Another season of volunteering at Assistance League is coming to a close (for me, anyway). I’ll take the summer to recharge and come back in August ready to serve our community’s children at Operation School Bell.
One of my last duties as the chair of my committee was to organize our annual membership luncheon. The theme of the lunch was inspired by the book Language of the Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. There are so many different purposes and personalities that make up Assistance League, I felt it appropriate to express the beauty of our diversity through the language of the flowers.
The flowers on the tables and in the flower arrangements were chosen for their meaning. Even the oranges and turnips in the arrangements were special; generosity and charity.
The room was filled with women and men who are devoted to serving our community through Assistance League. I compared them to the Hibiscus flower (it was in the iced tea) which means delicate beauty. They are all beautiful inside and out but that beauty is delicate. It’s delicate because our personalities are so beautiful yet easily bruised, like a flower they must be handled with care. These women and men come to Assistance League for various reasons. Whether it be to serve or to be social, to give back their time and talent to the community or feel valued by their peers. To gain new friendships or to network. All of these reasons are legitimate and probably all play a role in a person’s decision to volunteer. It’s not up to me, or anyone else, to judge why someone decides to join an organization like Assistance League. What is valuable and important is that they are here. There are here serving, utilizing their talents to make our community a better place and that’s what really matters.
This past year these beautiful women and men clothed over 1600 school age children in Norman. Collectively they worked 14,114 hours of volunteer time. They raised a boat load of money to keep these programs not just running but thriving. Programs that are serving the least of these and doing it with dignity. The recipients of the programs; school kids, battered women, elderly men and women, children in the foster care system; are just as delicate in beauty as the people who are serving them. They are just as easily bruised but are all part of the same beautiful bouquet. Individually they are all beautiful in their own way but put them all together and they are breathtaking.
I don’t know what brought them to Assistance League and I don’t really care. What I do care about is what they can teach me about humility, joy, suffering, serving, beauty. The list goes on and on and that’s a very delicate beauty.
Posted by Hugs, Kisses and Snot on May 16, 2013
My reign as Miss April at Oklahoma Women Bloggers has come to a close. Thank you to the gracious ladies at OWB for having me as blogger of the month. It was a real treat! The final post for the month is “why I blog”.
Prior to blogging I didn’t really follow very many blogs. I had a couple of girlfriends who had little blogs and I would check in with them every now and then but it wasn’t really on my radar. I followed Pioneer Woman religiously, like everyone else in their dog but never really thought about starting my own blog until I went to her book signing. I stood in line for a couple of hours, read her cookbook cover to cover, listened to others gush about her and started thinking. Here was a regular Oklahoma woman who had turned her life into a blog and made something incredible. She seemed so down to earth and we would probably be great friends if she lived next door or went to my church. Then again, she could probably be best friends with a box of hair if given the chance. The point was I started thinking; I have interesting thoughts, I’m sorta funny, I love to cook, I have cute kids…what the hell…I could have a blog.
The next week I started Hugs, Kisses and Snot.
Keep reading the rest of the story at Oklahoma Women Bloggers
Posted by Hugs, Kisses and Snot on April 30, 2013
May Fair Arts Festival is right around the corner. May 4th & 5th. If you’re in Norman you know that it’s a staple in the spring festival line up. Did you know that it is put on by the Assistance League of Norman? Did you also know that it has a 5K and 2K fun run to go along with it? Yup, it does. There’s nothing better than following up a 5K with corn dogs and lemonade. The 5K cancels out the calories from the corn dog so it’s totally okay to eat something else with the word “fried” in the name. (more…)
Posted by Hugs, Kisses and Snot on April 27, 2013
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…well, maybe not. Tornado season doesn’t end with a celebration of Christ’s birth and tons of presents…right? I’m not missing out on some fun tornado festivity, am I? But I digress. This little tornado season post is reposted on Oklahoma Women Bloggers today and they titled it “It’s That Time Of Year”. Something about that title made me giggle and think of Christmas carols.
Well, it’s that time of year again…tornado season. We live in tornado alley, we should be used to it, right? Wrong. I get this feeling that people have been getting themselves more worked up than usual over the weather. I’ve done a very scientific study (which consists of me reading Facebook) regarding our reaction to severe weather and I’ve come to the conclusion that it has gotten out of hand. I can practically hear the sobs over FB as friends wring their hands and torment themselves over the impending doom. The Norman Transcript had a front page article two weeks ago about the possibility of storms for the upcoming week. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the possibility of storms (which didn’t happen on the day they said it would happen, by the way) making front page news. (more…)
Posted by Hugs, Kisses and Snot on April 26, 2013
I’m back on Oklahoma Women Bloggers today! Believe it or not this awesome clip from The Jerk has something to do with how I feel about Facebook and Twitter.
Facebook. When it comes to blogging I really like it. I actually feel like I’m interacting with readers when I see them “like” a blog post or comment and I can easily respond back. I can post pictures that can be viewed instantly instead of having to click thru to see it. I’m still a blogging nobody so all of the interactions are positive. Bloggers with a big following get the negative feedback that fans feel they can spout off at will. I guess when the jerks start coming out of the woodwork and commenting I should feel honored that they feel I’m important enough to spend their negative energy on me. Oh the anticipation of the day I’m treated like crap. Then I’ll know they really like me.
Read the rest at Oklahoma Women Bloggers.
Posted by Hugs, Kisses and Snot on April 11, 2013
Medieval Fair was this weekend and I have three things to say about it. I. Love. It.
Whenever you tell someone you’re going to the Medieval Fair the first thing they say is “ohhhhh, good people watching.” Exactly. It’s a freak show and I love it. I love how people come up with the most random costumes, many of which have nothing to do with the actual medieval period. I don’t know if gypsies, pirates, mermaids, fairies or belly dancers have anything to do with the middle ages but I don’t care. It’s one of two times a year that you can let your freak flag fly and I say, yes. Let it fly.
In case you didn’t know, one of my favorite Medieval Fair challenges is getting as many pictures of extreme cleavage and crazy costumes as I can. In spite of the jiggly boobies it’s good family fun. Dear Husband, BFF and I took the boys through a wonderland of archery, camel rides, jousting shows, ye olde tilt-a-whirl and mermaids. (more…)
Posted by Hugs, Kisses and Snot on April 8, 2013
For the month of April I’m the Blogger of the Month at Oklahoma Women Bloggers. Yeeeeeeehaaaawwww! Thank you so much to these lovely ladies for having me as their BOM. I’m truly flattered, humbled and honored.
Today’s featured post is about how women can be ugly to each other in person but the gloves really come off online.
We all know women can be brutal to each other. Jealousy, judging, gossip, back stabbing, it’s nothing new. In person, treating each other with spite and ugliness is done with a bit of finesse. It’s passive aggressive, back-handed compliments, quietly spreading rumors behind someone’s back all with a glossy lipstick smile on our face. Well, that is until Real Housewives came on the scene and for some reason they seem to think upending dining tables is an acceptable form of behavior for grown women.
Posted by Hugs, Kisses and Snot on April 2, 2013
Dear Trader Joes – I’m so sorry to have to say this but…I’m breaking up with you. When I moved away I told you I would wait for you. I’ve spent the past 7 years hoping that you would come to me only to be disappointed and heartbroken with each passing year. Those visits we had in Palm Springs and Albuquerque were wonderful but it’s not enough for me anymore. You know how much I wanted you to come to Norman. I even had the perfect location picked out for you; a large empty retail space near historic downtown with plenty of parking. I tried to tell you that Norman was the perfect choice for your first Oklahoma store. We’re a college town, students with expendible income, wealthy families, Obama stickers on every third car, we even have hippies for goodness sakes. I wrote you and joined your FB page but you never wrote back. It seems nothing I say or do will change your mind. Please don’t try and make excuses about the liquor laws in Oklahoma. We both know that Whole Foods moved to Oklahoma City and look how happy they are together, even without the wine.
As much as it hurts me to say this I have to move on. Sprouts moved into the space I had picked out for you. They wooed me with their bulk food bins and produce with great prices. Their weekly specials are really impressive, even the most loyal TJ shopper would be tempted. They made me feel valued and cherished with their frequent FB updates. They took a chance on Norman and moved in knowing good and well there was a Natural Grocers only two miles up the road. They really want me and I’m going to give it a shot. You should have seen their grand opening with coupon books and free reusable grocery bags. They have made a real effort to win my heart which is more than I can say for you.
Trader Joes, you will always be my first love. I’ll never forget the orchids and lavender plants I bought from you. Your frozen roasted corn and red bell pepper medley holds a special place in my heart. Thank you for two buck chuck and the amazing selection of reasonably priced wine. Christmas may never be the same without your Winter Coffee Blend but I can’t live in the past. It’s time for me to move on.
I hope we can be friends. I would like to come and visit you next time I’m in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Maybe we could share your Chai Tea Latte for old times sake. However, if you ever do move to Oklahoma don’t expect me to drop everything and come running. I have a new life with Sprouts now and I’m happy, I really am. I hope you will find happiness in all the new stores you are opening. But hear me loud and clear…if you decide to move to Edmond when you could have had Norman, then forget it. Tulsa, fine. I can even deal with Oklahoma City. But Edmond would be a stab in the heart.
All my love
Posted by Hugs, Kisses and Snot on April 1, 2013
Something happened this week that will forever alter the course of my life. Sprouts opened in Norman. Ever since we moved back to OK from CA I’ve been pining away for Trader Joes and wondering if there will ever be a replacement for the hole it left in my heart. I’m happy to say that I’ve found a new love. (more…)
Posted by Hugs, Kisses and Snot on March 27, 2013
Way back in November (geez, that sounds like ages ago, doesn’t it?) I wrote about a friend of mine who was expecting her second baby boy. I’m happy to say that her precious bundle arrived and is squeezable and huggable and precious and when I got quality time with him my uterus started twitching. Before he made his appearance, mamma was put on bed rest. Thankfully, The Riley Group stepped in and was able to help out and give her the gift of time. (more…)
Posted by Hugs, Kisses and Snot on March 14, 2013