Studying of course! A while back I was praying for some direction and thankfully, so many have prayed for me as well. I know this is suppose to be a good thing, but I am very grateful to almost me done... looking like this!
Actually, I just hadn't posted in a while and I wanted to talk about one of my real passions in life..... eating!!!! LOL. Really I would post before and after pics if I had some after after pics to regain my dignity. Alas, there are none yet so I have to let you in on a little secret.... I'm on a LIVIT..... what's that you say? Well its like a Diet... except you do it to Live, so you change forever!!! :) I have lost 4 lbs in record time and that's all I'm telling you about that! Suffice it to say that my goal weight loss is exponentially higher than that by many times.
I have some ideals on how I will do it and I am going to journal it. But just not so YOU can see lol. I really want to be ready for an active toddler (or teenager as my negative boyfriend seems to think she will be by the time she comes home!) I used to run and I actually have a very good food palette. So I think I can combine the two and maybe get some positive results.....
I also wanted to take a moment to discuss my unnatural addiction to Ethiopian food. Actually, my addiction to it has overtaken my addiction to Taco's! LOL. Basically if I hear the word Taco I then need to go home and cook them for dinner (I feel it coming on right now). However if I SEE injera then I start to crave it and if I see Doro wat, and lamb and all the other spicy fixins... I have to run over to my favorite Ethiopian restaurant in the area Taste of Ethiopiaand see my favorite proprietor Meskerem .
I know that Ethiopian food is family style dining. But the other day I couldn't help it and since I am unable to convince any of my friends to eat there with me.... I had to go alone!!!! That's right, a whole table full of food for just ME!!!!!!!!!!
Which brings me full circle to my LIVIT. And the end of this really stupid post.
2009.... Are we no further ahead? Despite our president elect.... Is America advancing or regressing or is it just again coming out?
23-year-old son of former baseball star shot in his driveway by police officer
Robbie Tolan, a minor league baseballer, remains hospitalized with bullet in liver
Family alleges racial profiling: "If these had been white kids, this does not happen"
Tolan's father, Bobby, had a 15-year career in the majors
Guess he stole his own car?
I know this is a blog about "happy thoughts" but I think its a relevant topic when bringing Black boys into this continuing climate of racism. Its minorities, Black and Hispanic... Our Ethiopian and Guatemalan "Princes".
22 years old. A father. Shot in the back while laying on his stomach, with the knee of an officer at his neck. In front of hundreds of witnesses. On the subway.
It is not easy to watch. It shouldn't be. There is no reason. There is no justification. There is a child left without a father; a family struggling to figure it out; a company scrambling to justify it, a community trying to make sense of it, an attorney hoping to quantify it, a race praying to make it stop, a life lost. Senselessly lost.
Does it make it easier to ignore it if you knew that he was fighting. That he was a convicted felon. That he worked in the fast food industry. That he only has a GED?
Does it matter that he is a Black man, and all of the officers were not.
Or rather... he was.
BTW Officer Johannes Mehserle is reported to be the officer that confused his taser with his hand gun. And one day after the murder he became a proud father. Hmm, what does one say to him. What would Sophina Mesa -- the mother of Oscar's daughter Tatiana say?
I struggled with writing about this. Wonder if I'm just getting soft. Cause I won't say what I want to say. I'll just let it be inferred.
I wanted to reflect on where I am at this stage and my life as I get ready for the next year
1. Started your own blog 2. Slept under the stars 3. Played in a band 4. Visited Hawaii 5. Watched a meteor shower 6. Given more than you can afford to charity 7. Been to Disneyland /world 8. Climbed a mountain 9. Held a praying mantis 10. Sang a solo 11. Bungee jumped 12. Visited Paris 13. Watched a lightning storm at sea 14. Taught yourself an art from scratch 15. Adopted a child - I'm trying!! I'm trying!! 16. Had food poisoning 17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty 18. Grown your own vegetables 19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France 20. Slept on an overnight train 21. Had a pillow fight 22. Hitch hiked 23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill 24. Built a snow fort 25. Held a lamb 26. Gone skinny dipping 27. Run a Marathon - 28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice 29. Seen a total eclipse 30. Watched a sunrise or sunset 31. Hit a home run 32. Been on a cruise 33. Seen Niagara Falls in person 34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors 35. Seen an Amish community 36. Taught yourself a new language -- sign language! 37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied - 38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person 39. Gone rock climbing - 40. Seen Michelangelos David 41. Sung karaoke 42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt 43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant 44. Visited Africa 45. Walked on a beach by moonlight 46. Been transported in an ambulance 47. Had your portrait painted 48. Gone deep sea fishing 49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person 50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris 51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling 52. Kissed in the rain 53. Played in the mud 54. Gone to a drive-in theater 55. Been in a movie 56. Visited the Great Wall of China 57. Started a business 58. Taken a martial arts class 59. Visited Russia 60. Served at a soup kitchen 61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies 62. Gone whale watching 63. Got flowers for no reason 64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma 65. Gone sky diving 66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp 67. Bounced a check 68. Flown in a helicopter 69. Saved a favorite childhood toy 70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial 71. Eaten Caviar 72. Pieced a quilt 73. Stood in Times Square 74. Toured the Everglades 75. Been fired from a job 76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London 77. Broken a bone 78. Been on a speeding motorcycle 79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person -. 80. Published a book 81. Visited the Vatican 82. Bought a brand new car 83. Walked in Jerusalem 84. Had your picture in the newspaper 85. Read the entire Bible 86. Visited the White House 87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating 88. Had chickenpox 89. Saved someone's life 90. Sat on a jury 91. Met someone famous 92. Joined a book club 93. Lost a loved one 94. Had a baby 95. Seen the Alamo in person 96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake 97. Been involved in a law suit 98. Owned a cell phone - 99. Been stung by a bee 100. Read an entire book in one day
If I am blessed to see this time in one year I hope to have done some of these things too.....
1. Finish Law School 2. Start my own Real estate company 3. Of course --- Lose 50 lbs! 4. Travel to Ethiopia 5. See the Pyramids of Egypt 6. Finish my book 7. Grow my own herbs 8. Plan to attempt to do #'s17,18, 27, 44, 60,80.83,86, 94 9. See my daughter's face
Nine great things for 09! I hope you have the same!