Thursday, November 29, 2007

Cookie Rehab

I am selling Girl Scout cookies for my daughter (November 30 is the deadline btw). I have done the diligent thing and sent emails out to friends and family. This response is by far the best.
Dear Cookie Dealer,
I received your e-mail concerning cookies. That was a low blow. It's bad enough I have to be confronted by certain members of your organization upon the street. Now I am being accosted by ads in the privacy of my own home. I think your tactics are vile and underhanded. As such I will be needing six boxes of your finest Thin Mints no make that ten, yes I think ten will be sufficient. You will receive your just recompense upon our next meeting.

Good day to you madam

Monday, November 26, 2007

Long Time No Talk

Sorry for the sudden disappearance. I've had a busy few weeks. My grandmother passed away November 9 so I was busy dealing with life and now I have a sinus infection. Needless to say, I ate my Thanksgiving dinner (for which I was very thankful among other things) but I didn't taste it. Sigh! As they say life goes on and so do I. What are you thankful for this year?

On another note, Mia is selling Girl Scout Cookies. Want some? Let me know.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Another One Bites the Dust

Shasta has decided to take an undetermined break from blogging. I know the feeling. At least she let her readers know that she is going on hiatus. I just stopped writing. You know what? Life happens. Everyone blogs for different reasons. I think when you are blogging and those reasons aren't being met, it's time to stop. All I can say is that I will miss reading Miss Shasta MacNasty. What a strange trip it truly has been...

Monday, November 12, 2007

Week 249

  1. Treadmill :: Exercise

  2. Stroke :: Brain needs oxygen

  3. Exclusively :: Mine

  4. Lash :: Eye

  5. Red carpet :: Glamour

  6. Credit card:: Debt

  7. Points :: Game

  8. Domestic :: Goddess

  9. 21 :: Legal

  10. Inject :: Shot

Thursday, November 08, 2007


I've received this numerous times. I had to post. It's hilarious and TRUE! Follow these rules for a stress free Thanksgiving Dinner whether it's at your house or someone else's. Better yet, print and give copy to each guest that enters your home.

  1. Don't get in line asking questions about the food. "Who made the potato salad? Is it egg in there? Are the greens fresh? Is the meat in the greens turkey or pork? Who made the macaroni and cheese? What kind of pie is that? Who made it? Ask one more question and I will punch you in your mouth, knocking out all your fronts so you won't be able to eat anything.
  2. If you can't walk or are missing any limbs, sit your ass down until someone makes your plate for you. Dinner time is not the time for you to be independent. Nibble on them damn pecans and walnuts to hold you over until someone makes you a plate.
  3. If you have kids under the age of twelve, I will escort their little asses to the basement and bring their food down to them. They are not gonna tear my damn house up this year. Tell them that they are not allowed upstairs until it's time for Uncle Butchie to start telling family stories about their mommas and papas. If they come upstairs for any reason except for that they are bleeding to death, I will break a foot off in their asses!
  4. There is going to be one prayer for Thanksgiving dinner! JUST ONE! We do not care that you are thankful that your 13 year old daughter gave birth to a healthy baby or your nephew just got out of jail. Save that talk for somebody who gives a damn. The time limit for the prayer is one minute. If you are still talking after that one minute is up, you will feel something hard come across your lips and they will be swollen for approximately 20 minutes.
  5. Finish everything on your plate before you go up for seconds! If you don't, you will be cursed out and asked to stay your greedy ass home next year!
  6. BRING YOUR OWN TUPPERWARE!! Don't let me catch you fixing yourself a plate in my good Tupperware knowing damn well that I will never see it again! Furthermore, if you didn't bring anything over, don't let me catch you making a plate period or it will be a misunderstanding.
  7. What you came with is what you should leave with!! Do not leave my house with anything that doesn't belong to you. EVERYBODY WILL BE SUBJECTED TO A BODY SEARCH COMING AND GOING OUT OF MY DOMAIN!!!
  8. Do not leave your kids so you can go hopping from house to house. This is not a DAYCARE CENTER ! There will be a kid-parent roll call every ten minutes. Any parent that is not present at the time of roll call, your child will be put outside until you come and get him or her. After 24 hours, I will call DCFS on your ignorant ass!!
  9. BOOK YOUR HOTEL ROOM BEFORE YOU COME INTO TOWN!! There will be no sleeping over at my house! You are to come and eat dinner and take your ass home or to your hotel room. EVERYBODY GETS KICK THE HELL OUT AT 11:00 pm. You will get a 15 minute warning bell ring.
  10. Last but not least! ONE PLATE PER PERSON!! This is not a soup kitchen. I am not trying to feed your family until Christmas dinner! You will be supervised when you fix your plate. Anything over the appropriate amount will be charged to you before you leave. There will be a cash register at the door. Thanks to Cousin Alfred and his greedy ass family, we now have a credit card machine! So VISA and MASTERCARD are now being accepted. NO FOOD STAMPS OR ACCESS CARDS YET!

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Ways to Reduce Stress

I have some personal things going on that really have me down. Feels like the weight of the world on my shoulders. My friend sent me this and I felt A LOT better. I felt so much better I wanted to share. Here you go. Enjoy!
Never borrow from the future. If you worry about what may happen tomorrow and it doesn't happen, you have worried in vain. Even if it does happen, you have to worry twice.
  1. Pray
  2. Go to bed on time.
  3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.
  4. Say No to projects that won't fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health
  5. Delegate tasks to capable others.
  6. Simplify and unclutter your life.
  7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.)
  8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.
  9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don't lump the hard things all together.
  10. Take one day at a time.
  11. Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety . If you can't do anything about a situation, forget it.
  12. Live within your budget; don't use credit cards for ordinary purchases.
  13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.
  14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.
  15. Do something for the Kid in You everyday.
  16. Carry a Bible with you to read while waiting in line.
  17. Get enough rest.
  18. Eat right.
  19. Get organized so everything has its place.
  20. Listen to a tape while driving that can help improve your quality of life.
  21. Write down thoughts and inspirations.
  22. Every day, find time to be alone.
  23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don't wait until it's time to go to bed to try and pray.
  24. Make friends with Godly people.
  25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.
  26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good "Thank you Jesus."
  27. Laugh.
  28. Laugh some more!
  29. Take your work seriously, but not yourself at all.
  30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).
  31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).
  32. Sit on your ego.
  33. Talk less; listen more.
  34. Slow down.
  35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.
  36. Every night before bed, think of one thing you're grateful for that you've never been grateful for before. GOD HAS A WAY OF TURNING THINGS AROUND FOR YOU. "If God is for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31)

Monday, November 05, 2007

Week 248

  1. Assets :: Illegal

  2. Concern :: Are you OK?

  3. Over the top :: Say Whaaa?

  4. Supplies :: School

  5. Mustache :: Handlebar

  6. Doug :: The Cartoon

  7. Coach :: Craig T. Nelson

  8. Bleachers :: Bums

  9. Stripes :: Stars

  10. Assortment :: Candy

NSBE on Bravo

I am an alumni member of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). As a proud member of Region IV (Fo' Solid!) - the Mother Region since 1992, this featurette of NSBE on Bravo makes me especially proud. I actually know all the featured speakers in this video. WOW!

Here's a little more about the video:
"The Profile Series" broadcast of the National Society of Black Engineers aired on Bravo nationwide on Thursday, October 25, 2007, as sponsored educational programming.

"The Profile Series" seeks to inform, educate and enlighten its international audience by "profiling the best and brightest." NSBE, with more than 26,000 members, is one of the largest student-managed organizations in the country. This profile will outline the achievements NSBE has made since its inception, in the academic and professional advancement of its members and the improvement of black communities in the U.S. and abroad.

For those of you that don't know the mission of NSBE is "to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers, who excel academically, succeed professional and positively impact the community."

Thursday, November 01, 2007

National Black Out Day Redux

National Blackout Day is a H.O.T. topic and I'm glad of it. It's definitely sparked some dialogue. Of the commentaries that I have read so far, I find the I like Roland Martin's best. To sum it up, actions speak louder than words. I think that has been my hang up with this initiative. We are talking about this day but will there be more than talk? Will there be participation? Will there be action? Based on some of the comments I have received, there will be action and concerted action is the recipe for change. This is really starting to get exciting...