Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Jennifer Hudson

Let me just say, it was really awesome news for her to win the Golden Globe award.... I felt like I won...how pathetic is that? :) aaahhhh the importance of dreaming and keeping the dream alive!

Monday, January 15, 2007

MLK- 2007

MLK day

Well since everyone is talking about it, I might as well right? It’s MLK day again, one of those holidays respected by few…(most employer certainly don’t since I don’t get time and a half for working on this day!)
Just to go off topic for a bit…I bought a new house in a predominantly muzungu hood, and I have since received many awkward stares…I can imagine they are all planning on selling their places now since blackson just landed in their area…it was so funny. One was like “are you our new neighbor?” and I was thinking “why, yes indeedy! I’s sure your neighbor honey-child!” I’m sure they were off to call the realtor by noon!
So any way back to the real reason I was writing today, I was listening to NPR over the weekend and they had a program on about Martin Luther and how he changed peoples lives, the best story I picked was one woman who was in college around the shooting of MLK and changed her major to go in public prosecution because her dumb-ass-racist roommate said MLK deserved to be shot for thing blacks and whites could be treated the same! I wish I could be as easily inspired by things you know? I mean sometimes I get highly passionate about things, but the passion is short lived because I find other things to be passionate about, and forget the previous thing….ahhh you get what I’m saying:) but if you really want to know what I think, read last years post... www.manena20.blogspot.com/search?q=mlk

Being from Zambia and not growing up in the high tension racist era, I missed by lesson about white folk, so I still get surprised when I hear things and shocked when I watch the movies. I mean I remember how nobody really wanted to go to South Africa in the 80’s and how I still get scared when I hear the words Boer, Afrikaans…etc its like its encoded in my DNA so that even though I didn’t “live it” I still somehow experienced it.

I am sure I’m not making very much sense today, but my excuse is that I didn’t get enuff sleep. The reason is, yesterday I had to move most of my stuff from the old place to the new place and I was pooped, then today I was supposed to have cleaners at the new house and they assured me they would be coming between 7am-9am and I agreed to those absurd hours because I assumed I would be done with them by noon and ready to tackle other stuff…but oh no! at 7:30 they called me to tell me that the people that were supposed to come over had a fender-bender and wouldn’t be able to come, so they were sending another set of people…who made it to my house at 11a.m…and yes I was pissed and yes… they heard about it! 33% discount my ass! So now I am still very tired and I had to sleep on the floor coz my bed went to the new house and I stayed at the old house because—drum roll please—It has cable and internet access!!! How pathetic is that???? I guess I am now officially AmericanJ I wouldn’t have had that option in zed.
I also just realized…I have no new year’s resolution…umm kinda scaryL …. I have to go and think about that now….

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Pali aka ntunse ka ikele nga ifi...

Pali aka ntunse ka ikele nga ifi...

Pali aba kashana batatu mu munshi umo. Aba aba kashana Mwape, Chileshe na Nkole, bali aba upa nomba tabakwete abana. Banakulu bantu abalepita mu mushi yabo ba tile ati "ba kashana, kabiye mu mpanga panshi pa mimana ibili. Mukasanga abana benu mu fimuti fyabamo. Nomba muka tekanye nemisango yenu."

Awe abakashana efyo ba imine! ba longele ifyakulya na utukwembe twakufwika abana. Pa kufika mu mpanga, basangile aka kote, nefipute sululu aka onda nemilomo shabuta tutu ku nsala. Aka kote ka tile "mwebo, shi njafweniko. Insala namalwele fya mfilila." Mwape na Chileshe ba tile "yangu! nefyo ulenuka, teti tukwafwe!" "twishile mu kufwaya abana, teti tuye tule nunka nga iwe!" Efyo ba konkenyepo no lwendo.

Nkole aleshye aka kote, "mama, nala misunga." Asendele umukote, no kumusambika, ukumufwika, na ukumutina ifipute. Afumine apo, amupangila ubwali na kasense. Elyo ba pwile ukulya, Nkole a pangile apakulala, baya namutulo.

Elyo akasuba ka biliike, Nkole asangile aka kote naka sanguka umukashyana! aka kote katiile "witina Nkole, nine Mwansa kasunga wa mpanga. Pa kunsunga bwino filya wa chitile, nimbona ukuti uli wa mutima ubusuma. Na lakweba ifyakusanga umwana umusuma uwaina bwino, na imisango iyisuma. Wikesula ichibi mu chimuti ichimba bwino, uka sule ba kolwe ngabakweba ati balakutwala kumumana mukupoka umwana umusuma. Nga wafika ichimuti ca kashika, uka konkonshe, aba kesula icibi, uka bebe ukuti nine nkutumine. Enda bwino Nkole."

"natotela BaMwansa." ukufuma apo, nkole a imine, mukuchita efyo Mwansa alandile.

Mwape pa kumfwa icimuti icaleimba bwino na umwana alelila, akonkweshe pa chimuti "odi, ndefwayako umwana." ici muti ca aswike "musende, mwana obe." elyo icibi ca iswike, umwana wa fumine akwete amatwi nga kalulu, no mutwe nge nsofu. "mayo nsendeni!" Mwape alitina, nokwamba ukubutuka, ici mwana ca ile cilemupundila mumushi, "nsendeni mayo!"

Chileshe ena asangile ba kolwe ba mweba ati, "tuleya tukulange umumana ukwaba umwana umusuma." Chileshe aliba konka ba kolwe, nokwisa sanga umwana na inkanda nga isabi, namunso nga ba kapululu. "nsendeni mayo!" umwana apundile. Chileshe abutwike nga bwino ukubwelelamo ku mushi.

Nkole, asangile umwana umusuma mu cimuti ca kashika, nokumusenda kunganda. Pa kufika ku mushi, asangile Chileshe na Mwape bali nemfumu..."mwe mfumu, abana aba babi tatuleba fwaya." Infumu ya tile, "mwa ile baleta mweka...bana benu, basungeni!" Bonse abantu ba mumushi bali kumbwa umwana wakwa Nkole, elyo ali kula bwino sana, uwamutekanya.

Moral of the story is.... all that glitters is not gold!! Be kind and gracious to everyone no matter what they look like.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Christmas and New Year

On christmas day, my sister, her husband and my brother took me sight seeing, then we went home where they had cooked a special christmas meal and I got to see christmas crackers, which I really hadn't seen in years! So I pretty much felt like the country bumpkin...and they indulged me:) Therein started my drinking spree. I had champers and wine, and the next day purchased some $2 Irish cream...baileys wanna-be. Well in my defence it all tasted the same!

Boxing day, we decided to go to the west end of London. Big mistake!!! it seemed like everyone was out shopping...t'was the start of the sales. We we're walking around town packed like sardines...I am serious! every store was jam packed, we had to hold hands for fear of loosing each other in town! I had to keep reminding myself the sales were in pounds and not dollars, so they weren't all that good for me... but i abused my credit cards none the less. I really thought Americnas love shopping...but in comparison, I seriously think Londoners are bigger shoppers. Every store we went to was packed like crazy and so were the streets...I really couldn't believe it. One store actually claimed it had 150 000 people shop there on boxing day itself!

New Years day, Mercy and I planned not to go out because she had to work... so after a bottle of Baileys...foolish me suggested we needed to go out and just do the count-down. So we got to the club via a guy that liked Aisha...then we got into the club free via a guy that liked Mercy, and we got free drinks all night and a ride home via a guy who liked me... So how about we didn't get home till 7a.m. and Mercy was supposed to go to work at 12p.m....so in reality, we slept for 3-4 hours. By the time we awoke, the loser that liked me had called me atleast 16 times...and I'm not exaggerating. I mean, I know I'm hot...but there was no need to be that desparate! Apparently after we left the club someone got stabbed and died in his girlfriends arms...how sad!

Ohh and I also got to taste Nigerian Snails....I am not sure I'll eat them again..:) Oh and we made a few drunken calls on New Years...sorry Bruce! lol;)

Friday, January 05, 2007


I think I didn’t sleep for the duration of my visit…I was almost always sleep walking! I have been to England a countless number of times…but I always seem to discover something new…especially in London. There’s always a new pub or club to go to. My family and friends were awesome at entertaining! I also found out that my scale is a LIAR!! My family confirmed that I HAVE lost weight…so I’m evicting my bleeding scale!

I especially enjoyed spending time with my brother, he has matured tremendously, but I think he’s a little too serious right now, which is both good and bad…oh crap and he reads this….but I also have to say that he keeps his dwellings very very clean…at first I thought its just coz I was visiting, but then I noticed he had like a gazillion cleaning sprays and stuff…he also cooks great food I was impressed. He’s going to make someone a lovely husband!

I finally got on the London eye…splendid view! I am not sure why I never did before…hmmm. I really love the architecture in London…though a lot of the houses have less space than in other cities.

I think I’m also in love with Leicester…I’m still trying to figure it outJ.

My aunt had New Years Eve bash and it was great to see people that I hadn’t seen in a while. It was a little embarrassing because I forgot a few people and felt bad about it, but oh well they’ll live!

Guess who's back???

Ola people...I'm back from my vay cay....awesome awesome awesome!

I left on christmas eve on American Airways...now I always use British airways and I was rather Skeptical about trying something new. Well for starters, AA was like $200 cheaper, so madam cheapo bought the ticket! I was afraid they would loose my bags because of the stopovers and flight changes, but they didn’t…so kudos to them! The only problems I noticed were that, they do not offer free socks, toothbrush, toothpaste and eye mask like BA does and they don’t come round as often to offer hydration either!

I have also decided that when I die, I want to be an Angel or a Bird…yeah okay so I’m pushing it on the angel part, so I’ll stick to being a bird! I just love flying soooo much! If I don’t get a window seat I feel so cheated…its pathetic I know… but it’s me! The view from the sky is just breath taking…

I also love take-offs, but can’t stand when the plane lands….some pilots just don’t know how to do it right….like the one that flew us into Baltimore…I almost thought we were crashing…or that the plane had failed for some reason…any way it was quite scary!

So the bottom line is, I need to marry rich so I can keep going off on a whim…and maybe own my own jet…you know…I want to live large;)