Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Untraditionally Unforgettable

I come from a family of tradition, and Christmas is the mecca of traditional holidays. It is important to open just one present on the night before Christmas (said present is always a book), to overindulge on mom's famous stuffed french toast, and to wake up earlier than is necessary on the morning of December 25. Never has a Christmas on Hess Road veered from the beaten path.

This year, however, due to a blizzard of unusual intensity and a much overrated white Christmas, all of these traditions were put on hold as I was stuck under 10-14 inches of snow about 90 miles north of the Williams clan in my tiny duplex with Joel, my dog, a bottle of baileys, potatoes, and a handful of canned items. (As twentysomethings grocery shopping is not our forte').

It had potential to be a pretty heinous holiday.

Joel and I had plans to celebrate together the following week, but this whole blizzard 09 business changed that. This year's Christmas morning, while not in tradition, trumped even the year Santa brought me the Barbie Power Wheels pink Corvette. I got one little thing- a ring, and I don't mean on the phone.

While I am reserving some details for myself and those closest to me, I am now sporting an absolutely lovely diamond ring on my left hand and looking forward to spending the rest of my life with someone who inspires me to see the world in beautiful new ways every day.

After celebrating with my future in-laws, my new fiance' and I (barely) made it to Hess Road where a bottle of celebratory champagne was waiting along with all the traditions...only a day later than usual.

"Few things in life are certain, but I do know that I want to spend all of mine with you."
~Joel Durham, 12.25.2009

Thursday, November 5, 2009


Anyone who knows me knows several things. Firstly, I am allergic to everything - specifically 49 out of 50 things they test you for at the Oklahoma Allergy Clinic. Secondly, it is not unusual for me to sneeze anywhere from 5 to 15 times in a row. Please do not "bless-you" until all the sneezes have concluded, thank you. Thirdly, around once a week I let some crazy nurse shoot said 49 allergens into my arms in an attempt to stick it to all the dust bunnies in my house.

This week I paid my allergist a visit, and other than some awesome new antihistamine prescriptions, I also received a slight scolding for having - gasp - a dog living in my house. Apparently I am allergic.

On the drive home I started thinking about this. Yes, I suppose Scout does make me wheezy when she's overdue for a bath or has been romping at the dog park and is covered in God knows what, but I get far too much joy from my little Heinz 57 dog to ever imagine giving her the boot over a sneeze here and there.

And when you come home to your crooked-eared dog and her other master wearing matching sweatshirts, it becomes clear that it's all worth it.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Boo to you.

Oh my poor neglected little blog. I find that when I spend a staggering 8 hours in front of a computer screen at work, I rarely want to do the same when I get home - even if it is for fun. I've found plenty of time to snap pictures, attend some great concerts, and enjoy a few nights out that were too much fun for my own good.

With this whole extra hour that fall has decided to fork over, I've decided to post some pictures of recent Halloween debauchery. Enjoy.

My partner in crime and I decided to go all out for party number one.

And I give you the best looking couple of tourists in the 405. (My camera is being used to take the above picture, creating a slightly incomplete costume effect).


For night two, after The Count had worn us out with free drinks the night before, we went the easier route of homemade t-shirt Jack-O-Lanterns that I only remembered to capture with my telephone.

I did, however, capture some testosterone in action.

And of course, the Stache.

And finally, ladies and gentlemen, I give you the future Dr. Hendrick, wine connoisseur and Hula girl extraordinaire.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

So Sleepy am I

This video of Scout pretty much sums up what this week has done to me.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Oh Hai

Sunday morning, as I was sipping my cup of coffee, I looked out the window only to see this little guy enjoying his breakfast on my porch. I grabbed my camera and had myself a photography practice session.

With his delicious roley poley breakfast.

I swear this bug was posing for me.

I have to suggest that you click on the pictures to get them a little bigger and see some better detail of this funny little dude.

"The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box."

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Virtual Family Tree

So I was going to discuss my current dissatisfaction with Cox Communications and their ability to inflate my bill without really telling me. I am mentally preparing myself for limited basic cable, by the way. Then I was going to talk about the displaced rodents outside my office and the Eau de Skunk I've been experiencing as I make various spreadsheets and write about OCU LAW.

Next I comtemplated posting pictures from Larry's birthday extravaganza at McNellie's, and explaning how after painstakingly trying to pick just ONE beer from the hundreds on the list, I settled on this delightful "Raspberry and Cream" Hoegaarden.

But I changed my mind, and even though I had some really titillating topics for you, fearless readers, I'm more interested in the increase of older family members using - GASP - social media.

Now that the fear of "inappropriate tagged photo exposure" has passed, I've discovered an ease to keeping up with my family, who live a couple of hours away. I thoroughly enjoy an Facebook chat with my uncle, or an @rachelawilliams from my mother.

I also love logging on and seeing some real gems like this posted from Christmas eve circa 1994. That's me in the middle, not smiling. I'm probably planning retaliation against my sister in her matching dress for stealing a Barbie doll prior to the taking of this photo.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Lake Trash Floats

I have surrendered yet another one of my weekends to the lake, and I cannot say I ever regret it. Though I would welcome just one more day to recover before returning to work and all that comes with weekdays, I am sans sunburn so I'm sure I will be fine.

Joel's parents were gracious enough to take care of us, offering not only their houseboat, but also wonderful food and fantastic conversation. Two of our friends, recently back from a year-long South-American excursion accompanied us, so there was no shortage of catching up to do or fun to be had.

I think it is important to sit back and relax and to do it often, to put away the cell phones, quit checking the time, and just enjoy what is around you. That was what we did, and it helped to clear my mind, or to at least get it back in order.

Pillow improvisation

Hair of the dog

gorgeous sunset

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Hey man, slow down.

In the midst of car trouble, technology issues, and attempting to understand Obama's proposed health care plan (reward for anyone who can provide a factual, unbiased breakdown for me),I have turned up the radio and taken a few moments to indulge in the things I love.

Sweet Scout

partner in crime

photography practice

Sometimes I get overcharged,
that's when you see sparks.
They ask me where the hell I'm going?
At a 1000 feet per second,

hey man, slow down, slow down,
idiot, slow down, slow down.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Wait No More

Blogging is not hard. Sitting down with something to blog about is. To me. I'd like to say I will never go this long without blogging again, but I'd also like to say I'm not a liar. So there's that.

Much has happened in the last month. I spent a few days training/waiting tables - which was much harder than expected - then interviewed for a full time job that I will start on Monday! I am the newest addition to the Dean's office at the Oklahoma City University Law School. I'm doing administrative work and also being integrated into their communications department which means I'M USING MY DEGREE. Yes, that feels so so good.

I waited tables for a night before the OCU Law job came to be, and I guess that's sort of a funny story. After memorizing many cheeses at the OKC Melting Pot I began my on the job training. And I learned several things about myself.

1. I cannot balance large heavy trays in my hand while walking
2. My short term memory needs work (what did you have to drink again?)
3. I don't always tip enough (until now)
4. I have missed some of my friends that work at the OKC Melting Pot

Perhaps we all should have to serve others for a change and see what work it is. I also highly recommend the Melting Pot in Bricktown. Great people, great food, and exceptional service.

I will leave you with this tidbit of information and a picture (since I am a visual person).Today Joel and I played Rock Band at our friend Colin's house. After progressing from easy to hard on the bass while our band, Murder Train (I did not pick out the name), toured Dublin and Madrid, I have come to the realization that it is perhaps time to find a newer console than our often used Nintendo 64. For curious minds, my birthday is coming up in September.

Video games are bad for you? That's what they said about rock and roll.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Don't Stop Til You Get Enough.

So I've already been neglecting my blog. First attempt to stop this from happening is what follows.

I've been listening to Thriller this evening, and it's reminded me of the incredible musician Michael Jackson was. Even under the circumstances it really gets me going. You can't "beat it." Oh, I'm just full of great stuff today. I may or may not have even danced around the house to thriller with the dog while Joel was gone.

I also have the urge to say how sick and tired I am of seeing Perez Hilton's drama every time I get on Twitter. If there were ever a case of social media abuse, he is it. My current gossip blog of choice is Sasha Pasulka's Evil Beet Gossip. It's actually utilizes talented writers (no ghost blogging here) and ever since Speidi was banned from the site, I have been a devout follower.

Now onto events of my own life. Last week, I decided that the greatest gift to my dad for Father's day would be homemade sugar cookies to go with his special edition orange soda from Pops.

Rolling and cookie cutting.
Baking them.
Add some icing and sprinkles and they will soon disappear.
After packing up my cookies, the next stop was was B-Dock at Lake Murray in celebration of Father's Day and all things summer.

I decided that rather than being dragged behind a boat at 45 mph, I would be the designated photog in order to continue gaining experience with my new camera.

I didn't want to fall like sis did - though it was her first time wake boarding.

Back on the dock, Emma was a great subject to shoot while enjoying some homemade ice cream.
Sharing with mom.
..and learning to say CHEESE for the camera.
The weekend was definitely a success. I escaped unscathed: no sunburn, no hangover and ready to take on another week of job applications et-cetera. How much of that I actually accomplished is debatable. I did, however, finish the fifth book of the Dark Tower series, and pay rent and utilities on time.

The possibility of law school is still very much on the table (mom and dad are very in favor of that) as is finding a job right away if I can. If i have to wait tables in the meantime while I figure that out, that won't be such a bad thing either. I'm going to take everything as it comes and enjoy summer while I can. It might, after all, be the last one I get.

Monday, June 15, 2009

First Entry Wahoo Baby.

3...2...1...And I'm blogging. As an unemployed college grad depleting her savings account, I have found the time to do it. Don't everyone get excited at once.

This weekend, Joel and I enlisted a dog-sitter and took a weekend trip to Tulsa for my beautiful friend Kyndall's wedding. Whilethere, we visited the Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks to make up for the disappointment that was the National Aquarium in Washington D.C. last summer. Needless to say, It was fantastic.

Proof that I now know how to work my new camera (thanks Mom).

After aquarium-ing and a bite at the Riverwalk, we checked into our hotel and made our way to the wedding. It had nice hints of mexico with a margarita machine, a Dos Equis Keg, and an outdoor ceremony where shoes were optional.We had just enough cake, champagne, dancing, and bouquet catching (I was actually coordinated enough to catch something), when it was time to go. I assured Joel that a bouquet catch was not binding and we were on our way.

Now I'm ready for a week of job searching, and putting my new camera to good use. Oh, the life of a college graduate.