Saturday, March 25, 2017

bitty buddy

one-day old

We're all totally smitten with this little fellow.

Nephew Abel arrived last Sunday evening, in plenty of time for our (his and mine) upcoming planned meeting next month. When I booked tickets home for April, the baby and I had a chat about auntie expectations: he agreed to do his best to be holdable (out of mommy's belly!) before or during my visit. 

This guy arrived three weeks early so he and his mommy should be ready for all sorts of fun times by the time I arrive for a visit next month. We (his mommy and I) are pretty sure he wants to take some walks in his new stroller, maybe visit the butterflies at Dow Gardens, and definitely enjoy a milk-a-licious Blizzard from Dairy Queen. After all, we'll have some birthday celebrating to do for his mommy :).

In addition, he's agreed to be my cuddly study buddy for several hours of CMA study (brief visits to mommy for regular snack breaks are part of our agreement, of course).

Monday, March 20, 2017

OKC Bombing Memorial


Originally, we had not planned to visit the Bombing Memorial while in Oklahoma City, but on Friday afternoon we had enough time for one more activity, and it seemed fitting to visit the bomb site.


I was glad we spent some time at the memorial. Though it marks a tragedy, the memorial is full of beauty and serenity, providing a proper setting for reflection.

each chair represents one life lost in the bombing

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Vist to the Sooner State


I spent last weekend in Oklahoma where I had been asked to share at a youth event.

Because of the timing of flights, we wound up with a few free hours for touring Oklahoma City before the retreat began. It's been over seven years since I was in the Sooner state, and I've never before wandered Oklahoma City, so it was fun to do some exploring.

Super cool collection of life-size statues depicting the Sooners entering Oklahoma.


I don't know if the city is always so calm, but it wins the prize for "quietest city" I've visited so far.


Friday morning we wandered Myriad Botanical Gardens downtown before making our way to Bricktown and walking the canal. The spring flowers were so gorgeous, and although the air was chilly, the sun came out enough to turn my cheeks pink.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Reason #193 why I am not a tax accountant

Because every year when I complete my taxes, I wind up incredibly annoyed about countless details involved in reporting the necessary information to finalize the filing process (note: here in PA land I'm required to file Federal, State, AND Local tax returns. muy ridiculous).

And my taxes are easy peesy.


[Sorry, no pic. I'm too tired to figure out how to get Blogger to recognize the corresponding screenshot I took to add to this post]

Monday, March 6, 2017

lunch with B


Betsy and I have lunch together once a week.
She eats hers in Michigan; I eat mine in Pennsylvania.
And we fill each other in (via Verizon) on the details of our lives.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Little Women


The nieces and I went to a play last night:

We all laughed a lot, and stayed up way past our bedtimes.
It was a jolly good time.