- What would you do today if there was no tomorrow?
- Invite those I love to come on a trip to the Caribbean
- What or who inspires you most in this world? And why?
- Animal rescue, I believe that the kindness you show to animals shows a person’s character
- Removal of Mandatory minimum sentencing in the United States, all offenders should be sentenced individually based upon their history not some good ole boy law that treats everyone the same regardless of circumstance
- What goals did you meet or achievements did you reach this year that you are most proud of?
- I wrote a book about the experience with my oldest son thru addiction, incarceration, and recovery “Mad as Hell, A Mom’s Journey”
- When was the last time you pushed yourself out of your comfort zone?
- Last year when we went to Vegas, ziplined for the first time above the strip
- What are the three words that would best describe yourself?
- Fun, strong, driven
- What is one thing you could change today to start living a better tomorrow?
- Cut down my wine intake ;0)
- What is one dream or goal in life you have given up on and why?
- In high school I wanted to be a fashion buyer but as I have matured it did not seem as exciting
- What piece of advice would you give your younger self?
- Travel and see the world before you begin a career
- Name your top 3 goals coming into this new year?
- Reduce my body fat by 5%
- Pay off in full my student loan
- Meet with friends once a month just because
- If you came into enough money that you never had to work again, what would you do with your time?
- I would travel and eat
- The spa and plastic surgeon would know me by first name
- If you could say one sentence to the whole world right now and everyone would hear it, what would it be?
- You never know the impact of showing kindness to another person
Thank you to each and every one of you who stops by my site and reads my posts! Your support and encouragement mean the world to me.
It is unbelievable that I am 52, yep and as we age a whole lotta shit changes. First, skin, good lord I took a selfie a few days ago and wholly pores. When exactly did my skin look like sand paper. Facial hair and brows: facial hair has multiplied, the fu man chu ugh no not cute and everyday I am tweezing some long ass black course hair, what the hell… my eyebrows are nothing, one has some hair the other has a serious lack. Last, the night sweats are out of control, not only do you not sleep but when you do just get a frickin towel to lay on or you might wake up thinking you have been swimming.
If I can fix it, I will. Here are my brows micro bladed day 1. Don’t panic in 2 weeks they will be half this color and thickness. Breathe they will be beautiful. Next week is lip blushing, will let you all in on that too
Prior to our move to another state, every year we would have our friends over to make homemade Tamales. We are now continuing the tradition in our new home state of Washington. Here are a few photos of the prep prior to everyone’s arrival. Pork for those who eat it and chicken for everyone else. The night before just get out the crock pots and season the meat and let it cook all night. The next day it is ready to go. Let’s talk Masa. I make my own and yes you need lard to make it taste good, everything in moderation as they say. recipe below: I also bought some pre-made from our local Taqueria. Let me just say make it yourself. flavor is so much better and so is the texture. Everyone went home with a bag of tamales and happy. Just another reason to get together with friends.
6 cups masa harina
5 cups chicken broth (warm)
2 cups lard
2 tsp salt, 3 TBS onion powder and chili powder
2 TBS cumin
mix masa with spices first, then add chicken broth, and last the lard mix it well
Anyone who knows me is aware, I live for eggnog and pumpkin season. Well guess what, I found my first batch of nog, yes. It’s a beautiful Fall day in the Pacific Northwest so I off course got up and put on the crockpot full of Mississippi chicken and yep Punkin Eggnog cake. You all need smell o vision because my house is where you wanna be today. Jason I’m thinking of you today 😃
I felt some kinda way today when I saw a woman I know post a video of her beautiful home with a view. So let me break it down for real. I have worked since I was 13, put myself through college while taking my 2 sons with me to night classes. I have accomplished so much, owned 3 homes and truly am so proud of being able to say I don’t need a man. I love my husband of 30 years but certainly would be a ok without him. This woman since i have met her has looked for ONLY men with money who could take care of her so she could just be cute with no job. And there have been lots. My question is how can you be proud when nothing you have belongs to you? Maybe I’m different but if I drive a Hyundai I paid for it is better than a benz that dude can yank at anytime.
Let me just say I love to read. I truly can read a book per day if it is interesting. I thought I would share some of my favorites from the past year. A lot of what I have read is nonfiction, criminal justice reform, or self-improvement/educational stuff. I have provided affiliate links for each if you would like to purchase them, simply choose the link. I also included a short description to make it easy for you all.
1. Mad as Hell, A Mom’s Journey– I wrote this book and yes I have read it at least 50 times. It is my journey through my son’s addiction and incarceration.
2. Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America– This is one of the best books I have ever read, it provides a comprehensive look at the history of addiction and corruption in this country. Beth Macy
3. Just Mercy– Bryan Stevenson’s commitment to justice reform and fighting for those wrongly convicted is amazing.
4. From Dope to Hope- Crazy story of Tim Ryan’s LONG journey through addiction, continued recovery, and hope
5. Total Money Makeover– Dave Ramsey really can get you out of debt
6. Unbroken Brain– provides an alternate way of looking at addiction and recovery
7. Born a Crime- Trevor Noah’s journey as a mixed child is eye opening and inspiring
8. The New Jim Crow– details the targeting and control over communities of color that truly exist within our criminal justice system today
9. Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration- details approaches to reduce mass incarceration
10. Infinite Hope- Anthony Graves details his 16 years in solitary for a crime he did not commit
My son is home and for the first time in a year I have exhaled. The book I wrote to not go crazy on this wild journey of my son’s addiction and incarceration is available this Thursday, September 12th on Kindle and Amazon. My hope is that anyone who reads it will know they are not alone and that I can provide some laughter and hope along the way.