I vlog daily on my Instagram channel to document my Shonda Rhimes Inspired Year of Yes. I’m not saying yes to everything but just yes to documenting my journey.

This was my second week back to work – first week with the students. No matter how much I plan, I am never really ready to get started. In addition to trying to document this school year, I am also trying NOT to have to cuss nobody out! People get on my nerves.

I will post weekly vlog summaries on Sunday. It’s enough to turn the camera on for 1 minute of unedited footage so daily YouTube uploads are OUT OF THE QUESTION!

These vlogs are me, censored just enough to protect the innocent, shield the ignorant and keep my job for a day longer.

AUGUST 7 – Teachers have a few days to get acclimated after summer vacation before the students come back. Traffic was crazy on my normal route as I have to drive through school zones. My Question Of The Day: What are your back to school traditions? Since college, I have purchased the AMBI SKINCARE Complexion Cleansing Bar. The green bar in the beige box. It always smells so fresh and clean and represents what “new beginnings” smells like to me.

AUGUST 8 – I fell asleep Monday night in my work clothes and did not get myself prepped. My hair was wild. I did not have any idea what I would wear and I definitely did not have any lunch. I had to get up earlier to fry some chicken in hopes of having something to eat. I don’t eat in the school cafeteria. I eventually got myself together and made it across town on time. I’m going to start telling people that I am not their tech person and to let the IT guy earn his money. Morning traffic was better.

AUGUST 9 – Today is Whitney Houston’s birthday. She and I are both Leos and march to the beat of our own drum. People can try to tell a Leo what to do and if we’re feeling benevolent, we’ll say “OK thanks”. If not, you might get an earful of some choice words. Most Leos are gonna do what we want to do. Sharing a public restroom with others often reveals how trifling some people can be. I had a run-in with a co-worker who did not want to follow the inventory procedures. I had to catch myself. Even though I threaten to cuss people out, I really don’t use such language in a professional environment. I might be thinking it but I will not actually cuss a person out. But I will not tolerate tomfoolery. Administration reinforced the process and it worked out. I work too hard to let someone with ZERO clock hours buck the system.
I was pleasantly surprised to find my ULTA BEAUTY delivery waiting for me. I treated myself to the Anastasia Beverly Hills SUBCULTURE eyeshadow palette.

AUGUST 10 – Reflecting on yesterday’s snafu. I had to remind myself to never let anyone get me off my mark. Some people are miserable when they leave home and take their issues with them everywhere they go. The great Maya Angelou said it best: When people show you who they are, believe them the first time! When I go to work, I’m going to earn my paycheck by helping as many people that I can. I am not there to make friends. I have been fortunate to connect with a few people that are good people. But even if that were not the case, I’m alright with that. I’m not there to make friends and don’t care who doesn’t like me. I have preferences too. My order arrived from HBCU Society. http://www.hbcusociety.com

AUGUST 11 – Happy Friday. It was a whirlwind and the week seemed to fly by. I stopped by Taco Bell for a Mini Skillet Bowl and it was delicious! In my years on this earth, I know for sure: You’re NEVER going to make everyone happy so focus on pleasing yourself. I require teachers to email their classroom inventory forms. A person complained about the lines being too small? That is why I created a WORD DOCUMENT. If the single spaced lines are too small, use the zoom feature to enlarge it up to 500%. I could turn water to wine, some folks will still complain because they want Kool-Aid! After work, I stopped by the package store to get a recommended adult beverage: Apple Flavored Crown Royal to be mixed with Ocean Spray CranApple juice. It was fabulous. Tasted like Green Apple Now & Laters!

AUGUST 12 – Ulta Beauty sent a coupon for a free NYX birthday palette, a $10 of ANYTHING coupon and a 20% off coupon. I also had $12 in Ulta Reward Dollars. I decided to purchase the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette. Aside from the cashier trying to short me by not applying my $10 off coupon, the single purchase transaction was good. I got the palette for less the the $54 retail price. I got it for $32. WooHoo. I tried the Lay’s “Do Us A Flavor” finalists potato chips . Two were good and one was not.






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