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I’m baaaaack!

Posted in catching up, Dogs, friends, happyness, Ink/Holes, inspired, Life, Me, memories, Nerdyness, news, randomness, reading, revelations, sadface, The Future, The Wonderful Internet, TV, video, Work on 02/08/2011 by asante

Hello lovelies :) Didja miss me?

I know, I know. It’s been forever. :-x But like I said before, my life has been in shambles lately, a whooole lot of mess pulling in a bunch of directions. So what have I been upto? Lets run through it.

1. VEGAS. Yes. I was there. It was unbelievable, I had the most amazing time! Me and 3 of my very good friends jetted out to beautiful, sunny Nevada to live out our own version of “The Hangover”. We went out, saw a show, played tourist, gambled (I won $7.14 y’all. Can we say ballin’?), had In-N’-Out Burger for the first time in life (Dear Lord. If I can eat nothing else for the rest of my life… I’ll never complain again. Amen.), spent WAY too much money, and bonded with my Wolfpack. Vacation of EPIC proportions. Can’t wait for the next one :)

2. Grad School. One interview down, 3 to go! The first one went REALLY well, I have high hopes that  I showed Vandy without a doubt that I am AWESOME. Like, seriously. lol. And Nashville was actually a LOT of fun. A friend of mine was nice enough to take me around town and show me a great time, I had a blast. Who knows…. I may be moving to Tennessee y’all :) lol

3. My Poor Pookie.

Yes. That is the formerly sleek and unblemished driver’s side of my Pookie, otherwise known as my ’09 Camry. *cue the hot salty tears of depression… and pour out a little Turtle Wax for her.* Note to all: I don’t care how little regard you hold for your piece of $#!? car, but I LOVE mine. Blind turns in parking garages have 5mph speed limits FOR A REASON. *sniff*. Stupid ’96 Cavalier. At least the cop was fine though. Officer Jones….. #yesplease. lol.

4. Workworkwork…. and BS co-workers. Any of you who follow me on Twitter knows that I faced quite the debacle with a co-worker last week. #deeeeeepsigh. Lets get one thing straight, shall we? I am many things, but a pushover is not one of them. When I ask you to do something and you don’t, just because I don’t say anything, doesn’t mean I’m not aware of your bull. So don’t act all shocked and surprised when I stop asking you to do stuff. There is NOTHING on this planet I despise more than people who don’t have the decency to follow through when asked for a favor. If you don’t want to do it, SAY NO. Seriously! So that I know not to bother next time. Because I will only put my work integrity in your pathetic, incapable hands so many times before I relegate you to a box reserved for the lazy and irresponsible. Do NOT mess with my job. I take my image at work VERY seriously, and don’t appreciate those who can’t do the same. < /rant >

5. SuperBowl Commercials …meh. Except for these two!:

Greatness. And no, I’m not going to comment on the game this year. I was bored to tears. And the Steelers…. just…. fail.

6. New Ink …Yes I know. I’m an addict. But I can’t help myself lol. Officially saving up for tattoo #6… Once I finalize the design, I’ll share. :)

7. BookyWooks! I’ve been reading up a storm in my web-absence. “The Unnamed” (Joshua Ferris),”Bitch Is The New Black” (Helena Andrews), “Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self” (Danielle Evans), “Naked” (David Sedaris) and always more to come. Each VERY different, but I like the variety. Hit me up for more detailed reviews if you’d like, but I’d recommend them all! Long Live REAL books!

8. Tiger In the wake of the insanity that is my life, I had to give up my baby boo, my dog Tiger. Still miss him something FIERCE! :( Hopefully once my schedule dials back I’ll be able to get another dog…. But I miss my Punkin’ Face. I really hope he found a good family though.

Anyways I should really get back to work… Though this was a nice break, time to mosey on back to the craziness that is my work day. Later folks :)

It’s been quite a week!

Posted in 2+3, catching up, Dogs, Family, friends on 06/01/2010 by asante

Helloooo :)

It’s been a minute since I updated y’all on, well, LIFE lol, so I thought I’d check in today. The past week has been borderline insane, but that’s how I like it haha. As I type-delete-type-delete-type-delete different parts of the madness of this weekend, I realize that this post isn’t going to be coherent unless I use either numbers or bullet points lol. So here goes:

– My beautiful cousin Sarai and her hubby David came into Atlanta the night before I left town for an appointment with the embassy here, and so of course my baby boys were in tow! Got to see my Angelface (Anthony) and my Chubbylumpkins (Jeremy), and they were just too precious for words :)

-My cousin offered to watch my baby Tiger for the weekend (I had plans to go home for the holiday weekend, and can’t fly with him), in an effort to show her mom that she could handle a dog of her own. MY dog. lol. I think I effectively nipped THAT notion in the bud lol…. My dog is a nut…… aaaand she no longer wants a dog. lol. #whoops. But they both survived the weekend (Bonus: found out that Tiger is actually marvelously well behaved around small children, such as my 3 year old nephew Caleb. Score!) and my little nut is back home in one piece. lol.

-Worked my booty off towards the end of the week to crank out a few extra hours before the holiday, and had intended to catch the train directly from work to the airport to catch my flight. The universe decided to say one big “Nuh-Uh” to THAT one. (if you follow me on Twitter, you’ve already heard the angry version of this story lol) Reader’s Digest version: It monsooned. I’m talking hail and sideways rain. They cancelled my flight. Prasad the outsourced call center guy hooked me up with a new flight. It was still monsooning. I went to the airport bar with my angry face on. Left with a happy face lol. I made it there the following morning. The End! lol.

-Made it home, and let me tell you, ATL has nothing on the DMV. I realized over the course of the weekend that I reeeeeeeeeeally miss the DC Area. and moreover, Atlanta is just “turrrrrible”. *sigh*. This city needs a significant upgrade lol. Caught up with my daddy on the ride home from the airport, saw my mommy (who is rocking the baldy these days beautifully :) and my aunt when I got home. Chilled with my youngest sis (who I think I may have convinced to keep her hair natural! #wootwoot!) Middle sis is still in London finishing up her first year, so unfortunately I just missed her. Spent the day just bumming around my house, which was delightful!

-That night, met up with the bestie to venture out to Adams Morgan, and had a BLAST with her, and her friends Melor and Amanda. Watched cheesy Karaoke while we pregamed in Glenmont lol, then went out to TomToms to dance the night away. Seriously, I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: the best people on earth rep the DC Area. lol. It was such a good night :) Resisted the temptation of Jumbo Slice, and Metroed it home.

-Dragged myself out of bed bright and early the next morning (and I do mean bright… forgot that my bedroom windows at home face East-ish… goodness.) Low key day in the house, plenty of QT with the fam. Watched the Memorial Day “Rolling Thunder” motorcade drive by the house (there’s a Harley Davidson shop up the street from our neighborhood, so all the Rockville/Gaithersburg bikers meet up there and process past us on their way downtown.)

-Spent the early afternoon/evening at my bestie’s graduation party, and though she spent the day running around crazy-like, it was definitely a successful event. I’m so proud of her :) And finally got all my fave DMV peoples in the same place: my roomie Janice and my boys Degraft and Phil came through and it made me super happy lol. All in all, there was great food, great margaritas (#lush, haha) great people too. They’re basically my second family, afterall haha. Annnnnd a singular awkward encounter notwithstanding, I was glad to see them all (for some reason it didn’t occur to me that one of my exes would be there…. (o_O).

-Anywhoo, last up, farewell food and drinks with the crew @ Fridays, then back to Phil’s place to catch up and play cards. Made it home relatively early (12:30 ish… not bad I say lol. I didn’t get home til 4 am the night before haha). Another bright and early morning, lazy relaxing breakfast with the fam, and off to the airport I went :( #boo.

Now I’m back in Atlanta, back at work, and missing everyone something terrible. Can’t wait to do it again soon though! #MIAMI2010…. get ready haha.

….I really need to dial back the Twitter usage a smidge…. there were a few too many hashtags in this post lmao. Anyways blogfriends, hope your Memorial Day weeks/weekends/vacations were as crazy/awesome as mine. Later!

Daydreamin….

Posted in catching up, Dogs, friends, happyness, hobbies, Me, revelations, weekend on 03/22/2010 by asante

Hey y’all, how have you been? :)

I just had what was probably one of the laziest and most relaxing weekends in recent memory, and going to work this morning was SUCH a struggle… lol. Such is life. But gotta pay the bills, right?

Took advantage of last Friday’s b-e-a-UTIFUL weather and left work early. Best decision I’ve made in a long time lol. Took my little rascal of a dog to the park (lol) to soak up some sun and wear him out (which worked marvelously lol.) He had a blast, I got some usage out of a new sundress, and all around it was a great afternoon. My bougie Buckhead/Midtown neighbors were out in DROVES I tell ya, it was crazy. It was about time we got some decent weather down here (petition to permanently revoke the “Hot-lanta” nickname? Because it’s just false advertising these days.) Case in point: It’s 37 degrees and snowing this morning. WTF?!

Friday night was a low-key outing with some college friends, who I haven’t seen in a while (one moved away, one who I’m not on spectacular terms with recently, and the other I just haven’t heard from in a minute). The end was a bit irritating and disappointing (long story, don’t feel like getting in to it) but if you average out the entire evening, it was good lol. (Math can be useful sometimes lol)

Saturday was another nice relaxing day, hung out in my apartment mostly, attempted to go to my friend’s BBQ but it was soooooo far away, that it didn’t work out. Did make it to a work BBQ though, which was great (my co-workers/superiors are ridiculously entertaining lol.). When’s the last time YOUR boss suggested the whole lab light up a few joints and discuss the meaning of life? Yea that’s what I thought. lol. Be jealous! I will be really sad to leave this job behind though.

Same boss did a great job of lighting a fire under my butt last week as far as my future is concerned though. A whoooole lot of deadlines that need to be set for myself. I did manage to FINALLY set a date for my GRE! Take that, procrastination. lol. Now I just need to start studying… *sigh*. All this talk about grad school just seems to put this heart-clenching panic on me though. Just the thought that once I’m in…. that’s it… for the next 4-6 years of my life…. is mildly terrifying lol. Not that I don’t want to do it, It just brings in to focus all the things that I want to do in that time that doesn’t involve getting my degrees that I feel like I won’t have time for anymore. And then the nagging thought that maybe I should put it off for another year creeps into my head… but I know I can’t do that. DEFINITELY not.

I dunno, maybe the mortality-ain’t-a-joke-slap in the face dealt by my Mom’s ordeal is just messing with my head (though she is doing well, thankfully!!) But y’all know I’m all about chasing the happy. And as much as I tell myself that getting my Ph.D. is one part of that happiness (which it is, don’t get me wrong), I’m still keenly aware that there are other possibilities I need to keep open to preserve my sanity. Academic misery is not my goal. Just a stopping point lol. So in that vein, I’m going to try and compile a list of personal happiness boosts. Things I want to do not for my academic pursuits, but hold on to “myself” really. The last thing I want is to succumb to my future. I want to command it.

Various Updates….

Posted in catching up, Dogs, F, friends, hair, happyness, Me, randomness on 03/05/2010 by asante

Hey y’all! Happy March :)

I hope you all are having better weather than we are down in the deep south…. If we don’t break 70 degrees soon, I’m going to freak. lol

Hair Update: So I’m mildly convinced that my hair has stopped growing… but I’m going to actively convince myself that it’s all in my head. lol. I’ve pretty much nailed down a routine that seems to be working, and my hair feels moisturized and healthy. But I’ve dreamed of a massive block-views-in-movie-theaters-way-too-much-ridiculous-hair-for-my-own-good ‘Fro, so it’s entirely possible that I’m just being impatient lol.

Current Routine:
Henna treatment: Every 3-4 weeks
Deep Treatment: Once a week. I made my own this month: shea butter, castor and jojoba oils, glycerin, and a generous amount of Suave Naturals Condish; followed by a chilly water rinse
Daily Moisturizer: some combination of my spray bottle mix (Suave Naturals Condish, currently Wild Cherry Blossom, but I’ll be going back to Ocean Breeze once this bottle is empty, water, jojoba oil, and a smidge of castor oil and glycerine) and Lustrasilk Olive Oil Cholesterol (both do wonnnnnnnnders for my twist-outs. )
Co-Wash: every 2-3 days or so, using Either Aussie “Moist” or Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Condish, followed up with Wild Growth Hair Oil and a handful of my Shealoe blend
Shampoo: Raaaaaaaaaaaarely, usually after henna treatments, but I use Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Castile Soap, which I love lots and lots :)

*exhale*

It seems like a lot, but it’s been working, so I can deal lol. most recent pic of my mini-fro:

And yes. I have been taking most of my hair pics in the bathroom at work. don’t judge me lol. I have noticed that my edges are (finally) returning though!!! Which was one of my main goals after the horrendous result of my last non-natural salon experience. If you’re feeling supportive, please reassure me that I’m not crazy, and I won’t have  TWA for the rest of my life lol.

New mantra: “I will NOT obsess about my hair (at least not in a crazy way). It IS growing, I just need to be patient.”

What else is new……Oh, right. Though all my most artsy-fartsy-culturally curious friends have sadly departed the ATL area (I miss you tons KE and BL!!!!) I’ve decided to make a date with myself this weekend to go to Apache Cafe and enjoy their weekly spoken word event this Sunday. I haven’t been to Apache in literally over a year, so I’m hella excited. I’m feeling an itch to get my neo-soul on for once in a looooooooooong time. *smile*

In other news…. though we had an AMAZING weekend together, sadly F has returned to the Arctic (a.k.a. Ann Arbor, MI lol. ) Ugh as icky as this whole long distance bull has been, it does happen to make the visits we do get soooo much more special. It is true what they say: “Absence makes the heart grow fonder”. I may be more irritable with him over the phone when the lack of face-to-face contact is getting on my nerves, but as annoying as I can get, clearly I still love him to bits :) We had a great time though; pedicures, amaaaaaaaaaaazing dinner (Everybody in the ATL area needs to find an excuse to go to Wisteria in the Inman Park area…. fan TASTIC food.) shopping, wine and desserts,  late night walks in Buckhead, goofing off with our “baby” Tiger (lol jk, thought Tiger was waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay excited to see him again.). It was a great weekend, and as always it was amazing getting to spend time with my love :) Still can’t believe our 4-Year Anniversary is coming up… (!!!!!!). Time definitely flies.

Anyhoo, I didn’t want to be a negligent blogger, since in my head there are actually people who read this regularly lol. Thanks for the support blogworld. Catch y’all sometime later :)

In the words of Tiger…. Grrrrrrrr.

Posted in Dogs, FML, randomness, sadface, ugh. on 01/07/2010 by asante
This is Tiger.

According to my best guess, he’s an American Pitbull Terrier mix: (will definitely never make it far above 40 pounds, webbed toes, brindle coloring, narrow snout/black fur around snout, short hair, aggressive chewing habit,  floppy ears, lean, muscular build, very vocal/growl-y).

Tiger is probably the sweetest dog you will ever encounter. He has NEVER been aggressive with anyone. He’s a total love muffin. He’s obedient. He’s a complete sweetie, and everyone who’s ever met him (with the exception of Dr. Williams… but he’s a douche) loves him and can’t believe what a good boy he is.

AND YET…

Whenever anyone hears that he’s a pit mix (and by anyone, I mean owners of smaller, or  more pansy-ish dogs) they FREAK OUT and assume that his excitement and desire to love them up is a misguided attempt to bite/attack. WTF??!?!?!?!?

I’m sorry, but just because my dog LOOKS like a TINY percentage of an often stereotyped group of dog breeds (do your research people: so-called “Pitbulls” are actually a collection of at least 3 different acknowledged pure-breeds: Am. Pitbull Terrier, Am. Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Bull Terrier, American Bulldog, ; as well as THOUSANDS of mixed-breed dogs) does not automatically mean that he’s violent.

Lets use an analogy, shall we?

Over the past 10 years or so, as far as public consciousness was concerned, there has been a upswing in the percentage of terrorists against the U.S. who were of Middle Eastern descent (not including the recent Nigerian Terrorist… who is making life difficult for ALL Africans… SMH. anyways..). Likewise, most of the dog bite/attack stories you hear are “pitbulls”. The idea that “all Pitbulls are dangerous” is no more valid a conclusion that “all Middle Eastern people are terrorists”. Maybe I sound like one of those crazy people that treat their dogs like people, but dammit, I love my dog, and am hella irritated that people treat him like crap when they don’t even know him.


Public Service Announcement: My dog is a total pansy. He is probably one of the sweetest, friendliest, most obedient, slightly air-headed dogs you will ever encounter in your lifetime.  He spends his days waiting for the opportunity to meet new people/dogs with the wagging-est butt you’ve ever seen in your life (literally, he wags his entire back end, not just his tail lol.) He lives for the time he gets to spend curled up at/on my feet. Yes, he growls. But never aggressively. If you spend more than 20 minutes with him, you’ll notice that he’s just the type of dog who is used to vocally expressing himself. Yawning, crying, growling, whining, tweeting, chirping, moaning, purring (yes, purring lol) are just how he communicates. Stop freaking out people. And that goes for all “dangerous” breeds. Hearing a news story about one anomalous dog does not mean you know everything about the breed.

Bottom line: Prejudice is not cool. no matter what the species. Human or Canine.

Dog Owners are wierd.

Posted in Dogs, randomness, weekend on 11/08/2009 by asante

I have a puppy. His name is Tiger. He looks like this:

Likes: His squeaky ball, his chew-bones, people food, beer, plastic bottles,  moving cars, moving people, moving leaves, wind, moving pebbles, basically anything that moves, other dogs.

Dislikes: standing still, baths, water, rain, puddles, the leash.

I’ve had him for about 6 months now, and I’ve discovered that dog owners are bizarre people. Myself included lol. I realized the other day, out of the BILLIONS of dogs and owners in this building, I know the name of at least half the dogs we encounter regularly (Lola, George, Walter, Max, “Other” Max, Zoe, Duke, Macy, Bailey… etc.) and yet, I can’t remember the names of any of the human beings associated with these dogs. lol. And they don’t know my name either, though I know we exchanged this information; Everytime I run into one of them withOUT Tiger it’s always “That’s Tiger’s Mommy”. Not, “That’s Asante”. lol.

And I can’t even hate, because I’ve done the same. I recognize all the dog owners, but only know their dogs names. And even know details about many of them; “Other Max” doesn’t like puppies, Macy is 4 years old, Lola is a purebred pitbill, Walter has a bad hip, Zoe came from the Humane Society. Their owners, however, are a blur. I can’t remember a single name. Isn’t that sad?

*sigh*. From now on, I’m gonna try to get to know the OWNERS, not just the dogs.