A Christmas Story 2012

T’was the Day before Christmas Eve and all at my job…
not a creature was stirring, not even the boss..
we were buzzing at our desks , those that were there..
with hopes that relief soon would spread here.
then out from my outlook, i heard a ding and such a chatter
I rose from my seat to see what was the matter
Away to my monitor, I flew like a flash
popped open an email from President Obama..
Off Federal Gov’t Agencies, was all I needed to hear
Per Executive Order we were in the clear.
Off for Christmas Eve I couldnt be more merry
A great way to start my Christmas, home with my family..
(sorry I felt like being a little poetic, please ignore all corniness-lol)
So we were off for Christmas Eve… and so my husband decided he would like to drive up to Philly for a friend of ours who was hosting his company’s Christmas Party.
And so I bring to you one of my first OOTD (outfit of the day) posts:
This is what I wore to the holiday party in Philadelphia.. 
Red Sweater (Target), Top (unknown), Sequin Leggings (H&M), Knee Leather Boots (UGGS)

Our friends The Blackstones are also musicians. Our friend Adam is Music Director for almost everyone in the business, most recently Rihanna and Dr. Dre, Jay-Z and has a company where he puts together bands for other artists as well. He and his wife started a company named, Bassic Black Entertainment and had a great holiday party sponsored by Beats by Dre, Korg, Rihanna’s perfume company, Roc Nation, Korg Keyboards and Jay-Z sponsored the drinks with his latest drink venture D’usse Cognac.

Here are a few photos from the event – on the right is my fellow musician’s wife, Kai.
Me, Trish and Kai

me and hubby – notice he is rockin Ravens gear. We are a Ravens Nation household!

The next day I spent wrapping presents for the family
and for some of the little girls that go to my church.
Time to go to church – Therefore another OOTD:
Red on Red on Red… I am all about layering jewelry and layers.

I fashioned this with a Black Pencil Skirt and Black and Gold Dotted Opaque Tights.

Me and our Drummer, D. Web at Sunday Service

Later on that evening, it was time to have dinner with our closest friends. This is our crew that was in our wedding..  the ones where we can just act ourselves with. This year we decided to do a Secret Santa gift exchange and it was so much fun.
We did dinner at The Chart House right on the waterfront of Downtown Annapolis – those who were married ended up sitting across from each other so that the women could chat up a storm and the men could have their fun too.

We headed to my parents on Christmas morning , just to be greeted with this surprise!

It went from warm weather all week to about 24 hours of snow..
When it was all said and done it looked like this :
Then it warmed up later that evening and snow turned to rain and it was like nothing ever happened. Strange weather of 2012.
I kid you not.. this is my parents Christmas Tree… or should I say Christmas Bush!
We teased mom but at the same time – I am allergic to pine and in a household full of adults there is no need to go above and beyond on the tree. It was festive enough with the balls and lights on it. LOL
How did hubby do? after he made me give him a last minute Christmas list?
Well, he stuck to the list and got me things that were on it… now I know next year just make him a list even if he doesn’t ask. My husband shopped on Christmas Eve for my gifts and seriously did not fail… he said the pictures I gave him helped and he had a feeling that no other wife could’ve possibly wanted the random things that I asked for.
My parents gift giving is amazing also…. they really only get to spend the holidays with us so their gifts usually receive some type of crazy response due to my moms ability to surprise us every time..
This was my sisters reaction when my mother announced that they would be funding her airfare for her to take the trip of her dreams : China!
Even Part-Time Pet knew what time it is… she saw those stockings hung on the chimney and knew that one HAD to be for her. She is always right in guessing which.. She tried on her new coat and gave us a little pose.. way too cute!
Hubby picked up the surprise gene from my mom as he reached under her couch and pulls this lovely gift out for me! It was a new laptop! a bloggers dream! THE BESTEST HUBBY EVER! Clearly I was VERY happy on Christmas.
Well after all of that excitement… Santa Hubby passed out in front of the TV. He just couldn’t hang. LOL
As we march closer to the New Year..
Tomorrow is my Blog-Anniversary. One WHOLE year of getting out thoughts and capturing moments that I did not want to forget.. so come back for the best of 2012 tomm.
AND for those on vacation right about now,
Have a wonderful Holiday!


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Monday’s Musings: Movies, Mothers and More

This weekend was a great weekend. It was nothing too out of the ordinary, but I got to spend quality time with my husband and my sister since my mother could not be in the DMV (DC, MD, VA Area- always referred to as the DMV here) to see us. She was in GA. 
Adventures with hubby began with a little light shopping and window shopping at our favorite mall. Then of course, we HAVE to go to the movies (Its just our thing) and we ended up seeing The Avengers yet again, but this time IMAX 3D. Usually the 2nd week the lines aren’t that long.. but with The Avengers, it was just like it came out yesterday. 
YES! This is the line… wrapped around and then some!

Is it just me or do you also HAVE to have Movie Theater Popcorn when you go to the movies… for me, I get so anxious, even if I have already seen the movie that I have to eat something or I will be one of those people you hate in the movie thats screaming out “Watch OUT!” 
On Mother’s Day, my sister and I hung out together at a Mother’s Day Brunch sponsored by DivasMPH
Meet Joi-Marie.. my little sister

Here she is giving remarks at the Heart Healthy Mother’s Day Brunch sharing how Heart Disease hits home for us. We wear Red Dress Pins to raise awareness.
In addition, look who came to visit ME! It’s Arista, our part-time pet! She at times lives with me and hubby and now for the most part she lives with Joi-Marie in New York… as her guard dog. LOL. 

This little monster peed on me in excitement.. oh what fun?! Why do Daschunds do that?!
And now, a lesson in how my blog post bites me in the butt… another Newlywed Confession
Oftentimes, as aware as I am about what we need to work on – it takes a while for it to become part of our very nature. 
As much as I wish at times, hubby would step up and help me even more then he already does, it doesn’t really fathom me that he may want the same thing out of me. Grant it, I may think that I am doing enough, but I am definitely aware that he may want the same. 
He literally said to me, “Where’s my help help-mate?!” as he was fussing at me about not offering to find him something to eat last night for dinner. Truth be told, I was tired. He felt like since he got up earlier then I did and did the most yesterday that perhaps his “more tired” feeling should trump my basic tired feeling. His point was that if the shoe was on the other foot, he would’ve done the same. I would like to believe that would be the case… but hey, maybe he would’ve or maybe he wouldn’t have. Unfortunately that was not the point. 
This I think is a lesson for newlyweds: at times we have to be what we want. 
When the Bible says, God loves a cheerful giver… it doesn’t always apply to just giving of tithes and offerings. If the things that I do around the house: if I did that cheerfully, perhaps my husband would not feel like I did nothing… 
The struggle is to not assume that because he is asking me to versus my volunteering to, he will not see it as it being my duty. I can want all day for him to cook more often, but it truly is a battle of how we were raised bumping heads. It’s up to us to find the compromise. I have placed all financial responsibility and balancing our bank accounts on him with no looking back. Something I would hate to have to do because going to the bank is such a pain to me.. but he does it without complaint.. 
Not to mention, it is hard to compartmentalize emotions when you are being pulled in different directions. My husband lost his mother in 1999. Mother’s Day is never easy and yet, him choosing not to eat all day was not out of laziness but rather on that particular day, he wanted to be nurtured, like a mother.. basically I failed. 
I was tired, but hubby missed his mom. 
Rest in Peace, Altagracia Saint-Jean

So hubby, Monday morning is hindsight 20/20… 
You are truly a momma’s boy.. you even look just like her.
Let’s go to Bed, Bath and Beyond now.. 
Love ya!

miscellany monday at lowercase letters

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Newlywed Confessions: My Hubby vs. Siri

Marriage, dare I say ANY relationship is about Communication.
One must learn how to speak in a way that the information can be received by the other party. Most disagreements and annoyances come from the fact that we forget sometimes that we are talking to a person who may not think in the same manner that we do… More importantly, someone who may not have the same habits as you.
Anyone who knows me in real life, knows that I am one who REALLY needs a personal assistant. I have no idea how I can freelance as an event planner, be very detail oriented on the job but in my own personal life and attempts to keep up with where I am supposed to be and what time… I am THEE worst!
I promise that you have to remind me of things at least three times so that I am thinking about it, remind me to look at my calendar so that I remember that it’s there and definitely text me the day of because my mind goes blank like adventures with Men In Black on the daily. So, when I wake up until I am reminded, I completely forget what it is that I was supposed to do that day and pray to God that I woke up in time to still be where I am supposed to be…
And as I type this I am thinking about at least four places that I have to remember to be over the next couple of days.. but I digress (and pray to God I don’t forget about).
Usually, when it’s really important, despite all the reminder gadgets that we own, I tell my husband to remind me. At first, when we started dating and even early in marriage, I am pretty sure that he was annoyed with having not only to keep up with his crazy busy schedule, but now he had to constantly remind me of mines. And not only my schedule, but stuff like where I left my car keys, did I put the garage door down, did I lock the front door, etc.
Then Apple came out with Siri — a computerized personal assistant with a sassy attitude available in the iPhone 4S. Seeing as though we own every Apply gadget made, you would think I was in line for such a device that would clearly make my life easier… just as I may or may not have stood in line for hours when the first few iPhones came out..
But nope…
 I don’t have Siri. I don’t have an iPhone 4S… I have an Amos..
What’s an Amos?
A cute, handsome device of sorts that has dimples that drives his wife coo coo for cocoa puffs!
This is an Amos..
I was all too reminded of how he is truly my real life Siri, and honestly just as corny for actually telling him that he is, when I sent hubby a text in the middle of the day to say:
“Can you remind me to purchase that bridesmaids dress for my cousins wedding on Monday. She is going to kill me if I don’t!”
The SAME bridesmaid dress that I mentioned last week and promised I would get… hence, proof that all of what I am saying in this moment is true.
Hubby simply responded “I got you.”
Combine the compromise we learned… with communication.. Or in my case, the NEED for over communication via reminders to function, then
Yes.. Husband … You definitely do get me.. You got me and there’s nothing you can do about it.
Thanks for putting up with someone who is at times the complete opposite of you! and at other times, like two peas in a pod, you can’t act silly and be yourself with…
Countdown to two year wedding anniversary.. T minus 3 months and 3 days.

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