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CELEBRATING TOPAZO, DOCTOR AND POET

In the VERY wise words of the literary Icon and Legend that’s ‘The’ Sensational Maya Angelou of blessed memory; she did assert this….’That the desire to reach for the stars she considers mighty ambitious, while the desire to reach hearts on the other hand’s pretty wise’!

When You, Dr. Temitope Ogundare ventured out here to do your ‘thang’…write, I’d never know if You’d planned on reaching for the stars with Your heart-feeling and heart-filling Monster and Masterpieces respectively; 😁 however, what I’d beat my chest to knowing, is the fact that You touched my heart Awesome Poet 😇; and that Sir…is beyond wise…just as You’ve always been! ❤😄

Here’s wishing You a super-amazing new season of your life that’d see Your deepest desires and dreams coming true…right before Your very eyes! 😇😊

May Your aura continually shine brightly over the wide expanse of the luminous sky and may Your creative sparks keep glowing and burning red hot! 😀

Many Hearty and Happy Cheers to You Doc 🍹🎂….Mwah! ❤😄

Su'eddie in Life n' Literature

Tope Ogundare, doctor and poet, or do we simply say Topazo? Author of the Z Channel, we met on those days at Naija Stories and he has continued to grow in many ways. Not one of the aggressive ones, his works speak with power as he lets his heart out on many issues… But wait, this is not meant to be a blurb, abi? 🙂

It is another birthday. Actually, the birthday was yesterday. Like many others, I celebrate this spirited Nigerian who is working against time, nature and a million other forces to make all things right for himself and all those around him.

Did I mention that the manuscript for his poetry collection, The Book of Pain is lurking somewhere about to hit the shelves? Ooops! He writes good short stories and poems. You really should watch out for his book.

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So, I turned a year ‘Fabulouso’ today and woulda infact kept that bit under wraps but many thanks to my Buddy, and Poet extraordinaire….Dr. Temitope Ogundare of the Z Channel; mine parent blog and homepage, who reeled out these beyond perfect lines for me on my special day; I just couldn’t…WOULDN’T pass off the opportunity to share! This is a timeless piece…a masterpiece and an absolute, total stunning work of art! Check it out y’all and while you’re at it; feel free to look around his space…its a real delight! 😊😄

Thank you sooo much Doc! Didn’t see this one coming but this….does take my breath away! And you….no words; in a very good way! Mwah! 👄❤😄

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Let me sing you a song
In words of worlds
Where magic lives:
The magic of love
That lives in lives
Of people domiciled
Therein:

Hearts are made to love,
Hollow organs that empty
Themselves into yearning vessels
Holding life within, giving
And receiving in an endless cycle,
Enclosed in the core of humanity.

Blood is thicker than water,
Water is the essence of life;
Water and Earth — the elements
Fountains of life cascading down
Aortas through tortuous pulsatile
Channels down tiny tributaries,
Spreading cheer in joyous bubbles
Nurturing the building blocks —
Tiny cells knitted together in
Harmonious flagellations at the
Heart of life.

Destinies are set in stones,
Hidden in the sky
Among the stars;
When the stars align
Destinies are merged as
Designed by Fate;
Stars are crossed by Ill
Fate — destined souls
Drift in orbits
Adrift —
Wander endlessly with
Holes for hearts.

Happiness…

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Secret Santa

This little light of mine

Am gonna let it shine

This little light of mine

Am gonna let it shine

This little light of mine

Am gonna let it shine

Let it shine

Let it shine

Let it shine

 This little light of mine’s anything BUT…. she’s in fact the brightest spark in my life…. the center of my Universe! Your light will so shine, that darkness would not comprehend In Jesus’ Precious Name, Amen! For T-gurl, mine mini-me and Little Miss Sunshine! Mummy loves you to the moon and all the sweet  way back….in ways unfathomable that you couldn’t possibly begin to imagine!

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My phone rings out to announce the arrival of my little princess from school, as is being revealed by the Caller ID on display! I hastily make my way outside to receive her from her Nanny and in her usual characteristic manner, she jumped out of her school bus excitedly as she’s done a countless number of times, and makes for me; whilst presenting me with a familiar colorful card she waved gleefully and held up to my face! I scooped her up in my waiting arms, gave her a tight squeeze in the form of a Bear-hug and there we were; happily locked in an affectionate embrace for what seemed like forever!

Its that time of the year….the Yuletide Season and as is become the norm and tradition, the little card was an invite for her school’s Annual Christmas Party & Concert, with chosen theme for this year being ‘Hippo Chrimbo Concert’! This theme’s in line with that beautiful  Christmas Old Classic and Novelty Song titled ‘I Want An Hippopotamus For Christmas’! It was sang and performed back then in 1953 by the very young and mighty talented Gayla Peevey! One of my personal favorites by the way cause of its comedic vibe and flavor!

Concert day arrives and we’re dressed to the nines, looking every inch the part! With my little Princess gorgeously draped in a Bejeweled Champagne-Gold Colored Ball Gown that glittered….bling, bling; complete with a tiara…. the dress code specifically favored for her class! She was most adorable….divine!

We set out for her school! It was a most glamorous event, a big monster blow out of an end of year party and all the children dazzled, bringing the stage alive in a variety of fun line-ups to include Ballet Dance Performances, Drama Presentations, Rendition of Christmas Carols and Hymns amongst others! We returned home pretty fulfilled, totally bushed and dead-beat…it was a more than perfect day!

The following day, it dawned on me the new resumption date, amongst other pieces of information the school authority would otherwise have passed on to parents right before the show wrapped was not given us! I figured it was an oversight on their part amidst all of the frenzy that greeted the celebrations….we’d all been taken over by the fun and merriment renting the hour, literally! I therefore had it in my plans to put a call through to the Head-teacher at some point during the course of the day, to get up to speed ’bout those little details we’d missed out on!

Somehow, I went the entire day having done all I had on my to-do list, save for putting a call through to my little girl’s school! I’d blame that lil snafu on fate, if I could just get past the fact that I’d been a poor planner perhaps?! Nah! Its the fates as I later came to find out! Hehehe

Early next day, a slightly chilly Saturday morning, I was jolted awake from my beauty sleep by a rather loud noise that seemed to be coming from my main gate! I groggily climbed outta bed, with sleep still heavy in my eyes; and reached for my phone!

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I always ensure to put my phone on silent mode right before retiring for the night! On checking through, I found I had several missed calls from my daughter’s Nanny! Just as I was about to put a call through to her, she beat me to it! ‘Hello Ma’am, Good Morning to you; could you please come on out to your front gate and admit us in’?! ‘We’ve been here awhile and your phone’s been ringing no response’! Without uttering a word, I raced out the door to go see what this whole strange occurrence was all ’bout! School was out after all and the holidays were in! What’s with the early morning unexpected house-call?!

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On reaching outside, I was greeted by the most ‘ah-mazing’ sight E-V-E-R! Pretty outlandish and wayyy out there…..grandiose! A bus prettily decorated and filled to overflowing…to the rafters, with an assortment of treats and gifts, a Staff Member of the School who’d  dressed up and assumed the role of Santa Claus, in his full, immaculate red and snowy white garbs, his helper and of course, the gentleman who’d driven and conveyed ’em down to my abode, seated pretty and sporting a real cute friendly smile; behind the wheel!

These pleasant forward-thinking dears were on a mission….paying unscheduled home visits…. courtesy calls, to unsuspecting parents and kids, bearing gifts, treats and holiday cheers in the spirit of the season! These guys gave us absolutely no hints, no clues whatsoever; like there were no cracks allowed for anything to slip through! There was nothing to suggest to anyone that something of this nature was in the works….nothing was jumping out at us! We were totally blindsided and taken over by surprise!  I was held spellbound, reeling…in an utter state of shock!

Having registered their presence and with goals fully achieved of course, by my obvious discomfiture and astonishment, Santa Claus broke the ice! Speaking up, he said, ‘Good Morning Ma’am and a very Happy Holidays to you’! ‘We believe a  little darling girl who goes by the name of Tami, stays at this address’! ‘We have a delivery to make….most especially for her’!

 

I somehow resisted and subdued the sudden urge to laugh out loud, instead; I quickly gathered my wits ’bout me and responded thus,

‘Good Morning Santa Claus, Compliments of the Season and this right here’s a most pleasant surprise’! ‘You’re at the right place Sir, she does reside here but is fast asleep at this time, all snuggled and cozied up to her favorite bed and sleeping mate…Winnie the Pooh’! ‘I could receive the tidings and goodwill on her behalf if its no bother’!

‘I’m so sorry Ma’am, says Santa Claus, but the instructions are clear…this delivery must be given her in person and moreover, there’s also the handshake and hug aspect’!

‘Very well then Santa Claus, if you’ll come this way; I made a gesture with my hands, I’ll lead you straight to she, whom you seek’!

And so it was decided! We marched on to where my little princess laid as snug as a bug in a rug, and in faraway Slumber-land….in the Purple and Pink Room that’s her little haven!

Santa Claus gave her a gentle tap and called out her name! At the point her eyes opened up, that moment was simply just surreal….beautiful beyond words! She couldn’t believe her eyes as she looked from Santa Claus, to his helper and then me!

I sniggered as Santa Claus helped my little Princess out of her bed and  spoke to her as his helper passed on the gifts and treats to him! By the time he was done, hugging and shaking her hands, she knew this was anything but a dream!

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Work done, Santa Claus and his goodly gang said their byes; leaving us gaping with absolute wonderment of the whole magical experience, cause that was what it finally did come down to….a most enchanting experience!

We thanked and wished ’em farewell as we caught up to ’em outdoors! ‘Happy Holidays again, be seeing you same time next year, Ho! Ho!! Ho!!!’ says Santa Claus a-merrily, cheerily; gleefully!

‘Next year huh’?! I thought, ‘Oh by Gee but I could REALLY get used to this, wouldn’t miss it for the world’! I mean, too much of a good thing can actually be wonderful, as the stunning and pretty witty Mae West affirms, right?! Mwah-ha-ha!

I was glued and rooted to the spot till the bus disappeared from view, as I watched ’em go in a daze! Santa’s got several miles to go yet and a lot more stops to make to unsuspecting kids, I pondered in my mind!

Moreover and most worthy of note, my little Princess hasn’t exactly gotten over this happenstance, its made quite the impression on her and she just cannot stop talking ’bout it! I’ll wager this magical moment would stay with her for years to come, a keepsake to treasure! Memories are precious and they last several lifetimes!

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We just never know what a day might bring, and I’ve since adopted the perfect lines….’Everyday’s The Sweetest Days We’ll Ever Know’, as sung in that golden oldie tune by the gorgeous Vanessa Williams titled ‘Sweetest Days’! Its just what it is, we’re here this moment and its the only thing that matters….. the only thing that SHOULD matter! Tomorrow’s promised no one, we may as well seize this day and make the best of it!

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Here’s conveying an abundance of Holiday Cheers, complete with gleeful tidings of comfort and of joy; the way of all and sundry! May y’all experience a most gloriously divine encounter and visitation in this Yuletide Season from your very own ‘Secret Santa’, who’d spring up on y’all in the most unexpected of  ways; bearing every good and perfect gifts that comes forth only from the Heavens above, plus those as scribbled on your individual Wish-Lists, in accordance to His perfect will!

Thank you so much for reading folks, and have y’all a very Merry, Rocking Christmas Celebration and a pretty exciting ’16 in advance! Happy Holidays y’all, One love and Shalom!

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100 Questions

Omooba-Jesu, who I especially love to call Princess; tagged me in her 100 Questions post! Thanks a bunch Sweets, I had mega fun with this one! You rock too darn hard gurl and its pretty exciting having you join my little blogging community! Mwah!

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1. Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?
• Closed, but then; what does it matter if it does stay open?! It’s not like a monster’s lurking therein and is just looking to grab me as soon as am out like a light is it?! *tsking*

2. Do you take shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotels?
• Ahem…..no?! Hehehe

3. Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?
• Tucked in of course, whaddya think?! Hol ‘up….. what sorta question’s this anyhow like huh?!

4. Have you stolen a street sign before?
• Whatever for Mbok or am I missing something here?!

5. Do you like to use post-it notes?
• I do actually, they’re kinda cute and are so much fun; especially the ones that come in a variety of colors!

6. Do you cut out coupons but never use them?
• Nah! So NOT into coupons!

7. Would you rather be attacked by a big Bear or a swarm of Bees?
• Oh come now! Did someone order a hit or drop on me?! What in the heck kinda question’s this?! Well, since we’re talking ’bout ‘rather’ here; how ’bout I’d ‘rather’ NOT be attacked by neither huh?! You know what?! Just shoot me already, bump me right off…..make it quick! Hmf!

8. Do you have freckles?
• Not at all!

9. Do you always smile for pictures?
• Always! I am easily Guy Smiley’s Doppelganger!

10. What is your biggest pet peeve?
• I can’t stand folks who are pretty mean and unruly!

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11. Do you ever count your steps when you walk?
• No time!

12. Have you ever peed in the woods?
• Oh yeah! When its time to go….then its pretty much TIME TO GO!

13. Have you ever pooped in the woods?
• Nah! Can’t risk being kissed on the bum by a ‘Schnake’! The horror!

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14. Do you ever dance if there’s no music playing?
• I do! I just become the music box belting out melodious tunes! Jamming! Hehehe

15. Do you chew your pens and pencils?
• Eew…nasty! NO!

16. How many people have you slept with this week?
• Huh?! Is there any point to this ‘by really’?! Plus, this is pretty ambiguous! ‘Slept with’ as in on top of or under, or ‘mayhaps’; beside?! You totally lost me on this one Princess , I don’t quite follow! Better luck next time! Besides, Momma issued me with a stern warning ’bout kissing and telling! Bad, Bad Panda!

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17. What size is your bed?
• Kingsize Baby, fit for a Queen like me! *winks

18. What is your song of the week?
• Its the Holidays and am presently jamming to my all time favorite Christmas Song…. Jingle Bell Rock by the Amazing Bobby Helms!

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19. Is it okay for guys to wear pink?
• As long as it floats their boat….Uh yeah! I like a guy who aint afraid to explore and get in tune with his ‘inner female’! Coolness!

20. Do you still watch cartoons?
• Can’t you tell?! Course I do!

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21. What is your least favorite movie?

•None! I wouldn’t sit through the first 15 minutes anyhow, let alone see a full length movie that bores me stiff!

22. Where would you bury hidden treasure if you have some?
• What’s this?! Some kinda elaborate scheme or ploy to come dispossess me of mine treasures?! I’d have to do away with ya upon fessing up! So what will it be then?! *chuckling

23. What do you drink with dinner?
• Nothing satisfies thirst like good old water….for always!

24. What do you dip a chicken nugget in?
• Mustard sauce, just! Yum yum!

25. What is your favorite food?
• Abula toh gbona felifeli as in, toh bad gan ni! Gba o!

26. What movies could you watch over and over again and still love?
• Oh boy! Wherever do I start from?! I am a movie buff through and through! Seen lots but I’d just name the ‘few’ that pretty much comes to mind….top of my head ! ‘Sounds Of Music’, ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’, ‘Ferris  Bueller’s Day Off’, ‘Blind Date’, ‘Revenge Of The Nerds 1&2’, ‘White Chicks’, ’50 First Dates’, ‘The Woo Woo Kid’, ‘Kill Bill Vols 1&2’, ‘Runaway Bride’, ‘The Secret Of My Success’, ‘Problem Child’, ‘Home Alone’, All Jackie Chan and Harrison Ford’s Flicks (Indiana Jones), ‘ Mean Girls’, ‘ Dutch Treat’, ‘Sleepover’, ‘Pretty Woman’, ‘The Other Bolelyn Girl’, ‘Noel’, ‘Dance With Me’, ‘Chocolat’, ‘Under The Tuscan Sky’, ‘Con Air’, ‘Passenger 57’, ‘Top Gun’, ‘Speed’ ‘The Chronicles Of Narnia’, ‘Ella Enchanted’, ‘Shrek’, ‘Ghosts’, ‘Child’s Play’, The Truth About Love’, ‘Dark Angel’, ‘Titanic’, ‘Lion King’, ‘Despicable Me’, ‘Being Julia’, Ten Things I Hate About You’, ‘Bella Mafia’, You Got Served’, The Last Of The Finest’, ‘Face-Off’, ‘Broken Arrow’, ‘Sleepless In Seattle’, ‘Odyssey’, ‘Black Swan’, ‘Under Siege’, ‘The Goonies’, ‘ Iron Eagle’, A Good Woman’, ‘Training Day’, ‘The Devil Wears Prada’, Boyz In The Hood’, ‘Speed’, ‘Class Act’, ‘ Coyote Ugly’, ‘Thomas Crown Affair’, ‘Steel Magnolias’, ‘Brigitte Jones’ Diary’, ‘Nothing To Lose’, ‘True Romance’, ‘Matrix’, ‘Dirty Dancing’, and a gazillion other films in every genre imaginable and unimaginable, like you’ve none idea!

27. Last person you kissed/kissed you?
• Mine Honeybun! *blushing

28. Were you ever a boy/girl scout?
• Nopes!

29. Would you ever strip/pose nude in a magazine?
• Who me?! I think… NOT!

30. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?
• Eons ago I guess!

31. Can you change the oil in a car?
• I’ve seen it done severally by my Brothers and Dad but never really gotten round to getting my hands real grimy and dirty, enough to putting my knowledge to the test!

32. Ever gotten a speeding ticket?
• No! Thankfully, am a VERY law abiding citizen of the Federal Republic! Take that! Hahahaha

33. Ever ran out of gas?
• No!

34. What’s your favorite kind of sandwich?
• Am not fussy, totally down for whatever so long as I can pronounce the names of the fillings! Hehehe

35. Best thing to eat for breakfast.
• Cereals for sure!

36. What is your usual bedtime?
• Night Owl for the most part, so I’d say anything after midnight!

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37. Are you lazy?
• As far as Blogging goes….OH YEAH! For other things besides Blogging, am very hands-on, a real hard-worker!

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38. When you were a kid, what did you dress up for as Halloween?
• We don’t celebrate Halloween in this part of the world Princess! Thought you knew that bit… Eish! How ’bout ‘Ojude Oba’ or ‘Eyo Festival’ then?! *tsking

39. What is your Chinese astrological sign?
• Capricorn… The ‘Gnu’! Hehehe

40. How many languages can you speak?
• 3

41. Do you have any magazine subscriptions?
• No!

42. Which are better: Legos or Lincoln logs?
• I never really encountered Lincoln Logs but Legos bricks….I played with! So I’ll go with Legos!

43. Are you stubborn?
• Yeap!

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44. Who is better: Leno or Letterman?
• Dunno ’bout better Princess, both guys gatz jokes but I love me some Chelsea Handler especially now that the Queen of the Roost…. The Amazing Joan Rivers has gone to be with the Lord!

45. Ever watch soap operas?
• You bet! A total Junkie!

46. Are you afraid of heights?
• Yes!

47. Do you sing in the car?
• Is there a law against that?! Course I do!

48. Do you sing in the shower?
• Most times!

49. Do you dance in the car?
• Oh yeah!

50. Ever used a gun?
•A toy gun and water gun?! Absolutely! Am tough like that!

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51. Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer.
•January ’15!

52. Do you think musicals are cheesy?
• Some…not all!

53. Is Christmas stressful?
• A much-needed good kinda stress?! Yup!

54. Ever eaten a Pierogi?
• I have, lotsa times! However, in this part of the world, we don’t call it by that name! Meat-pie or Chicken-pie woulda sufficed just fine Princess! Jeez!

55. Favorite type of fruit pie?

I love Strawberry Tart!

56 . Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid.

I’d favored being an Air Stewardess and then a Pharmacist for the absolute love of Chemistry!

57. Do you believe in ghosts?
• I don’t believe in ghosts but I know there’s such a thing as ghosts and they do exist!

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58. Ever have a Deja-vu feeling?
• Oh yeah…..a countless number of times!

59. Do you take a vitamin daily?
• No!

60. Do you wear slippers?
•Totally!

61. Do you wear a bath robe?
•No!

62. What do you wear to bed?
•Besides a Nightgown or Jammies…. a smile perhaps?!

63. What was your first concert?
•That would be The Rothman’s Concert gig that went down way back in the late’90’s! I remember seeing ‘Mode Nine’ live on stage back then! Groovy!

64. Walmart, Target or K-mart?
•How ’bout ‘The Palms Shopping Mall’, ‘Game’, or maybe ‘Park n Shop’?! PRINCESS!!!!

65. Nike or Addidas?
•I really couldn’t care less, seeing as am totally down for whatever!

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66. Cheetos or Fritos?
•Cheetos

67. Peanuts or sunflower seeds?
•Peanuts

68. Ever hear of the group Tres bien?
• Nah!

69. Ever taken dance lessons?
• No!

70. Is there a profession you picture your future spouse doing?
• Seeing as am already hitched…Nay!

71. Can you curl your tongue?
• Very well!

72. Ever won a spelling bee?
•No! Never taken part in one to start with!

73. Have you ever cried because you were so happy?
•Oh yeah!

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74. Own any record albums?
• No chance!

75. Own a record player?
• Nopes!

76. Do you regularly burn incense?
•Regularly?! I don’t burn incense at all Princess!

77. Ever been in love?
•Uh yeah! And should feelings flow both ways and is mutual….no words!

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78. Who would you like to see in a concert?
•Pink most definitely! Her out-of-this-world, magical performance at the 2014 Grammys, inspired by the Cirque Du Soleil acrobatic dance routine’s extremely hard to miss….most memorable, sensual and pretty seductive….surreal!

79. What was the last concert you saw?
•Rothman’s Groove

80. Hot tea or cold tea?
• Hot tea!

81. Tea or coffee?
• Tea!

82. Sugar cookies or Snickerdoodles?
• Sugar Cookies!

83. Can you swim well?
•Can’t swim at all! Water gives me the jitters….am hydrophobic!

84. Can you hold your breath without holding your nose?
• Sure thing!

85. Are you patient?
• Not as much as I’d REALLY love to be, am still pretty much a work in progress!

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86. DJ or band at a wedding?
• DJ! I get to listen to all of my favorite bands play!

87. Ever won a contest?
• Yes!

88. Have you ever had plastic surgery?

• Nopes!

89. Which are better: Black or Green olives?
• Clueless!

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90. Can you knit or crochet?
•Tried it once before in vocational class….didn’t quite pan out!

91. Best room for a fireplace?
•In tropical Nigeria?! What is this some sorta trick question?! Well, no room…. ‘That’ room! Unless you’re a Barbecue looking to happen! Hmf!

92. Do you want to get married?
•Duh!

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93. If married, how long have you been married?
•Can’t put a date on that one! Been with mine since my teen years! We were ‘Young Loves’ before getting hitched! Pretty much, I’ve known ma Boo all of mine life…..forever!

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94. Who was your high school crush?
•The boy next door!

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95. Do you cry and throw a fit until you get your own way?
• Nopes!

96. Do you have kids?
•Of course!

97. Do you want kids?
• Shouldn’t I?! Hehehe

98. What is your favourite colour?
•Lilac!

99. Do you miss anyone right now?
•My dearest brother….Earth’s loss, Heaven’s sweet gain!

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100. Who are you going to tag to do this post next?
• The pretty witty Tony Michelle for the now! Thanks Tony, you do rock….PIECES!

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Thanks again Princess for thinking of me, and Happy Holidays to you and every single one person out there! Thank you so much for reading….Y’all rock senseless!

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The Reunion With A Tinge Of Nostalgia!

A couple weeks back, my Bestie, Jay; from during my college days, sprang up on me like a lightning bolt from outta the blues, and immediately; mails flew fast and furious between us two in our bid and excitement to playing catch up, reliving times and moments gone by! We also ensured to bring each other up to speed ’bout happenstances in our lives in the now!

 

There was a growing need to reconnect with me as a result of a book he’d authored, chronicling his career life! I wondered how I fitted into that bit, especially seeing as it was an autobiography of sorts coupled with the fact that we’d been out of touch for such a long time! Interest piqued, and curiosity getting the best of me, I got cracking; wanting to know why my name came up for mention at all! At first, he wouldn’t let on; and then he gave me the run around, pussy-footing all over me and saying I’d have to wait it out to discover this ‘mystery’, when the book does finally make it to the stores and hits the shelves! ‘I’d sooo make you crave for my book, Yemi; he says, the suspense will do you some amount of good’! He gloated on!

Not one to back down easy, I cranked up the heat and wheedled him endlessly to fess up ’bout this seemingly big secret of his! I mean, we’d grown apart and gone our separate ways right after graduation and the tides had swept us off to different plains and shores! Plus, thoughts of him had pretty much become fewer and farther between! ‘Out of sight, out of mind’ does come to mind at this point… totally spot on is that adage! It was therefore a thing of great surprise and delight, that he’d even think to remember me, and much less; think me worthy of  mention in his ‘baby’ and pet project that’s his first book!

I am quite the persistent one, if I do say so myself; needless to say I bugged out on him and in no time, he was belting out lines in sweet melodious and symphonic tunes of a-tra-la-la-la like a Songbird… a Canary, and what I found out sent me reeling! Uh Snap!

Ever had one of those experiences happen to you that’s so out there that you just play pretend and convince yourself otherwise…. that nothing of such never, ever did take place?! You know, you don’t recall or have any memory of that particular event going down, like the slate’s been wiped clean….blotted out?! I guess this is the part where I gotta launch straightways into a panic attack mode of sorts, cause its just so totally bizarre!

You see, I’ve always prided myself as one with a more than stellar memory bank and a superlative ability to recount past events with perfect clarity but in light of my new findings, its painfully obvious I’ve been under some kinda false impression and mistaken belief! That folks, is real scary; uncanny! How many more events and moments have I subconsciously and unconsciously blocked off, never to be recollected and pondered on no more?! This is rather unnerving, makes me kinda….. uneasy!

The big secret was an event that led up to our striking friendship! That defining moment he thought he’d spied and spotted the perfect companion, to complement his otherwise cool, calm and quiet disposition! He was very mild-mannered and I, well; not so much…. his thoughts!

School was in and it was early days! The first semester had just kicked off! A certain Mr A, a pretty unsavory character; was at the helms of affairs taking full reins; as he was billed to take my class Chemistry! Right from the first time he stepped his foot into my class, he’d just go off; bearing down on the lots of us! With this guy, crossing the line was second nature, effortless and he never quite came back from it once he makes it past the threshold! On the contrary, he simply just plunged further down, Dude didn’t understand boundaries!

He talked and beat down on us, calling us the most derogatory and demoralizing of names….’Morons’, ‘Numskulls’, ‘Pea-brains’, Blockheads’, ‘Airheads’ and the likes! And he doesn’t stop there, nuh-uh; he’d ensure to take his war to the home-front, saying crappy stuff like ‘The witches in your villages have sapped clean your brain cells that y’all can’t grasp simple concepts and principles’! As for us, we’d learned to look on, like frightened little animals caught in a trap; not muttering a single word! Dude was pretty fouled-up…toxic, he practically just talked our ears off! Eish!

Sitting through that class had become somewhat unbearable….hellish, that I barely managed to keep it kinda together whenever it came the time for Chemistry! Week in, week out; and you can set your clock by the fact that he’d sink lower to the abyss each time…..totally condescending! He just seemed to hit a spanking new low, spending the better part of the time allotted that course, to rain down cuss words on us! I coulda sworn he derived some  sorta sick pleasure from it! Plus, he carried on still, not giving a thought to the fact that he may be causing us harm emotionally!  We just weren’t good enough and he’d quite figured, nay; concluded, that we could never measure up to his exacting demands! Offering us absolutely no chances or benefits to just prove him wrong!

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For one who’s got this pretty unbecoming knack for keeping to herself and pulling the ‘Shrinking Violet Card’, thus being a certified ‘Wallflower’ more than half the time while in college, I musta had it up to my limits with him and gotten positively pissed!  I’d most definitely had ’bout enough of him, cause as he resumed classes one fateful day and was getting into his old, lame and boring routine of a pastime, flapping off of his gums, I thought…

crap

And then, unthinking; I spoke up….did the unimaginable,

‘Do you mind Sir’?!

At this time, he scanned the lecture-room for the one who dared to speak up, interrupting him in the process! You’d think with him staring a hole through me, I’d retreat and put an end to my seemingly folly, which was a kinda spur of the moment reaction anyways! But no, I became more emboldened, I’d gone way too far to back down! So what if I’ve strayed way off of the rails and dancing vigorously on thin ice?! This is soo going down! No guts, no glory right?! Hehehe.

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By now, I’d gotten his full undivided attention and I continued on, pretty stoic in my approach, as he listened intently,

‘Sir,  you seem quite versed ’bout witches that if I didn’t know, I’d think you’ve had lotsa firsthand, you know; personal experiences from your village!  Would be nice learning ’bout those! So, will you be kind enough to give us the full low down or even better, we may as well just get to studying Chemistry which is why you’re here in the first place, unless am gravely mistaken, no?’

 

An eerie and pretty awkward silence descended and settled over the class as Mr  A’s confidence faltered and his composure was starting to crack! He became very disorientated and it was more than dandy, seeing him in that state! In my mind I be like ‘The jig’s up and it looks like someone’s train’s not only ran outta tracks, its also derailed and there’s simply no way out besides crashing, burning and bursting into flames of course’! ‘That’d teach you to be mean and needlessly petty next time’! As far I knew, he’d gotten his comeuppance and justice had been rightly served!

He said not a word! Rather, he fiddled around for a bit with his lecture note! When he did manage to say something, he just rambled on; teaching us as best he could! Plus, he simply couldn’t wait to get out the class! I figured it was a bad sign, his keeping mute and not addressing me straightaway, totally made me feel pretty suspicious and shaken! Lets face it good people, how much higher can one fly in the face of looming danger; before one crashes and burns huh?! I’d drawn first blood, and had absolutely no indication of what was coming!

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After he took his leave, things were all peachy and honky-dory as everyone bounced off of the walls in a frenzy…ecstatic! In the weeks to come, he just faced his business head-on and all was forgotten! The castigations stopped and he no longer casted aspersions our way! Perhaps he developed a heart and or had an attack of conscience, I’d never know! Whatever it was, my message seemed to have sunk in!

Flash forward to examination day and Mr. A who’d  hitherto been on his best behavior, suddenly turned on me! Seated prettily with Jay in one part of the hall that was supposed to be the venue for our papers, Dude ordered that I changed seats to the far end of the hall! As it turned out, I was the only one without a seatmate but I really could care less if he placed me atop Mount Everest; Chemistry was easily my strong point and I excelled effortlessly, totally aced it! He on the other hand, lost across board….on all counts!

It still beats me silly how an event of this magnitude coulda completely skipped my mind! As much as I try to figure this out, I just can’t fathom it! Plus, if Jay hadn’t thought to mention it to me, there’s a pretty good chance I may not have remembered it for the rest of my days! Is this pretty scary or what?! Twisted!

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Woman, Who You Are!

So, the other day I received this mightily inspirational piece via video; from my sweetest mum! She knows just how much I fancy those kinda materials, being a self-proclaimed cheerleader myself! God bless your sweet heart Mummy Dearest! Love you now and for always, you do float ma boat and rock ma world like no tomorrow….endlessly!

While still on the issue of Mothers, I’d love to seize this very rare opportunity to reach out to my friend and brother, Dr Temitope Ogundare; whose Precious Mum gets to be a year sweeter in a bit, on the occasion of her birthday!  P-A-R-T-A-Y!!!

Here’s wishing you a very happy birthday, Sweet Mother and more glorious years in great health and wealth of mind, body and soul! May the Good Lord cause for you to reap the fruits of your labour of love upon all of your offsprings, and may you be called ‘Blessed’, for the rest of your days on God’s Green Earth In Jesus’ Mighty Name, Amen! This is a special tribute for you Sweet, Virtuous Mother, especially from me to you! Love you to the moon and all the sweet way back! Congratulations Momma, have many more! *Hugs and kisses*

I got to opening up the video and listening in on the contents and I can assure you this, it was beyond amazing! I was pretty moved by the wordings that my hairs practically stood up and out! I’ve listened to it a gazillion number of times now and I simply cannot get enough! And then an idea hit me to make a delightful lil post outta it and share with everyone, who’s just looking to get inspired and encouraged! Its a certified morale booster this masterpiece, most especially for the ladies! Enjoy and do ensure to share too, after all, there’s love in sharing and well, I just did like duh!

You’re Beautiful

You’re Funny

You’re Smart

You’re Unique

You’re worthy of love and affections

You’re NEVER too much and

You’re ALWAYS enough

You’re Precious

You’re a Diamond

You’re a Rose,

a Pearl

The most STUNNING of ALL God’s Creation

You’re worth MORE than you could EVER imagine

Worth more than the number on the scale

Or the hair products you use

Or the shoes you wear

More than the many girls, who wished they were you

Or how many guys, who wished they had you

More than the price tags on your clothes

Or the percentage off the top of your Math test

Or even more than the numbers of followers you have on Twitter

Your WORTH surpasses ALL EARTHLY THINGS

Because in the Eyes of the Lord

YOU ARE LOVED and you’re worth DYING FOR

Regardless of who you think you are

Whether you’re a Model in a magazine

Or you model pottery with Grandma

Whether you’re on the Hot List

Or the Not List

Whether you’re a Head Cheerleader

Or a High School drop-out

Whether you’re Miss Popular

Or you’ve never had anyone you could call a friend

Whether you love yourself and love your life

Or you can’t stand to look in the mirror

And you feel as if everything in your life’s falling apart

Whether you’re such a winner

Or you feel like you’re the world’s biggest failure

Regardless of who you think you are

The REALITY is that YOU deserve SOMEONE

Who would give their life for you

Because YOU ARE POWERFUL

And STRONG

And CAPABLE

Read about the Women in the Bible

Esther, Ruth, Martha, Mary

These Women changed the world FOREVER

Each and everyone of you is a Woman with that same Power

That same strength

And that same world changing capability

And your responsibility, is to find that Woman

And to set her free

This. Is. Who. You. Are

And any voices in your mind that tries and tell you differently, is from the enemy

And the next time you hear it, you’ll say,

‘Not I, nuh-uh; not me Satan, I am a Daughter of the Living God, cherished, loved and adored ABOVE all things by the Creator of ALL things, for the glory of Him who’s GREATER than ALL things, I. AM. AWESOME’

And PLEASE, don’t YOU forget!

All images are courtesy of http/ flickr.com

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Goofing Off In Fun Lines & Rhymes…..by Yemie

I simply cannot thank you enough Honeycomb, for bugging out on me till these lines were reeled out! 😈😆

If ever there was any with the supernatural ability to make a Carpenter fly an airplane; 😔 that’d be you Cherie! You totally made a Pilot of me and here I be, soaring wayyy beyond heights untold; up above ‘blogosphere’s’ clear blue skies! 😤😎

In light of this Sweetkinz, and in the words of the dashing Chris Ryan to the stunning Kim Bassinger in the Hollywood Blockbuster Action- Thriller ‘Cellular’….’DON’T EVER CALL ME’; 👿😜 should the need arise to churn out poetic lines in the not-too-distant future! Soaring feels soo good but am feeling kinda jetlagged right now! Call it a phobia for heights and I’d say ‘Right-ho’! 😆😆😆

I am done strutting ma stuff on the glorious runway that’s the plenty delightsome ‘Zika’s Musings’ and am ramping off right ’bout now! Thanks again for the platform, I am bowled over and mighty honored, my dearest friend and sister! 😇 Love ya tons! ♡😇❤

Holla Babycakes, its been forever I know! Do pardon my hang-ups and check out my first ever attempt at churning out a piece of poetry as made highly possible by none other than the most adorable Zika; who would simply not take no for an answer! 😣😩😞

Have y’all a very fantastic rest of the week and enjoy! ❤ ♡☆

Zika's Musings

My first guest post is from the beautiful Yemie. She doesn’t consider herself a blogger, though many of us know better 🙂. However, I cajoled her into writing a poem for us and after fighting tooth and nail to decline the invitation, we finally got the beautiful, playful piece below. Yemie sizzles, for no other reason than that she expresses herself with everything she’s got. No holds barred. Ladies and gentlemen, presenting Yemie!


Goofing Off In Fun Lines & Rhymes

Tick-tock goes the clock
A tap and rap on my door, knock-knock
I reach out and unlock
With the strength of a Jock

‘Write me a poem’, she sweetly coos
Chuckling, I belt out a sound ‘boo hoo’
And make a quick dash for the loo

‘You aren’t wriggling free of this one Cherie’, she cajoles
‘Oh dear! Do I feel like a Felon on parole’
A pocketful…

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