A Lesson: haters gonna hate

How appropriate, “Bittersweet Symphony” (the Vitamin String Quartet version) just came on as I was beginning this post.

I have discovered something I would like to share with you all. There are multiple types of haters. I have interacted with a couple since my leave from Oklahoma and since being back here in DC….

1) The hater who hates you. This hater hates you and everything you stand for. Sometimes they have purpose and reason behind their hate and sometimes they dont… sometimes you screwed em over and whether it was intentional or not, they still hate you with all of their being. They can intentionally make your life a living hell and every time you are around them, without realizing what is happening, you shrink down and become really tiny…. hoping they wont see you and make comments or anything…

2) The hater who hates everything. This hater hates everything. Everything in the world is out to get them and attack them and no matter what you point out about how that bird didnt specifically target them with their shit and drop it on them on purpose, they still seem to think the  bird shat on them on purpose, etc. And somehow, it always ends up being someone else’s fault. While I feel for these types of haters, it is really hard to not get caught up in their hatred, so be forewarned.

3) The combo hater. The hater who hates you and everything else too. No explanation needed.

I have decided that even if all the haters in the world wanted to stop hating, they wouldn’t because they would miss the drama. Prolly wouldn’t know what to do or how to replace the drama with reality tv or something. Well, here is my statement to all of the haters out there.

While your hatred and your words are funny, please take it else where, cause I got big dreams and only a short time to do it in if I am gonna retire by the time I am 42 to travel the world. So get out my way. Stare at my nice ass as I walk away from you and remember my name, cause you can say “I hated on her once upon a time, and I hate her more now.” LOVE IT. LOVE ALL OF IT! and side note, I like to laugh at it too. I was the principal’s kid in high school. I was a nerd. My brother was a nerd. And we were hated on then and we are hated on now for being AWESOME. IT WONT PHASE ME! So, try it, but it wont affect me. Get in my way and I will just side step you. (I would say I will push you down, but I wouldn’t wanna catch the hate) Keep hatin, and doin you… imma do me.

And to all of the other positive people who want to stay positive and want to not get sucked in, just go to your happy place and don’t let the haters bring you down. They can’t hurt you if you don’t let em. Their words that they say are a reflection of how they think about themselves. Don’t let it get to ya. YOU’RE AWESOME!



and now for your monday listening pleasure. get your day started right!


magical moments

magical moments often happen when you least expect it. they can come and go in mere seconds and pass you by if you arent paying attention. I am fortunate enough, at this point in my life, to be aware and able to experience such magical moments.


Space shuttle Discovery, mounted atop a NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) is seen from Top of the Town in Arlington, Virginia as it flies near the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, April 17, 2012, in Washington. Discovery, the first orbiter retired from NASA’s shuttle fleet, completed 39 missions, spent 365 days in space, orbited the Earth 5,830 times, and traveled 148,221,675 miles. NASA will transfer Discovery to the National Air and Space Museum to begin its new mission to commemorate past achievements in space and to educate and inspire future generations of explorers. Photo Credit: (NASA/Chris Gunn)

This is one of many magical moments that we, as DC peeps, got to see this morning. NASA’s Discovery shuttle flew it’s final flight, over the DC metro area today to come to it’s final resting place in Dulles, VA at the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space museum; part of the Smithsonian and a national treasure, this piece of history will live out its days in an airplane hanger.  The cool thing about this, is while it may represent the true end of the shuttle program, it represents a much bigger piece to the future of human exploration and space flight…. deep space will be tackled. I am personally rooting for us to go to mars in the Orion capsule. Here’s hoping.

Enough about NASA, my point with this post is broader than just seeing the shuttle piggy backed through DC, although, this post was inspired by the event; this post is about how you can catch magical moments every other minute if you just open your eyes. One of many magical moments to happen in my life, was when my husband moved to the DC area to be with me. The run from the car to me to embrace in a hug. Another magical moment, realizing that my friends from years ago, are still my friends today. My good friends. I realized this a while ago but it really hit home a couple of months back when I was initially interviewing for the job here at NASA and I was only in town for literally a day and a half. They dropped everything to meet up and have dinner with me. I was reminded of this fact when Rachel and I stood in the parking lot last night at our game talking about life for a while and then again when I was gmail chatting with Leah and Earl this morning. Life is magical and I am finally able to see it, soak it in, and enjoy every minute. Between friends, amazing family (husband, folks, brother — side note: my pop is doin great! he is home again and resting up.) and our nation’s capital, I dont think I will ever be devoid of awesomeness.

Look around. Maybe you can see it too.

Happy Thursday People!


yknow, I have lived all over. I started my journey in Georgetown Univ Hospital as a wee babe and hit up the suburbs after a few years with the folks and then to college in W Lafayette IN at Purdue (we will call these the glory years); then to foggy bottom; down to Miami, back up to dc, to San Fran and then out to Oklahoma/Texas area…. now I am back in DC….

While I have loved several of the places I have been fortunate enough to live in, none of the places can even compare to DC and the love and connection I feel towards this city. From the beginning of the year to the end, there is always something to celebrate. I wont break it all down for you but I will say that the electricity that runs through this city and fills its people with excitement is amazing. An example would be our losing sports teams… I am a supporter of all teams DC, taking time to specifically follow DC United, the Nats, the Caps, and most importantly the Redskins. The Redskins, have not had a significant season since the passing of Sean Taylor and the end of the second reign of Joe Gibbs (and as sad as I am to say it, that season, while promising, was not as significant as the late 80s and early 90s), and yet even despite the lack of winning and the hatred many fans share towards Dan Snyder, we still have a solid fan base of hopeful and optimistic supporters! I myself am a delusional and hopeful fan with desires of winning more than 6 games this year and wiping the floor with the cowboys (THIS COULD BE OUR SEASON!!!!! RG3!!!!!!)

Another reason to love the city of DC: politicians. I know it sounds silly… a lot of politicians do and say a lot of stupid things (some do amazing things, but i digress)…. being in dc, we get a front row seat to the amazing and crazy times that often ensue. An example of this is Marion Barry. He won the people over despite his spotted past and is an awesome personality on twitter! He did and still does many great things for the people of DC and Ward 8!

The amazingness and special factor of umph that comes with living here is only magnified by the city’s ability to envelope you when you are feeling down or great or anything really. It takes your feelings and enhances them in some way. Makes everything better. A simple rain shower under a tree in eastern market, a sunrise at l’enfant plaza, the view from the roof of NASA HQ (which I just got to experience), all of these things can take your good mood or your bad mood and make it better.

The list of reasons why I love this city is never ending. The people are the key. As much as I say I HATE people (it’s more that I hate stupidity), I really don’t. The people of DC are unique and interesting. From the metro riders every morning to the tourists who come to see the Cherry Blossoms every spring, to the amazing sports fans; the people are what make and electrify this city.

I was talking to a coworker, and she truly inspired me to write this this morning, reminding me of why I love this city and everything about it, even the things I complain about.

Sorry the thoughts are jumbled. I will leave you with two other photos as we part ways today…



Haters gonna hate — Funny Photo to Boost your Spirits

Hilarious photo. Saw it and had to share!