big announcements!

it’s been the most beautiful week, hasn’t it? I’ve been mum for about a week, but I have to say that there’s a good reason, and it’s not just that I’ve been enjoying this crisp fall weather.

over the last few weeks, I was working toward getting a job as an assistant with a big publisher, which you may recall is my main goal for moving to the city. I’ve spent most of my life working toward this, and I’d spent nearly two years trying to break into the industry without any success. it was getting to the point where I had considered giving up, but I didn’t, and finally my perseverance has paid off.

so, basically, a very vague description of it is that it’s now my job to know about books that are in the process of getting released, which is kind of my dream job. it’s exactly my dream job, really. I won’t talk about it much here, probably, because that’s not professional, but just know that I’ve finished the first week and it was everything I wanted it to be (and more).

but, really, things are pretty amazing for me right now. it sort of feels like everything is just lining up so wonderfully and ideally. still trying to figure out what happened, but I’m more than happy to roll with it and work at it every day so that things keep getting better.

I know that a friend or two of mine have been frustrated lately with the job search (aren’t we all?), but I’ve been thinking about that a lot. when I moved here, I didn’t think I would get my dream job straight out of the gate, but I thought I’d be able to at least get something in my field. clearly, however, that didn’t happen.

it took almost two years, and it’s been a pretty rough two years, but I stuck it out and kept trying and working toward my goal, and honestly, I made it. only now do I feel like I can take a quick breather and relax a little bit, but I’m here.

I mean, if tiny me can make it, so can you.

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The Trip Home, Part Last: The Travel

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We flew out on Wednesday the 24th and came back on Wednesday the 31st, which allowed us to take as much advantage of our schedules as possible and get as much time at home as we could. We spent a lot of time on planes on those days, but we watched some movies together and read a lot (and slept a lot), so it went by actually really quickly.

Our first flight in, we flew from Newark through Atlanta to Oklahoma City, and it went very smoothly and was totally fine. We flew Delta the whole way, which was fine on the way there.

On the way back, we flew through Detroit instead of Atlanta, and I know it wasn’t Detroit’s fault, but we got stuck there for a few hours at the end of the day. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have a little resentment towards Detroit about it, but in the end I talked to Delta about it and got it all worked out. Because it was so late at night, however, we got to see a lot of the airport pretty deserted. Have you been to the Detroit airport? Because if you haven’t, you should go sometime (preferably during normal flight hours) so you can see this hallway/work of art. It goes between the two terminals, and it’s just really strange and interesting.

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In fact, I still can’t believe it was a week – it felt like a day or two at most. Vacation always goes so quickly, but it was the absolute best time.

When we got back home late, late that night, we were both exhausted, but we couldn’t have been happier and had a better time on this trip. It went too fast, but being able to see my friends and family again at home for the first time since I moved was really priceless. It couldn’t have been a better trip, and I know we’ll be back sooner than you might think.

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i may not always be there in body, but oklahoma will always be a home in my heart.

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The Trip Home, Part Three: The Food

for, like, half a second, i was surprised that this post was turning out to be the most photo-heavy. however, you know, someone on my trip told me that i am clearly “a foodie” so i guess that’s what that means. i just really like having pictures of good food. usually i’m too excited about eating it to remember to take a picture, but i tried to remember on this trip so i can share you all and make you a little jealous.

i knew going into this trip that i wanted to share two major food groups with harry: tex-mex and barbecue. they exist here, but not like they do in the places where they came from.

when my parents picked us up from the airport, they drove us to 1492, new world latin cuisine, in downtown okc. the atmosphere was a little lacking (but it was also 3:30pm), but the food was great. the chorizo queso was just to die for. i had some enchiladas and a taco, and it was great. highly highly recommend.

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now, on the flip side, you can’t visit oklahoma city without eating at another tex mex staple: taco bueno. it’s not what anyone would call “great food,” but i’ve been eating there my whole life and not a whole lot can beat a good chicken muchaco. as advertised to harry, the refried beans were delicious and perfect. i don’t know that he loved bueno like i do, but again, i’m pretty sure it’s something you have to grow (up with) to love.

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naturally, you can’t go to the headquarters of sonic (oklahoma city, y’all) and not get yourself a limeade.  we went to sonic a couple of times on the trip and every time was a delight. nothing may beat a muchaco from bueno, but there’s really nothing that can beat a chili cheese coney with onions and mustard. like, man, i can’t.

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once we got done with our tour of fast food, we made a quick pit stop at POPS, a new staple of the city. the walls are lined with different kinds of sodas from all over the country (and some international, but it’s gotten a lot more local since i moved), and they have a wall of refrigerators that you can pick bottles from. they have food there, too–pretty basic diner fare–but POPS is really all about the drinks.

we got two six packs of assorted flavored sodas, from your basic ginger ale to blood orange and sarsaparilla sodas. somehow we managed to decide against the bacon flavored soda, but you know, i don’t think we had any regrets.

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we also stopped at pinkitzel, since it was on the way home, and picked up some salt water taffy and some cupcakes to snack on at home. so, so super delicious.

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other local favorites include all about cha, a new coffee and tea location in edmond, where you can get the most delicious sweet potato latte. it sounds a little weird, i know, but i don’t think anyone i know has ever regretted getting one. all i’m saying is that i’ve made a lot of converts over the years.

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if you haven’t been to mutts hot dogs down on 23rd, you’re also missing out. we went there for lunch with my parents one day near the end, and my dad and i were thrilled to get to introduce it to both harry and my mom, who’d never made it down. everything they have is great, but i always get the corn dog pups, which is pretty much what you think it is and they are delicious.

they’re also owned by the same people who run big truck tacos down the way, so you always get these great reusable cups, too. we brought a few of these guys back home with us and i love using them.

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and since i mentioned barbecue, one of our last meals was at rudy’s bbq, which is my favorite barbecue restaurant of all time. they put one in on memorial in oklahoma city (previously the closest was in norman) and no one told me, which caused me to swivel my neck like an owl when we were driving past it that first day and ask frantically if anyone else knew that was in there. well, they had, and no one remembered to tell me, so naturally i insisted that we go.

i had a brisket potato with extra butter, which was absolutely amazing, as expected. i just love rudy’s. i just love it.

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anyway, we ate at some other places, and we ate at home (my mom makes a real mean fried chicken, fried squash and mashed potatoes) some, too, but all of the food we ate was out of this world. sometimes i forget just how good the food is there, and it was great to be reminded of it.

if you happen to be in okc anytime soon and you haven’t eaten at any of these places, you definitely need to. i promise you won’t regret it.

The Trip Home, Part Two: The Friends

i know i can’t say this enough, but seeing my best friends from home again while i was visiting was just the absolute best time. we spent almost every day with james and rebekah (great friends of mine from college, and rebekah from even earlier than that), and they got to spend a lot of time introducing harry to various oklahoma staples like sonic and braum’s and the balcony of the moore warren movie theater.

i couldn’t begin to tell you how much fun we had, but know that it felt just like being at home, being able to spend so much time with the people who truly know me best in the world. at times it felt like i was taking harry on a tour of all of the people and places i grew up with, but they were all delighted to meet him.

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we got to see various other friends of mine at various other locations (usually food locations), and it was just really lovely to get to catch up with people i haven’t seen in a year and a half. i learned a lot about the things that i’ve missed since i’ve been gone, but also i learned a lot about how much i’ve grown up and how much i’ve changed since i moved to new york almost two years ago.

for whatever reason i didn’t take as many pictures as i wanted to, but the ones we did take were just priceless. my friends kayla and scott had dinner with us at ted’s in edmond one night, and it was just so great to fall back into the same friendships and jokes and great times. kayla and i were roommates in college, and it was so fun to get to catch back up with the two of them, especially now having harry with me.

 

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stay tuned for part three, the food

The Trip Home, Part One

I know I’ve been MIA for a few weeks, but I went home for a week at the end of July and things have been so wild here that I haven’t gotten a chance to do too many updates. I have a few posts lined up now, though, about my trip home, and a few other things, so expect the next few weeks to be full of posts.

Harry and I went to Oklahoma City to stay with my parents for a week, and to see all of my friends and family, and to see things, but mostly so that I could really show Harry (who grew up in Manhattan) what it has meant to me for the last 25 years to grow up in the Great Plains. We couldn’t have had a better time, and I can’t wait to visit again.

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But really, it was just the best time. While I spent a lot of time taking pictures and videos of my dogs and cat, my absolute favorite picture is this one I took of my brother Davis and Harry and I at Rudy’s, my favorite barbeque restaurant.

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This picture encapsulates so much meaning to me, and I haven’t gotten it framed yet but I know that I will. It’s just another quick pic that I insisted on taking on this trip (sorry, Harry), but it’s one of my favorite pictures ever. It’s everything that I love. My moments that I get with my brother now are so quick and so fleeting, and now that he’s in high school I feel like I’m maybe missing some great moments, and that’s why I really love this picture.

Anyway, I had the best time, so stay tuned for some pictures and some chat about my visit. I hope you’ll have as good a time as I did.