Friday, August 12, 2011

Operation Sit Down!

I am joining my girl whoissugar in Operation Sit It Down!

I need to stop eating all this awful take out! I will watch TV while hungry and end up becoming a consumer of terrible food. The food is NEVER like it appears on the commercial and the workers' attitudes SUCK! I have eaten my last beige tomato. I don't know why because tomatoes are in season right now! I would have been better off eating a sea sponge. And it had mayo when I specifically said NO MAYO! Sitting it down!

Nail Polish
I don't need another bottle of nail polish! I own every color of the rainbow and can shatter and crackle with the best of y'all. I don't care what goes on sale: Sitting it down!

I first got the Kindle and got an iPad from Doteasy. I have the Kindle app for my iPad but I still purchase hard copies of books, especially anything by Terry McMillan. I cannot risk my battery going down in the middle of reading a book. Who ever thought the day would come when reading was battery dependent?!! I do NOT weed my collection. I can't do it.

Fabric is MY addiction. I shopping at Hancock Fabrics. Walking into that store is like paradise. I don't need anything because I have more than enough fabric, novelties, buttons and baubles! I just need to get busy. Now that my favorite show, Project Runway, is back on, I need to get busy! Sitting it down!<
Last year, I was trying to create an End of The Year video for work but my old computer was not burning the DVD. After 2 days of letting it render, I gave up and broke down and purchased a new HP All in One computer. This was before I discovered my new love, Apple Mac! A year later the thing has become a 90 pound paper weight! I have rebooted this joker repeatedly and cannot get it to log on. Look out below. . . Sitting it down!

I've been on summer vacation and I declare I don't know where the time has gone I don't feel like I've accomplished all that I wanted but the time has come. I have to stop staying up late on YouTube and Twitter and Facebook! Sitting it down!

I joined the 30 Day Video Challenge July 1. The challenge was to upload more videos and to re-introduce yourself to new and veteran subscribers. It all started with that Creeper at my window at Walmart. I uploaded about 15 -16 videos and I still have some to edit and upload. The challenge was really good. I finally found a way to create and upload many of the videos I'd been meaning to get done. But it WORE ME OUT! Sitting it down!

I hope you will join us and SIT IT DOWN!!!

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I started back to work ON my birthday. I have NEVER worked on my birthday. I know I won't get any sympathy from anyone who has ever worked on their birthday but this was new to me! I have never been awake on my birthday before noon and to have to have my summer vacation come to a screeching, grinding halt on my birthday. . . BUMMER!

I did get some nice gifts though. A fellow YouTuber and friend sent me a pre-birthday pin I Love My Hair! I love it!

A co-worker gave me a TJ Maxx/Marshall's gift card. Another YouTuber and friend sent me a Sally's gift card.

I am still on whoissugar's Operation Sit Down challenge but since I received gift cards, I should be ok. I just have to remain focused and not go over the allotted amount. I've been known to spend twice the value of the gift card!

My mom is amazing. She and I were in Target this summer and I wanted to buy some elf products. I picked some up but put them back. Who knew that she was paying attention?! She sent me a variety of elf products and brushes. I am really looking forward to using a set of brushes! I generally either use my fingers or the same brush for everything.

Who says that men don't listen? I was totally shocked to get a new pair of Christian Louboutins. I love the red patent leather. The heels are 100mm (4 inches).

20PearlsnCurls gave us a link to KeraCare to request samples of their new lines geared towards natural hair. I received my samples but I'm yet to review them. That review is coming up soon.

I love watching Clean House, especially episodes featuring Niecey Nash. One of her favorite quotes is "When a hand is open to give, it's open to receive." What that means to me is that when you open yourself to share/give to others, you will also be on the receiving end of gifts yourself. I received a Genius Kids Tablet to review. (Yay. This is my first big ticket item.) I am going to feature this on my Back To School episode of Technology Tips.

My promise and focus:
I will not accept items to review that I don't believe in. If I wouldn't use it myself, I will not post a YouTube video to promote it. I've always used Oprah as my benchmark. She only gave away books, favorite things, etc. that she loved. Same for me. If I don't feel that it's good, I will not recommend it. Integrity means the world to me and I will keep mine in tact.

Sponsorship and being sent items to review is possible. Companies have changed the way they market their products and often utilize YouTubers to help get the word out. I don't think this opportunity is available for all channels. I think a channel must have credibility and being a YouTube Partner gives that leverage. Companies want to ensure that you have a substantial subscriber base who are consumers. Bottom line: Dollars & Cents.

I will be posting a video soon about my thoughts on sponsorship.

Stay Tuned!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Poochie's Closet - The Best Shopping Experience Online - Period.

Visit her site for more details on sizes and prices. You will find that her prices are very affordable.

I may regret sharing my Fashionista with you all because I may not be able to find fly gear when I need it but. . . I want my girl to get her wings and FLY.

I have shopped with Poochie of Poochie's Closet for a very long time. If anybody else is here from Fotki, you already know Poochie. She has fly gear that ranges from Vintage to Modern. She is very professional and customer friendly. Once she knows your style, when she is out shopping, she buys with you in mind. I know this first hand because my closet has several PC pieces that she knew were just my style. I have robbed my piggy bank many times.

I am glad that she is finally back and with some new pieces.

In this video, Poochie is rocking many labels including:

1. Arden B. Brown and Gold sequined dress
2. Bebe One Shoulder Dress
3. Frederick's of Hollywood One Shoulder Dress
4. Lulie' of Cahaba
5. Trina Turk Silk Pants
6. Diane Von Furstenberg Wrap Dress (class and timeless)
7. Elie Tahari
8. Leopard Print Drawstring Pants
9. Blumarine Pink and Green Dress
10. Shomax Vintage Original Sequinned Dress
11. BCBG Max Azria

Picking Up The Glasses

School is kicking my butt! I have not adjusted to waking up early and I am not a morning person! My husband works from home and has the best life. I deal with traffic and other folks' kids all day. Oh well. . .

I took a nap right after work Monday and woke up at 6:32 PM panicking, thinking I'd overslept for work the next day because I thought it was the next morning! Duh. . . it was later the same day. I was exhausted and glad I still had the full night's rest ahead of me.

I have not picked up my prescription eyeglasses yet and decided to stop by Walmart to pick them since I had not been called. The 3 employees were all searching for my glasses. I looked around and thought, "Dang, they are having a sale AFTER I've purchased my frames. $100 off! They'd even changed the decor. Meanwhile, they continued to look for my order by my name, address, phone number and birthday. I did not have my receipt and was slightly fearful that someone had taken my money and at the moment, had no proof.

One of them asked if I had gone to another Walmart location and I assured them I had not because I passionately disliked the other location and would not shop there. I insisted that I'd come back another day with my receipt but they insisted to keep looking. After about 5 more minutes, the lady of the group asked if I had gone to Target's Eyeglass store. . . Ding ding ding! I remembered that I had NOT filled my prescription in Walmart at all but TARGET! Melt into the ground with laughter and embarrassment. But we all had a good laugh and I reminded them I WAS in need of some glasses! I'm sure this will go down as one of their funny moments and mine too. Thank goodness I am not one of those irate people who CLOWN in public. It would have been a total meltdown! LOL.

After watching sdestiny12's pet peeve video, I remembered that I had one more.

People who upload videos with their smoke detector chirping in the background. Ugh! They upload another video, days later, and the smoke detector is still chirping away! Very annoying and not to mention unsafe not having a working smoke detector.

Smoke detector batteries should be changed at least during the "Fall Back" and "Spring Forward" time changes. Fire departments make PSAs about this too. Be safe people. Change your smoke detector batteries.

Monday, August 1, 2011

New Beginnings

Today is my birthday. I normally spend this day sleeping late and and celebrating in a quiet, low key manner. I've never had an official birthday party and I rarely make a big to do about my birthday. Don't get me wrong, I go all out for other people's birthday but I'm very different about my own. I don't require a lot of gifts and noise and people for that matter. I like to reflect on where I am in my life. I'm thankful for the life I was given and the freedom to make choices.

This birthday will be different. It is the first day back to work! Never have I ever WORKED on my birthday but I certainly have never started back to work on my birthday. This confirms to me that school is starting way too soon. The dog days of summer are yet to begin. I remember when I was a kid, school started the week before Labor Day.

But later today, I begin my first day. I am not sure what to expect. But this is a year of new beginnings in many ways. The new answer when someone wants something that I am not able to deliver or have no desire to do, is "I'm sorry but No". I have never been a people pleaser but in my line of work, I deal with a variety of personalities. I'm always in the hot seat and do my best to help all who ask. But today, the game changes.

Dealing with negative people is never my strong suit. I'm such a take it or leave it, that it is hard for me to bite my tongue and keep quiet. There have been times that I have wanted to really lose my cool but I have maintained professionalism and appropriate work behavior.

This is also the first time in 25 years that I am returning to work without Oprah. I have learned so much about myself and life in general from watching Oprah. I hold a special place for Oprah because we are both from rural Mississippi and experienced a Grandmother's Love. When people around me began to say that Oprah was getting too god-like, I refused to argue with them. I've listened to them accuse her of saying that she did not believe in God. I never saw that show and cannot say that she uttered those words. I always appreciated the enlightenment that she shared. As with all things, there is the freedom to choose whether or not you wanted to get on board with it.

Sooner than later, I will begin a new journey. Today is just the beginning.

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