Tuesday, March 20, 2007

I found this on Adrienne Nixon's blog ...

March 17, 2007

I didn't know black people knit...

YEs you read that correctly. I could not WAIT to get to a computer to be able to tell you guys about this. I had to go get some tires on Friday morning, and I am sitting in the lobby....minding my OWN business. I think at this point in the morning, I was emailing Robin...HI ROBIN lol, anyway. I was knitting away on my next project...MINDING MY OWN BUSINESS, and this white lady comes in (MAYBE around 50 yrs old) and she looked at me and said....
WTF? OMG. It took ALL I could not to get completly GHETTO on her ass. ALL I COULD! I told her knitting wasn't about black or white. Damn, I do have hands don't I? OMG! It totally felt like a slap in the face. Like just because I'm "BLACK" means I can't do certain things. There is a yarn store here, that I don't go into for that VERY reason. They did NOT treat me right when I went in for the first time. I have NOT been back. My money is VERY green, and I will take my black behind, with my GREEN money and spend it where it's appreciated. What an ASS. So for those of you that don't think racisim exists??? It does and some of us deal with it EVERY single day. EVERY DAY. So what are your thoughts on this? Chime in.

My space at work

Monday, March 12, 2007

Me and the girls rented movies this weekend

and we picked out two flicks each. One got a Bratz movie and Ice Age The Meltdown. She must really like that movie because it was the third time we saw it. Note to self: add this to our movie collection.

The other one picked out Deliver Us From Eva which I thought, surprisingly, was good. She also picked Rumor Has It. I fell asleep before seeing it. However, she rated it as good too.

I picked out Why Did I Get Married and Superman Returns. I only watched the first movie before falling asleep. I thought that Why Did I Get Married was going to be a movie (like in Hollywood production). Instead, it was a video of the stage play. Even so, it was good. I understand that it will be made into a movie sometime soon. One daughter saw the superman movie and said it was good.

I have an annoying habit of leaving the movie (when viewed at home) to do other things and then I pop back every so often and ask what's going on in the movie. My daughter gets to the point where she tells me I have to watch it to understand it. Good cop out.

My good friend Tammie took me to lunch on my birthday. I chose Uno's for us to eat at. We had a great time. I love spending time with Tammie. She's such a wonderful and dear friend. Unfortunately, I broke my Lent sacrifice of not eating sweets to have a dessert to celebrate my birthday. (BTW, my Lent sacrifices are no sweets and not meats.) On Sunday we went to Uno's again for our joint birthday dinner with my mother-in-law whose birthday is on March 6. The second time around wasn't that great. Note to self: don't go to Uno's for a while.

The weather's getting warmer and sunnier here. I LOVE spring. I took it for granted the absolutely beautiful weather I had growing up in San Diego. Now that I'm here, I really miss what I had back then. My favorite seasons in Maryland are spring and fall -- these are most like what I experienced as a child. Oh, I also miss living 20 minutes away from the beach. I would love to own a Southern California beach home to vacation at every year. I could rent it out while I was away. How about something like this?

This property rents for Low Season: $1,750, Mid Season: $1,750, High Season: $3,000. Or how about

It's only Low Season $6,610 or High Season $11,000 per week! Wow, if only I knew what these prices would be, I would have encouraged my parents to buy a itsy bitsy beach house back in the 1970s.

I would love to just visit California every year but the travel expenses for 5 are huge. I can still dream and hope.... Oh wells.

Saturday was my birthday and

I find that I do more soul searching around this time each year. This year is no different.

A significant event has occurred recently. One of our family elders has passed away. Cousin Toni, as I called her, was 90 years old when she joined our ancestors. She wanted to reach 100 but God decided to bring her home before that time. It's amazing that she lived to be 90. Last year my great aunt died at 99. I had another great aunt die in her 90s as well as another cousin. Wow, what long-living women are in my family! I wonder if I have been blessed with this gene? Back to Cousin Toni, she was smart, strong, optimistic, and a great steward of her gifts. There was so much I never knew about her but I'm so blessed that I did get to know her a little bit before she moved on. What a wonderful life she lived.

We will celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary this year. Wow! Who would've thought we'd be married for 15 years? We started out as apples and oranges. We're probably still apples and oranges but we've learned to accept our differences and blend together nicely. One thing's for sure, marriage is a TON of work but oh, so worth it when you have a wonderful husband like mine. Hubby is such a wonderful man, father, and husband. I'm blessed to have him in my life. On a side note, Cousin Toni really liked hubby. She told me often that I had a "good man".

Before too long I'll be celebrating my 50 year mark. I remember when my dad turned 50 years old. I got such a kick out of asking him how it felt to be a half century old. Now look, I'm right around the corner from that milestone myself. I'm thankful that I've gotten this far. There aren't many weeks that go by that I don't thank the Lord for allowing me to see another day ever since I went through my near death experiences several years ago. It's unfortunate that I had to go through those times before I learn to focus on what was truly important in my life. Day-by-day I've learn to let go here and there. I remind my family of how much I love them every day. I tell them I'm blessed to have them in my life. When my children tease me about how old I am or my graying hair my response is, "At least I'm here, alive, and healthy. I'm happy the way I am." I just hope they learn to be happy with themselves just the way they are too. Popular culture is too focused on superficial beauty and materialistic gains. I want my children to know that God made them perfect just the way they are. God made them with a special purpose in mind and it's up to them to find that spot in life for them to fulfill. I believe that once we are fulfilling our purpose we will truly know bliss. Never mind that "Madison Avenue" hype that is fed to us about what happiness should be. Our happiness is within and has been placed there my the Almighty. Our mission is to seek it out and follow our path. Sometimes, it's a life-long journey that'll require course corrections and re-focusing many times along the way. I know. I'm traveling it and have gotten lost in the woods. I've fell into the abyss and wallowed in darkness. But, my traveling companions have made my journey interesting, fun, and worthwhile. I want to thank all of my wonderful friends and family for being there along the way.

God bless.