15 Things on the 15th . . . 15 Facts about Me

Ok, once this entry is posted it will be the 16th; but technically, I wrote the post on the 15th. I got this idea from Tractorsandglam’s blog. 

Here goes. 

  1. Legally, I do not have a middle name. In Ghana, many folks combine their middle names with their last names. When my father immigrated to the States in the early 70s, he did the same. Speaking of half-assed paperwork. On my birth certificate for the place of origin of my father, it has Africa. Really, Virginia?!!! I’m sure that on June 25th, 1980, it was well known that Africa is a continent – NOT a country
  2. My favorite alcoholic beverage is gin. Most of y’all probably already knew that. 
  3. I almost drowned in Ecuador’s portion of the Amazon Basin. It was scary, and I lost a really nice watch. 
  4. I break out in hives whenever I see people with various types of skin disorders. Thankfully, it does not happen that much nowadays. 
  5. I love all of the Friday movies. I can probably recite most of the scripts for Friday and Friday after Next. “ Yes, you did. Cause my sister-in-law’s baby cousin, Tracy. told me that she saw you at the show all hugged up with some tramp. Now, tell me who she was.”
  6. Thanksgiving is my favorite family-based holiday. 
  7. Although I have a Ph.D. in Molecular Oncology and Immunology, I no longer do scientific work. However, I do miss conducting biomedical research from time to time. This reminds me, I have to respond to the reviewers’ comments for my manuscript. Ugh, I’ll do it tomorrow. 
  8. I really wish that I would follow more events in the news. 
  9. I’m an extroverted introvert. Although I can be really social, I kind of hate meeting new people. 
  10. Sometimes, I really hate being the only person of color in groups. 
  11. I think that I sing (and dance) much better than I do. 
  12. I wish that I was about 6 inches taller. 
  13. I really loved Christina Aguilera’s Spanish language album, Mi Reflejo. I think it was released back in 2001. 
  14. I have never seen a single Star Wars or Indiana Jones movie in its entirety. Oh Well. 
  15. I have been in only two fist fights as an adult. Which is surprising, because I do talk quite a bit of shit. FYI: I won one and “tied” for the other one
  16. (Ok a bonus fact). Sia’s “Breathe Me” makes me a little misty-eyed. I think it’s because the song was featured as the last scene during the last episode of “6 Feet Under”, one of my favorite shows of all time. 


Random Thoughts Thursday – Music Edition

OK rather than random thoughts, I thought that I would throw in some random songs/videos that have been going through my head over the past few weeks. 

JLO (or is it Jennifer Lopez, now?) “El Anillo pa’ Cuando”

I’ll keep it real, I thought this song was wack as hell when I first heard it, especially the rap part, but I can’t get it out of my head. 

Hueles como me gusta. Me besas como me gusta. Me agarras como me gusta. . . 

Earth, Wind & Fire  – September

Just because the song has the lyric “Do you remember the 21st night in September”, and the 21st was last week. 

MIC Drop – Feat. Desiigner, Steve Aoki

A Zumba song. 

 DJ Jubilee – Back that Thang Up

A little New Orleans bounce has never hurt anyone. Takes me back to my college years in New Orleans where 90% of DJ Jubliee’s songs had some kind of damn dance lesson. 

I say follow me because I’m a hot boy. Dem hater don’t like that  . . . Dem hoes don’t like that. What’s that DJ’s name? DJ JUBILEE!!!

Maybe this is why have so much lower back pain. 😉


Missy Eliot – WTF (Where They From)

La Quinta Estacion – El Sol No Regresa

She can scream a bit sometimes, but I love her voice and the note she holds at 1:37 . . . Wow. 

Beck – Hell Yes (Remix)

I loved his ENTIRE Guerolito album. 

Random Thursdays: Music Edition

I do not have any random thoughts in my head, so I’m going to do a simple music edition for Random Thursday.

To play this game:

-Open whatever music app that you use to listen to your tunes.

-Put it in shuffle mode

-Note the first 16 songs that are played.

  1. Comunmixta – Sol Pereya
  2. I Fought the Law – The Clash
  3. Who’s to Blame – Ozomatli
  4. Click Clack – Missy Elliot
  5. Island of Wonders – Nelly Furtado (I was just asking what Nelly is up to these days)
  6. Don’t Let Go – En Vogue (It just wasn’t the same when Dawn left the group.)
  7. Hey Mama – The Black Eyed Peas (I gotta say that during the summer of 2003, you couldn’t go anywhere in NYC without hearing the Black Eyed Peas)
  8. Lethal Industry – Dj Tiesto
  9. Nel Modo Piu Sincero Che c’e – Laura Pausini (I cannot wait to see her concert in August. Hopefully, she will sing more of her spanish hits than the italian ones)
  10. Tu Boca – Shakira (This song probably is one of my least liked on this particular album)
  11. Flip Flop Rock – Outkast
  12. The Brainwasher – Daft Punk
  13. Voluntad – Julieta Venegas
  14. Rollin & Scratching – Daft Punk
  15. Black Ice – The Goodie Mob
  16. Why do the Nation Rage – Handel’s “The Messiah”

In a random note, I think that I have figured why my phone goes through so much battery power during my runs. Yes, one reason is running multiple GPS apps at the same time. While doing this challenge, I noticed that many of these songs were not downloaded onto my phone. I guess when I had to get a replacement phone in November, all  1,749 songs were not downloaded to the new phone. Since these songs many of the songs were not downloaded, my phone uses cellular data to stream these songs from The Cloud.

What are your top 5 songs?

Random Thoughts and Food Pic of the Week

1 The BF  sent me this video clip, because Laura Pausini (one of my favorite singers) is a judge for X-factor Espana. I thought this duo’s song, “Comeme El Donut” was a joke BUUUUUT I kinda like it now. It’s very twerkable.

2. Why to people walk so slowly when getting on a subway car? Don’t you know that there are available seats to be had?

3. This week had been a waste, in terms of working out. I’m gonna get better next week.

4. I think that I’m (we’re) smoking too much. Our apt smells like an ashtray.

5. I need to get my hair did. There are way too many grey hairs sprouting up.

6. I don’t think that my gym follows its own rule regarding clipping locks after 24 hours. img_1376-1

My old lock has been there for months, because I have forgotten the combination. I guess that I could let someone at the gym know about this.

7. Remember Fun Dip?


8. A couple weeks ago, I had to go to this situational training course, which was a waste of time. Basically, it should have been called “How not to die in NYC, 101”. After living here for 16 years AND NOT DYING, I really did not need that training. However, the speaker mentioned this crime tracker app, called Citizen, and it has been my crack. Probably, because I’m just nosey.


With all the crap that happens in NYC, hitting someone with a hat is a “crime”. I figure that we have bigger fish to fry.

9 It’s cold “soup” season.


The BF channeled his Spanish roots and made a shit ton of salmorejo, which is a thicker cousin of gazpacho. I think you drink gazpacho out of a cup, but salmorejo is served out of a bowl (I could have that backwards).

10. Why didn’t y’all tell me “How to get away with murder” is really entertaining. On Wednesday, I binged watched that show from 10 PM  to about 4 AM


11 Who’s excited for Cinco de Mayo?


What are y’all up to this weekend? Do your plans involves margaritas and/or other tequila-based adult beverages?

“Rant and Raves”

I guess Thursday is supposed to be my rants and raves day, but (suprisingly) I do not have much to rant about. Man, I may be too tired to rant and/or hate on things.

I guess that I will make a completely random thoughts entry.

  • By the way, these Gregory the dog tantrums put a smile on my face. When monitoring what I eat during my intermittent fasting plan, I know exactly how Gregory feels.

  • I really need to start running again and registering for races. Before Zumba class on Monday, I tried the treadmill and was such a hot ass mess. I could run for only 20 minutes. After I upload this post, I think that I will sign up for a couple of NYRR races. Since I plan to run NYC 2018’s marathon, I really should start getting to a level where I can train for this thing.
  • I’m kind of excited, because I’m going to the Laura Pausini concert in August.
  • I should figure out how to network better with my somewhat new job.
  • I’m getting old. I just realized that my former high school classmates and I will be celebrating our 20 year high school reunion.
  • I wonder how much weight I can drop before the BF and my vacation, which is in 72 days.
  • I love this guy’s reaction videos. The cooking of a chicken in a watermelon cracks me up all the time.

  • Greatist has some cool exercises that one can do at his/her desk (***).

Random Thursday: Music Video Edition

For this edition of Random Thursdays, I put my iPhone on shuffle and played the first 10 songs that played. Every now and then, I like to do this “exercise” so I can optimize my various playlists. Matter of fact, I think that I’m going to listen to Daft Punk’s Homework album, right now.

Here’s my list. Actually, I could find videos for 9 out of the 10 songs.



Random songs (A game)

There was some drama replacing my old phone, so I have to update and remake all of my playlists.  For example, I really needed my “I don’t have time for this bullshit” playlist. Isn’t the damn cloud supposed to do that for me?!! Anyway. Every now and then I like shuffle my iPhone’s song collection for inspiration for my fitness (or general) music playlists. I say inspiration, because I have such tunnel vision when it comes to music that most of playlists end up having the same songs on it. So from an extension on this exercise, I am listing the first 10 songs that my iPhone played in shuffle mode


I have been following Shakira since her hair was black!!! I’m not too much a fan of this album; as a matter of fact, this song and “Loba” are the only songs that I’ve downloaded from this album. With this song, I like the middle eastern vibe fused with hip hop beats. I have a feeling this song was produced by Timberland or the Neptunes. *I looked it up and I was right. The song was produced by the Neptunes. I know my fellow Virginian people’s beats*


Need some sappy, poppy music en Espanol or Italiano? Then Laura Pausini is the woman for you. She’s Italian but most she mostly sings in Spanish. Hopefully, she will go on another world tour, and I will be able to see her live. Years ago, I did have a chance to see her at Sounds of Brazil (SoB’s) but I passed on that opportunity to have drinks or something. That was before I really got into her music.

Lol. I accidentally downloaded the Italian version, instead of the Spanish version, of this album. I think that I hit the download button too fast because  “Primavera Anticipada” is “Primavera In Anticipo” in Italian.



HA. One year  (prob 2008 or 09, I was in grad school) a technician asked me to be in this production as an extra. Her opera house put on yearly productions of operas in Central Park during the summer – that summer was Aida. *I wonder if the opera house still does this*. For this show, I was a slave (do not worry there were other non Black slaves in the production). It’s funny because the costume for the slaves did not leave too much to the imagination. We were shirtless and the”shorts” were damn near the same length of Daisy Dukes. I literally was assed out in Central Park. That’s how this opera made it onto my iPhone. My only issue with this album (or rather iTunes) is the album was downloaded out of order.


Because it was the first Broadway musical that I saw in NYC. I loved it, then hated it (my grad school roommate would play “Rent” every-goddamn-day in the apt), and now I like it again. The movie was kind of dumb though (or this may be just low key hating).


Tree-lighting and new year’s eve performance fuckups aside, you cannot deny the talent Mariah Carey has once had. I mean, I guess she still can sing  . . . kinda.  This probably is one of my favorite MC’s albums (and this song definitely is in my top three favorites from this album). Actually, I think this is the only complete MC album that I have on iTunes.


This song pretty much stays on all of my running playlists. “I’m not here for your entertainment, you really don’t wanna [fuck] with me tonight” I always exchange “mess with me” (the original lyrics) for “fuck with me”. I’m sure P!nk would understand. Hopefully, I can see her perform on her next tour . . . although I have not listened much of  her music, since the “Truth about Love” album and tour.


Someone told me that I would like Nek, since I like sappy Spanish songs, so I randomly downloaded this album, but I’m not a fan of his voice. Somewhat interesting fact. Nek used to date Laura Pausini, who appears earlier in this list and he even wrote a song, “Laura no esta”, about their breakup.

Actually, I lie a little; I do like “Angeles del Ghetto”.


I can say that I love this album but I always skip this song for some reason.


Recommended by my French/Portuguese ex-BF, after watching “La Vie en Rose”. Edith seems like she would have been so fun to hangout with. “Padam, padam” is very popular on my playlists for longer runs. Actually, I tried to learn French through Rosetta Stone but that did not go over so well. *Wait, I still remember some of it. J’ai un velo noir = I have a black bike. Oh! one of these days I have to write about my cultural (and linguistic) confusion during a trip in Paris.*  *Another random, I did QUITE well for myself (if you know what I’m mean) in Paris without knowing a word of French*


No big surprise that this album appeared on the list. I have been following them for years (has anyone seen what they look like?). Many of their songs end up on the majority of  my running playlists.

Which songs randomly appear when your phone or mp3 device is on shuffle?