THANKSGIVING IS NEAR Friday, Nov 18 2011 

What can I say?  2011 has been a year that will go down in history and I have so many things to be thankful for.  My marriage is better than ever and my children are healthy and happy.  God has truly been good to me and that’s not just a cliché!  Being that we are so far away from our families we usually go home every Thanksgiving but this year we have decided to stay home.  Well I think I kind of decided for everybody.  This last month has been constant ripping and running, long hours at work and non stop activities with the kids.  All I want to do is rest and relax since I have the whole week off with the kids.  Yes, that’s one of the perks of working in the school system.  That 10 hour drive looks less and less attractive to me as the years go by, maybe I’m getting old.  Ha!  Needless to say, everyone is not happy with this decision and with good reason, but it’s been made and I’m sticking to it!

In order to bring some joy to the faces of my children I decided to involve them in the menu!  Oh boy, what a mistake, being that I’m the one that will do all the cooking.  Now cooking is something I love to do and I’m extremely good at it *toot toot* so it’s no big deal but when you see the list of goodies for a family of five will be shocking.  Not to mention, I don’t know how to cook small amounts!  We do have tentative plans to have guest for dinner if they don’t go out-of-town.  Either way, I’m good.  All I plan on doing Thanksgiving Day is being with my family, eating, drinking and FOOTBALL…sounds like a plan to me.  So we are sitting around the dinner table and I’m looking at 4 long faces (hubby included) so I said, “let’s get our Thanksgiving Dinner menu together” and the madness began!  LOL  Everybody wanted their favorites and OMG it seems as if no two people wanted the same thing but when you look at it, it is the traditional Thanksgiving Meal!  So here it goes:

  • Turkey
  • Roast
  • Cornbread Dressing
  • Green Bean & Shrimp Casserole
  • Baked Mac & Cheese
  • Rice Dressing (Dirty Rice)
  • Collard Greens
  • Yams
  • Pecan Pie
  • Dump Cake
  • Chocolate Cake
  • Ice cream and cookies
  • Fresh Squeezed Lemonade
  • Sodas
  • Iced Tea

I think I gained 10 pounds just typing all that food.  LOL  I am so ready to eat I wish I could start now.  Cooking for my family always brings me joy so I’m ready to make those pots sing.  I know I’ll be homesick in a day or two along with the rest of my family but I’ll manage.  So what are you doing for Thanksgiving and what’s on your menu?

What a game! Wednesday, Nov 16 2011 

This was one of my favorite weekends of the year!  The Saints and Falcons game in Atlanta 11/13/2011 @ 1pm.  We got our tickets at the 9th hour and OMG they were really good seats….35 yard line.  Luckily I met a homegirl a couple of weeks ago with two extra tickets for sale.  The atmosphere was just right for a great game of one of the biggest rivals in the NFL.  We arrived in Atlanta Saturday night and stayed with some friends from Louisiana who welcomed us with black-eyed peas, turkey necks, gumbo, beef stew and spaghetti.  Now, you would have to be a native of Louisiana to appreciate that combo!  We washed it all down with some delicious homemade wines and lots of old stories and plenty of laughter.  Around 2 a.m. we all decided we couldn’t go any longer and hit the sack to get a little rest for tailgating and the game. 

Tailgating at 8 in the morning, well not for all of us.  I had to get my beauty rest (lol) and rolled out of bed around 9am.  Showered and put on my gear for the game.  Once we finally made it out there the crowd was amazing.  There was so much black and gold at the Georgia Dome and surrounding areas it was crazy.  I felt like I was home in Louisiana amongst family.  Once we parked and made our way to the tent it was on and popping with a D.J.  Shrimp the size of your hand, crab legs as long as your arm (mild exaggerations) , potatoes and corn, bbq chicken and drinks galore.  The music was pumping and the crowd was wild.  Saints fans were passing by shouting out Who Dat, dancing and celebrating like one big happy family. 

Ten minutes to 1pm we make our way to the Dome and OMG it’s on!  The tension was in the air but in a good way.  Black and gold, red and black everywhere.  Unfortunately I missed the kickoff for reasons I chose not to mention but a girl had to do what a girl had to do.  My buddy Graham had me a little upset missing three catchable passes but he made up for it with a touchdown and when he slammed dunked the goal post!  Sproles is the man.  Seeing this dude run on tv is nothing compared to seeing him run in person, just amazing.  No one’s leggs should be able to move that fast.  I’m so glad he’s part of the team.  I was so happy with Drew Brees and the offensive line.  They kept Drew so clean he could have played in a tuxedo.  In my opinion, his plays were well thought out and precise and the entire team executed perfectly.  This was a very good game. 

 As usual we were surrounded by Falcon fans so let the trash talking begin.  My husband once again, yelled, screamed and talked so much junk he nearly lost his voice.  I had to remind him that we needed to make it back to the car.  LOL Luckily we were amongst fans that wanted to have fun as much as we did.  It was all in fun but near the end of the game it started to get a little quiet!  All of a sudden the dude in front of us started throwing his Falcons hat on the floor and stomping on it, saying how stupid they were and how much he hated them.  We were cracking ourselves up at this fool.  I don’t know if he was just not a die-hard fan or if he had one too many but that ish was funny.  He conveniently decided to use the restroom once we were in OT and never returned.  Oh the shame! 

I must admit, I got a little nervous myself because the game was so close it could have gone either way…well the way I didn’t want it to go of course.  There were a few bad calls throughout the game on both sides but one that will go down in history…when the Falcons went for a 1st down on 4th and 1 on New Orlean’s 20!  Big mistake!  The New Orleans Saints got the ball back, Drew ran a couple of plays to seal the deal and Kasay sent the football sailing into the air landing a field goal!  Game!  This win put us at #1 in the NFC South.  There was dancing, singing, shouting, laughter and cheers.  I love football and I love the Saints.  I don’t get mad or testy with others when they lose a game.  Remember people…it’s just a game and it’s meant to be fun.   Who Dat Baby, for life!

THOUGHTFUL THURSDAY Friday, Nov 11 2011 

My daughter was cuddling with her dad and she turned to him and said “Dad, I love you so much that I’m going to put you in the BEST nursing home!”  KMSL  Thoughtful, right?   🙂

On the road again? Sunday, Oct 16 2011 

I have been in deep thought about our next move.  I’m so ready to leave Georgia it’s ridiculous.  We have been here for nearly 9 years and truth be told, I’ve never really made this place home.  We bought a house, a dog, belong to a great church, both have good jobs, kids doing well in school, and have some great friends but there still seems to be something missing.  I figured we would have been gone at least 5 years ago.  We came here via the military in 2003 and were living civilian life by 2005.  I thought it would take a year or two after that to get the house sold and tie up a few loose ends, secure jobs and we would be out!  Well that was our plan but it didn’t quite work that way. 

Since we got married in 1995, we stayed in Louisiana for 6 months and then moved to North Carolina for about a year and a half.  Then hubby went active duty in the ARMY and we moved to Kentucky, then Tennessee and now Georgia.  I’m used to moving about every 4-5 years.  This is the longest we’ve ever been in one place.  I can’t say it’s been all bad but I can say I’ve had my share of challenges here.  My kids are ready to leave as well.  They hate being this far away from family and so do I.  It’s a 10 hour drive to Louisiana and I don’t know if I’m getting old or what but I can’t take those drives much longer. 

Now the fun part!  Where do we want to live now?  Texas is really pulling on me, Houston to be exact.  I feel it’s a great location in reference to both our families in Louisiana.  We have dozens of friends in Houston and surrounding areas.  We both feel like this may be the move for us.  The kids would much rather be in Louisiana but the job market is not the best in my husband’s field.  Texas is close enough.  So when will this move take place?  That’s a good question.  If I had my way, I would be gone tomorrow.  However, I do know that we have some important things to consider and do first.  We need to find jobs, let the kids finish out this school year and sell the house.  I’m really not ready for all the packing but I do feel like this is going to be a great move for us…a new chapter in our book.  We shall see!  🙂

Finding my niche in the world Sunday, Oct 2 2011 

I’m a wife of almost 17 years and a mother of three.  Once we had our children I became a stay at home mom.  That was the greatest and most fulfilling challenge I ever faced in my life.  Nothing gave me more joy than knowing that I would be able to watch my babies grow before my eyes and not miss a beat.  Once my youngest started school, I decided to get back out there and work.  I started volunteering at their school and soon after started substitute teaching.  Doing so, I landed myself a full time job in the front office as the Data Clerk at my kid’s elementary school.  I was very excited and eager to get back to work.  After two years at the elementary school, I was promoted to a high school.  Not bad considering I had only been on the job two years. 

I’ve always had compassion for children.  Especially for those who don’t have a strong support system at home.  The ones you see sitting in the back of the class with their head down, being completely ignored by the teacher.  The one’s you see in the front office every day.  Those that you see struggling to read a book that is on a two to three years lower level than their grade level.  Those are the ones I have a lot of compassion for.  I am a firm believer that every child can learn it just takes a little more for some.  My youngest son came home one day, upset and confused because he asked his 4th grade teacher for help with a math problem and she told him that she had already explained it one hundred times.  The very next day I scheduled a conference with her and my response was, if you need to explain it to him one hundred and one times that’s your duty as an educator.  That is what you are there for, to make sure your students understand.  I was absolutely mortified that she would have the audacity to say something like that not only to my child but any child in her care. 

We send our children to school to be taught and to learn, not to be scorned or ignored when they don’t understand something.  I’ve also heard, “what grade you get is what you get.”  My mother in law has been in education for over 40 years and she has a sign in her room that reads, “If you can’t learn the way I teach, then I’ll teach the way you learn.”   Whatever happened to having pride as an educator and wanting all your students to succeed?  There have been times when I’ve had to speak up for other kids on their behalf.  If children are indeed our future, why are there such lack of care, consideration and compassion for them and their educational future?  This is only one small example of what I have noticed, I could literally go on and on of the things I feel are wrong. 

In finding my niche, I’ve discovered that I want to go further than the local schools.  I want to be an advocate for kids.  I want to be the one to stand up for them when no one else will and also support the parents that don’t know how.  It has taken me quite some time to figure this out but I thank God it has finally come to me.  Now my journey begins and I have absolutely no idea where to start.  Needless to say my weekends and free time will be spent doing extensive research on where I need to get started.    I pray that I can make a difference in this world and in the lives of many children.  Wish me luck!

Hello Tuesday, Sep 20 2011 

Being born and raised in the south, you were taught at a very young age to speak to people whether you know the person or not.  If a person passed you on the street, you spoke.   If you pass someone on the same aisle in the grocery store, you spoke.  If you are sitting on your porch and someone drove by you waved your hand to acknowledge them.  If you enter a room, you should speak.  It can even be as simple as making eye contact from across the room. This scenario can go on and on and on.  In my case, I’ve been told that I speak too much.  I’ve heard, “dang girl, you just spoke” or “I just saw you an hour ago.”  I can’t help it, it’s in my nature. 

Let’s take work for instance, if I see a co-worker first thing in the morning I say good morning or hello.  An hour later I may see that same co-worker in the hall, I’ll say hello.  We may run into each other at lunch, I’ll say hello again.  That’s three hellos in a matter of a couple of hours.  I find it very hard not to speak when I come in contact with someone.  In my opinion it’s just downright rude to pass someone and not speak to them.   

I have been on the receiving end of this and I hate it when people don’t speak.  I mean, is it really going to kill you to say hello, hi, hey, good morning, good afternoon, what’s up, etc?  A nod or smile will suit me just fine.  If you enter a room, you should speak.  Nothing infuriates me more than to be in a room and another person walks in, looks me in the face and don’t speak.  I have also walked in a room and spoke and you could hear a mouse pee on cotton.  Now that really chops my hide.  The word “hello” literally takes about one second to say, maybe less. 

I can be in the grocery store and see someone I don’t know and have a casual conversation for about 2 minutes just from saying hello.  We could be talking about the tuna on the shelf, the weather or much of nothing…small talk. I don’t think it’s asking too much to show a little courtesy.  I promise it won’t cost you a dime.  You have no idea whose day you could make; it can even make your day!  What do you think?

Totally random Saturday, Sep 17 2011 

As I lie awake in bed alone on this Friday night, sipping on glass two of homemade scuffadine wine, these random thoughts are coming to mind.  Here it goes!

10.  I so love the movie Grease!

9.    Whatever happened to locusts? 

8.    Running full speed ahead in the house when I had to go from room to room in the dark as a kid!  lmao

7.    How much longer will we be stuck here in Ga?

6.    My job and I have a love/hate relationship.

5.    I would have liked to have one more baby.

4.    I miss my sissies!

3.    I swear I don’t snore! 

2.    I secretly love “elevator” music.

1.     I’d give anything to see his face again! Miss you Daddy!

TOTALLY RANDOM, YET TRUE!

Oh yeah, it’s my birthday!! Saturday, Aug 20 2011 

Today is a very special day for me.  It’s my 37th birthday!!  Wow, I can’t believe I’m 3 years shy of 40!  It’s all good though because I plan on being foxy at forty.  LOL  I am so grateful to see another year.  I spent some time this morning reflecting on my life, where I am now and where I’ve been. I’ve made many, many mistakes and used bad judgement from time to time but that’s all a part of life and growing.  The most important thing is learning from your mistakes and not repeating them. 

As far as plans for my special day and gifts, I’m keeping it simple this year.  Didn’t want anything at all.  Just knowing that all is well with my family is enough for me right now.  Hubby and I are in a good place, our kids are good, I’m good.  I woke up this morning to numerous text messages of well wishes from friends and family, my kids showered me with lots of hugs and kisses and hubby cooked me breakfast.  I enjoyed sleeping in and not having to lift a finger today to do anything.  We are going on a double date tonight not only to celebrate my birthday but also our friend’s birthday who will turn 37 on the 23rd. 

I am trying really hard to embrace this age thing.  I’ve never let it bother me before but for some reason I feel like it’s going so fast that I’m going to skip 38 and 39 and jump right to 40!!  Which is why I’m working hard now to ensure that I don’t look or feel like a frumpy old lady when that time comes.  Eating right, exercise and plenty of water is my plan to keep things tight.  A new hair do and a little make up won’t hurt either.  I’m not trying to discover the fountain of youth but in stead, enjoy my youth while I’m in it and then embrace my golden years! 

If you don’t mind, join in with me as I celebrate my day!  It only comes around once a year.  Let’s hear it, on three…one two three…..HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!!  AND MANY MORE!!  Corny, I know!!  LOL

Are you ready for some FOOTBALL? WHO DAT!!! Monday, Aug 1 2011 

Football season is fast approaching and I am so in need of a pig skin fix right about now.  The NFL has certainly stressed me out all summer long with this lockout.  Finally, football season is underway!  They have certainly shaken things up a bit with the drafts and free agent moves.  Football has got to be one of my favorite pastimes.  I love talking trash with my friends and co-workers of the opposing team.  It’s all in fun of course, although I have run into a few nuts who take it too serious.  Now that’s hilarious!  One in particular comes to mind, let’s just call him RA.  He is a huge Falcons fan and a sore loser to say the least.  He is the biggest smack talker; he can dish it but can’t take it.  If they lost he would hide in his office like a two year old pouting and sucking his thumb.  Lord, help us if they won because he would be running around in his jersey taunting the entire school…again like a two year old. Unfortunately when the season ended in January, I moved to a new school so I won’t get to see him but I will make an occasional phone call to rub it in his face.   He’s a sore loser.com! 

 You see, I was born and raised in Baton Rouge, La. and I’m a HUGE New Orleans Saints Fan!!  WHO DAT!!! Currently living in Georgia, it’s hard on a gal with all these Falcons fans.  I have no problems with other teams until they play the Saints!  Then it get’s personal, but all in fun of course.  I learned last week that Reggie Bush will join forces with the Miami Dolphins and I’m surprisingly cool with that. We have to remember that although we rely on these individuals to give us an exciting season, football is the career they chose and just like you and I, they have to do what’s best for their career.  Reggie will make $10 million for the next two years; I truly wish him the best!  Luckily I have dozens of pictures to remember him by from attending the games in Atlanta against the Falcons.  I’m also going to miss Jeremy Shockey who has moved on with the Carolina Panthers. The show must go on.  The Saints had a pretty good season last year, making it to the playoffs with several injured key players.  So with the new drafts, I believe they will have yet another great season.  I’m so ready!  Welcome to all new members of the Who Dat family.  I’ve got my flat screen, Saints gear, food, drinks and laptop ready for the 2011 Football season and I can’t wait.  Preseason starts August 12, 7 p.m. at the Superdome against the San Francisco 49ers.  Be there or be square!

Pieces of me….to be continued! Wednesday, Jun 29 2011 

So when you look at my face, You gotta know that I’m made, Of everything love and pain, These are the pieces of me. Like every woman I know, I’m complicated fo sho’, But when I love I love til there’s no love no more, These are the pieces of me!! I’M A WOMAN!

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