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Black Monday

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 11/18/2013 at 19:11

Today, I wear black to honor the Typhoon Haiyan/Typhoon Yolanda victims. My shirt is actually a black Hard Rock Cafe Saigon tee from Vietnam, where the storm approached after it hit my native country, the Philippines.

Today also is my Papa Ped‘s 5th Death Anniversary. Even to this day, I miss my hardworking paternal grandfather, Pedro T. Dispo, Sr. (June 27, 1927-November 18, 2008) very much and will always remember him fondly.

Today, I also had my latest conference call with my dissertation chair. As long as I keep making progress and stay on track, I may be able to move forward in the upcoming year: proposal, methods, results, defense left… To become Dr. D.

My Latest Days of THANKS

Day 14: I’m THANKful for the Typhoon Haiyan / Typhoon Yolanda survivors and relief efforts

Day 15: I’m THANKful for my Lil’ Orphan ANNIE on our 4th Annie-versary

Happy 4th ANNIEversary!!!

Lil’ Orphan ANNIE’s 1st Snow on CHRISTmas

Day 16: I’m THANKful for my Rant Sports team, whose Facebook pages, including mine, I encourage you to “like” for updates

Day 17: I’m THANKful for my first day “off” this month, in which I took off from writing for work to attend Sunday mass, then had brunch with Ate and watched The Best Man Holiday, plus hit the track (my only form of “work” was to “workout”) with Ate, Jade and Dax!

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Dax’s & my scenic route w/sunshine view

Day 18: I’m THANKful for my Papa Ped on his 5th Anniversary and my good friend/fellow USAF military brat, Nora, on her Birthday

Sison, Pangasinan

Papa Ped, Mama Eufemia, Papa Jun, Joanne & me

On lighter notes, I watched and thoroughly enjoyed The Best Man Holiday this past weekend, and here are my latest Pretty Fit and Rant Sports posts:

Pretty Fit Elaine

Man Day Monday

Dispo College Hoop Scoops 

Miami Since Shane Storm

Dispo Hoop Scoops

1:11 ~ make a wish!!!

More Thanks + Hoop Scoops & Ball Calls

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Travel, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 11/13/2013 at 21:33

Happy Hump Day!

THANKS

In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, my family and agreed not to exchange CHRISTmas presents this year, as we have enough to be grateful for. The people who I will give something to are the children who I sponsor: the girl who my sister found for me in the Philippines through Christian Foundation of Children and Aging and the girl who I picked from my Church’s Angel Tree. You also have the opportunity to contribute to the relief from this devastation: World Food Programme

Bearing this in mind, here are my latest Days of THANKS:

Day 12: I’m THANKful for GOD’s calling and gifts, in particular for my service to the Church, where I’ll put my public speaking skills and voice to good use again, as a lector at mass (previously used to sing in the choir/music ministry and teaching speech at the college level)

Day 13: I’m THANKful for good health, so I spread the wealth in my wellness articles and  contributions to the Pretty Fit app and blog 

Speaking of my blog, here are my latest Rant posts:

Elaine Dispo’s Hoop Scoops – Mavs

Elaine Dispo’s Ball Calls – Dallas Cowboys

3:33 ~ make a wish!!!

Veterans’ Salute, Typhoon Blues + More Bits & Pieces for You…

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, What's Hot, Workin' Woman on 11/11/2013 at 03:11

Happy Veterans’ Day!

In the spirit of THANKSgiving, here are my most recent Days of Gratitude…

Day 7: I’m THANKful for good company, including Auntie Mary & Uncle Ken, who Auntie Tina & I visited today (Thursday, 11/7)

Day 8: I’m THANKful for the animals in my life, especially my Double A-Team ~ Asia & Annie (whose 4-year anniversary is on the 15th) + my sister Joanne’s Yorkie Coco + my Ate Roxy’s K9s Jade & Dax + the Gunns’ dogs Sweet Pea, Minx & Blackie

Day 9: I’m THANKful for good leadership – which I’m studying for my Ph.D. – including the inspiration behind my research, Coach K, who I wrote about in my Dispo College Hoops Scoops debut (below)

Day 10: I’m THANKful for  mi cuñada, Janet, who was my best friend when I lived in the Valley, and whose children are mis sobrinitos, with her son, Justin, being the closest to a son I’ve ever had

Day 11:  I’m THANKful for our military on this Veterans Day, which I elaborate as follows…

The military in my life who I honor on Veterans Day, Military Appreciation Day and everyday in between include:

* my great-uncle Terry, who retired from the United States Navy

Uncle Terry, US Navy

My fave Sailor Man

* my dad, who retired from the United States Air Force over two decades ago

Dad & Jeryl

Dispo Airmen

My Cousin the Warrior

Jeryl, USAF

* my cousin, Jeryl, who just graduated from USAF Basic Training school

USAF & USMC

Military Salute

Congrats, Airman Dispo

Dad, Cuz & Bro

* my brother-in-law, Ryan, who served in the United States Marine Corps
* “lil’ bro” Eric, Ryan’s brother, who is serving in the USAF
* my best friend, Melody, from the United States Army who may train to become an Officer now that she has her Bachelor’s degree

I also wrote a tribute to salute another veteran who I admire, whose leadership inspired my own research for my dissertation about coaches and student-athletes: Duke Blue Devils head basketball coach, Mike Krzyzewski, who served in the Army. Bearing this in mind, here are my latest Dispo Hoop Scoops

Dispo College Hoops Scoops
* Debut: Coach K, Basketball & Life Leader

Dispo NBA Hoop Scoops
* Mavs to Strike Lightning at Thunder
* Kevin Durant Has D Best Role Model
* Vince Carter Mans Up to Ejection
* DeJuan Blair Should Start as Center
* JJ Barea Reunion at Minnesota

Also, here are my Pretty Fit posts:
Pretty Fit Elaine D
* Thursday Tips
* Friday Thigh Day
* Saturday Stress Relief

Let us pray for those who were affected by Typhoon Haiyan that just hit my native country, the Philippines. I reached out to my relatives who live there to find out whether they’re safe and sound, so thank GOD for the ones who responded to me with the affirmative!

This throwback pic depicts my homesickness for the Philippines and my former home en el Valle, the Rio Grande Valley, that is. My former student/fellow Filipino snapped this shot as I also was camera-happy at our Filipiniana gala, where I covered the story for Fil-Am Press.

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¡Feliz Cumplé a mi Cuñada en el Valle hoy!

11:11 ~ make a wish!!!

Wellness Wednesday

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 11/06/2013 at 19:18

Happy Hump Day and 6th Day of THANKSgiving!

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First of all, I’ll update you on my giving THANKS…

Day 5: I’m THANKful for GOD’s will and grace. (And yes, after I wrote these out on my prayer petition paper at my church’s Adoration Chapel yesterday, I realized that I wrote a TV show title: Will & Grace — but I’m sure you know what I mean.)

Day 6: I’m THANKful for joining the Pretty Fit App Team! That way, I can use this opportunity to spread the wealth of health all around…

I’ve been super productive since the month of November kicked off, starting out with cranking out 10 articles in 5 days for Rant Sports*, as well as debuting my fitness posts for Pretty Fit App**! Here are my latest pieces for both:

* Elaine J. Dispo | NBA

** Elaine | Pretty Fit App

While I write about team goals for my Dallas Mavericks, I realize that we all could heed the advice of maintaining momentum in our own goals. The same goes for my tips on Pretty Fit to enrich every part of us: our bodies, our minds, our hearts and our souls.

Now speaking of goals and souls, it’s time for me to get the ball rolling on my dissertation…

Oh yeah, and I’m also grateful for the right to vote, which I did yesterday on Election Day!

1:11 ~ make a wish!!! 

On the 4th Day of THANKSgiving…

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 11/05/2013 at 00:44

So I’ll go join in on #GivingTHANKS, so let me catch up on the 1st 4 Days of #THANKSgiving:

    Day 1

: I’m THANKful for my NANAY who just retired as a Registered Nurse 😷 ❤

    Day 2

: I’m THANKful for my productivitym  ✒️ in my #dissertation 📖 & from my blogging 📓 #career, including my #sports 🏈 #rants 🏀through my Dispo Hoop Scoops * & my #fitness 👟 #tips 👣 through #PrettyFit 🙂

    Day 3

: THANKful for my supportive DAD ✈️ who just celebrated his Bday w/his tennis buddy 🎾 besties =D

    Day 4

: I’m THANKful for yummy food, including from my track 🌳 partner 🌅 Ate Roxy, who provided coffee ☕️ & breakfast 🍩 this morning ☀️

* My Latest Mavs Rants

Vince Carter, Best Sixth Man & Hopeful HOF

Dallas Mavericks = World Class Performers, People

Dallas Mavericks’ Key to Success

Dallas Mavericks Must Go Full Force

Shane Larkin, Rookie to Play Soon

+ more wonderful news: I’ll also start sharing my Dispo Hoop Scoops on College Hoops soon!

GOD’s 🙏 peace ✌️ & joy be w/y’all, my friends 💖

4:44 Pacific Standard Time ~ make a wish!!!

Hoop, Halloween & Holiday Hype

In ♥ & Soul, Health, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 11/01/2013 at 19:22

Happy All Saints Day! Hope you all enjoyed your Halloween festivities if you celebrated Boo Ghoul-style and have fun if you’re decking the halls this HOLYday season…

As for myself, NBA season is in full swing, so I tipped off this month of November with a triple-decker and may add College Hoops to my Dispo Hoop Scoops:

Elaine J. Dispo | NBA

* Matrix’s Tipoff Speech
* Dirk’s Mavs Mix
* Monta Basketball in Dallas

Plus, we’re about to launch the Pretty Fit App site full blast, so please check out my Pretty Fit Team bio. You can install the Pretty Fit app from iTunes.

Last, but not least, here are my Halloween photos, starring:

* Asia as Cookie Monster, Annie as Elmo
* Double-A Team as Black Cat & Pumpkin
* Jade & Dax as Black Cat & Pumpkin
* Pumpkin as Dallas Cowboys Jack O’Lantern (star eyes and nose, football mouth plus accessories – ball cap, headband, earrings, paraband for teeth)
* Yours Truly as Tonto with Arrowhead my Crow (won the USPFO Halloween 2013 Ladies’ Costume Contest – ironically, dressed as a man) ~ Kemosabe, baby!

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Shoutout: Happy Retirement to my Mom!

Now back to cracking and cranking out my dissertation…

2:22 ~ make a wish!!!

Blog-portunities

In Health, Higher Ed, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Sports, Technology, What's Hot, Workin' Woman on 10/26/2013 at 18:14
Happy National Pumpkin Day! 
Elaine as Tonto
[Tonto for Halloween]

This week has been all about preparing for the NBA season and the upcoming holidays. I wrapped up my required writing for the rest of this month (which I hope to devote to my dissertation) before the regular season tips off. Please visit my Rants for my latest, and here are my most recent articles since I last shared my posts:

Elaine J. Dispo | NBA 

Elaine J. Dispo | Clubhouse

Plus, I started submitting workout videos to the Pretty Fit iPhone app. When I Skyped with the app creator the other day, we discussed my collaboration on her blog, so I’m excited about potentially sharing more fitness tips! Here are my original Pretty Fit pic and my new one:

Pretty Fit Elaine
[Take me to the gun show!]
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[Current Pretty Fit profile]

Let’s try this Pumpkin Crock Pot recipe from Tone It Up! Below is a snapshot of this Cat Trick-or-Treat recipe that I may give a shot, courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis‘ Giada at Home, that I watched earlier while dog-sitting. I’m also stoked about carving my pumpkin with a unique design…

Trick-or-Treat?
[Black Cat Pop]

Now I’m hyped about Halloween and the festivities that follow. So far, I found my costume for tonight’s party and look forward to dressing up the animals!

Asia meets crow
[Asia & crow]
Asia & owl
[Annie & me + owl]
Dax, Jade & me
[Dax & Jade + yours truly] 
Shoutouts:
  • Happy Birthday to my Dad yesterday!
  • Thank GOD my Lil’ Orphan Annie is in purrfect health, according to her vet, Dr. Price, from Windmill Animal Hospital, which is the Best Pet Care Anyhere… And it smells good too!

1:11 ~ make a wish!!!

Dispo-tation

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Politics, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 10/18/2013 at 20:33

Now that my blog for Rant Sports is in full swing, I seriously must get on the ball with my dissertation. As a Ph.D. candidate who completed my comprehensive exams and doctoral coursework last year, I’m ABD (All But Dissertation). If any of you who read this have achieved an ultimate dream like finishing your terminal degree, your suggestions on time management for me to become Doctor would be greatly appreciated.

When I taught at South Texas College, I asked two of my colleagues for the keys to them unlocking their goal of graduating with their doctorate. Theirs were:

Perseverance ~ Dr. Rosalinda Cantú

Endurance ~ Dr. Roksana Alavi

Dr. Cantú was my former boss for our Communication Arts department, and Dr. Alavi was my next-door office neighbor who also used her “endurance” when she happened to run one of the same races with me, the Fiesta 5K, back in 2009. Even though we’ve gone our separate ways since then, these two mentors’ messages still resonate in my mind as I muster up my focus.

Another South Texas colleague, who I would fondly call “Thaddeus,” as he was named after St. Jude and with whom I was connected because he was also in his 20s when he went through grad school for his doctoral program, also gave me these two-cents that are worth abundantly more:

We all have our own crosses to bear ~ Dr. George Thaddeus Díaz

My Pinoy friend, Sammy Antonio, who is from my father’s province and now lives in the RGV after teaching at Pangasinan State University, provided me with this advice, as his wife is also pursuing her Ph.D.:

You will hitch your wagon to the stars. * ~ Professor Sammy Antonio

Meanwhile, I pass along to you my freshest Dallas Mavericks Hoop Scoops and more NFL and college football Ball Calls — lucky “No. 13” since my last post:

Elaine J. Dispo | NBA 

Elaine J. Dispo | Clubhouse

Elaine J. Dispo | NFL

I’m also proud to share my *True Blue* pit bull Sweet Pea’s latest fanatics:

True Blue K9s Sweet Pea the Pit Bull & Dax the Shih Tzu

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True Blue K9 Sweet Pea the Pit Bull

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True Blue K9 Sweet Pea in Ball Cap

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True Blue K9 Sweet Pea Tongue Wagging

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True Blue K9 Sweet Pea Out for Blood

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True Blue K9 Sweet Pea Mad-Dog Cheezin’

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True Blue K9 Sweet Pea 1/2-sies

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True Blue K9 Sweet Pea In the Zone

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True Blue K9 Sweet Pea On ALL 4s

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True Blue K9 Sweet Pea Licks Yours Truly

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True Blue K9 Sweet Pea’s Touchdown Treat

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True Blue K9 Sweet Pea Game Mode

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3:33 ~ make a wish!!!

Dispo-sition

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 10/10/2013 at 04:09

As I get into the groove with my Rant Sports blog, I branched out my reports beyond my Dallas Mavericks into football – both college and the NFL – from the games I attended this past weekend. First, I’ll share my pre-preseason* pieces followed by last weekend’s adventure** articles then the two freshly pressed posts*** from today that cover the preseason so far!

Elaine J. Dispo | NBA Pre-Preseason Hoop Hopes

Elaine J. Dispo | Clubhouse 

Elaine J. Dispo | NFL

*** Elaine J. Dispo | NBA Preseason Hoop Hype 

Here are highlights from JRob’s Bday/Game Weekend:

Annie’s Belated Birthday 

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JRob’s Birthday 

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McMurry Homecoming 

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Dallas Cowboys Game 

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11:11 ~ make a wish!!!

Elaine Dispo – RantSports.com

In Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Sports, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 09/29/2013 at 15:47

I’m advancing into my writing career by sports blogging! Thanks to LinkedIn, I scored a gig with RantSports.com. Please check out my author page for links to my pieces!

Dis-pro 

So far, I’m writing about my Dallas Mavericks for the NBA and Clubhouse sections. Here are my author pages and first 10 stories to wrap up this month of September.

Elaine Dispo – NBA

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Elaine Dispo – Clubhouse

During basketball season, I’ll go into full swing! Please click through my articles as this is my bread and butter, and sharing is caring, so please feel free to pass them along!

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Elaine Dispo Fan Club

Rant

With my 10-year college Reunion at McMurry  coming up this Saturday, I’ll try to promote my blog at our Homecoming game against my grad school alma mater, Angelo State!

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