a little sepia

Happy Monday!

My weekend was kinda sorta amazing!

Friday, post-work, I went home, relaxed, spazzed out , got over it and went to Young Adult Ministry  for our monthly First Fridays devotion. Not sure what the message was, because I was tardy for the party (see spaz moment) but I had a chance to bless others with chicken and waffles. That was actually the first meal I cooked in 2011, and it was for others. Yay! I used my new heart-shaped waffle maker and it works perfectly!

I’m gonna pick up one for my big sis, too!

After YAM, I caught a movie with my BFF. While waiting, we went over to Starbucks for chai tea lattes and were blessed with free cupcakes.

We caught  The Roommate  with Leighton Meester, of Gossip Girl fame,  and the beautiful, Minka Kelly, who I didn’t know existed until I caught her appearance on a late night show last week but recently discovered via wikipedia that she also starred in NBC’s, Friday Night Lights.

While The Roommate was predictable, I enjoyed Meester’s commitment to crazy.  Kelly’s character, Sara Matthews, was easy to root for but had moments of naivete.  Overall, I’d give it a  3/5 for predictability alone.

Saturday was laundry day. Doing laundry is therapeutic and I just love the scent of clean sheets. I found a new-to-me laundry detergent. It costs next to nothing and gets my clothes really clean. It’s called ROMA. Living in a predominantly Haitian/West Indian neighborhood has exposed me to culturally specific products; Roma, a cost-effective alternative to commercial brands (Gain, Tide, etc.) is one of the gems I’ve found.

After laundry I walked my errands for close to two hours. My legs were beyond tired. I made one last stop to the seafood market to pick up conch for my sister’s Super Bowl party.

The Jamaican restaurant in Miami Gardens didn’t have enough fried dumplings to accompany my craving for ackee and saltfish so I opted for curry chicken, rice and peas, and cabbage. I bought the last dumpling to dip in my curry gravy, though.

I went home, showered, enjoyed my meal with a sweet carrot juice concotion and napped for like three hours.

My sister and I visited our big sister, her husband, and three uber cute daughters.  It was really good seeing them all. One of my nieces decided she’s going to come to school with me on Take Your Daughter to Work Day. I agreed, hopefully not prematurely.  I don’t get to spend much time with them and I’d like to be a larger part of their lives, so I know I have to make the effort; even if it’s an inconvenience to me.


Saturday night found my sister and I at her friend’s apartment for a ladies night in. It was cool. Kinda stuffy at first but by night’s end we were all better acquainted.

On Sunday morning, I visited The New Golden Heights Church of Christ in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. It was quite the change of pace for me. The congregation I attend is 20 minutes away from my sister’s place and I hadn’t visited in quite some time. The message was enlightening. Dr. W. F. Washington taught about the history of the church Jesus established.  I’m interested in learning more about Jesus’s first ministry.

Post-worship service, I grabbed a few things from Publix, changed clothes, and wrote a piece for a super couple at my church. With their permission, I’ll post it here on Valentine’s Day. They’re one of my favorite married couples. Their love is evident and they’re best friends. I really admire their story and though unconventional, the way they met is a testament to God being in control.

After writing and another run to the store (being the youngest sister at the house has its downfalls, you become the errand girl 😦 ), I chopped, mixed, seasoned and fried for what seemed like an eternity. My seafood fritters and secret dipping sauce were the appetizers which meant they were prepared last. My feet were throbbing after two hours in front of the deep frier but it was worth it.

Spending time with my family is always a treat. Lots of laughs, trash talking, food and too much fun.

My oldest sister, her husband, my old-er sister, her beau, too many cousins,  and family friends were divided unevenly supporting The Steelers and The Packers.

While I was upset with the loss of The Black Coach, the jokes and quality time with my family made up for any game.  I felt like myself. A little closer to sepia and far from blue.

On the ride home (and two hours after arriving at my place), I had an in-depth convo with a life-long friend (I’ve known her since like kindergarten). Her candor about being single (can I post anything without talking about a relationship? LOL) gave me hope that I will get through this. I know I will. I’m getting through it. She gave me her therapist’s ear and didn’t judge me. We shared, compared, laughed and that was the perfect end to a kinda sorta amazing weekend.

thanks for allowing me to share a little sepia with you.

How was your weekend?


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7 thoughts on “a little sepia

  1. Thanks for sharing! At 5:00pm on the dot… I had my finger on the log-out trigger. I dashed outta the building as fast as Clark Kent turns into Superman. I was “ret ta go!” I was to exhausted to go to my Zumba class so I stayed. I kickedmyself later that night because I should have made myself accountable and went.

    Saturday morning…. I was expecting to be going on door to door with the Evangelism Ministry at my church to evangelize and prayerfully win some sould to the Lord but the Ministry Head cancelled the outing because of the possible rain that was headed our way.

    I was excited because I had just joined the ministry and this was my 1st outing. Maybe next weekend. This gives me more time to prepare and be before God in prayer! I offered my services to a

    • sepiabrown says:

      I think your comment was cut off but it seems like you had a restful weekend.

      I need to try Zumba. I heard great things about it. My coordination (or lack thereof) may be a hindrance though 🙂

  2. Aundra says:

    Now I would have much rathered this kind of weekend…haha. Why did I read rice and peas as “rice-awn-peas”?? I love the family vibe…I was just thinking that I hope the guy I end up with has a huge family…I thought about having plenty of kids but I still don’t know how I’m going to get over have one. Hmmph! Share conch fritters and dipping sauce next time please-awn-tanks! (Please and thanks lol)

  3. 2blu2btru says:

    My weekend began with dinner out with the boyfriend. On Saturday, we went out for breakfast, worked out, went to a play rehearsal, and I found information for a presentation I’m doing for the church’s high school age kids on college admissions and freshman year. On Sunday I didn’t do much until the Superbowl, as I was incredibly stiff and sore from previous day’s workout (once I was still, that set in). We watched the game and commercials and laughed until we were bent double. It was very relaxing and low key–for the most part. I’m glad you had such a good weekend. I haven’t had a chance to visit the congregations down there. I’d be interested in hearing that lesson. 🙂 Where did he come from?

    • sepiabrown says:

      Dr. Washington is the minister @ the New Golden Heights Church of Christ. I attend Pembroke Park Church of Christ but I was staying over with my sister this past weekend and she lives near Golden Heights, so that’s how I ended up visiting them.
      Thanks for sharing 🙂

      • 2blu2btru says:

        Oh, LOL, I meant where he came from in the Bible 🙂 Reading over it, I can see how it was confusing. We have had visitors from the greater Miami area a few times; I think some may have come from Pembroke Park. Anyhow, enjoy the rest of your Monday! 😀

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