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Hi friends!

Welcome to my little corner of Al Gore’s Internet. I’m Jareesa - I’m a scientist, a freelance writer, a knitter, wife to LM, mom to #BabyPi, and more. I love Queen Bey, squishy yarn, watching GBBO, and attempting to bake. Sometimes I rant, sometimes I rave, but I always tell the truth.

Randompalooza Vol. 1

You know what it is... My technician started a couple weeks ago, and it's been working out pretty well. He wasn't quite as ready to hit the ground running as well as I thought he was, but he's done pretty well. Since he's taken over daily testing of the method I developed, I've been a little lost! I got so used to working solely on that project that it has taken me some time to get readjusted to balancing several projects.

This week I'm in project management training & I'm really enjoying it. I've been thinking about getting my PMP certification, and I may still do that.

Remember that  interview I had a few weeks ago? I finally had my second interview on Monday. The interview went well, and they want to me do a few other things as part of the process, but I'm not going to continue with the process. During my interview, I was sitting in one of the sessions, and I had this moment where I heard a voice tell me that I didn't want this job. My intuition is telling me to stay put where I am, and to pass up on this opportunity. I do still want to get out of the lab, and the job I interviewed for was too close to the lab for me. And I don't want to make a move that isn't a good move, because I've been there & done that & I don't want to experience that again. So I'm going to stay put. My current job has gotten better, and so has my attitude towards it.

I want to see Avenue Q with my friends. Have you seen it? I heard it's really good. It's playing at Mixed Blood in Minneapolis until May 30, I need to get tickets.

I need to book my flight to Chicago for my friend's wedding. I'm really looking forward to seeing her & some of my other friends from Orlando.

16 and Pregnant is great birth control. I see these young girls struggling & I just don't understand how they sign up for this. I'm almost 30 years old & I'm still terrified of becoming a single mother, even though I'm sure I could financially afford a child, and I think I'd be a good mother. I'm not ready & I need a husband to be there if I ever procreate.

It's nomination season for the Black Weblog Awards - have you nominated your faves yet? I didn't agree with a couple of the winners last year but we'll see what happens this year. Make sure you nominate your fave blogs & vote in the finals.

BTW, have you added the new feed for Black Girl Unlost to your Google Reader or other RSS feed? Make sure you add or have http://feeds.feedburner.com/BlackGirlUnlost to your fave RSS reader #thanks.

I'm be glad when the royal wedding is over, I'm tired of the coverage and the manufactured interest. Americans dont give a damn anymore. Instead of following the royal families, we follow Beyonce & Lady Gaga.

So I've been dealing with a breakout lately & it was really stressing me out. I never really had an acne problem, so anything more than the occassional bump makes me worried. I've consistently had a blemish for the past month or so, and at one point I had several at one time & it freaked me out. I did some research & learned that I could use diluted tea tree oil instead of traditional acne medications. I've been using the tea tree oil & it's totally healed my acne #yay. I have some dark spots tho so I'm trying the Neutrogena Visibly Even moisturizer & also cocoa butter to see if that fades them. Any other suggestions on products to try? I'm very distressed by the dark marks on my face. I never wear foundation & I generally have clear even skin & I'd love to get back to that.

I'm still on the bench.

I've been doing a lot of reading. The library has been my friend lately. I need more books for my reading list tho, what have you read recently & what do you recommend I read?

I have become an Angry Birds addict.

I have a million posts on my "to write" list but I've either been busy or haven't have the motivation. I need to work on that.

Since I got back from MI I've been focused on getting myself ready for Miami. I've done well with my weight loss, but having a goal like looking my best for my 29th birthday is keeping me motivated to watch what I eat & hit the gym like I supposed to. I know I can make my goal but it will require discipline.

My stats & comments has gone way down since I moved over to the new domain. I have a redirect from the Wordpress.com site but I still lost a bunch of folks. Yeah it kinda bothered me but it is what it is...I suppose folks will make it back over eventually.

This week is my 2 year natural hair anniversary #yay. I chopped all my long hair off into like a 1 inch fro, and it's grown out a lot. I've nailed down my regimen & perfected the art of the twistout & how to make it last an entire week. I henna'd this past weekend & I love how it came out. Going natural was a great decision & I've really loved the journey.

I still need to get my wrist tattoo filled in. Maybe I'll do that this weekend.

I'm back to writing whenever I feel like it. I think my content has been suffering because I was more focused on having something new on my blog frequently, instead of focusing on having the highest quality content. I plan to work more on my craft, the content, the writing structure, etc so my posts will be less frequent.

I feel myself slipping into some negative behavior - taking things too personally, making assumptions, and being jealous. It used to be that I could see other people doing the things I wanted to do, and doing them successfully, and they would be motivation for me to step my game up. Here lately I've been in a "why not me? why can't I have what they have?" space & not only do I not like it, I'm ashamed of it. It's not like me. I've been floundering a bit and I'm just "off" right now. I need to get back to center so that is my #1 goal & priority until I'm in a better space.

Alright it's your turn - what's been going on with you?

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