It's funny that S23 would harp on the timeliness of my updates when SHE has been ghost for ages! Just saying, but then again, that sounds like her, lol.
I am actually off today, so now I can finally focus. So, everything is going on. My baby has chosen a boy scout troop and is about to have his crossover ceremony the end of this month. We're also gearing up for his 5th grade graduation from elementary school. And now, it is once again, baseball season...yay, I suppose. So, he is having the time of his life.
So, what about me? **Deep breath** Well, in January, I was informed that my company was having financial issues. One would think that this is due to the economy, but I feel that some decisions made by upper management could be more to blame. At any rate, as a result, we had a few la.yoffs. I'm no virgin to this and my blog tracks that. Those of us that survived (which is about 95% of us) have to take 3 weeks of furlou.gh time before the end of June (along with other perks being suspended). Today is the beginning of my first week. Technically, my first week was supposed to be during Mar.di Gra.s but I was asked to come in, if I could...so I did. Yes, I went back home to celebrate with fam and friends for MG. No, I did not leave early. This trip was a result of my summer cruise in June getting cancelled b/c of schedulling conflicts. So, I took the money from that and back to New Orl.eans, J and I went (we seem to be averaging every other month). Once I returned, I worked 9 days straight, so today I have elected to not do a damn thing.
And bcuz all of this is going on, I made sure that I partied hard while at home. I got my hair flat ironed for the second time, so that I could be ready for the Zu.lu ball. However, I did get caught in the rain on the way to the airport so I put some flexi rods in my hair the night before to reverse the frizziness. When I say that my dress and shoes came together at the last minute, I mean just that! I didn't want to look as if I were going to prom, but I didn't want to look as if I were a bridesmaid either.
I have been practicing with my makeup lately, adding a few products to my arsenal. So, I had a game plan. I was being rushed while I was getting ready, but altogether, I think that it came together nicely. I felt really good about myself and that was reflected in the way that I pranced around the ballroom. But while sitting at the table, people watching, I decided to text Darius to see if he were there. Within 5 minutes, we were eye to eye. It was good seeing him again...and yes, I was "tested" that night. I passed! I failed on another night though, lol. I don't think that it's really fair to call it a test bcuz I was not fighting with myself. You know what..I'm a grown ass woman. I made my mind up and that's what I wanted to do, so I did it. I had a good time. The end.
I went to the Bac.chus parade on Sunday but I have to say that this was the first time that I didn't see not "nare one" float. I was hanging with my girl, who's hubby is a part of some new social club so we basically sat around, ate, drank, wobbled, talked, and obnoxiously listened to music with the group (until the So.ul Re.bels rolled up and did an impromptu performance...one of the reasons why I love my hometown so much) as the parade rolled behind us. I saw this one guy who was right up my alley...he was pretty, lol, but I couldn't work up the nerve to say anything to him. I felt like a schoolgirl. But his boy, of course, wouldn't get out of my face. I took the latter one's card b/c I refuse to pass up a good networking opportunity and so far, it has been. But eh, such is life.
We were all over the place on Mar.di Gr.as day. We went from the stands, to get a good view of the Zu.lu King and Queen toasts, to a balcony (no shirts were lifted for beads and trinkets). j even made some new little friends and ran off with them.
We closed the day by walking amongst the India.ns. After spending 12 hours on my feet, I was too tired to do anything else. We had an amazing trip. J got to spend time with his cousins and I got to act as if I were a teenager with no responsibilities for a week. And then we came back here. **crickets**
So, this week I plan to clean, job hunt, rest and study for another set of initials that I want behind my name. This test shouldn't be as hard as the PE was, so I hope that I don't go in with the overconfident mindset and bomb it. If I pass it, I will make even more enemies than those the PE created. Something about that makes me smile, lol. I would like to believe that the next time that I go home will be for good but who knows what will happen. If not, my next visit may be in June. J seems to think that I should take the whole summer off so that I could be with him in the N.O. We'll see how that goes as well.