[mis]Adventures: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

As summer winds down to a close, I’m left feeling a bit sad that the winter months are upon us. Even though my favourite season is Autumn, I know that the brief season will pave the way for the grey cold days and endless stark white scenery.

But I don’t mind. The truth is, I’m looking forward to the next few months. We’ve got a couple of trips coming up: San Diego in September and Orlando in December. So even if we’ll be relegated indoors for the next few months, I’ve got so much to be thankful for this year.

The summer went by so fast, it seems like. Between driving back and forth on the weekends to the cabin and weekend BBQ shindigs, our summer has been pretty fun and busy.

My husband and I had the chance to go to Oklahoma for a few days to check out a benefit concert featuring some pretty awesome bands. Most specifically, Kings of Leon. But of course, we were also there to check out the sights. It was our first time in OKC. To be honest, the city reminds me of our city so I felt kind of at home. The heat that greeted us though, was a little hard to take.

We stayed at a hotel close to Chesapeake Energy Arena where the concert was held, which was a pretty good choice, considering how central it was. It was a walking distance to Bricktown as well. Bricktown is a lovely part of OKC that literally has buildings made of bricks. It has a concentration of restaurants, bar and shops so you pretty much have everything you need in one place. It was an eclectic mix of the old and the new – complete with horse-drawn carriages.

We also had a chance to go on a boat ride. They have this canal that offers a tour of Bricktown complete with a tour guide that told us a brief history.

The picture on the left shows a series of sculptures that tells the story of the Land Run of 1889. Brush up on history, folks. The sculptures are life-sized and poetic. I was able to take this particular picture as the sun was setting so it made for an even surreal ambiance.

I think I’ve read of this Land Run on Saundra Mitchell’s The Springsweet. It was an intricate part of the story when the character had to go and help out a relative or a friend of the family tend to the land.

Anyway, I also learned where the term SOONERS came from: when land seekers arrive earlier than the usual allotted time for acquiring land.

We didn’t really do too much shopping but we did manage to check out Guestroom Records. They have some varied selections of vinyl records. Actually, the entire store is a feast for hipsters. With the combination of art, music and the brick building, I just didn’t want to leave the place.

I snagged a few records including a couple old Beatles records and a re-issue Best of Pixies. Honestly, I could’ve spent the whole day in that store.

Well, that’s about it. Husband and I had fun and ate ourselves silly. I’m full of admiration for the man because I kid you not, this guy was unstoppable. He ate and ate and ate until I cried uncle.

That was pretty much our summer vacation. Hoping to do another post like this come September as we go on our annual pilgrimage to San Diego, California where our team will be hosting the Dallas Cowboys. Good times, good times.

What did you do this summer?
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Hoarders, Episode 80: Barnes & Noble, OKC

So a few weeks ago, my husband and I went to Oklahoma for a benefit concert to help raise funds for the victims of the Spring tornadoes that levelled much of Moore and other parts of Oklahoma. We had a great time exploring Oklahoma City despite the almost unbearable heat. It was like a blast of hot air when you open an oven door. Seriously.  Anyway, every time we go somewhere, a bookshop stop is always on our itinerary.

Barnes & Noble on North May Avenue was where we ended up;  a twenty minute cab ride from downtown Oklahoma City where our hotel was. I found a few books but am admittedly disappointed that I didn’t get much. I did, however, find a very cool book bag to go along with my loot.

It has cats dressed as literary greats: Austen, Dickens, and the Brontë sisters. It’s perfect for when I go on my bookshop jaunts.

And here are the books that I found:

Quarantine #2 by Lex Thomas

I haven’t read the first book yet but this series comes highly recommended. It’s one of those adrenaline rush type of read that I need to psych myself up

Mortal Fire by Elizabeth Knox 
I know nothing about this book. It sounds good though. 
Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Grahah
I’m expecting some rapid-fire convos and quips. 
Belladonna by Fiona Paul

I also could not ever, ever resist buying a book from an airport bookstore. This one, I bought at a place called Author’s Bookstore in Minneapolis International Airport. Well, it turns out, this book is actually book number 5 of a series I haven’t read (story of my life). So now, I’m hunting for book number one. Le sigh.

The White Princess by Philippa Gregory

That’s all I’ve got. It’s surprising to me that I only found four books on my jaunt. I usually spend sometime in the bookstore and peruse as studiously as I can. They’re good picks anyway because I didn’t see them in my local bookshop. 

So…show me what you got?

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