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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:

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Sports Spirit Sunday: DC is for …

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Spirit Sunday, Sports, Sports Sunday, Sunday Fun Day, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 11/22/2015 at 12:30

Dallas CowboysDissertation Completion –> Championship!

Those are my goals for today:

  • hopeful ‘BOYS victory with Tony Romo back as quarterback ~ countdown to end of regulation (game on)
  • imperative submission of my final draft for review ~ countdown to my dissertation defense (16 more days!)

Grad Cat / Asia Felina Catalina & Stats Cat / Sweet Annie have been by my side all the way …

ANNIEversary

Mini Milestones: Feline Friday & Study Saturday

Happy ANNIE-versary♥ to her & yours truly 1 week ago!

Throwback Thursday: Double A-Team

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Feline Friday, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Throwback Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 10/29/2015 at 08:30

Happy National Cat Day!

PURRfect Moment to PAWS

Asia Lick

Cat Nap-ReadyBig Asia cues me to break from my dissertation

CATch of the Day

Annie Fridge

Caught Pink PawedSweet Annie leaped up to the top of the fridge!

Grad Cat‘s First Halloween

Asia as Stitch

Throwback Thursday: Asia in her Elvis jumpsuit so she & I could be Lilo & Stitch! {Halloween 2006}

Stats Cat‘s Elizabethan Collar

Annie Spay

Throwback Thursdsay: My Loyal Royal Feline Annie in her Elizabethan collar! {March 2010}

Bath Time ~ Baby Me & Mini Me

Bath Cats

Throwback Thursday: Asia faces Annie through the bath tub screen door! {May 2010}

Speaking of cat bath time, here’s to hyping up my students‘ upcoming Demonstration Speeches!

The same cat parent also shows the benefits of having our feline fam …

Happy Howl-o-ween! Trick or Treat?

Soul Saturday: Scripture Strategy

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Soul Saturday, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 10/17/2015 at 13:30

As I prepare for my service to our Church as commentator*** today, I continue to seek the Holy Spirit‘s guidance.

Lector and Singer Prayers

Lector✌ & Church ♫Singer♪ Prayers | ***Courtesy Straight from the ♥Heart♥ … A †Prayer† Companion (Rev. Fr. Ladra, Marío José, 2007)

Dr. Grassi, in Guts, Grace & Gloryapproaches scripture like a linebacker* ~ so I’ll do the same, per these positions:

  • Stance ~ “starts with the right foundation”
Home Is Where the Heart Is

Our heart home was built on stone, which serves as a solid foundation for unwavering ♥love & faith✌ full of flowers + stores festive traditions every season!

So then, anyone who hears these words of mine and obeys them is like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain poured down, the rivers flooded over, and the wind blew hard against that house. But it did not fall, because it was built on rock. But anyone who hears these words of mine and does not obey them is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain poured down, the rivers flooded over, the wind blew hard against that house, and it fell. And what a terrible fall that was!

Matthew 7:24-27

Book of Matthew

Book of Matthew, Chapter 7 | **Courtesy The Catholic Rainbow Study Bible: Good News Translation (2nd ed.) (Rainbow Studies, Inc., 2000)

  • Alignment ~ line up with the right people

Keep company with the wise and you will become wise. If you make friends with stupid people, you will be ruined.

Proverbs 13:20

QT w/EV

Cupcake Cheers: QT w/ Evie after I made a sweet treat run ~ looking forward to tonight’s dinner after we serve at Church for Vigil Mass

Do not be fooled. “Bad companions ruin good character.”

~ I Corinthians 15:33  

Christ’s message in all its richness must live in your hearts. Teach and instruct one another with all wisdom. Sing psalms, hymns, and sacred songs; sing to God with thanksgiving in your hearts.

Colossians 3:16  

Tabernacle

The Tabernacle: The Blessed Sacrament

So Jesus said to those who believed him, “If you obey my teaching, you are really my disciples; you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

John 8:31-32

Spiritual Sources

  • *Grassi, J. E. (2013). Guts grace and glory: A football devotional. New York, NY: Thomas Nelson. (p. 69)
  • **Rainbow Studies, Inc. (2000). The Catholic Rainbow Study Bible: Good News Translation (2nd ed.). El Reno, OK: Rainbow Studies International.
  • ***Rev. Fr. Ladra, Marío José. (2007). Straight from  the ♥Heart♥ … A †Prayer† Companion. (pp. 146-147).

Beauty Tuesday: 2 for Tuesday ~ Pretty Kitty

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Feline Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 07/07/2015 at 07:30

Not only must I keep up with myself, I have to make sure that I take care of my little ones at home!

Aside from regular medical maintenance

I also keep up with A&A‘s grooming
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  • bathing / showering
  • brushing and wiping

IMG_9093Since I taught in South Texas away from my Double A-Team last ☼summer☼, I returned to three hairballs from Sweet Annie 

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And I finally was able to remove her last one last month!

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The key to my Pretty Kitties‘ beauty is

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to make this a fun, rewarding and purrfect experience for them

IMG_9082 IMG_9083 IMG_9084 IMG_9085IMG_9086 IMG_9087IMG_9103… even if they’re led into a wild mouse chase (almost literally)!

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Now that they’ve burned calories to consume calories: time for catnip!

El Tigre

This Ocelot has green eyes like Sweet Annie! I purchased this painting from my former student/massage therapist‘s studio en el Valle!

Motivational Manic Monday: Stats Cat

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Feline Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Manic Monday, Motivational Monday, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Study Saturday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 06/22/2015 at 03:30

The Purrfect Distraction from my Data Scoring Manual …

Stats Cat

Annie demands attention

Meet Angel Annie the Stats Cat!

She’s following in her Big Sis Asia the Grad Cat‘s pawsteps!

Asia

Asia takes over my Dallas Cowboys desk chair

Despite not spending as much QT with my Cuties as I’d like, at least they still come around while I’m hard at work!

Study & Soul Saturday: A & C are for …

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Feline Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Soul Saturday, Study Saturday, Technology, Thirsty Thursday, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 06/13/2015 at 13:55

Apprehensive

Have you ever felt that way when you had something important to face?

I most recently experienced this anxiety this morning, as I planned to close my doctoral survey this weekend to run my statistics and start analyzing my results for my dissertation. When I was about to pray the Rosary (Joyful Mysteries on which to meditate today on Saturday), I tried to calm my overwhelming sense of a ton of bricks falling on me and my sudden urge to purge those aforementioned bricks…

Then Angelic Annie approached me and snuggled up against my right side!

Angelic Annie

Face of an Angel: To the ♫tune♪ of Hinder’s Lips of an Angel♫

Therefore, she most certainly is my Right-Hand Cat!

PURRfect Annie

Although Annie‘s not verbal, she’s most definitely vocal!

As I prayed, she purred!

During times like these, I’ve previously turned to other people who I’ve trusted or terminal degree grads, but I don’t want to burden anyone, even if they’ve joined #TeamDrDISPO … This time, I’ve reflected back on similar situations when I’ve overcome this apprehension:

At this point, I must allow my go-getter attitude to prevail, as it’s led me to what I consider the greatest feeling:

A sense of

  • Accomplishment
  • Achievement
  • Completion

Based on

  • Ambitions
  • Aspirations
  • Confidence

Here’s Angel Annie‘s and my theme song ~ ♪I Can Only Imagine♫ ~ by ♫Mercy Me♪, who performed in the Valley the weekend when she found me/I rescued her!

Beauty Tuesday: HBD My Blue-eyed Girl

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Feline Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 03/24/2015 at 09:00
Asia Luck

♣GOOD LUCK♣ = Green + Elephant

Happy BiG *NINE* to my Fine ♥Valentine♥ Feline Asia Felina Catalina!!!

Happy ♣St. P’s♣ 1 week ago today from my Green-eyed Girl Sweet Annie!!!

♪Cats in the Cradle & the Silver Spoon♫

This is how *DALLAS COWBOYS* feline fans spoon!

Asia & Annie have my ♥heart♥

So when we’re apart

Big Girl & Baby Sis are who I miss …

But when I give Asge a kiss

She retorts with a hiss

As she lets out a growl

& a hint of a howl!

Annie does purr

As I stroke her fur

Vocal Anne may have sharp claws

Yet she does biscuits with her paws

& blinks at me with ♥love♥

Sent from ☼Heaven☼ above!

They both can be sweet

So going home to them is a treat.

Pantry Cat

Caught pink-pawed in the pantry!

†PTL† = Pray Through LENT * Praise the †LORD†

Happy Early ☼Easter☼!