Thursday, September 22, 2011

Might as well train hard

I am sooooooo sore.  I've been training at this new place and the instructor is WORKING us LOL.  I like the push though.  It's also making me come out of my shy-timid shell.  The people in my class seem so comfortable, while, I feel like I'm being a goof LOL.  I'm sure it will get better though.  I have class in a few hours so I guess I better get ready to SWEAT IT OUT :( but :) lol.   

A Day of Nothing

I've been so bad today and it was definitely not my plan.  I have done absolutely NO work, as far as school is concerned anyway.  On the bright side of things, I did make it to the grocery store.  I got fruits, veggies, and some cookies of course (I am such a cookie monster lol). 

This is random but I purchased 3 new books before Borders went out-of-business!  Here's what I got: 

All I Want Is Everything-Daaimah S. Poole
It was a pretty good read.  But it wasn't anything spectacular.  In some cases it was rather typical in that, person makes it big or close to big, loses themselves, hooks up with multiple guys, and somehow everything works out for the better LOL.  However, the ending was somewhat motivational.  I won't ruin everything for those that would like to read it though. 

Eighteen Acres-Nicolle Wallace
I haven't read anything further than 3-4 pages of this book.  This is only because I have work that I need to do so I can't spend too my quality time with my leisure books at the moment.  I think it was make for a good read though.  It's a book about women in high political positions.  In fact, the president is a woman.  So either women be strong, powerful, and capable of handling these high powered positions or the author will feed into stereotypes, making the women completely emotional to the point of destroying the country.  Let's hope she went with the first option.

Last, Cleopatra's Daughter-Michelle Moran  
Starting this book right now isn't even an option.  I can't wait to have time to read it though.  It's a little thick but I think I'll be able to make it through, if it is good.  Heavy emphasis on the, if it is good.  If a book is boring then you can pretty much count me out.  Sadly, it took me 3 years to get through The Bluest Eye.  Everyone I knew said it was one of their favorites, and while I get the message, it was B-O-R-I-N-G.  No disrespect to Ms. Toni Morrison, but I could not get down with it.  Nevertheless, I made it through.  Back to this particular book though.  I bought it for 2 reasons, one of which isn't so good LOL.  First, I was up one night watching tv and came across a documentary about Cleopatra.  The documentary painted a ruthless picture of Cleopatra.  They said she pretty much had members of her family killed so that she wouldn't have any competition in ruling their kingdom.  I was like o_O.  If this is true how could she do that.  In the end she and Marc Anthony were killed anyway.  Sorry...I've gotten off track.  Second, because I want to learn more about ancient history.  I'm talking about coverups, plots for destruction, takeovers, EVERYTHING.  I want to see how this country and other countries have gotten to where we are.

In a sense I want to know some truth.   How have some of these wealthy and powerful families made it to where they control major resources.  Most of us have heard the stories about someone's family coming from nothing and making it to the top. Well I want to know how they did it.  Was it all due to hard work?  Or did they grandfathers and grandmothers have to get RAW and do some shameful stuff.  

While simply reading Cleopatra's Daughter, a fiction novel, will not teach me major history lessons I am sure there is some truth in the events that took place.  I'll admit it is a half-@$$ attempt at learning history but I need a little fun mixed in right now.  At the moment I'm all textbooks and facts.  I want some unrealistic..I can't believe he/she did that...what's going to happen next reading LOL.  But if you know of some good history books or some interesting readings please share them with me. Please note, I am not rich so the books need to be on the cheaper side of things.  LOL  Also, if you've read the books I posted let me know what you think. 

Oh, one of my favorite books is No Disrespect by Sister Souljah.  It's not new but it is good and I have an autographed copy!!!!!!!


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Transitioning Frustrations

OMGosh....I've been transitioning for about 7 months now and the relaxed ends are already getting on my nerves.  I transitioned for 3 years (I'm a length girl so I couldn't handle a TWA for myself.  Much love to those that are brave, courageous, and carefree enough to chop it all off).  Moving along, I have about 3.5 inches of new growth and I am not ready to BC right now.  I had reached my goal of APL and then I had my ends trimmed. 

Sometimes I think, what's the point if I am going to cut it off anyway.  But I can't let that distract me.  I want to stay at SL at the very least when I do decide to cut the relaxed ends off.  Shoot I'd love to stay at APL after each trim.  Therefore, I must devise a plan.  I need to do whatever it takes to retain my length.  I have pretty good growth so I think I can do it.  The only problem is that I'm lazy.  I hate thinking about some of the LONGGGGGGGGGGG processes.  I was much more involved and HUNGRY for healthy long hair the first time I transitioned.  Nevertheless, I'm going to get that drive back in me.  School and everything else can't stop me. 

So, what am I going to do then?  First, I need to start doing my protein treatments again.  That was a process I rarely skimped on the first time around.  Second, I will wash and Deep Condition every 1-2 weeks.  Third, I will twist or braid my hair up and LEAVE IT ALONE.  This is where the real problem comes into play.  I feel like I don't know what to do with my hair at this point so I am always doing something.  I'm thinking I need to create a list of protective styles. 

o_O what styles did I wear the first time that got me to APL???? o_O 

Sometime this weekend I am going to figure everything out.  I'll begin by checking out the regimes of some of my hair inspirations and some youtube videos. 

Catch ya later! Yo tengo estudiando.  (I have to go study)


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

WTFreak Johnny???

No, Johnny is not a real person and I'm not talking about an imaginary Johnny either.  So I guess you're wondering why I put the name in the title, huh?  I just do stuff that like lol.  Moving along.... So I was having a productive day today.  I got a lot of studying done, went to the library after class, made it to my car safely, and things turned for the worse on my way home.   I got a little lost (I'm living in a new town) and it was very late at night.  I just wanted to get home.  Well, I finally found the freeway and when I stopped at a light I notice a cop car behind me.  I figured he was just running my plates like how they do and next thing I know as I was continuing through the light he puts his lights on.  I get pull over and he says I was speeding.  I'm like...WHAT??? I was?  I was really unaware of this.  Nevertheless, I kindly apologized told him the situation and BAMMM he gave me a ticket.  I still can't believe I was speeding.  I didn't feel like I was and I check my odometer frequently when I'm driving. This is my first ticket and I just can't shake the fact that I even got one.  The officer apparently has proof that I was speeding but I don't have any.  I really don't feel like I was speeding especially given the fact that I was coming to a red light.  But maybe I was.  Maybe I was so excited to see the freeway that I didn't adjust my speed.  I really don't know.  Either way I have a speeding ticket that I have to pay for now. :(  At least I made it home safely.

Just thought I'd share.


Monday, September 12, 2011

Quickie Post

Omgosh...if you are out of shape or trying to get back into the groove of things don't undermine doing a light workout.  My roommate and I went to a one-on-one session with a kickboxing instructor and let me tell you...I'm sore as crape lol.  It was only 45 minutes but I was sweatinggggg, honey lol. He made us do 20 pushups and my upperbody must have been pushing because that's where I am mostly sore.  He also made us run in place while he was talking. That means NO BREAKS. Lol. He did let us get some water because it was our first time.  I plan to keep this up though.   I had a great time and got a good workout in!

So get out there and just do something...anything lol

Friday, September 9, 2011

Photos I said I'd Share

The first three photos are from Aught 20th. Those are ore and post cut photos.  The last shot is from Sept. 8th
Picture taken Sept. 8th, 2011

Pics of some cows LOL

Layered hair cut!

Pre-hair cut shot

Back shot. It's clear that I needed my ends clipped LOL

Right after she had stared cutting.  This is the first picture so you should look at the pics from bottom to top.

Where Have YOU Been???

Hey blog world!

A lot has been going on so I've been, capital letters, M. I. A.  So where to begin??? Let's start with hair.  My hair has been growing pretty well, despite the fact that my transition hasn't been the greatest process.  I've been dealing with split ends, dry ends...shoot dry roots, and whatever else.  But today was indeed a good hair day.  Quick synopsis of what I did...
  -Wash hair in two sections (Aphogee Shampoo for Damaged Hair)
  -Let conditioner mix sit while I washed the other section.
         *Conditioner mix: Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose w/ NTM Daily Deep Conditioner
  -Detangled hair while conditioner mix was still in it
  -Rinsed hair and applied ORS Deep Replenishing Pak (this may be a new love FOR REALZ.  My hair was super soft after I applied this stuff).
  -I let the conditioner sit on my head for about 30 minutes.
  -Rinsed hair and then prep'd for blow-dry.
           *Before blow-drying I let my hair t-shirt dry for a few minutes.  Then I applied my Aphogee Pro-Vitamin Leave-In Conditioner and Aphogee Keratin Green Tea Reconstructer.  Then I used a very small amount of ORS Olive Oil Moisturizer with my Oil Combo.
   -I flatironed my hair later on in the evening.
I'll include some pics a little later.  But I loved my hair after this process.

Next, I've been adjusting to school.  I'm at a totally new campus and I barely know anyone here.  It sucked at first but I am getting used to everything.   BTW, I thought I'd like Epidemiology and thus far...I can't stand it LOL.  It's not the content that I don't like.  It's the way it's being taught. Just busy work at this point :( Pharmacology and Human Physiology seem pretty cool.  But I'm just now realizing that I'll need to buckle down on my study schedule more :( 

In addition to the classes I've been away from my husband and family.  I miss them like crazy too.  Perhaps, moving to a different state would have been a bad idea LOL.  On the bright side of things, when I'm driving to class I see all these animals: cows, horses, sheep.  It's so cool!  I've been meaning to snap a quick photo to send to my niece.  She's really into nature right now...hey, maybe she'll be a veterinarian  (still a doctor!)? LOL. 

Along with this new adventure has come a new diet.  First let me start by saying that I spent A LOT of money at the grocery store, which I hate btw.  I always spend way more than I tabulate in my head :(  Anyway, I got an assortment of fruits, some almonds, greek yogurt.  Now you'll notice that I didn't mention anything related to chocolate. Which no that I think about it I've been getting my chocolate kick with my Starbucks so....nevermind LOL.  Nevertheless, I purchased healthy foods from the grocery store.  I'm determined to look like a new woman, better yet like my old self pre senior year, by the time I go home from school.  Let's see if I can keep things moving forward! FINGERS CROSSED :)

I'm going to head to bed in a few and I think I'll end this blog with an announcement!  Starbucks has brought back the infamous...SALTED CARAMEL HOT CHOCOLATE.  And get this, they've added espresso to it, which is called Salted Carmel Mocha.  What is the Bucks trying to do to me? LOL