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Work.

Posted in college, funny, graduation, happyness, Life, randomness, The Holidays, vacation time, video, weekend, Work on 07/04/2010 by asante

Dedicated to anybody who is realizing they should have put off  joining the “real world”  after college just a liiiiitle bit longer, and who cherish these beautiful things called long weekends. lol.

OMG. so cute. lol. Happy 4th of July Weekend, y’all!

Weekend Craziness Catch-Up

Posted in catching up, F, graduation, Life, Love, Me, music, news, weekend on 05/18/2010 by asante

Sooooooo I’ve been a bad blogger… lol
I know I’ve been kinda MIA the past week, but I had a good reason:

My Graduate, F :)

I was all types of wrapped up in my boo’s SECOND graduation weekend craziness this weekend lol. Not to mention spending some long overdue QT with him. Put him on a plane back to Michigan this morning (*sadface*) But I’m so proud of him! Snaps for my Chemical Engineer :)

Anywhoo, Last.fm is pulling out hit after hit this morning, and I’m feeling the following song in particular. Remember back in middle school when we all took sides on the whole “The Boy Is Mine” Monica v. Brandy deal? Monica won. BIG TIME. Her newest album is fantastic, and this is one of my favorite songs on it. Look it up if you haven’t heard it, she also previews it on her show “Still Standing” (yes, I watched a few episodes, stop side-eyeing me lol.). #TeamMonica!!!
 
Enjoy!

“Love All Over Me” – Monica 

Must not have been paying attention,
I stepped right on it didn’t even notice how deep I was.
I went from the ground to the top of the cloud,
And now as i look down i see where i fell into your arms…

Now I’ve got love all over me,
Baby you touch every part of me
Ooh
I’ve got love all over me,
And I don’t want to get it off,
I’m completely covered up in your love…

Even my skin is changing,
I’m feeling warmer no more icey blue hearts for me.
You put the color back in my life,
And now where there was black and white,
Oooh love made me irridescent.
 

Now I’ve got love all over me,
Baby you touch Every part of me,
Ooh
I’ve got love all over me,
And I don’t want to get it off,
I’m completely covered up in your love…

Before your love baby I was muddy,
Filthy with pain till you took it from me.
You showered me with a new beginning,
Now I’m clean…
Took me by surprise when you ran up on me,
I came to life baby in that moment.
You put your hands on my heart and baby now it beats…

Now I’ve got love all over me,
Baby you touch every part of me,
Ooh 

I’ve got love all over me,
And I don’t want to get it off,
I’m completely covered up in your love…

I can’t describe happiness, but I know it when I see it.

Posted in catching up, F, Family, friends, graduation, happyness, revelations on 05/23/2009 by asante

It’s been for-EVER since i’ve written in this blog, mostly because of the insane whirlwind that my life has been sucked into for the past few months lol. but now that the dust has settled and i can finally see straight, hi again!!! So much has happened in the last few months, I should probably go through each thing one at a time.

1. F and I hit the 3 Year mark! Despite the craziness of him living in Michigan, we’re actually doing better than ever. I went to visit him for the weekend of our anniversary, and we had a blast :) I still can’t believe that it’s been this long, but these days more than ever I know I’m blessed to have him :)

2. I GRADUATED! Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I am officially an Emory Alumnus :) The days/weeks leading up to it were bittersweet, but I’m really proud to have made it through. My family came down to celebrate (and to help me move apartments, more on that in a second) and they were all sooo excited. It was a long day though, let me tell you. It’s still so crazy to think about the fact that I’m no longer in college though. Some random man accosted me on the subway a few days ago, the conversation went something like this:

Random Man: How are you doing young lady? *insert lecherous visual appraisal here*
Me: I’m doing alright.
RM: So you on your way to school?
Me: No, I’m not in school anymore.
RM: *obvious distress and disappointment crosses his face* That is just a shame, why is such a capable young woman not in school? I just don’t understand young people these days who don’t…
Me: Actually I just graduated. From Emory.
RM: Oh…. well congratulations! So that would make you…. 21..22?

Me: This is my train… Goodbye.

Lol. Oh MARTA…. Yea it was more than slightly awkward, but it still in some twisted way put a lot of this into perspective… being a recent graduate is wierd. And I stll don’t know what to do with my diploma…. it’s still sitting on my countertop lol. Appropriate analogy for post-bacc life? Hopefully not. lol

Check out some pics of the day below:




3. Fortunately enough for me, I’m actually employed!!! Thanks to some friendly connections, I ended up as a research interviewer/assistant for a project in a medical research program. Yay me! Gotta love the health care industry lol, hasn’t failed me yet :) And beyond the fact that I will be able to support myself, the job is literally the PERFECT stepping stone between here and grad school: I get to interact with patients, I’m getting more clinical research experience, and the research topic is in my field of interest: behavioral disorders (specifically PTSD). For those of you who don’t know what that is, reference Dr. Owen Hunt, from Grey’s lol. (yes, I’m in total withdrawal. C’mon Season 6!!!!)But yea, my job is awesome. Take that, crappy economy!!! lol

4. After a brief hiatus, I’ve gone back to my reading, and I’m currently about 3/4 of the way through “A Million Little Pieces”, by James “I Duped Oprah” Frey lol. Despite the controversy, this book is GREAT, stay tuned for my review. Next up: The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold, and The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.

5. Lastly, in my down time, I’ve started focusing again on what it means to me to be happy. So many great things have happened recently, and so have a lot of not so great things. Is it really the balance between the good and the bad that makes us happy or not happy? Or is it our outlook despite those instances of joy or sorrow? At work patients who have a lot of traumatic history fall into two categories: “resilient” or “avoidant”. Either way, their trauma doesn’t seem to affect their lives. On the surface, the untrained ear would hear a pretty well adjusted person. But underneath, do they both count as happy?

Personally, I base happiness on outlook. I would like to think that I fall into the “resilient” category: despite the trying times I’ve had, I’m not giving up on my resolve to be happy. There’s so much in my life for me to be optomistic about right now: the birth of my neice, my diploma, my boyfriend, my mother’s health, that I think it would be a waste to let the less than perfect parts take precedence. I want to make sure that acknowledging my sorrow doesn’t mean I’m dwelling in it. Life’s too short to be unhappy if there’s something, even something tiny, to be happy about, and I want to take advantage of every opportunity.

Now I’m not saying by any means that the sum of the fortunate things in my life means that I’m happy. (c.f. today’s title). But I think right now I have things in the right order, and though I can’t explain fully what I feel, I’m secure, and able to see the bright spots much more clearly than I have in a long time. I’ll call that happiness.

The Pursuit of Happyness

Posted in 2+3, Family, friends, graduation, happyness, Home, randomness, revelations, vacation time on 03/07/2009 by asante

As i finally start to relax and get used to the fact that Spring Break really REALLY has started, i’m in the mood for a “happy list”. things in the past few days/weeks that i realized have put a smile on my face (and which i probably should experience more often lol). Here goes. (in no particular order… just what pops into my head)

  1. Bright pink nail polish. I don’t know what it is, but I’m obsessed with this color lol
  2. Sun dresses
  3. The SUN, and temperatures above 65
  4. Contrarily, being snowed in at home with my family, which was actually really nice
  5. Finishing books I borrow from the library
  6. Hearing from F when I’m not expecting it
  7. Spending time with important friends (i.e. friends important to me, not in their own right lol)
  8. Getting ready for graduation (!!!)
  9. Lots of kitsch-y jewelery
  10. BIG sunglasses. I’m talking half-my-face lol. (Sorry F :)
  11. Facebook videos from my sister, particularly those featuring my niece lol
  12. Realizing my sister is going to college
  13. Exciting trips
  14. People who look at my tattoos and appreciate, not admonish
  15. My job, and the people I work with (…. most of them.)

I’m so grateful for all of these things… especially in the face of the week-long stress free block the universe (and the university, i guess) are currently serving up. Oh Spring Break, how I missed thee :)

Yes…. I am posting at 7am.

Posted in 2+3, F, Family, friends, graduation, randomness, vacation time on 03/05/2009 by asante

So i woke up at 6:30 and couldn’t get back to sleep…. *sigh*. I figure it’s been a while since I’ve updated, and a lot has gone down so i’m taking this time to update my blogging. :)

Considering Graduation is less than like, 75 days away, i’ve been a magNIFICENT slacker lately lol. Skipped a few days to go to Mardi Gras for the first time… Holy Handgrenades, that place was something else lol (and the Handgrenades are fantastic :) It was like, a huge block party/frat party/orgy all mixed into one…. after 2 days there me and F were DONE lol. He never wants to drink with me again lol, i had him mixing vodka with his morning orange juice… oops lol. (hey, it’s not my fault i get really into holidays…. and trust me, we were NOT the only ones.) The parade floats were sooo elaborate, and people got so into costumes and beads etc… It was a great place. Especially for me who likes to people watch, there were so many intriguing things happening everywhere…. and i got hella beads haha (and no, not one body part ever escaped my clothing. thankyouverymuch.) Mardi Gras Pics below….

After we got back, spent some serious quality time with F, which i SOOOO needed. (he was in town for his Spring Break). It was SO good to see him. I guess sometimes i don’t realize how much i miss him until he’s actually here, in front of me, and it all kind of hits me. We also had our make-up Valentine’s meal, which we cooked ourselves (much better than going to some overpriced restaurannt… plus we are fantastic cooks! lol) check it out:
How tasty does that all look? I know, I know. We’re a talented couple :) Ribeye steak with Red Wine and Shallot sauce, green beans and rice. to DIE for lol.

Anyways, after all that, I went home for the weekend to see my family (my mom specifically). She’s been sick lately, so I wanted to check on her before my life dropped over the edge into the swirling inescapable vortex that ends in graduation… lol. It was so relaxing sitting on my ass for 5 days, playing with my niece, catching up on Discovery Health (lol yea, I’m a nerd.) and knocking sense into my little sisters lol. And it snowed… hard lol. I haven’t seen real snow in YEARS, so even though it kept me from going back to ATL when i wanted, it was a blessing in disguise. My mom was really REALLY happy to see me, I can’t remember the last time she was so doting. For the first time in a while, it was genuinely good to be home, start-to-finish. Anyways, I’m going to try and get one more hour of sleep before my alarm goes off, and I know I don’t have the mental capacity to talk about the next topic on my mind, the book i just finished (White Oleander, by Janet Finch) so i’ll save that for next time. Promise to avoid the blog hiatuses from now on… (even though i’m never really sure if anybody reads this thing anyways…. it’s good for me to be writing frequently lol.)