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Love, Peanuts style.

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From Maria Popova at Brain Pickings, this adorably sweet post chock full of Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang:



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Painting and Picasso.

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A painting I started yesterday.


I pulled out the brushes yesterday evening and started painted. Mug of coffee and almond milk keeping me company, I used autumn colors (I might be obsessed with them). My mood the last two days has been a bit cagey. I haven't been barking at K or Z, I just felt restlessness in my spirit. Could be I spent the past week inside because of Zoe, and than me, having a cold. I don't know.


Anyway, this morning, while doing dishes (I'm starting to feel I live half my life standing over that sink), I watched this wonderful documentary focusing on Picasso's "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon". Full of sharp lines, sudden curves and inspired by the natural beauty found within African sculpture, I felt somewhat imspired. And less restless. Check it out below:

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Ads to make even Don Draper blush.

Okay, maybe he wouldn't blush, but he wouldn't give all these the stamp of approval. My friend Wafi passes on this link to Pickshur:


In the present age of marketing, advertisements often tend to cross limits in a race to elevate the sales or to get the limelight of media. Advertisements often use lies and exaggerations as their main tool for grasping the attention of the masses. But what line did advertisements cross in the past? The answer lies in these offensive, racist vintage adverts:



Ha ha, we broads are so annoying, you just can't blame a guy for asking, right? Is it always murder? Or justifiable homicide? Although I'm not quite sure what this has to do with postage meters...

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Future American dream is the current Japanese nightmare?




Yesterday I read part of a post at The Daily Beast with a pretty negative future outlook for we Millennials.


Are Young Americans Becoming Herbivores?

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Some Saturday Stuff: November 16th.

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Happy Saturday, folks. The picture above is a cropped bit of the results of my bloodwork taken at Northwestern and sent to the Mayo Clinic. Thanks be to God, the results showed no evidence of cancer! I got these Tuesday and would've posted them sooner, but Zoe caught a cold this week and promptly recovered, but not before passing it on to me. Unlike my daughter, I'm still simultaneously runny and stuffy and feeling dragged down. It's not an out and out bug or flu. I have no fever and have not vomited, again, thanks be to God, but it is annoying and combined with Zoe's epically bad two year old behavior (I'm starting to say "You're getting a time-out" more than "I love you"), I haven't been able to blog. My bad. However, I do post links to interesting stories on the Facebook page everyday and am on Instagram, so if you're on those, you can continue to get a daily dose of me... which is pretty scary, now that I think about it.


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In memory...

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(H/T: JB Clayborne) In memory of my late grandfather and all the other men and women who served, Happy Veteran's Day.

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Some Saturday Stuff: November 9th.

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Happy Saturday, Folks! Pretty good week for me. Cooked almost every day (except yesterday when I had plasmapheresis which usually leaves me feeling wiped; it didn't though-woohoo!- but we still picked up something anyway). Took little Miss Z out in the stroller a few times, and got to hang out with my favorite not-so-little guys on Wednesday thanks to schools being closed. There's Nate and Justin above chatting with Z at the park. And yes, I'm a fantabulous auntie to get them all stuffed with Mountain Dew Red and Andy Capp fries and then send them home. Hey, I've been spoiling them since their births and have no intention to stop now.


So let's get to the links, shall we? First up, "Is Feminism Making Women Less Happy?" (H/t: Prufrock)


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Daddy-Daughter love.

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I saw the above adorable picture of Jay Z and daughter Blue Ivy over at Global Grind where they called it "the most adorable photo... of all time." The picture came courtesy of Beyonce's Tumblr. Well, excuse me Miss Bey, but I snapped my own Daddy-daughter photo in September 2012 that is at least as cute as yours.




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Sexy Gospel Body & Soul




Zoe's already had two tantrums this morning... and it's only 10! So how about a little holy humor?



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Some Saturday Stuff: November 2nd.

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Yesterday, after destroying the apartment, Zoe tucked herself in using my scarf.



Happy Saturday, Folks. No traveling this week. In fact, I only was in a car one day this week. Nice change.


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I can't be your life lesson.



Me, window gazing in May 2008.




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It's that time of year again...

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At High Hill Farms in Virginia.


Just a week after K and I married, we took my nephews, Justin and Nate trick-or-treating. This was a rather new experience for both K and me. Growing up in Trinidad, Halloween isn't celebrated (All Saints Day on November 1st is another matter). Growing up in a rather strict Pentecostal home, we were forbidden to go door to door for candy. That was for "the world" and "worldly" Christians who were not Holy Ghost-filled. I did manage to get a Hallelujah party going for a few years, though. I was quite persuasive, even at 9.


Anyway, while taking the boys around my sister's neighborhood, we ran into a few Christian homes with signs on the doors that had the same attitude my parents put forth to us. Taped to the front door were signs that said something like, "We in this home are born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ and do not celebrate the devil or occult. Therefore, we do not give out candy, but instead this encouragement to accept Jesus Christ into your heart and life." There were a couple of Bible verses in parentheses.

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Obliviously linked in.

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I'm not surprised by this story, but am still appalled. From The Wall Street Journal:


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We got back to Dirty Jerz at some unGodly hour on Saturday morning. Safe and sound.


Friday was crazy. My feelings of dread on Thursday turned out to be well warranted. By the end of my appointment with Dr. Allen, I was sobbing loudly.

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Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away.


Today's song- which played on the Adult Rock station that K has uncharacteristically (oddly?) been listening to while we've been in Chicago- is The Beatles' classic, "Yesterday"". It's fitting my mood to a "T".


Yesterday, I was all "Kiss the sky", feeling hopeful about all these tests I've been undertaking. Today? After being electro-shocked and stabbed with tiny needles by way of an EMG and Nerve Conduction tests, I'm bitterly humming, "There's a shadow hanging over me," with Paul.

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On the fifth.

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Happy Fifth Anniversary to you, my amazing husband.


You are a wonderful provider, earnest, hard working, and a loving father to Z, your female doppleganger.

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Kiss the sky.

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This afternoon, I met with Dr. Burt of Northwestern Memorial Hospital. I was so nervous my heart started racing. In recounting my medical history, I wound up in tears. Not out of sadness, but fear. Fear that I've gone through twenty different doctors and now traveled 800 miles just to be told "No". As I suspected, I am on the higher- or functioning- end of the CIDP spectrum. Make no mistake, I am far from "normal", but the fact that I walked in there unassisted, with no cane or leg braces, is a positive sign. But at Dr. Burt's making note of that, I broke out in tears.


"I'm only 31 and have a two year old... I can't wait until I have no other choice! She deserves more. I want to fight this... now."


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"And what I loved most, she had so much soul"




(Cynical) Note from Alisha: I just spent an hour working on this post which detailed my trip to Chicago, where I am currently to undergo medical tests. I then went on to discuss Kanye West's very busy week of proposing to Kim, selling weird merchandise at his concerts and his skit with "White Jesus" at his Seattle concert. Then, my blog app ate the entire thing. THE. ENTIRE. THING. So, I'll just fastforward to the recent interview Kanye did explaining his feelings on the skit and tell you can now follow me on Instagram. Argh. From Necole Bitchie:


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Lord, have mercy.


Rapper Kanye West, fresh off of squashing beef with late night talk show hosts and fights with paps, caused quite a stir over the weekend when he had "Jesus" make an appearance at a Seattle concert. From Necole Bitchie:

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Some Saturday Stuff- October 19th.

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The world's best hot chocolate, at The Chocolate Bar, Winchester, Virginia.



So I'm back home after a fabulous AND busy week down in Virginia with the BFF. I've now gone down there so much some Facebook friends are asking if I've moved. Nope, still in Jersey, just enjoying one of the benefits to being a SAHM to a two year old. We can go away for a while without obligations and reprecissions like pink slips and visits from truant officers. And since my health has been relatively stable (and I haven't had IVIG in nearly four weeks; the plasmapheresis really seems to be a better treatment for me at this time), I've also taken advantage of the mild weather to go out and you know, have fun, lol.


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