Clean Eating

No matter where you go in this big world, food and vegetables are readily available and they provide a daily source of the vitamins your body needs. My favorite morning shake recipe to start my busy day:

1/2 banana – rich in Vitamin B-6, Vitamin C and Folate

1 turmeric root – contains curcumin that helps prevent leukemia and alzheimer.

Kale  – Kale is high in Iron and Vitamin K

1/2 Apple – Vitamin A and Vitamin C

1 Orange – Vitamin B1 and Calcium

2 handfuls of blueberries – Manganese and Vitamin E

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Top 5 Bad Acts of Past Presidents

 

With the inauguration of what some are calling the most hated President in history, we thought the American people should relive 5 bad acts committed by past Presidents.

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5. President Henry Ashton sent a man to his death in Vantage Point.  This terrible President used a body double that ended up dead and he showed very little remorse.

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4. President Fitzgerald Grant killed hundreds of soldiers to get his side pussy back in Scandal.  Olivia was kidnapped to blackmail the President to send troops to war. President caved and hundreds died. No apologies to the families of those dead but he did go see his side chick the second she was rescued.

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3. President Allison Taylor covered up the murder of IRK President Omar Hassan in order to continue with the signing of a peace treaty with the country that orchestrated the murder of the IRK President on 24. She then goes on to cover up the murder of Jack’s girlfriend and attempts to kill Jack. She only cared about her personal image and her legacy.. ummm… sounds familiar. President Taylor is the reason Hillary was not elected.

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2. President Beck. This was difficult. I tried not to include a black president after Obama did such a great job but President Beck was indeed a bad dude. In fact, he did some terrible things for what he believed was the greater good, kind of like my Obama. President Beck hid the end of the world from everyone and then when his plan to save the world didn’t work, he revealed the secret underground caves that can only house about 1 million people. This great reveal occurred like a few days before the end hit. Millions died but he lived lol.

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1. President Charles Evil Logan – The worst President that ever existed. This man killed the greatest President in history, President David Palmer. President Palmer was indeed the first Black President.  President Logan was so incompetent that he asked President Palmer to come in and run the country on the low, then as a thank you he tried to kill Jack Bauer and orchestrated the death of President Palmer. I could totally see President Trump doing the same thing. Don’t fall for it President Obama!!! When that phone rings, let Michelle answer it!

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What to take and what to leave behind?

Preparing for the big move is tasking. Everyone wants to keep some things that we just can’t lug with us to Colombia, let alone around the world. So I came up with a plan to reduce our belongings down to the bare minimum.

1.Clothing: The family must record the items of clothing they wear in a 14 day period. All items of clothing not worn during that period will be packed up and given to charity. The only exception is socks and undergarments. You can never have too much of those.

2. Entertainment: Without listing all of the things we own, we decided to limit the electronics. to anything that can fit in their carry-on bag and the laptops for school. They need one, maybe two video game consoles (as a family unit) but no physical games. If the game can’t download onto the console, then it must go to family or charity.

3. Books. I have a garage full of books. Books I’ve collected over the last 8 years. It is very difficult to get rid of books, especially now that we are moving to a country where English is not the first language. I tried to sell my books but I teared up with every sell.  In order for me to get rid of my books, I had to find a charity that I felt was more important than me and my own selfish need to hoard my books. Most of my books are going to domestic violence shelters in the area and the rest to our local schools. Education and domestic violence are two causes I feel very strongly about.

4.  Last but most important, are all of our physical pictures, birthday cards, father and mother day cards, and artwork that we have collected over the years. This was a hard one and it brought back a memory from my childhood. I don’t have many pictures of myself and my brother when we were kids. I’m sure I can count on two hands the amount of childhood photos we possess. My dad moved us around a lot and he carried all of our stuff in a duffel bag. I’m not sure what happened to that duffel bag, whether he sold it for drugs or lost it before he went to prison, but the bag and all of our pictures are gone. Fortunately, we live in a different technological age. So for the next 3 months, we will scan and upload every picture, card, artwork, etc to our cloud and pray that we never lose access to it. It is hard throwing away all of the physical copies but the risk of losing it all is way too great and I’m not willing to take that risk.

All other items are headed to the dumpster or goodwill. 

It is painful to leave things behind that took a lifetime to accumulate. Not furnishing or electronics, but little things like the painting our daughter made in high school or the bag of certificates the children got for their grades and attendance over the last 18 years. Or even the coffee maker that finally brews our coffee just right and my first semester law books that I still own.

What we discovered in this process is that the tie to these items are all emotional. And emotions is something you can take with you. I don’t need the books to remember what I felt on the first day of class and my daughter doesn’t need to see her painting to know how far she has come in her talent. We use these items to remind of us of a feeling we had at a certain point in our lives. That feeling is something we can carry with us in our memory.   We only hope that this new journey is worth the sacrifices we are making and the people and things we are leaving behind.

 

 

Quick passport tips

As the deadline to renew my passport is drawing near, I researched online if there are any passport concerns I should be aware of. I read that the new passports, as of July 2016, would have chips embedded in the book. However, my children received their passports last month and it looks exactly the same as mine, no chip.

In addition, the pages in the new passports are said to be reduced to 28 stamp-approved pages, rather than the standard 52 pages available in the past.  Again, I don’t see this change in the new passports.

A couple of things we had to do differently when we obtained the passports for our adult kids though, included a new birth certificate with a new seal.  Their original birth certificates were not accepted. The new birth certificates are smaller and don’t contain the time the children were born. For the passport photos, my children had to remove their glasses and were not allowed to smile.

Tip: You will receive the passports quicker if you pay by money order.

We are waiting for the last three birth certificates so we can order the passports for our 13, 15 and 17 year old children. Although my passport does not expire until the end of 2018, I will renew before sometime in the next few weeks. I’ll keep you posted if we encounter any difficulties or changes.  20170118_155825

Had to share these photos

So we found a place to stay in Colombia through airbnb.com. It is a 6 bedroom, 2 bath house for 1000.00 a month, all utilities included.

In doing some research, we asked some expats currently in Colombia about the area and we heard that this area is not the most ideal. It is great having resources(wonderful people) willing to share vital information.

We did some research of our own and found out that this neighborhood was riped with crime during the Escobar era. We also learned that Medellin, Colombia is not as safe as some people promote BUT neither is America or any other country.

We are not moving to Colombia because it is safer or to get a better life. Colombia is just one stop on our tour of the world. And it certainly will not be the most dangerous place we land. We are chasing culture and beauty. We are chasing experience. We are not running from anything! And we are never scared!