Turkey Day Survival

Get out the good china; it’s a special occasion!

Turkeys, and cat-naps, and football – oh my! Where did the year go? It seems like just yesterday we were crowded around someone’s television watching the ball drop at Times Square, like we didn’t know it would take 3 hours for it to get all the way down. In a blink, spring, summer and fall passed us by, without even calling the morning after to see if we were okay. November is almost done, and through the icy rain (maybe just here), people are finalizing their Thanksgiving plans. Friends, the holiday season is fast approaching (Shoot, it’s HERE.), and I have been sent with gifts that aren’t gold teeth, frank and beans, and Maury in order to get you in tip-top shape:

1.   Stay in your lane.  Yes, I know it’s nice to try out new recipes every once in a while. I do it quite often myself. Those large family gatherings where mass amount of people are exposed to your science project is not the arena for it, though. If you’re unsure of what to bring to the 50th office potluck this week, stick to what you know. If you tell a friend you’re bringing “Candied Ham Squares with White Chocolate,” those tears are not from excitement;  it’s fear. Bring some sausages in a Crock-Pot with barbeque sauce, or if you’re really fancy, volunteer to bring chips, ice, or plates. Become friends with AllRecipes in your off-time, and subject those people you love (in small batches) to your trials.
2.   Accept your family. Just do it, I said!  When you think of “Thanksgiving,” you think of “family.” When you think of “family,” you shouldn’t be thinking of Olive Garden, because you’ll be gravely disappointed. I turned 25 this week, and it seems that almost instantly, the cries of “when are you getting married/ having kids/ gonna do something with your life besides get all these degrees?” have come like wildfire. Suck it up, come up with concise, stern answers, and grin and bear it. Change the subject if necessary. Compliment Aunt BeBe’s new red ‘do, even though you know it’s a wig. Ignore Uncle Junior’s new girlfriend, even though you went to high school with her. You can’t change them, so you may as well grin and bear it. Just be ready to mediate when the great spades battle of the 3:00 hour come up, and know how to bow out gracefully when it’s time. That brings me to the next point…
3.   Have an exit strategy.  Just because it’s the holiday does NOT mean you have to spend the whole day with the fam.  It took me the longest to realize this evident truth, but c’mon. When you visit home for a limited amount of time, you end up with having to do rounds. Staying 18 hours at TeeTee May’s only cuts into the time you have to stop by all of your friends’ and their moms’  houses to collect a cavalcade of plates. How else are you supposed to sustain yourself through this 4 day weekend? Besides, Thanksgiving evening is the best time to catch a movie, go bowling, or host an impromptu Wii party featuring Michael Jackson: The Experience (oh, that’s just me? Well, you’re invited anyway.).  While everyone’s hopped up on tryptophan, grab your security Gladware, pack up some of that dressing, and tiptoe out like a thief in the night, on the the next house.
4.   Be careful what you post online. The saying is true: “If you tweet it, they will roast.” Wait… that isn’t it? Either way, it’s true. If your dishes make your mom/grandma/significant other  smile and say “Baby it looks good… what is it?” you probably shouldn’t twitpic it to the world. If your variations on certain meals include altering the natural color the dish comes in, keep it in your house and off the tweets. It will be roasted until crispy, and you probably will lose a bit of your #SelfofSteam. Just ask the girl who is known as the creator of #ThatPlate (Note: Zindzi did not make said plate).
With that said, friends, I hope that you all are having a wonderful Thanksgiving. Eat, drink, and share in old traditions while making new ones. Take the time to recognize the things and people you are thankful for.  I hope your day is as awesome as all of you are. Now pass the peas, like we used to do.
Love and turkey (or tofurkey) shaped sprinkles,
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Celebrate Good Times (Not the Project- Based Sitcom)!

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This is a first, eh? A Friday night post? Allow me to explain the reason for all of this gratuitous shimmying in my e-space…

It’s time to cross another notch from the Day Zero List. Thank ya Jesus- I got a job!!!

So much worry, stress, and tears had been accumulated over this trial, but it is so worth it. I feel like I’m a great fit for this, and the team I’ll be working with seems to be a blast.
Through it all, I’ve been thankful for the support of my friends, real life and the ones I’ve learned of here. You all are the greatest. The hugs (and e-hugs), notes, and words of encouragement brought me through a lot of the trying times. I love you, I really do. You’re the knees of this Beez. *swoons*

So, does anybody care to join me in a round of the *celebratory booty dance*? I know you do!

Back to your weekend. 🙂
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I’m Still Working…

… on being a work of progress. (c). me

How are you folks? Doing good? Great!

Few updates for you all:

  • I own this space! Instead of “Beez and Honey,” we’re now going to go with “Beez & Hunny.” You can find me in the webz at http://www.beezandhunny.com
  • Because of the domain change, I wanted to design a new layout and such, but CSS is kicking my butt with a cleat and I ain’t have time for all that pretty darn difficult, so I’m going to try a few other ones for a bit, until I find one that really works for me. 
  • I start grad school one week from today! Yep, that happened fast. You’ll see me holy dancing across the stage soon enough, in 2012 or so. We’ll see how fast they let me. 
  • I plan on moving before the end of the year, to a big city that’s not too far from where I am now. Considering that there are about 3 or 4 cities within a 200 mile radius, there’s a few ways this guessing game could go. This change is mostly for pursuing a career. I want to get into more nonprofit work, and eventually into nonprofit management/consulting. Positioning myself in a place with more opportunities, uh… just makes sense. 

I’m falling over in my soup about now, and don’t have much of a ponytail to tie my head to the wall. I leave you all with well wishes, and let me know how things are going in your neck of the woods, too!

Love and Sprinkles,

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It Must Be Mah Birthday!!

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Fair Friends,

It’s celebration time! ‘Twas a year ago when I, caught in a impulsive moment of boredom, decided to open up my modest hive. Now I can eat honey, smash into cake, and I’ve almost gotten the hang of this walking thing. Milestones are being hit all around, and most of you have been around to see them all. I don’t have much, but I’ve been willing to share my toys and cookies with the few of you who still come by. This past year has seen me through ups and downs, and I’m grateful for the people here who have, by default, become a piece of my little family. Thanks to all of you! I wish I could offer you more than hugs, but, you know… I’m broke and I’m a work in progress. I’m good for it though. For reals. *slides an IOU across teh interwebs*

So anyway…

I just discovered this website, the Day Zero Project, that allows you to make up a list of 101 goals/dreams you’d like to accomplish in 1,001 days. It also gives you with a chance to connect with other dreamers, and provides you with motivation, inspiration, and all the other –ations you can think of. I’m a list maker by nature, so of course, I was up to the challenge. It was quite a feat to accomplish though. Some of my goals are quite doable, while some lean to the side of “Beez, you’re crazy. Irregardless, here’s what I came up with:

• Write a letter to myself to open in 10 years

• Sleep under the stars

• Go vegetarian for a month

• Find out my blood type

• Try two new cookie recipes this Christmas

• Go to Las Vegas

• See 10 classic movies I’ve never seen

• Go to Rocky Horror Picture Show showing at midnight

• Get my hair professionally colored

• Donate blood

• Learn how to salsa

• Stay at a bed & breakfast

• Learn to knit

• Learn how to swim

• Get contacts

• Dance in the rain

• Learn Spanish

• Get a tattoo

• Answer the “50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind”

• Lose weight

• Design a Shirt of my own

• Take a cake decorating class

• Don’t complain about anything for a week

• Take a photography class

• Dress up for Halloween

• Start a scrapbook

• Take a Yoga class

• Learn to drive a stick shift

• Create a budget and stick to it

• Go on a spontaneous road trip

• Find a new job

• Learn to ballroom dance

• Apply for a game show

• Fall in love

• Visit Canada

• Try a new recipe each month

• Find a personally inspirational quote and work it into a piece of art or home decor

• Buy a car

• Do a detox every 6 months

• Try and finish 5 ideas from Instructables

• Be able to do the splits

• Pay for the person behind me at Starbucks

• Start a holiday tradition

• Give a 100% tip

• Read Anna Karenina

• Have a sleepover party

• Go on a wine tour

• Travel out of the country

• Run a 5K race

• Get a full body massage

• Read a book written by someone I disagree with

• Write a will

• Use last minute deals to take a weekend/short vacation

• Wax my legs

• Not log into facebook for a whole week!

• Start learning the guitar

• Call in sick to work for no reason

• Start saving for retirement

• Buy a keyboard

• Start a recipe book

• Move into my own flat

• Journal every day for a month

• Volunteer at a homeless shelter

• Give money to a street musician

• Volunteer abroad

• Start a conversation with a stranger

• Give up fast food for a month

• Update my blog at least once a week

• Read the entire Bible

• Get out of debt

• Laugh at least once a day

• Find out my purpose in life

• Memorize one Bible verse a day

• Deep condition my hair at least once a month

• Make someone smile at least once a day

• Give someone a hug at least once a week

• Buy homemade jewelry from someone

• Learn to walk in stiletto heels (or not)

• Start an emergency fund

• Memorize the choreography from Darrin’s Dance Grooves

• Wear makeup every day for a week

• Buy a dress for no good reason

• Have a theme party… for something

• Listen to myself sing without being overly critical

• Get a pedicure at least once a month

• Get involved in social justice/community movements

• Donate everything I currently own and don’t use/need to charity

• Get more involved with nonprofit organizations

• Be a butterfly for a day

• Try something different with the ‘fro

• Embrace my inner fabugaga.

• Make up a new word/catchphrase each month.

• Start backing up my computer

• Have a blog once a week that only contains pictures

• Give someone a piercing

• Make love in this club

• Edit a Wikipedia page… just because

• Sit at a busy intersection and people watch

• Learn to speak with a convincing *insert nationality* accent

• Dance with the fireflies

• Personally invest in the lives of at least 10 teenagers

I’m starting this today. Scheduled completion date: 12/26/2012. Are you up to the challenge? If so, let me know! I’ll check in periodically with my progress.

Love and Sprinkles,

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A Night With Two Michaels

I’ll spare you the long, angsty recaps of the week in favor of an event I went to which rocked. my. socks. last Thursday. I went to a local bar to see Who’s Bad? The Ultimate Michael Jackson Cover Band. Okay, I’ll admit as soon as I knew they were coming, I Googled them to deem whether they’d be worthy of my very limited moneys, but I was impressed. According to the website, the group, based out of Chapel Hill, NC has been together since 2003, and only recently have begun getting requests over the country (due to… well, you know.) and beyond. Not wanting to see any performances ahead of time, I read as much as I could, figured I’d at least get a good time out of it, put on my war paint, and bought tickets.

The show was slated to start at 8:00, and I got there right before to take care of my will-call business. As we were entering the place, the stage area was still locked due to the band performing soundchecks and whatnot. People lined up by the door to get themselves situated as the door opened. By 8:30 I was restless. I got a Long Beach Iced Tea to settle my nerves. It was huge and potent, too! By about 8:50, they finally let us in, and the handful of us migrated to prime seating positions in anticipation of this thing finally starting. Tens of minutes went by, and I started tweeting my frustrations between rounds of Solitaire on the Centro. By 10:00, my patience had worn thin, and my ever plentiful drank was non-existent. My tweets started. looking. like. this. because. I. had. reached. my. Solange. point.

Five minutes later, the magic began. Lights, drummer, dancing mofos in the back, and Michael!! They started the party with “Rock With You,” and after just one song, I was pumped. I felt that if I had to wait two hours for something, they’d better come out blazing… and they did! The whole dynamic of the room shifted, along with my energy. Hit after hit they performed, with the Michaels switching every two songs, even impressing us with a Jackson 5 medley, including the choreography! Each of the Michaels also stressed the point of calling their performances a “celebration,” and paid homage to the one they called a mentor.

A touching tribute capped the show, which can be shown below:

After the video, we got a few other songs, even with Jherri Curled Michael dousing his do’ for a splashing waters effect in “Black or White”. Both Michaels faced off in “Bad” and left us wanting more. All in all, it was a great time! The choreography was spot on, the music was perfect (mind you, the saxaphone and trumpet player doubled as backup singers/dancers) and you could tell they enjoyed what they did… Especially the trumpet player/backup singer/backup dancer/hypeman- This. guy. made. my. night. He was on 25/10 the whole night, busting out a nice chickenhead during “Human Nature”, and generally keeping the crowd enthusiastic. One thing I did notice: No female backup singers. What’s up with that? Haha, not that I have a problem with it or anything, but I mean, I was singing some higher parts of the harmonies, and was going to “Kanye” the stage to sing them (note: I saw this performance before the incident that led to me using the term “Kanye” as a verb.)

All in all, the show lasted about two hours, and a good time was had. By the end, I was an official “Who’s Bad?” groupie, and plotted ways to be at errry performance. Of course, reality set in (with its broke self) and let me know that wasn’t the most feasible option. I wanted to see the Chicago show that happened last night, just to see them in a different venue. I hope they started on time!

All in all, it was a wonderful evening with artists whose message went hand in hand with the craft, and for that I can say a few bucks well spent. PS- If anyone from “Who’s Bad” reads this, and you all decide to break some gendery barriers (yeah, I said gendery), give me a ring. I play(ed) trumpet for 6 years, and I’m a quick study. I have a Wii, and can cook pretty decent.

Wait, did this just turn into a personal/job plea? Anyway, here are some pics (The “Buy Beez a Camera so She Can Stop Using Her Cell Phone” Fund is also open for donations) :

It wasn’t exactly Thriller night, but I was still happy.

It’s Michael, and Michael! *squeeeeee*

PS- This is my 50th post!!! *raises glass* Here’s to 50 more with you wonderful people! Also, I’ve received my 20th follower, so kudos to MyDearAdia!

*doing my dance*

You all are great!

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I shall be brief. Wuzzah!

Oh what a weekend!! Well, since it’s graduation season, I attended some at my good ol’ Alma Mater, since I still live in the area. In the sea of blue, I got memories of my own last year. In the midst of all of the family drama, anxiety, and sleep deprivation, you feel a sense of accomplishment and thankfulness. Seeing some of my best friends (and even those that I know that aren’t my bestest of friends, but good people nonetheless) cross the stage, all smiles, made me feel happy for them. I understand that while our journeys to that point may have differed, they all ended with the same thing: a handshake and a degree (not to be confused with a diploma, you know). I understand, and hope you now realize, that those all nighters, tears, and stressful points were now worth it. For those of you that are not quite finished (yep, you August and December, or even later, grads), keep on pushing. Don’t let that whole “finishing on time” concept hold you back. What the heck does that mean anyway? Your time is your time. End of m.f’ing story.

I wish you all of the success that you can take, and even then, a little dash more, because from here, you can do all things! I pray that each of you are safe and well in whatever the next steps are from you, and if you happen to see me on the street looking unkempt, that you will let me borrow $5. I’m good for it.

Take care, and Congratulations Class of 2009!!!
*celebratory booty dance, a la Riley Freeman*

Don’t toss those hats too far. You know those are rented! 🙂


P.S.— You can exhale now. It’s over!
P.P.S.– I know you’re excited, but in your facebook/myspace/twitter/whatever accounts you use, please don’t call yourself an “alumni” of *insert your school here*. You can be an alumnus or alumna of said school, but alumni is plural. Unless you have more personalities than you usually talk about, please use the correct term graduates! :*)

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