Tuesday, June 24, 2008

It's a small world after all!

I was in the mall today doing some shopping trying to find something to wear for my big meeting tomorrow. I was in Forever 21 trying on some clothes when I heard someone yell out "Amanda" once I walked out of the dressing room. I slowly turned around thinking to myself, who in the world could this be? Sure enough it was Denielle Morrison, a girl I went to high school with. What are the odds? She said she was talking to her friend and said that she thought she knew me and her friend did not believe her. Once she saw the back of my shirt, which read "Morehead State University" she knew it was me. We stood there and talked for a few minutes. She seems to be doing great! She has two kids, a boy and a girl, and she is still active in the Navy. She is getting transfered in the next couple months, so her time in OKC is coming to an end.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Next purchase, Turkey Fryer

Yesterday was a day of firsts for me, and it may have changed my life forever. One of my coworkers invited me to a cookout/pool party. The main course of food was turkey, and we fried it. Only one of the guys involved in frying the turkey had ever done it before, but it had been several years since he had, and he basically just watched other people do it. We measured to make sure we had the correct amount of oil, and set up the fryer in a safe area on the concrete driveway with a fireproof tarp underneath and two fire extinguishers nearby. Not only did we deep fry a turkey, we also made corn dogs, fried pickles, cheese, potatoes, onion rings, a few jalapenos and someone threw in a Klondike bar (it didn't work). Even though the frying was a big hit, there were tons of other foods prepared including; homemade guacamole, gazpacho, grilled corn, grilled pineapple, grilled peppers, and grilled pizza with asparagus, goat cheese, sun dried tomatoes and pine nuts. All of the food was great, but more importantly Amanda and I got to meet a lot of really nice people.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

It's a rough life...

I can't believe we have been in Oklahoma City for a month. At the beginning, things seemed to be constantly changing and I was concerned whether or not everything would work out. I am working at a YMCA and started out lifeguarding, but I no longer lifeguard, I am a swim instructor. It amazes me that as a swim instructor I get almost a dollar more than if I lifeguarded. My working schedule is rough. I work Mondays-Thursdays 9:30am-11:45am. I know you're probably wondering how I make it through the day...where do I find time to workout, watch five episodes of LOST a day, and work on my tan. Well, I some how manage to fit it all in. For those of you wondering about my busy days here in OKC, let me give you an example of the crazy and hectic day of Amanda Alderman.

Brian's alarm clock goes off at 6:18 am and I know I have exactly 42 minutes to sleep before I have to get up and take him to work. I get Brian to work by 7:15 and I rush home just in time to make a bowl of cereal and catch the last two episodes of The Nannie on Lifetime. Then I take a nap and my alarm goes off with just enough time to make it to work by 9:30. I teach swim lessons for two straight hours and it's harder than most of you think. But, believe it or not, I actually have enjoyed it. I have a free membership so I make an attempt to workout there as much as possible. Once I make it home around 1:30 I find time to work on my tan and lie by the pool and people watch, it's rather fun. Once I've had enough of that I come inside to watch LOST. I am addicted. I'm already half way through season 3. It is not unusual for me to watch 5 episodes a day. I know that is crazy, but this has become my daily routine. By this time, it is time to pick Brian up from work. I slave over a hot stove and cook him dinner because I know he's had a long day at work. HA! NOT! I'm not much of a cook other than sweets. Our dinners consist of frozen dinners and pizzas!

Like I said, I have it rough and I'm not sure I can keep up this pace without wearing myself out. But I will keep on because someone has to do it!

Saturday, June 7, 2008

After week 1

Amanda has made the last several posts so I figured it was my time to make a contribution. Yesterday I finished the first week of my internship at Chesapeake Energy. So far it has been a really good experience and I think I'm going to enjoy my summer. The first couple of days were pretty overwhelming being in a new environment and basically not having a clue what was going on. There is so much to learn as to what a geologist does, and how the whole industry works. I am working in the North Louisiana group and I really like everyone in it. My mentor is very smart and willing to teach me, and everyone else in the group has made me feel welcome and offered to help with anything. I have a project laid out for the summer that will definitely keep me busy and sounds very interesting. Chesapeake's "campus" is really amazing. They call it a campus because it is basically set up like a college campus. There is a stream running through it, brick buildings that look like something you would see on a small college campus, two restaurants (which are amazing), and a 40,000 sq. ft. workout facility with pool and basketball court. So far it has been a good experience and I imagine the rest of the summer will be as well.