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{March 4, 2014}   Scandal: Ride, Sally, Ride

Despite the constant Twitter reminders and countdowns, I completely spaced on the fact that there was a brand new Scandal released.

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And to top it all off, I wasn’t very psyched to watch it because one of my besties said that it was boring and that she fell asleep watching it.

Yeah, she must have really been sleepy because it was good.

If you haven’t seen it yet, you can watch the latest tv series episodes on Hulu.com or find them on abc online episodes.

Meanwhile….

<<< SPOILER ALERTS >>>

So much happened on Scandals latest episode.

That heifer Sally decided to continue her run for President against Fitz even though she killed her husband at the end of last season.

How’d she get away with that, you ask?

One word: Cyrus.

Need I say more.

I never really trust “Super” Christians.

She has herself convinced that “the devil made her do it”.

Oh, no, boo-boo, the devil may have whispered it in your ear but the act of killing was all you.

And did I mention that she is running against Fitz while still maintaining her position and power as the Vice-POTUS.

And Kerry Washington’s character, Olivia… yeah, her Dear Ol’ Dad pretty much declared war on her if she stays with the President.

“…and the greatest weapon I could use against him calls me ‘dad’.”

Can you get any clearer (or menacing) than that?

Speaking of the President…I still cannot express to you enough how much I actively dislike him.

Seriously, he threw his glass at Cyrus.

And picking a running mate that was “loyal” to him…yeah, right.

He picked a carbon copied, selfish playboy mirror image of himself.

The one thing Sally got right was calling him out on being a man-child.

Taking the reigns that Fitz has once again dropped in his self-destructive pursuit of Olivia, my girl Mellie once again pushed her pride aside and sat down with a public meal with her once best friend Olivia.

I admire how Mellie keeps it all together even though we know in her heart of hearts she really just wants to shank a bitch. LMFAO.

She point blank tells Olivia that she has to get herself a beau because she has screwed up by well, screwing her hubby.

Speaking of screwing, Cyrus’ husband is hell bent on screwing him over.

I, for one, saw that coming when Cyrus threatened to take the baby if he ever leaves him.

Now he is working with David to bring down pretty much the whole team.

Speaking of working against, our Baby Huck Quinn is slipping further and further down the rabbit hole working hard to earn a place in B16.

But despite what others say, I think she’s just trying to earn Olivia’s trust back by going where the others dare not go.

There was so much going on in this episode that I am probably going to have watch it again before this week’s.

Let me know if I missed any salient points.

Scandal on!

~MsCrookedHalo

 

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{September 4, 2013}   Weekly Wednesday Workout Wrapup

The Wrap-up

Usually I post on Facebook whenever I complete a workout but I think that posting a weekly wrap-up will make me more to actually workout.

Especially as I have been slacking since last Monday when I did my morning and evening Zumba and that’s it.

For 9 days.

Unless back-to-school shopping counts (and in my mind, it totally does!).

To start this party off right, I am happy to report that I have completed my morning Zumba class and I have nothing but high expectations that I will be going to my evening Zumba class tonight.

I picked up the September YMCA group exercise schedule and I was excited to know that they added Zumba to Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Friday evenings and Step class on Mondays.

The Exercise Plan

So, my current workout schedule tentatively looks as follows:

Monday:

  • 9:30 Zumba
  • 5:00 Yoga
  • 6:30 Zumba

Tuesday

  • 9:30 Pilates
  • 5:30 Zumba
  • 6:45 Step

Wednesday

  • 9:30 Zumba
  • 5:30 Yoga
  • 6:30 Zumba

Thursday

  • 9:30 Pilates
  • 4:00 Belly Dance
  • 5:30 Zumba
  • 7:00 Yoga

Friday

  • 8:30 Zumba
  • 5:30 Zumba

Saturday

  • Y Boot Camp (9/14 & 9/28)

Sunday

  • Actitrax

Quite an aggressive schedule but it is fair to note that the Pilates and Yoga have been on my radar for months and I have yet to go to even one class. I was suppose to start the Y Boot Camp on that but that’s a big nope on that as well.

That’s why I say that the schedule in “tentative”.

The Nutrition Plan

I ate a lot of junk during the last week. I mean, a lot. So much, in fact, that I am back up to 167 lbs where I was down to 163. I put on 4 lbs in just 9 days. Boo!

This months nutrition plan is to take processed sugar snacky foods out of my diet. No more pop tarts. Or nutrigrain bars. Or even cereal. No cookies. ~cries~

My cheat rule is that I can eat it if it is given to me by someone else  (It would be rude to decline, right!).

So, ~sigh~, if I want a snack, I have to eat fresh fruit, vegetables, or yogurt. I guess that it is a good thing that I like fresh fruit, vegetables, and yogurt, huh.

So, what do you think?

Too much?

Not enough?

Do you have a plan or routine of your own to follow?

~Queen Katrina

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{September 2, 2013}   September is Suicide Month

If true tales of a suicide attempt activates in detrimental  triggers in your psyche, you may not want to read this post.

blood relation needs no proof

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Not a lot of people know this, but back in 1995, I attempted suicide.

The year is important because it is the year that I gave birth to my first child.

In fact, the birth is most likely the cause of the attempt.

You see, it is believed that I was suffering from postpartum depression.

After giving birth, life got to be too much for me.

The child got to be too much for me.

The bills got to be too much for me.

The in-laws got to be too much for me.

The husband got to be too much for me.

I felt like a failure.

And in the middle of an argument with my spouse, I went in the bathroom, grabbed a bottle of aspirin, and swallowed.

Then I proceeded to throw the bottle in the face of my husband (over an argument that I can’t even remember any of the details) and laid down in my bed with my hand in the cradle of my newborn baby and prepared to die.

I don’t know how long I lay there while my family debated whether I had really taken the pills or if I was faking it for attention.

But deciding to err on the side of caution, an ambulance was called.

My next memories are of a doctor grilling me on what I had taken.

A tube being none to gently thrust down my throat.

The grueling feeling and taste of the charcoal been pumped into my system.

A psychologist talking to me about all that I had to live for.

And finally, my crying and begging to go home.

To go home to my precious newborn son.

Who needed me.

And, apparently, I needed him.

Because despite the birth being weeks before, the day that I attempted suicide actually was the day that I became a Mother.

I had never had a thought of suicide prior to this incident.

And I have never had another thought of suicide since.

I was, and am, a cry a little then pick yourself up and keep it moving type of gal.

Hormones, though, they are a bitch.

So, what do I get out of writing this article.

Well, for one, I am publicly acknowledging that my oldest child saved my life.

Second, to let pregnant women know to keep an eye out for signs of depression even after the baby is born.

And, to let those around a woman who has just given birth to keep an eye out for any signs of depression.

Even in the woman who has never before exhibited any signs of depression.

In fact, all that spoiling you did while Mom was still pregnant…yeah, do more of that.

If you or a friend are considering suicide please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273- (8255). It is free and confidential.

~Queen Katrina of the Crooked Halo

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{July 20, 2013}   Feeling accomplished
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English: The monument to the working woman, Ramon Ferran’s work. Reus (year 2003) Català: Monument a la dona treballadora, obra de Ramon Ferran, Reus (any 2003) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am feeling so accomplished this week.

I got some things knocked off my to-do list while also continuing on my New Years Resolutions.

I finally signed up for a course that I have been meaning to sign up to take since February.

I have been going strong on getting my blogs up-to-date. Oh, I know that you can’t see much difference but, believe me, there is so much more to running your own blog than simply writing a post. Trust me on this one.

I have also been maintaining my gym activities. Yep, this original coach potato has been going to the gym at least 3 – 4 times per week. And sometimes I am there for 3 hours!!!! I know, gasp, right…

And I have stuck studying my scopist training back into the midst.

Woot! Woot!

I cringe to think how far I should really be by now.

Seriously.

I. Cringe.

And in the midst of all this, I still manage to maintain my stellar C parenting.

Well, C- being as it is summer and all. Lol.

So, yeah, I rock this week…

Stay tuned for next week though.

Will I pick it up or totally slack off!

One can never tell with me.

 

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{July 17, 2013}   Getting back into blogging
English: Blogs on JoopeA

English: Blogs on JoopeA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am finally working on my blogs seriously for the first time in a long time.

For one thing, I missed the money! Lol.

But another is that I miss being able to express myself and connecting with people who may (or may not) share the same interests or philosophies.

One thing that I noticed that with the amount of blogs that I had (over 7 at one point, each dedicated to something specific), I tended to burn out.

So, as some of my domains expire, I am just allowing the to retire and merge all of the info into this blog.

Sorta making this blog a “catch-all” .

This should simplify my life immensely.

Thus far, I have cut down my blogs to just 4 although I am still debating cutting down to just 2, this blog and Voucherlist.

I am seriously considering just letting Amablogger go.

Its a conumdrum though as it was such a labor of love when I first started it but now I hardly ever write anything on there.

On the other hand, it is a nice resource to quickly find what I am looking for…

What to do. What to do.

I’ll be making a decision on Amablogger sooner rather than later as the domain expires in little over a month.

~sigh~

Really nothing else to report as far as blogging goes, especially as I have been mostly MIA for months.

But that is about to come to an end…

Maybe.

Probably.

Lol.

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{June 24, 2013}   Its almost fun at the YMCA

I am finally tackling my 2013 New Years Resolution to get into better shape.

English: YMCA logo (international and USA)

English: YMCA logo (international and USA) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Frankly, I am out of excuses being as the just opened a YMCA down the street from my house.

It opened the last week of May and I have been going faithfully to workout.

Ok, almost faithfully.

So, this is how my thought processes have gone over the past few weeks.

Prepared to be amazed!

Not!

Started out just sitting on the bike for an hour, cruising and watching some tv.

It was like being at home but with cable.

Then I added some strength machine in there.

Mostly the ab machine being as that is my problem area.

Oh, but wait! What’s that I am seeing.

Are my arms starting the jiggle.

Oh, no, can’t have that.

Let’s throw in some arm exercises.

Hm, my legs are in pretty good shape but I’ll try out the leg presses.

Ok, so my legs are not in as good a shape as I think.

And yeah, now I remember that I wanted to work on my booty.

Lets go gluts!!

What’s that, my friend?

Zumba sounds like fun.

Ok, let’s Zumba!

Zumba demo

Zumba demo (Photo credit: ah zut)

Ooo, what’s this FitQuest and ActivTrax thingy that everyone else has?

Is that better than just randomly going from machine to machine?

It is…

Well, sign me up!

Hm, what kind of body do I want?

What is my ultimate goal?

Well, if I can’t have a big booty and big ol’ boobies then I’ll shoot for toned and muscled.

Gorgeous abs.

Muscular arms.

High, firm booty and boobies.

Somewhere in between skinny chick and body builder would be just fine.

Not this body.

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This body!

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Muscle Beach Swimsuits July 4th (Photo credit: planetc1)

But my overall goal is to go into my 40s (July 11, 2014) with a better body than even the one that I had in my 20s.
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My friend and I were having a discussion on just how much it costs to buy a Samsung Galaxy S III on contract vs the cost of paying cash for the phone and using a prepaid service.

Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung Galaxy S III (Photo credit: John Biehler)

Since even the major companies (with the exception of Sprint, who will refer you to Virgin Mobile or Boost), offer prepaid now, prepaid purchasers no longer have to suffer the iniquity of bad reception, dropped calls, or missing text messages that was the plague of days gone by.

Prepaid customers are also no longer limited to the dregs of yesteryears technology since most carriers will sell the phone and, if necessary, the SD card to activate the phone.

So, the only question left is, in the long run, is it cheaper to buy the phone outright and go prepaid or get the discounted phone and go with a contract.

To the math!

Let’s start with my own carrier, Tmobile.

If I had purchased the Samsung Galaxy S III from Tmobile last year with a contract, I would have paid $299.99. But, lo and behold, I took a looksy today, and the phone is now down to $99.99 if I order it online.

If I purchase it outright from Tmobile prepaid (I don’t. Ebay is my friend!), the phone would cost me $549.99, a significant difference, right.

So, let’s compare plans, shall we?

The contract plan that I would most likely chose is $89.99 per month. The comparable prepaid plan, 4G and all, is $70.00.

$89.99 x 24 months = $2159.76

Adding in the cost of the phone, $99.99, brings the total to $2259.75

On the prepaid side, $70 x 24 = $1680 plus the cost of the phone is $2229.99.

The difference is only $29.76 in favor of the prepaid and I am not obligated to Tmobile for two years even if the service goes downhill.

Also, the price of the phone is on “sale” for a limited time only. If it goes to comparable of what the other major retailers are asking, the difference will go up $100. If it goes up to the price that Tmobile was originally advertising, the difference will go up $200.

Now, my friend has a Sprint contract.

According to Sprint’s website, the cost of Unlimited Everything is now $109.99 (up from the $99.99 that made it so appealing just a few years ago).

The cost of a new Samsung Galaxy S III on Sprint is, and has always been as far as I know, $199.99.

So the cost of a two year contract is $2639.76 plus the cost of the phone brings the total to $2839.75.

The difference between a Sprint contract and Tmobile prepiad is $609.76.

That’s a huge difference.

And, without even doing the math, I can tell you that the Verizon’s and ATT plans are so not for me.

Shared data plans?!?!

No unlimited data plans?!?!

But for those who want to see that math, here you go…

Verizon and AT&T contract is $199.99 for the phone and $70 for the contract for a total of $1879.99.

Again, no unlimited data for those of us who that makes a difference.

If not, then Verizon or AT&T may be your best bet, money-wise.

Verizon’s prepaid does not offer the ability to buy the S3 directly from the site but the prepaid is still $70.

I would go prepaid so I wouldn’t be locked into a contract and get my phone from Ebay, Craigslist, or Amazon, but that’s just me.

You actually come out cheaper with a Verizon contract when you add in the cost of the phone.

AT&T’s Smartphone prepaid is $65.00 which is $5 lower than the contract.

AT&T also did not offer the ability to purchase the S3 with your prepaid account online.

So, for my money, I will be sticking with my Tmobile prepaid account.

Not only is it extremely cost efficient in the long run but I am able to change my monthly account type with no penalties or repercussions during those lean months.

So, did I get the math right?

Did I miss any facts that might make a contract phone more appealing?

I’ve been known to be wrong…occasionally.

 

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I must say that I have fallen woefully behind on my Upper East Side shenanigans

Gossip Girl Season 4

Gossip Girl Season 4 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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But since subscribing to Netflix, I have been womanfully attempting to catch up.

Starting with Season 1, Episode 1, I am now up caught up to Blair’s engagement to the Prince of Monocco.

Since I never watch regaular television any more,  I wasn’t even aware that this was to be the last season of Gossip Girl.

So, I was completely blindsided when my friend Jeanette let the beans spill that the series finale revealed that Gossip Girl is…

….wait for it…..

….total spoiler alert here…..

Dan Humphrey

Dan Humphrey (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

DAN HUMPHREY!!

Frankly, I knew it had to be one of the main characters of the show although I didn’t really rule out anyone.

I figured that when it was finally revealed, the writers would have to ignore any and all inconsistencies and plot holes.

What I didn’t like was that Lily and Rufus did not end up together.

And even worse, I hated that Lily ended up with William Van Der Woosen.

Yuck!

But I guess that I will have to get caught up to see what happened there.

Reading comments though, I giggled when one reader suggested that Rufus changes to suit the woman that he is with, which is totally true!

And Lily never really respected him as a man because, like her daughter and Blair, she is actually attracted to men who treat her just a wee bit bad…I mean, um, present a challenge to their strong personalities (yeah, right!).

Other (obvious) spoilers:

Blair and Chuck get married. It was very anticlimactic and I absolutely hated Blair’s dress (I hardly ever liked the clothes they wore on the show anyway.) They have a son but I guess I have to get caught up to find out what happened to Blair and Louie’s baby?!?!

BTW, those two park Blair/Chuck know-it-alls have a vital role in the marriage but where are Blair’s minions??

Georgina’s so-called scheme was lame and was just a rounding up of all of the usual suspects. Yawn.

Flash forward five years and we see Dan and Serena tying the knot (I hated her dress too.) but I would have loved to see how they finally made it to the alter.

Apparently Blair does get a career in fashion (I have no idea what Serena ends up doing).

Lil Jenny Humphry makes a brief appearance with a designer purse that reads J by Waldorf so…..

But she doesn’t get any lines. Lol.

Ivy writes a tell all about duping the rich for their money. I need to get caught up there. I just got to the point where she is being blackmailed by her ex for $500,000.

Let’s see…who’s left…

Cover of "Veronica Mars"

Cover of Veronica Mars

Oh, yeah, Nate…he ends up running a very successful magazine and they hint that he may be running for Mayor. No girl for him, apparently. They should have put him back with Vanessa…power couple to take on Chuck and Blair. Lol.

Oh, and why wasn’t Scott at the wedding?!?!

My favorite (really, the only part that moved me besides being angry at Lily) was the cameo “I thought is was Dorota” moments from real life celebrities. My fav being the voice of Gossip Girl herself, Veronica Mars alum: Kristen Bell.

No clue the significane of the Rachel chick but I actually squeeled to see Ronnie. Lol. And that wink…too cute….

And, of course, they had to send Gossp Girl to bed with a warning that since there will always be an outsider with a need to be “in”, there will always be a “Gossip Girl”.

XoXo

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{July 25, 2012}   Bored with the internet

Every now and then, I just get bored with the internet.

I just feel…blah…about it…

English: A bored person

English: A bored person (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Which can be a bad thing being as I work from the internet.

I just don’t want to even turn on any internet connected device.

Check email?

Boo!

Facebook?

Not today.

It usually passes as I force myself through.

Hm. Perhaps I should track this feeling and see if it follows my cycle of the moon.

Probably.

Meanwhile, maybe I should go find me some silly video on youtube to give me a case of  the giggles.

~yawn~

Does anyone else burn out of wanting to be on the internet every now and then?

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Y’all are just gonna have to forgive any grammatical or typographical errors in this post.

Robbery not allowed

Robbery not allowed (Photo credit: Arenamontanus)

I am just so steamed up that my mind is going faster than my fingers can type.

I do not live in the the best neighborhood to begin with.

Yet, I have lived here 10 years ad had nary a bit of trouble.

That is, until this summer.

It started out with my friend’s two daughters being jumped.

And by a group of girls, of only one that lives in the neighborhood.

And eventhough my friend called the police from this girl’s residence, the police have yet to do nothing…nada…bubkiss..

And then my teen son walked to see his girlfriend and got mugged!!!

I had never even heard of anyone getting mugged in this neighborhood before.

(And I think that he got mugged twice but just does not want to say anything because I tend to “over-react”.)

To add insult on top of injury, my kids were walking to the Child Life program on Saturday and they said that they were being followed by two grown men.

Oh-Hell-To-The-NO!!!!

I am not a fighter but if I catch anyone bothering my kids, somebody is is getting a butt whopping.

And you can call this premeditated all that you want.

I call it a mother f@cking warning!!!

I stand between my kids and trouble.

It is my God given duty to protect the offspring that the Lord has given me.

Til death…if necessary….

Even though my lease is not up yet, I have already started trolling for a new place to live.

A quiet street in a quiet neighborhood.

I even gave my landlord heads up yesterday so he can either find me something or kiss my derriere good bye.

My kids are good kids.

No trouble.

Excellent grades.

God loving.

My friend’s kids are also good kids.

I think that they are going after the good kids for some reason.

Maybe they are trying to swell the ranks of the neighborhood “gang”.

I don’t know.

This is just mere speculation on my part.

All I know is that John Law needs to step in now before it becomes som

ething more serious and hard to put down.

Funny thing is, my neighborhood is smack dab in the middle of two affluent neighborhoods so why wouldn’t they want to stop the trouble now before it travels across those invisible borders.

Meanwhile, I am doing two things.

I am rebuking and cancelling the plans of the devil on the life of my kids.

And I am preparing to haul butt to a safer neighborhood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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