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TGIF: Fall Perks & Quirks ~ Tacky Sweater Weather Edition

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, De-Stress Saturday, Feline Friday, Flashback Friday, Floral Friday, Foodie Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Musical Monday, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Soul Saturday, Tag, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 10/02/2015 at 21:45
Holy Cow Cats

Don’t these *Holy Cow Cats* just warm your ♥heart? Both Belated Bday Girl Stats Cat & almost-decade-old Grad Cat do mine! Almost reaching our ultimate goal: PhD for Dr. D

To stay in the spirit for this season, I decked out with a little bit of my autumn aesthetics ~ ringing in the old with the new!

Halloween thru CHRISTmas

My little splurge to bring me cheer this time of year: this rad-in-plaid deer because plaid is on-trend (this one somewhat resembles Burberry) + it’s deer season (not that I’m a hunter) & reindeer season‘s just around the corner ~ so I’ll adorn it with special ornaments! Just to add to my eccentricity, I named this bad boy DOC to keep me motivated as I keep trucking along (more in high-speed) toward my doctoral degree! Along with Doc are A&A‘s *Dallas Cowboys* TD toy for football season & my classic Halloween decor ~ including Badtz-Maru pillow ~ on this plaid spread that accompanies autumn yet also is appropriate for winter as we approach CHRIS†mas in red & green!

Here’s more info on my fall favorites to take yours truly through this sweater weather & before the snow hits our neck of the woods …

Come Fall with Me

☼Sunset☼ Selfie: I’m double-cheesin’ (at least without a double-chin) and have a Kool-Aid smile (without the Kool-Aid) because I had a superb dentist visit & cleaning! Coffee stains: gone! {My 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Paper Floral Shirt Dress works in any season & I ♥adore♥ these Smithsonian Cherry Blossom earrings with Swarovski elements from Mami Aya as the perfect color for Breast Cancer Awareness Month + I’m dolling Dulce Candy‘s fall braid-framed bun}

13 Pre-Howl-o-ween Fave Fall Things

  1. What’s the best fall memory you have? ~ football games, both when I was in h.s. & when I’d see my *Dallas Cowboys* live (everything’s BIGGER in TX)
  2. What’s your favorite book you’re reading (or have read) this fall?~ Guts Grace & Glory (football devotionals) that I received during Lent & am reading through football season
  3. Which makeup trend do you prefer: dark lips or winged eyeliner?~ both (winged liner above in Exhibit B)
  4. Best fragrance for fall? ~ Bath & Body Works Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin (above in Exhibit A)
  5. What is autumn weather like where you live? ~ we’re still as ☼sunny☼ as Indian summer but anticipate a cool-down soon
  6. Most worn sweater? ~ my tribal cardigan by ♫Maroon 5‘s ♪Adam Levine♪
  7. Must-have nail polish this fall? ~ Sally Hansen‘s Miracle Gel to top off color because it seriously lasts a long time (I’m just barely removing my color after 45 days)!
  8. Football games or jumping in leaf piles? ~ BOTH! (see No. 1 for football & Exhibit B for leaf piles)
  9. Skinny jeans or leggings? ~ either or, as long as I don’t have a muffin top in the denim or camel toe in the tights
  10. What is something that nobody knows about you? ~ I don’t mind digging into Ramen even if there’s other food in the panty (especially as comfort food now that we’re entering a colder climate), which I actually ate for lunch this afternoon while watching Wong Fu‘s major cook-off!
  11. Combat boots or Uggs? ~ bringing on my Docs, baby!
  12. Is pumpkin spice worth the hype?~ ¡Claro que sí!
  13. What song really gets you into the fall spirit? ~ oddly enough, ♫Taylor Swift‘s Wildest Dreams because it could describe any desire (i.e., “tall” could be a tall order of Starbucks Salted Caramel Mocha), fulfilled or fantasized about

Study Saturday: Higher Ed Cred

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Politics, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Soul Saturday, Sports, Study Saturday, Tag, Technology, Travel, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 05/02/2015 at 09:00

Happy Belated #GenTX Day!

Yesterday, we celebrated our advocacy for higher ed in the State of Texas🏇 by sharing our college shirts on 📳social media ~ great timing before my school trip today!

This raised my awareness that I’ve been showing team spirit📢 a great deal lately!

Our Lady of the Lake University ~ where I’m finishing my PhD🎓 

Duke University ~ for Coach K‘s 5th NCAA🏆

 

 Texas Lutheran University ~ whose basketball🏀 team won the SCAC  

Cisco College ~ where I teach speech🎤 before my R.E. 💒 

Since I’m still surveying Texas student-athletes for my dissertation, NCAA players in the Southland Conference (Division I), Lone Star Conference (Division II), Southern Collegiate Athletics Conference (Division III) and NAIA Red River Conference can participate here!

March Madness Manic Monday: April Showers TMI Tag

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Manic Monday, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Tag, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, You're IT, Yours Truly on 04/07/2014 at 19:35

Happy March Madness NCAA Finals Championship Game Day!🏀🏆

From the Final Four matches this past Saturday, I had gone for Florida, who surrendered to UConn, and Kentucky, who beat Wisconsin in a close one. Let’s see who fares tonight!

In the meantime, one of my favorite fitness gurus, Sarah Fit ~ whose new book I featured on Pretty Fit to kick off 2014 ~ has posted her TMI Tag vlog and blog, answering 50 questions and tagging more of my other fave fitness gurus, including Blogilates and ToneItUp ~ who are the reasons why I started following her in the first place ~ as well as BexLife ~ who I discovered from Sarah ~ and Tara Stiles, whose yoga I got into from Livestrong Woman, which I started subscribing to for Cassey Ho (Blogilates) and K&K (TIU) videos! Anyway, here goes…

TIU Tag (my answers in italics)

1: What are you wearing? Black Nikki Minaj cutout back tank (layering top underneath work shirt) & black Sofia by Sofia Vergara skinny ponte leggings + pink rose earrings from J-Rob for my bday
2: Ever been in love? Affirmative
3: Ever had a terrible breakup? Yep
4: How tall are you? 4’11”
5: How much do you weigh? 125# (muscle weighs more than fat)
6: Any tattoos? From head to toe: ichthys (Jesus fish) bearing the Biblical verse Matthew 6:33 on the back of my neck, Celtic cross with crown of thorns and Holy Spirit dove bearing the Bible verse Philippians 4:13 on the left side of my upper back, my name in Hong Kong characters (Elaine = “She is cute & pleasant”) on my lower back, Dallas Cowboys star on my right hip bone, running man on the inside of my left ankle
7: Any piercings? Each ear lobe, left helix/cartilage CBR (captive bead ring), belly button/naval (barbell), used to have the right side of my nose (stud)
8: OTP? Jason Morgan & Samantha McCall on GH ~ the mobster enforcer & the PI, both hot   
9: Favorite show? Friends ~ which I have the complete set on DVD … Close 2nd would be How I Met Your Mother ~ which had its series finale exactly 1wk ago … followed by Grey’s Anatomy ~ too bad the Asian doc’s leaving this season
10: Favorite bands? Boyz II Men (I know, I’m going old school), NKOTB (another Throwback ~ whose reunion concert I attended 5yrs ago) & No Doubt (who have made a comeback) 
11: Something you miss? my yellow labs Cami & Bodhi, but I got my Double A-Team Asia & Annie 😉 
12: Favorite song? “I Can Only Imagine” by Mercy Me
13: How old are you? 32 
14: Zodiac sign? Leo ~ Lioness of the Jungle 
15: Quality you look for in a partner? good humor, love of GOD, healthy lifestyle
16: Favorite Quote? “What does not kill me makes me stronger.” ~ Friedrich Nietzche, Twilight of the Idols (1888) 
17: Favorite actor? Paul Walker (R.I.P), Vin Diesel, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Mark Wahlberg
18: Favorite color? lime green
19: Loud music or soft? loud if my focus is on the music (i.e., dancing, live show); soft if my focus is elsewhere (i.e., studying, phone call)
20: Where do you go when you’re sad? outside to appreciate nature that will cheer me up or the Adoration Chapel to petition prayers
21: How long does it take you to shower? 5-10min if in a rush, 15-20min if not in a hurry
22: How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? ½h if I shower before {check last week’s Beauty Tuesday: AM Routine for more} 
23: Ever been in a physical fight? admittedly yes
24: Turn on? Beast Mode
25: Turn off? Feast Mode w/o Beast Mode 
26: The reason I joined Youtube? to comment on videos & find uploads from my students for our class projects
27: Fears? No Fear ~ a popular brand from 2 decades ago that inspired me, along w/songs from church that said not to be afraid
28: Last thing that made you cry? feeling hurt by someone special who didn’t seem to share in my joy from my latest school achievement
29: Last time you said you loved someone? when I talked to J-Rob
30: Meaning behind your YouTube Name? just my first two initials and last name
31: Last book you read? Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success by Phil Jackson, partially for my dissertation, partially for my passion 
32: The book you’re currently reading? Rediscover Catholicism by Matthew Kelly for reflection and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive on the daily
33: Last show you watched? Jeopardy! because I like to stimulate my mind & rack up points
34: Last person you talked to? my dad
35: The relationship between you and the person you last texted? my bf
36: Favorite food? Italian & ice cream (hard to pick just 1) {check out my debut Foodie Friday for some of my latest fave raves + my last Pretty Fit WIA for my fave mainstream cupcake}
37: Place you want to visit? Boracay ~ beach in my motherland, the Philippines {check out my Throwback Thursday Tags for pic of “I ♥ Boracay” shirt ~ pasalubong from my bf’s mom}
38: Last place you were? bf’s house
39: Do you have a crush? on the aforementioned bf + scroll up to #17
40: Last time you kissed someone? when I parted ways w/the bf
41: Last time you were insulted? when I told aforementioned special someone about my milestone {scroll up to #28} & she didn’t seem to care
42: Favorite flavor of sweet? chocolatey
43: What instruments do you play?? my own vocal chords, the piano (have had mine for 25+yrs since my 7th bday), the clarinet, & the bassoon
44: Favorite piece of jewelry? medals from Bishop Mike that I keep on a chain + my Ph.D. class ring, rose gold ring from my sis & cat necklace from my mom
45: Last sport you played? hoop dreams
46: Last song you sang? “Until the Whole World Hears” by Casting Crowns from my gospel playlist in my truck
47: Favorite chat up line? just discussed this today (but didn’t work on yours truly): “You look familiar. Do I know you from …. ______________?” 
48: Have you ever used it? I’m a chick, do I really have come-ons? Actually, I think that I can recall complimenting buff dudes on their dogs on the beach, but that’s about it.
49: Last time you hung out with anyone? this afternoon w/J-Rob after work
50: Who should answer these questions next? the few of y’all who actually read this … & if you do, then please feel free to comment w/the link to your blog or vlog, thanks! 🙂

If you read through these, here is your reward: Cute Cat Pix for Kicks & Grins =D

Asia the Pretty Kitty

Beautiful Blued-Eyed ASIA

Annie the PURRfect Cat

Gorgeous Green-Eyed ANNIE