Friday, April 29, 2011


Sorry for the random title today but after the day I've had, the news I received recently makes me just want to shout that from every roof in Norman.

Soooooo..... My news, you may ask?  The University of Oklahoma's star running back of the past few seasons DeMarco Murray has been drafted by my all-time favorite football team the Dallas Cowboys!!!! *SQUEEEAAALLLL*

I have been waiting for the Cowboys to draft a decent player for a long time.  I had high hopes for Tony Romo, like many die hards, and have thus far been thoroughly disappointed.  Roy Williams was the last pick I was actually happy with.  I really hope to be able to get tickets to a game or two this year.  Matt and I really want to go to a rivalry match.  His folks are Redskins' fans, so he, by proxy, is one too (sorta-ish, he prefers the Bengals).  He usually hates the Cowboys but according to his text message early he says "I guess I gotta watch them now."  First and foremost, we are Sooner fans.  Where the Sooners go we will follow.  So he now has to cheer for the 'Boys when we aren't playing the Bengals or Vikings (or as we call them, the Minnesota Sooners).

We also have Jeremy Beal, Quinton Carter, and Adrian Taylor (my buddy!) in the draft.  So far none of them have been drafted.  According to Taylor's NFL draft profile he will probably end up being an undrafted free agent because of his injury this past season.  I'm hoping all three will get picked up either in the draft or later.
DeMarco Murray in action against the Texas Longhorns


Thursday, April 28, 2011

Thankful Thursday

  • The OKC Thunder basketball team.  They have made the time between football seasons sooo much more bearable!!  I'm actually enjoying watching basketball on tv now.   Our announcers crack me up too when they pronounce Nene (nuh-nay) NayNay.  It's hilarious!!
  • Migraine medicines... I've been having some effin crazy migraines lately.  Back in November I had one that lasted 20 days.  When I went to the neurologist two months later the doctor gave me a low dose of seizure medicine commonly used for migraines.  He recently upped the dosage because I have been waking up with migraines every day.  Excedrin migraine works wonders!  It also helps when a coworker keeps migraine medicine on hand for when I forget to grab mine.
  • My coworker with the extra migraine medicine!
  • Finally getting rain!!!
  • That my family wasn't affected too bad by the extreme floods in their part of the state.  This is especially good considering they live on Oklahoma's version of a bayou.
  • Picking up new hobbies.  I'm slowly picking up crocheting again.  Once I get decent at it, I may do a giveaway.  Or birthday presents for my lovely blog friends!!  I do know that I am totally making dog beds for the kids and a blanket (OU colors of course) for my brother (who happens to be attending OSU in the fall lol).
  • Frisbee Golf (frolfing).  It's so much fun and walking the courses is such a great workout!!  I kinda suck at it, but I just started and enjoy it immensely.  It's also another way for Matt and I to bond.  I like having multiple things to do together; having just a handful makes relationships boring.
  • Losing 10+ pounds!!!  I'm super duper excited about this one!  I've gained quite a bit of weight since moving to Norman 2.5 years ago.  It didn't help that my back was really bad for awhile.  When I had my migraine, I lost 25 pounds because I couldn't eat, much less get out of bed.  I've lost at least 10 on top of that!  I still have a ways to go, but this is very motivating.  My secret?  To be honest, I was on a high powered diet supplement for awhile.  Now being a poor recent graduate helps because I can't buy all the greasy food I used to.  Granted, healthy food is more expensive, but I now pay more attention to what I'm buying.  I count calories too, but not in an extreme way just to make sure I'm not over doing it.
  • Getting off early yesterday.  I went in at six to be observed for my annual review but wasn't supposed to be there until 11.  I ended up having to stay until about 10 because the actual opener had a horrible migraine.  I went home and didn't have to go back in until 4.  Our scheduled opener came in to help close and sent me home early.  I love her.  Not just for that.  She lets me vent.  She was there when Roxi was lost in Muskogee for 4 days and let me leave to drive 3 hours away to look for her.  And pulled me aside to let me cry to her about it.  She's very blunt with me, which is much appreciated.  No sugar coating and that's how I like work to be.  She's a doll and a half!
  • DVR.  I can watch the Thunder game AND watch the new South Park!
I think that's it!  THUNDER UP!!!


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Today was my first day off in two weeks.  It was soooo nice to have a day off!!  I was going to try to get things done around the house like cleaning the bathroom and laundry.  It seems like I can never get the things done that I want/need to on my rare days off.

So instead of cleaning, I went and played my first actual game of Frisbee golf.  So much harder than it looks!!  I haven't gotten up the courage to tally up my score yet.  I do know that my score on the front nine was horrendous but it got better on the back nine.  I never hit par on any of them, but I did bogey a few.  And by a few, I mean very few haha.  I did have a lot of fun with the boys.  I also realized that I don't really like the disc Matt bought for me.  Thankfully he does!

We were supposed to go play at new course a few hours later, but after a 3 hour first game I was exhausted.  I decided to let Matt have boy bonding time and watch a million more episodes of The Vampire Diaries.  It was a successful day, even if I didn't do anything productive.  Unless you count a 3 hour walk and playing sport during said walk as something productive.

We FINALLY got rain on Sunday.  We needed it so badly.  Unfortunately it rained and rained and rained.  So many places flooded.  The pond at the disc golf course was way up.  My brother has a picture of the bayou near my parents' house.  It's completely flooded!
This road is a good 20 foot longer than this.
The river we float on near by is up further than I have ever seen it.  You can read the news story about it here.  I have uploaded the video from a news story about it.

It's crazy what weather can do.  In fact, my front yard now looks like this
Ok, so maybe not exactly like this but pretty damn close.  It was getting bad before the rain but now it's growing exponentially.  We need a lawn mower badly.  That, however, takes extra money which as just about everybody knows, is hard to come by in this economy.  Meh, we'll eventually figure something out.  Until then, the dogs can have fun exploring this strange jungle we call a yard.

Bleh, I have to be up and at work at 6am so I should probably get off here!  Goodnight!!!


Vampire Addiction

Ok, so if any of you really know me you know that I am OBSESSED with vampires.  Like, unhealthily obsessed.  Yes Matt is the one with I'm in love with, but vampires are what make me go "ooooooooo!"  My favorite show, True Blood, isn't on at the moment (it comes back June 26th!!!!).  I had to find something to hold me over that wasn't rerun upon rerun of Buffy and Angel.  I'm currently a little over halfway through the first season of The Vampire Diaries.  I have to say, for a show that is geared towards high school students and younger college students it's pretty damn good.  I hate to say I'm a little addicted.  The characters are cheesy, the dialogue is somewhat predictable, and the plot line has very few twists (a few but not many).  But god I can't get enough of it!!  Matt says it's basically Dawson's Creek with vampires.  Maybe that's it, cause I loved Dawson's Creek when I was younger.  Or maybe because the drama in it is real life drama.  Not all of it at once, but some of the things that happen actual happen in real life.  Not the vampires and other characters of course.

It helps that two main male characters are yummy.  As are most of the other characters.  That always makes shows a little bit better.

What are your unhealthy obsessions?  Any shows you can't get enough of?  I love finding new guilty pleasures (plus I'm not sure if Matt will let me watch the second season of this or the third when it starts lol).

Happy Tuesday!


Monday, April 25, 2011

Obscure Monday

Title: The people I've Slept With

The movie starts out with Angela starting a video to her child about how said child came to be.  She describes herself as a previous girl next door who liked sex. She likes having sex with both men and women.  She takes pictures of the people she sleeps with, says it's her pornography.  She finds out she's pregnant and isn't sure who the father is.

Her gay best friend is very supportive, but thinks she should have an abortion because she is not ready to have children.  Her sister, on the other hand, is completely against the idea of abortion.

Her family is not very traditional, other than her sister's part of the family.

The movie follows her search for the father and preparing for motherhood.  Her best friend cheats on a guy and then realizes he is love with him, so it is also following him and his journey.

This movie is comical, heartfelt, and at times sad.

I really liked the movie, but at times it was somewhat redundant.  There isn't really a moral to this one except maybe live your own life.  You kinda have to be in a certain type of movie for this one.  It's definitely a romcom, but it has elements of other things.  The storyline isn't the most exciting, but it is entertaining.

Off to watch the Thunder game!  Thunder Up!!!!!


Friday, April 22, 2011

Crazy Oklahoma

So Oklahoma got hit by some massive storms yet again today.  Norman was bypassed, again.  While being saved from all the rotation and tornadoes is great, we need the rain badly.  I can't even move my little garden outside yet because it is so dry.  I'm very sad about this.  We have the humidity but none of the actual moisture.  That's Oklahoma for you, though.  Sorry this post is so short, I'm having one of my migraines right now.  More about that later.  Hope you are all safe tonight.


Thursday, April 21, 2011

Thankful Thursday

I figured after all the crazy things going on lately I needed to thank everyone for all the wonderful things in my life.

  • My wonderful little family.  Matt, Tank, and Roxi make my days so much more enjoyable.  Tank with his silly, dumb goofiness.  Roxi and her motherly ways.  Matt for being my best friend and soul mate.  They are the loves of my life.
  • Having a sturdy roof over my head.  Our rent house may be a major fixer-upper, but it will stand for as long as we need it.
  • My job.  There are times when I want to throttle people, but everyone has those days.  My coworkers help me get through tough days and make me smile daily.
  •  My wonderful blogging friends.  You guys help me through more than you can ever imagine!  I go to your blogs to get a laugh, feel some sort emotion, or when I just need to get out of my own world.  I love you guys like family.  Getting to know your through your writings has been the most truthful way I have ever gotten to know anyone.
I have so many other things but I think right now, these are the biggest in my life.  Have a wonderful night!


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Monday, April 18, 2011

Obscure Monday

Title: Were The World Mine
This was a movie my little brother recommended to me.  It's a musical, however, in the first few minutes it won't strike you as such.

The main character Timothy goes to an all male school.  The kicker is that he's gay.  He lives with his mother who has just recently gotten a job.  Timothy, played by Tanner Cohen ("The Life Before Her Eyes" and Tad Becker in "As the World Turns"), tries out for the senior play A Midsummer Night's Dream.

The movie follows Timothy and his mother as they deal with the daily challenges of his being openly gay.  It is heart wrenching but hilarious at times, as well.

Timothy gets the part of Puck and proceeds to pull a puckish trick on the boys at his school and the people in his town.  This brings about all sorts of troubles and funny events in his town.  The twists in this movie will have you begging for more.  Unlike most musicals, it isn't all music with a little dialogue.  The balance is amazing.

Oh my goodness, this movie had me in tears, both empathetic and happy tears!   It teaches you not to judge and to see the world through the eyes of other people.  You really need to have an open mind to appreciate this movie.

My favorite line: "I'm not a lesbian.  I'm hetero-flexible." boyfriend replies and she says "I'm straight but shit happens."

Just so yall know, I'm IN LOVE with this movie!!!  It is definitely one I would recommend this to everyone!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Photo Update

Like I said yesterday, this week has been exhausting.  From working just about every day to spending Tuesday playing sports, I think I may have realized my max earlier than I was expecting.

Tuesday I went to a local park and played frisbee golf (frolfing) with Matt and his best friend.

Okay, so TECHNICALLY I didn't play--I was caddy--but I still walked a good 3 miles.  I also seem to have better depth perception than the boys (even with bad eye sight) because I was the one who found the discs in the brush when they were thrown in there.  I've played before, but we didn't have enough discs for three people so I decided to work on my sunburn.

Later that day we played softball with a few friends (no pictures from this since I actually played).  I haven't played in years, but I did pretty damn good if I say so myself.  And I do.  Haha.  I forgot how much I love that game.  I also worked on my sunburn there too!  Let's just say I was pretty red until today.

Work has been kicking my ass lately.  We've been soooo much busier than we have been in the last few months.  Hopefully I get to paint the walls tomorrow instead of actual work.  I could use the break.  Plus I've been having this strange urge to paint lately.  Not walls necessarily, but that works for now.  I do have my hours back which is nice on the bank account--and my shopping addiction!

I do have one thing I need to ask the blogging world.  How the hell to I get a stubborn puppy to stop chewing on EVERYTHING????  We've tried punishment, bitter stuff, hiding things he likes to chew on.  You name it, we've tried it.  Roxi wasn't near this hard to train, although she really liked to chew on boxes and deodorant/bitter apple became like treats.  Hell, Tank even ate my entire thing of deodorant the other day!!!  I'm not sure what to do next.  Any advice?  Crating works, but he does it even when we're home.  Ugh, the joys of puppy motherhood lol.

Anyway, I think this is long enough for tonight.  Have a wonderful Friday night!!


Thursday, April 14, 2011

I got my first POSTCARD today!!!

I'm uber excited to show you guys the beautiful postcard that the lovely Amber sent to me!

You should definitely check her out over at Social Butterfly!  If you want to join in on the postcard swap with us, check out her blog as well as my post here.

The last few days have exhausted me, so I'm going to leave you guys with this post.  I'll update you on my week tomorrow evening.  Also, tune in on Monday for my latest Obscure Monday review; I'm really excited about the movie.


Monday, April 11, 2011

Obscure Monday

Title: Aaah! Zombies!!
The premise of this movie, which is what first interested me, is that is a zombie movie from the perspective of the zombies.
To the actual movie.

The beginning of this movie shows how zombies came to be.  Pretty run of the mill--experiment gone wrong.  Until you get to the WAY it got into the general public that is.  The doctor who created the virus relabels the barrels of the stuff as baby formula.

You have your stereotypical characters: ditzy blonde, dorky-awkward guy, party guy, the hot driven female, and the guy trying to be the hero.

I won't ruin the plot line for you.  The dialogue is atrocious, but the idea is good.  As with any zombie movie there is a lot of blood and gore, but not in the normal way.  The effects aren't the greatest, but they are comical.

The writers and directors tried to make the movie into somewhat of a love story.  The zombie makeout scene is pretty funny.  As is finding out what happens when zombies have sex.  Then there's the epiphany, that oddly sounds like the founding of America.

My favorite part?  Finally learning the origin of Thing.  Haha, just kidding, but you'll understand once you watch it.

All in all it's a good movie if you like strange and awkward spoofs.  It does have a moral oddly enough: Accept yourself.

I recommend it.

New Start?

So I'm finally trying really hard to get this weight loss thing going.  I signed up for SparkPeople the other day so I can keep up with my goals (and hopefully hold myself accountable).  I'm eating much better.  I made scrambled egg whites for breakfast along with an apple and water.  Of course I need my coffee, but I made sure I had my water first.  I'm walking to work almost everyday.  However, since there is a not so good neighborhood between my house and work, I won't walk home at night.  I'm even taking a supplement.  I really hope this helps.

This weekend I'm going to check out a 24 hour gym that isn't too far from my work.  I really hope it isn't that expensive.  The cheaper ones are across town and with gas as high as it is I just can't do that while Matt and I are sharing the car.

On another note, I can't wait to get my first couple postcards in the mail!  Matt is almost as excited as I am.  I think because I'm finally taking my mom's advice and finding a new hobby that doesn't cost much money, haha.

I gotta finish getting ready for work and document my breakfast (for record keeping), so I'll post again later.  We're going to watch an obscure movie tonight so I can start the new Monday feature I talk about here.

Have a good Monday!!


Saturday, April 9, 2011

I love me some Snail Mail!

Yes, three posts in one day (gotta catch up somehow!)

I was browsing around the blog world and came across a wonderful project that was started by Miss Nadine and Miss Amber (completely separate from one another, oddly enough).  How's about a postcard swap???

I'm not the most creative person in the world, but I love getting to know people and receiving snail mail that doesn't end up costing me boatloads of money.  I don't care what kind of postcards, as long as they aren't blank.  Handmade?  Awesome!  Tourist-y?  Kickass!  Prints of paintings?  Yes!  Like I said, anything.  However, I personally would prefer if they had something to do with your personality or something you like.  It's more personal that way.

If you want to join me, email me your address at ogleam{at}hotmail{dot}com
I promise your addresses are safe and will not be shared with anyone.

Please include your address, blog link, and "Postcard Swap" in the subject line.
Let's make this fun and have equal participation on all sides.

I know I don't have a lot of followers, but for those that do follow me and decide they want to do this too, would it be possible for you to link back here and to the previously mentioned women as well so as to get as much participation as possible? 

Can't wait!


Baked Catfish

I don't have a picture of this one, but it is absolutely amazing!

I grew up eating fried catfish in small town Oklahoma.  When I started high school my father started baking it occasionally.  He also grilled it, but we don't have a grill.  When I think of fish, I always think spring and summer camping and fishing trips.

Here's what you need:
several fillets of catfish (or other fish you enjoy)
1 Lemon
lemon pepper
baking sheet

Here's what you do:
Thoroughly rinse the fish
Spray the baking sheet with nonstick spray (I prefer Pan vegetable spray), lay fillets out flat
Preheat oven to 350
Melt butter in microwave (how much you use depends on your preferences and how much fish you use)
Cut lemon in half, squeeze juice out of one half into the melted butter.  Thinly slice the other half.
Using a basting brush (or spoon if you don't have the brush) lightly cover the fish in the lemon butter mixture.
Sprinkle lemon butter over the fish (I use a grinder).
Very lightly sprinkle salt over the fish (just enough to enhance the flavor, not over power it)
Place a lemon slice on top of each fillet.
Bake for 20 minutes.

The seasoning is all to your personal tastes.  I prefer moist fish, so I put more of the lemon butter mixture on it.  Matt likes it drier so I add less of the mixture.

Not only is this very tasty, but if you don't add too much butter it is very health for you as well.


Life happens, I guess

I feel awful that I haven't posted in awhile.  Things got a little dramatic for awhile.  Had a major falling out with someone I thought was a good friend.  After several weeks of feeling used and manipulated, Matt and I were basically dropped after introducing her to new people.  I've been trying to sort through my feelings and reactions to the whole situation but it's hard. 

I've never had many female friends that I could really rely on.  Throughout my short 23 years, I've only really had one that has stuck around for any actual length of time (that being about 5 years and counting).  Recently, I've had a woman come back into my life that I thought I had lost forever.  We had a really rough time of it not long before I moved to Norman.  Before that, she was my best friend and confidant.  I've seen her maybe twice in the nearly three years I've been in Norman.  Those few times were enough for both of us to see how much the other had grown up.  Now we talk almost every day, and she is moving up here (possibly moving in with us) in August.  Even Matt, who for the last several years has professed a strong dislike (very close to despising) for her, is convinced she has changed and is good with idea of her being in our lives again.

Maybe it's because I've been hurt so many times by the women that have come into my life, but once a female wrongs me it's hard for me to ever trust them again.  Or maybe it's because I was raised around men for the majority of my life other than my mom and Meme (grandmother); we all have more masculine personalities than many of the women I have come across.  I still have my petty/catty moments and love to dress up and make myself up, but I don't want to deal with drama.  I basically refuse to.

So maybe I blew this whole situation out of proportion, but I don't like being treated like shit.  I definitely don't like it when someone makes me feel manipulated or used. 

Sorry to vent at you guys like this, but I had to get it out.

My next post will be another successful recipe.  Hopefully I'll start watching more movies so I can review them for you guys, like I previously suggested.