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Today is November 5, 2008. As of almost 12 hours ago (I started this at 10:55am)...the 44th President of the United States of America will be former Senator Barack Obama!! Yesterday--since it was a HISTORIC moment, I want to be able to re-tell as much of it as I can--I wore a beige button down shirt and denim capris with my beige "Eskimo" boots and a black Old Navy long sleeve jacket to pick up my mother. She and I went to vote together. She had on her beige and black jacket, with black pants and white tennis shoes (sneakers for those of you who prefer that word!)

My mom was carrying a little black umbrella! I picked her up on my lunch break from work and we drove the two minute drive fron her house to the JCC on Park Heights Avenue to vote together! I was so excited that morning that I had already cried when my friend Aly texted me and said she'd voted, just after 7am. I was proud that my mom chose to go vote with me. She told me that she hadn't voted in years! She …

Changes/What's Next...

I haven't blogged in a little while, so I figured now is a fine time, since it seems like I'm the only person on my entire FLOOR right now!!

Where to start...let's see...this year is 2008, a year that my pastor/church declared as the "Year of Promotion"! I think so many people got it WRONG and figured "promotion" = "more money" but it means, at least to me, so much more than that!! This year, I have accomplished a LOT and I think that I have been promoted!! To start the year off, I became a model! Yeah! (Shameless PLUG for Signature Ink Modeling Company!!) In the last 9 months, in addition to that, I have lost almost 20 lbs and about the same in inches, moved into my own apartment, enrolled in a mentoring program for those in dance ministry and gotten increased responsibilities on my job!! I have become more confident in who I am, even less worried about who doesn't like it and I'm happier than I've been in a LONG time! My joy HAS …

Boot Camp Countdown

So...I've been in a 12-week weight loss boot camp (shamless plug: Reinvent U Boot Camp) and it's been about 9 or so weeks! I'm on a countdown until it's, not because it's been so hard that I'm ready to quit--although, more about that later--but more because I am anxious to see what habits I have formed and what I'll take away from it! One of my main reasons for finally deciding to do the boot camp is so that I'll have healthy habits with regards to exercise and diet to follow! Now, first of all, I wasn't even planning to do the boot camp until my agent (HA! I still love saying "my agent") suggested that I do it. See, I love being full-figured. I love the shape of my body and I feel like it's "me". Who would Tonyette "be" if I were 160 lbs?! Well, the boot camp has been going very well for me, although there WERE some tough times, which surprised me. I would watch The Biggest Loser and wonder why people wer…

7 years...

and counting! So, yesterday was the 7-year anniversary of my starting to work for the Social Security Administration! Yay to me!! I can't believe it's been that long already...which means I've been out of college for 7 years, too!! (That thought made me weep, just a little bit!) It seems like yesterday when I was nervous about my mom, stepdad and brother leaving me on the 2nd floor of Plaza Hall (at UMES) wondering what to eat for dinner that first night. Now, 11 years have passed and here I am sitting and wondering where did the time go! I'm pretty proud to say, in this day and age, that I've been at my job for 7 years. So many people I know that are around my age are on their 6th job. (No diss...we all must find ourselves!!) Though, at SSA, seven years is baby stuff. Some of my co-workers have been here for 30 years or more. It still amazes me that my team leader started his career here when my mother was in her teens! But hey, it's a great ge…


My friend Toya (The Life of a Ladybug) tagged me (weeks ago...I'm so terrible!) Here are the questions and my answers! I am always terrible about tagging people, so I won't this time! (hope it's ok that I cheated!)

1)What was I doing 10 years ago?
Around this time 10 years ago, I was just finishing up my first year of college at UMES and feeling pretty grown up...but was sad at the same time because I could NOT find a job! Boo!

2. What are 5 things on my to-do list today?
1) Go talk to one of my lil sisters

2) Get on the elliptical!

3) Try to decide what I wanna do for my birthday (in 15 days! YAY!)

4) Wash a load of clothes

5) Read some Word!

3. Snacks I enjoy (I love snacks so I'll try to keep this list small!):
1) Cheez-its

2) peanut butter & crackers

3) M & Ms

4. Places I’ve lived:
various places in the B-more metro area...and while in school, Princess Anne, MD

5. Things I’d do if I were a billionaire:
(I just went back and read over this and realized that I an…

Are Christians crazy?

Now...before anyone tries to get fiesty, I am NOT posing this as a "let's discuss the validity of the statement" type thing!! I just called the post by this title because I figured it would be a good attention-grabber. It should probably say "is this why people think Christians are crazy?". I had a thought similar to that this afternoon when I was telling a friend (shout-outs to Ty!!) about how I found some very cute shoes for a ridiculously low price!! See, I am going to be in a fashion show on Sunday. (Shameless plug: "A Different World" featuring Sunshine Models on Wheels AND Signature Ink's newest models--that includes me!!) I had to find some runway shoes (what I have is cute, but...) and a few items of clothing. Well, I hate to shop so this morning during my morning prayer, I asked God to lead me to exactly where I need to go for the shoes and clothes!! This is part one of the "are Christians crazy?" Then, this afternoon, on my lun…

Six Quirky Facts about me

So, I have been tagged by my friend Toya (Life of a Ladybug--check her out!) and it took me a while (basically, to narrow it DOWN to six! I think I'm pretty quirky!)

1. I have pretty good command of my toes/feet! If something drops on the floor and I can't reach...I'll pick it up with one of my feet!

2. (I've mentioned this one before) I talk to myself...a lot. Conversations, notes to self or just whatever! I do it everywhere, too! At the market, walking in to work, wherever. Should I be worried about this? I don't think so!

3. Although I love to cook and bake, I'm too scared to open those cans that biscuits and cinnamon rolls come in. I hate the "pop" sound they make! I ask my mother or someone else around to open it. My mom asked, "what will you do when you get married?" I said, "Ask my husband! I'll cook dinner...his one job will be to OPEN the biscuits!"

4. In my cubicle at work, I don't have any personal items. I don…

I'm a model!!

Well, sorta! Well, I'm more like a "model in training!" No, seriously, I haven't yet signed on with the agency, but I'm taking classes to prepare me to be signed with Signature Ink Modeling Agency! (Here's the website if you are interested: Signature Ink Models). I'm very pumped about it!! Our classes started on January 5.

Here's exactly what happened: My friend Tyesha, who is tall and beautiful and very "model-esque", was already going to sign with Signature and was in a fashion show in November with the agency. I went to support her and on a trip to the ladies room--during which I got sidetracked and ended up buying one of the most beautiful and CHUNKY rings I've ever seen and owned!--I saw a flier for the agency's open call that upcoming Friday. I went to the agency's website and MySpace pages and saw that she has a full-figured division and that she has people who aren't the typical "fashion/model industry standard&…

Happy President's Day!

Ok, so I'm not REALLY that pumped about Abe Lincoln & uh...all the other presidents whose birthdays we celebrate on that day, I'm moreso happy for a day off!! Don't get me wrong. I appreciate the fact that Abraham Lincoln was born and did great things as a president--though not so QUITE what everyone thinks!--but on Monday, I doubt that I'll be little more than resting up for the rest of the week! I feel guilty having said that...any ideas on how I could "celebrate" Monday? (And, NO, a President's day sale does NOT count!) January?

Ok, so I'm not quite wearing sandals to work, but I don't have on stockings!! This SHOULD NOT be OK!! It's January, for goodness' sake! I just checked the weather; it's 66 degrees outside!! What in the world is going on?! It's hard to dress in this kind of weather because you wanna take it back to spring/summer clothes but you also think, in the back of your mind, that you don't wanna get you try to dress as appopriately as possible!! Does this mean that our summer is going to be blistering hot? I hope not!!