Sometimes it takes losing everything to appreciate anything. Thursday I lost all my material possessions. A fire swept through my apartment building while I was at work. Imagine coming home from a hard day only to find nothing but ashes. Tough.

I now have to start all over. I mean all over. All I had was the clothes on my back. Nothing more, nothing less. Thankfully I have renter insurance but I still have to rebuild.

It’s so frustrating but a blessing as well. I am still here. I do have to buy every single item again and I lost some things that I’ll never be able to replace but it’s okay because most of my items were replaceable. On the bright side this gives me the opportunity to replace my wardrobe and change my look as well as furnish my new place, whenever I get one, the way that I want.

Harry’s Shaving System Review


So it’s been about 2 months since I started using Harry’s shaving system. I have to say that I’m loving it so far.

My skin feels less irritated after I shave. I didn’t have an issue with razor bumps before so that wasn’t an issue but after using the after shave that was included, the irritation after my shave is gone. I’ve even started shaving my head with the razors.


The blades are German engineered exclusively for Harry’s. I love the fact that there is space between the blades and the back is open so that the gel and hair won’t clog the blades and it can be easily cleaned. That is one of my problems with other razors. Unless you are using a straight razor then you are bound to have clogged blades that lead to a bad shave and less use out of the blade.

Overall this is a great shaving system that I enjoy using and very economical. While I have decided to join the beard gang again I still use the system to shave my head once a week and actually its a smoother shave than when I used a straight razor. I would definitely suggest this to anyone looking to change shaving systems.

My First Slow Cooker Meal: Turkey Chili

So I’ve decided to make my first slow cooker meal. Since this is my first meal I didn’t’ want to do anything really difficult. I chose turkey chili as the first victim.  The recipe didn’t seem like it was too hard to do so I just dove right in.

IMG_20150822_200136The ingredients are pretty simple. I’ll list the ingredients and recipe below:

2 cans of tomato soup (10.75 oz)
2 cans of kidney beans, drained (15 oz)
1 can of black beans, drained (15 oz)
1 pinch of ground allspice
1/2 tablespoon of garlic powder
2 tablespoons of chili powder
1/2 tablespoon of ground cumin
1 pound of ground turkey

So I cooked the meat first until it was brown. After that I combined all the ingredients in my little crock pot and set it on low for 8 hours or it can be set on high for 4 hours. Since I wasn’t in a rush I simply set it on low and let it do its thing for 8 hours. Once it was done I threw some cheese in and voila!!

This was my first attempt and I must say, it came out well.

Why Are They Making The Muppets Messy?


So the muppets are coming back to television with a new show on ABC. Great. I’m just trying to understand why they have to split up Kermit and Miss Piggy? They’ve been together for 40 years! Now he has some new girlfriend.

Maybe I’m a bit nostalgic since I grew up with them together as a couple. If this is to get people interested in the new upcoming show this is the wrong way to go about it. Why be so messy with it? This is a kids’ show right? Why expose them to the messiness? Or maybe they are trying to reach an adult audience. Either way it’s messy to have them breakup after 40 years and now he’s dating another pig from the network. Just messy all around.

Is Kanye Crazy or an Evil Genius?

Sometimes when we can’t quite figure out where people are coming from so we label them as crazy. We figure out years or decades later that what they were saying wasn’t really crazy but damn near evil genius type stuff. I think that is where Kanye is right now. Right now when he rants and says certain things he comes off as a little cray cray but in time we’ll look back (hopefully) and realize that some of what he said made sense.

performs/speaks onstage during the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards held at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

The problem with Kanye is the same problem many of us suffer with. We don’t really know how to express our thoughts to others.  I know I suffer from this. In my head I have the perfect answer or speech but by the time it gets to my mouth,  I think I sound crazy. Too many ideas floating around in my head, I can’t keep track. That’s why I love to write. Writing things down helps to make sense of things.

Not being able to express yourself properly can come off to the outside world as rants or crazy talk.  While I don’t agree with nearly 85-95% of what Kanye says I think that he is trying to express his opinion in a positive way he just doesn’t know how.  So Kanye could be just simply cray cray or a freaking evil genius.

Lace ’em Up

Lately I’ve been dealing with a number of stress inducing issues. One of the ways I’ve decided to deal with some of them is to lace up a pair of my many running shoes and hit the road.

Running is not a new stress reliever for me, but a goody.  Usually I hit the treadmill but I think I need the scenery to help with the calming process. Not only will I be less stressful but a little healthier in the process.  Some people turn to smoking, some drinking or other forms of narcotics but why do more harm to your physical self in addition to the mental/emotional pain?

I’ve developed a system. I run 4-5 times per week regardless, but I also do a mile whenever things start to become too much (weather permitting of course). This has allowed me in the past to clear my head long enough to make a decision that I don’t think I’ll regret later.

The problem with all this running is that I’m going to end up losing too much weight. I don’t eat enough as is so with the added running its going to be a struggle to get those extra nutrients in. I’m of the mind of eating to live and not living to eat. Not to say I don’t eat but I’m very particular about what and how much I eat. Portion control is a must with me.

I think I may incorporate other training into the mix as well just so I don’t waste away. Being stressed about things I can’t fix or control is driving me insane so hopefully this old habits of running will help.

Diabetes Sucks

Anyone with any type of auto immune disease can relate. Diabetes sucks! It’s like my body is attacking itself and I’m pretty much helpless.  There is no real control just management when it comes to making sure that your levels are in a certain range to keep you somewhat healthy.

Yesterday I did something stupid. I went to give blood. That’s not the stupid part. The stupid part was that I didn’t eat right before I have blood. This ended up dropping my blood glucose levels down to dangerous levels.  I ate breakfast so I figured that I would be okay. Yeah, I thought wrong. I ended up in the emergency room because I couldn’t get my levels to come up and needed some injections to help. I ended being admitted for observation because it seemed to be taking too long for me to get back to normal do they wanted to watch over me as a precaution.

Now I’m sitting here in this hospital room reevaluating my life and some of the health choices that I make. Now I have to be more diligent in checking my levels. As most people that have something like this for a long time, I have this thing of instead of checking my levels for accuracy I go by how I ‘feel’. Well, that ‘feeling’ let me down yesterday. I need to be careful about what I eat and don’t eat.

Even though the diabetes struggle is real, there are things that I can do to make it less of a struggle. Proper diet and exercise are too priority and key to keeping my levels where they need to be. I have the exercise portion down but I definitely need to work on the diet part. It’s really tough and time consuming to manage this disorder but it’s something that I have to do. I’m just so mad and frustrated with myself for this little mistake that lead to me being in this hospital. I shouldn’t be here right now.