Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tell 'em how you feel Tuesdays: Woman of her word

Oh, how I've missed blogging.

I won't say I've missed writing though, because I do that 24-freakin-7 at my job, but it's what I love to do. I have plans of quietly stalking all of your blogs during the week though so look out for comments from me on posts you made a week ago, haha.

Some things:

- Thanks to everyone who voted! Now, I'll admit that at first the vote was just to see if any of you agreed with the decision I had secretly already made in my mind - who doesn't like reassurance? - but I'm going to hold up to my word because the more comments I read, the more convinced I was. This Halloween I'm going with the winning votes and I'll be dressing as Storm from X-men (15 votes) AND Dionne from Clueless (6 votes) (with my roommates who agreed to do the rest of the trio with me! Love those chicks.)

Meet Cher, Dionne, and Tye. Before Costumes.
- Because Halloween happens to fall on the same weekend as when I plan to get my new iBrain, I'll be tweeting about all the debauchery, apparently 4x as fast as I use to.

- This past weekend was my first homecoming as an alumni! It was a different vibe, as I expected, but I loved being able to see everyone and hear how they are doing. It's hard to believe that just a few months ago I was still in school. Actually, scratch that. Since most of my furniture in my apartment is from college, the living situation still kind of feels the same.

- I will officially be spending Christmas in Florida! I've never spent a holiday away from my immediate family but there's a first time for everything.

There are other things I'd love to share with you all such as how damn hard it is to keep friends after college, why I hate the N/Q line, and my first bar fight but I'll save that for a rainy day. Or tomorrow.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

You know you're a journalist when

Because I love all my writer-types out there. . .

Some of these are mine and some I found online. All made me smile. 

• You can spend an unspecified amount of time in Starbucks sipping on the same "tall", overpriced drink. . .as long as they don't come at you for using their Wi-fi to update your blog, write your article, etc.

• While you may not agree with their methods of reaching success, you can appreciate the journalistic endeavors of the stars in the Devil Wears Prada, How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Sex and The City and yes - even Harriet The Spy. You understand the necessity of her notebook remaining confidential.

• Deadlines are of the utmost importance to you. In fact, you happen to work your best when you're only allotted a finite amount of time to produce something extraordinary.

• It drives you CRAZY when people don't know the difference between "too", "to", and "two." In fact, you're genuinely hurt when they misspell anything and don't correct it, and have to hold back from voicing it for fear of being "that guy."

• When you really start writing you go somewhere within yourself and sometimes, when you come out, days have passed, babies have been born, and pets have gone unfed.

• You have a deep appreciation for Apple Products - not all, but some. If only you could afford them.

• Whenever you're sending anything serious - email, text, whatever - you re-read it at least twice, checking for any spelling/mistakes or more importantly, if you can think of better "25-cent" word choices.

• You consult either of these books for those quarter words:

• You're able to hold a conversation on just about any topic for at least 10 minutes from things floating around in your brain from pass research.

• You understand that Google does not = research. Not completely, anyway.

• You consider yourself fluent in sarcasm. To you it is indeed a language that not many people can decipher, but those who can are awesome in your book.

• You love a good quote. In fact, you can center a whole story around a quote if need be.

• Post-its help keep you sane.

Am I missing any? Let me know :]

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Why my mom shouldn't be texting

I'll admit that I'll respond faster to La Madre's texts than I would to her non-existent phone calls (apparently, she can never find the house phone), but I need her to learn some texting etiquette. Textiquette, if you will. Just a little, not a lot.

This is because I love you, Mom.

This picture in no way, shape or form meant to represent how my mom looks. She's actually a fairly young mom  - not like a regular mom, like a cool mom. For the purposes of this post however, it does accurately capture her relationship with her cellphone.

Rule 1 - You can't. . well, shouldn't text sentences one at a time. Unless you have some horribly limited character count (which you don't) on your cell phone, you can just send everything at once. That way my phone doesn't have to vibrate constantly for a

text that's
like this.

Rule 2 - I've said it before and I'll say it again -- when you text in caps, in tech-speak, you are yelling. I know you're not really such an angry person but that's because I'm your daughter. Others (like those who you e-mail) might not be as forgiving.

Rule 3 - I want to say 90% of the time, when I send you some version of an emoticon you have no idea what's going on. You think it's a code or a typo. Or this:

La Madre: My boss sent me home early because I was sick
Me: Uh oh :O
La Madre: What is that? a monster?
La Madre: How did u get it?
La Madre: Waaaaaaaaa :(

I'm just going to put it all on the table for you:

:) Smiling
:( Sad face
:o) Me being 'cute' and smiling
O:( Innocent Nhya
>.< Frustrated Nhya
:O Shocked and Appalled Nhya
-.- The face I make when you ask me to help you make a Facebook

It would be so much easier for me to express myself to you if you'd kind of. . I don't know, study these? Just a little, not a lot.

Rule 4 - If you call me and I text you and then you call me again, I'm not going to answer. Let's just get that straight from now. I'm probably not in a place where I can talk (like work) so a series of texts asking me why I can't pick up the phone will only be answered with texts, never a phone call. 

Hopefully this will help not only my mom, but parents across the nation who are dealing with a communication barrier between themselves and their children.

Monday, October 10, 2011

I want YOU!

. . .To help me pick out a Halloween Costume :]

I decided that this year won't be the year I grow up and resort to simply giving out Halloween candy instead of collecting it on my own. Whatever, whatever - I do what I want.

And even if I don't go trick-or-treating because I'm not sure if my city neighbors have the same sense of humor as the ones I grew up with in the suburbs, I'm definitely dressing up in some way and doing something.

So these are the options I've come up with so far:

Dionne (From Clueless)
Because I love that movie in a really unhealthy way and kind of already own the outfit. 

Storm (From X-Men) 
Because in my mind, I'll be Halle Berry for a night dressed as a superhero.
Note: I'm not crazy about the store's costume, which means I'll probably re-create it, but you get the idea.

Sookie Stackhouse (From True Blood) 
Because if you follow my blog even a little bit, you already know how I feel about that show. 

. . .Now you might be wondering - why wouldn't you be Tara, from True Blood? Well, because that's too obvious, lol. I know Tara and I have that whole "being black thing" in common but Sookie would pose a challenge. Besides - if I dress as Tara, I'm gunna need someone to be my LaFayette which would require me recruiting a team of True Blood fans and blah, blah, blah. . .

If you have another "vision" for me, I'm open to ideas. I will say that I have already dressed up as the following:

• An Egyptian Princess
• Sailor
• Lady bug
•Baseball Player
• A member of "TLC"
• Super Woman
• Cat (although not Cat Woman. . hmm.)

Thanks in advance for any advice! I hope you guys are enjoying your fake Columbus Day as much as I am. 

Also - Look out for a post later on my featured follower idea. 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Don't call it a comeback

What's this? A Triple Whammy Post!

I can't believe it's already Thursday. I'm gunna be honest - I don't know how you people with full time jobs, kids, lives, etc. do this whole blogging consistently (about something people care to read about) thing. And it's sad because in my profession I really should know how to it. #Kanyeshrug

HOWEVER, I'm going to learn! Because guess who got a full-time job!? Okay, I'll tell you. ME.

I can no longer spend my days bullshitting on Netflix  job searching because I have my first official, 9-to-5 gig. This is as real as real gets, folks. Had to put on my big girl pants and at first it was an odd fit, but I'm filling them out now.

And to think it all happened before I had the opportunity to get this shirt...

HIRE ME Got Job? t-shirt

The best part? This is a job in my field where I'm not being exploited! I can't get into detail about it (well, I can - but what's the fun in that?) but I will say that I get to write about shows like Dance Moms a lot more, and you know how much that puts a smile on my face.

A HUGE thank you to Stiletto Minded for this Kreativ Blogger award! Every time I receive a blog award I'm always appreciative and I'm always surprised.

For some reason I always think, "Yay! Someone likes my blog! I'm probably not going to get another one so I better savor this", lol. Check out Stiletto Minded's blog for her thoughts on love, fashion and life in general!

The Rules: Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to their site, award 10 other bloggers, fill out this survey (I've filled it out before) and share 7 random facts about yourself.

7 Facts: I still take bubble baths with Disney Princess-themed hypoallergenic/dermatologist recommended soap, I'm the oldest of 5, My current boyfriend is my 3rd and last boyfriend, My "big little" brother goes to Binghamton U and he's in his sophomore year, in college I was an RA (Resident Assistant), I listen to Jazz because of my grandfather's influence, and I think shower curtains are kind of pointless.

Awards go toooo. . .

Check out their pages and hopefully you'll enjoy them as much as I do!

I think someone else out there also gave me an award (a whiiiiile ago) and whoever you are -  I apologize, but I can't find your comment! Lol. Thank you, though! Comment on this post and let me know so I can follow your award rules too.


& Finally, thanks from J for the Happy Birthday wishes! He felt famous and especially appreciated those comments about him being cute. Lol.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Mr. Carrymel turns 24!

The next biggest thing to happen to the world since July 27th is today. October 4th

Otherwise known as J's birthday!!!

I'm gunna be cheesy, romantic and predictable and write him an open letter and you're gunna like it. So here goes.

Dear J,

I'll start off by saying happy, happy, happyyyyyyyy birthday because it only seems right. I know that today is a big day for you since it was the day you were born, but I celebrate you everyday, just like I celebrate us everyday (not just on an anniversary). Your special day means a lot to me, and I want you to know that you have made every single birthday I've had with you phenomenal, and I will strive to give you nothing less. Someone as unique and good-hearted as you deserves the world, and while a lot of people have been privileged enough to have you in their life, I am the only one who you've let into your heart like this and I am honored. I want this day to be fantastic, magnificent, and a COLOSSAL great time for you because as hard as you work everyday, you deserve to feel all of those positive vibes you give out to everyone ten times as much on your day.

You are my very best friend, bullfrog, and yes, I'm tearing up typing this (you know how I do).

Happy Birthday Babe!

(See how I did that in your favorite colors? Haha. I'd totally marry me. . .but again, this isn't about me. This is about you :P)

Loving you the most,

Nhya aka