January’s Tidbits

As many people do, I made some plans for 2018. One of the things I decided to try was to write down daily lessons. I would reflect on my day in the evening or early hours of the next day and look out for something new, something (re)discovered or something unknown no matter how random. A friend of mine gifted me a journal where I write down these lessons. I’ve successfully journaled throughout January and I’ll share a few interesting things I learned.

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First of, did you know that a baby elephant is called a calf? I know right, basic elementary science. Moving on to some Geography, Ukraine celebrates Christmas on January 7th. They follow the Gregorian calendar as some other countries in the former Soviet bloc do. What’s this world if someone doesn’t stand out, right?

If you’ve seen the movie Hacksaw Ridge starring Andrew Garfield, this won’t be news to you. I recently saw it and learned who a conscientious objector is. This is an individual who has claimed the right to refuse to perform military service on grounds of freedom of thought, conscience or religion. Basically they’ve attained the right not to carry weapons during war, at least that was the case in the movie. I highly recommend it if you haven’t seen it.

On the Christian front, I discovered that Cain and Abel were not twins. For the life of me, I thought they were, turns out they’re actually just brothers. And Rahab was the mother of Boaz. Rahab? I would never have guessed.

Sometimes in buying okriks (aka okrika in Nigerian parlance, thrift clothes, bale clothes) the first price is the last price. Some sellers don’t have time to throw you off with exorbitant prices, they tell you what is it and you pay if it’s good for you. Others however will double their prices, so I’d say always negotiate. I try to split the initial price I’m told in two and take a little off that, so if I’m told something costs N1000, for instance, I’d offer to pay N400. It’s bargaining guys, don’t come for me.
Please watch the environment and the attitude of the seller, if you overdo your negotiation, you’ll simply irritate them and they’ll end up shoo-ing you away. This is for markets where bargaining is done, people, not in a store with fixed prices.

With regard to personal development, I learnt that you can do more than you think can, especially when you think you can’t. The moment you think you’re done, you still have a little energy left in you. Time and time again this hits me afresh: you never really have the perfect formula to comfort a grieving soul or any soul at all to be honest so…in your judgment be sensitive, in your criticism, be discerning. Your opinion is yours, you can be keep it that way, until someone asks maybe. Get the possible best for the people you call friends. And if you’re getting cake, never judge a cake by its icing unless you’re familiar with the baker- L.I.T.E.R.A.L.L.Y!

Anyone who is into their style and looking good may get me on this one: Variety is good but minimalism works great for a select few. Some people recycle their outfits and do such a great job, it makes me wish I had less clothes and more wardrobe staples.

Finally, in the gathering of a lot of people in the same space (school, church, conferences), some people don’t see you till they meet you. Don’t take it personally, especially if you’re good with faces because you’ll remember everyone. They’re just familiar with the faces they know. You’ll never escape their sight once they meet you.

And cut! That’s it. Like I said, very random tidbits from conversations, movies and situations. If you’ve learnt anything new this year, please share. I’d love to know.

Toddles,
Ife

 

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My Houston Experience

Hey,

I hope you’re good? Thanks to a successful completion of my Law degree (praise God), I had some free time and with it came an opportunity to travel. My destination was Houston, Texas. I had a great time and I’ll share some of what I did while I was there.

I spent 13 days visiting family, relaxing and a lot of window-shopping with some purchases here and there. Someone mentioned that Houston is a ‘foodie town’ and I found that to be true during my stay as I ate out a lot (in my opinion, at least). I tried food, ice cream and doughnuts from a total of 13 places, and no, it wasn’t one a day. Like I said, Houston is a food town, so going out to eat is quite the norm and there’s so much variety.

Thankfully, I had people who are familiar with the area and were able to recommend places to eat. Some of the places I had stuff from were: Cafiza, Snooze (their sweet potato pancakes are so good), Reggae Hut Cafe, Hunky Dory, Shake Shack, Lee’s Fried Chicken, FatCat Creamery, Hugs and Donuts, Kitchen 713 (pause, think back, “bless the  hands of that chef, Lord”), Marble Slab Creamery.

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My cousin, her best friend and I drove to Austin to pick up her siblings and we had some food there too. There was this amazing doughnut place called Gourdoughs …that was the highlight of the Austin trip for me. If you’re ever in Austin, please make it a date. If you have to bookmark this page, it’s worth it 🙂

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Gourdough’s Big.Fat.Doughnuts.

I also did some thrifting, which I love to do, affordable clothes are just a delight. Thrifting helps me practice patience and remind myself of the fact that good things are sometimes hidden in unexpected places. I also don’t feel too bad for shopping since the clothes are more affordable than usual.

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Thanks to my adventurous brother, I went indoor skydiving at iFly and it was really exciting. I didn’t anticipate as much wind as I got but if I have the chance, I’ll probably do it again.

On my last day in Houston, I went to the Galleria, my cousin and I went ice skating. It was the first time for both of us but it was a lovely time. The initial plan for the day was to go to Kemah but it rained and that couldn’t happen. My forward thinking sister-in-law suggested going ice-skating and that’s was how we made good use of the day.

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Took me holding the rails for a while but I finally made it. Yay!

It was a fun time. I didn’t want to leave, but there’s a time and season for everything, innit? Looking forward to my next travel opportunity.

If you’ve been to Texas before, please share your experiences or any fun spots you visited.

Hugs and love from a satisfied traveler, MBW*