The Week in Review (February 15 – 21)

Happy Oscar Sunday!

Even though there is NO ONE who looks like me nominated in any of the major roles (actor/actress, director, screenwriter), I will be watching the pre-show to watch all of the fabulous fashion statements that are usually made on the red carpet.

This week came with two snowstorms, a serious Siberian cold-front, and a partridge in a pear tree. With only three days to the work week, I was finally able to sit down and begin to try putting together my digital storytelling piece. First, with the script, it took me a while to get. What do you want people to know about you? What angle do you want to tell your story? These things may sound like little details, but they are pretty big considering the circumstances.

It's snowing? Whyyyyy?

It’s snowing? Whyyyyy?

By the end of the week, I was wiped out from focusing all my energy into keeping warm and not freezing to death while outside. Friday was the coldest day, with temps hitting -20 with the wind chill. By  now, you guys know I am the worst person to deal with when it comes to the cold; all my reasoning and caring for life goes out of the window and I make weird decisions like staying home so I don’t turn into a human popsicle while waiting for the metro bus. However, to my surprise, I got up and made my way to work, only to realize once I got there that out of everyone in my company, only four people decided to come in, myself included.

Lastly, with the Saturday snowstorm, I had nowhere to go, thus forcing me to finally work on the finished product of my digital storytelling piece (link on my About Me page).

Until next time, everyone!

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The Week(s) in Review – February 1-14

Hola guys! I missed writing you all. Last week was a blast (no, not really). Let’s get started.

So even though I missed a week, there’s nothing much to report other than me being on Death’s doorstep. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a little, but a head cold combined with a stomach flu can make anyone ask God to take them out of their misery…

Because of my “Man Down” situation, work for that week didn’t really get done. I didn’t even get back to work until Thursday and I was still out of it until yesterday. Valentine’s Day. I technically had a Valentines, but between my boyfriend having to work and the snow and wind being completely disrespectful, all we managed to do together was grab some Chipotle.

love-heart

As far as class goes, I came back with a vengence! I have finished the writing portion of my thesis (yay), only having graphs and photographs left to add. I still have to include more work examples to my marketing portfolio, which is becoming increasingly harder for me to figure out. I also need to figure out how to create an actual homepage. Once I do these two things, I may be done with my portfolio. Yayyy!

Well, until next time!

The Week in Review (January 24 – 31)

Hey guys! Happy Super Bowl Sunday (Go anyone but the Pats!)

Well, I can tell you one thing about this week – I am TIRED of the cold weather!!!

Sure, it’s cool sometimes to be able to wear coats and go ice skating and enjoy hot chocolate outdoors, but when the temperature is 20 degrees BEFORE wind chill, well, there’s absolutely something wrong there. I am a summer baby, born during the dog days of August. To me, this weather is inhumane.

On top of contending with the weather, this week began with a reminder that my thesis is almost due. I have been looking at various academic journals to try and shop my paper around; I want to be able to have others read the research and ideas that I’ve come up with. If I’m not going to share this with people, then what’s the point of me trying to make it so good?

As far as my Portfolio class goes, it’s nice to see everyone’s Websites progressing and getting better as the weeks go on. The ideas and questions that are shared between the students in the class is actually helpful to revising and updating this page of mine. Honestly speaking, without sharing our sites within the class I would be beyond clueless as to how to put this all together.

On another note, today (February 1) marks the first day of Black History Month. As a young Black woman, I consider this a big deal. The goal for every Black History Month is to learn something new about Black American history that I never knew before. So, on top of putting together my thesis and making sure I don’t fail my Portfolio class miserably, I will also be trying to educate myself on the history of my ancestors.

My week wasn’t all work. My aunt turned fifty this past weekend and my family and I got together to take her to brunch. Afterwards, my brother, cousin and I decided to go skating at the Smithsonian Sculpture Garden in downtown D.C.. Anyone who knows me knows this is a very rare occurrence that should not be taken lightly.

skating

I wasn’t going to show myself skating. Too embarrassing.

Today (Sunday) was the first Sunday of the month, which meant Communion Sunday. Seeing as how I missed last weeks’ service, I had to compensate; why not by partaking in communion?

Before I left the house I took an awesome selfie. My hair actually cooperated today. An incredible feat, to say the least.

sunday hair

“Bonjour” sweater: Asos. Necklace: Sheinside.com.

That’s all for now. Until next time, people!!!

The Week in Review (January 18 – 24)

Hello Everyone!

This week has been especially trying. I have about three new projects brewing at work and classes have been just as demanding, what with finishing my thesis and putting together prospective journals to shop my thesis around to.

I have learned a few things though. Firstly, I learned that perseverance pays off. I was trying to spruce up my web site for the past few days: you know, work on color, drop-down menus and just making it a cool place to hang out and learn more about me and my talent. Even though trying to do that all while maintaining a good head about issues at work proved taxing, I kept going and was rewarded with recognition by my bosses. I also treated myself to a little shopping spree but that’s another post for another day 🙂

On the 19th I took some time out to reflect on the life and contributions of Martin Luther King, Jr. Being an African American living in today’s current events of protesting, die-ins and police rebellions, I can appreciate even more what King Jr. and other civil rights activists did to make sure that the future generations could benefit from their work. However, we still have far to go. It seems as though, since Obama was elected president back in 2008, some people have found the need to become Internet bigots (what I mean is they smile in your face but, behind a keyboard and monitor, they become someone Archie Bunker would be proud of). Also, with police brutality affecting all races, we have a different force to fight. With all that said, I still thank King Jr., Rosa Parks, Bayard Rustin and others for getting us this far. Things could be way worse.

Until next time, guys!

The Week in Review (January 11 – 17)

Hello to all!

Okay, so I will be writing posts like these at least once a week, giving people an inside look into my life and who I am.

This week was the beginning of my writing portfolio course in my Master’s program. That, on top of going to work everyday proved to be a LOT for me. I haven’t felt this much pressure since my last semester of undergrad at Morgan State University! At work we had our bi-annual reviews, which I HATE because I’m not a fan of my work being nit-picked. Yes, I do need to learn how to do a better job, but me forgetting to ask the lady at the Winter Outing to put the olives for the salad to the side instead of in the bowl is not my idea of doing horrible job at work.

As for my class, well, it’s too early to tell what kind of student I will be in this class. I will try to do as great a job as I can, but when you have a full time job, still working on a thesis AND dealing with a class, something is going to fall by the wayside. My guess is that something will be sleep :(.

One thing that I actually enjoy is being able to share my works and thoughts with all of you. This website and accompanying blog was created as an assignment for this class, but I am enjoying every second of my time putting this together. As far as continuing this after the class is over, well, only the Man Upstairs knows what’s going to happen. But I really want to keep this going.

Fortunately, this week wasn’t all “work-no-play.” Friday night found me in an actual bowling alley. If you know me you know I stay far away from exercising of any kind. However, it wasn’t so bad when I finally started to bowl and get my technique together. On the other hand, when I woke up the next morning, my wrist was in so much pain that no amount of wine could deter the feeling (oh, yeah. No amount of pain medication as well). As much pain as I was and still am in, I am already planning to go back this Friday, but not without buying a wrist brace first.

bowling night

Needless to say, my friends and I had fun!

Well, that’s it for now. Thanks for reading!