December 26, 2010

Video of the Day

-- I subscribe to many vlogs (video blogs) on youtube and many of them center around healthy hair care, hair styling, fashion, dance, and sometimes make-up. This video of the day features one the vloggers I subscribe to. I felt like everything she was saying was on point, and very valuable info... so, I wanted to share it here.

December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

Excited about gifts and spending time with family and friends, but let us not forget the real reason for Christmas and the greatest gift of all...

"...I come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."
John 10:10 KJV

Merry Christmas, everyone!

December 20, 2010

Video of the Day

Just in time for the first day of Winter....

Winter Song by Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson


December 17, 2010

Evolution of Science Presentations

So, as these final weeks of graduate school wound down and I had to sit through countless hours of student presentations, I couldn't help but notice how much science presentations have changed since grade school. Here's my take on the progression of science presentations (based on level of education)...

Kindergarten: (show and tell)

Elementary School: (dioramas)

Middle School: (Baking soda volcanoes)


High School: (Science Fair projects)



Undergrad: (Poster Sessions)

**Click to enlarge photos**


These 3 pics are of the Wyeth Poster Session (Junior Year, 2009) my Organic Chemistry class participated in. My group and I did our poster on Bisphenol A. (left to right: Nigel, Red head-Greg, Me, Everett).
Graduate School: (Powerpoint presentations depicting the molecular pathways involved in disease progression)


Note: Some of these assignments do overlap a bit.

December 10, 2010

Finals


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Hi, my fellow readers. I haven't blogged in almost a week (minus yesterday's Video of the Day post. That was scheduled to be posted from about 2 weeks ago).

So, alot has been going on. It's the end of the semester which means I have tons of work to do: papers, presentations, studying for exams... all which can be seen here. And to make matters worse, my 2-month old laptop decided to die on me last saturday (December 4th), so I've been living in the library since then. I count it a bit of a blessing though, because I have been able to get a good portion of my work done and was not distracted with facebook, twitter, checking my 2 hotmail accounts, blogging, youtube updates, etc. I made an extra effort to only do work and occasionally check emails and apply for jobs while I'm in the library and I stuck that commitment until now. But come on, it's a Friday night... My wrists hurt from typing so much (even though I'm typing now).

Anyhoo, all is well. I'm almost done with my first semester of graduate school, so that is definitely a plus! You'll see more of me around December 20th.

Be well. ツ

December 9, 2010

Video of the Day

Sweet Song!.... Absolutely beautiful video!
It puts a smile on my face EVERY time I watch it.

"Come Close" by Common (feat. Mary J. Blige)


December 2, 2010

Video of the Day

"Just the Way You Are" by Bruno Mars

-- This is such a cute video and I love the lyrics. The song reminds me of my my beau every time I hear it b/c he always says things like "I love you just the same" after i tell him about all of my flaws. ツ


All I Want for Christmas...

My Christmas wishlist (this is probs my first time making one of these... yes, that does include making lists for Santa as a child... never did that):

1) A basket full of natural hair product goodies...

Kinky Curly products

Oyin Handmade Products

100% Jojoba oil (and peppermint oil)
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2) Cute earrings




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3) Killer boots
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4) A warm and pretty pea coat

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5) A ruby ring ¦:)

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December 1, 2010

December


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Happy December!

I can't believe it's December already. I vividly remember writing the "Happy November" post which seemed like it was not too long ago, although 30 days have passed since then.

I am quite happy about this month...
December means that the year is coming to an end and we're on the horizon of a brand new year. It's also the month that we celebrate Christ's birth, which is really exciting and humbling. December also means an extension (following Thanksgiving) of happy times with family and friends .

P.S. Thanksgiving was lovely. I have no pictures from that day, but 'twas good. Good food, no drama, and aunties bustin' jokes.

November 25, 2010

Video of the Day

If It's Lve by Train

-- I am not a mega-huge fan of Train, but I love their 2001 hit, Drops of Jupiter. Honestly, I think that's the only other song I know by them. Nonetheless, they've made a comeback with this song.... take a listen.

November 22, 2010

Video of the Day

Closer by Corrine Bailey Rae

- I absolutely adore Corrine Bailey Rae. Her music is so serene and relatable. I love every single song on both of her records. This song, Closer, is one of my faves on her album The Sea. It's both flirty and sexy. I also like how simple this video is. Enjoy.



Behind the Scenes of Closer



Random sidenote: I also love this lady's hair! I have hair envy whenever I see her. :-)

November 20, 2010

On my bucket list....




  1. Travel- to Cape Town-South Africa, Australia, Greece , Russia, some countries in South America and maybe Thailand.
  2. Go parasailing - Although I'm deathly afraid of drowning, I love that thrill I get when the rollercoaster drops, or when the car drives down a hill.
  3. Have a walk-in closet- I want to neatly organize my my clothing by item, such as all of my dresses, Skirts, tops, pants, coats, etc in their own sections.
  4. Have an amazingly gorgeous and beautifully decorated wedding- by David Tutera.... if I could win a free wedding by him, that's even better.
  5. Own/rent a summer house- somewhere close to water.
  6. Go horseback riding -- in an open field or on the beach.
  7. Be a contestant on The Amazing Race-- I hope I'm not on an episode where one of the team members has to have their hair shaved off, but I'll do any task just to get the experience of a lifetime. My friend Malinda would make an awesome teammate. We'll yell at each other until a task gets done and it'll push us more.
  8. Working happily at my dream job-- although, I am still unsure what that would be.
  9. Start playing the clarinet again-- I played when I was 13/14 yrs old. I stopped when I got to high school b/c I didn't know where to buy a reed (silly, I know). Anyhoo, I would love something to do with my spare time. It'll keep my brain and fingers up to par.
  10. Ride in a hot air balloon.
  11. Go roller-blading again. I need to buy a pair.

What's on your bucket list?

November 18, 2010

Update



Thanksgiving break has commenced as of 9:35 pm when my professor decided she no longer wanted to discuss the last 3 powerpoint slides concerning cell immortalization and telomeres.

I am currently 7 papers, 3 presentations, and 3 exams away from completing my first semester of graduate school.

You're Invited...


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-- First off... Dude, What???

-- This thing is real. It's really... real.

Parents who are not willing to vaccinate their children against chicken pox will host chicken pox parties if their child somehow acquires the disease, invite other parents with similar views against vaccines, in hopes that there child will contract the virus also. (<-- run-on sentence, much?). Could you imagine?

I could not see myself endangering my child like this. Yea, we all hear that chicken pox is "not that bad" and many of people recover from it, but the virus can cause serious complications like, neurological infections, pneumonia, or other bacterial infections {Source}. Serious complications can also arise from normally acquiring the disease, and I would just feel way too guilty about exposing my child to it in the first place, if it could have been prevented.

I remember having chicken pox when I was in the 4th grade, although I was vaccinated. As an emigrant to the U.S. I had to be vaccinated for many diseases. It was also a mandatory school order to have school-aged children vaccinated {Source} and {Source}. This vaccination program has helped in the decrease of pandemics like measles, whooping cough, tetanus, rubella and a few others. I wish some people weren't so against vaccines. They have done more good than harm. I guess it's just a part of life...

People live. Disease strikes. They die. The end.

Sounds harsh. I don't know. I think I'm done with this post.

But seriously though, why not get vaccinated against something that is preventable? It saves you from all the hassle of paying sitters to care for your child, or even missing work days from caring for your child yourself.... think about it.

November 17, 2010

Raspberry Jalapeño Jam

My palate has experienced one of the most amazing flavors it has ever experienced.... The buttery-ness of a Townhouse cracker, the creaminess of brie cheese, and the sweet, yet kickin' flavor of Raspberry jalapeño jelly.

It was delicious, indeed!

November 16, 2010

"Shadeism"

-- This is technically a "video of the day post", but I wanted to stick to its original title. The description below is taken from the original poster (it came along with the embedding code). I was so pleased to see this video a few days ago because the issue of shade in regards to skin color is definitely still something huge in our society today. I'm still hearing people say things like "That dark skinned girl...", or "that light skinned girl...."; or "Is she prettier than me even though I'm lighter than she is?". Even worst things than that.... like, "How did that dark-skinned Black girl get with that White guy?" and all sorts of ridiculous madness that upsets me beyond belief.

-- Honestly, I struggle with the issue of shade as well. My face is always darker than the rest of my body and it irks me to no end. I hate being out in the sun for too long for fear of becoming darker. I just think it's unsightly to have a ridiculously dark face and a lighter body. I guess we all have our insecurities, huh? I always knew that the shade of skin was an issue for a few other races, not just Blacks, and this video addresses that as well.

-- Watch this video and let me know what you guys think.

{Shadeism from Shadeism on Vimeo.}

Description: This short TV documentary is an introduction to the issue of shadeism, the discrimination that exists between the lighter-skinned and darker-skinned members of the same community. This documentary short looks specifically at how it affects young women within the African, Caribbean, and South Asian diasporas. Through the eyes and words of 5 young womyn and 1 little girl - all females of colour - the film takes us into the thoughts and experiences of each. Overall, 'Shadeism' explores where shadeism comes from, how it directly affects us as womyn of colour, and ultimately, begins to explore how we can move forward through dialogue and discussion.



November 14, 2010

Video of the Day

God's Will by Martina Mcbride

- I love this song. It has such a deep message...



Lyrics:
I met God's Will on a Halloween night
He was dressed as a bag of leaves
It hid the braces on his legs at first

His smile was as bright as the August sun
When he looked at me
As he struggled down the driveway, it almost
Made me hurt

Will don't walk too good
Will don't talk too good
He won't do the things that the other kids do,
In our neighborhood

[Chorus:]
I've been searchin', wonderin', thinkin'
Lost and lookin' all my life
I've been wounded, jaded, loved and hated
I've wrestled wrong and right
He was a boy without a father
And his mother's miracle
I've been readin', writin', prayin', fightin'
I guess I would be still
Yeah, that was until
I knew God's Will

Will's mom had to work two jobs
We'd watch him when she had to work late
And we'd all laugh like I hadn't laughed
Since I don't know when

Hey Jude was his favorite song
At dinner he'd ask to pray
And then he'd pray for everybody in the world but him

[Chorus]

Before they moved to California
His mother said, they didn't think he'd live
And she said each day that I have him, well it's just
another gift
And I never got to tell her, that the boy
Showed me the truth
In crayon red, on notebook paper, he'd written
Me and God love you

I've been searchin', prayin', wounded, jaded
I guess I would be still
Yeah that was until...
I met God's Will on a Halloween night
He was dressed as a bag of leaves

November 12, 2010

"You're Beautiful"

-- Yes, yes.... another Celebrity Crushin' post. Today's crush is James Blunt. His eyes are so strikingly green and gorgeous and I love his songs. I'm usually not a fan of scruffy men, but... Yea, he's definitely "beautiful". ツ


--So, James Blunt has a new album. I want to get it, but I would like to hear some of the songs first. I remember going to his concert on October 10, 2006 at Radio City Music Hall with my roomie freshman year. I only knew one of his songs ("You're Beautiful") but fell in love with all of the others by the end of the concert. The concert featured songs from his debut album, Back to Bedlam. I think many of the songs on that album spoke a lot about his military service in Kosovo.

This is one of my favorite songs/videos from Back to Bedlam: "Goodbye My Lover"



-- He also released another album in 2007 entitled All the Lost Souls. This album was definitely more emotion-filled than the first, but I think he stayed true to his singing style from the first album, which I admire. He has released a third album on November 8th, and I'm so anxious to hear it. I hope it's just as good as the first two.

-- Here are pics from the concert in 2006:





-- We were sitting in the third mezzanine and were hoping to be those lucky people to win seats up close, but we were not that lucky. We were, however, REALLY excited to be at that concert (as you can probably see in the last photo).


November 11, 2010

November 10, 2010

Video of the Day

"100 years" by Five for Fighting

-- What this song says to me:
  • Live life to the fullest. Most people don't even have "100 years to live" as we are plagued with disease, war, hunger, emotional issues which may deteriorate our health or end it at an earlier time.
  • At age 15, we are so eager to grow up and be our own person. Enjoy it. Time flies and you'll be wishing that you were 15 again.




Lyrics:
I'm 15 for a moment
Caught in between 10 and 20
And I'm just dreaming
Counting the ways to where you are
I'm 22 for a moment
She feels better than ever
And we're on fire
Making our way back from Mars

15 there's still time for you
Time to buy and time to lose
15, there's never a wish better than this
When you only got 100 years to live

I'm 33 for a moment
Still the man, but you see I'm a they
A kid on the way, babe
A family on my mind
I'm 45 for a moment
The sea is high
And I'm heading into a crisis
Chasing the years of my life

15 there's still time for you
Time to buy, Time to lose yourself
Within a morning star
15 I'm all right with you
15, there's never a wish better than this
When you only got 100 years to live

Half time goes by
Suddenly you’re wise
Another blink of an eye
67 is gone
The sun is getting high
We're moving on...

I'm 99 for a moment
Dying for just another moment
And I'm just dreaming
Counting the ways to where you are
15 there's still time for you
22 I feel her too
33 you’re on your way
Every day's a new day...

15 there's still time for you
Time to buy and time to choose
Hey 15, there's never a wish better than this
When you only got 100 years to live

November 7, 2010

Screenshots

So, I was watching Thursdays (11/4/10) episode of Grey's Anatomy. In an effort to teach the residents of the hospital trauma techniques to deal with tough situations that may arise in the hospital setting, one of the doctors/characters of Grey's anatomy had them rescue the "patients". The residents had to take care of them until a helicopter came to rush them to a nearby hospital. None of this was real, as they worked with dummies and this so-called helicopter didn't even exist. One resident got really frustrated at all of the 'fakeness' and the fact that it had started pouring rain and there was obviously no helicopter coming, and many of the 'patients' were 'dying'. She decided to take matters into her own hands and rush the only '2 patients' that were still 'alive' to the hospital. This is how the scene following her decision played out. I thought it was hilarious... which is why I'm being lame and blogging about it now...


Owen: "Kepner...."


Owen: "...This ambulance was involved in the accident and is no longer running!"

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April: "ok. We'll put keys in the ignition and let's see"


**engine starts**
April: "Hahaaa.... Looks like I got AAA"


April: "Apparently, they could get here when the helicopter couldn't!"

November 6, 2010

Video of the Day

"Gravity" by Sara Bareilles

I've loved this song for so long and didn't know there was an actual video for it. I don't really get how the video ties into the song, so I'm really posting this for the song itself. I have the a Capella version on my iTunes and it sounds even more ah-mazing. Her voice is so crisp and clear. Enjoy.

November 5, 2010

Grandmothers



What do you love and remember most about your grandmother? Is it that she read you bedtime stories when you spent the weekend at her house? Or, that she was always a little nicer that your parents were sometimes? Or, was it that she always seemed to have something sweet for you to eat when you came to visit?

I don't have any of these memories. That's because I never spent time with my grandmom. I did meet her once in my lifetime, however. I was about 11 yrs old. My mom was sent me to London, England to spend a month with my grandaunt and to visit on of the families that took care of me when I was just an infant in Jamaica. (sidebar: that was a lovely visit. The lady's name was Beverly, just like my mom. She told me stories about when I began learning to walk, talk and write. She said she had pictures of me back then, but never got around to finding them in the week that I spent with her.)

Anyhoo, back to my month in England. I think I went in August. The plan was to stay my grandaunt, but spend a week or so with my grandmother, and a bit of time with the lady, Beverly and her family as well. A few days before my departure for England, I remember my grandmother called and told my mom that I could no longer come to visit and stay with her for a week b/c she was going to a week long church convention and she wouldn't have time to care for me. That was a little disheartening, but my mom assured me that everything will be okay. So, I went to England, only with the intentions of staying with my grandaunt. I got to site see and things like that and my grandaunt fed me REALLY well. :-) I also fell in love with James Bond around that time and this British soap opera (I don't remember the name) b/c they had like a month long James Bond Marathon, or something like that and not a day went by that my grandaunt didn't watch that soap opera.

The penultima (second to last) week that I was in England, my grandmother decided to pop up at my grandaunt's apartment to spend time with us. It was awkward, and the connection was strained. I don't remember much from her visit, maybe because it was not that enjoyable. I do remember however, that she got my sisters and I these little gold watches. I wore mine for a short while, until my skin became unhappy and itchy.

That's the only memory I have of my grandmother. The first AND last time meeting her. So, I don't have 'happy stories to tell about grandma' like many people who have lived during their grandparent's lifetime do.... oh well. I guess that's how life goes sometimes.


R.I.P. --- Bryan

Found!

This is a snippet of China's fashion week...

This first image is insane looking and kind of gorgeous at the same time!

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