September Blog Challenge, part IV
*My Dream Home
MTV Cribs was a show that used to come on MTV when I was younger which featured homes of the rich and famous. I’m sure we all remember watching the jaw-dropping show as the cameras followed the celeb around as they showcased their big mansions, 6-car garages, 8 bedrooms, 16 bathrooms, movie theater in the basement, bedroom closets the size of my whole apartment, a lavish pool, maid, chef and a grand piano, even if you couldn’t play it. Lol. The show was definitely a teenage inspiration to see! The house I grew up in in KC was a fair size to accommodate the 5 of us and had the basic essentials to suit our everyday needs, adding the comfort and security to entertain on birthday’s or other special occasions. The parentals secured the master bed and bath, my older brother, Darrick, had his own room, my older sister, Nicole, and I shared a room and can’t forget our 2 dogs, Precious and Pepper, who also lived in the house. Darrick eventually had to split the room with my cousin, Chris, when he moved in and eventually Nicole got tired of my music box so she packed up and turned the den into a room of her own. When my oldest sister, Swan, would drive down to come stay, she’d share a room with me. She was always easy-going and could sleep anywhere.
I’m not picky on where my family home would be but the focus of my dream home would be more so the type of view, a good view is tops! I can pass on waking up and opening the blinds to see a ditch or specs of old grass so whether it’s my vacation home or retirement home, a beautiful ocean or body of water overlooking the city’s lights or the hills is my vision. Once the view is secured, I’m content with the home being at least a 2-story, 3-4 bedrooms, a few bathrooms, an open-spaced kitchen large enough to bake, mix drinks and entertain, garage, a pool table and some palm trees. As for location, I could easily see myself living in the states or in another country, solely for the beaches and pretty blue water.
*4 Things You’re Grateful For
When Thanksgiving rolls around, that’s always a perfect opportunity to reminisce on what you’re grateful for including family, significant other, friends, health, all bills paid and all that good stuff but I’m going to think outside the box on this one..
4. Technology- Sometimes I sit and wonder what life would be like if we still had to research everything in those old brown encyclopedias or and dictionaries. Or if we had to have a landline connection just to check our emails. What were cell phones like before apps, games and fancy cases? I remember my little Nokia phone that only got usage after 9pm. Or Blockbuster being the Friday night spot for all the VHS tapes. We’ve come a long way and I’m grateful technology has made a come-up. Who would’ve thought we’d become so addicted to keeping a cellular device stuck to our hips or in the back pockets of our skin-tight jeans. We’ve transformed to have phones as a necessity in our day-to-day lives that it’s hard to imagine them not being incorporated into our day.
3. Family Heritage- You always hear the saying your first friends are your cousins you grew up with and it’s truly a village of us. Annual Wilson Bonfires featuring BBQ’d raccoon, jugs of that brown over ice, dominoes, a warm campfire and somebody getting cursed out by Ms. Willene is always a classic laugh. Whether you’re 6 or 60, you are NOT exempt from being called a _______. LOL! The Harris Fam Pajama Jam and midnight breakfast on Christmas Eve continues to be a fun one. Gift exchange, games, plenty laughs and a lot of love. In addition to Family Prayer on Friday nights, Sunday dinners and various celebrations. Different sides of the track but seeing everyone still come together all these years sets the foundation for what I’d like to see in my future kiddos. I’m grateful for my immediate and extended sides, the gift of laughter and gathering’s that bring us closer each year.
“You a fool, been to school, even walked across the stage
And she say I love Webbie from his looks to his ways
The stilettos, the J’s, depend on how the weather look
Flip flop slippers just to show off the pedicure” 🤪
There’s a number of ways to think of being independent or what some may refer to as being a free spirit. I’m grateful for the courage to move freely, having the confidence to navigate whether solo or with a crowd and the financial means to hop on a plane when I need a getaway or a breather.
1. Music- What would life be without music? The start of a Soul Train era that I remember watching as a kid on that small TV with the antennas in the back, the boom box, recording songs on cassette tapes straight from the radio, buying the clean version of CD’s from Wal-Mart, music videos and now streaming apps. There is not a day that goes by that I’m not blasting music. My routine typically consists of gospel in the morning as I’m getting dressed, a mixture of R&B on my commute to work, my ‘Work Flow’ playlist once I’m in the office, Hip Hop or the radio to my next destination and bubble bath music as I wind down the night. Some of my jams this past week have included Sabrina Claudio, H.E.R, Wale, Tank, 2005 Keyshia Cole and Kevin Gates… to name a few.
*My Favorite Hobbies
Exploring new things be it a city, restaurant (S/O to Yelp!), a recipe or a new artist.
Shooting pool– I started shooting in between classes at Lee College. Had no clue how to play or what to do but a high school friend who also went to LC taught me a few moves and it’s been game on ever since. This became a mini hustle in college then I linked up with my old teammates for our weekly pool tourney’s. Some of the best times and best memories at hole-in-the-walls!
Writing– “Dear Diary”, journals, English papers, poems, writing is therapeutic and comes with ease. The start of ‘Corrita’s World’ came about from my love for writing and wanting to push the envelope a bit more. It’s allowed me to become more vulnerable and share more of what occurs in my everyday world.
Dancing– Honey! I love to move, literally. What started off as gymnastics lead to praise dancing that has transformed into line dance, 2-step, zydeco, twerking and simply letting my shoulders lead the way.
*My Pet Peeves
Uncleanliness– Not washing your hands before touching anything in the kitchen, skipping the soap and water after using the restroom and coughing/sneezing without covering your mouth
Being aggressively argumentative– I don’t mind a good, healthy debate and we can always discuss a topic backwards and forwards that results in us agreeing to disagree but being aggressively argumentative for the sake of it is draining and disturbs my peace. I’d rather shush up and watch you make a fool of yourself.
Liars – We live in a world where some could care less about the truth when the lie is more entertaining, as often told by Charlamagne. “Nothing better than listening to a lie when you already know the truth…” It’s no secret I’m not good at lying and honestly see no point in doing so. The time I did lie about something I should’ve came clean on, my conscious ate me up! , It’s no reason to lie and in all honesty who has time to keep up with lies.
*What Do I Want My Legacy To Be?
My legacy is not only my name but the things I did to impact future generations. Through my job and writing’s, I would hope one is inspired to follow their passion, keep pushing to fulfill their dreams and never stop trying, despite your age. It may take years to receive a ‘Thank You’ or accolades of appreciation but there’s beauty in persistence. I would hope my legacy is a positive one, leads to a beautiful ending and one realizes there’s purpose within each day..
Until next time,