Thursday, August 25, 2016

This Week in Good Food News...

My sister is gone back to the UAE...

*ladylee with the sad face about to CRY*

I miss her.  I have only talked to her once since she arrived back there.

 I am alright, tho.

Anyway, she has a favorite restaurant,and it has been her favorite restaurant for years.

Tropical Cuisine in College Park, Georgia.

She's been telling me about it, and I've simply nodded as she talked.

All the time in my mind I was thinking... "That place is off in the 'hood in the cut. Ain't no way I'm rolling up in there!"

Well, we were trying to pull together a dinner for her and some of my friends and we decided to meet at this place on a Sunday. But they were closed on Sunday.  So the Saturday before she left to go back to the UAE, I asked if she wanted the two of us to run down there for dinner. She said yes, but she wanted to get takeout and bring it back to my house. I was cool with that.

We arrived and there were a good amount of people ordering and waiting for take-out. We placed our order and it took about 15 minutes or so. We sat around and chit-chatted. 

We paid for our dinners and returned to my house.

My sister got the oxtail dinner with cabbage, brown rice and a side of plantains.
 I got the shrimp in brown stew, cabbage, brown rice, and a side of plantains.

Man oh Man!!!!!!!

When I tell you it was GOOD!!???!

It was GOOD


I don't know what the "brown stew" is. I don't even care. You can call it whatever you want.  It was GREAT!

I tasted one of my sister's small oxtails. They were good too.  

Why in the world hadn't I gone to Tropical Cuisine before.

I was being hard headed I suppose.

Well, not anymore. No ma'am. No sir.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

In My Hood...

There are all kinds of great things going on in my neighborhood.

A state-of-the-art park has been built.

They are changing some of the streets from asphalt to brick...

And last year, I noticed that the old brick middle school was torn down.

Thank goodness because it was super old. The bricks were falling apart. It was just old.

And I saw that a new school was being built.

"How nice," I thought.

Well, I was driving past it last month after casting my vote in a local election. (And I was in *side-eye* mode because my polling spot had been changed. Ya'll not gonna suppress my vote. I  found the place and I cast my vote. Humph).

And I came upon the FINISHED middle school.

Look at that!


That looks like a fancy office building, doesn't it.

I know one thing...

Love it or hate it...

Gentrification sure does do a neighborhood good!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Ten Tuesday Thoughts

Ten  Tuesday Thoughts...

Once again.

1. I woke up this morning depressed for some reason. I don't know why, though. Must've been that zzzquil I took last night. Today is Tuesday, but I thought it was Saturday. (Oh my, that's enough to depress anyone).

2. I spent time talking to my best friend LadyTee this morning while I was getting ready to work. That made me feel a little better.

3. I talked to her while I was preparing today's lunch, which was a salad (kale, spring greens, cranberries, chicken salad, cucumbers).

4, My snack for today: one banana, 5 fresh strawberries, and one banana.  This kept  me all good for my workday.

5. My good for the day: buying Lady O, who's my best workplace friend in my head, a cookie from UberEats.

6. I know the UberEats driver had to be thinking "Who the heck is ordering 2 cookies?"

7. My 2 cookies were $5.00. I gave her a $1.42 cents tip, though. That was all the change I had in my pocket.

8. They must have that happen all the time, because she handed me a bag just the right size for the cookies.

9. Plans for tonight:  clean up the kitchen, clean up the laundry room. This should take all of 30 minutes.

10. My biggest problem: after a long workday, I just want to go home, take off my bra, and lay down somewhere. Really.

That's my Ten Tuesday Thoughts.

That only took 9 minutes. GLORY!!!!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Monday Funnies

You have to admit, tho... That's pretty much what's going on...

Friday, August 19, 2016

Friday Freestyles... The "Roach" Edition



And this has been what my week has been like...

I have the Callie Jo blank face... eyes wide with a mild touch of bewilderment and a hint of anger.

It's just that some things that have gone on at work that piss me off. And I acknowledge that. Only for the moment. I have been journalling and pondering, and I tell you, more good has gone on than bad.

The bad sometimes is like a roach on the wall that catches your eye. The house is clean, all is well... but that doggone little roach is on your mind. 

You know what I mean.

It is amazing how one little thing clouds up the whole week. So many other great things happened (as usual)

But that roach... 

Story of the Week.  Them doggone swimmers! Our perfect beloved Olympic swim team!

This news cover describes it best.

That boy's speedo is a blazing fire!!

So, Lochte claimed he got rob... yet he and his boys vandalized a restroom at a gas station and pissed on a wall. They tried to walk off, and security wasn't having that!


As usual, cameras are everywhere, and they were caught in a LIE!


That lie of his... it's like that roach on the wall...

You know what I mean... We're winning all those gold medals! We are all proud...

And then there's this.... damn roach.  

So you know what us black folks have been talking about... yes, all at work, all over the radio shows!

Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan, if it were some black male track and field athletes that had done such a thing.... WOOOOOOOWWWW!!!!

We would be dragging them through the mud.  At worst, they would've been shot dead by the police.

And all that "Camera footage" would've disappeared.

(You know the drill. That's what goes on here in our country).

And it's HILARIOUS... the whole spiel now:

"Oh, they're just kids."

WHAT?  Lochte is 32 years old! This is some mess that we did when we were teenagers. Stop it, dude.  You're a grown azz man. Cut it out!

Yet, I have had to watch young Gabby Douglass get dragged through the mud for her hairstyle and for not putting her hand over her heart when the the Star Spangled Banner.


But you know... This CRIME they committed was just boys being boys.  (YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME).

Double standard deluxe.  All day every day.

I'm not mad. It's just the irony of it all. 

So much bad seed is planted everyday about how awful I am as a black person, that I have to remind myself DAILY that I am a successful human being. I am not a law breaker, out here rioting and burning down stuff, and I'm not in poverty. I own a home and two cars. I have money in the bank.  I am not a criminal. I am a great scientist.

I am an AWESOME and WONDERFUL Oldgirl.

Funny... I'm around black and brown people who are just like myself each and every day.  I'm never around the people they portray us to be.

Sometimes... you have to learn to just encourage yourself. 

Sometimes you have to pick up a proverbial can of bug spray and rid your house of lifes' roaches.

(Did you like how I just slid that piece of Food for Thought of the Week up in your life just now? Did you?)

Oh well!


*ladylee waves American Flag proudly*

Song of the Week: This one goes out to the whole Olympic team, especially that Lochte fella!

Come on, Lochte! Dance with me, babes! 

So high you can't get over it!
So low you can't get under it!
Here's a chance to dance our waaaaaaayyyy.... out of our constriction!!!! 

*chair dancing hard*

Man oh man... I don't know what  I have planned for the weekend.  I know I need to clean up. And I wouldn't mind a good movie!

We'll see.  All I know is that it will be a good weekend... on purpose!