I moved!!!!!

2 05 2011

I’m at www.reinventionave.com now.  I figured out how to do this self hosting deal so far.  We’ll see how this works out in the long run.  Wish me luck and stay with me!

Talk About Reinvention!

2 05 2011

I hope I’m doing the right thing.  After a 8 year run at her K-12 school, my daughter has finally impressed upon me how much she wants to change schools.  I got the go ahead today from Minneapolis Public Schools that her school change request has been accepted and she has been placed!  I have to say that my daughter was very open to having lengthy respectful conversations and that was what sold me on the idea.  She clearly and objectively expressed her feelings to me without any drama or histrionics.  I was so impressed by her delivery I couldn’t say no!

It’s like the end of an era.  When she first started there, I couldn’t imagine that she wouldn’t graduate high school there.  I even decided not to leave the state after my mom died because I wanted her to have this one thing…  An uninterrupted elementary/middle/high school experience.  Especially since academically, she is thriving!  It’s the social stuff that is killing her.  I mean lets be honest, if you have social issues in 7th grade, those issues will follow you into high school at a K-12.

Honestly, she’s lucky to have this opportunity!  She gets to change schools before it’s to late to matter and she gets to remake herself or not as she pleases.  How many of us wished we could have done that at least once during puberty?!  Right now, I have her working on a vision board of what she hopes to get out of this experience and who she wants to become.  Her attitude has already changed so much it’s wierd! LOL She is already counting the days till she is outta there knowing that she can do anything for a little while!

My inner pessimist however, says that we should be careful what we ask for.  What if she goes to her new school only to find she likes it less than her old school?  I don’t want to scare her, but how do I let her know that she very well may not find what she’s looking for at this new school either.  Then what?

I know I’m putting the cart before the horse right now because this school year isn’t even over yet, but I just worry about my baby y’all!

This Little Piggy Went for a Walk…

30 04 2011

And her mother played with her camera!  Wait doesn’t that make me a sow????  Anyway, I decided to go for a walk because I still can’t figure this .COM to .ORG business out and I am still frustrated.  I got my kid to be my unwitting model and she is still a bit salty but I’m chalking that up to tween angst.  She is after all still grounded!  Please don’t ask! LOL

I came up with this in Photoscape and I must say that I am pretty pleased…

Photoscape is so darn fun.  Once I finished up this I thought about those scarves that I bought the other day at the Somali mall and the fact that I haven’t b/vlogged about it yet.  Thus the following .gif was born!  So yeah, all of the scarves you see here were purchased at Somali malls in Minneapolis.  I’m telling you these are the best deal in the TC!  $4 a piece and these babies are not small.  They are the big 40×40 size that the Somali women use with their hijab.

I hear you all saying that this has nothing to do with my blog, but really it does.  All this playing around in photoscape and playing around with my camera is going to help me bring you a better end product.  I promise I’m not giving up even if I don’t post as much as I did in the beginning.  I’m just getting my stuff together!  And with that, I’ll leave you with a money shot.

Link to instructions for the money shirt are aqui…

Can Anyone Help Me???

30 04 2011

I am so confused and I’m getting frustrated.  This is what I am working on today and I feel like I am STUCK!!!

Back to the Gym…Again…

21 04 2011

UUUHGGGGHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!  You know why I wish I hadn’t stopped going to the gym?  Because it’s so flipping hard to start back up!!!  That is why I am sitting here typing this post 30 pounds heavier than I was in February.

Now before I start being too hard on myself, I did quit smoking and that is a large part of why the weight came back on so fast, but that really isn’t any excuse for me to not have been going to the gym for the last several months.

So I have to get my behind in gear now and get a plan going.  Now that I am working 12 hour shifts, two things are going to change.  The first is that I will NOT be working out on days that I work.  I will be walking the stairs again on a regular (yesterday, I did over 150 steps!) instead when I work.  The second, is that I will have a lot more time to go to the gym when I am not working because my days off are now in three to nine day stretches at a time!

I would like to say that I will be going to the gym everyday that I don’t work, but to be honest, I know that I won’t do that because on a day like today, my body already hurts from doing the stairs and 24 hours working in a 48 hour period.  So maybe I will take a day off after my work stretches and then get to the gym.

Also, I think that I am going to get to add a bit more variety into my workouts.  While I adore my personal trainer, I can’t expect that he be around for every calorie I burn, but at the same time, I love having company when I work out.   Therefore, I am going to pick up a ten class card for Core Power Yoga.  There are two very near where I live and I have co-workers who are more than willing to go with me.  I expect that it is going to be so challenging and that my co-workers are going to give me a lot of crap.  I also suspect that it is going to be a blast!

Another thing I am looking forward to is being a non-smoker while working out.  I have to admit that last year while I was always proud of myself for the strides that I made, I always felt like I was setting myself back by smoking.  That was why I would never take my cigarettes in my purse with my when I went to work out.  Now there are no more setbacks and I don’t have to feel all kind of ways because I came home from the gym and had a cigarette!

Wow just typing this post is actually getting me excited.  Like I said, my legs are killing me from all those steps yesterday, but I think I’ll go for a walk today.  Maybe I’ll even post some pics from the neighborhood….

My First Giveaway!

15 04 2011

I am having my very first giveaway on my Youtube channel.  This giveaway is to celebrate three months smoke free for me next week and there will be THREE lucky winners!  Watch the video and read the information box for the rules and enter on in.  The prizes are humble and non-hair related, but they come from my hands and my heart.  Thank you so much for all of your support and encouragement!

Also, starting today, you should see more activity from me on here and on Youtube.  My work schedule change has taken effect and I will have a lot more time to devote to doing this thing right and I can’t wait!

The prizes are all done!  They just need a wash and they are on the way out the door on Monday!  Thanks again to everyone who entered the giveaway!

My Week in Styles

15 04 2011

Two weekends ago, I put some mini twists in my hair.  As always, putting them in was a marathon pain in the neck, but the end result was so worth it.  I did however wash them right away and was then left with fuzzy twists.  Now exactly what I wanted right away, but that was what I had.  So I decided to challenge myself to style these twists every day that I had them in my hair.  I ended up styling them for an unheard of 10 days!!!!  As I sit here typing up this post, I so desperately need to wash and deep condition my hair it isn’t funny.   I think I’ll do a caramel treatment today but then I’m thinking it’s already after noon as I am finishing this.  I guess I’d better get a move on then.  So above is my little collage of the styles for the week.  Or click and watch the video with more detailed pics of the various styles I did over the week.  Thanks for checking in!