Monday, March 30, 2009


So for Spring Break Erin and I went to Jenks, OK (right outside of Tulsa) for the weekend to visit Erin’s cousin Tom and Becky. However, I am surprised that Tom even knew that Erin was her cousin since he did not know our last name. The drive to Tom and Becky’s house is pretty easy. We drive about a mile West from our house get on a road going south and then stay on that same road for 4 hours till we get to Tulsa. It is a no brainer.

The highlight for me was going to this little “hole in the wall” restaurant that made homemade root beer. That stuff was so good! Erin and I for like a week after were craving root beer. But, by far the coolest thing ever was going to Casa Bonita! Imagine a Blue Bayou (the restaurant in Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland) like Mexican restaurant that allows you eat in a cave with ehhhhh quality microwave assembly-line food that has a magic show! Plus I did not see a Hispanic person in the whole restaurant. The place is just cheesy, but totally radical at the same time! They have another restaurant in Denver that has divers and other crazy things . . . definitely on one of my places to visit before I die. Check it out:

Sunday night we all had fondue, which was really delicious. Tom and Becky’s son Paul is also really cute. That kid is so smart . . . I am amazed. Plus he makes sure Tom drives the speed limit.

On the way back to Lawrence, Erin and I stopped at a lot of antique shops in all these small little towns on the way home. Erin bought some stuff she liked, and I found a couple more cola bottles to add to my collection. It was fun, plus we got to drink a lot of root beer on the way home.

I have to say I thought this Spring Break was way better then the one we spent in Troy, Ohio. Next Year, Erin and I will either go to Dodge, KS or New Ulm, MN (it’s the Polka capital of the U.S.).

Sunday, March 1, 2009

30 and Spoiled

Well, Friday, February 27th, I turned 30. I had a great day. It started on Thursday evening when I got home from work. I came home and this was on my kitchen table. It is from our tenant and friend Virginia.

Then, Tom said he was going to go and get me something for my birthday. He then said, "What do you want." I was of no help. Why? Because I didn't know what I wanted. Finally I came up with the idea of a Yankee Candle because mine had just burnt out a few days before. Tom comes back from shopping with a Bed Bath & Beyond bag, and sure enough inside of that bag was a yankee candle. Then he started acting a little weird and said he had actually bought me something else but he needed me to help him carry it in. We went out to the car and came back into the house with this:

and this:

Fast forward to Friday morning. I am getting ready to leave for work. I opened the front door and found this:

and this:

These items are from my friends Chelsea and Amber.
Friday at work I got some flowers from my friend and boss Lisa:

Twyla got me these items: earrings and this wax thing that you actually rub on your hands and it is lotion!

Friday night, Dave and Amber, Ryan and Chelsea came over and brought me this:

Saturday night we went to dinner with some friends. Our friends Jen and Jason got me this:

Also, Mom and Dad and Papa, thanks for the money! I appreciate it. I have great people that surround me!