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Today, I posted a video, my first of a series of Whoopie Wednesdays, about adventures in the whoopie sphere and how I had the superpower ability to get barricades installed in my local Target.  Wa-pow!

Mwah and a big bear hug for making the effort to go from one place to another!

Cyndy, The Whoopie Queen

Roarin’ Good Time, Gatsby Style

Screen Shot 2013-05-15 at 9.47.52 AMThe people in the 1920′s sure knew how to make whoopee even though they were dealing with Prohibition.  Giggle water freely flowed in many a speakeasy and a charismatic bootlegger could make a lot of money, so much so that a hooch-hustler could throw a roarin’ good party.  Da da daaaaaa – The Great Gatsby (jazz hands).  Some people claim it is about the American dream of reinvention.  I think it’s a tale of how to be the one dancing around the pool instead of floating at the bottom.  Hence, here are The Whoopie Queen’s profound lessons that will change your life and inspire you to throw a spiffy shindig that’s the cat’s meow.  Watch it here from my ritzy tv appearance on Let’s Talk Live (DC WJLA) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcC0hpKpawo or read all about it…

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Make some whoopie with Kathy “Jugs” Juda and me on Friday, June 7, DC Improv.  Girls’ Night Out and you can grab the mic if you’re feeling frisky.  Improv Games.  Stand-up.

Women.  Having.  Fun.  for tickets – http://dcimprov.laughstub.com/show.cfm?id=247558&cart

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If you weren’t invited to the Screen Shot 2013-05-15 at 9.56.41 AMparty, crash it or make a better one.  Make sure all your guests have a snooty name.  Send their invites with their bluenose moniker and when they enter the party, have their name tag ready.  I’m Candace Mathilda Chrysler.  Find yours at snooty name generator http://rumandmonkey.com/widgets/toys/namegen/9353/.

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  • Decor:  stringed lights, tiaras, feathers, pearls, badminton rackets, croquet mallets
  • Jazz music play list from 20′s -  Jazz, The Charleston, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller
  • Cocktail drinks such as mint juleps served in teacups and champagne served in etched glasses w/mustache straws.  Everyone loves a stash bash.
  • Finger foods & “daisy” topped whoopie pies.  Fancy ham sandwiches with date spread, asparagus, spicy nuts (always like spicy nuts)…keep the food simple and the drinks strong.
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Game:  20′s LINGO
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Heebie Jeebies – jitters
Struggle Buggy – backseat of a car
Bee’s Knees – extraordinary
Whoopee – have a good time
Other lessons learned from Gatsby:
• If a  friend overuses terms of endearments, they’re overusing you, ol’ sport.
• Definitely best not to drive a yellow car if you are a bad driver.
• Don’t take someone’s name in vain, i.e. Daisy Daisy Daisy…you could get punched in the face.

Whoopin’ Up Luck

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Video from Let’s Talk Live link – Whoopin’ Up Luck

St. Patty’s Day.  Green.  Party.  Luck.  Here are some ways to shamROCK your life and make your own luck.

1.  Be Opportunistic – Make things happen in the direction of your dreams.  Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.  There was a man in NYC walking in front of the Plaza Hotel.  A passerby shouted out, “Hi Mr. Warren.”   He went up to Mr. Buffet and introduced himself.   A year later, Warren Buffet purchased the man’s jewelry business, Helzberg Diamonds.

2.  Grow the lemons.  I’ve been called a “tart” so I really like this tip.  Create your life, don’t expect someone else to do it.  Some people believe that fortunate people are simply born lucky, when in reality, that’s just a convenient excuse to take it easy, rather than try to exert some control over our destiny.  Dr. Anne Davin, Depth Psychotherapist (the study of the soul), held a lecture I attended and she claims that creating great fortune in your life involves more than the saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”  Her secret to creating a great life:  You have to grow the lemons.

While out on the open mic circuit in DC doing stand-up, I realized I would be there a long time before someone noticed me.  I have two young kids and between their activities, it isn’t always predictable when I can get out.    So I created my own comedy shows, putting other women on the stage who are owning their bad-ass life with humor.  No victims allowed.  We had five shows last year that played to hundreds of women in cities such as NYC, Bethesda, and Atlanta.
3.  Create a “DO BE HAVE” ListWrite down your dreamsBarbara Stanny has a great tool.  She is an expert in wealth and abundance and the writer of Secrets of Six Figure WomanOvercoming Underearning, and Prince Charming Isn’t Cominghttp://barbarastanny.com  At her Sacred Success retreat in Baltimore, she asked us to write a DO BE HAVE list.  Click on this link for an example:  DO, BE, HAVE example  The categories are:  Spiritual, Mental, Physical, Vocational, Financial, Family, Social.  This exercise provides a mission statement for your life.  It helps you get to a place where you can say, “I am a ______ (fill in the blank w/ writer, funmaker,  journalist, comedian, etc.)
4.  Get involved in risky business – I’m not talking drugs and prostitution.  Take chances and ignore the negative inner critic.  My inner critic is called Gertrude  I put the crap she says in a “mind file” and lock it away.   If you hear me yelling at Gertrude to shut up, don’t call social services; I’m having a tough day and am trying to shake it up.  A change in routine will allows one to be more creative and open the door for new opportunities.Get out of the regular routine.  Stop at a new place for coffee.  Go to a dance class.  Take flying lessons.    Put on your big-girl Raybans and rock’n'roll.
5Consider yourself lucky.  Your mind believes what you think. In a study conducted by Richard Wiseman, PhD writer of book The Luck Factor, researchers placed some money on the sidewalk in the paths of different people—some who claimed to be lucky, and others who considered themselves unlucky. The “lucky” people noticed the money and picked it up; the “unlucky” people walked past the cash.  I have a friend who thinks she always gets the best parking spot.  She does.  I know someone who wins sweepstakes and raffles all the time.   Why?  They believe they are lucky.  How else would a cartooned, little leprechaun attract millions of followers for generations?  He believes, “they’re always after me Lucky Charms.”
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Recipe for Irish Coffee Cake w/Bailey’s filling Whoopie Pies:  Rainbow w/ pot of gold:  http://www.marthastewart.com/314060/irish-coffee-cupcakes Fillling:
2 sticks butter, 2 cups powerded sugar, 2 tbs Baileys.  Add AIrheads rainbows and Rolo after making clouds with the icing.

Leprechaun legs:  Vanilla cake recipe.  Buttercream recipe for icing.  Lots of green food color.   Cut out legs fm template and put in icing, upside down.  Add a few chocolate coins.  Template:  Screen Shot 2013-03-13 at 1.25.12 PM

Rainbow colors:  Use white cake recipe  Put batter in separate bowls and add food color.  Pour into pan one at a time  You can also layer if you are making cupcakes.

 

 

Snowquestered

Screen Shot 2013-03-06 at 9.57.04 AMWhether you are snowquestered in the DC area or enjoying 10 inches in Chicago, here are some ideas to have some fun and frolic. This is a re-post of Frankenstorm with a little canoodling while I relax in my pj’s and watch Jaws 3 with the kids.  Polish up my “Mom of the Year” trophy again.

  • Play Simon Says while you have the kids learn to change the sheets.
  • Write a letter using a code the recipient has to decipher.
  • Dress up and create a story.  Shoot it with your iphone and send it to AFV.
  • Make whoopie.
  • Dance party.
  • Have an indoor picnic on the floor and have the dog tidy up the mess.
  • Have an at-home spa.  Bring on the cuckes.
  • Hold a video game tournament, i.e. Padawan training w/ Star Wars Xbox lightsaber.
  • Nap.  Mmmm k!
  • Catch up on episodes of your favorite television show.  Obviously!
  • Curl up with a good book.
  • Workout with an On-Demand fitness show.  Not!!!
  • Download movies!
  • Stay in PJ’s all day and watch movies.  Check.

If you’re the productive type:

  • Closet revamp and determine which clothes should go to “goodwill.”
  • Clean out a junk drawer.  Which one?
  • Put away a few piles.  Moving piles is a specialty.
  • Organize the basement.  Even snowquestered, I don’t think there’s enough time!
  • Rearrange a room – I usually only do this when Dan goes out of town.
  • Hit the liquor storm before the power goes out!

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Resolutions? Oh pashaw!

Screen Shot 2013-01-10 at 3.43.37 PMMy 6 year old daughter Gigi uses the old phrase, “Talk to the hand.”  She extends her hand and adds a bit of pizazz with an accentuated right hip pop.  I suggested to throw in the word “pashaw,” if she wanted to get fancy with it.  Pashaw, according to Webster, is used to express irritation, disapproval, contempt, or disbelief.

I say “Oh pashaw” to making New Year resolutions.  How did this tradition begin in the first place?  Is it simply a part of our humanity to start a new year with a vow to be better, fitter, nicer, wealthier?  Possibly.  The ancient Babylonias made promises to their gods at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts.[1]  The Romans began each year by making promises to the god Janus, for whom the month of January is named.[2]  In the Medieval era, the knights took a vow at the end of the Christmas season each year to re-affirm their commitment to chivalry.[1]   While half of us make resolutions, only approximately 10% stick to them.  A study was done in 2007 at University of Bristol found that 88% of those who set New Year resolutions fail.   Enough of the history lesson.

Why can’t we just BE instead of having to be better, thinner, etc.?  This year, I’m not making any resolutions.  I’m making a New Year ABSOLUTION.  Absolution:  act of absolving; a freeing from blame or guilt; release from consequences, obligations, or penalties.   Let me repeat, at least for myself the parts I like, “release from consequence…penalties.”

It is hard to act without consequence.  There are consequences to every thing.  I’m building a brand, Whoopie Queen, with the hopes to be in grocery stores all over the country and have a whoopie factory that employs women who need money.   Logo-Vertical-PinkWe’ll have have fun with dance lunch breaks and the fanciest hair nets on the planet.  Ok, back to reality.   In the last quarter of 2012, I was so determined to get a status account for my whoopie pies, that the possibility of it not happening put me in a tailspin.  How could Z happen if X didn’t happen?  Before the Christmas holiday, I released it.  I gave up the consequences and opened myself up to other possibilities.  Lo and behold, things are developing in a different way now.   New logo alert, designed by the talented Rebecca Carney.  <<<

It’s hard to act without penalizing yourself sometimes.  We have that terrible voice, the judgmental one that tells you that you are stupid, not enough, not worthy, etc. etc. etc.  I call my voice Gertrude and tell her to go back to her cave in my brain when she attacks me.  She came back last week to penalize me.  Something recently came up with a friend and I got so bummed out I didn’t wear lipstick for a week.  If you know me, you realize how dark I felt.  Remembering that I can not control others and that this is my life to create, had me lip-lining Vivia Glam IV on the ol’ smoocher again.

Makin’ whoopie in 2013 is about going with the flow.  In the words of Jim Morrison, “take it easy baby, take it as it comes,” in pashaw style with as much hip popping, hand flipping, and sparkly glitter as possible.  Absolutions for all!

Credit where credit is due:

  1. Lennox, Doug (2007). Now You Know Big Book of Answers. Toronto: Dundurn. p. 250.
  2. Julia Jasmine (1998). Multicultural Holidays. Teacher Created Resources. p. 116.

 

Happy Holi-daze!

Happy, merry, joy!  The holi-daze are upon us.  My parents just arrived from Atlanta to a house with my daughter tossing cookies (and I don’t mean Christmas cookies).  Wee doggie!   We are hopeful it is not a re-do from two years ago when we all had a stomach bug and one family member ended up in the hospital with an IV.  Merry Barfmuch!  Well, on a positive note, at least we can eat whatever we want!

Thank you for being a part of the whoopie-sphere this year!!!!  The Makin’ Whoopie Comedy Show was in five cities – DC, Bethesda, Easton, NYC, and Atlanta.  The funny ladies on the whoopie stage own their lives with humor and power.  They make joyful merriment in the world.  And my wish for every person is that you make your own whoopie in 2013!

Happy Holidays,

Cyndy Cecil-Bragg, The Whoopie Queen

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Halloweenie, Post Frankenstorm

It’s Halloween, post Frankenstorm.  We weren’t hit as hard as they predicted in the DC area.  Schewwwww!   Fortunately, all we got at the Bragg home was nipple knees from mopping up water before we powered up the wet vack and vodka.

 

 

 

 

As we dry up on the East coast, we celebrate this fun holiday.  Back in Pagan times, people lit the pumpkins to call in the spirits of their passed loved ones.  Not sure they will want to visit us with our crazy gourds but here they are in all their glory.  Here’s to making some whoopie today, Halloweenie style, the holiday full of fun and frolic!

 

 

 

 

Want Whoopie for Thanksgiving?  I have brand spanking new styrofoam shipping boxes that deliver my little pretties perfectly.  Orders due by November 16 for gobble gobble day.  Whoopie flavor flavs:  pecan pie, pumpkin w/maple fluff, choc, oatmeal/apple.

Fun with Frankenstorm

Sandy, you crazy hurricane.  A proverb comes to mind, “You can tell who the good seamen are during a storm.”   Here’s to good seamen!  With two days of no school and no work, we must steer the ship through this Frankenstorm.

Two days of down time.  Time to relax.  It can be hard for those of us who are “busy.”  It seems people like being busy.  We wear it like a badge of honor.  It gives us importance, whether it’s work, family, volunteering, or makin’ whoopie.  I realized I was one of those people last year.  I was so busy, I went to change my tampon and found three up there.  (That joke in my standup always gets the audience riled up.)  I’ve been trying to only do things that fill up the proverbial cup.  So household chores have gone by the way-side.  Piles are everywhere.  Closets are a mess.  And we have a new Xbox Connect game with hologram dancers calling my name.  So instead of “busy,” I chose to not be bored.  I’ll steer the ship with fun and frolic.  Here are some ideas during Frankenstorm of what to do to be a good seaman:

  • Dress up and create a story.  Shoot it with your iphone and share.
  • Play Simon Says while you have the kids learn to change the sheets.
  • Make whoopie.  Pic below of pies decorated like spiders and monsters.
  • Dance party.
  • Write letters to grandparents using a code they have to decipher.
  • Have an indoor picnic on the floor.
  • Breakfast for dinner.  I do this every Monday night anyhoo.
  • Stay in PJ’s all day and watch movies.
  • Have an at-home spa day.
  • Hold a video game tournament (Padawan training with Star Wars Xbox lightsaber).
  • Nap.
  • Catch up on episodes of your favorite television shows (Homeland, here I come).
  • Call a friend or family member.
  • Curl up with a good book.
  • Workout with an On-Demand fitness show.  Lunker ding!  Dutch for looking good.
  • Download movies now.

Be productive – I hate this one but I may try to do one…

  • Closet revamp – Pack away summer shorts and bring on winter sweaters.
  • Rearrange a room – I usually only do this when Dan goes out of town.
  • Clean out a junk drawer (Which one?)
  • Put away a few piles.
  • Organize the basement.  When else are you going to have time?  Plus, we will be sleeping there tonight.

 

 

 

 

Whoopie Queen Gets Schooled

Welcome to the spicy and sassy Whoopie Queen blog.  As I build my whoopie pie business and work my skirt under the lights of TV and comedy, I’m going to blog about it.  Here’s to the whoopiesphere and living the SWEET life with fun and frolic!

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I’m going back to school.  Community college.  WQ needs a food management certificate.  It’s actually a crash course in germ management.  Did you know…

  • The average sneeze travels 10 feet at 70 miles an hour?  Ewww.
  •  Most people lose 100 hairs per day.  Guess I’ll be sportin’ a hairnet with a tiara on it.
  •  65% of Americans do NOT wash their hands after they go to the bathroom?  Come on gentlemen, you just touched a body part.

My final exam is on Thursday.  For a short video about how this new career of mine is going to interfere with my love of mani’s, click on this link:  http://youtu.be/J_NPDhw2ZbQ.