America, Land of the not so free!

I’m feeling very uneasy and downright angry about the incidents which occurred over the last week in Louisiana, Minnesota, Dallas and probably other places that we don’t know about yet. It’s ridiculous that in 2016 we are STILL dealing with racism, police brutality and a host of other issues in a country which just celebrated FREEDOM on the fourth of July. I guess what I fail to realize is AMERICA was freed from Britain in 1776 but the people who live in America are not really FREE. We are still bound by the laws and failed justice system which repeatedly ALLOW people to NOT be held accountable for actions which DON’T justify the RIGHT to kill another human being!

I’ve worked with various populations mostly underprivileged, indigent, single parent households in urban areas in NYC and DC.  I could also guarantee that most of them have experienced situations in which their rights were violated or disregarded based on the color of their skin and/or their social economic status.  Hell, I’ve been in situations where I was seen as inferior based on the color of my skin or prejudices people have in their minds about Black people.
Sometimes, I possess a sense of feeling  helpless and hopeless because I’m not sure what can be done about it. When I think about my nephew, godson and other young minority children growing up in a SOCIETY where the system is flawed, it makes me want to not have children. Why would I want to have a child in an environment which I’m unable to constantly protect them from the harm and dangers of the world? I know some people don’t agree with this thinking but, oh well!
And please don’t get stuck on my feelings about having children because that’s not what I want you to remember. I want you to remember that even though we are being treated unfairly, cruel and inhumane that violence does not beget violence! It’s not justified to take another humans life because of the actions which they have committed on earth. Because the GOD I serve has the final say and will pass judgment in the end!
I believe that WE as people can be a catalyst for change but WE have to work together! However, I know what you’re thinking. History has shown us that some of us don’t play well together. I’ve refrained from identifying a specific race because all races have inflicted pain on one another. When instead, all races should be in support of equality and be against racial profiling and other issues which plague our nation. How is that we all breathe the same air and make the same green money but we can’t all treat each other as they way we want to be treated?
I feel like I’m beating a dead horse and most of the ideas I’ve previously stated you’ve heard before but I implore you to find some way to bring about positive change. Whether it be volunteering in your community, voting or community organizing, you too can be an agent of change. And don’t believe everything you hear reported in the news and on social media because it’s mostly half truths or propaganda! But that’s a whole ‘nother topic.
Please believe that I too am thinking about what type of change agent I will be in the great scheme of things. Until next time!

Vino & Vinyl

Looking for a nice hip place to go in the Southwest Houston metro area well, look no further. I’ve found a cool, modern place with a chill vibe for you to visit. It’s called Vino & Vinyl and it’s located at 3340 Murphy Rd. #150, Missouri City, TX 77459. It’s a wine bar which has a big city feel in the suburbs. They sell a variety of wine by the glass and bottles while listening to tunes from Pharrell, Snoop and other artists. They also sell actual records and they support local artists by hanging their art work (for purchase) around their cozy lounge.

For those of you not interested in wine they also sell beer and have a small bites menu to dine from while you’re there. I personally had some charcuterie which was delightful and bread pudding which was very decadent. I would definitely recommend both items. But let me prepare you that my total bill was a little pricey for just those two items and one glass of wine.

This place also has a wine club membership and they sell wine accessories. I don’t want to give to much away but if you’re ever in the area, stop by. You won’t be disappointed!

Oh how I miss the DMV!

Two weeks ago, I took a weekend getaway to the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) area for Memorial weekend! I was able to catch up with some friends and saw some family as well. It’s always good to reconnect and see familiar faces you haven’t seen in months. Also, I must say there was great spring/summer weather which made the trip even better.

On Thursday, I caught up with some friends for lunch at one of my favorite spots, Bonchon. The fries are not the best so skip them but the cole slaw is pretty good and they have a bar. They have Korean fried chicken that is finger licking’ good. It reminds of a place I call “the spot” in Brooklyn on the corner of Nostrand Ave. and Erasmus Pl.  The “spot” is a Chinese food take out (carry out as DC natives call it) that has the best Chinese fried chicken anywhere! 
Lunch with my CFSA woes

Later that evening, I met up with one of my good girlfriends and we went to happy hour at a place called Provision NO. 14. It was cool but we noticed that it was #beigefest2016. Everyone in there was light skin and my cocoa brown skin friend and I felt out of place. Eventually, some other caramel and cocoa complexion folk stopped by so we didn’t look so out of place. After a few libations, we stopped by &pizza. They have some items they call hits but it’s always best to craft your own pizza. The night was nostalgic until I arrived at my car and saw a parking ticket on my windshield. Damn those DC parking meter maids!

Bola and I at #beigefest2016

The next day I hung out with my favorite high school friend and her daughter. So of course we did what we do best, go shopping! We didn’t break the bank or anything but we did make ourselves tired. However, not to tired to go to happy hour at Bar Deco. Anytime my friends and I have a chance to check out a new place (well new to me) I feel like I’m unlocking a new treasure. Ok, maybe that sounds a bit extreme but I’m entitled to my opinion. Unfortunately, I wouldn’t recommend this place for happy hour because the drinks were hit and miss depending on the bartender. And the wait staff was non-existent. But I hear their brunch is better so maybe you can check that out.

Happy hour at Bar Deco

All in all, we had a good time but it was very humid outside so my plan to enjoy the rooftop was null and void. We opted to congregate inside on the 3rd floor where it was packed to capacity and also very humid. I literally sat on top of an air conditioner to cool myself down after having one drink. We enjoyed each other’s company so much that we never made it to the next stop because we were all exhausted.

On Sunday, my high school friend and I went to the Linganore Winecellars Caribbean Festival and had a ball. The wine festival reminds me of a smaller scale Woodstock or maybe even Coachella but with a Caribbean band and DJ. It was a sea of people hanging out, sweating, eating, drinking, smoking cannabis and dancing the day away until it began to drizzle. Then it was time to go!

Linganore Winecellars Caribbean Festival

I know what you’re thinking when did you make time to see your family? Well don’t worry about that, just know that I did and they were the icing on the cake. I spent some time with my favorite aunt on my mother’s side, my cousin, her children and the newest addition, Da’kari!

Da’Kari Johnson

It’s something about newborns that make my ovaries tingle until they regurgitate on you and when you have to change one of their poop diapers, lol. Da’kari is the son of my goddaughter, Sabrina. For those of you who don’t know Sabrina is my oldest godchild who is 16 years old.

Sabrina Johnson Craigg

When I first found out Sabrina (who lived with me briefly when she was a toddler, who I cared for like she was my own, who I believed was too young to be having a baby) was indeed having a baby, I was utterly disappointed and heartbroken. But I trust and believe that God never places more on us than we can bear. I also know that her life will be a little rougher than it was before but she knows that she has the support of her family and a God who will never leave her nor forsake her. And when I saw that precious little bundle of joy who looked like his mommy did when she was a baby all I could do was thank God that he was healthy and appeared to be well taken care of.

We also got a chance to catch up and hang out with Sabrina’s other godmother, Ashira and her family at the Baltimore Inner Harbor. We indulged ourselves with food, lots of candy, laughs and a paddle boat. All in all,  I had a fantastic trip to the DMV and every time I go, I get to make new memories with my loved ones and friends that I will cherish forever.  Until next time….

From left to right, Me, Ashira, Melanie and Sabrina
Aunt Sandra, Makayla, Bevelyn and Me

Oh my Beyonce!!

Yesterday evening, I had the pleasure of attending the Beyonce formation tour in her hometown of Houston, TX. Let’s just say I truly enjoyed the experience. This was not my first time at a Beyonce concert but every time I attend, I become more of a fan.

Some of her fans take their love for her to another level! Like this fan below. He was so crazy in love with Beyonce he came to the concert paying homage and serving us legs, yaassss!!!!!

Since I’ve been to two of her concerts, I wouldn’t call myself a member of the BeyHive because she sucks as an actress, her interviews are boring and she lacks personality. However, I do believe she is one the best entertainers of my generation and her “team” are marketing geniuses. So much so I paid way too much money for a t-shirt I probably could of made myself. She is so overly exposed it’s ridiculous!
Nonetheless, here are some highlights from the concert.

And I was able to catch up with one of my Line Sisters who gave me and another LS a ride in the private car she hired. The driver was gracious enough to get us safely to and from the concert so we wouldn’t have to fight traffic and pay $30 for parking. 

Also, I was able to rep my hometown in one of my new favorite t-shirts purchased from We Are the Trusted Few


If you are able to attend the Formation Tour, you won’t be sorry. But prepared for the show to start late. The show was scheduled to start at 7:30 pm but DJ Khaled came on at 8 pm for a half an hour and Bey came on at 9:15 pm.

So if you live in one of the cities where a 2nd show has been added buy yourself a ticket. You’ll thank me later!

Misadventures of Day Parties part 2

Everyone knows I love me a good day party because you don’t miss out on any sleep. What you don’t know is I’ve been laying low because I haven’t been in the mood to party. However, last weekend, I let Team Can’t stop Won’t stop talk me into going to a roof top day party. We arrived a little before 4 pm so we could get in for free because I refuse to pay to get into a party. Call me cheap if you want to! The down side to that is when you get there early it means you have to wait around a little before the party gets LIVE!

So we waited and we waited and at around 6 pm when we ventured to the outside area we ran into a few folks that Team Can’t stop Won’t stop knew and that’s when the drinks started flowing and the turn up began. Not only were the drinks flowing but we had some very serious conversations while we were suppose to be partying.

From Left to Right: “needanapfirst”, “Won’t Stop”, “Can’t Stop”

One guy who was an associate of Can’t stop (who also looked like an extra in a UGK video) bought us a round of drinks and proceeded to confess his love to Can’t stop while she had her eye on someone else. All I could do was laugh out loud because she paid him no mind as he held her hand, kissed her on the cheek and whispered sweet nothings in her ear. I was thinking, “Sir, quit wasting your time.” But I minded my business and went on my way.

One guy handed me a $100 dollar bill and told me he would buy us a round of drinks if I went to the bar to get him a drink also. So I happily obliged and when I returned Won’t stop asked him if we could keep the change. He handed her thirty dollars for us to get a bite to eat on him. After we thanked him, I proceeded to tell him as he was smoking a cigarette about the dangers of smoking. After some brief conversation, he thanked me for my concern and he peeled out. Well thanks buddy!

I guess I should mention I was being shady most of the afternoon with my sunglasses on looking over them every now and then when I thought someone was interesting enough to have my attention. I know what you’re thinking, how is she suppose to meet someone if she’s being shady? Well who cares what you think. I had on my slightly saddity t-shirt and I was living up to it.

We ran into Slim Thug and Lil Keke and I didn’t know who either of them were. And for those of you who don’t know who they are either let me enlighten you. Lil Keke has a hit song titled, Southside and Slim Thug made hits called 3 Kings, Like a Boss and his most recent song titled Chuuch with Joel Olsteen. Well I believe you have to be born and bred from Texas to actually know (care about) either of them, but what do I know?

Lil KeKe and Us

All in all, there was a fun time had by all. And after this guy talked a hole in my head about nothing and asked me for my number (I didn’t plan on answering the phone if he called), I knew it was time to go. We were there for a total of 4 1/2 hours (which was two hours over my limit). By the time we got some Vietnamese food with our lunch money from homeboy, we were officially exhausted. Can’t stop was so tired on the way home as we were sitting at a red light she fell asleep (I guess I shouldn’t mention she was the one driving). Let’s just say it was by God’s grace we made it home safely.

Hope you all are able to enjoy some good day parties as the temperatures get warmer, like I did. Feel free to share your adventures below. Until next time…..

Bittersweet NY

Almost two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of visiting New Jersey and New York which is always bittersweet. Going there reminds me of the Adele song, “When we were young”. I know that’s a love song but that’s how I feel about New York. I love it because that’s where I grew up. However, it’s housing is over priced and the city is over crowded which makes me OVER IT! I hear people say all the time, they love to visit New York and I do too. However, living there and visiting there are two different things. 
Every time I go back I say to myself, I want to experience New York as a tourist. I want to take a tour or go see some of the sights. Can you imagine I lived in New York for 20 years and I’ve never been to the top of Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Bronx Zoo or walked across the Brooklyn Bridge? Unfortunately, I didn’t get to do any of that this time either. But one day……
I was able to see some of my friends and family. And can you imagine I was in the house every night by 8 pm?? I guess I’m getting old or maybe my concept of what I enjoy doing has changed. Like spending time with these kids, who prayed every night with their parents before going to bed. 
Aiden, Elijah, Joshua and I
I also got to catch up with my coworker, Luan for lunch at a restaurant called Tablao NYC. The restaurant features dishes from Spain. It didn’t hurt that the food was delicious and the company was even better. Let’s just say we chatted so long that I never made it to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. But you know, I did do a little shopping on 34th Street.
Luan and I at Tablao NYC
And it was my intention to go to the top of the Empire State building but this was the closest I got while driving into the city from Brooklyn on my way to New Jersey.
Empire State Building
But the real reason why I went to NY was to attend the memorial service of Sylvalene Walker who was like an aunt to me. She cooked for me, let me have slumber parties at her house with my bestie when we were younger, imparted words of wisdom and kept me on the straight and narrow when she ushered at Salem Missionary Baptist Church. She will always be remembered and I’m truly grateful for her presence when I was growing up. I also got to see my bestie, Aisha and my number one roomie, Erika. 
From left to right, Erika, myself and Aisha
And last but certainly not least I was able to see Erika’s beautiful bundle of joy, Dominique Skye (with a name like that she’s destined to be FAMOUS). She was such a pleasant cutie pie, I couldn’t get enough of her. She even waved to the camera because she’s rehearsing for the future, lol. 
Dom Skye and I
I can honestly say I was sad to leave my family and friends but I was ready to get back to the great state of Texas. And even though I wasn’t able to do all of things I planned to do and see all of the people I would’ve like to visit, I had a very nostalgic experience. Until next time….

Chosen

Happy Social Work Month! Someone once said, “Social Work is the Art of listening and the Science of Hope.” As a Social Worker, I truly believe in this statement because I’ve had to listen to many testimonies of trials which provided a glimmer of hope and later became stories of triumph. Social Work is a thankless career like so many others and sometimes it makes you re-evaluate why you decided to choose it. I always ask myself why did I get into this profession? And while I don’t have a definitive answer as to why.  What I do know, it’s been very enlightening and humbling.
Over the years, I’ve worked with various populations in New York, DC and now Texas. Some of these populations included people living with HIV/AIDS, homeless families, pregnant and parenting teenagers, families involved with child protective services and geriatrics. The one characteristic that stood out amongst my clients/ patients was a sense of resiliency. Despite some of their circumstances, there were many who were very resourceful and who taught me a few things along the way. 
I even did a brief stint at Job Corps and a girls group home. But when the group home told me I had to go to Nebraska for two weeks training and on the second day of work, one girl jumped off the top bunk bed over my head to fight another girl, I knew I was not cut out to work there. So after four days of employment there, I was done. And Job Corps was cool but it wasn’t challenging enough so when I found a job paying more money, I made like a banana and split.
I could probably write a novel about some of the things I had to deal with as a Social Worker. Like the time, when the patient had a psychotic break, caught me off guard and hit me in the face. Let’s just say, I was shocked and upset and I wanted to slap the taste out of her mouth but I knew I couldn’t because I needed my coins. So all I did was file an incident report and took a few days off from work. Or how about the time when my patient came in to my office and proceeded to bend over, lift up her dress to show me her hemorrhoid. All I could say was #reallylady
Courtney of @sallysoicalworkerbook on Instagram

Let’s just say there is never a dull moment as a Social Worker. And not only are the clients/patients very entertaining but my co-workers were also. Every job I’ve had, I always gained some very special friends and formed bonds with colleagues that will last forever. My colleagues have talked me out of poppin’ off in meetings, bought me drinks for happy hour, comforted me when I felt like crying and even gave me good advice about relationships (well, it probably wasn’t that good since I’m still single, lol). All in all, I don’t regret being chosen to be a Social Worker.

Now, I can’t take away from the fact that there have been countless times when I’ve come home and cried about clients who died from other illness’ due to a compromise immune system caused by HIV/AIDS. Also, teenagers who had repetitive pregnancies when they were unable to take care of themselves. But knowing that I was able to touch and hopefully impact their life in a positive consistent way made me feel better about what my calling was. 
So here are three things, I’d like to share with you that helped me to be able sustain myself as a Social Worker throughout the years. 
1. Self care – If you don’t take time out to take care of yourself then how can you possibly be able to help others. Whether it be a mental health day, staycation or a weekend getaway you owe that to yourself. 
2. Multiple Streams of Income – Never put all your eggs in one basket. Always have a legitimate side hustle that you can fall back on just in case some thing happens to your full time bread and butter.
3. Continuing education – Keep yourself aware of new topics and trainings in your field so that when you are networking or trying to market yourself you will be abreast of the most innovative concepts in your field. It also serves as a way to get outside of your offices’ four walls to get away from the daily grind.
So to all of my fellow Social Workers in the struggle be encouraged. And please keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I embark upon my newest challenge as a Psychotherapist!

Feel free to check out some of the pictures below and until next time…..

Courtesy of @sallysocialworkerbook on Instagram
Some of my Favorite Social Workers
Two of my Favorite Supervisors Ever
My CFSA Social Worker woes

Water 2 Wine: Wine education

Have you ever had a friend who bought you a Groupon for your birthday and you finally used it seven months later because it was about expire? Well I have. Said gift consisted of a wine education class at Water 2 Wine.

Can you believe that I arrived very early somewhere? It was only because I wanted to check out the vibe and atmosphere. As soon as I entered, I was greeted by three gentlemen. Glen checked me in and offered me a glass of wine. So of course I humbly obliged. When my hungry friend arrived she didn’t even wait until the class got started before she dived into the entire bowl of oyster crackers. 

The class was suppose to have four participants but the other two people didn’t show up so it felt more like a one on one wine education class which included a tour of their business where they actually make wine. And you already know who is ready to make her own wine with her own custom label! But, I digress…

During the wine education class, we learned that we should view the wine from a vertical view above the glass, but tilting it at an angle and after swirling it around at a horizontal level. Next, you should smell the wine. Finally, which is my favorite you should spit the wine out. Ok, that last part we didn’t exactly do because it’s not necessary.  But the point of it all was to allow you to use your senses when you are drinking wine just like you do when you eat food or anything else for that matter. 
We also learned how to correctly store wine.  Which I might add, I’ve been doing incorrectly since Jesus was a baby boy.  Also, I have not been drinking wine in a timely manner after it’s been uncorked. Rule of thumb is after a bottle is uncorked, it’s best to drink it within a day or two. These tips forced me to begin my hunt for a wine fridge! Any suggestions?

The last thing we learned was what food we should pair certain flavors with. For example, Cheeses are best paired with Merlot, Cabernet and Chardonnay. Beef (my favorite) is paired with Zinfandel, Cotes du Rhone, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Malbec. I could give you some more pairings but I would rather you check out Water 2 Wine if you are in the Houston area and ask for Glen. Then tell them I sent you! 

Check out the pictures below which allows you to experience what started off as a wine education class but then turned into a tipsy tasting of almost every wine in the store.

And here are the nominees for Best Motion Picture!

Did you hear that the 2016 Oscar nominations are out? Of course you did because there wasn’t one film that you could recognize which was nominated in a MAJOR category. But then why should we be surprised? #OscarsSoWhite
What should I expect? I guess I was expecting movies like Creed or Straight Outta Compton to have at least one of their stars nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a leading role or even Best Performance by an Actor in a supporting role. Well, Sylvester Stallone was nominated for his mediocre performance in Creed so my wish was granted, huh? Nah, not really, he doesn’t count. Now if Michael B. Jordan was nominated then I would be telling a different story. Because his performance was STELLAR in Creed! 
Which is why I’d like to suggest my top five movies which should have been nominated for Best Motion Picture at the Oscars this year. 
!. Creed

In case you’ve been hiding under a rock and you haven’t heard of it, it’s about Adonis Creed (son of Apollo Creed) played by Micheal B. Jordan who was being trained by Rocky Balboa played by Sylvester Stallone. I’m all for a story that has a realistic ending and this movie has that and leads you to believe there could be a part two in the making.  

2. Jurassic World

So I tried to watch the first three Jurassic park movies prior to seeing this because I couldn’t remember them all but that didn’t happen. However, I realized I didn’t need to. This movie kept me on the edge of my seat and the graphics were phenomenal. If you like a good action, sci-fi film this is one to see. It’s a little long so make sure you empty your bladder before it begins. 

3. Dope

A coming of age story for a geek named Malcolm who lived in the ‘hood. He and his friends attended a party which led to a slew of adventures in Los Angeles. It was laugh out loud funny and had a message which transcends to all generations.  

4. Inside Out

Yes, this is a cartoon. However, it’s my belief that both the young and the seasoned will enjoy this story line. The movie showcases characters who symbolize 5 emotions which everyone experiences and how they tackle different conflicts. The movie made me laugh and it also made my eyes sweat a little. You should see it when you get a chance, I think you’d enjoy it.

5. Straight Outta Compton

Now this movie might have been my favorite. I think I might actually go get this on DVD. It’s about five West Coast Rap pioneers called Niggas with Attitude aka N.W.A. Their story transcends to all ages because they tackle topics which continue to be relevant to this day.

Honorable Mention: Southpaw
Because Jake Gyllenhaal is HAWWWTTT!!!!

If you are able to see these films, you won’t be sorry. I think I might watch one of them when the Oscars are on just because I think it would be more entertaining. And if you have any to recommend feel free to share them with me below, I’d love to hear from you. Until next time….

Misadventures of Day Parties

Happy New Year everyone! (At what point in the new year is it ok for you to stop saying that?) Anyway, I hope your new year has been off to a good start like mine. I didn’t make any resolutions per se but I do have some 2016 goals. One of them is to be more optimistic about being social. I know what you’re thinking how much more social can this girl get? Well, you’d be surprised. While I like to go out occasionally, I don’t have the most friendly and approachable faces and I don’t like to meet new people.

So instead of going to the movies with my parents last Saturday like I promised them, I went to a day party with two of my good girlfriends. Of course, before I left home the pessimism began to creep in and I said I should be home by 9 pm.

I pushed past the pessimism and began my journey because everyone knows I like a good day party. Day parties don’t allow me to miss out on any good sleep and it allows me to be bright eyed and bushy tailed for Church on Sunday morning. So on our way to the day party, I found out it was a birthday party for one of our frat brothers. The venue where the event was being held was called, Revolver Bourbon Street. The event space was very cozy and quaint but the hidden gem was the spacious outdoor area which was perfect for a birthday party. I was a little skeptical though because it was cloudy, drizzling off and on throughout the day and a chilly 50 degrees.

Immediately when we arrived at the birthday party, one of my good girlfriends and I began having a very nonchalant conversation with a frat brother. Let me let you in on a little secret, even though I’m identifying this man as my frat brother I never tell him we’re his Sorority sisters. I personally like to spring that piece information on to people later on in conversations because I believe it’s on a need to know basis. Also, because I’m not actively involved and I don’t want to explain to any and everybody my reasons. So, eventually we make our way outside. When we get out there, the guests in attendance were line dancing. Line dancing? How old is this dude? I digress.

We make our way around the venue, met the birthday guy and find us a good spot to take in the scenery (men).  One guy approaches my friend and asks to buy her a drink, so I’m thinking, “We’re off to a good start!” Come to find out he’s married. Married men are off limits!

So then and older frat brother approaches us and asks us to take a picture with him. Excuse me? So I began to ask him what his intent was for these pictures and how much he was going to pay us to snap a picture with us? He proceeded to answer a call and walk away. Good!

Just when I thought we were in the clear he walks back toward us so we walk away and go to the bar hoping he would get a clue. Well he didn’t. He saw us a few minutes later and was still trying to get us to take a picture with him. He settled with asking me to take a picture of him with all of his frat brothers at the party. And as it began to rain we proceeded to make like a baby and head out! ( I know that’s corny)

One of my good girlfriends told us on the way to the first party she had another party for us to go to which happened to be another fraternity’s founder’s day party. So we roll up to that event and it was packed! But it was also outside and the temperature had begun to drop. I was not dressed appropriately for an outside party because I didn’t know people would be partying outside in January. I know it’s Houston and all but it does get cold sometimes. I sucked it up and made the best of this cold situation.

This event happened to be BYOB! Who knew? So we began to chat with some distinguished gentlemen who were about to open a bottle of red wine. So, I helped myself to a plastic cup full of tasty libation which also served to keep me warm along with my frequent trips to the warm bathroom.   As I finally began to enjoy myself, this oversized dude runs alongside of me causing me to spill some wine on my Cream Faux Fur Vest. It took everything in me for the Brooklyn in me to stay deep within. The gentlemen we were hanging with calmed me down and convinced me that he was sorry.

So I carried on and had a good time, despite my wardrobe malfunction. After this event, we were all hungry so we decided to get something to eat at Pappasito’s. I was completely content and ready to go home but my two “can’t stop won’t stop good girlfriends” were ready to go to the “The spot”.  When they told me where the spot was located, I was ready to Uber my ass back to my car. They convinced me not to and since I didn’t want to be known as the Party Pooper, I went along with them.

“The spot” was in 3rd ward, Houston and when we arrived I had my nose turned up and thought I was to good to be there. I think I even heard two men say, “Why is her old ass here?” Maybe that was a figment of my imagination but that’s how I felt. We stayed there for awhile and saw the distinguished red wine gentlemen who chatted with us and made me feel a little more comfortable. After being there for an hour I was officially ready to go but of course “team can’t stop won’t stop” wanted to go to another spot called D bar which was right down the street. I said, “No.” So we jumped in the car, proceeded to go to our cars but then we ran into some guy who said he was headed to D bar so they decided to park the car and go to D bar.

Now I’m not sure if they were trying to relive their youth but I wasn’t trying to relive mine. When we got to D bar and had to wait in the rain in a line, I turned to my friends and said it was time to go. One girlfriends tried talking to the bouncers but when that didn’t work to get us in faster, I think they finally got the hint and we walked back to the car.

I finally got home at 1:30 am and what started off as a day party turned into partying longer than expected. The next morning when I woke up to go to church, I was mad because I was tired. I realized how much sleep I missed out on and said to myself,  “Self,  you’ll be driving  your own car the next time you hang out with Team can’t stop won’t stop.”

If you have any misadventure of day party stories you’d like to share, I’d love to hear from you. Until next time!