Cup Of JoeJoe

I'm drinking coffee while writing this, that's how serious I am! Jkjkjk - Since I was old enough to drink out of a big girl cup, I've been ingesting Mountain Dew and coffee like it's going out of style. I was doing a 6 pack a day of MD in high school. Is that the definition of addiction? After reading "Caffeine Dream" through the ecofabulous girls at Healthy Bitch Daily, I decided I needed to rethink my goals. Their blog weigh benefits versus health risks. A year ago, I started trying to drink black coffee as a wise health choice, so now that I'm working out a lot, coffee isn't something I've cut down on like soda. According to HBD, I'm not addicted just caffeine dependent. All I hear these days is, "every thing's good in moderation". Ok, I'll take that and keep my daily intake down to one small cup of coffee a day. That's seems reasonable. I can at least try!

Another sign I'm on the right track, I came across "8 Reasons to Drink Coffee" on Care2. Some things that run in my family, like diabetes and memory loss, are on the list of fighting benefits.

1. Caffeine has a positive effect on cognition, memory performance, and the
ability to complete complex tasks.

2. An inverse association between regular caffeine consumption and the
incidence of Parkinson’s disease was found–in other words, caffeine looks to
be protective against Parkinson’s disease.

3. The consumption of moderate amounts of caffeine was seen to decrease the
cognitive decline associated with aging, as well as the incidence of
Alzheimer’s disease.

4. Caffeine prevented motor deficits, normalized brain function, and prevented
brain degeneration.

5. Caffeine improves a sense of well-being, happiness, energy, alertness and
sociability.

6. Caffeine enhances aerobic endurance.

7. Consumption of coffee can lead to a decreased risk of Type 2 diabetes.

8. Coffee has a whopping amount of antioxidants–on average, Americans receive
1,299 milligrams of antioxidants from their 1.64 cups of daily coffee. The
closest competitor was tea at 294 milligrams.


So go grab your coffee pot and get to work.

My First Workout in 2011

So I'm two weeks late, better late than never! I can't remember the last time I worked out. I've either been super busy, on vacation, hurt, or sick. NOT ANYMORE! I just finished my recovery shake after P90X Day 1 - Chest & Back & Ab Ripper X. I couldn't finish today. I was wiped. I need to incorporate more protien and key nutrients into my diet. Today, I had cereal for breakfast and pie for lunch. I'm not surprised I crashed just noting. Tomorrow, I will do better with planning my intake around working out. All I needed was motivation to get through the first workout and then I get hooked. I like feeling a bad ass. Isn't that the X is for? 

My Mom's been "getting in shape" for years. She would rather not eat than workout. She knows she needs to snack to kick start her metabolism, it took months until she agreed to eat breakfast. She wants me to workout with her now than I've moved home. She's into Zumba, which I hear is fun. Maybe, we can do it together one day this week?! The good thing about both of us wanting to be better to our bodies is being able to cook and stick together. We're both used to being on our own but now it's more practical, and fun, to cook. I'm looking online now for new, easy recipes. What's your favorite thing to cook?


This is silly but I created a gym location on fourquare using Mom's house address so I could get a gym rat badge! I promise I won't juice...



Love - N

The Job Search

This month marks almost 3 months of being unemployed with no assistance. EEK! I started getting reports per Career Builder on how I stand up to competitors. %82 of people that have applied to the same jobs are more qualified. NO WONDER I'm not getting interviews. Puts a little perspective on this economic status. 

I finally got paid on the first for a job that I quit over two months ago due to not receiving wages. Check was nothing compared to my bills. I had to move back in with Mom because I can't keep up living alone. Bless her heart, she's trying but she can't possibly keep both our heads above water. 

Keep praying!

To my future children

You will no doubt ask me questions I will have no solid answers for. I have asked these questions for years of my mother. She has no way of telling me what to do or say. She did teach me right from wrong. It's up to me to decide what to do with this knowledge. One thing I can advise, always lead with your heart. Always tell people you love them. Don't let your head think too much, it's in these moments of dire thought when emotions can flee. You will get your heart broken and you will hate it. I would do anything to spare those in need. I would never wish this kind of pain on my worst enemy. You have to fight the nostalgia. If it sucks you back in, you will feel better but this emotion is merely a band aid to a greater situation. This will compound over time. Second chances are one thing, but men don't change. Their minds can be influenced but not their will to be. Not the attitude towards essential tasks, like being honest and courageous in the face of even the smallest dangers. Guard yourself with grace. It seems the second I started to fall for a man, they started to walk away. This cyclic manner scars my heart. Hopefully, one day I find a man who loves me. All of me. Just the me I want to be. This man should feel lucky. I will make him breakfast and lay on his chest until I fall asleep at night dreaming of how perfect things are and will continue to be. I will be his superhero, guarding his life with my own. Defending his honor from evil and flying cheerios.

Angry White Girl Part I - Advisor Mayhem

I keep wanting to write a book but couldn't get my thoughts together until riding the bus to campus this morning. I was scheduled to meet with my new adviser and was fairly excited, I even wore my good jeans despite the rainy, mess falling from the sky. I get up super early, ride the bus to campus, head to the advising floor, find Ms. A's door, and then I see it. The kiss of appointment death. A note on the door. It stated, " Ms. A is out sick today but feel free to take a magnet." Honestly?! A magnet. How is the world is a magnet, despite it's cute fonts and snazzy slogan, going to help me further myself today. It's the last day for seniors to meet and get sorted before registering next week. My real concern here is much more deeply seeded. I should probably get into that.

My initial adviser was mine for about six years. She was always "out of the office", on "sick leave", or "vacation". EVERY TIME I NEEDED SOMETHING, YOU CAN BE SURE SHE WAS ABSENT. Can't a girl get an email or a phone call from the secretary noting this? What if I lived further away or paid to park all day and had to turn around and leave. In a typical class setting, definitely at this level, it's standard to assign two absences. Why should professors be allowed to persecute students with this injustice, if it doesn't apply to everyone? I should digress, that's a whole other rant.

There have been two semesters in a row where my adviser reniged on our initial meetings, with all the hassel that goes into rescheduling, I never got into classes I needed before they were full. I was forced to take part-time or fill missing hours with useless garb and increase my loan debt that much further. Awesome, at this rate, I just might graduate by 2011, I would invite my advisers to my graduation parties since they have been such an inspiring part of my 20-something struggle, but then again, I can't be sure they'd make it.

On a good note, I packed work I needed to do and am in the library preparing to put my very stylish thinking cap on for the day. Annnnd, there's noone here, it being the Friday before Spring Break and all.

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Get Over Yourself: Crazy B's

In response to Sesh in the City's recent post on a day in the life of a girl who can't stand on their own two, Jimmy Choo covered feet. I have the perfect example to expand on. Today I found out an ..well, acquaintance, is back with her on again, off again, likes to rough her up and etc. What. the. heck??! Why is there a need to be with someone who emotionally abuses you and is super controlling. If a guy tried to tell me what I could and couldn't do, I'd check his man hood with my stilleto! Don't be so insecure that you need someone to run your life for you. Step up to the dang plate and be a woman for once. Guys think girls are crazy b's that are emtionally wrecks. Well, you know what, there are probably a good 25% of woman who are completely sane and sweet as a cupcake. I'm proud to call these woman my friends. I can't deal with all this back and forth nonsene anymore. Yeah, I will gladly admit that was me in highschool and my freshman year. I couldn't believe who I had become. This sad girl who needed a man to validate my existance. That's not me at ALL!! So, I booted him and now he's having sex (hopefully, protected) with a girl with 3 babies by 3 different boys. I don't think this scenario need more explanation. PLEASE READ HE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU!!!!!!! Best book ever. At least one of the best. I believe in second chances but if a man knows he can do what he wants and you're still going to stick it out, he has no incentive to change. But if you kick his sorry ace to the curb, "save a little trouble for the next girl" - Thank you Carrie for the estoud advice. I'm with Sesh on the not dating thing. I have the first boyfriend I've had in I think 3 years! I finally found someone I can TRUST (3 cheers here), and someone that actually acts like he likes me. I'll leave you with one of my favorite quotes, "You can't be happy with someone else, until you're happy with yourself!" AMEN! Go love yourselves <3

Eventful

I just became a member of Eventful.com! I'm happy so far. Is anyone else a member or at least has heard of this? I was on Jason Jones' Myspace page courtesy of a tweet by @wrbnashville. I love this guy's sound and his lyrics! There was a link to request Jason's presence in my city. I signed up to get Jason here and the email that came to my inbox this morning was a sweet surprise of a LOT of shows coming to the area. The line-up includes bands at bars and restaurants, not just larger venues which I think is pretty neat. Check it out!

I heart shoes!

I'm catching up on emails post spring semester and to my pleasure I found my style.com weekly update. I am in love with many items listed but the new Manolo Blahnik collection really did it for me, especially this pair!! Wow! How cute would I look in these shoes?! I love the gold and black contrast and I think the way the side if cut, the effect will do nothing but make a girl's ankle look fabulous! What do you think?
I'm a huge fan of suede! This equation simply equals perfect! The only bad part...the money I don't to afford these.

NC does it better, Part One!

 At an Eric Church concert Tuesday with Lis, I came to the realization that tons of musicians, especially country music stars, from this great state we call NC. I brainstormed for a while and came up with a list. If I've forgotten others, let me know. This is fun!

1 - Eric Church - Granite Falls
2 - Randy Travis - Charlotte
3 - Kellie Pickler - Albemarle 
4 - Jason Michael Carroll - Youngsville 
5 - Earl Scruggs - Flint Hill
6 - Ronni Milsap - Robinsville
7 - Andy Griffith - Mount Airy
8 - Donna Fargo - Mount Airy
9 - Chris Daughtry - Greensboro
10 - Tori Amos - Newton
11 - James Taylor - Chapel Hill
12 - Doc Watson - Deep Gap
13 - Ryan Adams - Raleigh
14 - Clay Aiken - Raleigh
15 - Fantasia Barrino - High Point
16 - Bucky Covington - Rockingham
17 - Charlie Daniels - Wilmington
18 - Jermaine Dupri - Ashville
19 - Ben Folds - Chapel Hill
20 - Anthony Hamilton - Charlotte
21 - Warren Haynes (The Allman Brothers Band) - Ashville
22 - Jimmy Herring (Widespread Panic) -  Fayetteville
23 - K-Ci & JoJo - Charlotte
24 - Petey Pablo - Greenville


I had to end on Petey and I hope you all are singing "North Carolinaaa, come on and raise up!" while you read this next part. I have been reading for an hour about all the cool people from NC, including 3 of our country's Presidents. 

 

GO NC!!!!

Things I have learned living in NC

 When I first started blogging, this account was full of forwarded emails and notes. It's taken some time to find a few that I had not read before. I would like to share! (Thanks Jess for this one)!

1. A possum is a flat animal that sleeps in the middle of the road .
2. There are 5,000 types of snakes and 4,998 of them live in NC
3. There are 10,000 types of spiders. All 10,000 of them live in NC, plus a couple no one has ever seen before!
4. If it grows, it'll stick ya. If it crawls, it'll bite cha.
5.'Onced' and 'Twiced' are words
6. It is not a shopping cart, it is a buggy.
7. 'Jaw-P?' means 'Did y'all go to the bathroom?'
8. People actually grow and eat okra.
9. 'Fixinto' is one word.
10. There is no such thing as 'lunch'. There is only dinner and then there is supper.
11. Iced tea is appropriate for all meals and you start drinking it when you're two. We do like a little tea with our sugar
12. Backwards and forwards means 'I know everything about you.'
13. The word 'Jeet' is actually a phrase meaning 'Did you eat?'
14. You don't have to wear a watch because it doesn't matter what time it is. You work until you're done or it's too dark to see.
15. You don't PUSH buttons, you MASH them.

MORE THINGS TO LET YOU KNOW YOU'RE FROM NORTH CAROLINA :
1. You measure distance in minutes.
2. You've ever had to switch from heat to A/C in the same day.
3. All the festivals across the state are named after a fruit, vegetable, grain, insect or animal.
4. You know what a 'DAWG' is.
5. You carry jumper cables in your car for your OWN car.
6. 90% of NC kitchens will have these five spices/condiments: Morton Salt, McCormick Black Pepper, Texas Pete, JFG/Dukes Mayonnaise and Hunts Ketchup.
7. The local papers cover national and international news on one page, but require 6 pages for local gossip and motorsports.
8. You think that the first day of deer season is a national holiday.
9. You find 100 degrees Fahrenheit 'a bit warm'.
10. You know all four seasons: Almost Summer, Summer, Still Summer and Christmas.
11. Going to Wal-Mart is a favorite past time known as 'goin' to Wally World or Wal-Martin'.
12. You describe the first cool snap (below 70 degrees) as good chicken stew weather
13. Fried catfish is the other white meat.
14. We don't need no dang driver's Ed. If our mama says we can drive, we can drive, dag-nabbit.
15. You understand these jokes and forward them to your North Carolina Friends.


Some of these are a big arcaic but most are typical and funny. There are a few that are just plain southern, which I would never complain about!!! Enjoy! 
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