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Cruise to Mexico

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

I continued my birthday celebration with a cruise to Mexico. The Hubs had a birthday too so the trip was a present to ourselves. This was my first cruise and I avoided them for so long because I thought a day or two was not enough time to explore a place, and from what I experienced, I was right.

I did enjoy myself. I just wanted more time at one port. Cruising was smooth except for the last day at sea. The water was rough and the Hubs got sea sick which happened on his birthday! Once the ocean calmed down ( the next morning) he was fine. I was cool the entire time :) .  Will I go on another cruise? Probably. I think I have one more left in me.



Love this sunset.


The crew gave us a birthday shout-out!


My mini cake.


The birthday boy with his mini cake.



Love the green water.






Snuba Diving! Too much fun!

My DNA Results Have Arrived!

Monday, February 8th, 2016

This past holiday season my favorite Christmas present from my husband was an AncestryDNA kit. I think I casually mentioned maybe once or twice that I wanted to take the test after watching the commercial on TV. I couldn’t wait to receive my results so I quickly spit in the provided tube and off my DNA went to their laboratory in Utah. Approximately five weeks later I received an email that announced my results were ready. I clicked on it with anticipation and my computer froze. I wanted to scream but I didn’t. I waited for the system to get itself together, and when it did, there before me were my results from 17 different regions. After viewing the chart I discovered that I am:


79% African

  • Ivory Coast/Ghana – 26%
  • Congo – 22% – This may explain why I connected to the people in the Congo when I lived there as a Peace Corps Volunteer
  • Senegal – 16%
  • Benin/Togo – 9%
  • African South-Central Hunter Gatherers – 2%
  • Mali – 2%
  • African Southeastern Bantu – <1%
  • Nigerian – <1%

<1% Asian

  • Asia Central
    • Kazakhstan
    • Iran
    • Kyrqyzstan
    • Turkmenistan
    • Uzbekistan
    • Afghanistan

19% European

  • Great Britain – 11% – This may explain why I connect so easily with everyone I meet from the UK. I often thought I was British in a past life but it turns out I am British in this life.
  • Iberian Peninsula – 2%
  • Italy/Greece – 2%
  • Ireland – 2% – My maiden name is Irish.
  • Scandinavia – <1%
  • Finland/Northwest Russia – <1%
  • Europe East – <1%

<1% West Asian

  • Caucasus Region
    • Ukraine
    • Romania
    • Turkey
    • Syria
    • Iran
    • Iraq
    • Turkmenistan
    • Afghanistan
    • Pakistan
    • Saudi Arabia
    • U.A.E.

I love my results. I knew my bloodline was busy but the Middle East was a surprise. I was also extremely shocked to find that I am 0% Native American. Now see I know many blacks back in the day claimed to have Native blood and I know from watching a PBS special that most blacks do NOT possess Native blood but white blood instead. I know that history but didn’t think I was one of those blacks because I was told my great grandmother was Native. She raised my mother and her children and my mom always said, “Mama was Native American.” In addition my mom has stories of her great grandmother singing Native songs to her when she was a young child. So, with all of that, where is my Native blood?

I started thinking and thinking about my family with a side eye. Who are these people? Then I called Ancestry to discuss my results. I needed more answers. They sent a video that explained siblings can have different DNA results because they inherit half from their mother and half from their father and might not inherit the same half. However children will share the same DNA that their parents have but still won’t inherit all. Okay so again where is my Native blood?

The video continued and explained all DNA from grandparents and great grandparents do NOT pass on to every child. As time goes on through generations one can easily loose strains of DNA.

So that’s what happened to my Native blood? That particular gene, for whatever reason, did not pass on to me. WOW!

I told my mother she should take the test too.

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This Is What Fifty Looks Like

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

I can NOT believe this birthday has arrived. My emotions were all over the place. Then I accepted it and fell in love with the facts. There was nothing I  could change so why waste the energy.

I had a good day yesterday. I received lots of birthday wishes on Facebook which made me feel special. Mom and the Hubs took me out and I was grateful. Below are some photos from my special day yesterday.


Gonna maintain with my new Breville Juicer.


Love this bohemian bracelet from Esty.


From my childhood sister/friend and Greek sister (AlphaKappaAlpha). One dollar for each year! I love her!


Lunch with mom at the Savoy.


My vegan cake from Lotus Vegan in NY.


Dinner with the Hubs at Antiquity. Love this place.


Delicious vegetable/pasta mix and some meat over there.


Not vegan but it’s cute.


This is what fifty looks like.

Happy MLK Day!

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Here in Albuquerque the New Mexico Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission organized a parade in honor of promoting King’s dream of equality and human excellence.

Below are some photos that feature local sororities and fraternities honoring our hero. Enjoy!


All smiles with my Soror!





I had too much fun at the parade.




12552787_10207402509455231_662711389216752935_nSororities and fraternities that participated.

Much Deserved!

Sunday, January 10th, 2016

Last night this was much deserved after a very long day meeting and planning with my Sorors! #DeltaSigmaTheta


The New Year Is HERE!

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016

2015 went by fast. Here we are in 2016, and for me, it feels like yesterday when 2000 arrived.

On New Years Eve the Hubs and I decided to bring in the new year at a Speakeasy in Albuquerque. I love the dark, secretive and classy atmosphere of this Speakeasy. It’s gangsta all the way. You need a pass word to get in, they ask if you are a cop, and the bookcase opens and leads you into the lounge area where people are laughing, drinking and chatting. I love it!

Al Capone

Al Capone


Pictured are various gangsters from back in the day when they were young and then older. Lucky Luciano, Carlo Gambino, Al Capone, ?, John Gotti

Pictured are various gangsters from back in the day when they were young and then older. Lucky Luciano, Carlo Gambino, Al Capone, ?, John Gotti

2015 was our first New Years Eve out as a married couple. Our first two years married we dressed in matching lounge clothes and stayed home. Our third year my sister-in-law had an 80s themed New Years Eve party at her house. So this is our first New Years Eve going out out as a married couple.


The Hubs had salmon and I had a vegan dish. The food was really good.

The Hubs had salmon and I had a vegan dish. The food was really good.

At the Speakeasy around 9:45 we ate dinner, then we went to the party and cheered in the New Year with champagne and kisses. By 12:30 we were in the car and by 1:45 we were home half way asleep.



It was a short night but we had fun! We didn’t need much. We partied up a storm all of our adult lives on New Years Eve and didn’t feel we needed to do a lot.


Besides I was tired from cleaning the house and doing the laundry earlier that day. Yes I am superstitious and every year I bring in the new year with a clean house and no dirty clothes. I continue to follow the folk lore by cooking and eating on New Years Day; greens (for money), black eye peas (for luck) and sweet cornbread (to make the journey sweeter). I added rice and gravy just because and left over Christmas lamb for The Hubs.


Then I read all of the blessings we received in 2015. We wrote each blessing on a piece of paper and placed them in a mason jar. Now some of the blessings we put in the jar turned out to be questionable but God has a plan and we are just going to have to see it through in His time.

I am looking forward to 2016. There is so much I want to accomplish.


Monday, December 28th, 2015

I don’t know how it happened but I ended up hosting Christmas dinner as well this year. I didn’t let my family influence the menu, like on Thanksgiving, and because of that, I was at a much calmer state.

As far as food goes during the holidays I decided to start the following traditions. For Thanksgiving I’ll prepare turkey and a rib roast and for Christmas I’ll cook lamb. My husband likes those meats so it’ll be good to keep it going. My vegan dishes will vary according to my mood. However, if I can find vegan turkey, roast and lamb I’ll keep those foods as traditions for me.

Below are just a couple of photos I took from the fab evening with family.







The Ancestry DNA kit is my favorite gift. Every time I see the commercial I say I am going to take a DNA test. I mentioned this to The Hubs like once maybe twice and on Christmas he gave me a kit of my own. I can’t wait to use it and will keep you all posted on the results.

Merry Christmas!!

Friday, December 25th, 2015

Merry Christmas From The Miceli’s!

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