Except for one Taco Bell-after-midnight disaster (I mean, the meat was already on the Mexican pizza, what could I do?), I've stayed on track with my new meat-conscious lifestyle.
There was a moment last week when, as I waited patiently for my Greek salad from Shartel Café (a great salad, really), I seriously considered knocking a little girl over and stealing her chicken fingers, but I resisted. Barely.
The great folks over at Prairie Thunder, however, have me back on track. Ordering my favorite veggie sandwich yesterday, the woman behind the counter told me about "Veggie Thursdays," when the outstanding bakery features veggie specials.
Just down the street, the newly opened Midtown Deli also has veggie sandwich options (and my sandwich was fantastic) and a salad bar. And Sage Café and Market has to-die-for macaroni and cheese.
Also, keep an eye out for 105degrees, slated to open in September in the new Classen Curve Development across the street from Pearl's Graveside. The café is bringing something new to the metro " raw food cuisine.
Whenever people mention raw food, I immediately think of the scene in "Notting Hill" when one of William's dates points to the boiled carrots and says they've been murdered. Poor little carrots. But, guilt pleasure movies or no, I'm excited to try the whole raw food restaurant concept.
In a recent article I wrote for Oklahoma Gazette, I learned a lot about the revitalization efforts of local elementary schools. Wilson Elementary is on one end of the spectrum " the parents, administration and community have worked hard for years to improve the school " Edgemere Elementary is at the other. The school is at the very beginning of its own revitalization effort, but the new principal, with the help of the community, is making the right steps.
Besides focusing on the basics to improve education in the school, Principal Dennis Gentry has also started working with the surrounding communities to create effective programs for the students.
One of those programs is PEEPS, which stands for the Paseo Edgemere Education Partnership Spectacular " I was told the "spectacular" could in no way be left off by my husband, who helped develop the program through Leadership Oklahoma City's LOYAL program. PEEPS links the artists of the nearby Paseo Arts District with Edgemere students.
Unlike Wilson, which has a dedicated art teacher, Edgemere shares an art teacher with other district schools, so the kids don't get a ton of contact with the arts. Gentry said the PEEPS program is only open to those who have good grades, attendance and behavior, and the students must be nominated by a teacher. So far, the K-2 classes have been full and the 3-6 classes have been almost at capacity.
The students meet four days a week after school for an hour with different Paseo artists to create works of art in different mediums. For a lot of these kids, this may be their first creative outlet, and who knows, maybe we'll see one of their own works on display in the Paseo in a few years thanks to PEEPS.
I was once the proud owner of one ugly couch. When you're in college and counting pennies for a pack of ramen, you'll take any free thing you can, which is how my couch and I met. She was the cast-off of a friend's dead grandma. I was a bit worried that the cushions contained her wandering spirit (since I did find a dirty sock tucked between the cushions), but the only thing left of the g-ma was a lingering smell of old lady perfume (which is, by the way, one of the worst smells out there) and Bengay.
My couch wasn't just passively ugly " it worked hard to be truly hideous. The velour fabric was printed with a large swath of blue and brown flowers. The massive armrests were detailed with dark wood. The bottom was fitted with a pleated skirt. In a kick of self-preservation, my couch made sure it didn't fit any of the standard slipcovers.
That couch is now probably moldering away in the back of a local Goodwill, which is too bad. For once, it actually pays to have an ugly couch.
The Web site Pimp My Pad and Furniture Gallery USA started a contest March 16 to find the metro's ugliest couch. Until March 30, couch owners can e-mail in pictures of their monstrosities in the hope of winning $599 towards a new couch at either the Edmond location of FG USA (560 E. Memorial) or the Chickasha location.
The rules are simple. Check out the site to find out where to e-mail your pic and other little details. The top 10 finalists will be chosen on April 1 and then people will have a chance to vote on their favorite ugly couch.