Category Archives: General Ramblings

My Birthday

We gon’ party like it’s my birthday!!!!!! 🙂

Yep – It’s my birthday. July is full of birthdays for us – among both family and friends.

  • Jihad turned 10 on the 8th
  • I have several co-workers whose birthdays fall within the first two weeks of July
  • My step-father and I share our birthday today
  • My mommy’s is later this month

Davidson County Clerk Online

The Davidson County Clerk has re-done their website! Why does this make me so happy??? I don’tknow, I just love the new look and I just learned that vehicle registrations can be done online – whippee!!!! 

6 Random Things

Last month, Kelley apparently tagged me to post “6 unimportant things about yourself. ” I somehow missed the tag, so let me go ahead and play now.

1. i don’t like tomatoes, but i don’t mind tomato-based stuff, like spaghetti sauce
2. i like to multi-task
3. during the week, i only sleep about 6 hours a night on average. On the weekends, I average 10+
4. i hate sundays b/c monday is the next day
5. i love geishas
6. as i get older, i find myself attracted to bold and crazy colors/patterns in stuff just like my mother (for example, she used to have a yellow sofa w/ different colored fish pattern all over it and now it doesn’t seem so ludicrous to me)

Quick Update

My poor little blog has suffered these past few weeks. I’ve been so wrapped up in other things that I have not posted here! A few weeks ago, Kalonji and I kept my nephews for a few days while my brother and his wife went on vacation to Cancun. That was a lot of fun – the boys are so adorable! They are 3 and 14 months and just too cute. Kalonji and I enjoyed them, I do think Kaleya was jealous of them.

The storage area outside our place was overgrowing with mold, so our kitchen and storage area has been a mess the past few days. Sheetrock completely taken down, kitchen cabinets, stove, appliances all disassembled.. it’s crazy..

But otherwise, all is well.

Google Failing Me

Dear Google,

You may be losing me as an avid customer! I have now converted two of my blogs over to WordPress b/c it’s just easier to use than blogger.  I am also becoming quickly addicted to Zoho for their Word-like and Excel-like program. Come on Google – you can do better!

I have posted before about how much I am into Google, but I find that they need to do more to keep up with some of the competitors!

Okay – that was a random post, but I felt like saying something. 🙂 I need to go to bed, it’s after midnight and I have to get up at 6am.

Tomorrow night I am going to my first ever hockey game – it is the opening night for the Nashville Predators. I know absolutely nothing about hockey, so hopefully I will have learned a lot by the end of the game tomorrow night.

Moving Progress

We’re mostly moved! today we had the cable and internet installed (wireless baby!) and I’m ecstatic! I could easily get distracted going online and not put things away like I need to 🙂

While I was waiting for Comcast to arrive, I watched the beginning of a series of lectures on DVD that my supervisor ordered for us as professional development. The series is called Change & Motion: Calculus Made Clear. I watched three lectures and they are wonderful! This professor is aiming to make calculus understandable in plain English terms and it is highly interesting to watch. I hardly remember Calculus being this interesting when I took it in college.

We Are Moving


Haven’t posted in a couple of weeks, but I’m still here. We are preparing to move to one of the suburbs of Nashville, so have been busy with that. We are so excited! I’ll take some pictures this weekend and share more. We are going to go over and do some painting.

The Letter K

“If Any Letter Defines Modern American Name Style, K Is It” – this is the headline of a blog post I just read about baby naming trends and how K is becoming extremely popular as the first letter of choice in baby names. Nancy writes a brief summary of a New York Times article by David Brooks on naming conventions. I found this interesting because we have a K phenomenon going on in our family. It seems Mr. Brooks is stating that our choices are shaped by the social networks around us. I haven’t read the full Brooks article yet, but I thought this would make a good blog post about our names.

We have a hard “K” sound going on in our family and when Kalonji and I married and first started considering names for any children we’d have together, the names we chose all fit the pattern, including the name we ended up using “Kaleya” 🙂 Between first and/or middle names, combined with the hard K sound in the last name McClellan, all the kids names fit. Kamau, Miles-Khalil, Jihad Khrmon, Qacheyta and Kaleya. Then there’s me with my hyphenated last name of Koonce-McClellan. Kalonji’s mom’s nickname starts with a K. Kalonji’s brother’s name starts with a K, and even his kids have either first or middle names that start with K. Kalonji’s father’s first name ends with K. I love it!

Full House

We have the boys! Over the weekend, we went to Indiana to pick up my stepsons. So, we’ll have a full house for the next couple of months. I am looking forward to a great time as I love having all the kids together. Kaleya loves having her brothers too.


Now that it is Memorial Day Weekend – it officially feels like summer to me! My trip to Philly was quite productive. I was able to see friends I hadn’t seen in awhile and catch up on some of the things going on in the medical library world. Work this week went by in a blur we are so busy – but that is to be expected.

We are getting the boys this weekend and will have them for the summer. Chaos! But nothing but fun. 🙂

Took this random picture of Kaleya today – she looks so serious. Her last day at daycare was yesterday, since Kalonji will be staying home this summer with the children. In the fall, she’ll start at a new daycare, which we are visiting first thing Tuesday morning. Have a great weekend!