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Grub Glory! Eat Happy!

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 02/26/2014 at 21:33

Happy Hump Day the Healthy Pretty Fit Way!

Today, I’ll feature food, as a perk to my freelance writing.

When I visited AM Donuts, I was pleased to photograph around the storefront and bakery, as well as to try the main menu items that I intended:

AM Donuts serves Bubble Tea!

AM DonutsBubble Tea & Maple Bacon Bar

The added bonus was that the owner packed his personal favorites for me to take home!

AM Donuts & Croissants

AM Donuts & Croissants Care Package, including *exclusive* Cherry Chocolate Fritter & Red Velvet Cake Donut

Then, when I covered the Claudie C. Royals Banquet on Claudie C. Royals Day, I chowed down even more!

Claudie C. Royals Banquet 2014

Claudie C. Royals Banquet Main Course & Sides + Beverage: Lasagna, Fried Chicken, Corn, Salad, Sweet Tea

Claudie C. Royals Banquet Dessert

Claudie C. Royals Banquet Desserts: Special Strawberry Shortcake Banana Nut Pudding, Lemon & Chocolate Nut Cupcakes, Chocolate Sugar-Dusted Brownies

Today, I wrote about how I ate healthy a week ago then rewarded myself the next day in What I Ate Wednesday and Thursday

Moral of this story:

A good day can lead into another one!

And because I love y’all so much, here’s  how I packed my sweets for the sweet from the sweet on VDay ♥

VDay Sweet Treats

Valentine’s Day 2014 ♥ Banana LOVE Berry Much Abunch

Now that I’ve gone bananas with good grub and am armed with study food, I’ll get back to working on my dissertation

3:33 ~ make a wish!!!

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Braid for Cascade of Waves Rave

In Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 02/24/2014 at 05:15

I had a beautiful hair day on this Sunday fun day ~ well, more like this whole weekend, actually!

First, I started with braiding my hair and pinning it up. Like my new Coach Gabrielle glasses?

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[Dress by Peter Pilotto-Target Collaboration]

Then, when I went to church this morning, I took my hair down… & voila! Bouncy curls is where it’s @ (spritz mane w/holding spray or volumizing mousse, if desired).

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[Top by Prabal Gurung for Target]

Now I know that this isn’t a brand-spankin’ new hair tip, but I just wanted to share 1 way of how a great hair day can lead into the next bombshell hair day =D

11:11 ~ make a wish!!!

Happy Claudie C. Royals Day!

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Politics, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Travel, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 02/17/2014 at 20:20

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Happy Presidents Day! On Saturday, the City of Abilene celebrated Claudie C. Royals Day on our community hero, Claudie C. Royals‘ birthday.

* Abilene has Royals touch at advocate’s banquet

2:22 ~ make a wish!!!

YOLO: Valentine’s Day Eve

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Pro-DiSPO, Relationships, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 02/14/2014 at 05:11

On this night before VDay, I wish to pass along these items in my Counting BlessingsGratitude Journal:

First of all, I started Thursday with my Adoration Hour. Then, I went about my day…

Excellent Service

  • nice baristas at Starbucks
  • positive consultant at LensCrafters (where I found a new pair of specs), who commended my vision insurance and struck up a conversation about cats with me after seeing my feline on my credit card
  • cheerful friend who was featured twice in the Abilene Reporter-News yesterday, including the article that I wrote about his dad
  • accommodating family who I interviewed at their business, AM Donuts, to feature their location’s offering of boba tea (only one in Abilene) ~ the owner gave me this box of assorted flavors on-the-house!

YOLO: Valentine's Day Eve

Perks of Journalism: Trying New Things!

Don’t these babies look yummy? Among the pastries in this package, I see AM’s exclusive chocolate cherry fritter and red velvet cake donut, so what great ways to ring in Valentine’s Day with these sweet treats from the sweet for the sweet!

11:11 ~ make a wish!!! 

Happy St. Valentine’s Day/Singles Awareness Day!!! 

XOXO ~ Elaine & the Double-A Team 

Claudie C. Royals: Abilene, Texas Hero Who Made Black History

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Home Sweet Home, Politics, Pro-DiSPO, Relationships, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 02/13/2014 at 03:40

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Claudie C. Royals Banquet 2014 Advance in Abilene Reporter-News (print Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, and website)

WHO: Claudie C. Royals
WHAT: Claudie C. Royals Banquet
WHERE: Abilene Civic Center
WHEN: Claudie C. Royals Day ~ Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, 7 p.m.

*Prayers for Broadcaster Tom Brokaw‘s Healing from Cancer*

Reap Rewards through Positive Reinforcement

In ♥ & Soul, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Relationships, Yours Truly on 02/11/2014 at 08:22

On this icy winter day, I woke up from having a dream that I thought was worth sharing with the lesson that it taught me: we deserve to earn incentives if we take steps toward our goals. In other words:

Let’s reward ourselves for our accomplishments.

In this dream, I was reading an article about someone whose positive reinforcement would be trip incentives once she’d reach an accomplishment… Then I realized that sometimes I procrastinate instead of motivate myself to keep working on my dissertation by rewarding myself before I do my tasks. So, today, on another cold one, I pledge to reward myself after I invest my effort!

Here’s how I’ll provide positive reinforcement for persisting through my research:

Sweetheart Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries

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2:22 ~ make a wish!!!

~*~ R.I.P., Shirley Temple Black ~*~

Attitude of Gratitude

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 02/11/2014 at 05:11

Here, I state:

It’s never too late to appreciate all the great of your fate.

I know, I know, this Dispo always busts a flow. You can always rely on yours truly to find a time to rhyme!

Now you also can count on me to give thanks everyday! Whenever I wake up, I’ll warm up with these stretches as I pray and praise GOD for the many Blessings with which he has blessed my loved ones and me. Before I go to bed, I’ll extend the magnitude of my gratitude to Him again…

Today’s blessings follow, as well as more from this past week and upcoming below. Wishing you all a winning Happy St. Valentine’s Day/Singles Awareness Day, as well as Heart Disease Awareness/Heart Health Month! Love you all, Team: Dr. D Players!

Monday Miracles

    • good eye doctor appointment this morning, during which the optometrist asked me about my dissertation
    • safe travels from the sleet on the streets
    • finishing the Starbucks Winter Star Dash to earn bonus stars, my next free treat and maintain my Gold Level status
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Winter Star Dash … All I needed was 6 to add to the mix!

  • receiving an email from my classmate who graduated with his dissertation to help guide me through mine
  • hearing back from the editor and my main source of the story that I’m covering for the paper
  • receiving an email from one of my good girl friends, Amy, with encouragement and this cute cat pic

Singing Stars

Amy brightened my day!

  • Last Week’s Bonuses
  • interviewing for a teaching job
  • being assigned to cover a piece for my local newspaper (aforementioned article) that involves the family of my high school and college friend 
  • more prospective schools to recruit participants for my study
  • family time with my
Lil' Cat Love

Annie & Me

Double A-Team 

Big Cat Love

Asia & Yours Truly

plus my parents and the Cooleys – my sis Jo, my bro Ryan and their K9 Coco – including at the

Dispos & Cooleys

Happy Valentine’s from the Dispos & the Cooleys!

USPFO Sweetheart Ball Valentine’s Day Dinner/Dance 

Just call me the Piano Girl

Piano Dispo

and lunch after church at China Star — where the owners called us our #1 customers and reminisced about how we were loyal patrons dating back since their opening 25 years ago, and where I got this fortune:

You will bring sunshine to someone’s life.

This is absolutely true since Sunshine is the name of my truck, and my name actually means light!

This Week’s Thanks

  • schedule for next month’s ministry at church
  • release of The Best Man Holiday DVD, my fave movie of 2013
  • Claudie C. Royals Banquet that I’m covering for the Abilene Reporter-News
Celebrating Claudie Royals

Claudie C. Royals Banquet

11:11 ~ make a wish!!!

~*~ Happy 105th Birthday, Lolo Tico ~*~ 

Champion

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 02/03/2014 at 17:46

Happy Super Bowl XLVIII Monday!!!

Today’s Word of the Day is: Champion.

Almost two years ago exactly, I judged this Skills USA speech tournament, in which the students presented their interpretations of the word “champion.” What does it mean to you?

For me, a champion is someone who takes a winning approach to life, even in moments of defeat, one who still demonstrates good sportsmanship and holds her/his head up high without giving up. Last night, the NFC Champs won the “Big Game,” but the AFC Champs still are champions in my eyes because they still maintained a championship attitude. The heart of a champion does not feel like a loser even when it is beat.

This is what I aim to accomplish in my dissertation research and after I earn my Ph.D.: to show coaches that genuine leadership is based on developing their players into champions in life, not just in the game. I myself also am practicing this championship lifestyle by persisting along the way…

Here is a quote that I posted on my FB Fan Page:

“The #character of a #man is to #establish something where no one else has ever done before.” ~ Reggie Miller about his time w/his only NBA team, the Indiana Pacers

Before I get back to writing my study, I am about to go beast mode for energy. Speaking of which, here’s some comic relief that I posted on my friend’s Facebook last week:

  • My Buddy: How does a guy get man boobs?
  • Yours truly: By not working out their #pecs! #Dudes with #moobs must hit the #weights & work on their #BenchPress both #flat & on #incline for more #definition + try the #ChestFly… Go #BeastMode!
  • My Buddy: Thanks, Elaine. I’ll diet hardcore the next couple of weeks…
  • Yours truly: ¡El gusto es mío, mi amigo! I just sent ya an invite to the #BestWorkoutForMen #app for #iPhone which is the #male version of the 1 that I contribute to: #PrettyFit. Best wishes on the #diet but I hope you also add more #exercise into the #mix so that way you could #reward yourself w/a #YOLO (i.e., #PanDulce) every once in awhile…

Without further ado, here are my latest on the Pretty Fit Way:

Other winners in my life include my Double A-TeamAsia and Annie, who my good friend and spiritual mentor, Bishop Mike, has so graciously blessed during his leadership of the Diocese of San Angelo, before his retirement and the ordination of Bishop Sis one week ago. Here are A&A‘s and my heartfelt Valentine’s greetings and their photo full of love:

♥LOVE♥ is in the air & on the way, so we pray …

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For you to have a HAPPY ST. ♥ VALENTINE’S ♥ DAY!!! 

Warmest Wishes Sealed with a Kiss & ♥HEART ♥felt  Hugs

XOXO from: Elaine + the ♥CUPID ♥ Cats Asia & Annie

… who would do the Cupid Shuffle, but they’d rather stay comfy & content on their ♥LOVE♥ bed!!!

♥Now, Asia is joining Annie on the Cardio Cat Challenge, as her New 2014 Resolution is to exercise more, Dr. Price’s orders!