Friday, 28 May 2021

Menstrual Hygiene Day 2021

 So today is all about the menses!



My first time story

So I was in boarding school

deep in western kenya...

(ok thats how i felt..its actually not so far from town)

but i digress

anyways

we had been given this large pads by my mum

and when the menses came

thats what we used

however, the challenge of boarding school

is that the dorms are locked during the day

so if u didn't jipanga

then wololo

you may not have enough pads for the day

mercifully the periods were not painful when they started

i was in class 7 (i think)

when i started my menses

years later in high school

they became more painful

but i had painkillers for that

in campus the pain became UNBEARABLE

i remember rolling on the floor

and 3-4 hours later and am good!!

i think i ovedosed on painkillers

GOSH!!

BUT they were like clockwork...

28 days!

the worst was when doing my MBA

my ps started just before the economics paper

i was not myself!

i was in such pain! because if i dont take painkiller before the pain

then no painkiller would work

I actually just wrote my name

answered one question

and left 

I had to resit that paper!

that was a first in my life! a RESIT!!

waaaaaaa

now the ps come when they want

and am ok with that...

eish...the things women go through!!








Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Mothers Day!

 i love celebrations!

so mothers day is no exception

love the atmosphere around it


i am proudly Min Krasi

sometimes i look at my mum

and wonder how she kept sane

with my three kids...if i have nephews/nieces over

i have to hide in my room for some period

to keep my head above water

but its all good

this is a God given vocation

and i pray for his mercy and guidance over this vocation!

--end--



Saturday, 10 April 2021

Karura!

 Today was a good day to take a walk in Karura

Its been raining in Nairobi

so I knew the walk would be cool

I enlisted my sis and daughter to join me

The walk was relaxing!

we did the 10km

we were alone for considerable stretches of time...

a lone runner passing us

a couple taking a walk

children cycling

the foreigners speaking animatedly in their language

idyllic



we marvelled at the size of the forest

from the number of cars in the parking lot

there should be many more people here!

But

at some point we wondered exactly 

how far we are from the end

can we detour from the blue line???

a lone runner answered our perplexed faces

when we were at a junction

anyhooo

then my sis came up with a brilliant idea!

an app for the forest!!!!!

just like they have in Dubai Mall UAE

so you know where you are

and how far the loos are from where you are

how far the end is from where you are

how far you have walked/run

we even passed by some trees that had interesting bark...

and wondered what kind of tree this was

the app can answer that!

etc etc

am wondering who we can tell this to!


mmmmmhhhhhh


Monday, 29 March 2021

Series of firsts > First time in Uganda

 year is 1982

am in class 2

the family needs to head out to bukoba

my grandfather had passed away



the drive is from nairobi

through to kampala

and then to the border of

kenya and tanzania

all i remember are the number of 

roadblocks

manned by menacing men

hold huge guns

dressed in fatigues

i remember also going over a volkswagen!

years later

i learnt that 

my dad had just gotten his license!

and piled his family into the Audi car

and off we went to Bukoba!!







Thursday, 25 March 2021

The Announcement ....!

 Today is March 25

9 months before Christmas

Its the feast of The Annunciation

The Annunciation (from Latin annuntiatio), also referred to as the Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Annunciation of Our Lady, or the Annunciation of the Lord, is the Christian celebration of the announcement by the Archangel Gabriel to the Blessed Virgin Mary that she would conceive and become the mother of Jesus, the Jewish messiah and Son of God, marking His Incarnation.Gabriel told Mary to name her son Jesus, meaning "YHWH is salvation".



I cant help but think that I have heard of someone called ANNUCIATA!

In my primary school, children had the most unique names....well now I know the basis of that kind of name


Happy Feast day!



Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Series of firsts > First time having dreadlocks




i first had dreadlocks fixed sometime in 2005 I think

it was just on a whim

no actually it wasn't a whim

i remember now

some lady when i was growing up

had a bad reaction to a perm chemical

and so i knew when i wanted to have a baby

that perming my hair would not be possible

plus 

i knew i didn't really like the long hours in the salon

and especially under a drier

anyways, went to some barber in town

and he fixed them

my oh my

the first years are tough

every time back to the barber shop

and the hair is washed

its back to an afro!

anyways, finally the locks locked

and began my journey

i stayed with them till January 2013 and just chopped them off!

the barber was so mad at me

he took my action personally

since i didn't consult him

LOL

anyways, my hair is all natural

i think i will grow locks again!

here is to a new hairstyle for 2021

Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Series of firsts> The future is female!

 

Excitement!!

WTO is having a new head

and its the indomitable Ngozi

Dr Okonjo-Iweala will become the first woman 

and first African to be chosen as DG

Director General!!

She starts March 1

and people all around were wearing head gear like hers

in honour of this great milestone

Loved this pic from the internet

The future is indeed female!