October Photo Wrap-Up

Hey everyone, I thought I would throw together a quick blog post of some of the photos that didn’t make the blog this month for whatever reason. Enjoy!

Performers at the 2014 Oktoberfest

Performers at the 2014 Oktoberfest

Me at the 2014 Oktoberfest

Me at the 2014 Oktoberfest

Outside the Bank of Oklahoma Center in downtown Tulsa

Outside the Bank of Oklahoma Center in downtown Tulsa

Me headed to the 2014 J'Parle Scholarship Gala: Dress;David's Bridal, Necklace; Target, Earrings; Macy's, Shoes; Payless...my entire formal  attire was cheap! Either recycled from another event or bought on sale or with a coupon.

Me headed to the 2014 J’Parle Scholarship Gala: Dress;David’s Bridal, Necklace; Target, Earrings; Macy’s, Shoes; Payless…my entire formal attire was cheap! Either recycled from another event or bought on sale or with a coupon.

The 2014 J'Parle Scholarship Event held at the Okapi Event Center.

The 2014 J’Parle Scholarship Event held at the Okapi Event Center.

The 2014 J'Parle Scholarship Event held at the Okapi Event Center.

The 2014 J’Parle Scholarship Event held at the Okapi Event Center.

If you can’t get enough of me…lol…you can find me on Instragram—> Colormyfootsteps

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Cinderelly, Cinderelly!

“Cinderelly, Cinderelly
Night and day it’s Cinderelly
Make the fire, fix the breakfast
Wash the dishes, do the mopping….”

Last night I received the opportunity to attend Tulsa Opera’s dress rehearsal of Rossini’s Cinderella at the PAC. The rehearsal is basically a full performance of the show from the singers and the orchestra but the audience is more laid back. It’s a practice run before opening night.

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Most people know the story of Cinderella. Rossini’s Cinderella is very close in comparison except for a few twists in the plot. The opera was very light and wasn’t too heavy on the sappy love story part. They made room for comic relief as well. To become an opera singer takes years of training. It’s amazing to hear the vocal range in the performers voices.

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If you know very little about opera let me fill you in on something very important…they sing…EVERYTHING…and it’s not in English. Don’t worry that you’ll be lost during the performance, there is a screen provided with the subtitles so you are always aware of the translation.

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We had to leave during the intermission because it was getting late and of course like most working folks I have to get some sleep.

Performances of Rossini’s Cinderella will be held on Friday Oct. 24th at 7:30 pm and Sunday Oct. 26th at 2:30 pm. Tickets are between $25 and $105. For tickets and more information visit tulsaopera.com

A couple of Fall firsts; Linde Oktoberfest and Thunder Game

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What a busy weekend. I must say that the weather this weekend was perfect for activities. I was never a person who loved fall weather but this year it is really starting to grow on me. But enough about that…let’s get down to business.

The 2014 Linde Oktoberfest in Tulsa, held at the River West Festival Park, began on Thursday Oct.16th and wrapped up on Sunday Oct. 19th. My boyfriend and I decided to attend on Saturday afternoon.  From our personal experience the parking situation was handled smoothly. We paid at the entrance and were on our way to enjoy the festival. This was my first time attending any Oktoberfest so I was pretty open to whatever I might find. There were plenty of family friendly rides and kid friendly arts and crafts available.

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Our winnings: a deck of cards and a luggage tag. Worth the 10 minute wait?

If the Tulsa State Fair blog is any indication to you of what my main objective was when attending this Oktoberfest then you already know…I came for some food baby. We exchanged our cash for tickets (a pretty good way of currency I must say, 1 ticket is equivalent to $1), and then we went to find some food. There were numerous tents set up with the majority of which being the tents housing the music performers and seating. Any tent that wasn’t for music was for food or merchandise. Out first stop was to fill up our souvenir mug with none other than beer of course. After that we stopped by The Schnitzel Haus where we got a…you guessed it…a schnitzel. I had never eaten one and didn’t know what to expect, but it actually wasn’t bad. It was almost like a pork chop sandwich (yes I know that’s so country, lol) but without the toughness of the meat. When it was all said and done we had a schnitzel, a bratwurst with sauerkraut, a funnel cake, lemonade, German brownies, and a corn dog.

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Needless to say we got our fill. When we weren’t stuffing our faces we were taking in the sights which included music of all types (which was pretty cool because depending on your musical tastes you could pretty much sit and listen to whatever suited you, just find your tent). Judging only by this one experience I would attend Oktoberfest again. My only gripe is that they encourage you to buy a souvenir mug and then charge you a “refill” price to get beer on your first time filling up your mug. I know it seems picky of me but I think there has to be a more cost efficient way for the consumer to save a few bucks the first time they fill up their mug, maybe I don’t know. All in all it was a good experience.

I’m pretty diverse in my likes and dislikes. One of my many likes is sports. Especially when it comes to cheering on the home team. This past Sunday (Oct. 19th) The Oklahoma City Thunder made their annual pre-season trip to Tulsa to play against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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This was my first NBA game and I was pretty excited. Pre-season lacks a little bit of the competitiveness than that of a regular season game. Although it was just pre-season the BOK Center was packed with fans. We enjoyed the game (from the nosebleed seats I must add, lol hey we were being a little cheap lol).

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Sitting in the sea of blue fan shirts was an awesome atmosphere to be in. Unfortunately the home team couldn’t pull off the win. I am hoping the loss is not a sign of what is to come for our team.

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I had a great and eventful weekend. How was yours?

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Fair Food and other Shenanigans

It was meant to be

It was meant to be

I love the fair! Let me say it again…I love the fair! I’ll be honest with you guys (and gals) I mainly go to the fair for the food. I know that isn’t a surprise. The Tulsa State Fair wrapped up this weekend. The annual Tulsa State Fair began in 1903. Typically I try to maintain a healthy diet but that gets placed on hold when the fair arrives. I know that you all have been to plenty of fairs so you’re pretty much aware of what they have to offer as far as entertainment, food and vendors, so let’s get down to the good stuff.

Sipping a sampler size peach bellini

Sipping a sampler size peach bellini

Disclaimer: The boyfriend and I are not wino’s…the wine section of the fair was the first thing we saw on our way into the fair grounds. We tried a few wines from Summerside Vineyards and Winery (from Vinita, OK). They had a tasty selection of local wines available. We enjoyed the blackberry flavored wine the most. If you are interested in purchasing some made in Oklahoma wine visit their website at www.summersidevineyards.com

Really? That' interesting...

Really? That’ interesting…

This concession stand is synonymous with the fair

This concession stand is synonymous with the fair

There were plenty of concession stands available and they were flowing with yum yum goodness. Plenty of smells, some delicious-some not so delicious, some familiar-and some not so familiar. After a thoughtful search we made our food choices. We decided on a pulled pork baked potato (very delicious), a Krispy Kreme doughnut burger (which I’m sure you’re heard of by now), a chocolate malt (thick and refreshing) and what would a fair experience be without a corn dog for the road.

Pulled Pork baked potato from one of Freddie's many booths

Pulled Pork baked potato from one of Freddie’s many booths

Krispy Kreme doughnut burger with cheese and bacon.

Krispy Kreme doughnut burger with cheese and bacon.

If you’re worried that we may have eaten way more than daily calories would allow, please don’t worry. When we weren’t eating we were walking…ALOT. The other part of going to the fair is “people watching”. Since we went on the last Friday of the fair there weren’t too many people to push through but there was still a manageable crowd. There were plenty of merchandise booths offering a wide selection of products, clothing and educational information. If your local fair hasn’t came to your area yet make sure to put it on your list of things to do.

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After about 2 hours of rummaging through all the fair had to offer we left with our feet tired and our bellies full.

But wait there’s more…The next morning while out running errands we stopped by Party City. One of my favorite things about fall is the plethora of Halloween stores that pop up everywhere. Party City was busy with families doing a little bit of shopping for upcoming trick or treating, Halloween parties and anything else that would involve the holiday prep. We decided to have some fun and do some window shopping.

Can we sit with you?

Can we sit with you?

She was trying to show me something

She was trying to show me something

If you’re planning to do anything for Halloween you should definitely stop by Party City, they have a huge selection of items including costumes. I’m still unsure of what I am doing for Halloween but I will let you guys (and gals) know. What are you planning for Halloween?

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