Thursday, December 28, 2006

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:
  1. 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!
  2. 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!
  3. Coming to work earlier, so I can eventually do an AWS (which means, if you don't work where I work or somewhere similar that I can work something other than a regular "5 days a week, 8.5 hours a day schedule!)
  4. Sticking to the budget I KNOW I need to stick to! No explanation needed
  5. Sticking to the exercise routine I keep starting and stopping! Again, no explanation needed!
  6. Deciding on my life goals for the next 1, 5 and 10 years. I'll be 28 next year...there are some things I'd like to have in place before the big 3-0, husband and babies come!

I think that's about it for me! If I think of anything, I'll post again!

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

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:
  1. 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!
  2. 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 buy DVDs or CDs--I will view them all on Netflix!! I'm more than thrilled about this! (I remember one year my cousin Aaron dressed up as Lion-O for Halloween! It was the GREATEST costume ever!)
  3. Netflix, in general: I am SUCH a fan of Netflix. As my grandma Ernestine once said, "They sure make everything for lazy people these days!" I couldn't agree more and be happier! Netflix is so great because literally all I have to do is go to my computer, pick out a bunch of movies I want to see, wait for them to come to my mailbox, watch them and mail them back! I don't even have to put stamps on the envelopes that COME with the DVDs in the mail!! Whoever came up with this...genius!
  4. Days of having NOTHING to do: This past Saturday, because I didn't have dance practice, I relaxed so much and did so little that I started to feel guilty and I even decided to take a look at my Palm Tungsten to make sure I wasn't missing out on something! I came in the house on Friday night and didn't leave back out until Sunday morning! It was SUPERB!!!!

SO, for NOW, I'm happy!

Monday, November 27, 2006

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 taking orders and talking to co-workers--and I hung up! (I called back about 10 minutes later! I got put on hold again! But this time, the chickadee came back to the phone!)

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

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 bit and on the website it says that you have to allot one hour to not having ANYTHING else food- or beverage-wise. Also, it says that you MUST drink plain water with it...not anything else (and it actually LISTS what you can't drink with it!!) But again, is this THAT much of a sacrifice once a week...so much so that one would RELISH the chance to do it once monthly instead of weekly!!

And another thing that bothers me is when those commercials for medicines that tell you all the side effects and they sound WORSE than what you already have and are trying to treat!! My FAVORITE one is the commercial that is for frequent urination but one of the side effects is diarrhea!! Now, my thinking is...if you are going to the bathroom ALL THE TIME...which would you rather do??? Sheesh!!

I was going to elaborate on how I felt about the herpes (5 times a day versus one time a day) commercial, but I think my comments will be too ignorant, so I'll resist!

What commercials do you hate?

Friday, November 17, 2006

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!!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

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 outside that when I was out at 3:30pm, coming from another building back to my building at work, I was CONVINCED it was close to quittin' time--which is 6pm for me! It's bananas how dark and rainy but not cold it is outside!! Makes me wanna go home and cuddle up with, as my aunt put it "a loved one...and NOT family either!" Which goes back to the idea of it raining men!! If it were, I'd be sure to have one then...right! Wouldn't I? It would be pitiful for it to be RAINING men and I still not have one! LOL! But...like how would that work, men falling from the sky? Would they be battered and bruised from hitting the ground, or cars or other people? Would they be naked b/c they'd be falling from the heavens? Would they fall territorially correct? Like would guys who speak English fall over the United States and Great Britain and those who speak Portugese fall over Portugal and Brazil? The idea of "man rain" is suddenly not so appealing!! But then again, that's probably because I put WAY too much thought into that! WOW! So anyway...whole point of this post...my goal for this evening, to get somewhere and stay dry!

One of my favorite pasttimes: TV
Ok, so I SPARED everyone by not posting updates about LB: The Real OC...but that was mostly because I didn't see it that much this season! Yesterday was the season finale and I can't believe that I didn't even realize that Cami, Kyndra, Cameron and...that's all I can remember...oh, oh, oh, Raquel, Tessa and the unfortunately unattractive Breanna...were only JUNIORS this year!! I HATE these kids!! They went to Cabo San Lucas for spring break!! They drive nice SUVs and Beamers and stuff! I HATE these kids! So since that's gone off, I'll have to talk about a show I LOVE...and I'll get criticism for liking it, but that's ok with me, The Wire! I think it's a fantastic show because it really shows what SOME aspects of living in Baltimore are like. I have a friend who works for an elected official and she told me that he actually used footage in a meeting to prove a point!! WAY TO GO to The Wire!! It's so well-written and it keeps me on edge! One of my favorite characters for whatever reason is Snoop...she's my favorite man-girl ever! And I think that Jamie Hector--aka Marlo Stanfield--has beautiful eyes! Plus, I love ALL the lil kids, even the car-jacking one who is like 14 AND the one who has a offensively foul mouth but is like 10! And let's talk about a show I DON'T like...the FREAKING Tyra Banks show!! What is WITH this chick? She has issues and she got her own talk show so she could work them out!! She irks me!!! I'd want to BANG her if I went on her show!! What else am I watching this season? I'm TRYING to watch Girlfriends but it's harder and harder because the stories are dumb sometimes!! The Game, I feel the same way!! I'm trying but it's not really all that super-interesting! I'm just trying to support Tia Mowry...and the guy who plays her boyfriend is WAY cuter than the guy who was in that first episode--that episode that was actually a Girlfriends episode--but he seems dumber!

Another favorite pasttime: reading
I've been able to devote more time to reading lately--since I readjusted my schedule and decided to do considerably less tutoring and extraneous crap! I'm very happy about it because I've read like perhaps 9 books in the last month and a half!! I'm back to my old self! It feels great! What are some of the books I've read: God Don't Like Ugly, God Still Don't Like Ugly and now I'm reading God Don't Play (they are a trilogy) by Mary Monroe. I love her books but she uses the "f" word TOO MUCH! Ugh!! Please...call it "hanky panky" or "nooky" but I'm sorry, I find it DISGUSTING when the main character talks about her and her husband in that way! UGH! I'm so happy to be back in the swing of reading!! YAY, ME!

Netflix
I'm really enjoying Netflix so far...I just subscribed to it less than 2 weeks ago and I already have my 2nd and 3rd movie at home! Whoo hoo! (Sidenote: I MUST purchase ATL! That T.I....now I see what all the fuss is about! I mean, he's literally a POUND or two bigger than Snoop was in that wife beater in Baby Boy, but his presence is incredibly sexy! I shudder to think that I was about to use the word "swagger". Though it was SO appropriate...I feel funny using certain slang sometimes!) So thanks to Netflix, tonight, while I'm home staying dry, I plan to watch Wedding Crashers and Freedomland! Whoo hoo!

I think that's it for now...oh wait, I finally remembered to stop paying for AOL!! Wanted to announce that because I've been "getting around to it" for months! Yay me...but I just got Netflix--and it's almost the same price! In fact, Netflix will be a few cents higher (I had AOL for Broadband at $14.95 and I will have the Netflix 2-at-a-time unlimited for $14.99 plus tax!). So that whole "I could save that $15" went right out the window! Oh well, at least I'm happy!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

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...bra!)
I just wanna know when did certain things became SO mainstream???

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

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!!

Sunday, November 05, 2006

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!!

Friday, November 03, 2006

busy!!!


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!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Happy November 2!

(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 bills I have, with leftovers!--Few for now, but that's not the point! I had lunch and snacks and pretty clean water--I still drink tap! No shame in my game!--and this evening, I'll be able to have dinner! So I woke up thankful!! I told my mom "Today is November 2!" And I've been telling people all day!! We should be happy that it's November 2...NOT because Thanksgiving is 3 weeks away--which means I get to leave MD, and go to Atlantic City for about 40 hours! Whoo hoo!--and not because Christmas is right around the corner! We should be happy that today is November 2 and we are ALIVE! God, thank YOU!!

I'm going to try my best to live a more appreciative life!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

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, but now, not so much! I think mentally, I'm ready. I'm ready to share--I had a VERY selfish stint a little while back--and be giving. I'm more willing to listen. I've got a healthy view of myself; my self-esteem and self-image are both high! I've got a positive outlook on relationships and longevity and marriage and I'm excited to bring that into my next (and hopefully last) relationship!

So, here I am, ready for love...now what?

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

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!

Monday, October 30, 2006

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?

Thursday, October 26, 2006

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

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

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 very scary and disturbing and disgusting!!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

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, capable parents. If something happens to one, the other should step right in and raise, with the assistance of family and good friends, the child or children. I was on the phone with a friend last night and he was doing something ANY good parent would do: preparing his child for the next day. I was like "wow! That's sweet!" BUT, when I thought about it, if any of my women friends who are single parents, or even married, were doing the same thing, I'd be like "yeah, girl...same ole, same ole! Right?" And then I thought, "If he's the one raising her, WHO else will prepare her for tomorrow?" The reason I initially reacted to the fact that these guys--I flipped out, in a positive way!--were raising their children is because too often--if it happens ONCE, that's too often--people DON'T take care of their responsibilities! And because there are such large numbers of households headed by single women, I almost found it unfathomable that there are men who take care of their children alone! On one hand, I think it's incredible and it's wonderful and their stories should be told, but on the other hand, I'm thinking, "Shouldn't more fathers who aren't married to the mothers of their children just do what they are supposed to do?"

Just my thought for the day!

Friday, September 29, 2006

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 them to work!! But I'm even more upset about the fact that it's a beautiful CHILLY autumn day! So yeah...I feel like a genius!! Let's see, what else, I've got a busy weekend planned and I'm already tired, so I don't know how any of this will work out! I think I'll have to nap somewhere in there today!! But I'm excited b/c I'm going to be on wedding overload by the end of next weekend! I was in a wedding last weekend, I'll be attending another one tomorrow and dancing in another! Then, next week, I'm dancing in the vow renewal ceremony of my aunt and uncle!! Lots of weddings! That's good stuff! Now, it's time to concentrate on lunch...any suggestions? LOL! I guess I'll end this right here and now!

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

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10. Have you heard any rumors of me lately?

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Monday, September 18, 2006

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!

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

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'm excited!! And I feel good...and therefore look good! At least, I think!

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

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 to head to the doctor's was...well, honest but a lil ignorant!! And the entire time, Kim's just standing there with her profile to us, so I guess we see that she is indeed "big!" And Diddy takes special pride in the fact that they are having twins because I guess he feels "personally responsible!" Now I don't remember exactly what I learned in this area...but does he honestly have the right to be so proud of himself for causing his girlfriend--and yeah, are THEY ever gettin' married--to be pregnant with twins? Like I mean, should he feel like he accomplished some particularly hard feat? He said, "I'm the champion!" Wow! Fatherly pride--I'd never knock it but wow!! And he goes "no press release. I'm just telling my family and friends" and the whole WORLD b/c if you posted it on MySpace, you KNOW the whole galaxy will be tuning it!! Yeah...it's about time for me re-evaluate this love I have for this man!

Saturday, September 02, 2006

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!)

Friday, September 01, 2006

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!!

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

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 turtle, supposedly!!

Mayor O'Malley is cute!
That's pretty much it!! I think he's cute! And because I never need support, it's ok if people don't agree, but Mayor Martin O'Malley is cute to me!! I realized this watching a commercial of his--he's running for Governor. (at least, I think! And YES, I realize this means I need to pay more attention to the people who are running and what they are running for!)

Me & Dat
It seems like I may actually like a song or two that feature E-40. YES, I am just as shocked as you are!! Trust me! I feel especially horrible for liking the song "U & Dat"! Any song where a man--who IS T-Pain--says something about wanting to be close to "that monkey" should make me cringe whenever I hear it, and yet, I find myself jamming to it!

Another Mr. Evans, ya know!
There is a guy who works at my job who I strongly believe is the older brother of Mr. Evans from Western. Why do I think this? This man is also like weirdly tall--like I thought Mr. Evans was--and red and oh...his last name is Evans!! The man looks enough like him that if I weren't AFRAID of the idea, I'd ask him. But Mr. Evans was always weird and spooky to me so the fact that this guy may be his brother so scares me that when I was in the elevator with him this afternoon, I couldn't look his way! I know...I'm crazy (great segue into my final topic!)

I'm talking to me?
I realized that I talk to myself, A LOT! I mean, I know I posted about it before--when talking about how I comment on the people who clean at my joband it's usually a comment to myself! But in the market the other day, it dawned on me, I really talk to myself A LOT! EVERYWHERE! Sad but true! Like, people probably think I'm a basketcase when they see me because I have, basically, full-fledged conversations! But it's really just that I express my thoughts out loud, often, even when no one else is listening...or can respond!

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

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 sometimes turtles that have been taken from nature, or whatever, lay eggs that aren't fertile! So...I hope that this turtle egg hatches!! We are so excited in this house! Share in our joy!!

Thursday, August 10, 2006

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!!!

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

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!

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

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 appreciative customer!
Tonyette B.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

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, Peaches--dance ministry sister--and I were talking and she asked me how long would it be before I let the real deal out with a guy. I was like, "what do you mean?" She said, "well. like how long before you pass gas around him?" My answer was basically that, honey, at this point it'll be WHEN I am flatulent! Don't get me wrong, I'm not going to be GROSS nor am I saying that I won't put my best foot forward in the relationship, but I won't be fake! I just can't do it!! Then, I was talking with my friend Anita about the fact that I thought I was going to see this guy I was interested in seeing on a particular day. Well, my hair was cornrowed! She was like, "are you going to take it out and wear it crinkly?" I said, "no...I'm going to wear it like this, or perhaps put my wig on!"--I've posted about my "Sexy Girl" before! The wig is HOT! She was like, "guys like long hair!" I said, "well, sorry to hear that!" Again, don't get me wrong; I'm not trying to REPEL men or anything, but I see no point in being fake! I WEAR cornrows often...ESPECIALLY in the summer and I wear my wig often enough! Plus, I want to cut my hair and will probably do it SOON! It just seems like sometimes as women we got through all this rigamarole for the first 3 months of a relationship and then when we get comfortable, then we take off the masks & the guy thinks we've changed and he gets upset! However, the truth of the matter is, we've let out the REAL person!! So...to circumvent all that, I intend to just BE ME up front! I don't intend to "play dumb to make him feel good" or "let him win" or any of that other crap! I'm smart! And I LOVE to win!So, if I can't be ME and get a husband--because that's my goal, no need to beat around the bush by saying "BF" or "man"--then I am destined to be single!

Friday, July 07, 2006

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!

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

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!

Monday, July 03, 2006

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 that had great food and great entertainment! My friends and I have deemed it a new Friday night hangout!
Saturday, I went to dance practice and they gave me the most beautiful card EVER! I cried--and it was only the first TEAR-FEST of the weekend!--reading it! Then, that evening, I went with a friend to dinner and then spent some time with her, her husband and brother! It was great! She bought me a beautiful card that brought more tears!
Yesterday, I went to Atlantic City with my sisters!! We had a REALLY good time despite the almost unbearable and completely unbelievable stench of the water! We had lunch at the Rainforest Cafe. It was the first time for all of them, and the second time for me! And they paid for a sista's meal, WHOO HOO!
This morning, my mother and brother gave me cards that brought MORE tears! Wow, I've been crying all weekend!! Later day--whenever I decide to leave work--I'm going to get my eyebrows down and get my nails done and a pedicure, too! And my brother is going to take me to dinner, later!
Oh yeah, and I did get gifts, REALLY good ones and "lots" of them--in my opinion, it was "lots"! May not be to anyone else, but I'm very appreciative! In fact, almost my entire outfit--accessories included--is comprised of birthday gifts! Beautiful tank and skirt from my mom, bracelet, Bath & Body Works lotion and spray from Natima and bag & toe ring purchased by me in A.C. with "birfday money" from my Shekinah--the dance ministry I'm a part of--sisters!! Whoo hoo!!
Birthdays ROCK!!

Thursday, June 22, 2006

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 rhinestones and whatnot on it! It's gorgeous and I get complimented all the time and MORE importantly, I LOVE IT! So maybe Jennifer recently got that BIG brown belt and the shoes that she obviously loves to wear with it and they are her faves of the moment! I mean, the CLOTHES were different! She always looked cute. So again I ask, what's the problem? This blogger girl is plenty ridiculous! But then again, I should already know that as she thinks Beyoncé can do no wrong! Sheesh!

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

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!

Friday, June 02, 2006

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 cool and cute and peaceful!

Today's one of those good days where the little stuff matters! And I have lots of "little stuff" to be thankful for! Thank you, God!

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

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...

Friday, May 05, 2006

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 80s and 90s
I thought I was the best dancer alive when I was younger! LOL! It's quite true. I was shy but when I did dance, I used to kill it! (at least in my opinion!) A few of my favorite dances:
  • the snake: I used to be able to go "all the way down" and then "back up".
  • the wop: another favorite! Because it was actually quite versatile. I mean, two hands, one hand, what more could you ask for?
  • the Roger Rabbit: enough said
  • the Running Man: this was one of those that I thought anyone could do--so it wasn't as impressive, but I still used to like it
  • the Cabbage Patch: this was SO hardcore when it first came out, but then it got played out and I was over it!
  • last but not least, I used to LOVE to Vogue! Madonna was THE woman back then and I used to be proud to know all the words to the song--you know, when I was younger, knowing all the words to a popular song was a BIG deal in my world! But even more than that, I used to love the dance to the song!

My 80s/90s wish list
Ok, so I think I dress pretty well now. In fact, I'm pretty cute most days, even sexy occasionally! But in the 80s and 90s, it was NOT going down for me! There were SO many things that I wanted that we just couldn't afford--or my mother was just like, you are 11, GET OVER IT! Let's travel back in time as I compile a list of some of the things I used to want to wear/own!
  • a pair of colorful high-top Reebok tennis shoes (Just looked them up, the style is called Freestyle). I wanted the purple--light purple or dark purple, didn't matter--or sky blue ones. I wasn't a big fan of the red ones! I got a black pair, and a white pair in the summer, and had to just deal!
  • a pair of purple and white Travel Fox tennis shoes--and it completely pissed me off that a girl I wasn't too fond of got a pair! UGH! I was hatin'!
  • a pair of L.A. Gear tennis shoes--and I had the opportunity to get them, but I was being dumb and finicky, so after visiting about the 3rd or 4th shoe store in the mall, my mom said "pick a pair NOW or you get NOTHING". So I ended up with a pink & white pair of British Knights (with 2 pairs of shoe strings...one was white and the other was pink with silver glitter!) . I was PISSED about those BKs because I'd really wanted the L.A. Gears! LOL! Like do they even MAKE those anymore? (Funny thing is, when I wanted ALL of these tennis shoes, I was attending private school and I couldn't wear this kind of stuff on regular days anyway! We only had about 5 "wear your own clothes" days a school year!)
  • a pair of jeans with either suede or leather, and graffiti on them--this was 7th or 8th grade. I really wanted a pair and my mom was basically like, "Don't even ask!".
  • a pair of leg warmers to wear as fashion and not as actual leg warmers. I had a navy blue pair because, again, I went to private school and we had a certain uniform and in the winter I'd bust out my blue navy leg warmers because it was FREEZING out. But when I'd ask to wear them outside of school and just to be like the fashionable girls, my mom would again just shut me down!
  • Rider boots! wanted them more than anything in life! I didn't own any boots, outside of RAIN boots, until I was in, like, college!

"Best Dressed" award

This is a list of my favorite wardrobe pieces and/or fashion trends of the 80s/90s.

  • a black & white skirt w/short leggings--oh YES, they were attached. The skirt was black with white polka dots and the short leggings were black with white stripes. The skirt was about mid-thigh and the leggings came to my knee. It was absolutely my favorite thing to wear!!! But polka dots and stripes? Yet, you couldn't tell me I wasn't fly!!
  • (Toya, I feel you on this one) stacked socks--I thought this was one of the best fashion trends to hit the Baltimore streets! In case you are like, "what?" what you did was get a BUNCH of slouch socks of different colors and wore them simultaneously, to match whatever you were wearing..and I used to wear them alternately! Oh my gosh, I thought I was SLATED for the runways when I used to do that. In fact, on one our 5 or so "wear your own clothes" days, I remember wearing my black & white skirt w/short leggings and some black and white socks, completed by black Freestyle Reeboks. I thought I was hot ISH! On one leg I had on a white sock, then a black sock, then the tennis shoe. On the other leg, I had a black sock, then a white sock, then the tennis shoe! And I walked around my school like I was Beverly Johnson! I was clueless when I was younger, not really aware when it came to race and things, so as one of the only 6 or so Black girls in 6th grade, I thought it was my JOB to make "hip" and "trendy" all the other girls in the middle school. In fact, our entire crew did--we felt like no one else was on our level. I remember one of my friends wearing a pair of purple Freestyles and another friend wearing some Rider boots and I had on my stacked socks! Honey, we were like "y'all can't do it like this!" LOL!
  • a teal green pants thing...the only thing I can compare it to, now that I think about it, is those Dickies jumpsuits that people were wearing a couple of years ago, but it was dressier! (I just went into a fit of laughter over how ridiculous that sounds! But it's so accurate, sadly!) I only wore it a couple of times..and I think the thing closed with SNAPS, but I thought it was so cute!
  • a blue w/purple splashes shorts jumper (or overalls, whatever)--this was so cute to me, and I used to wear it with a STRIPED shirt (like the stripes were NOWHERE near purple or blue, but I thought it was the BOMB together! Hey, it looked good on the mannequin) and I wore one strap down--until my mother told me to pull it back up! She thought it wasn't cute, especially because I was a girl!
  • a pair of STRAIGHT LEG jeans with heart cut-outs on the ankle (and the "holes" were patched with lace) I thought I was a sex kitten in those things...they were SO itchy but I was TOO cute wearing them, with a fuchsia--the color of the 90s--tank top! This was my "sexy girl" outfit for 7th grade.
  • a pair of purple and white Fila high-top tennis with the velcro strap that went around them, that you left hanging...this was the first "expensive" pair of tennis shoes I ever owned. I think they were like $50. I had a pair and my brother got a baby blue pair and my mom was like "next Easter, LOVE is what you're getting"!

I didn't even mention movies, TV shows, or other teen idols so that's for another time! Oh, the 80s and 90s, most of the time I was SO wack but life was so stressfree--probably because I was under driving license age for most of the time! I wonder if I'll look back at the beginning of the new millenium like 15 years from now and think that I was the wackest 20something-year-old alive! Only time will tell!

Friday, April 28, 2006

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!

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

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 Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway were spouses in the what, 16th century? What?! That's crazy, but SUCH is my mind!

Monday, April 24, 2006

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 with SO many people and am ready for just about anything, what he said was kind of like "huh?"--is that I should dress differently than I do! He's like, I shouldn't wear heels or jeans that fit well. That I should dress "like a schoolteacher"! (Whatever that means! I remember my 8th grade science teacher used to wear leather pants, so...) He asked why I own thongs if I'm not having sex. Told me that I should wear my hair back and not wear makeup! And I thought that was plenty ridiculous! He's basically saying because I'm not having sex, I shouldn't be sexy! I mean, don't get me wrong...I don't wear anything too crazy to work!! It's not anything that would qualify me for a "Jenny Jones: My friend dresses too sexy!" show. (y'all KNOW she had a MILLION and one spins on the "I'm too sexy" thing!" I RARELY wear skirts!! I don't wear heels all that much! Am I wrong to think that he's ludicrous? (Please read in your best Mike Tyson impression!)

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 usually out loud (but lower than they'd hear) about someone else talking to herself. Yeah, that's crazy! I know!!

Friday, April 21, 2006

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?)

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

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!

Monday, April 17, 2006

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!!

Friday, April 14, 2006

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!

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

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!)

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

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 this ALREADY!
so, blah blah blah, I have ASL class which OF COURSE runs over! Then, I have a meeting which is like starting in 10 minutes and there's no time to even grab a drink! So I go to the meeting after not having ANYTHING since about 7:30am (and by now it's 1pm...LIGHT YEARS in my book, as far as food is concerned!) So...

Today just kind of sucks but I'm not trying to feel like it sucks! And that's so hard...add on TOP of it that I'm PMS-y and trying to be all "positive" and "sunshine"-y today ain't working! I've got a headache and I feel kinda out of sorts! BOO!! This womps!! (Special shout-out to C-Dub!) And earlier I felt like crying...RIDICULOUS! And I've been trying to fast (our church does it every Wednesday) but I'm SO hungry! GOSH *in the style of Napoleon D* And I've been falling asleep and don't realize it until I wake up. When will the madness end? Oh yeah...probably around Tuesday!

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

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!

Monday, March 27, 2006

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 addition to 3 wives and 7 children, who are from ages, say, 17 to about 6 months, Bill is also the owner of Henrickson Home Plus and has just opened a second store. (Think Lowe's or Home Depot!) He and his family live in 3 homes, that are right next to one another and yet their back yards all seem to face each other or something weird like that, in the suburbs of Salt Lake City. They've recently moved to this neighborhood and are trying to keep their family's true makeup a secret from neighbors. It's funny cause only Nicki and Bill were raised in an environment that embraced polygamy but she seems to be the MOST outrageous about the whole situation. The other two women were introduced to it upon meeting Bill. And the family isn't technically practicing any religion right now. (I didn't know until very recently but polygamy is banned by the Mormon church, but there are still people who practice it. In addition, the state of Utah made it illegal.) Anyway, the women take "turns" and each get a night with him. So one night is Barb. the next is Nicki. Then, Margene...and it repeats.

All the women are so different! Barb is what you'd consider a regular "suburban wife/mom" kind of woman. She's got a job and has 3 children and is just balancing all that comes with having a nutty family and a husband who is self-employed and all of that jazz. Nicki is RIDICULOUS! She's very materialistic, but I guess growing up in a compound where your dad is the leader and your mom is like 90 but your dad's youngest wife is like 7 but then you get married and FINALLY you can wear something besides prairie-wear, even though you DON'T, might do that to you! On last night's episode, she was trying to give her son a birthday party at some HOTEL & RESORT...inviting over 150 people and all this ridiculous crap. Bear in mind that her son was turning like 5 and that her husband told her that they were all going to have to sacrifice b/c of the new houses and the new store just getting up and running. Her husband was like I THINK NOT to the party! So it ended up being in their back yards and in Nicki's house. And there were still SO many people and yet like 4 kids (that weren't siblings!) Even the poor birthday boy asked Barb if his mom had invited any kids! ROFL! Nicki = ridiculous! Margene is like 10! I mean, she's the youngest wife and she's always "playing" with Bill (and Barb's) son, Ben, who is about 17. Seriously, Margene has to be like 20! Bill just bought her a car...aqua cause that's what she wanted! And she's so whiny. She's kinda ridiculous, too. Suffice it to say that Barb is my favorite wife of all the sister-wives--which is what ALL of the women on the show who share a husband, b/c there are several families on the show that practice polygamy--call themselves! Um...EW!! There is something creepy about that to me. The show is just DIFFERENT and there are some moments that are just uncomfortable, but it's so funny and I am going to enjoy watching it! It comes on Sundays at 10p EST! Check it out!

Monday, March 13, 2006

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 TV has become?

Monday, February 27, 2006

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...

Friday, February 10, 2006

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 that? Case & point, our plane leaves at 7:45am on Wednesday. So what time do I have to get up (so I can look DECENT upon my arrival to Vegas) so we can arrive at the airport "on time"? Sheesh, I shutter to think! And we're taking a shuttle to the airport, so you know you have to be on their schedule and they usually come DUMB EARLY so...gosh, I might as well go to sleep NOW! Goodness, but whatever cause I can sleep on the plane! and when I wake up...Vegas, baby! Ok, so Pittsburgh, but THEN, Vegas, baby! Yeah!

I'll tell you about it the following week...those tidbits which I can divulge, cause hey, after all I AM going to "Place where you can go a little crazy but not necessarily sin" City!

Monday, January 30, 2006

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...

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

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?