Thursday, October 29, 2009

Friday Randoms

Hola Amigos! Can you believe it? It's friday already?? This -mber months ain't playing yo..Ok no time wasting here we go:

- Taynement has discovered the joys of TLC.I mean where have I been without Say yes to the dress, Little Couple, Cake boss etc etc. Amazingness, I tell ya lol.

- Say yes to the dress has shown me why it's easy for people to go broke in this country. If you think financing an $11k or $14k dress makes sense to you then what other foolhardy financial decisions are you making?? The cheapest dress I have seen on this show was $2k and I was still balking. Sha sha, I chuckled when the $11k dress owner's fiance cancelled the wedding and she was stuck with it and had only paid $6k. More power to ya elbows oh!

- No matter what they say, looks matter in this world of ours.

- I can't decide if I consider Bradley Cooper hot or not.

- For the first time yesterday, I allowed myself to be proud of myself for actually going out and getting an MBA. Sometimes, I still don't believe it. I am not the typical nigerian person who does well in school naturally. I can't seem to focus enough (probably because I am not interested). So anywhoo, I am glad I stuck it out.

- What is with these movie ticket sellers?:
Taynement says (standing with no one) : One ticket for xyz movie
SATS (Stupid Ass Ticket Seller) says : You said one??

hissssss.

- There is a thin line between forgiveness and mumu-ness. May I never get visa to cross the border to mumu-ness.

- The blog character Enoch makes me laugh.

- So I don't know how to burp. Like the real strong "grrrrrrroooooooowwwwwww" burp. I tried coke sef nothing. Just bought some gingerale and man am I letting it rip. I'm so proud of it.

- The soundtrack to my summer in naija is unarguably Wande Coal's "Mushin to Mo' Hits". Everytime I hear any song from it, I am immediately transported to Naija and I smile.

- He called at 4.54am. What a way to start the day. It was awkward. Why did he call? It was over in 2 mins and 8 seconds.

- Facebook status I fapped : The walls I built around me to keep out the sadness/hurt has also kept out the joy.

- I read this story and the little of the faith I had in humanity died when I read about this. God save us all. 15 year old gangraped by at least 10 people and 10 others watched and noone called the cops -----> http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/10/27/california.gang.rape.investigation/index.html

- I was talking to my friend who married young (23). I asked her how she knew he was the one and wasn't she scared? She said na, they had been dating since high school and besides he was such a good guy that she would have been pretty upset if anyone else but her had him, so she snatched that up quick. I loved her answer lol.

- Last week I had two death dreams. They don't freak me out because I have them from time to time ( my earliest memory is 5 years old). I still pray and reject them sha.

- A one minute kiss burns 26 calories. At this point, I will be happy if I burn 1 with a peck sef :(

- Finally, something inspirational. When Lawrence Fishburne was a young actor he featured in PeeWee's playhouse. He was nice and courteous to the security guard. Years later, that security guard wrote a movie and specifically wrote it for Fishburne. That writer was John Singleton and the movie was Boyz n the Hood. So people, be kind to your fellow neighbors cuz you just never know.

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Have a lovely weekend mi blogville familia!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Just Learn the Language

So I caught up on Latinos in America and watched The Garcias version. It was pretty interesting, sad to watch (one of the stories had a girl who went to a high school with a 70% dropout rate. She vowed to not be a statistic but went ahead and got pregnant at 17 and didn't graduate). The one story that caught my attention was the one about the members of a catholic church that seemed to have a division between the Hispanics and the white members. Because of the language division, the church has had to split,they have separate masses, one in english and one in spanish to accommodate the hispanics that can't speak english, they've also had to create a separate church council and organize their social events separately. 6 members from each side were interviewed separately and it was interesting to see the points of views because as with everything when you add religion it becomes tricky.

Soledad asked questions and at one point, one of the members on the "white side" said, "how long are we going to accommodate them?" and my first reaction was, "how unchristian like" then Soledad asked if they were going to attend the fiesta that the Hispanics were having and she answered with a no, because it's a two sided thing, the hispanics don't come to their events either ( I should mention that at this point the lady had started crying and was upset about the rift). Switch over to the "hispanic side" and they are saying they will be upset if the whites don't come to their event but they admit that they do not go to theirs either.

Well what happens next is of course, taynement starts to think :D..That lady's statement came to mind, "How long do we have to accommodate them?". Why do the hispanics feel like we owe them accommodation in terms of speaking english? Many of the people mentioned have lived here for years and still can't speak a lick of english. The documentary gave working many hours as the reason why most of them didn't have time to learn but I don't know if it's safe for me to call b.s on that. If you decide to enter America to pursue the American dream, the language of the American dream is English, how do you fulfill that dream without understanding the language? How is it that other people are able to come into the country and learn the language? I mean if my grandma came to yankee today, I don't think my parish has Igbo mass to accommodate her. Basically, what I am trying to say is, I totally understand having a hard time not being able to speak the language but where I totally feel no pity is when you decide not to even try to learn the language. Fellow bloggers, wetin you feel?






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Sunday, October 25, 2009

LIFE LESSONS

My CILy sent this to me. I usually delete forwards but I liked this. My favorite was #22. Others were #10, #24 and #11. Enjoy and feel free to share your favorites :


1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4.. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it..
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't mess up the present..
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
25. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ''In five years, will this matter?".
26. Always choose life.
27. Forgive everyone everything.
28. What other people think of you is none of your business..
29. Time heals almost everything. Give time, time.
30. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
31. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
32. Believe in miracles.
33. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
34. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
35. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.
36. Your children get only one childhood.
37. All that trul y matters in the end is that you loved.
38. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
39. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
40. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
41. The best is yet to come.
42. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
43. Yield.
44. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Friday Randoms

Can you believe it's friday already?

First off, I want to thank each and every one of you for your comments on my last post. It was one of those days and I honestly didn't know when I just picked up the computer and wrote. Once again thank you so much, I really appreciated it.

I have never been to Disney World. I really want to, so it's on my list of things to do.

I absolutely LOVED Nice Anon's most recent post. She seems like someone with an awesome personality and I absolutely applaud her.

So I wonder, these women on Dancing with the Stars, do they ever have their period? or at the very least, do none of them have heavy flow? I mean every week someone's leg is being spread open in the air with some man's face between it. maybe it's just me.

Is it weird to be fascinated with death?

Sometimes I hear how some young 'uns sound and I wonder if I ever sounded that well..stupid.

I saw this on someone's status : Everyone, at some point, wakes up in the middle of the night w/the feeling that they are alone in the world & nobody loves them. That they will never have a decent night's sleep again & will spend their lives hoping desperately that their circumstances will improve, but suspecting they will remain unloved 4ever. The best thing to do in these circumstances is to wake somebody else up so they can feel this way too.....if you've never felt that way..well..hooray you :)

I listened to BSB's "Shattered" on repeat today. Not because I was relating to the lyrics but I just really think its a good ballad.

Does anyone ever have that feeling where you don't want the dude, you know he is not even right for you but everytime you see him with someone else your heart squeezes just a teeny bit?

I think I have started preparing my mind for the fact that I will not be in Nigeria this december. I won't lie I am still hoping for a miracle - blogsville join me in prayer!-

So I have this new habit of forgetting my purse when I go out and realizing it at the wrongest time. Tres embarrasing, if I say so myself.

And me thinks we are back to square one, but it's for the best.

Are we all equal in God's eyes?

I'm lacking some kind of vitamin. My body has chosen to tell me so. My googling tells me it is Vitamin B. I guess this proves that the multivitamin gummies ain't working.

My body is itching to travel.

Mon dieu! I can't stand Tracy Morgan.

I think it'll be nice to go out one of these weekends. I really just want a party that has today's music and some nice naija gbedu. Wishful thinking sha, all my friends are mostly married and comfortable staying home or have kids. Am I too old to make new friends? Nyeh, it's too cold to start. maybe in the spring, yea?

I wonder if I can write a poem?

Second Guessing will be my downfall. I do that way more than I should.

Hope you guys have a lovely weekend. Be good and Be easy!

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Monday, October 19, 2009

So so bummed....

....is how I feel today. No energy to even type details or even think about it. I can't ask why for the millionth time and I can't blame myself yet again. Mummy says don't lose hope, just keep having faith. So that's what I'll do. I feel like a runner whose legs have been run over and is in a cast. But I have life, as long as there is life there is hope, so I am sure I can find some fight in me. So i'll try that.

Have a good week guys!

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Friday Randoms

I never used to mind but once you have been to as many interviews as I have, I LOATHE the whole job interview process. I mean it's like begging someone for something you know you can do and having your fate in someone else's hands. Yuck!

That being said, it's very distracting when your interviewer is tres cute.

School is kicking my ass!

The little things we take for granted. I was watching Adoption Diaries and man it was so sad to see these women describe their pain on not being able to conceive or carry a baby. That feeling of failing as a woman or as a wife. It can't be easy. I have always said that I don't think Nigerians have that problem lol..we are very fertile.

That being said, i have always been wary of adoption but now I think I am a little more comfortable with it.

Still on the subject of kids, I have wide hips, they call it child bearing hips. Every now and then I wonder if ironically I'd have to have a csection. I can't wait to have my kids.

My friends think human beings are inherently bad and its just a matter of how bad. I don't know if I agree with that.

I am constantly touched by proof of human kindness. I have unexpected people and friends who check up on me and make sure I am okay. Random acts of kindness like that I appreciate a lot.

I think I tell my circle of friends a lot about myself/my life. But as much as I feel I tell, I feel like there is still a lot more I don't share.

After making fun of my best friend for being a child because her multivitamins are the gummy bear kind. Why did I find myself buying a bottle of gummy multivitamins?lol. I did make sure with a doctor that I was getting the vitamins I needed but for someone addicted to gummy worms. I remember to take it when I get a craving.

So on tv shows when they have coffee cups or mugs or something, why don't they ever put water in it so it's not glaringly obvious that it's empty?

I miss the movies, haven't been in 3 weeks.

I still find it amusing that there is a band called MorningWood.

I guess I don't have as many randoms as I did during the week. This is why you should never blog when you are in a blah mood.

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Have a lovely weekend guys.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Italian Joke

Enjoy and have a lovely Wednesday.

2 italians get on a bus. They start talkin. The lady sittin behind them ignores the conversationn at 1st until she hears: Ema cum 1st Den I cum. 2 asses dey cum 2gether. I cum again. 2 asses they cum 2gether again. I cum N pee twice. Then I cum once-a more. I cant believe you! She said. In this country we dont talk bout our sex lives in public! Hey coola down lady. Ima jus telln my friend howa ta spella Mississippi.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Wheels

I know what you´re thinkin´
We were goin´ down
I can feel the sinkin´
But then I came around

And everyone I´ve loved before
Flashed before my eyes
And nothin´ mattered anymore
I looked into the sky

Well we all want something better than
We wish for something new
Well we all want something beautiful
Wish for something true
Been lookin´ for a reason and
Something to lose

When the wheels come down
When the wheels touch ground
And you feel like it´s all over
There´s another round for you
When the wheels come down

Now your head is spinnin´
Broken hearts will mend
This is our beginning
Comin to an end

Well you wanted something beautiful
You wished for something new
Well you wanted something better than
Wished for something true
Been lookin for a reason and
Something to lose



- "Wheels" by Foo Fighters.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

The Nigeria Talk

So unless you were under a rock this week, you must have come across this video of Chimamanda Adichie, a Nigerian author who was speaking on the dangers of a single story. Just in case you haven't the video is below, pretty neat stuff.

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Last weekend, I was opportuned to be a panelist at a forum that had the topic of "The State of Nigeria Today" and a lot of things were discussed. COmbined with the popularity of this video on my fb feed that had my many nigerian friends declaring their naija pride and all, made me wonder - When we say I am proud to be Naija, what exactly are we proud of? Let me see if I can express the thoughts in my head better in writing.

See the forum made me meet different people who are passionate about Nigeria. I met a girl who unfailingly peruses most of the naija newspapers online to stay informed about what is going on, I met a guy who personally went through the Naija-Delta ordeal and damn near almost cried when talking about his people and saying how much he hurts. He stood up to the government and had to flee to America to save his life, I met American-born Nigerians who were proud but were not really sure what they were proud of and were just trying to learn and soak in all the knowledge they could about Nigeria.

It seems like a couple of years ago the movement of "moving back to Nigeria" started. It was like we have to go back and help our people oh! and if you had no interest in it, you were looked at as a traitor. Now there are people out there who bleed the green, white, green and there are majority of people who are like me who care but don't care enough. I am not saying that we should be proud about it but let's be honest about it. In this country if you say you are patriotic, that means something like 9/11 happens and they rush to go serve and die for their country. But for most Nigerians, it seems saying I am proud to be Nigerian means showing 5minute support, enjoying naija music and then complaining and listing all the bad things about Nigeria while chilling in our 24/7 electricity apartment with uninterrupted internet connection. I remember when the lightupnigeria movement started, I won't lie I scoffed at it and was like what's the point? But I have thought about it and decided that I give the organizers mucho props, even if it doesn't succeed, it won't take away from the fact that they tried.

Basically, I think what I am trying to say is that we should be honest with ourselves when claiming the Naija thing. I don't think it's by force to move back. Me personally, I am not moving back because I want to change the nation but because me sef wan enjoy opportunity. I do feel it is everyone's duty to give back in any way they can because like it or not it is our country but I don't think it involves moving back. My own personal mission is to run our embassies in Yankee. The whole system irritates the shit out of me enough to light a fire in my ass (for real). I would drop whatever I am doing if someone just told me to come down,run the embassy and just change the image. I think my friend's status said it best, he is an American born Nigerian and his status read : "I realize that, for me, Nigeria is heritage...not home."

We are all different people, some are passionate, others not so much. Doesn't take away the fact that we are all Nigerian but let's just be honest about where we stand and not say things because it's what we are supposed to say.

*Hope I made some kind of sense. Have a good day y'all!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Friday Randoms

I don't know if it's the dress I wore..if I gained weight...or if it's just always been like that but all I know is I looked in the mirror and my ass is too big.(ass in these sense means my actual nyansh, lol)

I'm glad I studied well for my test, it went well, Thank God. I like my teacher even if he is an equal opportunity offender. He is Turkish and just says whatever but we know he is not being mean so it's funny. I'll give an example. After every exam, he takes us out for pizza and drinks so when the vegetarian pizza came in his heavy accent he was like, "Indians, come and get it, no meat!" lol!.

For someone who constantly puts their foot in their mouth, its pure bliss being in your own company.

I talk to my mom a lot but lately it feels like a chore to call.

When it rains it pours.

Dear God, I need you now more than ever, I need a miracle, sign anything.

This is going to be an interesting journey, I think I am supposed to learn a particular lesson. We'll see.

My hair is usually on point but when crayfish bend, situation changed. I am embarassed.

Looking forward to my event tomorrow. I am still terrified because its somewhat public speaking but that's exactly why I agreed to do it. My fears will not rule my life.

If wishes were horses...

How could I have ever thought I would get tired of Wande Coal's cd?

I truly, really miss my naija peeps. I wonder if the feeling is mutual.

She said to me, "You know the answer deep down in your heart". Is she right? do i? I really don't know.

I refuse to go back to my old job. I know some people will think I must not be desperate enough but I can't explain how I felt there and I don't expect anyone to understand. All I know is I will not regress only progress.

I really and truly hope TV watching is not a sin. If not I am screwed.

I am elated for my brother. He passed his bar exam and is officially going to be a barrister in November. Wouldn't it be the coolest if I could just fly down and surprise him?? If wishes were horses. I love that boy die.

How does he sleep at night? Why do I still care?

I admire people with talent.

Tomorrow the sun will come up and I will smile

He who started it will finish it. Remember that, Taynement. Amen.

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Have a lovely weekend guys!