- I’m really wishing this recruiter would call me back about scheduling this second interview. I gave her dates and times I was available on Friday.
- Myron and I were both sick as dogs about a week ago. Two sick married people in the house is no fun. We were both very stabby.
- The weirdest thing about being sick (we both had upper respiratory crud) was that my ass hurt. Like I could barely walk hurt..pain all in the hip bones hurt. I started to break down and use Myron’s crutches. My booty is fine now though, thanks for asking.
- The Z-Pack is your friend.
- We finally saw Django Unchained this weekend. The scene with the Ku Klux Klan members arguing over the pillowcases…funniest shit ever. It got 2 thumbs up from the Macks. Next up for us: Zero Dark Thirty
- Nerd Girl is hosting the book club over at her spot again this year. Since I was a lame and didn’t participate ANY last year, she made me pick the first book of 2013. We’ll be discussing on February 11th.
- Taking hubs to a co-ed baby shower this weekend. THIS should be interesting.
- Looking to go to Puerto Rico in the fall. I think the 52 week savings challenge will be the vacation fund.
- We’re back in the gym tonight after an absence. Pray my strength I don’t pass out on the treadmill.
- Myron cooked yesterday’s and today’s dinner last night. Today’s dinner is going to be SO good that I’ve been quietly seat twerking about it all day. What??? You don’t do the happy dance for good food? Just me? Oh.
- I had a meeting with one of the managers that I support yesterday to make some changes to his financial model. Why hasn’t he sent them to me yet? Why do I have to chase down people who need me to do work for them? The joys of Corporate America.
- I really wish I was independently wealthy.
- That’s all I got, what’s going on with you??
I had a really good weekend. Friday night Myron and I went to a friend’s birthday party who was turning 21 for the 25th time! LOL! Her home was decorated so pretty for the holidays so we got in a pic by the Christmas tree. This might need to go on a card!
Saturday I was on proud sister duty as I saw my big little brother graduate from college with his BS in Architecture!! I am so proud of him. He is a single dad of two (see the cheery faces below who were super excited to see daddy graduate) and though he had a few setbacks along the way, he didn’t give up and kept his eye on the prize. Now that he has that paper, he needs a job! Ya’ll hiring??
Here is my brother and my dad. That is one happy parent!
Here is me in proud sister mode. Say cheese!!
Other odds and ends that were on my mind -
- The horrible tragedy that happened in Newtown, CT has been in my thoughts all weekend. I am not a parent but I was shocked and horrified to watch the terror on the news and I hugged my niece and nephew a lot this past weekend and got lots of kisses. Parents should be able to send their kids to school without fear and I hope the President follows through on his words regarding taking steps to end mass violence like this.
- The comments by ESPN commentator Rob Parker just prove that stupidity knows no color. I’m not sure I agree with him being suspended for being an asshole but being in the public eye often means you suffer the consequences of living in a society that allows for free speech.
- What I am about to say is petty and I am almost 40 years old and should be beyond this, but I’m not and I don’t care. Last night, I posted a congratulatory message on a friend’s FB wall. I did so on purpose because I didn’t want to comment on her status and get a flood of notifications. Why did someone decide to comment on MY wall post to congratulate my friend???? Is it that much extra effort to comment on the gotdamn FB wall yourself?? Is it two mouse clicks more than you have the strength to make?? Ya’ll for real I was soooooooo ANNOYED. I have had that happen to me before and I was feeling particularly evil that day so I deleted my original post and re-typed it. Post your own damn message! It isn’t that hard! *woosah* *takes deep breaths* *lays down*
So how was your weekend??
- How was your weekend? Mine was pretty good. We laid low on Friday and Myron whipped up a tasty curry chicken dish. Our house was smelling like an Indian restaurant all evening. I’ll have to snag the picture off his FB page to show you guys.
- Saturday was a lot of sleeping. We woke up, ate French toast, fell asleep again, woke up and ran a few errands to pick up some shoes I’d ordered and hubs got an early Christmas present: a new Nexus 7 tablet. I’ve played with it a bit, I’ll try to have a full review up sometime this week.
- Hung out with my BIL and my homegirl @CaliGirlED to watch some football yesterday and my Houston Texans are 11-1, baby! Bulls on Parade! My husband had a GREAT time and is currently at work drinking a LOT of water.
- Got a pedicure yesterday. What’s the big deal you say? Well the fact is that I got BLUE TOE NAIL POLISH!!! LOL! Being that I am risk adverse and resistant to change from my normal pinks, red and oranges..going blue is a walk on the wild side. Hubs liked it too. Now green polish is probably a bit too much for my delicate sensibilities right now.
- I decided I’m going to do some Christmas cards this year. I felt quite trifling after all the nice ones we got last year from folks. Hubs wants to take pictures but it’s December 3rd, I might need to get in where I fit in with these cards.
- Does anyone out there use Amazon Prime? I signed up for it to get free shipping when I ordered a case for Myron’s tablet and you get 30 days free. Is it worth the $80 bucks per year??
- Read this article on the NY Times site this morning and had a lot of say about it on Twitter -
College isn’t for everyone, but EYE cannot in good conscience suggest to a black/brown kid to skip college/trade school/military svc when the majority of our black/brown kids are already undereducated coming out of high school. Per the usual, the NYTimes article is written from a place of privilege and that’s annoying. The playing field for US that encourages entrepreneurship is still not level and the barriers to entry to run your own business for people of color are still very high. Not to say that it cannot be done because it is occurring, but right now if I had a kid, I’d be sending them to college.
That’s all I got this morning..what’s going on random with you?
Hubs and I took in a couple of a flicks over the last few weekends in Skyfall, the 23rd installment of Sir Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007 and Lincoln, Steven Spielberg’s film about our 16th President.
Let’s start with Skyfall. I’ve always been a casual fan of the Bond series and really started to pay attention when Pierce Brosnan stepped into the role because I was a fan of the TV series Remington Steele when I was a kid and always found him to be super Rico Suave, even when he was kicking the ass of some villain. But since Daniel Craig took over the role with 2006′s Casino Royale and became the first blond Bond, I’ve been really paying some attention. Not only because Daniel Craig is sizzling HOT but because he brings a certain grittiness to the role of 007. Dare I say it…James Bond likes to get grimy and me likey quite a bit. At any rate, I looked forward to Skyfall and it did not disappoint. There was less overall action (but there is a fantastic chase scene to kick off the movie) than Casino Royale or Quantum of Solace but the story line was more nuanced, as it took the viewer into the pasts of both M and 007 and even dared to query if 007 and his spycraft was outdated and passe’. Since this is the 50th anniversary of the Bond film series, the nods to the past were quite appropriate. The movie wraps up at Bond’s abandoned childhood home with a twist you won’t expect and I’ll leave with you that. This is a definite must see. Read a review from the LA Times here.
I have to admit that Myron wanted to see Lincoln more than I did, being that he is a big history buff in general and is interested in the Civil War specifically. Now don’t get scared and think this is a sprawling, epic (read boring and long) bio-pic about Lincoln’s entire life. It isn’t. Instead, Spielberg smartly chooses the 4 month period between January and April 1865 to frame the movie, when Lincoln, fresh off re-election attempts to get 2 big ticket items accomplished: end the Civil War and get the 13th Amendment passed, which would abolish slavery. Spielberg quite deftly weaves in several story lines such as the relationship between Lincoln and his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln who is grieving the loss of their son Willie, the tension between Lincoln and his oldest son Robert, who has been forbidden to join the Union Army, and the back room dealings that the Lincoln cabinet had to undertake to get the necessary votes (these scenes are some of the funniest of the film). Tommy Lee Jones is a straight up scene stealer as Rep. Thaddeus Stevens, an aging abolitionist and has a very interesting back story based on historical fact. Daniel Day-Lewis melts into character as Lincoln, down to the halting deliberate gait that he was known to have.
A comment related to the slavery story line: I noted a bit of discussion on my social media feeds about the lack of screen time given to the treatment of slaves in the movie. There is a notable opening scene where two black Union slaves speak with Lincoln and one dares to question the President about further rights for blacks and there are a few other scenes involving Lincoln’s house servants, who are both free people of color and his interaction with them, but to be fair this was not a movie expressly about slavery. It was first and foremost a film about trying to get the 13th Amendment ratified and the inner workings of Washington DC government at that time period. It’s a political movie that just happens to be tackling a difficult, soul wrenching topic. I think it’s done quite masterfully. This is a definitely a must see (in particular for older children and teens) and needs to be added to your DVD collection as well. Read the NY Times review here.
Are you planning to see Skyfall or Lincoln this holiday season? What other films are on your to be seen list?
What’s happening?? *in my TI voice*
How was ya’ll’s weekend? Mine was very busy and I am tired so I am happy to be at work, where it is slow and quiet so that I can rest up from it. LOL!
Let’s see, Friday morning I took a few hours off to go an interview for a perm gig. I ended up in the wrong building, hauled ass across the street to the right building, was late to the interview and then got in there and talked for 3 straight hours to 3 different people. That interview was painful and I’m sure I didn’t get that job but I will survive.
Friday evening started off a lot better. Hubs and I went on date to have dinner, see my baby daddy Daniel Craig in Skyfall and to have drinks at Dave and Buster’s with our favorite bartender, my BIL, Tony.
Saturday morning, we got up to run to the bank, run by the store and had lunch at our favorite Indian buffet then came back home to watch
nap a little college footbal before our evening activities. As usual, we double booked ourselves for two birthday parties at the opposite ends of Houston. The first one was a 30th birthday party for Myron’s cousin. It was really fun, she had a craps and a blackjack dealer at her house and plenty of food and libations. We also got to see some cousins and their new baby. A time was being had by me but alas, it was time to make a move to the west side (yeyah yeah!) to the other party we’d be invited to. This party was for the birthday of the ghey guy who works at our neighborhood Kroger’s who we have struck up a friendship with. He’s actually a really a cool guy so we had to show our faces or else we’d never live it down. So we stopped by, had some drinks and were entertained by a 49 year old ghey dude in heels getting his boogie on to Whitney Houston. LOL! There’s never a dull moment when you roll with the Macks!
Sunday morning, we were up early (well 10 AM is early for me on Sundays), to get ready to go watch the hometown team, Houston Texans play the Jacksonville Jaguars at noon. We met my BIL at a sports bar and proceeded to see the Texans pull out a squeaker of a win. It shouldn’t have even been that close. After that, we had a fabulous ribeye dinner and got ready for the short work week.
And I still haven’t gotten my ingredients for my dish that I’m bring to my mom’s for Thanksgiving: my dear MIL’s sweet potato crunch. I suck, but I’m going to the store tonight, I promise!
So that was my weekend, how was yours? Big plans for the holiday??
I’m still here. I’ve had so much to say but couldn’t talk about it. But I can say this: God works in mysterious way and I am extremely thankful for His grace and mercy. You all know that I’ve been stressed out the majority of the year dealing with my job and my difficulties with my manager and have been interviewing all year. I interviewed for a contract to hire position on Friday, October 12th.
I got fired on Monday, October 15th. Now I’ve been fired/laid off before so I know how these things go. You go into a conference room and hear the spiel from the manager and HR about why you are getting a pink slip.. But this was a bit new for me. I was being fired, but I was eligible for re-hire. Say what now?? Also, my plantation was not going to contest me filing for my unemployment benefits. WDDDA? Now I was thinking that something was up. My old manager had left from the conference room at this point so I asked the HR rep to confirm what he’d just told me and she did. She then asked me: You don’t seem surprised that this happened. I told her that I wasn’t but I wasn’t worried because his opinion did not define me and that I serve a mighty God. Her response: Don’t worry, folks like that always get what is coming to them. You just let God work it out.
You could have knocked me over with a feather. Normally HR folks toe the company line so I was surprised to hear this.
We went over some other paperwork dealing with my 401K and she told me they would pay me out in lieu of a notice until November 2nd. I went on home and prepared to get my job search grind on.
I got a call about that other job I interviewed for on October 17th. Fired on Monday, new job on Wednesday.
I started last Monday, 11/5. Essentially I had a paid 3 week vacation, although I did do some other interviewing and networking in the interim. I’m actually waiting to see if I will be selected for a permanent gig that I interviewed for and made it to the second round of. If not, at least I know the role I have right now is very long term.
The funny thing about this is I was talking with a now former coworker about how I’d gotten a good vibe about the interview and the manager that interviewed me but I was scared about making such a jump because the job was contract to hire and not permanent. Well looks like God gave me a little push, didn’t he? I’ve slept like a baby every night since leaving my old plantation. I’m less stressed which means Myron is less stressed. I’m not coming home crying anymore. I’ll get benefits and vacation through the contract company. My hourly rate means I got an instant 7K raise. And I have the flexibility to keep on looking for another job if I want to.
What did I learn from this? No job is worth your sanity and peace of mind, even if it is “permanent”. Sometimes, you have to step out on faith. And even when your faith isn’t all that strong, thankfully God’s is stronger.
So I’ve been on a bit of a cooking spree as of late..and that makes my husband very happy.
I was inspired by Babs, who made a crustless quiche this past weekend to try my hand at my own. My hodgepodge recipe is as follows:
1/2 medium onion diced
1 medium red bell pepper diced
minced garlic to taste
1 package of Jimmy Dean sausage
1 cup (or more) of shredded cheese of your choice
8 large eggs
I sauteed up my bell pepper and onion and added the garlic at the last minute because it will burn. Set to the side to cool.
Pan fry the sausage in a skillet and make sure you break it up fairly fine. No large chunks. Make sure to drain all of the grease off.
Whisk up your eggs, salt and pepper and any other seasoning you like. I added a dash of creole seasoning. I also added some heavy cream cause it makes your eggs fluffy.
Butter or grease your glass baking dish well as you don’t want the eggs to stick to the pan. I used an olive oil cooking spray.
Layer your sausage and veggies, then your cheese, then pour the eggs all over the top and make sure everything is even.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. The eggs should be firm but springy to the touch.
This what it looks like before you put it in the oven.
This is the quiche fresh out the oven.
This how it looks on my plate! I put a little sour cream on top too.
In addition to my quiche, I stumbled upon a great low carb recipe website and made a couple of the recipes from there. They were super easy!
Balsamic Cream Chicken with Mushrooms:
Creamy Chicken Scampi: http://peaceloveandlowcarb.blogspot.com/2012/10/creamy-chicken-scampi.html
My at home chef was very impressed and for him that’s a compliment, cause he is VERY picky about food.
Give these a try and let me know what you think!
On this day, 2 years ago I got married.
And I’m thankful and grateful to God for sending me this husband of mine, who is a monument of strength and patience. I love him so much.
But let’s not be fooled, this year 2 has been rough and I’m glad to be headed into year 3.
We lost my mother-in-law, which was and still is a crushing blow to both of us, especially to him.
I have struggled tremendously with a difficult manager at work, which has caused me much worry and moments of self doubt.
There has been much frustration in our efforts to create a family as well.
But through it all, my husband is my rock. His encouragement and steadfastness know no bounds. His sense of humor keeps me in stitches. His skills in the kitchen keep me well fed. His intelligence and thirst for knowledge continues to amaze.
And so, this what year 2 of OUR marriage looks like.
I am blessed beyond measure. All praises be to God for the things he has done and will continue to do in our marriage!
Happy Anniversary Myron! I love you!
I was laying in bed this morning, waiting for the alarm to go off and I had a jumble of thoughts in my head so here we go:
- I was supposed to be reading 30 books this year, up from last years total of 25. I have failed miserably at this and going into Q42012 I am unlikely to reach that goal. But I have been reading, quite a bit actually. My Pocket app on my phone and my tablet is my new best friend. If I come across an interesting link on FB or Twitter, then I save it to Pocket so I can read it later. I’ve also started following 2 Twitter accounts @longreads and @longform, which tweet a variety of longer articles from the web on various topics from sports to technology to pop culture to literature. If I get stuck somewhere (like at jury duty a couple of weeks ago), I can always pull up something to read.
- I might not be reading many books but it hasn’t stopped me from downloading them like a crackhead, though.
- Do you consider yourself religious or spiritual? Do you attend church regularly? I ask because my mama was fussing at me last week about attending church. I must admit that our church attendance has fallen by the wayside in the last year or so. But just because I am not in church, doesn’t mean church isn’t within me. I still pray and I talk to God pretty frequently but I still feel some guilt around the church attendance thing. I also think that Myron and I need a new church home, as our current church home (that we grew up in) isn’t really doing it for us anymore. This is going to require some more prayer, thought and discussion I think.
- I went to a kid birthday party of Saturday. I immediately got drafted into refereeing kid disagreements and dealing with tattle tails. It’s not as easy as it looks. And my soror’s little boy (the birthday boy in fact) asked her the same question SEVEN different times. Yes, I counted them. I keep wondering if I’m equipped to be a parent.
- I’m still having a struggle at my workplace. I’m still praying for peace about it.That’s all I’m going to say about that.
- I had an interview for a really exciting position last week. Got some goot coaching from a Twitter friend too. I didn’t get it. Turns out they didn’t like ANY of the candidates that were sent over. And of course, no feedback to find out what you did wrong. I think the recruiter was more aggravated than I was. At this point, I figure if I am supposed to get another job then I will.
- @OneChele over at Black n’ Bougie, did a insightful week’s worth of posts based on the Iyanla Vanzant’s Fix Your Life interview with Evelyn Lozada. Click on this tag: http://www.blacknbougie.com/search/label/Lessons%20learned and read all the posts from the week of September 17-21. You will be glad you did.
- Myron and I have been eating a
mostlyPaleo/Primal diet since the beginning of August and we joined the gym. I can see the difference in how my clothing is fitting. Slow and steady wins the race for us.
- Summer is over. Fall is upon us. I’m sad. Fall isn’t my fave time of the year.
That’s all I got. Got any odds and ends to share?
One of the major themes of this year’s election is the economy, with the Republican party asking the electorate if they are better off than 4 years ago, when President Obama was elected. I’ve also been following a series in the NY Times which is discussing the state of the middle class in the US today. In a follow up blog post, the author highlighted selected comments from that post:
“Most of the income gains seen in my lifetime have been created by families going on afterburners — sending the other adult out to work. Now, we are seeing families going backwards, but that may be a good thing. But we will need to learn to get by on less, especially if competition by foreign workers accelerates.” – jstewart58
“Interesting that this appears on the same page as the article about Caterpillar. Is it really necessary for them to freeze wages when they are making record profits? You can bet that the upper echelon of company officers will not have frozen wages. There are many hard issues that contribute to the problem, global wage competition, automation, poor education, but these are exacerbated by actions taken by companies like Caterpillar.” – Oh Please
“Since WWII, the idea that one is solely responsible for their own success has widely taken root and the generations since have increasingly failed to acknowledge that success is the product of both individual initiative/hard work AND opportunity. The first generation that had the privilege of combining hard work with unprecedented levels of opportunity was the baby boomers and, speaking very generally, they seemed to forget the opportunity component as they rose through the professional ranks of business and government. This explains policies that reward the haves while eroding the opportunity (education, health care, higher minimum wages, pensions) that allows have-nots to use their individual initiative to pull themselves out of the lower classes.” – Dan
“The uncomfortable truth is that America’s economy has progressed beyond blue collar jobs and is now a service economy. Our biggest export is knowledge (in the form of technology, patents, business, etc), and is no longer ‘stuff.’ So it is slightly misguided to blame manufacturing companies that don’t pay workers higher wages, because these companies are no longer in industries where their workers can demand a premium.”– Austin
“Tax cuts for the rich have turbocharged inequality, beginning with Reagan and culminating with Bush II. To afford these tax cuts, we’ve cut everything else that helps the middle class, especially really great public schools.”– Carol
Honestly, speaking it’s a mixed bag for me. I am better off than I was 4 years ago because I got laid off in February 2009, worked contract for about a year and have been full time at my current employer for a year (after being a contractor there for a year). I got married which added a wonderful husband and an additional income to my household. But, the value of my house is upside down and there are additional expenses that must now be paid. It’s been difficult to save money, this year in particular. But I know so many people who are so much worse off that I feel I shouldn’t complain.
How about you and your family? Are you better or worse off than you were 4 years ago? Do you agree with the commentators from the article?