Family Foto!

Fun Monday is hosted by Faye:Your assignment for October 4 is to share a favorite family photo(s)and tell us why this particular photo means so much to you.

Faye has posted some really neat pictures, make sure you stop by and admite them. This picture was taken when my employer opened up the campus for family and friends. I just thought it was a nice pic of the family sorry, it kinda’s old but for the most part, we still look like that…LOL!

Head over to Faye and see other family potraits and have yourself a fun Monday.

3 Wishes!

Today’s Fun Monday is hosted by Sayre and she is going to play genie in the lamp – I want to know your heart’s desire in the form of three wishes.

This one is a hard one for me since I wanna be a billionaire so freaking bad! I can’t really narrow it to three wishes, I could say that I wish I had enough money…but is money ever enough, those who have none or little, wish they could have more, and those who have a boatloads of it, want even more, I guess contentment is the magic word here…I wish we were healthy ALL the time and I wish there was peace in the world.  Those make three, right? Just did the Susan Komen race on Sunday.
Head over to Sayre and see what wishes people have! Have a fun Monday!

Fun Monday – Quiet Place

Now that I have finally gotten my life together and a little more organized, I am back to running and I am back to Fun Monday too. Our host this month is Sayre and here is her assignment:

My march through September as host of Fun Monday is drawing closer to the end… for this week, I wanted to know about your “quiet place.” Life is crazy and everyone needs a way to escape from the crazy and renew themselves. Where is YOUR quiet place? Do you take refuge in music? Massage? Meditation? Exercise? What is your escape from the world – even for just a little while?

Well, if you know me, you know I love to run, so I would say that my quiet place is running. I love to run indoors and outdoors, whatever is convenient. There is something about running, I remember once baby girl asked me, what am I running from? and I told her life. There is just something that running does to you, makes you forget about life for a moment, especially if you go running early in the morning against the elements! You can meditate, think, pray or even sing while running. Last month I took part in a mud run, and that was fun! Running indoors has its perks, I just like to run and watch people in the gym…People are so interesting when they are running on the treadmill!

Stop by Sayre and see other people’s quiet place, you might just get an idea of a new quiet place. I hope you had a great Monday

Fun Monday – Pesa!!

This week’s Fun Monday is hosted by the lovely Gattina. Here is her assignment:
I have the pleasure to be your host (again). I just came back from my round trip through Morocco where I had to pay in Dirhams which gave me an idea for this monday’s topic
I would like to see a picture of your wallet and your country’s currency. Of course there will be a lot of US $, but I suppose you all have a different wallet. I have never seen a bank note from the Philippines for example and I think it is interesting to see with what we pay, because we all have to pay with whatever note or coin !

I thought I had more money than this, turns out I am a poor Kenyan. The last time I went to Kenya, It was under difficult circumstances so I must have spent all my Kenyan monies. The exchange rate right now is $1 to 80 Kenya Shillings and one pound is equivalent to 118 Kenya Shillings. The note I have is the 20 shilling note. At one time, in my lifetime I think, the exchange rate was at one pound was equivalent to 20 Kenya Shillings. Can you imagine? It is at 118 now! Because of that, the 20 Shilling note got its name, pound. The back of the note is the picture of the Moi International Sports Centre which was constructed to host the All Africa games in 1987. The highest currency Kenya has is Ksh 1 000. At the end of every month, I used to be given a few of those by my employer. The next currency is Ksh 500 and then 200, then 100, 50, 20 and 10. We used to have 5 but they got rid of it and introduced the 5 shilling coin which is known as kobole. They also introduced a 10 shillings coin. This is because the 5 & 10 notes were being used so much it did not make sense to keep them as notes, they were getting old and tattered quick. By the way, it is illegal to tear Kenyan legal tender and it is also illegal to walk downtown without any cash on you! Oh yes, you can be stopped at any time by the cops.  Head over to Gattina’s and see all the monies we have out there.  Have a fun monday!

Coupon Fiascos!


First, don’t you just love my blog’s new look?  I love it!

This Sunday there was a high $$$ pampers wipes coupons in the Sunday paper. So, I had it ready so that I could get me some tubs of wipes…I was in Walmart to get a beach towel for Henry as he starts his journey to the swim team and decided to do a price check, and guess what, ALL the pampers wipes were $1.97. Wow, I just scored a free tub of wipes. Little did I know that Walmart has high moral standards. I swiped my coupon at the self service cashier and it did not work. The cashier in charge came and told me they cannot take a coupon that is of a higher value than the cost of the item, but she will check with the Customer Service lady. Customer Service lady made a phone call and came back and told me, they can’t take it. Manager came too and told me, no, they can’t take it. I asked them, why don’t you key in the price of the item like other stores do, she replied that, we get reimbursed $2 and so we cannot key $1.97. Manager told me, they want you to use it at an expensive place…I guess, that is what I am going to do…and I put back the wipes.

Fun Monday – Summer Days

Summer loving had me a blast…Summer loving happened so fast!

Today’s Fun Monday is hosted by Sayre. She wants us to show and tell about how you spend your summer days. Do you get to laze around and enjoy time off? Or do you work straight through? What do your kids do during the summer?

Well, unfortunately, for us, we just work straight through summer like it never happened. For this summer, we were are hoping, we could be able to afford to go and attend my brother’s wedding, but tickets for 4 people, is kinda pricey.
The kids might have more fun than the adults. Rehema cannot believe her luck that she gets to swim a lot and she will be going for her first summer camp. Henry is just hanging around, spalshing some water too.

Head over to Sayre and see what people are doing for summer…

Soon it was time, to say goodbye…

Fun Monday – Food Favs

This week’s Fun Monday is hosted by Debs.  Her topic is yummy! 

The Mission: FOOD. We all eat it. We all have the kind we like and the kind we dislike. What are some of your favorite foods? Which food do you find disgusting? Have a recipe you want to share?
I love food!  I would say all the juicy tropical fruits are my favorites but they are too expensive here for me to indulge as I would like to or as I used to.  I HATE pumpkins.  The irony of it all is that I love squash and they do belong to the same family.  When I was in boarding school, we had to finish all the food that we were served.  And for one of the meals, we should be served this HUGE piece of boiled pumpkin, I HATED it.  It was disgusting.  And where I grew up, NO ONE was allergic to any food, you bet, I would have claimed to be allergic to pumpkin!

Head over to Debs and see what people love to eat.  Have a fun Monday!

Fun Monday – School Lunch Memories

Today’s Fun Monday is hosted by Faye! She wants us to go back decades and remind ourselves what we used to do for lunch those days when we were young and lovely.

So your assignment for March 15 is to share your memories of school lunches. What kind of school did you attend–public, private, parochial? Did you bring lunch from home or buy in the school cafeteria? What did your lunch look like? Who prepared it? Who did you have lunch with? Was this a happy part of the school day? What did you do during lunch time other than eat your PB & J sandwich?

Well, for me, I am not sure if it was a good memory or not, but it was interesting. My first disclaimer: I did not know that peanut butter sandwiches were lunch until I moved here. I went to 1st grade when I was 5 and our school was maybe 15 minutes walk from where we lived. But since we had to walk to school, my mom took me on her way to work, I think it took longer than 15 minutes. From 1st to 3rd grade, for lunch, I and some other students would come back to our respective homes for lunch. Our classes did not go back to school so I would eat lunch and then take a nap and then go out to play at around 4 pm. When I reached 4th grade, that was stress. I had to walk home fast, eat quickly, then literally run back to school. If you were late, you would pray that you had an extra padding on your behind. Lateness and talking in class were the BIGGEST crimes one could commit in school (speaking another language other than English on school grounds came a close second). We lived in fear of the headmaster and never attempted to do any other wrong. I was in a public school from 1st to 4th grade. In 5th grade, I changed schools and went to a private boarding school. I was no longer living with my parents because they moved to the big city. Although, this was a boarding school but I was not a boarder. I lived with an Asian family for one term, yeah, the food was great! My parents paid for me to eat lunch at the school cafeteria. I then moved in with an old lady for two terms, that was an interesting stay. Then in 6th grade and henceforth, I became a boarder and ate school food for lunch. Basically, all my lunches were hot food and for the most part, there were okay. I did not not have much to complain about.

Head over to Faye and have a Fun Monday