1. Betty White's "Off Their Rockers": I am all about "The Golden Girls." I TIVO that show and watch it whenever I'm relaxing at home and/or while I'm doing my hair before work. Those are my TV friends right up there with "Living Single" and a couple folks from "A Different World." But Betty White's new prank show entertains me far more. I can't get enough of watching these seniors play jokes on their younger victims. I rewound the old guy skateboarding at least five times and took the DVD to my grandfather's house so he could see it. Damn DVD wouldn't play in his DVD player, but I'll be back again because I want him to see it.
2. Jarod's front on "Real Housewives of Atlanta": The other guys who did the foot and hand massages and fed women strawberries were all well and good. But that's regular stuff. This Kenyan guy Jarod stepped into Kandi's shop with the kind of sexy that just doesn't show up everyday. I was honestly stunned looking at this man with his shirt off. He's got a young face and looks a little bashful, but he took that red shirt off and I paused my television. I rewound him turning around at least five times. I've seen handsome guys before, but this is that strong raw appeal. *round of applause for Jarod's parents for creating him and to whatever workout equipment he uses*
3. Jarod's back on "Real Housewives of Atlanta": I don't care that I mentioned him in #2. He deserves a separate entry just for how he takes care of the back of himself. Yes, his pants could've hid his boxer briefs a little, but they sat at a tasteful angle. Give this man a standing ovation!
5. Getting errands done: I know this seems like a goofy thing to be smiling about, but I feel like I've accomplished some real stuff when I get all of my errands done. I woke up today and did five loads of laundry, went to the grocery store, went to the mall, cooked lunch, worked eight hours, did yoga and still have time to chill. To be able to have enough energy and time management to get this stuff done makes me happy.
6. Ellen's best celebrity scares: I watched this video and cried laughing at some parts. When Taylor Swift fell, that sounded like it hurt. Steve Harvey's scare was one of my favorites but it's not on this video. Click here to see his.
7. CNN's "Kids on Race": Although there were parts of this program that were disturbing, others obvious and some eye opening, I smiled because I think I'd have had a positive outlook if I took this test as a kid. The reason I say this is because my mother was absolutely adamant that I be friends with a diverse group, go to a diverse high school and I don't recall there ever being a negative word spoken about different races from anybody when I was growing up. My father would make sure I went to company family events with him and introduce me to kids of all ages. On Saturday, I was browsing through photos of my seventh birthday party (surprise party) and I had a diverse group there. It's strange because as an adult I've heard a few folks I've known all of my life make some really strong comments about race that I didn't even know they felt. It caught me by surprise but caught them by surprise when I didn't co-sign (and it's not going to happen!). But the perk of being raised in a household to be open-minded about race is that it's far more difficult to sway my opinions. I have absolutely no patience for racism regardless of what others may think. I went through an incredibly angry stage in college because there was so much blatant racism, but even when I came home from school, folks had to reel me back in. You can't change everybody's opinion on race, but at least I can confidently say mine is in perspective. I would've preferred to stay in the naive state I was in before college, but it is what it is. At least I can say I am truly comfortable around a diverse group and can/will talk to anybody.
8. Giving my great great aunt a manicure: This was more for her than it was for me, but that girly stage never quite goes away. She had chipped nails and I took that as an opportunity to pounce. Nail polish remover. Nail polish (had it with me but couldn't polish a few toes because my sandals would've messed them up, did it at her home). Cotton balls. Soapy water and a bowl. I was ready to roll. It reminded me of my nail design days in elementary school. I was doing everybody's nails back in the day. Small things like spending time with her and her saying she "feels pretty" make my day. At 30, I want to feel pretty and at 100, I know she does, too.
9. Signing the "thank you" book at the library: My neighborhood library is currently planning some kind of townhall meeting about why it shouldn't close. There are two library ladies (Jeanette and Emma, I think those are their names) who are always really nice to me when I come. I like it when they check out my books or chat for a bit. They're both always busy, but every single time, they're nice. Jeanette reminds me of a cousin of mine named Faye, a little edgy but funny as ever. I didn't go to the townhall meeting (not sure I can) but I did sign the "thank you" book to let them know I appreciated them. They're good people and I love libraries. Anytime I see a bookstore or a library close, it's draining. But let's keep this blog on a brighter note, shall we?
10. Cookie Dough ice cream: This goes against my whole health streak and trying to be more conscious of portion control, but Market Pantry has a great (and economical) brand of cookie dough ice cream. Go Target! You never disappoint.