Enrolling we will go.

Dear friends,

I got home Sunday evening from a week-long work marathon that flat wore me out. I didn’t even unpack, as I turned around Monday afternoon for a 30-hour road trip to enroll Kate in college.

At least I’m getting two trips out of one packing hassle.  You gotta look on the bright side.

Meanwhile, Kate got dinner on the road at her favorite chain — a place nowhere near the town we live in now and highly reminiscent of our former life in Okie-land.

According to Kate's Tweet, "You have issues if you order anything but tea at McAllister's."

Better yet, we discovered last night that Kate’s new college town boasts her favorite ice cream and burger spot (known as Braum’s, for my homeland readers).  While I’m starting to freak out about my oldest child’s impending departure (90 days is impending in my book, folks), she’s already licking her lips for tastes of home.

You know, it just occurred to me that if we went to visit her (as opposed to her coming back to see us), our family could stop at all of our favorite Oklahoma haunts and eat our way through a lifetime of happy culinary memories.

I just love it when karma works this way.

With gratitude {for Oklahoma barbeque, Tex-Mex, chicken fried steak, hot hamburgers, sweet tea and so many other culinary favorites},

Joan, who refrained from spoiling her “clean eating” record of late on this trip home but knows similar restraint will be impossible in August as she says goodbye to her little birdie



  1. Hello Joan. If you stop in Springfield on your way back to Rolla, give me a call. Would love to see you and the Frosh.

  2. texasdeb says:

    So wise to work ahead – 90 days IS impending for a Momma who is prepping to launch her oldest out into the world for the first time. Please note the caveat “for the first time”.

    We learned years ago that what initially looks like a launch some of the time reveals itself to have been more of a trial run.

    After comparing notes with other Moms, it seems there are a lot of multiple launch kiddos out there. You’ll want to pay close attention to what works and what doesn’t, apply that as needed when it is Parker’s turn, sure, but even after he flies the coop, don’t forget your best tricks and coping skills. You too might get a chance to flex those muscles more than once per customer.

  3. 90 days does feel soon. And I’m not even a mom!

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