31 October 2012

Trump: Hurricane Sandy Good Luck for Obama

"Hurricane Sandy is good luck for Obama again- he will buy the election by handing out billions of dollars," Trump tweeted.

And, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, he extended President Obama a records deadline Tuesday. Showing no signs the birther campaign is going away, the racist asshole is doubling down on his $5 million offer, should President Barack Obama produce his birth certificate and passport from college.

Being the nice guy that he is, Trump extended the records deadline for Obama, in light of Superstorm Sandy. This was his twitter message:
"Because of the hurricane, I am extending my 5 million dollar offer for President Obama's favorite charity until 12PM on Thursday," Trump tweeted to his fans.


You can't make this shit up. Excuse my french, but what a fucking asshole.  The word 'asshole' is a major understatement. You know, the trick in life is to set the bar real low, so you can walk right over it, and Donald Trump still trips.

28 October 2012

Note to self


Sometimes you have to give up on people, not because you don't care, but because they dont.

I know.

I love when you know the truth, and you still sit there and listen to people lie because they don't know you know the truth.

23 October 2012

We had more horse buggies than bayonets, and others



In my humble opinion, President Obama ran circles around Mitt Wrongney in the final debate last night. Mitt Wrongney went to school last night, and The President was the teacher.


The focus of the debate was supposed to be foreign policy. Much of it was neither foreign nor policy, and on several occasions it looked like Mitt Wrongney was about to cry as The President called him out on everything he said that was wrong. So, I was okay with it. And also, Mitt Wrongney agreed with what President Obama more than I have ever seen in a presidential debate. Mitt Wrongney did say it would be nice to be funny “not on purpose.” I didn’t think he meant to be as funny as he was.




Here's some of my favorite zingers from last night;

"Governor Romney, I'm glad you realize that Al Qaeda is a threat ... The Cold War has been over for 20 years," declared Obama, criticizing Romney for saying that Russia is the greatest threat to the United States.

"The 1980s called. They want their foreign policy back."

”Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature of our military’s changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines. And so the question is not a game of Battleship where we’re counting ships.”

“Well, Governor Romney’s right. You are familiar with jobs being shipped overseas, because you invested in companies that were shipping jobs overseas.”

"We know you love teachers, I love teachers, we all love teachers." --from Bob Schieffer to Governor Mitt Wrongney who went on and on about his love of teachers. It was obvious that even he was exasperated.

Why the hell is it currently tied 50-50?

If the third presidential debate set the tone for the final two weeks of the campaign, then I expect President Obama to mock and deride his opponent all the way to the finish line and Mitt Romney to keep hammering the economy above all else.

20 October 2012

Earth Wind & Fire featuring Raphael Saadiq - Show Me The Way

Real Talk


SHOCKER: Obama Endorsed By Salt Lake Tribune: ‘Favorite Son’ Romney Can’t Be Trusted

Tribune endorsement: Too Many Mitts 



Nowhere has Mitt Romney’s pursuit of the presidency been more warmly welcomed or closely followed than here in Utah. The Republican nominee’s political and religious pedigrees, his adeptly bipartisan governorship of a Democratic state, and his head for business and the bottom line all inspire admiration and hope in our largely Mormon, Republican, business-friendly state.
But it was Romney’s singular role in rescuing Utah’s organization of the 2002 Olympics from a cesspool of scandal, and his oversight of the most successful Winter Games on record, that make him the Beehive State’s favorite adopted son. After all, Romney managed to save the state from ignominy, turning the extravaganza into a showcase for the matchless landscapes, volunteerism and efficiency that told the world what is best and most beautiful about Utah and its people.
In short, this is the Mitt Romney we knew, or thought we knew, as one of us.
Sadly, it is not the only Romney, as his campaign for the White House has made abundantly clear, first in his servile courtship of the tea party in order to win the nomination, and now as the party’s shape-shifting nominee. From his embrace of the party’s radical right wing, to subsequent portrayals of himself as a moderate champion of the middle class, Romney has raised the most frequently asked question of the campaign: "Who is this guy, really, and what in the world does he truly believe?"
The evidence suggests no clear answer, or at least one that would survive Romney’s next speech or sound bite. Politicians routinely tailor their words to suit an audience. Romney, though, is shameless, lavishing vastly diverse audiences with words, any words, they would trade their votes to hear.
More troubling, Romney has repeatedly refused to share specifics of his radical plan to simultaneously reduce the debt, get rid of Obamacare (or, as he now says, only part of it), make a voucher program of Medicare, slash taxes and spending, and thereby create millions of new jobs. To claim, as Romney does, that he would offset his tax and spending cuts (except for billions more for the military) by doing away with tax deductions and exemptions is utterly meaningless without identifying which and how many would get the ax. Absent those specifics, his promise of a balanced budget simply does not pencil out.
If this portrait of a Romney willing to say anything to get elected seems harsh, we need only revisit his branding of 47 percent of Americans as freeloaders who pay no taxes, yet feel victimized and entitled to government assistance. His job, he told a group of wealthy donors, "is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."
Where, we ask, is the pragmatic, inclusive Romney, the Massachusetts governor who left the state with a model health care plan in place, the Romney who led Utah to Olympic glory? That Romney skedaddled and is nowhere to be found.
And what of the president Romney would replace? For four years, President Barack Obama has attempted, with varying degrees of success, to pull the nation out of its worst financial meltdown since the Great Depression, a deepening crisis he inherited the day he took office.
In the first months of his presidency, Obama acted decisively to stimulate the economy. His leadership was essential to passage of the badly needed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Though Republicans criticize the stimulus for failing to create jobs, it clearly helped stop the hemorrhaging of public sector jobs. The Utah Legislature used hundreds of millions in stimulus funds to plug holes in the state’s budget.
The president also acted wisely to bail out the auto industry, which has since come roaring back. Romney, in so many words, said the carmakers should sink if they can’t swim.
Obama’s most noteworthy achievement, passage of his signature Affordable Care Act, also proved, in its timing, his greatest blunder. The set of comprehensive health insurance reforms aimed at extending health care coverage to all Americans was signed 14 months into his term after a ferocious fight in Congress that sapped the new president’s political capital and destroyed any chance for bipartisan cooperation on the shredded economy.
Obama’s foreign policy record is perhaps his strongest suit, especially compared to Romney’s bellicose posture toward Russia and China and his inflammatory rhetoric regarding Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Obama’s measured reliance on tough economic embargoes to bring Iran to heel, and his equally measured disengagement from the war in Afghanistan, are examples of a nuanced approach to international affairs. The glaring exception, still unfolding, was the administration’s failure to protect the lives of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, and to quickly come clean about it.
In considering which candidate to endorse, The Salt Lake Tribune editorial board had hoped that Romney would exhibit the same talents for organization, pragmatic problem solving and inspired leadership that he displayed here more than a decade ago. Instead, we have watched him morph into a friend of the far right, then tack toward the center with breathtaking aplomb. Through a pair of presidential debates, Romney’s domestic agenda remains bereft of detail and worthy of mistrust.
Therefore, our endorsement must go to the incumbent, a competent leader who, against tough odds, has guided the country through catastrophe and set a course that, while rocky, is pointing toward a brighter day. The president has earned a second term. Romney, in whatever guise, does not deserve a first.

courtesy , The Salt Lake Tribune.


19 October 2012

#donsettle



Real contentment never has to settle for good enough.  

Festering economic boil Phil Gramm says Obama is winning because poor people have it too good

Former senator Phil Gramm, who is primarily famous these days as being associated with every major economic meltdown and scandal in the last twenty years, and who said in 2008 that the whole Great Recession did not actually exist, calling it a "mental" recession and saying that we had become a "nation of whiners", wants you to know that the real problem with America is not all that various shit he and his fellow near-crooks have done over the last dozen years but, instead, all of the damn poor people today taking advantage of food stamps and disability and whatnot instead of going out and getting some of those jobs that still do not actually exist:

In 1980 and 1992, only 3% of the American labor force drew disability benefits from the government. Today it is 6%. The number of workers qualifying for disability since the recession ended in 2009 has grown twice as fast as private employment. How would Presidents Jimmy Carter or George H.W. Bush have fared on their Election Day if 40% of the Americans who were unemployed had instead qualified for disability benefits? How would voters have reacted in 1980 or 1992 if food-stamp benefits had grown by 65% instead of an average of less than 25% during the first four years of their administrations?
During the past four years, the Obama administration's aggressive promotion of the food-stamp program has increased the number of recipients by 18.5 million. Do these people feel the same level of discontent about economic conditions as the rest of the voting population?
See there? The reason so so many people are voting for Barack Obama in this election is that they're not hungry enough. In the wake of the Great Recession. When the first sub-eight-percent unemployment numbers have come in in for-freaking-ever, itself a dismally modest improvement that proved so shocking to conservatives that they have all but convinced themselves that it must be a government plot. Why, if we let those 18.5 million people starve, they'd be much more pissed off—and then they'd go out and vote for Mitt Romney! This is, mind you, the exact philosophy behind Romney's infamous "47 percent" comments: those damn poor people all have it too good, what with social programs designed to allow them to not die in the streets, and of course people like that aren't going to vote for the good, responsible Republicans who want to bring back "dying on the streets" as this century's hot new thing. It does not dawn on Phil Gramm, who is a remarkable idiot by any standards, that the increases in food stamps and other government assistance are the obvious and expected results of a prolonged and utterly devastating economic downturn—no, it must be because we are just being too damn generous these days. This is the world according to Phil Gramm. He then goes on to complain that Obama hasn't fixed all the various things Phil Gramm and his fellow financial wizards have screwed up in the last decade, so clearly it's time to pass the reins to Mitt Romney so Phil Gramm and his fellow financial wizards can get back to screwing it up worse.
Sweet merciful crap, will this guy ever just shut the hell up already? Economics-wise, he's History's Greatest Monster. He and his wife Wendy were prime shakers behind energy deregulation—leading directly to the Enron scandal and collapse (Wendy both helped deregulate Enron and then went to work for them at a tidy salary, ka-ching, because that is how the Phil Gramm household operates.) His deregulation penchant also brought us all the unregulated glory of
credit default swaps, leading Time magazine to call him out as one of the 25 People to Blame for the Financial Crisis.  Oh, and then he fled from the senate to a sweetheart lobbyist position at UBS, just in time for UBS to wreck itself mightily in the subprime mortgage business, get called out for intentionally cheating
customers, and be probed for assisting client money laundering.
. If there's one guy who knows how to cause epic, nation-shattering economic fiascos, it's Phil Gramm. If you told me he was one of the four horsemen of the economic apocalypse, my only reply would be to wonder if maybe he wasn't actually two or three of them.
That pedigree seems to be precisely why the Wall Street Journal editorial page still wants his opinions on things. Any Wall Street wizard can be wrong—and how! Not every captain of the financial industry can be wrong so very, very often, to such devastating effect, and still be able to declare with a straight face that all these troubles today are caused by The Poors.
Wait—yes they can. That's exactly what they all do. It's the only damn reason the Wall Street Journal editorial page even exists.

--courtesy, The New York Times

F*****g a**hole

You aint it



(I keep looking over your shoulder for someone else to talk to
someone to fill the hollowness or your words with words of substance, 
interesting
words and stories and histories with whom I can connect
someone more interesting.
substantial enough to climb on
supporting my weight
talking from lips full like mine that I would rather kiss
than to actually listen).

Sorry.

--Alieuxcasey-george

Song in my head- Terry Ellis

Word of the day:

Rachetivity- the act of getting crazy, with no fear of getting in trouble, or the future repercussions.

  Now, to use it in a sentence:

If a reality show featuring women wasn't filled with rachetivity (fighting, punching,slapping, cussing, arguing, gouging of weaved hair, kicking ass, calling each other bitch, etc.,) would the show be a success?


Imagine this

Mitt Wrongney is President of the United States, and he's debating Barack Obama, and Mr Obama's son  says about Mitt Wrongney what Mitt Wrongney's son said about President Obama. What would be the reaction/response of Fox News and the rest of the Rethug Party?

18 October 2012

# Don't Sleep -

Love this show, and Vivica A Fox on this episode about the importance of Women



#dontsleep

Note to self


Being good to you

dnaltroP

I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.
                        --Harriet Tubman 

There are  a lot of  people that, if someone told them they were black, they'd probably jump out of a  plate glass window to their deaths. 


Welcome to Portland Oregon. 




Time (and need) will reveal

I'm always glad to meet new people and to make new friends. I don't take any new friendships seriously until some time has passed. Time and need has a way of  revealing the realness of people; filtering out the people you don't need to waste your time with for whatever reason- selfish people that never have your back, for example.

It's for that reason above that I ended what I thought was a friendship of 5 years, today. As of today, he's ghost. Something I can't see, like air.

Some things happen for a reason.

Thursday Flashback


17 October 2012

Jill Scott

Some of them wanna break you down, steal your crown
Use and abuse you.
Some of them smile in your face, cause they heard it some place,
You got more then their used to
Some of them want to steal your love, ooh
Cuz they're jealous of ...how you're living and giving.

I keep

Moving forward, pressing onward, striving further
I keep
Keep on laughing, keep on living, keep on loving yeah
I keep
Keep on dreaming keep on achieving, keep on believing
I keep
I keep smiling when I come thru ...and I cry when I need too.

Some of them, oh they stab you in your back, cuz it's love they lack.

Some of them won't even try ...to see the good inside.
But I ....

I keep

Moving forward, pressing onward, striving further
I keep
Keep on laughing, keep on living, keep on loving yeah
I keep
Keep on dreaming keep on achieving, keep on believing

Hey. Oh oh oh

I keep on , keep on living, keep on learning , keep on smiling ooh ooh yeah
Keep on laughing, keep on living, keep on loving yeah
I keep
Keep on dreaming, keep on believing, keep on achieving.
I keep smiling when I come thru, and I cry when I need to
(Adlib below)
Oh yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yea yea yeah
I keep on , keep on keeping on.
Yea. I keep ,keep on keep keepin on keep keeping on

LOL

Rosie Perez on Mitt Wrongney

16 October 2012

In 1 word or 2,

How would you describe The President's debate performance tonight, and why?



My response is 'Aggressive', as in the opposite of the first debate. I also like that he brought up the 47% comment.  And, he didn't let Mitt Wrongney get away with sh*t.
My other word is 'Awake.' He didn't look sleepy. He looked alert. I was worried all day, but his performance made me smile. 
Am I alone in this?

09 October 2012

Billionaire CEO threatens to fire employees if Obama is re-elected


David Siegel, the founder and CEO of Westgate Resorts, on Monday sent a letter to his 7000 employees warning that the company would be downsized if President Barack Obama was elected to a second term.
Siegal, a billionaire who building the biggest house in America for himself, told Gawker the email was based on a chain letter that has been widely circulated. He said the email gave his employees “something to think about when they go to the polls.”
“The economy doesn’t currently pose a threat to your job. What does threaten your job however, is another 4 years of the same Presidential administration,” he said in the e-mail.
“If any new taxes are levied on me, or my company, as our current President plans, I will have no choice but to reduce the size of this company,” he added. “Rather than grow this company I will be forced to cut back. This means fewer jobs, less benefits and certainly less opportunity for everyone.”
“So, when you make your decision to vote, ask yourself, which candidate understands the economics of business ownership and who doesn’t?” Siegal continued, in his nearly 400-word message. “Whose policies will endanger your job? Answer those questions and you should know who might be the one capable of protecting and saving your job.”
Recently, the Ohio-based energy company Murray Energy has faced legal complaints for allegedly pressuring employees into donating to Republican candidates. Federal campaign laws prohibit companies from using the threat of a detrimental job action to coerce employees to make a contribution on behalf of a candidate.

courtesy, rawstory.com

Unbelievable.












In 30 days!


08 October 2012

surely, slowly



Slowly surely,
I walk away from
that old desperate and dazed love
caught up in the maze of love
the crazy craze of love
thought it was good
thought it was real
thought it was
but it wasn't love

I just don't know
Where i should go
So
Slowly surely
I walk away from
self-serving
undeserving
constantly hurting me love
deserting me love
you said, I said, we said
but

Slowly surely
I walk away from
confusing love
misusing love
abusing love
this can't be

Slowly surely
I walk away from
self serving
undeserving
constantly hurting me love

I just don't know
where I should go
No
I just don't know
know, know, know
Where I should go
so

Slowly surely
I walk away from
that old desperate and dazed love
caught up in the maze of love
the crazy craze of love

thought it was good
thought it was real
thought it was
but it wasn't love

I just don't know where to go
So

Slowly surely
I walk away from
I walk away from
Slowly surely
I walk away from love
Oh
slowlyy, surely one step at a time
but surely
I will pass the old love aside
and love me
slowly,
surely I walk away from
slowly surely I walk away from desperating love
caught up in the maze love
crazy crazy craze of love
slowly surely, I walk away from [repeat 5 times]
Slooooooowly Suuuuuuurely, slowly surely

A matter of perspective




                                 What you see depends on what you’re looking for.

   --Author unknown

Note to Self

I learned the hard way that I cannot always count on others to respect my feelings, even if I respect theirs. Being a good person doesn’t guarantee that others will be good people, too. You only have control over yourself and how you choose to be as a person. As for others, you can only choose to accept them or walk away.
--author unknown 

07 October 2012

If Jesus Can't Fix It




Sweet Jesus

where we're supposed to be.

I have come to realize that this notion that we should've made "better choices," when examined, is a wasted concern. Which one of us, taken back to a choice point, could have made any other choice than those we did, considering the place we were in at the time?

Which means - to my way of seeing - that we are exactly where we are supposed to be, on the tailor-made path designed for our own greatest growing opportunity.

What else is this life journey for, if not for the purpose of evolving our consciousness?
I have no reason to waste my now time regretting anything from any past time.Most of us, most of the time, make the best decisions we can with the information we have available at the time.  It's very freeing and empowering.
 

05 October 2012

Recognize the opportunity

 危机


"The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word 'crisis.' One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger - but recognize the opportunity." - John F. Kennedy, Speech in Indianapolis, April 12, 1959.



The Kennedys


Angela Davis, on Justice


    Justice is indivisible; you can't choose who can enjoy it and who cannot.


                                                                     - Angela Davis

Nicole Kidman refused to use n-word in new Lee Daniels film ‘The Paperboy’

News Nicole Kidman infamously urinates on Zac Efron in "The Paperboy," but there's one thing she flat-out refused to do.

Speaking at a press conference at the New York Film Festival, director Lee Daniels revealed that Kidman would not call a black cast member the N-word. Kidman, who the Los Angeles Times describes as "looking slightly annoyed," explained that she felt as though the slur didn't "feel right for the character."
"I have a son who's African-American and I just didn't feel it was right," the actress added. "It wasn't right."
Kidman's turn as Charlotte Bless has earned rave reviews from critics, many of whom were simply shocked by her daringness in the film. In addition to urinating on Efron (his character has an unfortunate encounter with a jellyfish), she also participates in a couple of wild sex scenes, including one in which she pantomimes performing oral sex on an inmate (played by John Cusack).
The urination scene, though, has emerged as the biggest story to come out of the movie. Daniels explained the shooting to GQ: "First of all, it was really hard to shoot. It was the third day. The first scene we shot was the sex scene with John [Cusack and Kidman]. I like to get that right out of the way. The second day was the telepathic sex scene in the prison. And the third day of shooting was the piss scene."
He also said he thought it was too much to keep in the film, but Kidman insisted. Kidman -- who recently appeared topless on the cover of V Magazine ,apparently didn't want the work to go to waste.
Daniels told HuffPost Entertainment that he thinks audiences will be surprised by the film, especially given that it's his follow-up to "Precious," the 2009 movie which garnered six Academy Award nominations.

       --courtesy Huffington Post


Kudos to anyone who refuses to use the n word. Apparently, even Nicole Kidman feels that word is the lowest of the low. Like I do.



04 October 2012

Thursday FlashBack



It's amazing how a song can take you back in time. I just heard this song for the first time since I was a kid, living in Toronto Ontario. I was visiting my grandfather who lived in Montreal Quebec. I remember having a 45 of this song, and playing it, and then when my mother was tired of hearing it, she let my cousin Joy play the song she wanted to hear, below.




03 October 2012

The Drinking Game



If I had a shot of tequila for every person  in my life who pretended to be who they were not (or who they are not), I'd have cirrhosis of the liver.


Just a thought 


#fakeasspeople

#fairweather friends






Question of the day

I know you saw the Presidential Debate. I have a great deal of respect for Jim Lehrer, but he was completely negligent in his duties tonight. The clearest loser in tonight's debate wasn't either candidate, but Lehrer, who became Romney's little bitch within the first 15 minutes. Apparently, Jim Lehrer thinks the best moderator is no moderator at all.
Of course, considering tonight's first presidential debate was the 12th presidential or vice presidential debate Lehrer has moderated since 1988, it's likely that he knew most of his efforts to move the candidates off their talking points were going to fail. Which might be why, fairly quickly in, he seemed to give up.
He asked President Obama and Romney to stick to the questions asked. They didn't. He asked Romney, after the first statement, to ask President Obama a direct question. He didn't. He objected to Mitt Romney taking the last word on the first question. He took it anyway. He told President Obama his time was up. He took more time.
He asked them both, at the start, to stick to the limits set. And then he, and they, acted as if the limits didn't exist.

Clearly, Lehrer lost control, early and often. But just as clearly, he had a goal beyond presiding over a tightly structured debate -- which was to stay out of the way as much as possible and make the candidates run the debate themselves. And for better or worse, that goal he largely achieved.
"We're way over our first 15 minutes," Lehrer said at around the 20-minute mark, as the men continued to talk around the first question -- which was supposed to be about jobs and moved on to taxes and the budget before cycling back, sort of, to jobs. That was all right, Lehrer said, because the discussion was still about the economy. It just wasn't about that part of the economy he had asked them to discuss.
Of course, you could forgive the candidates and viewers alike for forgetting exactly what Lehrer's vague, open-ended question was from segment to segment -- which is what happens when the moderator seems to float with the tide. As a drinking game, you could count how many times one of the candidates talked over Lehrer, or how often Lehrer was reduced to sputtering "but" or "OK" or "no, no, no." Or you could just count how many times Lehrer asked Romney if he supported vouchers for Medicare before he seemed to just give up on getting an answer.
To be fair, the format put Lehrer in an almost impossible situation. If you give the candidates free rein, as he pretty much did, you end up with a debate that wanders, sometimes incomprehensibly, from surface point to surface point. If you step in too often, you risk grabbing the focus at an event that is supposed to be centered on the two candidates -- and you get slammed as biased by whichever candidate suffers under your tighter control.Still, some control might have been nice. Perhaps Lehrer can keep that in mind if a 13th debate comes his way.

How do you think it went?


Wednesday Flash back

Remember this?



I remember the first time I heard this in the 80s. I could tell Prince's influence. I  thought it was Vanity 6, until I heard her speaking.

02 October 2012

#loveyourself

Once you've accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you except you

--author unknown.

I added the last 2 words, except you.



#loveyourself

If

i don't understand
how one can 
consider themselves
complete
without love.
when I was single I was always looking for you.
i feel you've made my life better
just by being in it,
&
if you were to leave
there would be a void
so big
so deep
that 5 women could not fill.

--

         ( a rough draft- not sure it's done)

This coon here who was famous for only one thing

70s sitcom star Jimmie ‘JJ’ Walker sat down with Bill O'Reilly in an interview today that mostly hit on Walker’s dissatisfaction with President Obama. Walker described Obama as someone who makes you feel good, but the economy is still in bad shape and it’s not enough for African-Americans to keep supporting him simply because they like him.
Walker made it clear he also likes the president, but “he’s not a good guy for the job we have to do.” O’Reilly said to Walker that when he says things like that, he must get lots of pushback from the African-American community. Walker explained why Obama’s race simply isn’t enough for him to get black support.
He encouraged African-Americans to keep the focus on policy instead of any racial factors.
In the second half of the interview, Walker was equally harsh on none other than Jay Leno. He argued that unlike his late night predecessors, including Johnny Carson and Steve Allen, he hasn’t used The Tonight Show to give a national platform to aspiring performers, and since he’s the top dog on late night now, he has the power to do that. Walker said Leno should feature more young talent on his show to give them a great opportunity.

01 October 2012

2 % for real ?

Coconut Cake with Macadamia Nut Buttercreme Frosting  ( with Macadamia Nuts on top)
Today is my 5 years of being employed at this job. Honestly, I can say it's a blessing. 5 years in to it and  I still come to work on monday mornings with  a smile on my face. I thank God every day that not only do I have a job, but also a job that I really like.  I just wish the raises were more than they are.
I just returned from my Performance Review. Surprise meetings with bosses always make nervous. Those last minute meetings with past employers have resulted in my getting written up for something- or worse,my getting fired. But I've been with this employer and they have loved me since day one.  My reviews have always been 'exceeding expecations.'  Sales noted that they like me and that I'm a pleasure to work with (I'm sure it's also because of the cakes I bring in to the office). My boss's boss likes that I always ask for projects.  No one has ever had a negative thing to say about me at this job.  In other words, I jump through lots of hoops with a smile on my face.  I am blessed.

And the maximum raise this year?

2%.   It's usually 3%.

I'm disappointed about the raise, but I'm trying to maintain a positive attitude. After all, having a job that I love was one of my answered prayers.

Above is a Coconut Cake with Macadamia Nut Buttercreme Frosting  ( with Macadamia Nuts on top),  I made, commemorating my 5 years.