Friday, September 22, 2017

Friday Freestyles

Friday!

And I do not have much to say.

Because it is Pay Day. And as usual on Pay Day,  the blinds of my mind are at half-staff.

I haven't been really posting because I could not get pictures to load up. It takes some 3 hours for them to transfer into my email for some odd reason.  My patience ain't strong enough to be waiting around... and around... and around.

Nope.

This has been an interesting week.  Another hurricane has hit. Our president and North Korea's president are trading verbal jabs like we are out in the schoolyard somewhere. Sigh.

One great thing happened this week.  Scoot Booty was discharged from the hospital! He spent a month and a day in there.

He knew something odd was going on. 
 We stopped by my house and I held him while my sister got her stuff together. (She'd been staying with me since Irma).

His britches were too big!
 The nurse said, "Put them pants on him. It's not like he's walking anywhere!"

Really. Just needed to keep him warm.

 And as you can see, Big Mitch was a bit amazed... and confused.
 LOL!!

Dear Justin, I am glad you are growing enough to be home. Be good! 

I am looking forward to the weekend. My old book club chose Atlanta Noir for their book of the month. So I will  attend that meeting. It will be so nice to see everybody. I hope they liked my story.
And I hope I can answer their questions.

It has been a beautiful week with NO rain. I hope that continues into the weekend.

I will not put up a ratchet song. Nope. I will put up a song with a ratchet album cover, though.

"Sweet Sticky Thing" by Ohio Players.



I love that song because it is half instrumental and half vocal. And it's near 10 minutes long! Wow!

But I do remember my mother having the Ohio Players in her record collection. And how embarrassed I was to look at those album covers when I was 7 years old.

Too bad there isn't good original music out like they had back in the day some 40 years ago. Humph.

I am hoping for a great weekend. If I don't have anything else, I have the ability to HOPE. And I will not let that go.

You do the same! Don't  let your hope go either!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Semi-Wordless Wednesdays


It is a shame that it has come down to this... 


Friday, September 15, 2017

Friday Freestyles


Friday. Finally. Still feels like a Tuesday to me.

It might be October before I get my head straight concerning what day it is. This picture right here describes the past 2 weeks of weather craziness.


Katia to the left, Harvey in the middle, and Irma to the right.

Such devastation from these storms. Wow. Who would've thought so much could occur in such a short period of time. Wow. The wonders of nature... and climate change.

Since my conference was canceled due to the craziness left behind hurricane I have a free weekend!

So I hope to get some things done around the house, as usual.  This is a simple hope. These days, I am giving myself permission to hope. (That is a food-for-thought driveby in there somewhere).

Song of the Week. Something STRANGE. I hate mumble rap, but I am a bit fascinated with this song. I think it is due to a writing class I'm taking right now.

Warning: You may or may not understand what Young Thug is saying. And after watching it a few times, I found it gruesome. But it is the best piece of mumble rap I have heard (Note: this ain't saying much). And the language. Ugh. Why we gotta cuss so much!



The first thing I thought when I saw the two little girls was "This here is a play on that movie The Shining." 




And The Shining scared the cheese out of me when I was 12 years old. YIKES! I still can't look at the movie, all these years later.


But it is a good piece of horror rap, even though it is that silly mumble rap. And I think my genius IQ just went down by a couple of points after watching it.

Did I burn your eyes out with that video?  You know I have to do something little ratchet here and there! 

So with that said, you have a GREAT weekend! On purpose!

Quote of the Week



Thursday, September 14, 2017

Ten Thursday Thoughts

Ten Thursday Thoughts

1. Is it Thursday already?

2. I ask that because my days are ALL jacked up after 2 days off because of Irma. For some reason I keep thinking today is Tuesday.

3. The last couple of days were spent contemplating as to how to cancel a work related trip I had to Florida.

4. I was supposed to go to a conference. I wasn't presenting, but just going.

5. I didn't really want to go, but you know... got to do stuff just so I can place it on my end of the year review.

6. It was O_O watching the news and seeing Hurricane Irma make landfall at the city where the conference was to be  held.

7. The resort has no power. They won't be getting power for awhile, looks like. Not until a couple of Saturdays from now. Wow.

8. We finally figured out how to cancel the trip today. Funny how nobody seems to know how to do this type of stuff immediately.

9. One of my coworkers was worried about us getting charged anyway.

10. I told her I will tell them, "Send the bill to Mrs. Irma H. Cane.

 She will gladly pay it!


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Then and Now

Then (3 weeks ago)


Now...




Tuesday, September 12, 2017

That Doggone Irma!


Man...

That doggone Irma got me all jacked up.

First of all, the workplace was shut down for Monday and Tuesday. So you know, I was all good with that... some free time off! Yes!

I should've known there would be a slight problem when I was watching the news and the WHOLE state of Georgia was covered with one giant swirl...



And yes, I'm still on that bootleg, with the flat screen TV on top of the tube TV. My sister bought that tube television for me at the thrift store for $35. I will not get rid of it. It is a sentimental thing, you see.



As you can tell, I was relaxing HARD, laid out on the couch wrapped in my favorite micro suede blanket, my feet clad in a new pair of black socks. I had on a pair of leggings and a tank top. I was feeling GREAT!

Then BOOM!

I knew that sound. It was an explosion. It was the transformer blowing.

It was around 3:30 pm.

Lights out.

No lights.

I found the three lone candles I had. They were conveniently up on the mantle. Let's just say my house smelled STRONGLY of peaches, flower, and cinnamon. My scent cells in my nose are OVERLOADED. But I had some light.

I tell you that after this, I'm finding a survival or camping store and I'm buying a kit... some lanterns and ish like that.

I feel like I'm in an episode of The Color Purple.

I'm expecting Celie to walk in at any moment and holler "Ya'll want somethin' to eat??"

LOL

Georgia Power put up some crazy message talking about it could be days or weeks before power is restored. Georgia Power, I live in a gentrified area, and if you don't stop talking that foolishness, you know these white folks gonna crash the lobby of your downtown building with torches and pitchforks. That power better be on TONIGHT.

If not, oh well. We need to think about people who lost everything due to the storm. Or have a house full of water and got to figure it out. A power outage is temporary at best, and it reminds me how much I rely on it. And that will be the lesson learned. 

But these are high class problems, you know.  I left the Lucy the Lexus in the garage (since it is stuck in there due to the power outage) and cranked up Pam the Protege and went on down to the hospital and spent the day with Scoot Booty. That little dude has gained a whole pound since he was born 3 weeks ago! Go Scoot Booty!

Irma is gone, spinning out in Tennessee somewhere.

I don't think we can take anymore hurricanes. So let's just hope and pray for a long long break from them! 

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Ten Tuesday Thoughts

So here we are...

Ten Tuesday Thoughts... or more.

We will see.

1. I was so thankful for the 3-day weekend. We just don't get enough of those.

2. I use the holiday time to declutter. And boy oh boy did I have a lot of clutter. I come from a family of hoarders, so anytime I can get rid of a stray piece of paper, I am proud and happy.

3. I think our discussion panel at the Decatur Book Festival went very well.

It was around an hour  long. We each read for around one minute (my passage to read - I'd  decided it right before I left the house that morning).

4. I wish now that I would've rented a room at the local Marriott for the weekend and spent the entire 2 days there. Once I stood still enough to look at the sessions, I saw that there were some great sessions. I didn't attend any because I was more nervous about our session.  Sigh. Maybe next time!

5. So my new nephew Justin, aka Notorious J, aka Scoot Booty (my personal nickname for him) is doing well. He is the little Boss Preemie of the intermediate infant care section!

6. Scoot Booty is getting darker.




7. I went down Saturday evening to spend some alone time with him and give him his bottle. It was my first time feeding him.



He drank a full 15 out of 20 milliliters. I prayed over him and sang to him. It was the best 2 hours of my weekend, hands down. Go Scoot Booty!!

8. And Scoot Booty is a typical man: eat, get full, then go straight to sleep.



9.. Best thing I ate this weekend:

A pineapple habanero popsicle from King of Pops. Although they are a bit pricey, I like there popsicles because they are not too sweet and they're super juicy. It was good, but it snuck up on me afterwards. That habenero had my lips burning for a few minutes!

10.. There's a new hurricane coming, and her name is Irma! After seeing Harvey, people in Florida rushed to the store with the quickness. It is strange that we heard about Irma some 10 days out, whereas Harvey wasn't talked much about. Maybe I missed it. Never again.

11.. This day is too long. Sigh. I can't wait to get home.

12. I am doing something new for September: I am making up my "to-do" list for when I get home during the day as I think of things. (I hope that makes sense. My wording is off). I think that will be better for me, because by the time I get home, I have forgotten what I wanted to accomplish that evening.

That's it for my 10 + 2 Tuesday Thoughts!

Friday, September 01, 2017

Freestyle Fridays

Friday!

And this week has been so busy that  I haven't had time to post. Sigh.

I have a project that I am working on, and it is a fail as far as I am concerned right now, so I will just have to start over next week. And I am good with that. I am just BONE tired.

I have been like Callie Jo all week when I get home from work.



Laid out, stretched out and sleeping. I'm not sleeping all that well, but it is good enough. 

I have gone to see my new nephew little Justin about 2 or 3 times this week after work. He is doing well, and he has gained 4 ounces. That is a lot for a preemie. He's even taking breast milk mow, but mostly through a feeding tube. He is not on any IVs. So once he gets off that feeding tube, he is all good.

I am sad about the hurricane destruction and flooding in Texas. I know these natural disasters happen, and I pray for those involved. However, I am tired of all the armchair quarterbacking that we do. Unless I am IN the situation, or I've been through something like that, I feel like I have no right to judge how folks handle things. No right. That's just me. I think we are just trained in social media  to comment, analyze, and tare down every single thing.

I have no idea what it is like to have my house fill up with flood water, hit by a tornado, destroyed by fire, none of that. The best I can do is to have some empathy. Hope that makes sense.

I am looking forward to the weekend. I am on a panel for Atlanta Noir at the Decatur Book Festival. I haven't been to the festival in years. The last time I went was when Tayari Jones was there and was reading from her book The Untelling, and that was back in 2006, I believe.  I even wrote a blog post on it. It meant a lot because I took my brother, and it was the first reading he had ever attended. So it means much to me to actually be a participant some 11 years later.

So that is it for me. 

So I am excited about that. I don't think we will get to read. Maybe one page or so if we do. And that is cool. I am just happy to be a participant!

Song of the Week.  I don't really have one. But I have a song that I listen to often. And I came across the video. Oldgirl had better made a video QUICK since Jay-Z sampled her song.

"Late Nights and Heartbreaks" by Hannah Williams and the Affirmations. 



It ain't the highest quality video, but she worked it out, didn't she? LOL

That is is for ME. I am thoroughly ready for the 3-day weekend!

I will make the best of it. At least I hope to.  It might just be a lot of this:


And that is alright too. I will still have a great weekend.

And you do the same!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Freestyle Fridays


Whelp!

It is Friday!

And better yet, it is PAYDAY!

OHHHH Glory!

I am always happy for payday. And as usual on payday, the blinds of my mind are half closed.

I even arrived a couple of hours late to work today. Yep.

OH well. I only have about 4 hours worth of work to do.

Anyway, this week has been a bundle of excitement with the arrival of Notorious J, aka Scoot Booty. No, I'm not putting up a bunch of pictures every day. Wordless Wednesday was enough. I will put up something when he has changed some more (He has already changed A LOT in 6 days time). But I'm not going to overdo it!

Aren't you interested in who won the Big Sweepstakes? The $25 gift card and the autographed copy of Atlanta Noir?

The drawing was on Wednesday. As usual, I took a few pictures.

Here are the names for August posts. I hope you see yours! 
What is that, 35-36 names? That's a good amount.

I tore those up and threw them in a red Solo cup.

And my only employee pulled the names! Thank you Commander Getjiggywitit!



First name!

The winner is Erica Clark! She commented on an August 9th post!

Yay Erica!

Next name pulled...


The winner is The Green Eyed Bandit!

Go Bandit!


Congrats to you, Ladies! Holler at me for the details!

As always, Commander GitJiggyWitIt certified these the official winners by placing the dates on the back of the winning tickets.

No, it's not quite the lotto, but hey... $25 will get a half tank of gasoline for your ride, or some panties and makeup at the Wal-marts.

I am ready for the weekend. I will spend a little time both days down at the hospital with Scoot Booty. His mama is out of the hospital and she is a little down about not having him out with her, but he has to get big and strong to leave. He will be home soon!!

Hurricane is coming down out there in Texas. This looks like a bad one with the 35 inches of rain! I have NEVER heard of that much rain falling at one time. Ya'll be safe and follow the directions of the authorities. Evacuate if you can.

Song of the Week. Hmmm... I'm trying to think of something.

Ok, so we were asked to choose a song that represents our stories in the Anthology. A Spotify playlist is being created. So I chose "No More Drama" by Mary J. Blige, and "10 seconds" by Jazmine Sullivan.





I think "No More Drama" was chosen. I'm good with that.

Are you ready for the weekend? I am! 

I am looking forward to a productive weekend! On purpose and by design!

You have a good weekend, and again congratulations to all the winners!

Monday, August 21, 2017

The Wonderful Eclipse... and Scoot Booty


So I have been annoyed with all this eclipse hype. I just remember a partial eclipse during my high school years that did not live up to the hype. But I was all excited about others being excited.

And I was more excited about someone who was a bit more important than this eclipse:

Scoot Booty.

But back to the eclipse. Did you get out there and see it?

I did. I saw it through a piece of paper.




And that's as good as it got.

Nope... someone put 4 holes in a sheet of paper and we saw 4 crescents.



Oh joy...

It made me happy enough... for a few minutes. I told people that I would've been happier if it got pitch black outside and it started lightning real bad and I heard some loud roars.

"RAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!"

*everybody running like hell from the monsters*

Yes,  that would've made me more excited.

But something else happened that made me 1000 times happier.

Scoot Booty! 

I had to throw on some scrubs like I was on the medical drama shows...

And you can tell I don't know what I'm doing... that doggone mask kept coming undone. Sigh.

But it was worth it.

Because I saw the birth of Nephew #3 on Stardate 2017.19.08!!

Justin!

Better known as Notorious J!!

Or as I have been calling him the last couple of days, Scoot Booty.  I call him that because he is a preemie and his little booty LITERALLY fits in the palm of my hand.

So amazing.

This is not a Milk and Cookies production, aka, my brother's baby.

This is a Kentucky production. So I guess we can call him Kentucky 2.0 also.

(I love nicknames).

You know I took a gazillion pictures, many of which I will use to embarrass Scoot Booty.  I have some great posts coming. Yes indeed. So stay tuned.

And stay tuned for the sweepstakes drawing tomorrow. Comment to win!