Madness Scary end to my work day. All I know is cops/security were chasing a man outside my store, in the mall. Policeman drew gun when man pulled a knife and grabbed a woman by her neck. Next thing you know, a single gun shot.
Allow me a moment to vent. I am SO freaking tired! I have been some kind of sick since July. It started with eczema in my, ahem, we're all friends here, right?... in my girly parts. Then I started lactating and I'm not even preggo. Now that the eczema is almost gone I have something new to deal with. A headache that is now 10 days old which is most likely due to my newly diagnosed high blood pressure. I found out I had high BP on Saturday when I had a nosebleed that accompanied the neverending headache. The doc's office sent me to the ER. The high blood pressure that is still high and the meds I'm on is not controlling it. So, today, I go for a brain MRI, this is from my endocrinologist who is trying to figure out why my non-pregnant self is lactating. And then I go back to my primary doctor to figure out new dosage to regulate my blood pressure. I'm tired, physically, mentally, emotionally... I just want to sleep and wake up my old normal self. I think the old has something to do with it... I'm turning 34 on Saturday... does all this come with that? LOL.
This is not about the Facebook IPO. However it is a #facebookrant . Gah! Someone just commented on there about +Google+ "It's like going to a different McDonald's with all the same people & food. It's the same experience". Come on IMO, if you don't want to come along, then by all means, stay there with the same people, the same lame topics, the same ads, the same game notifications... the same same same... They obviously don't know how awesome you all are, nor do they know how Google+ works.
Ok, joke's over... who signed me up for a Similac Nourishing Newborns Feeding Kit ? Coz I'm not preggo (at least not that I know of). Or does Similac employ a fortune teller that knows something that I don't... Hmmm...
RESHARE: Guess what today is FRINGIES! That's right! It's #FRINGEfriday! Watch +Fringe LIVE, join the +Fringe Circle and attend the live chat tonight hosted by the #1 Fringie himself, +Henry A. Otero ! See below for chat details. :)
Reshared text: Join us Tonight, Feb.3 (9pm EST USA) and chat LIVE during Episode 11 of #FRINGE ! (Mostly during the commercial breaks) ...Please RSVP in the comments below if you plan to attend so we can add you to our "huddle" group and make sure to SHARE this post with your #FRINGE circles. Thanks!
You MUST have the Google+ mobile app installed. This is a text chat not a video "Hangout". You can also use the G+ App in an iPod Touch and iPad to join our 'huddle'!
~HENRY [+Henry A. Otero] <<<< Circle me, I will be hosting this mobile chat!
On this day, last year, we had that freak snow storm here in NYC. I was also lucky enough to be with these lovely ladies at the Redbook Magazine office for our Mommy Tummy Challenge photo shoot. Happy anniversary, you sexy Mamas!
Wanted: Compassion - If found, please post in comment section below
People really amaze me. This is not a Whitney rant but it was brought on by the events of tthis week. Living in Jersey, close to where her home is, a lot of the people I've encountered in the last couple of days have strong opinions about her and the memorial service. Some not so good. Take for instance the woman I encountered last night. She was telling me that she did not want to pick up the phone calls from her boss because she knew they were going to ask her to work during Whitney's memorial service and she didn't want to (she said she works in law enforcement). Her actual words were "Don't nobody care about no crackhead Whitney!" I was baffled and not because I think sooo highly of the singer. I was baffled because at the end of the day, she was someone's daughter, someone's mother, an aunt, a friend... she was someone's someone.
No matter what you think of a person, whether they are dead or alive, they are someone's someone. Compassion, it's lacking. I'm not a perfect person but I try to live my life treating other's with mercy and grace because I don't know what you might be going through. My smile or "Hello" may be the only one you get today. Far too often people post typography of niceties but don't make the effort to live it. What's the point? ::shrugs::
A few days late... we had a very meaty Christmas eve dinner. Prime rib, crispy pata (deep fried pork knuckles), chicken lollipops (fancy way of serving fried chicken wings - the drumettes), and baked salmon fillet with asparagus, mushrooms, and brussel sprouts on the side. Oh yes, and steamed jasmine rice.
Reshared text: Watch KONY 2012 and help make #1 war criminal and leader of the Lords Resistance Army – Joseph Kony – famous. In this inspirational short film by Aid for Africa member Invisible Children, learn how cities will be blanketed with hundreds of thousands of posters, policy makers and celebrities flooded with calls for action and people like yourself recruited to ensure that Kony is brought to justice.
My husband, +Lenin Perdomo, is the most disciplined man I know. He has been training in several martial arts [judo, jujutsu, and aikido] since he was a child and has earned several black belts in those arts. Currently, he is a student of Kendo/Kumdo and will be testing for his black belt this spring. In addition to all that insanity, he runs, does yoga, and does whatever he can to stay fit, strong, and healthy for his brood. Haha. He recently signed up for the Spartan race and has taken up screaming, "This is Spartaaaaaa!" randomly throughout the day. LOL. Our lil' guy, who's 2, now imitates him when he does this except it sounds like, "Iss Isss ArrrArrrrrrrr!
Reshared text: "A grand price was paid in order for us to be where we are today; but in my mind we should be a lot further, so again I encourage the white teachers to instruct and I encourage my people to not just be a student, but become a learner." These are the words of Jada Williams.
Here is a child who tried to bridge a divide, to challenge her teachers to keep on teaching and her peers to not just be students but to be learners. What did she get in return? Retaliation from her teachers and from the school administrators. It takes a lot of courage for students (children, really) to tell the truth and for the situation to be handled the way that it was is unconscionable. Their actions or lack of proper action illustrates her point exactly.
I will be calling their Board of Ed and the City of Rochester, NY to voice my distaste.
RESHARE: "FB is primarily for re-connecting with people from your past whereas G+ is for connecting with people for your future." Yep, what he said! :) This is the best I've heard it explained. Thanks +Levi Moore - I am posting a link to this post on my FB status.
Don't have a Christmas tree or decorations this year. Left ours at the last apartment... not intentionally. When we went to get our final haul (not much stuff) we found that the locks were changed... dunno whether it was the landlord or the bank who changed the locks. Landlord went into foreclosure... apparently he'd been pocketing our rent money for over a year. Anyhow, mini me and I made use of all the construction paper, glitter, etc... we have laying around.
Good morning Plussers! So glad it's Wednesday. The weekend's almost here and I can't wait! :)
It's a good morning! Wake up to a brand new day This morning, I'm stepping, stepping on my way Good morning, You give me strength, you give me just what I need And I can feel the hope that's rising up in me. It's a good morning. #musiceveryday #humpday
RESHARE: This is some of the awesomeness I miss when I don't visit G+ often enough. So glad I saw this! Thanks to +Chris Chabot for sharing.
Reshared text: Moonbows
So apparently moonbows are a real thing, you'd think they belong in the same category as leprechauns and pots of gold, but no - a few days a year the moon is aligned just right so that it hits the water vapors of the Yosemite water falls at such an angle that you get full moon powered rainbows, ie, moonbows!
So this weekend was that special time that all the conditions were just perfect, the moon was a super moon this cycle, it was a full moon and it was just in the right place - well almost perfect because there also wasn't so much wind so the water vapor didn't travel as much as it needed to to create a luscious moonbow for us, and by 9pm only a tiny corner of a moonbow could be seen.
So I waited it out in the cold night, and what do you know, by 10.30ish the wind had picked up just enough to give us a somewhat impressive showing of the moonbows.
So ladies and gentleman may I present: A Moonbow In Yosemite
"We saw the boys with the saggy baggies hanging out, and we decided how would they like it if their grandmothers had their underwear hanging out?"
These sassy Grandmas are tired of seeing men's behinds because of their pants hanging so low and they're not taking it anymore. So they're giving it right back with the ThongPends available in Tiger print too. :)
Pants on the ground, pants on the ground. Lookin' like a fool with your pants on the ground. Gen. Platt should work with these sassy Grandmas.
Alcatraz: Paxton Petty I finally caught last week's episode in full and I have to agree with most that it's the best episode so far. It's the first time that I felt connected to Madsen and Hauser. Seeing Hauser's vulnerability when he was on the bomb and also his obvious affection for Sengupta made him feel a little more "real". And Madsen, I think she's finally growing on me. I did feel bad for her when her friend Tanner got blown up by the bomb.
Alas, it's now time for #BeingHuman. I'll catch +Alcatraz on dvr after the show. :)
I've been MIA from G+ for a while. Life just gets in the way of my free time. Life being, you know, husband, kids, work, and lately, my Kindle. Thought I'd stop in to say, "Hey!" I'm sure I've missed some interesting, funny, and informative posts. I'll be stopping by your pages soon! :)
Two things I wanted to share from my day today:
First, I had a prospective applicant come to my store today asking me, "Are yous hiring?" I wanted to reply, "Yes, we's hiring." (drenched in sarcasm of course) but I didn't. I simply directed her where she can go to pick up and application. Really though? Yous? On the street, I'll let you slide. Applying for a job, no.
Secondly, this evening I decided to cook some dumplings (pre-made, frozen, bought at the Asian store) for dinner. I cooked it like I usually do - boil, pan fry. Well, come to find out these are boil-only dumplings. So for dinner we had bottom-less dumplings. The bottoms were stuck on the pan. o_O At least they were tasty.
Remember those? The super colorful urban clothing line from the 90s. I haven't worn colored jeans since I was a freshman in high school. My favorite pair was orange and I stuck bandaids on them (because I thought I was part of the group TLC). LoL. Fast forward all these years and I'm back to colored jeans. I don't really do self-pics but I figured, what the heck, who knows when I'll be in red jeans again.
Reshared text: A Bit of G+ Etiquette: If the About on your profile is blank, don't expect people to blindly follow you. If you post every 15 minutes, don't expect anyone to gladly suffer your spam. If all you do is repost other people's efforts, don't be surprised if no one considers you worth circling. If you don't take the time to review your stream and +1 the things you like, don't expect anyone to take notice of your own efforts. If you can't be bothered to comment, don't expect feedback on your own posts.
I'm wearing blue in honor of my Mom who we lost 14 years ago and those still fighting colon cancer. Colon cancer is often beatable when caught early, yet it is still the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.
Click the link to learn more about colon cancer, prevention, screening, and how to get involved. :)
Who remembers this? My almost 4 year old LOVES dinosaurs. All he watches are dinosaur documentaries, the kind that they show on History Channel or Discovery or... well, you get what I'm saying. I thought I'd switch it up and introduce him to this series. We're running out of documentaries on Netflix and YouTube.
Reshared text: A crowd of stunned New Yorkers witness the collapse of the South Tower of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. TIME's Patrick Witty took this photo twelve years ago. As the nation marks another year passed, he asks for help identifying the people in the picture.
"the rights I take for granted are only valid if I fight to give those same rights to others."
"I got a lot of emails about Trayvon. I have read a lot of articles. I have seen a lot of television segments. The message is consistent. Most of the commentators, writers, op-ed pages agree. Something went wrong. Trayvon was murdered. Racially profiled. Race. America's elephant that never seems to leave the room. But, the part that doesn't sit well with me is that all of the messengers of this message are all black too. I mean, it was only two weeks ago when almost every white person I knew was tweeting about stopping a brutal African warlord from killing more innocent children. And they even took thirty minutes out of their busy schedules to watch a movie about dude. They bought t-shirts. Some bracelets. Even tweeted at Rihanna to take a stance. But, a 17 year old American kid is followed and then ultimately killed by a neighborhood vigilante who happens to be carrying a semi-automatic weapon and my white friends are quiet. Eerily quiet. Not even a trending topic for the young man."
RESHARE: Health alert: Arsenic in organic baby formula. Yikes.
The first thing I thought of when I saw this photo was +Chrysta Rae - I'm not a photographer so I don't contribute to her scavenger hunts but I enjoy the end results of her hardwork and the contributions of the Google+ community of photographers (You're all brilliant, the whole lot of you!). I digress. Anywho, I saw a lot of posts about #ChrystaRaeDay and rice cakes, hence the Chrysta Rae association
Then of course, I panicked. I thought, "What the??" Is there really anything safe to eat anymore. Honestly, there are so many health alerts that come up with processed and unprocessed foods that it makes you wonder. I choose organic gluten free products for my little guy because he has a lot of food allergies, including wheat. It's incredibly disturbing to read news like this. What's even more disturbing is how did this even get on the shelves? Especially in baby formula.
#food #parenting #babies #health
Reshared text: Major consumer alert this morning: A new study warns arsenic may be in your baby's formula and also energy bars. More here: http://abcn.ws/wEQcaI
How do I explain the day the world stopped turning? At 3.5 it will be difficult for him to comprehend terrorism and hate. But today is not about hate anyway. It's about remembrance, love, honor, and strength. It will be easier for him to understand that. Even with the #TwinTowers in this print he recognizes that it's his New York City. #empirestateofmind#wtc#neverforget#honor911#NYC