Monthly Archives: December 2011

Give Me My Life Back!! (Ok, I didn’t mean that)

Today was one of those days when I thought – this being a mother thing is not for me.  My phone has sweet potatoes all over it, and I just BARELY, I mean I was almost two seconds late, rescued it from being tossed into the toilet! (Ok, so I should have remembered to close the bathroom door).  I feel like I’ve been buckling and unbuckling kids into car seats MILLIONS of times, and I’m sick of it.  There are toys all over my house – I’d like to throw them all way and say, “We have imaginary friends and we play with imaginary toys.”  We are going to Trinidad in a week, and I absolutely don’t feel like packing anything for TWO boys, much less stroller and car seats and having to fight with the airline about what I’m allowed and not allowed to carry.  It’s raining, raining, bloody raining and won’t stop!!!!  I was halfway to my mom’s with the boys and had to turn around and go all the way back home because I forgot the bottles.

Jalen being Jalen

But the topper was that I got an email from Goodreads (my online book tracker) and it said, “Melissa, you have only completed 38% of your 2011 reading challenge.”  I wanted to read 50 books this year and I only got to 19.  19!!!!  Last year I read almost 40!!!  38%????  Melissa Blakeney Andrews has never received a 38% of anything in her life!!!

And so, as I debated going into bed and pulling up the covers and staying under there until Sabbath, I remembered that Pastor Billingy preached some time ago that we should try to only have good things – like thanks and encouraging words – come out of our mouths.  So I’m writing here the things that I can be thankful for today.

da boyz!

1.  My husband keeps the garage clean, so that I can buckle the children in and out of their car seats in the garage – a dry place – without getting wet.  I can also drive straight into the garage and walk into my house, and not get wet.

2.  I have a car and so don’t have to wait with the children at a bus stop and catch the Metro.

3.  The child who has covered my phone with sweet potatoes and almost threw it into the toilet is exhibiting the typical behavior of a 16-month-old.  I am thankful that he is growing as he should.

4.  I have my quarterly review with my boss in a few minutes and I rocked last quarter; should be a stellar review.

5.  We can afford to travel to Trinidad

6.  Helianthe Monkou and Cheryl Ottley have been AWESOME to work with as we’ve coordinated this “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” event for church on Sabbath.  If I’d had to do all of the matching by myself, I don’t know what I would have done.  And…I am so excited about the response that we received!!  It’s the best we’ve ever had.

7.  My arms and legs are not broken, so I can go and clean up all those toys

8.  I saw several accidents on the road today – I’m thankful for safe travel.

9.  I was listening to Praise 104.1 on the radio and I laughed out loud at the people who dialed in to sing (thankful for laughter – ok, so I shouldn’t have been laughing at them, but this one guy tried to sing “For Every Mountain”.  First off, that solo is for a girl, and secondly, he tried do do a run on every note.  Sing that in your head and do a run on every note, and you’ll bust out laughing too.  LOL)

10.  I am alive

11.  I have all of you as friends

and 12.  I’m going to stop at Caribbean Palace this evening on the way to church and get me a boneless chicken roti and devour it!  (Thanks Simone for reminding me about that!!)

So – I feel better now and am going to clean up some toys.


Posted by on December 7, 2011 in melissa


Baltimore is for lovers

Baltimore is for lovers — fly me to the moon!

It’s over 12 years now that I discovered this truth — Baltimore is for lovers! Recently I saw two friends discover the same. Sitting on a park bench overlooking the water. Simple ambience with the backdrop of a metropolis.

On a sunny day, the inner harbor in particular, can set the mood for love like no other place. It seems to be a place where long-term plans are made, where friends gaze longingly into each others eyes thinking of matchless bliss, consummation and the product of.

Want to be flown to the moon? Start the trip there and never look back.

[blogged by Vaughn Andrews]


Posted by on December 4, 2011 in Uncategorized