Saturday, March 28, 2009

creating in darkness.

I have the urge to make things today.

I have not been feeling my best lately. In fact, for the past three weeks, I've been feeling my worst. Things were only ok when I was in class, forced to have some sort of focus.

It all came to a head Friday morning. Now I'm in Detroit, surrounded by family and am happy that they always inspire me to be the best. I am happy to have this break, because my weeks have be non-stop until now. . .

What has been helping me while I'm here is creating stuff. I got up this morning determined to make black and white cupcakes with cream cheese frosting (Paula Deen). It took longer because I had to layer the batter and make the special icing. It worked well and I am pleased. My mom even took some to the ladies' gathering at the house of a kind of shut-in church member.

I'm planning to make dinner for my family and maybe will pick up a pattern to practice my sewing and to have something at the end.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

thank god for the new, but we can't forget the old school.

This morning I really wanted some good praise music. It's upbeat and makes me feel good.

I looked up Ron Kenoly, the only name I could remember, and listened to the songs we used to listen to (and sing) when I was a little girl.
It feels good!

"If you confess the Lord, call Him up. . .
If you believe in the Father, the Son, and the Hooooooly Ghost,
Call him up and tell him what you want. . ."

I love good memories.

Friday, March 13, 2009

my boo.

I had a conversation about the word 'Boo'.
Not going into detail about that conversation, but now I'm thinking back to middle school with the original 'Boo' song:

I really have no idea about the bikini ladies and no point, but hey.

The other popular one is the Alicia Keys and Usher "My Boo". Oh my, I loved that one too.

like paperdolls, but better.

I found a new website and it is so good, yet so bad.
It's called Polyvore and you can tag clothes from all over the internet and put together outfits.

I stayed up entirely too late last night playing with clothes.
Oh. My.
It. Is. Goooooooood.

If you like fashion and/or internet shopping, you should really try it. It's amazing.

slow it down.

I love Musiq's "sobeautiful".
Every time I hear it, I'm like, "that is a really pretty and sexy love song. . . "

Sexy love songs, to me, aren't sex songs. They have a balance of love and desire. You know it's not all just physical. There's depth there, feeling. They don't only have a sexy groove, but lyrics that have deep meaning.

On that note, here's the beginning of my sexy song list. I do have a few that are not that deep, but hey.

"Believe" - Raheem Devaughn
(This for one line: " like the rebirth of love. . . with a twist." I don't know why that is so sexy to me.)
"The Panties" - Mos Def
(Do not let the name fool you. The word panties is not even in the song.)
"Still Ray" - Raphael Saadiq
(Two lines: "I'm coming home to you, wear something see-through, so I can see your heart. . . " and "You'll never have to beg me to come to bed; I'll walk you there each night. ")
"He Loves Me" - Jill Scott
"You" - Raheem Devaughn

Please add to it. Thanks.

Monday, March 9, 2009

play on.

Yesterday I saw August Wilson's Radio Golf at the Detroit Repertory Theatre.
I was so excited to get out to the theatre, but not so excited about the play. I read it last year, and for some reason I was not impressed.

Boy was I in for a surprise. It was really, really good. I laughed and I (almost) cried. Radio Golf is about business and community and how they don't fuse a lot of times. It is about politics and renaissance, and doing what's right, even when you have all the intentions of good when doing wrong. It was about internalized racism and privilege.

I understood the choice of play. It opened a few days prior to President Obama's inauguration and in the midst of Detroit's mayoral turmoil and primary elections. It was like the Rep was pointing at us and saying "Hey you, Detroiter. Hey you, black person. Hey you, any person. We have to find a way to thrive and be compassionate at the same time. . . "

I am looking forward to the next play in their season, Finding the Burnett Heart.
I hope some of my friends want to go. I love the Rep. It was where I saw the play that would become my favorite, Yellowman, about intraracial prejudice.

In other news, I finished Kindred today. AMAZING. That book took me on a journey. It's been a while since I read a book like that. It was great! That is the happy-making thing of the day!

Monday, March 2, 2009

reading. yay.

I've been longing to read a book.
I've been, off and on, reading through The Message Bible that my mother got me a few weeks ago, but I wanted, like, a book.

Today, I purchased Kindred by Octavia Butler. I started reading it some time in high school, when I would spend lunch hours or study hall hours in the library. I used to sit next to the shelf that housed it, and thought it looked interesting, and one day just picked it up. It was good then, but it is better now. I put a good dent in it since 3-ish.

I hope reading for pleasure will stick. Moreso, I hope it won't override reading for school. Luckily, I never have too much at one time, I usually have too many projects.

More later.