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!
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!
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.
|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!
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|
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!!!!!
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!
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…..
|Aiden, Elijah, Joshua and I|
|Luan and I at Tablao NYC|
|Empire State Building|
|From left to right, Erika, myself and Aisha|
|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.
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|
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 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!
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.
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.
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….
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!