Good Food + Good Friends

Here are a few highlights from our culinary world lately. We made sushi again. It was delicious. I think sushi is also very photogenic. We were pretty proud of our sushi adventure. Then, our friends Duy and Winnie invited us over for dinner with some friends. Oh my!  My photos do not do justice to … [Read more…]

Welllll, welllll, well…

When my friend Duy and I haven’t seen or talked to each other in a long time, it’s customary when one of us finally breaks down and calls — the other answers the phone by saying, “Welllll, welllll, well…” So, right now anyone reading this should be saying in their head right this minute, “Welllll, welllll, … [Read more…]

Table Manners

Mya has been tested a lot lately. We had chili right before Thanksgiving. Mya loves chili. She waited oh so patiently just in case some chili might fall on the floor. It helps to touch the person who is eating so they won’t forget you are there. I think that’s her strategy anyway. I’m calling … [Read more…]

A pilgrimage of sorts …

The week after Christmas has always been my time to go home for the holidays. This year, I asked Nathan and his mom to join me in heading to Southeastern Oklahoma. It was a pilgrimage of sorts. Nathan’s mom lived in Lawrence, Kansas when Nathan and I got married at a very convenient location just … [Read more…]

Pecan Pie Bars

I realize the holidays are over and that you are sick of pecan pie. But, I like to run about a month behind and I actually have pecans left over this year. So, if you have pecans left and you want a quick, easy, delicious snack that is similar to a pecan pie, then this … [Read more…]

Dirtshoe: 2011 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,500 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people. Click here to … [Read more…]

Reluctantly Spiraling Toward Christmas

This is my half-hearted attempt to show some holiday spirit. This Charlie Brown Tree is by far my favorite holiday decoration ever. It’s understated. It’s simple. It’s a little tacky. It’s easy to pack away. It’s no secret among my closest friends and family that I struggle to get excited about the holiday season. I … [Read more…]

Good Morning

Woke up early this morning at my friends’ house near my hometown. This is not my friend’s house. It’s what we affectionately call — The Bunk House. I think I want to move into the bunkhouse and live forever. I can just picture Nathan in a pair of overalls sitting in that rocking chair watching … [Read more…]

Verlon Thompson Show

Last night I had a fist fight with a spotlight. The spotlight won, hands down. I went to the Verlon Thompson show at UCO Jazz Lab and I struggled with getting any pictures where the spotlight didn’t just completely take over the shot and wash everything out. It was definitely because my seat was almost … [Read more…]

Bringing home Mya

As I have mentioned in recent posts, we adopted a new puppy to keep Annie company. Her name is Mya and she has stolen my heart for sure. And, Nathan? Forget about it! He’s in love with her. I have never adopted a dog from a shelter. However, we do consider Annie to be a … [Read more…]