Monday, July 5, 2010

The greatest job in the world or not

When I was a young kid I use to think that one of the greatest jobs in the world was the ice-cream man. I dreamed about how he would drive around town with ice-cream in the back of his truck, passing it out to kids all over the city. However, as I’m sitting by my window today watching an ice-cream truck go by, I realized that this is probably one of the worse jobs that you can have, as an adult that is.

First of all you have to spend each day driving through the neighborhoods praying that SOMEONE is having a sugar craving and that they aren’t lactose intolerant.

Once you do find someone you’re hoping these kids are actually ones that have money and not those that are going to stand there asking if you’re passing out samples.

This job is definitely a problem if you’re struggling with your weight. Even if it’s your only way to end your unemployment, you may want to consider other options because smelling the sweet aroma of dream cycles, snoopy cones and every other type of sugar filled item daily, will definitely take you over the edge of your diet at any moment.

Finally if you’re a guy, you want to be cool and if you see a nice lady with her kid, do you try to talk to her, or do you let it go because you remember that you’re driving a singing truck with ice-cream in it. Maybe you can catch her on your off day.

What’s a better job than this…?

Friday, June 25, 2010

Don't let what happen to me, happen to you

Today while sitting in a restroom at Panera Bread, I asked myself, “Am I the only person who is concerned about toilet seat covers?”

The reason I asked myself this question is because while it took me almost three minutes to line the toilet seat with what I thought to be enough protection against (God only knows what) on the public seat, at least two other people came and went in the stall beside me.

Now they may have thought that I was in there doing “number two” but I was just protecting myself so that when I sat down, my butt didn’t fall off once I got up, due to all the potential nastiness I could have encountered on the seat.

In some airports they have the covers that are automatically on the seats, for those who don’t want to take the time to put down all that paper. These are really nice, you press the button and a new cover is placed on the seat for you.

Now you may be saying to yourself “why doesn’t she just squat?” Well, if you have ever experienced a squat disaster, you would not ask this question. About a year ago I was at a McDonald’s restroom for a quick stop while I was on a road trip. Because it was a quick stop, I decided to squat and this was a decision that I have regretted forever! On this day they had recently mopped the floor (unknown to me) and forgotten to place a sign in a visible area. As I positioned myself, bending low and propping my hands on my thighs, one leg slipped and then the next, as I attempted to stop this catastrophe by grabbing onto the walls, I realized that I was not in the handicap stall and it was all downhill from there. I ended up wet, bruised and obviously disgusted!

Never again will I go without using a seat cover, no matter how long it may take to completely cover the area!

Don’t let what happen to me, happen to you…cover it up always! LOL

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Do long distance relationships really work?

Although I am not a huge fan of long distance relationships it’s something that’s been on my mind for quite some time. Over the last year, I have met several couples in this situation; some who have been able to accomplish this successfully and many others who have failed at it miserably.

So what is the determining factor in whether a long distance relationship succeeds or fails? In most of the couples that I spoke with, the common theme for success was based on their strong level of commitment and not just to one another (fidelity), but in regards to the commitment to making their relationship work. There was a consensus that many days they would do something for the relationship, even though they didn’t want to or didn’t feel like it. For example: calling to see how their significant other was doing, sending flowers to the job or sending a personalized gift through the mail. Also, this wasn’t just something that either one of them did, both had to equally participate, each partner giving 100%.

Think about your life and the numerous efforts that you make on a regular basis. How many of those things are ones in which you don’t necessarily FEEL like participating in, however, you do these things because you realize the benefits of them?

Not always do we feel like taking our kids to all of the sports, dance, and after school activities that we do, but we realize the benefits of raising healthy, well rounded children.

Not always do we feel like praying, fasting, or tithing, but we do so because we realize the benefits of these gestures and know that the outcome is much rewarding!

So if you find yourself in a relationship and say to yourself that you are too tired to do something, think about the benefits and rewards of putting yourself aside and doing something special for the one you love. The return on this small investment will surely pay off in the end!

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Friday, June 18, 2010

I may not know what I want, but I surely know what I don't need!

As a single lady it is important to know what it is that you need and want out of your relationships, so I have decided to put together a few things that I have wanted to say to some of the men that I have come in contact with over the past few years. Now in no way or form, am I as particular as Chilli from the group TLC. She has a new reality show on VH1 called “What Chilli Wants,” in which she is trying to find love and with her extreme list of what she is not willing to accept, if you’re not Jesus, then you might not want to apply, because she is definitely looking for perfection! Because I am no where close to perfection, personally I am expecting a few things, but I’m not asking for anything unreasonable.
Now some of you smokers will disagree with this one, but for the non-smokers like me, you will definitely agree! Unfortunately, I’m just not interested in you if you smoke. When I kiss the love of my life I don’t want to feel like I just sucked on a nicotine loli-pop, but maybe that’s just me?

Please don’t be confused because I wear a right hand ring. I know it sounds crazy but I get asked all the time if I’m married and when I state that I’m not wearing a ring, each time they point to my right hand. Wow…. and yes intelligence is very important, but I guess that I can’t fault you for something you don’t know, can I?

If every other word out of your mouth is a four letter word, I encourage you to purchase Thesaurus and increase your vocabulary; profanity in excess is just ridiculous.

If you have multiple children, by multiple women and you have never been married, this is one of the most unattractive things. It is not cute to continue to make babies and never settle down! Most of us ladies are thinking that you probably have a STD with all this unprotected sex that you keep having. Wrap it up and stay away from me!

Speaking of sex, please do not think that this will keep our relationship together. You may have good sex, but that comes a dime a dozen, so just because someone told you that you were God’s gift in bed, it doesn’t mean that EVERY girl will feel the same way.

Extremely attractive men, this one is for you. Please do not think that your looks will sustain our relationship! Yes, you will probably make beautiful babies, but if looks are all you have, we are in trouble! Beauty fades and if you have no substance (Jesus, intelligence, ambition, heart) then I cannot do ANYTHING with you! Go find someone as shallow as you…

Jesus is first in my life and if He is not in yours please do not pretend! I may not know, but God will and you don’t want to mess with Him…

If you have not achieved everything in your life and feel that you are not someone who can commit to anything (job, self, kids, me) then lose my number! Please go out and do something with yourself, learn who you are and what you need to be successful in all aspects of your life. Don’t try to find yourself six months after we get together!

Finally, if we break up, please don’t realize a few months later that I was the best thing that ever happened to you, then you try to make your way back into my life, doing the same mess you were doing that caused us to break up and then you tell me that you’ve changed. Seriously, I can’t take the Tom Foolery!

I’m sure that the list could go on and on, but this isn’t a novel, it’s a blog…

Still waiting to be found by Mr. Right...

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The hardest things....

In life there are many things that are extremely hard to do and only those who realize the challenges and work diligently to overcome them, achieve success. Some of the hardest things that I’ve ever had to do are….being a Christian, a parent, and walking away from someone that I love.

Christianity is tough and definitely not for punks! You come into the situation as a sinner and you leave as a sinner, but the awesome thing is once you develop the relationship with your Father, things only get better and better. Although the struggle is never ending, the rewards aren’t either! It’s continuous work to walk in a Godly manner, as you’re constantly asking yourself “If someone looked at my life, would they know how much I love the Lord?”

One of the greatest challenges that provides us with the greatest achievement is becoming a mom or dad. Parenting is definitely serious business; it is not to be taken lightly. Raising a child to be the best person that he or she can be, is extremely difficult. You have to find a balance between discipline and compassion, showing love and understanding, and leading by example is critical. If you can get this right, it always pays off in the end.

Lately I have experienced another thing that I have found to be extremely hard and ladies this one is for you. Walking away from the person that I love because we wanted different things. Leaving someone is always hard, but when it’s a situation in which you are not upset, but know that you need to leave, it sometimes can be one of the hardest things to do. I say this to anyone that may be experiencing something similar…follow your heart, you know yourself better than anyone else and if you are not getting everything out of a relationship that you need and want, leave…because you deserve better.

Although these things are difficult, they are achievable. Only the strong will survive, but the diligent will flourish!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Walk a mile in my shoes, before you decide.

About a week or so ago, one of my friends wrote what I found to be some disturbing opinions on Face book about someone that they did not know personally. I was taken back by the comments because they were somewhat judgmental. I thought about this today because my Pastor preached a sermon this morning that he called “It’s complicated”. In his sermon he discussed how Jesus’ disciple Paul, talks about how he is continuously battling with his mind and his flesh over how he wants to do the right thing but is constantly doing the wrong things. For me this was so close to home because as Christians we are all battling on a daily basis. I thought about the opinions that were expressed in the statement that I read on Face book and I wondered what I would have done if I was in a similar situation? My answer is that I don’t know. I don’t believe that we can ever say what we would or would not do, unless we have been in that particular situation.
Throughout my relationships and discussing various situations with my girlfriends, I remember some of them saying, “I would never do that” or “I wouldn’t put up with that,” but can you really speak on something that you haven’t been through. As I have gotten older I have learned that its important to listen to your own heart and do what you feel is best for you. Go to God in prayer always and give your girlfriends a rest.
So for those of you, who are struggling with your flesh, know that you are not alone. For those of you who feel that you may or may not do something in a particular situation, remember that until you have walked in someone’s shoes, you don’t know the size, where they’ve been or how much there feet hurt….

Sunday, June 6, 2010

What's harder finding a great job or finding a good man?

So I decided to test the waters of a new online dating site and within seconds of completing my profile I started receiving friend request. As I began opening the request and looking at the pictures, I started to wonder if the guys actually looked at their pictures prior to posting them? Sense this is the first representation of yourself to another, you would think that you would want to put your best foot forward, but maybe that is just me? In three of the pictures, (YES at least THREE) the men were missing their teeth, other pictures were actual mug shots and I'm wondering if the men are still incarcerated? Another profile picture showed a man who actually looked homeless and like he had not taken a bath...ever!

Now that I have officially realized that I will definitely not be one of those people you see on TV saying how they met their husband thanks to this online dating site, I think that I will offer tips and advise to the men who choose to use the site to find true love.  I have put together a list of the responses that I sent a few guys in hopes to help them be successful on the site, let me know what you think?

"If you're missing teeth, please don't smile showing the few that you have in your profile picture, it's ok to smile with your mouth closed..."

"If you are not into bathing and you look like you haven't washed ever, then you may want to take a picture of someone else you know, that does wash daily and use their picture..."

"If you read a girl's profile and she doesn't like smoking, then your profile picture should not show you lighting one up and then you tell her that you are a non-smoker..."

"If you've posted your height as 5'9, and in your picture you're standing by a car and you look like you could get in without bending down, we know that your closer to 5'4..."

I'm just saying that a girl has a much better chance of finding a job with unemployment over 10%, than finding a good man on one of these dating sites...Not to say that men without teeth, that smoke, that are short, and those that don't bathe aren't good.....Just not my cup of tea.

Just so you know, I have sense unsubscribed to the dating site due to the number of contacts that I was receiving on an hourly basis, something like 100 hits last time I counted...I'd like to have this kind of traffic on my