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Friday Snippets

Interesting week this one, but in an extremely good way. Let me not delve much into it, don’t want to jinx it. However, let’s talk professions. I am the poster child for social media/content and basically most things digital. It’s amazing how people perceive that, well, I’ve gotten the “she’s the one who does our Facebook and Twitter”. Basically, I have been downgraded to ‘just that’, those things that everyone else in the office thinks is a way to pass time. Good thing, they get a teeny-weeny section of what I do, like 0.something% but I don’t interject. I just nod my head and agree, because trying to explain it when the other party isn’t getting it, makes me seem defensive, which I really am sometimes *who isn’t?…I admire you*.

The best thing that’s happened the better part of this year, is having people who understand what I do. Or rather having a conversation with people who get me, who get my profession. It gives me some more confidence, that was rather lacking. You know when you’re a programmer, designer, lawyer, doctor, teacher,everyone knows what you do. I mean, its general knowledge. But content, what the hell’s that, what do you do?

I had a conversation with my dad yesterday trying to explain to him as simply as I could, what I do. And I mean in a very simple way, no jargon lingo. He’s old folk, so for him all these social media and content platforms don’t make sense. I broke it down, and based on the responses – mmmh’s, aaah’s, contributions, suggestions, opinions, I think he finally got it. I think he’s always had a hard time explaining to his friends what I do, at least mum got it some time back. Despite me having an undergraduate and masters degree in IT and Strategic Management, my work well, doesn’t quite capture those two in terms of my “titles”, so he wonders.

My Take: Be qualified, but don’t let your qualifications limit what you can do with yourself. You could study IT, like I did, but you could also be a greater cook. So that shouldn’t prevent you from being a super chef because someone said when you do IT you have to be a programmer. You don’t have to conform, respect your desires too.

TGIF, Hammock, Holiday

Thank God It’s Friday: If I could teleport that hammock, I would.

WATCHING

Scandal Ssn3 and Suits Ssn3. But honestly, I have been watching and 30mins into it I am dead asleep on my couch. Getting home feeling exhausted with the hope of watching a few episodes only to watch one episode all week. Feel me, does this happen to you?

LOVING

My friends, the support is overwhelming. For looking out for me, I have nothing but appreciation for you and if I can, I will always be there cheering you on too. In whatever ventures you take, as long as they’re legal and I think they suit you. Of course, I won’t cheat you can sing when you can’t, I can’t bear seeing you getting embarrassed on Project Fame. I will recommend you where I see you fit to do the work. But the bottom line is, I appreciate you.

LISTENING TO

Jam’s that are making my Friday a bit more interesting. I should probably make a playlist.

READING

Still blog-trotting! My sister also gave me this book, that now seems rather interesting. The title got me off at first but I decided to give it a benefit of doubt. Trying to live by the words, “don’t judge a book by its cover” … literally! Will tell you how that goes.

Books, Current Read,

EATING

My one meal a week, shame! But that’s what it has gotten to. I wouldn’t call it laziness but I happen to cook a lot and it seems endless or maybe I’ve performed miracles and I don’t know. That brings me to the question, do you think Jesus knew he had super powers or he came to realize later. Let me not get into it, lest it sounds blasphemous.

Food, Ugali, Pork, Fried, Vegges, Sukuma Wiki, Greens, White Chocolate

LOOKING FORWARD TO

Holidaying! Whenever it comes, I’m just craving that sun and sand. After being exposed to what a holiday would feel like for just a weekend, I am definitely looking forward to the next one. This stuff is addictive. Just thinking of the hammocks right about now.

HOPING FOR

Crossing fingers and toes that I bag it. It would be a great one to put my brains on.

SAVING FOR

A good blender. I want to be able to make my own shakes and juices, there’s no need for the disappointments we get from the restaurants. Plus for trips, we need to visit our country, it has the most beautiful sceneries and locations, those resorts won’t pay for themselves *pouts*

THANKING

God. These blessings, I can’t complain at all.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

Work Quote

Besides that, to more laughing, living and loving. Let your weekend be nothing short of interesting, blessings!

Signing Off ~~~ *Kawi*

Friday Snippets

Thank God It's Friday

Thank God It’s Friday

Have you ever had so much to be grateful for to an extent that any moment a feeling of sadness or discontent wants to creep in, you feel guilty and you just smile it away. That’s me right now. I don’t have a valid reason why I should frown or be sad. That would be truly unfair, I am blessed beyond words. I don’t have everything I want in life, but I have everything I need to get me there.

Woi this Friday though! It’s still not sunk in that it’s Friday. I lost a day during the week, must have been Tuesday. So the Friday excitement might just check in tomorrow, then next thing I know it’s Monday again. That’s so skunky…hehe new word.

WATCHING

Olympus has fallen, you know that movie that you watch and feel re-energized, like you didn’t waste a minute. This is it. If I was to rate it in my books, I would say 9.2. This is just not to sound so gullible because really, I am when it comes to well directed movies. But jeez! I loved everything about it, except where the presidents wife had to die. They couldn’t have painted a better picture of the presidents wife, then let her go when the movie is starting.

Crossing the Line, an investigative movie cum series about a special unit of cops who are chasing a serial killer. I kinda got confused at the end though because when I started watching it I thought it was a movie. Then they say ‘next episode’.

The Croods, one animation I had eagerly awaited for to the extent that I pre-paid for it. All thanks to E! Then I watched it and it was well not so ‘Happy Feet’-y or ‘Puss-In-Boots’-y. Maybe it’s because I was too sleepy. It was about ‘the croods’, cave-beings who have to survive after their cave is destroyed and are introduced into a fantasy world in which they have to survive in with the help of some boy their curious cave-daughter met.

The Haves and the Have Nots, it’s a Tyler Perry, interesting drama series about the rich getting richer and the poor get even. Some rich judge getting into a messy black mail situation with an escort from a poor family, oh and she’s a b**ch.

Eagerly waiting to watch, The Internship, World War Z and White House Down.

LOVING

My family and friends. If there’s a time I ever thought that, ‘maybe I don’t have friends’, ‘maybe friends are hard to find and eventually keep’, it got rubbed off because they literally swept me off my feet. On what was my big achievement but which I underplayed to self-protect. My family and friends went ahead to show me what a GREAT achievement it was. It turned out way better than I had expected, talk of low expectations and getting over and beyond. Nothing but LOVE for them.

Friends and Fam

LISTENING TO

I am hooked to this song for now. For some reason it’s stuck in my mind.

READING

Starting on Paulo Coelho’s – Brida. Do you guys have any book suggestions? I have gone to the book store a couple of times and all times, I have come out empty handed o_O maybe I’m the one with the problem but I just don’t want to read a book that’s not intriguing or inspiring. Might end up reading a ‘Danielle Steel – Big Girl‘ I have in the house. There must have been a reason I purchased it.

EATING

Gah! Let’s not go there, quite the combinations.

Food, Chicken, London Dairy, Macaroni

LOOKING FORWARD TO

A very chilled out weekend with no plans set. Events, which for purposes of surprise, I shall not mention until its past…lol that’s considering the suprisee’s stumble upon my blog. Plus great opportunities that are on their way.

SAVING FOR

Inky pinky ponky. If I started naming things here, you would probably judge me. You get me, you’re probably thinking the same huh!

PLANNING FOR

An out of town very soon of course with the mister and a few friends who can be derailed.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

Quote of the day

To more laughing, living and loving. Let your weekend be nothing short of interesting, blessings!

Signing Off ~~~ *Kawi*

Friday Snippets

Thank God It's Friday

Thank God It’s Friday

I don’t have so much to say, one of those weeks. It’s been a good one all together though, with a few leave days that were spent in school clearing et al. That bit was not amusing. How was yours? Mine:

WATCHING

Temptation, more like ‘not happily ever after’. I love Tyler Perry’s movies because they are a reflection of what happens in real life. The good lesson here is stick by your 80%, the 20% that looks phenomenal, most of the time *or in this case* isn’t. Wait, do you know about the 80:20 rule in life aka Pareto Principle? Google.

Admissions, gah! Admission to Princeton Uni is such a complex one. Story is based on the admission of students to the university and of course there’s some love in the air and some rule breaking. Worth a watch.

Dead man down, well-oh-well, a guy faked his death, then joined the gang that killed his family and he’s threatening the gang lead. Then while at it, a woman who wants to seek revenge corners him. Definitely worth a watch.

21 and over and hangover 3, stupidly funny comedy. Okay, they didn’t like totally crack us up, just a few laughs here and there but we still managed to watch them to the end. Ever watched project x? if you liked it, you’d like the former.

LOVING

The fact that I am finally Graduating. It’s been a long time coming, not quite, but finally! Campuses are not places you want to live in unless you’re the nutty professor.

LISTENING TO

Silence. Kidding. Nothing at the moment though, re-watching a movie in the background so that I don’t concentrate on it while doing this post.

READING

Blogs! There are interesting people on here. Here, here, here and there, among others. Sometimes I find myself being linked from one blog site to another, next thing I know I’m somewhere on the internet I can’t remember…lol so there’s too much to read.

EATING

Some mouth-watering lamp chops with cheese and mint. A random dinner plan at Peppers thanks to the boyfriend. One year down the line, this tummy has got to be fed with yummy foods. The greens on top make it look almost ‘very’ healthy.

Lamp Chops

LOOKING FORWARD TO

Graduation *woop woop* not as excited as I think I should be but let’s see when the day gets here. Maybe that’s where the spark is.

SAVING FOR

When’s pay day again? LOL this relying on a salary is not a cool thing. To side hustles and becoming entrepreneurs I’m serious.

PLANNING FOR

What next? Yeah, sounds vague but I choose to believe that now I will have lots of time, hopefully, I should think up of things to do then. As in no more school or things related for now.

THINKING OF

How one year has just been whisked away? I have dated for one year people. Hehe I know, I know. I feel like that should be in my resume already, now that my friends didn’t have so much hope in me. Was I that unserious? I remember his cousin brother was giving us 6 months to affirm that we’re seriously dating. Thank God I found my cheesy mate. You know that guy that every girl would want for herself, yeah that guy … to many more.

To more laughing, living and loving. Let your weekend be nothing short of interesting, blessings!

Signing Off ~~~ *Kawi*

Foodie Moment

I hope my Kenyan friends who are of age went to exercise their democratic right by electing their political aspirant of choice. As we wait for the vote results, we hope that they’ll be free and fair seeing as there are some challenges the IEBC is experiencing. Well, at least we were given a week off by our office to observe the election process. It’s interesting because we get to rest while at the same time touch base on what’s happening. in the mean time, let’s try to say and think good things about IEBC to promote peace despite the speculations going around. Not easy for me either, but I’m pretty sure they’re trying their best.

That’s what I’ve been really up to. Feels like a leave of sorts. Have some thesis work and assignments that were due this week but have been pushed to next week as well so you can imagine the amount of laziness that’s creeped in. It’s amidst my laziness that I thought to share with you things that really tickled my fancy this week. That’s with regard to food. Say with me “a moment on the lips, a life time on the hips”. But then again, what’s life without some good food?

Favourite meal: Chicken and plain boiled rice

Food, Chicken, Rice

I’m not one to write the recipes really but let me try my hand at it.

Ingredients: One cup of Rice, handful of boiled peas, 1 spoon salt, 1 spoon garlic powder, 1 spoon mixed spices, sprinkle of royco, 1/2kg chicken, 2 green pepper(sliced), 1 batch of dhania, 2 tomatoes (diced), 1 onion (diced), one tumbler of water, 5ml cooking oil (sunflower).

Method:

For the rice, basically measure one cup of rice, wash it. Then measure two cups of water and boil it. Pour some little oil and a spoon of salt. Pour the washed rice into the boiling water and let it cook in medium heat until the water falls. Mix the rice with boiled peas and let it simmer.

For the chicken stew, I do a fake marination of the chicken with the spices for a few minutes. Then my first step (for nearly all stew meals) is always fry the onions and green pepper in a little cooking oil. I think it’s just a habit picked up while observing how my mum cooked. Tried other methods, but this one has stuck. Then pour in the 1/2kg chicken and let it cook a little then add some water and simmer. As it cooks, add diced tomatoes, dhania and some peas then let them cook and melt into the stew. Add a pinch or two of salt to taste.

Serve the rice and chicken stew while hot. The arrangement of the food on the plate doesn’t quite matter for me at least, unless you’re trying to please someone. LOL I hope my boyfriend doesn’t see that, he might subject me to decorating his food. YUMMERS! That happens to be one of my favourite fast cook foods. I think one hour and am done if not less. As long as the white meat is ready.

Favourite snacks: Urban bites/pringles, corn chips (aka choose), ribena/can of redd’s.

snacks, urban bites, ribena, corn, chips, redds

I don’t have any particular crave at the moment, but it looks like my palette is tending towards salty stuff (crisps and chips) with a sweet beverage accompaniment.

Favourite Dessert: Ice-cream and cookies

dessert, ice cream, cookies

I’d mentioned that I’d love to try the different Igloo flavors, this time I went for vanilla (it’s undoubtedly my favourite). As simple as it gets. We should go a bit wild on the flavours next time.

Ha ha just in case you’re wondering where it all goes … the sewer system works pretty fine. Did I just spoil my whole post with this. I’m starting to skip as an exercise regime (even bought a skipping rope) and dragging the boyfriend on that plan. Healthy living people, healthy living. Eat then exercise a little. No?

Keep safe and be good comrades!

Signing Off ~~~ *Kawi*

Licensed to Pan!

When I was a kid I used to say, when I grow up, I want to be a “Chief Chef” … and you can imagine how I used to say it, considering it’s a tongue twister. Then I said a doctor, and did the whole hospital act with my toys, then to “I’m not sure” and so I just went along with the opportunities and my path ain’t that bad off :p, but has nothing to do with the above. Technical, non-technical, creative *somewhere there*…lol

Cooking has never been my forte, but I do cook and, “I think highly of my cooking”, says my alter ego. Now that I live alone, a girl has got to survive, and out of boredom I end up taking pics of the meals I prepare. So that they don’t go to waste, I though maybe I should do a blog post on them and maybe it will say a little more about me. I’m a bit of a cliché right now … I cook the same things, but with time I’m gonna start going wild with food very soon.

I’m a sucker for eating healthy … well, somehow! Veggies are a necessity not a choice. If all else ever fails … food might be my fall back #jk . Maybe I will start a show called “Licensed to Pan” —-> A copycat of “Licensed to Grill on BET” … hehe! Then I’ll upgrade to grilling, then oven … I’m so green in those, maybe I’ll do bakery classes … because can’t bake a cake to save my life…lol

Here goes just but a few of the meals I have cooked and a little something about them:

This is what I ate for dinner the very first day I moved out. It amazes me that even with all the exhaustion I still went ahead and prepared something to eat. A piece of chicken which I must have packed from home, with soya chunks and spaghetti! Soya chunks are pretty delicious if fried well, then I dropped the piece of chicken in it and it made a perfect meal. It was more like a quickie meal.

To my favorite meal … Rice, chicken stew and greens any day! I could this every other day but that wouldn’t be healthy so I indulge at least once a week :)

Mushed Potatoes (with some milk and butter), minced meat and mixed veggies (Cauliflower, butter *somthing*, purple cabbage, carrots, French beans) … The first time I did the mixed veggies I thought I was nuts, because I used to be anti-such-vegetables, but now I’m cooking them … I bet my mum will be over the roof if she see’s this.

Pasta (made with tomato paste), minced meat and mixed veggies (cabbages, French beans, tomatoes, grated carrots) … I got myself a divided plate because of my bad habit of mixing up food … so in an aim to try and be decent … it still does make a difference one portion finds itself filled with the contents of the other portion #ifthatmakessense

Pan fried skinned chicken strips with pili pili hoho a.k.a green bell peppers … I used to love the chicken skin until I figured how much fat they hold especially the ones injected with steroids…jeez! Fried them once and threw them, from then on, if it’s not Kienyeji, I skin! And pan is the next Kawi thing. Waah! This is like the most delicious snack, it was nearly over even before I emptied it to the dish.

Pan fried steak with sliced  pili pili hoho and tomatoes. Oh well, I tried but I had just defrosted the meat so it was all juicy and I wanted it dry but as long as it cooked and was edible, it was like panned stew…lol. Next time, i’ll defrost it and dry it before pan frying and not put tomatoes, that could be the source of all the juice … lesson learnt. Tomatoes will go to the salad.

This is also known as my lazy meal … I do this when I’m very exhausted and I have left overs. This is a mixture of rice, scrambled eggs and greens. To be honest, this is like the most delicious meal … like the finger licking, plate licking kind not cause it’s the best meal ever but because you’re so hungry and so lazy that you don’t have a choice but to enjoy what the fridge has to offer.

What I would love to make, but that means that I need to get a grill or something of that nature … my current obsession!

Pork Chops! Yummmmm! I don’t like fries that much, the attention here is the honey glazed pork chops *salivating* the day I’ll prepare pork chops this good, I’ll be inviting people over for dinner every so often, just to show off :p

Quotes of the day

“When baking, follow directions.  When cooking, go by your own taste.”  ~Laiko Bahrs

“Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” ~ Harriet Van Horne

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” ~ James Beard

Disclaimer – I don’t eat as much as people think I do…lol, I just eat enough , plus I love talking about food :p

Signing Off ~~~ *Kawi*