Friday, October 23, 2009

It's Been A Long Time...But Thankful

Hey ya'll,

So it's been a long time since I have been on my blog and so much has happened in that time. Let me give you an outline of where my life has been to this point.

On October 15, I left Northern Virginia headed for Richmond to meet my mom and my nephews for our annual trip to Charlotte, NC for my college homecoming (Johnson C. Smith University!). As usual, the traffic on 95 is the worst and people just don't know how to keep it moving and on top of it, it was pouring down raining. But I made it about 9:45 that night so it wasn't too bad of a trip.

Friday morning we got up, got our clothes together, picked up the rental car and headed on our merry way to North Carolina. We left a little late but it was okay, we made it. Our first order of business was Concord Mills in the middle of NASCAR traffic, very fun. However, we did our shopping, headed to the hotel and settled in. I hooked up with some of my girls and made it to the Young Alumni Party. We will say at least I was able to shake a leg. We ended the night with a trip to the 24 hour IHOP and got in a 5am Saturday morning.

Fast forward to Saturday and the lack of sleep that I got. I woke up at 7:45 to get dressed and headed over to campus to meet my aunt and see the parade. The monkey was on my back cause I was tired as I don't know what. I did survive the parade and then we walked around campus, looking at all of the changes and improvements that the new President of the University has done. Fast forward a couple of hours to the game and I refused to pay $30 to get in. I am still on a college budget. So to the tailgating area I go. I saw some of my classmates, ate and had a good ol' time.

That afternoon while chatting away with one of my good friends, I felt a pain on the right side of my abdomen. I seriously thought it was gas and figured I would walk it off. My friend and I walked up to the student union cause both of us had to use the bathroom. I went and was fine. We met back up in the union to talk and I still wasn't feeling to hot. I went to sit down on the couch and met up with another one of my friends. In the middle of talking to her, I had to go back to the bathroom. As soon as I go in, I started throwing up. It wasn't just one time, it was three times. Luckily my mom was still on campus and I caught a ride back with her to my aunt's house. As soon as I got there, away to the bathroom and throwing up. I was doing it so much that I was throwing up greenish-yellow bile. I was extremely scared because I have never thrown up that much in my life. My mom went to the store with my aunt and brought me some ginger ale back. That did settle my stomach for the evening and although my side was still hurting, I was able to sleep.

Sunday morning I woke up, still with the excruciating pain in my side but I was able to move around without heading towards the nearest bathroom. My aunt made me a bowl of chicken noodle soup and I was able to hold that down. My mom and nephews packed the car and back to Richmond we went. I survived the 5 hour trip, still in pain and sleeping majority of the way.

Just before we made it home, I told my mom to take me to Patient First (an urgent care center) instead of taking me home. She dropped me off and told me to call her cause she was going to take my nephews home to my sister. The doctor and the lab tech took my blood and I gave a urine sample which is routine to diagnose anything internal. After being there over an hour and napping, the doctor came in and said that there was one test that the lab was having a problem with and instead of keeping me too long, she was going to give me some pain meds, send me home and call me once the results are back. So I had to call back cause I think they forgot, but the nurse told me, after consulting with the doctor, that it was showing signs that I had acute appendicitis and I need to go to the ER.

ER is not fun when you are in dire pain and there are a whole bunch of people coughing with Swine Flu germs all in the area. My mom and I waiting about 2 hours before I went to the back to be seen by the nurse. Fast forward several hours and a CT Scan later, the results came back for sure that I had appendicitis and that I need emergency surgery. So after a day in the hospital, I stayed in Richmond for a week with my mom. She really did not want me to come back even after I was a tad bit better.

So I am saying all this to remind me that life is precious and we are all not guaranteed or promised tomorrow. Something so small as an appendix could have taken me out. Thank God for my mom being there because if she wasn't, no telling what would happen.

Until next time!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Good Morning Wednesday!!

Rise and shine (well no shine yet) to the cold Wednesday morning. The blankets were not enough take the chill from my body last night. I am trying not to cut the heat on that much because it gets too stuffy for me. It's SO cold that there is no excessive loitering from the neighbors outside of my window. No smashing glass, no loud talking.

So my to do list for today: Go to work and knock some things out, come home, wash clothes, pack for North Carolina. Let's hope that I can get all of that accomplished today.

Anyway, have a fabulous hump day!!!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The challenge for today

So this afternoon reassured me of the lack of discipline and the lack of respect that people have for their jobs and superiors. In this day in America, people are loosing jobs left and right and would die to have a stable job. Others who have a job apparently aren't concerned about their security.

There comes a time when we have to define what it important to you and what you need to do to keep it. And that means a job to maintain your lifestyle.

Okay that is all I am going to say. Tomorrow brings a new day and new challenges. Let's go people!!!

New day, new start to finish past things

As a suggestion of my friend, I am writing a blog today about every day being a new day to start to finish past things.

We are blessed that God spared us another day to live on this earth and carry out what he has planned for us. Some of us choose to do so, other venture off the path. Well I am one of those persons who took a detour every now and then and everytime I did, I have consequences to pay. Today for my new day, new start to finishing past things is working on myself to complete my Master's Degree.

I have came too far and been in grad school for toooooooo long to prolong this anymore. What stopped me the first time from finishing was a Thesis paper. To devote so much time and research to a paper just wasn't in the cards for me. Over the summer, I was given the opportunity to replace the paper with another course, but my job took over and I failed the course because of time. I decided to enroll for the Fall Quarter and another course. The quarter officially began yesterday but today I received my materials and books and I will start off fresh to get it done.

I tend to be a procrastinator when it's things that I know that have to get done but I have no motivation to do so. It's bad, I know and I have to get out of that. Really, I need to stop delaying and do what I need and suppose to do. If I don't, I know it will affect my future and the ability for people to trust me to get things done.

So today begins a new me. A new me of getting things done. A new me not to be afraid of buckling done to get things done. A new me to let go or push back from things that are hindering me to get things done. A new me to continue my walk with Jesus Christ to do what I need to do to get things done.

A new me, becoming naturally ambitious to get things done!!!!!

Monday, October 12, 2009

My day off.....YES!!!

Thank goodness I have a job that recognizes all DC/Federal Government holidays. It has been a straight lazy day (well not exactly) and I love it! HGTV has been on all day and laughing at all of the craziness that people expect in purchasing a home, especially internationally. Lawd I hope that when I purchase a home, I am not off the handle with the things I would like.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Taking on new roles, accepting the challenge

So I am a member of the best church south of the Mason Dixon line.....Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, VA. Recently we had a New Members luncheon and during the event there were booths set up by the different ministries of the church, allowing us to see what they are about and sign up for the ones we are interested in. I figured I would join a few, as I am still getting acclomated to the church and join the ministries that I am currently involved in and not stretch myself too thin. They are: Young Adult Ministry (affectionetly known as YAM), Women's Ministry, Career Change Ministry and the Singles Ministry.

Last night was the planning meeting of the Singles Ministry. I was late because of the wonderful traffic that is unpredictable in the DC Metro Area. I walked into the packed room full of women and only 3 men. (Men, where are ya'll at!!!!!) There was a lot of talk about how this committee was revamped and all of projects that have been planned going forward. Everybody was really excited about getting this ministry moving and by that, everyone had a chance to sign up for a committee.

I signed up for the Communications Committee since it was my major in college. I figured I could help out with making a few phone calls, doing some e-mailing, you know just be an indian following the chief. We apparently that wasn't in the plan for me. Myself and another member decided to co-chair the committee which is great because two is better than one. There is one other person in the committee and together all three of us have a lot of ideas for the ministry.

In addition to Co-Chairing a committee, I am going back to school this quarter to finally finish. And the class this time......Marketing Communication!!! Go me!!! I will be in prayer that I can find balance with everything and will do everything to the best of my abilities and to finish what I have started.

Ok ya'll I'm out!!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

My first blog!!!!!!

I am excited that I have my first blog space. Never would I have thought to create something or use another vehicle than Facebook and Twitter to put my business out there. I feel a little vulnerable right now and a little scared but I have to step out on faith and trust that what I put out is straight from the heart and people can feel me.