A few of my favorite things

I got this cover of the original song from ‘Sound of Music’ and I couldn’t resist 🙂

So here’s a list (for when I forget 🙂 )

  1. Music: Well, who doesn’t? There’s always that song that captures your mood, lifts your spirit, expresses what you can’t put into words…ah, music
  2. Silly stuff…: Wouldn’t measure up to randomness if all I did was the serious stuff, now would I? Would I??? *wearing maniacal ‘ANSWER ME!’ look* I thought not!
  3. Punctuality: Am I the only one who doesn’t enjoy waiting? It really gets my goat [I love that expression]
  4. Affirmation: Anyone who’s been tuning in for episodes might have noticed this but there, I said it. I think we all like that someone to (sort of) vindicate us [I used to love that word when I was 16…I wonder why…]
  5. Hugs: I’m a sucker for those…as is one Mo…who I have not heard from for yonks. He’s great with hugs…him & X (most times, sometimes they feel cursory-I *do not* like cursory hugs) & 2BF5 & Jay (his are really awesome, they involve spinning me round and round-usually in malls…fun times)
  6. Communication: I talked about this in my last post. How I’ll stop nagging X about that topic but I’ll state it here for the record: I try to communicate with people but a reticence on your part really won’t earn you any favours. It turns out being in a relationship with the non-communicator makes me tetchy. Enough said. I find that it’s so easy you simply have no reason not to (other than you don’t want to, pure and simple in which case I get a hint!) reply to e-mail, texts, messages…pick the phone (Quite passive, you see) but what I really cherish is the active communicator. The one who sends the e-mail/text/message…the one who calls. One of the many reasons why I love 2BF5…
  7. The world & all in it: I really love this planet. It’s so tiny and yet so large in terms of the diversity you find in it. Aah, I love you Mother Earth & I love you World 🙂
  8. A person who gets along with my friends: As you might have gathered, my friends are pretty all-sorts (Understatement of the Century) so I quite like folks who can get along with most of my friends. I can assure you, ALL is pushing it quite a tad…
  9. Kisses: I love me a good smooch, I do. Those ones that take you away…especially in my dreams where I’ve had lots of those as opposed to real life where I’m saving all my love [cue Whitney Houston pre-drugs singing ‘Saving All My Love’] (and my kisses, too, apparently) for The One [capitalisation is of utmost importance-this is not an issue one can toy with :D]. I think all the Latin men I have watched have raised the bar-I better not be disappointed 🙂 Couldn’t help throwing in this video for entertainment’s sake:
  10. Touch: I speak a language called Touch. What it means is that if you want to communicate how you feel about me, touching me is a good option. Also, I only touch people I like. If I have had physical contact with you, be assured, I like you. Though of course anyone who thinks of a hug as touch had latched on this 🙂
  11. Honesty: No matter how bad the truth is, Just Say It! It’ll be that much worse when I discover it. It really grinds my gears when I practically have to drag information out of someone. Really, if you’d told me we’d have moved that much faster…
  12. Transparency: No, not TI, that body those of us in some parts of Africa associate with damning corruption reports but rather saying it as it is. Obfuscation is so irritating… Yes, I can hear you saying I said honesty above but how else was I going to throw in ‘obfuscation’? 😀
  13. A good listener: Who doesn’t love a good listener? Also the person who doesn’t tune out (yes, it’s you I’m talking to, you know yourself..) They’re so hard to find…but also so valuable once you do…
  14. Compliments: Just not about my hair…J/K I loooove compliments so I give them quite freely. I know more than one girl who has been left wondering about my orientation but I love compliments so if you see me, you know what to do 🙂
  15. A love of family: My family means a lot to me so institutions, people, who respect family count for a lot to me…Viva la familia!
  16. Food: I love food, really I do. I plan meals in advance, I walk halfway across town for food offers, I explore a new culture through its food. I wouldn’t go as far as calling myself a gourmand like one Mo has, but hey 🙂

Part of the reason I wrote this is because I lost my uncle yesterday and I thought about how loss occurs so easily and how forgetting is something that we are all susceptible to. My next post will be listless [no, not in the ‘she looked listless’ sense :D] but this is for memories’ sake.

Also, this blog sometimes veers into ‘Love Jude‘ territory-that being the title of a book where the blogger/diarist is obsessed with her boyfriend Oren & every post is about him. I saw that in myself when I re-read it the other day. Hilarious though it is, I spend a lot of time talking about X and maybe, as a book called ‘Sex & Sensibility’ by some Christian bloke called Steve Ayers suggests, my other relationships suffer as a result.

Situation shall be rectified.

🙂

To round it all off, here’s Makmende, the Kenyan phenomenon spun by an experimental Kenyan group (too funny, *they* describe themselves as such), Just  A Band, that has supposedly gone viral. Enjoy & I’ll catch you later 🙂

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This is my bit for the planet

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I went to school in a cold part of Kenya [high school, that is]. Lowest recorded temperature in my time there: 10 Celsius. In the past: 4 Celsius. My mum grew up in a cold part of Kenya, frost and all that. There are kids growing up there now who wouldn’t know frost if it was thrown in their faces…and it wouldn’t be because there’s none of it to throw…

Climate change, global warming…it is personal. It isn’t some random concept sold by Al Gore & Co. It’s not an East/West thing…a liberal/conservative debate. Do liberals inhabit a parallel universe? Do Europeans and Africans inhabit separate worlds? Is the suffering of one not that of many? For me, as a citizen of a developing country, the effects of climate change are real, serious, and sometimes fatal.

Malaria zones, according to WHO infromation, have expanded over time. Areas where malaria was unheard of now have malaria stories. As a child, I almost died of malaria because the assumption among GPs was that Nairobi & its environs were not malaria zones. And this was the 90s…and I hadn’t been in a ‘conventional’ malaria zone like the area round Lake Victoria or our bit of the Indian Ocean  coast. The world is getting warmer, and mosquitoes are having a ball…while the world’s children die from a disease that has been eliminated in some parts of the world…

I remember, once when I was 10, having an embarassing episode that was caused by my refusal to throw trash out of the window as my school bus drove through a wildlife-filled area. They’d eat it & be sick, I argued… I repeat, 10. Not 20 like I am now. The power to make a difference begins with us. With each & every one of us. Age or socio-economic position are neither here nor there. Information, though, is of supreme importance. Because my parents had encouraged me to read and made me aware of the delicate balance that is the planet Earth, I was able to stand up for my beliefs even as people looked at me like I was a psycho child. To believe, to be firm in action, one needs to be thoroughly informed. If you & I make a choice to be green, to drive less, to consume plastics less,[or not at all]…we’ll be halfway there.

And yes, I am one to speak… I have planted trees, put aside my 1988 hatchback because it doesn’t rank up there with eco-friendly to walk [try it, it helps you discover the place you live in so much better & makes you fit 🙂 ], re-used… Yet I need to do more. Lobby my MP (Member of Parliament) to make restrictions on use of swampland & other areas of importance to bio-diversity into law; question all the government agencies nt living up to their mandate; harness my Rotaract Club to make a difference in terms of sensitizing people about climate change & its effects on us (young people, Kenyans, the inhabitants of this planet)…kiss my boyfriend goodbye earlier so I don’t have to take a cab home [yes, X, it affects you too 😀 ]

I’m proud of the people in my corner of the world…we’ve found the courage to tell the politicians who hived off our water catchment areas that we will take them back…& there’s nothing they can do about it other than hem, haw, & be assured of the end of their careers. We have had to make painful decisions…kicking fellow citizens out of swamps & forests because we need to reclaim our land. Yet we have also done amazingly crazy things….like burning forests because the government is evicting the burners. Now we are seeing a drought like none we have seen before…and rains due to El Nino.

Climate change…global warming…it’s about you & I. About the children who may learn of some animals only from books because our carelessness & selfishness will have eliminated them…it’s about birth control because large populations make us take up more land [with the associated destruction] It’s about being daring, going outside your comfort zone to make a difference. Sensitizing yourself & your community, lobbying your leaders [taking up leadership positions, even] about the effects of global warming.

Reversing the adverse effects of climate change requires the effort of each & every one of us. It is possible. I wish you & I the best in our quest to make the world a better place.

***COP15 United Nations Climate Change Conference Copenhagen 2009… A chance for nations, and especially the US, to make a stand for the Earth***