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It took me over one month to develop this list, and that makes me kinda sad. I kept my journal close to record the joys that I found in each day. Somedays brought more revelations than others.
Nevertheless, here are the 100 things that make me happy.
1. Caking2. Being in love3. Sunshine on my face4. Days at the beach5. Wearing sunglasses at the club6. Kisses on the neck7. Hersey Kisses with Almonds8. The feeling I get when I complete a difficult task9. The feeling I get when I achieve a far off goal10. Spitting Jay-Z lyrics11. Live music and concerts12. Memories of Sade in Madison Square Garden13. Being mistaken for a New Yorker14. Laughter from babies15. My mother's smile16. Hugs from my daddy17. Long passionate kisses18. My Sorority19. Writing letters20. Writing poetry21. Hot Chocolate on a cold day22. Walks with the one I love23. Recording music24. Giving someone something they need25. A good releasing cry26. Discovering a new route27. A fresh hairdo28. Public speaking29. Chillin by the pool30. Laying out31. Reading a good book32. Orgasmic sex33. A black man in a well fitted suit34. Dancing35. A good workout36. Comfortable Uggs37. A warm blanket on a cold day38. Having an item that makes me stand out39. Giving something to the one I love40. Watching Seinfeld41. Watching Track and Field42. Being treated like a lady43. Handbags44. Singing45. Spelman College46. Smell of Egyptian musk47. 600+ Thread count sheets48. Opportunities to dress up and take cute pics49. Puppies50. Gerber daisies51. Inspiring quotes52. Learning about ancient cultures53. Art and art appreciation54. Calla Lilies55. Connecting with new people56. Getting love from the DJ57. New technologies58. Cocoa butter gel59. Passion fruit (juice, scent, all of it)60. Slow dancing61. A scenic drive62. Masquerade parties63. Cinnamon gum, red hots, and disc candy64. Rags to riches movies65. Coming home to a made up bed66. Comfortable cords67. Creative craft projects68. Crossing things off my to do list69. An unexpected meal when I'm hungry70. Dancing babies71. Unexpected refunds72. New jack swing music73. "Happy Little Clouds" art teacher on WETA74. Celebrtiy gossip from Wendy Williams and TMZ75. Rechargable batteries76. Punctual dates77. Sitting with my grandmother78. The MJ effect in the clubs (excitment when an MJ song comes on)79. Traveling carnivals80. Funnel cakes81. Pizza with mushrooms82. A new charm on my charm bracelet83. Root beer84. Snorkeling85. Cookies and cream ice cream86. Lemonade iced tea87. Boiled peanuts88. Memories of being a tomboy-climbing trees, riding bikes89. Funny family stories90. Symbols of my hometown, Charleston, SC91. Memories of my CMF crew92. Hair appointments that start on time93. Mimosas94. Sleeping late with no place to be95. No car payments96. A day without spending any money97. Things that sparkle98. Driving fast99. Old episodes of dance shows like Soul Train and Dance Party USA100. Social media
Take my black card. Sue me. I don’t care.
I was never uber excited about the return of the show. I wasn’t on it like that when it was on the CW. Maybe I could forecast that a run on BET would prove to be subpar, and from what I’m reading, it was.
So, instead of actually watching the show as it premiered Tuesday night, (1.11.11 meant so much to people because of the show’s return) I just watched my twitter feed for a bit, and waited until the morning, when the blogosphere would be overflowing with commentary about a show that we may soon see why they took it off in the first place.
Sorry Tia Mowry. I really dugg you growing up, and even in your last Lifetime Movie with your sister.
The New York Times covered the return, and the challenges that the show, and Executive Producers Salim and Mara Brock Akil will face going forward on BET.
Blogger Mahoganie Jade, writer of Mahoganie: Musings East of the Anacostia River touched on the show before pointing readers to Tigger 500’s Season Four Premiere Review, which does a great character study and Mediastrut’s The Game Makes A Sloppy Return to Television, pointing out the character’s disconnectedness and suggests, with hope, that the show will rise beyond this rocky beginning in future episodes.
Of what I’ve read that has concerned me is that the Akil’s are in danger of losing much of the base of supporters that lobbied so strongly to resuscitate this show. As one blogger wrote, it’s more of a late night soap opera, no longer the dramedy with lovable characters that viewers were drawn to.
Not to mention we’re still discussing “the color issue” (i.e. a change in the actress that plays Britney, Jason and Kelly’s daughter.) The 10 year mixed child with bronze skin and blondish hair has been replaced with a brown skinned dark haired older actress. I’m not sure what the true issue is here. I recognize that actors/actresses become unavailable, especially after a two year hiatus. But usually, we’re causing a ruckus when the color lines go the other way. Perhaps it was the attitude that seemed to come with the new actress, which, might not be present in a 12 year-old, just yet.
I guess the bigger color issue was the “that boy is yellow” and Derwin and Janay are not situation. Wow, I mean, it’s really real out here in our community, and apparently African American parents rely on their kids skin tone to indicate paternity. In this hypothetical case, I guess it made sense. But two years later? Hmm….
I will tune in to future episodes of the Game, but I’m in no rush. You all keep me plenty entertained with your tweets and blog posts. Keep ‘em coming.
Fam, have you read anything else that I should see related to the premiere of The Game? Post your comments and other links.
Calling all brides – DC Bridal Sample Sale
It’s here–the event you engaged ladies have been waiting for is here! January 7th-13th, Chevy Chase Bridal (5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW) will hold its Semi-Annual Sample Sale. Receive up to 80% off dozens of sample gowns from Justin Alexander, Romona Keveza, Simone Carvalli and many more!
Ladies, if you have no idea, gowns can cost in the thousands of dollars. I was personally there when a friend of mine spent $1500 on a dress. A dress. Now yes, it is THEE dress, but it’s a dress. You’ll wear it TWICE if you’re lucky – once for pictures before the wedding and then the day of. And let me tell you that every dollar counts in a wedding budget. That $1500 or at least part of it, could have been spent on another element that you really wanted but wasn’t part of the budget (for me, it was the chocolate fountain.)
So let me share another Soulcialite tip. Please ladies, if you have the good sense, and especially if you DON’T have the budget, consider a Sample Sale for your one time wear gown.
Now personally, I participated in the Filene’s Running of the Brides for my Bridal Gown. It was a fantastic experience. So much so that I encouraged my best friend and a co-worker to go and they both found their gowns too.
My point: while it may be one of the most important elements of your wedding (aside from the pesky love thing) you will wear your bridal gown one time, two times TOPS (if you take engagement photos). You can save a nice chunk of change by looking at Sample sales or participating in the Running of the Brides, where you can buy a gown that would have normally been outside of your price range.