Monday, August 31, 2009

What Would YOU Do?

After you read the story let it marinate for a while. I hope you don't experience hysterical evil laughter at midnight like I did. TheCount promptly called me evil, but I couldn't help it. It's not a funny situation at all, but I could not stop laughing. It's more like an incredulous laugh, like, did they really just do that?
Over the weekend my parent's went to the beach for a close friends cookout. There is always another couple that comes to all the events, my mom is quite friendly with the wife, let's call her Sue. Sue is married to Tom, they've been married for years and have a few kids together. Tom hasn't paid the mortgage since January. He's gainfully employed and the couple isn't in debt. It's not like they have an unhappy marriage, Tom just likes to enjoy life. If you call him and say, "hey man, let's fly out to California so we can see our Football team in their opening game," he'll be right there ready to go. Now during this year, Sue has repeatedly told Tom, "I can't live like this, you need to do your part, I'm going to leave, you need to handle your business." Tom's behavior never changed and he never paid the mortgage. This Saturday, Tom came to the beach cookout and brought his jet ski so everybody could have fun. He kept calling his wife, Sue, since she was supposed to be coming. Sue never answered the phone. He kept asking if anybody knew where Sue was, nobody knew anything. At the end of the night, he goes home and finds that Sue has packed everything up and moved her and the kids out. The kids start school today and she already has them enrolled in their new school and everything. Want to know the kicker? Everybody knew where Sue was and what she was doing. Everybody at the cookout knew but him. Did I mention his kids were at the cookout?
Now, I have two questions. 1. If you were Sue, how would you handle the situation? Your kids are about to start a new school year, it's been 9 months since your mortgage was paid and you refuse to let your kids come home from school one day and see all their stuff on the lawn. 2. If you were at the cookout, and you knew what Sue was doing, would you tell Tom?

Friday, August 28, 2009

Dream Big

If you see a crazy woman in exercise gear outside of your house taking pictures, it's just me. If you hear her mumbling don't worry, she's just praying. If you suddenly feel the need to place your house on the market for a ridiculously low price, don't fight it, that's just the answer to her prayers.

To the owner of this house, please spend the next year fixing up the inside. July 2010 you will put your house on the market and I will buy it. TheCount and I will customize it and then move .5 miles from our current house into it. We will have babies there and be happy. After a while, I will buy the child care center next door and walk to work every day. Yep, that's how it will happen. Have a wonderful weekend guys!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

And now...lunchtime

I had a rheumatology appointment this morning. It was with a male doctor, which I normally don't like, but since it didn't have anything to do with my no no zones, I went along with it. Don't judge me, but I was hesitant also because I didn't think I would understand his accent based on his name. Well when I went in there this super tall Asian man came bounding in the door and he was the best! He cracked jokes and made me laugh through super embarrassing questions. He was so thorough, and even though I've been to rheumatologists before, he asked questions I've never even heard of. He ruled out Rheumatoid Arthritis (thankya Jesus) and he thinks he knows what it is. He said he didn't want to give me information yet in case he's wrong. Does that man not know I am the queen of google. I will sound out everything he said and look it all up. He ordered up another round of tests for me (15 tests, good lawd!), and gave me a prescription. After I left his office I went downstairs to get blood work done. Once again we had to fight my stupid veins to get some blood out. The technician held my hand and said, "look, I need to get home for dinner tonight, so your blood is going to have to hurry up." I was laughing so hard in there I didn't even realize that my entire hand went numb :) After blood work I went across the hall to get a chest xray done. I went back upstairs to look at my xrays with the doctor. As expected, they were normal, he just wanted to be on the safe side (I love doctor's like that). Anyway, he wants me to go to my old doctor and get my charts, even though I told him I didn't do all these tests before. He wants to see them because my numbers are so high, he knows that they didn't JUST get that way. Seriously y'all one of my number was supposed to be under 40, it's 1280. The other is supposed to be under 12, and mine is 34. There was one more test that came back high, but I don't feel like looking it up. My other doctor never mentioned any of those tests. All she did was make me think I was gonna go bald and be sore forever. All in all, I was only in the office for about an hour and a half which is excellent considering all that stuff he made me do.
I called my ma and was telling her, and as usual I'm laughing and joking and she kept asking, "no seriously, is something wrong? no, seriously, what's wrong." Mama please, I am fine, my joints are just sore, I'm not gonna hide some super disease from you. I love my new doctor's office so much I'm considering going back to talk to a dermatologist. I've had acne for 13 years, I think it's time it goes away :) I've been before and tried all the things they said and none of it worked, but now that I've stopped going to the doctors in the hood, I'm getting much better results. When I tell my new doctors something, they believe me, imagine that! They don't ask me 20 times if I'm pregnant (I told the doctor I was a virgin once and she basically called me a liar since I was in college with a boyfriend, wth). They don't spend my entire visit lecturing me about STD's when that's not what I'm there for. They don't tell me my boyfriend is going to cheat on me and give me a disease and that our relationship won't last. They don't tie me down and call my momma when I refuse an AIDS test (uggghhhhh, I wasn't even doing the nasty at that age!). They ask, I answer, they say ok. Even better, they actually run tests and get back to me! I went to this other doctor 2 years ago and I'm still waiting for the results! Let me end my rant before some crazy hea.lthc.are debater finds my blog and fills up my comments with nonsense I don't care about.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Vacation 2009: Frame Worthy

TheCount has instructed me to tell you to replace the bus with a private jet and this is his superstar status picture.

Walking down the pier into Cozumel. I love this picture of my mom, my sister and her friend.

I like how everybody knew a picture was being taken except TheCount and me! Doesn't my mommy look beautiful with her hair chopped off?

My dear sweet husband was convinced of his start status and thus had to wear his shades. On a boat in the middle of an ocean, indoors, at night. We were waiting in line before dinner.
I think this picture is frame worthy. Whenever I stop being the laziest person alive, I'll buy a frame and print the picture.


Hanging out on the Lido deck eating and watching the hairy chest contest. Why does my momma always have that crazy look on her face?

Sunday, August 23, 2009

2009 Vacation: The Reject Pile

Somehow, on elegant night, my dad ended up dressed just like Mr. B. Blue Blazer, striped shirt and tie, and white pants. My sister and I were discussing the scandal of how gay they looked, hence her face.

One of us has a huge head, the other has his sexy look going on. One of us is really, really digging her eyebrows and that's the reason she posted this picture.

Elegant night silly shot. That's my momma on the left :) She couldn't purse her lips like ours so it came out as a crazy smile.

My "you better not" face. As you can see, we all had on above the knee dresses. My dad kept telling us to cross our legs for the picture. My sister was about to until I shot her the look and hissed "ladies don't expose their nono zones."
Tomorrow, I'll present the prize winning photo's from the trip. I have a lot since my dad is worse than the paparazzi.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Parmesan Seasoned Fries

This recipe comes from Stacy Southern of PLAYING WITH SUGAR blog.

My personal preference is to double the amount of seasoning because I prefer stronger flavor.

Oven Baked Parmesan Seasoned Fries


1 pound of medium russet potatoes (approx 3 medium potatoes)
1 1/2 TBSP of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 tsp Dried Thyme
1/4 tsp Dried Oregano
1/8 tsp Dried Rosemary
1/4 tsp of Garlic Powder
1/4 tsp of Old Bay Seasoning
2 TBSP of Kraft Parmesan Style Grated Cheese (I used reduced fat)


*Preheat oven to 425.
*Wash and cut potatoes into 1/8ths.
*Place on a cookie sheet that has been lined with foil (I used Reynolds Release foil so that they will not stick, but you could also either use non-stick cooking spray or lightly grease the top of the foil with extra virgin olive oil).
*Mix all of the spices and the parmesan cheese in a small bowl.
*Place all of the potatoes (remember we are talking about one pound at a time) into a gallon size freezer bag, add olive oil and the parmesan cheese/spice mixture to the bag.
*Seal the bag and shake until the potatoes are evenly coated.
*Once thoroughly coated dump onto the prepared cookie sheet and spread in a single layer.
* Bake 30-45 minutes or until tender and lightly golden brown. (Baking times will vary depending on the amount of fries that you make and the size that you cut them). For the ones shown in the picture they were baked at 425 for 45 minutes."

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe

This recipe is particularly good over baked potatoes. It's not very filling without them.

Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe: "Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe #150384
Very good soup...serve with crusty bread.
by chefnini
1¼ hours 30 min prep

1 tablespoon melted butter
1/2 medium chopped onion
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cups half-and-half cream (I'm pretty sure I used whipping cream, or milk and water)
2 cups chicken stock
1/2 lb fresh broccoli
1 cup carrot, julienned
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
8 ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese
salt and pepper

Sauté onion in butter. Set aside.
Cook melted butter and flour using a whisk over medium heat for 3-5 minutes. Stir constantly and add the half & half.
Add the chicken stock. Simmer for 20 minutes.
Add the broccoli, carrots and onions. Cook over low heat 20-25 minutes.
Add salt and pepper. Can be puréed in a blender but I don't {I pureed half of it}. Return to heat and add cheese. Stir in nutmeg."

Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - Recipe - Spinach Lasagna Roll Ups

Here are some recipes to enjoy while I'm cruising! Look at Monday's post for the pictures. - Recipe - Spinach Lasagna Roll Ups: "SPINACH LASAGNA ROLL UPS
Printed from COOKS.COM

8 lasagna noodles
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 lg. garlic cloves, minced
1 (10 oz.) pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
1 c. Ricotta cheese
1 tsp. salt
1 c. shredded Mozzarella cheese
1 (14 oz.) jar spaghetti sauce
Parsley sprigs {I didn't use these}

Prepare lasagna noodles as per directions on package. Drain, lay flat until ready to use. Heat oil in 12 inch skillet over medium heat and saute garlic 2 minutes. Stir frequently in bowl. Combine spinach, Ricotta, salt, garlic and 1/2 the Mozzarella cheese. Spread each cooked lasagna noodle with a heaping 1/4 cup of spinach mixture. Roll up firmly.
Pour spaghetti sauce into 12 inch skillet. Place rolls seam side down in skillet, bring to boil; reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 5 minutes. Sprinkle rest of Mozzarella - cover - simmer 5 minutes longer or until rolls are heated through. Garnish with parsley. Serves 4."

Monday, August 17, 2009

Pictures today- Recipes later

Here are the pictures for all the recipes coming up this week while I'm on vacation:

Tuesday: Spinach Lasagna Roll Ups

I was in the midde of eating when I stopped to take a picture. As you can tell, I am not concerned with fancy presentations, my only requirement is that it taste good!

This is what my spinach rolls looked like as I was filling them

Wednesday: Broccoli Cheddar Soup with Baked Potatoes
I wouldn't reccomend just the soup, it wouldn't be filling. I baked potatoes and scooped them all up together and chowed down! There's also half a croissant on that plate.

Thursday: Oven Baked Parmesan Seasoned Fries

We had these with bacon swiss burgers :)

Friday, August 14, 2009

This is my 300th post

Last night I had a blast at the fair! At one point I thought I was going to have to go toe to toe with a group of teens that thought they were going to cut in front of us at a ride. TheCount kept asking me to calm down. It was hilarious. I am super sweet UNLESS I feel like somebody is trying to take advantage of or blatantly disrespect me. I was staring at them giving them death rays and they kept acting like they didn't see me. At one point I just pushed dude out the way and stood in front of him and his 6 friends, blocking their way. They tried to get behind us and this lady went off! I didn't see that group for the rest of the night. Lazy privileged punks! Tomorrow, I leave for my cruise! I've spent the night cleaning the house and now I'm exhausted. I think I'll leave work early tomorrow. Since I probably won't talk to y'all until I get back: enjoy life!

I was on my way to rescue the people. I was trying give action, but it came out as insane laughter.

My favorite thing about the fair? Food! I had 3 pieces of pizza (I convinced him to give me one free), some funnel cake, fries, 2 caramel apples, and a lemonade. My tummy was very happy. I was humming and dancing as I ate this pizza, it was delicious with a lovely garlic taste!

This is a picture from the wedding we went to last week. I loved all the bridesmaids hair, especially the lovely natural 'do!

I'm dumb and I don't know how to turn the picture, so you turn your head. It was the end of a long night so a bathroom photo shoot seemed like a good idea, phony smile and all.

Thursday, August 13, 2009


Sooooo, I went to the doctor yesterday. During my visit I told her about my ankle/toe/knee problems. She ordered up a set of bloodwork that I needed to have done. I walked out of her office went down the hall and got my blood work done. How about I had to give 6 tubes of blood!? How about I darn near acted a fool when she pulled out those tubes. All the staff was laughing because I was like, "dangit, I guess she's going to teach me a lesson about complaining." She most certainly did. The blood work nurse {can't remember her fancy title} had a really hard time trying to find my veins because they are super tiny, so she called everybody over and we made it a group project- fun times man. Anyway, I made it through without whining and went about my merry way waiting for my results. Less than 24 hours later, I have my results. Gosh darn and all the heck some of my numbers are off the freaking chart. I was on the phone with my momma when I read them. I kept laughing and she kept talking about me dyeing her hair for her tomorrow, you know keep it normal, cuz worrying doesn't change a thing. There is one test that I'm waiting on the results for. Funny thing is, yesterday the doctor told me,"if it's abnormal, they send it out to another lab, but it'll be back by Monday, and then I'll email you about seeing a rheumatologist if you need to." I was looking at her yesterday like whatever, whatever, now I don't even know what that test is for, lol. Listen with your ears boys and girls when the doctor is talking. Hey, no worries here though, all the diseases I can prevent, I have prevented. I used to have high cholesterol and I was anemic- no more my friends :) Diabetes and high blood pressure run in my family- but not me my friends :) I take care of my body the way I'm supposed to and God will do the rest. Ain't no stupid Lupus going to take me down! I'm going to the fair tonight and I'm leaving for my cruise Saturday morning. Praise Jesus I'm alive and well and truly enjoying life :)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Let it flow

Ummmmmm I don't have nofin to talk about. I'm busy getting ready for my vacation that starts on Saturday. I've also been so tired lately that I don't feel like thinking. I got my blood test results back... I sure am healthy :) It's amazing that all growing up I had super high cholesterol and now that I'm out on my own, my cholesterol is normal. I think it's because I eat such diverse foods now. Growing up my daddy only liked soul food and seafood so that's what we mostly ate. We never had Italian nights, Mexican nights, all veggie nights, breakfast for dinner nights, or oops I forgot to eat nights. I got a lot of new earrings these past 2 weeks. Just little cheap stuff from Target and Forever 21. I'll try and take pictures. My mommy did the big chop. Did I tell y'all that? Well she's bald like Solange now :) It looks really nice on her. If only she would have listened from the beginning when I told her to do this. Every person that sees her tells her how much she looks like her sister Betty now. They really could be twins.  I'm hoping I can schedule all these recipe posts for while I'm on vacation. I have been having much success in the kitchen lately. Last night I had some great potato wedges. I've been on a hunt for a nail polish color I saw on Tiny & Toya {don't judge me} and I found it yesterday. I keep trying to take a picture but it comes out green in the photos. I have my doctor's appointment today about my stupid swollen big toe. I sure hope we can get this fixed because if TheCount makes fun of my big big toe one more time I'm going to break his pinkie. Yesterday I had to tell this man off. He was following me around the mall asking can he see me again (sir, I really wish you hadn't seen me the first time). I told him I was married and he told me he was too and held up his hand so I could see the ring. How dare you! You are a worthless waste of a man. He hit me with this line, "it's good to share." I promise y'all I almost jumped in my car and ran him over. You may not respect your marriage covenant, but I respect mine. How dare you! Ugggh, I'm getting mad all over again.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Choose Wisely

The doctor's office is not a good place to try and find a potential mate- unless you're pursuing the staff. Seriously dude, I was there for bloodwork, you don't know WHAT I might have, lol.
Reason 34759 why I love my doctor's office: Left work at 11:45 a.m. got my bloodwork done, went to baja fresh, ordered and received my food and was back at my desk by 12:20. Awesomeness :) Reason 34760 why I love my doctor's office: the man did not argue with me when I asked him to draw the blood from my hand and not my arm. I used to leave my old doctor's office looking like a drug addict from all the times the woman jabbed me trying to make the blood come from my arms.
There are some Betsey Johnson (I kept typing Betsy Ross, where is my head?) rose bud earring studs that I really, really want. I asked my mommy to get them for me (since neither her nor my daddy got me a birthday present- 2 years in a row), she laughed in my face. This is the woman who told me target earrings were too expensive ($8 and under fyi). When I told her the other earrings were $25, my aunt joined in the laughter. Now, I'm cheap, but $25? Come on y'all, that ain't nothing!
Did I mention that while they were laughing in my face we were dining on a bushel of crabs, 10 pounds of crab legs, and fresh never frozen fried fish. I guess they prefer to poop their money away, rather than wear it.
I'm pretty sure I have a picture of me from the wedding Saturday (the bride's earrings were baddddd y'all)- I have to check the camera. I was too busy setting up the dang reception because the caterer was a horribly evil and late person. Ohhhh, I set up the cake too. Would you believe this isn't the first time I've gone to a wedding and ended up setting up the reception? I refuse to have a bride come out on her happy day and be disappointed at what she sees. TheCount said he isn't riding with me to receptions anymore, lol.
This guy at the reception tried to holla at me by helping me put down the tablecloths and explaining how he was one of the last real gentlemen. Dude, gentlemen don't announce their deeds, they just handle their business.
Speaking of gentlemen, my aunt told me she was falling in love with TheCount. Why?  Yesterday at the crab feast, TheCount had to leave to go do the lights at church for a program. I went in the house and fell asleep. When TheCount came back, they were cleaning up. My aunt was walking across the backyard carrying a basket. TheCount saw her, went and took it from her and carried it into the house. She was amazed. My aunt's boyfriend was like, "I asked if you wanted help!" She told him that TheCount didn't waste time asking questions, he just handled his business. She also squealed with glee when TheCount put down his cake and stood up and hugged her when she came over to say goodbye. Auntie, what kind of lame-o's have you been dating during your 60 years of life that you don't consider that behavior normal? I think I need to keep my eye on that old woman. She might be checkin' for my man!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Take 2

Last night TheCount took me out to dinner again to make up for the disaster that was The Crab Shanty. Have I mentioned lately that TheCount is the most awesomest of awesome people? Well he is. The make up dinner was at The Coho Grill. TCG is located on a golf course- which will lead to another funny story later. Most of the people there were very old and dressed in their Izod gear, but everybody was friendly. Our food was delicious! I so wish we had gone here on my actual birthday (especially since burgers were half price that night- we would have saved 75% of our money). Anyway, we had chicken nachos for an appetizer. It was a huge portion and topped with white chili, chicken, salsa, jalapenos, and sour cream. From what I saw, all of the appetizers were big enough to be an entree. I got scampi Fra Diavolo- eight jumbo garlicky shrimp spiced up with a touch of heat tossed with linguini and served with a Caesar salad, I just realized I didn't get a caesar salad with my meal. TheCount first ordered Linguini Misti gulf shrimp, chicken, Italian sausage, artichokes, broccoli and red peppers tossed with pasta in a light scampi sauce. Served with a caesar salad- hey, he didn't get a salad either. Anyway, here's one thing about TheCount- he doesn't do light sauce. He really likes sauce, so he hated the food because it wasn't covered in the sauce. It was like an herb broth. In my opinion, it was delicious. He hated it so much, he sent it back and ordered Asiago Chicken, pan seared chicken breast topped with Asiago cheese, crispy prosciutto and fresh sage, served over risotto with tomatoes and roasted garlic. He loved it, although if that's the only thing you ordered, it would probably leave you hungry. I had warm pecan pie and ice cream for dessert, because they had a sign saying it was rated #1 in the nation. I've never had pecan pie before, so I can't tell you if they lived up to their claim. It certainly was the best I'd ever had. All in all, I definitely recommend The Coho Grill located in Columbia, MD.
Funny Story: When we were leaving, TheCount turned the wrong way and I didn't notice. I look up and see a no outlet sign, so I point it out to him. I don't know if he wasn't listening, or if he didn't realize what that sign meant, and he kept going. We drove past an old woman walking her dog and she was just looking at us. TheCount then decides to turn down a side road and start driving. I was like, "babe, there is no outlet, you cannot get out from anywhere down here if you don't go back." Then I look around, this fool is driving on the golf cart trail. He didn't realize this road was unnaturally narrow and winding all around? He didn't notice the extremely lush greens? The lady was just standing in the street staring at us wondering what was going on. I was so embarrassed I ducked down in the seat. TheCount was cracking up because he was describing the lady's face and trying to back up down the trail so we could get out of there before somebody called the cops.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

I wonder if the people in the office building across from me watch me like I watch them?

It's a rainy day here. One of those dark, dreary days that make you want to curl up on the couch wrapped up in a blanket and watch t.v. and rest all day long.
I want a peach-pineapple smoothie so bad right now, I think I'm going to research that as soon as I finish this.
Last night, in the nursery at church, my most favorite baby in all the world had me cracking up. When he first got there, he stood in the middle of the floor and wouldn't move. He just stood there looking at us as if he was trying to process what was going on. After about 20 minutes of that, he just took off. He started running and jumping over everything in super speed mode. It was crazy! We all sat there wide eyed and checked to make sure nobody slipped him any drugs or anything. He looked like the scene from Daddy Day Care after they let the kids eat candy for lunch.
In a not so happy nursery note, we had to ban a baby from the nursery. She was just way too violent and attacked kids 3 weeks in row. Her mom was kind of mad about it, but the dad understood. Every single week we had to fill out incident reports and show parents bites/bumps/scratches. Not safe and really hard to do. Thankfully none of the parents were mad, but the last parent was only o.k. after knowing the girl wouldn't be back in there. I think they should just let her go ahead into the 2 year old class, it's a lot more structured (and the kids are bigger- they might beat her back).
I really like doing things for other people. Why? Because I am super selfish and self absorbed. If I'm not doing for others then I sit around and think about how others should do for me- not a becoming trait at all! If I focus on somebody else, I can't focus on me and that's a lesson a need to learn- In the end, it's not about me.
My church is having community day this weekend. Free haircuts, free school supplies, a carnival, and some other stuff. If you live in the DC-MD area and want some info- email me.
I know 3 mothers that are looking at their adult daughters and saying: "I didn't raise her to be like that." They say it aloud, and they say it often (why do people feel they need to justify themselves to me). Their daughters are all older than me raising their own children- but I look at the situation and want to say to their moms, yes you did. Children follow examples, not words. In each situation I can clearly point out defining decisions that led their daughters to be the way they are. I wasn't even around while they were being raised, but it's clear as day to me, how can they not see it? 
Parents that constantly scream and hit their kids get mad that their children are angry all the time, ummm it's what you show them on a daily basis! I'm not saying don't beat your kids or anything like that, but discipline out of love and correction, not anger. You can't be yelling the lesson to them as you're beating them- it won't be received. Don't believe me? Keep doing it and see in 20 years won't you be saying, "I didn't raise them to be like that."
No judgement zone, I just need answers: You have to take your 4 year old to the hospital. You leave your 11 year old and two 10 year olds at the house alone. Fine, they stay home everyday while you're at work anyway and the neighbor comes over every few hours to make sure they aren't going wild. You stay at the hospital for 2 days. You don't call your kids once, and don't answer when they call you. WTH(eck)? Their grandmother goes to the house because they keep calling her wondering what's going on and they keep saying they're hungry. She gets to the house and the only food there is 2 boxes of cereal. WTH? You have got to do better.
Parents: When you leave your kids home during the summer, leave them specific assignments to do. Worksheets, workbooks, book readings and/or reports that MUST be done in their entirety and correctly before you get home. It teaches them discipline, keeps them from being too idle, and it ensures they are learning. Disconnect the internet and block certain channels too.Especially if your kids have ALL been left back a grade. Seriously.
I'm about to have my own reality show. I'm going to come in your life, observe you for a week and then fix everything that's wrong with you over the next 3 weeks. One family at a time, I'm going to fix this stupid world.
TheCount pointed out to me yesterday that I never think I'm wrong. As I was arguing him down, I kind of proved his point. He's right, I can't sit here and think of one time that I actually thought I was wrong. Sigh...I'll kick my reality show off after I actually learn and process that it's not about me.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Please don't ignore the table full of black people at your establishment

Let's put it this way, my 24th birthday will not be remembered as one of my top 10 birthday's. I don't think it'll even make the top 20 list, but it's all good.
I'll be brief because my mood is not pleasant right now and I don't want to come off as ungrateful. We went to The Crab Shanty for dinner last night, a restaurant I had been wanting to try. The service was horrible, we requested the manager many times, the manager never came. My food was nasty and I spent the night on the couch crying because my stomach hurt so bad. Anyway, the one time our waitress actually came to our table,at which point I was the only person with a plate left, and all drink cups were empty,  this conversation occurred:
Barbie: (to me) Are you all finished with your plate?
Me: Yes
Mom: You're not going to eat the rest of your fish?
Me: (in disgust) Ma please, they got this fish from Wendy's
Barbie: mouth falls open as she stares at me
Everybody at Table: BWWHAHAHAHAHAHAH- Did that just happen?
Me: I'm sorry, what's funny?
Waitress: nervous giggle, walk away, don't come back for 20 minutes even though all of our plates had been cleared.
For a $25 seafood platter, I'm sorry but I expect something better than lukewarm, non seasoned food. I'm sorry I had to insult Wendy's, but that piece of fish looked worse and more processed than McDonald's filet o fish sandwiches.
Moral of the story: NEVER, EVER EAT AT THE CRAB SHANTY in Ellicott City, Maryland. You have been warned.
Question: Would you be offended if your waitress calculated out the tip and wrote it on your receipt? Not like when the restaurant prints it on there for you, but actually in big pink marker, calculates 18% gratuity and writes that, along with the new total, on your receipt.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Happy Birthday to me! Happy Birthday to me!

Today starts the beginning of 24: The Year of Glamour! Hopefully I'll have pictures to show you guys from the festivities. My coworkers are taking me to my favorite Mexican restaurant for lunch, and TheCount and family are taking me out to dinner. Oh how I love birthdays! My dad has called me 4 times this morning to say happy birthday, I think he just wanted to hear it back. This is going to be a great year!
p.s. pray for my nephew, he's 4 and in the hospital with pneumonia. Let's pray for healing, thanks!

Monday, August 3, 2009

It Is My Birth Month!

I looooveeeee birthdays. Fortunately, my family has always made a big deal out of them. Since my dad and I were both born on August 4 and my sister was born on August 5, we always had grand joint celebrations. This year, we threw my sister a surprise party/cookout. She came home from FAMU last week so we got everybody to come over Saturday and had a grand time. Unfortunately, my sister acted like a jerk the whole time she was home, so I didn't really enjoy her company, but it's ok because I'm turning 24 tomorrow :) In true over dramatic TM fashion, I have lined up a series of events to celebrate and I have dubbed the series, "It is my birth month!" {note: that has to be read in the voice of the butler from Mr. Deeds. If you don't know what I'm talking about, rent the movie and pay attention toward the end.} Anyway here we go:
August 1: Surprise Birthday Cookout for my sister.
August 2: We went shopping. Y'all know how hard it is for TheCount to spend money, so I had to show him how much I can get for the money, lol. He first put me on a 3 outfit limit, but I convinced him to change it to a monetary limit instead. I got a pair of jeans, work pants, capri's, 5 shirts, a wallet, and some earrings, with $25 left. Oh, and I get to keep both the dresses y'all liked from last week (I never  bought dress #2. I just wanted to make sure I was getting honest feedback from y'all)
August 4: It is my birthday! We're going out to eat. Somewhere, with some people. Who? I have no clue. But I love food, so I'll love it.
August 8: A wedding. This probably shouldn't count as part of my Birth Month celebration, but since I got to buy all new stuff for it, I'll include it.
August 10: Howard County Fair. I love the fair, all the food, food, and food. Seriously, I'm giddy just thinking about it.
August 14: Montgomery County Fair- see previous line
August 15-21: Cruising.... Bahamas, Grand Cayman Islands, Mexico. Food, food, and beaches. How wonderful!
August 22: Redskins vs. Steelers pre-season game. TheCount's favorite team against my favorite team
August 29: Philadelphia: A walking food tour. Let me tell you guys about a life long goal of mine. To go to each state and eat the food it's famous for. City by city, I'll eat my way around the country. When we go to Philly, I will have cheesteaks, pizza, and Ice Cream. We already have the cheesesteak and pizza place picked out thanks to Food Network, but I haven't researched ice cream yet, it may be replaced with a different sweet treat.
There you have it, my birth month celebration! See you guys tomorrow at my internet birthday bash!

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