Happy Mardi Gras, I guess...

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

When I turned on the news this morning they were talking about the bitter sweet Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans today. There were people already posted on Canal Street, as well as Napoleon and St. Charles Ave.


Watching the people and listening to the members on the Krewe of Zulu (the first Black Social Club allowed to parade) spoke about their efforts in making sure that their infamous Krewe did roll through the streets of New Orleans today. It just brought tears to my eyes to see my home, the place where I was born and raised struggle to make sure their parades still ran. People that are not from there may not realize the significance of Mardi Gras and how special it is. It is a celebration before the season of Lent which is the represent the 40 days and 40 nights that Jesus spent in the dessert preparing for His ministry. Christians today use this period of time for introspection, self examination, and repentance, and they celebrate prior to this period. Mardi Gras was originally a festival before the "fasting" during the season of Lent. That it is what Mardi Gras continues to be for me and my family.

Having Mardi Gras parades is synonymous with the New Orleans I knew and loved. It was something that I like many others took for granted.




It just brought tears to my eyes. I was just thinking about the 2000 people that are still missing there and the 1000 bodies that have yet to be identified. I think about all those mothers and babies, and the elderly, and poor out there just suffering in the heat with no food or water. It just makes me so sad to think that my New Orleans will never be the same again. Every time I went to New Orleans I would ride by the house that I grew up in and now that home is probably no longer there. It just hurts me to my heart.

But enough about that…



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This past weekend I went down to S. Florida with my sister help her find a place to stay. She found a beautiful apartment. A 1200 sqft 2bed/2bth. I mean this place is the bomb! She will be moving on this Friday. Yep, my homey is gonna be outtie.

When I got back in town, I had the hardest time going to sleep Sunday night. It was a combination of not wanting to go to work the next day, coming to grips with my sister moving away, and arguing with my male counterpart. Grrrrrrrrrr…….

~Sigh~

Anyhoo, I stayed up too late Sunday and woke up early on Monday because I’ve started exercising in morning again. That seems to be the only way that I will actually do it. I stayed up a bit too late again last night so now I’m paying for it. I’m telling you, waking up at 5:45am to squeeze in some exercise before work is very hard for a sleepy head like me. I was so sleepy at work today and I’m still sleepy as all hell. As soon as I eat I’m taking my azz to bed tonight. I will not be staying up surfing the net, bloggin, and watching TV tonight!

I've doing about 45 mins/day with my exercise. I just hope that I can maintain. I used to be really committed, but the last couple of months I've been such a damn SLACKER!



For dinner I cooked some White Chicken Chili”. I tried a taste and I must say it is pretty damn good!

Click here for the recipe!







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"If you see someone without a smile today, give them one of yours!"
 
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In Honor of My 100th Post

Sunday, February 26, 2006
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Can you believe it?

I have posted to my blog 100 times and had over 13,000 visitors since joining the blogosphere in October of 2005.

It took me quite a while to start my own blog. It was something that I was very curious about and really wanted to do, but I never took the time to create one because I thought that it would be too hard to create and maintain.

Now that I have it, I don’t remember how I spent my internet time before. I’ve always been an internet junky, but what was surfing obsession before I started blogging (smile)?

Whether you read my blog regularly, occasionally, or even if you are here for the first time, I thank you.

I’m sending BIG SHOUTS OUT to all of the readers that have made me feel special by gracing me with their presence on my blog. Thanks for the funny stories, words of wisdom, encouragement, laughing with me, crying with me, and loving me just for me!




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Your Weekly Slice of H.A.M.

Thursday, February 23, 2006
Before I start with the HAMs, I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for all of the kind and thoughtful words of encouragement. I have been going through a really rough time and I appreciate your advice and you trying to cheer me up.

Special shout out to Freaky Deaky who was the first one to try ot cheer me up with what he calls a "corny joke". That joke actually did make me laugh and the rest of the comments made me feel much better as well.

Also Happy Birthday shout out to my sister Accomplice!


Thanks guys!!!
My Bloggin Buddies Are The Best!



Looks like a box of used crayons!


Damn!



Damn Fab!


How in the hell you let this fugged up photo get out?




WTF???
Ugly and Uglier

This is the tru meaning shitty ghetto mess!



Rainbow Bright



Where they think they are going in this bullshyt?




Ice T and his skanky ass wife.








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Now that you've seen the HAMs,
I would like to show you some of my favorite towels.


The towel are plush and great colors, don't ya think?



Great towel





Love this towel to

Blue is my FAVORITE color!

Hehehe


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Still "N" Search of Ecstasy and I'm out!

"If you see someone without a smile today, give them one of yours!"


 
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Smile 4 Me Daddy

Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Their parents have no clue I'm positive of that!!!







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Still "N" Search of Ecstasy and I'm out!

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I Got The Bluez

Monday, February 20, 2006

EDITED @ 9:12pm on 2/21/2006


I don't know how in the world I forgot to mention this when I orginally published this post last night, but on top of everything else that has been bothering me, a friend and former classmate (grad school and under grad at FAMU) of mine did not show up to work on February 3, 2006 and has not been seen or heard from since! This is extremely disturbing to me (to say the least).

She is a 30 y/o black female who about 5'6 and is four months pregnant. Her name is Ali Lisha Gilmore. She and her husband are separated, but they were trying to work it out last I heard. I saw her a month ago and she is very visibly pregnant. I pray that nothing has happened to her.

If anyone knows of Ali Gilmore’s whereabouts please contact the Tallahassee Police Department at 850-891-4200 or call Crimestoppers at 850-891-HELP (4357).

For more details regarding Ali, please click here.

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This past week has been a very difficult one for me. I have been so down that I did not want to even write about it.

Writing about my feelings gives me entirely too much time to focus and concentrate on them, so for the past week I’ve avoided this.

Those that know me know that I spend a great deal of time talking on the phone. Speaking with my five sisters, all of whom I am extremely close to, takes up most of that telephone time because on any given day I speak to at least 3 of them if not more and even then, sometimes we speak more than once a day. I have two that live here in town with me and the other three live in other areas through the southeast.

At any rate, I received more than my fair share of devastating news via the telephone last week. The first came the morning of Valentines Day (last Tuesday). I receive a call from one of my sisters with news that was GREAT for her. She was calling to tell me that she had just gotten a job in South Florida w/a significant salary increase. Selfishly I was less than excited. I cried and cried when I got off the phone with her.

Its not that I was not happy for her because this is a wonderful opportunity, it’s that I cannot believe that after all these years she is moving 5 hours away from me. She is like my ‘ride or die’ sister. That someone that I can always count on to be there for me and now she is leaving.

What am I going to do without her?

My feelings are mixed because I'm happy for her, but sad for me ;-(

People who know me, know how crazy I am about my sisters. I can’t even express to you how much I am going to miss her and how sad I am about this. I knew that she would not live here forever, but I guess I was just not ready to hear her say that she was leaving. But on the other hand, would I ever be?

Later that same day, I received a call from one of my other sisters telling me that my cousin has just found out that they have cancer. This was the icing on the crumbling cake.

After all of that, I consider this past Valentines Day the worst ever. Needless to say, I was in no mood to celebrate!

On this past Thursday I received another call. This time the person that I am seeing called to tell me that his sister was in the hospital because she had just had an aneurysm.

I thought to myself, “WTF else is going to go wrong”?

Man, I have truly had the blues. In addition to all of that, my dissertation chair will not return my phone calls or my emails. I have been trying to get in touch with him for a month and I’ve had no luck! I was rushing to finish my PowerPoint presentation so that I could defend my proposal. Now that I have I can’t even get him to schedule it. That has me very discouraged about school.

Then my diet and exercise program has been a complete bust!!!

I have not lost a fricking ounce (all my fault) and I have not been keeping up with my exercise. I know that the exercise will help with my mood, but I have been in such a slump lately, I don’t have the energy or drive to get it done.

I’m telling you, it sucks to be me!!!


This is Superstar Nic
So Far Away from Ecstasy and I'm out!
"If you see someone without a smile today, give them one of yours!"
 
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Desperate Housewives and Grey's Anatomy

Sunday, February 19, 2006





Do you watch these shows?

I absolutely love both of them. They help me to make it through my Sunday night blues. On Sundays, I always get depressed at the thought of going back to work. Its just something about watching these two shows that helps me to make it.

I know it sounds crazy, but trust me it works for me. On Sunday night, just give me a glass of wine and these two ABC hits and I am oh-tay!




Not to mention, this little hottie Isaiah Washington. He plays on Grey’s Anatomy.


~Sigh~



I’m so in love *giggles*


I have been infatuated w/this man since the very first movie I saw him play in.





James Pickens Jr., Chandra Wilson, Justin Chambers, Katherine Heigl, T.R. Knight, Sandra Oh, Ellen Pompeo, Isaiah Washington and Patrick Dempsey
ABC's Grey's Anatomy


Marcia Cross, Eva Longoria and Nicollette Sheridan


Alfre Woodard, Teri Hatcher, Brenda Strong and Felicity Huffman
ABC's Desperate Housewives


On those nights when you don't feel like going to work the next day, especially after being off for a few days, tell me what is it that helps to make it just a little bit easier?




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Still "N" Search of Ecstasy and I'm out!

"If you see someone without a smile today, give them one of yours!"

 
posted by Superstar Nic at 10:08 PM, | 23 comments

Teen Dies at Florida Juvenile Boot Camp

Saturday, February 18, 2006
This is so fugged up!

Guards at a juvenile-detention boot camp in Panama City, FL severely beat a 14-year-old teenager. As many as nine guards can be seen restraining Martin Anderson. Guards kneed him and wrestled him to the ground, where he was repeatedly struck by one guard, either on his arm or the side of his torso, while he lay still. He was limp throughout most of it and never appeared to offer ANY significant resistance.

The boy died the very next day!

Its my understanding that he was sent to the boot camp for stealing his grandmothers car.




The scenes from the tape outraged his parents and it outrages me as well. His mother said it proved the guards killed her son, despite a medical examiner's ruling that Anderson died from internal bleeding unrelated to the confrontation. That's bullshyt!

Siebert (the medical examiner) said Anderson suffered internal bleeding because he had sickle cell trait, a disorder that caused his red blood cells to change shape and produce "a whole cascade of events" that led to hemorrhaging.

"It was a natural death," he said.





Nic's Take On It


Yeah muthafugging right!

Even the Anderson family attorney, Benjamin Crump from the Law Offices of Parks and Crump , said he was skeptical of the autopsy results and expressed doubt that the sickle cell trait, if it existed at all, could cause such extensive damage to the teenager's internal organs.

Yes, I know I'm no doctor, but I'm not stupid either!

I do not believe that this sickle cell trait cause this severe bleeding. If it is true that this trait had something to do with the bleeding, I still believe in my heart that this still stems from the beating!

It may be possible that once the bleeding began (as a result of the beating), perhaps the sickle trait may have caused him to bleed out more quickly, but that still does not absolve those guards of any wrong doing! That bleeding was still caused by what they did! Nine grown ass men beating on a 14 y/o, please he didn’t stand a chance.


I would be suing the hell outta that facility.


Watch the video and tell me what you think?


War Waging Over Boot Camp Beating Video





Florida Sen. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami, above, speaks at a news conference regarding the death of 14-year-old Martin Anderson, shown in photos at left, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006.



This is a still shot from the video.


Resources for Additional Information on Sickle Cell Trait:

Harvard University: Information on Sickle Cell Trait

Health Conditions and Blood Disorders

St. Jude: Sickle Cell Trait




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"N" Search of Ecstasy and I'm out!

"If you see someone without a smile today, give them one of yours!"

 
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H.A.M. I Am

Wednesday, February 15, 2006
What it be like bloggers?

I hope that everyone has been having a great week. So far my week has been lousy and I had the worst Valentine's Day ever yesterday and believe it or not, my awful day had nothing to do with a man!

Have you ever received a phone call with news that just made you cry? Well I received two of those devastating phone calls yesterday. The strange thing is, the information I got had nothing to do with me really, it’s just my reaction to the news I received I guess. But I’ll talk more about it over the weekend when I have more time to dedicate to writing. Let’s just say when it rain it pours and Super Star Nic is not a very happy person right now.

In an effort to cheer myself up, I thought that I would do my one of my favorite posts…..



HOT AZZ MESS (H.A.M.s)!





"February Mess of The Month"



Now I don't know which one of her girls told her this non-matching shyt was the bomb, but they need to be ashamed of themselves.

Why is it that people don't tell their friend how fucked up they look before they leave the house?

Look at the leopard socks...that shyt round her neck/that shyt round her waist.


No comment! This shyt is ridiculous!


Okay, I guess this is supposed to be a cute pose.


Why in the hell?

What's up with that damn cane?


What possessed them to do this pose?


A mess!

More mess!


Quadruple mess!

Why is the girl with the hot pink on got her leg up in the damn air!?!

No Comment!

Please caption what these two are thinking?


Is Puffy ashamed of his mom at all I wonder?


NO!


Check out home girl trying to be sexy with her tongue all hanging out and shyt.


He's saying "yeah I know you want me"


This is Superstar Nic

"N" Search of Ecstasy and I'm out!

"If you see someone without a smile today, give them one of yours!"

 
posted by Superstar Nic at 7:43 PM, | 57 comments

I Hate Valentine's Day

Monday, February 13, 2006


In order from left to right, the hearts say, "Go Fuck Yourself", "I Lied", "Dumping You on the 15th", "You Suck", "Don't Call Me Anymore", "UR A HO".




Valentine's Day can wreak havoc on the lives of both single and married people alike! It's a ritual that calls attention to who loves whom, who is loved and those who aren't can feel singled out. It drives me crazy.

For those who are single, the day is not usually the favorite holiday of year. All of those red hearts booming with no one for them to give one to or to give them one either. All of those blissful couples flaunting their shared happiness. Valentine's Day reminds them of what they haven't got, a partner and a loving relationship.

For those in relationships or those that are married, it can upset a happy home. In those relationships in which both do not feel equally excited by this special, one person in the relationship may end up disappointed. The wife/girlfriend is sitting and waiting on that romantic gesture that will never come to past. Every now and then it is the husband/boyfriend that goes over and beyond that call of duty and his significant other is no where near appreciative. That would be enough to piss me off.

As for me, I enjoy a cute teddy bear, flowers, and candy as much as anyone could, but over the years I’ve learned not to expect it. I would be lying if I said that I wouldn’t be thrilled to be surprised something romantic tomorrow, but if I don’t get that I would not be surprised. The person I’m seeing is …. well I don’t even know how to explain it really. He just does not think things like Valentines Day are any big deal and he is not alone. A lot of people don’t. He already got me some candy (that I’ve already opened and started scarfing down) and I may get a card or something. Anything above that would be like icing on a cake.

For me, it’s more important to be treated like a queen every day and to get those special surprises all throughout the year and not just on Valentines Day. I want to get those flowers for no special reason at all, not just because he feels obligated to get me something because it’s Valentines Day. It is not about how much money is spent, it’s about how much I feel loved, wanted, and appreciated.

I have no special plans tomorrow. We’ll spend time together and do what we normally do I guess, who knows. Whatever it is will be all good for me! I'm not hard to please.

By the way, I don’t really hate Valentine’s Day! LOL….I just wanted to catch everyone’s attention. I hope everyone gets all their romantic hearts desire tomorrow and every day.

Take care,
~Nic



Play "Kill Cupid



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This is Superstar Nic

"N" Search of Ecstasy and I'm out!

"If you see someone without a smile today, give them one of yours!"

 
posted by Superstar Nic at 10:15 PM, | 32 comments

Monica Arnold

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Am I the only one that did not know that Monica had a baby?

I really think that I am.

I had no clue. I heard rumors from years ago, but this eight-month old little cutie is clearly not her love child from the 10 year old rumors that I used to hear.

Monica and her fiancé, producer Rodney R. Hill Jr., welcomed a son, Rodney Ramon Hill III, into the world on May 21, 2005.

How in the world am I just now finding out about a baby that was born eight months ago! Jeeze!!!

Her next album, Street Butterfly, is set to drop in spring or summer of 2006. This new album will feature vocals from Mannie Fresh, Young Jeezy, and Twista. Jermaine Dupri and Missy Elliot are among some of the well known producers on the album, so it is definitely sure to be a hit! I can't wait to hear it.



By the way, I wanna lighten my hair to that color in about two weeks. I wonder what it would look like on me? I have some hightlights now, so my hair is lighter than it is on my profile pic, but not nearly as lite as Monica's hair here. Her hair (both style and color) is absolutely beautiful.

If my stylist is reading this post, please keep this pic in mind for my next appointment please.

Now I know that I'm late with this and all, but I'm still gonna post some of the pics from her B-Day bash on December 28, 2005. just in case some of you have not seen them and just cause I want to. I love posting pics in case you haven't noticed (smile).



This is Monica and her fiancé.


Very interesting party! Hmmmmmmm.....



Now, maybe I'm just outta the loop, but when did people start wearing shit like this to parties?
My bad, maybe this is one of the Body Tap strippers.


I see Monica has a nice fat tattoo of her man's name on her leg to. Okay, moving on!



Wingo and Juvenile



Just having a good ass time!

Monica, T.I. & Rock


How many of you ladies would throw your
man a party like this for his birthday?
As for the fellows, does this look like the type party you'd like? I bet I won't get too many to say no (smile).



This is Superstar Nic

"N" Search of Ecstasy and I'm out!

"If you see someone without a smile today, give them one of yours!"

 
posted by Superstar Nic at 7:37 AM, | 26 comments