Valentine’s Day, Statistics, and I

I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this before, but math is not one of my favorite subjects. Never has been, never will be…probably. I hardly got by in high school and I thought I was going to rip my hair out in college. The only things that have ever really stuck with me is how to calculate percentage on a discount or when I’m leaving a tip. So, it’s needless to say that I was not happy about having to take more math classes in grad school. Now I’m not sure if you’ll recall all the crying I did during my Economics class a little over a year ago that led me to take a leave of absence from school (I passed the class but, man was it rough). Now I’m back in school and taking Statistics, and then I have accounting to look forward to for the spring semester (yipee!).

This class has been taking up almost all of my spare time, hence me not being able to write as much as I want to. I am putting all of my effort into this because I really want to do well. I don’t want it to be like high school where I was praying for C’s, and in college, where I did just enough to get a C. So far, it’s been pretty manageable, but now that we are halfway through the term, I think the Excel formulas and standard deviation stuff is going to start making an appearance…oh joy.

Even though school has been consuming almost all of my spare time I have been able to make time for other things, like family. In January (yes I have to go that far back), my sisters Morgan and Val, came down with Jordin (Morgan’s daughter), and my brother Kevin and they stayed with Lorenzo and I for 4 days. My brother Keith currently lives here and he came to stay with us as well. We tried to show them as much of Atlanta as we could. We took them to Pappadeaux, the planetarium, a club, Main Event, a gun range, and the Aquarium. They said they all had a good time and are already thinking about when they can come back.

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Jordin and River (my cousin) at the Georgia Aquarium

Lorenzo and also made time to spend with some of his friends from college that he hasn’t seen almost all of last year. We all went to Top Golf in Alpharetta. There is one located within Atlanta, but it was so crowded that we went to Alpharetta instead. Just a tip: there is always going to be a wait there, so it’s best to have dinner while you wait for a table to become available. Another FYI: I am horrible at golf. I have potential to do better, but for now and the foreseeableĀ future, I’m pretty bad at it.

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Lorenzo and I getting photobombed at Top Golf

This upcoming Sunday is Valentine’s Day. Lorenzo and I have plans to hang out with friends (after I finish my homework of course) for most of Saturday, but I think Sunday is pretty open. I not a huge fan of Valentine’s Day anymore. I used to feel all sad about it because I never had a Valentine, and when I did have a boyfriend it just wasn’t a big deal. The best memory I have of the holiday is when Lorenzo and I were dating and he sent a dozen red roses to my job. I wasn’t expecting it so it was a very nice surprise and I really appreciated it. Now that we are married and living together, I’m totally okay with not doing anything. Most of the places we like to go to are completely booked and overpriced anyway. V-day is not one of those holidays I need to celebrate. Birthdays on the other hand are a totally different category… šŸ™‚ Ā But I will do my best to (promptly) report any new attractions we venture off to this weekend. I love discovering new places and things to do here. I didn’t even know Atlanta had a planetarium until my brother mentioned it- goes to show you how much I know…. I need to do better.

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How to Deal with Stress

I hate it when I am stressed; I get migranes, I have asthma attacks more often, I subconsciously think my hair is falling out, and my body starts acting all crazy. However, on the flip side of that, if there isn’t complete chaos in my life, I feel like I’m not doing anything with myself and that I am just wasting time so I find a new project to work on. My current stressors are:

Working (weird crazy hours)
Going back to school (and taking an Economics class, no less)
Wanting to go to a different school to get a certificate in Project Managment
Finding money to pay for school
Finding another job to help pay for school
Not having the certification to get the job, to help pay for school
Not spending enough time with Lorenzo
I haven’t been working out because I’m exhausted from work, school, and the military
Oh… and my car broke down the other day and its going to cost over $1400 to get it fixed

Sigh.

I wish the post could be about how to actually deal with stress. Maybe I should look into that.

When I was in my 20’s I used to try to tackle all of issues at the same time (my “problems” seemed to occur on 3’s for some reason) and I used to run myself ragged trying to fix them all. One of my friends told me to stop stressing myself out and handle my issues one at a time so that it didn’t feel like the world was crashing down on me at once. Looking back, I realize that I was exaggerating the severity of my problems and they really weren’t all that bad- not good- but not AS horrible as I was making it seem.

Now that I’m in my 30’s, I tend to handle them a little bit better. I give a lot a credit to the fact that when I was in Iraq I promised God and myself that I would stop worrying about every little thing if I could just make it out of there alive, in one piece, and with my sanity. Since I am not one to break a promise, I’ve been living up to that. Some days are harder than others, but I always try to remind myself of that. I also noticed that I have been able to minimize some of the unnecessary stress in my life by following this path.

So, I’m just going to tackle these things one at a time. I’m going to pay to get my car fixed, and work on my class work every free minute I get. I have to make sure that I am getting some rest, and I will have to find an alternate work out schedule. I’ll worry about the Project Management school after this class is over, and I’ll work on a budget to help pay for it. The rest will fall into place.

So there is it. How I’m going to deal with my (current) stressors.

How do you guys deal with stress? I would love some new insights.

Keeping Busy

With the semester over, and about another week before the next one starts, I’ve been finding ways to keep myself busy in between time. I’ve already discussed with Lorenzo the idea of taking the next quarter off so I could focus on work and the Army. I’ve started taking some online classes and wanted to make sure my annual training event didn’t get in the way of my classwork. So far I have two A’s and want to make sure that I keep my average up. I’m determined to be Summa Cum Laude.

Unlike this rainy weekend, last weekend was really nice so Lorenzo and I went out to Piedmont Park so he could teach me how to take pictures with his fancy camera. Here are some of my favorites:

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What do you think? I know I’m going to need more practice and I’ll learn how to edit them too. I think it will be fun. I’ve also been trying to get more into this Mary Kay stuff also. I’ve been putting it on hold because of school, but since I will have some time I will make an effort. Lorenzo and I were (finally) able to get to Eclipse di Luna tapas restaurant and give them a try. People have been telling me about it since I’ve been here and its only one exit away and we’ve never gone. Lorenzo and I ate about 7 or 8 plates of food. We had hamburguesas, Ahi Tuna tartare, Wild Boar Tacos, dates and chorizo wrapped with bacon, sauteed shrimp, roasted duck empanada,Ā  white fish ceviche, and tres leches cake. We enjoyed everything but I really wasn’t expecting to eat that much (Yes I understand that “tapas” means small plates, its just that we’ve never eaten that much at other tapas restaurants in the past). I’m sure we will make a repeat visit just because we were being so experimental and the experience was great.

Lorenzo took me to the Atlanta Car Show last night. Because the weather was bad, it wasn’t crowded, so it was the perfect time to go. We went through this “Obstacle Course” to test out the new Jeeps, to see how they handle themselves on two wheels and high angles. Once inside, we sat in and played around in new Cadillacs, Land Rovers, the new Kia (the one in the commercial with Lawrence Fishburne), Infinity’s, Lexus, and Audi. I love the Audi A6- I’m convinced its going to be my next car. Lorenzo is a fan of the A7 but we agree to disagree on that.

Dodge Viper
Audi Spyder
BMW 760
Audi A6 TDI
Dodge Challenger
Aston Martin

 

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My sister wants me to get the Zombie Killer…which I told her I would consider after the Audi (considering The Walking Dead started in Atlanta). šŸ™‚

But anyways…I’ll make sure to use my time wisely, take all of my classes, try not to spend all of my money. I’m sure I’ll be able to add a few more restaurants in the upcoming weeks, and maybe I’ll start taking more pictures to add too. Atlanta is a beautiful city, so I should take advantage of the sites…you know… before the apocalypse starts šŸ˜‰

I Just Realized…

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I just realized that I am a pretty boring person. All I do is school work, and while I’m doing said schoolwork, all I’m thinking about is other school work that I have to do… I think about what cute outfit my new niece, Jordin is wearing…and then I make dinner. I would make a horrible housewife.

Lorenzo and I don’t go out often, and even when we do its nothing so crazy that we have to sleep it off for the next two days. Usually a dinner or a movie, and sometimes we’ll go out with some of this couple friends for dinner. Nothing crazy. On weekends with neither one of us has training or anything on the agenda, we spend it on the couch usually binge watching something on Netflix and stuffing our faces.Ā  We want to go on vacation soon, maybe to Daytona to visit his sister, but I don’t know when that is going to happen.

So this past week, I was able to finish my final two papers and final test for this quarter, and even thought I really enjoyed this class I am more than happy that it is over. Mama needs a break. Also, the Army found another way to suck me back in for another 6 years so over the weekend I re-enlisted…again. So now my new contract will take me into March 2021- it seems so far off and futuristic that I can’t imagine it. I wrote recently that I just made 15 years about 2 weeks ago and I’ve always known that I wanted to complete my 20 and retire, so it only made sense to just re-enlist now and get it over with.

I am hoping that with this semester being over that I finally take some time to do things that I want to do, like read something for leisure instead of for school, and get to go away somewhere before the next quarter picks up. I want to go somewhere where I can take photos. I want to use Lorenzo’s big fancy camera again- I haven’t used it since my sister’s baby shower in January. I want to do something fun. I miss fun.

I think its time for me to do something fun.

Playing Catch Up

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These past few weeks have been rough. The days are flying by so fast that they are merging into one another. The class I’m taking this quarter is starting to build up on me. The professor decided to not give us to much of anything at the beginning of the term and thought it was a good idea to have two papers, and a 4 hour final back to back…consecutively. I was able to finish one of them, but it was like pulling teeth. I’m hoping (more like wishing) this quarter would just end already. Even though I’m doing well in the class, and I really like my professor because she is so funny and animated, I’m really not interested in the work. Really the homework…but then again, I could say that for any of my classes.

I’ve also been going to job fairs and have been on a few interviews last week as well. One was pretty rough: I was there for 5 hours. I’ve never had an interview last that long in my life. What I’ve noticed is that with the small companies, they really want you to get to know everyone in organization to make sure that your personalities don’t clash. I am not sure if I necessarily agree with this method because, honestly, everyone is on their best behavior during an interview and its really hard to say if you like someone after only speaking with them for 5 minutes. Some of the people there thought I was OVER qualified for the position I was applying for (which is true), but its not like they had so many to choose from. And besides, their boss found me…not the other way around.

Over the weekend, we also went to a restaurant called Seasons 52 to have dinner with a former USMC friend of Lorenzo’s and his wife. Lorenzo and I had been to that restaurant previously, way back when before I moved down here, and the only thing I remember ordering was the flat bread. This time I ordered the salmon and it was delicious (click on the picture). As much as I talk about food you would think that this would have been a food blog…hmmm.

I also reached my 15 year anniversary with the Army on March 3rd. The only thing I kept thinking about was how some people my age have children that old. After high school some people had children, I joined the Army. At the time, I didn’t think I would have stayed in this long. I planned on completing my 6 years, being inactive for 2 and moving on with my life. When it was time to re-enlist the first time I went through this whole “What am I gonna do with my life?” drama, and ended up signing for another 6 years a week before the contract ended. Right now, I’m on the hook until next year…so, we’ll see what happens then. I’m sure I’m going to stay; it doesn’t make sense to leave now when I have so little time left to retire with my 20 years. I don’t have any regrets about joining, but there are a lot of things I would have done differently, like making sure I was more strategic about my career. But that is another story for another time.

I’ll try not to be a stranger. Wish me luck with this semester šŸ™‚

I’m an Auntie!!!

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This is my niece Jordin. Isn’t she gorgeous!! She was born the day before Valentines Day- which is also my sister Val’s birthday. Her mother, Morgan, called me on the 12th to let me know that her doctor instructed her to go to the hospital, and that she would keep me posted through out the day. She was there all day and Ms. Jordin decided to show up around 3:30am on the 13th. My sister said she’s not much of a crier, but she is very greedy and likes to sleep. She even took me step by step through her delivery process and I wish I would have taken a picture of my face to capture how terrified I was. I will spare you all the details.

I was happy that my sister was in the hospital when she was because New Jersey was scheduled to get another 14 inches of snow on the 13th. I’ve been able to have some video chat time with her. She looks at the phone as if she’s saying “What the heck?” while staring back at me. Other times she struggling to get herself out of her sleep; my sister says it normally takes her about 30 minutes just to wake up. And when she sleeps, she puts her hands under her cheeks, like this:

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I can’t wait to go home and meet her, I think I’m going to back after this semester is over in early spring. The weather up there has been entirely too crazy and I don’t want to risk getting stuck. During winters like this, the weather is too unpredictable and sometimes will snow well into March. I remember one year it snowed 14-24 inches or more every week for over a month. Needless to say that was crazy.

In other news, against my request, Lorenzo and I went out on Valentines Day. I made myself clear when I said I didn’t want anything and I didn’t want to do anything, but I guess when you are dating a man who LIKES to do these kinds of things, you really can’t argue with him. Around 9pm we got dressed and went to a restaurant called STK in Midtown. They also have restaurants in New York as well. The place wasn’t crowded, was nicely decorated, played really good music, and had “open booths” in the dining room so that customers are not closed off from one other. I assume they want people to be social, but if others are anything like me, they would find it odd to have other people staring at them eating their food. The overall experience was really nice, and the food was very good. The original plan was to go out with another couple, but they cancelled on us because the wife didn’t want to leave their baby at home. But we still managed to enjoy ourselves.

This weekend I also had training with the Army, as an official member of the unit- finally. It only took my old unit 4 months to transfer me…even though they knew I was leaving 7 months ago…and it should’ve been completed in 45 days…but whatever. This weekends’ focus was on our annual training events, which I am still confused about because I think everyone is getting split up and going to different locations. Lorenzo is used to doing this kind of thing, I’m not. The only time I didn’t go to training events with the entire unit was when I went to schools, so this will be a change for me. I still don’t know where I’m going because this mission they want me to go onĀ  is something I’m not yet certified to do, so I’ll have to get that out of the way first. I’m sure I’ll figure it all out.

I’ve been entirely too preoccupied with my new niece and my sister over the past two weeks to think about anything else. Even school.

Oh boy. I better get my stuff together, before I fail this class šŸ˜¦

New Year, New Goals

Happy New Year 2014 So, we’ve made it. Another year down, and many more to go. I know that I’m a little late (but when haven’t I been?) butĀ here is a quickĀ glimpse ofĀ how I spentĀ my New Years Eve.

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Lorenzo and I went to visit one of his friends from the Marine Corps who was having a house party. It was totally fine with me because I’ve been to clubs on New Years Eve in the past, and I was NOT impressed. I didn’t include more pictures out of respect for their other guests who didn’t want their pictures added to social media. We had a nice time and slept late on New Years Day.

In my previous post, I wrote down all of my resolutions or GOALS that I wanted to accomplish before the year was over. My goals are things that I wanted to do for myself anyway, I just think I will stick themĀ if they are constantly reinforced, properly planned,Ā and attainable. In the past I’ve made resolutions that I’veĀ stuck with for about a week (that’s the normal time frame right?) like to stop using profane language or read the entire Bible within a year. Its not that those are not attainable, its just that they require a lot more self control and disciplineĀ than I actually had. But with the wedding coming up and being in school I think that the list that I have is actually doable- considering I don’t try to accomplish everything in a month.

One of my sisters said that she doesn’t have any resolutions for this year. I thought that was cool, but then again I thought to myself, well if you don’t set any goals for your self, then what will you have to look forward to for the year? What are you working towards? I suggested that she create a 5 year plan to starting her own catering business. She loves to entertain and cook, why not turn it into a business? I was willing to give her some information about starting a business that I learned last semesterĀ for creating a business plan, but I am not sure if she is going to take it. As part of my post-Iraq new life plan, I’ve decided not to force my ideas or intentions on others, so I’m not going to bother her about it- I’m just going to worry about my own plan.

In other news, I have less than a week before school starts and I have yet to have cracked open my school book. This quarter I am taking Law, Ethics, & Corporate Governance, and since I received an A in my Contemporary Business class, I set the bar really high and need to make sure I keep that same work ethic. I think I’m going to create a Resolution Series dedicated to making sure I keep up with my goals for the year and on top of my school work.

Man…being an adult is hard work.