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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Monday, November 1, 2010

Jean Skirt Queen- Love it! I love jean skirts :) It must be my COOJC Background.


I found this article online and found it interesting :) One of the skirts on the picture is actually named Cynthia! How cool!

No more skimpy minis or frumpy prairie skirts for us. The new denim skirts are freshly pleated, frilled or flared in a wearable knee length. Three readers take a whirl.
TRACY DWYER, 51
Real estate consultant
Ann Taylor denim boxpleat skirt ($68) / Elie Tahari silk tank ($198) / Cynthia Steffe crochet shrug ($240) / Peach by Constança Basto sandals ($249) / Kooba leather bag ($595) / Mary Louise at Fragments necklace ($240)

"The vertical lines of pleats are always slimming, but this cut is especially flattering. My knees are my least-favorite feature, and this skirt covers them without making me look dowdy. It's comfortable enough for driving, yet it's also dressy enough for clients. The other plus is that it will roll up nicely in a suitcase. I spend eight weeks a year in Paris, and I can wear this skirt from café to museum with ease."

LISA SIMKIN, 46
Lampshade designer
Mavi denim skirt ($78) / Roberta Freymann polyester/cotton blouse ($65) / Payless wedges ($20) / Forth & Towne straw hobo bag ($148) / Kenneth Jay Lane necklace ($325) and earrings ($75)

"The older I get, the lower my jeans get, so it's appropriate that this A-line skirt sits right on my hips. I'm relatively short and prefer above-the-knee hemlines, so I'd probably shorten it. I like to play up denim by wearing it with offbeat colors and accessories. I'd wear this exactly this way--with a vivid print blouse and trendy gold jewelry. Denim skirts have been in my wardrobe forever, so I'm glad they're back and better than ever."
BONNIE TORRES, 42

At-home mom
Cynthia Steffe denim skirt ($175) / Petit Bateau cotton tank ($37) / Walter beaded cashmere-and-silk blend cardigan ($210) / Constança Basto sandals ($269) / Forth & Towne woven leather hobo bag ($168) / Pono bangles ($140 each)
"Normally I don't wear skirts because of my muscular legs, but I feel so sexy in this number! The high waistband seems to flatten my stomach, and the fitted cut accents curves I usually hide. It's nice to feel feminine in ruffles again, even when I'm chasing my three-year-old. I like the funky attitude of Lisa's skirt, but Tracy's is too tailored for me. I try not to dress my age--and in this case, I don't know any 18-year-olds who can fill this skirt the way I do!"
Originally published in More magazine, April 2006.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Aviator Skirt from Etsy.com

I find it so amazing that everyday people can sew such cute items and make them unique and special. Etsy.com is a website that let's you make and sale your on clothes and right now I'm loving it. I think I could make this Aviator skirt below. I'm definitely going to try. The one below it is cute too. I love coduroy and pleats!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Sunday, October 10, 2010

500 Days of Summer Wardrobe Obsession :) Love it!

Ok, so the movie was kinda sad. It's like, how dare she treat him like that??!! Right? But, I still thought it was a pretty awesome movie because they all end up happy in the end. Not to mention, their wardrobe was soooo freakin CUTE! Lol! Check out the photos-



Saturday, August 28, 2010

Things that make me smile... I'm going to grow up one day I promise! Lol

Hello Kitty combined with Cooking- You can't go wrong. These are soo cute. I want just one. I found these on ebay.com

Spensha Baker - Teach me



Had a friend


And so I thought

That we'd be there for each other always

I believe she was down for me

Didn't think that it would end this way

Now im wondering what went wrong

Seems I had it all figured out

Now I know it's not that simple

Can you teach me what real love's about



Chorus:



Teach me how to love

Teach me how to trust

teach me how to give even when I don't get enough

Teach me how to pray

Tell me what to say

cause I know without your love I can't get love so teach me love

Teach me



Verse 2:



Same thing, different day

It's starting all over again

I don't know how much I can take

I don't wanna do what's right

It's already hurt me twice

I know you told me to forgive and forget but its easier (unknown)

Cause now I've turned both of my cheeks

I'm afraid I don't have another one


Bridge:



I don't know what's wrong



But I try

I just wanna know your way

I don't wanna make the same mistake

I've already made

Lord i'm asking you now

Just teach me how



Chorus



Tell me what to sayyy

Teach me

How to trust

OoooHow to pray what to sayy

Been through a lot of things

But they can't compare

You lay down your life for me

That's the cross you had to bear for me

so I guess its up to me

And it's how it's gotta be

don't know what I was thinking of

I guess it all goes back to loveee



Chorus



Teach me how to trust lord



When I don't get enough



Pray



Teach me how to pray



What to sayy



I can't get love



Teach me lord

Friday, August 13, 2010

ten things I want to say to a Black woman- Joshua Bennett (verse + text)

This was... interesting.

Feel Good With Me :)


Okay, so this post is long overdue, as well as so many other things I should have attended to since I've been on break for the Summer. I haven't updated my blog since my vacation to Orlando, Florida. I enjoyed the trip soooo much. It was soo fantastic! To be completely honest, I totally did not want to come back. I can still envision myself sitting by the pool, watching the water change colors. God certainly works in mysterious ways because I had settled it in my mind that I wasn't going to be able to make it because of several different reasons but, I'm so glad I made it in Jesus name. It was just what I needed. The palm trees were... delightful. They were to die for! I'm still sad over the fact that they don't grow in VA. I guess I should just get over it :( Walt Disney World was beautiful and the services were awesome! I especially enjoyed the workshops this year. Sometimes when I go to Convocations it seems like I'm in a totally different world. It feels like a world where everyone is a saint and loves the Lord but, then as the days go by and I ease closer and closer to the end of my vacation, the reality of the situation begins to sink in. I realize that I can't stay in that same place. However,  I can keep that same mindset and go out into the real world to my job and friends and spread the message that Jesus lives. You can't keep a message like that to yourself and you're not in Heaven yet, so you know there is going to be some opposition. As the Summer comes to an end I reflect on how how perfect everything was. I was able to spend quality time with my sister and hear the word of God and eat great food :) Lol, my trip was the best! It's like if the Lord doesn't do anything else for me, he has already done enough! Be blessed.

Random Odd Things that fascinate me. Like... Blogs I never posted.

I like this shirt but I really don't know why but anyway I would totally wear it. Yes, it's a dudes shirt but who cares? I think I like it because it's kinda scary looking but the movie was really lame. You know, like it was really fake. I laughed at all the scary parts...anyway, I found it on ebay for 15bucks.


I don't really know what this picture is suppose to represent but, this is kinda how I feel right now while I'm going on my "hair jorney."  It's overwhelming. I don't really get why they put that thing on her eye though. That's strange...

Friday, July 9, 2010

Batman Part 6 Cindy's Version


Esperanda sat by the window contemplating on how she would kill him. Once he was dead the city would be hers to control. For five years he had been ruining her plans. He needed to suffer. A crashing noise interrupted her thoughts. It would seem that her sleeping concoction had worn off. She loaded her pistol and slid it into the top of her boots. They could have been partners but he would never agree to her terms and she enjoyed playing by her own rules. Only one of them could walk out of this building alone. Her plan had worked just as she knew it would.  She walked into the dim room where she held him captive. He was no longer tied to the chair. She knew he wouldn't be. Batman was .... different but, he wouldn't hurt a female, would he? She took a step into the room and gasp as his hands rounded her neck. "Take one step and I'll snap your neck." His tone was low and menacing. She wasn't sure how he had managed to get out of the device she had worked so hard on but it didn't matter. So, Batman wasn't such a good guy after all. He would kill her if he had to, she thought to herself. She didn't respond as she jabbed her elbow into his side. She hated him. Batman twisted her arm behind her back as he faced her. "I could kill you right now, Esparanda. Let's make this easy. I'm taking you to St. Christine's Ward and you will stay there. If you try to escape you will be at the mercy of the guards. I suggest you stay there and get the help that you need." She wouldn't resist him this time. She was no match for his physical strength but she would break out of the psychiatric ward and she would come for him again. He was all muscle and no brains. If he had brains, he would have killed her when he had the chance...

Crystal Aikin - Love Him

I've been listening to this song all day! This is my song :) I kept this on blast in the car and I had it on repeat! I love this!

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Aretha Franklin - Bridge Over Troubled Water

I have this CD called, Body & Soul Gospel that I like to listen to in my car. Well, last night on our way to church, my Mom turns to my Dad in my car and said, "Cindy, listen to old people music." I never really thought about it like "old people" stuff. I just listen to good music where women are really singing and are talented. Aretha Franklin kills this song and the piano at the very beginning is superb! I love how soulful it sounds and so what if others don't understand my music taste. It's a free country!In the words of Truth- "I got the right to bump that base if I like" :)



And yes I like this song too... Lol!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Go YaYa! Kudos To America's Next Top Model Contestant- YaYa Decosta

YaYa was on Ugly Betty! I was soo proud of YaYa for not letting Tyra Banks cut off all her hair like she did those other girls. I couldn't understand why she forced those girls to chop of all their hair when she wore a wig every show? Things that make you go, huh/hmmmm?? Well, YaYa threw a fit and remained true to herself. Good for her! Now, out of all of the ANTM winners and participants she is the most successful. She has been on Ugly Betty (that's my show :), Take The Lead, Law and Order, Special Victims Unit and some movie/play with Danny Glover. Power to the people! She is beautiful! Go afro, Girl! Go! Lol!                      

For some reason this picture of her from a movie reminds me of my mom in a photo from back in the day!

Kierra Kiki Sheard: Rise

Okay, Now I can't stop singing Ooooh Ooooh Lalalala :)

Monday, July 5, 2010

Batman Part 5 Cindy's Version


He spotted them early. They were dressed in all black and skullies. He was going up against some of the most clever crooks in the city. Somehow they had manage to break into the small bank along the edge of the city, without setting off any alarms. A civilian nearby had called in when she notice two gentlemen standing suspiciously around the building. This wouldn't be difficult at all. He waited until he saw the shorter of the two signal for their exit. "Going somewhere?" he asked, startling the man. It was always the same with thieves. They either ran or they tried in vain to kill him. It wasn't that he couldn't be killed but it wouldn't happen tonight. They were smart enough to break into a bank silently but they weren't fighters. He could tell by the look in their eyes that they were afraid and their body language showed panic. He pleaded with them sternly, "Drop the money bag."  The two men glanced at each other and then up at a window at the top of the building. He saw a figure standing and peering down on them below. He hadn't notice anyone before. So, they weren't alone but it didn't matter. He would take out the big one first and then run down the short one. He wouldn't kill them. He never did. He just roughed them up just enough so that escaping the cops wouldn't be an option. He took a step forward just as a bullet pierced through the night air. The shorter of the two men dropped to the ground before him.  He hollered in pain and dropped the duffel bag at his feet. There was nothing he could do. Obviously this guy was used as bait. Whoever shot him was not after the money but they wanted him. His companion darted his eyes from the window and then back at Batman. Confusion and regret filled his eyes. "She paid us. I didn't want to. I needed the money." Batman turned his back to the crook. "Get out of here!" he yelled over his shoulders as he ran towards the opening of the building. He smelled her perfume before he saw her. She wore black patent leather boots and a fitted black dress. Her hair fell down her shoulders as she made her way down the stairs. The smell of vanilla filled the air. It was a mixture of lavender and a familiar strange smell... by the time he recalled the scent it was too late. He inhaled the gas and felt his limbs go limp. He heard the sound of her piercing laugh as he fell to the ground. He watched her bow shaped lips form into a twisted smile. She taunted him, "Ha! Batman, you came?" He listen to the click of her heels hitting the cement as she came closer, holding a needle in her right hand. "This won't hurt you. I promise... but then again, promises were meant to be broken." He felt the sharp pain run through his neck. Her laughter rang through the night as he went unconscious.

To be continued...

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Today I felt like the Samaritan Woman...Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not...



I guzzled down so many glasses of lemonade today. It was kind of ridiculous. The weather was soo perfect. It wasn't hot or cold. There was just the right amount of wind to give you a cool breeze every now and then. It was just beautiful but somehow no matter where I went I just kept getting thirsty. I had raspberry lemonade at the restaurant and then we walked past some place that was selling strawberry lemonade and I had to have that too. I just couldn't help myself and It was soo good! I started thinking about how in life, In the past, I always seemed to want more when it came to natural thing like clothes, shoes, books or whatever but, the point I'm trying to make is that everything on this Earth is Temporary! Yes, your body needs water (not lemonade ;) to survive. You have to keep refueling to maintain your health and that's how I feel about the word of God. I've been going back and reading scriptures that I thought I knew everything about but, then when I read it again I realize that I missed out on something. Stay thirsty for God! This is not our home and you can't take any of your material possessions with you. Yes, it may suffice or please you for a little while but not for long. I got this dress a couple of months ago and I just had to have it but now I don't care too much for it. I'm learning a lesson everyday. Don't spend too much money on frivolous stuff because it's not what's important. Living a life that's pleasing to God and making it to heaven is what matters! It's so wonderful to know that when we finally get to heaven, we won't need all of this extra stuff! Continue to stay thirsty for the Lord and seek him before everything else. So, here is my favorite scripture for the day-
John 4:13-15 KJV
13Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 14But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. 15The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Holy Ghost Girl in Sign

My mom and I watched this video together today. This woman did an awesome job with her sign language. I love this song! It's by Canton Jones titled, Holy Ghost Girl.Her facial expressions were perfect. If the video doesn't come up right away, click on the link below that says - watch it on youtube.com. Oh, and remember to temporarily allow the pop ups. Enjoy! Kudos to the Diva in the video! I've often seen sign language in church but never quite like this...

Monday, June 28, 2010

Ziel ~ Genesis


Ok, I don't know how I forgot about these girls but they are the best vocalist on the planet. They are all in their early 20's too. Can you believe it? Not only are they all beautiful but they can sing like something out of this world. The slender one that's in the video below, is no longer in the group. I'm not sure why but the 4girls that are left can sing like crazy. I think I kinda know why but I'll let you decide. I have this CD in my car and I used to play their songs over and over and I kinda wore this CD out! So, I have to go back and crown them Best Gospel Female Vocalist and I'll put Barlow Girls after Kiki Sheard and the Clark Sisters.


Sunday, June 27, 2010

One Blessed Sunday

Today I found myself off the keyboard and near the wall, doing the running man. God is so good I just had to thank him and just let go! I wish that everyone could have been at my church this morning. It was nice to see so many visitors and the alter call line stretching. I even felt like shouting during Sunday School. I was so glad to hear one of our young Deacons tell of his vision, that he had received from the Lord.
Acts 2:17 KJV
And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams
Both Sunday School and Morning Worship centered around preparing ourselves for the coming of Jesus Christ. I thank God for allowing me to be under such good teaching :) Thank You, Lord!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Batman Part 4 Cindy's Version

Justin watched as Stacy rounded the corner. This was going to be interesting. Not only was she delusional but she was a criminal. A feisty criminal. The events that had just occurred could and should land her in the slammer overnight, but just as the thought came to him, he dismissed it. He would never report what she had done. He found himself sympathizing with her and her actions although they were unnecessary. He contemplated whether he should follow her. The woman was clearly accident prone. He pulled himself together and crossed the street. As he opened the door to the diner he heard the door chimes announce his arrival. Mike looked up from what seem to be the biggest burger that was probably on the menu. "Man, what took you so long?" He thought about what his friends reaction would be if he told him what was really going on... of course he knew that he wouldn't. "I had to take a phone call. My cousin is in town for a short while, so I have to run. I'll catch a cab so don't bother rushing." Mike nodded his head, "I'll catch up with you back at the station." his partner muttered something under his breath that Justin almost didn't catch. As he left the diner he thought about Mike's comment. He was right. This wasn't turning out to be such a good celebration but for as long as he could remember, his days had always been interrupted by the problems of others. It was a part of his life now. He pulled a tiny black device from his phone and pressed the familiar blue key. Moments later his ride arrived. Only he was aware that nobody was driving it.
~Stacy~
She didn't slow her steps until she was sure that he hadn't followed her. She looked both ways before entering a Subway restaurant that was on the street corner. While she was running she realized how she had recognized the voice of the stranger. It was Justin. Her Justin. This was impossible. Justin was a cop? She wondered why his occupation never came up during any of their conversations. She had never thought to ask. She shook her head and took a seat by the window. It was a small world. She would have never thought that he would be a cop. Cops were pathetic and weak in Shanadoah City. All they did was stand by and watch as innocent people were mugged and killed everyday. The criminals ran the City and everyone knew it. He was definitely not the person she thought he was but somehow she still felt embarrassed by her actions. If he recognized her, which he hadn't let on then he probably thought she was some kind of lunatic. She didn't want to explain things to him so she had kept running. He couldn't help her anyway. Nobody could...
~Justin~
He parked  his car in the alley and made his way to the restaurant. She was so predictable. Why was he even going in to talk to her. He probably shouldn't but for some reason he felt drawn to her. Almost as if he were responsible for her. She couldn't take care of herself, of that he was sure. She would only be a problem to him. He stopped half way down the alley and began making his way back to his car. He was strict on keeping his personal life and business separated but he owed her an explanation. He didn't have to tell her everything so he wouldn't. He would just give her enough to pacify her and make her give up on this ridiculous search of hers. He turned and made strides to the front of the restaurant. He spotted her as he pushed open the door. He pretended not to notice the sharp intake of her breath and the eye rolls she directed at him. He pulled up a chair and tried to maintain his patience. He recalled a scripture his mother would say before she passed away. It was one of the few things he remembered about her. Before he began he said the scripture to himself -A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. "I apologize for what just happened. It wasn't the way I envisioned our first encounter." Her facial expression seemed to relax and she unfolded her arms and with a straight face, she replied, "So, you didn't come here to arrest me?" He wondered for a moment if she was being sarcastic. Obviously she was trying to be difficult but he wouldn't let it get to him. He explained to her that he was only doing his job. "Can you give me a break, woman?"  He watched as she studied him. "I certainly gave you one considering the fact that I was the one assaulted in broad daylight." That brought on a chuckle from her. " I guess I can do that." she responded. She placed her hands out on the table and leaned forward. That had to be a good sign, he thought to himself. He loosened his tie just as he felt the vibration go off in his right pocket. He sucked his teeth and immediately stood up. "I'm sorry I have to go, duty calls." She looked a little disappointed but he couldn't be sure. "I'd like to call you tonight, if that's okay?" She gazed up at him before responding, "I'd like that very much." He was a bit shocked but relieved at her response. He knew he had to run. Someone was in trouble and he couldn't be late. He turned and and walked out of the restaurant towards his car that was parked in the alley. The engine started when he was within 10ft. He hit the yellow button beside the steering wheel which sent the car soaring ahead. Today was turning out to be not so bad after all. He took through the dark alleys of Shanadoah City once again, eager to face whatever dangers awaited him...

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Favorite Christian Movies- Random Thoughts...


I'm buggin out right now because normally I would be at the ALA Conference in DC. around this time of year but due to my brother's wedding I'm missing it :( tear! I love going to those conferences but oh well! My brother's wedding is so much more important. I'm so proud of him. I can't wait to turn his room into a closet! Hehe! Well, we watched the movie Fireproof awhile ago and I encouraged him to Fireproof his marriage. My family is so blessed and it's wonderful to have another addition to the family. The movie FIREPROOF is by far one of the best Christian movies out there. I've always thought that firemen were pretty kwel ;) but this movie just made them cooler. It was listed as, "The #1 Inspirational Movie In America." Kirk Cameron did a really good job. The moral of the story is, never leave your partner behind. There was only one part in the movie that I didn't really agree with but overall it was a pretty good movie. I love good Christian movies :) Check it out!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Favorite Bible Verse of the day- Psalms 103


Last Monday I made a vow to God to dedicate 15minutes out of each day to read a scripture and have a talk with him. I know that 15mins is not a lot of time but what started out as 15min turned into 30min and then I just didn't want to stop. All the time in the world belongs to God. I started reading the scriptures with a dictionary in my hand. I used to think that my father was strange for doing this but I guess it kinda rubbed off on me. I'm realizing that although I've been in the church all my life, there is still so much that I don't know. This Summer off is going to be a renewal of my faith. I want a closer walk with Jesus. It's amazing how his love is everlasting and unconditional. He kept me through so many situations even when my mind was not on him. I let so many things distract me and get me off focus but even when we don't always do what we should, God is always there watching over us. I praised God for forgiving me of my sins and having mercy on me. I thanked him for opening my eyes to see situations that were not good for me. I went back and thanked him for things he had done in the past that I didn't even deserve. I asked him to cleanse me and protect me. I'm so happy that he keeps loving me Sometimes when I'm going through the devil will try to confuse me and convince me that God isn't there but God keeps proving himself to me over and over. Sometimes  I'll read a scripture at night and go to church the next day and my Dad is preaching on it or I will hear it in a song. To me that is God's way of saying "I'm here." I know now that what the world has to offer can't compare to what God has for us. I've gotten to the point where I really HATE sin. It ruins your life. God's mercy is sweet and compassionate. Satan's mercy is cruel. Lies, deception, shame, and filth is what he offers. He wants to destroy and God wants to rebuild. I can deal with the persecution from others because it will all be worth it when I see Jesus! I was so glad to have the house to myself today. I walked around worshiping God for being who he is and that's a redeemer, a healer, a savior, an all-knowing, and powerful King of kings. I really mean to strive for righteousness. I won't let anything keep me from God- not friends, money, men or finances. I can admit that there was a time when I didn't listen to the advice of others that I know now God had sent to advise me but I praise God for allowing me another day to repent and get it right. So, no longer will I stress over situations in this life because God holds my life and whatever he decides, I will accept. What God has for you is a million times better than anything anyone could ever offer you. Thank you, Jesus!
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Psalm 103 (King James Version)
1Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
2Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
3Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
4Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
5Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.
6The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.
7He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.
8The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.  9He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.
10He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
11For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
12As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
13Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.
14For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.
15As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
16For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.
17But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;
18To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.
19The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.  20Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.
21Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.
22Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Hahaha!! I found this pretty funny! :)

This is the African American version of Cinderella that came out in the 1970's. They titled it Cindy! Hahaha! This is soo not right. You can't even find or order the DVD online but I heard it was a pretty good movie. The clip is... well, interesting... lol
http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=728669

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Batman Part 3 Cindy's Version

~Stacy~
Stacy quickly showered and dressed, choosing a black wrap dress and pumps. She had called her boss earlier and took the day off. It was no way she was going to work under all of her stress. Mr. Milner had agreed and had given her the day off. He was a kind old man with brown skin and toffee colored eyes. Unlike a lot of her co-workers, his smile always reached his eyes. He was in his late fifties and happily married to a retired teacher. His hair was salt and pepper gray and rarely did she ever see him without a shirt and tie. He was somewhat of a father figure to her and she always enjoyed being in his company. She felt a little guilty taking a sick day at such short notice but she had to get to the bottom of all this. Besides, Mr. Milner's birthday was coming up on Friday so she would pick up a gift for him while she was out. She felt better about her plan already. She grabbed her purse from her night stand and rushed down the stairs. She didn't know what time the laboratory opened on Wednesdays. Breakfast would have to wait...
~Mr. Milner~
Jack Milner closed his briefcase, stood up and straighten his tie. He had started this company on his 24th birthday. He didn't have a dime to his name, just a dream and a vision. He had gone far. He had everything a man could ever want in life. He was working in his dream career as a Director at one of the most well-known publishing agency in the state and he made good money. He had married his true love 34 years ago and she was still as beautiful as the first time he laid eyes on her. He never had a daughter but he was blessed with 2 sons. The oldest son, Nathaniel had married and started his own family. However, Tony the youngest son had yet to marry. He wished that he would settle down with a sweet girl like Stacy. He recalled when he first met Stacy. She had come to him fresh out of Junior college. She was a persistent and hard working girl with big lost eyes. There was something missing. Later as their relationship developed he learned that her father had passed away when she was 12yrs old in a fatal car crash. She had witness the accident but never emotionally recovered from it. She was protective of her mother who had turned to alcohol to deal with the lost. Jack had decided to take her under his wing and she had been with the company for quite some time now. She had always confided in him. While he made his way to the conference room for his meeting, he wondered why today she hadn't...
~Justin~
It was 12:30 in the afternoon and he and his partner had already made one drug bust. His partner Mike was like a frat brother to him. He had taken a bullet for him back in September. They normally ordered in for lunch but today they had decided to celebrate. There was a new Hamburger joint that had just opened on Lincoln Street. It wasn't the classiest place but it would do the job. As he turned into the parking lot he spotted the black Lexus sc10 convertible. The driver hurriedly backed into a No Parking Zone area. Justin looked out towards the hamburger joint and then back at the shiny car. He shook his head. "You gotta be kidding me?" Mike got out of the car, stretched and headed towards the front door of the Restaurant. "I'll leave the light work to you. I can't work on an empty stomach."  He turned to look at the convertible again before going inside. "Looks like a bougie one to me. I'll order a round of drinks cause it looks like you're gonna need it." He listened on as Mike cracked up on his own joke. Neither Mike nor Justin drank alcohol. It slowed you down. Thinking fast came with the job. Mike always avoided giving women tickets and Justin would rather go up against a drug Lord any day. He got out of the car and looked both ways before crossing the street. Shanadoah women were crazy...
~Stacy~
Stacy checked her purse to make sure the letter was inside. She would have it screened for fingerprints. Someone would be sure to help her in the Lab. She was lost deep in thought when she heard a tapping sound on her car window. She looked up and squinted at the tall figure standing beside her door. He wore shades and a agitated expression. Clearly he was handsome. She wished she could see his eyes. She hated cops. Her curiosity wore off and she became annoyed. He rotated his pointing finger, signaling for her to roll down her window. "Yes, officer." she replied. "You do realize that this is a No Parking Zone?" Her heartbeat quickened. She knew that voice. How did she know that voice? She opened the car door and stood in front of him. "Look lady, get back in your car." She took one step backward and lost her balance. The officer reached out and grabbed her just as a vehicle zoomed passed. "Do you have some kind of death wish or something woman?" The officer stared at her behind his shades. "If you don't calm down, I'm taking you down for resisting an officer." She was tired of men calling the shots. In the last 48 hours it seemed that none of them could be trusted. She lifted her foot half way off the ground and kicked him as hard as she could...
~Justin~
Justin doubled over in pain. This was ridiculous. She was beautiful but by far the craziest woman he had ever met...

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

So Many Books; So Little Time... :)

First let me just say that I am known for reading 3 to 4 books at a time. It relaxes me and it helps me think. I know that this may sound a little dorky but sometimes I'd rather stay at home with a good book rather than have a night out. It all depends on my mood. So, today I decided to blog about what I'm reading right now. So far, Romantic hand knits is pretty decent. I love the skirts and I find it fascinating that if you know how to knit you can make some pretty cool stuff! Seriously, like who knew?? I always thought that knitting was for old people. This book has completely changed my point of view...
I'm also reading the self help book below. It covers like EVERYTHING! Like- Health, Fitness, Eating right, Happiness, Beauty, Style, Sex, Money, Relationships, and Home. I found some helpful information on all of those categories. There was only one that I had to skim over! lol! Yeah, but the Fitness section was pretty cool :) I'm looking forward to trying some of the workouts... I guess? NOT! lol! But I learned how to "steam away" sinus troubles which is really helpful considering I have sinus troubles. Sniff, sniff... :) I had mixed thoughts when I got this book but so far it's really good. She starts off asking the question "What am I here for? What is my purpose?" The book is really motivating. She included topics like, "Check Your Motives," "Do What You Love," and "Dream Big!" So, yes. I can get with that :)
I'm also reading a fiction book titled, Zora's Cry. There is a Reading Group Guide in the back so that you can have a Women's Group Discussion or Book Club. The book is really deep and it brings up issues that Young Adults and Middle Age people face in the church. So far, I give this book 5stars. I've cried and I've laughed out loud and I'm only on Chapter 21. There are 42 chapters in the book. So I guess you can say I'm about half way through...

Well, that's all for now...next I'll be reading one girls life story on growing up in a Polygamous sect and how she broke free from the community. I'm a little hesitant to read it but my curiosity always gets the best of me :)
~An apple a day is good for your body; a chapter a day is good for your mind.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

My Frustrations!


I'm a little frustrated with the keyboard right now. It's tough trying to play all the chords correctly. My fingers hurt and my head hurts :( I feel like giving up. I watched 2 people play Donnie McClurklin's song "I Call You Faithful" on Youtube.com today and they played it so well. I'm so jealous!! Playing really helps to keep me grounded but it's always hard for me to cope when I don't catch on right away :(


Saturday, June 12, 2010

Pippi Longstocking

Yay for Pippi!!! Pippi Longstockings ROCKED! :) This video cracked me up. It's like a blast from the past. I loved this show growing up and that's probably one of the reasons why I'm so silly. Pippi was the coolest little Sweedish girl. She was always carefree and loving. I loved her most because of her superhuman strength. It made the show hilarious. She would pick up horses, grown men and anything or anyone that bothered her. Pippi was super cool! lol I have so many wonderful childhood memories. Aaaww... I wanna go back! Back in the days things were less complicated. My hardest decision was what flavor lollipop to buy and which game to play on a Summer night. I thank God for it all... :)The funniest part of this video is the end. Lol

Friday, June 11, 2010

Part 2 Batman- Cindy's Version


~Stacy~


... Stacy was awaken by the sound of a blaring lawnmower nearby. The neighbors must have started in early today she thought to herself as she listened to the steady hum of her ceiling fan twirling above her. She buried her head into her pillow with full intentions of going back to sleep. Her head felt as if she had been kicked by wild horses. What on Earth had happen to her last night? She couldn't remember. She scratched her head as she pondered the question. It was only then that she felt the bandage that was wrapped around her temples. It all came rushing back to her! The night in the alley. The stranger that had attacked her and the mysterious man who had protected her.
Panic rushed through her body. How had she gotten home? Had someone been in her house!? She set up quickly. All the blood seemed to rush straight to her head. She felt sick. Whoever had brought her home could possibly still be in her house. Did that mean that she was safe or in danger? Clearly she had been unconscious when she was brought home. She remembered the man in the mask. He had saved her. He wouldn't be holding her captive here in her own home? Or would he? She had to get out of here and fast! She felt the bandage at the top of her head and stared in the mirror that was place strategically in front of her bed. Someone had placed the wrap neatly around her head. It was almost... professional? This was crazy! What would she tell the cops?
She slowly placed her feet on the cold wooden floor. She was careful not to make a sound. She hadn't heard any movements in the house but that didn't mean that a criminal wasn't still there. He could have planned the whole thing! He could be downstairs waiting for her. She had to think fast. The stairs was not an option but how else would she get out of the house? She stared at the door praying that the door nob wouldn't turn and reveal a stranger. It would probably be the last person she'd ever see. Think Stacy! Inside she was screaming. She was trapped in her own home!
She looked around her room that was once a place of relaxation and warmth. She couldn't just sit here and wait for him to come and get her! Her eyes wandered over the top of her big red oak dresser set. It had been a gift from her mother. Oh, God! Her dear mother! She fought to keep the tears from falling down her heart shaped face. She choked backed the sobs that threaten to leave her throat. Her tears stung in her eyes. For as long as she could remember it had always been just she and her mother. Her mother would be devastated.
Another female found dead in Shanadoah City. It wasn't uncommon.
She wiped away her tears and peered at her dresser again. Suddenly she had an idea. She could push the dresser in front of the door. That would keep out the criminal and then... hopefully that would give her some time to think of an escape. She knew it wasn't the best idea but she had to do something. She walked slowly to the dresser. As she rested her hands across the top of the wood, she positioned herself to push as hard as she could... her eyes focused on a white piece of paper. It was placed under a bottle of her perfume
The letters were sharp and neat. They seemed to stand out from the white crisp paper surrounding them. Was this some kind of sick joke? She had never seen that writing before... she picked up the paper and began to read it quickly.
It said...
Dear Stacy,
You are safe. I did what any stranger would do under last nights circumstances. I found your address in your wallet. I know that you have questions. Forget them. Forget me. DON'T TRY TO FIND ME! You would only be putting yourself in danger. ~B
Stacy jumped at the piercing shrill and vibration that was coming from the front pocket of her jean skirt. The sound had shooked through her whole body. She pulled her blackberry from her pocket and focused on the blue tinted screen. It was an incoming call from Justin. The man she had been anticipating a call from last night. It was ironic. Last night she had been dying to talk to him and now she felt as if she was going to pass out and die any moment from sheer fear. Her chest felt as if it were on fire! She coughed violently. She needed to-BREATHE!! She had been holding her breath while reading the strange letter.
She steadied her hands and pressed the answer button on her phone. Justin's voice came in deep and strong. "Stacy, I've been calling you all night. I was worried when you didn't answer."
Stacy held the phone in a death grip to her ear but she didn't answer. Should she tell Justin about what had happen in the last 24hours? What would he think? She didn't know what to make of her current situation herself. She struggled to come up with a decent response. She couldn't concentrate. I... I ... I gotta go, she stammered as she terminated the call. She knew she should tell Justin or someone but she couldn't... not yet. Not until she had figured things out on her own. There was one main thing on her mind at that moment... She had to find out the identity of the man in the mask. It would be hopeless to involve the cops. She didn't need protection from him anyway. He had saved her life after all and everyone knew that the cops in Shanadoah City were unreliable. She rested her weight on her dresser and peered out her window. She never left her window open. Her bedroom window looked as if it had been pried open. She was on the second floor. There wasn't a tree or stairs leading up to her room from outdoors. This was getting stranger by the minute. She stared out her window as the wind danced beneath her curtain... She would never be able to rest in this home again without answers. She had so many questions. She had to find the man in the mask...

~Justin~ Justin stared at his cellphone as the light flashed off. Stacy was clearly not herself this morning. It was obvious that she was upset. He wished that he could take the day off and comfort her but he had a busy day ahead of him. So many people relied on him to get the job done. His job was his life. He didn't have time in his life for much of anything else. Stacy would be okay and he was sure of it. Besides, women always overreacted. That was mainly why he had decided to remain a bachelor. He needed to remain focus. Unfocused men didn't survive long on the rough streets of Shanahoah City. He strapped on his badge and made his way out the door towards his vehicle. He didn't regret the life he chose. He put his car in drive as he headed towards Shanadoah City Police Station. He stopped at the light as an older pedestrian made her way across the street. Another day of fighting crime he thought to himself as the light turned green. Another day on the streets of Shanadoah City...




Thursday, June 10, 2010

Untitled

I couldn't decide what title I wanted to use for this particular post. I thought about using -keeping the faith? Clearly the woman below had some tremendous faith and that's how I'm trying to become. Well, drop down below and let me explain...




There is an old saying that goes, Even a broken clock is right twice a day...
I used this statement because...This had to be the longest day ever known to mankind! Everyday gets longer and longer as Summer approaches. This whole year has been one of the hardest years of my entire life. Everything seems to be getting harder. Maybe I'm just having growing pains but please Let Freedom RING! I'm trying to hold on to my sanity and picture a brighter day. I can almost taste the lemonade and watermelon that I plan on consuming all Summer long :) I'm envisioning myself in a quiet place. I can't wait to have more time in the day where I can just meditate on the Lord and read my bible and a good Christain book without so many distractions. I've been stressing over so much. The year hasn't been completely bad. There have been some really good days actually. It's just that some days have been more difficult than what I've been accustom to.
I heard this song that kinda summed up everything I've been feeling lately. It was based off the saying I mentioned above. It goes like this-

-It feels like my clock is broken and even then it's right twice a day. Being in this holding. Fighting with emotions. What's the matter? You are my source, my strength, my sword, my shield. Lord the miracle that I need is right NOW!-

I know that God is always on time and that he won't put more on me than I can bear so I'm keeping my faith and my JOY. There are so many examples in the Bible of how God came through just when things seemed impossible.

If I could just touch the hem of his garment... I'm totally relating to the picture above based on the story in the Bible about the woman who was sick for years and then she touched the end of Jesus robe and was healed instantly. Notice the foot that's on her... Sometimes I feel just like that! I feel as if things in life are stepping on me trying to hold me down but I'm still reaching out to Jesus. The Bible doesn't say that she was stepped on but I can imagine that it was a struggle for her to reach Jesus through the crowd. I'm encouraged because I know that if God can heal the sick and raise the dead like he did in Luke 8:40-56 then surely he knows about my problems and yours and he knows how to solve them.

Nobody told me that the rode would be easy but I don't believe he brought me this far to leave me. ( I love that song)

Be blessed and encouraged :)