Okay, the season is over but I did not do a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year post, I did not reminisce the achievements (or possible failures) of this blog in the past year but I will try with this post so bear with me. Below are excerpts of my 2012 (rather than the whole story which would be a 1000+ pages book) experience.
The links on the months take you to the blog posts that I wrote during that particular month.
I have no recollection of what I was feeling then except that it was just another year, but I must have begun the year on a high note because I’m generally a very optimistic person. I believe things will always work out for me, and they usually do!
It was the start of evening classes for my master’s degree, that meant I was free to ‘hustle’ or is it ‘hassle’ during the day. I passed away my free time of the month in the cool waters of Nyayo Swimming Pool.
The Nyayo Swimming Pool. Image from threeceebee.com
It’s the month of love and sadly I had a fallout around this time, although it did not prevent me from having a Valentine’s dinner date for like the first time. I went mostly for the food (I hope he is not reading this 😉 )
Love food. Image from http://beafoodlover.blogspot.com/
I will not lie, I love food, but I’m not a foodie. Foodies know a lot about food and flavour and spices and such, and how to prepare them. They probably enjoy cooking. I just enjoy eating, rarely matters what I’m eating as long as it’s delicious. Sometimes as long as it’s edible…
The Kenya Premier League 2012 Season had started and I got all suited up. Attended as many matches as I could, over 30 including some FKF fixtures.
Back of the Ingwelets top and my long-suffering twitter avatar
And now I turn..
The front of the Ingwelets top. Here I’m at Nyayo Poolside restaurant waiting for a match to begin
I attended the games much and sometimes wore outfits fit only for the games!
There were shorts:
At the game vs SoNy Sugar in Kisii town, wearing the away kit
And a skirt:
At the game vs Tusker FC in Mombasa
And a blast from the past- this was the 2010 kit which is still popular
At the game in Mumias, v Western Stima, I think
And then there is the away Ingwelets top.
The away Ingwelets top at a match at Nyayo
This is my birth month and I was turning 24. I was in love with the song Promises by Incubus, I think I may have been going through another heartbreak eh! I think I’m too fickle. I attended the Connected Kenya conference in Diani, South Coast, and enjoyed every minute of it.
Turning 24 like a boss 🙂
I seem to have only written two posts in May. The inaugural Kenyan blogger’s awards took place at The Serena Hotel and although I did not win in my category, had a good time.
Around this time, I bid adieu to my not-too-happy folks and essentially moved out of home. We all have to grow up sometime. I was still attending my evening classes, sporadically.
Leaving the nest is never an easy time for both parents and the child.. who is no longer a child. Image from pamobriensblog.wordpress.com
June, July, August
Not much seemed to have happened in my life this month but everything else worth documenting can be accessed with the Archives link on my blog for these months. I continued travelling to watch football matches, and attended the Samsung S III Launch at The Tribe, where I had the pleasure of meeting Julie Gichuru. You’d probably take a picture too, so don’t judge me!
At the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S III with Julie.
I finally got published in the leading newspaper in the country, Nation, in the Friday Paper’s pullout- Zuqka. I still write for the Technobite column from time to time so don’t forget to check it out.
My female colleagues at Strathmore and I started Divas4Tech, with which we hope to achieve great things in the area of technology and women.
I love this month because of Daughtry’s song, September.
Finally, I was done with course work at the university and it was time to do my thesis proposal, which is I’m still working on up to date, sigh! I watched Nairobi Half Life and wrote my review, attended The Mingle for the first time with my hair in some sort of undefined style. See, I’d cut my shoulder length hair, something I’m still regretting- never again!
At the Mingle with a friend, Aggrey. The can in my hand is strictly for posing purposes.
Still ‘working’ on my academic proposal. Reading novels and getting through the year. Quit an unsatisfactory job without a plan, but in a short span got two great interviews and consequently two job offers (I pass most of my interviews 🙂 ) and had to make a tough choice. However, I’m happy where I ended up, where I’m currently working. Formal employment is always a great way to ‘start life’ because of the stability it offers.
I attended Concours d’Elegance for the crowd rather than the vintage cars, I confess. The bikes were awesome though.
A BMW motorbike on display at Concours d’Elegance
The Kenya Premier League Season (now Tusker PL) of 2012 came to a very disappointing end, with my beloved AFC Leopards settling to 3rd place. Well, you win some, you lose some. The 2013 season will be here soon.
The deadline for the ‘academic proposal’ looms closer but in between adjusting to the 8-5 working hours and commuting, I have little energy for it. It will be done soon though! I was voted AFC Leopards female fan of the year 2012 at the 2nd Ingwe Annual Awards and I want to thank all those who voted for me. I dedicate the award to all the Ingwelets, and the fans and players who made my football year 2012!
Who’s the female fan of the year?
I lost my blogging and tweeting mojos and I’m still searching for them, my update frequency is now quite rare.
Attended a friend’s wedding, Congratulations for the nuptials Judie! And to all others who got married in the past year of 2012.
Here’s a toast to 2013! Have a happy one. The years will always come and go, and the world may never come for a stop. But for each of us, life does start at some point, and it will end some other year, even this one. So be happy, is the moral of my story.
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