Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thankful Thanksgiving

People spend the month of November telling things they're thankful for and I've wanted to participate, but it's hard for me to stick to tasks that require you post something every day of the month. I've tried it several times and I always fall of somewhere in the middle!  I take the time often to thank God for the many things He's blessed me with, so I will use this opportunity to say a few of those things out loud.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

I'm An Introvert - 4

You thought I forgot, didn't you?? LOL. Well, I did not. You all know the struggles I've been having without my computer, so this series has definitely taken a hit. I'm halfway through the series and the things that have been mentioned in this series so far are things that I'm still dealing with on a daily basis. Jumping back in, let's talk about #5.

Myth #5) Introverts don't like to go out in public.
Nonsense. Introverts just don’t like to go out in public FOR AS LONG. They also like to avoid the complications that are involved in public activities. They take in data and experiences very quickly, and as a result, don’t need to be there for long to “get it.” They’re ready to go home, recharge, and process it all. In fact, recharging is absolutely crucial for Introverts.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Sunday Haiku Set

It's a good and beautiful Sunday afternoon and I have so much on my mind. I decided to think of ways to try and get some of the inside stuff out, to an audience who would listen, so I challenged myself to write a Haiku! Since I couldn't fit everything in one Haiku, I wrote a Haiku So, here goes:

I give much of me.
It's my nurturing spirit.
A piece of my love

God made me this way.
And to truly comprehend
You must be open.

Understand; don't shut down;

Communicate love!


Friday, November 22, 2013

Straightening My Own Hair

Recently I've been dealing with feelings surrounding not knowing what I really want to do with my hair. Since moving away from NC, I haven't found a cosmetologist I can trust with my natural hair; but to be completely honest, I haven't really been looking. I'm accustomed to getting my hair done every two weeks. The most work I've had to do was think of a nice style I wanted, tell my cosmetologist, she'd hook it up for me, and I would keep it up in between salon visits. I truly miss that.

I've discussed a few options I've been considering over the past few hair posts. I've settled on wearing my hair straight for the majority of the winter. I still want to learn how to do my hair on my own...both curly and straight. If I can conquer this skill of straightening, I think it would boost my confidence for being able to learn other skills.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

NC State Fair

Look at that face!
Going to the State Fair has turned into something like a tradition for my family. I don't know what it is about being out in the Fall air, amongst thousands of people, around the smell of good "Fair food" that just puts you in good spirits...but it does!

I think we do a lot of things for the sake of my nephew. We like to take him out to different places and events so he can have as many experiences as we can possibly give him. As we all know, childhood doesn't last forever. My boyfriend and I constantly talk about each of our childhoods and how much fun we had "back in the day". The memories are the things that will last, even after the time has passed, so why not make as many as possible?!

My sister and goddaughter
The North Carolina State Fair isn't much to brag about compared to other states Fair's but I always enjoy the time with my family. This time we were even able to share the experience with my best friend and her family which made it even better!!

I hardly ever get on any of the rides. I have a few safety concerns with rides that are thrown up in a parking lot in a manner of hours. However, I will ride rides with my nephew...which are a little on the safer side since they're age specific (meaning they don't twist you upside down or swing you here and there).
My sis, nephew, & bf's husband
(having fun) I have this on video should see it!!

My favorite part about the fair are the "Fair foods" - the blooming onions, the funnel cakes with strawberry toppings, and the chicken gyros that my mom and sister love so much! These foods aren't only available at the fair, but it's much more fun enjoying these foods in that atmosphere!

Speaking of good food, we were also able to fit in a trip to the mall and our favorite restaurant in Raleigh - Kanki (Japanese House of Steaks and Sushi). I love Asian food, but I'm very particular about it so I don't eat just anybody's Asian food. Kanki kicks it up a notch. We order the complete package each time we go which includes: a tossed salad (which I get with ginger dressing, yum!), Japanese soup (which is the best soup in the world; it's my goal to figure out how to make it at home), and an entrĂ©e of your choice (I usually get salmon). The entrees are cooked in front you and if the cook is a good one he'll put on a little show for the table. I'm sure we've all been to one of these restaurants. My nephew loves the show!

To make a long story short, with such a short visit
home I was excited to be able to fit the fair,
shopping, and good dining all in one trip! The Holiday Season
is quickly approaching and plans are uncertain.
It's good to have had that opportunity to be
with my family.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

October '13 Length Check

21 Months Natural

I finally made it home to my cosmetologist and I was overjoyed!! I'd been having issues with shedding and I wasn't happy with having to do my own hair. I want to learn the skills to be able to "tap into the versatility of my natural hair" so I've just been in an awkward place. I went in for a trim, so this length check will be after the trim. Let's see what happened at the salon.

June 18 (picture on the left) 72 weeks natural, (1 year 6 months)
 31 weeks since the BC (~8 months)

October 18 (picture on the right) = 89 weeks natural (a little over 1 year 9 months),
48 weeks since the BC (~almost a year)

Thursday, November 7, 2013

My First Visit Home

Alright you all. I'm slowly trying making a comeback. I'm still without a functioning computer, but I'm trying my best to do what I can with what I have! I'm thinking I'll purchase a computer by Black Friday and if not then maybe for or after Christmas. So, keep your fingers crossed for me.

moved away from North Carolina on August 23rd and I was able to go back home for the first time on October 17th. For that (almost) 2 months, I really didn't feel like I'd been away from home that long. I wouldn't say I was homesick but I know a few people who would beg to differ. I can say that I definitely miss my family but phone calls, text messages, and facetime are a lifesaver!

If I had to describe the feeling I have here, I would say it's like being away at college. It's not the same because I went to a college that was only an hour and a half away from home. That was the farthest I've ever lived from home. Now, being 5 hours and some change away is a completely different ball game, but I can't tell much of a difference. The city I lived in before my move was only 30 minutes away from my hometown. I could pick up and go home at any time. I'd make a day or afternoon trip out of it. My mom worked literally 2 minutes down the road from me. I could see her whenever I wanted to!! So, there was comfort in knowing that my family was so easily accessible. Even though that's changed and life keeps me busy enough to be distracted from my previous reality, I try to continuously tell my mind that nothing has really changed. I think that's what keeps me from being homesick.

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