JUDY FROM THE BLOCK

JUDY FROM THE BLOCK

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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Retro wifey, mommy to a princess, editor, PETA fanatic, and I Love Lucy!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

COUPONS, COUPONS, COUPONS....SNAG YOURS TODAY!


WE ALL NEED AS MUCH HELP AS WE CAN GET IN THE GROCERY STORES, AM I RIGHT?  AS WELL AS HYGIENE PRODUCTS, CLEANING PRODUCTS, BEAUTY PRODUCTS, ETC.


IT MAY NOT BE THE FAULT OF THE CASHIER WHO HAS TO STAND THERE AND SORT OUT ALL OUR COUPONS AND BREATHE A HEAVY SIGH WHEN THEY SEE US COMING, BUT THIS IS OUR WAY OF FIGHTING BACK ON THE OUTRAGEOUS PRICES!

HERE I AM JUST TRYING TO PAY IT FORWARD SO YOU CAN SAVE TOO...


PEPPERIDGE FARM COUPONS


HUGGIES LIL SWIMMERS COUPON


BAGELFULS, SARGENTO CHEESE, CHALLENGE BUTTER, AND MANY MORE


POMPEIN OLIVE OIL, JOSE OLE, AND MANY MORE


TARGET GROCERY COUPONS

JUICY JUICE COUPON


MY COUPON HELPER ZONKED OUT ON ME!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

OMGravy....Tomorrow is "C" day!


YEP, TOMORROW IS C-DAY!  COLONOSCOPY! 

I'M NOT EXACTLY A VIRGIN TO COLONOSCOPIES, BUT IT'S STILL SO NERVE RACKING THE DAY BEFORE, THE PREP, THE FASTING, THE ANXIETY!

SINCE I JUST HAD MY #8 SURGERY TWO FRIDAY'S AGO IN "THIS AREA," I GUESS I CANNOT DENY THAT THERE IS A PROBLEM ANY LONGER.  AS MY COLORECTAL SURGEON SAID, "I GIVE GREAT DRUGS, YOU'LL BE FINE!"  GEE, OKAY THEN! 
NOT!!!

MY "FIRST" SURGEON (YES, IM WELL KNOWN IN THE SURGICAL WARD), AFTER, I THINK IT WAS MY 5TH OPERATION ON THE AREA "WHERE THE SUN DONT SHINE," WHEN MY FAMILY AND I WERE ASKING WHY, WHY, WHY, WHAT IS IT, WHY DOES IT KEEP HAPPENING?  HIS REPLY WAS SIMPLY, "I DON'T KNOW, BUT GOD SURE IS PUNISHING YOU." THANKS, SMART ASS!

AND SINCE I HAVE TO TAKE THESE NUCLEAR REACTIVE LAXATIVES, AMONGST OTHER GOODIES THAT TASTE AS BAD GOING IN AS IT WILL COMING OUT, I THINK I'LL JUST STAY HOME TODAY!!  TMI, RIGHT?  I TOLD HUBBY TO PUT A SEATBELT ON THE TOILET SEAT BECAUSE I MIGHT BE THERE AWHILE!

SO, WISH ME LUCK DOLLS BECAUSE TOMORROW WILL SOON BE TODAY!
YIKES!










Thursday, June 23, 2011

DADDY AND DAUGHTER DAY....


IT'S SO RARE THAT I AM EVER AWAY FROM DESTINI, BUT IT'S GOOD FOR HER TO HAVE A DADDY DAY, JUST THE TWO OF THEM WITHOUT MOMMY INTERFERING.  AND THEY DID JUST THAT THIS PAST WEEKEND FOR FATHER'S DAY!  AFTER OPENING HIS PRESENT FIRST, OF COURSE...


DESTINI BOUGHT HIM A NEW IPOD FOR FATHER'S DAY.  HE WAS IN "HEAVEN," AS HIS HAD BEEN TAKEN A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO WHEN HIS TRUCK WAS STOLEN.




GOT A FREE $25 ITUNES CARD TO BOOT...SCORE!!









HE THEN TOOK DESTINI TO GET HER HAIR DONE.... 

BEFORE

AFTER





SHE THEN WENT TO HAVE LUNCH WITH HER COUSINS (HUBBY'S FAMILY) AND I WAS LATER TOLD SHE ATTACKED ONE OF THE "LIL ONES" FOR HIS BINKY (PACIFIER).  WE TOOK ALL OF HERS AWAY A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO...WELL DADDY DID, BUT MOMMY WILL STILL GIVE IT WHEN NECESSARY! 

DON'T JUDGE ME :/

SHHHH....IT'S OUR SECRET!

LATER, AS IT WAS SO HOT OUTSIDE, THEY WENT TO AUNT PAM'S (MY SISTER) FOR A SWIM, OR MORE LIKE "MAYBE I'LL JUST STICK MY FEET IN THE WATER FIRST AND SEE IF I WANT TO DO THIS OR NOT." 



AFTER THEIR SWIM, THEY CAME HOME TO A NICE DINNER OF MEATLOAF, MASHED POTATOES, PEAS, AND ROLLS.  AND NO, I DIDN'T TAKE A PICTURE....MY BAD :/

I COULD TELL SHE HAD FUN AND SHE HAD A GOOD TIME WITH HER DAD.  HE ALSO CAME HOME WITH A COUPLE OF NEW DISNEY T-SHIRTS FOR HER.  AND HE CALLS ME A SUCKER?  SHE HAS HIM WRAPPED :)))


 











Tuesday, June 21, 2011

BORN IN THE WRONG ERA....DOROTHY DANDRIDGE!


INTRODUCING DOROTHY DANDRIDGE

Most of you are probably saying, who?  Others, like myself, are mesmerized by this talented woman, her strength, her courage to be herself without compromise, a woman who knew she was destined for greatness!
So what was holding her back? 

BORN IN THE WRONG ERA!

For those of you who do know her and for those who don't, I'll try to keep it short-winded....HA HA HA HA!

Dorothy was born in 1922 and died in 1965, a year after I was born.  My fascination in movies mostly relate to the "old Hollywood" rather than the new.  Maybe it's my age, maybe I was just exposed by mom to great movies!

I remember the first time I saw mom watching this movie when I was young.  It was called "Carmen Jones."  It was a very musical movie.  I found myself watching it and asking a million questions about who all the people are.  I had never heard of them, except Harry Belafonte.  That name I knew! But who was this lady singing? Mom didn't know her either, Dorothy something or other. 

It wasn't until I was an adult and heard that Halle Berry was going to be starring in an HBO Original Movie called, "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge."
It still didn't really register with me who she was, until I saw the movie!

After watching the movie like a bajillion times, I decided to read the book as well.  I must say, the book is much more detailed and better than the movie; though the movie is also A MUST SEE!

Dorothy was absolutely born in the wrong era, all because of the color of her skin! The heartache of her lesbian mother, her father who left when she was a child, the men, her first husband (a black man) who treated her like a piece of meat, her mentally challenged child, the movie roles she fought so hard to get, the night club acts where she had to enter through the back door and exit through the back door, a woman who stuck her toe in the pool at a Las Vegas hotel and when a white person saw it, the pool was immediately drained. 

She really only had two people in her life she could trust, her sister, Viv, and her manager, Earl.  They loved her unconditionally.  One of the biggest Hollywood producers, Otto Preminger, was so in love with her, though would not leave his wife for her and would never be seen with her in public.  The humiliation she must have went through knowing that for a white man she was good enough to sleep with, just not to be seen with.  Later, she met and married her second husband (a white man) who abused her and robbed her blind, leaving her virtually penniless and having to move her child to a public institution.

YET, she is the first African American woman to ever be nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress in a movie.  ALSO, the first African American woman to be nominated for a Golden Globe award!
She didn't win either award...

When "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge" came out on HBO, starring Halle Berry, it was absolutely heart-breaking to know Hollywood "then" and Hollywood "now."


I would like to think her life wouldn't have ended so tragically in today's Hollywood, maybe it would have been different for her.  Maybe not, I don't know.  We'll never know.  I do know she took the pills to take away the emotional pain, not physical pain.

Though Earl, her manager, who was working feverishly on reviving her career and was booking her on tours again, found Dorothy dead in her bathroom floor from an overdose.

Dorothy Dandridge Dead
November 9, 1922 - September 8, 1965

I found myself a few years ago engaged in an E-bay auction for an original picture signed by Dorothy.  There aren't many out there!  I am NOT going to tell you what I paid for this because I've managed to keep that from hubby this long and I hid the credit card..HEE HEE HEE!  To say I paid a substantial, ridiculous amount of money on this is an understatement; however there are some things worth fighting for!  Dorothy was worth my effort and my money! This hangs in my home office!

"Prejudice is such a waste.  It makes you logy and half-alive.  It gives you nothing.  It takes away." ~ Dorothy Dandridge

"If I were white, I could capture the world." ~ Dorothy Dandridge



HALLE ACCEPTS THE AWARD THAT DOROTHY WAS SO WORTHY!


Sunday, June 19, 2011

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY TO THE "TWO" BEST DAD'S!


HAPPY FATHER'S DAY


THOUGH MY FATHER IS IN HEAVEN AND NOT HERE WITH ME TODAY, I WILL NEVER FORGET HIM, HE'S IN MY HEART TO STAY....



SO I MARRIED A MAN JUST LIKE MY DAD, AND NOW DESTINI IS BLESSED WITH WHAT I HAD....

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HAPPY FATHER'S DAY TO THE "TWO"
BEST DAD'S!

LOVE, JUDY AND DESTINI...



Thursday, June 16, 2011

WHAT'S YOUR FAV VEGGIE? HERE'S MINE:


I DO LOVE MY VEGGIES!

When I was growing up in this house, it didn't matter what we were having for dinner or lunch (even if it was a PB&J sandwich), we were gonna have a salad on the side or some kind of cold veggies!
I thank my mom for that! 

I really pushed veggies on Destini when she started eating baby foods.  I want her to love to eat veggies as much as I do.  We had a problem with the peas at first, but she learned to like them!

Now, Mr. Camel, that's a different story.  He does eat vegetables, but we differ on the type of vegetables that he would prefer as to what I would prefer in a salad.  I can get him to eat salad, but certainly not as much as I do.

Cooked veggies!  Now that is something we can all agree on!
When we are BBq'in, I will always make sure I sneak a veggie or two in somewhere.

The "star veggie" this past weekend was all of our FAV!

Grilled Corn on the Cob!!

It was super sweet and so good to eat!

So, what's your fav?

Sunday, June 12, 2011

ADD "YOUR" SIGNATURE TO "YOUR" BLOG!

If you like the look and personalization of having a signature on your blog, like this:

But you're like me and a "not so tech-savy" kinda gal or guy, this was the easiest method I found.  It seems, after doing some research on it, there are several ways of making your own signature line and inserting it into your blog permanently. 

Instructions:

Go to My Live Signature  click on "proceed" and "create signature."


You can then either click on creating a new signature, or uploading a scanned image of your real signature. Let My Live Signature walk you through the steps to create a signature you are happy with. If you create one with their fonts, you can chose the look, size, and slant of your signature. 


You can save the final product as an image to your hard drive by right clicking on the signature and choosing "save image as," naming it and placing it on your computer where you see fit. Then click on "want to use this signature?" at the end of your process and it will create an HTML code for you to place on your blog.  Copy it, then go into blogger. 


Click on "Settings" in your blog dashboard, and then "formatting." Scroll down to the bottom where it says "post template." Paste the HTML code you just copied into that template.  Save! 


When you next go to make a new post, that code will already be in it. Just make sure you type your post "above" your signature line or it will come first in your post.  

Have Fun! 
 



Saturday, June 11, 2011

IT'S SUMMERTIME...GOODBYE SODA, HELLO ICE TEA!

In our house it has always been 
Lipton Tea!
Mom and Dad were from the south, so mom boiled her tea bags to make ice tea, and I have to say there is a difference in that and sun tea.  She made sun tea too, but not very often...

For me just the opposite, I make more sun tea than I do boiled tea... 
When Summertime comes around, or anything over 100 degrees here in Phoenix, whichever comes first, it's time to bust out the jars and make some
Ice tea!
Since I don't drink ice tea year-round, I was really looking forward to this...
Cheers my friends....Here's to over 100 degrees, I mean Summertime....









Friday, June 10, 2011

I'M A DOODLE FOR GOOGLE...YOU?



I am a "Doodle for Google," what can I say!  For many reasons.  I mean they are the biggest search engine on the Internet of course. 

The company's mission statement from the outset was "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful."  That, they did!

But how the heck do they expect me to get any work done around here with all these distracting "Google Doodles?"










I remember it was reported in the news that when the Pac-Man came out, there was a huge productivity decrease in the work place....of course, duh!







I am very much looking forward to my next "Google Doodle" distraction...
What was your fav?

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

TWO "MUST HAVE" COUPONS IN MY HOUSE! GET YOURS HERE!


Two things for sure in my house that are "must haves" since Destini came along...


And, luckily, I found coupons for both!  Maybe you might need these yourself, you certainly don't have to be a mom to need these household items.


                             Red Kool-Aid!!
Pull out my "magic in a bottle"

                    This is why I love this stuff: 




Everything in Destini's room takes a battery, all sizes!  She does not understand, at 20 months old, that you have to "wait" to put new batteries in your toy before it will work again.  She has no concept of "wait." 

So we keep batteries on-hand at all times for an "emergency" toy drainage crisis!




Tuesday, June 7, 2011

I'm that Mom I said I NEVER would be...


When you're a Mom....
it's expected that you BRAG!!
When I was childless, I always dreaded all those mom's who pulled out their wallet, so quick to show you their, "little bundle of joy."
Perhaps a little envy, perhaps a little boring.

((yawn))!

I always told my BFF I would never be that kind of mom who brags about little Johnny and his honor roll and how he can say pee pee.

((yawn))!

Then, yours is born!!
And before you know it, you're one of those Moms!

I'm a self-proclaimed, cannot deny it BRAGGER!







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WELL, ENOUGH BRAGGING FOR
ONE DAY....

IF I BORED YOU, SORRY ((YAWN))! IF YOU'RE A MOM, YOU TOTALLY GET IT!