There’s a term that opera singers use when change is needed. A very good friend of mine (who also happens to be an opera singer) told me that singers “change the vowel to keep it from being stuck.” I imagine that is, in order to prevent the songs from becoming flat, or stuck in a certain key or whatever, a small re-calibration or change is made that breathes new life into the piece. Of course I could be wrong, so if you know what you talmbout then please feel free.
As in opera, in real life small adjustments have to be made until we find the right key. We may not always get it right on the first try, but it is important that we recognize when something’s off and at least make the attempt to correct it.
In the interest of self-awareness, and we know I’m all about self-awareness 😉 I wanna try to reflect on all of the changes that I’ve made
unwillingly in my life as of yet. Particularly I wanna focus on what happened on Wednesday, September 12, 2012. This was the day that I made one of the most profound changes to date; I formally quit that whack ass job I had!!! Yay!!! Ok so maybe it wasn’t the most profound change, but still, it was an experience to say the least.
For those of yall who know me, yall know that my old job was the worst employment experience I’ve ever had. And coming from me, that says a lot. I’ve always worked in mental health, and even in a Level IV locked facility or mental hospital, but never have I felt like I did working for good ol’ DC Gubment. I won’t go on too much about the hoodrat dreams and treacherous conditions that made up my work place but I will sum it up by telling yall this: my first day I witnessed a fight in the lunchroom. Yep, a good old fashioned high school cafeteria style fight. Serious up yall an old ass woman (who looked just like Sammy Davis Jr, but I digress) actually stood up and yelled out “fight! fight!”
Somewhere in the middle this Asian lady they had just hired had the audacity to yell at me in a room full of people during a training because I respectfully informed her of labor laws. Yes chial, yelled at me and waved her finger in my face! Like serious up tho…even Mollie aint never do that to me…ever…in life! I kept my cool though, because I have class; something that was clearly lacking all up and through that place.
And even though I have not been back to work since June 4, 2012- for obvious reasons, when I went on last Wednesday to collect my things, nothing had changed. The same people were there having the same conversations. It was literally like stepping back into a time warp! In my approximate 3 hours of being there…I witnessed even more phuckery. The same Asian hoe that tried to come for me was fired and walked out along with one of the supervisors, who I never cared for either. You reap what you sew yall. Gawd don’t like ugly and you can’t keep getting by doing people dirty…remember that.
Although I was nervous, and I will miss some of my coworkers, walking out that hell hole was the most liberating experience I have had in a long time. Not only did it represent leaving a job which I absolutely detested, but it also signified a new beginning for me in a lot of ways. As of right now, I don’t plan on ever working full time as a Rehab Counselor, or in direct client services at all-just time to move on with my life. Ever since I can remember I’ve always wanted to be ‘Dr. Ronica’ and that’s now my primary focus. I will admit that it is scary because this is the first time in forever since I’ve not had a full time job. But that’s where my faith has to kick in. I have to trust that I’ll have what I need, and if now I can figure out how to make it work with what I have. All by myself! 🙂
Texas Potato Salad
In honor of a friend of mines who just moved to the lone star state 😉 So yall already know this aint even about to be healthy lol!
- 1 lb small red potatoes, unpeeled
- 1 small red onion, diced finely
- 16 oz sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 8 oz sour cream
- 8 oz ranch dressing
- 1/2 lb bacon
- 1 green onion, chopped
Cook the bacon until crispy and drain and set aside. Wash the red potatoes and boil them until fork tender. Run cold water over them or submerge them in an ice bath to stop the cooking process. Cut the cooled red potatoes into fours and place them in a large mixing bowl.
Add the red onion, sour cream, ranch and cheese to the bowl and mix to combine. Place the contents into a baking dish and sprinkle with the crumbled bacon and green onion. Bake for about 20 mins on 350°F just so the cheese melts and the onions cook.
Allow to cool slightly before serving. Enjoy!