I saw a Happy Friday: Positivity Wave post on Meggy’s blog (Chocolates ‘n’ Waffles) and thought it’s a brilliant idea. At first, I started writing a gratitude list on a notebook, highlighting the things that I’m grateful for. When I decided to blog my list, I found my post taking a different direction.
Tremors/Earthquake in Kenya
It has been an interesting week. On Sunday night, we had tremors in Kenya; experts say it was a 4.8 magnitude earthquake. I honestly don’t know the difference between earthquake and tremors. I was on the couch when it started rocking back and forth. Stared at my husband for a second, thinking I was imagining it. The next thing, I heard doors being slammed, neighbors shouting and running out of their houses. We live on the fifth floor of our apartment building, never gone down the stairs so fast. Luckily, apart from some roads getting small cracks, there were no other reported damages.
These are some of the other highlights of my week so far:
Game of Thrones at Last!
I started watching Game of Thrones last week. After years of hearing about the show, I decided to see what the fuss is all about. I am hooked! Currently on season 4 and OMG, I can’t wait to get home in the evening and watch more episodes.
Now, I watched Red Wedding Massacre last night! I am shook! I didn’t see that coming at all. I can’t believe that the murders occurred.
GoT is shocking and addictive. I was discussing the red wedding with my friends who watched it years ago and one described the series as bloody shocking. Yeah, I agree. It’s bloody but it’s also so good.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
I finally read this book. Started it on Monday night and was done by Wednesday. I would have read it faster if I wasn’t also binge-watching GoT but still, I enjoyed my experience with the book!
I can’t stop thinking about Evelyn in her green gowns. She feels so real. Now I am suspicious as hell about all these celebrity weddings. I suspect that most of them could be contracts.
Signs of Rain
In Kenya, it’s been brutally hot for months. Most parts of Africa don’t have seasons, at least not this side of the Sahara/Equator. I have never seen snow and I only know of spring,autumn,winter based on what I read and watch on telly. There are months when leaves fall and all, but we still don’t have a season ‘name’ for that.
Now, when it gets hot here, it’s not like what I see on TV as summer. I mean, we do enjoy the beach, wearing sundresses and all but for most, too much sun spells doom.
There are lesser foods in the markets, the shambas ‘farms’ are not as productive. Seeing that we rely so much on agriculture, our food industry is taking a huge hit. Carrots are now a precious commodity… that is how bad it is. Living in the city, I can’t really complain but there are people out there in the remote parts of the country who are starving. They have been hit by drought! Relief food is being taken there but there are reports of possible deaths from starvation. Shocking, devastating images circulating in the media.
Kenya desperately needs rain!
For the first time in months, there are signs of rains. It drizzled on Tuesday, rained on Wednesday night but the sun is still winning this fight. I hope that changes soon! We need rain.
Other small highlights, pizza night on Tuesday, watched Survivor yesterday, the road to my workplace is being repaired so I’m enjoying driving to work. On Wednesday, I was invited to talk to an undergrad class at the University where I work. My presentation was on blogging. I had fun sharing with the class, had a PowerPoint and all, lol.
Request: Please spare a thought for Mozambique. The country was hit by a cyclone and the images coming through show devastation that I can’t even put in words. Hundreds have lost their lives, more are missing, others are on rooftops waiting to be rescued and many have lost everything. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
How has your week been? I hope some good things came your way too. Let’s all take time to celebrate our highs and realize that life isn’t all that bad. I know this post wasn’t all positive but such is life.
Lovely weekend to you all!