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Beauty Tuesday: Read or Treat? 

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 08/18/2015 at 05:00

How about both? ✌🏽️

Annie's my Wallpaper

I added the Overdrive app after redeeming my Viggle eBook reward

More of my recent 🌅pleasure reading📚 has been geared toward 📳lifestyle!

Thanks to my Viggle📺 📲app, I earned🏆 this 👓eBook, the second helping from the 🎂Cupcakes and Cashmere 📓blogger!

  "Cupcakes & Cashmere @ Home" eBook
🍭Dulce Candy, a military hero who became famous on YouTube for her makeup tutorials

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released her 📕book, 🍥The Sweet Life, two weeks ago ~ the exact same day as my post-PhD🎓 reading!

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ALL of the above come in handy as I travel across the country this week!

Motivational Movie Mon: GT is for … 

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Motivational Monday, Movie Monday, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 08/17/2015 at 05:00

Great Teacher!

GTO

GTO reminds me of myself: He cares about his students & is a biker!

Before I began teaching at the college level, my 🇺🇸Airman✈️ buddy, who was stationed in 🐎Texas🏇🏽 and 🌺Cali🌴 when I lived in both, introduced me to anime Great Teacher Onizuka (GTO)

GTO 1st Semester

Watch with humor …

So I’ve been going by Great Teacher Dispo ever since!

GTO 2nd Semester

Warning: Clever wit is needed for this content!

Great timing to pop in these DVDs as the 🍎school🎓 year approaches!

Study Saturday: Schooled By The Sopranos

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Study Saturday, Technology, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 08/15/2015 at 09:20

Quick breather from my research writing for refreshment🍮 & reception🍭

Starbucks Chocolate Croissant

📊Stats📉📈 at 💫💸Starbucks☕️ are where it’s at ~ got this comfy cozy horseshoe booth to myself, booyah!

Strolling through campus for a quick snack🍩 ~ chocolate croissant is as close as I can get to a cannoli ~ & fresh 🌟perspective!

Bill Cosby Stats

While 💡studying✨ my 🔭statistics🔬 📙book, I came across this Bill Cosby example!

 It’s business training without the whacking🔫!

Out of the business-savvy shows out there, my personal favorite would have to be the The Sopranos. I’ve always been fascinated with mafia  ~ not that I’m interested in joining the mob ~ but because organized crime still involves communication and leadership that I’ve studied and taught all through college and graduate school, such as mobster managers

  • Sonny Corinthos, the “King of Port Charles” in General Hospital, and
  • the movie Goodfellas, in which the main character’s wife’s character is played by the shrink on The Sopranos!
    Reading Apps

    Until I received my book order, Amazon provided electronically reading from Kindle!

    Tony Soprano may not have written the book on leadership …

… but I’m reading a couple of books📚 that are written about his management ~

  

These 📓readings📔 offer insight on intrapersonal communication * professional relationships * making decisions * managing conflict * solving problems!

The Sopranos Business👔 Books📕 (for your reading👓 pleasure)

  • 📗 Tony Soprano on Management: Leadership Lessons Inspired by America’s Favorite Mobster by Anthony Schneider
  • 📙 Leadership Sopranos Style: How to Become a More Effective Boss by Deborrah Himsel {from 👛Avon💄}

The Sopranos‘📺 “Cliffs Notes”📔/Greatest Hits📻 (if you have ⌚️2h/video🎥 to spare for your entertainment)

Fuggedaboutit! ✌

Feline Foodie Friday: Cat Mama Chronicles ~ Wilderness Wellness 

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Feline Friday, Foodie Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 08/14/2015 at 09:40

Have you seen 🎬commercials📺 in which moms choose food for their kids because it’s healthy, and their children end  up liking it because it’s tasty? 

Enter Blue Wilderness! Fitting name for my Double As: Blue for my blue-eyed AsiaWilderness for my wild cat Annie!


This cat food boasts that it’s 🍞Grain Free, which would agree with 👑Queen 🐯Asia‘s tummy!

And it turns out that 👑Princess 🐱Annie🐈 actually prefers it too! Maybe it’s because these morsels look like Cocoa Puffs? J/s

I weened them off their previous 😺cat😸 🍛chow🍲 prior to switching permanently, and over the past couple of weeks before they ran out of their old food, they ate around it while begging for their brand new preference!

😹Meow😽 😼Now😾 😿Bow🙀 🐾Wow!

#DISPObustAFlow 

Ear Mite Remedy

 Despite preventative care, I’ve noticed Big *ASIA* scratching her ears lately & have provided relief!

Cat in the Basket

  What’s the point of a laundromat? When you have 👘Laundry👖 😻Cat😸!

Caught Pink Pawed

 🐱Annie🐈 can fit, but she can’t 🙈hide!

Annie-mal

 😺Annie-mal😸 has owl eyes * 🐮cow spots🐄 * bushy🐺 squirrel tail * 🐵monkey🙊 🙉cry🐒

 

  Talk about chillaxASIAn!

RIP✌🏽️ 😇Cecil👼 the 🐆Lion🐅

Thirsty Thursday: M is for … 

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 08/13/2015 at 08:15

Mary’s Miraculous Mysteries

We Catholics💒 honor the 💐Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of ☝🏽️GOD, always 
and her Assumption into Heaven👼🏼 is

Workout Wednesday: Beach Beast Mode  

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Fitness Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 08/12/2015 at 09:50

You can take the babe🏄🏽 out of the 🏊🏽beach, but you can’t take the beach🌊 out of the 💃🏽babe!

Thanks to Tone It Up‘s “Meet Up” on Toned Up, these moves can keep us in 🌴beach shape👙 off the seashore!

No need for ♫☼Summertime☼ Sadness♪ as school starts soon ~ more like 🌅Summertime🌼 and 🍎School🎓 Sappiness!

🏊🏽Skinny Dip: tris * abs * booty (tricep dip)

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🏄🏽Body Surf: glutes * hams (hamstring curl)

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🐳Dolphin: shoulders * tris * core (downward dog push-up)

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🏄Surf’s up ~ in more ways than 1 fun in the sun! 👍

Working Woman’s Wednesday: Sabbatical Schedule

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Study Saturday, Technology, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 08/12/2015 at 09:30

I’ve been making the most out of this second 🚣🏻summer🌅 session away from teaching to keep cranking💻 out my doctoral🎓 📖dissertation until school starts!

Eye Candy Cat

With my smaller home office space during my sabbatical, I make the most of my workstation with eye candy ~ so *ASIA* adorns the side of this desk! 💺😻📷💻📇

My work load on finishing my draft📝 that details

has occupied the majority of everyday these past six weeks ~ so this can compare to a full time job!

S is for: 💡Scholar✨ = 🌈Social📳 🔭Scientist🔬

Eye Candy Cats

Just when I didn’t think that my eye candy could get any better with Grad Cat, enter Stats Cat Sweet Annie! 📊📉📈🐱🐈

 Despite not needing to report to a classroom everyday or answer to anyone, I as my own boss during my sabbatical still maintained a schedule.

My Around-the-Clock⏰ to Become Doc Routine

  • 🌇Daily😵 😲wake-up😳 📋non-negotiables: prayer🙏 (the 🌹Rosary), skin care, feed A&A
  • 🍳Breakfast🍊 of 🏆Champs: fuel⛽️ up (postpone coffee☕️ to 2h after I wake up to help me sleep more easily later)
  • 💪🏽Beast👊🏽 💓Mode: work out to get my brain juices & blood flowing
  • 💡Scholar⚡️ 📓Mode: revise my working document for as many as 12h/day
  • Shower: taking a cold one on these hot dog days of summer can energize me between my workout and study session or I’ll relax in the bath between my scholarshift and bed time to snuggle in clean sheets
  • 🌈Pleasure🌟👓Reading: I haven’t read as much non-scholarly material as I used to love to before college & grad school, but I’ve found that a little bit helps to ease my mind & unwind lately ~ my current reads are relevant to my research in an unconventional way (stay tuned this Study Saturday)
  • 💭Choose😴 to 💤Snooze: as a chronic insomniac, I must make a conscientious effort to hit the sack ~ while I tend to stay up late reviewing and proofing my paper, I find that I’m more effective when I work on it earlier in the day with energy!

Just like Vince Carter🏀 had discipline with the Dallas Mavericks🏆 a couple of seasons ago, I also didn’t take break days! Yes, it’s essential to have some R&R, but at this point, I’m

In the Zone 🎯

So I can’t afford a single day off …

Therefore, I take 🌴mini-vacays, even for just a few minutes or hours⌚️ for my stories

Beauty Tuesday: PS is for … 

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 08/11/2015 at 00:40

Plaid🏁 • Polka Dots👙 | Solids🎱 • Stripes👔

Recently, I made it my mission to add a couple of new 🍁seasonal🍂 staples to my wardrobe

Countdown to Final Reveal

First, I sought a layering top to complete my ultimate presentation🎤 ensemble and went so far as to look for different colors🎨 and 🐆prints. I searched for a color-coordinating overlay, but did I want a solid🎱 sweater since I already had a patterned👙 dress? When I thought that I was getting warmer in reaching the 👓vision by shopping online, I imagined my striped sweater👘 that I scored earlier this summer ~ suprisingly perfect with polka dots in the same colors!

Tiffany Blues

Next, I needed plaid🏁 for the 🍁fall🍂 and found this snap-button shirt that pairs well with my new skater 👗dress & come to think of it, may match my new sneakers for the 1st day of school! I can pull off this kicka** look!

Pretty in Pink & Purple

Even when I wasn’t trying, when I went to my 🙏🏽Holy💖 💒Hour⏰ the other day, I made a masterpiece match with this 💐🌾spring/summer🍃 dress💃🏻 and striped👔 scarf🏂 that still could make a statement as we enter the cooler months!

For clothing in colors that already pop, I go for neutral/muted tones in the finishing touches, such as in these nude wedges & black Docs!

 Then I realized that I had my latest pursuits as classic pieces in my closets all along!

P also is for …

Period

Since it’s my time of the month ~ YES, I admit it, no shame in my TMI as I bring more FYI ~ I don’t want my cramps to interfere with my shut-eye or staying productive as I power through my paper (I’ve also wondered whether the “crimson tide,” as Clueless‘ Cher puts it, will hit when I present it, but I’ll have to deal when that time comes and look dayum good in the process) … However, when I felt fatigued and craved energy yet didn’t want my coffee to add to my bloat, I sought acclaim/affirmation for or at least alternatives to caffeine

  • This Women’s Health article advocates coffee and caffeine during our cycle!
  • This SheKnows article recommends reducing intake of caffeine, including in coffee, and reaching for dark chocolate while staying hydrated!

Therefore, I drank a little bit of coffee while more liberally downing my *Star* Water + indulged in 1 piece of my Dove Almond & Dark Chocolate Promises to tide me over as I typed away!

Also, I reminded myself that this flow wouldn’t mess with my flow. In fact, over a decade ago, when I worked at my my hometown gym, I wouldn’t empathize with fellow females who used their flow as an excuse not to witness their fitness ~ even when I felt crummy from cramping, I’d still exercise!

Well, this brand-spankin’ new member to our 26.2-mile club gives running while being on the rag a whole new meaning.

She even brings up chaffing, so speaking of which … enter {drum roll, please}

Powder

I’ve rediscovered this product that my mom had patted on my skin when I was a baby and had me keep applying it to maintain my hygiene as a child. When I ran my marathon, I realized how effective it could be to areas that experienced a lot of friction (which will remain unnamed) ~ now I use it more during this exceptionally hotter-than-usual ☼summer☼ whether I have a fun run in the ☼sun☼ or am just sweating bullets!

My personal preference: Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder with Cornstarch

To ease some tension on this taboo topic, please check out my beauty guru‘s rag time collaboration!

For more cramp & comic relief, this No Strings Attached scene (no tampon pun intended) shows a period ♪playlist♫ ~ now I wish that someone could bring me cupcakes (red velvet & other assorted flavors ~ I’m not picky) like this character did!

 

♪I keep bleeding … keep, keep bleeding ♥love♥♪~ ♫Leona Lewis♫ | Pretty picture (“crime scene in my pants”), right?

Mixer Monday: Cool as a Cucumber

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Mixer Monday, Public Interest, Relationships, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 08/10/2015 at 21:00

H2O 🌊hydration is essential for our healthy lifestyles above anything else that our 🚹body🚺 consumes. We especially crave it during this 🌅summer🌞 💥heat!

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I call this 🌠Star🌌 Water (after my mother‘s first name ~ Estrella ~ which means “star”) that calls for: 💧Water💦 Fresh slices of the following: cucumber * lemon🍋 * ginger🍈 * mint leaves 🌿 (no honey🍯 added ~ but it’s optional for sweetness [I prefer none to savor the tangy taste])

My mom, the retired Registered Nurse😷 after almost 4-1/2 decades, has been mixing up this cool concoction that offers a wealth💸 of physical health benefits, including ingredients in her cold medicine💊 when I lost my voice last spring🍀 & my hangover solutions + another from Lisa my LMT‘s post-massage💆🏻 🍹cocktail🍸

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Sunday☀️ 📳Selfie: Aside from adding the cucumber to her latest batch of ✨Star💫 Water, I asked my Nanay to save me a couple of slices to place over my eyes👀 & felt their calming soothing effects! Now, as a 🎥photographer, I’m a pro behind the 📹camera + in front of the 📷cam, taking 📲selfies📱 even with my eyes😆 covered and closed!

Cheers to Mami Aya‘s refreshing herb water that helps ease digestion + boosts our vitamin🍊 intake!

Motivational Movie Monday: Vic Vids 

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Motivational Monday, Movie Monday, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 08/10/2015 at 10:10

For a 💡dose🍊 of motivation:

My 👓Must-See👀 💿DVDs📀

  

Get Coached is a collection💾 of 🎬segments🎥 from 🌠winning🏆 🏉football🏈 📣coaches📢

  • 4 NFL head coaches, including 2 Mikes ~ one (Singletary) who played for another Mike (Ditka) & the father (Buddy Ryan) of another featured coach (Rex Ryan), + another one (Sean Payton) who I actually reported on for one of my last doctoral classes
  • The Florida State Seminoles former coach (Bobby Bowden)

 

I also am including how their speeches🎤 ~ which are relevant not just in terms of athletic leadership, but 👔corporate💼 🏣business, as well ~ tie in with the 🌈exemplary💭 leadership theory that I’m exploring in my doctoral🎓 📜dissertation.

📢Cheers👏🏽 to 🏉NFL🏈 Preseason I 🎊2015🎉 👟kickoff!