A fondness for lists
Top 5 Things I Want to Enjoy During the Days Leading up to When I Turn 41 This Month
I have an inordinate affinity for lists.
Not so much the productive to-do lists, which I occasionally scrawl on sticky notes, slap on my desk in plain sight and, much more than occasionally, lose.
I’m fonder of lists to Santa, which I haven’t made in several years. But I’m most partial to lists of the best restaurants, the swankiest patios, the coolest boutiques and myriad other visitable spots in and around town — which is why the annual A-LIST is my favorite issue of TulsaPeople.
To celebrate, I thought I’d share some of my own lists, beginning with the “Top 5 Things I Want to Enjoy During the Days Leading up to When I Turn 41 This Month” (because I’m writing this having skipped breakfast and waiting for a late lunch, which is not conducive to sharing a “Top 5 List of Healthy Things my Physician Would Rather I Crave”):
1. Banh mi and/or (but more than likely and) kimchi fries from Lone Wolf. A few weeks ago when I stopped by the food truck in front of the Fur Shop, 520 E. Third St., they were out, but I ordered some fabulicious rice bowl thingy, got in my car, drove half a block and ate it on the side of the road with nary a grain of shame.
2. The Zombie at Saturn Room, 209 N. Boulder Ave. Have you had this yet? Oh, my, you need one. Or two — and an Uber driver. It’s a swill-worthy pleasantly walking-dead … OK, that last description probably isn’t helping sell it, sorry. But it’s tasty and, at the risk of sounding like a drunken whore who can’t spell, very licorice. Plus, the bartenders are friendly, and it’s the perfect place for a summer cocktail, whether inside or out on the cool patio.
3. “My Bloody Saturday.” It sounds like a horror movie, I know, but it’s anything but scary. Well, the possible visuals the following info might conjure could be disturbing, but if you’re reading this while having one of those aforementioned Zombies, you won’t care. Anyway, so “My Bloody Saturday” starts out with a 30-minute sweat-and-swear session with my personal trainer, Christopher Smith, at Physiques by Monique, 3403 S. Peoria Ave., followed by Frank Williams’ Power Hour spin class at Monique’s, followed immediately by an hour-long walk/run along Riverside and, finally, by a Bloody Mary at The Wild Fork in Utica Square, courtesy of gorgeous mixologist Jasmine.
4. Lettuce wraps at The Tropical, 8125 E. 49th St. This is one of my favorite restaurants, and this particular menu item is probably what I share the most with my significant other whenever we go. Plus, the servers are darling, and any seafood dishes we’ve ordered are always awesome. Oh! And the Tropical Pad Thai is eye-rollingly good.
5. Ida Red Boutique, 3336 S. Peoria Ave. I’m proud of myself that I’ve been able to walk straight (ha) past the candy and pop to the T-shirts and socks, the latter of which they have a delightful supply — including my beloved “Sure I’m Listening — With My Butt” socks. I totally bought them for the beautiful turquoise and gray tones, the latter of which perfectly matches a pair of Calvin Klein pants. Therefore, they aren’t offensive.
6. Oxley Nature Center, Mohawk Park. It took too many years for me to discover this place, and now it’s one of my favorite bonding-with-nature experiences in the area. Sure, I love hikes on Turkey Mountain with friends and like no better place than RiverParks for jogging; but bird-watching strolls while story brainstorming and taking copious deep, cleansing breaths make this a soul-nourishing must more often than just on my birthday.
7. Cake balls at Ann’s Bakery, 7 N. Harvard Ave. Yeah, I know this is No. 7 on a list I said was just gonna be five. But hey, it’s my birthday month, and I love my neighborhood bakery. In fact, I better make a list of what I want while I’m thinking of it — and, perhaps, ask Christopher, Frank or Monique to go with me so I’ll make better decisions.