Thursday, November 11, 2010

What's With All This Seriousness?

Right now I'm sitting on my couch eating a bowl of old-fashioned strawberry ice cream, listening to a song with a title that would make the modest blush, and thinking, "why are our lives so serious?" I think about how I am in my personal and professional lives....that's it. I just think about it. The two are like night and day and most people would have a riot if they knew that secretly I am the 5th Ninja Turtle planning to overtake Shredder and the Foot Clan (at least that's what I think Shredder used to call his little army)! Ok, not really, but sometimes, wouldn't it be great if we could shed the boring old "work gear" and get out and let our hair down (for those of us who have hair)?!?! My hair, not my wig or weave, is going to be down today and tomorrow and the next day until I feel like putting it back up.

Come and join me! Here's to letting it all hang out!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Back from Hiatus

I think that I did it again. I was so immersed in my daily goings-on that I completely forgot my promise to update my blog regularly. I have so many thoughts that would be great to share, but when can I really find the time to do so? Cloning Dolly was an experiment in itself, but I wonder how this feat would culminate if I jumped into the 'presto chango' machine to make another of me? Maybe I'd be able to travel, write, go to PTA meetings and band practice, not have to TiVo shows, and cook dinner all on time! There's nothing wrong with dreaming, right?

My thoughts for today are simple: Never limit your potential. You never know what will transpire. You simply have to be prepared for what comes your way. Sometimes the most outlandish things can be conquered, so we'll just have to wait and see what happens :)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Birthday Mania

Why, why, why are children so indecisive? I've been planning a movie night themed party for a couple of months, and now, 'Mom, I want to have a Halloween party.' To avoid behaving inappropriately in front of my child, I walked outside and sat on my porch in my newly painted wicker ensemble. If I smoked, this would be a golden opportunity to have a cigarette. While I sat there, I'm sure I invented some new four-letter words that maybe I'll share later.

To be continued......

Oh and this weekend should be amazing. Cue the wedding march music. I've been standing in front of the mirror practicing how not to dance.

Finding the Right Things to Say

Sometimes, words are not enough to express how wonderful spending time with family can be. I'd especially like to thank Walt Disney for allowing his dreams to transpire into the immensely fulfilling place that most affectionately call 'Disney World.' How can this get any better? Being confined to pushing the 'Lexus' and having tiny Cheetos-covered hand prints all over my shirt didn't dampen my day. We had our ups, and we had our downs, but in the end, we're still family.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Old Habits Die Hard

I was talking to a friend the other day, and to use his terminology 'My car is a mobile library. I'm always learning in there.' Of course I had a perpetual chuckle in my head after he said that because he's purports to be a scholar but that's just an auto-tuned version of a geek! Not that I have anything against geeks because daily at work, I'm immersed in their tales of LAN parties and character levels on D&D all while forced to watch as they make a mockery of fashion in their 'Do I look like the Helpdesk?' and 'Will work for babes' t-shirts. Should I mention the sneakers with the laces pulled so tightly that it seems that becoming a foot amputee is inevitable due to no blood circulation ? I say this all in jest, however, because the talks with them are often the highlight of my day.

While my car is mobile, it's my temporary escape from the insanities of my life! Yes, insanities because many of the events that fill up my life drive me bananas. I don't want to learn how to do anything in my car except avoid getting mayo that's sloshed on my Whopper on my seats and drive with my elbow while I'm trying to put on make-up. [Did I mention that I absolutely love make-up? ] It's been brought to my attention by several people that I'm a menace to the public, both drivers and pedestrians, when I'm behind the wheel. I'm somewhat offended by that statement because the state of Georgia says that I CAN drive at least until July 19, 2011, and Progressive has given me the honor of being a Platinum member who gets her bank account bled each month. Who's complaining though?

I think that the statements about my vehicular activities are the naysayers way of relishing the fact that I'm great at what I do. I can talk on the phone, check homework, and write a check for the Krispy Kremes that I just purchased, so my multi-tasking skills are superb. I've often found myself two-stepping (my dancing abilities are extremely limited) while sitting in my car when I'm listening to the latest music, and they are a little jealous that I look so cool doing it. Recording voice memos while driving is all the rage, so perhaps they are annoyed that their memories are failing, and my to-do lists remain intact? Whatever the case may be, let me luxuriate in MY car even if it's only a Nissan Altima and has recently melted color crayons in the back seats, a week's worth of mail and catalogs, and coupons for all of the local restaurants! Although my driving may be at times treacherous to others, I'm always DWI....driving while intelligent!

Monday, September 6, 2010

I Think I Made It

My weekend was a delightfully frightening mixture of swamp-tasting water, cabernet sauvignon/merlot/moscato, Spanx, Calvin Klein, corals and ivories, iPhone vs Droid mania, being the rhythmless black girl, craving a horse and carriage ride, and to say the poisoning (no comment).

The bride was beautiful as expected, and thank goodness I pulled out the MAC mascara because I think I was the only person that cried during the entire wedding. Everyone was probably looking at me like 'WTH is she crying for. She's not the one getting married!' I think that my crying was extremely modest compared to a certain person's belligerent ranting. It was embarrassing yet hilariously funny. There were a lot of funny moments which made for good conversational pieces afterward. [Note to self: When I'm 35, never come to a wedding wearing a baby doll dress that looks more like a tunic than a dress and 6 inch white platform sandals. Not a good look].

I think for me, the highlight of the wedding, other than the obvious, was the duet that was performed. They sang 'When I First Saw You' from The Dream Girls soundtrack, and I must say that again, I was moved to tears. Their voices were perfectly in sync, and it was absolutely beautiful. The sound was so thunderous that if a person wasn't affected by how great it sounded, then he/she lacks the capacity to enjoy fantastic entertainment. I just may send the two of them a thank you card and invite them to sing in my wedding :)

The reception was fun although the DJ did play some inappropriate tunes with little kids being there. I had the pleasure of sitting near a guest that made me muffle my laughter incessantly because he seemed to have been dragged to the wedding by his wife and was ready to fly the coup!! I've never heard the word 'shit' so many times in one night as he expressed his disdain for having to be there and for how long it took to complete each part of the reception. The bridal party was colossal, so I somewhat understood his pain. I wish I would have thought to ask his name. He was much needed comic relief. The food at the reception was delicious, the music was a perfect mixture for the young and old, and the after party festivities back at the hotel are a bit foggy as I seem to remember absolutely nothing. Thank goodness for time stamps on text messages, tweets, and FB status updates or I'd not known whether I was coming or going :)

I awakened at 7am the morning after to only to find out that check-out was at 11am as opposed to 12am, and needless to say, I was not happy. To further add to my unhappiness, I had several closed sessions in the bathroom making me wonder what exactly didn't I drink the previous night. This went on for about an hour until word starting to get around that everyone was participating in the same activities. We'd all been food poisoned ,and Charmin and Glade stock prices reached an all-time high! Pit stops had to be made the entire trip home, but we made it...just barely. Somehow. four people managed to tag me with the nickname that I'll only call 'BG,' and I think that it was well-earned. I never knew that Pedialyte could be so tasty! I can't wait to see what the next weeks hold!!!

Dreams do indeed come true but not on their own. Desires are most certainly fulfilled but not just by wishing...Ralph Marston

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

September is a Riot

September is probably the most explosive month that I will have this year. I am busy juggling the many things that I need to do that all lead up to a culmination of fun, fun, and more fun! The only thing about all of this, is I will be putting a huge dent in my bank account at the expense of fun, but you only live once so que sera sera!

I have two weddings that I'm preparing for, and I'm really excited. My one pet peeve about weddings (well, I really have three) is I never quite understood the concept of asking someone to join in your nuptials but then slapping that person with the bill for whatever he/she needs for the wedding. Invites are exactly invite. If I invite you to be in my wedding, I'm footing the bill for you. All you need to do is show up and bring your dancing shoes! Another thing that I absolutely think is ridiculous is choosing the same dress for each of the bridesmaids. Ok, that works if all of your bridesmaids are a size 6, but in this day, everyone has friends of all shapes and sizes and not all dress types will compliment everyone's figure. The color scheme can be the same, but what bridesmaid wants to walk down the aisle fearing that her strapless dress may fall down because the boobage just isn't there to hold it up?

In the spirit of weddings, isn't this a lovely dress?
It's from the Alfred Sung Signature line, and the line that I plan to use for my wedding, but I doubt that this is the dress that I will choose.

Thrown in between the weddings is a much needed trip to sunny Florida! My sister is throwing her daughter a 'sweet 13' rockstar bash, and I promised that I'd come. In doing that, I can kill two birds with one stone by taking the kids to Disney and Sea World! I love Sea World, so I think that this trip will be exciting and dreadful at the same time. I'm a little anxious about driving there with a two-year old whose now 'potty trained' as I think we will have to make many stops to use the port-a-potty. Hopefully, there will be no episodes of explosive diarrhea because I don't know that I will be able to deal with that! Oh, and since I know that my niece doesn't read my blog, I got her a cute little pink DKNY watch that I'm sure she's going to love! Every mini-fashionista should have one!

After this trip, I have a special trip planned for only me that allows me to get some much needed R & R. I'll be traveling alone, and I'm sure fun times are to be had! I have my camera ready, and of course I'm go
ing to act like a tourist! I'm apologizing in advance for any embarrassment that I may cause!

Who Has Time to Read?

Thanks in part to my Sony eReader, I've gotten back to one of my favorite past times, and no, it's not shopping. I'm constantly plagued by that huge misconception. Why does a girl have to be a shop-a-holic simply because she has a preference to be coiffed and neat?!?! Those that know me well definitely know of the frugality that I've adopted when it comes to shopping, so I am a bargain hunter at her finest! I slowly see this post morphing into my uncontested love of shopping and all of its online bliss, so I must get back to books. Books, books, and more books!

The last book that I read was An Inconvenient Woman by Dominick Dunne, and I must say that it left me intrigued although I absolutely abhorred the way that it ended. Sometimes, you somehow want the faux-villain in the story to come out the victor, but for poor Flo, that just wasn't the case. All Pauline had to do was give her the money that Jules promised Flo, and Flo would have probably lived. I read many reviews of the book, and it's difficult to understand how anyone can see this as not being superbly written. It was fast paced, shocking, and simultaneously fulfilling throughout the entire book. The descriptions in the book left such vivid imagery embedded in my mind that I could even picture myself walking around in the fancy Chanel suits and purchasing $40,000 drapes. Not really. Even if I had Bill Gates' and Warren Buffet's check books, I'd never spend $40,000 on drapes. There are people starving to death, but I guess some people like the grandeur of it all.

Right now, I have three books in rotation, so hopefully, I'll be able to get them read within the coming week or so. Here they are:

1. A Gate at the Stairs
2. Overcoming the Superwoman Syndrome
3. Pride and Prejudice

Monday, August 23, 2010

Busy, Busy, Busy

This last month has been extremely busy for me as I have this 'plan' in motion that is turning out pretty well thus far. I have yet to say what my 'plan' is, but I'm truly thankful for those who have allowed me to see the light! It's actually pretty refreshing and allowing me to get back to what I do best.....??? What's that? That's another thing that will make you go hmmm.... Hopefully, my good news will continue until I reach my apex, and then I'll be able to turn that cartwheel that I always brag about being able to do. I sometimes wonder if I can still do that without managing to break a leg or sprain a hamstring? You'll know soon enough!!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

My Current Inspirations

There are two people right now in my life that have no idea how much they have inspired me to do something that I should have done a long time ago. They are both extremely successful on opposite ends of the business spectrum which lets me know that success has no confines. I think that I made excuses and didn't really search all avenues and exhaust all resources. Being around them has taught me that you can't plan everything as I try to do. You have to adopt spontaneity, an optimistic attitude, and just throw yourselves to the wolves. Perseverance is what gets you there. I have that. I'm ready....

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Birthday Week?

I'm slowly starting to think that maybe I'm going to have a birthday week instead of just one day. My dear hubby sent flowers to me today, so I can't wait to see what tomorrow's treasures are. I hope that when I get home, I'll have that shiny, new dishwasher! To be continued.........

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Birthday Wishlist

Tomorrow, I'll be errr....umm...young, and I thought I'd post a few items that I would love to have for that special day! I can't wait to actually see what I'll get! While I do love gifts, I'm especially thankful to be blessed to see another day. Having my life, health, strength, and family is really enough for me. Kenya asked me, 'Mom, can you give me some money so that I can buy you something for your birthday?' I did abruptly laugh to myself, but I told her in a famous quote from the movie Boyz n the Hood..."I'm living. That's enough for me." I really did mean that.

I think that my tastes have been greatly toned down now that we are in a recession, but a girl can have a wish list can't she??

1. Charles David Leisure

Totally affordable at $230! This is the perfect nude shoe for the office!

2. Marc Jacobs Bruna Classic Quilted handbag This is a stretch at $1295, but I just love this bag!

3. Frigidaire Stainless Steel Dishwasher

It's unbelievable that a handbag costs more than a dishwasher!! This one is a bargain at $549.
Maybe if it was a Bosch branded appliance.

4. Suzi Chin Maggy Dress If I don't get this, I'm just going to give up on getting anything because it's only $98!!!

5. 2010 Range Rover Sport My guy magnet (if I wasn't accounted for a needed to get guys that is)!! Sticker price: Priceless

Blueberries! Yumma! The Bestest!

I'm always searching for healthy bargains and chanced upon some blueberries in Wal-mart. I couldn't think of anything to do with them until I suddenly had the bright idea to make blueberry pancakes. We love the 'Shake n Pour' kind, so why not make my own?!?! Here goes a quick shot at my foray into becoming a culinary inspiration (yeah right):

The blueberries were a little big, so I couldn't imagine cooking pancakes with them being in little round circles. I cut them in half. Are there knives made especially for cutting fruit? If there are, I'm sure I don't own one.

Blueberries are cut and mixed with the batter. Ahhh, just look at the precision of the circle!

Of course I had to let them pick the shape that they wanted, and hearts were the shape of choice. Erin didn't have much of a choice, so Kenya decided for her!

Voila! The finished breakfast! Don't you just love paper plates?? It beats the heck out of washing dishes especially since I'm waiting on that shiny new stainless steel dishwasher that I've been eyeing! Hint, birthday is tomorrow, so......

In the spirit of blueberries, take a look at this video! After the initial shock and sympathetic gesture, it's hilariously funny! Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

But I'm Back

Gosh, I had every intention of ensuring that I update my blog regularly, but somehow I've ended up with unfinished draft posts that somehow are not published. Where does time go? Interestingly enough, Brian White, the actor, tweeted some inspirational words today that I definitely need to apply to my life: You will never find time for anything. If you want the time, you must make it. - Charles Buxton. With that thought in mind, I must practice what I preach! It kind of makes me chuckle when I type that because I always remember my parents saying "Do what I say not what I do." I always wondered why I'd hear my mom drop F-bombs watching Wheel of Fortune when she thought we weren't in earshot of hearing. Oh yes, Mom, I heard you! Maybe that's where my [at times] interesting vernacular comes from :)

Oh well, here's Brian White just in case you were wondering. Dreamy huh? 'Do you speaka da English Mexico?' LOL!! That's what he said to the guy from CSI on Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad By Myself. Loved him as Sly in Stomp the Yard also. Very well-rounded, eclectic gentleman. Two thumbs up!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Shoe Pick of the Day

I wish, I wish upon a star......oh how I would love for someone to shower me with these lovely Giuseppe Zanotti shoes!! I'd sell one of my kidneys to have them if I had three! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that maybe they will go on sale just a little more so that I can get them. Right now, they are $979.00, so by then, they probably won't have my size. Sigh....the non-benefits of being part of the working middle class. Maybe I should go and check my lottery Quik Pick just in case.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Pause for the Cause

Today is really turning out to be not so great. My fingers are frantically typing as I enter update after update after update. Did I sign up for this? Where is this stipulated, again? Am I a 'technical writer?' Should I have re-read the fine print? How did I suddenly allow myself to morph into this downward spiral of being used and abused? Sheesh, can I get a royalty check or something? Vent of the day. Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.

Ode to Monday Mornings

Why is it that I'm sitting here knowing that I have to be at work in 51 minutes? My feet have somehow become cemented in the carpet, and I'm just staring at this computer screen. Why, I ask myself, am I staring? My parents always taught me that staring is impolite, and I should always greet someone with a 'hello.' Well, "Hello, Dell laptop mini. How are you this morning?" I suppose once I get to work, I should greet my computer screen there as well because I'll be staring at it all day. Ok....that concludes my little ode to Monday mornings. I have a ton of work to complete at work, so I must be getting on to preparing for my day.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Public Service Announcement

I'd like to thank the coolest chic that I've ever worked with for sprinkling my blog with all of these tasty treats....Whitney, stand up and take a bow [applause].

Side note: Am I the only person in the world who could care less about the NBA Finals??? I suppose I'd be stoned to death if die hard fans read this. Oh, well....go Lakers!!!

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Happy Birthday

This morning, I woke up and felt something crawling on my face. My first eerie thought was 'Oh nos, there's a spider crawling on me.' I opened one eye and then the other to much was only the string from a 'Happy Birthday' balloon! Funny thing is it's not even my birthday. Go figure....

Friday, June 11, 2010

Who Would Have Thought?

The rough foliage and crappy bushes that are in my backyard are being cleared out and are nearly gone, so I decided to take a stroll out there and see the progress. I've been living in my house now for about 2 1/2 years and have never even bothered to explore the backyard because of one or all of the following:

1. I'm not an outdoorsy person.
2. It's either too hot or too cold to explore.
3. I have giant, mutant grasshoppers, carpenter bees, ants, rabbits, snakes, and wild kingdom back there.
4. I am pretty useless on a grill (non-Foreman's that is).
5. My imaginary in-ground pool has yet to be built.

So I'm walking through the yard swatting flies and mosquitoes and wondering how on earth can Ms. Mason bear to sit out back and what the heck is firing and popping at Mrs. Anna's house, when lo and behold, I stumble across plum trees!!! There were plums everywhere!! Big, juicy red plums!! I had no idea of the hidden treasures that were lurking!!! I picked a few and snapped some pictures because I know no one would believe me!

Now, what can I make out of plums? Probably nothing, but maybe I should charge the neighborhood kids a $1.00 to come and pick them!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Trip Down Memory Lane

Wow, I can't believe that I've actually sat at this computer for the past 3 hours watching videos on You Tube! I was supposed to be mopping my kitchen, but I just had to check my work email to make sure that I didn't leave anything that I needed. I have to scramble to get my house in order so that I can get my beauty rest. I guess the time spent was worth it because I listened to all types of music that I haven't heard in years. You forget how real music used to be compared to what we hear today. Soulja Boy?? LOL! He's a great marketing strategy, but not so much something that I'd call real music. Growing up, my parents had me listening to Al Green, Teddy P., the Isley Brothers, Otis Redding, and all of that good stuff. You'd think I was born in the 60s or 70s knowing who these people are. Maybe I should write a song! I can place that on my to do list as I'm trying to seize the day and break the mold of the ordinary. Being ordinary is comforting, yet boring, so I'm choosing spontaneity.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Carnival Time!

My daughter turned 2 on June 4, and we celebrated with a carnival-themed birthday party. We had a blast and did not want the party to end, but all good things must come to an end. I want to thank all of the parents who brought their children out for our fun day (and night)!! I decided to post a few of the pictures.....

The children had fun on the bouncy castle provided by It's Your Occasion. Fun, fun, fun!! Even after the rain hit, they would not get out of there, so I may think about investing in one since it'd be well worth it!

I never quite figured out how to work the popcorn machine, so luckily I had some good friends there who were able to keep it poppin.' It was the best popcorn I've ever had (honestly)!!

Popcorn and cotton candy snacks!! Yummy!! There was none left once the party ended, but I did manage to sneak a bucket of cotton candy into my car!

I loved making the little popcorn cupcakes!! They were a huge hit and gone as soon as I put them out there. The children thought they were real popcorn until they bit into the marshmallows!

Sweets table!! One parent later called the party a 'crash party' because there was an abundance of candy and goodies that the children took home! The snow cone cupcakes disappeared, and the birthday girl ate nearly all of the clown cupcakes!

Just a couple of pictures of some of the fun carnival games that were played. The duck pond seemed to be the most fun for the kids. I thought it would be the Gone Fishin' game. Guess not.

Bucket toss. I swiped this idea from Bozo the Clown! I loved watching this on the his show when I was a kid.

Erin's mini cake! She ended up smearing cake all over her face and arms. You would have thought she was putting on lotion!

The cute clown pinata. Thanks to my sister for this lovely little item. It was bursting with candy and too cute! I wanted to keep it and take it back home!

Next year, I think we're going to take a break from partying and let someone else do it. Chuck E. Cheese, here we come!

Getting Things Together

I was sitting here at the computer and suddenly had the bright idea that I'd start my own blog. I blog at work, I blog on social networking sites, so why not create the perfect place to share my own personal thoughts and adventures? I must admit, having my thoughts put out there for the world to see does seem a bit outlandish, but maybe someone's interested in what I have to say...or not! I have fun days, bad days, slow days, hectic days, all types of days, so hope you enjoy!!

Thought for the Day: Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit. Conrad Hilton