Nerd Girl/Nerd World Updates

  • I won a lipgloss from Afrobella earlier this month! So excited – gave me one more thing to cross off my list!
  • Lovegirl is finally getting the hang of this whole potty training deal – praise God! She still won’t actually tell us unprompted that she has to go, but if we stay diligent and ask her, she’ll let us know. Awesome, awesome. We are saving a small fortune in diapers and I am loving it.
  • My check engine light came on last Friday – bad. I took it to AutoZone for a free diagnostic – good. The only thing wrong? My gas cap was loose – great!!! Please believe I just about had worship service in the AutoZone parking lot. Who knew that a loose gas cap could make your check engine light come on?
  • I interviewed again for my dream job. The position announcement officially closes today – I hope to know something before the week is out.
  • I’ve been beading necklaces like a mad woman. I’m working on one for my Mom for Mother’s Day. When I finish it, I’ll post a few pictures.
  • Paid the final deposit on our little cruise to Cozumel last week. Quite excited about this little getaway. We haven’t been anywhere in forever, and even if we will be spending our vacay on a ship with thousands of our closest friends, I’ll take it.
  • I’m cheating on Smoochy. With a body scrub. OMG – there is this line at WalMart (yes, WalMart) called Bodycology that is just fantastic. I’m currently using the Coconut Lime scent, but can’t wait to try them all. For less than $4 a pop, I can actually afford the body wash, the scrub, and the scented cream. My usually irritated skin has never been smoother or softer. I’m in the shower waaay more than I should admit. My best friend says that I’ve taken exfoliation to a whole ‘nother level – sexfoliation!
  • My hair is coming along quite nicely. The front is long enough to actually be a little bothersome – long enough to be in my eyes, but too short to tuck behind my ears. I think I’ll bead some bobby pins this weekend to help keep it off my face. I’m tiring of the headbands. It still hasn’t locked up – I was hoping by the time we cruised I’d be locked and free to swim w/o worry about having to retwist it. Maybe by Christmas?
  • Lovegirl’s babysitter’s mother died on Friday. She’d battled very rapidly spreading cancer for the last 6 or 7 months. I’m truly sorry that D had to experience this loss, but thankful at the same time that her mother is now at peace. As more and more of my friends lose their parents, I am mindful to stay prayerfully thankful that mine are here and healthy. Also keeps me motivated to get my workout on so that I can remain as healthy as possible for however long I have on this earth.
  • I lost my Bill Withers CD a while ago. Couldn’t find another copy anywhere, finally broke down and bought this set on Saturday and am loving it. All of my favorites, plus a few I wasn’t familiar with. This dude is just so smooth. I really could listen to him all day. If I were ever deserted somewhere, I think between his music and Bob Marley’s I’d be set.

That’s a wrap. Peace and blessings to all!


Bag Lady . . .

. . . . you gonna hurt your back, dragging all them bags like that. I guess nobody ever told you all you must hold on to is you, is you, is you . . .

—Erykah Badu “Bag Lady”I carry/transport a lot of stuff. Stuff I didn’t realize I was carrying/transporting.

I carry a relatively small purse that contains my wallet, my phone, my keys, and my “make up” bag.

I also carry a tote to work on the daily. Inside my tote: small, aforementioned purse, iPod and iPod accessories, four pens, umbrella, bills to be paid, at least one copy of my resume, Udderly Smooth udder cream, work keys, lunch bag, random snacks.

In the car you’ll find Lovegirl’s diaper bag which contains: 3 or 4 diapers that she’ll never wear (we’re in the throes of potty training), various 2T/3T panties, a few pairs of plastic pants, peanut butter crackers, raisins, tissues, wipes.

*I’m not a “carry it everywhere” kind of gal when it comes to the diaper bag, so while this bag is always stocked and ready to go, it doesn’t really leave the car unless we’re going to be physically separated from and unable to get to our car for at least two hours – trips to Target don’t count*Also in the car is Lovegirl’s “oh, what if we just happen to be stranded for more than a few hours without access to an ATM, a WalMart, a friend, or another mother kind enough to hand over a few baby wipes” bag. Contained inside: about 15 diapers (need to replace with more 2T/3T panties with some character’s face plastered on them), more wipes, a change of clothes for Lovegirl, a blanket, her winter hat, plastic baggies.

There is a collapsible bag velcroed to the floor in the back of my ride. What’s in it? So glad you asked: a change of clothes for me – including socks and shoes, two UAPB pom poms, a Callaway pom pom, a first aid kit, a pair of old shades, water, a flashlight, and a UAPB spirit flag to stick out of the window on our way to football games.

Those are my with-me-all-the-time bags. In my trunk, I’m also currently transporting two bags full of Lovegirl’s clothes that I’m giving to a friend that just had a baby girl, a baby shower gift for another friend(I forgot to go to the shower and have failed to drop off the gift), Lovegirl’s stroller, the large umbrella and my leather tote. All of this stuff for two people – one of whom barely weighs 30 pounds!

So, my question of the day is: does anyone else lug/transport all this stuff around on the regular?

(I am distinguishing between lugging and transporting, because (thank God), I don’t actually carry all of this stuff with me all the time. It is however, very nearly always close by.)

Do you ever use it? Have you ever cleaned out your car/purse/bag and then needed something you just purged? What’s in your bag? Okay, I realize that’s more than one question, but I really, really, wanna know. There’s a thing on Flickr where people post pictures of stuff in their bag, and I guess looking at some of the things others tote around motivated me to take a look at what I carry. So go ahead, head over to the comments section and tell me what you tote/transport on the regular. The totally harmless voyeur in me is dying to know! Ummm, okay I just looked up “voyeur” to make sure there’s an alternate meaning. There isn’t. So please, scratch the voyeur part and just know that I’m harmlessly nosy sometimes!