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Letting Go Of 2013, To Let In 2014

I’m the kind that forgets easily. It’s good to know thyself. I forget my milestones, the thing that made me extremely happy for a moment, then I moved on with life. Its joys and struggles all together. I guess having been given 2013 to live life, maybe I didn’t do it to fullest because many times I’ve held it down because of well, maybe I thought I should’ve planned it, budgeted it, I had work the following day or now that the cops introduced AlcoBlow (a device that checks your alcohol level and if you’re caught, be ready to part with 100k, such a party popper but almost good because no drunk driving).

Generally, 2013 has been good to me, no complaints whatsoever. Anything that went wrong was a lesson learnt or just to show me that “hey Kawi, this is the world we’re in, it’s got its obstacles so don’t get too comfortable”. There were thorns, but at least they didn’t poke me too hard. Just a few scratches on the surface that taught me how to handle the rose better and in a more gentle way. At least the scars faded.

2013 was my rose

Thank God It’s Friday

A walk through 2013:

  • What a better birthday-mate to have than the boyfriend? Makes everything so much easier, yet so harder because you have to make plans while he’s making plans, buy a gift while he’s buying a gift. The 1st was great, at least we discussed what we wanted to do. Can’t wait for the next one, because no telling. The first we were still getting to know each other.
  • Graduated from Graduate School – Completing that thesis made me feel a lil’ bad ass. It was so frigging involving. I got so stressed sometimes to the point of tears, lecturers can really frustrate a students. Something straight-forward can be so twisted.
  • Had mum finally travel to the States to visit my cousins. She had spoken about it for far too long and it was about time it happened. Really glad it did and she got to see her nieces and nephews. Boy, do we miss them.
  • Saw my dad start and complete building his (our) house upcountry. It’s so beautiful. It was his untold dream, he didn’t tell, but we knew that’s what he really wanted. Now we have a place to go  when we want to go out-of-town and have some R & R. His success, our success and vice versa.
  • Got a new job at the bank, totally unexpected. A great opportunity, with some really cool and amazing colleagues, thank God. That new girl feeling was so short-lived, now it’s like I’m at home. Also made some good friends from my previous work place. It always feels like you’re leaving one relationship and jumping into the next one when you move jobs. It’s an “ouch” feeling, but one’s got to grow. At least for the friends you made, they’ll always be there.
  • Took the boyfriend home to officially meet the folks. Of course he’s met them a couple of times before but there’s something about them knowing what you two are really up to. I found that really admirable and respectful.
  • Spent the 1st Christmas without my family. Felt a little (that’s being modest, a lot) out of touch, damn! But works got be done. The boyfriends family made some really good family time too.
  • I have some really awesome friends. You know those who make you so random. They make you laugh when you feel like cringing, that make you go dancing when you thought you’d be at home asleep. They are for keeps!
  • I had an incident, where I had my essentials stolen (wallet and phone). A bullet through the heart, those are the two material things you feel like you can’t live without. Those thugs got me a good one, but none of that carelessness again.
  • I cut my hair short and I don’t look hideous – thank God. It’s something completely different, no one would do something that extreme. It showed me that I don’t have to be attached to things such as hair, it grows back anyway.

In 2014, I want just basically want to be a better person, better than I have ever been. I want to let go of the rose, because I want a flower garden. I think I’m now ready to handle couple of roses and other flowers. I want to be able to achieve most of the things I have been saying I want to do and have in 2013. Better yet, I spoke a lot in 2013, in 2014, I want to make it happen. What do you want for yours?

In case I am not able to do another post before next year, because I’ll be having so much fun jumping years, may you have a blessed and prosperous 2014. Lets make it happen together #CozWeCan’tStop (Miley Cyrus clearly featured heavily in 2013).

Signing Off ~~~ *Kawi*

Like a Big Book

Like a big book being read by different people, and as the chapters keep being flipped, that’s its life. Once it’s been placed on the shelf, the person interested in it, will eventually pull it out, it could take a day or years. It could be because they’ve heard it’s a nice book or because for some (un)apparent reason appeals to them. What someone does with it is up to them. The best thing about a book is that its content, once written, it doesn’t change. The story builds on, but what’s written stays. It’s our mind that chooses how to interpret the story.

Thank God It's Friday

Thank God It’s Friday

 

However, before people decide to take ownership of the book, they check it out, read the synopsis and decide whether it’s worth it. It’s like a first date, from the conversations, the looks, the connection, you evaluate and make a choice – to keep or to shelf. Should one decide to keep, some read and understand the core essence of the book and treasure it like it’s supposed to be, others try to read into it – they might not get it, but they at least they try to. For others, they read to the end but it just feels like a waste of time (boring story line perhaps or it didn’t turn out how you had anticipated), others peruse through the pages just to get to the end – sort of – I have the book, so I might as well read it whether I like or not, others don’t even get past the synopsis. They like the book but the time isn’t right for them to read it (or they’re just not feeling it at that time – ever happened to you?). You’ve been dying to read a book but when you get to the book store and read the synopsis you just don’t feel it.

When you pick the book and decide to keep it, people treat the book in different ways; others fold the ends *create doggy ears*, others tear off the pages, others write on them maybe to mark something that was of interest to them, others pen down their name because they now own the book (and they sure don’t share), you want a book, buy yours! (I have a friend or two who love their books to death and they’d rather buy you a book than give you theirs).

Life is just like a book. Just like a book, there are those people who will treasure you, there are those who will be there but not really there, there are those who will trash you, there are others who will want you all to themselves. It’s an interesting turn out. As a book on the shelf, you don’t know who will pick you or what journey you’ll take once you’re out of the shelf. But as a book, you can tell who’s treating you like you deserve to be treated, who’s mis-treating you, only you the book can tell. Unlike the book, you have a life and you can make a choice how someone interprets your story.

You can tell it, like you want it to be. Books can’t speak, you can. Books can’t express, you can. Books can’t feel, you can. Books can’t move, you can. You definitely have the upper hand. You probably won’t write your story as it’s already written (again, the bible says) but how you strive to live it, makes all the difference.

ION, Just to let you know that I’m still here, I have not disappeared into thin air. Trying to organize myself and figuring out my time, especially how to wake up early. I wold love to do the posts early in the morning doesn’t everyone, but yikes, waking up! My mind wants but my body will just never coöperate. Even when I don’t have any sleep, which is a very rare occurrence. Looking forward to an awesome weekend, besides having work tomorrow #YOLO

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

Signing Off ~~~ *Kawi*

Friday Snippets

How could I forget to acknowledge that it’s December. It’s December yo, the first December Friday!

I used to love this month. I used to love it so much until I growing up happened. Not that I love it any less, just that it’s not the same now. It was the month of chilling, parties, gifts, emo movies, classic tunes (carols), hilarious cartoons … and of course of Christmas and New Year. That’s what it was all about. Then growing up happens and we realize for all this things to happen, you’ve got to work your ass out for them. You ain’t going for a party or get gifts if you’ve got no money, bills won’t wait for you to have a good time first then tackle them later. There’s so much expected of you, you have to work to make sure other people experience the goodness of this season as well, just as they’re working to make sure you enjoy it. Those Christmas trees in the malls didn’t put themselves up, the goods & services won’t sell themselves, bills won’t pay themselves. It’s not about chilling any more *wails*

December

Thank God It’s Friday – Tis’ the season to be jolly!

WATCHING

I have watched a couple of flicks but I can barely remember the names. I’m that chic by the way, so I’ll just review the most recent ones.

Prisoners,  it’s about two close families who have their little girls kidnapped and while the case is being followed up the fathers take the matter to their hands and one ends up kidnapping and harassing a retarded kid who they highly suspect is involved in the kidnapping of their kids. Of course with its twists and turns, his “brother” leads them to where the kids were being held hostage with some maze drawings. It’s worth the watch.

Captain Philips, pirates take over a ship from the U.S of A. Of course the seals and navy are alerted and get on board, as the captain of the ship who’s a really intelligent guy is taken hostage by the pirates. Let’s say it’s intriguing, those pirates have the scariest of looks (remember grim ripper), wouldn’t want to be in a room with them.

Best Man Holiday, such an emo movie. It’s a sequel for The Best Man. So after they all start their family life’s; get married, get kids and all, they decide to meet up for the Christmas holidays. It wasn’t without drama, seeing as how the other one ended, but things turn upside down when they find out one of theirs is not well. If I go any further, I will spoil it for you. It’s one of those soppy flicks that chics like. So get it.

Winnie - Weh, Winnie Madikizela Mandela is portrayed as an Iron Lady, one no-nonsense woman. Especially when it comes to defending the rights of the people and politics. She held it strong for her former husband (also former S.A president) Mandela (the Lord rest his soul in eternal peace) while he was in prison for 27 years, just continuing to build his legacy. Although she fell short a couple of times, she was definitely a woman to look up to in more ways than one.

LOVING

The place I’m in. Honestly, I can’t complain about anything but thank God. Everything of course doesn’t always go as planned or as imagined or as thought out. God has his own manuscript up there, so even as you make plans, if it doesn’t match his … that’s where my reasoning ends. But the bible (Jeremiah 29:11) says, he has plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future . Things happen along the way, some quite unexpected, but “what doesn’t kill you, only makes you stronger”. As long as we’re healthy and alive, the rest I’ve come to believe, can be worked out.

LISTENING TO

I learnt of a “new” thing called Pop Danthology, a mushup of the coolest songs of the year. I know I’m late to the party, but don’t judge me now. This is the best shiiiii ever! How couldn’t have I known of  mushup’s? Here I was thinking it’s a Project Fame thing, but it’s actually an existing kind of mix. Herehere and here.

If that doesn’t make your Friday any better, I don’t know what will. At least we can say I tried.

READING

*hangs my head in shame* I’m getting myself a book soon. Even just one to keep me busy in my commute. I wasn’t finding anything to tickle my fancy. I’ll give you a review for the book I did last Friday Snippets soon.

EATING

No phone, so pics are a bit of a challenge (for now). They say in Swahili, “Kuteseka ni kwa muda” which I’d like to believe means, suffering is temporary.

But how about some Steers chicken, I had missed that Illegal meal. Thanks to the boyfriend for all this fattening foods, plus pizza and lots of milkshake.

LOOKING FORWARD TO

Going for shopping, official clothes things. I don’t have much of a choice here and for that reason, I need to look forward to it and will enjoy the process while at it.

HOPING FOR

A good and smooth transition into the new job. I’m getting the jitters thinking that soon I’ll be in a different environment to the one I’m used to. But it’s always for the best, so let’s wait for it.

SAVING FOR

A couple of things. Now add to that list, a phone and wallet. That’s what life can do to you, today you have, tomorrow you’re saving up to buy it. Damn!

THINKING

We should rejoice for our small victories like we do our big achievements, because those small victories at the end of the day, month or year lead to our big achievements. Reminds me of my undergraduate, every semester would come, sit through it, do exams, some so difficult that you wonder whether you’ll pass. Then you go on holiday and your results come, you’ve passed. But you know, no big deal. You feel like the miss smarty pants and that goes by. After all you passed. The cycle continues until you are graduating with an honors. Not knowing, it’s the small milestones that have gotten you that big achievement.

So is with everything else in life. The small victories are just important as the big ones, because those small ones are the feeders, without which the big victory would be nothing but a dream.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

Friday - Victories

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

Signing Off ~~~ *Kawi*

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

Random Thought: There are two people, one is praying for the weather to be rainy or at least cold (my work mate). Another one is praying for it to be sunny or let’s even say warm (me). They both pray earnestly, with their different intentions as to why they want the weather to favour their situation. Two people are praying for the same job opportunity (knowingly or unknowingly), both have their reasons as to why they want that job, they put it forth and earnestly pray for the position because they are qualified for it. But in both cases, a choice has to be made and only one thing or one person can benefit at a time. It can either be rainy or sunny, and there’s only one position available. Who deserves it?

Thank God It's Friday

 Thank God It’s Friday  - Source

I’m imagining this is how God has a difficult time up there, trying to answer all our requests. But, I’m sure he’s got us all, one way or another. Maybe that’s why you’re told be to patient, even when there’s a storm and that’s not what you’d prayed for (someone else could be asking for it), the sun will eventually shine just for you.

WATCHING

Scandal Ssn3, I can’t explain this one because I believe it’s in your collection. Maybe we can discuss it. What’s with Olivia Pope and her undying weakness for Fitz, it’s really annoying how she’s crumples up when she’s talking to him. Does that say something about us women?

Suits Ssn5, still watching this one, I love legal stuff and the twists that come with it.

New Girl Ssn3, she’s not new any more, but it was a about a girl who landed herself some dude house mates. And they all have to accommodate each others weird habits. Oh and they’re weird.

2 Guns, about two detectives who are unaware of each others JD’s. One is C.I.A, the other is in military and they’re trying to set each other up but in the end … both walk away in slow motion with after a shoot out and blowing a car-full of $$$, and of course keep more to themselves *yawn* but it had some laughable parts.

… and lots of other boring movies; Summer in February, It’s not You, It’s Me, among others. I can barely recall the names. Nowadays it’s hard to find a good movie, it’s like searching for a needle in a hay stack, stress.

LOVING

New hair do. It makes me feel liberated of sorts, like some of the things I felt I couldn’t do, now I do. Like wearing dangling earrings, my beaded necklaces, basically I can embrace all the weirdness I have in my drawers. Kind of feels like a re-brand, I tell you.

LISTENING TO

Ah, John Legend’s – All of Me and Passenger – Let Her Go. Love is a beautiful thing people. If it’s genuine, it’s definitely beautiful. If it’s not, you’re probably in the wrong kind. Move along and find the beautiful kind. Did you see how many times I used ‘beautiful’ there, that’s the effect of its beauty…lol.

READING

Blog-trotting! The book I wanted to read (Americanah – Chimamanda Ngonzi Adichie) is currently out of stock in my book store and truth be told, I don’t feel like reading anything else *pulls a bitch fit*. So I’ve settled to blogs (educational and non-educational) for now, that’s my daily dose. There’s so much to learn, from how people think, write, express themselves, create, share and so on.

EATING

Healthy eating. Then that one meal you make at the beginning of the week, that you end up eating every other day of the week, because laziness is not a good thing. You just get home and all you want to do is abuse the couch and remote.

#foodie

#foodie

LOOKING FORWARD TO

More random travelesque weekends. Had more than amazing time last weekend, when le boyfriend and our couple friends were meant to meet for lunch but that quickly changed to an out-of-town shindig. The excitement was in excess. That’s so unlike me, because I worry about logistics, but damn! I would do that over and over again, to any place. It’s about the company and the destination, the rest, is just logistics.

HOPING FOR

And praying that my toiling life gets a little more interesting than it currently is. I feel a little suffocated, if you know what I mean. Happens to the best of us at some point.

SAVING FOR

A holiday! House Appliances! Shoes! Clothes! Basically, things! Is there any time money becomes enough? You know enough to fund your wants and desires. These wants are just endless, because say, I get a shoe now, I want another tomorrow, that’s pushing it, the next minute. Damn, this life!

THANKING

People for accepting me as I am, long hair, short hair. It’s my heart you know, not the hair. LOL, India Arie knew what she was singing about *I am not my hair*. But thank God, it didn’t backfire on me. Now let’s rock it! If you were thinking of doing it too, go ahead and do it! But please keep your spouse in the loop, don’t take their opinion for granted. Not all fancy surprises, especially hair surprises.

INVITING YOU FOR

Today’s Rupu’s premier of “Thor: The Dark World” happening at the Junction. You can find your way there in case you were thinking of an evening plan. They’re painting the town Green this November, they intend to make sure you’re not plan-less, so check the site for some good deals.

#rupudeals

#rupudeals

QUOTE OF THE DAY

Settle

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

Signing Off ~~~ *Kawi*

11 Things, Because 11th Month

Do me good as I will do you. I didn’t even notice that October has come to a close until when I was writing the date on the deposit slips. Oh bills. If all bills could just be dissolved so that we live a life free of bills, that would be absolute awesomeness. This day started with so much sunshine that I woke up in panic mode. I thought that I had overslept and I was late for work. Then I check my clock wondering what happened to the alarm, because I was sure I didn’t snooze and it’s voila, it’s 6:00am. I need thicker curtains for my room for sure. This can’t be life. Then again, I NEED a very serious need to learn how to wake up really early, otherwise how will I be C.E.O? From interviews, I see they all wake up at the wee hours of 4:00-5:00am.

Anyhow, today I was thinking of “what we think of ourselves”. Not ‘your CV’ kind, but the ‘what do you think others think of you’ kind. Most people probably think people think the most negative things about them, you know like “they’re stuck up, they’re boring, they’re impatient, they’re rude”. Very few times do you think that someone else thinks good things about you, something like, “(s)he’s kind, (s)he’s pretty, (s)he’s got good style, (s)he’s fun to hang around”. That’s why you’d go “oh really” in disbelief. Well, maybe those things you think they think of you are probably true, especially if you are like that. For some it’s intentional to be bad but I’m sure there’s someone you want to think the best of you.

Funny enough, people tend to also think good things about you, even Hitler had people who thought good things about him. Sometimes what gives us morale to just continue living and fulfilling our purpose here on earth is knowing that there’s someone who thinks good things about you.

Since you can’t force good compliments out of people, this lovely month, tell someone something good about them. What you like about them. In case someone tells you, you could tell me how it felt, because I bet you it does give a warm fuzzy feeling. Sharing (beautiful information) is caring not cheap talk *wink*

November

Thank God It’s Friday

It also looks like November (blast from the past) for me is a list month. So let me tell you a little something about me, something you would know or wouldn’t know if I didn’t tell. 11 things because 11th month.

  1. I am a constant, not very random or spontaneous. In the sense that, I try out stuff (while at it I am mildly spontaneous), then when I land on something I really like, I will continue doing it the same way over and over until I happen to find something else that excites me just as much or more. I’m not good at trying out different things when I already have a favorite.
  2. I blubber A LOT. When I am happy. I just go on, on and on. Then I go quiet when I’m sad. But I also go silent when my mind wanders, not necessarily because of sadness, maybe just to reboot and reload. I guess that’s normal right. But it confuses many.
  3. I hate sweet and sour. It’s either sweet or sour. I can’t stand both. My palette was not made to accommodate both.
  4. I believe the internet was the best-worst thing created by mankind. Then social media happened, and that was just it. It’s even more enjoyable when you know where to draw the line and know how thin that line is, because it can make or ruin you.
  5. I love colour, lots of it, but not on me because I’m kinda-sorta shy (though this might change, now that my hair is coloured). On things around me. Preferably, things I own, because if I don’t own it, then chances are that I’m ogling at it.
  6. I’m inspired by my baby sisters poetry (here). I think she has a gift, which she probably doesn’t know the value of, and I know it. Then again, no pressure. They do grow into it, it’s like a treasure map.
  7. I have the best parents. They’re special in their own big special way. They teach me (us) about life, sometimes without even knowing they are and they are always available – far or near, always.
  8. I share a birthday with my boyfriend. But what’s weird is that we’re completely different. Personality-wise. In a way that compliments the other. Even though at times before you figure it out it gets you to wanting to pull off your hair (oh of which I chopped), then love happens and you totally get each other. I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything, it’s refreshing.
  9. I love music because of the beats, then the words – which need to suit my mood. If I love it, I replay it until I feel it’s a bit too much. Then I forget about it, from the name, to the lyrics. That’s how I get my musical satisfaction. Sometimes, I just have my earphones on with no music, silence makes a good song too.
  10. Nothing beats a good set of friends. Those that are just a dial away, regardless. You know God knew the world would be a challenging place to live, then he gave us you to make it a little less challenging and more enjoyable.
  11. I started blogging in NOVEMBER 2009. 4 years ago. It was a ‘let me try out’ thing that turned out to be something I do every other week and totally enjoy every bit of it. Without a doubt (okay, once in a while I doubt myself, then I pick myself up … of course when someone says “she blogs”) because I’m not left with much of a choice.

Have an awesome Friday and may November do you some good too, because you definitely deserve it. Just for reading and getting to this point LOL.

Signing Off ~~~ *Kawi*

This and That #TGIF

Hasn’t this one been one long week full of anxiousness, uncertainty and unanswered questions with regards to the events that unfolded in our beloved country? So much loss in different places. Though the one that came close home was the Westgate attack, because for a moment there I put myself in that situation. It could have been me or you, because at one time or another, we find ourselves there, either for meetings, shopping or fun times. Today at the office, we had a moment of prayer and one of the pastors (yes we have a couple of pastors in the office) made us *okay, me* understand that in all these tragedies, something is born that enables us to rise above the tragedies and we’re blessed. That we should thank God in everything even those things that make us grief and let Gods will be.

Thank God It's Friday

Source - Mutua Matheka: Thank God It’s Friday

I finished reading “Half of a Yellow Sun” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Boy, is she a story-teller even in writing. Got to hear her story in one of the TED talks and from the way she was speaking, I was like, “I need to read something she’s written.” In short, it was one book that I had trouble putting down. And when I did, somewhere at the back of my mind, I was thinking about it. She narrates the war so vividly, she puts life in the characters. In my head, I must’ve been reading with their voices and accents. When I finished, I couldn’t believe I’m done. I wanted to know what happened next, what happened to Olanna’s twin sister Kainene? I didn’t want to finish it, but I did.

If I had any hopes of writing, this book here brought me back to reality…lol. Not that I don’t believe in myself. Maybe I don’t, but yikes! If that’s one literary text to compare my *attempt to* writing to, I’ve got a long way to go. The grammar, the flow, the telling of the story … maybe I’ve over-blown her horn but she damn good. Can’t wait to get my hands on her other books. Purple Hibiscus or Americana maybe.  They’ll all be read either way. Says me who was never into literature in high school. I wish I had the same interest when I was reading my Chinua Achebe et al. Ever realized that when you’re forced to do something it’s not as fun as when you’re doing it because you’ve voluntarily pushed yourself towards it? Education should have been like that.

Safari Sevens

Safari 7′s last weekend was lots of fun. The boyfriend and I were lucky to get complementaries from KQ and Wrigleys thanks to ah-so-mazing friends and we totally had a good time. Until my friend started working for Wrigleys, I always considered it a very foreign company. For some reason I even thought they imported all the chewing gum and sold it here, SMH! That was just plain ignorance on my part though. They are aggressive in marketing their products and have them available everywhere, like literally. Tell me someone who doesn’t know orbit. If you don’t, I owe you a pack. So can we comfortably say this is my first give-away he he.

Then listen to this jam by Elani – Jana Usiku! Kenyan music gets better and better, that’s been on replay this week. “Me nataka paree pareee! Sahau shida kaa umesota, leo tupige makele corner to corner tukiimba…” Don’t you just want to do that sometimes. Let the good times roll even when broke *woop woop*

Super Friday to y’all. May you have a blessed one and keep safe. While at it, a little more laughing, living and loving.

Signing Off ~~~ *Kawi*

Friday Snippets

Of discovering the bliss behind leave days. When it’s not because of exams or because of a function but just because you deserve to sit back and do a little bit *modesty* of nothing. Then I discovered that these blissful days do end and you’re back to the usual cycle of life. But boy am I glad that I am in that cycle because there’s someone who wishes that they had something to do, something that will enable to them to make a living. Many at times I want to whine about work and things that I can do but not doing, then I think of the person who wishes to but can’t. Then I turn my whining into thanksgiving.

So goes with many other things in life. There are people who would do anything for what you have but you keep trashing yours every other day, while others keep praying for your kind every other day. Be thankful for what you have. I know it’s never enough, but it’s better to thank God for what you have now and work towards making it better. It feels more rewarding that way, at least for me it does.

Thankful

Thank God Its Friday

WATCHING

Lots and lots of movies, series, just name it. Comes with being on leave, the couch wants us back to work, to get a breather. These were my favourites because they either left me wanting more or in awe (like, how can a movie be this good).

Red Widow (series), about a woman whose father is a tycoon in the drug business and is married to a guy who becomes part of the business. Only for him to be killed later because he was about to reveal all the guys involved in the business including his wife’s father. As the widow, she takes up his debts with another tycoon and has to now play business partner and mother to 3 children. Intriguing.

Broken City (movie), a cop is charged with murder but deemed ‘not guilty’ with some undercover evidence that would jeopardize his freedom temporarily missing. He then starts a firm for tracking people which of course takes up all his time and the wife is an actress (hehe, you can figure how that goes). The mayor suspects his wife is cheating and gives him the job to get all the details and it gets dirty because the wife realizes and tries to give him a counter offer but it’s to late.

Trance (movie), about hypnosis. This guy who auctions these expensive paintings and is an addict to online gambling starts seeing a psychologist who hypnotises in order to help you get over your problem and after a couple of sessions, they start getting closer and an affair brews. Scratch that, he gambles too much and owes a big chuck of cash to which he makes a deal with some thugs to pay off his debt and in return he steals an expensive painting for them. But then, he plays them and forgets where he put the painting. Then of course they’re advised to see a psychologist to help him remember, and guess who he chooses, the woman. It’s twisted, it plays with your mind because … hypnosis.

Devious Maids (series), say drama and accents, Spanish (Latino) accents in one sitting – ah-mah-zing! It’s basically about spoilt maids in the houses of their masters. How they’re treated, the gossip, the speculation.

Now You See Me (movie), about magic things. Where an FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of magicians who pull off bank robberies during their performances and reward their audiences with the money.

Ice Man (movie), he’s married, a father but he’s also a cold blooded murderer. He slits throats, shoots and is still the loving husband and daddy to his family. The authority finally catch up with him but the in between, worth the watch.

LOVING

Leave. In my 5 years of working, wow 5 years (from 2009 to now, it just seemed like the other day), I have never really had a genuine leave. It was usually because I have a exams, or I have a function but just to sit and chill. Nah. This was an awesome first and definitely worth the take. Just a week of bum mode. Now it’s sadly over.

LISTENING TO

Sara Bareilles, her music is beautiful and soulful. Check out the link.

READING

Want to start on Paulo Coelho’s – The Winner Stands Alone.

Managed to hack the #3books1month challenge, but considering that I only read them on my way to and from work, that was quite a challenge:

  • Paulo Coelho – Brida; About this lady called Brida who is trying to find herself and identify her soul mate. I like how Paulo Coelho writes on his view of life, it’s mostly how most of us see it but are not able to express it. Aren’t we all in search of our purpose and that one person who connects with us.
  • Danielle Steel – Big Girl; About family, some of people are accepted so easily into the family, others have to fight to be loved.
  • Lauren Weisberger - Devil Wears Prada – Don’t I love how she writes. I feel like a fly on the wall, I could picture her life from her writing. If I were to start writing, I would do something of this sort or the Elizabeth Gilbert Kind.

EATING

Food, most of which I have whipped up, of course except for the grilled chicken we happily got from Galitos. Well deserved.

French Toast, Chicken, Rice, Mashed, Liver

Yummers!

LOOKING FORWARD TO

This weekends pork plan, but it’s always about the people. Great company right there and of course good food *read pork* to go with that.

SAVING FOR

Again I say, either to becoming entrepreneurs or to BIGGER pay checks, this looking forward to pay-day business, I don’t fancy. Besides that, I’m saving for a couple of things that if I began to mention them I’ll feel broke we don’t want that do we now. Let’s hope I get them all soon enough.

PLANNING FOR

The next leave days. This is what it has come to. Now that I know how sweet leave is, I am definitely going to be planning my leave days.

THINKING OF

The finality of our words. You really get what you ask for, not necessarily now, it could be later, and much more later for some. Most of the things people become is what they confessed some time. In one way or another you really work towards that which you really want, not necessarily in the conventional way, sometimes it comes in the unconventional way.

You don’t have to be in an office seat to get where you want to be, you could do your thing in your own little way. Or surprisingly, the world could sometimes pull its resources for you to achieve it whatever it is you’ve always wanted. I’ve seen it and read it. Tell me how my 90 something year old grandma could be finally going to the States to visit family? She always said she’ll go visit her son and grand children, and she will. The finality of our words.

Reminds me of Chris Daughtry’s – Home lyrics,

Be careful what you wish for,
‘Cause you just might get it all.
You just might get it all,
And then some you don’t want.

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*