Summer Breeze

Summer Breeze
August 17th 2017

 

Summer breeze sure does make me feel fine.
On a scale from one to ten, my satisfaction is usually a nine.
It’s warm and sometimes sticky but I prefer this than the contrast.
Less clothes, icy drinks and romances that often never last.
I still feel like an overjoyed kid that’s just on a break from school.
A feeling of freedom and reckless abandon, a flimsy excuse to break a few rules.
Out late and drinking early. Work is merely a way to keep out of trouble.
Every night it’s cocktails and cute faces, while my social life continues to double.
In the beginning, it feels like the season will last forever. Sandals and tons of extra sun block to lend.
Then in August the sales start on backpacks and books; the realization that the fun is almost at an end.
I visit the beach, to enjoy the last bit of summer breeze; not excited for the cooler days ahead.
Within several months when this season restarts, my satisfaction and summer will once again wed.

 

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C-Day

C-Day

12/25/2016 

It’s here. The day for which I thought I was prepared.

Now that I’m living in this moment, I’m kind of hoping the end is near.

Ok I bought some gifts and baked a cake; even wore my brand-new Santa hat.

I made up an e-card and sent out some texts, must I really give more effort than that?

Maybe if the weather was a little bit cooler, then I may get more into the spirit,

Look, I know I live on a tropical island but eighty degrees in December is a bit ridic.

Too much family time, too many hugs. I’ll suck it up, but this food better be worth it.

I long to be locked away in silence, with a bottle of Jack Honey. Now that, is my idea be perfect.

Maybe next year I’ll be able to hide my Grinch side a little bit better. Make a mental effort to get closer to the norm.

Who am I kidding? Next year I hope to be on a December vacay, where no one can judge my tequila breakfast on Christmas morn.

The purpose

July 4th 2016

 

To be seen and don’t heard, needlepoint and sewing, scarf knitting and other crap girls should do,

Bouncy hair with bows, a freshly powdered nose and the most adorable giggle on cue.

Cooking and cleaning are an absolute must! Don’t even bother to meet the parents if you can’t.

He says that you’re perfect, tells his mom you’re totally worth it, meanwhile this heifer doesn’t like you before you even shake hands.

Sex on demand! Don’t even bother to Netflix and chill. Don’t you know that pleasing man is one of your main purposes in life?

Equal rights? Lol, I don’t think so. To the maternity ward you will go. But on your way, make sure you become a wife.

Don’t bother striving for your dream career or waiting for Prince Charming, in the real world, this journey is hard and long.

The old timers want you to settle down, that’s the easy way out.

I’ll keep pushing until I prove them wrong.

No disrespect to young mothers and wives. If you like it, then I love it! Just saying, that it’s not for me.

Don’t try to dictate my purpose, I’ll figure it out! But what I’m not is who you want me to be.

Summer 2016 (Part 1)

My favorite season is finally here….summer! Not that I need an excuse for my beach bum lifestyle. This time of year just always feels particularly different. Yes there’s the obvious change in temperature that makes most people want to hibernate in their air-conditioned fortress. There’s also more outdoor events with much less clothing involved.

However, there’s something else that makes this season different. Something that’s somewhat difficult to explain but clearly understood by those with a particular mindset. Dare I say, some persons feel that this is the season of the young,wild and free. Even if you don’t normally think you fall into one of these categories, by time the summer months hit, you will find it hard to resist the urge to be pulled in.

Summer Drinks

Summer heat can be no joking matter. Persons can develop heat bumps and rashes, endure fainting spells and adopt your shower as your new best friend. Therefore, it’s super important to stay hydrated. I personally, travel with my own bottle of cold water and also stop for additional bottles while on the road running errands. This is the most sensible thing to do.

Once that’s out the way, feel free to grab another beverage that will satisfy your taste buds though it does very little to quench your thirst.

Daiquiris are always an obvious option. Living in the Bahamas, these drinks are not hard to find and are sold at many different establishments for a low as $2.00! While sugary and sweet, this frozen drink at least helps to cool down a warm mouth and provides quick relief for a dry throat.

Strawberry and Miami Vice Daiquiris

 

Cocktails

If you’re like me and not a huge fan of frozen drinks, there’s always other options that are great on any day.

Blue Long Island Ice Tea

 

‘Gussie Mae’ 50 oz Goblet

‘Bahama Mama’ 50 oz Goblet

Ginger Martini and Rum Punch

Of course I personally, sampled all of these beverages for the sole purpose of writing this blog post 🙂 Keep an eye out for my other summer posts.

Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival 2016

In early May 2016, the Bahamas celebrated our second annual Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival. Some of you may already be familiar with our Junkanoo festivals that are held in the winter. You will be happy to know that this new event doesn’t differ too much from what you’re used to.

 

In all honesty, I have never attended Carnival in another country so I can not compare what is typically done elsewhere to what we are currently doing in the Bahamas. However, I can say that quite a bit of locals seem excited to have a new activity in which they can partake and have fun. The Carnival parties (known as fetes) are endless!!!!!! Hosted mostly by private groups or sponsors, these events usually occur in the weeks leading up to Carnival as a way to build the public’s interest and of course, have a great time. Many of the events can go well into the early hours of the morning with some of the functions actually STARTING after midnight and ending at sunrise!

Additionally, there is a music competition which allows local artists to showcase their talents as they compete for the new Carnival song of the season (as well as $10,000 :)). It’s a pretty sweet deal for serious artists looking for some major publicity. As a music connoisseur, this is personally my favorite part of all the festivities. I only really look forward to attending the concerts and getting to see some of my favorite local entertainers. Below, I’ve posted some clips from the official Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Facebook page for anyone who is interested in checking out some of the music which debuted this season.

Although I must admit, my interest in the overall aspect of Carnival is very limited. I’m not a big partier and you certainly won’t find me dancing on anybody’s street in my favourite sparkly bra. While this is certainly a fun idea for some, this particular festival has always been very popular in OTHER Caribbean countries and I’m still trying to figure out how the government is trying to blend this with traditional Bahamian culture. However, that’s a story for another day (sigh). Let’s turn our attention to the main event; the Road Fever Parade!

This is the part of Carnival season that most people are excited for mainly because it allows a high level of public participation. Persons would have signed up to join Carnival groups weeks (and sometimes months) in advance. Each group would have their own theme, music and style of costume. The parade begins around 10:00 a.m. and goes on for several hours as the groups travel a few miles until they arrive at their final destination at the Carnival Village. Of course, in true party fashion, there’s nothing but great music and cold drinks along the way. I can personally say as a bystander, I simply went with my sunscreen and a bottle of water as I patiently waited for the groups to pass my street. However, within minutes I had people offering me free beers and tourists asking me to show them the local dance moves. Although we bystanders may not be registered participants in the actual parade, everyone shared the same level of excitement and the same feel-good spirit.

Will I be registering for next year’s parade? Probably not. However, I truly believe that this colourful festival will eventually find its position within Bahamian culture and I look forward to seeing its transformation in the years to come.

Winter Woes

Blogging 101 Assignment #9

 

This is inspired by a post I read by an awesome blogger I recently began following. There was a particular portion where the writer spoke about ‘January blues’ and being in a bit of an unexplained funk. I will post the link to their post below.

January 17 2016

Winter Woes

The winter months bring gloomy weather that makes you never wanna get out of bed.

Cozy under my blankets is where I want to stay. Can’t Starbucks deliver my coffee instead?

Thank goodness it’s 2016 I’ve never been so excited to put an old year behind me.

However I’m halfway through January and I still feel unsettled, my mind simply won’t let me be.

“Leave all your negativity and worries in the old year!”, so they say. Yeah, easier said than done.

Life doesn’t care about your clocks and calendars, she moves quickly and is fair and bias to none.

It almost feels like somebody hit ‘reset’ and instead of hitting the ground running I’m on a bit of a ‘go slow’.

Another year, another chance to reflect and recalculate. This annual routine can be exhausting I know.

I’m still trying to map out my goals for this year, hell, don’t even ask me my plans for this week.

One day at a time, this season will pass. My energy may be low but my enthusiam is at its peak.

Reference: https://phantasmagoriasite.wordpress.com/2016/01/16/practicing-catharsis/?c=41#comment-41

 

 

 

 

 

Day Dreaming

 

Blogging 101 Assignment #3

As i previously mentioned, my blog is geared more towards the mature young adult crowd so that would be the main group of persons to whom I would like to exhibit my blog. However, I am certainly not prejudice towards any other age groups. Come one, come all 😊 lol.

To those of you who have already been exploring my posts, you will know that poetry is nothing new to my site. However, I’ve never added any visuals to my poems so i think i’ll nake that my ‘new’ element. Please see a VERY brief poem below.

Day Dreaming

I sleep with my eyes open, dreaming of what’s out there.

Hoping for a day I can do what I truly want without a care.

If it were up to me I’d quit my job and focus on being the female Hemmingway of modern times,

Though some of my peers can only commit to makeup tutorials and Instagram modelling online 😒.

I’ll admit that I have a lot of hobbies: cooking, writing, sketching, photography just to name a few.

In my head I’m a master of them all and I’ll keep doing what I love. Dream on, dream until your dreams come true.

(Btw, the pic is not edited, just my real life view 😁).

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Who I am and why I’m here

Blogging 101

Assignment #1

Who I am and why I’m here.

I’m a 20-something year old young professional whose looking for an artist outlet. After receiving a very favorable response for Writing 101 assignments, I’m hoping this course will go just as smoothly.

As to why I’m here…..I’m here because I love to write and I imagine that blogging would be a great way to incorporate my love with a fun new hobby. As I mentioned on my ‘about me’ page, I’m not here to discuss serious social issues or bring awareness to some cause, I’m just writing about the basic life and times of your typical millennial and whatever categories fall within this large scope: food, music, photography, social networking and of course cocktails J.

Feel free to view some of my ‘insight’ pieces or my poetry.

Goodbye Writing 101

Goodbye Writing 101

Writing 101 Assignment #20

But I’m not ready to say goodbye 😢😢! So it seems that this blogging course has ended way too quickly. It appeared that the easiest way for me to approach these assignments were in the form of a poem which is crazy because I haven’t written any poetry in years! Therefore, it only seems fit to approach the final assignment in the same way. Also, in honour of thanksgiving this week, I will use my final assignment to speak on why I am thankful for this course.

N.B: For those of you who enjoy my work, I will try to post the link to one more of my writing pieces for the final few days that I am still able to post in the Commons Community.

 

Where do I begin?…….To tell a story of how great a love can be.

This writing course reignited the Edgar Allen in me.

Enough of Andy Williams I’d like to talk more seriously.

I’ll admit that I’m having a hard time writing this piece and I’m not exactly sure why.

Not that I’m not thankful for anything but after a few hours staring at a blank screen I guess it’s difficult for me to say goodbye.

I haven’t written anything in such a long time, I feel like this course has given me a fresh start.

I’m thankful for the daily prompts that got me in the mood, it’s been so long my love and I have been apart.

I’m thankful to anyone who took the time to read all that I had to say,

You’ve reaffirmed that I should continue to write, to hell with the naysayers from this day.

Finally, I’m thankful that I found my niche in blogging so I’ll continue to post my photos, insights and rhymes.

I hope that my work can inspire someone if only one follower at a time.

 

 

 

 

Glass Half Empty

Writing 101 – Assignment # 17

A glass half empty is all I see while you see yours as half full,

I’m drowning in despair while you’re on cloud nine so whatever you’re smoking please give me a pull.

A glass half empty is all you have left when you give more of yourself than you receive,

Too high expectations you had for these humans, leaving more disappointments than your mind could conceive.

In my glass half empty I’ll never get that promotion regardless if I have the work skills that my boss admires,

“She’s young, she can wait” is what I hear them say. It’ll be another 10 years before one of these old farts retire!

A glass that is half empty is what I sip on late at night when my perpetual single status has me feeling alone,

I swear I must be a magnet for losers, if Cupid’s out of arrows at least throw me a bone.

As I stare down into my glass half empty, I’m envious of the happiness I see,

Then realizing that the person with the glass half full is actually my reflection staring up at me.