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Study Saturday: Stress & Spirit

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Relationships, Study Saturday, Weekly Wonders, Yours Truly on 01/31/2015 at 18:45

When I wined and dined the other night, I was filled with a wealth of insight!

My pilot friend, a fellow Catholic, categorized a couple of things that are strongly involved in our daily lives:

Stress and Spirit

He broke down stress into two types:

  • Constructive stress ~ in which you’re engaging in activity that produces rewarding results (i.e., exercise)
  • Deconstructive stress ~ in which you’re waiting and worrying rather than doing (i.e., stressing at computer)

He split spirit into these two:

  • Encouraging spirit ~ in which someone motivates you to do your best (i.e., mentor)
  • Discouraging spirit ~ in which someone downplays your activities or goals

Also, Captain Kirk pointed out to me (the obvious ~ yet I was oblivious until now) that my initials stand for education:

ED = Elaine Dispo

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Foodie Friday: Croissant’s What I Want

In ♥ & Soul, Foodie Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 01/30/2015 at 19:00

Happy National Croissant Day!!!

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Almond Croissant Blossom from *Starbucks$

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Some timing: Context Media Health sent me this text tip after I ate the aforementioned croissant!

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The Perfect Study Snack: My mini croissant is packed with flavor, filled with Cocoa Cookie Butter Swirl for a sweet treat complete with coffee!

Also, with Mardi Gras on the way …

We still can eat, drink and be merry!

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And YES: just like its previous counterpart, this bad boy also is *Gluten FREE*

A moderate way to do it is through this mini croissant Cajun-style sandwich ~ simple yet savory!

Cajun Croissant Sandwich

Cajun Croissant Sandwich: Aren’t these mini croissants absolutely cute?

Snack-Happy!

Foodie Friday: Gourmet Italian

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 01/30/2015 at 14:30

I was fortunate enough to have another multi-course meal

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Roasted Garlic Hummus: Olive Garden’s Festa Italiana appetizer

This time, from mainstream and always yummy Olive Garden!

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Risotto Bites: Olive Garden‘s Festa Italiana appetizer

What drew me here was the Festa Italiana ~ four course meal.

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Asiago Tortelloni with Meat Sauce: my main course from Olive Garden‘s Festa Italiana

I grew up here, as Italian is my favorite food!

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White Chocolate Strawberry Dolcini: my dessert from Olive Garden‘s Festa Italiana sweetens the deal ~ and to top it off, I had a discount!

When you’re here, you’re family!

Floral Friday: Musical Plants

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Floral Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Technology, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 01/30/2015 at 14:00

Yesterday, my student who I tutor and I went shopping for plants!

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I want to emphasize to my pupil and all of my students the importance of maximizing their full potential.

These are the flowers that he picked out!

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Hibiscus in the (green)house!

We need this vegetation for his science project …

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Hibiscus Red for ♪♫Pop♫♪

… Which is to determine the effect of ♫♪music♪♫ on plant growth!

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Hibiscus Mandarin for ♪♫Hip Hop♫♪

He picked the hibiscus because they’re barely growing, so they have yet to bloom and blossom, plus their petals will look beautiful in hair!

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Hibiscus ☼Sunny☼ sans ♪♫jams♫♪

Thirsty Thursday: WGF are for …

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 01/29/2015 at 08:00
  • Follow GOD‘s will wholeheartedly with Faith
  • Fellowship with Friends and Family
  • Give GOD ALL of the Glory with the Gifts with which He has blessed you

GOD is GOoD†

Workout Wednesday: WOV ~ Contemporary DVDs

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 01/28/2015 at 10:00

Last Workout Wednesday and century, we had VHS

WOV DVD

I’ve always been all about the *DCC* + I actually featured the other 3 DVDs (i.e., pilates, toning) in my fave WOVs on Top 5 gone live!

Now in the 2000s, let’s exercise to these DVDs, if you please!

Beauty Tuesday: Saints & Devils

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 01/27/2015 at 08:30

For my speech classPaper Bag Speech

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Mani Monday: Blue * Silver * Gold for team spirit ~ specifically for the Duke Blue Devils + my Dallas Mavericks & Cowboys + my Our Lady of the Lake Saints!

I showed school spirit

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Mani Monday: Blue * VS Secret No Strings nail lacquer (dark blue) * NUANCE Salma Hayek True Azul 450 nail lacquer (cobalt blue) | Silver * Revlon Silver Screen 918 * O•P•I Silver Snowflakes top coat | Gold * NUANCE Salma Hayek Goldstone 345 nail lacquer * O•P•I ♥Heart♥ of Gold nail lacquer

right down to my team colors

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Paper Bag Speech: My 5K Trophy * my OLLU PhD Medal & Ring + Afghan Blanket * Dallas Cowboys earrings

and even wore a similar suit to Coach K after he reached 1K!

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E is for … Elaine * Education * Earned

Sports Sunday: Coach K Makes 1K!

In Health, Higher Ed, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Sports, Sports Sunday, Sunday Fun Day, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman on 01/25/2015 at 19:30

L is for …

Leadership * Legendary * Legacy

Coach K 1K

Coach K: the first Men’s Division I coach to reach 1K victories!

That is exactly what Coach K exudes, and today, he took it to the highest level ~ as he exceeded 999 wins when his Duke Blue Devils excelled at Madison Square Garden and thundered past the St. John’s Red Storms.

Now he has joined the ranks of my fave female coach, Pat Summitt!

Congrats to my hero who made history on this Game Day!

Study Saturday: Rated PG

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Study Saturday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 01/24/2015 at 08:00

As both an educator (college professor, religious education teacher, private tutor) and a student (to finish my doctoral degree this year and had a call to confirm my dissertation chair this week ~ to defend and become DOCTOR this ☼summer☼ then walk this fall) who can empathize with my own students, this ♣spring♣ semester thus far already has made waves!

P is for …

Pupils (formal term for students) * Pursuit * Progress –> Prosper/Prosperity

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Teaching in the Future: I conference call my high school dual credit students into my college classroom! Technology rules!

G if for …

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Giselle my Superstar Student rocks in her latest speech that advances her to state!

Goal –> Git’er done –> Graduate/Graduation

Foodie Friday: Peppermint Paradise

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 01/23/2015 at 21:30

This DISPO still can’t seem to let CHRISTmas go.

Since Friday wraps up my weekend (before I return to work on Saturday), I prefer to cozy up at home with A&A at the end of the day …

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Aah … So much better when RTC: Ready to Consume!

With my fave HOLYday flavor!

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As I watch HGTV‘s Love It or List It Too about houses with pools, I watch this Milano swim in my Mocha ~ Peppermint-style!

*~* TGIF CHEERS *~*