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17 posts from January 2013

30 January 2013

A Day in the Life with John Fetterman

Lately it seemed like anytime I'd watch something on Hulu I'd seen a commercial for the show A Day in the Life. This particular episode featured the Major of Braddock Pa., John Fetterman and the efforts he's been making to bring life back to a dying city.  I could tell it was something that would be of interest to me so I decided to check it out, one day and finally remembered to do so today.

Braddock is in the east suburbs of Pittsburgh, and according to Wikipedia had a population of 2,159 in 2010. Due to society shifts, Braddock began to take a decline in the area of work availability, housing, etc. Fetterman is the man that decided to roll up his sleeves and create change for the better. He even did so much as to get a ramp installed for one of the residence that is in a wheelchair and at the time of the show, was in the process of buying a van for him to travel to work (as well as a means of transportation for his family)

It's just another awesome example of what can happen when people began to invest in the places they live in. Not just for the livelihood of themselves and their families but for the greater good of their communities as a whole. I'm once again inspired as it relates to making change in my own city.

Check it out if you can!


26 January 2013

Staying in Saturday


It is a cold wintery day in the city of Philadelphia so I've decided to plan out my day based on staying in this house! Well all except for the laundry because I'll need to leave the house to get that done but all else with this cold weather and the snow we received yesterday, I think it's a good Saturday to enjoy the time in.

Anyone that knows how much I'm on a run on Saturdays will understand my need to make this sort of list! Cleaning and laundry is typical to this day but I figured I'd get in some of the deeper cleaning I've been waiting to do once Spring got here. I have a "beauty room" I'm working on, some things I need to prepare to donate to charity, decluttering etc. It won't all get done today but I might as well get the ball rolling.


Netflix is a norm for me now I enjoy seeing some of the movies I've missed in theaters, some I've seen but love watching again, and those movies I'd never go out to see on my own but end up enjoying them. Starbucks, not exactly making it to the store today but I brought a box of the instant stuff that I'll be making use of today and meal planning is something new I'm doing to ensure I'm carrying lunches during the week and working towards reaching my weight loss goal.


Studying the word, think I'll continue my study of Job and I may actually open a real bible today LOL, so use to utilizing an app now but there is something about going through those pages, highlighting certain points and having that concordance all in one spot. Especially with my ESV study bible. Plus when I study online my mind wanders, I'll stay focused on what I'm studying for example if I'm studying love, I may want to look up the word love and then I'll remember an article on a site or blog related to the word that I wanted to read so I'll go to it etc. So every now and again I have to get the book in front of me get in a quiet place and just dig.


And that's it for me and with it being almost 12:00 now I guess I best to get started! Late start talking to the kid this morning and getting her out of the house to shovel.


How about you all, what are you doing today?


And linking up with the Saturday Morning Coffee Hop over at quitetheblog.com erm afternoon for me however:)



25 January 2013

Faith:There's that song again!

So I'm on the orange line platform this morning waiting on my train to take me to the workplace when God decided to have me hear I trust you again by James Fortune. Still recovering from my brokenness from the night before in which I declared to God what I am tired of, what I won't pray about anymore, how I don't get it, and while I get some things are a wait, how can you explain the varying things that have taken place in my life that's taken years with no answer and no clear direction? That's all good when things seem like they're going to fall completely apart but God somehow prevents it from happening right in the nick of time vs. when things literally are falling apart all around you, have been for a long time and it feels like God has no care about what you're dealing with and you wonder if you need to be doing more or if this really is a waiting situation. Then you remind yourself of how you tend to be a doer naturally and the massive amounts of doors that shut in yo face hence the reason you've determined it's trust God or bust. Don't think woman waiting on a husband type of when God, think Job's life falling apart type of when, Joseph in prison when, that stuff that we read about and it blesses our soul but to go through it!!!


Normally I'm mad encouraged when I hear this song in these moments because I know it's God. That's not to say it's God anytime I hear this song now, but when it is Him and I know this is our song for the moment, it's typically something that brings me joy. Today I wasn't feeling it but at the same time about to ball on that orange line platform and thanking God because at least that didn't go down in front of the people I commute with every morning. I listened to it but I didn't smile, didn't appreciate it  and I was still  mad. You know that mad when you're mad at the one you love but you still love them but you don't want to acknowledge it at the moment? That level of mad. But then they do something that pierces through the anger and make you feel there love and therefore you know you want to respond in kind but not ready to let go of your anger? That level mad.


I'm still not 100 yet, but I'm fool so I got some stuff in order right quick. That get yourself in order because this is a parent, not a friend that you're mad at! And I know I'll get there and that I heard from God once again that in spite of how chaotic everything is around me He knows and I must trust Him so I'm choosing to do just that.





24 January 2013

Overcoming Oppression-Sho Baraka

Our Voice: Sho Baraka from Rebuild Initiative on Vimeo.

 Sho Baraka did a video that represents my heart so much  so that I want to put in my about page what Sho said! It's what made me want to focus on specifics to my city on my personal blog and it just got me a lil bit more hype to ensure I'm pushing forward in efforts to rebuild the city in the areas that need rebuilding, not just the physical city but the souls of the people that live in it.


I always say a city is only as good as its residence and many areas of Philly reflects the brokenness and deadness of it's people. Yet giving them the gospel, coupled with food to eat for the hungry, jobs to the jobless, love to the loveless, education etc. Than we will see the power of God working through them and it will also reflect on our fair city.



Now before I get in total soapbox mode:) Go on, check out the vid!


BTW been a slow blogging week due to work business, power outage and few other things but I'm bizaak! And should get a few more posts in this week.

17 January 2013

To shave or not to shave, that is the question

I'm seriously contemplating rocking this style below:



A friend posted it on facebook  and I am in love. I've wanted to cut my hair like this for some time now actually but when I factor in how long it takes for locs to grow to the length I currently have, I really have to be sure that I want to commit to this haircut. I could always cut them and reattach them when I'm ready to grown my hair out again or I can add loc extensions which I currently have a few in my hair already. And in case you didn't notice I'm thinking this through as I type:) I'm thinking when the warm weather blesses my fair city I will be going for it.


As you can see from my pic below, my locs are thin and lifeless. Well they feel that way to me right now at least. I'm trying to figure out why they're coming in so thin, I've always had a head full of very thick hair and I know the fact that I'm interlocking has something to do with it but they feel extremly thin to me. And then the back of my head and a portion of the side (not pictured) already likes to break off so the natural thing would be to just set it free.....still convincing myself:)


Actually looking at these pics my hair isn't all that bad I think I'm just ready for some change and waiting for it to get to the length I'd like for it to be is getting old. So yeah it'll happen,  what I'll most likely do is shave one side along with my already short nape area that I just began attempting to regrow, and I'll decide if I want to go all the way from there. My nape area was shaved over the Summer actually and I loved it, the only thing was if I wore my hair down it looked awkward in the back in my opinion. So that's something to consider but with the style pictured the shaved portion will always be a part of the actual style hmmmm ok maybe I'm not settled on it completely.

What do you guys think?

16 January 2013

Eats: Sawatdee

Sawatdee is a Thai Restaurant in Philadelphia that I have come to learn. Now let me say one thing about me is when it comes to restaurants, I am truly a creature of habit. So I've only tried one entree here but I can vouch for all of their soup offerings, I've gotten the vegetarian version of three different kinds and all were good and I've tried there crispy tofu appetizer which was bland but good. I had this particular appetizer at another Thai restaurant and it was bland there also so I believe that's just the nature of it and the sauce is what makes up for the blandness.


Ok so onto the food, as you can see I almost forgot to take the pic to blog this so there is a half eaten spring roll pictured, The soup is the Kaeng-Jeud-Tao-Hoo which is Tofu, Napa cabbage, Shitake mushrooms, celery and scallions all in a clear broth. And I am not able to speak the language so I apologize for not knowing and point to the pic, I figure if I go a few more times I'll be able to actually pronounce what it is I'd like to order.


Next to the soup is Por-Peah_Taud which as I'd mentioned is a spring roll and it actually has a lot of the same ingredients as the soup, very tasty but reminds me more of a thinner egg roll than a spring roll, which is not the impression I typically get when eating a spring roll. And not a bad thing at all.



The main entree is Choo Chee Pla w hich is pan fried tilapia with choo chee curry, coconut milk and baby bok choy.....sooooooooo good! I love this dish I keep trying to think of ways I can make this at home but don't even want to bother because I need it to come out exactly the way this dish does when I visit Sawatdee. It comes with a side of jasmine rice and as you can see the coconut milk sauce looks almost like a soup under the fish yet it doesn't take away from the crisp of the fish at all, all of the flavors combine wonderfully and while I need to see if I can locate a calorie count for this meal, pretty good portion and hip friendly for me. When I eat this meal it usually fills me also to the point that I'm not interested in eating dinner I'll have some fruit or a smoothie or something. I should say when I've had it I think this was only my 3rd time having it but again I say I love it. I think I'll at least try a version of this at home, something with coconut milk and tilapia with the mind frame that it's not going to taste like Sawatdee's, enjoy it for what it does taste like.




I think I'll at least try a version of this at home, something with coconut milk and tilapia with the mind frame that it's not going to taste like Sawatdee's, enjoy it for what it does taste like. Also I haven't asked but I think I'll ask if I could get the fish broiled or pan fried without the breading and see how I like it that way.


And hopefully I can get in there and try something different some day, when I do I'll share an update. No as a matter of fact I need to go with a friend that'll order something different and try their food first, yeah that's the ticket I'll bring a friend next time:)

If ever you're in Philly check this place out oh and before I sign off, all of this food only cost me $9.95! It's a 3 course lunch special



1501 South St.


15 January 2013

Is God Really Good?

Hi Everyone,

Wanted to share with you guys  a teaching that Nancy Lee DeMoss is currently doing on reviveourhearts.com. A series on Lies Women believe and today's teaching  Is God Really Good?. It's a blessing because it can be difficult to see God as good when certain things are allowed or withheld. But is He still good and can we recognize this fact as being truth when we face things that would cause us to see God as anything but good?

Check it out if you can, also Nancy has a book of the same name, Lies Women Believe and also a Teen version, it's a book I need to sit and re-read with my daughter as I think about it. One of those hard teachings but a blessing depending on where one is as a Christian.

11 January 2013

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10 January 2013

Photography work- Bus Stop Shoes

I was looking at some of my old pics and came across this one, I love this pic if I must say so myself:) It's from a shoe store in Philly, The Bus Stop Boutique, Bus Stop allowed me to come in and photograph their goods for my photography class project. The shoes at this store are a work of art all on their own, which is what made me think to ask them.


This particular shoe has a wooden heel and as you can see some beautiful, vibrant colors. Looking at these is making me want to get out there and shoot more. I'll do what I can right now and will absolutely be out there once Philly gets warmer!:) Plus life simply needs to slow down a bit more. I can shoot all day with my Iphone but the Canon, that's a whole other story so I need to purposely schedule time to do so more often.


09 January 2013

Veganism: Why I became a Vegan



I realized I didn't do my post on when/why I became a vegan so here goes. I'm challenging myself to keep my post to a minimum of 600-700 words, most of the time:) I don't always want to read really  long posts let alone readers being subjected to my banter so I'll be working on that. Some stories are just long based on what's being discussed so those will remain but in general posts I'll try to keep it light.


Ok 500 not including the above LOL.

Anywhoo so in January 2012 I decided out of nowhere to become a vegan. One thing that I'd come to learn about myself as it pertains to losing weight and getting healthy, is that I have to get with the kid in my head that feels like they're missing out on something by cutting back. You know the she got more than me kid that we all were at some point in our childhood. Why does she eat like a hog but only way 100 pounds! Why did so and so get a better metabolism than me! I was fine with this baked chicken breast until I saw so and so with their cheesesteak with salt, pepper onions ketchup pickles and mayo, boy does this portion look way too small I won't get full! Etc Etc Etc. So one of the best ways to overcome that for me, or so I felt at the time,   is to cut out the feeling of depravity, I chose to do so by adapting a vegan diet and focusing on foods I naturally love that just so happen to be good for me too.

For me this worked and I'm not sure how I got to veganism, but I'd always been on the edge of vegetarianism anyway. As much as I loved meat I had somewhat of a love/hate relationship with it. When I was younger eating dinner one day, my sister decided to describe the life of the chicken I was eating at the time. And let me tell you, my mom made some bangin fried chicken so she didn't cause me to stop eating it LOL but it did the job of grossing me out and for many years to come. Then with beef, more specifically hamburgers if I'd have a burger with even an ounce of red in it I couldn't eat it. Essentially the understanding that I was eating something that once walked never sat 100% well with me although taste wise I still loved meat. So I guess out of curiosity I began to eat at some vegan/vegetarian restaurants every now and again (while still a meat eater) so after awhile it would become a norm for me to buy a veggie burger over a beef one.


When it came time for me to truly commit to eating healthier and getting the weight off, veganism was the obvious choice. Well there is a little bit more to that, I figured if I focused on a plant based diet I'd naturally gravitate to the healthier choices. Yeah that's how I got to veganism vs. vegetarianism, I was seeking to focus on a plant based diet. And so I started I'd say mid- week that first week of January and was off and going with it, wasn't having a hard time food choices and satisfaction wise, but my body was like whoa what are you doing to me! I still need to grow in getting all of the nutrients that I need (to this day) as well as eating large enough portions and while eating a spinach salad with strawberries and almonds (mmmm) is pretty much the norm for me, eating lentils and quinoa and taking supplements was not, just wasn't something that was a part of my normal diet so I had/have to make some adjustments.

And I'm very close to the 700 count so I'll leave you with this:)  And I think I'll make this into somewhat of a series so that  I can share more about veganism, how you can get started if interested and vegan books and blogs out there that will aide you immensely.


Until next time!