Sunday, November 23, 2014

Currently...



Feeling:
Content. I'm trusting God in this journey and no longer question him. I trust his wisdom and I know that I am on the path that He has set out for my life...even though sometimes I wish He would work a little faster...but everything in His time.

Loving: 
Walking/Running - being alone with my thoughts.
The weather - I may be storm born (hehe) but I live for winter although most of you wouldn't call 68 - 79 degrees, winter.
My family - moving back home has allowed me to see how much they really mean to me. Even though I knew how much before. It was reassurance. Snuggle time with my pooka, Bailey.

Reading/Watching:
Reading The Fault in Our Stars - Yeah I'm pretty late but whatevs, this book is awesome sauce!

Watching...well binge watching Revenge. I'm obsessed I tell ya! The Walking Dead - can anyone really get enough? The Other Woman - I've seen this movie at least twenty times since the end of September. It's hilarious.

Wishing: For continued peace within and renewal of self.

Doing: Me. Taking on life as it comes.


What have y'all been up to?

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Dear Hair: One Year As A Natural



Dear hair,

Even though we celebrated this milestone in October, I'd like to say how proud of you I am for putting up with me on  daily basis.

You know, those days when I couldn't decide if I wanted to braid you, weave you, throw a wig on or wear you freely. Those days when I forgot to tie you down with a silk scarf before bed and keep you moisturized so that you wouldn't be dry and brittle. The days when I forgot to deep condition you but thanked the Almighty for leave in condition which I totally understand is NOT the same. When i bleached you because I wanted to add some color to my life, you understood and took it like a woman!
But even when we had our misunderstandings like the times I wanted you to go left and you'd go right or when I wanted you to lie down but you refused to because like your owner, you have a huge personality and you see every right to stand up and have a life of your own, but, that's ok because we had some really good days. Like the one time you let me have that perfect Bantu knot out because you knew date night meant a lot to me. Oh! And the countless amount of times I'd wash you with poo and no poo...yeah that's really our thing.

But hair, with all your kinks and your curls and all your twists and swirls you showed me how beautiful you were, how beautiful you are and I wouldn't take that away from you because the world has to know, no...the world NEEDS to know that you're beautiful no matter which direction you choose, no matter if you stand tall or lie down for a moment to just catch your breath. You're beautiful. Thank you for being beautiful.


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Thankful



I know everyone's jumping on this bandwagon being this is the season and all, but I wanted to get it out of the way before the actual T- Day so here goes.

I'm thankful for:

My sanity. 
Home. More specifically my mother's.
Simple but oh so good recipes.
The few true friends that I have.
Nature. It's free therapy.
Heartbreak, because it's teaching me how to be strong.
Wine... 
The cutie that mom got in the house deal aka Mercy.


So tell me, what are you thankful for?


Thursday, November 6, 2014

One Day At A Time


I think when it comes to being MIA, I pretty much have that down packed. It's not that I want to take time off from blogging but life happens and sometimes it happens in the most suckiest of ways. I'm not here to make excuses but I think in order to move forward, there's a few things that I should share. There has been huge changes and I am still adjusting to most, and some, I just can't wrap my head around. Since being unemployed, I have been taking care of my sister. If you've followed this blog for a while, you'd already know that she is autistic. It's no easy feat in doing this. She has specific needs that sometimes gets a bit much to bear. Honestly, it's a huge burden but until we can find someway around it, it's one that I have to deal with. So excuse me if one day I come off as quite a bish.

I'm not sure if you've noticed how I've been ducking posts about my outings. Well folks, that's because I have not been anywhere in like...forever. I'm still unemployed. So there is literally no income. The funds that I do manage to gather by some miracle of God goes towards bills and that's it.

I've had a blog post sitting in drafts forever but now I don't know if it's such a good idea. It's about my date with R to the chocolate factory. Unfortunately, there is no longer an R and I, it's just me and I'm pretty sure it's going to remain that way for a long, LONG time. Heartbreak's a bitch, by the way.

I've started therapy. I had/have all this pent up frustration and anger and I began to take them out on the people that I love and care for deeply. Not a good look.

So there, I think I pretty much covered the most important ones here. Now, I just have to get creative with my blog posts and hope y'all still find me a tad bit interesting.



Sunday, October 5, 2014

Art Speaks

Thailand from Carlos Baena on Vimeo.

“Sometimes simply giving someone the chance to explore for themselves what they have inside, is worth far more than hours of instruction.” ~ John Cope, Director of Stratton ABC Foundation.  

When Shade' and I decided on traveling to Thailand, our first initial thought was "Where are we going to volunteer?" We wanted to be sure that wherever we went, we did something that mattered to us and that would put smiles on the faces of the people we meet. We are both newly found artists so naturally when we came across ArtSpeak, we thought it to be the perfect organization to render our help. For us, it has always been a joy to work with children but to combine that and art made our hearts gallop.   
Imagine being able to help underprivileged kids, teach something you are passionate about and immersing yourself in an unknown culture; I bet you would jump at the opportunity too!   So we ask with humble hearts for your help as we try to make this little dream of ours a reality. Please note that a percentage of the funds will go to the organization as it is in need of supplies.

What we offer:  
For donations $1-4, we will send you a shout out via our Facebook page.
For donations $5-$49, we will mail a postcard directly from Thailand that will include a Polaroid picture of Chiang Mai, Thailand.   
For donations $50 and above, we will mail a postcard, a Polaroid picture and a souvenir directly from Chiang Mai, Thailand.
We will also be documenting our Thai adventure via our blogs and Youtube. To learn more about ArtSpeak, please visit their website.

We would like to thank you in advance for any donation that you make whether small or large - every one counts and to make it easier, you can donate right from the sidebar of this blog --------->

Once again, thank you for your generosity! We can't possibly achieve this dream of ours without you! 


Jokers Wild

I know, I know, I haven't explained myself for being MIA for about a month but that's because I have no real explanation. I just basically...slacked off. But I'm back! And if I disappear again, please don't hold it against me.

I was invited to attend a comedy show at Jokers Wild in the Atlantis Resort some Fridays ago and let me tell you, I had myself a ball! I will never look at tuna in a foil packet the same or chips for that matter, ever again! I literally laughed until I cried. 

The host Naughty, who is also a popular local radio personality made everyone feel welcomed and comfortable by going around the room and having persons state where they were from. I must say, there were a lot of Southerners in the crowd... Hence my new chip fixation. Of course he had to crack on a few states like West Virginia and Kentucky. 

Following Naughty was Renard Hirsch, whose film credits include The Green Mile, Drumline & Hancock. He was absolutely hilarious! I almost fell out of my seat. The couple next to me clearly enjoyed him as they were laid out on their table laughing their heads off.
C/o Pride Publishing Group

The headliner for the night was my favorite. Others preferred the comedian before but man did I enjoy me some Rich Ragains and those southern/bluegrass jokes. He also shared hilarious true life family stories that left me rolling! I'd definitely pay to see him again. He's also author of a book called 'No Excuse Dad' which discusses the lost art of hanging out and the host of a new web series, 'Tractor Fanatic'.

c/o www.richragains.com
I was enjoying myself so much that I didn't even bother taking Ashley (big cam) out of my bag. I wanted to live in the moment but never fear! I got a few shitty shots with my phone :)

What I Wore

I wanted to wear something simple and relaxed for the show (basically nothing that needed ironing) so I went with a black chiffon top with white accents and a pair of white skinny jeans. Surprisingly, I loved this look. Unfortunately, my brothers suck at photography, thus, I ended up with (after a billion shots) just this photo and a selfie.

Top: 10 Dollar Mall
Jeans: Forever 21


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Overall, Jokers Wild was a great experience. The ambiance was beautiful and relaxing. You can also order any drink you want while enjoying the laughs. The entrance fee is quite reasonable: $20 per person (tourists) and then there's the resident's rate: 2 for $20. The comedy club operates Tuesday - Saturday. Doors open at 8:45pm and the show starts at 9:30pm.

If you're ever visiting Nassau, whether or not you're staying at the Atlantis Resort, make it your business to visit the comedy club. You're in for a great night!



Sunday, September 28, 2014

Dreaming Of A Home Office



  1. Tier One Designs Glass Corner Desk
  2. White Leather Executive Chair
  3. Surya Rain Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug
  4. Transparent Crystal Chair
  5. Faux Fur Cushion
  6. Throw Pillow
  7. Faux Coral Branch Table Lamp
  8. Pinnacle Frame 3D Case (painted yellow)
  9. 3 Piece Hexagallery Wall Decor (painted yellow)
  10. L Shaped Wall Case (painted yellow)
  11. Wall Art by The Prints World (similar)

I've never been one to go with the traditional flow of things, so when I thought about what I wanted my home office to look like, I thought feminine, chic and modern. A girl can dream can't she? I also want it to be a soothing environment.

Right away, I started to Google 'glass desks' and found the cutest glass desk ever. I wanted to build around that so I came up with a color scheme; mint and light yellow with pops of pink. Crazy enough, I got the idea from a house just a few blocks down from mine. At first I was a bit skeptical about it because hey, it's a house but I took to Pinterest in search of the color combination and I absolutely adored what I found. And since I'm always on a budget, these would work for me. Everything else fulfilled my ultra feminine side. The frilly, poofy, pink stuff. Yeah, that's me. 

What does your dream home office look like?


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Birthday Shenanigans

Dress: Casual Plus
On Tuesday 2nd September, I celebrated my 29th birthday. Geesh I'm getting up there! But I'm totally loving it. Let me tell you, I'm looking forward to my 30s.

Anyway, in true Eesh fashion, I decided to celebrate for more than a week because I really am thankful for life and helloooo, who doesn't love to party like...continuously? And by party I mean do simple shit.
To start the week off, we did a little painting and sipping the Saturday before.

Robert, the Artist
On my actual birthday, R surprised me with dinner at Outback Steakhouse. Unfortunately, for me being storm born (yes I just said that), it poured like a mutha! We had to rush inside during a slight hold up.

For starters, I ordered the Bloomin' Onion (are onions from Australia really that big????) and as a drink, I got the Wallaby Darn. So good! As an entree, I got the Toowoomba Pasta and failed to eat it all. R ordered the Prime rib and mash which also came with a Caesar salad. The food was more than we had expected so we had it packaged to go.
Top: Ebay
Tribal Jogger Shorts: Rainbow Shops
Wedges: Make Me Chic
I apologize for lack of photos but the lighting wasn't good and I left Ashley at home.

On Friday, I wanted to see a movie. I've heard rave reviews about Guardians of the Galaxy so I invited my friend and blogger Shadé as a plus one. To say that we enjoyed it would be an understated, well, statement. We laughed our heads off and I became a fan of a raccoon. A raccoon people! One of us might or might not have shed a tear...

And finally, the following Friday Bru bear and I saw Let's Be Cops. HILARIOUS! There were a few gross moments but nothing turning your eyes away couldn't fix. We had to see this movie because we are loyal New Girl fans and just had to support Nick and Coach (we're so loyal, we didn't even bother learning their real names).

I really enjoyed my birthday shenanigans and I'm so thankful to have lived to see another year. I'm also grateful for the few faithful friends that made my milestone special. Who needs a crowd to have a good time?


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Book Nook: Seconds Before Sunrise

Two nightmares. One memory.

"Chaos within destiny. It was the definition of our love."

Eric has weeks before his final battle when he's in an accident. Forced to face his human side, he knows he can't survive if he fights alone. But he doesn't want to surrender, even if he becomes the sacrifice of war. 

Jessica's memory isn't the only thing she's lost. Her desire to find her parents is gone and so is her confidence. But when fate leaves nightmares behind, she decides to find the boy she sees in them, even if it risks her sanity.

Seconds Before Sunrise; another great book from The Timely Death Trilogy by Shannon A. Thompson that I just could not put down. So after reading it's predecessor, Minutes Before Sunset, I could not turn down the opportunity given by the author to review this book. (Huge thank you Shannon!)

I patiently awaited the second installment and Shannon did not disappoint. It picks up a few months later after Lucither erases Jessica's memory because she didn't want to risk the lives of those she loves, mainly, Eric as well as her own. However, the spell does not completely take a hold of her as she has nightmares, dreams and memories about her other life and the boy in her dreams. Meanwhile, Eric has been busy training for battle on his eighteenth birthday but being around Jessica poses as a huge distraction at one point forcing him to become utterly upset and storming away from his father and best-friend Johnathon, which results in a fatal car crash leaving him hospitalized. The worst part; the battle against Darthon and The Light is just a few weeks away. Mix in Jess' friends Robb and Zac who have been acting quite strange as of late and Crystal, who seems to not have a clue but Jess isn't trusting any of them and with good reason.

Like Minutes Before Sunset, Seconds Before Sunrise captivates you from start to finish. Jess and Eric's love was ever so prevalent and I became obsessed. I felt an emotional pull and fell in love with the couple's journey. I'm not even ashamed to say that I shed a few tears. Believe me, you will become a part of this book. It is an epic story with unforgettable characters and moments that make you hold your breath. 

The story-line is compelling and the author has managed to create the ultimate paranormal fantasy which I think will only get better as she writes the last of the trilogy. I for one am dying to know how the trilogy will end, although I have my own inkling about who Darthon really is. 

I recommend Seconds Before Sunrise to readers both young adult and adult. I promise you will not put this book down. 

If you'd like to find out more about Shannon A. Thompson, please visit her website here. You can also purchase Seconds Before Sunrise on Amazon for Kindle & Paperback.