Seniors again.

August 23, 2011 - Posted by Queen&King Lear at 8:18 PM

Lately we have been getting hungry around the same time as the senior citizens. (4:30 or 5) I'm pretty sure we've seen 50% of Edmond Oklahoma's AARP population in the last month. No, we do not head to the pillows by 9, nor do we stuff our faces again around then either. 

Tonight we tried a greek restaurant in Edmond, and the place was a ghost town. About the time we were done ordering, 5-6 gray-wrinkly lovelies hobble in behind us. We got some looks from one of the smaller ones, she was probably not used to seeing young people out at this hour... assuming we are all still sleeping from a party the night before. Or granted, she may have not seen me at all.

I have a feeling we will be invited to eat with these gray-wrinkly lovelies at some point in the near future. #hungry@thewrongtime.

-We have seen our future this day. Signed Queen&King Lear


August 22, 2011 - Posted by Queen&King Lear at 8:14 PM

We're going on a staycation this year! For those of you wondering "What the heck is that?" I'm here to tell you that its something awesome. Because we didn't want to spend a buncha money & just lay on a beach (which would be nice but...) we decided on a staycation. Since when Michael is home he isn't really home, he either has watch hours, works late, or is on another flight we chose to do things around OKC!
Monday: White Water Bay with another couple from our Sunday School class. Water slides, long lines, the whole shebang.
Tuesday: Frontier City, OKC version of an amusement park.
Wednesday: Art Museum. "Passages" Exhibit. (which was detailing the journey of the Bible and how it got translated-all the way back to the Dead Sea Scrolls...the 400th anniversary of the KJ Version of the Bible. Interesting.) 
Thursday: Home day. Chill in the pool, I had a bridal event in the evening... good day.
Friday-Sunday: Dallas with another couple from our Sunday School class! A mini-vaca with: Farmers Market. Outlet malls. fancy eats. and a short visit with bestie, Rachel.
Monday: Rest day, & while I worked the evening shift Michael came for a massage.
Tuesday: Work day.... then Redhawks (minor league) game in the evening. It was a great game! The OK Redhawks had a come from behind WIN in the top of the ninth! Plus we had great seats, and it wasn't too hot! I love baseball.

Saturday: Shakespeare in the Park... #midsummernightsdream. This was awesome! I will probably go to this event again and again during the summers here! I went to a couple in STL, and couldn't wait to see the OKC version. And Michael even saw one of the characters from the play sitting in church on Sunday! How crazy?! We go to a pretty large church, so it was quite surprising that he spotted him. And of course Michael told him hello, and he was awesome the night before. :)

It was only supposed to last a week, but we spread our staycation out. :) We had a great time enjoying more of the city we have been living in for 2 years. You should try it sometime.

Signed, Stationery 

Benny's 1st Birthday!

August 15, 2011 - Posted by Queen&King Lear at 10:29 AM
Yes, we are those people who celebrate their dogs. If you have dogs you know... they're like your children, until you have children. Which for US may be a while, so bear with us as we shamelessly post pictures of our beloved canines and have birthday parties.

On August 6, we had Benjamin Franklin Rodriguez Leary for 1 year. We made him a birthday hat and gave him lots 'o' treats. For Ruthie's 1st birthday last year, we bought her a sparkly-girly-faux-diamond necklace... I call her collar her "necklace," its better that way. We also gave her lots 'o' treats.

Benny: "No, mom, pleeeease don't make me put that hat on! Its so embarrassing."
Emily & Michael: "Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to yoooou"
Benny: "Its my party & I'll cry if I want to... cryyy if I want to. You would cry too if it happened to you."

crazy for canines, Queen&King Lear

I must say....

August 7, 2011 - Posted by Queen&King Lear at 8:44 AM
My new job is going swimmingly. I work at Royal Oak Massage in Edmond. The owners turned a little piece of a retail strip into a high end massage salon. By high end, I mean there is a Swarovski Crystal chandelier in the 2 story lobby... a big one. SO. BLINGY. 

I've been doing various things, like designing print material, [business cards, brochures, etc] and getting some advertising items together. I've had a lot of odd jobs while here in OK and had been discouraged... What am I supposed to do with my life? I had some moral issues with the newly appointed manager at the boutique, (worked there for abt 5 months) and it was a mutual, "its not working out" I'm pretty sure we said this at the same time. I was very open there about how I felt about things. (this may have been the reason-haha:) I walked out with a huge weight lifted off my shoulders! I prayed that afternoon for my eyes and heart to be opened to the next thing God had planned for me.

I GOT THE CALL FROM ROYAL OAK THAT AFTERNOON. I had an interview with them just that morning! Holy Cow. And they wanted me to start right away!

You know what I think is really spectacular? The owners are so supportive of Snazzylime! They have been encouraging, and understanding of a young business-starter-uppers struggles. The wife even invited me to accompany her to a bridal vendor event she was invited to, to help SNAZZY no the less! For crying out loud. They even suggested that I put "created by snazzylime" on the printed items! This job is turning into a blessing in disguise because I'm learning so much about business from them, (yes college did help a little too) and I feel good about the direction I'm going! FINALLY!

The Lord led me to Royal Oak for what? To help Snazzy? To be a witness? Both? Something else entirely? I'm not sure. All I know is that I feel confident, I'm having a great time, and I thank Him for opening my eyes!

Best Dessert I've Made in my Married Life...

August 5, 2011 - Posted by Queen&King Lear at 8:40 AM
Yes, you read this right. This is the best dessert I have made since I got married in 2009, which wasn't that long ago, but if you know us you know we like our sweets and we make a lot of dessert. So, this is saying something.

Check it.
This is cookie dough on bottom, covered with oreos, then brownie batter. Really?! Really. It is mmmmazing. I found this on Pintrest, here is the original recipe:

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie n’ Oreo
Fudge Brownie Bar

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups (12 ounces) milk chocolate chips
1 pkg Double Stuffed Oreos
1 Family Size (9×13) Brownie mix
1/4 cup hot fudge topping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream the butter and both sugars in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed for 3-5 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well to thoroughly combine. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt, then slowly incorporate into the mixer until the flour is just combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread the cookie dough in the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish that’s been lined with wax paper and sprayed with cooking spray. Top with a layer of Oreos. Mix together brownie mix, adding an optional 1/4 cup of hot fudge topping to the mix. Pour the brownie batter over the cookie dough and Oreos. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45-55 minutes.
[To half this recipe for an 8×8 brownie mix, just half the chocolate chip cookie dough ingredients]

If you make this... please let me know how long it took you to realize you were in heaven! Until next time! -Queen&King Lear


August 3, 2011 - Posted by Queen&King Lear at 2:11 PM


Do you remember when you were younger hearing that joyous jingle of the ICE CREAM TRUCK fade in and out of range while you are watching afternoon television? It stirs up a weird emotion... one mixed with child-like excitement, a pinch of nervousness, and plain ole hesitation. (Do I dare ask mom for another dollar?)

This is how the other night was for me. I was sitting on the floor, wrapping a couple presents for a party... between ribbon cuttin' and tape yankin' I hear it. I hear the jingle that makes ALL children flood the neighborhood streets with total disregard for traffic. I had turned into a child, my eyes widened, I jumped up, and asked Michael for a dollar. I DID NOT hesitate. (But I must say, nothing on the ice cream truck costs a dollar) He grabbed his wallet, and we headed out to the street.

Disclaimer: No children were harmed during the trip to the truck.  

We got our treats, chatted up the really sweaty ice cream man and snapped a photo. :) Michael got a bugs bunny treat with gumball eyes, and I got the classic chocolate chip cookie sandwich. MMMazing. That was $6 well spent; I told you nothing costs a dollar anymore. The Leary's had a nice time chillin and chewin' on a hot summer night.

Listening for the next jingle, Queen&King Lear