Friday, October 29, 2010

TGIF!!

Sexy Survey Time!

1. Do you have a pet name given to you by your boo that you hate?

2. Is a little separation necessary for a relationship to stay healthy and exciting, or can you spend every waking moment with your partner doing everything together...and still get along just great?

3. Is there a time in your relationship where you allow your partner to see you flossing your teeth, popping your zits, or clipping your toenails - or do those things remain a mystery forever - even after marriage?

4. Do you feel you have a greater orgasm from better quality, longer lasting foreplay, or better quality, longer lasting sex?

5. Do you think it’s fair to say men are more at ease with meaningless sex than women are? And/or do you think women or men or Sex and the City are responsible for propagating the myth that females are cool with "meaningless sex"?

Go!

-b

Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Happy Random Thoughts Thursday!

- This is my 500th blog post! Yay!

- I dreamt of fish - who is it? :-)

- Sherri Sheppard is so goofy to me.

- I love seeing the leaves fall from the trees - so pretty!

- I love the Fall, but I also love the warm weather we've been having. I'm going to enjoy it, because I know the cold is on its way back...like tomorrow. But why have people been wearing big coats, gloves and scarves when it's been in the 70's all week? I know it's late October and no one loves a nice cozy sweater and "butta leatha" more than me...but you shouldn't be wearing a wool skull cap when it's 76 degrees outside. I'm hot just looking at these people. Jus' sayin'.

- Um...there is no "a" in the word "definitely." I hate seeing that. I don't even know where people get that from.

- Hill Harper is so cute to me :-)

- I would love to hit the lotto...Mega Millions...Power Ball...either would be fine.

- Ever want to push someone down the subway steps when they're walking down them slowly and the train is coming? No? Just me?

- My sister heard the "Oh you fancy, huh?" song for the first time in her life yesterday. She was saying it all day, so funny. When I told her that song has been out FOREVER, she said, "Why didn't you tell me about this cute song?" How am I supposed to know what songs she's heard or not heard before? She's always in the car, so I assumed she listens to the radio a lot. Then I remembered that she's always with my two nephews who insist on watching the Karate Kid dvd (or some other animated movie) in the car over and over again. Is that what happens when you become a mom...you lose touch with the outside world? :-)

- My abs, legs and booty hurt from working out this week. All it takes is one week off to feel the pain again...ouch! I would tell you that my crotch hurts this week from spinning, but that would be over sharing :-)

- Brian's Throwback joint!



Go!

-b

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Happy Hump Day!

First let me say to all the basketball fans out there....the NBA season is back in full effect!

Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a fan of sports....period. Even if I don't follow baseball, I get excited for big games, rivalries, etc. I may not watch hockey every time it's on, but I've been to a game or two and had a great time. Since I played field hockey back in the day, I have a certain appreciation for it.

I was also on the track team - the high jump, triple jump and long jump were my events. And of course there's basketball...which was my favorite to play. I learned how to play at a very young age, and played in team sports from 6th grade to 12th grade...and I don't think I was too shabby.

Given that, I think it's safe to say I have a healthy knowledge and appreciation for the game, and I know who the great players are - past and present. So imagine my confusion when I logged into my email this morning to find notes from people cheering the Lakers and calling me a "hater" because "Kobe won."

My confusion came in the "hater" comment. I feel like I've written about this ad nauseum, so I guess today's post will be my annual "the word hater is mis/overused" rant on the blog.

It's no secret that I'm not a Kobe fan. That's not to say that I secretly plot his demise on a daily basis or wish he'd get hit by an ice cream truck - he's just not my favorite player. I don't root for him like I do the Eagles. But because some people feel that he SHOULD be my favorite player, I'm automatically labeled as a hater because he isn't. What is that about?

I have never in my life said that Kobe is a terrible basketball player. That would be crazy talk, and I'd fully expect someone to have me committed if I ever said such a thing. As a basketball fan, I am very well aware of the impossible feats he accomplishes on the court on a regular basis. His work ethic is insane. His talent is unmatched in the league today. And like the announcer said during the ring ceremony (so I heard), he could arguably be considered the best basketball player on the planet.

It doesn't pain me to say those things. I don't want to yank my tongue out for speaking such words. I've even posted his best dunks on my blog before because they are a thing of beauty to witness. I wouldn't turn down a ticket to go see the Lakers play in the Staples Center either.

I just don't have any Kobe posters on my wall, that's all.

I DID, however, have posters of Magic and Kareem on my wall as a young girl. I like the Lakers. Always have. I can appreciate the Lakers for the team that they are and the legacy they have without being a Kobe fan. Yes...it's possible folks.

But why does that make me a hater?

What I find interesting is the people who tell me that I should like Kobe - that say I should "overlook" his personal transgressions against his family or his "assholedness" and simply appreciate him as a basketball player - are some of the SAME people who have disdain for Ben Roethlisberger because they believe him to be a rapist, or Brett Favre because they think he's a creepy man who sexually harassed a woman. Can someone help me with that?

It's like we give certain players or celebrities a pass, but not others - either because they're the greatest at what they do, or because they're our favorite...so it's okay. But you can't call the QB of the Steelers Ben "Rapistberger" but then tell me to "get over" the fact that Kobe was accused of rape himself. You can't say Brett Favre is disgusting for sexting some woman because, as a married man, that's wrong, but then say "I wish people would leave Tiger Woods alone."

It's hypocrisy.

But I find that people are more forgiving when we're talking about the Kobe's and Tiger's of the world, if for no other reason than their talent is unmatched. But does being the best at what you do automatically mean that you are above any personal faults you may have, while others aren't simply because they're not as talented as you are? That's something I don't understand.

If a woman tells me she's not a Kobe fan because she doesn't respect him as a man because he cheated on his wife, or because she believes he's guilty of rape, then I can respect that. That's fair to me. Everyone has an issue that's personal to them, and we ALL make judgements on people whether we admit it or not. Do I think Kobe raped someone? No...but who's to say? Yes, he was acquitted, but Ben was never charged either. Then again, I don't think Mike Tyson raped anyone either...but he was convicted of it. Would we be calling him a rapist if he were Peyton Manning? Or would we think he was being set up by some trick trying to take down our beloved favorite quarterback? (...and I'm simply using him as an example...not saying that Peyton is America's quarterback...even though he is :-)

Now if that same woman, who has never watched a basketball game in her life, says she hates Kobe because he's overrated, or because he's not good...then she's crazy, a bit delusional...and can possibly be classified as a "hater." That's the difference.

I just really wish people would stop using that term if they have no idea what a "real" hater is. If I put "GO Eagles!" as my Facebook status, I shouldn't be called a "hater" in my comments section of the team they're playing against. People need to get a grip. It's called cheering for MY team, not rooting AGAINST yours. (unless it's the Cowboys...LOL...just jokes...okay, maybe not)

I say all that to say, I don't have to love Kobe in order to appreciate his skill. I'm not going to jump on the "Kobe" bandwagon if they win another championship. Did the Lakers deserve it? Yes. Did they earn it? Yes. Do I shake my head in amazement at some of the mind boggling stunts Kobe pulls on the court? Absolutely.

But I don't have to be president of his fan club to say that. And if you think I'm a hater simply because I haven't changed my profile picture to reveal the likeness of Kobe, then you're an idiot.

-b
p.s. this is me in front of a pic in my brother-in-law's pizza shop...I liked "Young Kobe" :-)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

LIAR!!

Happy Tuesday!

Yesterday as I was lurking on Facebook, I read a status that said, on average, people tell about 4 lies a day. I actually thought that number was pretty low - but then again, I thought to myself, "I don't lie that many times a day...if at all." Or do I...?

Yesterday....

Coworker: "How are you today Brooke?"

My reply: "I'm great!"

But I was really tired as all hell yesterday, and irritable because I was told I had to pay an extra $252 to fix the power steering on my car after I had already shelled out close to a grand on Saturday to fix a problem with my exhaust system. So I was not "great" at all. But I said I was...

Is that a lie?

Yes, it was.

But I'm the type to try my best to be positive, even when I don't feel like it. After all, I don't have to make everyone else miserable or unload all of my problems on anyone else just because I'm having a bad day. Right? So in instances like that, is telling a little lie okay?

Coworker: "I've lost weight, can't you tell?"

Me: "Sure, keep it up!"

But what I really wanted to say was, "No, I don't see it...as a matter of fact...you look heavier."

But why would I say something so mean and tactless? I'm not one to try to hurt someone's feelings, and when put on the spot, sometimes there's no "creative way" to tell the truth without making someone want to punch you in the face...or run crying in a corner. I'd simply rather encourage you, even if it means telling a little fib. But is that wrong?

My sister is one of those people who tells you the truth whether you want to hear it or not. If your outfit is wack or your makeup looks busted...you'll know it. I don't think she could lie even if she wanted to. She wears the truth on her face. And even though I've gotten my feelings hurt many times because of her brutal honesty, I always appreciated that she never let me go outside looking crazy because she cared enough to tell me that my jeans were too tight, that I could benefit from swiping on some lip gloss real quick, that I should run a comb through my hair or get my upper lip and eyebrows waxed. She was telling me the truth because she loved me...

and because she would probably be embarrassed to be seen with me in public looking like "hobo scratch." (her line...not mine)

So what type of "liar" are you? Do you lie to spare people's feelings? Or do you lie to keep from being caught cheating on your boo? ;-)

Do you only tell the painful truth to people you love or who you know can handle it? Are you the type to only be receptive to the truth if it's coming from a friend or loved one? Would you appreciate being lied to if it means sparing your feelings, or do you appreciate the truth no matter who is telling it?

Or are you one of those people who claim to NEVER lie?

Cuz if you are...that's a lie right there :-) LOL!

-b

Monday, October 25, 2010

Happy Monday!

I'm not sure how many of you listen to Power 105.1 in the morning here in NYC, but Ed Lover basically "C'mon Son'd" Tyler Perry saying he should "just come out already."

Unless you've been living under a rock...or simply have no interest in anything Tyler Perry or Oprah (which is most men I suppose), then most of you know that Tyler Perry gave a gut wrenching interview on The Oprah Show on which he shared his traumatic story of sexual abuse at the hands of men and a woman.

He was between the ages of 5-10 when the abuse occurred - an age where most of us admittedly knew nothing about sex, and certainly were not able to consent to it. It's no wonder that anyone suffering sexual abuse at such a young age would grow up to be confused about their sexual orientation. Tyler Perry admitted to being confused, saying that he was forced to carry something in his heterosexual self that he did not want to carry. It's something he still grapples with to this day.

For years, many have wondered if Tyler Perry was straight or gay. After all, we rarely, if ever, see him with any women. He has no children. And he's a Hollywood powerhouse...which is basically code speak for "Gold-digger Magnet." Most men who have attained that sort of power are either married with children, or eligible bachelors with a different woman on their arm every week. But Tyler Perry is neither of those things. He's almost "asexual."

But even though Ed Lover "C'mon Son'd" him on the radio, he asked (almost to himself) why we CARE what he is. Why do we need "the confession?" Why do we have to know what Tyler Perry is?

If you are a woman who may potentially date him, then I can see asking the question. If you are a MAN with the potential to date him, I can see asking the question. But if you are a fan...or are NOT a fan, what difference does it make? Will you stop going to see his films if you find out that he's gay? Will we START watching his sitcoms if we find out that he's gay? Or will we just simply know now...just so we could say "I told you so." Or better yet, "I don't believe him."

Why do we have to know who the next person is sleeping with, or not sleeping with? Is it simply because he's a celebrity and we feel we have a "right" to know, or is it just something that comes with celebrity? Or do we wonder about everyone - regardless of status? Why do we care so much?

Personally, if he's not in my bed...then who he sleeps with, or doesn't sleep with, is none of my business. As long as he's healed and happy, that should be all that matters....but that doesn't seem to be the case. Why is that?

BONUS QUESTION: If you found out that a potential love interest suffered through sexual abuse at either the hands of a man or a woman, would you date them? Women: If a man told you that he was molested by a man, would you automatically assume he was gay and run in the other direction, or would you take a chance? Men: Same deal...would you care?

Let's hear it!

Go!

-b

Friday, October 22, 2010

TGIF! Finally!

...or should I say...PHINALLY! Go Phillies!

Sexy Survey Time!

1. Do you have "dirty" sex, or "proper" sex?

2. The first time you have sex with someone, are you more concerned with pleasing him/her or being pleased?

3. How do you get over a break-up?

4. What is your favorite sex "prop" - food, clothing, whips, scarves, handcuffs, etc.?

5. Women: Do you have sex when "Aunt Flo" is in town? Men: Do you "run red lights"?

6. What would your sexy Halloween costume be?

7. Do you kiss your partner after giving or receiving oral sex?

8. The mailroom guy flirts with you everyday, the woman who makes your coffee just right at Starbucks thinks you're hot...do you tell (brag to) your significant other about folks that flirt with you or come on to you daily or do you keep it to yourself?

9. Your man/woman buys you an article of clothing that you hate. Do you: say thank you, give him/her a kiss and never wear it? Say thank you, give him/her a kiss and then later secretly return it behind his/her back? Or say thank you, give/her a kiss and wear it proudly?

10. Is sex in a nice, cozy comfy bed with 1,000 thread count sheets underrated? Or do you have to have sex outside of the bedroom in order to keep it spicy?

Go!

-b

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Happy Random Thoughts Thursday!

- I'm tired. I could crawl under my desk and go right to sleep. I can't WAIT to get home, slip into some jammies and cuddle on the couch with Cole.

- My nephew Ibrahim turns 4 on Saturday! I'm headed to Philly tomorrow night to go celebrate with my family. We're having a bowling party and a Monster Truck cake! I love them :-)

- "The rent is too damn high!"



but did you peep the gloves though? :-) LOL!

- Did anyone see Tyler Perry on Oprah yesterday? If not, you should find it and watch it. Gripping interview...my heart ached for him.

- The news has been so depressing lately.

- NPR's Juan Williams shouldn't have been fired for his remarks on Bill O'Reilly's show. Was it an idiotic thing to say? Yes. But he was stating his feelings, not an opinion as a fact. People say idiotic, racist, insensitive things every day - doesn't mean you should necessarily get fired for it. While I understand that not ALL speech is protected under "freedom of speech" - expressing your feelings on something, no matter how ridiculous, should be protected. If you want to be able to state your opinion or feelings, then keep in mind that you have to take the good with the bad on that one.

- Don't you hate it when the funky, fly boots you want don't come in your size? Or if they do, they're in a 5 inch heel? What is up with THAT? I have no desire to bust my ass trying to walk. Flat boots it is.

- I'm in a shopping mood...always happens to me in the Fall. Chunky sweaters, boots, scarves! I've been good lately, but that 45% off coupon I got from The Gap is callin' me!

- Since I've lost weight, my favorite "booty" cords are too big for me. They discontinued them, so I can't even replace them. That can't be a good thing. I need them since I've been told I was "booty challenged."

- I feel like I've been working with idiots all morning. It's even worse when the simpletons think everyone ELSE is simple. Don'tcha just love that? Must be nice to live in that world.

- You're never too old to hold hands, give and receive great hugs and to have someone blow raspberries on your face :-)

- I've cut down significantly on Snapple. Baby steps.

- What's for lunch today? I neglected to cook...AGAIN. I gotta get my act together.

- If you all don't follow TogetherAsOne on Facebook, you should check them out. They've started a scholarship program behind one simple concept: If 2000 people pledged $20 a year for 5 years, we could send a young black man to a 4 year college and support him through graduation. I can spend $20 a day on just lunch and dinner alone, so $20 a year is something I can easily commit to. Will you be one of 2000 strong? Join the Village and let's do this!

- Brian's RTT Throwback!



He pulled that one out the hat!

Go!

-b

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Happy Hump Day!

I'll be so glad when this cold finally leaves my body. Being sick is the worst!

I think my body shut down after all the stress of my car being broken into and losing my cell phone last week. Usually I'm able to take stress in stride - especially since working out is my usual form of relief. While finding broken glass in my passenger side seat was disturbing, and taking a day to replace the glass was annoying, I think I was most annoyed by my cell phone situation.

But not because I was without a phone. I had my Blackberry as a backup, so that wasn't it. It wasn't that I was afraid someone was calling Mexico or Jamaica on my phone and I'd have to pay for the charges made before I reported it missing. It wasn't even that I had to buy a new phone.

I was angry because my coworker told me he found my phone, admitted that he didn't really look for it when I asked....and then didn't apologize for it - RIGHT AWAY.

I was trying to figure out why I was so mad at him...and that was my conclusion. He didn't seem remorseful. He didn't think that lying to me about looking for my phone was a big deal. He didn't care that I stressed over it, called to cancel my old phone and went out and purchased a new phone. He shrugged it off like, "Oh well, just return the new one." THAT is what angered and stressed me most.

While some people think I may be overreacting, an article that my former-future-baby-daddy sent me yesterday shows that perhaps I wasn't. Or maybe I was overreacting because I'm a woman.

The article is titled "I'm Very, Very, Very Sorry....Really?" and it states that women apologize way more than men do...whether they've done something "really" wrong or not. Men, it turns out, apologize less because most times they feel they've done nothing wrong or offensive - and other times it's simply pride/ego.

This was probably the case with my coworker. He probably felt it was my fault that I left my phone in his car, and that by actually searching for it for me, he was doing ME a favor. He probably thought I was careless for losing it in his car in the first place, and that I should be grateful that he bothered to look one more time for me. Fine. He's entitled.

But I wasn't angry that he found it after I bought a new one. I was angry that he lied to me about looking for it. He assured me for two days that he turned his car upside down, looking in every corner, and that it simply wasn't there....when he never looked at all. I wasn't upset that it took him three days to look, I was upset that he told me he did when he didn't.

But if I don't communicate that to him, it's possible he wouldn't know that I was hurt by the lie, not the phone. It's possible...even though I give him credit for being more enlightened than that.

The article also says that most men apologize in order to "keep the peace" or "end the drama." Most men have no idea what they're even apologizing for, they just know that their significant other is upset with them, and that they caused it...so if they want some that night, they'd better say they're sorry and figure out what they're sorry for later.

Fast forward to the end of the work day...

My coworker could tell I was annoyed with him all day. I hadn't told him why, but he could tell. I wasn't my normal jokey-joke self with him. I didn't offer to help him with anything like I normally do. Basically, he was on my sh*t list...and he could feel it.

So what did he do? He apologized.

He said he was sorry about "the whole phone thing" and that I was inconvenienced. Not that he caused it, not that it was his fault, and not even that he lied about looking for the phone. He was simply...sorry. But you know what? At that moment, when he said he was sorry, I felt instantly better.

Until he said, "but....I looked."

"I'm sorry" should never be followed with "but." NEVER. Either you mean it or you don't.

I've since returned the new phone that I bought and put the whole incident behind me. I'm not walking around stank giving him the gas face. I'm back to my lovable self :-)

All this tells me is it's possible I'm a bit sensitive. It's possible he's a bit insensitive. It's possible he really felt he did nothing wrong. And it's possible all of it was just no big deal.

But in the end, "I'm sorry" went a long way. And sometimes, that's all we need to feel better.

-b

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Tuesday afternoon dance break!

At 9 years old, this girl is already a BOSS!



Even Sesame Street knows she's a BOSS!



Two words: MAD CAKE!

"I whip my hair back and forth!"

-b

Monday, October 18, 2010

Happy Monday!

Two things I want to discuss today...so let's see how this goes.

Last Friday I posted the clip "Marriage Negotiations" and said that until there is one made from the woman's perspective, we can discuss how unrealistic women's "lists" can be when it comes to finding a man. Well...now we have the clip, from the WOMAN'S perspective. Take a look:





I think we all agreed that both men AND women can be this extreme, so I just thought it would be funny to post a clip that shows what some of us women encounter in the dating world...especially here in the NYC. This is all meant for jokes, but there ARE people out there like this...so I'd love to hear any women's stories of men they've met like this.

The second thing I want to discuss is something I TOTALLY stole from Witches Brew today. It's a magazine cover featuring Melyssa Ford (stop drooling already) - but what I am really interested in is this quote from her interview in King. She said:

What I found was that it [porn] improved my technique. Porn made me less inhibited in the bedroom and more open to try new things. Women should get comfortable watching porn and not take offense to it. If your man is leaving your bedroom to go watch porn, you have an issue.


I guess she assumes most women are uncomfortable watching porn. This made me wonder, because I don't know any women who have expressed being uncomfortable with it, and I know some women who openly admit to having a pretty impressive collection of porn. But I'm curious to know from you...

Women: Are you uncomfortable watching porn (whether with your man or alone), or do you have it sitting in your dvd player as we speak?

Men: Do you find that most women you know are uncomfortable watching porn - either with you or alone - or do you think most women are open to experimenting/learning from it?

let's hear it!

Go!

-b

Friday, October 15, 2010

TGIF!!

I shared this on my Facebook page yesterday and decided to post here so we could discuss. Take a looksee :-)



This had me cracking up yesterday!

"That nasty thing in your pants."

Ha!

But then I got to thinking...was this accurate? I was wondering if I should be offended as a Black woman. After all, I'm nothing like this chick. I don't want a thug, and I have no problem dating a man under 6'5" - not a deal breaker for me. I thought this was playing into the stereotype of the Black woman with an attitude who can't find a man.

But then I got to thinking some more. Most stereotypes are usually born from some truth. Not completely, but most times. So I started thinking about some of my girlfriends and the things I've heard them say they want in a man.

Their list wasn't too far from what this robotic woman was spewing in that clip. I've heard women say they won't date a man shorter than them. They want a thug who can hold it down in the boardroom as well as the bedroom. They want a man who makes six figures. They want him to be able to "handle" her...yet, let her have her way, while not letting her walk all over him. Huh?

No wonder men are confused.

And I think a lot of women are confused too. What made this clip funny was how many times this virtual woman contradicted herself, and I hear it all the time from real life women everyday. You can't submit to your man while you disrespect him. You can't tell him to be a man if you won't allow him to be one. You can't say you're a strong, independent woman who doesn't need a man, and then complain that good men are hard to find. By her own words...she shouldn't be looking for one at all.

***Still cracking up at "holler if you hear me"***

Do you think this was a fair depiction of how most women are - black or white? Or do you think this portrayal is specific to Black women in general? Do you think it was completely ridiculous?

I'm curious to see what the male robot would say as far as what he wants in a woman. I know some men who have lists too...although maybe not to this extreme. But until someone creates a response to this clip and I find it on YouTube, we can discuss this one for today. Let's hear it!

Go!

-b

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Happy Random Thoughts Thursday!

- "Happy" is NOT the word that would describe me right now. As if my WTF Wednesday wasn't bad enough, this morning my HERB ass co-worker tells me he found my cell phone...in his car, the car he SWORE he searched up an down looking for my phone after I begged him to look AGAIN. And of course he finds it TODAY...three days later...AFTER I buy a new one. And how does he explain the calls that were placed on the phone while the phone was supposedly "lost in his car? He doesn't know how that's possible. "Pissed" isn't even CLOSE to describing how I feel right now. Why are people such assholes!?

- Hopefully I can return the new phone with no issues. The problem is they had to deactivate my old SIM card, so now it's gonna be a problem returning the new phone, but keeping the new SIM...unless I can somehow get them to re-activate the old one...who the hell knows. Such a pain in the ass!

- Bill O'Reilly was on the The View. He said "Muslims killed us on 911." He's a hate monger, a condescending asshole and a complete imbecile. Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar walked off the set after he said that. I would have too...after a few choice words first of course.

- "The Situation" got booted from Dancing with the Stars. Poor thing :-)

- Thank God all the miners were rescued safely. That story is amazing. Who do you think will make the movie?

- I SO can't wait til my mom, sister and nephews get here tomorrow. I need a bunch of hugs and kisses...and my family always makes me feel better.

- Did I mention my Godson Lee is a genius? I love him to death too! I miss him.

- I LOVE this!



- What is up with the "Mean Girls of Morehouse?" Buffoonery.

- I'm not the biggest Weezy fan, but I love when he says, "I've been fly for so long I fell asleep on the p-p-plane!" LOL! That's right up there with, "I'm the bomb like tick..tick." LOL! He's a complete clown, but sometimes he entertains me :-) LOL!

- Drake on the other hand....still get annoyed by his voice.

- I feel like boxing...I'm STILL pissed about my phone. I want to punch something.

- Not looking forward to the rain coming.

- B's throwbacks! A double joint!





-b

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

WTF? Wednesday

Happy Hump Day!

This day has sucked since the moment I woke up. But I woke up, so thank God for that.

This is my day so far:

Sore throat - check

Super bangin' on the door like he's the damn police at 9am just as I'm about to walk out the door for work - check

Taking 20 minutes to install a heat sensor when he said it would take 5 minutes - check

Brooke now late for work - check

Old lady trying to knock me over to get on the train - check

Co-worker telling me that he couldn't find my cell phone that I swore I left in his car - check

Called T-Mobile only to find out calls were made on my lost cell phone - check

***thank God they weren't international calls***

Suspending service, buying new phone (cuz having insurance on the phone only means you have a deductible...in which case mine was $90 - new phone costs $100...so might as well just buy new phone) - check

***note to self...why do I need insurance on my phone again? Cancel it.

And this was all after coming home from the Jets game Monday night to find that my car had been broken into in Brooklyn where co-worker (who insisted on driving) lives - glass everywhere. So I got to take a personal day yesterday to get the window fixed.

Oh, and we won't even talk about the rude customer service I received from AT&T yesterday - I have them for Blackberry service...but I digress....

Needless to say, I didn't feel like blogging yesterday :-)

But, you know what? It's hard to complain when you look at the Chilean miners and their resilient spirits - kind of makes my ordeal seem trivial by comparison. So...I thank God that I have a job that understands when emergencies happen. I thank God that I have money to get my window fixed and replace the things that were taken. I thank God that I have great friends who help me out when I need them. And I thank God I can find humor in even the most annoying and disturbing of situations.

So with that said...this is what I imagine the fool who broke into my car to look like:



WTF y'all!?

-b

Friday, October 8, 2010

TGIF!!

I saw this link posted on Ant's Facebook page and had to share! It seemed apropos for my blog today since it's my "blogiversary!" I may still post my Friday Sexy Survey a little later, but for now, tell me if you think all these things are true! :-) Thanks Ant!

Here’s a look at 20 Reasons to Date a Writer:

1. Writers will romance you with words. Dating a writer means that you will receive love letters. Quirky notes will turn up in your pockets. Flowery descriptions of everything great about you will be shared on special occasions. See my recent post on things to write someone for Valentine’s Day for an idea of what you may receive when dating a writer.

2. Writers will write about you. Date a blog writer and you’ll find yourself bookmarking that blog to see if there are references to you in it. Date a poet and you will see yourself reflected back in some of the lines of poetry that the person recites at open mic nights. Your narcissistic tendencies will be happily fed when you date a writer. Of course, the drawback here is that dating a writer means that personal details about you may turn up in written form and the writer may write much less flattering things about you if you break up.

3. Writers will take you to interesting events. Writers, as a general rule, are curious people. We like to go to lots of different types of things so that we can widen the boundaries of our life experience and therefore broaden our writing. When you date a writer, you can expect to be invited to everything from burlesque shows to roller derby races to foreign countries.

4. Writers will remind you that money doesn’t matter so much. People who write for a living don’t do it to get rich. They know that money may matter but it’s not the most important thing in life. Dating a writer will help to remind you that it’s important to pursue your passions.

5. Writers will acknowledge you and dedicate things to you. Writers are big on acknowledging those who have helped them. Almost every book at the bookstore has a page for dedications and / or acknowledgments. Song writers and poets frequently include a dedication on their work. Date a writer and the world will know that you’ve supported someone in the arts.

6. Writers will offer you an interesting perspective on things. There is a writing quote about how writers taste life twice - once in the living and once in the re-telling on the page. Writers pay attention to interesting details in life so that they can recapture the world in their writing. When you date a writer, you will be privy to all of their insights about life’s events and experiences - and you may find that you get to see things in a whole new light.

7. Writers are smart. The majority of writers are intelligent people. They are usually well-read and well-educated which means they can hold their own in many types of conversations. Dating someone dumb just isn’t fun for long; dating someone smart is always an interesting challenge.

8. Writers are really passionate. Writers use all of their senses. They are passionate about their work and passionate about their lives. Your life will be enhanced by this passion for things when you date a writer.

9. Writers can think through their feelings. Writers may be really passionate but most of them don’t fly off-the-handle with emotion. They like to take time to process things. This ability is a true asset in a long-term relationship.

10. Writers enjoy their solitude. Unless you’re in the honeymoon phase of your relationship, you probably want at least some time to yourself and time to spend with your friends and family. Writers want time to be alone to write and think which means that you’ll get your own much-needed space as well.

11. Writers are creative. This sounds obvious but it has a deeper truth to it. Creative people are more capable of coming up with solutions to problems in life. Dating a writer means a chance to come up with creative solutions to life’s problems.

12. Writers wear their hearts on their sleeves. Sure this depends on the writer but most writers are pretty good at articulating what is going on with them. If they adore you, you’ll know it. If they’re mad at you, you probably won’t have to guess at why.

13. Writers will teach you cool new words. Writers love words. It can be irritating when they use ten dollar words in normal conversations but it can also be kind of fun to stretch your mind and build your vocabulary. Expect to play lots of Scrabble when dating a writer.

14. Writers may be able to adjust their schedules for you. Writers who can set their own schedules might be willing to rearrange things to spend time with you. They might be happy to meet you for a long lunch or to spend a luxurious morning in bed with you. Don’t expect the writer you’re dating to give up all of his or her time - they have to work regularly to pay their bills just like anyone else - but do know that there are some scheduling perks possible when you date a writer.

15. Writers can find 1000 ways to tell you why they like you. Writers are wordy and they like to express themselves. You can bask in the glow of hearing good things about yourself in ways that you’ve never heard them before. Of course, some writers will also be all too happy to tell you your faults so make sure you date a kind writer!

16. Writers communicate in a bunch of different ways. Most writers are pretty flexible in how they communicate. They’ll be just as content to get an email from you or to chat on IM with you as they are to talk on the phone (maybe even more so). This means that however you communicate regularly is probably fine for the writer you’re dating.

17. Writers can work from anywhere. This is nice because it means that writers can happily travel with you. They may have to take a laptop and spend some time at the hotel when you go to the beach but you can enjoy much easier vacation planning with a writer than with someone who works a 9-5 job.

18. Writers are surrounded by interesting people. Writers have a lot of characters in their lives. If you like meeting interesting people, just plan on being the date that goes along to parties and other gatherings with a writer.

19. Writers are easy to buy gifts for. Writers are happy with little things. Most writers like getting books as gifts. Since they aren’t really into the pursuit of money, they aren’t going to be chasing you for the big bucks you spend on them. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t spoil a writer if you want to but you should know that they value thoughtfulness way more than most material things.

20. Writers are sexy. There is a reason that people have fantasies about the school librarian. Male or female, those bookish types are hot hot hot.

So, should I be taking applications? LOL!

-b

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Happy Random Thoughts Thursday!

- I enjoy fall weather. Still miss the heat though.

- October is one of my favorite months. My sister and nephew have a birthday in October, and I LOVE Halloween.

- I made the BOMB chicken wings for lunch today - can't wait to eat them...for now. I always wind up wanting something else when it's time for lunch.

- I made some broccoli too...trying to get back on my "good eating" regime :-)

- I thought I'd be extremely sore this morning after the ab working we had last night....but nothing. That means it'll hit me tomorrow. I'm skerred....

- Protesting at military funerals chanting "God hates America" and saying that your child deserved to die because he's paying for America's sins is downright hateful. It's emotional terrorism. These people are nuts.

- Tomorrow is my 2 year "blogiversary" :-) Thank you all for reading and commenting and supporting me all this time. It means more than you know...and I love every second of it.

- I missed Law & Order: SVU AGAIN. I was in the gym til almost 10pm last night. What is THAT about?

- I wanna wear a freakum dress for my birthday...maybe that's what it's about :-)

- I still have to make my sister's appt. for Spa Week. Have to get that done today!

- I had an awesome summer...and a great fall so far. Jay-Z/Em, Roots and John Legend, Eagles vs. Redskins and this coming Monday the Jets game. I'm having so much fun!

- I can't get "Hot Tottie" out of my head. They always play that song right before I leave the house, so Jigga's verse has been in my mental playback all morning. At least I like that song. Jeez!

- I can't stand people who hate on Oprah for no reason. They just don't like her "just because." Everyone is entitled to like or dislike whomever they choose...but at least have a good reason.

- I want ice cream.

- Brian's throwback!



That was the JOINT!!

-b

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Happy Hump Day!


How many of you watch The Real Housewives series? Particularly Atlanta? The other night was my first time watching an episode from start to finish. The first time I caught a glimpse of this show was during the famous "Who gon' check me boo?" episode. I think that was last season. I haven't watched since, so I figured I'd give it another shot by watching the season premiere.



I see why men and women watch this and every other Real Housewives show....and reality tv in general. Train Wreck.


Now, don't get me wrong, "who gon' check me boo?" was funny. At the end of the day, it's entertainment, and anyone who knows "reality" tv knows that producers tell these folks to dial it up for the cameras. It's not "reality" at all.


But in watching the show the other night, all I could think was, "These women have money, but can't buy class." Some would call them ghetto. I'm not sure I'd go that far, but when dealing with stereotypes that Black women are subject to on a daily basis - it makes you go "hmmm."


Black women are often thought of as loud, ignorant, opinionated gold diggers - and shows like RHOA and Basketball Wives does little to dispel that myth. I understand that these women don't have a gun pointed at their heads telling them to behave this way, but their portrayal is less than appealing...to me. We all know women like NeNe who "keep it real" or self proclaimed "fabulous" woman like Phaedra...you know...the "Goddess"...but honestly, I don't have a group of friends like this of ANY race. Not that these women are really "friends"...but you get my drift.


To be fair, the women in the other Housewives franchises aren't depicted as debutantes who drink tea every afternoon either. If you get a group of women who feign friendship together of any race, something is bound to jump off at some point. But is that to suggest that women, no matter which race, can't get along for any length of time? Do "women" automatically mean "drama?"


If you watch this show, or any show like it, do you think it portrays women in a negative light - or Black women in particular? Or do you simply see it as entertainment and believe that we shouldn't lend any weight to how only a "few" (Black) women are portrayed on television?


Let's hear it!


-b

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Happy Tuesday!

And Happy Birthday to my sister Nicole! I Love You!

Today's blog is a question of the day, courtesy of my boy Jay - not Jay from the comments, but my OTHER boy Jay :-) Here we go!

If you had to rank in order of tolerance, which would you be able to date?

1. Someone that smoked weed everyday (twice a day)
2. Someone that drank everyday (functional alcoholic)
3. Someone that has cheated on his last three boy/girlfriends
4. Someone that has battered a past boy/girlfriend.
5. Someone with poor credit

Go!

-b

Friday, October 1, 2010

TGIF!

1. Do cheaters deserve a second chance?

2. Your partner wants to take pics of you naked. Do you let him/her?

3. You find a secret stash of nude pics of your boo's ex(es). Do you: stab him/her in their sleep? ask him about them? throw them away? or put them back because it's no big deal and it's none of your business?

4. Do you have nude pics of your ex lying (hidden) around?

5. If a man or woman invites you to their home, do you automatically assume they want to or are willing to have sex with you?

6. Is there a WRONG way to propose?

7. You catch your man/woman glancing at the tv while you both are having sex. How do you react?

8. What is the lamest sex move/position/trick that men and women do all the time, but you hate?

9. Is sex better while drunk or sober?

10. Have you ever fallen asleep while having sex? Has anyone ever fallen asleep on YOU?

Go!

-b

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