Tuesday, May 31, 2011

I'm the Old Lady at the Club

I was at the club on Memorial Day weekend and definitely felt my age. I still feel like I have the right to party (I'm not THAT old), but here are a few ways I can tell I've matured at the club.

  • You dressed for the 50-degree weather (jeans, boots, outerwear) and everyone else dressed for the occasion (summer dresses, sandals, shit that will have you with pnuemonia the next day.)
  • You're in the middle of the dance floor dancing, but generally not giving a $%#. My guy goes, "I can tell y'all grown, cause you not trying to impress anyone." There were like 100 women on the dance floor and 10 men, I'm not about to be dropping it over and bending unless I want to. I'm not trying to get the attention of these 25 year olds. #NoThankYou
  • You smile at other women in the club. As an old head in the club, I find myself complimenting people, telling folks when there's tissue on their shoe, moving out of the way when people need to get past, just being a friendlier clubgoer in general. All the cattiness, the hate, the nose-turned up stuff is for the birds (and the 21-year old). The club is not a place where competition happens. Meet me in the boardroom (or at the bank) and we can compete for whatever you like.
  • You valet the car without a second thought. Man, why would I sit on a pocket full of money driving around looking for free parking? Don't trip, I still do that when it's necessary, but this weekend was not it.

Friday, May 27, 2011

It's the Weekend BABY!!!

Man, I'm so happy to see the weekend. On deck are

BBQs
Cooking
Church
the Gym (several times)
SLEEP!

What y'all on this weekend?

Thursday, May 26, 2011

How many ways...

How many ways can one say a thousand

1K
1M
Grand
a G
Stack
Rack (RACKS ON RACKS!)

What'd I miss? Put me up on the latest slang, boys and girls.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

RSVPing and such

This message is for you. Yes, you, reading this. WHY DON'T YOU RSVP? Yes, I'm screaming. Have you ever planned anything? Do you know how horrible it is to not know how many people are coming?

Do you know how horrible it is to plan for fewer people than those who show up?

Do you know how horrible it is to plan for MORE people than those who show up? Have you ever seen money wash down a drain?

Why do you RSVP to say yes and then not show up. I know good and well your parents didn't raise you like that. Don't you know people plan for you when you say you're coming. How rude can you possibly be?

Do you respect your friends? You must... they have your home address.

When someone sends you an invite: baby shower, wedding, bar mitzvah, graduation, bachelorette party, bridal shower, happy hour, to take a walk in a damn park, anything... PLEASE RSVP.

As soon as you get the invite in the mail, check your calender, ink it in and call to say you'll be there or immediately call to say you're not coming. But don't have people waiting on your RSVP. I don't want to have to repeat myself.

(And don't blame it on black people either. I have recently found out that it's an across the board problem).


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A Day in the Life

5:00 Wake up, pray
6:00 a.m. shower, finish packing
7:00 a.m. shut down computer, head out of the door
7:04 receive a call saying my flight is cancelled. I'm rebooked on a 1:30
7:05 Call the airline to confirm
7:20 Call a friend who's in OKC to ask her to take my bff decoration shopping since I wouldn't arrive until
8:00 Veg out at Panera
9:30 a.m. - Call my bff, deliver the bad news
10:30 a.m. - Head to the airport
11:37 a.m. - get to the airport WAY too early
11:57 - through security, post up at an outlet
12:15 p.m. - start an interesting gchat conversation
1:35 p.m. - flight was supposed to leave
2 p.m. - Flight boarded
2:30 p.m. - have to turn my phone off, end interesting conversation
3 p.m. - learn we're not leaving, turn my phone back on and complain
3:30 p.m. - actually leave
5:25 p.m. - arrive at Dallas Fort Worth
5:26 p.m. - Go to Pappadeaux... Max.
6:26 p.m. - Head to board my plane, it's delayed until 8:05 p.m.
7:20 p.m. - It's delayed until 9 p.m.
8:12 p.m. - Start writing this blog posts and realize my friends who left Chicago at 5 p.m. will arrive in OKC before I do. Hope they wait for me at the airport.
8:13 p.m. - Pout
8:30 p.m. - Shut down my computer. The plane is boarding. The plane is boarding.
8:45 p.m. - Try to figure out why the flight attendants are walking back and forth, but not preparing for takeoff
9 p.m. - Laid my head on a tray table
9:02 p.m. - Someone got a flight status notification on his phone that said the plane was "boarding" at 10 p.m.
9:15 p.m. - Captain said the flight crew was over hours and we had to wait for the next flight crew to get there
9:45 p.m. - The next flight crew was in the airport, but not at our gate, so we had to wait for them to 1) de-board the plane they came in on and 2) take the shuttle to our gate
10:15 p.m. - The new flight crew is still not there
10:30 p.m. - The new flight crew arrives. The plane erupts in applause
11 p.m. - The plane takes off
11:05 p.m. - the captain announces that flying time is 32 minutes O_O
Midnight - Get to the airport. My friends who left Chicago at 5 p.m. got there 30 minutes before I did.
12:15 p.m. - Still waiting on the baby's stroller which somehow got packed on my plane, not my friend's plane
12:30 - Headed to the hotel
1 a.m. - Arrived at the hotel
2 a.m. - Went to sleep.

*Erykah Badu voice* What a day, what a day.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Tea Day!!!

I'm back from D's shower in OKC. It was fab, btw, thanks for asking. As you can see my last four post have been about how busy I am. It just occurred to me that I haven't taken a Tea Day all year. That's a day that I block out for myself to do nothing. To wake up, eat, turn on the TV and just be. I CAN do productive stuff on Tea Day, but I don't have to and that's why it's so great. I should plan one of these every month, but that's a bit unrealistic. I'll make it my goal to plan one a quarter. Here's a list of things I WON'T be doing on Tea Day.

  • Working
  • Cleaning
  • Laundry
  • Working out (unless I want to)
  • Volunteering
  • Wedding Stuff
  • Baby Shower Stuff
  • Writing blogs (unless I want to)
  • Working on my budget
  • Looking for a condo (online or otherwise)
  • Brunching
  • Lunching
  • Dinnering
  • Helping People Find Jobs
  • Mentoring
  • Networking
  • Dating (this is a bold-faced lie. If he wants to go out on Tea Day, that's fine with me.)
The only thing I am definitely doing on Tea Day, (which I just decided is now Tea Weekend because I need a break) is going to church. God never takes a break on me. I can't take a break on him.

Do you ever take a personal weekend day? Is it helpful for you?

Friday, May 20, 2011

You Know You're Busy When... (Part 3)

I thought of some more. These are bonuses. You know you're busy when...


  • You turn a Tea's Top 10 into two posts to make it seem like you're blogging regularly
  • You can't remember the last time you've done non-professional volunteering (Sad, so sad, but I've been writing checks. I'm still a good person, right?)
  • You don't Tweet during the workday. (This is rare, but when it happens you KNOW I'm busy).
  • You balance your checkbook, and the next statement comes the very next day. (Was it really two months? Dang!)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

You Know You're Busy When... (Part 2)

5. When you've left your clothes at CD One Price Cleaners for more than a week (no excuse for this. LOL!)

4. When you haven't read your favorite blogs in over a month (I'm going to catch up and comment one day, guys)

3. When you travel and leave dishes in the sink (I HATE doing this, but there's no time for dishes.)

2. When you have to pick between eating and sleeping (Sleep usually wins, I can eat in the morning)

1. When you don't blog consistently. (Again, I'm sorry. I love you all no less.)

How do you know when you're too busy?

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

You Know You're Busy When... (Part One)

So my next few posts will be about how busy I am. I'm not complaining, just sharing the God honest truth with y'all.

You know you're busy when:

10. When you invite people that don't know each other to brunch so you can consolidate appointments.

9. When you'd rather wear suits to a casual work environment than to do laundry.

8. When your favorite magazines pile up in a corner. (Like seriously why haven't I read my April issues yet?)

7. When you call May "March" in every instance. Where did the entire month of April go?

6. When it feels like you get paid every weekend (and it's really just twice a month)

More tomorrow...

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Sorry Folks

Hey,

I love y'all, but I'm busier than that thang right now. I have a post coming up on decorating a studio for South Loop Social Light and I'll write about whatever else you all want to write about... just not RIGHT now.

Don't quit me. I'll be back soon.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Apartment Info

Ok, update on my apartment situation. I called and told them I want to stay, BUT I don't want to pay the increase.

They got in touch with the manager and said I can pay $5 extra dollars per month, instead of $40 extra per month. (What do I look like paying $40 more per month to live in a studio. What part of the saving money game is that?)

Anyway, we have not because we ask not. I asked and received! Unlike Martin I WILL pay the FIVE. LOL!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Power in Faith

Yesterday my Pastor preached about the four things you have to do to reach a goal. #2 was "agree to it" and #3 was "believe it" and his scriptural references really touched me, so I wanted to share and expound.

(Agree to it) Matthew 18:19-20: Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it was be done for them of my father which is in heaven. (20) For where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them.


(Believe it) Mark 2:4-5: And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. (5) When Jesus saw THEIR faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.


Ok, so two very important points. The first is when I have a goal and I share my goal with my friends, they have to agree to that goal. If I say I'm going to lose 10 lbs, according to scripture, I need a friend, just one friend to say, yes you will. If I say I'm going to get my credit cards to zero balances, someone has to agree to that with me in the name of Jesus. If I say this time next year, I will be a homeowner, I need someone to agree to my goal on earth, so God can make it happen in heaven (I'm not making this up, this is according to the scripture above).


The second point is that not after we agree, we can't just give lip service, but we have to believe. In Mark a man was paralyzed and his friends were trying to get him to Jesus, but the house was too full to go in the front door. But not only did they agree to take him, they believed that they could get him into the house DESPITE it not looking too good from the outside.


So this man's friends carried his crippled behind on the roof. TORE THE ROOF OFF and lowered him down to see Jesus. They didn't leave him, they didn't drop him off, they didn't cry and wail when it looked impossible, they climbed on top of somebody else's house and tore it up, to get their friend to Jesus.


THEN (this is the part that has me in tears), Jesus didn't just see the faith of the paralyzed man, he said he saw THEIR faith. That means if I have a goal and someone is praying for me to reach that goal, when my faith is down, when my faith is paralyzed, God can see (and will recognize) the faith of my friends and I will still be blessed.


This means that if I have a goal for myself, but have surrounded myself with people who DON'T believe in me, then I could be harming my goals just by being around negative people. I need to keep a faithful, positive team around me at all times (So far, so good. I love y'all!).


This also means that when my friends tell me they want to do remarkable things, my very support of them, my agreeing with them and believing God to bless them, can help them achieve their goals.


Excuse me while I go shout in victory in advance for what God has already done (for what we have agreed to on earth and believed Him to do in heaven).


If you have a goal you're working towards, put it in the comments and I'll stand in agreement with you before God and believe in His Word that it shall be done.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Priceless

Dinner for the tots: $12.54 at Wendy's Parking: $26
Cotton Candy: $4
Popcorn: $3
Bottled water: $12

Giving my nieces the V.I.P. treatment (VIP entry, backstage passes, private meet and greet, autographs and photos) at their first concert: Priceless.

Some things money can't buy, everything else I can expense to my job.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Wedding Cake

I guess I'll just keep the fat talk coming since the Challenge is over.

See more gorgeous


There are more delicious, delectable goodness here.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Pancakes and Such

Saw this article on Yahoo, originally by TimeOut Chicago and wanted to share.

Elly's Pancake House 101 W North Ave (312-643-2300). El: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Sedgwick. Bus: 72. 24 hours. Average main course: $9.

Lumes Pancake House Warning: 11601 S Western Ave (773-233-2323). Bus: 49A, 111, 119, Pace 349. Breakfast, lunch. Average main course: $7.

m. henrietta 1133 W Granville Ave (773-761-9700). El: Red to Chicago. Bus: 3, 66, 151, 157. Breakfast, lunch, dinner (Tue—Sat) (closed Mon). Average main course: $12.

Prairie Fire 215 N Clinton St (312-382-8300). El: Green, Pink to Clinton. Bus: 38, 56, 125. Brunch (Sat, Sun), lunch (Mon—Fri), dinner. Average main course: $20.

Tre Kronor 3258 W Foster Ave (773-267-9888). El: Brown to Kedzie. Bus: 81, 92, 93. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Average main course: $13.

Wishbone 1001 W Washington Blvd (312-850-2663). Bus: 8, 20. Breakfast, lunch (Mon—Fri), dinner (Tue—Sat). Average main course: $10.