First Lines Friday

First Lines Friday is a book meme hosted by Literary Marie at Precision Reviews.

  • Grab your current read.
  • Share the first line(s).
  • Include the title and author so that other FLF participants can add the book to their TBR list.
 “It is often difficult to identify the exact moment that your life falls apart.”

Way Too Much Pink…

This is way too much pink for me, but since teacherninja was man enough to put it on his blog, then I can suck it up.

Thank the person who gave this to you.
• Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
• Link the person who nominated you.
• Name seven things about yourself that no one would really know.
• Nominate ten “Sugar Dolls.”
• Post links to the ten blogs you nominate.
• Leave a comment on each letting them know you nominated them.

Now to the rules above:
Thanks Jim (I think).
The logo is prominently placed above.
The link is in the first sentence.
Seven things that no one would really know about me:
  1. I can’t sleep in complete quiet. I have to have jazz playing (funny, because I don’t listen to it any other time) or a talk radio show.
  2. The people at work know this but, I threaten to punch one of my co-workers in the face at least once a day – even superiors.  It’s my way of showing affection.
  3. I will eat any vegetable except for Brussels Sprouts.
  4. I spend A LOT of time alone – and I like it.
  5. Even though I turn 45 this year and don’t have a husband, boyfriend, or significant other, I still think that I can give birth to a healthy child at some point. Might even be in the tabloids as the oldest US woman to give birth.
  6. My zodiac sign is Cancer, but I hate Cancer men. Jim (see above) is the only Cancer man that I like.  (I’m not pandering, I told this to Brannon just the other day). All others make me want to punch them in the face (see above) and tell them to grow a pair.
  7. I am the friend most likely to break a chain letter.  Which is why I won’t be nominating anyone else! Ha!

If you read this blog and fancy yourself a Sugar Doll, feel free to nominate yourself. 

Last Meme of the Day

Here is another meme floating around on the blogosphere and since I am feeling a little charitable with my personal life here goes:

1. What was I doing 10 years ago?
I was living in Los Angeles preparing to move back to Atlanta. This involved a small amount of drama that included:

  • a cross-country road trip with 3 women in a ford escort (i think) with no air-conditioning, a scared cat, and only 1 driver (not me – i don’t drive)
  • joy finally losing it in new orleans. well deserved breakdown because she was the only driver
  • arriving in atlanta only to find that the job that was supposed to be waiting for me wasn’t
  • finally getting a new job
  • my mother dying

2. What are 5 things on my to do list today?

As a practicing procrastinator, I don’t really do to-do lists but:

  • do laundry – in progress
  • go see the Sex in the City movie – put off until next week
  • catch up on blogging and blog reading – in progress
  • sew – this is on the list every day and never gets done
  • actually cook dinner from scratch – will do because that is the only way I will eat

3. Snack I enjoy

  • almonds mixed with dried cranberries – by my side right now
  • chili pistachios
  • m & m’s
  • popcorn with Old Bay seasoning

4. Things I would do if I were a billionaire

  • for the first couple of months I would travel to Seattle (LaTonja), Los Angeles (Joy), Arizona (Miraval spa), Ghana (Imara)
  • buy a brownstone in Manhattan for my home base
  • Travel, travel, travel around the world for openings of major art exhibits
  • Lots of charitable work in Africa, focusing on empowering women and building wells

5. Places I have lived

  • Washington, DC
  • Tallahassee, Fl
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Atlanta, GA
  • hopefully somewhere new in the next couple of years

6. Jobs I have had (newest to oldest; there seems to be a theme….)

  • Operations Supervisor for a chain bookstore
  • Manager of 2 airport bookstores (different concourses – I was on the people mover all day)
  • Inventory Supervisor for a different chain bookstore
  • Manager of an African American bookstore
  • Customer Service for a local, independently owned bookstore
  • Manager of a different African American bookstore
  • Supervisor in a Fabric Store

I won’t tag anyone but ya’ll can have at it!


So, I have seen this meme on a few blogs and since I love the thought of random visual images I decided to do it.

The concept:

a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.

b. Using only the first page, pick an image.

c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd’s mosaic maker).

The Questions:

1. What is your first name? Toni

2. What is your favorite food? Crab Cakes

3. What high school did you go to? H.D. Woodson Sr. High (the photo is an aerial shot of my school!)

4. What is your favorite color? Loden green

5. Who is your celebrity crush? Duh, Jesse L. Martin

6. Favorite drink? Acai Juice

7. Dream vacation? Morocco

8. Favorite dessert? Apple pie

9. What you want to be when you grow up? Retired

10. What do you love most in life? Myself

11. One Word to describe you. Smart

12. Your flickr name Mshoni

You can find other mosaics here: