Thursday, December 31, 2009

My 2010 Horoscope

I love reading horoscopes, but I don't really let them have that much weight in my life. They are something fun to past the time. Today I was on Yahoo and decided to see what 2010 held for me. The horoscope really surprised because in so many ways it's true and I have being having these feelings for the past few months especially the part about taking care of me.

Year 2010 Overview
Whew! Feel that enormous burden sliding off of your shoulders, like you've been carrying around an overstuffed backpack for the last couple of years? That would be Saturn, planet of structures and limitation, moving out of your sign. Congratulations, first of all, on having simply made it through more or less in one piece. You passed through the fire and made it out the other side.

Now, what to do with that spiritual Medal of Honor you've earned? Well, for one thing, establish who it is you really are with both yourself and those around you. Your ability to quietly endure both the big and little outrages of life have served you well in the last couple of years, and many of those around you may have come to assume that either it wasn't as rough on you as it was, or that you are somehow made of steel. In fact, you may have come to the same conclusion yourself. Virgo has a reputation for being able to take care of others with the best of them -- but can you turn that same care and attention on yourself? That's the big question you'll be facing in 2010.

The good news (beyond simply less bad news) is that there will be all kinds of opportunities opening up for you in new directions as far as fun, recreation and romance. So take advantage of those whenever you can. You've earned it!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Christmas 2009

We did our traditional head to my sister's house on Christmas Eve this year and because of a recent move by her family they are now in Denton, TX instead of Lake Dallas which is alot closer to me. As we were heading out it started to snow - WOW. We never have snow at Christmas in Texas. I later found out it had been 83 years since it had snowed on Christmas Day. I decided to still go. We did not visist with the family at Thanksgiving and it had been awhile since my Mom had seen Holli. So after prayers we headed out. I figured we were heading back home by 5:30 so no big deal.

We got to my sisters and it had really began to snow at her house since she was further North. We got there and the girls had a blast. We exchanged gifts. My Mom had brought a gift from Holli's father to give to her. Alvin had tld my mother he had a big bag of gifts for her and he did. He gave her a backpack fulll of school supplies that he had gotten free. The backpack and the supplies had a sticker with the State Farm Agent's who had been a sponsor. He also got her a little art kit, some bubble gum and a couple of candy canes. Yep, Dad of the year. Thankfully, Holli had so many other things the backpack was not even a blip for her. BIL and me played Seinfeld Scene It (yeah he beat me bad) and before you know it it was 8pm and the cars were covered with snow. Now the decision was do we leave and head home or stay and have the Diva miss out on Santa Claus bringing her gifts on Christmas morning. After alot of prayer, I decided to head out and if the roads were really bad we would just turn around. My Mom decided to do the same. I figured she would stay at my sister's house since she had alot further to go. Snow is alot easier to drive on than ice. :) So I did not have any problems with traction. The only very white knuckle part of the trip was crossing the Lewisville Bridge. It goes across a very big lake. I was driving 20 miles per hour, blinkers on and not allowing Holli to talk. I even turned off the radio so I completely concentrate. I got across and the closer I got to home the roads improved. I still drove carefully because I did not know if there was an ice patch or not. We got home and the driveway was frozen solid so I was only able to pull in far enough so the car was not in the street and we went in the house and prepared for Santa.

Holli woke up at almost 8 am and was off. She loved her wonderful presents, but those gifts did not compare to the snow that was covering the backyard. Her only wish for Christmas was for us to go out side, build a snowman, have a snow ball fight and make snow angels. I passed on the snow angel part, but we had a wonderful time with the other 2. :)

We left to get milk and movies and spent the day enjoying each other's company. since Holli had spent so much time outside in the snow she was fast asleep by 8pm so I got to watch the new Star Trek movie and National Treasure.

We had a wonderful holiday time. I would post pics but my phone cable broke and I have to order a new one.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Princess and the Frog

I loved Princess and the Frog so much that I decided to do a separate post.

Holli and I went to see Princess and the Frog on December 13, 2009. Holli was decked out in her favorite denim skirt, her purple Tiana t-shirt and her $16.50 Princess and the Frog tiara and off we went.

We were blessed with a Movie Gift card to a theater in Dallas so we did not see it in our neighborhood, but in Dallas.

We loved the movie and danced and be bopped to Dig a Little Deeper and even clapped at the end. I don't think the movie is going to be up for any Academy Awards, but as we were walking out of the movie theater. Holli goes "Mommy, thank you for taking me to see Princess and the Frog. I got to see a Princess that looks just like me." All I could think of at that moment was Thank You Disney. Some (critics and whatnot) are complaining about how the movie follows the Disney Princess formula of the Prince rescuing the girl at the end of the movie. Those comments piss me off. I keep thinking little black girls have plenty of role models of black women taking care of business and making it on their own. Let them believe that they can have a Prince and live happily ever after also. They complain that the Prince is not black. Come on people how many of you can even remember the Prince's name in any of the movies. How many little girls have asked for the Prince doll. The movie is not about the Prince. The Prince looked just like all other Disney Prince same features just different color skin and hair. I say Bravo to Disney for not making Naveen any different. We want our girls to have a Disney Princess Movie, not something different. We want our girls to see Tianna as Disney Princess, yes one that looks like them,but still a Disney Princess to be up there with Cinderella and Ariel. A Princess that girls of all races can inspire to be like.

I also love the fact that the movie has a strong Black Father Figure in the movie and even though Tiana's Father is only at the beginning of the movie he still has such a strong influence over her life, which our little girls so need with so many of them being raised in all female households. I also loved the fact that her name was changed. We did not want a Princess Maddy among the names such as Cinderella, Ariel, Jasmine, Mulan, We wanted something unique and different.
So thank you Disney, you did an GREAT job in my opinion.

Finally after Holli and I listened to the Princess and the Frog CD for the 100th time. Holli tells me Mommy I don't think I am going to be Cinderella anymore. This is big. She has been Cinderella since she was 3. I ask her if she is going to be Tiana now. She goes No, I am just going to be Holli. So my baby girl is coming out of her Princess stage and growing up (sniff, sniff)

December 23, 2009 and I am at work

Those that know me are probably shocked!. I never work Christmas. NEVER. I am always at home being lazy. This year because of so many days I had to take off because of my "female" problems, Holli illness and general I am sick of work days. Here I sit at work and amazingliny...It is not the end of the world. Holli is at Kidz Kamp at our recreation center having a blast and learning responsibility about money. I am at work with enough work to keep me busy, but plenty of time for my internet addiction. Christmas presents are bought, but not wrapped, but I never wrap early so it's no big deal. I will wrap tonight and finally have something under the tree.

As 2009 comes to an end I guess I will give an update before the end of year update

My Dad had open heart surgery and came thru with flying colors. Thank you everyone for our prayers.

I am still employed at a job that I am bored with , but I truly have some favorites among my co-workers.

Holli had her 1st ER visit. We had went to see Princess and the Frog that evening (Can I just say I LOVE that movie. LOVE! LOVE! LOVE and will explain in a few) I did not think she was feeling that great, but we had been talking up the movie for so long I did not want to disappoint her. Warning bell #1 should have been when she wanted water and not the Kid's Movie Pack. Warning Bell# 2 should have been when she wanted water after the movie but did not want to go out to eat.
I got my baby girl home after the movie and she was not hungry but thirsty and wanted to sleep in my bed. I put her to bed with a 103.7 fever with some Tylenol, canister of juice and some 24 hour cartoons. I called her doctor and was told to watch her. Her fever began to go down and I fell asleep to be woken by baby girl at 2:30 AM telling me she was thirsty, which was strange because she can go get water and I took her temperture which was 104. I just both of us dressed and went to the ER. I can't believe how my heart was beating in my chest. I was scared and I mean scared. Holli was such a trooper. She had to get an IV because she was very dehydrated, she had an UTI and the early stages of bronchitis. I am so glad I followed my 1st mind to just take her to the ER. I know there is an Urgent care center around here, but I could not remember where at the time. I need to make a note and post the directions on the fridge.

After our very tumultous summer. Holli's father and I are still not speaking, but we are not at each other's throat. We had an incident in October when his benefits office made a mistake and did not add her to his health insurance that we had words and he asked me for sex, but for the most part we have ignored each other until we had the Child Support Modification Hearing on December 3, 2009. He is still a coward and chose not to show up and face me. I got a raise and found out that he is required to pay 50% of all child care cost so much for him telling me that when he helps out with child care he is doing it out of the goodness of his heart. At the moment I am only going to require the Holiday and Summer childcare because that is what is keeping me in a bind. I am will be civil, reasonable and respectful if he will. Anyhoo, he did not go sign the paperwork so that the paperwork could be filed with the court and I sent him an email asking him did he seriously want to spend all day at a Dallas Courthouse and pay Court fees for an child support order that was going to be approved espescially since he did not bother to protest it or show up at the Modication hearing. He gave some excuse about not having the phone number to the AG's office. Seriously, you don't have the number for people taking money out of your pay check every month, people who can issue a warrant for you arrest. I blew him off with a It's your choice, your decision, have a nice day and I am praying for you. I believe he went in to sign the paperwork since I have not heard back from them. I am trying to start off 2010 with us being at least civil so I did send him an email about us being civil to each other. I guess time will tell.