OBX, North Carolina

It’s Wednesday. But an atypical Wednesday. I am halfway through my vacation in the Outerbanks (OBX), North Carolina. It’s about 6:26 pm. Today, I woke up a little after 8am to make breakfast for about 12 people and then spent most of the day at the beach. I once thought that I couldn’t do the beach for more than 2-3 days in a row but turns out, that isn’t the case. We (B and I and his group of friends) have been here since Saturday and each day the beach offers something different. Different views, different water temperature, different crowds, different vibes. I also have never experienced “beach house” living– wide verandas, outdoor lounge areas, outside showers and a backyard pool complete with a hot tub. It’s been new experiences all around for me. If I were at home, I would be finishing up work and heading home to figure out what’s for dinner and watch TV. I prefer this kind of week much better.

I feel like this was a much needed get-away, as I’ll be going back to work in less than a month. I’m not sure what next school year holds for me, and I’m trying not to think too much about it. My mother comes to visit next week and I’m looking forward to it. Ready to soak up what left of the summer. Here are some pictures of the week so far:

I’m excited to be putting my coloring book to some use again. Since purchasing it in January it’s been sitting in my apartment with half-completed wishes collecting dust. I’ve also started reading Issa Rae’s new(ish) bio, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. Now I’m reading two books simultaneously which is always hit or miss for me. Well, hope you’re enjoying your last week of July (the best month of all.) Gotta go enjoy the sunlight while it’s still here.

Summer baby,




OBX, North Carolina

5 Things I’m Thankful for Today! (+3 photos)

1. I went to Haiti and came back with 15 new family members! (the participants)

2. Haiti’s mountains will be forever sketched in my memory!

At Wahoo Bay Beach
At Wahoo Bay Beach

3. The quiet before the storm! (April is the month of presentations, finals, and COMPS!)

4.  In a month from now, I will be done with the second semester of graduate school!!!!!!!!!!

5. Laughter, community and love.

Recess time!
Howard student is initiated into traditional Haitian recess game!

What are you thankful for today?

Do share!


To read about the first part of my trip to Haiti, go here!

5 Things I’m Thankful for Today! (+3 photos)

The Beach Motivates Me

June’s Word of The Month is J-O-B. As many of you loyal readers may know, I have been on the job hunt. This week alone, I had 3 interviews and went to one job fair. Aren’t ya proud of me? 

Today I had my first group interview. It was unexpected and exciting at the same time. Along with 5 other candidates of different races and ages, I was vying for a spot as part-time assistant to the Human Resources department. The first mistake I made was being late. Uh-oh. I mean, I made the mistake of thinking since the job was in my neighborhood, I didn’t need extra time to get there. I didn’t intend on being late but nothing is more embarrassing than walking into a conference room with a panel of 3 interviewers, where people are already in the process of being asked questions, and having everyone in slow-motion look at you enter the room hereinafter label you as ‘the late girl.’ For the record, I was 5 minutes late. But the bottom line is LATE is LATE. Don’t be like me!

The aspect I liked about the group interview is that you got to size the other candidates up for yourself. Through their answers, I got to make mental notes of answers I liked (for future interviews) and be my own judge, as well as hope and pray the panel didn’t reuse a certain question I couldn’t find such an eloquent response to. Overall, I had some pretty smart competition. Definitely better qualified to work in accounting and other number matters. As the panel went around the room asking questions, I felt more relaxed, thank God they didn’t decide to ambush me as soon as I got in the room, although I did feel like it was gonna be harder for me to leave a lasting impression outside of my tardy arrival.

Finally, I answered 3-4 questions and then the panel asked each of us why we opted for a part-time job. One candidates answers (paraphrasing):

I like to keep busy, and I’m already working another part-time job. I believe in constant stimulation, I don’t like to sit around and do nothing. In fact, if someone asked me to go to the beach, I would tell them no. I would rather do something motivating.

Hmmm… go hard much? Now, mind you, I know there’s some people out there who might despise the beach specifically. But to say you would rather be working than do something leisurely? I’m not sure that’s the right way to go, nor how many people would honestly believe that. But for this particular candidate, it didn’t seem like she was being dishonest. I felt sorry for her.

The beach motivates me. Not because I love the build-up of sand in my crotch area if I decide to take a dip. Not even because I like to show off my hot bod and people-watch. 🙂 I like the beach because it represents a moment where you don’t have to think about the banal qualities of work, being on time, or deadlines. You go to the beach to be. And being for me, beats working any day.

The Beach Motivates Me

When Travel Bugs Bite

Although I haven’t managed to post any splendid pictures yet, I spent my weekend relaxing on the Pacific coast’s beach in Manuel Antonio. Sometimes it’s nice to get away from the daily rain and cold temperatures of Chepe after a long week of work.  I’m not a fish when it comes to the beach, but I do like to experience the slow drawl of beach towns and enjoying tanning occasionally. I even enjoy the sound of the waves crashing at night, and walking on the shore while romantically being led by the moonlight. Isn’t that how it goes in the movies? Don’t we all fantasize about gettin’ it on on the sand, with the threat of the water reaching to pull us in and someone intruding on our love fest?

Well I’m here to warn you nightly beach dwellers! Beware of the real live travel bug that will surely rain on your vacation, honeymoon, quick escape, all that! Remember how I told you that I developed these mystery bites overnight, and couldn’t imagine what to attribute them to? Well, after eliminating bed bugs and mosquitos, the only vicho (creature) left was something that attacks in tropical areas.

I proceeded to self-diagnose myself by checking out this Insect Bites & Stings page on Travel Doctor. There was were I found the culprit. Exhibit A: The Sand Fly (all information below borrowed from TD).

Also known as the noseeum, cuz you don't even realize when you've been got!

Family name: Phlebotomidae

Popular Hangouts: Any aquatic or semiaquatic area of the world. The blood-sucking species tend to stay near beach or mountain habitats. Beware at night, they dwell and hunt when the wind dies down!

Offense: Preying on beach-goers at their most vulnerable state.

Symptoms: Although you can’t feel their bite like a mosquitos, their attacks can cause an allergic reaction which becomes very itchy and bites can grow up to 2 inches wide! What’s worse is these little suckas can carry a life-threatening disease called ‘Leishmaniasis’ which can cause fever and disfiguring skin sores.

Proposed Sentence: Death!

When I sat to think about it, I remembered being lured by the moonlight to lay on the beach after dark and pow-wow with my companion. Little did I know I was going to be blindly attacked while I pondered my next step in life. I woke up Tuesday morning confused and chicken-pox-itchy. I ended up buying a topical cream that is only effective hours at a time, and will end up seeing a doctor tomorrow. Let’s hope this cup shall pass from me. Next time, I’ll be sure to cover myself in DEET or wear a protective suit after-hours. Well, hopefully you can learn something from my misfortune.

Don’t say I never taught you nothing,

She Traces

When Travel Bugs Bite