I wore it for the first time yesterday. Usually I wear twists or twist outs, but if felt good to wash and go.
I DVR'd it last night and fast-forwarded through to all the parts that looked like they were worth watching this afternoon. I recorded this awards show solely to see Beyonce's performance...as I have for the past few years. Fortunately, this year there were a good number of watchable moments. Here's what I stopped fast-forwarding long enough to see:
Every other part of the show is basically a blur since I forwarded through everything. I saw Patti and wanted to stop so bad, but hers is a voice I have to be in the mood for and I was not...likewise for the Jennifer H's...Hudson and Holiday. When I'm in the mood for soulful screaming, I'll give both performances a look-see. If y'all see any other part(s) worth watching, let me know.
For an awesome show recap in pictures, click <<HERE>>.
So, I overestimated the amount of time my daily R & R would consume. For whatever reason, I thought I wouldn't have time, energy or the desire to blog during my Me time away from work, which is totally not the case. Au contraire mon frère, I actually have more time, more energy, and more of a desire to blog than ever. I came to this realization about one-half of a whole day after announcing that I'd be gone 'til August, but was a little embarrassed to come back so soon after making such a dramatic exit. It was SO hard to even stay gone one week, but I figured one full respectable week away would be adequate enough to count as an official break and not make me appear to be too flaky. I really did think I'd be too busy to blog, y'all. Insanity!
Anyway, I said all that to say I'm back.
I'll try my best not to get too personal or too deep, as I have lots of time for reflection and introspection over the next few weeks. I've started a handwritten journal to make sure I don't do too much of the cathartic writing on here. I know I gets real with y'all sometimes, but I'll spare y'all too much of the real-realness.
"Give some good food, give me some cute shoes, give me some peace of mind."
I'll be gone for a minute, y'all. I'm taking a breather from daily commutes and hours in front of a computer screen to spend my hours taking care of the most important person in my life...ME (sort of kidding about that, but mostly serious). I know it's Our way to work mostly and squeeze Life in while off the clock, but I need my life to be about me for a moment...even if it is just for a few weeks.
Recently, I was told that I could stand to be a little more selfish...not so much selfish as self-aware. And my self is aware that I need a break. So I'm taking some time off to focus all my energy only on the things that bring me joy...ME mostly, but of course my husband, my dogs, my house, my guitar, my reading...hopefully I'll get my momma to come see me, and nurture some friendships I've been neglecting. Just a little time to center myself before moving out of my twenties and into the next chapter of my life. During my first two decades, I've been blessed to have WAY more ups than downs, but those downs were some bitches!
Truth be told, I'd love to freeze my life at 19, when I was all about maximizing my hang-time with Billy and my girlfriends, scheduling my classes around my soaps, and thinking I was fat because I had ballooned to a whopping juniors size 9 (oy!).
I'll be sort of M.I.A. from blogworld for a bit, but like Ms. Celie say, "Dammit I'm HERE!" Check on me from time to time....I'll update what I'm reading or listening to or whatever. I'm sure I'll come say hey, or post a book review or film review. I'll be back officially and in full effect by August. In the mean time, y'all be good, don't forget about me, and make time to enjoy the little things!
We got back Tuesday morning...we both went straight to work from the airport and are experiencing a little withdrawal from the sleep number beds in the hotel. Okie & Stella, however, are livin it up at Dog Boys Ranch. We haven't been able to make it out there to pick them up, so they got two extra days on their little vacay...lucky dogs.
We went to Chicago for a friend's wedding and planned a few extra days to make a proper vacation of it. We saw the Chicago production of The Color Purple, which was AWEsome! We saw a dolphin show at the Shedd Aquarium and a dinosaur exhibit at the Field Museum (still can't wrap my head around the fact that those things actually walked this earth), and the city view from the top of the Hancock building.
Our college friend who lives there took us on what felt like a professional tour of the city. He knows SO much about the history of his town and is obviously very proud of Chicago. He should be. There is so much awesome black history & black presence in that place to be proud of. I could totally live there.
...they sure are smart though. The hotel we're staying in has Sleep Number beds in every room. It's a win-win partnership. The hotel chain stays at the top of our list for future travel and Sleep Number gets new customers.
We s'posed to go five nights with our perfect sleep numbers and then just go back to life before Sleep Number? How are we to get 5 nights of heavenly rest in a Sleep Number bed and go back home to not-as-heavenly rest? OF COURSE we're shopping for a sleep number bed when we get back. They knew good and well we would. Before this, we thought "high tech" mattresses were rip-offs. Not anymore. Three nights on a Sleep Number bed so far, and we're sold. I do feel a little manipulated though.
"No thing, No money, No cent, No temptation,
I'm talkin' bout nothing...our love is unbreakable."
We're in Chi-town celebrating love for the next few days. Not our love, but the love of one of Billy's childhood friends, who I got to know during our college days. It'll be a reunion of sorts...lots of familiar faces and catching up to do.
So far our trip is off to an not-awesome start--both our flights were delayed, when we finally got here at 2am we found out our luggage didn't make it, the rental car place only had minivans by the time we got there, we woke up to a fire alarm in the hotel BRIGHT and early this morning, we left our keys inside the room so we stayed downstairs for breakfast and about halfway through noticed that in the rush to exit the hotel I had put the loaner t-shirt from the airline on inside out and backwards.
It was funny when the fire alarm went off because I woke up to Billy trying to MUR.DER the alarm clock. I was like, "That's the loudest alarm clock in the world. I'm sure it's a fire alarm." Anyway, hopefully the next few days will go a little differently.
APD officers are assaulted or attacked most often at the hands of white males. Seems like the police would be more on guard and quick to shoot them--at least then it'd be in self defense. Blacks and browns are getting dropped "in some cases by a ratio of two to one?!" That math is off as hell.
APD Under Federal Investigation
June 4, 2007 austinist.com
"Austin city leaders announced late Friday afternoon that the U.S. Department of Justice is starting an investigation into the Austin Police Department and its use of force, specifically when dealing with minorities. ... In 2004, the Austin American-Statesman analyzed police data from 1998 to 2003, revealing that Austin police had a track record of using more force against blacks and Hispanics than whites, in some cases by a ratio of two to one. " <<FULL STORY HERE>>
Blogging is THE AWSOMEST hobby!
So the other day, I log into my email and there's a message with the same title as this post, and I'm like, "awesome!" I figure it's some announcement from an e-list I'm on or something. I open the email and am shocked and elated that the email is actually a personal email from the filmmaker's PR person! What? She apparently read my blog and thought (quite correctly) that I'd be interested to learn about and meet Austin's own CC Stinson and share the awesome news about the BET J Best Shorts Contest selection with you guys. I'm supposed to be meeting with CC some time next week. I'd be happy to formally introduce y'all afterward, but in the mean time there's still time to check out her work on BET J.
CC Stinson's short film, Breakdown, to air on BET J on the following dates (central time):
BET J SELECTS CCSQUARED PRODUCTIONS’ BREAKDOWN FOR BEST SHORTS CONTEST
Texas Digital Short Airing on BET J May 27-June 11
AUSTIN, Texas – May 29, 2007 – CCSquared Productions announced today that its entry in BET J’s THE BEST SHORTS Contest, Breakdown, has been named a finalist and will air repeatedly on the cable television channel over the next two weeks. The winner of THE BEST SHORTS Contest, awarded by a committee of reviewers, receives $20,000 and the runner-up wins $10,000.
Breakdown centers on the impact of a corporate layoff on wife and mother “Morgan Jamerson,.” The digital short was written, directed by and stars Austin’s CC Stinson and filmed entirely in Austin with Texas talent. Inspired by CC Stinson’s own experience in corporate life and the events following the loss of her corporate job, Breakdown represents a blend of CCSquared Productions’ dual mission of producing films with a culturally diverse viewpoint and promoting Austin as a premiere filmmaking location. <<FULL PRESS RELEASE HERE>>
Explore a working model of the body. Every part is animated and interactive: the heart beats, guts gurgle, lungs breathe, the skin feels, and eyes see. Designed for kids ages 4+ to discover what we’re made of and how we work. Downloaded over 5 million times, The Human Body has reached the #1 spot on the App Store’s education charts in 144 countries and is a Children’s Technology Review Editor’s Choice.