Friday, October 31, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
So While On A Date Last Night...
Now I don't have a traditional 9-5 job where I go into the office each day, sit at a desk on a computer and the telephone, and see my boss each day. I travel quite a lot and I have not seen my boss in almost 2 years. Hell, I have co-workers that I have never met.
But back to the story. When my boss calls any of us on the team, we NEVER know what to expect. And most times, it's a call to fuss about something that we did or didn't do on a site. Well I waited until my date was over and I was safely in the warmth and solitude of my car to check the voicemail message. In it, she said "Hey Norris, this is BOSSLADY. Hey, I was just calling to talk to you about some departmental issues. Give me a call back when you get a chance tonight or tomorrow morning." Since it was late, I sent her an email telling her that I was in the movies that I would call her Tuesday afternoon when I got to my site.
I racked my brain trying to remember if anything had gone awry on a site or if I may have missed something. I couldn't think of anything at all because I am always sure to cross my T's, dot my I's and cover my ass!!! Needless to say, even with an early morning flight the next morning, I was up late.
So when I got to Texas today and got settled in, I called her. I wasn't nervous and by then, I had stopped wondering what she wanted to discuss. I was told that there may be a position opening up to work with the hotel corporation. What that means is that I would work directly for hotel corporation instead of the contract company. This also means a $10000-15000 raise in pay. But it also means a lot more responsibility for me also. Both of which I am willing to take. But on the other hand, she told me that the company had been put into a hiring freeze. She also told me that she was not promising me the position IF it becomes open, but just letting me know that I was next in line for it.
After the call, I was even more confused than I was before it. I had actually been thinking of finding another job that pays more and doesn't involve travel. Since each time, I applied for a promotion someone more qualified and with more seniority beat me out, I was ready to leave. But now i'm wondering if that call was just a ploy to persuade me to stay. I think that it is. If it was, it wasn't needed because I had already decided to stay. I am not going to change jobs with the US and world economy in the shape that it is.
But i'm still confused and a little baffled. I dont know what to think.
Friday, October 24, 2008
My Day On Yesterday
Because I went to my favorite restaurant, Joe's on Juniper Wednesday night, I didn't wake up until 10am Thursday. Joe's has the best drinks and the best food in all of gay Atlanta and I could go there at least 3 or 4 times a week if money allowed. But anyway, back to Thursday. When I woke up, it was my best friend calling me to remind me to take his car over to the collision center for an estimate for repairs.
I got my tired ass up and tried to decide what to wear for the day. Normally I would throw on some jeans and a shirt of some type, but today I decided to do something different. I put on some gray pinstripe slacks and a dress shirt. Don't ask me why I did that, but I did.
After taking the car for the estimate I headed down to the Lindbergh area to meet Beatmug for lunch for his break and to switch cars. We usually meet for lunch at least once a month just to get our white woman on. This month, it was Chili's on Piedmont. We did the usual lunch with no drinks only because he had to get back to work.
Since he had to get a haircut before lunch, I decided to head over to AidAtlanta, to get my annual HIV test. I actually had gone Tuesday, but when I tell you it was packed in there I ain't lying! There were at least 15 people waiting which I guess is a good thing. But I really didn't feel like waiting, so I told the receptionist that I would be back to get a test. But back to Thursday. I took the OraSure test and waited the 20 minutes it takes for the results. When I take an HIV test, i'm never nervous like I was 10 years ago when I took my first one. My results came back negative and I was on my way.
After lunch and my test, I headed back home and got my butt back in the comfort of my bed. I didn't get the chance to rest like I planned to this week because I got called into my part-time job Tuesday and Wednesday (gotta pay for that Nordstrom purchase I made on Wednesday). So getting back in the bed was wonderful. I needed a rest since I was headed back to Joe's again.
After the nap, I got in the car and headed downtown to pick up surprise surprise, YABG. He's in town this week for work and finally i'm at home this week from work. I said that I wasn't gonne post this, but I will. When we got back to my car and got in, my car smelled like old cheese and baby diapers. I noticed the look on Royce's face and realized that he smelled it also. Someone please tell me why I had left the trash in my trunk of my car? I had intended to take it out when I left the apartment, but I completely forgot! I was determined to get that shit out of my car, so I found a hotel with an open dumpster and tossed it. Then it was on to drinks and food.
If you haven't had a chance to hang out with YABG, you're missing a good time. The dude had me laughing all night and we talked about everything under the sun between his vodka gimlets and my martinis. I ordered fried shrimp and he ordered a chicken Philly. I had already told him that the food was great (since all of the cooks have skin like ours). I let him have one of my shrimp and then I had to guard my plate. I think that the server was trying to get us drunk because he was back each time out glasses got halfway empty. I think that I had 4 martinis and YABG had 4 vodka gimlets.
I think that we left Joe's about 11 and were headed back to the hotel when YABG called a blog commenter that he had talked to earlier, Jump Off Joe. We convinced JOJ to get out of the house and meet us out so that we all could meet each other. We couldn't think of any place to go and didn't want to go to Bulldogs, so we settled on Starbucks and told him to meet us there. But guess what? We were there all of 20 minutes when they were kicking us out so because they were closing. The nerve of them!!!!!!! I took my caramel machiatto and sauntered out of the store!
Guess where we ended back up again!!!??? Need I even tell you? We got back to our martinis and gimlets while we waited for JOJ to arrive. He finally got there and we talked and laughed and talked and laughed. I took over the juke box and played some Beyonce, Mary J. and Keysha Cole. Can you believe that someone came behind me and played "My Life' by Ms. Blige? And mid-song we realized that the place was closing and we had to get the hell out of there.
The 3 of us chatted for a hot minute in the parking lot but it was too damn windy and chilly to keep doing that. So we said bye bye to JOJ and I dropped YABG off at his hotel. I headed home and got this ass in the bed. And here I am typing away.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Black Man In An Elevator (NSFW)
I keep finding things to laugh at!!!!!
This is as funny as all get out, but it's not work safe AT ALL!!!!
Monday, October 20, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
When You Turn 30...
How many of us have heard something like this before? I can say that I have heard it countless times in my life by a range of people. I heard it from family, friends, colleagues, and strangers. Each time I heard it, I would think "well, i'll see when I turn 30".
Well guess what? They were right. Since I have turned 30, the way that I look at life has changed for the better and I have come to realize some things:
1. I don't have to do anything for someone that I don't want to do. If I don't feel like helping out a friend, then I don't have to. If I don't feel like going to work, then I don't have to. If I don't want to talk to the person that I am dating today, I don't have to. I don't HAVE to do ANYTHING I don't want to.
2. Life does not have to be stressful. It really doesn't. I are stressed because I allow myself to be stressed. So what if I don't have the money to pay the power bill. Is stressing out about it going to get it paid? Hell no it isn't. I'll pay it when I can, but I won't worry about it. So what if the dude you met the other night hasn't called you since you gave him some ass. Is worrying about it going to make him call? Hell no it isn't. Let that shit go and move on. Sometimes you just have to say "Fuck It" and let shit flow on down the "Small Shit River"
3. I should have money for needs and wants. Having money to do the things you need/want to do makes life easier. One thing that I've realized since 30 is that I HAVE to take care of my needs before my wants. If I need to get an oil change, i'll do that before I head to the liquor store. If I get low on funds, at least I got what I needed first. It's not necessary to have an abundance of money, but one should never run out. For the first time in my life, i'm not in a situation where there is more month at the end of the money.
4. I don't have to have a man in my life. It totally unnecessary for my well being. I swear that I used to spend part of my day thinking about why I was single. Wondering why I wasn't in a relationship or dating someone seriously. Then I realized how much time I was wasting thinking about having/not having a man. When it's time for a man, he'll be there. But if i'm single, then that's where i'm supposed to be.
5. I am where I am supposed to be. I used to think that by the time I am XYZ age, I should be doing this or doing that. People have said shit to me like "you should have bought a house by so and so age" or "you should be saving for retirement by the time you are this or that age" "you should go back to school before you turn ABC". Well I've come to realize that life is not scripted and it will come to you as it comes to you. There is no timer on when things happen in your life.
All in all, these 5 things are helping to make me a happier person and now I'm waiting for 40. I'm gonna take my lessons learned and try to make my life easier. I also want to take these next few years to get my life the way that I want it. I've waiting long enough and wasted enough time.
Before I turned 30, I was also told that 30 is when you start to get serious about life. Now that right there, I know they weren't BSing about!
I Need To Get...
I'm going to have to start heading back to the gym 3-4 times a week again and stop eating a 3 piece from Popeyes 2-3 times a week. The madness has to stop.
My 31st birthday is in March and my present to myself is to be back where I was in this picture by then. My original birthday present to myself was actually to have liposuction, but HELL NAW!!!! I can do this!!! Yes I Can!!!!!
Monday, October 13, 2008
Ever Had A Crack In Your Windshield??
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Life Just Ain't Fair
I swear that sometimes, I just want to scream because NOTHING seems to go the way that I want it to. It doesn't seem to matter how hard I try or what I do. No matter how much I plan. No matter how much I pray. No matter anything. I swear that NOTHING seems to go how I want it to go. NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I don't know what to do and sometimes feel like giving up and saying fuck it. But how do you give up on life? What the hell does that mean?
Sometimes, I want to just sail off to a deserted island and just be by myself where noone can bother me. Where I don't have to worry about bills, or a career, or relationships or anything.
Don't worry, i'm sure that this will pass soon enough. I just need a few days to get myself together.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
"When you realize that there is something about you that you can change to make you a better person and you take steps to bring those changes into fruition, that's maturity"
All he could say was "WOW". I shocked myself with that because it came out of nowhere.
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
I Made A Decision
So I made up my mind about who will get my vote for President of the United States of America. Can you guess who that person is? It's boldly displayed on the back of my truck for all the world to see.
For the last 2 weeks, I have been paying attention to the things that I have read and things that I have seen. During comparisons, I realized that I share few ideals with the Republican candidate and and also very few with the Democratic candidate. But the issue comes in with whom I trust. And I honestly feel that I can trust Barack Obama a hell of a lot more than I can trust McCain to do what's better (notice that I didn't say BEST) for this country.
So Barack Obama, you get my vote.