Sunday, July 19, 2009

Weekend Recap

Beth and I didn't have much problem keeping busy this weekend. We haven't had many weekends with nothing going on and in fact, this was only our third weekend in Tulsa together in our new house. Friday night after getting home from work, we decided to go running before we headed to dinner. It was so nice outside that we ended up running 6 miles. We usually always run 4 or 5 miles, but are always on the verge of passing out due to the heat when we are finished. It was nice to run a little further and still feel great when we were done.

After our run, we went and had dinner at Charleston's(one of our new faves). It's a casual restaurant, but has a really nice atmosphere and great food. Plus our realtor gave us a coupon for free spinach dip, which just happens to be one of our favorite appetizers. After dinner, we went to the Redbox at Walgreen's and rented "Yes Man" with Jim Carey. The movie was okay. Not bad, but definitely not great. If you don't rent movies at Redbox, you need to start. It's a dollar for a day rental and if you keep it longer, they only charge you a dollar per extra day. Plus you can return your movies to any Redbox location. Another little tip is you can type in "promo codes" and actually get free rentals(we have done this the last 3 rentals). Just google "redbox promo codes" and you'll get what you need to be on your way to a free rental.

In fact, I would recommend looking for promo codes online before you make your next online purchase. I found a promo code for Orbitz that saved us 15% on two different hotel rentals. I also found a promo code that got us 15% off a car rental in Ohio a few weeks ago. Just a little fyi. A google seach takes less than five minutes and has saved us over a hundred dollars in the last few weeks.

Yesterday was a fun day as Beth and I went to Tenkiller Lake to meet up with Chris(my college roommate) and his wife Liz. I actually hadn't seen Chris since May of 2002 when we graduated from OU. He's been living in Moscow, Russia since then and I've been pretty bad at making an effort to meet up when he has been in the U.S. It was great to meet his wife and to also see Chris' parents again. It's kind of weird that Chris and I saw each other everyday for 4 years straight and then went 7 years doing the complete opposite. Chris, Liz, and Chris' family were staying at the lake and had their boat and jetski out there so we got a chance to go out on the lake and have some fun. I rode around on the jetski and Beth and I gave waterskiing a try. Needless to say we didn't do a great job, but we both got up, if only for a few seconds. We didn't get home until 7:30 last night and were both pretty tired from being outside all day.

Today was pretty uneventful although we did go out and explore a little bit. We had intended on checking out another church, but instead I convinced Beth to stay home and watch the British Open. I was really pulling for 59 year old Tom Watson, but was glad to see Stewart Cink win if Watson couldn't.

After watching golf, we decided to go check out "An Affair of the Heart" at the Tulsa Expo Center. It's a craft show that Beth compared to a "smaller, not near as good" version of The Nutcracker Market in Houston. We ended up buying a few candles from a couple that makes Soy Candles in Indiana and also bought a soup mix and a dip mix from a couple who run their business out of southwest Oklahoma.

We spent about two hours at the craft show and then decided to go check out the Whole Foods in Tulsa. On our way to the Whole Foods we saw a produce stand and decided to stop(it's on 21st and Harvard for those who live in Tulsa). The stand was great and we ended up buying fresh corn on the cob, Porter peaches, vidalia onions, sweet potatoes, and regular potatoes. Everything was super fresh and we will definitely be going back at some point. The stand is open everyday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and closes for good the second week of September.

After Whole Foods it was time to finally come home. We went for a 5 mile run and decided to make dinner. For dinner we used the potatoes from the produce stand and made homemade potato chips. We've made potato chips in the past, but as we've made them more often, the chips have gotten better. After the first time we made them, we even went out and bought a mandolin to cut the potatoes. So for dinner we ended up having homemade potato chips, corn on the cob(from the produce stand), porter peaches, and turkey and pepperjack cheese paninis. Below are a few pics from dinner:

We leave for Portland on Wednedsay and are really looking forward to getting away for a few days. The weather forecast so far looks really good and there's also a chance we may go white water rafting on Friday. One week from today is my and Beth's one year anniversary!!!!! I can't believe it's been a year already! Married life is great and I highly recommend it. So if you're not married, check it out.

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