Saturday, December 31, 2016

The Last Post of the Year 2016

Tis the night before New Years Day 
And all through the house
Callie Jo was acting a fool
Mitch was quiet as a mouse. 

Actually that's everyday life in my house. Callie Jo is always running around trying to get into something. Right now she's on a quest to unlock the front door. Sigh.

Anyway, I am surprised that I have only managed to do a couple of posts this month, if that much. I have been SUPER busy, which in all actuality is a good thing. Spread on top of that the fact that I took my first vacation in three or four years, and that means no posting for me. However, I have scribbled a few thoughts in my journal from time to time.

But this is the last day of 2016, and I wanted to journal before the year is out.

I am still a bit jetlagged from the vacation, knocking out cold at around nine in the evening and waking up bright eyed and ready to go at two in the morning. I get a bit woozy around three in the afternoon. I hope this is over before I have to go back to work. And I'm not going back until Tuesday or Wednesday.

I am still thinking about vacation, this wonderful vacation halfway around the world. I've never been further than Mexico and the Caribbean, so being in the Middle East of all places was... a thing of courage for me.

And guess what... I have taken close to 700 pictures. 700!

That's a lot to sort through. And no, I will not post each and everyone.

But I've been perusing one particular picture since returning home. Well, it has been on my mind since I took it.

While my sister and I were having breakfast on Christmas day atop the Burj Khalifa, a couple of ropes came swinging by. Then a man came swinging by.

123 stories up off the ground.

Mind you, those buildings in the background are skyscrapers.

That puts it into some perspective for you.

"Ain't no way I'd be up here cleaning windows this high," I said a bit to loudly.

I took several pictures of this brave worker. I was trying to get a picture of him looking my way. But he never did. He just swung around, being the most dutiful of employees so high up in the sky

I was amazed that he wasn't distracted. One would have thought he was walking around on the ground, checking the windows or whatever he was doing.

And this has been the most interesting-and unexpected- picture I captured on my trip.

2016 was a turbulent year. Nothing of my own doing, though. It was a year of ups and downs, highs and lows, triumphs and tribulations and the life.

But the waters of 2016 were made exceedingly murky by the election.

(Murky is the nicest word I can come up with for now. You don't know what I really want to write on this here rated PG blog. Let's just stay with...murky).

And all that murkiness was a DISTRACTION.

There were days, far too many to count, that I was glued to the television, watching this whole drama/wanna-be reality show unfurl like smoke from a stale cigarette. There were many more days where we endlessly discussed the shenanigans.

In other words, there was all this distraction. And I could have used that time to be more productive. I could have used that time to pray. I could have used that time to feed my spirit.

I could have used that TIME.

So I study the worker swinging from his ropes some 123 stories off the ground. I see what's going on around him- the wind blowing in his face, the amount of space between him and the ground- and I am afraid for him. Really, I am afraid for ME.

I am looking at the circumstances. He is not.

He is equipped and well trained for the job he is doing. I'm not trained for that.

Thank goodness there is thick glass between he and I.

I wonder how my negative words would affect him.

Would my negative words affect him as the negative words I've heard all year affect me?

I have discussions with people, successful black people, gay people, and other people who don't fit the "Great" in Make America Great Again.

And our spirits have been broken, even if it is on a subconcious level.

And that's a bad seed to sow, breaking a person's spirit.

It's a difficult thing to know that you've done all the right things in life, yet your gender, the color of your skin, your sexual orientation, and/or your religious choices deem you insufficient by those who consider themselves supreme.

It's been a task dealing with my own psyche and self worth during this time, and even harder watching my peers do the same.

I know and you know if you have read here long enough that I love some old school music. (Stick with me for a second on this digression). I really love some Earth Wind and Fire. Why, I have been listening to them since I was 4 years old.

I'm 46 years old now. Certain songs, I know every word, every inflection, EVERYTHING. You can the very first note of the song and that is all, and I can most likely tell you the name of the song.

So likewise, for the past couple or years or so, we have heard some very scary things. Talks of walls, banning, rounding up of folks, kicking folks out, i.e., this whole process of making America great again... and it gets into the subconcious. And all this seed sown there produces... something.

Earth Wind and Fire produces joy for me... a memory of a time when I was a little girl without a care in the world, just excited that my favorite song was on and that I could watch my cartoons and play with my barbie dolls.

I wonder what kind of crops will be produced from the seed sown into the hearts of those considered "less than". Seed that has been sown day after day, month after month, and so on.

*jumping back to what I was talking about*

I don't want to receive any of that. I want to be like the worker there above, swinging and doing his job despite the dire circumstances and danger. I watched the Dubai fireworks show tonight and realized that he wasn't washing windows. He was setting up fireworks. And yes, he had to concentrate on getting that right. Distractions could cause him to do something wrong or cause a fire of tragic proportions.

The worker taught me something that day, though. I must concentrate on the job at hand and root out distractions. And that's what I have learned this year.

Whatever distracts me takes away from me reaching my goals. It keeps me from seeing the positive.

And that needs to stop. I need to take that seriously.

Distractions are bad seeds. And when allowed to root, they choke out the good seed.

And all of us have experienced great things in 2016. I am sure you can name them if you try.

I know I can.

I have reduced my cable news intake by a good 95%. It was a distraction.

And I have noticed the quality of my life has increased dramatically.

I feed my heart and soul and mind good things. Good things.

Imagine that.

More of that will go on.

I will continue to be successful. I will increase and not decrease.

And so will you.

So don't be afraid.

Have a Happy and Safe New Year.


With much love,

Your Friendly Neighborhood Oldgirl LadyLee.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Vacation Abroad!

I have been on VACATION!

That is such an odd word, as I have not been on vacation in a few years. I have traveled on the company's dime, but that don't count!

I have been in the UAE. And I am posting from there... and here are a few of my favorite pictures.

My favorite tourist spot so far: The Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi!

The Mosque was beautiful. And the history of it was amazing.

My favorite buildings were in Abu Dhabi.

They looked like something out of the Jetsons.

My favorite building so far: The Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

That is the tallest building in the world. It was nice to see it (and hard to take a picture of since it was so tall). It costs 500 dirhams (approximately $125) to go to the top. We will have breakfast on Christmas there. A tad bit cheaper than going all the way to the top. (The restaurant is 3/4ths of the way to the top).

I have been having a great time so far and I have a gazillion pictures. I hope to post some this week, so stay tuned!

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Ten Thursday Thoughts

Shame on me for not posting...

A Ten Thursday Thoughts is in order, then... 

1. I have been busier than EVER. I cannot remember being this busy. EVER.

2. I am flying out to see my sister soon. Not sure how I will deal with a 15 hour flight. Sigh.

3. I don't particularly care for the holidays. I think it's the commercialism of it all.

4. I can always tell when it has not been raining for awhile, as my skin gets really dry. I also become dehydrated. I will never understand that.

5. Speaking of rain, we haven't had rain for over 40 days in the ATL... and all of a sudden last week, we got, like 4 or 5 inches of rain.

6. Water falling from the sky looks real foreign when I haven't seen it in awhile.

7.  Funny Convo of the Day: So, I need someone to water the plant on my desk while I'm gone.
      "Dr. Ling," I holler from my cubicle. "Come here, bruh!"
      "Wassup," he hollers. My ebonics seems to be rubbing off on him. This is not good.
      "Water my plants, man."
      "No problem!"

8. I showed him what to do.  He looked confused, but hopeful after a little more explanation.

9. My plants better not be dead when I come back.

10. Playing on my Spotify right now.

What's up with that sound? Someone must've recorded this straight from the TV with a tape recorder. You remember how we use to do it back in the '80s.


That is all for me.

I may be posting. Who knows.

We will see!

Holler at ya!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

My First Taste of Thanksgiving 2016


I got to work early  (2 hours earlier than usual). And I have a slight attitude. I am like a young child who has been awaken a bit too early in the morning. I am a little listless. I should be okay by noon. We will see.

I am awaiting my assistant to finish weighing some samples so I can get started for the day.  This will take her awhile, and I know I can be a bit mean about things getting done quickly, so I have decided to just go sit somewhere and be quiet.

So before that, I went downstairs to another department to pay for some raffle tickets, as there is a mighty fine spa basket up for grabs from our yearly fundraiser. Me being a tomboy... I am only interested in the spa socks. But my best friend LadyTee (pictured here on my front porch)  is a girly-girl, and would really love this basket. It would make a fine Christmas gift (after I pick out what I want from it, of course).

Anyway, I arrived downstairs, and Sister J, who preached a mighty fine sermon the other day in her office (I posted about that last week), offered up some homemade  sweet potato pie.

Now she'd mentioned this before out in the parking lot. I was a bit perturbed because she'd blown her horn at me. Apparently I'd been stopped too long at a stop sign (I was trying to take pictures of the new construction/high rise. And there was NO ONE behind me at the time).

I felt better once I found out it was her... and once I found out about this pie.

And oh... how lovely was this pie.

First of all, I am a bit upset that the folks downstairs get to have nice refrigerators in their offices, while we up in the lab have to share big janky fridges that don't get cleaned as often as they should. We also have to deal with our lunches and condiments getting stolen. That's a whole 'nother story.

But that's neither here nor there.

That pie, though...

How lovely.
And look... there is stapler next to the pie.
I like the idea of the stapler being on top of the fridge. That way, one can get work done and get their lunch together all at the same time. This is good use of work  space and time.

Back to the pie, though.

She cut a huge piece, even though I wanted just a sliver. I didn't complain, though.

  I took it though. It was free. And free is always a blessing.

*church jogs in the corner*

Anyway, Sister J was proud of her pie.
I took a bite.

SOOOO good.

Even though it was too daggone early in the morning to eat sweets. I needed the pick me up, though.

"I made it with Stevia," she said.

"Really?" I replied.

I could hardly tell. And the pie was just right. I don't like my sweet potato pies all sweet and dripping with oil and butter. This was just right.

"It's my Grandma Mattie's recipe," Sister J added.

"I bet she didn't use no stevia in it."

"No she didn't. She said 'Pass me that domino sugar."

LOL.  Yes Grandma probably did say that!  

I promptly bought my raffle tickets for the spa basket. I went and  harassed spoke to Lady K in an adjacent office (she thinks she will win the spa basket. I THINK NOT)....

And I came on upstairs and ate my pie.

SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good. I pinched off of it until it was all gone.

I tried my BEST to save it. Tried. It would've gone nicely with my salad for lunch. But it did not work out.


Good eating, though. Real good eating.

And I best get to learning how to use stevia in my desserts.

This is what I am thankful for today. The little things.

A good piece of pie and a good laugh.

Wait... that is much to be thankful for. 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Good Monday Morning

Shame on me for not posting.

I have been BUSY as all  get out. And when I'm not busy, I've been somewhere laid out.

I am trying to finish up a few things, as I am going to see my sister sometime in December.

(And yes, I am SUPER excited about that. I miss her much).

Needless to say, there is not much going on over here except working.

This is Thanksgiving week, which means it will be very quiet at work. I am happy for that. I have no plans, as I am only taking Thanksgiving day off. If I could work that day, I surely would. My friend the Green Eyed Bandit's Mama is in town, and I may go spend Thanksgiving day with them.

Because I know Mama Bandit is frying up some pork ribs for sure...


Forget the turkey. Fried ribs, man.

That's some 'itis AND a heart attack. My goodness.

I don't know if Mama Bandit is frying ribs or not. I just think of that when Green Eyed Bandit call and holler "My Mama is in town, so come on down."  She was in town earlier this year and I missed out. So I will get down there this Thanksgiving.

This week I spend time thinking about my year and what I am thankful for. I may post on that.

I know many of you are off this week. 

Be safe out there if you're traveling. And have a good week... on purpose.

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

The Day After

Well, well, well...

We have a new President-elect.

Congratulations to President Elect of The United States of America, Donald Trump.

That's one heck of a photo.

That's from Duke's twitter. He was pleased as punch with the results.

Look at that. Tanks and a nice semi-automatic weapon.


Make America Great Again!

(And we know what that means. Dog whistle. Big huge dog whistle).

I'm not all that phased. I know I stayed up half the night. Around two in the morning, I saw the results of 215 for Clinton versus 244 for Trump. And I thought... uh oh.

It's really going to happen. He's going to become president.

And you know what? I am fine with that. My confession remains the same. I have been encouraging myself for the past two weeks. See yesterday's post.

Today, my workplace mother bought me a lovely salad.

 And some salad dressing.

That was a blessing indeed. I had lunch, but I hadn't eaten yet. This was great.

What's more of a blessing was to see her smile and her optimism, and her giving me a good word of encouragement. And I went over to speak with someone else and let's just say we had church in her office.

Today, I even had a good talk with my sister, who is all the way over in Dubai. That was such a surprise and a blessing. 

So I am more encouraged and optimistic than ever.

Today we make a choice: faith or fear. They cannot occupy the same space.

I choose faith. And I move forward. 

You move forward too... on purpose. 


Tuesday, November 08, 2016

It's that Special Day...

Yes yes, ya'll...

Alright ya'll... you better make it do what it do.

You better get out there and VOTE!


People died so you can VOTE! 

If you didn't vote, I don't want to hear you complaining about who won the presidency.

I early voted a couple of weeks ago, and I am glad of it. I don't have to deal with the long lines and the frustration.


We shouldn't be letting this here election stress us out like this. I myself have friends who are voting differently from me, and I REFUSE to get in shouting message. Ya'll can have this spirit of DIVISION. I rebuke that!

I have made a special confession for the past couple of weeks.

"Lord, you know who the president is going to be. And You have always taken care of me. Therefore, my trust is in YOU. You have taken care of me in the past and in the present. I have no doubt you will take care of me in the future."

And that is that!

All I know, it is very telling, all of our fear and trepidation, that is soaked skin deep, down to our very bones.

It tells what we trust in.

I myself am doing better and better with each passing year... no matter who is in office. And that's what I am fully expecting from now on.


*waves Obama church fan*

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Happy (Belated) Halloween

I hope you had a good and safe Halloween.

I had a great Halloween. Nope, I don't celebrate, but I give out candy. Only because I was a kid, once. And candy is candy.

And I always have that GOOD candy.

Yeah, mon. 

I give out full sized candy bars and other good stuff.... 

That's what I call a GREAT Halloween! 

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Ten Thursday Thoughts

Here we go again... Thursday Thoughts

1. I have been  SUPER busy... too busy to post, even. This has to stop, because blogging is one of the few therapeutic things I do. Sigh.

2. I ate a seedless orange the other day. That bothers me on so many levels. I didn't  know such a thing existed, and I bet it is GMO to the max.

3. I early voted today. No wait. Took me all of 5 minutes. Now that's what I'm talking about.

4. Trump is doing a bunch of dog whistling, i.e., urging his folks to go down to the polls and do a little "poll watching".

5. And that is why I early voted. These jokers trying to start some 1965 riots or something. This is 2016. Get your life.

6. Lunch today: raw coconut corn and yoshi rolls from Tassili's Raw Reality.

That was good. I need a nap now. On my sofa, with the tv playing low. Doze off, wake up, doze off, wake up... continue.

7. I didn't leave work until 9 pm last night. And the sad part is that I needed a couple of more hours to finish what I was doing.

8. I am dehydrated. I'm not sure why I keep letting that happen, but I had a splitting headache yesterday. When that happens, that means I haven't drinking enough water for the past couple of days. Sigh.

9. I thought YESTERDAY was Thursday. I hate when I get my days mixed up.

10. With that said, I can't wait for the weekend!!

That's it for 10 Thursdays Thoughts!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

TWO Thursday Thoughts

How about Two Thursday thoughts. TWO.

1. I am ready for this campaign to be over. I try to listen to both candidates, but right now, I'm just mentally tired.

However, I did see a flow chart that caught my attention. This makes as about as much sense as anything else.  
That explains the foolishness going on more than anything else.

Which brings me to Thursday Thought #2... Which also happens to be the Quote of the Week, and eerily related to what's been going on:

2. Quote of the Week.

Hmmm... sit and let that marinate.

Have a great evening..

Monday, October 17, 2016

Monday Funnies

That look I get from Callie Jo and Mitch when I sneeze too hard...

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Happy Thursday

Happy Thursday to you!

And I have a post I meant to put up on Monday or Tuesday!

Shame on me. Oh well.

Anyway, I have been eating raw for the month. I am near the halfway point, and it seems to be going well enough.

My goal this weekend was to explore a couple of raw restaurants, one I am familiar with and a new one.

So I'd been itching for some raw nachos from Lov'n it Live, a raw spot down in East Point.

Got 'em!

And they were GONE. I finished those off... quickly.

For later on in the week, I bought some raw lasagna. I wanted to try this because my sister had been talking about it. Now my sister is FINICKY. And when my sister likes something, you better jump a fence, catch a train and steal a car to get to it...

So I did all that... and I got it!

Ooooooooh weeeeeee! It was good. And it lasted awhile. Good stuff.

My FAVORITE find this weekend was a restaurant a couple of miles from my house:

Tassili's Raw Reality... 

One word: FANTASTIC!!

I had some great raw corn, raw okra and raw "Stir-fry".

(There is that Callie. Her facial expression says... something. I don't think she was as enthused as me).

Not sure how they did that. But it was GREAT.

I had some raw cake also.

Blew me away. Not sure how they pulled that off, but I am not surprised. I have had raw apple pie and other raw desserts in the past.

Now, the most interesting meal I had from there was a kale wrap. I wanted it wrapped in a coconut wrap (not eating wheat right now), but they were out of those. So they wrapped it in SEAWEED. 

It looks a little scary. Seaweed. I've only had that as part of my sushi California rolls.

But it was filled with some goodness... kale, tomato, avocado and whatever else!


It was enough for 2 meals. And I mean I was FULL.

I'm so glad I found a raw spot so close to my house. I have to make sure I regulate myself though, where I don't spend all my spare change up in there. Let's just say I have been up in there 4 times since Saturday. Hmmm....

So it was a good exploration.

I am so happy I ventured out. I found some places where I can kick a little variety into my raw month.

Friday, October 07, 2016

Friday Freestyles



And it is PAYDAY!

I am suppose to get off at 6:30 pm. BUMP that. I blowing this joint a good 3 hours earlier. I am just waiting for some experiments to finish. Then bye!

Sometimes we get to leave an hour early the day before a holiday. People have been wondering if we will be getting off.

"No," has been my answer. "Because Columbus didn't discover America. He got lost!"

I  would like that hour, though. 

My boss isn't here. I found one of my coworkers, Dr. Ting, and asked if he was in charge of our group today...

"Dr. Ting, you in charge today?"

"No," he said "YOU in charge."

"Well I need to let somebody know that I'm blowing this joint!"

"Okay!" he hollered.

So... I'm not sure if he knew that I am leaving. Maybe I need to stop using slang.

(Uh, Nope).

I don't have much to say today.

But I did see a movie trailer that had me like... "Wait, what?"


I am STILL confused. And frightened.


I did see a movie that frightened me a couple of weeks ago. Don't Breathe.

That was a GREAT movie. But it scared me something awful. And I saw it in a Dolby theatre.

Nope, won't be seeing anything else in a Dolby theater. NOOOOO.

I want to see Birth of a Nation this weekend. Not sure I am in the mood for that. I would like to see Girl on the Train. We will see.

I have a lot of things I want to do this 3 day weekend. I need to make a list.

When I leave work, I'm going to the Farmers Market. I want some cilantro, watercress, swiss chard, dandelion leaves, and whatever else I can get my hands on. I am growing a bit tired of my kale, spinach and baby spring lettuce. Gotta go rogue for better greens.

Song of the Week. It is the 20th Anniversary of Outkast's ATLien CD. And it contains one of my favorite Outkast songs..."Elevators (Me and You).

I still bump Outkast's music. Yep!!

That is it for me. I am GHOST.

Have a good weekend. On purpose! 

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Ten THURSDAY Thoughts

Whoa...  I named this post Ten Tuesday Thoughts...

*runs back up to title and changes it*

Oh THE HORROR. Today is THURSDAY. Not Tuesday. That would be a shame, especially since tomorrow is payday. Heavens no.
1. I am ready for the weekend. I am mostly just ready for my paycheck.

2. You best hope I get something done tomorrow. The shades of mind are usually halfway down on Payday.

3. Today I went to get a haircut.  My hair is straight skint right now.

4. I told him not to cut it that low. But I don't care. I don't have to comb or brush my hair for the next couple of weeks. And that is a good thing.

5. I am loving the Luke Cage series on Netflix.

I have one more episode to watch. I will watch that this evening while I do my crocheting.

6. This has been a semi-productive week. I can at least be thankful for that.

7. I have been eating raw so far this October. I don't know if that is saying much though, since this is just October 6th.

8. Today's breakfast: a spinach, pineapple and pear smoothie. For lunch I had some kale salad that someone made. Not sure what is for dinner. I haven't had much of an appetite, but I will eat something. Maybe a salad.

9. I find it interesting that I am craving dandelion leaves, watercress, arugula, and swiss chard. I will run get some this weekend. Those will make make for some good smoothies. 

10. What's playing on my Spotify right now....

Oh my goodness... watching that video right now... It is so CHEESY!!

That's it for Ten Thursday Thoughts....


Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Happy 11th Anniversary to MEEE!!

Check it out...

Today is my House Anniversary.

I have been in my house for 11 years!

I could find only one early picture of my house.

I know I have some more around. I think I only have this one because I didn't have a digital camera or a camera phone. Both of those devices are common place now.   I have to look around for some more, because I have a small photo album of it as it was being built.

That was October 2005. Here it is today!

The bushes are taller. And I had it painted around a year and a half ago. But overall it looks the same.

One of my goals is to get the roof extended over the trellis area. I don't do anything fancy with the trellis (I imagined these wonderful ivy or roses going on). So I would love to get the roof extended. There is a house across the street from mine that's just like mine and they had it done. I should've gotten the fella's number that did it some 8 years ago.

But I love my home. I love the location. It is not a big house, but there is just me, and I basically live downstairs. (I rarely go upstairs, as my master bedroom is on the bottom level). That has to change. I have always pondered moving upstairs, especially for the fall and winter months. My sister stayed with me for 5 years, and that was always her domain. She was upstairs and I was downstairs.

Like I said, I love my home. I lived in the area (about 1/2 a mile away) some 22 years ago when I was in graduate school. I always thought if I could catch a house in the area in the future I would definitely get it, no doubt.

So happy I did!

Wednesday Funnies

I got a blessing today!

Someone left some grapes on my desk. Only they weren't grapes. They were muscadines.

I hollered, "I don't like muscadines, but these right here are free and they're a blessing! They are good!"

*ladylee chewing on fruit and spitting our hulls and seeds*

(Oh, and check out my screensaver. LOL)

Monday, October 03, 2016

Good FALL Monday

How on earth do I keep letting so much time go by and not post. I have plenty of post ideas. But I have let things slip off. Shame on me!

Oh my! I am so HAPPY that it is FALL!!!

I like fall. I don't have to turn on the air conditioner or the furnace. That means lower utility bills. GLORY!

(I don't know what I would do if some big deer were in my backyard like in the picture, tho.)

So it is Monday...and I go through the same thing I go through every Monday morning: looking for cats. I don't want them stuck in my bedroom all day (I close the door to my bedroom when I leave for work in the mornings). 

So there is a lot of:  "Ya'll up in here! GET OUT OF HERE!"

If they are, they usually scramble on out.

Because they know LadyLee is crazy.

When I don't see them, I go looking and I keep yelling.

And they trick me a few times a month. They sit silently on the beams over the living room and run back and forth.

And I know what they are thinking:

 "Watch this fool run back and forth. She won't even look up over her head."


As long as I know they are up there, I can just leave. 

I am looking forward to these cooler days. It seems like I'm not as flustered and I can think clearer.

Much clearer.

I am going to try to post all this week. Try.

Have a good week. On purpose.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Ten Tuesday Thoughts.


I wish it was Thursday.  That would mean tomorrow is Friday. And that would mean the weekend is nigh.

Wait. This is Tuesday Thoughts. And that was just a thought. So that will be my first thought.

1. I wish it was Thursday. That would mean tomorrow is Friday. And that would mean the weekend is nigh.

2. I said to myself that I wouldn't watch the debate last night. Nevertheless, I did. I am not sure how I feel about that. But it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.

3. I already know who I'm going to vote for. That didn't change.

4. Trump sniffed a lot last night. That made me nervous. He either has a cold or he's treating his nose.

5. Today's lunch was brought by my cubicle mate Lady M. As usual I didn't know what I was eating. It was full of lentils, cauliflower, and other veggies. I ate it so fast that I forgot to take a picture of it.

6. The cheesiest song is playing on my Spotify right now.

How cheesy is that?  But it was the bomb back in 1982 when I was 12. It is not hard to impress a 12-year-old.

7. I paid off THREE credit cards today. GLORY!

8. I proudly announced this to my former cubicle mate The Cowgirl Cre and my new cubicle mate Lady M. They both stared at me, their lips pursed. They are both dealing with some dog surgery issues. And we all know how costly our animal care can get. Sigh.

9. They both gave me the side-eye when I announced that the total amount for the payoff of all three cards together was $125. I corrected myself after adding it up.

"My bad, ya'll," I said. "The total was $132".


10. RIP to Kashif. Didn't even know he was sick. My favorite song by him was "Love Changes".

Ugh. I don't need anymore people from my childhood movies and music to pass away. STOP IT, I SAY.


That is it for my 10 Tuesday Thoughts.

Have a good week! Friday will be here before we know it!!

Monday, September 26, 2016

A Slave and a Spaceship


I like rap music, but as I get older, I find that I prefer more experimental rap (and of course, old school rap). I in no way can listen to much of any current rap, as I do not understand it. You can have the current "mumble" rap. Take it far away from me, please.

But I like the group Clipping.  It is an industrial noise rap group. Industrial noise rap tends to be a bit too much to me, but I find that this group's music has at least has a little order to it (if "order" is the right word to use). The rapper of the group is an actor in the popular Hamilton broadway play.  When I saw him in clips of Hamilton, I thought "Daveed is a rapper. What is he doing in a play?"

They released a CD earlier this month that I absolutely LOVE.

It's a concept CD, and any time I can find a CD that strings the songs together into a story, I'm a happy Oldgirl.

The name of it is Splendor and Misery, and it's about a slave who takes over a spaceship and his mental and emotional issues concerning the whole ordeal.

And best of all, he is rapping over the sounds of space and the spaceship.

How creative is that? Who would've ever thought of sci-fi rap?

I was washing dishes when I first listened to it. There was much *blink*blink*crickets*blink*blink on my part.  But I like it the more I listen to it. (Maybe that's because I am a big sci-fi fan). There a couple of times that I thought dude was running from some aliens. Yikes. I think I would've dropped a glass in the sink and ran if that happened!

The cover of the CD is unnerving. If you look closely at the man's upper body, he's a astronaut, and his bottom half is that of a slave man (chains and ragged pants).


I gave it a listen. And I liked it. It even wove in some of what I thought were old negro spirituals.

I have had to listen to it a good 10 times to "get it". I am waiting for someone to post up all the lyrics, because I am sure it reads like a long short story of sorts.

And I must say that I enjoy it much. It is most definitely one of my favorite CDs of the year so far. I like every song. And I can count on one hand the number of CDs where I like EVERY song.

Here's a link to the full CD. It's short for a concept CD (some 38 minutes), but it packs a punch. I would have loved if this was made into a visual album. WOW.

Enjoy... if you dare.

RIP Bill Nunn, October 20, 1952 – September 24, 2016

Bill Nunn passed this weekend.

He played many parts in various movies, but when I think of Bill Nunn, I think of Radio Raheem in Do the Right Thing!

I also think of The Duh-Duh-Duh man in New Jack City.

I can't believe he was in his 60s. I was always think of him as being the age he was in the two movies above.

RIP Bill Nunn. Gone but never ever forgotten.