Robo Calls…Ugh!

Robo calls, telemarketers, scam calls etc.  I do not know about you but these calls are the bane of my existence.  Every day I get at least one of these robo calls from everywhere in the United States to Jamaica.  Each time I see them on my cell phone or even my landline phone a bit of my good spirit breaks into pieces.  Imagine getting 5 of these calls in one day?  I have literally been reduced to tears because the sheer amount of them.  What the hell can we as consumers do to stop this shit?

I do not know how to block the calls from my landline phones.  I have two lines at home and luckily both lines have Caller ID so I rarely answer either line.  I know you are asking why I have two landline lines and why do I have a landline phone anyway.  I have kept my aunt’s phone line because it is the family line so when folks are trying to reach family members they can call that line and it is also the line associated with my security system.  Yes, my system is old and we need a landline phone.  Judge yourself!  I have my own personal landline phone because I just feel more comfortable having two sources of contact.  All my phones landline and cell are on the Do Not Call Registry, which means absolutely nothing.

On the family landline phone the calls are usually telemarketers or the groups soliciting funds for the police, sheriff’s etc.  My aunt was very active with the Relay for Cancer group and I told them two or three years ago she had died and would no longer be able to help her and to please remove her from their list.  They are still calling.  It is rude, man.

Sometimes if I am froggy I will answer my cell phone to see if I am talking to a live person, rarely does that happen.  I did this one time and the guy was all friendly and he asked who he was talking to and I responded, “I do not know, you called me.”  That man cursed me out and told me I was broke and didn’t have any money anyway and then hung up.  My mouth was wide open in shock.  I reported it to the FCC but it doesn’t matter because I reported a call I got from Florida from a guy with an accent and attitude when I went to asking him questions.  Nothing happens.  I do block the numbers on my cell phone but what good does that do if they clog up your voicemail with robo messages.  Annoying!

Most of the calls are scams of some such from auto warranties to you have won a vacation on a cruise.  I know the calls are randomly done so it is hard get them to stop, but I am at my wits end.  Yesterday morning I had 3 calls in the span of an hour from three different numbers, two had already been put on my block list and I had to add the other one.  Does this bother anyone else but me?

Blogmas: Day 11 YouTube

One of my guilty pleasures since I discovered how addicting it can be is YouTube. As a lover of makeup, clothing and being just plain nosey. I have found YouTube to be a great way to fulfill my need for all things makeup, clothes and even drama. Things you see on YouTube are abundant. You know you can find anything on YouTube, anything.   Hell, I learned about the specs on my car from YouTube, but I still need to search for the video to show me how to work things on it.

I am addicted to the Vlogs, especially daily vloggers. Vloggers are those who video their lives almost like a reality show. I give them credit for being consistent and being able to build an audience of faithful followers. It is because of some of them I have thought about vacations I would like to take, places I would like to go to for my 50th birthday and things I would like to do.   As much as I love the makeup tutorials and hauls, daily vlogs are my entertainment. I probably watch them more than regular television and Netflix.   Real talk.

My top ones to watch are the following:

The Socialite TV – Sande and Juice were the first daily vlog I subscribed to, after watching their old vlogs of two years prior I was hooked. It is like watching a family member as they grow, expand and the manage to just keep you laughing. Sande and Juice just had twins and I now have some new cousins to follow. I probably really like Sande because she curses like a sailor and we all know my mouth is a hot mess.

Keesha Keeley Anderson – First of all I am too old to be watching this young lady, but she has one of the best personalities of daily vloggers. She is committed and she is so open with her life and that her transparency is what keeps you returning daily to see what she is up to.   However, what is inspiring is all that she has accomplished with all she has been through. Kudos to her. Plus, sometimes she is hilarious.

The Daily Davidson – Now this is a family vlog that is so cute and engrossing. Plus, omg the drone shots TJ, the dad, does are gorgeous.   The editing in this vlog is amazing.   I started following them seriously after they went to DR and the shots were absolutely amazing. And they have the cutest 3 sons. And I still go back and watch the vlog where they were taking Carter, the youngest, 1 year old pictures and TJ, the dad, let his balloon go and Carter side-eyed him so hard I cried laughing. Wholesome content on the channel, plus they are an adorable family.

Jamie and Nikki – This couple is from Australia and has an adorable daughter. This vlog isn’t daily but twice a week. However, if you want to see top notch editing with great music you are going to want to check them out. They travel and give back, which are what makes them endearing. I read about their story and started watching their vlogs and I look forward to new vlogs every week.

Jasmine Rose – She has a makeup channel, which I love, but it was her vlog channel that made me a follower of both channels. She is so genuine in her spirit and she is so relatable. She is funny, adorable and so underrated. Her personality is what really won me over.

Anyway, if you like watching YouTube videos, vlogs in particular, check out the above. You will not be disappointed.

I Got a Question…

I made the unfortunate decision to watch the Kanye West’s video of Fade.  Teyana Taylor is body goals.  My question is what the hell did I just watch?  The end was like someone who is on acid or some bad PCP.  Why?  And now I am sad I looked at it and found it necessary to post this question on my blog when I haven’t posted on goodness knows when…

 

P. S. I wish I could say I was back but…I am feeling the censor constraint and I don’t like it.

Some February Randoms…

And like that…it is February. Where the hell did January go?

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Really, February you here already?

This week the weather has been flip flops and shorts and this morning I wake up to my heat on and the need for a coat and gloves. I just can’t.

I am craving Golden Oreos…you know what time it is right?

I was such a bitch at my 2nd job on Tuesday.  However, those kids were getting on my nerves.  I kept saying these are not the folks I had scheduled to work and they are on my nerves!  Plus, I wasn’t feeling great.

I woke up the next day, which was Wednesday, and was still feeling bad but determined to make it to work. I even put on a full face of makeup and because I was so nauseous I knew it was a wrap.  I tried.  I called in and then slept until after noon.  I was really sick and the only way to not feel nauseous was to sleep.  My sister asked what I ate and I said my usual, but I remembered immediately then I had 4 deviled eggs with my lunch the day before.  Shit!  Eggs really do not like me at all.  I am done, seriously because I do not want to ever feel like that again.

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Meet Aloha…aka Alaura

Well, my sister had her baby girl, Alaura Charlise. She came 7 weeks early.  You know Martin Luther King Day, well she had her early Tuesday morning.  The Tuesday before that, her water broke so she was in the hospital until they induced her.  Well, Aloha is here.  Yes, I have already given her a new name.  I just don’t call them by their given name.  Ask Lala…even she knows to just answer.  The baby came home from the NIC Unit on last week.  My cousins are down in NOLA helping my sister right now.  And um,…yeah they are team too much!

Looks like her sisters are going to be good with her.

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Lala and Hunny Bunny holding Aloha…

Why am I not there helping? First of all, I don’t know nothing about taking care of little babies anymore.  I ain’t changing a diaper or any of that stuff.  My last child is almost 30 years old…LOL!  Frankly, I got to work because I still need to get a car.

Speaking of a car this guy from the neighborhood stopped me one afternoon and asked if I was selling my car and I said I wasn’t thinking about do it, but I could change my mind. Why did this mutherf… come to my house Monday night, after 8 pm asking me about the car?  First of all, I do not answer my door if you do not announce yourself.  Further, who comes to someone’s house about business outside of business hours?  Finally, I do not know your ass and leave me the hell alone!  If I was to sell the car to him he would be at my house as soon as shit goes wrong.  I am not selling my car I am going to trade it in for the little bit if any money they will give me for it.  I got great use out of my car almost over 17 years.  Ugh!  My people are so uninformed.

I need to get excited about the elections, but I can’t. I thought Sanders was going to be more to my liking but he said the wrong damn thing about taxing my ass.  So back to Hillary.  Lawd, it is a struggle to deal with this election.

I was in tears yesterday over the passing of Maurice White of Earth, Wind and Fire. I grew up with that music and although he hadn’t performed with the band for many years, I will always remember his big afro and stylings.  Rest in Heaven.

Folks are dying every day. While walking Monday afternoon, I spoke with this lady who works in another agency in our building, I usually speak and smile when I see her during my walks.  This day she made a statement to the fact it was the end of the day and time to go home for good, which was weird to me, but I smiled and told her to have a good evening.  Y’all she died that evening after she got home from work.  I was in tears Tuesday.  May she rest in peace.  Her passing reminded me of how important it is to be kind to people.

I love my Fitbit and I love the folks at Fitbit. My tracker was draining so fast after a recent update that I had to charge my tracker every 2 days and for me that was a problem.  I had to drop out 3 challenges the other week because my tracker was low before noon and I didn’t have my charger and had forgotten to charge it the night before.  So I emailed the folks at Fitbit to express my disappointment in the draining of the battery because a charge should last at least 5 days.  Well, I have a brand new replacement tracker that came yesterday.  I love the customer service.

We had book club Saturday and folks my members really disliked the book. No, many didn’t even try to finish it.  I did finish it a few hours before the meeting, seriously.  I read on that book for over a month and it was a struggle to finish.  It was one of those books where you have read the author before and found them entertaining but this time, they used a new editor because this book was a hundred pages too long.  However, this month’s read I am almost finished.  Go me!

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Book Club Meeting Selfies…took down the pipe cleaners as well…Notice the curls…wait for it…

My skin is a wreck because of this weather. I did a mask the other night and my face feels better and the dry patches look much better.

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My Boscia relaxation mask…

Today is Caitlyn’s birthday she is officially an adult…It’s your birthday, it’s your birthday! I need to get my voice ready to sing it to her, but I know she ain’t ready for this finely tuned tenor, baritone and alta voice…You all know I can’t sing, right?

We finally have a new grocery store! After almost a year without one in our neighborhood, we got one of the Walmart Neighborhood Grocery’s.  I went the opening day after work and it was a bit of shock because when you normally walk into a Walmart it so huge and the neighborhood grocery is not huge, it is big like a grocery store and that takes a moment to get used to.  I went to get the lay of the land and I picked up random items.  Like avocados.  But I will be doing a full shop hopefully this weekend.

I tried avocadoes again. Sighing…I just sliced them and put lime juice and salt and pepper and cumin on it.  It tasted fine, but my goodness the texture is the problem.  I see why folks prefer them in a guacamole.  Frankly, they do not have any taste to them.  I tried to like it, maybe I should try the guacamole again?

No football for me this weekend I am working. I also working Valentine’s weekend as well.

I need to start getting my head right about my shows which will be on real soon. I watched the 1st episode of American Crime and forgot about it the next week it came on and I guess I just said forget about it now because I am so behind.  I just needed that television break and I didn’t want to be chained to my television.  I spend my time on the ID channel.  Crime really interests me.

Don’t worry my vacation series is almost done. Hopefully, I can get back on a schedule for posting and writing, but again when my mind is loaded I can’t write.  I need to be working on my book club’s editor’s note, but I am stumped.  Sighing…

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Lala told her mama to take a picture of her favorite shirt to show me…Bless her heart and her pearls.

I hope you have a great weekend. I am going to make the most of mine and not allow negativity to find its way into my peace…

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I told you to wait for it…the curls fell, but the ones you see on the left side didn’t even act like they wanted to have tight curl…they gave up. Seriously…LOL!

I Am Back…I Think Randoms!

According to my WordPress stats it has been 20 days since I posted.  There have been a couple of times I thought I was going to post, but something else would take precedence.  Although I haven’t been posting, life has still been going on for me.  Whether it is good or bad. Sighing…

The truth of the matter is when my life is in chaos I just can’t write and I tend to retreat into self in hopes of finding the answer to solving this maze I have been in so I can get out of it.  So…let me catch you up.

Book club has been going wonderfully.  I have managed to make it to the meetings, but what was not normal is I am not finishing the books weeks in advance.  More like on Thursdays before the meeting on Saturday.  Yeah, not a good look.  However, my best reading is in the bath, but I have had so much going on my bath time has been shortened and therefore it is taking me longer than usual to finish a book.  Not because they aren’t good, but because of time and life.  And yes, I am still not finished with this month’s book.  I will be by Thursday.  Sighing…  A bit of a funny, one of my former members sent me an email saying she missed reading and the members.  It is funny because she rarely finished a book, if she even attempted to read it and last year before I just removed her from membership, she only attended 2 meetings…yeah.  I still haven’t responded.

My family had their family reunion and I got to see Carson.  I didn’t attend because I was working. And it really isn’t my family.  I got to see some folks and hang out for a while, which I normally do not do on Saturday after work.

Carson and his Dad.

You remember me saying the air conditioner was really supposed to be my new car?  Well, my car is sitting in my drive way, undriveable.  Yeah, I was coming home from work and it was driving crazy one night.  The next morning I tried to see what the problem was and my alternator light came on.  Mind you I put a new alternator on it in 2012, ugh.  However, I took it to a new shop and I told them the main issue was the check engine light was flashing and it has never done that and it seems to be dragging before it shifts into gear.  They promise to give it a thorough work over.  Oh, I had them tow the car because of the alternator light.  If I had taken it to my normal repair shop, I would have driven it there, but this place is a bit further and you really shouldn’t drive your car when the alternator it going out because it will kill your battery and stop everything.  Keep that in mind.  I was home when they came to pick the car up and not only did they not tow it, they drove it.  Red flag.  A couple hours later they called me to tell me what the problem was and the costs and I reminded them to deal with the check engine light because that is the main problem.  Red flag. They promised to do so.  I get a call a while later asking if I had the alarm fob, because they couldn’t get the alarm off.  So I had my girlfriend drop me off at the shop since the car was supposedly finished.  I get my car and it is shaking initially then it stopped and halfway home the damn check engine life started flashing.  I just drove the car home and said fuck it.  I did.  I was out of $310 and my car still wasn’t fixed and it reminded me to follow my mind.  My repair shop would never have let me drive my car home if they hadn’t done a computer check and driven it to make sure it was good to go, nor would they have driven it when the alternator was bad.  Now my car is sitting in my driveway because the battery is dead.  FML!  I am thankful and blessed my cousin who has three cars is allowing me to drive her car until I can get this credit score up to get a new car.

My garden is done for the most part.  I still haven’t put my pepper plants outside.  The raised garden is done.  I didn’t have a great season of tomatoes this year at all.  My flowers were glorious while they lasted.  My coleus are were gorgeous.  My geraniums on one side looks good the other side looks horrible.  We had such a hot summer my plants suffered.  I need to take the time to clean everything away, but lately that just hasn’t been a priority.

My Coleus…broken and bent. It rained on Monday and when I went to get a picture, this is what greeted me…They were taller than me and gorgeous…sighing…

Thanks to the folks who keep coming to this blog looking for info regarding Sisterlocks.  However, you will not find much on this blog, you must go to my blog on blogspot.  Seriously, I rarely talk about my Sisterlocks.  Right now, I am only 1/3rd of the way done with my retightening.  Why?  Because I haven’t felt like messing with all this damn hair.  I need a haircut, badly.

I am still going to see Janet, I guess.  I am not excited for a multitude of reasons including this covered from head to toe shit.  Yes, I really am not feeling it.  I get it, but it very disappointing.

The kids on my second job are on some days the bane of my existence or the best way to get me out of my feelings about life.

I have done a few Fitbit challenges lately.  Y’all I am too competitive.  I will come home from work and put in another couple thousand steps in order to win.  I came in 2nd in the first challenge, and 4th in the last one I did.  New week and I am in a new challenge.  By Saturday I will barely be able to walk and my ankles will be weak as hell.  (Update:  I won last weeks challenge.  I thought I lost by 59 steps, but because my Fitbit won’t sync like it should I actually won by several hundred steps.)

I need to lose weight.  It ain’t because I am eating, but because I ain’t eating.  Food isn’t really good to me right now.

Oh, I had a birthday on September 10th, I turned 46.  I didn’t take a picture on that day at all.  I turned off the notifications on my phone.  And I tolerated the phones calls wishing me happy birthday.  I really only looked forward to the ones from my nieces.  Hunny Bunny did a really sweet song this year.  Lala regifted the picture she gave to her mother to me.  Yeah.  She is like that.  I did nothing for my birthday.  I did get me a couple of cupcakes, but that is it.  I was thankful to see another year and with each year I recognize how blessed I am because I have outlived my mother.

The hole in my ceiling was fixed.  The guy did it by himself and he did a great job.  He actually made it better than it was before by removing the unused vent which was really not needed many years ago.  He had the best personality and was a godly man.  I spent about 15 minutes after he finished talking about his family.  Mind you I didn’t know him from Sam, but I was in my den sleep while he was working.  I had to have trusted him.

My fixed ceiling…Um, this was a vent and a nice hole a few weeks ago.

BTW, I started this blog on Monday. Seriously, I ain’t shyte right now. To be honest, I had a brief to finish on Tuesday and I have so many files on my desk of cases to close I just can’t see the light right now. I clear out a bunch and more come. So my days seem really short because I am busy all day.

Did you catch Empire Wednesday? I laughed out loud at times and sometimes I was like stop it! Pookie, I mean Chris Rock was not believable as a kingpin. I am sorry I kept seeing Pookie. All the cameos are too much, make them relevant not abundant. Some parts made me uncomfortable for instance, Cookie in a Gorilla suit, I didn’t like that. Jamal was doing too much all over the ex-boyfriend to crying like a baby at the end. Smh. Let’s hope things settle down next week. Oh, Boo Boo Kitty twerking in a sweater dress, LOL!

Scandal is back. Yes, yes. Can I tell you something? Olivia gets on my nerves. You can’t have everything your way, the country is bigger than you. And she needs to fix Huck. Hell! However, it was a good episode and I was so excited to see Jake, but what are the chances of me seeing Papa Pope?

HTGAWM child, that show does the most. And if you do not pay attention you are going to miss a key detail. I ain’t gonna lie; I was a bit taken aback with Annalise’s relationship with her friend from law school. Maybe I was still smarting from Empire, but it seems as if there is something en-vogue about how these storylines are being presented. I was caught off guard. Anyway, the last few minutes insured my ass will be front and center next week to see it.

Oh and the person known as The Guy is known now as The End…meaning done. Finished. The End.

I have a full weekend ahead with book club and cleaning to look forward to. I hope enjoy every moment of you weekend…I will be back next week!

Just because my life is a mess, doesn’t mean I didn’t take selfies…LOL! Vanity never loses.

Um, We Have A Problem

I am going to see Janet on September 30, 2015 in NOLA.  And I just saw this picture of her outfit for the first show in Vancouver.  Seriously, I Can’t!

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Yeah, we have a problem.  I thought September was going to be looking up for me…shiiit!!!!

Your First Lizard Tale…

I was hoping to have a picture to go along with this story, but it wasn’t to be.

On my way to my second job I have to stop by the house and change clothes and make my house unattractive to thieves. When I got there, I do what I like to do on the days I have to go to the other job, and that is go check on my plants.  Seeing as they were good to go because of the light rain we had that day, I headed to the front porch.  As I approached, my mouth dropped open and a small scream escaped.  There on my welcome mat was a lizard.  All kinds of hyperventilating was happening.  I looked around as usual hoping one of the few the crackheads (yes, they are really crackheads) was around but whenever I have a lizard issue, they seemed to vanish but any other day I am outside they want something for me.  I then had to make myself calm the hell down and figure out what to do, because that damn lizard was keeping me out of my home and that is so not cute.  I also realized the sucker was dead as in DEAD and ain’t coming back to life.

For a brief moment, I just thought about not being able to get into the house, and then I was like pull your big girl panties up and handle this.  So I gingerly picked up the mat and shook it hard enough to launch the lizard, but not enough to make it come in my direction.  Yeah, you get it.  It landed on the side of my brick planter on its back, dead as dead can be.  I know I wasted 10 minutes messing around with that lizard so now I had to really rush to get to work on time.

You know I checked on that lizard as soon as I left to go to work and when I returned.  It was still on its side, dead.  This morning I was going to attempt to capture a picture of the lizard on its back dead, but when I got outside the damn thing was gone.  Nowhere to be seen.  I kinda shrugged my shoulders and still kept looking for it as I got into my car.  I told my co-worker I wonder if one of the stray cats left it as a gift for me and when it realized I didn’t want it took it back.  Shrugging…who knows?

So here is your first lizard story of the season. Yeah. No.