9.28.2017

Vacation Over...Booo! Lols

Hey Ya'll!

Look whose back, lols...me. Back from sunny Florida. Oh what fun it was! It was so quiet and country! but I loved it. I seriously think I may retire to good ol Panama City. It's a beach town surrounded by swamps, open roads and all that. The beach is a good stretch and they're like shopping center, restaurants and the likes to keep you busy. I felt like Panama City is where you go to relax. You want to party, you may want to hit Miami and I wasn't in the partying mood, lols.

So I traveled United Airlines (thank goodness for no problems cuase you know they been in the news for some ol boolmess lately). Now, because I haven't flown in like...forevers, it took my a minute to catch my bearings but once I got it, I got it.  Here's my only complaints.

1. Everyone should get a meal especially if the flight is 3 or more hours and you have layovers. I just think it is ridiculous, especially for the price of the tickets. I mean ain't none of them cheap! Juice and chips ain't gonna do it, they just ain't.

2. United has the thing where they break passengers into groups when boarding which is fine. I will say check in online or via their app at least 24 hours in advance of your flight because more than likely you will end up in the 3rd group. They also have this premier access thingy which you pay an additional $25 dollars to get on the plane first (group 1&2). That has got to be the biggest scam I've ever seen because if your ass is sitting at the back of the plane (say seat 35A, what's the point? Shit, you still gotta wait until the folk in the front disembark first...sooooooo. Do other airlines do this too?
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Also my preference are the bigger planes. Let me tell ya'll, we took a small plane into Panama City airport and I was petrified the entire flight. Plus, there were no phone chargers, no TV  with free movies...just sad.


The best thing was I didn't have to pay for lodging because you know...that friend :D. So I got driven around, ate my life away...

I slept almost a whole day in the backyard. This view that had me drowsy in about 5 seconds, lols. 
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Went to the beach too. Unfortunately, I didn't get to read as much as I wanted to but just riding around on smooth back roads and chilling was the best part for me. I'll be going back again after the Holidays and I can't wait! 

Now, both my sons want to go on vacation with me next time and I'm like...

Well, anyolhoo's I'm back. I'll be reviewing The Truth of Things by Tasha L. Harrison. Girls! It was good ass read! 





Grown ass woman, Mother, reader, drinker of the red wines, not so serious makeup enthusiast and finally...a habitual procrastinator. I read just about everything but I really do love my romances. HEA’s are optional because hell sometimes, Prince Charming really is just a frog. Don’t asked if I finished *that book* yet...because I didn’t.

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9.20.2017

I'll Be On Vacation So....





So hey...yeah, I'll be on vacation from Thursday to next Tuesday. Do I have posts scheduled?...hell no. Why? Because I'm on vacation. I'll be away visiting a "friend" and having some fun.

I will be checking 'some' social media platforms of mine because...well, I'm nosy and all. For the most part, I'll catch up on some reading and "uhm other stuff" lols. But for the love that is all good and glorious, I shall be mostly relaxing!

Today's post is the last post for this week.

I will catch up with you guys next week. Until then, Happy Weekend, Happy Partying, Happy Reading and all that other good stuff. PEACE!


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9.18.2017

It Wasn't Scary But Pennywise?...




Movie: It (2017) | Genre: Horror, Drama | Time: 2 hr, 15 mns








So no, no...It was not scary. I think it pretty much stayed true to the original 1990 series with the exception of one major thing. I will get to that thing in a few.

But let's discuss the person or THING that scared the shit out of me during most ALL of the movie. Yep, that would be Pennywise (Uhm, hats off to Bill Skarsgård...cause NINJA! You did the damn thang!). I have to hand it to the director of this movie because the scenes with Penny were fucking scary. Scary to the point where I was screaming every time his big ass head (and not in the late night text manner of  'hey big head' either) hit the screen. I gave myself and my mom (who had the unfortunate position of sitting next to me) a headache, lols. There was this one scene where his ass walked out of a film projector and.....

You know what? never mind, if you haven't seen it...I can't talk about it because I can't do flashbacks at this moment. If you saw the movie, then you know what I'm talking about and...yeah....YOU.know. what.I'm.taking.about.

I liked how the characters decided to face their fears to fight back a mudafuga who decides he wants to come back every twenty-seven gahtdamn years and pretty much, scare and kill kids...SMH. But that's what Pennywise was, a evil entity that fed off of fear.

Now to get to what I didn't like. Mainly, I didn't appreciate how they reduced Mike's character in the movie because if you ever watched the original, it was Mike who figured out about the town of Derry and Pennywise. No disrespect to Ben but how ya'll gonna basically give Ben Mike's part? Ya'll pretty much reduced Mikes character to almost nothing and I got's questions. Mainly WhytheAF?!

And like how did Ben get curved throughout the whole damn movie? Ben pretty much saved Beverley's ass and does he gets the glory? Hell no, that goes to his friend Bill, SMDH. But now that I think back to the original movie, it pretty much happened that way too. I like you Bev but really girl? How you gonna do a dude like that? He.SAVED.YOU.GIRL!

All and all, It was pretty damn good and Pennywise was as I said fucking scary. My family won't get me again, I tell you that. Anyway's, go see if you have the vocal chords and yeah, if clowns don't creep you the hell out.

Did I tell ya'll I hate clowns? No? Yeah, I HATE those creepy fuckers...I do.

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9.15.2017

I Hate Shopping....




Life's a B**ch, then you DiE (When Shopping That is....)
Tomorrow I'm taking the teenager shopping..ugh! And it's not that I don't love my kid and or don't want to spend time with him but ya'll...I hate shopping in any form. This is me when I have to go shopping:


Then to go with a kid that loves to shop and wanna ask me how does everything look. I mean...where did this kid come from? Oh yeah, that's the baby daddy's gene in him. And by the way, I can't be one of the parents that sits in the food court and just eat, read (sneak my liquor nips into my fountain lemonade)....you know mind my business until he finish. Oh noooo! I gotta go into every store with him.

Also me (I'm telling ya'll, I can and will be dRaMaTiC at times):

It's funny because most times when I tell people I hate shopping, they look at me like I have two heads or say something like "I thought women love to shop" (mostly dumb ass men). Well, I'm not every woman *singing in my Chaka Khan voice*. I hate when my family/friends ask "do you want to go shopping with me?" I'm looking like bish, you know me! You know I don't like no shopping. The only person I go with is my mom and either of my sons (hint: my mom has to force me or bribe me, lols). 

Either way, I hate it. So wish me luck tomorrow. Pray, I survive. Maybe I'll pick up two books on my book list. 



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9.13.2017

Book Review: #Notyourprincess: Voices of Native American Women by Lisa Charleyboy


Source: NetGalley | Format: eBook | Published: September 12, 2017 | Author: Lisa Charleyboy | Genre: Poetry, Nonfiction | Available: Amazon | Add to Goodreads
This is a beautifully written book of poetry, essays and interviews contributed by Indigenous women and girls.

Akin to #BlackGirlMagic, the women and girls in #Notyourprincess have decided that they no longer want to be portrayed as the stereotypical women. These women and girls are doctors, lawyers, inventor and protesters. They are strong, resilient and beautiful. But mostly they are survivors of genocide and abuse. The stories in this book give you a look into their world. The artwork added to assist in the telling of their stories was a wonderful bonus.

Although I'm not a Indigenous woman, I felt a strong connection to every woman in the book. The author and the women in #Notyourprincess want to you know that they will no longer be silent (that they never really were), that they are not your Tiger Lily, that they will not deal with discrimination...they just won't deal with nonsense and I'm excited for them.

My only issue was that the ARC was badly formatted, hence the four star rating on Goodreads.

Highly recommended.





Grown ass woman, Mother, reader, drinker of the red wines, not so serious makeup enthusiast and finally...a habitual procrastinator. I read just about everything but I really do love my romances. HEA’s are optional because hell sometimes, Prince Charming really is just a frog. Don’t asked if I finished *that book* yet...because I didn’t.

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9.11.2017

August Wrap Up (Better Late Than Never)


Yeah, better late than never...lols. Every time I said that I was going to get this post up...of course, something came up. Anyhoo's, this is my wrap-up for the month of August (2017). 
Oh, and I just didn't have the gumption to add the picture of Tasha L. Harrison's book, in the video. Mostly I just got frustrated because there was no way for me to write a text or add it without going through hoops/hurdles...so it's below **Updated video with name of book/pic added (it's really a beautiful cover!)


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9.06.2017

Times Are A Bit Crazy....Self Care Is Important

Hey Ya’ll,

How are you all doing? With so much “going on” in this country right about now IN addition to much the craziness going on in my personal life, I thought I would do a self-care post because we...or I really, really need it. And I know we must stay tuned into the goings on around us because many things can/will affect us…some in small ways, some in big ways.

But! Even in stressful times, we must take care of ourselves; physically and mentally. But importantly mentally, especially if you have anxiety or any other issue that can/will get your pressure up.

Me? I’m limiting my intake of things.
  • Social Media – I deleted Twitter from my phone (because for me that’s the worse). Yes, you do get more updated information from the birdie app BUT twitter is also a dumpster fire that attracts the worst of the worst, IMO. I’ve decided to only check it when I’m home and only for 30 to 45 minutes. Facebook, I been unfriended/un-followed many people (same on Twitter). Lately I’m only posting pictures (old/new) and my rage at certain TV show characters, lols. At this point, Instagram, Snapchat & Youtube are my only “user friendly” app and that’s because I made an effort to ONLY follow people I see who don’t post nonsense and/or drama. Now, I do follow the Shade Room on Instagram (it’s a gossip blog) but hey, a little gossip ain’t never hurt nobody, lols. But I also made a BIG effort not to read comments on anybody’s social media. People really need to find a way to be cruel and nasty in comment sections. It's always the worst…always.
  • I started to make a concentrated effort to catch up on my TBR list and read more (still struggling some). But it’s wonderful to just get lost in a book when the world is going bat shit crazy. I've been reading a lot of science fiction/fantasy. Don't make no sense that fake worlds sound/look better than the real one....
  • I started removing myself from toxic people, relationships and situations. Offline and Online, Personal and Business. Listen, if you with that bull mess…then you can go kick a big rock with your pinky toe because I simply refuse to engage in messiness. That’s why I started watching a bit of reality TV again.
I’ve simply started de-cluttering my life folks. Doing good/better things for the betterment of myself and my sanity. I’ve made it my personal mission to simply…take care of me. People will drain the whole life out of you because they are energy vampires and sometimes, they just don't care. Then they get mad at you when you no longer want to give them your energy. I simply just don't care to give people the opportunity to suck at my neck any longer.

Now does this mean that I will be willfully ignorant about current state of events, well no. But I won’t let it consume me either. We’ve been here for a long time and no matter how much some people assist on dragging us backwards, literally knuckles first…the rest of us with good common sense always manage to find a way to survive the worst until it gets better. But in the meantime, we still must take care of ourselves so that when the bad times are finally behind us…we can embrace a future with happy open arms.

So what are you doing to take care of yourself?




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9.01.2017

Book To Movie Adaptions

Happy Friday Ya'll!

So I wanted to share some books that have been optioned into Movies/TV shows that I'm looking forward to seeing




Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.







In a far future, post-nuclear-holocaust Africa, genocide plagues one
region. The aggressors, the Nuru, have decided to follow the Great Book and exterminate the Okeke. But when the only surviving member of a slain Okeke village is brutally raped, she manages to escape, wandering farther into the desert. She gives birth to a baby girl with hair and skin the color of sand and instinctively knows that her daughter is different. She names her daughter Onyesonwu, which means "Who Fears Death?" in an ancient African tongue.

Reared under the tutelage of a mysterious and traditional shaman, Onyesonwu discovers her magical destiny – to end the genocide of her people. The journey to fulfill her destiny will force her to grapple with nature, tradition, history, true love, the spiritual mysteries of her culture – and eventually death itself.












Lilith Iyapo has just lost her husband and son when atomic fire consumes Earth—the last stage of the planet’s final war. Hundreds of years later Lilith awakes, deep in the hold of a massive alien spacecraft piloted by the Oankali—who arrived just in time to save humanity from extinction. They have kept Lilith and other survivors asleep for centuries, as they learned whatever they could about Earth. Now it is time for Lilith to lead them back to her home world, but life among the Oankali on the newly resettled planet will be nothing like it was before.

The Oankali survive by genetically merging with primitive civilizations—whether their new hosts like it or not. For the first time since the nuclear holocaust, Earth will be inhabited. Grass will grow, animals will run, and people will learn to survive the planet’s untamed wilderness. But their children will not be human. Not exactly.








This is the way the world ends...for the last time.

A season of endings has begun.

It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun.

It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter.

It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester.

This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.










Sierra Santiago was looking forward to a fun summer of making art, hanging out with her friends, and skating around Brooklyn. But then a weird zombie guy crashes the first party of the season. Sierra's near-comatose abuelo begins to say "Lo siento" over and over. And when the graffiti murals in Bed-Stuy start to weep.... Well, something stranger than the usual New York mayhem is going on.

Sierra soon discovers a supernatural order called the Shadowshapers, who connect with spirits via paintings, music, and stories. Her grandfather once shared the order's secrets with an anthropologist, Dr. Jonathan Wick, who turned the Caribbean magic to his own foul ends. Now Wick wants to become the ultimate Shadowshaper by killing all the others, one by one. With the help of her friends and the hot graffiti artist Robbie, Sierra must dodge Wick's supernatural creations, harness her own Shadowshaping abilities, and save her family's past, present, and future.







Carlos Delacruz is one of the New York Council of the Dead’s most unusual agents—an inbetweener, partially resurrected from a death he barely recalls suffering, after a life that’s missing from his memory. He thinks he is one of a kind—until he encounters other entities walking the fine line between life and death.

One inbetweener is a sorcerer. He’s summoned a horde of implike ngks capable of eliminating spirits, and they’re spreading through the city like a plague. They’ve already taken out some of NYCOD’s finest, leaving Carlos desperate to stop their master before he opens up the entrada to the Underworld—which would destroy the balance between the living and the dead.

But in uncovering this man’s identity, Carlos confronts the truth of his own life—and death…




I haven't read any of these as of yet but I do have Dawn and Half-Resurrection Blues on my TBR list. What books that are being turned into movies/TV shows are you looking forward too?




Grown ass woman, Mother, reader, drinker of the red wines, not so serious makeup enthusiast and finally...a habitual procrastinator. I read just about everything but I really do love my romances. HEA’s are optional because hell sometimes, Prince Charming really is just a frog. Don’t asked if I finished *that book* yet...because I didn’t.


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