Why did you make me smile so much, my face still hurts? I mean, there I was minding my own business, I’d just given myself a mini-pedicure. I was admiring my handwork when I thought to check my email.
Then I saw it. You’d nominated me for the World Bloggers Award, my very first of these sort of things. I was so delighted. I mean, wasn’t it enough that you’d won over my senses and sensibilities with your remarkable blog, but to go ahead and also do this sweet thing… Honestly, really?
Thank you so much. 😀
The rules of the award are:
- Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site;
- Put the award logo on your blog;
- Answer the ten questions sent to you;
- Nominate five blogs;
- Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.
So, here are my answers to Jacqueline’s questions:
1) Are you a shopper or a penny pincher?
A little of both, I suppose. I enjoy the thrill of shopping especially when there’s a big red SALE sign, but I’ve learned to curb my enthusiasm when faced with bright and shiny things by using the Need vs. Want test.
2) Do you have any hidden talents?
Yes, I can spot a clever pun from a mile off. Surely, that’s a talent!
3) Do you dream often?
Yes, I do. There’s quite a bit that I want to achieve, the mental images leave me content for the time being.
4) Do you think romance books and fairy tales influence our choice of a partner?
I believe that one’s perception of an ideal partner will evolve as they grow older. I read Mills and Boons novels during my teenage years. Now that I’m older, I know the reality is that not all good men are TDH (Tall, Dark and Handsome). 😉
5) Are you an emotional person?
Yes, I am the sort of person who’ll weep at the end of a good book. I reluctantly admit that I am a Melancholic. The nice side-effect is that most melancholics are creative people. I suppose there has to be a positive outlet for all those bubbling emotions or else we’d simply erupt from holding it all in!
6) Are there any causes that you strongly believe in?
Yes two, a cause for Kindness, the smallest thoughtful gesture can go a long way, and a cause for the DIY ethic, as it encourages self-sufficiency and inspires an entrepreneurial spirit.
7) How are you feeling right now?
I am feeling rather full, I had a hearty brunch.
8) How do you make decisions?
I am an over-thinker; I write down the alternatives and weigh them carefully. The process can be sometimes painful. I don’t always take advice when it comes to making decisions, even if I seek it, I already know what I am going to do.
But when it comes to lipstick, Ah! I’d need to read review after review, complete with swatches and pictorials before purchasing. There’s nothing crappier than lipstick that you hate 5 minutes after purchasing.
9) What is your secret desire?
The lyrics of Beyonce Knowles “I was here” perfectly describes this.
♫ I wanna leave my footprints on the sands of time
Know there was something that meant something that I left behind
When I leave this world, I’ll leave no regrets
Leave something to remember, so they wont forget
♫ I was here
I lived, I loved
I was here
I did, I’ve done everything that I wanted
And it was more that I thought it would be
I will leave my mark so everyone knows
I was here ♫
10) In a short prose, describe your town.
My town is the city of hurried hustlers, really if one can survive in Lagos, they can survive anywhere. Every inch throbs with the rhythm of survival. The energy is quite infectious really, you’ll catch it like a bad cold, if you have both a mission and vision.
Oh! please forget about whether it’s a stick shift or automatic, that doesn’t count as far as Lagos driving is concerned. The Lagos driver’s anthem is a mindful “Think for both yourself and the other drivers”. The fine art of two-way thinking.
Ah! Kindly show me a car that hasn’t been given the danfo bus or okada bike tattoo, and 9 out of 10 times, it’s a ridiculously expensive car (If I lie, make I baff nekkid).
I still remember a rather funny sight. One evening, while drive-crawling in peak hour traffic, I looked to my right and saw a really expensive car, very much like a “white-gold yacht on wheels”, honestly, there are no other words to describe the spectacle as I watched it glide slowly along the road.
The driver of the danfo bus moving directly behind the car, gave it a very wide berth, a space almost enough to accommodate another car, it almost seemed like a funeral procession. I chuckled; who could blame him? All the dobale-ing (prostrating) in the world would not compensate for the damage if he’d hit the car.
I like to think that Lagosians sometimes look out for each other, but some conceal their ulterior motives beneath the veil of help. Just the other day, someone’s bumper carelessly kissed my bumper and I came down to scold him.
I honestly do not know how the small crowd appeared from nowhere, not unlike soldier ants migrating to grains of sugar. It’s almost as though they had a sixth sense for Confrontation, like they sniffed it brewing and it pulled them like a magnetic force.
Unsolicited, they started apologizing to me on his behalf. One wiped the scratch on my car with his handkerchief, another pushed the slightly dislodged bumper back into place. The young man actually had the grace to smile sheepishly at me.
Case closed, it was simply another day in Lagos.
Likewise, I nominate:
Lively twist– Timi, the way you twist words with careful pizzazz is really something. You inspire me to improve my prose.
Real Yvonne– You write from the heart, so refreshingly honest. You remind me to perfect the art of living my best life.
Sew loveable– Timeka, you are sew sew sweet, I love your passion for crafting.
Tendrils: Uju, you are delightfully witty, and remind me to always see the funny side.
Sharon Salu: You are a master storyteller; and inspire me to dream with words.
These are my questions for you, do follow the rules listed above:
- Complete this sentence, “A beautiful day is….”
- What are your favourite books?
- What are your thoughts on “New Book Smell”?
- How would you describe Grief?
- How would you describe Happiness?
- Why do you write?
- What song can be described as the official soundtrack of your childhood?
- Wallpaper or paint?
- What’s your favourite quote?
- How would you Caption this mental picture? Imagine a bride on her wedding day sitting before her mirrored dressing table, adjusting her white veil. There’s a framed photograph of her late father at the corner of the table.
I look forward to reading your answers. 🙂