What’s up, Fam! I had to come through and share some wonderful family news. My sister was a radiant bride this past weekend and her beach wedding in Spring Lake, MI was beautiful. It was a pleasure to serve as her maid-of-honor and stand up with her as she married the love of her life. I’m so happy to welcome my new brother-in-law to the family! I pray that they’ll continue to be very happy together and that God blesses their union. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I’ll let them do the talking!
Yeah, so I know I’ve been M.I.A. for a minute. Trust me, I’ve got a legit excuse, but I don’t want to get into that on this post. I need more info before I share it with you lovely people. But in the meantime and in between time, I want to share a little bit of my summer with you!
I took a few road trips and got into my typical nerd shenanigans with the fam. All of which are memories I’ll cherish for years to come. Most of the pics feature me, two out of three of my sisters (can’t wait for Tiffany to get off travel restriction. I definitely plan to take a trip to see her before the year is up) and my moms. Locations are Gatlinburg, TN, Nashville, TN and Ocean Springs, MS.
Check it out. 🙂
It’s been a great summer in many ways, and an extremely challenging one in others. Even as I type this, I realize what an incredible understatement that last phrase is. But all in all, God’s blessings outweigh my worries and I won’t complain.
How was your summer? Are you as ready for fall as I am? I missed you guys loads and promise to fill you in on what’s going on with me as soon as I have a plan in place. Be on the lookout for a video from me soon. I want y’all to look me in my eyeballs for this one, lol. XoXo!
This weekend I made an effort to get out of the house, something my naturally hermetic self has to really gear up for. This is especially true when I’m going through some things. But, it was two of my beautiful cousin’s birthdays and despite the fact that Netflix was calling me, I ignored the muse stealing heffa and hit the streets.
First I had to take care of some business (cuz I stay grinding) by stopping off at a literary event hosted by my local library. I’m so glad I came through because I met a couple of amazing Memphis based writers and got to plug my baby WTRTCA to a room full of readers. It was awesome and I was only a little nervous. Me + public speaking= I need a sedative!
My assistant, Sista C.J., was slipping on her post. Not only did she not get a picture of me speaking about my book, but she didn’t pass out my promo cards. I had to do it myself. Gasp! I thought I was the talent, and deserved to be treated as such, but I guess working with family keeps you humble. I would dock her pay, but since I’m not paying her anything…
One of the primary speakers was author Lakisha Johnson and she came with it. She’s a successful independent publisher with a faithful fan base here in Memphis. Her topic was “Be Careful Who You Love” and she gave me plenty to think about! For one thing I got to see a pro in action. If you’re an author attending an event to sell books, it’s less about going on and on about your book, and more about leaving an impression on the audience. If they remember you, they’ll remember your book. If you haven’t read any of her books, you might want to check them out. From talking to a few of her fans, I got the impression that they’re very steamy.
After stumbling through my 60 second remarks on WTRTCA, Sista C.J. and I met up with some of our cousins for dinner. We gossiped about family, lusted after a few professional athletes and Idris Elba, talked about my sudden case of baby fever (I promise I can hear my biological clock ticking away like a gong) and ate some delicious Mexican food.
Later, we changed the venue and went to see Tony Tone at Chuckles Comedy House. I’d never heard of him, but he was pretty funny. Forgive me for not having a candid picture of him. I was too busy admiring the way his biceps strained against his shirt while he was holding that mic to take a pic.Talk about guns? Bang, bang baby.
So all in all it was a weekend full of good people, good food, and good times. What more can a girl ask for?
What did you get into this weekend? Do you attend local literary events on the regular? Any tips to help me get more comfortable with public speaking? How about some advice on how to get over baby fever? Talk to me.
I hope you had a fabulous 4th of July and enjoyed the long weekend. I had so much fun I can’t even think straight. The 4th was spent at a family BBQ replete with good-natured debates, water gun fights and a stellar amateur fireworks show. I felt like a child again as I played with sparklers. I also attempted to channel my inner Martha Stewart by baking a strawberry short cake and decorated it as a flag. The look: meh. The taste: mmmhhh-mmmhhh good.
My good friend/godmother came to visit from Dallas, so I became a tourist in my still sort of new home town. It’s true what they say: everyone should pretend to be a tourist in their own backyard. I had a great time Sunday. We went to church, then had a champagne brunch at the famous and historical Peabody. I must admit that my initial impression of this beautiful hotel was tainted by the ignorant behavior of a hostess that seems to think that the south is still segregated. It put a damper on my experience, but eventually, I got over it. I enjoyed a phenomenal meal, great music and even saw Kathy Bates having an incognito meal at the Peabody deli. Unfortunately, it sometimes slips my mind that I’m a blogger and I should have been snapping pics left and right! I missed out on sharing pics of all of that beautifully displayed food. My bad guys. Everyone should experience the history and class of the Peabody at least once.
We wrapped up the weekend by walking Beale St. The sidewalks were crowded with folks strolling, the sounds of blues and jazz music drifted from the bars, and the smoke from cigars and barbecue pits permeated the air. If you’re ever out this way, you have to eat at the The Blues City Cafe. It’s a whole in the wall landmark with the best rack of ribs and the most friendly people you’ll ever meet.
Have you ever toured your own city? How was your experience?