Sunday whilst at W.almart I decided that I should start my Christmas shopping.  So I moseyed on back to the bike department and picked out the cutest little bike for Lovegirl.  Rolled it over to the layaway department, paid $25 and patted myself on the back for a job well done.

Got home and told Smoochy what I’d done.

Smoochy: Why did you put the bike in layaway?
Nerd Girl:  So we’d have somewhere to store it until Christmas.  Duh.
Smoochy:  How much was the bike?
Nerd Girl:  $50.  I paid $25.
Smoochy:  Fifty dollars?!? You put a fifty dollar bike in layaway?!? And paid for half of it?  Why?
Nerd Girl:  I just told you, so we’d have somewhere to store it until Christmas.
Smoochy:  When do you have to get it out?
Nerd Girl:  December 16.
Smoochy:  And where are we going to put it from then until Christmas?
Nerd Girl:  Your dad’s.
Smoochy:  So really, you just wanted to put something in layaway.
Nerd Girl:  Yep.

The only other thing I’d ever put on layaway was a couple of outfits from H.ollidays (remember them?) when I was in college.  By the time I got them out two or three paychecks after I’d put them in, I didn’t even like what I’d chosen and got a refund.  I just wanted layaway success in my life and thanks to Lovegirl’s bicycle, I’ve got it!


I Support Her Endeavors…

See my title?  Yeah, there’s no way I’d be saying that if Lovegirl ever decided to pose nude or topless.  Apparently E.ddie and N.icole Mu.rphy’s daughter B.ria is going to appear in M.axim magazine soon in various states of undress.  Both parents have expressed their support for their daughter and wish her the best as she pursues an acting career.

I call b.s.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with a naked body.  However, I have no desire for Lovegirl’s to be splayed all over any publication.  And I’d tell her as much.  I realize that all we can do is raise our children to the best of our abilities and that they will do things of which we don’t approve.  But that doesn’t mean we have to cosign on whatever they decide to do in the name of parental support.

Of course, the M.urphys may fully endorse what their child has chosen to do and in that case – rock on.  But I will not be telling Lovegirl that I support her in whatever she does.  Because I don’t/won’t.

I wonder if this is a “Hollywood” phenomenon (K.hardashians anyone?) or if parents all over America are willing to okay whatever it is that Little Johnny/Jane want to do?


Big Thug Thizzle…And Other Weekend Occurrences

How was your weekend?  Did you party like a rock star?  Chillax the days away?

My weekends are never quite as chill as I plan them out to be in my mind.  But that’s mostly because until now, I’ve pretty much refused to do that 15/20 minutes of housework a day that’s supposed to leave your weekends free.  I think I’m going to try it – for real – this week and see if it works.  Do you break your housework up or do you jump up on Saturday mornings and tackle it all?

Saturday morning we hung around and cleaned up the house.  Lovegirl was not pleased with the amount of time and effort she had to put into cleaning up her rooms.  Yeah, that’s right, rooms.  In addition to her bedroom she’s taken over the guest room and between the two rooms – sister had a lot of work to do.  I’m hoping that this 20 minutes of dedicated housekeeping nightly will help her out too.  Anyway, then we ran errands – picked up a few more fall/winter items for her – including a pair of suede boots for that were unexpectedly on sale for $20!  Thank you Lord 🙂  We also picked up birthday presents for the next two weekends.  I’m telling you – this kid has quite a social calendar!

Saturday night we moved our maxing and relaxing over to Pserendipity’s house.  Where Tim and Smoochy got to talking.  About our blogs.  Now, Smoochy’s always known that I had a blog, but he’s never bothered to read it.  Tim?  Reads Pserendipity’s blog.  For real.  After much discussion about their aliases, they’ve decided they no longer want to be called “Tim” and “Smoochy.”  Um, Tim, your name is Tim.  Nevertheless, they’ve given themselves new blog identities.  You ready?  You’re not ready.  Tim would like to be called….Thug Thizzle.  And Smoochy?  Well, he wants to be called…Big Thug Thizzle.  So….please know that from here out, Smoochy shall be called BTT.

Tim Thug Thizzle also spent a good deal of time talking about how badly he and P whipped BTT and I last time we played spades.  Except they totally lost.  Every game.  I think he really thought they won!  Poor TT!!

Sunday was spent playing hooky from church (it was our church anniversary and…I really don’t like programs) and taking Lovegirl to a birthday party at a local park.  Initially I totally was not feeling the birthday party, but I must say, it was really nice and I had the opportunity to get in a few laps around the park.  So, all in all we had a great weekend!

I don’t think I’ve told y’all yet, but for the next year I will work diligently toward getting back into shape.  I will go to the gym a minimum of 3x a week.  I will make better food choices.  I will start lifting weights again.  I will tone up.  I will turn forty looking fab.  That is all 🙂

Lovegirl (who hasn’t requested a new name…yet) insisted that I get a picture of her in action yesterday.  Here, in all her glory, she is!

Man, I love this kid!!







This week’s manicure: Coalest Day of the Year by Barielle.  My ring finger bling is courtesy of Sinful Colors.

One of my favorite cool weather colors!

Thursday Randoms, Published on Friday.

  • I did not accomplish nine random acts of kindness during my birthday weekend. Apparently one has to leave the confines of home and a stadium parking lot to be truly randomly kind.  I did manage three:  I taped change to a vending machine outside of the student union, I bought a McDonald’s gift card and handed it to a lady in line, and I went inside the neighborhood doughnut shop and handed a guy in line a few dollars and told him to enjoy.  Next year, I will plan better and get nine accomplished!
  • Lovegirl’s class went to the pumpkin patch Tuesday.  The teacher told Lovegirl to hurry up and pick a pumpkin.  Lovegirl told her that she was searching for the crown jewel of pumpkins and that it might take a while.  That child…
  • Mentioned this on Twitter…the D.ollar T.ree sells marijuana testing kits.  Yep, they’re right up front at the register.  Who knew??
  • I scored an awesome mirror at Goodwill the other day for the low-low of $15.  I’m going to stain it a darker shade and lean it against a wall in our bedroom.  Way past time to replace our “temporary” cheap mirror that we’ve had for…9 years.  I’m all kinds of excited.
  • Do you remember specifics from your childhood?  I was talking to Pserendipity last night and she was recalling things she’d done in the first grade.  What?!?  I can’t remember yesterday,  much less things that happened…a while ago 🙂
  • The floor above me at work is being renovated for new office and library space.  I feel like I’ve been at the dentist’s office for the last week.  The constant drilling is working my nerves.  Not to mention one dude sings all the time.  I’m going to send him a request list ’cause I don’t know anything he’s singing and I’d like to hear some of my favorites.
  • I told my pastor last night that I wasn’t enjoying reading the Bible as much now that we’re studying it.  Seems too much like a text book or something.  Yeah, that got me the side-eye.
  • I really only want two things for Christmas this year – a stand mixer and a new oven.  I’m pretty sure one of those will not be happening.
  • One of my latest goals is to learn more American history.  I picked up a couple of books at the library book sale which should help on that front:  A Voyage Long & Strange, and Nixon and Kissinger.  I always thought I had a pretty good base in history, but really, I don’t.
  • I lost my keys at home Wednesday night.  I veered from my usual routine of walking in and immediately hanging them on the key rack.  Could not find them until this morning.  They were hanging one hook over from where I usually put them.  o_O
  • The football players from UAPB and Southern got into a post-game fight on the field last week.  Southern lost and one of their players refused to shake hands with a UAPB player after the game and swung on him – resulting in an on-field free for all.  25 UAPB players were suspended for one game, 5 were suspended for two games, 12 Southern players were suspended for one game.  Dizzamn!  Who’s left to play???  Guess we’ll find out what these sanctions amount to next weekend – this is a bye week for both teams.
  • I’m back in the gym.  Somehow I just realized that I’ll be 40 next year – I cannot afford to let the temple that is my body fall apart.  Back to serious cardio, weights, and stretching.  Gotta keep it right and tight!!!
  • Mmkay, that’s it.  Have a great weekend.  LG has one birthday party and that’s it for us!!  Whoo hoo!  I plan on puttering around the house, reading, and maybe staining the mirror.  That is all and I’m glad about it!  Be well.

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That’s right, I fell 24 pages short of finishing “A Life of Reinvention: Malcolm X.”  Oops.  But I’m still ready to discuss.  Did anyone (besides Jameil) hang in and finish on time?  Okay, let’s go:

1.  I was shocked – yep shocked – at Marable’s dislike of Malcolm X.  The strong dislike he had for his subject was almost palpable.  Snide comments, unproven tidbits thrown in, and condescension ran rampant through this book.  Let me state – I don’t really have any heroes.  I’m not a worshiper of people.  So I didn’t hold Malcolm X in some sort of god-like view before reading this book, nor do I now.  But I get the feeling that Marable wrote this book with a strong determination to discredit Malcolm X and  the work for which he is known.

2.  I learned quite a bit about the Nation of Islam.  Who knew?  I always thought that the Nation of Islam were “just” black Muslims.  I didn’t realize that this Fard fellow started the NOI and then transferred leadership to Elijah (Poole) Muhammad before he disappeared.  Do what?  And that whole Yacub’s History?  I don’t know how I missed all of this.

3.  It’s been ages since I read “The Autobiography of Malcolm X,” and I now want to read it again – and soon – so that I can note the differences between what Marable wrote and what Malcolm X told Alex Haley.

4.  This book provided a wonderful synopsis of how and why Malcolm X split from the NOI and became a “true” Muslim.  As a pretty peaceable person, I was surprised at how much anger and hatred Malcolm’s former friends and associates displayed when he left the NOI.

5.  I feel like Marable just thew “controversial” tidbits in the book and then just quickly moved on without ever proving his allegations.  I’m referring to Malcolm’s homosexual experience, his affair with the Parisian woman (name escapes me), his relationship with Sharon 6X, and Betty’s affair with Charles 37X Kenyatta.  What was written about these incidents was not enough to convince me that they actually occurred.

6.  What this book did for me was make me more curious about the life of Malcolm X.  I was hoping for insight into his personal life, and don’t feel as though this book gave me that.  I suppose that Mr. X was so very private and reserved that we’ll never really “know” him the way we may feel we know other historical figures.

Anyhoo, those are some of my thoughts…what did you think of the book?  Were you surprised by anything you read?  Has your interest in Malcolm X been piqued?

Comment away.  I’ll be back periodically with my two cents!