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Happy (Almost) New Year!

Hi all,
I haven't posted in a while...and I was going to write "Merry Christmas" but as my friend Karyn said, "that's not funny!" (Thanks, Rikki!) So, here I am, trying to think of funny stuff to post and, of course, coming up with nothing!

So, I'll just say this instead "Happy Holidays and Holy Days" to all!! I have friends who celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa! Hopefully everyone did enjoy, and is currently enjoying, this season!

So, as a new year is merely days away, I am starting to think about how I want to change for this time next year. Here are a few things I'd like to work on:
Keeping my word! If I say I'm coming, I'm going to come! I won't be a "no call, no show" any more!Punctuality!! If I say I'm coming, I want to be there on TIME! It's to the point that when I arrive places 5 or 10 minutes late, people applaud me!Coming to work earlier, so I can eventually do an AWS (which means, if you don…

Oh Happy Day!!

I'm feeling especially happy today, or at least right now! (It's probably "a PMS-induced manic state" which could come crashing down at any moment, but for now I'll just ride the waves!!)

Here is a list of stuff that makes me happy:
My yummy lunches: I had a YUMMY lunch both yesterday and today!! Yesterday, I had a good half sandwich (Turkey Caprese) and half salad (Greek) fromPanera!! Whoo, it was scrumptious!! Then, today, I had an LBC--that's the abbreviation for "little bacon cheeseburger" on the fax form--with fries from Five Guys! Yum, yum, yum! Now, of course because I don't eat much beef I'll be UPSET on like Friday evening, but it was worth it! Thundercats!: I am SO excited to know that Thundercats, Seasons 1 & 2 are on DVD! It is honestly one of my favorite cartoons of ALL TIME! I get to see Lion-O, Snarf and the gang soon!! Whoo hoo! I saw the DVDs on sale at Best Buy, but before I decide to buy--it takes a LOT to convince me to…

Rhetorical?

Just had a random thought I had as I called Five Guys to get the price of a "little cheeseburger".
When you call a place like Five Guys or Pizza Hut or anywhere that is a business that accepts calls from customers, when they say "can you please hold?" is it actually a rhetorical question? or better yet, is it actually a demand posed as a polite question...which is just "polite" for "I have something else to do right now so I can't talk to you, so HOLD! If you don't like it, TOUGH!! At least we 'asked'?"

Because think about it, when the voice on the other end of the phone asked me if I would please hold...what were my options? I could have said, "No! I won't hold! " but where would that have gotten me? Would she have actually stopped ringing up people in my ear and heard my question? I highly doubt it! So I just said "sure!" and held the phone until I figured she was never coming back to her end--she was tak…

Are we REALLY that busy??

Ok, so I watch The Nanny and if I'm home--which I sometimes am--Golden Girls, for about 10 minutes. So this means I watch lots of Lifetime...and I always see that commercial for Boniva with Sally Field. If you don't know, Boniva is for osteoporosis treatment! The BIG thing about it is that it's a pill you only need to take once a month, as opposed to some treatments which are weekly!! Now, maybe it's because I don't have to deal with it, but I feel like even though I lead a pretty busy life...I'm sure that I could fit FIVE MINUTES into my schedule to take a pill! The same rings true for that pill they sell for like, herpes or some other STD.
In the Boniva commercial, Forest Gump's mom is all proud that she only takes one pill her month while her girlfriend has to take her pill weekly. I mean...again, I've got a pretty busy schedule, I'm sure I can find the 1 minute it would require to take a pill! Ok...now because I'm ME, I did research Boniva a…

Dr. McDreamy...is DREAMY!

I'm watching Oprah right now and the cast of Grey's Anatomy is on there...and I admittedly don't watch Oprah regularly nor do I watch Grey's Anatomy but I think that Patrick Dempsey is AS beautiful now as he was in "Can't Buy Me Love"! Ok...how about this...as beautiful as I thought he was in "Can't Buy Me Love!" Probably even more so...WHOO!

Joy on a plate!

I just got an email and saw two of my favorite food phrases in the same sentence! What were those two phrases: "BBQ chicken pizza" and "Panera Bread"! Imagine me SQUEALING with delight right now!! I LOVE barbecue chicken pizza--and the ironic thing is the first time I tasted it, I didn't realize beforehand that you get barbecue sauce instead of traditional pizza sauce and I was quite hesitant!! After the first bite, I was SUCH a fan! And I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE everything (well everything that I've tasted) from Panera Bread!! The thrill that I feel is probably a lil ridiculous! Oh WELL! I know what I'll be having for dinner!!

Plethora o' posts!

This post is dedicated to all my fans! AHAHAHA! Even I had to laugh at the foolery that was that statement!! I have like 6 faithful readers and a few new friends because of the NaBloPoMo--which I failed, by the way! This post is actually in dedication of my friend Donté who lovingly sent me an email to ask "did you just give up on blogging"! Thanks for the kick in the tuckus to get back on the blogging train! But seriously, to all like 8 of you who read my blog, I REALLY do appreciate it!! Love you!
SO...since I've been out of the blogging fold for a minute, I'll do one of my famous long posts with a breakdown by sub-topic! Here we go!

It's raining men
Ok, so it's not raining men! It, IS, however, raining cats, dogs and ponies outside!! OK, not really, but you get the drift! It's raining hard as HADES out there! Ok, so I should feel happy that I live in Baltimore, MD and not Tornadoville, SomewhereElse but STILL! (Thank you, Lord!) It's so dark outsid…

Strippers on Family Feud!!!

Ok, so it's not exactly like it sounds!! I was watching Family Feud this morning as I got dressed--I was trying something different because I normally watch The Nanny! DON'T say bad things about it! I LOVE that show and have seen every episode and STILL watch the re-runs!
So, it's the most recent tapings of Family Feud, with John O'Hurley, and it was pretty cool b/c I love the show!! They've got a new lil look and everything. So about the third question in, the question was, "name one thing that a stripper would be upset to have break during her performance!" Um...are we seriously discussing strippers on Family Feud? If you are like me, you are curious of some of the answers, so here they are: the pole, leg/ankle, shoe/heel, music system and two more which I can't remember!! It was unbelievable and I was somehow really shocked that THAT was a question!! Maybe I'm making a big deal out of nothing, but like, WOW! (I just remembered another answer...…

I rocked the vote!!

Whenever I vote, I feel so proud!! I voted today and I felt good! I smiled a wide grin as I left the school (I vote at Pimlico Middle School, here in Baltimore City!) Yay, me! And hopefully, YAY, you too!!

I'm a failure!!

I feel very sad about it, but I TOTALLY forgot about posting yesterday!! So, I won't be able to make 30 days of posting!! :--(
Oh well, I can't win any prizes, but let's see if I can still try to post at least once for the rest of the month--for my own personal accomplishment!!

busy!!!

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I'm swamped like CRAP at work!! In fact, I'm late for something else...and haven't been in the union office at all this week (I'm a union rep!)! In fact, I'm actually too busy to even be doing this but if not now, when?? Cause I'll PROBABLY forget later!! Oh well! Just had to get my third day in!! Whoo hoo! Tomorrow will be my challenge! Oh and Sunday, but we'll see how I fare!! Whoo!

Happy November 2!

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(I'm going to start having this pic by the first post of every day, so we'll know that I actually DID 30 posts...on 30 different days!! But remember, when we go back to count, I started with this pic on the SECOND day! I don't feel like doing an ETA!)

This morning, I woke up--abruptly! My mom screamed in her sleep!! It woke me up STRAIGHT from a dream--and was very thankful! Why?

Why not?! First of all, I WOKE UP! Someone who went to sleep last night doesn't have that testimony this morning!! Not only did I wake up, I woke up in a bed in a house that had heat and lights! I woke up surrounded by family--mom and brother--who I love and love me and who I didn't have to worry about harming me, in any way, during the night! I took a shower in hot water and dressed in clothes that fit before getting into a car that's mine--well, will be mine in 2010!--and driving to a job where I can be left alone--for the most part--to do my work. I can expect a paycheck to cover the …

Ready for Love!

Today is November 1st. Please join me every day this month to see what kind of inane and asinine stuff I can conjure up to share with the world! Today, I've decided to bare my soul!

So, I was listening to India.Arie this morning on the way to work--very upset because I don't know where my Voyage to India CD is, so I had to "settle" for Acoustic Soul--and "Ready for Love" came on. And as I listened to the words, though I've heard the song many, many times before, I've come to the conclusion that I really AM ready for love! I'm ready for love, and all that comes with it. I'm ready for both the joy and pain. I'm ready to bring my voice, my eyes, my soul/mind to a relationship where a man who likes art and music and loves God will appreciate me!

I think emotionally, I'm ready. I'm more "open and available" than I used to be. I was very, stereotypically" guy-ish before. I had to be poked and prodded to share my feelings,…

Warm-up post

This message is just to get me warmed up for the month of November!! I'll be posting something every day!! That won't be too hard during the week--except these days, I've been working hard as I DON'T KNOW WHAT--but the weekends is where I'll REALLY need to be diligent!! Whoo!
Any suggestions/questions that you'd like me to cover/answer in the next 30 days, please let me know!

I tried it...

Ok, so I decided to see if I could, in fact, drive with headphones on. Why because not only did I see someone with headphones on while on the way to work...but then when I left work for the day, on Friday, I saw someone else with headphones on. So I said, well maybe it's NOT against the law and maybe it IS NOT difficult to do. So...when I was going somewhere--can't remember where now!!--I decided to try it, with my iPod, and couldn't get but about a minute into the song until I felt like I couldn't do it!! It was weird!!
So again I ask, is it against the law?

Driving rules

I think I need to look at the driving rulebook (at least for MD). Can you drive with HEADPHONES on? There was a woman in a Volvo, who was driving terribly, with headphones on as she drove. I kept saying--"to her"--"you can't drive with headphones on! Can you?" because I think it's against the law. But I don't know. But either way, wouldn't that feel "audibly obstructive"? I think that's how I'd feel! And no, it really wasn't any of MY business...but for whatever reason, it really bothered me!!

A posting ERRY day!

I have agreed to take part in NaBloPoMo--National Blog Posting Month. It's an alternative to National Novel Writer's Month, or NaNoWriMo, which is the month of November. NaNoWriMo is a program to write an entire novel in one months' time. So, basically for NaBloPoMo, I just have to post something every day. I think I can, I think I can!

Wanna join up? Go here: http://www.fussy.org/nablopomo.html

Bright as a highliter!! Really?

Warning: the following post is about tinkle aka urine! If you care not to know about this part of my life, please exit this blog now! (Or read a few other posts!)

OK, now that I've given the warning...I have a question:
Is anyone else UTTERLY DISTURBED by the fact that vitamins cause your tinkle (calling it "pee" seemed so juvenile in writing, although that is TOTALLY what I call it in "real life!") to be FLUORESCENT? I mean...honestly, I'm sure that if I took my vitamins later in the day and I went to the bathroom at night, then I'd probably NOT need to turn the light on. I'm rather bothered by the fact that something that is supposed to supplement and help my body causes another bodily function to alter, for lack of a better way to say it, in such a way! My nurse practitioner told me, but when she said "the first time" I thought she meant just that, the FIRST time! Not the FIRST tinkle EVERY DAY after I take my vitamins!! Yikes!! It's …

Worthy of Praise?

I think that we, as a society, are sort of backwards in who and what we praise. Because it can be so "easy" to do the wrong thing, we sometimes praise people who do what they are supposed to do, or we praise or celebrate people for the wrong thing!! But the real issue is that we have lowered the bar on what is right and what is expected. What the HECK am I talking about? Well, I personally know three guys who are raising their children, as in have full custody and are responsible for the day-to-day needs of the child or children. I think it's a wonderful thing!! The guys are singlehandedly raising their children for a number of reasons, whether the mom has passed or if she's just an incompetent parent for whatever reason! And again, I think it's remarkable that these dads that I know have stepped up to the plate. But I was thinking: should they get praise and celebration because they are doing what they SHOULD be doing? I mean, a child should have two loving, cap…

Today!!!

Today is a beautiful autumn day and I feel like writing so I will...let's just see where my mind takes us today!! Let's start off with this: I'm staying over at a friend's while she and her new hubby are on their honeymoon but I HATE packing clothes (because I get lazy with stuff like that) so I go home EVERY DAY and get something to wear for the next day! Well, I assumed that I left a particular pair of black heels at her house so when I went home last night, all I got was the outfit for today--sufficient toiletries and skivs had been left there--but when I woke up and got dressed this morning the aforementioned heels were NOT there! What WERE my shoe choices? Glad you asked! Black flip flops, pink heels and brown loafers--which are like 4 years old--and some pink sandals! My outfit today was centered around a black, white and turquoise theme so in my opinion, the only real shoe choice I had was the black flip flops! Yes, Toya, I know I'm WAY wrong for wearing the…

I'm a CopyCat...at least sometimes!

Answer in the comments!
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1. Do we know each other outside of BlogSpot?2. Whats your philosophy on life?3. Would you have my back in a fight?4. Would you keep a secret from me if you thought it was in my best interest?5. What is your favorite memory of us?6. Would you give me a kidney?7. Tell me one odd/interesting fact about you:8. Would you take care of me when I'm sick?9. Can we get together and make a cake?10. Have you heard any rumors of me lately?11. Do you/have you talk(ed) crap about me?12. Do you think I'm a good person?13. Would you drive across country with me?14. Do you think I'm attractive?15. If you could change anything about me, would you?16. What do you wear to sleep?17. Would you come over for no reason just to hang out?18. Would you go on a date with me if i asked you?19. If I only had one day…

Why do I do it?

Ok, I think I've talked about it before but I watch the Flavor of Love and I don't even know why!! Tonight's episode was so bad that I had to keep hiding my eyes because I honestly think it's disgusting to watch Flav kiss these women!! UGH! (Ok, so I really don't like to see anyone kiss, but Flavor Flav...YIKES!) And he kisses them like one right after the other!! Yuck!! And to me they are nasty to kiss him RIGHT after he's just kissed another woman! Wait, no, they are nasty because they want to kiss Flav at all, but they are utterly disgusting b/c they will kiss him right after he kisses another one of the women!! But...I'm talking LOTS of smack because I will be RIGHT back watching the newest episode next week! Sheesh!

When you feel good...

You know how "they" say "when you look good, you feel good!"? I'm convinced that saying works just as well the other way!! I think that when you feel good, you look good! I have gotten SO many compliments today and while I do think that my outfit today is pretty and my hair and makeup look good, too, I truthfully think it's just because I am so happy today!!! I'm walking with my head up and I'm smiling!!

Why am I so happy? Glad you asked! Well, I've just been reminded that GOD had NOT forgotten about me!! He knows the plans He has for me and I'm happy about that! Sometimes things happen and you think, or even say, "um...God...HELLO?!"But He'll always remind me that He knows I'm down here and knows what I'm going through!! And lately GOD has really been showing me over and over that He's the best provider we could want or ask for!! Even friends keep on telling me how He's doing BIG things in their lives!! So I…

He's a champion...?!

SO..yeah I will have two back-to-back posts about one thing: Diddy! Now, again, I LOVE HIM! I honestly do...and sometimes I wonder why! Because in "real life" I HATE extra-ness! I don't like over-the-top, ridiculous, "doing too much" people! And yet, this man who wouldn't be anything if not extra, I love him unconditionally! And I feel it's BECAUSE of that love that I feel like I can properly get on him!! Don't know how many of you have MySpace, or have even heard of it for that matter! But it makes no difference, what matters is that on Diddy's MySpace page, he has a "emergency announcement" posted; it's a video explaining that he and Kim are expecting twins. Ok, great!! Congratulations!! Two new lives to welcome into the world! How exciting for you and your family...but "emergency announcement!" Um...NO SIR! And the fact that he was like "I said, 'baby, you are big!'" was the reason that they decided t…

You can't speak??

OK, so yeah...still watching the pre-show for the VMAs and Diddy has a freaking SPOKESMAN for the red carpet??? NO SIR!!!! Ok, let me start by saying that I LOVE Puffy--yeah, I AM still holding onto that nickname--though he's PLENTY extra at times!! I think people who sign on with Bad Boy are fools career-wise, but I still love Diddy nonetheless!! And YET, that whole "spokesman" on the red carpet idea was so ridiculous!! Like you are too _____ to speak? Cause whatever you want to put in that blank, you aren't too that!! Trust me!!

What's Left of him!

OK,
So...I DID predict the divorce of Nick Lachey & Jessica Simpson back in September of last year. But...of course, who DIDN'T see that coming? So, since he's available, and I'm currently available, I feel like it's just a matter of time before I'm Tonyette Lache Lachey!

(Am watching the pre-show thing for the VMAs since I didn't see the whole thing on Thursday and he's just as cute as ever!! Whoo!)

Here we go again!!

Taco has laid another egg! This time my brother was around to intercept it and created a little nest for the egg! Hopefully, this one will hatch! But of course, that then means we've got to find a home for the new baby! Either way, we are excited again!! And my mom is calling herself a great grandmother again!!

Smorgasboard

So...this will be YET another one of those posts that has a few topics all rolled into one and will be divided by sub-topics!

DEJA VU?
Ok, so I must admit that I now am a fan of Beyonce's song "Deja Vu"--though the video I could still do without! But, as I was listening to it yesterday morning, I got to thinking and I'm wondering, is the obvious OBSESSION that Be seems to experience throughout the song ACTUALLY the phenomenon of Deja Vu OR is it something else--like, well obsession? I mean, yeah, it's only a song and all that, but what do you think? I don't think it is!

Taco & the baby update
So, it turns out that, as I read about, Taco's egg won't hatch because it wasn't fertile! (How do we know? Well, the egg is not even whole anymore. I don't know if she's been bothering it or not!) We are VERY sad in this house! Well, my mother and I are. I don't think my brother cares one way or another, which is sad considering it's HIS turt…

Taco had a baby!!

Ok...so YAY, Taco had a baby!!! Well, kinda!! Ok, who is Taco...my brother's turtle that he "rescued" from the roadside near his boss's house. Well, we've had her for a couple of months, probably since the beginning of the summer and it's been BIG FUN having her! So...ok, yeah, we didn't even know officially that she was a SHE...until she LAYED (OR LAID) an EGG! Wow!! She layed/laid the egg today and my mom is so excited! She had already been calling the turtle her "grandbaby" or "grandturtle" so now she's like, "I'm going to be a great-grandmother!" She's so excited that she plans to call her friend in Kentucky and tell her! LOL! I said, "what in the world are you going to do when I have a baby?" She said, "I'll probably call the news!" LOL! But YAY, Taco had a baby, kinda! The egg hasn't hatched and probably won't for about 3 months...and I'm a little concerned because sometim…

The good/bad breakfast

I just had the best/worst breakfast ever!!
Tastykake Rich Frosted Mini Donuts (chocolate) and a can of Coca Cola! YUM! and Darn! all at once! Why was it the best: because it was DELICIOUS! Why was it the worst: because it was CHOCOLATE and COLA at 10 in the morning!! I need to be consciously working on not drinking as much acidic stuff (until I take my behind to the dermatologist) but every now and again a sister gets weak!!

It was so bad but it was soo good!!!

I'm 27!!

That's it!! It dawned on me today...but like, I'm 27!! I mean...I know that's how old I am and it's NOT old but it's not like, 15 or anything! Whoo!!! That's it!! Ok! Crisis over!! There's nothing to see here!

My love letter!

Dear Mr. Jobs & Mr. Fadell,
Please let me express the complete love and joy that I've found in a little white & silver device that weighs less than 5 ounces and has 30GB of memory!! My new iPod has brought such happiness to my life...it has filled a void that I didn't even know was there! Between the iTunes I have at work and at home, my iPod and little teeny earphones, and the FM transmitter that I have for the car, I am now free to JAM at any given moment, no matter where I am and no matter what kind of mood I'm in!! Thank you gentlemen for this wonderful invention! Mr. Fadell, I believe you were one of the first people on the iPod team and for you and your team, I thank the Heavens above!! Because of the iPod, I can listen to the Ying Yang twins and then follow it up with a Jill Scott song and then follow THAT up with a Shekinah Glory song!! Oh the wonder! Oh the thrill!! My life--though this may be a SAD revelation--is now complete!!

Sincerely,
Your most appreciat…

The Real McCoy

(I started this forever ago! How about if I ACTUALLY post it!)
You know what, lately, I've been having lots of discussions that have caused me to realize that I have a new outlook on relationships! Well, more like a new way of thinking when it comes to how I'll enter my next relationship! What is this great, deep & wondrous revelation you ask? Well, simply that I've decided that I'm going to be ME! This revelation came from a number of different places: talking to one of my dance ministry sisters, a comment from my friend Anita, a blog posting from my fellow TRINITY sista and talking to my sister today! So, yeah, onto the revelation! For the next guy who I enter a relationship with, he's going to get the REAL DEAL! He's going to get the sarcastic, loves to eat, LOVES God AND secular music, say what I feel, size 16 with no plans to become a size 1, checks my email CONSTANTLY during the day and would rather text message than talk on my cell Tonyette ! So, Pea…

No gum at work!!

You know what? I realized that I don't chew gum often at work! And just now, I figured out why: I like to "crack" and "pop" my gum a lot! So, I have on headphones right now, jamming to iTunes as I do my work...and I just popped my gum in so loud that I heard it OVER my music! Um, to myself I say NO MA'AM! Wow!! And this is why I need to not chew gum at work!

LOVE!

Wow, I'm listening to my iTunes here at work...as I do often so as NOT to go insane and "Make Me Whole" by Amel Larrieux just went off! I absolutely LOVE that song and have decided that it will be played on my wedding day, at some point in the day! That song is really how I WANT to feel when I fall in love! WOW!

Happy Birthday to ME!!

YAY, it's my birthday!! I'm so happy! I'm 27, today!! I'm so blessed to have seen another year pass and I've come through it with a smile on my face and joy in my heart DESPITE all the things that have transpired in the last 365 days! Lord, thank You for giving me one more year of Your grace & mercy!! I've been having a good time and celebrating since Friday! And MAY the party continue! The BEST part of having July 3 as a birthday: knowing that somewhere near it--usually the day after--there is a day OFF work!! Yes!
Here's what I've been doing in honor of the big 2-7!

Friday, I was actually celebrating the birthday of my friend Toya! (if you read this, Mrs Marshall, Crystal and I had a GREAT time! Thank you for letting us join in your fun! Lucy was FANTASTIC! And did I tell you that Crystal cried! LOL! She says she doesn't know why, but I think it was the dancing!!) We went to this Egyptian-themed (and owned, if I'm not mistaken) coffeehouse t…

Repeat Performance

Ok, so I was reading one of the entertainment blogs that I read daily and one of the young ladies was commenting on Jennifer Freeman. In case you are like WHO, she's the cute young lady from My Wife and Kids and You Got Served. The blogger was basically joking Jennifer for wearing the same belt and shoes to three different events this month! I was like, so WHAT'S the problem? Because she's a celebrity, she's supposed to buy, or be given, accessories to wear once and then be tossed into the closet? Just because she's being photographed and in the public eye does that mean she can't have a "shoe of the month" and a "belt of the season"? I mean, I know that when I get something I love...like this purse I got for Christmas...I'll "wear it out" until I get tired of it! I mean, literally SINCE Christmas day...except for like 5 or 6 days...I've been carrying that same purse. It's gold and big and has various zippers and rhines…

Sex change!

It's official...I'm turning into *LOUD GASP* a girl! LOL! Of course I am anatomically a woman...so this shouldn't be headline news or anything!
But yeah, it seems that I'm getting softer and softer and *DEEP BREATH* I wore a dress to church! Now, why is this a big deal...because I honestly don't know when the last time I wore a dress was. Wait, maybe I do; maybe it was last summer! And people, I wore a SUNDRESS with a shrug over it, but a SUNDRESS and heels! Sure, I've worn skirts to church aplenty but it's not often than one can say, "Tonyette looked so pretty in her dress today!" when leaving STCF!!
And today I wore a skirt to work! *Oh my! Ooh!* I rarely do that because I just don't really see the point! I wore all kinds of jewelry and whatnot and look pretty cute!
And I've just been emotional and softy and "feely" and whatnot...and it's NOT been bothering me. Yep, I'm just as shocked as you!

Heaven! (and Harmoni!)

I just finished eating a scoop of Baskin Robbins' Chocolate Almond ice cream that I bought at lunchtime and stored in the freezer here at work...ok, so it was RIGHT after doing my afternoon walk! But I felt like it was my reward for really pushing myself with the walking today! The ice cream was so good...and I'm sitting here listening to iTunes! Life is so good!!!! God just provides us with the smallest joys and they mean so much!!

Oooh and I saw my cutie baby cousin Harmoni, and my aunt Net (her grandmother/my mother's sister) today in the mall! What a fantastic unexpected surprise! Harmoni, who has been 1-- for about 1 week--had her hair in some cute little braids with beads on the ends with her little bracelets, name (I think) earrings and necklace on, riding in a stroller that looked like a little car was so utterly cute!! She was just slobbering--I assume she's teething still--all over me and my keys, but she's so cute that I let her! And my aunt just looked c…

It's ONLY May!

I haven't posted in a little while! Ok, so today is May 31...which normally means (or at least I think it should mean) bringing out the white pants or capris, open-toed sandals and being glad that places like Rita's Italian Ice and Dairy Fresh exist for a little cool-down! But for some reason, it's more like break out the shorts (which I actually don't wear, so...), let's all go barefoot and go to Rita's for DINNER! Is anyone else bothered by how hot it's already been and it's not even summer yet! I cringe at the thought of what it'll be like on the weekend of my birthday (July 3) or the Sunday of our church picnic (usually 3rd Sunday in August!!) Oh gosh!! I shudder to think about it! Oh well, at least it's not winter, right?

Trying to stay cool...

Ode to the late 80s/early 90s

(Toya, thanks for the inspiration!)
This will be one of those long emails that will be divided up by sub-sections!

Bobby & Whitney
You know, one day I realized, RIGHT up until they got married, I used to love both Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston! Well, actually, I really liked Whitney up until "The Bodyguard". When she started winning all those awards, I felt like she got too arrogant and I didn't like it at all! Now, Bobby, WHOO, I used to LOVE him! In fact, a radio station was playing a bunch of his songs back-to-back and I was jamming as if it were 1989 or so, again! (Sheesh, I was YOUNG--about 10! This really concerns me, especially when I think about my strong love for songs like "Rock Wit'cha" and "Roni"!) I thought Bobby Brown was the MAN, with that Gumby haircut and his dancing. I was head over heels for him!! And I used to feel especially proud to know every word to all of his songs! I thought it made me a hardcore fan!

Dancing in the 8…

ALL DAY!

It's only 1:41 pm and I feel like I've done a FULL day of work...not because I've been particuarly busy but because I just didn't feel like being here anyway so, of course, the time is passing EVER so slowly! I really thought it was like 3 o'clock, but NOPE!
Sheesh...oh 6pm, where are you?

Wreckless on the Road

So, I'm driving on 795 yesterday (headed towards Reisterstown for a tutoring session) and I'm looking around at all the other drivers. Now, I've heard those stories about people who drive on the highway and are putting on makeup and stuff like that...and I have put on lip gloss or something like that. But I was so AMAZED when I look to my right and there's a man driving and SHAVING!!! I mean, he had one of those electric (well, battery-run) shavers and was SHAVING as he drove along 795! Several questions came to mind!!
1) is this SAFE for him and for US...the other drivers on the road!
2) was he running THAT late??? Seriously, he felt that it was OK to leave the house with the thought "I can always just shave IN THE CAR?" Really?
3) isn't that NASTY? I mean, maybe he wasn't all that hairy, but still EWWW!

This was just appalling to me!! Wow!

How the mind works!

I really appreciate clever things!! And quite honestly, I especially like it when I get it and most people don't! (Hey, it's my blog so I can say what I want! I can be as honest as I want!)

There's an apartment complex off Liberty Road in Randallstown that's called Shakespeare Park. I ride past it often enough but never really noticed the name of the street that it's on. Well, this morning I rode by and noticed that it's on Anne Hathaway Drive. I was thinking to myself (becuase I didn't want my brother to think I was nuts, so I didn't say it out loud) "Cool! Anne Hathaway was Shakespeare's wife. How SLICK is that?" So, I thought that was all cute and clever!

But it's so funny because I can't believe I remembered that. Like, when is the last time that I even read about Shakespeare's life? The mind is so funny because I have to STRAIN my brain to think of what I wore yesterday (oh, I remember, now) but I remembered that William S…

Abstinence makes the heart grow fonder!

For those of you who read this and may not know me personally, I'm currently abstinent. (I guess that's how you say it!) Or maybe, I'm practicing abstinence. Whatever! Y'all know what I mean; I'm not presently sexually active! It's been years! I do it for many reasons and feel very proud! Yes, it can be difficult but it's a worthwhile commitment! I think the main question people ask is "Why?" Second-runner up question basically can be summed up as "how does that work?" (and THAT question comes in a VARIETY of ways!) So, today, I'm having a conversation with a co-worker who I consider a good friend. We ask each other pretty honest questions and whatever we were discussing led me to tell him about my "it's been years" thing! Well, AFTER I finally CONVINCED him that I was telling the truth, we had at least a half-hour or so conversation! And one of the most shocking things he said--because I've had this conversation wi…

Calling Shepherd Pratt

I talk to myself! Ok, I do! and I feel NO shame! And yes, I answer myself! And again, NO shame felt here! None! People say that it's OK to talk to yourself as long as you don't answer yourself. To that I say, WHATEVER!! Because I do both and I don't think it's strange at all! But I DO think I'm bananas sometimes! Why? Well, let me give the background story. Where I work, my building, we have a contract cleaning crew that cleans all day. And I have deduced that the company that has the contract must only hire people with some type of disability, and that some of them must have mental disabilities. There's a few women that, when they clean the bathroom, they carry on full conversations with themselves! Now, I, of all people, should be understanding of this situation! But, NO! Most times, I end up saying "here we go again!" Or "She's about to get started!" Now the thing that makes me obviously crazy is that I'm commenting TO MYSELF usu…

I'm ___ years older than...

I drive my brother to work in the mornings (until he saves up for another car) and we pass Randallstown High School on the way. Well, I started looking at all the kids on the way to school. And it got me thinking...I'm at least NINE years older than the SENIORS! Sheesh!
So, thinking about that made me think even harder. Now, by NO means do I think that, at 26 years old, I am old! I am just saying that time passed more QUICKLY than I realized!
Therefore, here is a list I've come up with:

I'm 5 years older than most COLLEGE seniors,
I'm 9 years older than most HIGH SCHOOL seniors,
I'm 13 years older than most EIGHTH graders,
I'm 16 years older than most FIFTH graders,
I'm 20 years older than most FIRST graders, and lastly
I'm 22 years older than the average K-4 student!
Wow! but the funny part is that I'm still only 26! So, life is good! (but it feels like I JUST learned to tie my shoes! What happened? Is this how life will be from now on? Just ZIPPING by?)

A wonderful change...

I was thinking recently and maybe, JUST maybe, I'm becoming more emotional and well, woman-like. See, women are generally more emotions-based and quicker to show feelings than men are. As I grew into adulthood, I was NOT known for being a "share my feelings...let's talk about it...let's all cry" kind of woman. In fact, the last time I'd cried outside of church in YEARS was probably at a funeral! In fact, I think that all of my parents (mom, dad & spouses) have all called me a "son" or referenced me as "un-emotional" at one time or another! But I realize that I've said "I'm having an emotional day" a LOT lately! In fact, I said it today (and I'm don't even have PMS) So, maybe I'm getting more in touch with my feminine side! I'm really rather excited about it...but PLEASE don't expect me to be all crying at commercials and that kind of crap! :--)

Don't be a menace...

This morning I was watching Menace II Society..and I was thinking back to how FINE I thought Kaine aka Tyrin Turner was in those days! Whoo! And everyone I know thought he was fine..and those lips, yes indeed! But, like...where is HE these days? It's funny b/c he was the main character and Larenz Tate was the "sidekick"...but look at his career compared to Tyrin's. Oh well, maybe he (Tyrin) will be in something soon! (just checked www.imdb.com and YEP, he'll be in something SOON! LOL!) I wonder if he is still fine!

A winter wedding

Ok, so after having talked it over with my sister Tiff and my friend Aly, I have confirmed it, I will be getting married in winter! My reason for wanting to get married during one of the wintry months: so I can wear a fur muff and cape (yes, Tiff the cape is a new addition) with my dress! I thought this might be too shallow a reason to pick a season in which to get married, but they both were like WHATEVER! You can use whatever reason you want to pick the time! Mind you, I don't have a boyfriend YET...but a friend of mine told me that you should be as prepared as possible BEFORE you start "officially" planning b/c otherwise you get too stressed out! So...at least I have that detail figured out!!

Jams of Shame

Yes, ladies and gents...it IS that time again, where I 'fess up to songs that I like, but feel some kind of way about admitting that I like!

1) "SOS" by Rihanna--why so ashamed, you asked? B/c it's by RIHANNA! (who, by the way, I heard her say her name and she pronounces it as "ree-anna". Didn't know!) Um, but she's PRETTY wack so I feel kind of wack to like it!

2) "Check on It" by Beyonce--yes, Miss Overrated herself has made me a fan...of this song anyway! She's SO overrated that it's ACTUALLY sad but now when I hear this song, I actually find myself NOT turning the station. (And I have a secret crush on Slim Thug! Don't ask why, cause I don't know why!)

3) "Lean wit It, Rock wit It"--I think this one's actually ALMOST OK to like, but I still feel a little something when I do find myself in the car leaning and rocking with it!

The truth DOES hurt!

So it's Tuesday and the day that I predicted my "gosh I feel sucky!" mood would end. WRONG!But it's ok because it's a different kind of sucky! I feel really bad because the Lord just revealed another "thing to change within myself" to me. And it's hurtful but I'll get over it and I'll be fine!!
I was thinking about it and I don't really post about my spiritual side or my relationship with the Lord a lot. Hmm! What's up with that? Don't really know! Anyway, the truth can REALLY hurt...especially when it's a truth about yourself. But like my pastor always says...the truth hurts...first! then it heals!" So I know I'll be a better person because of days like today! But it still cuts like a knife! (Picture me doing the "gesture" for "cuts like a knife" Tiff! LOL!)

Those dang FEELINGS!

Today is one of those days that just kind of SUCK but I'm trying to NOT let everything get to me! And I was thinking...I'd love to have some of "platform" to tell the whole world that today sucks...and then I remembered this blog! YAY for blogging!
So, it's Wednesday...which always means meetings and more meetings for my team here at work. And let's be honest, MEETINGS SUCK such BIG LEMONS! So...here's how my day has been so far.
1) Arrive at work...CAN'T find a legal parking spot so create a parking spot and hope that I don't get a ticket!
2) Come and sign in and HOPE that there's no team meeting today but that's a pointless hope 'cuz my TL like NEVER cancels the meetings!
3) I go to the meeting (after being nearly 15 minutes late to it) and it's long...but not as long as it would be if one of my co-workers weren't OUT! Thank God cause she can TALK!
4) I come back to my desk...I HATE days like today...I've gotten tired of doing…

I'm in love with a stripper...

Is anyone else DEEPLY concerned with the inordinate number of songs that talk about, or seem aimed at, strippers? "I'm in love with a stripper" (or depending on where you live/what radio station you listen to "...a dancer"). I've pretty much come to realize that "Laffy Taffy" at least MENTIONS strippers. And it seems like ANY song by the Ying Yang Twins are for/about strippers and strip clubs! Why?

But then again...when I think about the artists who sing/rap these songs, I THINK it may have the littlest bit to do with the fact that any "action" they might get from women may only really be from someone getting PAID to deal with them! (I hope that doesn't sound TOO mean!) But still...CHILL on the stripper songs, please!

It's not TV...

So, there's a new show on HBO called Big Love. Now when I saw the previews for it, I must admit that I was SO confused and yet a little intrigued. I was pretty sure that I was going to watch it. Oh well, I forgot about it..until it was on when I was flipping through the channels. So, of course now I'm hooked! It's YET another one of those shows that I wonder why I watch but then it's so different from the life I lead that I MUST watch it.

If you don't know what it is, it's about a guy named Bill Henrickson (played by Bill Paxton. For some reason, I always feel some kind of way about people who play characters with the same name as their real name!) Bill has three wives: wife #1 is Barb (played by Jeanne Tripplehorn). Bill and Barb have 3 children. Wife #2 is Nicki (played by Chloe Sevigny...who makes me CRINGE almost every time I see her!) Bill and Nicki have 2 boys. Wife #3 is Margene (played by Ginnifer Goodwin). Bill and Margene also have 2 boys together. In …

Flav-tacular?!

Ok, so yes, I will admit, I was one of the FOOLS who fell in love with the show The Flavor of Love. Why? For the same reason that I used to watch Laguna Beach: The Real O.C. Because so many times I just sit in amazement and wonder "are you serious?" about so many of the characters. Though these shows claim to be REALITY TV there are always plenty of CHARACTERS! Once again, I came to discover the show late! So I only saw it from when there were about 8 or so women. Ok, although she is completely NUTS, I really wanted New York to win. I mean, why would anyone want Hoopz to end up with Flavor Flav? Seriously? That's why I hoped last night that Hoopz aka Nikki would lose. But she didn't and of course Flav picked her. Ok and raise your hand if you were upset that he gave her GOLD FRONTS! *Tonyette raises both hands and attempts to stand on one leg in order to raise one foot, too* Sheesh! I mean, the show was very funny but at the same time a bit sad. Is this really what T…

Oh Vegas!

So, I went to Vegas...and I FELL IN LOVE! It was actually kind of amazing because I didn't expect to have as much fun as I did. It was fantastic and I'm anxious to go back. I would give details but you know what they say: What happens in Vegas...

What happens in Vegas...

Y'all know the rest! Yes indeedy, sweetie!!! This time next week (Friday, 2/17) will be the 3rd day that I'll be in Vegas ask Sin City...but I don't wanna go over there and come back "needing to hit the altar" as my sister said. So I'll call Vegas "Place where you can go a little crazy but not necessarily sin" City! Although, I think my friend Alyson has "committed" to getting me drunk for the first time in my life! (I think I should be proud that at 26, I've never been drunk! A little tipsy maybe, "nice," sure, but never drunk! Two thumbs up to me!)

I am leaving for Philly (to meet up with my newest sisters aka my friend Alyson and her 2 sisters) on Tuesday and then we're headed to Las Vegas, NV BRIGHT and early on Wednesday morning! Question to myself: Why is it that whenever I seem to go on vacation or have other things to do on my vacation, I always have to be up EARLIER than I get up for work! What's up with tha…

Compelled to WINK!

I think something may be a little wrong with me. I realized the other day...and it was confirmed today...that every time I say, read, sing or write the word "wink" that I feel "forced" to follow up with the action of winking as accompaniment! Like just typing this post, I had to concentrate on not doing it as I typed it! Is that crazy? Oh well...that's me!

(I will come back and post more later! I realize I haven't posted anything in a coupla weeks! I'll be back in full force soon!) Until then...

traits vs. looks

Lately,
I've been REALLY finding myself more attracted to guys who are cute or "have their own look" but are great people as opposed to fine guys who are just cool! Is it just me (and my sister) or is there just something so incredibly SEXY about a guy who can hold a conversation intelligently? There's something about someone who knows WORDS and uses them correctly and thinks that white t-shirts are to be worn as UNDERGARMENTS only! (well, for the most part. Nothing wrong with it, every NOW and again, as a part of the outfit!) Whoo! Give it up for the man with an education who isn't afraid to let people know that he has one! YES! And a heart for the people, a philanthropist, will just get me EVERY time! Even my latest celebrity obsessions...oops, I mean, crushes, reflect my new attitude! Is it because I'm getting older? Or is it because i'm looking for a husband now...as opposed to just a boyfriend like when I was a little younger?