Friday, July 26, 2013

Time Flies, When... Nevermind :)

   So, this week has been busy, busy, busy for me! Lots of new developments, lots of changes, a few set backs, but we're good!

Favorite Food:  Sausage & Peppers over rice

      So, I did a lot of cooking last week, and my favorite dish was the Sausage & peppers with rice that I made.  When I say it was excellent- it was more than that...  It was so good, I had to ask my mom if it was ok that I was obsessing over food I cooked, lol.  I made it with Hickory Farms Smoke Sausage, ground beef, green & red peppers, Scallions, & onions.  with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, along with some other seasonings. I laid this out over some buttery rice & it was ON!  I am definitely making this dish again!

Favorite Song:  Throwback- Lauryn Hill's "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You"  

  I have always loved this song... but this week, someone made it special for me... And that's all I'm saying, lol.

Favorite Movie:  The Heat

    I had been dying to see this movie! And I loved it so much!  Most of the time, I enjoy anything with Sandra Bullock or Melissa McCarthy- and let me tell ya, this movie did not disappoint!  Although the language may be a little harsh for some, it was hilarious!  I went to $5 Movie Day at Cinema 14 (in The Greene) and was so happy I decided to go!  I love "buddy" comedies, so this unique one [of two lady cops] was definitely on my radar.  Sandra Bullock has always been one of my favorite actresses, and Melissa McCarthy has proven to be highly talented & multi-faceted in her acting abilities.  From the lovable "Sookie St. James" on Gilmore Girls,  sassy "Molly Flynn" of Mike & Molly to her role as quirky & eccentric cousin "Megan" in Bridesmaids, I've been truly impressed by Melissa McCarthy.  I really laughed out loud a few times, and have decided that this movie will make it into my home collection! 

Favorite Realization:  Parents Will Be Parents... 

     So, clearly- these are NOT my parents, lol... but this is kind of what I felt like this weekend... and I'm 32yrs old.  Needless to say, it made me think of some things.  I opened up a little more about things going on in my personal life, to my parents, and it did not go as expected.  I was actually taken back, because they didn't seem to be as supportive or welcoming, as I hoped they would be.  I know part of it is my fault, because I am not very open with my parents in certain areas of my life-- which in turn, is a direct result of how they raised me. So I guess we can take equal responsibility for how awkward things can be, when you open up doors that had been closed off in the past.   I know, ultimately, that my parents want the best for me.  I just hate them making me feel they question my decisions, when there are years & years of good choices I've made, that they've not been a part of.  Even though it hurt me that they were challenging my judgment, I still respect them for caring a little. Everyone has a lot of growing, adjusting & learning to do here- but I'm glad my family is family & my parents are parents... even though I'm a grown a** woman, lol.

Favorite Guilty Pleasure:  Love & Hip Hop Atlanta (Please don't take my sophistication card!)  

    Everybody knows it's a train wreck, ok.  I was embarrassed the first season, that I subjected myself to such ratchetness... but it's so gripping, I stuck around for the second season! LOL  Forget rubbernecking at an "accident" this show is a 10-car pile up!  You can't do anything but watch, once you start.  There is drama with pretty much every character. I think this season is all about Rasheeda (the lady most forefront) and her husband Kirk.  They've been married for 13ys, and their marriage has taken a serious nose dive. Kirk has done Rasheeda diiiirrrrrrttttty! I won't go into details- you just have to watch though... if you promise to remember that not all black people act like this! lol But we sure will watch it, won't we??

   Have a great weekend, everyone! Leave comments about what's going on around your way! 

Friday, July 12, 2013

I Know You've Missed Me... Well, I've Missed You!!

   I've missed you guys! The past few weeks have been jammed packed full of crazy, but I wouldn't have it any other way, right? I've been doing a lot of traveling & running around, and it seems forever since I last wrote my blog! But I love it.  I mean, some of the funniest times are times when you're life takes unexpected twists and turns.  So, check out some of what's been going on:

Favorite Event:  BRUNO MARS Moonshine Jungle Tour

        So, this concert was absolutely AMAZING!  I was looking forward all summer to this concert. It did not disappoint, at all. Ok, maybe one thing- We had awesome seats, but the floor seats were so long, that it really didn't matter how close you could get in the stands.  Anywhere would've been too far to really see Bruno.  But it was great to see one of my favorite artists LIVE!  Bruno sounds just like he does on the radio. that's always the best. He's definitely one of my "Friends in my Head" (as Wendy Williams likes to say). He was so laid back.  they even had a segment, where they were challenging all the other band members to "Spit Game" at a lady in the audience,  and try to determine who had the best pick up lines.  It was sooo funny.  "Michelle" was one lucky lady.  Then Bruno (Peter Hernandez) did a mixed set of ol' skool songs from so many different eras. It was an awesome time of dancing & letting loose.  I really felt like I got my money's worth.  Not only that, but we left during the last song, to avoid traffic.

Favorite Food:  Crispy Chick Parm from Fazoli's

   This delicious dish is worth every bite!  What's better is that it's only $4.99!  This sandwich is so filling, as well.  It's one of the ones that I have to force myself to finish, because it's not going to taste good reheated (the bread is a  biscuit-like flat bread).  The flavors in this sandwich sing together! I highly recommend you get this, the next time your'e in Fazoli's.  

Favorite Realization: "Sometimes it's better to change your mind about how you feel about something, rather than go off of an emotional response..." 

      So, lately- I've been trying to be a more productive thinker.  For me (and probably most women)- It's second nature to over-think and over-analyze everything... Well, you know what the first 4 letters in Analyze are, don't you? Yeah- I don't want to be that girl. Furthermore, when things happen in our lives, we tend to jump, and jump quickly, to an emotional response.  I am a fiery Bajan woman, too... So, most days, I think I have a pass to act as such, lol.  But when I sit back and think of what it's gotten me- it's a whole lot of drama.  I've been focused on not being so reactive to things or spend so much time getting worked up over things.  I tested this new behavior recently, and was really at peace with my decision to change my mind about how I thought about my problem.  I decided not to take it personally.  I had to remember that not everything is about me- and at the end of the day, I knew I hadn't done anything wrong. I almost did, though... I almost gave in to what the "old Tiffani" would do-- by either "Going off" or "fishing" for answers.  You know what I mean by "fishing", right?  When you try to make half-sincere communication. It's a passive aggressive approach that I want to do less of.  And I'm not a passive aggressive person, so I always feel a little grimy when I have to stoop to that kind of manipulation. I'm learning that sometimes, our greatest asset is our mind.  Our greatest asset is to keep your mouth shut & let some things come to you, instead of going to get them.  I'm sorry- know this is all a little cryptic, because I didn't mention specifics- but I think the meaning is still intact.  

Favorite Celebration:  Bryn's 'Make a Wish' Party

    A good friend of mine's daughter Bryn & her brother at Disney World.  I was so happy that she got her trip to Disney!  The Make a Wish foundation is amazing. They've helped to make some awesome memories for my little buddies- well, actually the entire family! 

Favorite Weekend Excursion:  Idle Hour Ranch

   This weekend, I'm planning on going to the Idle Hour Ranch!  Idle Hour is an Exotic Animal Rescue in Troy, OH.  I cannot wait to see the Giraffe ("Sam") who sports my favorite animal print! (Yes- I did bring it back around to fashion... Don't hate me, lol).  They also have over 200 kinds of different exotic animals.  They even have Camel Rides!  Who else gets to do that outside of the desert?  So, I'm excited about the excursion tomorrow!  

    Well, time for me to end this.  I don't want to spill everything that happened this week-- and since writing is cathartic for me, I know eventually it will come out, if I keep plugging away! Have a favorite weekend, everyone!