Tuesday, January 27, 2009

I Know Enough to Get By

So, I am home from work today. Nothing was planned, nothing major was wrong, I just needed a me day. Well, it is not really a me day because my 3 year old is running around me blowing bubbles and I hear the sound of her Backyardigans bubble blower in the background(a Christmas present I found in the back of the closet last night while I was looking for the PS3 instruction book)

I did run an errand this morning, so the day off was not totally about me. I have taken my time to read my emails, read a few chapters of my latest review book and actually eat my yogurt while it was still nice and cold. When you eat at your desk you have to realize that your food will never be consumed at the temperature it was meant to be consumed at. I added my word to my current facebook scrabble page and realized I had not posted a blog this week. I did take the time to update my ever changing 2009 reading challenge blog and it now includes books I have given up on. Knowing me, I will pick it back up eventually, but I have a few things that are pressing that I have to read and write reviews for.

Now, let me tell you what started my need for a me day. Last night my husbands friend hooked up our wireless router. I was excited because it gave me a head start on this list of things I needed to do before I got my laptop. That was not however the reason it was hooked up. You see my husband and his friends have this obsession with Madden for PS3. Hooking up the router would allow them to play from their comfort of their own couch. This means no nagging from the wife that they are not at home, no need to put on shoes or change out of your gym shorts to play your "boys" in a game or two.

Well, all seemed to be going great, I had the computer hooked to the router, the PS3 and my sons PSP were picking up the signal, but error 80710102 was causing the systems to not connect to the Internet. My major concern was how to now get the vonage modem to connect into all of this and work. Well, that was my concern. My husband wanted to play his friend who had since went home and another friend online, so he had me google this and google that to see if I could figure out what the problem was. The outcome of this is that I had to hook the computer back up to my clearwire modem, because I have no clue what I did to the router(which is no longer working hooked up to the desktop).

Now, I have to say, that I know my way around a computer and I can usually figure out most things, but since I do not have the instructions to this router, I am lost. I guess it is back to google for me so that I can find the instructions to the router and get this all going again.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Change is good

A lot of change going on. Change in our nations capital. Change in my blog design. Change in the weather here in Florida. Change in my eating habits in hopes of winning the biggest loser prize at my job and winning a new me in the process.

There are many people who do not like change. So stuck in their routine that they hate all change. I have somethings I refuse to change.

  1. My toothpaste - Colgate
  2. My drink of choice - Diet Pepsi(anyone who knows me knows I do not touch diet Coke)
  3. My favorite colors - Blue and white way before I was a Zeta
  4. My football team - Go Dallas!!!!
  5. My hobby - Reading
  6. My Coffee - Light and sweet

I am sure there are other things I am stuck like glue to. However, there are times that change is needed. Recently I had to change accounts at work and at first I was upset because I had been with that other account for over 8 years. However, the other account began to ask agents to take mandatory leave without pay in day increments(something I can not afford), they only had one layoff but that was still a plus that I was not in the line of fire with that and the bonus program was taken away. Now I do miss the client paid holidays that we got as a bonus(really missed it when I had to work today because there was no time on the books to approve off). All in all I think I take change in good stride.

So tell me, what do you refuse to change? What current change are you most happy with? How well do you handle change? And since I love books...what book are you reading or what is the last thing you read? and you can tell me what you think of my new color scheme.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Happy Founders Day to the ladies of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority

Happy founders day to my sorors, the fine ladies of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated.

History of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority was founded January 16, 1920 on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. by five coeds, Arizona Cleaver, Myrtle Tyler, Viola Tyler, Fannie Pettie and Pearl Neal. These women dared to depart from the traditional coalitions for Black women and sought to establish a new organization predicated on the precepts of Scholarship, Service, Sisterhood and Finer Womanhood. The trail blazed by the founders has been traversed by thousands of women dedicated to the emulation of the objectives and ideals of the Sorority. It was the ideal of the Founders that the Sorority would reach college women in all parts of the country who were sorority minded and desired to follow the founding principles of the organization.

The Sorority was the first Greek-letter organization to charter a chapter in Africa (1948); to form adult and youth auxiliary groups, the Amicae, Archonettes, Amicettes, and Pearlettes; and to be constitutionally bound to a brother group, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated.

Colors: Royal Blue and Pearl White

Friday, January 9, 2009

Happy Founders Day to the Men of Phi Beta Sigma

On this 9th day of January 2010, I have decided to dedicate this post to the men of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated. As a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated the men who wear the Blue and White hold a special place in my heart.
History of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. was founded on January 9, 1914 on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC. The founders were Most Honorable Brothers A. Langston Taylor, Leonard F. Morse, and Charles I. Brown. The founders envisioned the creation of a fraternity that was unlike any founded before it. This brotherhood would thrive based on "inclusion" rather than exclusion.
Motto: "Culture for Service and Service for Humanity"
Colors: Royal Blue and Pure White
So I say to the thousands of Sigma Men, who since the fraternity's inception have truly exemplified Service, Scholarship, and Brotherhood. Zzzzzzzzz Phi Sooooooooo Sweet!!!!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Out with the old;In with the new

Borrowed from APOOO, I decided to post a recap of my 2008 reading and list my 2009 goals.

Out with the old

2008–How many books did you read? about 75
2008–What new author(s) did you discover last year? Wayne Jordan
2008–List some of your favorite books (maximum of 10).
  1. Two Grooms and a Wedding - By Adrianne Byrd
  2. Make it Hot - By Gwyneth Bolton
  3. The Law of Desire - By Gwyneth Bolton
  4. Protect and Serve - By Gwyneth Bolton
  5. The Hood Life - By Meesha Mink and De'Neesha Diamond
  6. Shameless Hoodwives - By Meesha Mink and De'Neesha Diamond
  7. Ties that Bind - By Brenda Jackson
  8. Long Time Coming - By Rochelle Allers
  9. Pleasure - By Erick Jerome Dickey
  10. Irresistable Forces - By Brenda Jackson

2008–What was the last book you read? In Blood We Trust By FD Davis

In with the new

2009–How many books do you plan to read? at least 100(and I am keeping track)
2009–What author–you haven’t heard from in a while–and you wish they would come out with a book this year? Shonda Cheeks
2009–What book(s) are you anxiously waiting to read? Thug Lovin' by Wahida Clark
2009–What was the first book you read this year? Seducing the Matchmaker By Elaine Overton

Thursday, January 1, 2009

1st quarter 2009 Reading Challenge

I have decided to take the 1st quarter 2009 reading challenge along with my sisters at APOOO. So, I commit to read a book a week or 13 books from January 1st through March 31st 2008. My list is comprised of books I have on my shelf at home that I need to get through as well as a few galleys I have to review. I will be adding a few BOM reads from my two online reading groups(APOOO and SexyEbonyBBWAA Book Club) as well as any review books I may receive, so I know my list will grow beyond the 13. I hope that you are inspired to check out a few of my titles or go to any of the blogs I have on my homepage and see what others are reading. Reading is a great exercise for your mind and allows a little break from the drama of your everyday world. Here is my list in no special order:

  1. In Blood We Trust By F.D. Davis - 2

  2. After the Lies By Mandessa Selby

  3. J -Pop Love Song By Shiree McCarver - 4

  4. What White Boyz Ride By multiple authors -4

  5. Love TKO By Pamela Yaye

  6. The Players Proposal By Angie Daniels

  7. Seducing the Matchmaker By Elaine Overton - 4

  8. Sex and the Single Braddock By Robyn Amos(This is a re-read, because I need a refresher)

  9. Second Chance Baby By A.C Arthur

  10. The Object of His Protection By Brenda Jackson

  11. The Holiday Inn By Phyliss Bourne Williams, Farrah Rochon and Stefanie Worth - 3(My favorite story was the one by Farrah Rochon but they were all cute stories)

  12. Seduced by Moonlight By Janice Sims

  13. Fledgling By Octavia E Butler

  14. Just Too Good to Be True By E. Lynn Harris
  15. Dying for Revenge By Eric Jerome Dickey - 5 (this was actually a 2008 book that I put down to complete some reviews I had to do)
  16. Sinful Chocolate By Adrianne Bryd
  17. Men, Money and Gold Diggers By Je'Caryous Johnson - 3
  18. The Cassandra Cookbook By Shawn James - 4

I know I keep adding to the list. My list is a work in progress and when a book calls me I have to pick it up.

I have now decided there is a need for books I gave up on. Boy this post has changed dynamics): I am not sure at this time if I will revisit the books listed:

  1. Where the Line Bleeds By Jesmyn Ward

Stop by APOOO and take a look at what books made peoples list. You may find your next great read.