Friday, April 18, 2014
Monday, April 14, 2014
Throughout the day, I received so many wonderful messages via text, email and Facebook from friends & family wishing me a happy birthday! But I think my best friend, Durell, took the cake by sending me his rendition of the happy birthday song! Not only can the man out dance and leap other dancers but this man can sannnnnnng! He sings for the Brooklyn Tabernacle so if you're in NYC, I recommend attending a Sunday service just to hear the choir sing. Love you boo :)
^^^Drunken Lazy Eye, Hennessy Dragon
Birthday Outfit Details:
We spent the rest of the night at Sobe, singing all our favorite songs until the club shut down which is when we promptly headed next door to grab some pizza and where my friend, J.C., decided he was the incredible hulk and began bench pressing Thomas and Charles. This is where things started getting a little fuzzy and I magically found myself at home an hour later being tucked into bed by Charles.
I woke up Saturday morning feeling blah but pretty proud of the fact that I had stayed out until 4 in the morning! Woooo I haven't stayed out that late in a long while! It made me feel like I was 21 again (for about 30 seconds). Charles and I headed out to Lmya's picnic at an ah-mazing park in Northern VA (dslr photos to come from our time there soon). After the picnic, we made our way to Charles's brother's place for some quality family time which is when my sister-in-law, Crystal, surprised me with a ladies outing to get our toes did! Hello pedicure!!!
^^^ Foot Fetish People: Eat Your Heart Out..
Sunday was spent with my family at Bayou in D.C. where we ate the most delicious cajun food and I was surprised with the most decadent brownie sundae! Annnnd that pretty much sums up my birthday weekend in a nutshell... I am so happy to have been able to celebrate my 27th birthday with my friends and family and Charles. :)
I'll be keeping a low profile on the blog this month so posts will be bit sporadic (why does this always happen when I sponsor other blogs?). With the Spring semester of grad school coming to a close, I have so many papers to write and presentations to prepare for. But don't worry, The #ResidentTourist Link Up will still be going down on Friday, April 25th so make sure you get out there and explore your locale! Outside of work and school, you can find me at the gym trying to sweat out the bloated beer belly I seem to have developed over this past weekend. And as usual, I'll be watching episodes on The Food Network to get me through 30 min. of interval training on the elliptical :)
Hope You Have A Great Week & Thank You For All Your Birthday Wishes Last Friday!!!
Friday, April 11, 2014
^^ It's my birthday, I can cry if I want to... #babysetarra #tinyterror
Oh yes, I am repeating the same title for today's post as I did for my birthday post last year. I think I'm gonna make it a blog tradition haha. Anyways, today my friends... Today I turn 27. Today my mommy ma will call me at exactly 10:17am to say like she does every year, "At this very moment, you were born and you were the cutest little baby ever. I loved you immediately." Every birthday, I look forward to that call. It always makes me emotional in the best way possible.
On this day last year, I was living in NYC. Charles was technically my boyfriend and we were loving long distance. Today, I'm living in Northern VA working on getting my Masters in Arts Management. Charles is now my fiancé and we're living together. So much has changed in just one year and today we will finally get to celebrate my birthday together for the first time in who knows how long.
Today I will go to Stadium Nightclub after work to celebrate my birthday with my friends because that's just what we do. (make it rain on dat ass!). Today, I will be bombarded with requests to take birthday shots and because it's my birthday, I will take them like the champ I'm not haha.
Friday, April 4, 2014
1) While at the grocery store this past weekend, I spotted the Washingtonian's "Foodie" edition on the stands and promptly added it to my basket. When I got home, I mentally ate my way through each page while making note of different places in the DMV that I want to check out in the future. Near the top of my list is making a trip to the Bayou Bakery in Arlington to try their "Oreo-like-Dat-O" cookie... You know, because I gotta see for myself if it's really like Dat because it definitely looks like Dat from the photo below! Mmmmmm can't wait!
2) Speaking of food, I have my first day of training tomorrow for my part time food job! I really want to tell you guys what I'll be doing but... I don't want to jinx anything. Soooooo you'll just have to wait until my training is done before I can reveal the news hehehe! (<-- evil witch cackle)
3) Charles and I have done a great job with not eating out these past couple of weeks and much of our success is due to finally making use of our crockpot! We got the crockpot as a gift for Christmas but only started using the damn thing this past March. Each week, we make 2 crockpot meals and because the portions are so huge, we end up having enough food for dinner, lunch the next day and lunch the day after that (we don't eat leftovers for dinner the next day). This means that we haven't been spending money to buy lunch at our jobs like we usually do which means we're saving money. Crockpot portions for the win! I've fallen in love with how convenient it is to dump the ingredients in the pot, go to work and come home to a ready meal. It's ah-mazing!
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Hi Lmya! First off, thank you so much for joining me on this week's Sevenly + Autism Speaks campaign! Secondly, could you share with my readers a little peek into the work you do professionally?
Thanks for having me, Tootie! I currently work in an Autism program at a non-public as an ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) instructor. The mission of our program is to provide individuals with autism and their families improved quality of life by helping each student achieve his or her full potential. We do this through individualized student-focused programming using research-based procedures. Additionally, the program maintains a strong commitment to the advancement of research in the education and treatment of individuals with autism and within the field of Applied Behavior Analysis.
How has working with individuals with autism impacted you?
Can I just gush a bit about how I ADORE this population? I have worked with this population for the last 7 years with my experiences ranging from work with toddlers to post-secondary young adults. I cannot even begin to describe the multitude of lessons my students have taught me throughout the years. My students have taught me the simple joys in life. They have taught me how wonderfully healing a genuine hug can be. They make me envious of their abilities to see the beauty in colors and lights like no one else. My students are resilient, perseverative and brilliant. They come up with the ultimate life hacks (ask any parent of a child with autism and they will tell you just how that child perfectly negotiates their environment). My students are the reason why I go to work every morning. They challenge me day in and day out and make me a better person. As a teacher, nothing compares to the feeling of pure elation and accomplishment than when a child who once use to have hour long tantrums now uses functional communication to request more time on the computer. Or when a teenager who at the beginning of the year use to have an average of 3 word utterances per sentence now has 6 to 7 utterances per sentence.
My students show me things about our society. Chew on this for a sec: we all experience life very differently, Am I right? The society we grow up in dictates to us how to "appropriately" cope with our life experiences. Throughout our lives, we are conditioned to respond to certain life events in a socially acceptable way. But what if we do not pick up on society's hidden curriculum? What if we don't pick up on the fact that it is not socially appropriate to sneak a whiff of the cashier's coconut pomegranate shampooed locks because it smells so tantalizing? Or that it is not socially appropriate to request squeezes from strangers because they just feel so darn good? Or that it might not be deemed acceptable to laugh hysterically when grandpa comes around because his life lines (i.e. wrinkles) are so wonderfully amusing? How differently would we view autism if autism was not juxtaposed with society’s definition of “appropriateness”? In no way am I attempting to mitigate the daily plight some individuals with autism struggle to cope with. I work with students who are dangerously self-injurious and aggressive to no fault of their own but think about the senseless battles we pick and expectations we put on individuals with disabilities in an attempt to make them “normal”. Go ahead, I’ll let you think on it….
What is your experience working with Autism Speaks and could you explain a little more in detail about what this organization does?
Autism Speaks is an advocacy organization “dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.” Autismspeaks.org is a wonderful site that I refer anyone interested in learning about autism. They’ve got some great stuff on there! They have articles on the latest autism research, tool kits dealing with an assortment of issues from toileting to going out to eat, local resource guides for individual states, etc. I personally attend the Autism Speaks’ annual Walk Now For Autism. Additionally, some of my high school students work at Autism Speaks learning vocational skills for future employment.
As of March 27th, 2014, the CDC released new data on the prevalence of autism. 1 in 68 children in the US are affected by autism. 1 in 48 are boys. To date, we do not know the cause of autism. The numbers are staggering. If for simply being a bit more sympathetic and patient when a kid is having a hard time at your local grocery store, please, I urge all your readers to educate themselves on autism.
For every item purchased on Sevenly's site this week, Sevenly will donate $7 to Autism Speaks which will go towards providing locating devices that will help keep children with autism safe. The bonus with this week's campaign is that The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund will match Sevenly for each donation! This equates to $14 donated to Autism Speaks in total for every purchase! So what are you waiting for? Go get yourself an awesome shirt like the one I'm wearing right now and help to shine a light on autism! xx, Lmya
To purchase the "Shine A Light On Autism" shirt Lmya is wearing: Click Here.
You can learn more about this week's Sevenly + Autism Speaks campaign Here.