Hello from Oklahoma City! My weekend has been BUSY, to say the least. I should take this chance to warn you that my blog-reading and -commenting is likely to be more sporadic while I’m here at 105 Degrees. It’s shaping up to be an eventful couple of months, so I will do what I can, but if you see less of me on your blogs, that’s why! I still love you all. 😀
Before I start talking about OKC, let me first show you what Matt and I did on Friday before leaving: Phantom’s Feaste! It’s a yearly event that happens at the tail end of the Kansas City Renaissance Festival, and it’s sort of an interactive dinner theatre production. Matt took me last year for my first time, and I had a ball, so we went again this year. The theme was “Dracula: A Madman’s Tale,” which I was excited about (gotta love literary allusions!). We whetted our appetites with Merlot.
Matt and I had requested vegetarian dinners in advance. We knew they’d probably be dairy-heavy, and we were right. My tummy didn’t feel so good afterward, but I made do. As Lucy began to fall under Dracula’s spell onstage, we were started off with bread and a creamy roasted red pepper bisque, which was definitely the highlight dish of the evening for me. (Sorry for all these poor photos; they were taken in super-dim light.)
As Renfield ranted and raved, and Dracula began to terrorize Jonathan and Mina, we received our main course of vegetarian lasagna with a side of succotash. The lasagna was too cheesy for me, and the succotash too buttery, but hey, it was better than the roast beef everyone else was eating!
Dessert was what they called “tiger cake,” a layered chocolate and vanilla cake drizzled with white chocolate and raspberry sauces. Not bad! We devoured it as we cheered Professor Van Helsing on in his vampire hunt.
We were led back through Dr. Seward’s sanatorium on our way out of the festival grounds. It was a fun evening! I’m already looking forward to next year’s.
I didn’t actually end up packing till Saturday morning, and Matt and I finally left town (in separate vehicles) a little before 2pm. At 7pm, we arrived at my home for the next two months: Extended Stay America.
It’s really pretty nice, especially for how inexpensive it is.
The best part? The kitchenette, obviously!
Matt and I ate a vegetarian Indian buffet dinner, then wound up driving around Oklahoma City’s downtown in search of a fun-looking bar. We didn’t want to deal with Bricktown (a bar-packed district near downtown that was a veritable zoo), so we headed back north to where the hotel is, and we found a bar right down the street called Electro Lounge. It was a chill little place with a great DJ (Matt especially went crazy for all the old-school goth tunes he was spinning); we had a good time.
Today, after we got up and ready, we shared a Jamba Juice smoothie and bowl of oatmeal, then visited Akin’s Natural Foods market (OKC doesn’t have a Whole Foods yet!) to pick up some fruit. Matt left this afternoon; he flew out of OKC to Boston for a business trip (which is why we drove down separately. He’s flying right back into OKC on Friday night). On a stopover in Dallas, he emailed me this photo of his dinner, a Mediterranean wrap at Au Bon Pain. So here’s an almost vegan boyfriend “leftover”!
After working out, grazing on a few of my snacks, and partaking of some much-needed relaxation time, here I am! I’m BEAT. Bedtime’s going to be early tonight. And tomorrow morning at 8am is…day one of 105 Degrees! EEE!