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Beauty Tuesday: Gold, Green & Spring

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 03/22/2016 at 06:00

Hello, ♣Spring! Happy Early †Easter!

T&Co eye

@TiffanyAndCo @Smithsonian #LensCrafters #UnboxWithMe #DrDispoMakeover #SpringIntoSpring #TiffanyAndCo #TAndCo #ReturnToTiffany #HeartTag #TiffanyBlue #TortoiseShell #eyewear #eyeglasses #TransitionsLenses #TiffanyAndCompany #TiffanyHeartTag #ReturnToTiffanyHeartTag #ReturnToTiffanySilverHeartTag #hearts #vision #spring #SpringBreak #NewYork #Since1837 #Smithsonian #CherryBlossom #earrings #bracelet from Nanay #Swarovski #silver #gold 💝💍👓🕶😎🌞🌻🌼🌸☘🌴🏝🏖🌇🌆🏙🌃🌉💋👊🏽

In spirit of the season, I softened up my style to ☼brighten☼ up my vibe:

Foodie Friday: Pocket full of Yumshine 

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 03/18/2016 at 09:45

As Dr. Ken😷* says…

______’s my jam!

In my case, stuffed starches are.

What can I say? I am what I eat!

 
🎎Asian versions from Pho #1 :

  • Steamed potstickers 🍜
  • Boiled wontons (not pictured) 🍜

🍕Italian-style versions from Mami Aya:

Basically, these all are dumplings!

ALM

@abilenelivingmagazine @drhodes3326 #ALM #Spring2016 #DominicRhodes #RhodesToSuccess #PayItForward #ExtraExtraReadAllAboutIt (pp. 134-138) #Phil413 #community #leader #leadership #GivingBack #RunningBack #football #SuperBowlChamp #SuperBowlXLI #NFL #IndianapolisColts #AbileneTexas #AbileneTX #Abilene #AbileneCooper #CooperHigh #CooperCougars #StateChampionship #ClackMiddleSchool #ClackCardinals #ReaganElementary #ReaganRangers #RoleModel #Rhodes 📰🏈🏉⚾️🏆🎽🏅👟🏫🏤🍏🍎

While I’m visiting home over ♣Spring Break, the piece that I covered on my homeboy (literally) was published in our hometown magazine:

*Check out Dr. Ken tonight & Fridays on ABC + ISAtv‘s Dr. Ken feature!

Foodie Friday: Bubble Tea

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Uncategorized, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 03/11/2016 at 15:55

Cheers to 🌎cultural🌏 openness ~ including to food and drink!

 
Valley Bubble Tea
My spot in the lower 🏖Valley🏝 now offers 🍢boba! 

🍜Pho #1🍲 in Harlingen ~ White Chocolate🍨

I also hit up my former neck of the woods for more 🍡bubble tea!

🍧Tea Rush Express🍱 ~ 🎂Red Velvet🍰 with 🍓Strawberry🍥 Jelly (which matches my 💅🏽mani🎨 dedicated to my 🌹Lola Rosa🌷 the Belated 🎈Bday🎁 Girl)

^– For your bubbly entertainment c/o fellow foodies Fung Bros –^

Spirit Sunday: NBA All-Star Edition ~ Valentine’s Shine

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Spirit Sunday, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 02/14/2016 at 15:15

Happy ♥Valentine’s♥ Day to the loves of my life: the LORD my GOD

USPFO

@annaakana @ghostandstarsapparel #GSSideShowDress #MardiGras #NewOrleansMask #ValentinesDay #SweetheartBall #ValentinesDance #MayICutIn #MayIHaveThisDance #DanceWithMyFather #DaddysGirl #LikeMotherLikeDaughter #family #love #heart #hugs #kisses #sweetheart #XOXO #BlowingKisses #valentines #dance #party #CupidShuffle #XO #DrDISPOmakeover #DonateAfterIGraduate #MaggieMagic #SinglesAwareness #FlyingSolo #DrDISPObustAFlow 🎭💝💃🏻👠👛💋💁🏻🎓

Valentine's Felines

#HappyValentinesDay #ValentinesFelines #BeMine #FineFeline #SisKiss #KissBlow #BowAndArrow #DrDISPObustAFlow #XO #XOXO #CupidShuffle #Cupid #ConversationHearts #sweetheart #heart #hugs #kisses #love #ValentinesDay #valentines #felines #DecadeOfASIA #SweetANNIE #DoubleATeam #GradCat #StatsCat #SisterlyLove #SisLove #AteASIA #LilSisANNIE 😻🐱🐯🦁🐈🐆🐅🎀🎁💝💖💘💗💓💞💕❣❤️💛💚💙💜💟🏆🎓📊📈📉🙅🏻💋

Sports Sunday: SBL Edition ~ Fanning for Manning 

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Sports Sunday, Sunday Fun Day, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 02/07/2016 at 15:30

Peyton Manning is the Man!

Whether as an Indianapolis Colt or a Denver Bronco, I’ve always been a 📢fan.

  • 👊🏻Stand-up guy
  • 🍩Oreo Double Stuff w/brother Eli
  • 🍕Papa John’s fly
  • 🚘Nationwide’s pride
  • 🏉Scored w/my homeboy in SB 41 ~ 1 & done, son!

So, as the AFC Champs🏆 play🏈 in the Bay🌉 today in their white, I’ll be DIY out of sight with my blue and orange spirit on bright! Rooting on this QB in SB 50! 🇺🇸

DB QB Peyton Manning SB 50

#FanningForManning #SuperBowlL #SuperBowl50 #2016SuperBowl #PeytonManning #TheSheriff #PeytiePie #SB #QB #XO #DenverBroncos #DrDISPObustAFlow #DIYpride #DIYjersey #WhilePlayingInWhite #RootingOnInBright #FinishTheFight #SFBaySuperBowl #PlayInTheBay #GoldenGate #GameDay #CountdownToKickoff #SBL #SB50 #2016SB #NFL #AFCchamps #VocationCross #AlmostLent #SelfieSunday 🏆🏈🏉🌉🌞🌳💒🙏🏽✌🏽️☝🏽️

#DrDISPObustAFlow

Motivational Monday: Mis Padres

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Motivational Monday, Public Interest, Relationships, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 01/11/2016 at 19:00

Pope Francis offers his take* on how home influences our faith [my commentary in brackets]:

Faith opens a ‘window’ to the presence and working of the Spirit. It shows us that, like happiness, holiness is always tied to little gestures.

‘Whoever gives you a cup of water in my name will not go unrewarded,’ Jesus says (Mark 9:41).

“These little gestures are those we learn at home, in the family; they get lost amid all the other things we do, yet they do make each day different. They are the quiet things done by mothers and grandmothers, by fathers and grandfathers, by children, by brothers and sisters. They are little signs of tenderness, affection, and compassion.

  • “Like the warm supper we look forward to at night [my mom‘s homecooking], the early meal awaiting someone who gets up early to go to work [my dad‘s coffee].

“Homely gestures.

“Love is shown by little things, by attention to small daily signs that make us feel at home. Faith grows when it is lived and shaped by love. That is why our families, our homes, are true domestic churches. They are the right place for faith to become life and life to grow in faith.”

*Pope Francis in the U.S.: Words of Mercy and Hope (2015), Daughters of St. Paul, pp. 22-23 ~ as said at the Closing Mass of the Eighth World Meeting of Families, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA, Sunday, September 27, 2015.

^– I actually used this passage as my pre-brunch prayer of grace with my parents today! –^

Bearing in mind these homely gestures, let’s also consider our cultures and upbringings…

Have you ever wondered why your parents act the way they do then realize that you’re turning out more like them as you grow up?

Wong Fu was right on point:

Have you eaten yet? = Priceless ♥love♥

Speaking of family …

Happy 17th Birthday to Rey-Rey, my beloved GODdaughter Reyanna mañana!

Faith and Fortune Friday: New Year’s Edition ~ Mercy Jubilee

In Health, Higher Ed, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Soul Saturday, Thirsty Thursday, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman on 01/08/2016 at 15:45

My 2016 challenge for all of us:

Be merciful to everybody!

No matter how educated, experienced, affluent or advantaged we are, none of us are better than everyone else. We all are called to

Pope †Cross†

I had three †crosses† from three of our Popes on my dissertation defense (with Pope Francis‘ photo that contained my defense prayer): the Pope Francis Rosary from Bishop Mike * ruby gold †cross† from María Elena from Assisi Jewels during Pope Benedict‘s leadership * Rosary blessed by Saint Pope John Paul II and Father Bob from Bro Joe

Happy One Month Anniversary to my Name Change:

Dr. Dispo!

I defended my dissertation on an extra special day for the Church

Fortune Pride

Mami Aya pointed out that Papa Jun ~ now Grace‘s Lola & Lolo, as of exactly two weeks ago * #DISPObustAFlow ~ got this fam fortune shortly before my defense, hence excellent timing (on my †OLLU† afghan)!

Motivational Monday: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Motivational Monday, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 01/04/2016 at 18:30

Happy Feast Day of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton!

This educator was my favorite saint growing up. In my own childhood Catechism class, I first heard this ♪song♫ (Matthew 6:33) when we watched a video about her life…

With my own dreams of helping establish a Ca†holic school in my hometown, I look to St. Elizabeth for inspiration and seek her intercession.

Festive Foto Foodie Friday ~ New Year’s Edition: G is for … 

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Foto Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 01/01/2016 at 12:35

🎁Gift-Giving Soup🍲

Gift-Giving Soup

From #TitaElaine’s Kitchen (YES~my newborn niece #GRACEdUsWithHerPresence #CHRISTmasDay!): #FeastOfTheHolyFamily #GiftGivingSoup #SoupItUp #SnowDay #TomatoBisque #BowTiePasta #RibbonNoodles #SpinachCheeseTortellini #LeanRedAndGreen #farfalle #cellentani #tortellini #tomato #basil #garlic #oregano #StuffedPasta #spinach #parmesan #ricotta #romano #CHRISTmasMiracle #CHRISTmasBlessing #FestiveFoodie #GoMAVS #GoCOWBOYS #NFLSunday 🌠🎆🎇🎅🏽🎄🎁💝👶🏻👧🏻❄️☃⛄️🏀🏈🏉🏆🍽🍴🍝🍅

🏈Game Grub🏉

Military Bowl of Navy Chili Mac

#MilitaryBowlOfChiliMac #GoNAVY #NavyBeans #MacNCheese #SnowDay #GameDay #CollegeFootball #MilitaryBowl #PITTvsNAVY #GameGrub #FestiveFoodie #CountdownToMNF #MondayNightFootball #MNF #ComfortFood #ChiliMac #chili #macaroni #mac #TitaElaine’s Kitchen’s where it’s @ #MilitaryBowlOfNAVYchiliMac #football #touchdown #score #CanIHaveSomeMore #DontchaKnowFoShow #StayingHomeInTheSnow #LetItSnow #snow #DISPObustAFlow ⛴⚓️🍲🏈🏉🏆🏅👊🏽👌🏽🙌🏽

😇Glorious Goulash🌽

SW Goulash

#WrappingUp2015SouthwesternStyle #BowTiePasta #tomato #BlackBeans #corn #GreenBellPepper #RedBellPepper #southwestern #farfalle #goulash #stew #chili #SoupItUp #soup #TitaElaine’s Kitchen #FestiveFoodie #SnowDay #NewYears #NewYearsEve #HappyNewYear #NYE #HappyNew2016 #savory #hearty #healthy 💝🎀🍝🍅🌽🌶🍲❄️☃⛄️

🍮Gooey Goodness🐿

Festive Foodies from CHRISTmases Past

🎓Grad Greetings & Good News

👶🏻Grace ~ my newborn niece👧🏻

☝🏽️GOD has blessed us with this best 🎇CHRISTmas🎄 🎅🏽gift💝 who shares her 🎊birthday🎉 with JESUS✌🏽

Happy New 🎆2016🎇 ~ the Jubilee Year of Mercy!

Working Woman’s Wednesday: Doc Decompression

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 12/30/2015 at 12:25

Leave it to my Bestie Evie to always know what’s best for me!

Snow Day

#ImDreamingOfAWhiteCHRISTmas #LetItSnowLetItSnowLetItSnow #BabyItsColdOutside #iLoveTheWinterWeather #IveGotMyLoveToKeepMeWarm #WhenAllYouCatsAreSleepinWarmAsToast #WhiteCHRISTmas #LetItSnow #WinterWeather #CoolYule #CatsAreSleepinWarmAsToast #DoubleATeam #PURRfectMoment2PAWS #CATchOfTheDay #SnowDay #SnowAngels #WokeUpToThis #MerryTexasCHRISTmasYouAll #MerryTexasCHRISTmasYall #MerryTEXmas #WestTexas #WTX #winter #blizzard #BlanketOfWhite #snow #comfy #cozy #CuddleBuddies #SnuggleBunnies ❄️☃⛄️🎅🏽🎄🎁💝😍😻🏡

When they mentioned my need for “me” time at my graduation luncheon, I doubted that I could pull it off. However, I indeed observed how refreshed some of my fellow doc candidates-turned graduates seemed following their dissertation defenses ~ a break to decompress helped them relieve stress!

#DrDISPObustAFlow

To the tune of the wayback/throwback two-decade-old track by Montell Jordan:

♪This Is How I Did It♫

  • 3½ ☼days☼ last week between Graduation and CHRISTmas
  • +3½ ☼days☼ this week between CHRISTmas and mid-week
  • = 7  ☼days☼ total (not consecutive ~ but I’ve made it count)

My favorite activities during this Dr. D time: