I hardly know where to begin. My daughter, Lisa, and I took a little trip to Tulsa Tuesday and Wednesday. Beth Terry, author of “Plastic Free – How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too”, was speaking at the University of Tulsa and she had asked Lisa to speak with her. What an honor!
We left town a bit after noon on Tuesday and headed toward Tulsa. It had been warm the day before but a cold front had come through, along with some much-needed but poorly-timed rain. As we were approaching the turnpike entrance in Stroud, we got one of our hair-brained ideas and decided to see if we could find the Keystone XL pipeline and get some pictures to show Beth. Lisa looked it up on her phone and with only a rough idea of where it is located we took our detour. Remember now, it’s raining and has been for several hours. The road we think will lead to our destination turns out to be a heavily-rutted gravel road. And we are driving my Prius. Do you think that deterred us? If so, you don’t really know us very well.
We went about a mile down the teeth-jarring road but it was rather muddy and after slipping a few times we decided to give up our quest. I really didn’t want to have to call David and try to explain why we got the car stuck in the mud when we were supposed to be on the turnpike.
We did, however, find another little gem. Did you know that Stroud is the wine capital of Oklahoma?
Here is a picture of the sitting room in Beth’s hotel room:
We ate lunch at the Polo Grill where I had perhaps the best burger I’ve ever eaten:
There was a yarn store next to the restaurant so we popped in there for a few minutes to drool over the pretty yarn. We decided we have good taste (check the price):
Be sure to read Lisa’s blog post about our adventure. And you can see the picture of the three of us there so I’ll probably not share it here.
Yesterday my mom and I drove to Tulsa. My sister-in-law had told us about “Fleet Feet”, a store specializing in athletic shoes, as well as inserts to help correct foot problems. She had finally convinced my brother to give it a try and he was amazed at how much it helped. Mom and I decided this was something we needed to do, as well. We got to Tulsa around noon and met my sister-in-law at Los Cabos, a wonderful Mexican restaurant. After a delicious meal, we followed her to Fleet Feet where we spent the next hour and a half having our feet and gait analyzed via a video camera/treadmill set-up and being fitted for shoes and inserts. Mom was absolutely stunned to discover that her knee pain disappeared almost entirely with the new shoes and inserts. I’m hoping this will help with the recurring problem of plantar faciitis that I’ve dealt with off and on for several years.
I am determined to get in shape and that should be easier if my feet don’t hurt. I’m going to update my progress here on Saturdays so check back each week. If you don’t hear from me, remind me…keep me on track…nag me!
After the shoe experience, my sister-in-law went home to wait for the kids to get home from school while Mom and I made a brief foray to Whole Foods. Mom had never been to one and she was rather wowed by the produce, meat counters and salad bar. Oh, how I’d love to have one nearby. At least Oklahoma City is getting a Whole Foods so that’s a bit closer. I picked up the few items I had on my list and then we went to see the kiddos. We only had about an hour before we needed to head for home but it was so good to see the kids. My nephew turned 14 this week and he got his braces off yesterday morning. His teeth look great and you could tell he was happy to have that over with. My niece is a cheerleader for her school and she demonstrated a cheer, some jumps and a few other things she’s learning. They’re such great kids – I just wish we lived a bit closer so we could see them more often.
It was a long but very nice day. After I dropped my mom off, this is what I saw on my way home: