Thursday, December 28, 2006
The food was good: turkey, mac and cheese, collard greens, blueberry muffins, sweet potato casserole, broccoli casserole (an invention of my husband that turned out really good), stuffing (not dressing), sour cream pound cake, lemon meringue pie, sweet potatoe pie, and I may have forgotten something. All this for just 7 people (not including the baby since he doesn't eat solid food anyway). This is what I love about the holidays.
Danae got a toy vacuum cleaner that she loves. She also got her 'hot girl' accessories - an Elmo purse and sunglasses. She thinks she is the stuff with them on! Hilarious!!! She also got an Aquadoodle that she is beginning to enjoy now that her cousin is allowing her to play with. Speaking of that, I don't know if I'm ready for the sibling wars. Danae and her cousin Deja have been arguing, fussing, and fighting for over a week now. Can I say ANNOYING!!!
I got my sewing machine too. Look out Vera Wang...LOL...just kidding.
Monday, December 18, 2006
We left Friday night around 9:30. We didn't get into our hotel room until close to 3 am Saturday morning. For church, we attended Kingsboro Temple of Seventh Day Adventists in Brooklyn. We got there late but didn't miss very much. We got to hear a wonderful choir called Temple Praise. There were so good I swear angels from heaven had to be singing along with them. The speaker was Pastor Marcel Wip who was visiting that church as their pastor was on vacation. His sermon title was "I've Got Reasons to Praise." It was based on the story about the ten lepers who were healed by Jesus but only one returned to thank him. We heard a different sermon based on the same story the week before. Two different men preached two different sermons on the same topic. It was good but since I was very sleepy I'm sure I missed a few points.
Saturday night, we went to see The Color Purple on Broadway. This play made the whole trip worthwhile. The 3 church ladies were by far my favorite people in the musical but everyone did a great job. I thought it was so interesting how the writers were able to make a musical based on the same story line as the book and movie but still make it stands on its own. You couldn't say "I read the book" or "I saw the movie" so I don't need to see the play. I've read the book, watched the movie, and seen the play and they are all worthwhile, in my opinion.
Sunday, we walked and walked and shopped and walked and shopped and walked and walked. I bought this Elmo purse for my daughter and a little China girl outfit. She's going to love the purse so she can put her little cell phone and lip gloss inside. I've been looking for a purse for a while now but they all looked too adult. This is perfect for an almost 2 year old. She likes Elmo too so that's why we chose him over Big Bird, Cookie Monster, etc.
We also bought some other stuff before heading to the airport to begin our journey back home. We're both very sore from all the walking. We walked from 14th St to 59th St and then had to head back to Penn station. Of course, we caught the train back. We got back to Houston around 1 am and we both had to go to work. I have no idea when we'll catch up on our sleep. But, it's all worth having a little fun.
When we got back home, I peeked in on my daughter. She was sleeping soundly in her bed. My son was also asleep. This morning, he woke up to eat and looked at me as though he was surprised to see me. Then he smiled! Made my day!!!
Monday, December 04, 2006
Our baby took his first formal pictures yesterday and he did such a good job. He smiled and laughed like a little pro. It was so much fun! His big sister didn't do as well her first time around but you better believe she's a professional model now. I can't wait until they take pictures together; that should really be a lot of fun.
You know, life is so precious! It seems that we're always hearing of someone finding out about an illness or having tests run because things just aren't working as they once did. We need to truly treasure the normal days because things could always be a lot worse.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
O.J. Simpson is either an idiot or a pretty smart man. I haven't figured out which one it is yet. I always had a feeling he was directly or indirectly involved with his Nicole and Ron's murder but now I am convinced he was involved. He is reportedly being paid $3.5 mil for the book tentatively titled "If I Did It". My husband thinks he's smart because he'll be replenishing the bank account and he can't be retried for the crime anyway because of the double jeopardy laws. I think he's crazy because it's like he's writing a confessional. But then, I guess his reputation can't get any worse. If you're interested, he'll be on the Fox Network in a two-part interview this month telling more about his book. In the book, he explains how he would have killed Nicole and Ron if he were actually involved. Yeah, right...
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Class begins with some cute little kid songs. I've never heard of some of them but we sing along and she enjoys clapping and dancing. Story time begins and my child is trying to take the book out of the teacher's hand. "Um, bring your butt back here." Next, she tries to take off someone's shoe. "Leave her alone and don't touch people's shoes." Next, she accidentally almost knocked down a little Asian girl. "It was an accident but tell her you're sorry." Now they sing songs while playing with a parachute. Sounds silly but they had a lot of fun. Of course, she didn't want to get off the thing when it was time and then decided to try to run from me. Not cute. I quietly threatened her and then she acted right for the last five minutes of the class. Lucky for me, she wasn't the worst acting kid but why were all the white mommies looking at me like they were thinking "she really looks like she's struggling". A black lady tried to help me out by picking up my bag for me and opening the door.
Next, we go to Walmart. I had to return some too small diapers so we stood in the always long line at customer service. White lady behind me decided to tell me about how she was a foster mother to two little black kids and she loved them but didn't know what to do with their hair. I was thinking "why is she telling me this?" As if she was reading my mind, she said "I mentioned that because your daughter's hair looks so cute and I was wondering how you learn to do hair." How? By practicing on your child, duh! I told her that statement minus the duh part. She then told me about how the little black foster child always looked crazy because of the hair issue. I asked her if she ever learned how to comb it. She said no because the biological mother ended up getting her kids back. I think if I were her I probably would have sought out black people to help out or something. Oh well!
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
After my appointment, I decided to take the little ones to Bear Creek Park. We had fun looking at the ostriches, donkeys, goats, and other animals. It was so much fun that Danae didn't even want to get on the slides or swing. No sweat off my back! Then the real fun started. We saw another mom and her son (about 2 years old maybe 3). They looked hispanic so she started yelling "HOLA! HOLA!". The little boy looked at her like she was crazy so of course she just yelled it again while walking all up in his personal space. As I pulled her deranged-looking self away his mom told him "Honey she's saying hello in Spanish". He then smiled and spoke to her and then walked over and they looked at the ostriches together. Of course I don't know if they were hispanic but they really did look like it and if they are I need him to know what Hola means. A little more time passed by and I was more than ready to go. As soon as I uttered the words "Let's go" my baby girl proceeded to scream like I was killing her. A little old white lady walked up to us and asked "Is everything okay?" I said "Yes, she just doesn't want to leave yet" and proceeded to walk to my car. Little old white lady followed us at a distance and watched me put this hysterically screaming child in the car. She then said "are you sure she's ok" and then ignored me and asked Danae if she was okay. Umm, keep walking woman because I'm hot and tired and hungry and don't feel like being bothered. That's what I wanted to say but I just said we're fine thanks and looked at her until she went on her way. What was she thinking? That I was abusing her or something? Did you see me lay a hand on her except to pick her up and strap her in the car seat? Did you see any bruises? Well, I guess abusers don't put bruises in noticeable places but still the lady needed to leave me alone.
Monday, October 23, 2006
I also started working out. Lord knows pregnancy does not leave you looking very cute. My stomach is out of control and my thighs apparently got bigger too because I can't pull my jeans up over them. What a mess!
This weekend, I finally watched Akeelah and The Bee. This movie was so good and I'm mad I didn't see it sooner. The only reason I rented it at all was because I fell in love with KeKe Palmer on the Black Movie Awards. This is one to buy as far as I'm concerned.
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
I went back a few decades for this one. I was in the house when Marvin Gaye's daddy was about to shoot him. Have no idea why I was there but I decided to try to be the hero and jumped in between the two of them. Dad was like "You need to move out the way. This don't have nothing to do with you." Did I take his advice? NOOOO. The next thing I know Dad pulled the trigger and I jumped in front of Marvin Gaye. The dream ended there so I don't know how good a shot dad was. Hopefully, we both dodged the bullet. Well, sadly we already know Marvin didn't.
I'm hanging out with some friends. One friend had a few cousins here from out-of-town. Don't know where. One of them got mad about something I said so later she told her cousin (my friend) that she was going to kill me. My friend told me and I kinda blew it off. She said "this girl is really crazy." So, they kept trying to hide me and my kids until the cousin left time. Again, the dream ended before anything happened.
What's up with these crazy dreams? No, I didn't eat late nor did I eat anything crazy.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
* What is your favorite fast food restaurant? Chick-fil-a
* What is your favorite sit down restaurant? Churrasco's or Maggiano's
* On average, what size tip do you leave at a restaurant? 15%
* What food could you eat every day for two weeks and not get sick of? Chicken
* Name three foods you detest above all others. Spinach, Potato Salad, Cole Slaw
* What is your favorite dish to order in a Chinese restaurant? Lettuce Wraps at P.F. Chang's
* What are your pizza topping(s) of choice? chicken, cheese, mushrooms
* What do you like to put on your toast? butter and strawberry preserves
* What is your favorite type of gum? don't have one
* Number of contacts in your e-mail address book? Who has the time to count that?
* What is your wallpaper on your computer? A pic of my daughter in her pool
* What is your screensaver on your computer? Happy Birthday greeting from my hubby a few years ago (we're too lazy to change it for some reason)
* Are there naked pictures saved on your computer? not that I know of
* How many land line phones do you have in your house? two
* How many televisions are in your house? two; one isn't even plugged up.
* What kitchen appliance do you use the least? food processor
* What is the format of the radio station you listen to the most? news (NPR) or Praise 92.1 (gospel)
* Are you right handed or left handed? Right
* Do you like your smile? yeah
* Have you ever had anything removed from your body? two children
* Would you like to? No thanks
* Do you prefer to read when you go to the bathroom? nope
* Which of your five senses do you think is keenest? definitely not seeing or hearing so maybe smell. I don't really know.
* When was the last time you had a cavity? couple of years ago
* What is the heaviest item you lift regularly? my 27 lb daughter
* Have you ever been knocked unconscious? Nope, although I did ask a nurse to handle that for me once.
* If you could change your first name, what would you change it to? When I was little, I wanted to be named Nicole
* How do you express your artistic side? I write and draw
* What color do you think you look best in? Burnt orange, at least I get a lot of compliments when I wear it.
* How long do you think you could last in a medium security prison? not very long
* Have you ever swallowed a non-food item by mistake? a marble from the hungry hippos game when I was little
* If we weren't bound by society's conventions, do you have a relative you would make a pass at? nope
* How often do you go to church? every Sabbath I can
* Have you ever saved someone's life? mentally or physically?* Has someone ever saved yours? I don't know but would be flattered to know I did.
* Would you kiss a member of the same sex for $100? nope
* Would you have sex with a member of the same sex for $10,000? nope
* Would you allow one of your little fingers to be cut off for $200,000? nope
* Would you never blog again for $50,000? Sure.. I'm fairly new anyway.
* Would you pose naked in a magazine for $250,000? nope
* Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $1000? I might try it
* Would you, without fear or punishment, take a human life for $1,000,000? not unless my or my children's life was in danger.
* Would you shave your head and get your entire body waxed for $5,000? Ok, it has to be more then that.
* Would you give up watching television for a year for $25,000? I think so.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Monday, October 09, 2006
In June of 1990 (I can't believe it's been that long), my mother was diagnosed with breast and ovarian cancer. Four short but painful years later, she died because of cancer. I will never forget that June. My aunt and I traveled to Houston, TX (of all places) to visit my cousin. I found later that this trip was arranged so I would be away while my mother had a biopsy done to find out if her tumor was malignant. Anyway, when we returned my mother sat me down to let me know she had cancer. I felt like the world ended right then. Unfortunately, I was no stranger to cancer. My grandparents and aunt died from it, another aunt had a mastectomy because of it, and another cousin was undergoing treatment at that time. To me, she just told me she was going to die. I felt like God was letting me down. How do you allow someone's mother to die before she's finished growing up? How will I adjust to life without her? My mother and I were like best friends. She was the one person I couldn't lie to because I didn't want her to be even more disappointed and she had the uncanny ability to find out the truth anyway.
On April 7, 1994 my mother died as a result of cancer. That was one of the most horrible days of my life. An older man from my church actually told me about her death over the phone while I was home alone. Mom was in the hospital, I had just gotten home from school and dad hadn't come home from work yet so we could make our daily trek to West Florida Hospital. This man called on the phone and said "you know your mama's dead". I was like "What?". He said again "your mama's dead". I just hung up the phone and sat in a total state of shock. My aunt and cousin came over and I had the unpleasant task of filling them in on the news. I was 16 years old at the time. I found out that this same old man went to my dad's job and told him about her death. This is an example that old age doesn't always equal wisdom. Why would you call a child and tell her about her mom's death over the phone while she's alone? Thank God I wasn't mentally unstable because who knows what could have happened! At first, I felt guilty because no family was with my mom when she died but later found out that 3 of her best girlfriends were with her at that time and she just closed her eyes and died. The previous night, before my dad and I left, she made a bigger than normal deal about saying goodbyes and we all told each other how much we loved the other and I can say that I did get the chance to say goodbye.
So I went to proms, graduated from high school, went to college, loved and lost, faced adversities, and much more without my mom being there. I can only trust that God was then and still is in control of EVERYTHING.
Didn't mean to post all of this but maybe I needed to. When my daughter was born 20 months ago, I was very sad about my mom not being there. I mean everyone's mom goes to the delivery room with then and comes to help them. My mom is asleep in Holy Cross Cemetary in Pensacola, FL. It's been 12 years now and I miss her terribly every day. It's easier but not necessarily better.
Get yourselves checked. Early detection can allow you to spend more time with your loves one and spare them some of the agony I felt...
Friday, October 06, 2006
It's kinda funny that I posted yesterday about beauty. On Oprah's show yesterday, she talked about aging and had beautiful women over 50 that hardly looked their age. One was Ms. Diahann Carroll. I have always considered her to be one of the most beautiful women around and was surprised to find out that she's 71. She looks so good. So, while I was sitting there all impressed by her good looks and all, she goes on to say that she has had plastic surgery and recommends it for others. Man, I thought that was just natural beauty. Silly me! But, I'm still hoping that when it comes to aging, my black half comes through for me because it really seems that black women generally age a lot better than some others.
For the pictures attached, the first is from the show yesterday, the second is from 1961, and the third is from the Dynasty days.
Thursday, October 05, 2006
So, I am so glad Monique was kicked off America's Next Top Model. Her attitude was horrible! I love the show but the contestants for this cycle are a little boring to me. I mean the "rock and roll" girl is kinda funny but overall they're just not doing it. And, I'm so tired of seeing J Alexander looking a hot mess. It trips me out that he talks so badly about the girls as if he looks good or even decent. I digress.
On another note, my daughter has me tripping. She is really rough and likes to do dangerous things and play with nasty bugs. But, she's also kinda girly. For instance, she loves to carry a purse and rock her sunglasses and toy cell phone (complete with the cute pink case). This morning, she decided to try to put on my lipgloss. When she couldn't open it, she decided to put vaseline on her lips instead and then proceeded to the mirror to check herself out. What's up with that? She's not even 2 yet!! This has me thinking about our future battles over makeup, clothes, and other beauty issues. How will I handle this? My hubby is going to be super-strict I'm sure so I'll probably be the one to allow some things. But, what do I allow? How do I teach her that true beauty emanates from within? How do I teach her that God made her a natural beauty and all the makeup and other stuff will hide what is already there? How do I decide what's okay and what's not? How do I handle the fact that she will have to deal with peer pressure about this and much more? I know, I know...she will learn more from watching me than listening to me.
Why am I stressing about this now? Who knows!!! I should be enjoying the fact that BOTH kids are down for a nap right now.
Friday, September 29, 2006
Now to talk about my time at home. First of all, I have discovered that all the court shows (Judge Judy, Judge Alex, Divorce Court, etc.) are pretty much spinoffs of Jerry Springer. Crazy people talking about their crazy lives so millions of people can be entertained. How embarrassing! If anyone wants to sue me, please take me to a regular court. I have no desire to end up on TV looking like an idiot.
I've also decided that I won't complain about things I can not change. It's a waste of time and will only serve to make me more miserable. So, why bother? I know this paragraph may be confusing but I don't think I should go into any more details.
Lastly, I have discovered that my husband is even better than I thought before. I mean he has put up with my crap for the last 10 years (4 dating, 6 married) and accepted my faults along with my good attributes. But during these past two weeks he has made sure that I had everything I needed. He has cooked, cleaned, and helped care for the kids. And, he still has to put in long hours at work coming home tired and frustrated. I have to do something special for this man!!!
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Check out the article here: Black America Web
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Why? Well, I decided to do a little research about these places (since I have very little actual work to do).
- Maracaibo, Venezuela - highly industrialized modern city in Venezuela. The pics are very cool, kinda like NYC but supposedly not as fast-paced. They have great education, healthcare, and nightclubs but don't have all the traffic, crime, and pollution. Sounds great, huh? Well, the bad thing to note is that there is a high level of kidnapping. Okay, so now I would have to be a paranoid, always-looking-out, scared-of-everyone-around-me mama everytime I would venture out with my babies. And, we know Bush and Hugo Chavez (Ven's pres) don't get along so would I be in peril as an American living there? Maybe I can disguise myself as a South American and just keep my mouth closed all the time.
- Lagos, Nigeria - way too much political unrest. The positive is that you can live it up because it's not a very expensive place to live. But, the locals don't care too much for the oil people who are over there stealing their natural resources (without leaving much of the profit) so there are flare-ups from time to time.
- Bangkok, Thailand - the best of the three. This city is also pretty highly industrialized with not too much crime going on. The only really bad thing I can think of is the expose on Primetime or 20/20 or whatever that showed those little bitty girls prostituting themselves for all the white American businessmen. Not a big deal for me because I know my baby wouldn't be out there talking about "the yum yum".
In our discussions about this, we feel the best thing is for him to go first and scout out the place to see if it's okay for the family to join. I think the experience would be wonderful for our children, although they're so young I don't know if they would even remember it. Maybe the oldest will. What if he goes and says it's too unsafe? Then, I'll be a single mom with two very young children......interesting situation.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
The first is a book called "Ten Commandments: Twice Removed" and it's written by Danny Shelton and Shelley Quinn. My husband recommended this book to me and he doesn't really like to read so that says a lot. It talks about how the ten commandments have been removed from our government and most of our churches (that's the twice removed part). I haven't finished the book yet but it's interesting so far. They answer questions like: Did the Ten Commandments exist before Mt Sinai? Were they nailed to the cross? How do we de-mystify Paul's writings about the Law? Does man have authority to change God's law?
My other interesting read is Black Enterprise magazine. My husband has loved this magazine for years but had discontinued his subscription when we moved from Florida. He recently subscribed again and I just decided to pick the last one up, mainly because there was a picture of Tyra and Iman on the front which made me curious to read. Anyway, the part that caught my eye was a section in the magazine devoted to the financial situations of real families. They feature 2-3 families (I think) in each magazine and breakdown their specific financial situations, determining their net worth, debt, and habits that have led to high debt or high net worth. Anyway, I thought this article was really interesting. Our society tends to focus way too much on depreciable assets like cars and trendy items like clothing, shoes, etc. We should focus more on leaving a better financial legacy for our children teaching them first to return a faithful tithe and offering to God (not a part of the BE article of course, this is my own personal belief). We should also teach about acquiring appreciable assets like real estate or investments that help increase personal net worth. And, we definitely need to wipe out the debt we so easily incur. One family said they have weekly family business meetings that even their 17 month old has to attend. In these meetings, they review their debt, budget, and long/short term goals. I love that idea!!! My parents didn't really teach me about financial responsibility so I had to learn the hard way and I don't want that for my own children. We are definitely going to adopt this practice in our family.
I guess that's enough for now. Just thought I would share this with whoever decides to read my thoughts.
By the way, went to the doctor again today and I'm still at 2 cm. No baby yet! Oh well, I guess I'll have to wait a little longer to see my baby boy.
Monday, September 11, 2006
My mother-in-law arrived safely yesterday so I didn't even have to wake up my daughter this morning to get her ready and off to daycare. That's a pretty good start to my week. I'm sure my daughter will enjoy sleeping in a little later than usual too. And, she gets to enjoy her grandma for a whole month and 5 days. Yay!
Thursday, September 07, 2006
After perusing the site for a bit, I did however find a good reason to rent. There is a section dedicated to weddings so for that special day perhaps it may be okay to rent a purse or some of the other accessory items shown. Or, maybe you've planned a special trip or class reunion and want to have the right look. They have a plethora of designers listed on the site, from Coach to Hermes. It's a very interesting and ingenious business plan. If only I had thought of it first. Hey, maybe I should propose a Houston franchise......something to think about.
My coworker said she saw something about this company on E! the other night. The company is called Bag Borrow or Steal (click on the name to check it out). Now why am I doing free promo for them????
Friday, September 01, 2006
Totally unrelated issue -- Someone really needs to tell Ms. Aretha Franklin, the "Queen of Soul" that she needs to hire a personal stylist. Nobody wants to see her twins laying on top of her stomach barely being held in by her dress. She is too old and heavy for that nonsense. Surely she can afford to get someone, anyone to help her out in that area. I just refuse to believe that she really honestly thinks that's sexy. I decided to post an older pic of her where she looks pretty and happy and youthful and a whole lot more modest. I almost posted the bad pic but she has been embarrassed enough by her own horrible decisions. Why should I add to it? Don't get me wrong I have a whole lotta love for her, but come on Ms Franklin. Give us all a break!
Thursday, August 24, 2006
I'm at work and all kinds of random stuff is in my head so this will probably have a lot of unrelated info in it. I know I should be doing my work but I just don't feel like it right now.
- If anyone who reads this ever totals their car, please understand that it will not be worth what you paid for it or probably even what you expect for it. It is not in perfect condition. All cars depreciate the moment you drive it off the lot. Accept that please and be nice to your friendly insurance representative when they tell you this same info. It's the truth! I just got off the phone with a man who owns a 1985 Oldsmobile Delta 88 (yes it's 20 years old) and he is convinced that it is worth something. It's not!!! And, unless he totally restores it, it will never be worth anything. Thank God you survived the accident and move on. (Sorry DB, but I had to write this even though you told me not to)
- If anyone needs a reason to restore their personal relationship with God, they should move to Texas. If hell is hotter than this, I am not interested in going there. Of course, that's not the only reason or best reason to know God, but it will be a benefit. I am so hot right now!
- I think the best thing about having a child is that you get to experience naivete, innocence, and simplicity all over again. Example: My daughter gets excited every single time she sees a motorcycle and tells me over and over "see cycle, cycle". Her dad has one so I guess that's why she thinks it's so cool. She's also very excited that she can almost count to 10. She always leaves out the 4 but we congratulate her anyway. It's so cool to see her learn and grow up. The simplest things give her so much amusement.
Okay, my phone is ringing so I'll stop for now. Eventually, I'll have more interesting stuff to talk about. Oh yeah, I also wanted to add that the pregnancy is probably not as bad as I made it sound in my previous posting. I got a lot of sympathy emails and I really appreciate it. I guess I just had to whine for a moment.
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Okay, I'm through griping. For those of you who have no kids yet, please don't be discouraged. It's well worth it and, like they say, you forget all about it after the kid is here.