Wow... it’s been over a month since I took time out to write for my blog. I just realized that it’s been two weeks since I posted a poem. This month has definitely been a busy whirlwind full of events and epiphanies. So many amazing things have happened lately, and I’m completely overwhelmed with gratitude!
"Never home but always reppin'..."
It all started the last weekend in October when I flew home for a funeral. I was able to see my mom, extended family and friends, and spend some time catching up. Although I was only in Little Rock for 32 hours – arrival flight to departure flight – I made the most out of each moment, and the brief escape from the concrete jungle was much needed!
Everybody Hates Chris
On November 2nd, my sorority line sister invited me to a free VIP show of Chris Rock’s Total Blackout Tour 2017 at BAM Theater in Brooklyn which also included comedians Jeff Ross and Hannibal Buress. We had great seats, and Chris was hilarious as ever! My phone was locked up in a Yondr pouch during the show, and I forgot to take pictures afterwards. Nevertheless, I had an amazing time!
"I am not throwing away my shot..."
On the 9th, I received a complimentary ticket from my job to see Hamilton. Yes, HAMILTON!!! I’ve been playing the Hamilton lottery every day since last year and never won tickets. This was totally unexpected! The play was phenomenal, and well worth the wait. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. The complimentary food and drinks sponsored by my job was also a nice touch, and I took full advantage. Gotta love company perks!
"We are a part of the rhythm nation..."
On the 15th, my sister and I went to see Janet Jackson at Barclays Center for her State of the World Tour! I bought us tickets as a birthday present to my sister, and we were both so excited to finally see a Jackson in concert! We paid homage to Damita Jo by wearing a single key on our hoop earrings. We danced the entire night, sipped wine, and had a ball! “No my first name ain’t baby. It’s Janet… Ms. Jackson if you’re nasty!”
On the 17th, my boss told me that I could work from home the Monday – Wednesday before Thanksgiving and take off that Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. This, too, was totally unexpected, and I was so glad that I could take this extra time off as work has been slow due to the holiday season. It felt good to sip coffee and watch The Wendy Williams Show and The Real while I checked emails in my pajamas on the clock.
I spent Thanksgiving Day in complete chill mode. I didn’t cook much, but I did make cornbread dressing – the only Thanksgiving staple I craved along with canned cranberry sauce which is most certainly a must have. While I spoke to my mom, sister, and some family and friends, I really wanted to be alone. I didn’t feel like hosting a dinner or having to entertain anyone. I also didn’t want to be on anybody’s “the food is not ready yet and we probably ain’t eating until 4-6 hours after the expected time we said the food would be done” schedule. I had already eaten dinner twice before 11 am on Thanksgiving Day. I was too full to move around, and my ambivert personality was feeling heavy on the antisocial introvert side. Besides, all I really wanted to do was binge watch She's Gotta Have It on Netflix in peace, and it's definitely a MUST WATCH! It's sooooooo Brooklyn, and I was living for EVERY second of episode 10! Kudos, Spike Lee!!!
On Black Friday, I braved the NYC crowds and made a beeline to the Timberland store on 34th Street to get a couple pair of boots. I have been eyeing them for a while, and with 30% off, I had to have them! As quickly as I made my purchase, I was already ready to be back at home. Black Friday shopping in the city is a whole different beast I decided I no longer wanted to partake in for sales on items I didn’t need.
44th Annual Bayou Classic #GramFam
Right now, I’m watching the 44th Annual Bayou Classic wishing I was in New Orleans. There’s always next year… note to self, I must plan accordingly. The first play of the game, SU threw an interception. Come through, GMen! I’m forever reppin’ Grambling! I also rep being vegan, but I’m sitting here debating whether or not I want to order the boss grilled chicken nacho from El Jeffe on Fulton before I go on this month long cleanse next week – my last meat cheat meal.
***pauses to call in order, watch the game, go pick up my food, come back home, eat and watch Grambling score another touchdown*** Speaking of football...
"Super Bowl goals..."
On Monday the 27th, my sister and I will be back at Barclays Center to see Jay-Z for the 4:44 Tour – a birthday present from my sister. "Pretty much, if anybody getting handsome checks, it should be us..." This will be my third time seeing Hov in concert, and I’ve been jamming to “Family Feud” and “Bam” all day! Obviously, I will be rocking Timbs for the concert. It’s only right…
What is life!? I’m still in awe that I’ve had so many awesome events on my calendar in one month. Every week was something new, and I still haven’t come down from the clouds of seeing Janet Jackson slay the stage! Seeing her perform some of her greatest hits is something I’ll never forget!
This season of harvest is a divine revelation that makes me that much more intrigued about the plot twist that has taken place the final quarter of this year. It all started when my apartment got a new paint job. Then I got a new job, and within a month’s time, various random blessings started to flow - some I asked for and some that just came to me. I’m so grateful for all that I’ve been able to experience this month, and I look forward to what God has planned for me in December. 2017 has been wonderful to me, and I can’t wait to fully embrace all that 2018 has in store!
I just hope it brings me the man of my dreams... bruh, where you at tho?! Find yourself, then come find me!
***Update - Grambling beat Southern, 30-21. G S, G S, G S, G S, U U U I thought you knew bitch!!!