Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Friends, Pie, and Swords

Friends are few and far between....
It has felt like that for so many months. Yet, in the last few weeks, when I needed friends the most, they appear.
People I have known most of my life start texting and messaging me. Anything from random conversations, memes, to wise words. People who I have only met a few times have sent me messages of encouragement or invitations to come out and play. And the friends who I love best have just been there.
This weekend has especially been fun and I really needed to get out of my head.
Pie, Mayfest, Blue Dome, and more Food
Tulsa's Art Deco is beautiful
I have lived less than half an hour from downtown Tulsa my entire life and I have never made it to Mayfest and the Blue Dome festival.
Finally this has been accomplished.
I met up with one of my best friends, S.C.B. (Not going to put her real name here just in case), for pie night at Antoinette's in the Brady Arts district. This has become a thing for us. Pie and talking about the craziness of our lives.
I wish I had pics of the pies. The Mile High Chocolate pie is AMAZING. I need to go to their cake night sometime soon. This place is a must for dessert lovers.
Then we wandered through Mayfest and the Blue Dome festival. At one point we walked away from each other and took some "pretentious selfies" near an art installation. Once we realized we had both done the exact same thing, it just reaffirmed my love for this girl. Sometimes you just have to have fun and be a basic bitch. Although I came to the conclusion that we need one of those arty friends that always take cool pictures of their friends.    

We ended our outing at this restaurant in the Brady Distinct called Lotus. A mutual friend of ours has been raving about it on social media and the food always looks so good. Gotta say the Drop sandwich was worth the hype. I'm not a big eater when I go out, but I scarfed that down! 
So of course I had to text our friend to agree with her on her reviews. 
Which led to Saturday's adventure...
Stage Combat Workshop

Our friend managed to talk me into attending this Stage Combat workshop at Woodward Park. It was an all day event and I thought I had cleared my schedule only to learn at the lunch break I had to leave. Probably for the best in retrospect since I am still in pain. 
Also Oklahoma weather is insane. We started at 8 AM. It was either brutally hot or raining. 
Nothing like hearing thunder when you are standing in the middle of a park holding a sword. Essentially, a group of moving lightning rods.
It was intense but fun. I mean, I got to play with a sword!

Let me just take a moment to brag about the theatre company that put this workshop together.
Theatre Pops (click the link to go to their page) is a local community theatre group that I have had the privilege to work with both as an actor and as stage crew. I have seen many of their shows as well.
This is a company that is bringing innovation to Tulsa's theatre scene. They do not shy away from different types of plays, yet they don't do it just to push boundaries. They also try to offer opportunities like this workshop for the actors of Tulsa. 
Keep an eye out for Theatre Pops productions. This is a company that loves theatre and you can see the passion of the cast and crew on stage.

Oh and I graduated from OU! 
I have mentioned this in my last post, but I got this package sent to me with graduation things. Getting the degree holder and seeing my name in the program finally makes it feel real.
It has been a tough two years. And I am struggling to figure out my next steps while also repairing other things that I screwed up along the way.
But at this moment, with the support of those few wonderful people who are in my life, I am optimistic.

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