Friday, July 31, 2015

Friday Freestyles... The Christmas in July Edition


Friday!

Glory!!

And it's PAYDAY!! And I had a BONUS on my paycheck.

Man, when I saw that on my statement, I should've just shut my computer down and gone on home, because the blinds of my mind were half shut after that.

I spend a few moments with my eyes closed, imagining myself balling until I fall! Then I come back to reality. Bills need to paid. But it's fun to ball in my mind! 

But alas, I had some training today, and my midyear workplace review.  I wasn't all that interested in either one, and just hoping the midyear review was fine. And all went well. Workplace review was great!

I really should have gone on home then, because the rest of the day has been a blur.  I didn't have anything to do, so there was some good convo going on.

I brought in some cookies today. As usual, they disappeared fast. This causes an issue sometimes. People get antsy over FREE stuff. Not my fault you didn't get any. NOPE. There will be more cookies.

However, we have interesting activities in the new cubicle area. One of  my coworkers, LadyCee, has this knack for hospitality. I like to support these ventures. Anything to build morale.

So this month was Christmas in July, and the cabinet areas were decorated.  Here are a  few pictures.



There was even a cookie contest!

Lady Cee made snickerdoodles!

I made oatmeal cranberry walnut cookies. And Lady M made rosemary lemon cookies.

There were a gazillion judges, each standing around tasting and pontificating like they were some real judges off the Food Network. It don't take all that. The contest took a good hour or so.

I won. Yay!

I won a christmas bell. And I went home and preceded to unnerve Sister Callie and Mitch. Poor cats. They were looking at me like "What the world?"

It was a good time. And it built morale.

And that's a good thing.

That's it for me. A short post which I meant to post this morning. But it's up now.

Sweepstakes is still on and popping. We have 15 more days!  Two $100 gift cards up for grab so far, and we are fast on our way to 3!  I am hoping there will be at least 4.

Comment for your chance to win.

Have a good weekend! On purpose!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

ONE Thursday Thought (While Laying Across the Bed)

I've been doing 10 Tuesday Thoughts and 10 Thursday Thoughts for awhile. 

How about ONE Thursday Thought... easy enough.

I was laying across the bed on Tuesday afternoon watching the news. I was trying to get myself together because I was a little throwed off because of my work schedule that day. I usually work from 10 to 7, but that day, I'd work from 7:30 to 4.  I had some training in the lab, and out of courtesy, I like to keep the schedule of whoever is training me.  So when I do that, I am a little lost when I get home.I was home some 3 hours early, and I was sleepy. I figured if I could lay down for half an hour, I could think about what I wanted to do for the evening.

Someone was outside revving a car.  I wouldn't normally pay much attention to such noise, but it was so loud
that it shook my whole house. It was annoying, especially when that someone is leaning on the gas every five minutes. I got up and looked out the window. A couple of brothers were working on an old orange truck. They were revving it up to test their workmanship, I suppose. It was annoying.

I thought about what my best friend LadyTee does whenever there's an ruckus outside her house.

"I call the police," she always says. "I don't dial 911, but I dial the police station directly. I keep that number written down."

"You can do that?" I asked.

"Yes. Call them directly. And I act like I'm an old white woman. I always say 'These nigras, I mean, these black people is out here fighting, and I can't find my medicine.' Then I just hang up the phone."

Every time she says this, it sends me into a fit of giggles.

LadyTee nods, her face serious. "That's what I do, girl. The police come screeching around the corner real fast. Bet the guys won't be out there fighting no more. Bet they won't be out there bouncing that basketball at two in the morning no more either."

LadyTee does not like noise. At all. 

I lay across my bed, listening to the hard rev of the truck engine. My house shakes like crazy. I thought about calling the police and following LadyTee's intstructions.

But...

I realized I couldn't do that.

I imagined my calling the police, and the police screeching in their cars around the corner with sirens blaring.

And instead of yelling at the men to knock off the noise, they'd jump out their cars and shoot them dead. No questions asked.

And then it would be all over the news: two unarmed black men working on a truck shot dead by police officers. My 911 call would be played over and over in a continuous loop. The loved ones would be on the news, crying over the loss of those they loved. The news reporters would go look up these men jail or prison records and lay that out for all to judge and see. The opposition would  be standing up there talking about "Well if they hadn't been out there revving up that truck, none of this would have ever happened!"

And there I would be, laying across the bed much as I had been on that particular day of my 911 call, watching the news and feeling guilty because my being annoyed by something as simple as car engine noise turned into something unnecessary and tragic.

Sigh.

There use to be a time that the police would just come around and quiet things down. Now you have to think twice, for something as little as a missing plate or a failure to signal can be lead to your death.

Now... the news has me all shook. Subconciously. 

There are thousands of traffic stops daily all over this country, with the overwhelming vast majority of them being uneventful. After all, who reports on the uneventful? The uneventful is normal. No news there, keep it moving. I've gotten tickets and everything was professional. I've gotten tickets from rowdy or disgruntled cops, and I've just channeled my inner slave, and go into slave mode. No protest because this dude is about to snap for real.

And the cops in my zone are nice enough. We have lots of women cops, and they have always been helpful. I guess it helps that half the zone was fired and jailed a couple of decades ago for some shadiness in the community. They are on their best behavior.  They've even been at neighborhood meetings giving updates from time to time.

While laying across the bed, I closed my eyes so tight that it hurt. We're living in a different time now. Unless I'm in dire need or my life is being threatened, I'm not calling the police. I can stand a little noise. Patience will have to prevail this day.

The guys were finished with the truck before nightfall. I imagined them being happy about it. "Thanks for your help, bruh," one says to another, "because you know I wasn't bout to put this truck in the shop! My cousin said I could have it if I could get it fixed. I knew you could get it just right.'"

All ended well. As it should. They had a fixed truck. I had my peaceful neighborhood back.

Confusion and tragedy averted.

Thank goodness for that.

LadyLee Favorites Part 2 (#20-22)

Continuing with my Favorite songs...


#22 "Sexy Mama" by The Moments



Don't you just LOVE looking at old Soul Train clips? If you were anything like me, you couldn't wait for it to come on. That's where you saw all the latest dances. And we'd stand in front of the TV and dance. We didn't care if there was lipsyncing. Who cared? Those were the good ol' days.


#21 "In the Mood"



One of the west coast rappers sampled this song. I looked up the sample and it was "In the Mood".  I have loved it for the past 20 years.  Even  more than the rap!



#20 "I Want You" Marvin Gaye

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This is my favorite Marvin Gaye song. If you want to read a good book, read his second's wife biography After the Dance. It came out earlier this year. I may post about it. But I listen to this song so much differently after reading that book.

I just remember this song from when I was little. I always thought "I'm not supposed to be listening to this song."

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

LadyLee's Favorites Part 1 (#23-25)

I've spent a few months trying to come up with my top 20-25 favorite songs.

It's a little harder than I'd expected it to be. And it's been fun going around the lab asking people about their favorite songs.

You'd be surprised at the amount of people who draw a complete blank. Some of the responses have been wonderful, because people will tell the story behind why it's a favorite song. And I'm always amazed that our favorites are attached to a specific time, feeling, or event in life.

So I am interested in some of your favorites also. It gives me a peak into the heart of a person.

My favorite songs are over 20 years old, for the most part.  Some are tied to when I was young and didn't have a care in the world. There are songs that were "our songs", i.e., songs of when we were in love. You could probably paint a picture of my life if you knew my favorite songs. 

I said something in another post that I'd read about how you should make a CD of your favorite music and post it. Why? Because it affects you on a cellular level. Endorphins are released, and these compounds are calming and even act as pain levels. (I love reading about scientific like this. It's the nerd in me!)

I think I came up with about 25 songs. I wanted to post them ALL. In several posts over the next couple of weeks, of course. And I will post  them with the personal story, if applicable.



#25 "Love Makes No Sense" by Alexander O'Neal




This song reminds me of grad school. I started grad school some 24 years ago (has it been that long?). I always had a cassette tape on in the lab while I was working. And Alexander O'Neal was one of my favorites. I needed something while working 6 days a week, 10 hours a day. And this was good stuff!

#24 "Knee Deep" by Parliament Funkadelic



This is a good song. It came out when I was in elementary school. I loved Parliament, but you know how some of those songs were way long? This is one of them. This is the 15 minute long version. So when it comes on, I'm all hype. But after 7 minutes or so, I'm like.... Wow, will this song ever end?? 

#23 "Lady of My Life" by Michael Jackson



The Thriller album came out when I was 13 years old, I believe. We loved all the popular songs... "Billie Jean", "Beat It", "Wanna be Starting Something". We would sing these songs at the lunch table and in PE. But there was one girl that would break out singing "Lady of My Life". And we would look at her like she was crazy. She continued singing it, even in the midst of us hollering "Shut up!!"

As I got older, the song grew on me. Such a relaxing song.

On Tenacity



When I saw this picture, I thought of one thing: tenacity.

Tenacity is that "doggonnedness". It's the heart to get things done by any means necessary, even when it gets hard.

It is something that I wish I had more of. I look at myself and my accomplishments, and I have accomplished many things which take much tenacity, but in my heart of hearts, there's so much more I want to do. I spend so much time thinking of my dreams and purposes. I want to harness the tenacity it took to obtain my beloved degrees and put it all towards my imagination and all that I dream to do. All the obstacles in the way be damn. As the caption to the picture says.. "Don't let anything hold you back."

It's interesting that the older I get, the more I think of such things. 

And I think that's a move in the right direction.