Friday, September 29, 2006

Subways are scary places

No, not like underground Subway...I'm talking about Jared Subway-
I'll make it short and sweet and leave the details and emotions to your imagination.

I went to subway for lunch. bad parking aside - I go here all the time and have always had okay service. Today was a different day. Upon entering the eating establishment my eyes first encountered an unpleasant looking woman behind the counter. Not unpleasant due to genetics but due to whatever expression she seemed to have frozen on her angry face.
There she was - growling at customer after customer (i.e. innocent sandwhich loving folk trying their best to get all they can from their hour lunch break)
First she growled at the man who ordered "brown bread" - yes odd, but worth anger? I think not.
Next she turned her claws on a sweet elderly gentleman who clearly just heard of Jared today and decided to stop in for a healthy bite. His first mistake was stopping in - the next was "ordering whatever it is that that Jared guy lost the weight eating" - to a normal person this is funny and maybe a bit annoying at the end of the sandwhich making day but this creature lost it! She was flipping the bread around , banging the cheese containers together..causing a scene and scaring all of her future victims who were standing in line. The guy I was standing next to kept giving me shocked looks which I returned and then we looked at her, looked scared and he said he thought he was having a bad day but she just proved him wrong. He was soon to be devoured by her rage for a simple BMT on Italian. The Jared guy should have been on veggies at this point but by now but was stuck on "can I have the cheese jared ate?" poor fellow- she was through with him and her evil bloodshot eyes turned on me....

How dare I order my sandwhich as a salad? The horror! Nevermind that the suggestion to do so is written in a large advertisement hanging over her horned head.

So she decides she wants nothing to do with me- someone else steps in and she moves on-
this gal(who I have seen before) explains that there are no lids to the salad bowls so...

I leave? I am standing there like"okay, what is your suggestion for this dilemma" is my only option to be those delicious carbs my fellow patrons are enjoying? No - I (the customer) suggest they wrap it with plastic wrap and send me on my way - fine.

Here's the punch line kids:

I'm standing at the veggies and yet another subway employee has taken over my order. She has the empty salad bowl in front of her - she looks at me and says, "what would you like on your salad? I look at the empty bowl, look at her and say , "Tomatoes?"
she puts tomatoes in the bowl - THE EMPTY BOWL!

I am now looking at her in shocked silence - unable to comprehend what is happening and silently writing this blog in my mind.

Then she says, "Oh, Did you want lettuce with this?"


Have a good weekend.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

The Dream

So, last night I had this dream...

All of my best friends and I were getting ready to go to this event. Apparently Pam's parents had invited us to have a lunch and watch some sort of racing event. We all decided to go and got extremely dressed up, I invited both sets of parents and their spouses as well. Well, when we (the girls) and I get there it is more than a normal lunch - it is like this huge catered gourmet event with silver platters and those big serving dishes. Well, there is every kind of food there and we all start eating and watching this race which turns out to be some sort of river race with these gigantic floats shaped like animals and other objects..I remember a large swan.
So I spend all of this time trying to tell my parents not to eat before they come b/c there is plenty of food and they need to hurry before they miss the race.
So we eat this food and there is all of this fruit with these weird sauces..well, it turns out that this amazing food is really weird and everything seems to taste like one thing and although its not exactly gross its just not good.
Then suddenly Cindy(pams mom) who is in some sort of costume comes yelling at us that we need to hurry or we will miss the next race. So apparently we have to take a helicopter to the next race. We all pile in, by then my Mom and Brad are there and they get in to.
Well, it turns out that there isnt enough room inside so Mom and Brad volunteer to sit on the outdoor seats of the helicopter..?????
As we are flying we are going along the river watching the floats and suddenly we see brad sitting on the landing legs of the helicopter and he is watching the race as well - but he is so comfortable and at ease we all just accept it. Then suddenly he is his father (Papa - who pased away several months ago) and he is doing the same thing - just hanging out, perched on the edge of the helicopter.

Well, we land into something that looks kind of like the Tulsa Fairgrounds and we all decide we have to go to the bathroom. So all of us girls in all of our dressiness make our way to this door and inside is this giant ballroom with all of these salad buffet tables, on one side are all these people sitting at small tables and talking and on the other side is this huge room with this wet floor and all those yellow warning signs on it. No one cares about the signs so we all head down across the wet floor to the restroom.
Then this guy come running and yelling at us that we are missing the race. We all run outside to see and we see this person run across a finish line ribbon and like 5 people cheer.

we all look at each other like "what the heck just happened?" and then I woke up.

What does it mean?

I don't know - let me know if you have any ideas



Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Hey Bloggas!

Well, Finally Heather updated her blog! I couldn't bear to write one myself until that silly girl posted! I guess I am just a "Dressing for Motherhood" junkie! I am always waiting on the edge of my seat to hear the next piece of wise motherly advice she will despense! Ahhhh..who am I kidding? I just want to see new pics of that beautiful little boy!

New week. So far sooooo boring. I think I am in a RUT! The grass in less green, the skies are grey...
Blah. I have no idea why! Suddenly my whirlwind of trips ended and I was ready to relax and get back to the glorious norm and then......blah. Nothing is intriguing me, I am tired of everything -
Kyle says I am homesick and I get this way everytime I get back from visiting home.
He's probably right. Not being there is easy except when you were just there so everything you
miss by being so far away is very fresh in your mind.

No I am not moving home. I am just in a little homesick rut for the week I guess. I am in one of those moods when everything seems mundane, credit card and medical bill debts are consumming me, my apartment is too small and too expensive, I need to lose some unneeded poundage, I am old with a bad back......buuuuulllllaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

we all go through these little bouts of blah - here's hoping this dreary blog is the only one you suffer through-

peace out fly(s)!


Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Back on the West Coast of the East Coast

Well friends,
I have returned from my beloved Oklahoma - full of my family's laughter and smiles..maybe a few tears as well - and I am officially out of the vacation scene and back to my regular schedule. It feels good! And unless I end up going on some Denver thing in November - I will hopefully be land bound until Christmas.

In other News...
Kyle and I's two year anniversary was yesterday! I can't believe it - two years. We had a great time - I came home to over a dozen red roses and a sweet card and we had dinner at Chili's (which doesn't sound romantic or nice but, it was the scene of our first date) and then we went home and watched one of our fave shows which was new last night! How I Met Your Mother - such a good show!

Well, as life returns to normal I hope to catch up with friends I haven't spoken to in a while since all the craziness got going - so listen for my call at some point!

I also got to see my lovely friend Sheralyn while I was home and because we were in Tulsa we of course went to Senor Tequilas for lunch. She and my mother also brutally cornered me as to my reasons for not wanting to move home. It was quite the little guilt fest but I pulled through and am now happily back home where I belong! But, I understand them totally and miss them every day.

As for Tiffanie's wedding which was the very reason I was in the sooner state (and oops! they lost to Oregon while I was there! What an enjoyable event! Go Oregon! I don''t know the Oregon mascot - I'll have to ask Aaron I guess) it was a very nice little wedding - although there were like 150 people there! It was sweet and Lance and Tiffanie were quite fun to watch as they said there vows. I cried, we all cried. They are just so young. But, I think they will be fine. My family had a ball at the wedding and I'm sure we will be talking about it forever!
I am happy for them both and wish them the best! And she looked soooo beautiful!

Well, I guess thats all for now-
Lots of love and have a great day!

Tuesday, September 12, 2006


Well, friends I am officially back on dry land. The cruise was soooo much fun. We had a great time and will definetely be taking another one! Cozumel was wonderful. We had a blast snorkeling and off roading in jeeps, playing volleyball in the ocean... We gambled, got a little sunburnt and ate way way too much! But, honestly who can resist a midnight buffet?! Gross....must go on diet now.
This weekend I am hitting the last leg of my crazy two months of travel. I will be heading back to the midwest for the weekend to go to my little cousin's wedding. And when I get back I am going to sleep for a whole day and recoup from all these crazy vacations.

Love and miss you all ( Actually, I am going back to Oklahoma so I can say ya'all)


Friday, September 01, 2006

The return of moi

Dear friends. As I have received a few emails recently requesting an "update" on myself - I thought I might unearth the retired "monthly tid bit from moi" and do just that. Except this time our favorite little newsletter will be broadcast only via blog so those who take interest can enjoy and those who don't may have one less "deletable message" in their inbox.

As this is my ground and my ground only, I will feel free as always to share as much as possible about what is going on with my little world.

A few posts ago I quoted Meg Ryan's character Kathleen Kelly from the movie "You've got Mail". "Sometimes I wonder about my life. I lead a small life. Well, not small but circumbscribed...."

I think that moving a way has a lot to do with that feeling for me. I guess I grew up in this place where I knew lots of people, I was surrounded by family and friends. Everything was familiar and comfortable and somehow I felt like I was an important part of that little ecosystem and I felt like my life was....well, bigger - I don't mean fuller I just mean that I felt like I was such a big part of it.
And moving away, knowing no one and being in this place thousands of miles from that comfort zone...makes you feel small. Suddenly nothing you do matters or affects anyone there in the slightest. There was no parade when you rode into town, no plane flying a banner saying, "WELCOME LESLIE TO OUR STATE". I mean seriously, no one knows and no one cares. And you feel small, you feel alone and you wonder why in the world you chose this. And then the most shocking fact (you gotta giggle at this one) life at home carries on without you. Families have parties and dinners, friends get together, people get married, friends have babies and you aren't there. "There" as in where you have always been.
But you adjust and you spread your little wings and try to settle in. And with each new day, the strange things turn into the norm and you move through the different phases of homesickness.

I'll give you the number one cure for homesickness though, kiddos - (remember this is quality advice): Take a trip home.
It will be great, you'll just love it and miss it all but then suddenly when you get back on the plane that will take you back to your "new home", you just left your mom bawling in the terminal, you wipe a tear away....look out the window at the Oklahoma landscape that will always be "home" and then.....
somehow it is all okay because you realize those important things like - people here miss you, but they can get by without you because we all have our own lives to live and the other is that home is with the one you love. And if he's there...then that is home.

And I guess that takes us to the reason I am here. And I love him more everyday. Not to say that we didn't and arent still struggling with every breath to deal with all that crap that 2 stubborn opinionated youngest children deal with when they are all they've got to lean on and they've only known each other for 8 months. And now it's almost two years.
And we have been through a lot. And we struggle with new things everyday. But, after the fight or disagreement is over - i have to be in his arms and i have to know that...i'm not the easiest most low maintanence woman on earth (wink wink) and he's not always prince charming, but i am completely over the moon for him.

Okay- here are some hard core facts:

My job is going well. I had a really encouraging yearly review and am beginning to get my own jobs. I can actually drive around the area I live in and see things I have designed or things I selected for different buildings.
I have also realized how richly blessed I have been with the company I am with. I am comfortable here, never threatend, appreciated and I get along with everyone. I am the only girl that gets invited to the BBQ place that the architects frequent several times a week - and occasionally I do give in and go. Although I have to say that my lunch hour is sacred to me and I like to spend it with a nice PB & J and the bookclub's latest pick.

I work for and with very nice down to earth people and although I have a lot of dreams and places that I want to go with my career - I know that I am getting my beginner's experience in the best place I can imagine.

As for finances..donations are accepted and appreciated. (hee address is..)

I have to say that the last 4 or 5 months have completely changed our lives down here. We had been attending a church since last November and finally got around to getting into what our church calls a "lifegroup" - which is kind of our new fangled version of a Wednesday prayer meeting. It is a group of people within the church that get together once a week and fellowship and have a bible study. It is a very large church so these people in your lifegroup are kind of your core group at church ( i.e. they are who we have lunch with after church and who we sit by and stand around talking to after service - this is a big deal after months of getting out of your seat after church and walking to your car and never speaking to another soul ) I guess you could say that our lifegroup "completed" us. Everything fell into place from that first night we all hung out - (BTW- this is all documented a few posts ago).

So this year I have much to be thankful for. God has blessed my life down here so richly with friends once more. Sometimes I feel like I have won some kind of friendship jackpot. In every stage of my life God has provided this amazing friend or group of friends and I just feel so lucky sometimes. And although some of them I dont speak to anymore or not regularly - they made a huge difference and impact on my life and I carry a piece of that with me wherever I go. When I was in high school and "the girls" and our friendship just fell into place I knew that this would be my core group forever - through the long haul. But, I did not know that as time and space game between us - that God would keep providing new friendships and relationships. I should have known! I guess I underestimated him, that is one of my many faults I'm afraid.

And at this point in life I have gone suddenly from zero friends down here to 8 other couples, which is 8 gals with stories to tell and shopping to do. I have people to call when I've had a bad day and just need to talk. We have people to go camping with or call and meet for dinner. Kyle has guys to fish and golf with..I could go on and on... I don't think a week has gone by that we havent gotten together atleast one or two times outside of our thursday lifegroup meeting.

so I am extremely grateful for that blessing

On the topic of faith - I know that a huge thing that I have to share with you all is a major life change in me. I feel as if God has been calling me on the phone, leaving messages for over a year and I have been ignoring the call or putting him on hold or never returning his call. And then slowly we started having short talks and they turned into good long talks. I feel like the prodigal son(or daughter) and I finally looked in the mirror and said "this is not you, leslie". God has been breaking me, and it doesn't always feel good but I feel like I am back at home. I feel like I woke up in this big swimming pool of all my sins and bad decisions and I am just getting over to the edge now and he is waiting on the edge with a big beach towel for me to give it all up and come and let him cover me with all of his love. He is working in my life in everyway. And as I am struggling, I am praying and working on those things I still haven't completely turned over to him. It's hard to just stop worrying and stressing and ignoring and let that peace just take over. If you are reading this and you don't know what I am talking about, I pray that God will come into your heart and take over. I guess I thought he had given up on me and the whole time he was waiting there..just waiting for me to answer the phone.

As some of you know, Kyle grew up in the Catholic Church, however he loves our lifegroup and our non-denominational church family. He is comfortable there and he really loves the services. We have an amazing pastor! I know that God is working hard in his life as well. Our individual relationships with God and our relationship together are a big point of prayer for me, especially as our relationship get more and more serious.....and we know the kind of commitment that we eventually want to make when God is ready for us to.

Cruising around:

We are leaving on a cruise this afternoon with Kyle's parents for 5 days and we are soooo excited! None of us have been on a cruise so this is really exciting! Our one stop is Cozumel, Mexico and the rest of the time is spent on the ship. The ship's name is "Inspiration".

The friday after we get back I fly home for my cousin's wedding. I haven't been home since Pam's wedding in April so I am extremely excited to see my family and friends. And although it is only a quick weekend trip, I think it will be enough to keep me until Christmastime when I get a whole week at home! I also love a good mushy wedding so I am excited to get my little cousin all married off - (since apparently getting married at 19 was on her list of things she just has to do! )

Other things:

As far as other things go in my little life. I have about 8 months or so till I can apply for my licensing test for design. So exciting!
Eventually I want to work with a strictly interiors firm or for myself so getting my license is a huge step in making that dream come true. At the moment I getting ready to help some friends give their house a little facelift and me a little more residential experience.

And my other dream is still there ( or both of them) . I still want to be a writer and I hope to really pursue that dream intensely (so hard to find time!) . I did however get another poem published this month so..I guess it's just baby steps. The other part of that is living in New York. I am still working on that one with my counterpart - I know that he fell in love with the city when we were there and he wants to go back and visit but isn't sold on living there. I don't think I will ever give that dream up. Someday...sooner than later I hope.

Well, I suppose I should get back to work and stop typing away over here. To all my friends - come visit!!! I miss you all and thank you for what your friendship has meant to me. I love hearing from everyone so keep blogging!!

lots of love