Wanderlust: Tulsa

Over the weekend I went to Tulsa, Oklahoma. It was for a festival of sorts, what we named a convention that was really a weekend of stuff put on by the band Hanson in honor of their 20 years as a band. At the beginning of the show they played (actually the second of two shows — they had to do two shows on Sunday night because so many people RSVP’d for the event) a video from their audition to play at Mayfest twenty years ago. Isaac was 11, Taylor was 9 and Zac was 6. It was precious.

If you’ve never been to Tulsa, it’s a small city in Oklahoma. The first time I landed there, I was shocked to see there were only five (!!) tall buildings in downtown. This is very unlike cities I’ve been to before, mostly on the northern east coast, even the small ones.

There are cute little stores and restaurants, really pretty houses and art on buildings. I ate fried pickles, breakfast for dinner and drank ice chai tea lattes. I even found a coffee place with tangerine kombucha. We rented bikes and reenacted music videos and blared music in the middle of the street at 11:30pm while we waited for a train to pass.

It was one of those weekends that was exactly what I needed. Even if I couldn’t put it all into words that makes sense just know that I returned home feeling inspired and full of music and love.

ps You can read the Good Groupie’s reaction to our weekend at her post here, where you can also see a video of part of the street dancing three of our friends did in attempts to reenact the Thinking About Something video they were in.
That’s something I was reminded of this weekend as we drove around Tulsa, listening to music we all have in common and the stuff we don’t – it’s so much fun to share a musical moment with someone, knowing you both have a connection to a song.The Good Groupie.

May 2011


Don’t ask what the meaning of life is. You define it. – That’s what my YES&YES Calendar says for the Month of May.

I failed miserably last month with my goals. I failed to the point where I’m not going to bother recapping them. I’ve been sick or distracted for the entire month of April.

This month is going to be filled with a lot of unfamiliar things, so instead of setting specific goals for myself, I am going to set vague ideas.

Balance. I need to work on it, I’ve always needed to work on it. But this month I’m going to pay special attention to balance because without it I slip away from myself.

Health. Working out just hasn’t been… working out. But that’s not something I’m going to give up on. I think I just need to be more structured when it comes to exercise. And also I’ve been toying with the idea of cutting sugar almost entirely out of my diet. This may be the time to put that into action, or if not, at least plan to make that work for June.

Write. Oh that five letter word that is always on my mind. There’s nothing more to say about this, it all goes back to balance. Make time to make writing part of my life.

Also, the weather is beautiful, the sun is shining and I want to spend as much time as possible outside and soaking in Vitamin D.

May Events:
May 2nd is Miranda’s birthday.
May 6th is Hanson day. Let’s remember the times we wore Hanson t-shirts to school and secretly hummed Mmmbop all day. Just me? Oh, okay.
May 13th & 14th are bachelorette party/ kidnapping nights.
May 18th Miss Sarah Day turns 26.
May 19th Shaylin’s rehearsal dinner
May 20th ladies luncheon, getting nails did, hanging out in a fancy hotel, taking multiple bubbly baths and hosting a two person dance party.
May 21st Shaylin’s wedding. Maybe I should schedule in a day to write a toast. Eeek! Anyway, lots of dancing and wine and photographs and an after party. And an after after party. Generally just a lot of partying.
May 22nd I don’t know, I think I’m going to want to go out for breakfast.
May 23rd- May  31st probably 216 straight hours of sleep. Sounds good to me.

What does your May look like?