Thursday, July 26, 2012

Crystal Meth Takes a Vacation

Well kids, it's time for my 2nd Annual Passport Girls Vacation.  This time we're going to Costa Rica!  This makes you sad cuz there will be no posts from me for a week.  To comfort you, I'll leave you with a picture of me in a bathing suit.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Party like a Rockstar

So last week was my birthday and I had the most AMAZING week.  For my birthday this year, I celebrated FOUR times.  I know.  But, I'm a lil over the top so of course my birthday celebration had to be over the top.  So I wanted to give you guys a recap of all my celebrations AND what I wore to each one.

Night 1: Harlem Nights
Yall know I *heart* Harlem so of course I had to start my birthday week in my 'hood.  My friends & I hit up all of our usual spots celebrating along the way.  For this night, I wore my new summer fave maxi with the most amazing print and  I paired it with gold accessories.

Dress ~ Walmart
Earrings ~ SoHo
Necklace ~ Aldo

Night 2: Midtown Lounge
For this night, my friends & I hit up a Midtown hotel party.  I haven't been out in ages, so why not go to Midtown for my birthday.  And because I'm getting so old, this is probably the last time I'll be allowed in a club.  This night, I wore this Black peplum dress (I adore peplum) and paired it with my cobra earrings.

Dress ~ Fashion to Figure
Earrings ~ Bebe

Night 3 (My actual birthday): Surprise Party!

Yay, I'm 28!  (Whoa, I'm 28.)  My day started with cards, gifts and this cookie cake from my co-workers.  I loooove cookie cake.

Later that evening, my friends surprised me with a happy hour in Tribeca, cupcakes THEN a dinner at David Burke Kitchen.  If all the surprises weren't enough, the chef came to our table and took a picture with me.

For this day, I wore this white peplum top (again, I adore peplum) and this leopard print skirt.  Ummm, I looked pretty amazing.

Top ~ New York & Co
Skirt ~ Forever 21

Night 4: Birthdays by Div
For the fourth and final celebration, my co-workers and I hit up a Midtown East happy hour.  I have been blessed with co-workers who are also friends so we always have a great time together.  This night was no different!  Since this was the culmination of birthday week, I wanted to wear something fun.  I think this shirt pretty much sums me up!

Shirt ~ Custom Plus

I had an incredible birthday...thank you to everyone who celebrated with me!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

The problem with the WNBA

Do you know when the WNBA season began?  Prolly not.

Do you know the name of your local WNBA team?  Prolly not.

I'm a fan of basketball.  Period.  I am also the sister of a former high school basketball star, so ladies' sports was big in our family.  We've been ride or die with the WNBA since the very first season, 16 years ago.  However, in the last few years the WNBA has been on an amazing descent into oblivion and bankruptcy.  Lemme tell you a few problems with the WNBA:

  1. The play: Now, while the WNBA doesn't have much dunking, it's strong on fundamentals.  But if you're a basketball fan, that shouldn't matter right?  I'll be the first to say it: people like dunking.  That's what makes Blake Griffin & Amare Stoudemire so popular; not their fundamentals but the flash.  But if basketball was just about the flash, we'd all be lining up to see the Harlem Globetrotters.  
  2. Marketing: The WNBA season begins around Memorial Day.  Just as the NBA is entering into playoff season and professional basketball is winding down, there is more basketball on the horizon!  But does the WNBA market to avid basketball watchers? Nope.  They put their commercials on Lifetime in between a tampon commercial and another Rachel McAdams movie.  And the league doesn't know how to market them: are they NBA counterparts or sex symbols? They've tried both, both have failed.
  3. The season: Well, the season is only 30 games, which amounts to like 3 months.  AND during Olympic years, the league shuts down for like 3 weeks since most of their stars are playing for an Olympic team.  What league you know that does that?  AND not to mention they play WNBA games on ESPN: The Ocho and not ABC or TNT like NBA games.
  4. Lesbians: I don't mean this as disrespect to lesbians.  The problem with the WNBA is the lay-person believes the league and the games are only for lesbians.  Now, I applaud the WNBA for being LGBT-friendly; I think they're one of the only sports leagues that openly welcomes everyone.  But that doesn't mean that the WNBA isn't family-friendly as well.  
Well, I say all this to say 2 things: 1) More people, especially MEN, should start watching the WNBA.  If you're a fan of basketball, it shouldn't matter if the players have 2 X chromosomes or one. 2) WNBA, hire me!  I'll make everything better.  I promise! 

Monday, July 16, 2012

Go Girl, It's your Birthday


Instead of writing a post about how awesome I am, I asked the people who are closest to me to share their favorite stories about me:

From my Dad: My favorite story is the original "TED" story.  For Christmas I went from store to store looking for the hottest toy of the year....Teddy Ruxpin; the talking, story telling, book reading Teddy Bear.  Believing they would be plentiful, I waited until mid-December before I started my search.  Well after weeks of searching, I finally found the elusive bear!  So as I sat with my smug, self assured, "Father of the Year" smile knowing my child was going to just love this gift,  I was astonished to watch her begin to cry in fear of this robotic monster.  Little did I know Crystal was deadly afraid of large puppets and even more so automated puppets.  Needless to say, Teddy was returned the next day.

From my Sister: I don't have a favorite story of Crystal, but here are some of the highlights: 

  • Pushing me off the counter as a baby
  • Pulling a knife on me as a youngster
  • Sneaking into Crystal's room after bedtime
  • Riding on a jet ski in Aruba and Crystal singing "Sweet Caroline" the entire time because she was scared
  • Getting our matching Sorella tattoos

From my Mom: My favorite story of Crystal was at the baccalaureate for her high school graduation. The graduation speaker, the pastor of the church, was in the middle of his speech/sermon when he said "The other day, Crystal said..."  I was terrified because I know Crystal and her mouth is sometimes no holds barred.  Luckily, he was referencing a conversation they had where she brought up some really important information, but for a few seconds...I'm pretty sure I stopped breathing.

From my Godmother: My favorite Crystal story is when she was in my Primary Sunday School class, and our then very talkative Pastor stopped by and in his usual style, talked forever to a group of 4-9 year olds.  Upon finishing his talk, he asked if there were any questions.  No one spoke a word.  He then asked if anyone knew what he was talking aobut, and My Lil Diva spoke up.  "My Dad says nobody ever knows what you are talking about," and if that was not enough, she said "my Dad says you go on forever, last Sunday 52 minutes, the Sunday before 48 minutes," and she then proceeded to count down the number of minutes of his last 4 or 5 sermons.  The Pastor vanished, and never returned to the Primary class again.    

Youth Director at Church: My favorite Crystal story was from my days as the Youth Director at our church.  The group was having a conversation on being responsible, respectful, no drinking alcoholo or doing drugs when Crystal asked "Do you drink alcholol?" and I stated well yes, I do Crystal, sometimes.  She proceeded to say it's ok because so does my mom but she calls it "Mommy Juice."  I fell in love with her right then and there...  

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Tick. Tock.

So we all know women have a biological clock.  You know, when your ovaries start to hurt every time you see a lil Brown baby and every "I'm engaged" text sends you into a 2-day depression.  (Oh wait, maybe that's just me.)  Our biological clock seems to really ramp up in our mid-20s.  The mix of the quarter-life crisis and wedding invitations in your mailbox will do that to anyone.  But I wonder, do guys have the same biological clock?

The answer most women will say is no.  To women, especially us single ones, guys still want to have their cake and eat it too; no matter how old they are or how ready we are.  But I beg to differ.  I do think men get to a period in their lives where they're ready to settle down with a wife, have some kids, move to the burbs.  Now, while some guys will hit the snooze button for as long as they possibly can, there are some guys who listen to that inner alarm.  The question is: when will your clock and his clock sync up?

So fellas, do yall have a biological clock?  

Monday, July 9, 2012

Facebook Stalking

Aight, so we've all done it.  Whether you're bored or on a mission, every now & then you get a lil caught up in Facebook stalking.  You click on 1 profile or 1 album too many then all of a sudden you realize three hours have past.

See, there are a lot of different people you can stalk on Facebook:

  • The Ex - You always wanna check up on the one that got away to make sure that he's no longer happy cuz he's not with you.
  • The Ex's Current Girl - Well, you gotta check her out to see if she's cuter than you...she's probably not.
  • Your Crush - How else will you know what his favorite movies/food/TV shows/friends/Bible verses/restaurants are?
  • The Cool Kid - You know this person; the one who vacations in Europe every 2 months and parties in VIP with Jay-Z.
In our social media heavy world, it's way to easy to stalk people with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, hell Google!  So what can we learn from this: A-don't put your whole life on social media and B-whatever you do,  don't get caught.

Who do you Facebook stalk?

Monday, July 2, 2012

Mini Apple Pies

It's that time again, more mini food.  I think I love mini food cuz I don't feel as bad when I eat seven.  Anyway, this time I made mini apple pies.

1 Pie Crust
1 Large Apple
1 t. of Cinnamon
1 T. of Brown Sugar
1 T. of Flour
Lemon Juice

1. Cut your pie crust into small circles.  I used a mug and just traced the mouth of it with my knife.

2. Grease your muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray and place your pie crusts in the cupcake pan

3. Cook your pie crust, uncovered, for 10 minutes in a 450 degree oven (or whatever the package says)

In the meantime....

4. Dice your apple into small pieces.  Add a dash of salt, a dash of nutmeg, and a few squirts of lemon juice.  Then mix in your brown sugar, cinnamon, and flour.

5. Once your pie crusts are browned, place your diced apples in each cup.  They won't fit in perfectly, that's fine.

6. Top your mini pies with a mini piece of butter. (You know what, you can skip this yourself 10 calories.)

7. Bake, covered, for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

These mini apple pies are A-dorbs.  You could top them with whipped cream, or serve them with a spoonful of ice cream or my fav, an ice cold glass of skim milk.  And yes I said skim milk.
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