A while ago I got a question in my inbox which irked me so I kept it moving. I was talking to someone recently about my inbox and told her about the question. She thought it was a good question and believed I should have posted it to see what others think.
Basically the young woman was asking me how to get along with White people.
I *BLINKED* at it thinking to myself...the same as you get along with any other people hell.
But my friend disagreed. She says that dealing with people of a different skin color is difficult for a lot of people because some folks grow up completely isolated from others.
And I guess she has a point.
How would YOU have answered the young lady's question? How would you answer the question if it was a young White girl asking how to get along with Black people?
SIP: Whoa...check out this book we found while looking for a picture for this post.How to Get Along With Black People: A Handbook for White Folks and Some Black Folks Too!
Well...I haven't changed what I use in more than a decade: AFFIRM SENSITIVE SCALP RELAXER KIT
I buy it from Amazon and I still do it myself cuz I think the prices the salon charges to do it are ri-damn-diculous. HOWEVER...I don't suggest you do it yourself. I've done mine forever and I'm pretty good at it because I'm the most anal Virgo you know. I know exactly how to do it so it doesn't overlap or touch my scalp. GO ME!
Of the two or three of you who still relax your hair...what do you use?
I bought this dress on Saturday for $89.99. I left it in the bag. Why? Cuz that was the original cost of the dress and I bought it at Ann Taylor Loft who are WELL.KNOWN for having something on sale the very next day. They only had one in my size and I wasn't about to leave it there cuz I've been looking for something like this. I'll have to wear a full slip with it to make it work right and add a hot belt...but I'm thinking it's gonna be a cute fall addition to a Saturday night dinner date with my guy.
I've been looking online to see when it's going to go on sale and VOILA! It went on sale today for 40% off.
Guess who's going back to Ann Taylor Loft today?
That would be me.
Would YOU do the same? Have you ever?
My nerd sister, Shelly, reminded me that J.K. Rowlings' new book, The Casual Vacancy, was released today. I told her that I was going to download it STAT!
I was all excited and whatnot beep bopping over to Amazon to download it and found that it is available for $17.99.
For an eBook.
I usually pay $9.99.
The most I think I've paid is $12.99.
And now I'm mad.
Cuz I'm cutting off my nose to spite my face.
Sure...I'll try and wait until it goes on sale around Christmas but we all know I won't and then...I'm gonna be mad at myself while I'm reading it and enjoy it all less and whatnot.
$17.99 for an eBook that is not a non-fiction work related book? UGH!
Me mad now.
Do you think it's pricey? What's the most you've paid for a fiction eBook? Do you have a criteria you go by? Do you care about the page count as it relates to the cost? That's another weird one I have. If it's 100 pages or less and they're trying to charge more than $6.99...HELL.NO.
But that's prolly just me.
SIP: Say bruh...how you gonna be mad at Harry Potter's mom?
So I normally pick E and his bestie, K, up after cross country practice.
Practice is over at 4:30 so I generally leave the house at 4:30 since they have to go inside and get their backpacks from the locker room. By the time I get there...they are just walking out.
It's Homecoming Week this week and they have dress up days all week and the school is trying to keep it as light as possible on the kids so they can have fun.
Well...yesterday I had a conference call scheduled for 4:00 and I was in my office waiting on the call doing a bit of prep work when E calls at 3:50 to say they got out of practice early and they were ready to be picked up.
So I get in the truck and initiate my conference call while driving.
I'm on the call when I pull up to the school and...no E or K where they should be.
So I circle the parking lot, still on the conference call and come back around.
They aren't there.
I'm on the call.
I do this three more times.
I recognize other kids from their team but yeah...no E or K.
So I park right up front facing the gym.
I see K walk up to the front and look out into the parking lot and I honk the horn.
Dude looks right over me.
He beep-bops off.
I'm on the call still and...I'm dressed as I would only be dressed if I planned on seeing no one in the world besides people in my own home. Orange and black shirt, red and black plaid loungy pants and rain boots which were by the door on my way running out of the house.
In other words...I wasn't trying to get out of my truck.
The time now says 4:15.
And I'm annoyed.
I put the call on mute, get out of my truck and go inside.
I don't see E or K but I do see Coach.
Me: Coach...have you seen E and K?
Coach: Yeah...they were just right here.
He looks around.
They aren't there.
And then we see both of them coming from ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL the way down the hallway.
KEE-KEEING AND SHOO-SHOOING...
I'm still on the call.
They see me, run to grab their stuff and follow me out.
We head out.
I'm still on the call and now I can participate.
They know to keep quiet because I have my "business" voice on.
I pull up to the house as I'm ending my call.
Me: Both of yall get out of the truck, drop and give me 50.
E and K: Yes ma'am.
When they finish their 50 pushups I ask:
Me: Do you know why you had to do 50 pushups?
K: Yes. Because we weren't where we were supposed to be.
Me: Exactly. I don't work as your personal driver so I shouldn't be waiting on you. If you call and say you're ready to be picked up...I should be able to drive through the pickup line and you should be ready. Don't do that again. I mean really...do you see how I'm dressed? I was NOT prepared to have to get outta my truck.
K: Yeah...it's a good thing it's Wacky Day Ms. Monica. You kinda looked like you were one of the kids from school picking us up.
And I burst out laughing and couldn't stop cuz really...that kid is just as funny as E. We all laughed.
SIP: I bet your azz makes sure you're not wacky dressed from now on huh?
Does it annoy you when you pick up your kids and they aren't where they are supposed to be?
LARABAR Fruit & Nut Food Bar, Cherry Pie - This bar has a lot of sugar so keep that in mind.thinkThin Crunch, Chocolate Dipped Mixed Nuts, Gluten Free - This bar has really low sugar. Only 3 grams.
Blue Diamond Natural Almond Nut-Thins Cracker Snacks Smokehouse - These crackers brought tears to my eyes they are so delicious. I'm tearing up now just thinking about the fact I'm all out.
Are your kids SMART, are they really good students or both?
Which were/are you?
What study habits do they have which you think are awesome?
I've always wanted to buy a piece of furniture from a yard sale and completely redo it. A chest of drawers I think. I'd love to put a tall one on our bedroom closet and then build a jewelry keeper thingy on the top.
Is that weird that it's a goal? LOL!
Have YOU ever refinished a piece of furniture? I tried reupholstering a sofa once and didn't finish it completely. Like...I did all the hard stuff, and then got bored. WHO DOES THAT???????
The Robinator also uses this app while training for his marathon: RunKeeper
I downloaded it too to see what it was all about. When I was setting it up, I noticed that it has different training programs built in to help you train for different runs or walks. I have a girlfriend who has a goal of doing a 5k in the near future so I sent it to her. The training program seems pretty reasonable and nothing that will kill you. LOL!
How many of you runners use RunKeeper? Do you like it?
The Robinator shared this app with me last night and it's pretty cool! Check it out! Instant Heart Rate
If you download it...share your resting rate with us! Mine was 64. Robby's was 51. I need to ramp up my cardio so I can beat him. LOL! Yes...it's all about competition at 13700!
I love me some Heather Headley. Yessir! I got up this morning excited because I'd pre-ordered her new album, Only One In the World, and I'm sitting in my office now on my second listen. Her music is one of a woman in love and happy. Secure and living her true life. I find it inspiring and daydream worthy.
Grown folks' music.
Are YOU a fan of Heather Headley? If you get the chance to see her in person...DO SO! I saw her in 2006 and she stole the show! Loving Life!
Your husband has started to work from home.
You work outside of the home.
Yall both work just as hard.
There are occassions when you are running late and don't get to clear the table and/or do the dishes before you and the kids leave the house for school and work.
When you return home...the kitchen always looks the same even though your husband is there all day and has breakfast and lunch in the kitchen.
How would YOU deal with this?
Father of two children with two different women.
Both children live out of state.
Underemployed because of the economy (his words).
Lives with a relative so he doesn't have to pay rent and so he can pay his child support.
You tend to stay out of grown folk's business.
You're separated from your husband and it's not a good situation but you're persevering.
You're out and about and see a man you know, who is married, walk up to a woman waiting for him in a restaurant and kiss her with his hand on her butt.
Then he steps back and doesn't touch her again for the duration of the time they are there.
You are shocked to note that you recognize the woman too because ALL of your kids attend the same small private school.
As you are leaving the restaurant he sees you and sees that you see him.
It bothers you because you know his wife works her azz off and is seriously the nicest woman.
You also see the other woman skinning and grinning up in the wife's face ALL.THE.TIME.
But again...it ain't your business.
Months go by and you've seen all of the folks involved several times throughout the school year at events.
The husband starts flirting with you every chance he gets.
You shut it down whenever he tries but seriously...it's getting annoying.
Little cutesy shit here and there and innuendos that irk the pig snot out of you.
You act dumb and keep it moving.
The other woman (not the wife) catches you alone and tells you to back off.
You're about sick of this ish...
What do you do?
"To be born a Southern woman is to be made aware of your distinctiveness. And with it, the rules. The expectations. These vary some, but all follow the same basic template, which is, fundamentally, no matter what the circumstance, Southern women make the effort. Which is why even the girls in the trailer parks paint their nails. And why overstressed working moms still bake three dozen homemade cookies for the school fund-raiser. And why you will never see Reese Witherspoon wearing sweatpants. Or Oprah take a nap."