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Early morning and sometimes late night coffee drinking, poetry writing, self help/inspirational book reading, traveling, soul music listening, soul food cooking, shoe loving, occasional gaming(you take your pick), picture taking (both) knowledge soaking- mother of 2, long-term partner of one, niece, cousin and friend to many-sister like friend to only a few- outstanding at problem solving and organizing, smile making while being compassionate and always loyal to who? YOU…

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

WARNING - Driving While Texting (DWT)

This bill was passed already in January, and now it is was a secondary offense which means you had to get caught doing something else while driving like speeding or not wearing a seat belt. Now NY state senate, mainly Republicans are pushing to make it a primary traffic offense - which means if you are holding your phone in your hand they can pull you over and issue you a ticket. The fine will be $150 and 2 points on your license.

While I believe texting and driving is impossible I guess I can be guilty for talking (not hands free) & driving. Although most of the time I use the speaker when I driving the mere fact that the phone is in my hand and cost me $150 & 2 points.

I think the penalty is a bit stiff but at the end it will save lives and bring revenue to NY. On the flipside of things how many times have you seen police officers on the phone while driving? Who will police the police? What about the texter who walks across the street without looking up and texting the whole time. The other day I watched a man smoke a cigarette with a coffee in his hand and texting all at the same time.

What are your thoughts?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Want Good Mexican Food? Try Lauriol Plaza – Georgetown section of DC

If you want some good Mexican food and don’t mind waiting for a table then Lauriol Plaza is the place. It is one of the trendiest places in Georgetown. Honey and I had dinner there on a Friday night and the crowd was out the door. I thought it was crowded because this was the first gorgeous evening of 2011, this may have been but the food was with a capital “D” Delicious….. Even the chips and salsa was to die for. The place was packed – yes I’m talking elbow to elbow packed. We was told there would be an hour wait but actually after 2 sangrias and 2 orders of chips & salsa our table was ready within 25 minutes.

I wanted to try everything on the menu but that wouldn’t be ladylike, so I went with the recommendation from the staff at the Palomar…and I had the combination plate with an enchilada, a taco, tamale with Mexican rice and a fajita on the side. The portion was too much for me to finish – but I did what I could. Honey had cuban steak with white rice & black beans.

We were seated outside – which was great and not a noisy as I would have anticipated….. It was a lovely night; I was with a lovely man – enjoying good conversation and great food!

I will make this one of my DC favorites…

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

So what’s the Big Deal about DC Cupcakes?

I didn’t know the answer to this question on my recent trip to DC. What I did know that I witnessed one of the longest lines I have ever seen. It wrapped around the corner and half way down the block. At first I thought the line was a line to a club, after all it was after 10pm. On the line there were young kids, college kids, Grandma’s & Grandpa’s, babies being held and others in strollers – I deemed this was no club line…. I looked up at the sign “DC Cupcakes” sign then grabbed my iPhone to google it. At a quick glimpse the only thing that came up was the location and a few rave reviews.

So the next day as were heading out I wanted to stop at a boutique for some shoes and if the line wasn’t crazy we would stop for some cupcakes. I was batting a double zero. The boutique didn’t have my size “no I don’t want to try on a 6.5 - I wear a 7”, was my reply. The next stop was to hustle through the traffic to get some cupcakes…. We didn’t even stop because the line was protruding around the front of the store.

So what is the big deal about DC Cupcakes?

The two sisters, Katherine & Sophie traded in the world of fashion to follow their true passion of baking. In 2008 the first cupcakery in DC “Georgetown Cupcake” was opened. It doesn’t stop there; they have a reality TV show on TLC “DC Cupcakes” in the second season…..So that’s the big deal about DC Cupcakes!

DC Cupcakes

Thursday, March 10, 2011


Have you ever noticed all the different types of food you can buy from a truck in NYC.  Some people refuse to eat from a truck, but they will buy from the fruit stand - whatever....... on a stroll this is what I found
Quick, cheap & easy - did I mention GOOD

This one is new - it's a waffle truck

I was so undecided - I ended up not getting anything
in NYC you know you must order quick quick

Honestly, this may be my most favorite truck.....The Love Truck

I usually order a whole lotta love (medium) w/cream and cinnamin
oh & they steam the milk & cream - Yummy!
I should mention my stroll was very short, so I missed the smoothie truck and the truck that make eggs & bacon any way you like it.....

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Did you know……?

Daylight savings time will begin on Saturday March 13th at 2:00 am. You probably know this already – but what you may know is not every US state participates in DST, Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and American Samoa do not observe DST – They follow “standard time”.

Also before 2005 Indiana didn’t observe DST – since the state is divided between two time zones – some of the state’s counties observed DST while others did not – That had to be confusing! But, it's actually a choice the state can make.

However congress did pass a bill that if a state chooses to observe DST – then the state must follow the beginning and ending set dates – which is the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November. This too was changed by congress in 2005 to conserve energy – prior to 2005, DST began on the first Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October.

Simply Brain Food

Friday, February 18, 2011

A perfect match... Louie meets Louie

And they lived happily ever after…. I never revealed my Valentines Day gift. So here it is – shhhhhhh I knew what I was getting the moment I opened my Christmas gift – hehehe….. Sometimes Honey is predictable – he actually did the same thing with my other LV bag and wallet set. I adore the bag and especially the color. I never realized that burgundy goes with so many different colors.

Enough of that………It’s Friday and I just got paid! Most of you have a 3 day weekend and some of us do not (me) I’ll make the best of my Monday in the office with limited staff.

I think I will celebrate the Presidents by spending some dead presidents at Woodbury Commons on Sunday – Not sure what I’m looking for but Tory Burch is calling my name……

Thursday, February 17, 2011

I Love Sephora......my recent purchase

I just brought a new eyeliner from Sephora (I love this store). It was only $5.00. The color is midnight black. It slides on so smooth- since I’m far from an expert when it comes to applying make-up, if it’s easy it’s a winner in my book. Although I don’t wear make-up everyday – I try to apply eyeliner and/or mascara and lip-gloss before leaving the house. This one is definitely a keeper!

Also, I’m in search of a new summer fragrance – Any suggestions?

Friday, February 11, 2011

Another Life Taken and Many Other's Ruined..............

My heart and prays goes out to Guimmia Villa two young sons and her family. Another senseless murder and another family destroyed.

Yesterday afternoon Guimmia estranged husband walked into her place of work with a bouquet of roses and shot her in the face. He returned to his home in Ravenswood housing project a few blocks away (the housing project where Guimmia lived her with her mother up to 6 months ago) and cowardly committed suicide with a shot to the head. A tragic moment of vehement love and just a few days shy of Valentines Day and following a fight they had the previous weekend.

Guimmia seemed to follow the victim’s of DV (domestic violence) protocol…..She renewed one of the orders of protections on Monday morning that was set to expire next month – her Nassau County order was due to expire in April. She recently moved from her mother’s home, which was the area where her estranged husband lived. This was a 32 year old woman who was in a violent relationship. She had 2 kidney transplants and survived for a reason and to have her life taken from her by the hands of her husband – is senseless.

Although I did not know her personally – having gone through an abusive relationship, I can only imagine her story that she will never get to tell. She lives behind 2 boy’s ages 6 and 9, friends and family – whom I sure will miss her.

In this story, I didn’t care to mention her “estranged husbands” name – because it really don’t matter – another women's life taken from domestic violence…………..

Read More Here.............

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Why do You walk?

So I received an email from GMHC today......

Why do You walk?

It took me a while to put the words on paper but the thoughts gathered in my head in seconds…

I walk because both of my parents died and they were both HIV positive

I walk because I lost an Uncle who died and he was HIV positive

I walk because there is a person in my life who is like a mother to me that lives with HIV

I walk because Black & Hispanic women have the largest percentage of HIV in America

I walk because I have a daughter

I walk because I have a son

I walk for those who died not even knowing they had the disease

I walk for the kids who parents died as they live with the disease

I walk for the activist who continues to spread the word in our communities

I walk for the doctor who volunteered to open the free clinic and provide free testing

I walk for me

I walk for you

I walk

Aids Walk New York 2011
All the answers to you questions right here

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

I'm Back......

It’s been so long that I touched this blog, although I did check it from time to time – my writing trip down memory lane….

I’m just going to jump in – because really there is no right or wrong time – it’s a cold, icy, rainy Wednesday morning. My 50 minute commute was 3 hours due to the glossy ice covered streets, the frosted tracks and the wait for the rescue train – It could have been worse….I could still be stuck on the bridge in the stalled train with over 100 people in my train car alone.

I made it in and the reality of it is – It’s winter and I live in NYC – What can you expect!

This is a picture at the bus stop...yes that is all ICE

Life is Good!!!