September 2020!

Hi Everyone! I am back! Happy September!
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I took a much needed break from everything. Promoting blog and books (which are located on the Buy My Book page. I recommend “Little Me, Big World”), writing for my blog and just everything for a while. I needed the reboot. I hope everyone had a great end of summer.
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Staycation was fun but it was definitely not the same. We divided the week in 2 and half the week our friends came here and half the week we went to them. We had fun but we’re thinking next year we’ll try to get a lake house somewhere in CT and actually go stay somewhere. I hope we can go somewhere next year out of the state but at this rate, we’re thinking we’ll be staying in state again.
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School is starting again next week here. I still can’t believe how fast the summer went and we didn’t really do anything. We’re having the kids remote learn for at least the first few months. Watching other states try to reopen school and then closing is concerning to me. Even here (Connecticut) there are at least 3 schools that I know of that have teachers quarantining because they tested positive. Some were in the schools already setting up. My husband and I are both still able to work from home at least until January now, so it’s really not worth risking it.
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I have been trying new recipes out and so far I haven’t stumbled on anything amazing. Tonight I am trying to cook liver and onions for the first time ever. I have eaten liver a couple times in my life. I will try anything at least once and there are very few foods I don’t like. Wish me luck, I hope it’s a good recipe. I am using this recipe:
I love this website. Everything I have made so far has come out delicious. The Brown stew chicken, Classic Jamaican Rice and Peas, Jamaican Curry Chicken and the Jamaican Steamed Fish are all great.
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I am still doing Rent the Runway. I have given up on trying to force myself to get use to dresses. I do like skirts now a lot more though and I think I have a style of skirt I prefer. Now that it’s going to be fall soon (I LOVE FALL) I am back into trying out different jeans and pants. Rent the Runway just changed who they use for returns though and I am not liking it as much. It used to be UPS and now they use UPS to send the clothes to me and I have to go to FedEx to have them shipped back. The problem I am having with FedEx is that there is now a delay in how long it takes for them to get the clothes back so I can pick something new. So really, I am getting less shipments and paying the same for the monthly unlimited membership. I am considering putting this on hold again for a few months until Rent the Runway can figure it all out.
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September Goals are to start blogging regularly again. That’s it. I am aiming small to start.🙂
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My daughter is missing all her friends but we have gotten much closer. We’ve discovered that we both have a love of cooking and all things paper and stationery… Kawaii pens and notebooks, pretty paper, just everything. I just ordered her one of these subscription boxes, . I hope she loves it. I know I am excited for it. I also ordered the kids a subscription to “The Week Junior”. I figure it might be a good way for them to keep up to date on things going on in the world. Especially since there is so much going on right now. We’re 3 magazines in and I think they like them so far.
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That’s pretty much it for me right now. Who knows what’s going to happen in the next month at this point. It really feels like it’s just been one terrible thing after another this year. I would love it if we could host Thanksgiving. I really miss our families coming over for the holidays and catching up. Then maybe we can plan a vacation somewhere new next summer.
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How are you doing?

Guest Post!

I really love this “Woman of significance ( Knowing your identity in God).”devotional. It has truly been an eye opener. It has answered questions I’ve always asked myself like why is anger such a struggle for me? I knew part of the reason is because it is a generational curse passed down by my father. This is why the Bible warns us not to have sex out of marriage. Soul ties are real!! And the person or people you choose to sleep with can really affect your life in ways you’ve never imagined. You can be the happiest person, never had an angry bone in your body, sleep with somebody who struggles with anger then boom! You now find yourself getting angry a lot. Sometimes it may not pass directly to you but if you have a child or children the chances of them having an issue with anger are high. How do I know? I myself am a product of this and I can tell you first hand this shit ain’t fun or funny. I’m not sure if I’ll ever be 100% anger free but at least I’m learning how to control it. What I didn’t know was that it can sometimes be caused by the way you view yourself.

If your assessment of yourself is in constant conflict with God’s opinion of who you are, you will be confronted by perpetual shame. When you refuse to see yourself the way that God sees you, you will go through life looking at yourself through the distorted lens of either pride or humiliation. You will often be ashamed of who you have become because you never really knew who you were created to be in the first place.The enemy of your soul, Satan, doesn’t want you to tap into the richness of who you were created to be, and so he endeavors to distract you with distorted thinking, a misguided mind-set, and an illegitimate self-image. Satan tries to abort your identity by convincing you that you are not enough and that you will never be enough—and absolutely nothing could be further from God’s eternal and exciting truth!Scripture identifies him as “the father of lies” (John 8:44 Satan is infamous for his lies and knows of no other way to communicate. If you are not absolutely certain of how the Father sees you, you will create the volatile risk of believing the lies of the enemy. The only way you can be assured of God’s confidence in you is by eating from the Tree of Life and staying in intimate communion with Him.- Carol McLeod

As I mentioned before, growing up I knew about God but didn’t have a relationship with him because of this I struggled with confidence in every way imaginable. From the way I sounded when I spoke to the color of my skin being to dark. I hated everything about myself except my hair. I’d always ask someone how I looked to know if I had something on my face rather then check myself because I refused to look in a mirror. I didn’t start looking in the mirror until 19, I didn’t start believing I was pretty until 22. I didn’t start knowing I was beautiful until 25 when I started reading the Bible only 4/5 months ago. My walk with Christ has been a roller coaster since the very beginning and far from easy. I’d be lying if I said in my 3years of following Christ I never questioned is this even worth it? I’ve asked myself this question plenty of times but I’ve learned from personal experience that if you just stay the course Jesus himself will see you through!! Reading the Bible is so important for our relationship with Christ to be strengthened. I only started reading it constantly 1month ago and just abut a week or so a go added daily devotionals. Better late than never right? Remember each of our journeys are different don’t let anyone discourage you on yours!!

578.1 – Time off, August 2020

Staycation is coming up. Wednesday through next week. I will be taking the time off from blogging as well but I will be back with new end of summer and early fall posts.🙂
I know I haven’t been on that much lately, but I really needed the break. Besides, there really isn’t much going on with me.
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We decided that since we don’t have to go back to the office for work yet, we are keeping the kids home and opting to do remote learning when school starts in a few weeks. We have that option and we are going to take it. I’m not comfortable sending the kids yet. I am going to be looking into a tutor too.
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My garden on the deck is in full bloom right now. The huge storm last week knocked over some of my flowers (I have replanted and I am hoping they come back) and my veggies are doing well. This year I am determined to use as much of the garden as possible.
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Last week I made pickles ( , candied jalapenos ( from I love that lady. Her recipes are really good. My husband loves the jalapenos, he’s been adding them to his omelets in the morning.
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I used the eggplants and made Trini Stewed eggplants. It was pretty good.
and this Citrus Chicken Thigh:
The chicken recipe is a keeper for us, we really liked it.
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I don’t even know what peppers are growing in some of my pots. My friend just gave me a bunch of his different super hot pepper plants. So I threw all the ones I haven’t dried yet in a container and pickled them. That smells dangerous but we have not tasted it yet. I used this recipe:
Pickled chili peppers, jarred and ready for consumption.
I haven’t had any big tomatoes yet. The Squirrels have. Maybe I’ll get one at some point.🙂 I have some grape and cherry tomatoes that are delicious. I have thrown those into my salads. One of my favorite memories from childhood is picking tomatoes out of my dads garden and eating them like an apple with a little sprinkle of salt. So good. Or making a tomato sandwich with some mayo and salt and pepper.
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My rent the runway subscription is going well. I am enjoying trying dresses and skirts this summer although my go to is still pants. I doubt that is going to change although I have found a few skirts and dresses that I have loved. At least there is that. I am thinking about pausing this membership again. It’s just a lot of money to rent something to wear for what? To water my plants? To run to the grocery store? I mean, nothing is going on right now. We’ll see though.
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That’s pretty much it for me. I was thinking about trying to charter a boat to go fishing on Staycation. We’ll see about that. I imagine I am not the only one with such a brilliant idea. Haha.
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How are you ladies and men doing? How is your summer going?

Summer Stay cation Ideas!

Hey Everyone! I hope you’re safe and well.
I can’t believe it’s almost August. I feel like time is flying. This weekend I am going to try to plan some things for us to do on our stay cation in August. Here’s my list so far of things we might try!
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1.) Camp out in the back yard. Pitch a tent, roast some hot dogs and smores, look at the stars. Flash light Tag anyone?
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2.) Pool and put water balloons in it. My friend did this for the kids on Tuesday and they had a blast playing hot potato in the pool.
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3.) Boat race in the pool. If it doesn’t work out I think the kids will still have fun playing bumper boats.
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4.) Rockets. Build them and set them off!
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5.) Find a lake to go canoeing in. Maybe fish. Definitely have fun.
6.) State park. Go explore a new state park for a day.
7.) Nature Scavenger hunt. Or make a nature treasure box!
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8.) Find some science experiments to try out.
9.) Pinata? Maybe.🙂
10.) Outdoor movie night.
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I am going to try to expand this list this weekend. Hopefully the kids will have a blast (and the adults too!).
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How about you? Is there anything you would add for a super fun stay cation?

Who do you think you are? – GUEST BLOG

So as mentioned in my previous post one of the things I want to do by the time I’m 30 is strengthen my relationship with Christ. I don’t want to be a lukewarm, watered down Christian. I want to be a godly woman who’s after God’s heart, on fire for him and sooo deeply in love with him to the point where my happiness and joy is contagious. In order for this to happen there are some things I have to work on like my identity in Christ. With that being said I started a devotional today. It’s called a Woman of significance ( Knowing your identity in God).

Today’s question was Who do you think you are? The writer said.”

if you believe that you are a woman of value, significance, and destiny, then that is how you will approach life. And you will treat others with value, importance, and worth regardless of how they have treated you. if you believe that you are a loser and that God forgot you when it came to talents, looks, and intelligence, then you will respond as a defeated human being. You will allow others to take advantage of you, and you will react out of emotions rather than out of purpose and destiny. You will never be able to live beyond who you think that you are. You will not break out of your own limitations unless you first break into who God says that you are. In order to discover who we are as women and who we were created to become we must go back to the beginning.

This is so true. Growing up I knew about god but didn’t have a relationship with him. I was always teased and made fun of because I have a disability. This disability does not affect my facial features at all but yet people made me believe it did. They’d literally say things like “you’re pretty for a girl in a wheelchair” WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN?? Or my favorite “I’d date you if you weren’t in a chair” ….what?🤔 comments like these affected my self-esteem in ways I can’t even explain. (I’ll talk about it in my book) I’d always ask why did God make me like this? I started believing I was stupid I would even call myself retarded. I’d always always act out of emotions,so if you said something to hurt my feelings instead of me saying hey that hurt my feelings I’d intentionally say something to hurt yours. I’m talking something that you didn’t see coming, something that left you at a loss for words and if I was really in the mood I’d make you cry.

Then Jesus entered my life! Best decision I’ve ever made also the hardest

Since accepting him as my Lord and Savior life has gotten much better. You can come up to me call me ugly and it won’t affect me I’ll literally look you in your face and thank you. Weird right? I know but it’s because I now know what god says about me. I still sometimes try to cancel myself out because I don’t feel or think I’m worthy but this too shall pass. Baby steps

How do you view yourself, do you believe you are beautifully and wonderfully made?? Because Jesus himself says you are!💜


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Have you ever thought about the things you want to happen in your life by the time you reach a certain age?? I know I have. So much so that I’ve already started working towards them.

1. Have a stronger relationship with God-This is essential!! As you may or may not know I gave my life to Christ 3 years ago and it has been quite the journey if I don’t say so myself. Challenging but by far the best decision I’ve ever made in life. One of these days I’ll share my testimony he’s changed my life completely!! Yet I struggle to put him first🤦🏽‍♀️

2. Love myself more- This is pretty self-explanatory. Growing up with a disability I was teased a lot because of this I struggle with a shit load of insecurities.

3. Read more- Reading has never been my thing it’s something I’ve struggled with for years because of my disability. By the grace of god I’m happy to say this is no longer a struggle. However I still hate it and prefer her not to pick one up. I want to change this. I want to make reading a habit. I want to start by reading 3 books a year then gradually increase. (Keep me in your prayers )

4. Meet Chris Brown- Anyone that knows me knows I love this man to death! How could you not I mean just look at that smile!!… sorry I had a moment lol. I’ve seen him in concert twice but that’s not good enough I wanna be able to hug him and yes I’m telling you now I. Will. Definitely. Ugly Cry.

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5. Have my own House– My mom and I actually brought a 2 family house 4 years ago this year. However by the time I’m 30 I want have my own!! For some reason she wants me living with her forever smh.

6. Travel outside of my city at least– I’ve actually been to North or South Carolina when I was about 9 to visit my Great great grandmother for her birthday. She turned 102 that year I believe. However I’ve always wanted to go to Puerto Rico.

7. Have my own business or businesses- I’m not 100% sure what I want to do because if I’m honest I’d do it all but something along the lines of helping people come to Christ. We’ll see what he has in store for me.

8. Attempt to learn how to speak Spanish fluently- I taught myself Spanish as a little girl by simply watching Spanish networks/listening to music all day. For some reason I stopped I understand a little bit but not as much as I used to and I’ve never felt brave enough to speak it. (If you don’t use it you lose it)

9. Become an author- I’m actually working on this now. My first book that is. Only 9 more chapters to write and it’s done, ready for the world to read!! To say I’m nervous is an understatement. I’m an open book yes but also very private person. Meaning I’ll tell you anything you want to know about me but at the same time I’m very careful with who and what I share if that makes sense?? So just the thought alone of having both people I know and don’t read about my life is A bit nerve-racking. But hey if me telling my story can help lead someone to Christ or just simply let them know they’re not alone it’s worth it right??

10. Learn to play the piano- So after years and years of asking as a child my mom finally decided to get me a keyboard this past Christmas at 25…better late than never right?? Only problem now is it’s not working 🥺 it was working all January/February but when March came all of a sudden it stopped. They sold her a refurbished already broken keyboard and we can’t take it back because this stupid annoying ass coronavirus wants shut the whole entire world down 🤦🏽‍♀️

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11. Meet Roman Reigns– yes I am a 25 year old woman who watches wrestling. Although the wrestlers today are not as entertaining or exciting as the ones when I was growing up were there a still a few that manage to get my adrenaline going like Roman reigns. I don’t know what it is about him but every time he steps in the ring I’m fired up. Yelling, screaming, cursing and even shit talking to his opponent as if he could here me through the screen. ridiculous right? I know don’t judge me I told you I don’t know what it is about him that makes me act such a fool. Also he taught me how to believe in what I pray for. For those of you that don’t know back in October 2018 he announced that he was battling leukemia for the second time. Talk about heartbreak. I cried myself to sleep for days and prayed every day and night. On February 25, 2019 exactly 5 months and two days later he announced that the cancer is in remission!! Y’all can’t tell me Jesus ain’t real or that prayer doesn’t work!!!

I Challenge you to give Jesus and prayer a try for a month, have an open mind and heart and he will gladly reveal himself to you.

12. Eat healthier- By the grace of god I’m extremely healthy, always have been but my eating is poor. I literally hate almost everything that’s supposed to be good for you except bananas, spinach, grapes, broccoli, cantaloupe and I just started eating oranges again this year after years of not eating them because of the smell. Yes I said smell I hate it!!! It doesn’t make me sick or anything I just hate it 😂😂 can you tell how much I HATE the smell of oranges?? Maybe one day I’ll do a rant on why I HATE IT sooo much. Would you guys read??

13. Manage my time effectively- we all have the same 24 hours, it’s what we do with them that makes a difference. I’m currently a huge procrastinator as if time waits for me. Knowing good and well that time waits for no man and tomorrow isn’t promised.

14. Learn To Accept Compliments- This ties into numbers2. As I mentioned earlier growing up with a disability I was teased a lot because of this I struggle with a shit load of insecurities. I’m 25 and getting told I’m pretty/ beautiful from a guy is kind of foreign to me. I know I know it’s sad.

15. Learn how to network

16. Work on my temper

17. Grow my blog- This may sound a little unrealistic I know but by the time I’m in my 30s I want 2,000,000+ followers on here. Anything is possible with God!!

18. Stop being so hard on myself- Not sure if I’m the only person who does this but when I can’t figure something out on my own I tend to be ridiculously hard on myself.

19. Get a degree in something- I wanted to go to culinary school after high school but sadly things didn’t work in my favor. Maybe I’ll try again in the future.

20. Have patients- patients?? What are those?? Just kidding I’m working on them.

21. Step out of my comfort zone

22. Have excellent credit-my biggest fear is being in a lot of credit card debt so while in high school I made The decision to never gets a credit card. Problem is no one ever told me you literally need credit for almost everything you do. I’m doing good so far.

23. Grow my hair long again– yes this was actually my real hair. Please don’t ask what happened I’m not strong enough to talk about lol…seriously it makes me sad.

24. Get in better shape- I wrote a blog about my fitness journey go read and join me if you’d like.

25. Meet the man of my dreams– come on now Jesus I’m ready to settle down!!!

This was supposed to be a 30 by30 bucket list but I couldn’t come of so many

Although I still have a long way to go I’m happy to say that I’m five years away from 30 and about nine of the things on this list are starting to manifest or have already happened! I do understand that I may not accomplish everything by that age but some things are better then nothing at all in my opinion.

556.0 – 7/15/2020

Hi Everyone!!! We are rolling along into the summer. We’re all still home doing home things. It’s the middle of July and I have really slowed down this summer. This month I am all about wearing dresses, cleaning up the yard and restarting our work outs at home.
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We fell off any routine, then rolled into a ditch and then hibernated in said ditch for a while…. But we’re back! This week we started lifting again and yoga on opposite days. My husband wants to try carb cycling, so we are. My problem is I love pizza and that just doesn’t seem to work in any weight loss diet. I’ll work it in here and there. I don’t want to cut food out, I just want to re learn portion control and probably not eat pizza more than once a week.😞 Physically, I feel fine but I know I can be healthier. We are turning 39 this year and I would like to be fit for my 40’s. I also started trying to walk everyday with my daughter.
The yard is finally growing grass… It’s coming in patchy but I am sick of waiting so we’ll reseed the patchy parts and start using the yard more. This month my daughter is determined to redo her playhouse. We power washed it and coated it with a sealer/primer. This weekend we will be painting and decorating. She want’s sky blue and yellow for the outside. We went to 5 Below and got a bunch of cute decorations. A couple outdoor pillows, stools, mats for each level and some solar fairy lights. I think it’ll look really cute once we finish. That’s our project this week.
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Watching everything going on in the country and world is crazy and scary. I don’t want to go anywhere except see the small circle of people of about 10 people that we have right now. CT is remaining low in new Covid cases, but I don’t want to just live like there isn’t something still around. There is. We cancelled or vacation to PA this year. Hopefully we can go next year. Instead we’ll do a staycation and explore a few state parks and probably have a backyard camp out. I don’t think I am going to book anything for Cape Cod in September right now. I’m just really nervous after watching all these places reopen and then explode in cases. I’ll wait and watch. My job has already said they don’t think we’ll be back in till well after September, that makes me happy. I really don’t mind working from home at all. Now we wait to hear what the schools have in mind for the fall.
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I started taking the kids to a river to swim in. It’s the same one I used to explore when I was around my sons age. It makes me really happy to do that with them. Yesterday they swam in the deep parts and I watched them splash around. It makes my heart happy.
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That’s really it for me right now. How’s your summer going? Are you traveling at all?

545.0 – July 2020

7/1/2020 – July. Wednesday. Last full day of work before a holiday weekend, tomorrow is a half day. Thank goodness. This week I really feel like I need it. I don’t know what it is… Maybe I am getting my period but who the hell knows. Ever since my husband and I decided to stop having babies and I was diagnosed with PCOS my period has been pretty regular. It’s like I finally hit puberty and I thought I was through all that already. So now I never know if I am dying, losing my mind or if it’s just hormones. The past two days though I have been eating lunch and then taking a nap because I feel so exhausted and it hurts looking at a computer and trying to keep my eyes open.
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Ahh, July. I was thinking about setting some blog goals and I decided I’m not going to set any goals for the summer. My job has officially decided that we are not even thinking about going back into the office until earliest September. That’s totally fine with me. I love working from home. I like being able to have lunch on the deck and then catch a quick 10 minutes of sun or being able to take a quick nap if need be. I love having my family near me always. My husband had to run into the office yesterday and 5 minutes after he left my daughter said “I miss Daddy.” I laughed, but I did too.
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I know it’s going to be really hard to go back to work and separate when things start to open up. I’m actually loving all this time home. We are able to slow down and focus more on each other. My daughter and husband took up skateboarding. I got roller blades. My son has a flicker scooter that he is loving. We’re adding stuff to the house to just be able to hang out and have fun stuff to do together. My husband and I are getting our work done and it’s nice to be able to have lunch and take breaks everyday together.
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I told you last week that I started rent the runway again and I have been trying dresses. I’m loving wearing them at home. For work we had a full staff meeting and I was wearing a dress and I feel weird going out in public or being seen in a dress. I am starting to get more comfortable but I had to stop my video on the full staff meeting because I really felt almost embarrassed, even though I am pretty sure I am the only person who knew I was wearing a dress. Also, I am pretty sure that no one was really paying attention to my screen. I am not that important at work. I just felt really self conscious. Do you ever feel like that? I’m still going to keep wearing them for a while because I have tried a couple that felt really good to wear. I really want to change up my look sometimes and it would be nice to know what styles look good.
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That’s pretty much it for me. I had to pause on reading the news for a bit. The explosion of Covid in the south and mid west is really concerning me. The murder hornets. The new swine flu. The tri state (NY, NJ and CT) has made a mandatory 14 day quarantine if you are arriving from 16 states now and the list is growing. I am happy that they are doing that but I am also nervous because how do they enforce something like that?  I’m finally feeling better about going out of the house with a mask on. Why aren’t people wearing masks though? I really don’t think it should be political. It’s about protecting yourself and your loved ones. Is it comfortable? No. Would I rather not wear a mask? Of course. But is it really worth possibly getting sick, or your family sick, or someone else’s family sick just because you don’t want to be uncomfortable for an hour or two? People need to stop being so damn selfish.
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Anyway, that’s all for me. How are you doing?

My Dream House – Guest Blog!

Have you ever took the time to sit down and think?? And I’m not talking about thinking about all the things you have to get done tomorrow. I’m talking about your future, specifically the house you want?? Where it would be? How would it look? How many bedrooms and bathrooms and most importantly how would you decorate?? I sure have!! I’ve never been The materialistic type of girl I am literally content with everything the Lord has given me including the house I live in now. However… That doesn’t mean a girl can’t dream right?? With that being said here it is

Location: This is something I still have to figure out. I’ve always said I wanted to live in California, I’ve never been but for some reason I think it’s so beautiful. However I may have to reconsider this for two reasons. 1. Physical therapy isn’t available there. I’m not sure how true this is but a few years ago when I was still in school there was a show called Push girls about four women in wheelchairs. I went to school telling a teacher about it and she posted a message on their Facebook page, surprisingly a day or two later the father of one of the cast members reached out which led to her doing a Q&A with the whole school. I can’t remember the exact question I asked but it had something to do with physical therapy. She explained how getting therapy was a little difficult for her because it’s not available there. Being wheelchair-bound this is something pretty important..Well at least for me. 2. The weather. I’m always hearing stories about wildfires and earthquakes. Not to think negative but it wouldn’t be easy for me to stop drop and roll if something were to happen.

Living room

I really like the layout of these living rooms they all make me feel like grabbing a cup of hot chocolate and snacks and cuddling up with husband on the couch watching Grey’s Anatomy well the kids are asleep. I’d probably get black or gray Couch’s instead of white because I have O.C.D. And kids are messy. It’ll drive me crazy seeing Orange cheese puffs hand Prints or juice stains on My white couch!

Bedrooms: I’d like about 8 bedrooms!! Yes 8.

My Room… Can you tell I love purple?? My poor husband will probably get annoyed with purple and blue “ sorry in advance bae! Seriously” A room for each of our children, something tells me he’ll want 5 or more. A guest room and not 1 but 2 offices. Other couples may share their office but I want my own.

Kitchen: This isn’t really my ideal kitchen but I chose it for the color. Yes I want a kitchen with Black cabinets and counters because again kids are messy.

Bathrooms I say we’ll need at least 3 of them. One in our room, the kids can share and one for the guest.

Pool: Last but but not least a pool for those hot summer days!!

Well that’s it for dream house that’ll most like stay just that….A dream lol. Do you have a dream house??

Week 15- Personal Update

This week seems to be flying by. Work is busy and just when I feel like I have got the hang of working from home, I found myself running late this morning. Haha. Like there was traffic between my coffee in the kitchen and logging into work in our office. Which is our art studio with a desk in it.
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I started my Rent the Runway monthly membership again on Monday. I put it on hold for the past 3 months because it felt wrong to order clothes for delivery just so I can wear new things at home. Also, I felt like an asshole walking into the UPS store with a mask on and a bag of clothes to return. But things are starting to open up again and we are starting to venture out. Slowly, but we’re feeling out a new normal for the summer. I really loved the trying new things to wear and this summer I was planning on wearing loads of dresses that I will rent. I am not a dress person. I haven’t been since I was 7, over 30 years ago. I would only wear a dress or skirt when I had to because I was really embarrassed by my body, or I think that was it. I am heavier than ever now and honestly, I don’t really care what other people think of me anymore. I want to try new things and so I am going to try dresses for the summer. I am currently wearing a dress that is to gorgeous to wear working from home… I don’t care. I am comfortable and happy. And it’s really the little things right now.
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Speaking of little things, we put up the hammock in the backyard and it’s my daughters new favorite hang out. It will be mine too. The basketball hoop for the garage comes Monday. That’s going to be super fun. We got a bunch of new board games last night and had a family game night. Since we can’t go anywhere for summer and the kids aren’t going to camp, we are making sure to add lots of fun things around the house for the kids and us to do. I’m actually getting excited watching it all come together now. The next project will be washing and painting the kids play set in the backyard. My daughter wants to turn it into a “Restaurant with a drive through and a little living place on top”. So that’s the next project since we finished garage. We painted the wall of the garage and let the kids spray paint whatever they wanted. I think it looks awesome.
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My flowers and plants are growing. I never thought I would be a gardener, but I am officially talking to my plants when I water them. We bought 2 new rose bushes for the front yard and planted them. They looked really pretty and then they started to look really wilty…. and then they started to look dead. For the past few weeks I have been giving them extra care and water and it seems to be working. There is a lot of new growth and new buds forming, and not wilty. I don’t think that’s a word, but that’s what I am going with.
I have 4 planters on the deck with flowers overflowing in 3 of them… One box I used a different (cheaper, it was on sale and I am a sucker for a sale) soil in. The soil you use really makes a HUGE difference. I added better soil to the flower box that wasn’t growing very well and it seems to be helping. I am using that box as my experiment box. Whatever works in there I use for the roses in the front. It seems to be working.
I have cucumber plants, loads of all different kinds of peppers, 6 tomato plants (cherry, grape, big boy, and yellow), eggplants and arugula. Everything is growing. My daughter counted yesterday 30 pots (including the planters) spread out around our deck to catch the sun. This is my new hobby and I am all in. I never would have thought.
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We had a training at work on Monday. “Brave Conversations: Understanding Racism”. It was interesting and I am happy that my job is offering these things. For the past few weeks I have been reading and writing and talking to my husband (he’s Dominican and I am white). I want to understand what I unknowingly take for granted and be able to recognize when that happens. I have never been nervous about my children or my husband before because of the color of their skin. I always just thought their skin was beautiful. It just never occurred to me that we were different. Or that my husband and I experience or interpret ( I don’t know if that is the right word. Maybe have had different dialogue?) life differently. I mean, I know he always resorts to the worst possible case scenario, but so do I… I thought that was just our normal.
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I know that the way our world is set up is wrong. Everything from the police, government, welfare, healthcare is so convoluted. It’s been made that way on purpose. And it always boils down to money. I was so confused trying to understand it all that I never registered to vote because I didn’t feel like I should vote on something I didn’t understand.
Honestly, everything that is happening has opened my eyes. The way we are getting information on Covid and how the economy is more important that peoples lives. The way we let these people just do whatever the fuck they want with no consequence to themselves. The racist fucking president in office. I’m so sick of what my kids are growing up in. I registered to vote. I am going to educate the crap out of myself and stop being a blind, dumb bystander. That was my fault. I made a choice to ignore it, and I was so wrong.
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A lot of the information in the training I was already aware of just from watching documentaries on Netflix (13th, if you haven’t seen it, watch it) and reading articles on the internet that my husband and I have been sending back and forth to each other.
I never really understood were race and racism came from and the truth is, it was made up. The only reason why our skin is different colors is because of the sun and our bodies needing to be able to absorb vitamin D to survive. Wherever your ancestors are from, if they are whiter, it’s because they lived in colder climates and needed to be able to absorb more sun when they could. If they are darker, they lived in warmer climates and were outside more and therefore didn’t need to absorb as much. That’s it. Race was literally created by white people and based off nothing scientific… at all.
I want to educate myself. I want to understand how the country was built and I want it to change. I want to be able to recognize internal, interpersonal, institutional and systemic racism. I will do everything I can to help it change. Donate, sign petitions, read and read more, have conversations, speak up, be active. Black Lives Matter.
That is where I am at this week. How are you doing?