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5 Things You Should Do This Summer

Welcome Summer 2014!

I know I’m late, but the first day of summer (June 21) slipped right passed me. I was too busy enjoying one of my favorite summer pastimes, eating blue crabs. Summer seems to activate some sort of youthful vigor in me, making me want to do everything under the sun! The northern hemisphere is alive and vibrant with a multitude of activities to partake in, places to visit, and people to see it all with. So, in honor of the summer solstice, I’ve come up with five things you should do during the season:

1. Movie night outdoors: There’s nothing better than a tub of buttery popcorn or a box of Raisinets and fresh air while a movie plays in the midst of nature.

2. Nature scavenger hunt: This activity keeps the whole family busy and you can do this almost anywhere there’s nature.

3. Go on a camping trip: I haven’t been on a camping trip in two years, but I still consider myself an outdoorsy type. Even if you can’t make it to the nearest state park or mountainous area, you can camp out in your own backyard. My favorite part is cooking every meal and a cast iron skillet over a campfire.


4. Take swimming lessons: Unless you’re Michael Phelps then you should take lessons or at least keep from getting rusty. You never know when the backstroke could save your life.

5. Eat a crustacean (ignore if you’re allergic): There’s nothing like a glass of lemonade and a huge pile of well-seasoned blue crabs in front of you while soaking up some vitamin D. If you’re not a fan of blue crabs then try Snow or Alaskan King crab legs. Either way, you can’t go wrong with the summertime treat.


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Tomorrow Isn’t Promised

~For all of the incredible men out in the world who choose to be even more amazing dads.

My father

My father

Morning Citizens of the World:

I’m sure my six-week absence was barely felt in the megalomania known as social media. Nonetheless, it’s comforting to be back blogging and reconnecting with the world.

My son poses with his t-ball trophy.

My son poses with his t-ball trophy.

A few significant changes happened to me recently:

  1. I became gainfully employed once again (it’s only temporary)
  2. My son started his first season of t-ball
  3. I registered my son for kindergarten
  4. My father passed away


While the first three milestones are noteworthy, the fourth devastatingly pivoted in my life. For weeks, I’ve shied away from posting about it on my Facebook and Twitter accounts. In lieu of this, I posted pictures and thoughtful odes sans pronouns and Christian names. However, the need to express my thoughts through words finally crept to the surface and conquered.

Always leading...

Always leading…

My dad galvanized many of my interests, ideologies, and attributes that I never fully acknowledged until recently. The first story I ever wrote was about his ’88 Chevy truck (drawing included). I was only five at the time, but he subtly affected me in a very positive way (and this was only the beginning). The following year, he helped with a Yogi Bear play (I was the playwright), by editing my words, making sock puppets, and building a stage to present it all on. My father had a mischievous sense of humor from which my own silliness sprang. My first cassette tape was Diana Ross and The Supremes greatest hits, a gift from him that I held dear as a pre-teen. His passion for music impacted my penchant for anything jazz, doo whoop, adult contemporary, and R&B.

I remember informing him that the only thing I wanted of his was his vinyl collection. And now, knowing it’s mine, it feels as though I’m lacking something. I’m lacking the opportunity to have another moment with my dad. Listening to one of his records won’t bring the same joy without him there.

In academics, my dad’s involvement in the National Honor Society, extracurricular activities, college, and overall ethics motivated my scholastic path. (He heavily influenced my vocabulary; facetious is one of my favorite words to use whenever I can.) His achievements stood out to me, inspiring me to do what he did so he’d be proud of his daughter.

Looking up to my Dad.

Looking up to my Dad.

As a little girl, I wanted to do whatever I could to become closer to Daddy. Whether it was asking him to teach me to fish or how to piece together a jigsaw puzzle from the inside out, he always took the time to nurture my curiosity. For which I’m extremely grateful.

When we moved from the city to the country (aka Tappahannock), I instantly adjusted to the rural life and fully launched myself into tomboy mode. I recall him warning me on several occasions to stay out of the woods because of snakes, quicksand (no such thing there!) or that I might break a bone. I never listened, but none of his cautions came to fruition. 🙂

Even when I thought he had no idea what was important to me, he amazed me with his attentiveness. I was obsessed with becoming an actor in my younger years and there was an open casting call for the Lassie movie. I talked about it all week, and each time my dad said no. But soon, he realized the importance of it and ended up taking me. The 12-year-old me was exceedingly happy, even though I wasn’t cast in the movie.


Moments like that will have me pining for more with him. He was there when I graduated from high school and college. When my son had his dedication and first birthday, my father was present. And even when I was wounded by someone else’s words and thoughts about me, he was there telling me that he loved me no matter what anyone else thought or said. And those are the words that will resonate in my heart forever.

Army Man

Army Man

Peter Young, Jr was the best father that I could’ve asked God for as a daughter, and I’m thankful he was a part of my life. It was a blessing that I was able to convey his significance in my life to him before he passed away.


Me & Dad

My father and a 13-year-old me.



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10 Ingredients In The Great Relationship Recipe

Once again, James Sama puts out a good blog about relationships.


Employment Frustration

Good day fellow Earthlings:

Don’t you hate it when you research a company then go on an interview and follow-up with a thank you letter/email to only be ignored by the once potential employer? Me too.

This scenario happens a lot for us employment seekers but it shouldn’t. Read this LinkedIn blog that address why employers should be courteous and give an interviewee proper closure: The Worst Hiring Mistake Any Company Can Make.

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Long Time, No See


Hello Lovely Folks!

I know it’s been awhile since my last post (6.5 weeks to be exact) but I’m gradually making my way back to the blog scene.

The long of the short is that I’ve had a lot of life changes come about. Apparently, being a full time working mom/daughter/girlfriend has it’s drawbacks. Hopefully, I haven’t kept you all waiting too long. So, please forgive my brief absence.

I’ve been inspired to write a heart-churning piece and it’ll take me a few days, but I’ll deliver.



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