It is one of those days for me. I am on my sixth cup of coffee.
I reported to work hoping for a much easier day. I had cleaned up my desk, made my list of tasks to be done, and I was looking forward to listening to Shakira’s new album, El Dorado as I designed a newsletter. I arrived at the office, turned on my machine and there it was….a list of emails. You know your plans are thrown out the window when you see you’ve got over five emails! However, that is not what inspired me to fetch my fourth cup of coffee. It was the fact that the lights went out when I had psyched myself to work on four new urgent tasks.
So, since it was right around lunch time, I made my way to Java and ordered a giant chicken samosa.
I also passed by Uchumi supermarket and bought two sharpeners and two blue pens because when I am stressed I buy stationery. It is always easier to divert my attention to writing instead of focusing it on what’s stressing me. Having to deal with so many tasks had me on edge, and on days like this, I wonder just how far off I am on what I considered to be my track. It is like envisioning a character to be a villain and he/she turns into the protagonist. It is like getting to town only for it to start drizzling and the touts start shouting an inflated price!
Now that I have safely arrived on my seventh cup of coffee, I can say that I have accomplished half of my tasks and cannot stress about what’s piling up on my to-do list. I can close my eyes for a minute, listening to some music, and sharpen a couple of pencils.
I am glad that June‘s here because for some weird reason, I always seem to come up with better book ideas and plots in the month of June. At first I thought it was the change in weather and drinking lots of tea, but now I know there’s something about making it halfway through a year that inspires me to write.
It’s also been a while since I posted anything about my favorite things.
When you lie down, think of what it was that you felt when you closed your eyes.
I heard you say, “drifting,” as though I was in Africa while you were in Antarctica.
You said we were not connected, and I thought of an electric grid that none has ever understood its complexities;neurons,synapses, memories,motor skills…I drew a Map of us, a map that was a blank as the look on your face when you finished talking.
“So, what do you have to say?”
I drew a map.
I am certain of it. I drew a very good map.
Tonight as I drift to sleep, I stare at my finger, I cannot seem to close my eyes for this piece of silver might disappear and I may just wake up to “Congratulations,” and that, my beloved, makes me want to have a deep conversation with my shadow at 2A.M.
I was in Turbo today which is roughly 34 kilometres from Eldoret town, and was making my way to Kipkaren- which is ideally 50 Kilometres.
So, there I was looking outside the window counting the endless acres of maize farms and wondering just how vast Uasin Gishu county is when we came to the junction of Eldoret and Kitale famously known as Maili-tisa (9 miles).
This is your simple hotel by the roadside, some place you walk in and get a hot cup of tea, or some warm food before you hit the road. It has no menu just a waitress who is glad you stopped by and immediately sets a cup before you and serves you hot milk tea!
Now, before you say hello, she starts by reciting the menu and then asks “Utatumia nini?”
Woe unto you if you say, “Dakika tano nifikirie” because that’s what I said…and before I could sip the tea before me, the team I was with were already washing their hands and digging into their ugali and beef stew!
I tried to get a better shot, but when you carry a compact DSLR chances are people would be drawn to what’s in your hands, and just when I thought I’d gotten a great shot…this tanker just pulled to a stop blocking more of the hotels, but you won’t miss them.
They look something awesome as this:
And when you drive towards Kipkaren, some 10 or so kilometres, you’ll get to see the Baraka Farm Shop where you can get some milk, and cheese sandwiches if you are into your dairy products 🙂