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Thirsty Thursday: CFG is for …

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 10/01/2015 at 15:00

R.I.P.✌ all of the fatalities in today’s Oregon community college massacre.

Those who were shot and killed are modern-day martyrs.

While we live in a nation where we have the freedom to express ourselves (First Amendment) ~ including through our religion, we unfortunately may encounter those who express their animosity against our beliefs.

C is for …

CHRISTCharacterConfidence

F is for …

FaithFootballField of Life

G is for …

GutsGraceGlory

In Jim Grassi‘s Guts Grace & Glory, connections are made between the football field and Christianity. Dr. Grassi, who has worked with pro football players in my beloved Bay Area, makes athletes’ testimonies and scripture readings relevant with the game and our overall moral conduct as a whole…

School Sources

Besides the textbook from which which I teach, I also refer to supplementary sources for my speech students! While I still separate religion from education in the public school system, I tie in certain codes of conduct practiced when relevant.

This leads me to pursuing my legacy, even at my age, because we never know whether we’ll still be here tomorrow ~ so

How will you be spiritually when you meet your maker?

Affirmations for Athletes and Non-Athletes Alike

  • Grassi, J. E. (2013). Guts grace and glory: A football devotional. New York, NY: Thomas Nelson.

Another Inspirational Reading from a fellow Christian

  • Tebow, T. R., & Whitaker, N. (2011). Through my eyes: A quarterback’s journey. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Sunday Fun Day: F These

In ♥ & Soul, Community, De-Stress Saturday, Feline Friday, Floral Friday, Foodie Friday, Foto Friday, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Soul Saturday, Sports, Sports Sunday, Sunday Fun Day, Technology, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 09/20/2015 at 03:30
Gringa

Close-up of mi Gringa: my white girl with green eyes

HBD, ♥Sweet Annie♥!

Stats Cat

Stats Cat is on the prowl with no growl…

Today is the Annie-versary  of my Stats Cat‘s birthdate!

Cat in the Box!

Cat in the Box! Cute things come in Target packages!

So, that’s F for Feline

Grad Cat

I can’t leave out Grad Cat! These Baby Blues are here to seduce! ♪I am Siamese, if you please♫

& F also is for:

Water Girl

Quick Cat Comedy / Feline Funnies: Since our bathroom has dual sinks, Big Asia likes to jump into the right one & “drink out of a fountain” ~ the other day, I turned on the left faucet & noticed her trying to sip from the right! {repping our *Dallas Cowboys* by sporting my TS dress from my fellow cat ♥lover’s collection + headband, earrings & paraband from my speech student‘s son + St. Benedict scapular jewelry from my blessed bestie}

* Food * Flowers (still in season) –> * Fall

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How sweet of Mami Aya to bring us Mocha Tres Leches for Annie‘s birthday!

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I never thought that 2 of my fave flaves could be combined … 1st: Choco-Flan. Now, Mocha Tres Leches! #SweetLife

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Annie leads the purrfect life because she’s easy to please …

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Content Angel Annie in her natural habitat: soaking in the ☼sunshine☼

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My tiny tea cup cat’s fave hot spots: the windows! Here she is at the window behind my piano peering out into our garden

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Part of our backyard view complete with lush green grass (most definitely the best-mani on the block, hands down)! We’re enjoying the summer ☼sun☼ while we can before autumn officially starts soon. After receiving more precipitation at the ½way point this year following our previous full year’s totals, I wonder how much we’ll get next season?

Yellow Hibiscus

Heavenly Hibiscus: My private elementary school student‘s science fair ~ that won honorable mention ~ flower that we started growing without ♪music♫ (his share with) last winter has blossomed during past ♣spring♣ showers & reached full bloom this ☼summer☼ at 1½’ tall by this fall!

+ F also is for: ☼ † ♥ ✌

* †Faith♥Family * Football

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Now that football season has kicked off, this sports spirituality book will do just the trick to keep my soul on a roll while I keep working on my own sports study (been investing 12-15h/day on it lately ~ ’til this weekend so I could focus on my Church readings)!

Cowboys Ann

#HBD ♪ #SweetAnnie ♫ #CATchOfTheDay #Birthday ♥ #GameDay #DallasCowboys #CowboysNation #DC4L #CowboysFan #CowboysFam #CowboysAnn #Birthday Grrrl #PURRfectMoment2PAWS#PURRfectMoment2PRAY#PURRfectMoment2PLAY #PurrfectSunday#PAWsitiveForeCAT #PAWsitiveCATitude #GameCountdown #Touchdown #BirthdayScore #BirthdayCat #JerseyCat #StatsCat #HolyCowcat #Catcow #Meow #CATholic #AnnieRosary#DISPObustAFlow

Go, *Dallas Cowboys* against your NFC East Rivals, those Philly Eagles today!

Catcow Meow

☼Sunday☼ Selfie: While my Holy Cowcat reps our *’BOYS* I rep the purrty Bday Grrrl with this Hello Kitty cupcake tee + cat earrings & cupcake helix (ear cartilage) ring in addition to this *Dallas Cowboys* headband

Workout Wednesday: VA is for …

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 09/09/2015 at 16:00

Viral Vital Active Apparel!

Exercise experts’ whose limited editions that I follow:

BeYOUtiful

Winning wear from Blogilates! How oGorgeous is this? #BeYOUtiful

Woman Crush Wednesday *Bonus* Move to +Add+ to the Mix:

Calf Raises for Legs like Lifetime‘s Devious Maids‘ Dania Ramírez (20 reps each set as follows ~ feet shoulder width apart):

  • Toes facing forward
  • Toes facing inward
  • Toes facing outward

Stand on tippy-toes to raise calves, then release on balls of feet

You can do these while watching Season 3 (which aired its finale 2 weeks ago) episodes!

For upper bod and core, take it down to the floor to score more!

Workout Wednesday: GSA is for … 

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 08/26/2015 at 11:11

Gwen Stefani🎤 Abs & her Gun🔫 Show Arms💪🏽

This No Doubt singer rocked out her voice🎵 & her bod🏄 (i.e., classic crop tops in the mid-90s to expose midriffs) 2 decades ago with her breakthrough 📀single, I’m Just a Girl🚺* ~ which is featured on

Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani the *HOTTIE*

Regardless of reports on her separation from Gavin Rosdale of Bush, this 🎼rockstar’s still got it ~ from raising 2 boys, still singing🎶 amazing solo or otherwise & looking dayum good + influencing fashion👛 (i.e., her iconic 👑bindi) including super shoes👢 like stilettos👠

How does she stay so 👙svelte? Where does she seek her sweet escape for a hot physique?

📺Take a look👓 for yourself: she does mad push-ups! 🚻*

Push-ups are the ultimate toning move because they work your upper bod & core stability for strength & balance!

Gwen Stefani Push-Ups

Gwen Stefani can work her body

Gwen Stefani Push-Ups

Check out Gwen‘s form

Gwen Stefani Push-Ups

… All the way down, nose to the ground!

I dare you to do these pushUPs to Settle DOWN♪ ~ the 1st No Doubt single after she flew solo for awhile

🙅🏻Rough ‘N’ Tough👊🏽 Recommended Routine: 100 GSAs (Gwen Stefani Abs & Arms) = 100 Push-Ups {20 reps each of the following}

  • Full Plank Chest Push-Ups
  • Full Plank Tricep Push-Ups
  • On-Your-Knees Chest Push-Ups
  • On-Your Knees Tricep Push-Ups
  • On-Your-Knees Super Push-Ups 💥
Gwen Stefani Kicka**

Gwen Stefani up & ready …

Gwen Stefani Kicka**

… Set …

Gwen Stefani Kicka**

… Go!

Gwen Stefani Kicka**

Gwen Stefani kicks some serious booty!

📖Definitions for the Definition

  • Full Plank: on palms & toes
  • Chest: wide grip 👊🏽
  • Tricep: narrow grip 👐🏽
  • On-Your-Knees + ankles crossed 🙅🏻
  • Supers: clap as you push up 👏🏽

👋🏽Hollaback👊🏽, Girl! This $#!+ is bananas ~ B-A-N-A-N-A-S🍌 

Gwen Stefani 4am

♫Gwen Stefani‘s 4am♪ ~ I’ve been staying up ’til 4am🕓 working on my dissertation lately & want to cut my hair like hers after I graduate & donate!

11:11 ~ make a Bday/BTS wish!!! ✌

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

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!

Movie Monday: Battle of the Vid Apps 

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Movie Monday, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 08/03/2015 at 09:30

As I progress through my Ph.D., I keep my 📱iPhone📱 on ✈️Airplane Mode📳 more frequently, so I don’t 📴call, text or use wifi.

While I ✨concentrate, I still play background 👂🏽noise, but I don’t always rely on my online📻 🎧music or 🎬videos. Sometimes I also stray away from my own played-out 💽collection…

My DVDs🎥 and digital videos📹 to the rescue! 👌🏽

During my study sessions📚 or school road 🚘trips or any foreseeable 🚀flights, I’d prefer to play a movie straight from my phone without needing an online signal, like some video application programs promise.

Not all of them have worked 🔇offline, though…

M-GO (e.g., 💃🏻Selena🎤)

  • Pros: can play online
  • Cons: loads⏳ and returns to 🏡home🏠 screen without playing at all offline 👎


 Vimeo (e.g., Everything Before Us)

  • Pros: sometimes plays online and offline
  • Cons: load delays or no-plays from some computer browsers (I have 🌎Internet🌎 🌏Explorer, Mozilla🔥 🐺Firefox, Google Chrome, 🍎Apple🍏 Safari) and phone☎️ app 😁


Amazon Instant Video (e.g., 👙Toned Up)

  • Pros: always plays = 😅happy camper⛺️ (hey, maybe I even can watch while camping without wireless connection!)
  • Cons: none whatsoever … Sharp, beautiful motion pictures on the screen every single time ~ no loading shown!  👏🏽


After several attempts for the first two apps, I’m still not satisfied with them. Fortunately, Amazon‘s app has consistently come to not disappoint! 👊🏽

Fitness Friday: ADIDAS

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Fitness Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Sports Sunday, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 07/24/2015 at 09:35

All Day I Dream💭 About SOCCER⚽️

SI USA

World Cup Champs! 🏆

After all, how’d I land my muscular legs?

Actually, although folks have pointed out how I could pass as a kicker, I didn’t play fútbol, but I’ve surrounded myself with many fellows who 💕💞💓💗💖💝love💟❤️💛💚💙💜 the game, including

F is for … Flashback Friday

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Don’t use this peak 🌅summer🌻 😅heat💥 as an excuse not to kick around the ball. You may have an indoor field ~ just like the one in the city where I’m pursuing my PhD which is happens to be run by someone from my hometown (how’s that for a small 🌍world?)!

FYI: All Day I Dream About 💡Scholarship🏤

And I’m taking those steps👣 to follow through toward scoring my goal!

Just like in soccer!