My Lazy Allegory…

A new day is dawning guys. I’ve been so lazy with my hair. I don’t even untwist itr for work anymore. There are a few things that have made me lazy. When I return home from work, I sit on top of my bed, engage in social media, and read. I know that I will have to soon break out of this habit, but until then I’ve been enjoying the lazy life.

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, I work out with my friends. After work out, I co-wash my hair and then return to bed.

There are tons of things running through my mind as I relax in the comforts of my bedroom. There are tons of things that have been happening to me that I haven’t shared with you because…well…I’ve admitted it…

I’m Lazy.

And before I continue, I am lazy because I’m mentally drained from thinking all day long and making plans with my life. I can report good news though; the plans that have made me lazy have borne fruit:

My old manager at work introduced me to creating a Vision Board at the beginning of the year. My vision board contained many exciting images, such as: a photo of a graduate degree, a fancy new car, healthy food and people engaged in exercise, and traffic sign signaling for a career change.

As I decorated and redecorated the board, a lot of the photos that I posted started to physically grace my presence. I was able to get a new car that I love in February. I started working out 5 days a week. I started to apply to graduate schools. In March, while sitting at my desk at work, my phone buzzed. I grabbed the phone out of my bag, ran into the break area and felt deep in my heart this buzz was not anything ordinary. It was an email from the LSU School of Library and Information Science. I opened the attachment and there, in PDF format, was my admissions letter. I knew that the vision board was the truth. It allowed me to envision what I wanted in life, and consciously a subconsciously work toward obtaining my goals. I knew that this was only the beginning of working toward the goals that I’ve had jumbled in my thoughts but were never organized in a format that helped me to work to obtaining them.

my mini vision board that I have on my desk at work...

my mini vision board that I have on my desk at work…

Even as I write this post, I have feelings of laziness. Of course, I’m not lazy because I do not want to put the work into doing anything. I am lazy because my mind is racing with thoughts about the things that I want to accomplish with my life. As I become older, I notice that time does not wait for anyone. It may feel like it’s passing slowly when I’m engaged in something that I do not want to do, and may quickly pass when I’m having fun, but time always has its own schedule that I cannot manipulate. And since I cannot manipulate time, I need to do the best of what I can with it, while it is still beneficial to me.

If that made sense to you, then we have the same mindset…we need to take control of our lives before time does.

And you know, sitting here talking with you, I wrote over 500 words and did not speak anything of what I wanted this post to be about:

I’m thinking about cutting my hair into a tapered cut.

I'm still wearing the Sarah wig from Especially Yours! Click the photo for my review of the wig!

I’m still wearing the Sarah wig from Especially Yours! Click the photo for my review of the wig!

I’ve always loved short hair and this is the chance for me to do something different since I’ve been natural for 6 years now. The tapered look is something that I’ve always loved and now I am ready to chop this hair off and start all over again. A new hair style will awaken the spirit I had for styling my hair and hopefully get me out of this lazy funk. I’ve been wearing a short wig for the past few months and love how short hair looks on me. Because of that, Thursday, I have plans with John to cut my hair.

We will see what happens.

I've had boiled seafood a lot this past month...maybe I haven't been sooo lazy!

I’ve had boiled seafood a lot this past month…maybe I haven’t been sooo lazy!

Until then, I just wanted to share with you guys my the Vision Board. It has organized my thoughts and helped me to work toward goals that I wanted to obtain for a few years now. You should try it.

IJS

Until Next Time,

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Happy New Year Subscribers!

I’ve been here…and there…and everywhere.  The past few months, I’ve been evaluating my life and the direction that it’s going.  I’ve been making decisions regarding my career, the continuance of my education and where I want to be.  I’ve not forgotten about the blog at all, but have been making decisions that will help fund the future of this space.  I appreciate you guys hitting me up on social media and requesting more written content on the blog.

I’m starting the new year with–of course–a giveaway!  Stay tuned toward the end of the month for more info regarding the giveaway and how you and your friends can enter to win free stuff in appreciation for your continued subscriber ship to this blog.

The last few months have also been awakening to me regarding constant injustices seen not only in the media and social media, but within my own life looking for a career change.  When time and opportunity permits, I will blog about that. I am also waiting on a wonderful blog post from our guest blogger Robert Isaac, so please stay tuned for that.

What else have I been doing?

Watching a lot of Vloggers such as Kat Blaque:

 

Watching tons of Democracy Now!

 

And dreaming of improving my life through a career change that allows me to use my background in Writing and Communications while also finding a balance within properly managing my type 1 diabetes and taking care of my 5-year-old natural hair!

 

Of course, I would never forget you guys…you make my world go round.  You are the reason I am a presence in social media and blogging.  I appreciate you and regular content–starting with a giveaway will resume!

But, until next time:

 


 

 

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What I’m Cooking: Quinoa & Spinach Egg Scramble (for Eileen)

So I posted this picture of my Quiona & Spinach Egg Scramble a few days ago on Instagram (@fleurdecurl), and had no idea people would love it so much.  I promised Eileen that I would post a recipe for it, so I returned home from my workout today and couldn’t wait to share how I made my rendition of the scramble.

Here is what I used…

  • 1 Teaspoon of coconut oil
  • 1 quarter of a red bell pepper
  • 1 quarter of a yellow bell pepper
  • 1 quarter of an orange bell pepper
  • a handful of pearl onions
  • 1 cup of fresh spinach
  • 2 Large Organic Cage Free Eggs
  • Tony Chachere’s Salt-Free Seasoning Mix, ground turmeric, ground cumin, onion powder, garlic powder to taste
  • 1 Teaspoon of Coconut milk
  • 1 half cup of cooked Quinoa
  • a handful of Chopped green onions
  • and light Sharp Cheddar cheese

So…What did I do?

First of all, I warmed the coconut oil in a large skillet until it was hot and melted through.  I added my bell peppers and onion and mixed around until they were soft and translucent.  Once I saw that my onions were cooked through, I added the spinach and sauteed it with the bell peppers and onion until it became soft and cooked through.

While the spinach is cooking, I broke the eggs  into a bowl and added the seasoning to taste.  I mixed in the teaspoon of coconut milk and sat that aside while I sauteed the spinach.

After the spinach cooked thoroughly, I added the cooked quinoa and stir fried it in with the spinach, bell peppers and onions until the quinoa cooked thoroughly.  I then took moved everything in the skillet around to the edges and poured the egg mixture in the middle slowly adding the spinach/quinoa mixture with the egg until the egg cooked through.

Last but not least, I topped everything with a green onion and sharp cheddar garnish.  If you are making this dish, I would allow for the green onion and cheddar mixture heat up in the pan a little with the Quinoa and Egg mixture to it can be melty and stir in easily.

A lot of people eat this for breakfast…but I plated it and ate it for lunch at work and it was so yummy!

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What I’m Crafting: Easy Crochet Classic Granny Square Baby Blanket

…So… I told you that I would be working on some crochet items and sharing the pattern that I created with you.  I am taking it EASY at first because I just really learned how to write these little ditties and I am working hard at trying to make original items to share with you guys.  I know that I can make tons of money (lol) crocheting items and selling them, which I do, (http://www.etsy.com/shop/fleurdumonde) but I want to share my skill with all of my sisters here on fleurdecurl.com just in case you want to start some crafting on your own.  Maybe one day, I’ll invest in a Mac Book and an awesome Camera to make YouTube Videos, but until then, I’ll write you guys and link you up to some tutorials that I find helpful on the YT if you need assistance learning basic stitches.

A couple of weeks ago, my neighbor and friend requested that I make a baby blanket for her new grandson.  My mother and I headed to JoAnne, found the perfect yarn color combination to use and I sat for a few weeks trying to figure out how I would make the blanket.  Then… John shared with me a blanket that his aunt was making year ago that she didn’t complete.  It was a granny square blanket and I noticed that she ran out of yarn and just stopped.   I looked at her stitching, learned what she did, and created my own version of the blanket that she didn’t finish.  I wanted a nice pretty edging, so I decided to go around the blanket a few times with my contrasting color in single crochets to tighten up the edge stitches and then end with a nice pretty scallop type edge to give the edging some flare.  I loved my work so much, I decided to share this easy pattern with you guys.  In retrospect, all this pattern is for is a huge granny square with 4 rows of single crochet and a row of the scallop stitch at the end. I hope that you enjoy and if you have any questions, just let me know.

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Easy Crochet Classic Granny Square Baby Blanket

Materials:
Color A: 2 Skiens (500 yds) of Worsted Weight Yarn in A (I used Red Heart Super Saver in Frosty Green)
Color B: 1 Skien (364 yds) of Worsted Weight Yarn in B (I used Red Heart Super Saver in Light Grey)
Size I Hook (5.5 mm)
Stitch Marker
Yarn Needle

Gauge: (Gauge is not necessary for this pattern).

Abbreviations Used in this Pattern:
CH–Chain
SC–Single Crochet
DC– Double Crochet
SS–Slip Stitch
SK– Skip
ST–Stitch

BLANKET
Using A:
Chain 4. Join.

Row 1: CH 3. (Counts as first double crochet).  2 DC in circle.  CH 3.  3 DC in circle.  CH 3. 3 DC in circle. CH 3. 3 DC in Circle.  CH 3.  Join at beginning CH.  (You should have 4 clusters of 3 DC and CH 3 joining them for a total of 12 DC).

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Row 2: SS in the next 2 DC moving to your first left corner.  Chain 3 (Counts as first DC).  2 DC into CH 3 space.  CH 3.  3 DC in the same CH 3 spot.  CH 2.

3 DC in the next CH 3 space.  CH 3.  3 DC in same space. CH 2.

3 DC in the next CH 3 space.  CH 3.  3 DC in same space. CH 2.

3 DC in the next CH 3 space.  CH 3.  3 DC in the same space.  CH 2.

Join with first CH. SS in the next 2 DC to move to the next open CH 2 space. (You have just completed the corners, you should have 4 box type corners and the piece that you are working on should start forming into a square.)

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Row 3: Chain 3.  (Counts as 1st DC from now until end.) 2 DC in CH 2 Space.  CH 3.  3 DC in same CH 2 Space.  CH 2.   (This is your first corner).
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3 DC in next CH Space.  CH 2.
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3 DC in next CH Space. CH 3.  3 DC in same CH2 space.  CH 2.  (This is your second corner.)
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3 DC in next CH 2 space.  CH 2.
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3 DC in next CH Space.  CH 3.  3 DC.  CH 2. (This is your third corner.)
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3 DC in next CH 2 space.  CH 2.
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3 DC in next CH Space.  CH 3.  3 DC.  CH 2.  (This is your fourth corner.)
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3 DC in next CH 2 space.  CH 2.
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Join with first CH of row. SS in the next 2 DC.
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Rows 4 to 10: Repeat Row 2 making sure that you work 3 DC in next CH Space.  CH 3.  3 DC.  CH 2. in each corner

and 3 DC in next CH 2 space. CH 2. in each regular space.

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Slip stitch the next two double crochets so you can start in the next corner. then you can start your two double crochets in that chain 2 space.

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Here is a close up of the two slip stitches and the chain 3 to begin the next row.


Row 11 & 12:
Using B.  Join B and repeat previous rows for Rounds 11 & 12.

Row 13 & 14:
Using A. Join A and repeat previous rows for Rounds 13 & 14.

Row 15 & 16:
Using B.  Join B and repeat previous rows for Rounds 15 & 16.

Row 17 & 18:
Using A. Join A and repeat previous rows for Rounds 17 & 18.

Row 19 & 20:
Using B.  Join B and repeat previous rows for Rounds 19 & 20.

Row 21 & 22:
Using A. Join A and repeat previous rows for Rounds 21 & 22.


EDGING

Row 23:
Using B, join anywhere on the blanket (use stitch marker to mark your first stitch) and SC around blanket.  2 SC in the CH 3 spot of each corner stitch.

Row 24 & 25:
Repeat Round 23.

Row 26:
Using A, Join  (use stitch marker to mark your first stitch) and SC around blanket.  2 SC in each corner stitch.

Row 27:

(Scallop edging)
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1 SC. (mark stitch with your stitch marker) Ch 2.  SK next 2 ST.  5 DC in 3rd stitch. CH 2.
SK 2 ST. *SC in next stitch. CH 2.  SK 2 ST. 5 DC in next stitch.  CH 2.  SK 2 ST.
Repeat * around blanket until you meet up with first scalloped edge.  Join.  SS in next two DC and finish off.

Until Next Time…Oh BTW, What I’m Listening To:

From The Internet: What I’m Reading: FrenchieDee’s Book Review of the Essential Gwendolyn Brooks

If you’ve known me for a long time, you already know that my favorite poets consist of Langston Hughes, Nikki Giovanni, Gwendolyn Brooks, Allan Ginsburg, Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson.  I’ve always been especially inspired by the works of African-American poets because they capture experiences that I can relate to in the language, style and incidents that they encapsulate in their poetry.  As a child and young adult studying Literature, I read tons of Gwendolyn Brooks and as I grew older and started working, I drew further from this beautiful art form that was birthed by her mind and pen.

As I began my day, I decided to watch one of my favorite naturals and YouTubers FrenchieDee and was astonished that she covered the work of Ms Gwendolyn Brooks in a book review.  All of the feelings that I had about Ms. Brooks as a young adult flooded back into my memory and I just had to share this with you guys!

Here is the review by Frenchiedee:

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If you are interested in a good read from one of the best American Poets who has ever graced our history, please check out the works of Gwendolyn Brooks by clicking the photo below:

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Here is one of my all time favorites by Gwendolyn Brooks:

The Bean Eaters

by Gwendolyn Brooks
They eat beans mostly, this old yellow pair.
Dinner is a casual affair.
Plain chipware on a plain and creaking wood, 
Tin flatware.

Two who are Mostly Good.
Two who have lived their day,
But keep on putting on their clothes
And putting things away.

And remembering . . .
Remembering, with twinklings and twinges,
As they lean over the beans in their rented back room that
          is full of beads and receipts and dolls and cloths,
          tobacco crumbs, vases and fringes.

Until Next Time 🙂