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The (Pseudo) Glamorous Life

Now playing: "What Cha Gonna Do with my Lovin", Stephanie Mills

So last Friday, I skiddadled from work early to doll up for my chapter's anniversary celebration in PA. I pulled out a dress I had only worn once before for a New Year's Eve fete in the District. Luckily my recent amped up visits to the gym counteracted all the Au Bon Pain Asiago cheese bagels I had been getting in as of late. The dress, a deep red, fit magically. I liked to think I was au courant in current. Get it?!!! Lol...

I rolled out with a few soror friends of mine (shout out to La and her linesister, M). What awaited us was a nice spread in a locale plush with chandeliers and a spiraling staircase inside. Outside, a great gray fountain heralded our entrances. The hors d'oeuvres were grand (scallops, bruschetta... some caviar that I merely admired from afar (ahem, I've not yet arrived at that stop. Lol)

We all chatted and giggled, everyone cheery because we got a chance to dress up and be cute. And I don't know what y'all heard bout them AKAs, but we do know how to do the dang thang if I so say so myself *smile*. After mingling, it was on to the next room for dinner and music. And this, my friends, is where the affair took a turn for the worse. To illustrate, let us, beloved, pretend we are, alas in the Sunday mawnin' get-happy service. I'm the preacher.

Me: "One"' (let the church say "one"),
Me: "Man" (let the church say "man")
Me: "Band" (the church is now silent)

Yes, I said it... our gala performer was a one. man. band. (*Holding head in hands*)

I cannot illustrate the atrocity that was this man without demostrating some of the selections that he thought befit our event. Exhibit A: "What a Wonderful World" by Mr. Louis Armstrong. Mind you, this man had neither trumpet nor Ole Satchmo. What he had was a keyboard with sound effects. What he had was the unnerving tendency was to try to imitate the people whose songs he was attempting to sing. *Our keyboarder... I'll call him Mr. Bojangles... sings in a voice that suggests he gargles with marbles* "And I sayyyy to myselffff, what a wonderful wwwworld." Simply put: the worst.

Was this all you ask? Ha, ha. Silly you. Surely you jest. For the man would not let us leave until we heard his version of "I Believe in You and Me" by the Four Tops (note to all wedding type singers out there, please let Levi Stubbs and the brothas handle this one. For the love of all...), Montell Jordan's "This is How We Do it" (this one is actually too painful to recount in detail. I am not a fan of Montell Jordan. At all. But I would give him permission to kick Bojangles' tail if he saw him in the street. Really, it was that bad.) The kicker was *drumroll please* "America, the Beautiful" by the late Ray Charles. We joked that instead of mingling and chatting, we should have been standing at attention ready to salute the flag. I would have preferred to offer my 21 gun salute at Mr. Bojangles' feet if only to see how fast he could dance. Lol.

Just kidding.



Living my life...

"Like it's golden... golden..."

So I'm waiting to hear back from my colleague about the editing job. Turns out the person who has it now isn't sure if she wants to leave completely or stay and work part-time. In the meantime, I have definitely secured my spot for law school. Struggled with the decision and with what school (paralysis by analysis strikes again! Lol), but I feel comfortable in it.

Earlier this week, I just got my first freelance piece for a mag I've always wanted to write for. So excited, as a writing M. Elle is a happy M.Elle. And aside from pining away for a car that I can't yet afford and abiding by an... eek... budget until I get paid (in peanuts) next week, life is grand -- really grand.

Isn't it really nice when you just be in the moment? When you can just sit and take time to be thankful for all the wonderful people (friends, family, sorors) and opportunities God puts in your path? I am totally in that moment now. Totally blessed. Totally thankful.




Now playing: "Go", Common

"Thought forever it would last for/ But forever moved faster."

So as always, I seem to find myself at a crossroads, one choice will propel me ever forwards towards my dream (magazine editor), another towards stability and filthy (Range Rover-type) lucre (law school). Up to this point, I had fully turned my attention towards the latter... fed up with being a fact-check monkey, working for silly editors and living the pseudo-glamorous life of calling up celeb reps to ask things like "Did Terrence Howard actually carry a man-purse to the Oscars? Is it true that Amerie can dress waaaay better than she sings? And that Cee-Lo looks like that crab from Sponge Bob Square Pants?" (Answers are yes to all three, in case you were wondering. Lol). After an email from an old colleague mentioned an editing position that might be opening, I found myself once again excited by the life of media. And... once again, back to the drawing board. Back to paralysis by analysis, as my dad would call it...

When I was little I always thought of adulthood as some forever, far away place that I would go to once I was tall enough, someplace long in the distance. It was someplace where I could do what I wanted and no one could tell me to come inside when the street lights came on, or to make me eat liver and squash, or to make sure my jacket was zipped up to my neck. I would be setting the rules, I would be determining what I wanted. I would, alas, be the boss of me. Now, as irony has it, now that I am here -- the question is, what is it that I want?

:) M. Elle


Celeb Quiz

Otherwise known as lazy posting *smile*

yours truly,
~M. Elle

Which celeb are you like?

1. Which describes your perfect date?
a. Candlelight dinner for two
b. Amusement Park
c. Roller blading in the park
d. Rock Concert
e. Have dinner & see a movie
f. Dinner at home with a loved one

2. What is your favorite type of music?
a. Rock and Roll
b. Alternative
c. Soft Rock
d. Classical
e. Christian
f. Jazz (actually R&B... but it's not on here. I smell d-i-s-c-r-i-m-i-n-a-t-i-o-n! LOL)

3. What is your favorite type of movie?
a. Comedy
b. Horror
c. Musical
d. Romance
e. Documentary
f. Mystery

4. Which of the following jobs would you choose if you were
given only these choices?
a. Waiter/Waitress
b. Sports Player
c. Teacher
d. Policeman
e. Bartender
f. Business person

5. Which would you rather do if you had an hour to waste?
a. Work out
b. Make out
c. Watch TV
d. Listen to the radio
e. Sleep
f. Read

6. Of the following colors, which do you like best?
a. Yellow
b. White
c. Sky blue
d. Teal
e. Gold
f. Red

7. Which one of the following would you like to eat right now?
a. Ice cream
b. Pizza
c. Sushi
d. Pasta
e. Salad
f. Lobster Tail (Duh... Lol)

8. Which is your favorite holiday?
a. Halloween
b. Christmas
c. New Year's
d. Valentine's Day
e. Thanksgiving
f. Fourth of July

9. If you could go to any of the following places, which would it be?
a. Reno
b. Spain
c. Las Vegas
d. Hawaii
e. Hollywood
f. British Columbia

10. Of the following, who would you rather spend time with?
a. Someone who is smart
b. Someone with good looks
c. Someone who is a party animal
d. Someone who has fun all the time
e. Someone who is very emotional
f. Someone who is fun to be with

Now total up your points on each question:
1. a-4 b-2 c-5 d-1 e-3 f-6
2. a-2 b-1 c-4 d-5 e-3 f-6
3. a-2 b-1 c-3 d-4 e-5 f-6
4. a-4 b-5 c-3 d-2 e-1 f-6
5. a-5 b-4 c-2 d-1 e-3 f-6
6. a-1 b-5 c-3 d-2 e-4 f-6
7. a-3 b-2 c-1 d-4 e-5 f-6
8. a-1 b-3 c-2 d-4 e-5 f-6
9. a-4 b-5 c-1 d-4 e-3 f-6
10.a-5 b-2 c-1 d-3 e-4 f-6

NOW, take your total and find out which Movie Star you are:
(10-17 points) You are JANET JACKSON:
You are wild and crazy and you know it. You know how to have fun, but
you may take it to extremes. You know what you are doing though, and
are much in control of your own life. People don't always see things
your way, but that doesn't mean that you should do away with your
beliefs. Try to remember that your wild spirit can lead to hurting
yourself and others.

(18-26 points) You are GLADYS KNIGHT:
You are fun, friendly, and popular! You are a real crowd pleaser. You
have probably been out on the town your share of times, yet you come
home with the values that your mother taught you. Marriage and children
are very important to you, but only after you have fun. Don't let the
people you please influence you to stray.

(27-34 points) You are BEYONCE KNOWLES:
You are cute, and everyone loves you. You are a best friend that no one
takes the chance of losing. You never hurt feelings and seldom have
your own feelings hurt. Life is a breeze. You are witty, and calm most
of the time. Just keep clear of back stabbers, and you are worry-free.

(35-42 points) You are PATTI LABELLE:
You are a lover. Romance, flowers, and wine are all you need to enjoy
yourself. You are serious about all commitments and are a family
person. You call your Mom every Sunday, and never forget a Birthday.
Don't let your passion for romance get confused with the real thing.

(43-50 points) You are MAYA ANGELOU:
You are smart, a real thinker. Every situation is approached with a
plan. You are very healthy in mind and body. You don't take crap from
anyone. You have only a couple of individuals that you consider "real
friends." You teach strong family values. Keep your feet planted in
them, but don't overlook a bad situation when it does happen.

(51-60 points) You are OPRAH WINFREY:
Everyone is in awe of you. You know what you want and how to get it.
You have more friends than you know what to do with. Your word is your
bond. Everyone knows when you say something it is money in the b! ank.
You attract the opposite sex. Your intelligence overwhelms most. Your
memory is the next thing to photographic. Everyone admires you because
you are so considerate and lovable. You know how to enjoy life and
treat people right.