Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Final Tales from My Left Eye...

The excitement of being home and in my own bed.

Recuperation requires that you rest, relax and not exert yourself. And in the beginning you don’t want to do that much anyway, you hurt. I will say the first two days after surgery I slept mostly, because those were the doctor’s orders, but by Sunday I wanted to at least see the television better so I could enjoy a Law & Order episode or LMN movie. But I layed down on my left side like I was supposed to do. I got up only for eye drops, bathroom and to eat. My phone was right by me, because one cannot live without their cell phone. Or at least we act like it.

I also realized people didn’t know exactly what the hell I did to my eye. I would use the visual of my fist and my hand covering the back of it and what the retinal detachment meant. I had to explained over and over I didn’t know how this happened, but it can happen quickly and it has to be dealt with quickly or one may lose sight or vision in that eye. When I would tell them the day before my surgery I was told not to turn my head too fast or sneeze they seemed to be in awe. Yeah, it was serious.

I hate not being able to work out. This is killing me. My fear of gaining weight back ain’t no joke. And when you are doing nothing you eat. Boredom. So I have to stock my house with fruits and veggies. But I sure do crave some ice cream. I am hoping for light working out release this week. Keep your fingers crossed.

The pictures of my eye if seen chronologically, one can see the noticeable changes in the swelling. The first couple of days were a bit devastating to view according to my sister and one of my cousins. But I kept sending them pictures showing the progress, so they are feeling better.

Before surgery they told me the side effects included the possibility of an eye infection that would cause me to lose my eye, not reattaching and my vision never being as it was. I think my cousin was worried about the infection part. Anyone who knows me understands I do not play about my eyes. I use to get cysts on my eyes when I was a teenager, most folks call them stighs. When I learned what causes them and after I had 4 removed, I learned to wash my face properly and always wash my hands before dealing with my eyes. So I wasn’t going to do anything to hurt the eye further. When I put my drops in one morning she saw me cleaning the eye before the drops she was scared. I was like my eyes leaks okay it drains and it is normal but I have to clean it in order to put in the drops. She got the message. LOL! The drainage the first few days was amazing. I’d lie down and feel something wet on my face, it was a lot, but it eventually slowed down. Thankfully!
I was told that I will be extremely nearsighted in the eye, which I am. I can see things very clearly up close. My vision far off, not so good, still fuzzy but improving every day. I will also develop a cataract in this eye in about a year to 18 months, which is easily rectified and my vision will be better than it was before the surgery. I can’t lie on my back until further notice because of the cataract situation. I don’t sleep on my back anyway. Um, may curb other activities which require me to lie on my back, but I am sure I can adjust. LOL!

My stamina has taken a hit because the woman who has worked two jobs for over 18 years gets tired quick. I made jambalaya on Sunday, washed two small loads of clothes, changed linens on two beds and clean out the fridge was in tears because I was so tired. I had to take a short nap. Hopefully, as I return to work full-time, my stamina will build.

I know when I have been on the computer or reading too long. I get a headache over my left eye and I shut it down. I am being more cautious of my computer time though. Yes, I drive, but I couldn’t with the gas bubble and I had to wear a green band until it disappeared. If I had been in an accident and folks didn’t know I could lost the vision in the eye due to the bubble. Yeah. I wasn’t in a car as a passenger except for appointments. Also, you can legally drive with one eye. Really.
My Green band. 

I can’t wash my hair yet, because I cannot get any chemicals in this eye. I ain’t mad either. My hair looks great though. Plus, I washed it the week before the surgery. And I retightened it the Thursday I was back in my house and finished it that Saturday, I think. Hell I took my time doing my hair. I also protect my eye by sleeping in a shield every night until the doctor says it is okay not to. I am ready to get rid of the thing because the glue from the tape ain’t easy to get off my face. LOL!
The infamous shield, not patch.

The recovery is on pace. I have Faith things would work out and I refused to worry or get all up in arms about the surgery or post op. What good would it do? I am hoping to be back in my contacts in a couple weeks too. Glasses are okay but I prefer my contacts. Even if I have to take them out every day that is fine with me because at least I can see.

Take care of your eyes and when something doesn’t seem right go to your doctor.

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Tales from the Left Eye...Part 3

One day post op picture with shield

The day after my surgery I had to go the doctor for my post op appointment. I went early because after sleeping on my stomach for the few hours I could sleep, my back was hurting and I was over this shyte already.

This is a really good picture of how swollen my eyes truly was.  I was smizing with my eyes.  Well, that is what I told my sister.

Since I was post-op, I was called to the back immediately where they took off the patch and shield and cleaned this caked up left eye they also proceeded to do an eye exam. Yeah. I couldn’t see anything out of my left eye except shadows. But you aren’t supposed to, thankfully they told me that or I would have started crying. And I wasn’t sure crying should be happening with this eye. The nurse had to keep telling me I could move my eye and open it wider. Hell, I didn’t know the thing felt weird. Dr. Massey said my eye retina had been reattached and now I must rest. This meant I could sleep on my left side only until Monday and I was allowed to get up from sleeping every two hours for 5 minutes. What the hell? I must always keep my shield in place while lying down. I had to put 3 different eye drops in my eye 4 times a day. That I could do. But being prone for that many days was going to be a struggle. Thank goodness my cousin was making me stay at her house, because baby I would have been up walking the house.
Not too clear, but coming along.

I have been asked how I slept all that time and what could I do when I couldn’t see things or even read. I slept seriously because from the rough night I had Thursday night with my back hurting, I could only sleep I was tired and wore out from all that had happen in the last few days. I listened to the TV mostly although I could see with my glasses on and they fit over my shield, I wasn’t worried about actually watching TV. Since I am banned from working out for a month to 6 weeks, I tried not to over eat. I introduced my cousin to peel and eat grapes. You know, globe grapes. Loves them. She did manage to get me a cupcake twice from Cupcakes by Tish while I was there. But I just didn’t want to overeat since I couldn’t work it off. Not working out is not fun.

On that Saturday, as I was resting on the couch on my left side, my cousin got a text about Whitney Houston. Lawd, my heart hurt, but I couldn’t cry because I wasn’t sure I could with this eye. I had to take to the bed like old folks say. I was done. RIP – Whitney!

My time at my cousin really was for recuperating. I finally had a good night sleep that Monday night after the surgery. I really can’t sleep in anyone’s bed but my own. Their dog was quite interested in my staying there, but she knew not to jump her ass in the bed with me. Shana don’t play that. And with this eye… I stop taking Loritab for my eye on Saturday, and started taking it for my damn hip. Only half a pill, because lying on your hip hurts when that is all you do. I took baths and did my own drops. I was able to take care of myself and I fixed my own breakfast and such and I was good. But I was ready to go home. And when I asked about going home my cousin was like if the Dr. says so. I was like he told me I could go home by myself the same day of the surgery but I had to have someone bring me to appointments and take me home because I wasn’t allowed to drive with the gas bubble in my eye. It was nice to have someone take care of me, but I am a loner by nature and frankly I like when it is quiet.
The day of my 2nd Op appointment.  The difference is clear.

When I went to my one week post op appointment, I was reading with magnification, the eye chart and got to 2 lines before perfect vision. I will explain later what I can expect from my vision for now on. I actually got to see Dr. Massey smile about that. He was pleasant but he never smiled until that day. Made me feel good, plus I got to go home. I went home and ate breakfast and slept in my bed. Of course the sleep was interrupted by my other cousin who was spending the night about what I wanted for dinner three times. Ya’ll get close to the screen…my family eats out too much. I rarely go to restaurants and when they would name some place I would have pull up their menu on my phone.
I knew I was going home the next day.

Even at home, I rested because I didn’t want to derail my recovery. Although the doctor released me to return to work the next week, after the gas bubble went away, I took my time by going in half days. I found my stamina is not the same. I also learned quickly too much reading with the left eye built up pressure in my left eye causing me to have a headache. Sometimes you have to sit your azz down.

I thanked my family for helping me out. And I prayed a lot. Things could have gone terribly bad, but I had Faith. Next tale will be about this recovery and then we move on from here and start backing rambling…

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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Tales from my Left Eye...Part 2
Taken on 2/24/2012 w/o the glasses.  Yes, my eye is swollen and red.  Sighing...but I am still cute.

After straightening my desk and spending some time talking to the office manager, I went back to my office to gather up my things and I had several missed calls and a voice message. My cousin called me back numerous times and the killer was the voice message, “Shana, call me back. I know you are in your car having a meltdown.” Um, no I wasn’t. In fact, I didn’t cry one time after talking to her or since really. No really? I explained in my are you serious voice, that I was getting my affairs in order to be off for 2 weeks and no I am not crying. Then she says do I want to spend the night with her tonight or she spend the night with me so I want be alone and worrying about the surgery. I emphatically said, “No!” I am staying home alone tonight and no the guy isn’t coming over because I will be cleaning my house up, like old folks do. I told her I would see her in the morning. I explained I am not upset about the surgery, I was crying because I am not in control of things and I do not like depending on anyone. Geez, Louise!

Leaving my office, shaking my head at my cousin’s overreaction to the situation, I called my sister and let her know of the situation. She asked what most everyone asks, “How did you do that?” Dr. Massey asked if I had been hit in the eye. My response, “No, because if that had happen I wouldn’t be sitting here right now, I would be in jail, Sir.” Of course, my sister becomes disturbed because of my earlier antics and my cavalier responses to her questions. When I hung up from her I knew she would be all over WebMd. And she was.

When I got home I finally ate and then talked to the guy and got some reassurance from him and took my ass to sleep. I was worn out. I woke up and began cleaning, washing, vacuuming and even ran to the bank and drug store for prescriptions, all in the name of getting my affairs in order. I finished everything in about 2 hours and then started packing my small suitcase for a week’s stay at my cousin’s house. All I really needed with pjs. LOL! I then talked to my brother who had the same surgery when he was incarcerated and he gave me the ends and outs of it. But, he did what I wouldn’t have done and that was walk around for 3 weeks blind in his right eye. Hell no. I had a shadow that I could see through and I went to the doctor. After fielding phone calls, because I just told you all the people I talked to about the surgery I took a long bath and prepared for bed. Surgery was the next morning.

I had to be at the hospital at 9:30 am for pre-op, because the day before I just didn’t want to deal with it anymore I had things to take care of. Pre-op went well because they were able to find veins quickly and not have me looking like a druggie with track marks. My surgery was scheduled for 11 am, but during pre-op I was told it had been moved to 12, but I actually didn’t go to surgery until 2 pm. During this time I was in my pre-op room until a little after 11. I told the nurse to not let my family in the back because they were going to make my anxiety level rise and right then I was calm. I had 3 cousins waiting for me in the waiting area. My sister called my cousin at 9:30 making sure she knew the ins and outs of what was going on. Really? Anyway, the nurse followed my requests, but low and behold I hear these loud folks coming down the hall. Yep, the family. The folks at the desk didn’t know of my request. Thankfully, I was moved to the holding area within 15 minutes of them being in my pre-op room. Shaking my head.

In holding, is where they set up my IV and such, but mostly it is where everyone is waiting to go into surgery. All your business out there as they ask the same questions over and over again. Hell, I got scared the anesthesia was going to give me memory loss listening to two different patients complain about losing chunks of memory after being under. What the hell? Anyway, I manage to always say my left eye was the one to be operated on the fifty-million times I was asked. I was so glad when Dr. Massey came to mark me eye so I wouldn’t have to keep saying, “Please do not mess with the good eye.”

This is what I remember from surgery. I was wheeled into the surgery room, which was hella bright and I moved to the other table/bed and then I was knocked the hell out. This is what happened from Mayo clinic site:

Indenting the surface of your eye. A procedure called scleral buckling involves suturing a piece of silicone rubber or sponge to the white of your eye (sclera) over the affected area. The silicone material indents the wall of the eye, relieving the tugging of the vitreous on the retina. When you have several tears or holes or an extensive detachment, your surgeon may create an encircling scleral buckle that goes around the entire circumference of your eye like a belt. The buckle usually remains in place for the rest of your life.

Draining and replacing the fluid in the eye. A vitrectomy is a procedure to remove the gel-like fluid in the center of the eye, along with any tissue that is tugging on the retina. Air, gas or liquids are injected into the vitreous cavity to reattach the retina. A vitrectomy is often combined with a scleral buckling procedure.

Injecting air or gas into your eye. A procedure called pneumatic retinopexy involves injecting a bubble of air or gas into the vitreous. Over the next several days, the gas bubble expands, sealing the retinal tear by pushing against it and the detached area that surrounds the tear. With no new fluid passing through the retinal tear, fluid that had previously collected under the retina is absorbed, and the retina is able to reattach itself to the back wall of your eye. Depending on where the retinal detachment is located in your eye, you may need to hold your head in a certain position for several hours in order to keep the bubble in place.

I woke up at about 4 something in the afternoon, talking. I was in post-op waiting to go to a room and I was talking the nurse to death. What time is it? Why is my stomach hurting so bad? My eye doesn’t feel too bad yet. What is my blood pressure? I am not nauseous, yeah. Uh oh, my eye is hurting. She was like your room will be ready in ten minutes, but I am going to take you there in five. I think ole girl was ready for me to go. Before I left post-op, Dr. Massey came in and told me everything went well and he asked me how I was feeling. “I am fine, but my stomach hurts!” Then he went to give my family the post-op instructions.

My nurse from pre-op was my nurse for post-op. We were still laughing about what sociable drinking means. Inside joke. I told her to wait 15 mins. before getting my family and let me go to the bathroom first. You see, I had to use it before the surgery but was too scared to have to drag the IV with me and it just seemed too inconvenient. So we took care of that and I was sipping on water and eating crackers when my cousin came in to the room. After about 30 minutes I was ready to go. I dressed myself and everything. This was after the nurse showed me how to sleep face down for the night. Yeah. There is a system to that madness. And as we were leaving I got real nauseous and was like oh my goodness. Loritab on an empty stomach is not the business. Plus, I knew I shouldn’t be throwing up with this eye. Oh, the eye was covered in a patch and a shield. There are videos of the surgery online if you want to see it, me not so much.

Luckily, I was able to get to my cousin’s house with no mishaps except scaring the guy on the phone when he called. I laid down for an hour and woke up feeling better. Although, sleeping on my face is so not comfortable, but with drugs easier.

More to come…

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Tales From My Eye...Part 1
Taken 2/23/2012 I have been taking pictures of the eye through this process.  I torture my sister with them.  This one is sexy, if I do say so...LOL!

Seriously, WebMD has some useful information, because that site and others gave me an idea of what I would be dealing with, very soon. In fact, sooner than I was prepared for anyway.

Let’s go back to January and my eye appointment. The one where the Dr. very nicely said you have to know what you are looking for otherwise you get the worst case scenario when you read all that info. This after I thought I was getting a detached retina, before my appointment. Floaters in one’s eye after 40 are normal and since my retina was still attached then and my pressures in my eyes were normal, things seem to be going fine.

On February 3, 2012, that evening while on my second job, I noticed that my peripheral view was blocked by a dark shadow. Creepy. But, I still kept up my busy life as usual even when the shadow stayed up until Monday. On Monday, the shadow was no longer dark, but I could actually see through it, although not clearly, I figure I had some fluke and I was recovering. Well, by that Tuesday and still being able to see through the shadow, which had lighten, I decided to just make an eye appointment to be sure, especially since I had been reading the signs of retinal detachment all morning. The nurse when I called seemed to be upset I took so long to make the appointment and admonished me to not ever wait again. Geez!

On Wednesday, February 8, 2012, my eye Dr. saw me that morning and although he tried to play down the situation, I knew. My retina was detaching from my eye. He was surprised at the view of my eye compared to a month ago. In fact, he said that was quick. He said I had gotten to them just in time. Because, the night before was the first time I saw the flashes of light they talk about in the symptoms listed for the ailment. He told me, “No worries, Dr. Massey is one of the best Retina specialists in the city.” What was weird, when they were trying to call Dr. Massey’s office, he was on the line calling them. Yeah, sometimes God’s voice is heard. I was told to go straight to his office. I was also told do not turn my head too fast, sneeze or do anything jostling. My retinal detachment had not gotten to my central vision and they wanted to keep it that way. The type of detachment I had is the easiest to repair and heal from.

Dr. Massey’s office had all these papers for me to sign. Mind you they asked had I eaten anything and of course I hadn’t. They couldn’t be thinking about surgery on this day, right? When I go back to see the doctor after having my eye dilated and having to get the good eye dilated, Dr. Massey called out the issues of the eye and told me I had two holes where the retina was detaching and I had a lot of fluid in my eye. He said, “Tomorrow, we will fix this right on up.” Huh? You are kidding right? I immediately started crying. I was crying because I was not in control of this situation at all. I cried as he explained the procedure and the fact I must be out of work for two weeks. And since I lived alone, I needed to fix about 5 or 6 meals I could put in the microwave because I would only be able to get out of bed every two hours for 5 to 15 minutes only. The hell? My mind at this point was scrambling and thinking about trying to get my affairs in order. I was overwhelmed. Completely. I managed to dry my face and act like a 42 year old, but it still didn’t make me not wish my mama or my aunt were there to help me deal with this. Not once did I think about being blind in my left eye, I was at peace with the situation, because hell I had diagnosed myself back in January and had time to think it would happen and not happen, but it did.

I left Dr. Massey’s office, with my contacts back in and headed to my office to clean off my desk and start making some calls. When I was telling my co-worker the situation I began crying again. Not scared about surgery, but coming to terms that I was not in control of my life. I calmed down again and called my cousin and told her I had a problem and again broke down and cried again. Crying because I had to ask someone for help and assistance and not having control of this situation. I am extremely independent and rarely ask for help, so this was a big thing for me. After she said she would be with me at the hospital and I would be staying with her, a load was lifted off my shoulders and I began to straighten my desk and call the second job and let them know, “Hey, I will not be in for two weeks and I must have known last night because I completed the schedule for 2 weeks.” Yeah, proactive and always trying to be in control of my life. However, sometimes life reminds you who is in control.

To be continued… I limit my computer time because I am still healing.

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Remember my post @ webmd & self diagnosis? I am home recovering from retinal detachment repair surgery. Diagnosed on last Wed, surgery Thurs. & home for 2wks.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Creative Cooking...Firecracker Shrimp from Pioneer Woman

Firecracker Shrimp from The Pioneer Woman

One of the reasons I like Pinterest is because I am able to lust after food pictures and find new recipes to try.  So when I saw the picture of the Pioneer Woman's Firecracker Shrimp and realized that I had all the ingredients at home to make them, I was hype about trying this recipe.  The Pioneer Woman also has a show on the Food. Network.  So make sure to check out her website for other good recipes to try.


1 pound of large shrimp (only had a pound of medium)
2 tbs of Sriracha Chili Sauce
2 tbs of Olive Oil
1/4 tsp of salt
2 teaspoons of sugar
4 to 5 cloves of pressed garlic

I followed the recipe pretty much as written, but you know I keep minced jarred garlic in my fridge.  What?  I am lazy sometimes. 
Shrimp in the mixture right before marinating.

Anyway, I mixed all my ingredients except for the shrimp together in a small bowl and then added my shrimp and then placed in a ziplock baggie to marinate for 2 hours.

Grilling on my grill pan.

Using my grill pan I heated it up and since it is a nonstick kind I didn't have to oil it up.  After skewering my shrimp, with skewers that had soak for 30 minutes, I place the shrimp on the pan and got to grilling.  Took about 4 to 5 minutes to do with me turning them halfway through.  I got the nice little burn marks from the carmelization so they looked great.  

Verdict:  An absolute winner!  I enjoyed them and wished I had done more.  The flavor was spicy and sweet and fingerlicking good.  I could actually see myself doing these with scallops and shrimp together.  Sounds yummy, right?  So go out and try this one.  Very easy to prepare and very tasty.

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Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Oh my goodness…I have been tagged!

MrsTDJ decided to tag me and since I have enjoyed reading other folks tags, I guess it is only fair if my turn has come.

The rules are pretty simple:

 You must post 11 random things about yourself.

 Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post.

 Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer.

 Go to their blog and tell them that you’ve tagged them.

1. I used to read a minimum of 10 books a month. Really I did. Back then I also reviewed for an online group. Now, I may read 3 a month, if I am lucky.

2. When I was in the 3rd grade in Florida, we went on a fieldtrip that involved nature and animals and I got to touch a snake. I didn’t want to, but everyone else was touching it so how bad could it be? They aren’t slimy and no I have no wish to repeat this little test.

3. I wanted to be a lawyer because of Perry Mason. Then I actually went to law school and law is so not Perry Mason like. I prefer to research and write then actually face-to-face argue. Did it in law school and here we are.

4. I dislike orange juice.

5. I want to be a wedding planner, although I have no desire to get married. I like the organization part of the planning. It just seems like fun.

6. I haven’t been in any weddings in years. I refuse to be in any because one of my friends was going to get married and I paid $65 for fabric for my bridesmaid dress. She didn’t get married and still isn’t married and I didn’t get my money back. As a Virgo, this means I will not pay to be in anyone’s wedding. No, really. She messed it up for everyone who may want me in their wedding.

7. I don’t loan money. I stopped doing that when a family member “borrowed” money for one thing but spent it on another. So I do not loan anyone money. If I have it to give, I will. But don’t ask me to borrow money the answer will always be No. Emphatically.

8. I used to read my mother’s super Harlequins when I was 13 &14 years old. She didn’t like it, put I would sneak them out of her room and put them back when I finished them.

9. I possess an awful case of road rage. I am a beast in my car with my anger when folks are driving too fast, too slow or just plain in my way.

10. I do not eat cornbread, dressing, collard greens and macaroni and cheese. However, I will eat chitterlings and I love liver and onions. What?

11. My name and my book club’s name have appeared in several books in the acknowledgment section. Pretty cool.

Now, a few questions MrsTDJ liked answered:

1. If you could only list to one musical artist for the rest of your life, who would you choose? Why I got to choose one? Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Musiq, Earth, Wind & Fire and Prince. No really I can’t just choose one.

2. Which do you prefer: red or white wine? What’s your favorite wine? Red wine. Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Burgundy I like full-bodied wines.

3. Describe something relate to eating/food that you do that others might find strange. If I have bread and meat on my plate I will make a sandwich out of the two while I am eating. I do it unconsciously. A family member had to point it out to me years ago.

4. On average, how many texts do you send and receive in a day? Hundred? Heck, I do not know.

5. Name someone who passed away in the last ten years that you would have liked to have met. What would you have discussed? Michael Jackson and I would try to delve into his mind to understand him thoroughly. I would want to know what changed his life and what would he have done differently and ask if he really was happy.

I would tag some folks, but I never do. However, if you are interested in doing this let me know in the comments and if you do here are a few questions for you to answer.

1. How do you feel about Facebook? Is it a Godsend or the Devil?

2. If you could change anything about your life, what would it be?

3. Is there anything you would like to try, but haven’t gotten the nerve up to do yet?

4. What is the best thing you have ever eaten?

5. What is your favorite vacation spot and why?

6. If you have siblings, how would you describe them in one word.

7. What is your dream job?

8. Who is your favorite musical artist?

9. What are you favorite television shows?

10. Do have an addiction? If so, what is it?

11. Do you remember your very first kiss? Describe.

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Friday, February 03, 2012


Well it is February and I am still trying to figure out where the hell January went.

The temperatures are unseasonably warm. We are going to hell aren’t we?

I am in love with Pinterest, but I do not like my information being posted on FB. I am not a narcissist and I do not want or need for folks to know my every move. Really, I don’t.

On the 2nd job I must hire one person every week for the next 6 weeks. How about the owner didn’t remember telling me this last week. Really? No pressure. Problem is the applications don’t look like much of anything. I really want folks to tell them to not waste our paper. But, we can’t.

RIP Don Cornelius. Soul Train line anyone?

RIP Etta James. At last…♫

Did you see and hear President Obama singing Let’s Stay Together?…Um, Al Green has been in my life a long time and most of his songs have a perplexing hold on me. Blame my mama for playing that 8 track to death. Yes, I said 8 track.

Firing someone is never fun or comfortable. I do not take pleasure in doing so.

We finally have a cupcake shop here. Actually, we have two, but I only patronize one. Cupcakes by Tish. OMG! Her cupcakes are amazing. I need to post my picture and reviews of all the cupcakes I have tried. Don’t worry, I eat only half. But they are really worth it. The other cupcake place is a chain and for me a place where I know they are making the cupcakes every morning fresh and the recipes are her own and she is a sista to boot, makes me want to spend my money there.
Chocolate Pomegranate...Um, um

I just finished reading our book club book for February. Just Wanna Testify by Pearl Cleage. Why am I still scratching my head?

Speaking of head, the reason I am scratching it is because I really need to wash it. Someone shame me into washing my hair immediately. In fact, just come help me wash it.

Ridickulous of RHOA will be here tonight for a show. I asked my sister should I try to go and her azz, was like, “Hell, yeah!” Um, that is a negative I am over strippers and I am really not into seeing a dude do himself. Just nasty. Ugh!

Hunny Bunny is having her tonsils and adenoids removed next week. Ya’ll pray for her. And pray for her mama who seems to think 2 weeks is entirely too long for her to be out of school. Yeah, pray for her mama. She is still trying to figure out why if this is outpatient surgery why does she have such a long recuperation time. I tried to explain most surgeries are outpatient now and really hospitals generate more germs. Your home is cleaner.

The baby, Lala has her own personality. Really she does.
This is a leave me alone pose.

Um, who is in the Superbowl? Just kidding I know.

Eddie Long, King? Really. Something is really wrong with the whole premise.

The title comes from the mouth of Romney. These Republican candidates say the darnedest things.

I plan to have a peaceful, although I am working weekend. No cooking. Washing my hair. And rest. Enjoy your weekend!

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Thursday, February 02, 2012

Creative Cooking...Asian Glazed Wingettes

The other day I decided I needed to cook a meal. Since the holidays, I have done very little cooking. Well, let me rephrase. I have been cooking but I am cooking things that will last two weeks if frozen. Yeah, I have become the lazy cook. However, when I get home and it is dark the last thing I want to do is think about preparing a meal. Hell, sometimes I go home and eat a nice bowl of oatmeal and have a piece of turkey sausage and I am good. According to my sister, um, that is just plain nasty. Sue me, I love oatmeal. Anyway, I decided to try out an Asian chicken recipe and put some sides along with it and make a quick meal.

I turned to several sites looking for the winner and a recipe without too many ingredients. I know lazy. I found on the perfect one. Asian glazed legs. I followed her recipe to a certain degree. I used wingettes instead of legs and I wasn’t about to take the skin off them little bitty suckers. I also baked my wingettes after the sauce thicken I poured it over the chicken and baked until done. So head over to Skinny Taste and try it her way.

Verdict: Yummy! And filling. It had the right amount of spice and definitely finger-licking good. It was really important for my sauce to have thickened significantly before I started to bake the wings. I would definitely make these again. I paired my 3 wingettes with cream of spinach and steamed carrots with a drizzle of the sauce over them. Viola, a healthy and quick meal for dinner.

And yes, this is a saucer.  Yummy!

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