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Major Eye-Opener

Posted by on Sep 15, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

No one wants to live on the beach more than me.  Ever since we visited Santa Monica when I was six years old and swam in the waves I was hooked.  All I wanted was to live not by or close to but rather right on the beach.  The problem is that it takes an enormous amount of money in order to do that.  While California has some of the most beautiful beaches the state is too pretentious and expensive for me which is why for years I’ve longed and fantasized about living in one the Carolinas or Virginia Beach.  While I despise the snow which is prevalent in the state of New York one thing many people say is that regardless of the cold and snow we are safe from natural disasters which are plaguing many states lately and it is true.  During wintertime we have a vast amount of snow and bone-chilling weather but at least we don’t have to worry about a hurricane blowing through.  I can’t even begin to think of the utter hell I’d go through if my home was destroyed all due to Mother Nature or some other mother in this case.  The thought of losing all my belongings is too much to even fathom and I shutter to think of the people who were forced to leave many of their worldly possessions behind due to this most recent of horrific catastrophes.     This most quintessential fantasy I’ve had for years of living on a beautiful, desolate and safe beach has been completely destroyed similar to the homes, places of business and other areas in the specific southern states.  It’s terrifying because it seems like with each passing year more and more natural calamities are occurring and I’m beginning to realize people may be (and probably are) right about the dangers of living by the water.  While my life-long dream hasn’t changed I just want to make certain if I ever am able to live in a home right by the beach that it’s free of anything treacherous as once again fantasy creeps in.  I just pray for everyone afflicted by Hurricane Florence and wish all these tragedies caused by Mother Earth would come to an end.    ...

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Hairrowing Ordeal

Posted by on Sep 7, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

After several years of having my hair chemically relaxed, also referred to as thermal reconditioning I now know it’s one of the worst mistakes I’ve ever made as I’ve not only paid the price literally with each treatment but as a result it’s preventing me from experimenting with my hair in terms of colors and highlights.  Let me begin by describing my hair has been extremely thick my entire life and I’ve hated it.  While most girls have straight, silky hair mine is anything but.  Even after straightening my hair with a flat iron it was still thick, frizzy and not at all sleek like I wanted.  So after researching various salons I found one that I thought could be life-changing.  The three-hour detailed process did straighten my hair which was aesthetically appealing in addition to it being much easier to maintain.  The problem was that I didn’t ask questions such as whether or not I’d eventually be able to lighten my hair which is not possible due to the potent ingredients in the relaxer.   I should have researched other straightening options rather than just saying yes when I was told my hair would remain straight for several months.  The last time I had my hair straightened was back in February and had been told by my former stylist that any type of coloring whatsoever was out of the question due to the harsh chemicals in the relaxer.  I figured since it’s been more than six months I was in the clear to begin practicing with color.  Despite having read about not being able to bleach my hair I figured we could try some subtle highlights so I made an appointment with a  very informative stylist at another salon.  After explaining my entire mane brouhaha the stylist said she’d add a neutralizer to my hair then would begin adding highlights at my next appointment and while I had my initial misgivings about whether or not it was safe due to me having had my hair chemically straightened she assured me it would be.  So I set up the appointment for the following week and she washed and began cutting my hair.  I had no problem losing several inches which I expected since she said we’d need to get rid of the remainder of the relaxer in the ends.  Now here’s where my major OCD kicks in.  I hate layers.  I don’t care what hairdressers say about how layers are fun and add oomph, can frame a face and anything else they say.  I want my hair one length.  I can’t look at my hair with the sides and bangs shorter than other areas.  I drives me nuts which is why the last time I was given layers several weeks later I had my hair all chopped off so it would be the same length.  That’s all I told the stylist I wanted.  I said she could practice with color or any other treatment but just wanted it one length.  What does she do?  Insists that if I keep it one length the back of my hair will look like a box (her exact words).  I had no choice in the matter and felt pressured since I was in the chair with wet hair and she said if I didn’t like it we could always cut it off.  I relented and said OK and thus began my spiraling decent into hair hell.   When I got home I looked at how various pieces were shorter and choppier than the rest and I was beyond livid.  Why did she do...

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Ridiculous Requirements

Posted by on Aug 31, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

It’s already that time of year when school supply lists are sent in the mail while others are entering a new phase in their lives consisting of going off to college (or not) but I’m noticing how entirely different educational necessities are now as opposed to when I was a student.  I almost feel like a grandparent or other elderly person while describing an “In my day” story to someone younger but when I was in school all that was required was a pen, paper, several folders and notebook paper.  But now there’s specifically colored folders for each subject.  Mandatory spiraled notebooks, index cards, graphic calculators just to name a few and we’re talking elementary all the way up to high school NOT college.  I can’t believe all these necessary essentials just to attend school.  Several days ago I was in line at the grocery store and behind me a mother along with her son began placing item after countless school item onto the conveyor belt from pencils to binder dividers, wide-ruled paper and so much more I immediately began feeling like I was gonna have a panic attack and I wasn’t even the one buying any of it.  It was the thought of all these entailed articles for someone attending school.     Then there’s the outrageous list of items such as hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes parents must buy.  Is it for their child or the entire classroom?  Correct me if I’m wrong but I didn’t know it was in the school handbook that parents had to supply their child’s class with endless boxes of tissues, writing material, glue sticks and many more items to fill their cabinets as I always thought our tax dollars paid for that.  But they’re actually buying items that other parent’s won’t so basically they’re supplying every other student implements while certain freeloading parents are not.  That’s beyond f*cked up.  Parent’s can’t or in some cases won’t buy various required items for their child’s classroom while others do yet they have no problem making sure their cell phone bill gets paid or that they’re wearing the latest brand-name attire.  I can’t believe how much money is spent in order to purchase classroom prerequisites.  I can understand folders and scissors but Formula 409 and other household cleaning products?  Give me a break.  And it doesn’t end there seeing that teachers are often forced to spend money out of their pockets to purchase supplies that some students’ families can’t afford.  My God how is this possible?  Instructors having to go out and buy provisions such as pencils and crayons because their students come to school empty-handed.      Thank the Lord I don’t have any kids especially ones in school otherwise I’d have an anxiety attack just by looking at that lengthy list of demands knowing that I’d be having to supply items not for my child but rather every other one’s.  I wonder if liquor stores along with the alcoholic beverage section of grocery stores notice an increase in sales at the beginning of each school year?  Maybe there’s a reason intoxicants are also referred to as spirits since many are raised, especially during this most stressful time of year.  Hmmm.                                                                                                                             ...

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For Pizza Sake!

Posted by on Aug 17, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Do you ever have one of those days when you’re unsure as to what to eat for dinner?  You don’t want to cook but at the same time have zero interest in dealing with crowds and just want to eat home quite possibly while in your pajamas.  I had the exact same feeling today along with the biggest craving for pizza but not just any kind.  See there are many types of pizza, some that are square or rectangular and others which are triangular.  Many Italian restaurants and pizza shops tend to make sheet pizza which is square shaped, also referred to as “tavern style” or “party cut” but the more I’ve eaten them the more I’ve come to dislike them.  I hate eating square-shaped pizza.  Triangular pieces make a pizza.   I never realized this until tonight but I really hate square and rectangular-shaped pizza.  I find myself eating more if it’s triangular as opposed to square-shaped.  Even though the taste of the pizza is the same for both triangular and square shapes I don’t feel like I’m eating pizza unless it’s in the shape of a slice of pie.  I’ve actually found myself becoming angered at the sight of squared pizza despite the numerous times I’ve asked it to be made round so the slices would be in wedges.  I don’t think it’s too much to ask.       I know there are numerous types of pizza but when I searched the internet I was blown away. Various state-named pizzas such as Detroit-style which just so happens to be square and California-style which combines thin crust with local and seasonal ingredients that are often times creative and unique such as artichoke hearts and basil not to mention the countless deep-dish styles whose pictures made me want to grab a piece right out off of my computer screen.  Then there’s stuffed crust which I’ve yet to try since I like my crust plain.  Last but certainly not least we can’t forget the innumerable toppings which can be placed atop peoples’ pies.  Though I have to admit some such as cauliflower or sauerkraut are almost enough for a person to literally gag themselves with a spoon or any other utensil for that matter.  Like barf me out to the max!   Some people might not care what their pizza looks like as long as it tastes good but for me I have an aversion to square and rectangular pieces which might explain why I rarely eat that specific type.  So tonight I’m ordering an authentic pizza pie complete with three, not four edges of mouth-watering flavor.  DELIZIOSO!!!!      ...

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Penney Pinching

Posted by on Aug 5, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Jubilation isn’t a big enough word to describe the feeling I always got whenever I’d receive my $10 off of $10 coupon at JCPenney.  I’m not much of a shopper and don’t feel compelled to buy the latest attire as many do since brand-name labels are paramount in their self-absorbed world.  But every time I’d see that magical coupon from JCPenney I couldn’t wait to use it since it was almost like getting something for free or very close to it.  Maybe the corporation realized this since I haven’t been sent one since October.  What am I to do?  It’s not like they’ve lost a lot by doing that.  Well, maybe they have but nonetheless it was still the best coupon ever!!!!    Thanks to that special coupon I have a lifetime of panties as well as other items that are very near and dear to me.  Though I can’t think of them at this very moment.  I realize retailers are doing anything and everything they can to make their quota but if they would just resume sending me that magnificent voucher it would add so much more happiness to my life....

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Long-Awaited Arrival

Posted by on Jul 29, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Imagine my delight upon driving past a construction in progress soon to be Texas Roadhouse Grill.  The only location right now is about twenty miles away along with numerous other restaurants since that area is constantly busy and heavily trafficked.  They need to start evening things out in terms of having the same or similar type establishments in different locations and not just have them designated to specific areas.  Now if they could just bring Jack in the Box and Carl’s Jr. here it could be life-changing for many.  Especially me.   *  Am I the only one who’s begun to notice how commercials are starting to incorporate interracial families in them?  This would have never happened years ago but changing times I guess.  It’s OK for black people to say they don’t believe in interracial dating or marriage and no one says a word yet if a Caucasian says the same thing they’re automatically racist.  Talk about one-sidedness.  As for that simple-minded phrase of “Once you go black you never go back” here’s 80sgirl’s noteworthy quote.  “You wanna be right?  Better stick with white.”  I enjoy dunking my Oreo’s in milk but that’s as far as it goes for me in terms of black and white.                          ...

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