If I Ruled the World . . .


I would be perfectly justified in slapping my boss.

Boss:  Hey there – what ya eating for lunch, bean pie?

Me:  *Looking down incredulously at what is very obviously okra and tomatoes over rice and a slice of cornbread*

“Umm, nope just some succotash and cornbread.”

Boss:  “Oh, well with your Muslim hair and all.  You know, every day is a bad hair day for you . . . “

I just turned and walked away.  And he, of course, followed.

Boss:  “So, you’re Muslim right.  That’s a political statement.  Your hair I mean.”

Nerd Girl:  “I’m Christian.  It’s just hair.  Unpermed, how it comes out of my scalp, what God gave me, regular black people hair.  No statement other than I don’t perm my hair.”

Boss:  “Oh.  Well, I guess I’m having a bad hair day myself.  Shouldn’t talk should I?”


1st in Class


Lovegirl’s birthday is September 8.  This means that she is – and will always be – one of the oldest in her class. 

My concern is that during her preschool years, she will be “on target” as far as her class is concerned, but behind agewise.  For example, her classmates are learning the alphabet and practicing their counting.  Ummm, she mastered that over a year ago.  I realize that repetition is great, but have decided that from here out, school will be used as a review, and her learning will be done after school.  At home.  With me.  That’s right, I’m joining the ranks of those who “afterschool.” Afterschooling is exactly what it sounds like – additional schooling done after school hours.  I always knew I’d be doing this, but thought it would come later – you know, when I found her history classes lacking.  But apparently, the time is now.

Now, I’ve always worked with her, I think I’m just going to have to step it up a notch.  I will not try to teach her the pythagorean theorm or explain photosynthesis, but we will definitely be working on letter and number recogntion, counting units, etc. 

I’ve made her some flash cards while at work today, so we’ll start with those – maybe do a letter of the week type deal, and then move on to numbers.  After that?  I’m not sure.

So, for you seasoned parents/aunties/uncles/teachers out there, I’ve got a few questions.

Do you supplement what your child is taught in school?  Do you homeschool? Is your routine structured or are you more laid back?  Do you make up your curriculum or subscribe to a certain packaged curriculum?  What “should” a three year old know?

Thanks in advance for any help/comments/suggestions you can provide.

Is it possible . . .

to die of boredom?  ‘Cause if it is, I am definitely on my way out.  I don’t really have much to do at work today.  I’ve straightened my desk.  I’ve boxed up some files to send to storage.  I’ve surfed the internet.  I’ve read blogs.  I’ve repeated that cycle. I think I’ve dozed off a time or two.  And it’s only 12:13.  Aaaargh!

Either, Or

Last night I could’ve either gone to bed at a decent hour, waking up this morning well rested and ready for another day.

Or, I could’ve stayed up well past 2 in the a.m. to finish a book.  (Rise and Shine – Anna Quindlen). 

Guess which one I chose? Lord, I am sleepy.  The book was a pretty good read though.

Not The Mama!

Scene:  In line at my local Wa*l Mart so I can purchase a money order
Cashier:  Next please.  How can I help you?  Hey Sweetie, what’s your name?
Lovegirl:  McKenzie
Nerd Girl: Your name is not McKenzie
Cashier:  Your mama says your name isn’t McKenzie
Lovegirl:  That’s not my mama.  That’s Keesha.

What?!?  This girl is going to get me arrested for child abduction.  And who the h is Keesha?!?

Happy birthday Lovegirl!

So, three years ago (yesterday) I had my daughter!  I was going to sit down and be contemplative and wax poetic and all that jazz, but eh – I’ve changed my mind.  So Lovegirl, just know that Mama loves you very much and thanks God every day that He chose me to be yours.  Happy birthday sweet-peet, you rock!

We spent the day at the local Celtic Fest.  What, doesn’t every three year old girl ring in her fourth year of life watching Irish jig dancing and wearing a crown crafted of Christmas garland and ribbons? 

The first pic is of Lovegirl in my chair – it’s her traditional birthday shot. This year, as in years past, she chose not to look at the camera while sucking her thumb.  The second shot was taken at the Celtic Fest’s space jump. And the third picture?dscn1044.jpg (click on link, another huge pic)  Well, that was taken a few weeks ago after a birthday party that I told her was hers.  I didn’t feel like throwing her one this year, what can I say?  Besides, I had the good sense to wait until after the party to tell her it was hers – so no thunder was stolen from the “real” party girl. 

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Good Eats


“Sounds yummy! Can you please give me the cabbage and moroccan recipe and tell me how to make black eyed peas?”

Well Fashionista, since you asked . . .

The Moroccan Chicken recipe can be found here.  I love allrecipes.com, and troll the site frequently looking for new dishes to add to my repetoire.  The hubby ended up not being so fond of this one, but that didn’t really surprise me – he’s a straight meat ‘n taters type fella.  I’m a more adventerous diner and am hopefully raising Lovegirl to be the same.  I tasted it when it was done and found it needed a few more shakes of all the seasonings except salt.  Let me know what you think.

I don’t have a recipe per se for the smothered cabbage, but this is how I cook mine (I either cook a small head or use 1/2 a head which is plenty for the 3 of us):  Wash cabbage, quarter and cut into wide strips, put in large skillet.  Add about 1/3 cup of cooking liquid – water, chicken broth, veggie broth, your choice.  I love onions, so I slice up a bunch and throw those in as well.  Season to taste – I use salt, pepper, a touch of olive oil, and garlic powder.  If I think Smoochy’s not in a cabbage mood and won’t be eating it, I throw in a few red pepper flakes too.  Then I throw a lid on it, turn on low heat and cook to desired texture.  The cabbage should be at a low simmer, never boiling.  Check it after maybe 20 minutes and see if it is tender enough for you – really just depends on your preference. I don’t eat pork, but I know quite a few people will cook theirs with a piece or two of salt meat or bacon. 

Black eyed peas – same deal.  I use the frozen.  Pour desired amount in saucepan.  Cover w/water, chicken broth, etc.  Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cook until tender – about 45 minutes or so.  I season mine when they’re done – usually Tony Chachere’s Cajun Seasoning.  Ditto with the salt meat/bacon.  If I have a piece of smoked turkey around, I’ll throw that in there, but this is rare.

Hope this helps!  If the brown sugar pound cake I made this weekend had been good, I’d throw that recipe in for good measure.  It passed the look test, but the flavor was lacking.  I guess I’ll be forced to slice it up and add it to a bowl of vanilla ice cream . . .

If there’s a recipe you love – whether it is an every day, or special occasions only type dish, feel free to head over to the comments and share.  Thanks much!  Happy 4-day work week to all.