Monday, December 8, 2014

Ordinary Weekend Romance

1980s band Loverboy sang "Everybody's working for the weekend, everybody wants a new romance" but I'm quite satisfied with my ordinary, everyday romance, with my hometown and Mr. Rock.

A mysterious, sexy fog rolled into the city on Thursday and hung around for a few days; a rare occurence in Oklahoma so it feels magical to me. As I left the office on Thursday, the Skirvin Hotel delighted me with her lovely cloak of Christmas spirit.

fog, Christmas Spirit
Skirvin Hotel in a cloak of holiday green fog.
A Friday dinner date with my sweetheart became a sentimental journey back to the Myriad Gardens, all decked out for Downtown in December. Our first holiday together was spent among the brilliantly lit landscape, walking and talking and kissing, when we couldn't afford to do much more. This year, the ice skaters provided a sweet backdrop to our remember-when stroll through the sparkly night.

Downtown in December, romance, Christmas
Skaters under a canopy of fall foliage

 I hope you found some ordinary weekend romance; I'd love to hear about it below.

Holiday Happy,

Friday, December 5, 2014

Spread the Love, Locally

Out with the old, in with my new Keep It Local card
While attending the Deluxe Winter Market this year, I found a 2015 Keep It Local card in the goodie bag I received (for being one of the first 50 crazy people standing in line on a cold weekend morning after Thanksgiving.)

It was a nice surprise; actually I planned to purchase the card anyway because it's the best $10 investment a girl can make when she intends to spread the love, locally by shopping at independent and locally-owned businesses in her hometown.

According to the liner notes of my new card holder "Each dollar that you spend at a local business returns 3 times more money to your local economy that one spent at a chain" - wow!

For my 3rd year as a proud cardholder, I'll savor the local flavor of my favorite metro eateries, bakeries and coffee shops, find unique gifts and apparel, discover the latest events and hot spots for art or music - all at a discounted rate when I flash my Keep It Local card. 

I'm pretty sure Oklahoma City didn't invent the phrase "Local is Lovely" but investing in your community with socially conscious buying power is a win for the retailer, the consumer and your budget - plus they make great stocking stuffers!

Spreading the love and my dollars, locally.
Rose Marie B

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Eight Years Better, Because of You

Hubs, Mr. Rock
Wedding Day, December 2, 2006

"Though I know I'll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I'll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you more"

Devoted then, now and for always,
Mrs. Rock