Friday Flashback....Frogger

Remember when you had to go to an arcade with a pocket full of quarters to play a video game. Oh, those were the days. Well I was not a huge video game buff & I am still not that in to video games but there were a few games that struck my fancy. My absolute favorite was Centipede. I was a beast in centipede! I could roll that white ball and shoot the assorted flying objects like nobody's business. But the game that crossed my mind while navigating my way through the parking lot this morning was Frogger. Remember the game where the frog is trying to get across lanes of traffic without being run over. Well that was me and the students were the frogs...jumping out of places and darting across lanes. Playing it as a video game especially in an arcade is much better than experiencing the madness in the 7 o'clock hour!!!


Ten for Tuesday

So I am starting a new thing that I have seen on other blogs, Ten for Tuesday. Ten random things that are in your head.

1. I am really enjoying my new position at work. Although it is certainly more interaction with more teenagers, my day goes by a lot faster and I think that I am using my brain more. Win-win.

2. Cool parents. I am so glad that my parents are so wonderful. They are so eager to be active in Nico's life and I am so glad about it.

3. Finding $18 bucks in my pumping bag this morning was a pretty nice treat. And to think that I was broke this morning with $2 bucks in my work bag. So now I see why my hand was itching.

4. Rainy days. A pain to drive in this morning but the sleeping before it was heavenly.

5. I gotta return my Sigg bottle. If they don't send me the same one back, I hope they send me some cool one that I would have never picked out for myself. It will help me with getting out of my comfort zone.

6. Speaking of green living, Target is going to start giving a 5 cent credit if you use your own bags. Just like Giant does when you go to the grocery store. I will say that it is a pain to lug Nico, his bag and the canvas bags to Target but I try and now it will be doubly good.

7. Leftovers and clean bathrooms. This could really be divided up but really they are related. Since we have a fridge full of leftovers that need to be devoured, I could clean the bathrooms. Yay, I love cleaning the bathrooms... a quick chore that feels like you did a lot.

8. A white box on my doorstep from Crate and Barrel. Made me nostalgic for the months surrounding our wedding. Anyway, I am quite thrilled that someone special was thinking about my family.

9. Real Simple magazine. I finally got to open my November one and I love this magazine. I got a couple new ideas for Thanksgiving....waffles w/cranberries for Black Friday sounds heavenly.

10. Crazy lunch. I eat with a few loons and I am not sure how I can get out of this one. I have to come up with something. But shoot if I have to trek all the way to the lounge to avoid the grandiose stories than I just may have to strap on my boots!


what is it all for

i was talking to my friend this morning and something really hit me, "what is it all for," this every minute grinding. last week we had such a significant loss at work and it seems to always take a tragedy to bring us back to our core. i consider myself a good friend, mother, wife, daughter, sister (not necessarily in that order) and yet there are so many ways that i am not honoring those relationships. when was the last time that i really listened without distraction...not just the physical distraction but the distractions that are on loop in my head. i really want to be present with the people who matter. n is so important to me but there are other important ones in my life and i feel like i put those relationships on the back burner. i don't want to do that anymore. the holidays are fast approaching and i don't want to just give the gift of things...i want to give the gift of me. i am trying to think of ways that i can be better to the people in my life after all these relationships/moments are truly what it is all for. stay tuned


Friday Flashback...the Cabbage Patch Doll

Daniela Helona this is for you. OMG the love I had for this beautiful brown piece of plastic is ridonculous (which according to Kenn is way past ridiculous). Yeah, I wanted a CPD so badly and imagine my shock, wonder and joy when she was under my tree on Christmas day. I mean if I could have had anything in the world then she was definately it. Just perfect. Her purple dress trimmed in pink with matching bloomers, absolutely gorgeous. I loved her.

She wouldn't be the last of my Cabbage Patch Dolls but she holds a special place in my heart because she was the first. Yes, they still make these cuties but nothing compares to when they hit the scene and everyone had to have them. The story goes that my Momma and her sister drove to some distant Toy's R Us and waited in a ridonculous line to get them for their daughters, yeah we are loved like that!


2 yrs down

So, today is my anniversary. D and I have been married two years. It seems like ages ago I was planning our wedding. Our life has changed so much since 07. I am still glad to to his wife and have his last name!!


Cool Ass Grown Ass Man

Watching the VH1 Hip Hop Honors and I am reminded of how cool Russell Simmons is... to be one half of the creative force behind Def Jam as a young man and now as a grown man a yogi and a mogul. You gotta give the props to Russell, he has done and he is doing the damn thing!



It is 8:15 and I can go take a long leisurely bath! N is down and I have done all that one woman should do in one night. Cooked dinner, washed clothes and graded a stack of papers. Finally some me time.


If there was a prize for sadness...

I would so win it. I have so few hours before I have to go to work tomorrow :( N and D get to sleep in and have fun and me? I have to go to work. Pout, pout.


Friday Flashback- The Cosby Show

The Cosby's have a special spot in my heart. They represent so much... a successful marriage with interesting kids and best of all the looked like me. Nope, my family was not like the Cosby's but we can all dream can't we. Every Thursday night The Cosby's transported my junior high mind to another place where problems were solved within thirty minutes and you could get a lesson and a laugh. I couldn't get enough of them.


What A Morning!!

Ok, whoever decided that high school should start at 7:25 did not consider the students who are tired as hell and completely dead to the world at that time or the teachers who would have to move mountains to get there. Ugh, I try so hard and it is still a feat for me to make it to work on time. And for the folks that don't have this problem, wait a second while I get your gold star.
So let me explain to you the comedy of errors that was my morning and when I say morning keep in mind all of this happened before 7 am. Unflippinbelievable! Without too much elaboration D dressed N while I was getting dressed, I hear N going poo after he is all dressed and ready to head out the door, I have to stop to change N (which includes removing sweat pants, unbuttoning his onesie and his shirt, changing the diaper, rebuttoning onesie, rebuttoning shirt, pulling up pants) all the while N is squirming away from me. Good times! So I finally get N, his bag, my work bag, lunch bag and RuPaul in the car and as I begin my drive my orange juice spills all over. I mean I was able to move my leg away quick enough to miss my dress and tights, but it went all over the console and the floor. UGH!! I need orange juice to start my day like coffee drinkers need their caffeine. Not a pretty start. And what was the ultimate was as I was driving I looked over and saw the Tropicana truck with the glistening orange and a straw. A tear, a tear!!!


Walk for the Cure

On October 18th I will participate in the Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure. I am looking forward to the walk and raising a little money for such an amazing cause. I am so fortunate that breast cancer has not touched my immediate circle, but I am certainly aware of the magnitude of this issue. I invite anyone who wants to join me to sign up. We can walk and then have a hearty lunch ;)


Ok , I have never posted about church which is kinda odd since I post about so many other things in my life. But anyway, church on Sunday was awesome. I truly feel like no matter when I go, the message always strikes a cord with me on some level. Anyway this past Sunday was no different. I loved the songs and the ministry was great. Now I should also mention the opps of the day. First of all my son is such a talker that he was blabbing during most of the service. Now it doesn't bother me in the slightest, I just hope that my neighbors weren't disturbed. But the real opps was when my cell phone rang. Yep, I am that person. It rang! I was horrified. Not super loud and I was able to grab it while wrangling N, but it rang while the pastor was praying. Ugh.
Aside from that, I was handed a most timely card while I was walking out of the service. It read and I am paraphrasing but "Put God in the center and everything will be alright". Reading that gave me pause. How often do I want things to be a certain way but that way is my will and not His will? And then I am frustrated/pissed or the like when things are not as I want them to be. SO with all of that being said, I am working on keeping Him in the center of all things.


Flashback Friday-I'm Bad

Oh my gosh, this was my ish. I can still remember the order of the songs, the way LL looked in the video. Hell, I was going to be Mrs. James Todd Smith. I would not have even had to change my last name once we were married. This tape was almost worn out, I played it so much. If you needed a roughneck he was it in "I'm Bad" but he could melt your heart with "I need Love". LL was the complete package in this one. He put a fork in Kool Mo Dee and solidified my love affair that would last for years.
* You may notice the parental advisory on the corner*For me. it was kinda like an endorsement instead of a warning :)


Tardy for the Party Mugllabe Remix - Kim Zolciak

In honor of my Thursday night addiction!!!