Quirky Fun Monday

FunmondaylogoThis week’s Fun Monday is being hosted by the lovely Lisa Marie.  Here is her topic:

“A quirk is defined as a peculiarity of action, behavior, or personality; mannerism. We are all unique individuals, having quirks that help make us who we are. I would like to know what your quirks are. Confess to one, confess to ten, you decide. Just come back Monday ready to spill the beans, the rest of the world may look at you like you are from Mars, but you‘re among friends here. We won’t laugh, in fact that eccentricity just may endear you to us more.”

  • I check the door like 10 times before I leave for work and before I go to bed at night, I have to make at least two rounds checking the doors.  I doubt that I have OCD.
  • I heard that singing in the car makes you happy, so I sing loudly and dance while driving, Rehema the other day told me :’too loud, Mommy’   I have to say, I am always happy after I leave the car.  There is this song that is always playing on the radio…”I can ride my bike with no handle bars”  what does that song mean???
  • I love reading autobiographies, currently I have Arnold Schwarzenegger’s.  I would like to read Barbara Walter’s but it was stolen from our local library.  I don’t buy them, I borrow them from the library.  I just finished reading Larry Kings.
  • I don’t care for nails at all.  I keep mine clean but I think nail polish/varnish is a waste of money.  At least I don’t bite them.
  • At times when I am driving, I get panic attacks and wonder if I am driving on the right side of the road since I used to drive on the left when I lived in Kenya.  I still put on my wipers instead on my turn lights because that is the side the turn lights were.

 Please go check out how weird perfect some people are here, you might realize that you are not so quirky after all and we still love you, quirks and all.


Rehema ended up being sick and so we did not go where we were supposed to go.  She came home friday and she told me she had a headache.  I told her to lie down.  Then she woke up about an hour later and said she was fine.  later at night, she threw up her dinner.  She basically slept all day saturday, the doc says it is her throat that is making her sick and there is really nothing we can do…I just love it when the doctor says that.  The strep throat test came back negative.  the house is strangely quiet…

Fitness on Friday

 Fitness on Friday

I cannot believe it’s already Friday. Next week, my baby will be 5 months old!! Wow! I have not weighed myself yet since I write these posts the night before. This week was basically the same as last, walked everyday, went to the gym twice and did some exercises at home. So Thursday Idecided I need to change some things around and add more serious strength training to my life.  I came home from work in a hurry, changed, and was driving like a maniac so as to be there when it starts. The group class is held in one of the city recreational facilities and they charge $1 per class.    I reached on time and then guess what?  they had cancelled classes until after July 4th.  I was so disappointed.  This week I tried to keep a food diary and it is amazing how the diary makes a difference in your eating habits. You realize just how much you eat that you probably do not need to eat, I bet if you had to show someone your food diary, you would probably eat right. I plan on going on a 5K run tomorrow, hope I am able to fit it in somewhere. It’s Friday…yippee!!! and tomorrow I get to take Rehema to her most favorite place and it will be just the two of us, I bet she will love that.   Please check out the other Fitness of Friday participants here.  Have a great weekend!!

Pantry Update

I am still using the stuff from my pantry, the only food stuff that I have bought are milk, fruit and yogurt. I have been surprised at the meals that I have been coming up with and usually the testing comes when the child eats it. If my child eats it, then it is good. I have even made home made baked beans and they were pretty good. The pantry is beginning to look bare.

WWWEW! It’s fruity!


It’s Wednesday and I am joining Lorie from “Honey, I shrank Myself” and today’s post is the fruit edition. I am going to post a very simple simple fruit recipe, I cannot even call it a recipe. It is slices of apples and yogurt dip…yummy, yummy, yummy, even the kids love it. I like Danon, Light & Fit yogurt. Enjoy!

Please check out some fruity recipes at Lorie’s.


I cannot tell why toddlers LOVE stickers…and Rehema is no exception.  the last two weeks Rehema decided that she is no longer interested in using the potty, I must say I was very frustrated.  She has been potty trained for a while now.  So, while I was at the doctor’s, I asked him what to do and he told me to start the chart all over again, give her a sticker for every time she goes.  I printed a chart that evening, put it up, explained to her that she gets a sticker every time she goes, and after so many stickers, she gets a prize.  It worked like magic and now all of a sudden, she has remembered how to use the potty…maybe she was just missing the stickers…:-)  Since Clifford is in town, and she loves Clifford, that is going to be one of her treats, she does not know that yet, I can’t wait to see her face when she sees Clifford. but it may not be a very good thing, because she blames everything on Clifford…Clifford did it…I bet in no time, it will change to, Henry did it.

Clothing you will never part with!!

This week’s Fun Monday is hosted by Hula Girl.  She says: “I’ve come up with the following topic….clothing…specifically clothing you can’t get rid of.  We all have at least one or two items of clothing that we can’t part with, even if we can’t or don’t wear them”  I used her Fun Monday logo today 🙂
The first piece of clothing that I own that I am going to talk about is literally a piece of cloth. It is called in Swahili a leso or khanga. Every East African woman is supposed to own one. This is the one I currently own and I have owned it for a long time. (It has been folded into two)

They say there 101 uses for a khanga. Women use it to:
Carry a baby on their backs (like in the batik, or the way people use wraps these days), as an apron in the kitchen, they are worn over skirts as the women tend the fields so that their skirts will not get dirty, women wear them on their heads as a head wrap, they use it on the floor like a mat when you are sitting outside in the grass, women use it postpartum to help them get rid of their baby bump after they have had the baby (they tie it round their waist tight). They can also be used as a tablecloth (you would buy special ones for that) or as decorative wall hangings. Women are not using them that much anymore and another piece of cloth called Kikoy has taken over (they are more beautiful and the fabric is stronger than the khanga). Khangas always have a Swahili saying, proverb, slogan or riddle printed on them.

Mine says “Najua mtasema tena” which means, “I know that you will talk/say again”
Some cultures do use Khangas during weddings, on the wedding day, the groom’s best man, goes to pick up the bride from her parents house. But before her relatives let her out, they will ask demand for stuff. One of the things the best man should come prepared with is money ( stelmodad can tell you his story about that) and khangas. The Aunties ( Bride’s Dad’s sisters mostly) want Khangas for all the care they took of the bride while she was growing up. So, the best man gives them khangas, (each aunty should get at least one or the best man might find himself going to the store to buy more)  These khangas are put on the floor for the bride to step on as she goes to the bride’s car, (you do not want the bride getting all dirty…you have to remember this is Kenya, it could be muddy or dusty) after she gets to the car, the loot is shared among the aunties. Talking of weddings, the second piece of clothing I am NEVER going to part with is my wedding dress. I am too sentimentally attached to it that I I packed my wedding dress and carried it all the way from Kenya to the US. I know we were supposed to pack all our life belongings into 6 suitcases, and the wedding dress took so much space, but I had to have it. I do not think my hubby was happy about that.   I went through a lot to get this dress and I almost lost it at the dry cleaners, the tailoress who was adjusting it disappeared for a day with it and I love it to death. I do not think I can fit into it because I was super THIN those days, I am posting one of the wedding pictures, but if you want to see more, go here and you have to scroll down to wedding pictures. 


Please visit Hula Girl and see what clothing people are holding onto, enjoy and have a fun monday.