Sunday, September 29, 2013

Sunday Social

It's Sunday Social time and we're talking about work!!

Sunday Social

Let's jump in!!

1. What is your dream job?
Somebody recently asked me this question or one similar to this. The question was, "Is the job you have now your dream job?" My answer, "absolutely not!" My answer to this was that my dream job was the be a pharmacist. I talked about what happened to this dream here and it's unfortunate to say that I wasn't able to carry out the plan I had. However, I think everything happens for a reason, it must. There are real life drawbacks that could come with that dream (bigger student loan debt, unforgiving working hours, etc.) and I don't know if it would have been worth it in the end. The thing is...despite things having not gone my way...I still found A way.

2. If you had just won the lottery and didn't need to work for money, what would you do with your time?
I would take up photography. I talked about this a little in this post. This is something I could do now actually, but I would need a few resources first...mainly a CAMERA!...lol...time, and education about the art of photography.

3. What piece of career advice would you give to someone just starting out in your field?
Go back to school!! LOLOL. Let me clear this up. I got a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. There is very little you can do with a psychology degree that will amount to the amount of work you put into obtaining that degree as well as the amount of debt you might be in after undergrad. With that being said...I had to get higher education. I have two Master of Science degrees...one in Rehabilitation Counseling and the other in Substance Abuse and Clinical Counseling. I can at least say that I am enjoying what I'm doing now, but the position I have is one that you have to work towards. You can't come out of school and jump into this job. You have to work in the field for a number of years to gain hands-on experience. It can be very rough out there in the field...so, my piece of advice would be this: Be careful where you work. Stay honest and true to yourself and your work because there are people out there who will test you. Try to find a job that you'll enjoy and if you're unhappy there's nothing wrong with leaving to find another job that you can be happy with!

4. What would be your ideal "just for fun" job?
I would love to be an interior decorator. I love watching HGTV. I love decorating new spaces, but I wouldn't particularly say it's my forte. I do an okay job at it, but I would love to be able to have an idea and watch it come to life in a space of a home. I think decorating is fun...nobody likes moving because of packing, but I love moving because that means I get to decorate a new space!


5. What was your first real job?
My first real job was as a Substance Abuse Program Director. I talked about this in detail here. It was okay in the beginning, but I hated it so much in the end that it was making me physically sick!!

So, the short of the long is this: where you work is very important. It impacts your everyday life. It provides you with the income to take care of the things you need to take care of and you're supposed to have fun with the rest of that money. You spend the majority of your week at work...smh...it really needs to be something you can half way enjoy!! It would be nice if you could love your job...and you should...but try your best to find a happy medium.

Enjoy your Sunday, because tomorrow will be here before you know it!!

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Happy Birthday To Me...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MIONNA!

23 years ago
My day is finally here.

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I would like to thank God for another year on this Earth.
I want to thank Him for the many blessings 
He's bestowed upon me this year.
I've definitely learned a lot in this year.
I've reached goals and I'm thankful 
for having had the support to do so.
I've advanced. In doing that I've gained 
closure in certain chapters of my life...for that I'm thankful.
My desire for my dreams are getting stronger 
and stronger each day. And I just know that I will get there
...one day....


GOD BLESS ME
In this next year of life, I pray that God continue to bless and protect me.
I'm in a new place, not only physically...but in my life's book of chapters.
There are still so many things I want out of this life
But life has a way of doing things its on way.
Things are not always easy....
But I will continue to hold my head high (with His help)
I pray for continued advancement up and forward.
I pray for closer steps towards my dreams.
I pray for love and closer relationships with my loved ones.
(It seems the older I get, the more love I need...but don't we all!! :-)
I pray for much understanding and compromise (in situations that need it)
5 years old
I pray to find a new church home...and soon! LOL
(I miss my church something terrible...and streaming doesn't compare)
I pray to become wiser with each day.
There are many things I pray for...God knows my heart!

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I know I wouldn't be where I am without Him, so I can't be anything but thankful.
We each have our share of hardships that we face. 
I know there will be many throughout life. At this point,
I try my best to not stress life...so I must continuously look to Him.
This year, just like the years before, I just want happiness.
There are many things I could wish for and list here, but they're all in God's hands!
For my birthday, I can only hope to have a good day. I have to work...since being a newbie on the job...and having had to use what little time I had to handle business (the things we have to do as grownups!)...so I pray for smooth ride today. 

I just want to feel special, have fun, and hopefully have the best possible day ever!

So...wish me luck in doing that. All I ask is for you to say a little prayer for me as I celebrate another year of life on this Earth. I'm thankful that I can share in this day with you all...and I appreciate you all for your support!

Enjoy your Friday and the weekend

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Birthday Countdown

2 more days....

I pray my birthday is all I desire it to be :-)


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Monday, September 23, 2013

In Remembrance

Yesterday, I attended the Navy Yard Memorial Service with my boyfriend. What an experience this was. Going into it, I didn't know what to expect. There were many speakers to represent the different branches of government and the military.

Me and the President!
In saying this, I'm excited to announce that President Barack Obama was there, in the flesh!! Michelle Obama was there too! It was a very small ceremony held outside, so let's just say we were siting pretty close to them!

Since I didn't have expectations, I wasn't let down by the speeches that were made. The mayor, Chief of Naval Operations, the Secretary of the Navy, and the Secretary of Defense preceded the President in speaking. They each spoke a speech that honored the people we were there to honor. Of course everyone expected these speeches to be filled with political agendas...and there were mentions of things such as stricter gun laws...but that's not what this day was about. This day was about the 12 people who did nothing but wake up last Monday morning to go to work as usual only to meet a demise that none of us should have to go through!
The FLOTUS (in the center)
So one last post in remembrance of the 12 brave souls that have passed on. May their families have solace in the days to come.

Also, my childhood dog has not been in the best of health lately. She's 12 (or 13...we can't exactly remember which year we got her) and just recently went missing yesterday. I pray she's okay...wherever she is...and it would be even better if she came back home! I still have hope...very little (based on how she's been doing lately)...but my hope is there. If she's still missing after a week, I guess I'll just have to face it :-/

My birthday week is in full effect...4 days people!!!

Have a great week!

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Friday, September 20, 2013

This Week

Well, more sad news. After "Blue Monday" and with my 10 year high school class reunion next month, I learned that one of my high school classmates passed away Wednesday night. It's times like these that really cause you to evaluate your life's path. And as I said in my last post, these are really and truly praying times.

As to not get caught up in the sorrows of the happenings this past week...I want to just take the time to thank God for my life! Things may not be exactly how I want them to be, but I know God has a plan. I'm praying that things will fall into place and I'm trusting Him for that. I'm thankful that I'm safe, that my boyfriend is safe, that my family is doing well and things are looking up, that my friends are doing well; that my job is coming along smoothly and that I've had a chance to show some of my skills; that my health is great; and that I'm able-bodied and able-minded.

I'm grateful for this weekend and I'm looking forward to it. I will hit the reset button Sunday night and pray for a greater week next week. My birthday is soon. Matter of fact...it's exactly one week away...7 days. I have absolutely no plans...as I hardly ever do for my birthday...but with all that's been going on, it's understandable. Maybe I'll take the time to plan something next year but as for this year I just want to celebrate having made it through another year on this Earth. Hopefully I'll find something to get into.

I pray that you all have a wonderful weekend as well. Enjoy each day y'all.


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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Reflection

Regular Day
Monday, there was a tragedy in the heart of the nation and it hit close to home for me. There was a mass shooting at the Washington DC Navy Yard, in the very building my boyfriend works in. Twelve people died. Can you imagine?

For many of us, we wake up on Monday mornings dreading having to go back to work...although thankful to have a job. How many of us go to work on Monday mornings thinking that we'll never return home again? Can you imagine?

I received a text from my boyfriend saying there was a shooting in his building but he was fine. I turned the radio on only to hear that this was still a live situation and that people were being shot at left and right. I text him back...and I don't hear anything for another two hours. Can you imagine what a long two hours that was?

Monday
During times like this, when horrendous things happen, it really makes me reflect on so many things about life. So many thoughts racing through my head, questions about whether I've done all I could with my life up to now, so many what if's, so many reflections....

But, during this time I can't help but reflect on God. Reflect on who He is; how great He is; the many outcomes that could have happened, but didn't; His protection; and His love. It grounds me. It encourages me to trust Him more and more. It strengthens my faith!

During this time of chronicling my life events, I want to take the time to say I'm praying for the 12 families affected by this tragedy. My boyfriend hadn't made it to work yet, so glory be to God he didn't have to go through the ordeal, but many of his colleagues did. Life is short enough and tomorrow isn't promised to anyone. These are praying times and I pray that God be with them and with us all.

Life in a Break Down

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

50 Questions, FINALE!

OFFICIAL BIRTHDAY COUNTDOWN!: 11 Days

And here were have it!! The last set of 50 Questions to Free Your Mind!! Y'all thought I forgot didn't you?! I haven't forgotten about any of the series I'm doing (to include my Introvert serious and my Big City Lessons series...LOL)!! There were some good questions here that really made me think! I would recommend this series to anyone else out there interested in doing stuff like this!!

Let's go!

46. What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?
I'm a very reserved person anyway. I like to keep to myself and stay to myself, so I don't usually do a lot of things to get attention. I like to be in the background, doing my own thing, and minding my own business...I guess because I'm more on the Introvert side of things. Off the top of my head, I think I pretty much do what I want to do without worrying too much people "judging" me.

47. When was the last time you noticed the sound of your own breathing?
This weekend!! My nose has been stopped up and running due to the change in weather and the different temperatures my body is experience at work and at home!! So, I've been listening to myself breathing...one nostril at a time.

48. What do you love? Have any of your recent actions openly expressed this love?
I love many things. I love traveling. I love taking pretty pictures. I love my loved ones. I love open expressions of love...from me to those I love and from those I love to me. There are many, many things I love, but out of the things I've named I can say I've traveled (from NC to DC...lol...that counts a little bit) and I have loved my loved ones!! I haven't really had opportunities to take pretty pictures and perhaps I would focus on that a little more if I had a real camera but maybe I wouldn't...who knows?!

49. In 5 years from now, will you remember what you did yesterday? What about the day before that? Or the day before that?
Nope. My memory is terrible. But, I will remember this big move I've recently made and the next move coming up in a few weeks!!

50. Decisions are being made right now. The question is: Are you making them for yourself, or are you letting others make them for you?
I'm definitely making decisions for myself. There have been things I've wanted to do for a long time that I've just now had the opportunity to do. I wouldn't be able to do these things if others were making my decisions for me, I tell you that! So...for the most part...I'm making my own decisions and living a life I want to live because of those decisions.

So, there you have it! Life is one big experiment. We can sit and examine it any way we choose but the best thing to do is take action!! Make your life happen the way you want it to happen!!


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Sunday Social

OFFICIAL BIRTHDAY COUNTDOWN!: 12 Days

This week's social is about my blog and why I do it. Let's dive on in!!

1. What is the name of your blog?
When I was trying to come up with a name for my blog, I wanted to come up with something that was cute and catchy. I wanted to find a title that spoke perfectly to who I am. I wanted something that for just right for "Just Mi!" (me)....get it?! It's a double entendre. Mi is short for Mionna...so my title is definitely a reflection of me and the way I approach life. That's all I can be...just Mi/me! I recently added the subtitle "From NC to DC" after I moved because I'm hoping to see the blog include more things about the life I will be creating here as time goes on.

Sunday Social2. What do you love most about blogging?
Blogging allows me to have an account of things going on in my life as they happen. I get to talk about whatever I want...or whatever I feel comfortable sharing with you all...and this blog will be here forever giving me the chance to always be able to come back to this page to see these moments in my life. I must admit, it was a little scary at first (sharing my life in a blog) and I was super cautious about the information I put out there. Fast forward 9 months, I'm still cautious (as I am with all my other social media sites) but I'm more comfortable with the thought that people I don't really know are actually reading my page! I also enjoy blog hops (like this one). Each good hop has awesome things to share and it gives you a centralized place to find other bloggers. The blog world is so big!!

3. Why did you start blogging?
I initially started blogging to chronicle my journey back to natural hair. I went natural on January 30, 2012.

Left: The day of my last relaxer
Right: the last time my natural hair was straightened

That year, my best friend started blogging and would tell me all about it. I would read her blog and I must admit that it seemed like fun. When my other best friend started blogging on Tumblr that seemed more like my speed. I didn't want to have all my business out there, so I started posting just pictures at first, which Tumblr is great for. Then when my friend told me more about Blogger, I opened it up one day and completely fell in love. Once I began seriously blogging I expanded my content to other areas like couponing, recipes, outfits, etc. It's so much fun, like an online diary of sorts!!

4. What is something you'd want to tell someone just starting out in the blog world?
You don't have to blog everyday!! I thought I had to at first but blogging can be a lot of work and I'm not even as in to it as others are. I post every other day and I usually take the weekends off. In order to get the most out of blogging you want to connect with other bloggers. In order to do that you need time!! You also want your posts to be read (and not just seen) so you want to put out meaningful content...not put for the sake of saying you post every day. You'll definitely get the flow of things after a while and will find what works best for you.

5. Biggest blogging learning experience you've had?
Even though I've read blog posts about this since I first got on Blogger, I just recently realized what it really means! Reply to comments by email when possible. I always thought that replies to comments come directly to your email anyway (since replies would come to my email address). But, I realize now that commenters won't get your responses unless they come back to the post to check and see if you've responded. They don't get an email sent to them when you respond, unless you respond by email. I find this to be a more personal approach and I tend to share more when responding by email anyway. I like it better.

6. What are three blogs you love?
Nicole @ Pharr Away: Now that we're 4.5 hours away from each other, I still get to keep up with my best friend (IRL) through her wonderful blog!

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Rekita @ Her & Nicole: She's so much like me (even though I'm not married with three children!) I just know we would have been real life friends! She and her family make an awesome team!!

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Serena @ The Serena Saga: Simply put, I love her fashion...and hair!!

The Serena Saga

So, there you have it! This weeks Sunday Social. Go to the site and check out what others have to say about blogging!!

Have a Happy and Joyous Sunday!!


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Friday, September 13, 2013

I Tried Something New: Couscous

OFFICIAL BIRTHDAY COUNTDOWN!: 14 Days

I told myself at the beginning of the year that I would try new foods that are healthier. For some reason or another I got it in my head that things like couscous and quinoa are healthy foods. I finally bought some during this last trip to the grocery store.

I decided to try the couscous first because it only takes five minutes to cook. To be honest, I didn't know anything about couscous before I cooked it except that I've known it to be used in Greek dishes...oh and that I've pinned recipes including couscous on my Pinterest! After I Wiki'ed it, I found out that couscous is a type of wheat.

Last week I had left over chicken and gravy and there was no more rice. I decided what a perfect night to to give it try!!

The instructions are easy:
1. Combine 1 1/4 cups of water, 2 teaspoons of butter, 
and the contents of the Spice Sack (in the box).
2. Bring to a boil and stir in the couscous.
3. Cover and remove from the heat.
4. Let stand for five minutes.
5. Fluff the couscous before serving.

I did just that and everything turned out just as it should.


The picture on the left shows the couscous after it finished cooking and the picture on the right shows the couscous mixed in with the chicken and gravy.

The couscous was pretty good. Since I combined this with chicken and gravy I feel like it would have tasted better if I had gotten unflavored couscous. The Roasted Garlic and Olive Oil version tasted like Oodles of Noodles, chicken flavor! LOL. It was definitely different, but good. The texture was much like that of Oodles and Noodles too...in little ball form.

I would like to try it again, but I would like to find something that it would compliment a little better!!

Have you tried couscous? What would you suggest to try it with?? I'm curious!


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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

My "Professional" Look

My Flat Twist Look With A Twist

OFFICIAL BIRTHDAY COUNTDOWN!: 16 Days!

I've been trying to do different things with my hair since starting my new job. I'm trying to slowly transition my work look from a truly casual look to a more business casual look. With doing that comes the challenge of figuring out what to do with my hair. I got up with one of my curl friends and asked her how she got this one particular look that I could never quite get on my own. Here is my version of the look:

The front fourth of my hair has decided it won't twist out like it's supposed to. What I did here was my classic "Rasheeda braid".

To get my hair to lie down without actually putting it into a complete ponytail, I used an old headband which I cut (to make it non-circular).

I was able to make that bushy ponytail in the back as small or as large as I wanted to without the headband being noticeable.

I like this style, but my hair overall is really frizzy so I'm still on the search for a product I can use daily to lay my hair down without weighing it down (because I'm not washing my hair more than once every two weeks)!!!

The outfit I had on this day was particulary cute too...but that will be a post for another day.

If you have any suggestions for products to use to keep my hair from frizzing out and that's not too heavy, I'm all ears!

Thanks in advance!!!


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Monday, September 9, 2013

Maxi Skirt OOTD

OFFICIAL BIRTHDAY COUNTDOWN!: 18 Days

I'm in a new city. My fashion goal is to try and adopt some of the styles of the city while integrating some flavor of my own. Any way you put it, I want to be more fashionable. I haven't really been paying much attention to fashion since I haven't had a chance to "get out" much this year. I hope to be doing more of that and when I do, I want to be prepared. Here's one outfit that's a bit different than anything I would have normally put together.







Beauty World Earrings
Body Central Necklace
Michael Kors Watch
Old Navy Tank Top
Charlotte Russe Maxi Skirt
And Sandals I've had for years that finally gave out on me. :-/








What's different about this outfit, for me, is the skirt. I don't normally wear skirts or dresses but I know the maxi skirt has been really big this year. I guess it gives you the best of both worlds. I can say that I've worn two this week and they're starting to grow on me (even though it's a little late with fall being 12 days away).

I guess I should try to be more current with styles and at least give these things a try when they emerge instead of waiting until the last minute!

Lesson learned.

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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Sunday Social

OFFICIAL BIRTHDAY COUNTDOWN!: 19 Days

It's that time again. Fall is upon us and there are so many things to look forward to this season. Let's talk about a few!

Sunday Social

1. What's your favorite fall activity?
When I was in NC, my family and I would always try to go to the State Fair. We like getting out to do things and we also like to get my nephew out and exposed to as many different events and activities as we can!!


2. Do you follow a football team? If so, which one and why?
Well! Each season I hope that UNC's football team is much better than they were last year and I'll tune in for the first couple of games, but they never are. I'll keep up with their wins and losses, but let's face it...UNC is definitely a basketball school!! And as far as the NFL goes, I keep up (per se) with the Steelers because that's my boyfriend's team ;-)

3. What is something fun about fall in your area?
I'm new to the area and open to any kind of activity or event. The Adams Morgan Day festival is actually today and it's in the heart of DC...but "it's week one; the first game (for the Steelers)" so football wins out over getting out of the house. Now you can see why I talked about football the way I did in this post!

4. What are your favorite fall staple outfits?
Scarves, scarves, and more scarves. I love the fall and winter because I get to break my scarves out. I love accent pieces and you can accentuate anything with a scarf!!


5. What things are you looking forward to most about this coming fall season?
FIRST of all, MY BIRTHDAY; which is September 27th!!! I don't know why I get so excited about my birthday but I do. There were certain things I thought I would accomplish at 25 and 26 that I still haven't and my birthday is kind of a reminder of that...and as the time continues to slip on by...I'm trying my best to ignore the obvious. So, I will thank the good Lord that I am here to see another year and pray that he hears my prayers so that those things will eventually come true! Secondly, I'm also excited about the move we have coming up...which will fall either before or shortly after my birthday. I'm excited about having my own space...maybe then, I won't feel like only a visitor here anymore. And number three, I'm looking forward to embracing the fall fashions in DC.

6. What is your favorite fall holiday? Tradition?
My favorite holiday would have to be Thanksgiving. I love food and Thanksgiving gives us an opportunity to get together with family over great food, to be thankful for the things this year has ushered in, and to just have a good time. Now that I'm not as close to my family physically, this will be a time of catching up. Having to coordinate travel time and time off work will be a new venture for me, so I'm praying in advance that things will work out!!

If you guys want to participate next week in the Sunday Social, here are the questions:

1. What is the name of your blog?
2. What do you love most about blogging?
3. Why did you start blogging?
4. What is something you'd want to tell someone just starting out in the blog world?
5. Biggest blogging learning experience you've had?
6. What are three blogs you love?

I'm looking forward to this set of questions so I wanted to remind myself by including them in this week's post!!

Happy Sunday to all!


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Friday, September 6, 2013

Big City Lessons

First of all...my birthday is 21 days away!! 
LOL...just felt the need to make that announcement
:-)

Now, as you all know, I've moved to the "big city" and I've been here for a about two weeks now. I knew there would be differences between living here and living in the South so I wanted to keep running log of these lessons. I want to cherish every bit of this!

1. Stop at yellow lights and obey the speed limit
DC has cameras that'll catch you breaking these rules. You can get a ticket and not know it until you open your mailbox. I've personally seen the flashing cameras snapping pictures of people breaking these rules. I'm good for trying to make it through a yellow light and for going a LITTLE BIT over the speed limit. Until I learn where these cameras are and aren't...I need to obey #1!

2. Factor any kind of traffic into your commute time.
In Greenville my job was 10 miles away and it took anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes to get there. I actually thought that was a bit ridiculous at that time, but now with some perspective, I'm thinking that was pretty reasonable. There was traffic but it was insignificant. Here...my job is 16 miles away (at the current moment). I've tried different routes to and from work each day, but...no matter what...it's 40 to 45 minutes away. That just doesn't add up!! So, because traffic is so unpredictable, I give myself an hour for travel time in the morning. It's sad because I used to sleep in and still get to my job around the time I was supposed to be there, which was at 8:30. Because I don't want to deal with the biggest chunk of traffic, I chose to work the 7:30 to 4 shift. Remember that I take an hour to get to work...and an hour to get ready in the morning. That puts me getting up around 5:30, 5:45...no more sleeping in :-( If I get on the road even 10 minutes late, the traffic is significantly different. Now, that part sucks!!! But in a few weeks, that will all change :-)

3. Learn to walk or take the Metro
I'm used to having access to my own transportation. I've never been one to like getting rides from people because I want to go and come as I please. I've certainly never been one to do too much walking either!! So, what I've learned is that these two things can make getting to and from so much easier. For example, there are several lunch places about a block from my job. There is absolutely no parking outside of these places and even if there was parking, the easiest way to get there is by walking. I tried that one day and I've been bringing my lunch as much as I possibly can!! Also, I had to get my ID badge in a busy part of the city...again, absolutely no parking! Everyone's advice was, 'take the Metro'. I did just that and I was glad to have that experience. I learned some Metro lessons (how to put money on your card, how to use the card, how to read the map, how to read the signs, etc.) and quite frankly driving in the city sucks, so it was cool to sit back and let the Metro person drive. I still had to walk once I got off the Metro, but I'm kind of getting used to the walking thing now so it wasn't that bad.

4. Parking is rarely free!
Most parking in the city is some type of paid parking. This can mean meter, a paid parking, or that you have to have some type of decal/parking sticking to be allowed to park. I just so happen to work at a place where parking isn't free and it sucks. There are three parking lots around my job. One is $5/day, one is $6/day, and the parking lot for the building (which sits inside a gate, right outside of the building) is $8/day. Ridiculous right?! Well, I'm so used to convenience I parked outside of the building for the first two days. I decided to try the $5 parking lot (since the $6 parking lot looked kind of sketchy) and I feel like for what it's worth, why not save that $3. It hasn't rained yet, but I've decided to use the $8 parking lot for those days. I don't like the rain nor does my hair, so I think it'll be worth it. Without rain (or snow as the winter is quickly approaching), it's okay walking back and forth from that parking lot. Unless it's the weekend, you better have some money on you...but then, since parking is free, it's a beast trying to find a spot!!

5. Have good walking shoes with you at all times!
Because walking is always an option around here, it's good to have some good walking shoes. I learned this past weekend that it's also good to have a backup pair of cute shoes!! I did so much walking this weekend that I broke my sandal and the only alternative I had were shoes that I keep in the trunk of my car for extreme emergencies. It was embarrassing to be seen around with those shoes on because I thought I was cute that day (check out Monday's OOTD post!). These shoes got me to and from and they definitely taught me this important and valuable lesson!

I have a long list of things I've learned. These a just a few things so I'll save the other lessons for another week!! Enjoy!


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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Loco Moco, Mionna Style

I was browsing the blog world one day and I came across a post at Love Bakes Good Cakes! It was a swing on an a meal I already make. I talked about my Green Bean Casserole in this post. You can see the hamburger, onions, and gravy over rice on the side. This is one of my go-to meals. I love it!! It's so good and such a hearty meal after a long day.

Well...at Love Bakes Good Cakes she posted about this meal called Loco Moco! I had to try it. Here's how I did it!

Ingredients
rice
1 pound of ground beef
1 can of beef gravy
1 white onion
1 egg
salt and pepper
butter

Steps
1. Cook your rice the way you cook your rice
(my boyfriend taught me how to cook rice after many years of doing it incorrectly
so I'm holding it a secret...I will never reveal it!!)
2. Next I cook the hamburger. I begin by seasoning the hamburger meat to taste with salt and pepper.
(some times I'll add an egg or milk with bread crumbs, 
but I like for the hamburger to taste as much like hamburger as possible)
3. Then I'll shape the hamburger and put them in the pan that's been coated with butter
4. I'll cook the hamburger until the outsides are brown, 
then cut each patty in half and let it cook until it's completely done.
5. After the hamburgers are done, I'll take them out of the pan 
and cook the onion in the hamburger juice left over in the pan.
6. I'll then add the canned gravy.
(I know I should make my own gravy, 
but the canned gravy is just as good and much quicker!)
7. I fried and egg in a separate pan, then joined everything on one plate (seen below!)

My version of Loco Moco!
This meal was DE-licious!! During Thanksgiving my mom makes giblet gravy, which includes the leftover parts of the turkey and diced boiled eggs. I love that gravy. I've learned over time that gravy is one of my favorite foods!! LOL. So, when I saw this meal with the egg there, a light bulb turned on. If I love eggs in gravy so much, why not use them in my gravy meals more often?! I even went to Johnny Rockets this past weekend and ordered a Patty Melt with a fried egg on it!! I made chicken and gravy yesterday and guess what?? That's right, I added a boiled egg in it!!! I'm definitely learning a lot about my palate.

I'm recommending you trying this meal out!! If you do, let me know so I can check it out!!

Also, this is my favorite post for the week!! I loved this meal so much,
I can still taste it. It's just something about that egg!!!

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Monday, September 2, 2013

Happy Labor Day!!


Happy Labor Day to all the laborers out there!!

Today is the day where we "celebrate the economic and social contributions of workers" (Wiki). It is also an indicator for the end of summer. I don't know if I should be happy or sad about it. I'm definitely ready for the fall but I am dreading the winter...especially now that I'm living "up North"! Labor Day also marks the beginning of the football season...which I'm also dreading!! Football will grab the attention of men everywhere for the next 5 to 6 months!!! How awful of you football :-) Don't get me wrong, I can watch it, but only at small intervals. You won't catch me watching a whole 4 hours of football in one sitting!! We'll see if that story changes at the end of this season...lol

Nevertheless...you all have a great day!!

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Sunday, September 1, 2013

August '13 Length Check

Here we are at the end of August and time is truly flying by.
It's SEPTEMBER...which means it's my birthday month!! So I'm super excited!!
But now, it's time for my August length check, so let's get into it!!

July 30 = 78 weeks natural (1 year 6.5 months),
37 weeks since the BC (~9 months)

 

Sept 1 = 83 weeks natural (~1 year 8 months),
42 weeks since the BC (~10.5 months)

The day after look
I had to leave my salon behind after the transition I just made. Before I left I had a conversation with my cosmetologist about salons to go to in DC. She told me that she referred two people to two different salons in the area and both salons ended up messing up the girls' hair!! I'm skeptical about natural hair salons/natural hair stylist anyway!! Before going to the salon I just left, I definitely checked out the type of work they did before deciding that's where I would go. Before getting my hair straightened for the first time, I DEFINITELY saw them do this process to other ladies before agreeing to get it done. You see how long I've been on this journey; that's a long time to have it all be taken away in a matter of seconds by sitting in the wrong person's chair (to get my hair done). So, after I've scoped the scene here I might give it a whirl but for now I'm back to doing my own hair!

So far, I've done a good enough job with it. I washed and conditioned it when my two weeks was up (even though that fell on the weekend I moved). I also twisted and set it. I was going to sit under the dryer (like I do at the salon) but I absolutely HATE dryers. I let it air dry instead and hoped it would be something I could at least work with and it turned out beautifully.

The week after look.
Welcome to Shrink/Frizz City!
One thing I have to learn how to deal with is this moisture in the air. Since I get to work while there's still dew in the air and I have to walk a bit to get into the building, I have to deal with the shrinkage and frizz issues. By the end of first week, my hair looked completely different than it did at the beginning of the week. People seem to compliment me more after my hair has frizzed and shrunken down some, but I just don't like that look. So the plan for week two is to try different styles that have my hair pulled down and/or back.

Other than that, I don't really feel like my hair is growing. The only time I can tell my hair has grown is when I do the length checks, but looking at it everyday makes it harder to see the changes.
I also feel like my ends are in desperate need of a trim. I feel like I may not be detangling my hair correctly because I do get a bit frustrated and will begin to just brush the heck out of it, especially when I've been detangling for what feels like forever. 
I need to figure out which I like better for detangling: brushing or combing. I also need to figure out some products that I can use on a daily or almost daily basis to help control some of the frizz.
I need to find more styles to use. The fro gets old and I don't always have the time to do some of the other styles I can do!

So I'm reaching out to you guys. What are some styles you use for work? What are some of the daily products you use on your hair? And, when you detangle, do you brush or comb your hair??


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