service and since her and Cali go way back We made an appearance.  It was a nice service.  Not your typical church.

We clean up nice

After church was the suspension We came to town for.  Cali has been suspending Steven for many years, and it was time for Steven to take another journey.  It was a private ceremony…heres a “safe” picture:

6 hooks down the front

We had a nice date at the “Artichoke Cafe” in ABQ.  We like to dress up

always in the car

Hi there

He has decided that We are going to stay in New Mexico for the month of April.  We would have been cheating Arizona by going for only 2.5 weeks, and We never explored New Mexico properly.  The trips We have planned for NM are exciting.  Lots of ruins and waterfalls and hot springs.  Mountains and beautiful scenery and so many picture opportunities.  I can’t wait!!  Looks like Nevada for 3 weeks in may before returning to TX for a week at the end of May.  I can’t believe my daughter is turning 8.  Le sigh.  My birthday is coming up too.  Big 27!  Vegas should start planning now.

We are still doing pilates and loving it.  It feels good to be active.  We have also been getting up early in the mornings and leaving the apt to do stuff.  Today We went spice shopping to get all the little spices that make a big difference when you cook like We do.  Last night We made vegetable lasagna from scratch.  Red sauce, cream sauce, roasted veggies…so.good.  The other night He made a potato cream vegetable stew with some of the ghost chilis We brought from Tulsa.  Pret-ty spicy…but so so so good.  Having a full size kitchen to cook in again is awesome.  Counter space and a regular size stove, oven and fridge.  Never take that for granted if you love cooking.  The arabic lessons are coming along nicely.  I have a pretty good size vocabulary.  About 2000 words!!

I just found out that my gpa has cancer.  Suckage.  He lives in florida and I don’t see him often, but I spent every summer with him when I was 5 til about 12.  He hasn’t met my youngest daughter.  Im worried about him, but it also makes me worry about myself and my kids.  With cancer so prevalent in my family, what about us?  Burn that bridge when we get there I guess.

I got the opportunity to have a few conversations with a good friend who is making life changes presently.  It felt really good talking and having someone say to me “that makes so much sense” and feeling like I was helping someone.  I have learned a few hard lessons over  the years, and I don’t profess to know everything yet, but I know some things very well.  Some things that everyone should know and I sometimes forget.  Cali and I take pride in educating Ourselves on effective communication by reading books, attending seminars, and trying out different methods.  When We get the chance to talk to friends, or even strangers about communication and life and relationships-We get excited because its something We know so much about; something We actively research.  Seeing the difference in someones quality of life after they implement something We discussed with them is awesome.  My life has changed incredibly through this.  Some basics:

Respect-give it/get it

Honesty-all the time, even when it hurts.  Nobody can deal with something they don’t talk about.

Acceptance-there is peace in it.  Some things just are.

Loyalty-set your intentions and stay true

Integrity-staying true to your intentions, even when no one is looking.

To sum it up, be real.

Stay tuned…

Whales, Guns and Leprechauns

We have started doing pilates.  Thats pretty fun.  We borrowed a DVD from Kater that has 5 10 minute workouts for different targeting.  It’s much easier to say “I’ve got 10 minutes right now” than “I’m gonna drive somewhere, pay someone, and spend 20/30/60 minutes there with other people” ya know?  Gotta stay lookin gooood.

Last Wednesday, St. Patty’s day, Our friend Stephanie stopped in on her way from Kansas to Texas and We all hopped in the car and took a day trip.  Catoosa, OK-home of the “Blue Whale” was first on the list of things to see.

Of course We had to climb inside and on top of it =)

The whale was obviously old, and it was pretty cold that day, but it was still pretty cool to see.  Going out over the water and fishing off the whale and picnicking at the tables is probably a blast in the warmer weather.

After We left the whale, We drove out to Claremore, OK…home of the World’s Largest Private Gun Collection; J M Davis Arms Museum.  Over 10,000 guns!

They had an anti-tank gun:

They had knives with guns on them:

They had all kinds of crazy old posters…I think this was my favorite:

They also had a giant Nazi section:

They had beer steins of every shape and size, animal heads and skins, and a bunch of indian weapons:

We made it about 1/3-1/2 way through and decided they were starting to all look the same.  It was crazy big and We had other things to see with increasingly less time.

We stopped a few places along the way for scenery pictures, which will soon be posted in a sister blog of Cali’s…more info on that soon.

Next place of interest for Us was Vinita, OK and the Summerside Winery.  It took Us a minute to realize that it was on “Historic Rt 66” not just plain old Route 66, but once We found it We were glad We did.  We were the only people there when We arrived, which was great because We got the full attention of the friendly staff.  We tasted several of their wines and used their restroom (which was amazing and I failed to get a picture of it) and then We were given a tour of the back of the winery where they bottle their wine.  I had never seen anything like it.

We got to see raw wine fermenting:

And were given a taste straight out of one of the 500 gal tanks:

Before We left, We were shown how the cork machine and seal machine work.  They had finished bottling a bunch of wine and had a bottle at the end that hadn’t filled but half way, and they corked, sealed and labelled it and let Us take it home!  Thanks guys!!

It has since been consumed =)

After the winery, We drove around the Grove, OK area and almost got to the Missouri state line by accident!  We took more scenic pictures and stopped in at a broken down old building to explore the inside.  We had a nice drive back to Tulsa and as We pulled into the parking lot at the apt, We heard a radio announcement to text the station and win some tickets to Black Eyed Peas concert after party thing.  He said to text why We should win the tickets…so I texted “We should win because We are hot, travelling the US and happen to be in Tulsa this month. Plus the party don’t start til We walk in”.  They agreed, and I won.  We ate some dinner inside real quick and headed out to Rehab Lounge for some St. Patty’s Day fun.  I managed to only take 2 pictures that night, and they look remarkably alike…I dont remember much of the end of the evening, but I know I danced and woke up feeling like poooop.

The next day We got out of bed around 4pm and hung out at the tattoo shop for a while before going home to watch movies and relax.

Friday was an absolutely beautiful day.  The weather was perfect, it was warm and sunny and We hung out outside for a little while.  Saturday though…Saturday was some bullshit.  We woke up to snow on the ground.  It snowed all day and night and got like 8-10 inches.  I posted a video on my YouTube channel.  There are other videos from Our trip on youtube…my channel is Hisnumber2.

Click here for video

The snow didn’t keep Us from getting dressed up and going out…after all the BEP after party was that night.  We had dinner at this place called “Genghis Grill” where you go through a line and fill your bowl with meat and vegetables and spices and then choose a starch (rice, noodles, etc) and they cook it on a giant grill in front of you.  So.  Good.  After dinner, We had drinks with Kater and headed to the party.  It wasn’t amazing, We got bored and left around midnight.  While We were there, Cali was approached by 2 radio personalities who were interested in His appearance.  Like everyone else, they were envious of Our journey and took Our picture while asking questions.  Kinda cool…being a tourist and an attraction.  We ended up at Rehab again with some pals to round out the night =)

That all brings Us to Sunday.  Sunday, I was glad I didn’t drink Saturday night.  Daddy felt like shite, and I got tattooed for HOURS.  About 5 of them.  We got one side done and the other side outlined…but its nothing less than amazing.  Heres a sneak peek…

Yes folks, from left to right, thats skittles, a Twinkie, a hard candy, an oreo, a doughnut, and the centerpiece cupcake I’ve had for over a year (which was gone over that night as well).  I’ve all but given up eating all those things and I love them.  Obviously, I love them enough to put them permanently where they always end up anyway-my hips!!

Today I realized that machines really are taking the place of people…I got to order food from one.

We are having such a great time…sometimes I realize how happy We are and its weird.  It makes me realize that it could all just be gone in an instant and I want to enjoy everything I can.  When I feel myself getting upset, or even irritated I think about how in the next second, life could change forever and I might never get the chance to be happy again.  The same is true for everyone.  It could all be gone in an instant and the little stuff that we let get so big can ruin an amazing time.  I miss my kids.  My gma and mom.  My bff and a few others…but I am happy.  We are happy…and in a life where nothing is real except for now (and even that is philosophically up for debate)-what else can I do but enjoy the ride?  Please do the same…love it.

Stay tuned…

More penguins…and a donkey

So the internet where We are staying is crappy at best. I did happen to find a blog application for my phone though. 🙂 I have one of those new android phone things and they have an app for everything! I would be posting more, I think, if it weren’t such a hassle or didn’t take for freaking ever. It’s like having dial-up again!

We have had a few adventures since I wrote last. I got into a bar fight (gasp) and that was interesting. Some chick got mad at her friends ex boyfriend and threw her beer at him…and missed. She did, however, get it all over Us. We don’t even like beer. After she threw her beer, she ran to the bathroom. Pussy. When she came out, Cali stopped her and told her she got beer all over Us and she said “yeah, so?” And so He dumped His full red bull vodka SLUSH on her. She, of course, freaks the fuck out and runs off screaming to her boyfriend. In Our head, everything is even and square…not so much in hers. Cali was ordering a drink to replace His when beer chick comes flying out of the shadows onto His back. She barely made contact before I removed her to the floor and proceeded to introduce my fists and elbows to her head and face. The bouncers grabbed her and Cali grabbed me. On her way out the door, she kicked the door guy in the nuts. Twice! In the scuffle, she managed to knock Cali’s Burberry sunglasses off His face and rip the hood off of His sweatshirt and scratch my face. Apparently she acts crazy a lot since she got kicked out and We didn’t. Ps her boyfriend was the bass player of the band onstage there that night. Jejejeje  It was also the night of the donkey.

I hate it when I’m cold, and someone tries to “convince” me it’s not cold. I mean seriously…how is you blabbering about how comfortable you are gonna warm me up? Perhaps I get cold easy, its been said before, but when I say “I’m cold”, someone responding with “its not cold its great” isn’t gonna raise my temp k, good. Thanks.

We have been watching Nip/Tuck from the beginning! Our friend has them all and We have made it through season 1 and halfway through season 2. We like watching shows better that way. No commercials, no waiting for next week or next season. We watched all of “Dexter” in january and that was pretty damn awesome.

I have cut back smoking cigarettes. I still really enjoy smoking, but one pack is lasting me about a week! I didn’t do it intentionally though. One day I realized I hadn’t had a cigarette all day and I hadn’t wanted one. I had them, it just didn’t cross my mind. Weird.

The plan for next month so far is camping in Utah park areas for about 10-14 days. I been camping before…but wtf do I know about camping for 2 weeks? Srsly? It will be an adventure. Its gonna super cold at night. We have discussed doing some more work on the car first (suspension stuff) and letting it warm up a bit before doing the camping…who knows what He’ll decide 🙂 its like christmas. I might not find out until We are in the car driving. How much fun is that?? I’m stoked!

We went to the “Philbrook Museum” here in Tulsa on Saturday. It is free on the 2nd sat. of every month…We did not know, however, that it was “family day”. Yay. The kids in the museum were actually pretty well behaved and after the initial shock of all the rowdy kids in the lobby, We had an awesome museum date. The Philbrook is a giant old house with so many rooms it was almost like a maze with 3 levels. I saw my first pieces by Picasso, Renoir, Van Gogh and others. Uh. Mazing. The museum also has several outdoor gardens, a waterfall garden, a gazebo, walking paths…it was a beautiful day and We took advantage of the outdoors.

We have been searching for more penguins. I called the zoo and got the list…there are 100 of the damn things. Some of them are no longer up and some were stolen or moved…but damnit We are tracking them down! We have found 9 I think.

Cali cut some vines on Kater’s ribs the other night…very nice.

Thank you, come again.

Penguins, laundry and indians…oh my!

Fancy meeting you here…

I know it’s been a while, but I’ve been researching blog sites to find one that I love. I liked the other ones ok, but it just wasn’t working out. I needed to break up with them, and I didn’t know where to turn. Thanks to Lor, I found wordpress.com. We’ve been together for a few days now! I look forward to a long, healthy relationship. Subscribe, enjoy, and read on. Thanks.

Again, I will suggest reading the  first Oklahoma blog (<—–click that)  before continuing. It’s the beginning of Oklahoma, and you don’t want to miss it. Good stuff. Lots of pictures (including the apt We stay in-wow). Wouldn’t import, but worth the click and read.

Last time we met here, I left you at a lazy Tuesday of blog writing. Wednesday I spent the day online working on the technical aspects of my blog page…booooring. Thursday though-Thursday was fun.

In Tulsa, there is a laundromat called “University of Wash”. We decided against traveling into the basement at the apt building to do laundry and everyone We asked directed Us to UofW. The description was always the same-“There’s a bar inside. You can drink beer, smoke cigarettes, play pool…AND do your laundry”. Amazing. They weren’t kidding. I think those were the best loads of laundry I ever did. The lady running the place actually complimented me on being neat and NOT leaving a mess. Can you imagine the amount of soap a drunk person would spill? We were sober though…early in the day for Us, but We ordered a pitcher of beer for the novelty, ya know?

Lots o hippies in that place, but it was an enjoyable time. Thumbs up.

After laundry, We went “home” for a bit, and I put on some craziness to carry on the “opening night dress up” tradition. We have only done it once before, (New Moon)-

but if you don’t keep doing it, it can’t become a tradition, right? So I put on this for “Alice in Wonderland”:

We scooped up Kater and got appetizers and drinks and headed over to the movie theater for Alice! We bought tickets last weekend for the first showing at midnight…3D IMAX! No line waiting, just good seats. It was a beautifully visual movie, but it wasn’t quite as awesome as I wanted it to be. The glasses, however, were very awesome.

Not disappointed though. Had a good time. Kater fell asleep 🙂

Friday was spent just hanging out. We watched “Zombieland” and “Big Stan”, hung out at the tattoo shop for a while, nothing exciting. Saturday, Cali woke up super congested so We spent the day resting Him. Blah on that BS. If either one of Us got sick right now…suuuuuuck. Sunday, We decided to check out the “Sonic Center of the Universe” in Tulsa. It was kinda freaky. The echo you hear when you stand in the center is very strange, but move just a few inches across flat ground and it disappears.

I’m sure We will go back and get better pics, but look at the link and it’ll tell you all about it. Definitely a cool place to stop by. There were people there when We got there, and more people came before We left so it seems to be a popular place. It’s on a footbridge over train tracks, which is also very cool.

After the Center of the Universe thing, We went to an “Agro” meeting. Agro is a suspension group for this area and some of the guys in it are people He knows from Texas and stuff. They are self admittedly a “baby group” and after 3 hours of standing around, a girl went up for her first time. 4 hooks in the back…

she pussed out after a bit so We left. I gotta say, I’m still pretty proud of myself for mine. =)

Randomly- all over Tulsa there are penguins. When the zoo was trying to rebuild the penguin habitat, they began a fundraiser that allowed people to buy the rights to paint these penguin statues however they wanted. We will be driving down the street and randomly, in places you wouldn’t expect, there will be a crazy dressed penguin. Like these guys…


There will be more and I will capture them. Every single penguin I see…none will escape.

Today, We took a 250 mile roundtrip day ride to the Tahlequah Cherokee Heritage Museum.  It was raining, but that didn’t stop Us from taking the outdoor guided tour of the ancient village.

We also drove out to “tenkiller lake”  Nothing particularly exciting about it, just a cool name =)

Our upcoming plans include a scenic and museum filled drive up “historic” route 66 and coming back to Tulsa by way of several state parks, a visit from a friend passing through on her way to Texas on St Patty’s, a trip or 2 to OKC for various activities (omniplex link) and several daytrips and picnics in the surrounding parks. April 1st We drive through OKC and Texoma (ghost town) and it’s off to Albuquerque, New Mexico for an easter suspension, a birthday party and time with some loved ones. A short time, but a good one. The first week of April, it’s Destination: Utah.