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Hot Chocolate Atlanta 15k-5k

Anybody that knows me would say that I love me some good hot chocolate, a White Chocolate Mocha from Starbucks or a Turtle Mocha from Caribou Coffee. I simply love anything chocolate!! I wonder how much will I love chocolate after participating in the Hot Chocolate 15k/5k Race in Atlanta on January 25, 2015.

I have always participated in sports before I became Darius & Devon’s mom. Over the years, I have become more of a spectator and less of a participant. Well, all of that is about to change because I have to be ready and in shape when the WNBA calls me for tryouts!! (Okay…the Senior Citizen League of the WNBA whenever that starts up. LOL)

My best friend, Vivian, has been involved with the Peachtree Road race for many years…either as a participant or a volunteer. She encouraged me to do this race in 2012, but I brushed it off thinking about how cold it would be on an early January morning. After giving it much thought, I decided that 2014 would be my year but uterine fibroids got the best of me. So the Hot Chocolate Race was put on the backburner, while I  got myself together.  The fibroids have been conquered, I’m feeling brand new and ready to check some things off of my bucket list.

Last month, one of my friends posted on Facebook that she’d just signed up to do the Hot Chocolate 15k in January. After reading that, I said to myself: “Self, you’ve got to get it together. Go on and sign up for the 5k. I don’t wanna hear no mess or excuses…you need to do this. Plus they’re giving away a nice goodie bag!! How can you pass that up?”

Hot Chocolate Goodie Bag and Finisher Cup

With that being said, I will be registering for my first walk in the Hot Chocolate 15k/5k race first thing tomorrow morning. That’s right, I said WALK!! I never said that I was an avid RUNNER…I consider myself to be an avid WALKER. I’m not on the level of my good friend, Forrest Gump…he ran and I will be walking!! So if you’re not too busy on the morning of January 25, come on down to Turner Field to cheer on the participants (runners and walkers) and/or for some good old fashion hot chocolate!!

Simply Cherita

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I’ve always respected authors and enjoyed the literature community. As a matter of fact, next to crafting, reading is the second tool that I use to alleviate stress. By reading, it allows me to escape, if only briefly, from my life’s worries. So it was upsetting to read that author

Daniel Handler (if you can call him that) made a racist joke about the distinguished Jacqueline Woodson after she received the highest honors in the Young Adult category for memoir “Brown Girl Dreaming” at the National Books Awards. The NPR reported that throughout the event, Mr. Handler “made several racially charged jokes that drew a strong reaction” but the off-color joke he made against Jacqueline Woodson was a reference to watermelon. I’ve linked this guy’s FAILED stand-up act here for those who can stomach another racially insensitive attack against our diverse culture.

Fighting the ugly head of racism and the insensitivity that this world has become, author Jacqueline Woodson wrote her response in a piece published in The New York Times explaining “The Pain of the Watermelon Joke” Ms. Woodson eloquence and descriptive writing proves why she won the highest honor in the Young Adult category. All I can say is BRAVO, Ms. Woodson, well said.


 

As the holiday season kicks into full gear, there will be many chances to observe the best and the worst in people. Here’s a sample of both:
Best:
1. Two students in a high school were name Homecoming King and Queen, both have Down syndrome 🙂 That was a nice way to start their holiday.

2. A terminally ill little girl’s neighbor decided to decorate her house for the holidays just to make her smile. She is 6years old and has a brain tumor and has spent most of her days in the hospital, so imagine the joy she must have felt to see all the pretty lights

Worst:
1. GOP Communications Director (a women in her 30’s) decided to tell the world what she feels about the presidents’ daughters, which in her words (prior to deletion) means they have no class and lack decent parents. Her actions led to the resurfacing of past articles of previous First daughters and their bad behaviors (underage drinking), and a tweet from her boss’ account about loving music and shagging 0_O.

2. Shoppers would rather fight and face jail time while black Friday shopping rather than to allow anyone else to get “their” Barbie or TV. Walmart, Kohl’s, and shopping malls across the country all had altercations in the wee hours of the morning during Black Friday. On a night where everyone is trying stretch their coins as far as possible, it brought out the worst behavior in a couple of people. Ruining what should have been a blessing to anyone trying to make a dollar out of fifteen cents.

When skimming the internet and coming across headlines like these I am not sure how I feel.
I often ask myself, what is this world coming to? Are people really this mean, do they really believe these evil acts will get them what they want. Is our current state of evolution is in a critical demise?

I chose to hope and pray for better days. I want to read more positive stories, I am choosing to be optimistic; and now is the perfect time to do it. This time of year generally brings out the greater good in people and that in and of itself is something to celebrate.

So here’s my Christmas wish:
• Remember that not ALL police officers are horrible trigger happy fools
• Remember that it is truly more satisfying to give rather than receive (and will thusly stop stealing Christmas packages from other’s front door)
• Remember to “Pay it Forward” and bless those who are in true need of a smile
• Remember to share a smile and exchange a kind word with a stranger, you never know who may have been contemplating ending their life or worse the lives of others
• Remember there are people and organizations that are trying to find ways to feed hundreds, if not thousands of homeless and poverty stricken people, how can you lend a hand
• Remember tomorrow is never guaranteed, so each day IS a present, celebrate your every breath!
• Most importantly find and spread love, rose colored glasses are a lot better to look through than shades of grey.

Let be the first to say that I’m not a Star wars fan and actually out of the Star Wars Episodes that’s out there, the only Star wars movie that I enjoyed was the one when the main character finally turned evil and he had to fight his teacher over that lava ocean thingy. That scene was all red and orange and Samuel Jackson died. Or did he die the previous episode (I can never be on Jeopardy when they have Star Wars week), not sure. Anyhow, I assume there is a new Star Wars movie coming out soon and the hype is building for all those Star Wars junkies (Yes, my husband is one and wears his badge proudly) that live on this wonderful planet we call Earth. And even though I’m not a fan, I do give credit when it’s warrant and my friends, this time, credit is definitely warranted.

While trolling “Youtube” like most insomnia folks (A.K.A. Vampires), I ran across a fascinating channel where this youtuber called “Snooperking” recreated the Star Wars Episode VII-The Force Awakens trailer with “Legos”, how cool is that right? Snooperking posted his masterpiece on November 29 and as of today his channel has gotten 534,681 views with at least 514 comments. If you are one of those Star Wars junkies that I mentioned earlier and need your fix until the movie is released, or if you are someone that appreciates artistic talent, check out the clip below.

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You know when you’re at work, and your IT person comes over to your cubicle checking to see if you are on Facebook again? Blaming the Network’s slow speed on you using all the company’s bandwidth by consistently posting your status (“I’m Single, No, wait, In A Relationship. No, I’m positive I’m Single again”). Well, Facebook has come up with a resolution, which will allow you to be on Facebook without getting in trouble with your boss. That’s right, according to Financial Times who got their information from an anonymous source (A “Snitch”, in other words), “Facebook at Work” will be similar to our beloved “Facebook”. This “Facebook at Work” will offer such capabilities such as “Newsfeeds”, “Messaging” and “Poke Me” (Ok, maybe not the “Poking” thing). Folks, remember you are at work, which means the “work” functionality has to be incorporated; hence, the name “Facebook for Work”.

Word on the street is that this “Facebook for Work” will have some type of “collaborative tools” which would allow people to share work and documents (Whatever that means). The caveat is that, “Facebook at Work” will be a separate account from your personal Facebook account, but we knew that, right? Tell me you knew that already? Do you actually think that employers would pay you, on company time, for chatting with your friends or dealing with baby daddy or mama drama on messenger? Anyhoo, FAW (I got tired of typing out that long name) is currently in pilot status. I can’t tell you “when” or “if” this feature will be released, so in the meantime, stop getting caught on Facebook by the IT guy and just wait until your break to update your “Status” on your smart phone.