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Blah Blah BLAH

My room bores me. It's just... blah. It's a really nice dorm room, pretty new, and very clean. It has a small bathroom with a shower, a closet, a full bed, a nice little desk in front the window, and some shelves. Nice. But that's not the problem. The problem is that it isn't me. Ask any of my friends, my room is always very colorful and decorated with posters, pictures, and magazine tear-outs. But here I couldn't really bring much to decorate my room due to the two suitcase restriction.

Now, I'm not expecting for my whole room to look fabulous and well decorated but I would at least like for the little board on the wall to be. Maybe that way it would feel a little bit more homey for the rest of my nine weeks.

So this is the best I've done so far:

I brought my favorite calender. I ordered it last year at a church fundraiser
and it has really nice black art on each page and a biblical passage.

I also brought a couple pictures of me and Monsieur N to put up.

Lastly, I tore a few pages out of the latest Essence issue. I bought it to read on the plane
and thank goodness I did because fashion images always make a wall look better!

Any suggestions on what else I could do to spice it up? ...at least until I buy more magazines lol.

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Oooh La La

Dell has finally decided to make attractive laptops. Must say that the white one is rather sleek; it definitely brings competition for apple in terms of attractiveness.

* Sigh* Guess which one I would buy?

Click here to learn more.

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This Side of the Pond

I’m not a big time blogger or anything – and I know that – but it just seems that these days I have neither felt the desire to be creative nor update the world all about my life (or readings). As evidenced from my travel blog, on which I have neglected to write part 2 of my journey back home as promised, your girl is blog-dead. I thought that after getting here and settling down I would’ve felt like I’ve missed so much and immediately begin posting at least my inspirational piece or music video of the week. And, while those two would take less than 10 minutes of my time to do, I just don’t wanna. I am barely keeping up to date on the blogs I read – by the way, check out the updated “blog addiction” list.

So in an effort to maintain the minimal reader-base I currently have, I decided to take some time out of the minimal down time that I have (and appreciate since I don’t know how much longer it will last) to tell you what’s been going down on this side of the pond.

Well, first thing first, I arrived safely on Saturday and was greeted by my cousin and my visiting Aunt from Barbados (she works for the equivalent of the IRS and she attends conferences all over the world, she makes me jealous. Did I mention she brought me chocolate from Dubai? Yeah, I know). On Sunday we had dinner and more of my cousins came to visit – some whom I’ve never met. It was fabulous. That night I moved into my “uni” housing, aka dorm.

Monday got off to a decent start as well. The only downside was that I woke up at 5 am to a room full of sunlight and could not go back to sleep (and we didn’t have to be in until 10!). That will probably be my only late morning of the entire summer and I just had to ruin it. Hmph. The day was full of everything you do before you really start your internship: presentations, forms to fill out, lots of meeting new people – the whole nine. After spending an entire day fighting the head bob due to my body being confused about the time of day, we had a dinner for all of the Capital Markets interns. It was held at Royal China, a really fancy restaurant on the Canary Wharf waterfront one block away from our building. Now, when they told us that it would be a lot of food I really didn’t realize to what extent it was meant. People, there was A LOT of food. There must have been at least 8 courses. It felt like every time I tried to fit one more piece of meat in with a bite of rice another set of dishes were brought out! Sadly, a lot of food must have been wasted too.

In any case, we finished the meal off with a nice fruit platter and some other odd looking thing I was too stuffed to try. We all headed out toward the tube around 10. The good thing about leaving that late is that I’m not being sandwiched throughout my 35 minute ride home.

Tuesday I started my first rotation in Fixed Income Real Estate. Up to this point I was a bit confused about whether I would be involved in the sales or trading side of the bank but apparently the internship program isn’t organized like that. Anywhoo, I like my group. What they do is really interesting – I’ll save it for another entry for those finance geeks out there (or people, like me, who just love all things related to business and money transactions). The last two days have basically been spent understanding the basics of what they do which means reading, reading, and more reading. There’s so much to learn.

On top of that, all Capital Markets interns are competing in groups in an investment challenge. And, lo and behold, your girl was assigned the role of Team Captain. When they announced the challenge something in my gut told me it would happen but I almost didn’t want to believe it since I’ve enjoyed not always being the leader last semester in France. It’s cool though because it gives me an opportunity to take charge in an unfamiliar environment. I’m looking forward to winning. We had our first meeting today and I do believe we have a great strategy. I spent a lot of the day researching stocks (since we are only investing in European exchanges I can’t rely on most of the US companies that I am familiar with to invest in). I’m in it for the win, ya’ll.

Ok well enough finance talk. For those of you who aren’t sleeping by this point I would just like to say that I will be doing my best to post semi-frequently despite the new work life. My hours will be somewhat crazy but I will continue to maintain my sanity by remaining active in the blogosphere (is that a word, lol) and reading to and from work. Despite the fact that I haven’t finished any of the last two books I picked up – and I’ve now picked up a third and don’t know where the first two are – I will tell you all about my new book House of Sand and Fog once it’s completed.

Cheers! (That's what the British say all day "mate")

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Tomorrow? So Soon?

Nooooooo. I don't wanna go. I'm not nervous, I'm just enjoying all the time I've been able to spend with Monsieur N and the Fam. Oh well, there's a time for everything in life.

On whole another note, if you haven't heard of the marvelous new artist Chrisette Michele, then you need to get your life together. She dropped her debut CD this week. Shooot.... Best Buy is selling it for $7.99 this week and it is oh so worth it. Both iTunes and the CD player in the car are already sick of it, lol.

Wanna know more about her? Afrobella wrote two entries on her- that's how I heard about her. Here is the first and at the end of this one there is a bit more about Chisette's CD and a video clip that got me loving this girls voice! When you get the CD, tell me what you think. If already have it then I wanna know if you are blastin it like I am!?

This is for those of you who didn't know she sang the chorus for Can't Forget About You by Nas. She also sang in Lost Ones by Jay Z - but *cough* I'm biased so I'm only sharing one!

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Almost Off

I leave very early on Saturday morning. So that leaves me two more days. I don't know if you know but I strongly dislike (Monsieur N says I shouldn't say the h-a-t-e word) packing. I've been home three weeks and I've only finished unpacking from France 10 minutes ago. Apparently I have to finish by tomorrow afternoon since this weekend is DC carnival and the whole posse - aka the fam - will be in town tomorrow night. So I'm tryna get everything organized and get to packing. It's hard. Well not really, I guess I'm just lazy. Same thing.

I have everything washed at least. I just don't want to do the outfit thinking because I have to be super conscious about space. I don't want to take as much as I did to France obviously. Luckily summer clothes are lighter and easier to pack. It's the work clothes that will do the space dammage.

Oh, I forgot to mention that I won't be living in the streets (or in the lobby for that matter). I am 99.999% sure that I will have a bed to call my own on Sunday. I just have to ask my cousin to take me now.

Although I am terribly sad to be leaving again (especially the hubby- not literally people), I am excited to get started. On Sunday all of the Capital Markets interns are meeting at a pub to meet up, thanks to Facebook. On Monday I am to report in at 10am and then we have a welcome dinner that evening. So don't be surprised if you don't hear from me in a while.

I'll be sure to tell you how it goes!
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Video of the Week

Black Sweat: Prince

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Be Inspired

I received this in an email and I thought it was beautiful. Feel free to share with others.

When I was little, I used to believe in the concept of one best friend,
and then I started to become a woman.
And then I found out that if you allow your heart to open up,
God would show you the best in many friends.

One friend is needed when you're going through things with your man.
Another friend is needed when you're going through things with your mom.
Another when you want to shop, share, heal, hurt, joke, or just be.
One friend will say, "Let's cry together,"
another, "Let's fight together,"
another, "Let's walk away together."

One friend will meet your spiritual need,
another your shoe fetish,
another your love for movies,
another will be with you in your season of confusion,
another will be your clarifier,
another the wind beneath your wings.

But whatever their assignment in your life,
on whatever the occasion,
on whatever the day,
or wherever you need them to meet you with their gym shoes on and hair pulled back,
or to hold you back from making a complete fool of yourself ...
those are your best friends.

It may all be wrapped up in one woman,
but for many,
it's wrapped up in several...
one from 7th grade,
one from high school,
several from the college years,
a couple from old jobs,
on some days your mother,
on some days your neighbor,
on others, your sisters,
and on some days, your daughters.

So whether they've been your friend for 20 minutes or 20 years,
you have been blessed with those women
whom God has placed in your life
to make a difference..
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Laughter is Good for the Soul

A boss wondered why one of his most valued employees had not phoned in sick one day. Having an urgent problem with one of the main computers, he dialed the employee's home phone number and was greeted with a child's whisper. " Hello? "

"Is your daddy home?" he asked.

" Yes ," whispered the small voice.

May I talk with him?"

The child whispered, " No ."

Surprised and wanting to talk with an adult, the boss asked, "Is your Mommy there?"

"Yes ."

"May I talk with her?" Again the small voice whispered, " No ."

Hoping there was somebody with whom he could leave a message, the boss asked, "Is anybody else there?"

"Yes ," whispered the child, "a policeman ".

Wondering what a cop would be doing at his employee's home, the boss>> asked, "May I speak with the policeman?"

"No, he's busy ", whispered the child.

"Busy doing what?"

"Talking to Daddy and Mommy and the Fireman ," came the whispered answer.

Growing more worried as he heard a loud noise in the background through the earpiece on the phone, the boss asked, "What is that noise?"

"A helicopter " answered the whispering voice.

"What is going on there?" demanded the boss, now truly apprehensive.

Again, whispering, the child answered, " The search team just landed a helicopter ."

Alarmed, concerned and a little frustrated the boss asked, "What are they searching for?"

Still whispering, the young voice replied with a muffled giggle... "ME ."

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What's Good

With exactly 10 days left before I'm off to London, I'm making the most of my time home. Since I've gotten home, I must say I've been successful. Aside from my daily gym routine, I have done absolutely nothing. Unless chillin hard with Monsieur N counts, then I can safely say that I've been a lazy bum. And there is no other way I would have rather spent these few weeks. What you may not understand is that this is one of the first and most definitely the last few responsibility free weeks of my life. I Know! Just dreadful. So I'm living life to the fullest, doing things big, and being bold. All from the comfort of my room - which might I add has a bed that I've been missing for the last 5 months.

Don't hate please. Be proud. This girl is saving up the energy to start her internship off with a bang.

Speaking of internships, I don't have somewhere to live yet. Well, kinda. Since I've waited too long to book something, I was only able to reserve the cheap (in price, not quality) housing for the month of August. That leaves me six weeks from mid-June to July in which I will be sleeping in Lehman's lobby. Well that's plan B for now. I mean, look at it (left), there's enough space for a tent right?

My best friend, T, and I have decided on Plan C. I'll simply call them and let them know that I won't be able to fly out and that I will be working from home. I will then proceed to send them a bill for all the items that I will need them to pay for. That list will include many of the things currently present in my home but necessary for my success at the job: air conditioning, coffee machine (a real one, not a coffee maker), DSL, etc. I think it's brilliant.

Any other ideas?

Anywhoo, one would think that since I've been home sitting around I woulda been back to reading full force. Suprisingly I haven't been. Ever since I started reading Ann Frank's Diary back in May, I just haven't been feeling it. Granted I started getting bogged down with school work and couldn't possibly read for leisure once exams approached. Not to mention Ann Frank was one of those that I had to throw away on my way back across the seas *tear*. Nonetheless, I thought a fresh start would get me back on track.

All I can say is that I've made it through the first 5 pages of Bridget Jones' Diary. It's not like it was bad or anything. I just haven't felt the urge to pick up the book. I don't know, its just wierd.

And speaking of wierd, before I got home I was SOO sure that the purpose of my existance (hugely over-exaggerated btw) would be to stay home and watch Oprah at 4pm everyday. Why is it that I can barely remember to turn the TV on at four? I know I don't watch TV very much and I know it has been a while since I last stuck to my Oprah schedule, but this is still no excuse my friends. tsk tsk. Just what am I going to do with myself?

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Music Video of the Week

She's a... : Missy Elliot

I do not condone the name or chorus of this song but you have to admit that Hype Williams did his thing with this video. You can play it on mute if you like. Just don't tell me you don't think it's hot!

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Get It Right, Get It Tight

1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and
Get them sit ups right and
Tuck your tummy tight and
Do your crunches like this

Imma stop there though because the rest doesn’t apply… But, yea. I’ve joined Kanye’s not-so-new-anymore workout plan. Now that I’m back home, I have to pay the price for all that delicious French bread. I now have less than three weeks before I gotta get into business clothes that aren’t meant to fit so snug. So the day after I arrived I decided to make friends with Bally’s and get signed up for the two week free trial. When I arrived the girl at the front desk told me that she would extend it for three weeks since I would be here for that long. How nice right?

That’s how me and Bally’s became tight. I’ve also actually started paying close attention to what I eat. I used to be that girl that said calories shmalories. But all of a sudden at the old age of 20 it’s become ridiculously easy to gain some pounds and extremely tiresome to lose em. What’s up with that? I never thought this day would come.

Wish me luck ya’ll.
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Be Inspired

"Like earth...know balance; Like wind....fly free; Like water..... be peaceful. Celebrate your life and enjoy the journey"
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I'm Loving...

Now that I'm finished with school, home, and back in action there are a few things that I need to express my love for to the world.

My magazines! I have a stack piled up in my room. They have been waiting all semester for me to arrive. On top of that, I am super excited because I have the Vogue issue with Hudson on the cover. Btw, I just saw Dreamgirls and it was AMAZING! She was amazing!

I'm also in love with the fact that I have time to do all my blog reading (I am addicted to the rantings and ravings of random folks) and my online magazine reading. My favorite is Clutch Magazine. It's targeted toward black women and contains articles on fashion, art, culture, etc. It's fabulous so check it out!

I purchased some hair products from Oyin Handmade. As the name suggests, everything is made by hand. Not only does it soften and moisturize my hair but it also smells delightful!

Why is it that nearly ten months after its release, this CD still runs my iTunes? I don't even wanna tell you the play count for Get Me Bodied and Upgrade U. All I know is that this CD - along with my soca - gets me through my time at the gym.

Speaking of iTunes, is it possible that there was a time when I lived without an iPod? Nah...
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Music Video of the Week

Waterfalls: TLC

1995, from the CrazySexyCool album. I have a reeallly embarrassing "music video" that me and some fam made at Kings Dominion back in the day. My dad is hiding it from me. I'll find it one day though. I will. And I'll burn it.


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Be Inspired

Joy where there is nothing
When you can find joy where there is nothing, you can find joy in anything. Place no conditions on happiness, and it is always yours.

Embrace the uncertainty of the future, for within that uncertainty is limitless, fertile ground for creating beauty, joy and fulfillment. When you no longer need security, you will indeed have it.

Accept that you do not know, and there is no limit to what you can learn. Let go of the need to possess, and there is no end to what you can have.

There is a universe filled with beauty in each tiny grain of sand. There is a lifetime of experience in every small moment of the day.

Be true to your purpose and fulfillment will find you. With what you have to give, you can reach all you could ever imagine to seek.

See the joy where there is nothing, and everywhere else as well. Live the beauty that is now, and truly know the abundant richness that is life.

-- Ralph Marston
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