Saturday, January 31, 2009

It's 1:44 am and I'm so random at this hour

Random things about Njeri

I absolutely love the internet. I cannot remember life without Google. I spend considerable amounts of life on the net- not sure what I do.

I love food network, Yes, yes…cooking shows make me so happy. My favorite is Rachel Ray. Also I love to experiment with food.

I give people nick-names! Haha yes, I meet new people and by the 3rd or 4th time I meet them, I’ve shortened their names and made them cuter. Example- Chelsea- Chels, Rachel- Raych etc

I like being around people, my friend thinks I’m need y. I’m very restless when alone, I don’t like it.

I keep friends for a loooong time. I’m the one who always reaches out to estranged friends to rekindle old friendships.

Biology- love it. Somehow it makes sense to me.

Art, oh yes, art is my most favorite thing. I wonder why I’m not an Art history major. I absolutely love it that I took the class twice (well, different versions of it).

Pictures touch my heartstrings.

Music…live music is Oh So Amazing.

I’m slightly OCD when it comes to cleaning. I want it done perfectly.

I was kicked out of the school choir in 2nd grade because the teacher couldn’t ‘place’ my voice. I feel bad when I think about it. I mean- I was 8 yrs old!

My kids will have voice lessons early in their lives, also play at least one instrument.

I know I’ll fall in love deeply someday and I’ll have an amazing family of my own.

I want to travel to Italy and Spain, just to experience their food and culture.

I look for the good in everyone; I dig it out no matter how deep it’s lodged.

Currently, I wanna be done with school. I’m so tired.

I think at this time in my life I’m more confident than I’ve ever been. I’m exerting myself more than ever. I love the new me.

I hardly ever sweat the small stuff. It’s just small stuff.

I love my mommy more than anything or anyone (God 1st).

My brothers and sisters are my loves! They support me through everything.

I love colors- beautiful colors.

I gravitate towards what other people think is weird. What are people like me called? I mean I like odd stuff- be it paintings, clothes, jewelry etc. I get an instant connection with things like these.

I don’t like shopping- it takes too much time and energy. I shop when I have to (when my pants are wearing out, or tops have gone through the washer a million times). When I shop for leisure, I do so at bath and body works, I like that store.

I love tea- real tea. Oh, and apple cider!

I hope to one day own and run my restaurant. I have the name penned out already.

Blogging…there’s my little world where it’s all about me!

Glamour magazine- everything I need, what can I say: G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S!

I love and terribly miss my bff Lu. She is my person.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Reality...or is it just TV?

Recently I watched a reality TV show that a friend and I have come to enjoy. These men were really treating their women badly, and I mean really hurtful to their women. For instance, one of the guys was being reprimanded because he could not stay faithful to his girlfriend whom he had brought onto the show. Moments later, a lady walks in the ‘therapy room’ as they call it claiming to be said guy’s (or tool in this case) girlfriend of 6 years. Yes, I know- I was on the edge of my seat too. I could not believe what I was seeing.

Maybe I take reality TV too seriously. It’s entertaining for sure. But are we glorifying societies’ idiocies and wrongdoings and giving them too much airtime- more than they deserve?

A few examples…

When girls act with crass, they’re sent to a CHARM SCHOOL. Really, don’t you think if you’re charmless in your mid 20s or in your 3os you’re a done deal? What’s charm for after you’ve lived out half of your days? Not all the girls succeed, some try (I think), but others flank out of intended schooling only to land a spot in another reality show. Still acting charmless!

Schools and academies seem to be forming all over the place. TOOL ACADEMY. These guys are honest tools, for real. If they lived in another civilization, they’d be punished by death and not by being eliminated from tool academy. They disrespect women and somehow get away with it. Those who show little improvement are given a Tool Badge of Merit. Yes, a badge of merit.

Now, if you’re having trouble finding love, true love, how about having some 25 random Americans (they have some foreigners there too now) come and try, no, fight to win your heart? Sweet deal huh? The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, I love NewYork, Flavaflav, and others I haven’t mentioned, but I know you catch my drift.

Let’s talk fashion. No offense to Tyra but she tells girls in her talk show that it’s ok to have a healthy body, that they shouldn’t conform to the standards set by fashion magazines. That it’s ok to be size 8, 10, 12 etc. Be comfortable in your own skin. Really? Why then do the girls in AMERICAS NEXT TOP MODEL have the pressure to remain a size 0, 1, 2? Remember also that Tyra gained mad weight to emphasize a point? Then they make a ‘plus size’ model one of the season winners. She was a size 4! How about making a size 10 the season winner? Huh Tyra?

The APPRENTICE, how we love to see what’s his face make people feel inadequate.

AMERICAN IDOL. I really enjoy this show, Simon Cowell ridiculing budding singers. Some of them really need a dose of Simon Cowell and be restricted to singing only in the privacy of their own homes- like me.

HELL’S KITCHEN- I wouldn’t be caught dead anywhere near that man. He’s a sad, sad man.

THE REAL WORLD. Is it really?

Hmmmm *sigh*

It's 2009. I feel great!

Wow, I had planned so much for this year, but life is taking me in another direction I didn't expect. I'm learning everyday how to do the work that has been placed in front of me. I hope I have fun. Yesterday, I got curious and decided to look at my horoscope for the year. Sshhh don't tell anyone. But it says that this year I'm pouring myself into my life mission and rejuvenating myself with abundant thinking. That I've created a new me!

As you may already know, I'm very passionate about Agricultural Biotechnology especially for Africa. I had prayed and planned to set up a website that would educate people about biotechnology and hopefully answer the questions they had about it. I spent many hours planning and writing and doing so much research on web hosting and website maintenance. I was planning to launch my career and was excited about it.

Through the fall semester, I was a member of a club for non-LDS christian students at my university (BYU). I liked the club, since I was becoming more spiritual in my life, it served as a support system for me. At the end of the year, the faculty advisor for the club asked to meet with me. I though at first that it was a meet and greet she wanted to do. She proceeded to tell me that the guy who was president of the club was requesting time off to focus on his dissertation. The club needed a leader or else it would have dissolved. No, I thought to myself. The club was so good to me, and frankly I was surprised that none of the members wanted leadership of the club. After a few meetings with the advisor, I accepted to be president of CrossSeekers, formerly Baptist Student Union. Funny thing is that all semester long I was reading a book titled 'Gentile Girl- Living with Latter Day Saints' by Carol Forseth. She was the lady who launched the BSU at the university. Prior to that, it was an off- campus club. Who thought I was learning life lessons? Since becoming president of the club, I've read the book again- this time paying attention to every detail.

I attend St. Mary's Episcopal Church here in Provo. At the beginning of the year, they had several openings in the vestry (governing body of the church/parish). I was asked to consider being on the vestry. I told them that I'd think about it. Honestly I wasn't 'thinking about it' for sometime till they approached me again. I realized that they were serious about it. So I sought a prayerful answer. Why was I being asked to take on more responsibility now that I was a senior with so much to do? Then I remembered that I had prayed that God show me what He wanted me to do with my life. Maybe this was it. The people at my church were very supportive and they decided to make an exception for me- give me a 1 yr term on the vestry when they usually go for 3 years. I said yes.

You see how different the responsibilities I've taken on this year are from what I had planned. I overheard my priest say, I think she was quoting someone: If you wanna hear God laugh, tell Him what you have planned.

Slowly I'm learning a lot. I'm very busy and I don't know how all this will work out. I'm praying again for help and divine strength.

Its 2009! I'm excited!