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Turning 30: What I now know about life

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This year has been touted as some epic, live altering year for some time now. Now it’s here, there has not been anything of the sorts yet but I did reach a milestone in my life. In the year 2012 I turned 30. I don’t know what the next thirty will bring, hell I don’t know what will happen in the next hour, but I do know that these short crazy years on planet earth has taught me some.

 

Teaching #10: I am who I am/Everything is right here

Growing through the years, I always felt like a misfit. Nothing ever felt right and I thought I was doing something wrong or as soon as I move out on my own it will make sense. It never did. Not like that anyway. I learnt that we are here for a definite time and life is complicated. We are born and we do the best with the tools life provides us with. What is important is for me to be true to myself. People will criticize regardless. I am going to experience and live the best way I know how and makes me happiest. To look inward and not outward for approval or solutions. With that half the battle is won.

                                                                                                           

Teaching #9: People are just that – people

I almost always used to get my panties in a bunch over anyone who I thought wronged me. And then internalize it and be miserable with myself. After several run ins with stalkers, psychos, fake friends, opportunists, bad-mouthing and countless others, I have realized that people are people. Nothing more, nothing less. Some are here just to be an asshole or an angel or just plain bad. I cannot be draw into their bad vibes. Just love them from a distance and be ok with them. I don’t want to be constantly swayed by comments / actions. I want to be at peace with myself and my God and by extension all humankind.

 

Teaching #8: I am very sensitive

I am great with advising others and being the nullifying factor in many a conflict because of my rational stance and calming tone. However I can be touchy about people’s reaction, comments or even implications. I require extra care and affection and attention when it comes to relationships, and tact in terms of feedback. I used to be ashamed of this. I should be different. I should have a thicker skin. I shouldn’t be crying. I should be “stronger.” Now I feel less crazy. I’m less resistant to who I am and how I am. Yeah, I’m sensitive. And … that’s how it is. Instead of spending time trying to change how I am, I spend more time figuring out how to work with it. This is what is. Now what?

Teaching #7: To wait and give thanks

I had an imaginary list to accomplish by 30. I have accomplished some but not as I would have imagined10 years ago. That made me depressed at times, even doubtful of my worth and purpose. I felt unfulfilled. Then I was like “Look around you Madeline.” You have achieved so much including making it to the 30 mark which unfortunately so many others have not. I may not have completed my ‘list’ but I have gotten something even better. The power to be still and wait. Being  positive about my goals and know that it will work out as it should. Whenever I feel discouraged, I now still my mind as best as I can, meditate and give thanks for all and know it will work out.

Teaching #6: To ask

The old adage says ‘ask and it shall be given’. And that is no joke. Whether good or bad you will get it. I not only learned to ask but to be careful and particular as to what I ask for. Before, I always had a fierce independent streak. I always had to do it myself. Not wanting to ask for help because I don’t want people to have a ‘big stick’ over me or want to have everything from my own accord (thanks Dad). I now know I can open my mouth and heart and ask for what I want. This is a way of affirming my situation. If I want help, I have to put it out there or else it is as if my situation is not real to me or anyone else for that matter.

Teaching #5: To receive/accept

Asking is not just about wanting something. It’s about letting it go after it is requested, being positive about it and surrounding yourself with anything relating to such request. I have experienced the power of receiving and plan on continuing that trend.

Teaching #4: I can’t change the past

A lot happened in my life that I wish I could change or do over but I can’t. I can’t change who my parents are, my sexuality, my physical features or some of the choices I’ve made.

I haven’t done a lot in my life in terms of external achievements. I did manage to get into UWI Mona and excel there (according to my own measurements), but that’s about it. I don’t own a house or have a big IRA. I’m not the CEO or founder of a hot new startup just yet (big smile). I haven’t appeared on page two, I don’t own a fancy car, and I don’t have a bunch of letters after my name.

However, I have made significant strides in terms of my humanity. I’ve built a strong sense of self and learnt how to be connected to something higher in a genuine way. I’ve developed a backbone. I’ve worked on caring for myself and others. I forgive, where I once didn’t. I laugh, I stand up straight, I listen.

I would never go back for anything. I absolutely love growing up and maturing. I have better sex. I laugh more. I am happier with me. I’ve come a long way, and from time to time I remember what’s important and act on it. So alongside the very human sense of emptiness and lack, I still, on a regular basis, experience a sense of fulfillment, even if I don’t always feel ‘happy.’

Teaching #3: Living in the now

Although the dream car, family and house on the prairie has not materialized for me yet, I’m not worried. I now know life is happening now so live it. 

Teaching #2: Be happy & proud of what I have received/achieved

Since graduating from university, I’ve supported myself with limited debt (RIP student’s loan) and without relying on things like antidepressants. This is probably a better track record than a lot of people I know. I’m going at life full-out as best as possible, experiencing it all without numbing it or dumbing it down. That makes me proud.

Teaching#1: Life & love really starts after 30

Indeed! Feeling secure and safe, receiving nurturing physical affection and being a strong but gentle companion is how I feel loved.

 

I’m not perfect, but my heart is in the right place even if my head isn’t all the time.

In other words, I’m 30 and I’ve earned it. POW!

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What women want…

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Benefits of sex with a short woman…

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We all  have heard many a ‘short’ people punch lines as we change our underwears. From ‘shawty poop stick’ to ‘ooohh she’s so cute (rubs head)’, it can be somewhat annoying the reaction to what they deem to be ‘short’ (whatever constitutes as ‘short’ . . . In logic we’d say the opposite of short is ‘not short’ instead of tall, since ‘short’ is relative.

 

Short people have a hard time being taken seriously as our (yes I’m short) height or lack thereof seem to compel being picked on and bullied a lot by people at school, work, in their family (and generally EVERYWHERE!); shorty only can manage to get a slight chuckle when we try to be serious.

 

BUT! Are there are any benefits to being short? When it comes to sex . . . Yes!

 

 

1. Everything is smaller… When it comes to sex smaller is always better!

 

2. We are easier to manage. With less of us to handle, there is more time and energy to focus on pleasure and not       detangling limbs.

 

3.Most people are taller than us so they won’t feel awkward….also boast your ego if you fall short in certain areas.

 

4. Short women feet  are cuter (there goes that word again) in heels. How easy is it to find big cute shoes??

 

5. If you need a lower back massage we are right there.

 

6. We are more fun to play with because we fit in small spaces…..try fitting in a cabinet at 6ft!

 

7. The reverse cowgirl has NEVER been more fun.

 

8. Less time arguing and more time getting busy because she’s so cute.

 

9. Short girls have a lower center of gravity, which can be pretty amazing in bed.

 

Those are just a miniscule amount of the benefits of sex with a short woman. And by short I mean anything under 5ft 4″. If you stop trying to pick up and run off with us or tell us how absolutely puppy cute we are, you will begin to un-wrap the multi-layered goodness of your “shawday”.

Politics, Silly Season & Ganja

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“Well is’t politics time again 
Are you gonna vote now ? 
My people you ah talk 
It’s politics time again 
Are you gonna vote now ?”…..   Buju Banton

The quinquennial and annual silly seasons are upon us at the same time like the blue of the moon and sure enough silliness is in over-drive. How will we fear on the other side of the year is left up to the universe. Some will literally make their load lighter with a lighter and others may seek liquid inspiration, still yet some will choose to hold fast to the “reason for the season”.

Whatever you choose, the next three or so weeks will be memorable.

By now you should be inundated with who to vote for and who has maternal rights to lead; I know I am (impromptu singing of “vote for……”).  If not, apart from being under a rock, should have seen activity or heard of the general elections slated to take place December 29 2011.

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Andre Hylton marching with his followers on nomination day December 14th 2011…

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Patrice Freeman being hoisted by supporters in St. Thomas..

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Rival party supporters in a jubilant mood together…

No trees, light posts and even some business places has been spared the exuberance of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and People’s National Party (PNP) supporters. This is heightened even more by the incoming Christmas season that some consider a “silly season” by itself. Now to be compounded by the blood stirring election process. I have noticed and agree to some extent that this Christmas might be very low key because two bull cyaan rule inna one pen.  I was never big on Christmas but others  are not at all pleased with the decision to have an election at this time of year.

Christmas is considered as a  respite after a year of hassle — grand market, cool out – no politics! This now puts us to some extent in harm’s way. It’s hard to be in curfew or dodging shots at Christmas! But then again between the vu-vu zelaz and the slew of parties common at this time of year; both is one big party.Whichever way fun will be had by all – one way or another.

In spite of the many event postponement, 64% of Jamaicans say that despite the fact that the election has led to political advertisements replacing Christmas carols on the airwaves, they have not changed their plans to vote.  A further 20 % say they are more likely to vote with the election being held in the middle of the Yuletide season while only 12 per cent say the timing of the poll would make them less likely to vote. Four per cent of the respondents were unsure what impact the timing of the election would have on their decision to vote. This according to the Gleaner commissioned Bill Johnson poll.

Therefore we should still see scenes like this.

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Christmas traffic…… fun 😦

Party ting tup up!!

woiiiiii!!

Tis the season at work..

To add to the jolly-ment, a whiff of spiritual inspiration is always welcomed. Even those not overly excited about religion acknowledge the need for the higher level of relief. Whether jumping in politics or at some merry-ness somewhere, the influence of marijuana will be present. The illusive sometime drug is a common factor in both the election procedures and Christmas celebrations. Like the rose among thorns, it should help to cool the tempers,over-excitement and apparently give additional strength to whoever that consume it. Recently ganja has gotten a silver lining with top government officials  reviewing recommendations to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal and religious use in Jamaica. But in the meantime, while politics decide on the status of marijuana and we sip our sorrel and reflect on the passing year, love and respect to all.

Kind Regards……

Things that make you go………mmmmm

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I’ve had some great food fantabulous even! (is that a word?) I love food and I love to eat even more. Not greasy, empty calorie, heart attack inducive but gourmet, complex yet simple, classy, creative, delicious and visually stimulating. In four words food should be like  great SEX IN MY MOUTH!

grrrrr………

In no particular order, one of the best things I’ve had is banana pancakes topped with exotic mango cubes drizzled with a special homemade syrup…ahhhhh 🙂

First up the pancakes…what you need is:

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon white sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 egg, beaten

1 cup milk

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 ripe bananas, mashed

Directions

  1. Combine flour, white sugar, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, mix together egg, milk, vegetable oil and bananas.
  2. Stir flour mixture into banana mixture; batter will be slightly lumpy.
  3. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Cook until pancakes are golden brown on both sides.

And tadah….goodness

Not time to eat yet, I know it looks good – taste good too 🙂

Let’s get the mangoes..

Now all we need is the homemade syrup. Sorry can’t tell you the secret but regular supermarket syrup is great!

And the finished product……..

OMG!!! tell ya….goodness on a plate 🙂

On to the next serving

The next magnificent meal I’ve had is pasta with creme sauce and chicken strips topped with a generous amount of the cheese of your choice and a sprinkle of parsley (or whatever herb you like/have)

This meal requires muti-tasking or an extra set of hands.

First the sauce……

2 cups cream (heavy, or 35% cream is best)
1/4 cup cold butter
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
salt and pepper (ideally white pepper)
pasta (fettucini, penne or tortellini are great)
fresh parsley, chopped for garnish
1 clove garlic, chopped (optional)
extra parmesan cheese or any cheese you got!

Heat a large saucepan over high heat until very hot. Add just enough cold water to cover the bottom of the pan. Let the water evaporate (it will do this quickly) but make sure there are a few drops left in the pan. This will keep the cream from scorching and burning on the bottom of the pan. Remove the pan from the heat.

Add the cream to the pan and return it to the heat. When the cream comes to a boil, reduce heat to medium/ medium high and continue to boil and consistently stir until it is reduced by half. During that time, add the garlic.

In the meantime, cook pasta in well salted water according to package directions. Drain well when cooked.

When the cream is reduced remove it from the heat. Add butter 1 tablespoon at a time and whisk it in. The cream should thicken and turn glossy.

Like this…… 

   Preparing the chicken……

After the chicken is done, combine  with cheese, hot pasta and cream. Season with salt and pepper.

Garnish with  chopped fresh parsley and………

                     Serve immediately (with added parmesan cheese for me!).

And last for now is homemade cake of your choice topped generously  with ambrosia. 

Ambrosia is very closely related to the gods’ other form of sustenance, nectar. In ancient Greek mythology, ambrosia  is sometimes the food or drink of the Greek gods (or demigods), often depicted as conferring ageless immortality upon whoever consumes it.  It was brought to the gods in Olympus by dove so it may have been thought of in the Homeric tradition as a kind of divine exhalation of the Earth.

Having said that if you haven’t had this then you are probably going to hell….

You will need:

1 cup whipping or heavy cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar (or taste)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
2 cups miniature marshmallows
1 (20-ounce) can pineapple tidbits, well drained
2 (11-ounce) cans mandarin oranges, well drained
2 cups seedless red or green grapes, washed and dried (or a combination of both)
2 teaspoons fresh grated orange zest (optional)
  1. In large mixing bowl, beat together whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla until stiff peaks form.
  2. Fold sour cream into whipped cream just until blended.
  3. Fold in coconut and marshmallows, then fold in remaining ingredients.
  4. Transfer ambrosia to serving dish. Cover and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours before serving.

The ambrosia…….

Served with a delectable slice of lemon vanilla cake is simply……..mmmm

Ok stop signing and get cooking……….:)

What makes you go mmmm?