He is...too much

I am thankful. Thankful because...

He is I Am that I Am, He is all of these and much more to me. For without Him, I am nothing.

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Outfit Post: Polka Dot Pleats

You'll be surprised by the content and sometimes quality of things you can find at a consignment store. That's what happened to me when I finally decided to stop by the one I've been driving by everyday for the past couple of weeks. I sure wasn't disappointed when I walked in there, and it got even better when I laid my eyes on this skirt. It's no surprise that I walked out with it.

Skirt: Consignment store, Shirt and Jacket: H&M, Bag: Aldo, Shoes: Charlotte Russe

Outfit Post: Free Spirited

Hope you are all are having a wonderful long weekend. If you have great plans for the weekend, I hope you're enjoying them and having fun. If you don't have any plans, still hope you enjoy an extra day of resting. I don't really have plans for this long weekend, apart from cleaning and sleeping; the rest is pretty much whatever. We ended up spending the better part of yesterday at Hubby's mentor's house for a get together dinner. That would be second time he and his wife have hosted us. I'm starting to feel like we need to return the favor and be the host next time around.
Actually, quite a few couples, mostly from church, have been wanting to have us over or come over to our place for a little gathering. Honestly, I don't think I'm ready to host because our place is not where I want it to be yet, as far as putting some personal touches on it. Since we've been a one income family for a while, decorating has taken the back burner. But now that we're a two income family and balancing out, I can splurge a little, get all the items I've bookmarked and have been sitting in my shopping carts or wish list for months.
Anyways, when we got there, I was surprised to see how much food they had prepared. You would think the whole neighborhood was coming. I actually thought there were more people invited, but it turned out it was just us and one of their neighbors. Since that was my second time there and they are really nice and free people, I wasn't so shy anymore. That gave me the opportunity to eat till I almost went into a food coma. I'm pretty sure I tried every food item on the table and after all that eating, I could barely keep my eyes open.
For the outfit, I opted for something very casual and "free". The title of this post sums up my feeling in this outfit. For some reason, I felt like I was free, playful and not so fancy; not sure if that makes any sense...lol. In this outfit, I felt like nothing could trouble or weigh me down; I was a free spirited woman. Not sure if that's solely based on the outfit or if it was just the kind of day I was having. Either way, it felt good.

Top: H&M, Skirt and Necklace: F21, Bag: Target, Shoes: Aldo, Bangles: Local vendor

Today's Random Moments

On my way home from work today, I had two very random moments. Surprisingly, they both made my heart skip a bit.

As I was driving home from work, half way through the journey I looked at the plate of the car in front of me and walla... the car has a Purdue Alumni plate frame. Honestly my heart did skip a bit as I wasn't expecting to see any or that many Purdue Alums around here; and the fact that one was driving in front of me gave me a sense of pride and some sort of connection. Weird, I know. Even though I'm not big on school spirit or anything of sorts, moments like that, knowing you're not the only one of your kind around makes me all giggly inside. The crazy part of me was tempted to pull up next to the car, roll down my windows and yeah out Boiler Up! on the top of my lungs, but the sane part of me got the best of me and was happy just following behind and seeing those gold shinny words. At that moment, I thought to myself there's no way this person or anyone would know if they were to spot me and are crazy enough to yell out Boiler Up! So, I find myself online now trying to find and order my very own gold and black plate cover to adore my car with. One of those moments.

Second random moment happened a couple of minutes away from home. Before I started driving after work, I had taken off my shoes and tucked them under the seat. So here I was making the final turn onto my street when all of a sudden a felt a furry thing rubbing my foot. I freaked out and almost jumped out of my skin. Why? because I thought it was a mouse. I freaked out so much in that split second a lot of thoughts were running through my head. Thoughts like I can't stop driving, there are cars behind me and I can't keep driving because there's a mouse in my car. My foot was off the pedal for some few seconds while I was trying to figure out what to do. Next thing, I looked down and it was my shoe. LOL! It was a suede shoe and that was what I felt NOT a mouse. I was pissed but as the same started laughing because I almost lost my mind. Lesson learned; stop putting my shoes under the driver's seat. Don't have to tell me that twice.

I love random moments like this because whenever it comes back to me, I just start laughing. I remember a time back in college when I was absolutely sure my car had been stolen. Yes, someone came to my apartment and drove it off the parking lot or came with a truck and towed it away. Those were my theories, only to find out later that I had actually driven to campus that day. After class instead of going over to my car like a regular person would do and drive back, I hopped on the bus. And what do you know, when I arrived back at my apartment, my car wasn't where I believed it should have been. This one was bad because It took me a couple of hours to figure out what had actually happened. By that time I had already called my sisters, hubby(boyfriend at the time) and started crying. Sometimes I think this kind of stuff only happens to me. Smh!


I was tagged by The Relentless Builder, thanks relentless. So here we go...

The Rules

1.  Post rules
2.  Post 11 random things about yourself
3.  Answer questions posted by the person who tagged you
4.  Create 11 questions and tag 11 people to answer your questions
5.  Notify those tagged of the game
6.  Notify the person who tagged you after you have answered the questions
7.  No tag backs

11 random things about myself

1. My randomly assigned roommate freshman year in college turned to be my roommate for many more years, one of my best friends and was my maid of honor. And I met/worked for her dad the summer before we started school that year, had no idea I would be meeting his daughter, let alone be her roommate.

2. I am a picky eater, if I don't know what it is, what's in it or it looks weird, then I don't eat it.

3. I'm very critical of myself.

4. I have four sisters.

5. I'm very picky and difficult when it comes to making friends.

6. I am a paranoid driver. I imagine all the worst case scenario when I'm on the highway, behind a truck or large vehicle,  behind or close to a vehicle pulling another motor vehicle (was in an accident last year where the car been tolled came unlatched from the truck pulling it and some how came directly at us on the highway. Lost my car to the accident, but not my life. Thank God).

7. I could sleep all day.

8. I  don't do well with animals. Not even a dog or a bug for that mater. Bottom line, if it's a living thing and it's not human or a plant, don't bring it close to me.

9. I'm not a go with the flow person, I need details. I remember when my friends and I would plan trips in college, I'm usually the only one asking questions like what time are we leaving? who's driving? where are we staying? what are we doing when we get there, like hour by hour schedule? and their reply, we'll figure it out when we get there. That puts me on edge.

10. I'm an indoor person. I don't have a problem staying inside the house all day.

11. I'm inconsistent and lazy with working out. It's usually 2 weeks on 4 months off.

Answers to Relentless Builder questions 

1. Would you describe yourself as fashion-conscious?

yes, to some extent. 

2. Name one song you can never forget and why

For you by Kenny Lattimore. The first time I heard the song, I knew it was the one. It was perfect for us. So when the time came around to pick our first dance song, there were no other options. Mr. D. and I danced to it at our wedding.

3. What physical feature would you like to change?

I can happily and resoundingly say none. I was made in God's image and I am fearfully and wonderfully made, marvelous is His work (psalm 149: 14) . He took the time to say He will never forget me and has engraved me in the palms of His hand (Isa 49:16), then I don't need to change a thing, I'm content and happy with what I have.

4. Three words that other people use to describe you

Quiet, Gentle and Nice

5. Three words that you use to describe yourself

Loyal, Easy going, Neat freak

6. Pen (Biro) or pencil? Which do you prefer, and why?

Pen, because my mind and hands are not always on the same page. I often find myself thinking and knowing what to write but my hands just end up writing something completely different. Using a pen gives me a reason to slow down and actually acknowledge what I'm writing because it's not easy erasing ink on a paper. Yea, it is an on going process...

7. Do you have a favorite fragrance (perfume, body spray, etc).  If yes, what is it called?

Diamonds by Giorgio Armani

8. What are your pet peeves (Name three at most)

Smack mouth eating - when people eat with their mouth open or makes noise with their mouth while eating. 

9. Do you like children? Why or why not?

Yes, apart from the fact that they are so cute and innocent, seeing the world through the eyes of a child is amazing.

10. What's the name of the last book you read?

An Old Fashion girl by Louisa May Alcott

11. What's the name of your favorite author

I usually don't have a favorite anything, but if I was to pick one, it would be Danielle Steel.

11 questions for the bloggers I tag

1. What's the last song that you listened to?
2. What's your biggest fear?
3. What's the most adventurous thing you've ever done?
4. What's your dream vacation?
5. What are you most proud of that you've accomplished?
6. What is the most memorable thing you've seen or witnessed?
7. Do you have a bucket list, if yes, names at least 2 things on there.
8. Are you an outdoor or indoor person?
9. Would you rather cook in or dine out, excluding special occasions.
10. If you had the chance to start your life all over again, what would you do differently?
11. If you have the opportunity to be on TV, what will appear as (actress, anchor, presenter,..) and which show or program.

So I don't have a lot of bloggers to tag. In essence, I will be tagging way less than 11 bloggers

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Thankful Thursday

This Thursday I'm thankful for...

1. A bowl of fruits. I don't know if it's because of the hot weather or if I'm just having a phase, but in the last couple of weeks that is the first thing I want to eat as soon as I get home. No kind in particular, just all of them and whatever I have in my fridge. I eat so much that by the time dinner is ready I could pass on it. After eating fruits, I feel calm, refreshed and satisfied.

2. My morning companion. Yes, that's my Iced coffee and the signature cup. And yes, I'm aware the cup is almost empty; what can I say...I couldn't help myself. You will rarely catch me on my way to work without this cup in my hand. I feel like it taste better each morning. To see the Iced coffee in all its glory click here.

3. Some alone time. Hubby is in Bmore for the rest of the week and I'll be joining him on Saturday. Till then, it's me, myself and I. Even though it's more alone time than I wanted and I terribly miss him already, I'm glad to still have some time to be by myself and not have to think or worry about doing anything or getting anything done. I'm officially switching off and pretty much laying around, catching up on blogs and watching TV. This week has been a bit hectic and it continues well into next week, so I'm going to make good use of this break in between.

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Curry Rice Pilaf with Toasted Coconut Flakes and Sweet and Spicy Chicken

Chicken and rice reinvented. I called this rice recipe, my almost fried rice after making it. It's quick and has less hassle than fried rice does, so it's the perfect supplement. I adapted the chicken recipe from my new Taste of Home, special edition Best of summer Recipes magazine. Oh! and did I mention this is the first cook book I have ever purchased; finding it handy already. As soon as I saw the picture and recipe for the chicken, I knew I had to make it. I think it's safe to say this recipe and picture  of this chicken sold this magazine for me. Looking forward to trying and adapting more recipes from my first new cook book. The coconut flakes came in at the end, I had some left over, so I added it for texture and crunchiness. It actually add a mild sweetness and unique taste to the rice, which was great.

Rice Pilaf Ingredients
3 tbsp olive oil
1/2 medium onion, diced
2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/4 tbsp Curry Powder
2 tsp knorr chicken flavor bouillon powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp cajun spice seasoning
1 ½ cups washed and dried parboiled rice(wash is optional)
3/4 cup orzo pasta
3 cups water
2 tbsp parsley, roughly chopped
2 tbsp toasted coconut flake

Rice Pilaf Directions
1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and saute for about 4-5 minutes.
2. Add rice and orzo pasta and saute for 3 minutes
3. Add in the curry powder, knorr powder, salt, pepper and cajun spice, stir well
4. Add the water to the rice mixture. Bring the rice to a boil. Lower the heat, cover and simmer for 30-35 minutes until tender and water is completely dried. Half way through simmering, add carrots
4. Stir in fresh parsley and top with toasted coconut.

Note: To toast the coconut flakes, grate the coconut, then arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F oven for 6 to 8 minutes until lightly golden. Cool completely before using.
Chicken Ingredients
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp paprika
2 tsp onion powder
1 1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp garlic powder
3 chicken thighs

Chicken Directions
1. Combine all the ingredient except the chicken in mix together. If brown sugar is clumpy, use a sieve to sieve out the clumps
2. Rub ingredient mixture all over the chicken
3. Bake chicken in the oven at 350 degree F for 45-60 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked

Outfit Post: Pink Pretty

Another Monday morning. Wish you all a great week ahead.

Shirt and Skirt: HM, Bag: Aldo, Shoes: Fredericks, Necklace and bracelet: Target

First Week of Work and New Adjustments

Happy Friday!!! Tu-tu...As you can imagine, the first couple of days at a new job is usually information over load everywhere you turn. Outlining duties, responsibilities and training; meeting everyone and trying to remember their names because you never one who you'll have to turn to the next minute to ask a question. Overall, my first week went smoothly, everyone was super nice and some even went above and beyond to make me feel comfortable. I guess you can say It was a good welcome to the team week and I already feel like one of the team and not an outsider. On my second day, my boss said to me, glad you came back. I was surprised to hear him say that; I mean, do I really have an option NOT to show up after the first day or did he think they scared me off or something...

Some of the pecks so far...
- No highway commute
- Great benefits
- Standard work hours is less than 40 hours a week. Arrive after 8am, leave before 5pm, not your regular work hours. Although I understand there will be days when things need to get done and I have to work more.
- Free yoga class....Say what! I am all over that, I'm glad I didn't sign up for one already.
- Nice people and great team/boss
- A lot of Independence
- Get to do some traveling starting next month
- Great network builder, interacting with VPs and Presidents
- A huge office, was expecting a cubical. Good surprise.
- Summer hours and flexible working hours

Oh,one last thing, 2 goodie bags.

Now you get what I mean, when I say I'm thankful for this job and said it was packaged, designed and delivered to me from God.

Business casual Friday.

Still adjusting to the change, of course it's a bit more challenging now to get home and whip up a nice dinner when I haven't been sitting around all day thinking about what to make. Something I definitely need to pick up quick. I'm playing with the idea of a meal planner in my head, not sure if I want to go down that route yet. Will wait and see if I get better at this; if not, might give it a try just to see if it will work for me.

Pre-dinner snack while thinking about what to make for dinner.

On another note, it's funny how I take some things for granted because I have options. Take for example the dishwasher. Since we moved to our new place I have been hand washing the dishes 99% of the time, even though we have a perfectly good new dish washer. I didn't grow up with a dish washer, so I've been hand washing dishes for ages. Hubby has asked me on severe occasions why I insist on doing the dishes by hand instead of utilizing the machine we have. Well, my reply to him is that it's a personal preference and old habits. This week I think I just realized that it more than old habits and preference. It more of I have the time and energy. Since I started work on Monday, I've used it twice. It's safe to say I do appreciate the luxury and option/backup of having the dish washer there because these days, I don't think I'll find hand washing dishes that fun anymore.

Cheers to the weekend my beautiful people!!!

Thankful Thursday - My First Link Up

Ever since I came across the Thankful Thursday link up on black tag diaries, I thought what a great idea it is and I wanted to be a part of it. It's very easy to go living day to day taking things for granted and not really appreciating the things or moments that makes it easier, bearable and memorable.

So, this Thursday I'm having my first link up with Julia of black tag diaries

This Thursday, I'm thankful for...

1. The new job. It is really a job very well packaged, designed and delivered to me from God. I might spill more about that later.

2. For Hard copy books. I almost forgot what it feels like to read a real book and not an e-book. Nothing can substitute or replace the feel and smell of a real book.

3. For local roads. It's an understatement to say I don't like highways and the fact that I don't have to get on one every morning to get to work is such a blessing.

4. For Thankful Thursdays. Such a great Idea!

Outfit Post: Mama's Choice

Summer time equals Ankara (African Print Fabric) season, at least for me. I have officially pulled out my bag of Ankara and lace from under the bed. The Interesting thing about this piece is that it was made back in Nigeria in my absence and my mom actually picked out the fabric and style. The only reason I'm pointing that out is because my mom is all for being covered up and not showing any cleavage, back, leg or anything...lol. Pretty much your typical African mother. So I wasn't surprised when she arrived back in the state and gave me the dress. As you can see, I'm all covered up with even a mini turtle neck :) With all that said, I would ask her to do it again because in the end it turned out to be a very cute and stylish dress. Mama got style!

Got a little playful and comfortable
Dress: Tailored, Shoes:VS, Clutch: F21, Belt: Limited

Outfit Post: Movie Night

Happy Sunday to everyone! Hope you all had a blissful weekend. Hubby and I didn't do much. Well, apart from the fantastic dinner and movie on Friday night. We saw The Avengers and it was great. I would have used the word awesome, but I like to reserve that word to only describe my God. The movie was well thought out, the actors were great and it was worth all the hype they gave it. I think the movie reviewer that came on CNN described it best. When the anchor asked her what grade she would give the movie, she said "I might as well give them the pin number to my bank account so they can go empty out my account, because that sums up how many times I'm going to see the movie. It was that good." I honestly feel the same way and I already know I'm going to watch the movie more than once. The last time I felt like that about a movie was with Avatar. I saw that about six times, I know, that's a bit excessive and now that it's out on DVD, well, you can finish that thought. The movie even made me want to go back and watch Captain America. I guess I felt more connected to the characters (Iron Man, Thor and Loki and Hulk) whose background and story I knew well. You should have seen me trying to connect the dots between all the movies and recollecting information; piecing all the little details together as to when/how each character was featured/referenced and related to each other. Ha! enough about the movie, you would think they are paying me to write this review....lol.

Can anyone guess what tomorrow is? Well, it's first day of work for me. In as much as I don't like first days and being the new kid, I'm very excited and ready to go. Oh, and did I mention I/we are slowly turning into Iya and Baba Ijo...lol (best translation: madam of the church). I have slowly gone from being the one that arrives right when or few minutes after service starts and leaving right after it ends, to being one of the ones that arrive hours before it starts and leaving many more hours after it ends. It's great being part of a church body and being active.

Shirt: Hm,  Bag: Aldo, Skirt and Bracelet: F21, Shoes: Target