drum circle at malcolm x park

i am ashamed to say i have never been to malcolm x park (as it’s officially known by locals, it’s called meridian hill park by the national park association) to witness the drum circle. it’s something i’ve always said i’d do, but i’ve never made it out there.

being a native of the washington, dc area…fo’ shame!!!

but this very awesome video i found recently by vita foto creation has me really wanting to go and check it out.

Malcolm X Park D.C. from Vita Foto Creation on Vimeo.

if you’re not familiar, the drum circle started back in the 1950s and is held every sunday from 3pm to 9pm during warm weather months. the park is located in columbia heights and is bordered by 15th, 16th, w, and euclid streets in nw.

he thinks he knows so much

monday morning was yet another day of debates…about clothes. it always trips me out that such a young kid has so many opinions about what to wear to school. we finally got the outfit down, but then it was time to grab a jacket. dutch goes into his closet and grabs a long-sleeved, hooded t-shirt with a pocket in the front. here’s how our conversation unfolded:

mama: dutch, that is not a jacket. it’s a shirt.

dutch: it’s not a shirt, it’s a jacket.

mama: dutch, it’s not a jacket, it’s a t-shirt. see, come feel the weight of this verses your real jacket.

dutch: [touches the shirt again and still isn’t convinced.] mom, it’s a jacket.

and the conversation seriously went on and on like this, even after he grabbed a real jacket and we headed out to the car. we literally went back and forth like this 10,000 times. it’s a jacket! it’s a shirt!!

my mama thinks i’m crazy for debating such trivial things with a 7-year-old, but it just drives me nuts that this kid thinks he knows more than me. so i told him…

mama: you know, it drives me nuts that you think you know more than me. i mean, really, you think you know everything! drives. me. nuts.

[mama turns the radio up ’cause she wants to think of something else besides long-sleeved, t-shirts and jackets, and know-it-all little 7-year-old boys.]

[dutch pauses in thought.]

dutch: i know what metacognition means and you don’t.

metacognition

[mama, turns down the radio ’cause she didn’t quite hear the entire word dutch said, but she assumes she knows and says…]

mama: the word is recognition.

dutch: no, it’s metacognition.

[mama thinks, meta-what?!?!]

mama: well, what does metacognition mean, dutch? [you know, since you’re so freakin’ smart, little kid!!]

dutch: it means, thinking about thinking.

mama: well, i’m thinking about thinking about bopping you upside yo’ head, how about that? [’cause dangit, mama couldn’t think of nothin’ else to say!]

i should’ve told him that since he’s so smart to use metacognition in a sentence, or better yet, spell it. and i probably would’ve said both those things if i wasn’t thinking so hard about googling this “metacognition” word.

and i did.

and he was right.

“friends of ricki” networking event for mompreneurs

on wednesday, october 3, 2012 “friends of ricki” (ricki lake, that is) and capital city mamas are hosting a mompreneur networking event at urban chic in georgetown! come hang out to learn more about starting and growing your business.

urban chic georgetown

come out and chat with women who are living their dreams by running their own businesses and…enjoy appetizers and wine!

this FREE event takes place from 7pm to 9pm. go to capital city mamas for more information and to rsvp! see you there!

my make-believe shopping trip

since shopping isn’t in the budget right now i figured i would join in the craziness that is polyvore. why not, right? i’m really a comfy cozy kinda chick when it comes to my style of dress. i don’t like things that are too stuffy and though i can be, i’m not very overly ultra-girlie.

since my days over the past several years have been pretty chill for the most part, my little casual polyvore sets reflect what i’d throw together in my day-to-day goings ons. for starters, i live, live, live in my jeans!!! and denim jackets are an essential in my closet. i like clothes that are well made and that will last, and i’m not extreme in my trendiness. i don’t buy brands just because it’s the new thing poppin’ either. i buy what i like and what fits my budget. shooooot, and since i’ve been so inspired by mrs. mimi goodwin of late, i should actually use my fashion design degree and jump back on my sewing machine!

i just do me when it comes to clothes and isn’t that what style is all about?

simply cas 1

Madewell denim shirt / Chaser LA slim fit shirt, $120 / Low rise jeans / adidas lace up shoes / ASOS / Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses / Circle scarve, $46 / Beanie hat, $125
simply cas 2

3.1 Phillip Lim print sweater, $435 / Camo jacket / Dolce&Gabbana indigo jeans, $485 / ALDO hi top shoes / Deadly Ponies leather hobo bag, $515 / Stone jewelry / Linda Farrow Luxe acetate sunglasses
simply cas 3

Knit top, $30 / Top / J Brand jean jacket, $300 / Moschino / Converse / 3.1 Phillip Lim duffle bag / Valentino leather jewelry / Betsey Johnson

why i hate pumpkins but i’m still grateful

is it really pumpkin season again? like, already??!! it seems like only yesterday (or you know, at least last week) that me and dutch were hanging out at a local pumpkin joint picking out a big orange.

picking the perfect pumpkin

which okay, to the average person just means, ohhhhhh, it’s fall now. time to break out the autumn wardrobe complete with cute boots and buttery leather jackets and get ready to sip icky pumpkin lattes while prancing down the sidewalk over the brown leaves that have fallen ever so beautifully to the ground.

but for me, oh, it means something entirely different. in fact, it means that almost 365 days have gone by and daggone it, i’m still unemployed after being laid off last october.

ughhhh!! can you feel the frustration in my type written words? it’s there, trust me, look a little closer at your screen or re-read a sentence or something.

i’m in complete and utter shock over it. a year? really? and i have to admit that i literally went into a mini depression after seeing those stupid pumpkins painted with goofy faces at the grocery store yesterday. that just really set it off for me.

it was an awful, terrible reminder of the almost year that has slipped right on by while i’ve sent out countless resumes and gone on interviews with rude folks who couldn’t even contact me back to say they decided to go with someone else. and did i mention the countless resumes i’ve sent out?

yeah, that.

but sometimes you have to look at things with your grateful eye and push all those other feelings aside (you know, the anger of not getting responses to the countless resumes you’ve sent out) and see the blessings right there in front of you. you can’t sulk forever, right? a minute will do. or maybe a few days, but you gotta get over it at some point. so i’ve made up my mind to look at the brighter side of seeing those stupid stinky pumpkins for sale.

1) i’m blessed that i even woke up that day to see the pumpkins. helloooooooo!! definitely blessing numero uno.

2) i’m grateful for having a working vehicle to drive to the grocery store. i could walk there if i really needed to, but i’m far too lazy for alla that even though my body could use a good, brisk walk. but you get my drift. car, blessing #2.

3) i’m blessed to have gas in my car! now granted the grocery store is all of two minutes (by car) from where i live and it doesn’t take much gas to get there, the point is, i had enough gas to get there. and i didn’t even have to beg for money at the pump.

4) speaking of money, i’m grateful for even having it to spend at the grocery store. i mean, it ain’t much, but i had enough to get what i needed, right? uh huh, right.

5) i’m blessed to have working legs to walk through the parking lot and right by those dumb pumpkins that were sitting out in front of the store.

6) i’m blessed to have been able to even see the daggone pumpkins, even if it was through eyeglass lenses that always seem to easily get too smudgey for my liking.

7) speaking of those lenses, i’m blessed to have gotten them for FREE through coastal.com. go get you some, but know that you do have to pay for shipping.

8) i’m blessed to have had the money to pay for shipping so i could get my FREE glasses from coastal.com. it took a few weeks to get my shipping money up (haha!!), but i did. love my glasses. go see them here. you’ll love them too.

9) i’m blessed that even though my little family’s pickiness drives me absolutely insane neither of them like pumpkin flavored stuff. the smell of pumpkin pie, bread, cookies or whatever would be the death of me. especially since i ain’t feeling pumpkins right now.

10) i’m grateful for having cable tv and a dvr to record all of my reality shows in case i miss them. i realize this is really random and has absolutely nothing to do with pumpkins or seeing their silly faces at the grocery store the other day but it’s still so very true.

never been a football fan ’til now

football. i’ve never been a fan of the sport. never paid any attention to any particular team, never cared who made it to the playoffs. at high school football games i chatted up my girlfriends the entire time and barely glanced over at the field. when i got older and hung out at sports bars with friends it was mainly just to socialize. for me, anyway.

i wouldn’t know a cornerback from the quarterback. a tight end from a wide receiver. as a matter of fact, i just found out recently how many points a team gets for a touchdown.

superbowl? child, please… surely, there’s something else on besides these grown men in tight pants barreling each other down and chasing a ball up and down a field.

but now that dutch is playing, everything has changed. i’m HYPE!! you hear me?? i’m all into some football.

i’m sure i’ve driven my husband nuts with all my crazy football questions like, “wait, did the coach just say they can grab ankles in a tackle?? that’s allowed??!!”

dutch and my husband looking over in my direction.

dutch played his first game last weekend and there i was yelling at the top of my lungs up and down the sidelines, as if i really knew what the heck i was talking about.

well, yelling and half listening to other parents comment on the game so maybe i could learn a thing or two.

all i know for sure is if the other team has the ball, we need to tackle whoever is running with it to stop him. and if we have the ball we need to be getting to the goal line.

it is called a goal line, right?

clearly, the correct wording doesn’t matter to a mama cheering for her son and his team. shoot, i still don’t know offense from defense. didn’t realize until someone informed me that when i kept yelling to that child last saturday to keep running the ball that he actually couldn’t because he had gotten a flag for some reason unbeknownst me.

all i know is that when the coach has the kids in a huddle and he’s yelling, “how y’all feel?” and the kids shout back, “FIRED UP!!” i’m feeling pretty fired up too. excited about this sport that i never would’ve imagined in a million years that i’d be amped about.

no, i really don’t know what the heck is going on, but what i do know is dutch’s first game was the best game i’ve ever seen. and i can’t wait until the next one.

boom!!