Last weekend started great with me meeting up with a friend back at home and us going to the free concert in Amnesia at Motor City Casino. The headliner was B.O.B. for the Rising Icons 2 Tour on BET. We had a fantastic time after a little foolishness of people taking their jobs way too seriously. Playboy Tre opened up for him and then came back on their track together I Bet I Bust. It was an ATL dirty road good time with good music! We danced a little bit more after the performances and walked around the casino floor before heading home.
Saturday was the funeral for my good friend Sanuwell Landrum. He was a great person that had a passion for educating and preventing HIV. He was in the process of founding S.O.S Stomping out STDs and had done a few keynote speeches around the city. There were plenty of tears that day, but we all know that he is in a better place. The best quote from his service was “Learn like you will live forever, and Live like you will die tomorrow”. It was an opportunity for a lot of my homies to get together and reconnect. We all decided that we need to get together more outside of Holidays, Weddings, and Funerals. From Sam, I learned that you have to leave a legacy here while you can because tomorrow is not always promised. This was also a factor in me actively pursuing my bIg plan.
Random Link of the Day: Zombies (coincidentally, I picked this link a few days ago for my next post; weird huh?)
The new exciting show Detroit 187 is premiering tonight on ABC at 10pm. Of course, when it first came to Detroit, there was a lot of talk about how it would make the city seem even worse than it already does. However, please don’t talk bad about Detroit until you have been there and actually experienced it. A lot of things can have a bad appearance if you go based on statistics and numbers. Numbers have nothing to do with the culture or the people.
I brought my girl Jes home with me since she took me to Baltimore, her home, the week before. There wasn’t too much planned, but there was already a lot going on in Detroit that weekend. We left work a little early that Friday and met up with my twin Philip at Hooters, our classic spot, before spending the rest of the night at MGM Casino Downtown. Jes played her first slot machine just willy nilly. After missing the opportunity to get $20 on the $5 that she started with, I had to give her a little coaching on the slots. There is definitely a system <like playing all the line possibilities>, but ultimately it is still set up for you to lose. It’s just a matter of how much you lose.
Saturday, we went to the opening University of Michigan football game in the new and improved Big House. It was quite chilly in the stands, but we still cheered Denard and the team to victory! We then left there for a quick shopping spree at Northland. (Don’t judge, it was 8:45 and the mall closed at 9.) I bought a new dress and popped a Monster before going clubbing downtown at Kingdom. Boy has that place changed since it first opened. Luckily, we were in VIP or it would not have been the spot for us.
Sunday, we went to my church Kadesh Baptist Church to get our praise on. Following that, we had a shop FEST at Twelve Oaks with purchases from Sephora, Teavana, Forever 21, Lush and many more. We then met up with some of my other friends and dropped by a cookout before heading downtown. The International Jazz Festival was taking place. It was bigger than I thought it would be with vendors and stages everywhere. We all smashed on some elephant ears and walked a little bit on the Riverwalk. And of course, we had to go out again for a night on the town at Amnesia in Motor City Casino.
Monday was Labor Day and spent most of the day sleeping from the 6am bedtime the night before. We went to Arts, Beats & Eats to see one of my homegirls Blu dance for Jai Fears. It was a really good set. Then, it started raining so Jes and I were going to head for the hills. By the time they were finished, it turned out to be quite a lovely day. We spent a couple more hours walking around and looking at the art. Of course, most importantly, the food was so good! I had stuffed pizza, baby back ribs, and a tiramisu shot. Before the -itis hit, we scooped up Cooli and fellow Hoosier Aja and hit the road!
Last weekend, I went to Baltimore, Marylandwith my friends Jes, Bernard and Scoot. We drove the 10 hour trip from Indianapolis starting at 11pm. It wasn’t too bad because we all helped drive. We got there Friday morning and went straight to Chik-Fil-A for breakfast before meeting up with Jes’ family for a little while. We then went downtown to our hotel and just walked around the Inner Harbor before heading to Harborplace and the Gallery for some shopping. We met up with some of our local friends at Nacho Mama’s where they have delicious quesadillas and margaritas. More of Jes’ friends met us at the hotel before all 8 of us went out to Federal Hill. Since it was still quite early, we decided to go to Mad River, a place where we could all be comfortable and order drinks at our leisure. It resulted in a crazy night where we had to take 3 separate cabs to get back home. As Jeff stated “The problem with drinking with employed people is that everyone can afford a round of shots.” What happens in Baltimore…
Saturday, I woke up feeling alright until I took a sip of water. Then all H broke loose. My tummy was greatly angry at me! I eventually narrowed it down to Ultimate Pizza, the random street pizza that I had Friday night at like 2am. It already looked pretty old, but I thought I could still do it. WRONG! I should have known my sensitive stomach well enough to know that he is not please with bad ingredients. However, at the time I didn’t know it was food poisoning and we all still went to the famous Phillips Seafood Express to begin the day. That was right before this pic…
And let me tell you, you don’t even want to know what happened 5 minutes after this picture! Sparing the details, we headed over to Fells Pointwhere there were a lot of little cute shops. Since I was feeling superbad (and not in a good way), I went back to the hotel while the rest of the crew was out.
Saturday night, I was back in the game! While waiting on them to return from dinner, I started crying while watching Trouble The Water, a black documentary about Hurricane Katrina. <Check it out if you can> We all got dressed and walked over to Power Plant and hung out in Mosaic. After a little dancing to “Baltimore style” music, we continued to Watch out for the big girls on our way back to the hotel. Sunday, we spent a little more time with friends at Bahama Breeze, and Jes’ family before hitting the road again. I got back home around midnight and went straight to sleep before having to go to work Monday morning. Baltimore was a lot of fun and gave me a chance to get out of Indy since I had been here for three straight weekends. It was nothing like I had imagined and next time I’ll try to go to the National Aquarium and do more tourist stuff and NOT get sick!
To be clear, it has been 1 year today August 18, 2009 that I officially graduated from the University of Michigan. I walked across the stage December 14, 2008. I knew that I was going to study abroad in Hong Kong for my final semester and knew that I would not being back for the Spring graduation. Upon returning, I took one final math class that summer to complete my Aerospace Engineering degree and minor in Mathematics. It also gave enough time for HKUST to transfer my credits back and put them on my transcript.
When I was first thinking about this blog I was a little nervous because it almost seemed like I haven’t done much in a year. Most of it was composed of moving to Indianapolis, which is a big feat in itself since I didn’t know ANYONE here. But I’ve done that before with living in Cincinnati OH, Greenville SC, San Diego CA, and Hong Kong, but it is definitely scary at first and I always have a taste of regret during the first week.
One huge thing that I am happy about is that my 2 best friends are STILL my 2 best friends! We frequently communicate with each other although we all live in different locations. I also must say that I have made 23 look graceful ::pats self on back:: I still love to change up my hairstyles. This was shown by me doing my big chop right before my last final exam! I never thought that I’d go natural, but moving away from your hairdresser is a good incentive.
Being in a relationship, I sacrificed a lot of myself and that has taught me the biggest lesson of the year: Do not lose sight of myself and my gifts. I have found a church that I enjoy, and God aligned it so that I can tutor there. The kids are all really great and range from about 4 years old to seniors in high school. I think I was put on this earth to share my blessing of understanding math to anyone that finds it difficult and frustrating. I plan to continue doing this, but possibly on a larger scale in the future. I still dance and even made it to the semi-finals to be an Indianapolis Colts cheerleader. Of course, I can’t forget about Cooli. He gives me reason to enjoy going home everyday and it has been a great decision to be a mommy of a puppy. 🙂
I’ve also done two things that I’ve always wanted to do: Walk in the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Walk, and go to New York City! I have wanted to do the breast cancer walk since I was in college in honor of my mother who test after test finds benign cists. It scares us every time and I can imagine how many have gone through the same experience ending with a different result. New York was even more than I have ever imagined. I love it, but I could never live there. Over this next year, I plan to continue my mental growth by learning Spanish and taking Yoga. I am also become more conservative with my body in regards to nutrition. My long term goal is to compete in a half-marathon! Wish me luck 😀
Last weekend I went home again to celebrate Allyson, my best friend’s birthday. After shopping in Canada at Windsor Crossing (expensive for no reason) and Devonshire Mall (fantabulous!), I returned with her gift and hurried right down to MGM Casino for Ultimate Ballrooming. All the girls (and a few guys) sang happy birthday and danced the night away with lots o’ line hustles aka line dances. We sang happy bday and popped some champagne. It was a lot of fun. The next day we had a leisurely stroll downtown and a nice lunch at Starter’s Downtown (never get the peach lemonade, eww).
Then, I was on the road to Cinci. My line sister Kristen and I hung out for a little while before going to a Cincinnati Reds baseball game (clearly I enjoy baseball). It was a lot of fun and a really good game that went to the 10th inning! Afterwards, we watched the beautiful fireworks. Also, that night at 1am, we took Cooli to the 24-hour emergency Vet 🙁 They said he had a cold and gave him a shot and some medicine to take every 8 hours <difficult when you are running around a city on vacation>.
Saturday, we ran a couple errands around the city and ate a very cute brunch place named First Watch. We went home and rested = nap after playing with Cooli. We had plans to attend a day party, but got dressed in enough time to meet Kristen’s friend Allison before heading into the Macy’s Music Festival. We barely walked in on K’Jon (Detroit), we got food and drinks during EnVogue (old and sweaty), and sat enjoying Raheem DeVaughn (my boo), Erykah Badu (weird but love her) and finally Frankie Beverly and Maze (jamming). After leaving around 1am, we strolled through an after party where I saw a couple of people that I randomly knew. It was super cramped and uncomfy. We headed home to sleep the night/morning away.
Sunday, we again went to brunch at Indigo Cafe with Cooli O. where I got to make my own fabulous pasta and Cooli got to enjoy the shade on the patio. I met up with my long-time friend Darnell for some mango sorbet at Graeter’s. After just walking around and telling stories, I lost my phone out there!!! Thankfully, the gas station attendant helped me out before I got too far away.
The weekend was super fun times and helped to keep me distracted from all the foolywang that was happening in other aspects of my life.