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Good day all! It’s work day for me today. And since it’s the last day of the year, I thought I’d slide in a post real quick.

So here we go…

First of all, I realize that this is the first post I’m putting up this month 😬 It not that I haven’t had anything to post. It’s just that C.R.U.D is real. I CREATE, READ, UPDATE and DELETE posts before publishing them. It’s a blogger problem.

Anyway, a recap of December so far...

The competition I spoke of in a previous post came and went. It was held out of town, so I was gone for a bit. We won in the category that mattered but came in second place overall (actually first, but politics 🙄). Our bosses took us out to celebrate and a week later there was a celebratory cake during our end of year meeting at work.

After the competition, it finally started to feel like Christmas, and mall decor helped drum that in. Not to mention the Christmas songs everybody was intent on playing All.Day.Long.

I was able to get back to my reading and I picked Karin Slaughter’s ‘Pretty girls’. It’s a thriller. Clearly not a Christmas read but that’s what I felt like reading.

Don’t let the title fool you. People kept making assumptions about the kind of book it is based on the cover. Like my male friends thought it was a girly book, like a chick flick…not something they’d read. I’d explain what it’s about and they’d be like hmmmm…two of them even asked if I could lend it to them once I was done. The book touches on some dark issues (so, trigger warning). Like I said, it’s a thriller.

I had read some young adult books previously. This one sprung me way ahead. I loved the the thriller aspect of it that I bought two more books in the same genre (while I was still in the first few chapters of ‘Pretty girls’ 😃).

Am done reading ‘Pretty girls’. The plan was to immediately start on ‘The girl on the train’, also a thriller but since ‘Pretty girls’ is too heavy laden, I needed to take a break from that – switch genres and do some light reading.

I’ve been reading a few short stories from Jeffrey Archers ‘A quiver full of arrows’ but now I feel like I could go back to intense reading.

I don’t want to start reading a new book on the last day of the year…it just seems wrong especially since I won’t be able to finish it in a day. But I have some time to spare in the afternoon so maybe I’ll start on the book.

Away from books 😁, my nutrition is all over the place. I have basically let myself go. The extrovert hidden deep within my introverted self wanted to come out to play and I gave in to that more than I care to admit. Besides its December, time to be extra merry and feast. Right? And you know what is served during social hang outs…not very healthy stuff, which I love (no shame). But I have been working out here and there…probably doesn’t count but I just do it ’cause it feels good.

Christmas!

Let’s track back. I did some last minute shopping on the 24th. I realized that I’d have nothing to wear on Christmas day since I typically live in jeans and didn’t want to wear those on that day. I managed to get a lovely dress (it has pockets!). I also found a little black dress that’s too tight on me. And I bought it. Am convinced that if I lose some body fat and tone up, it’ll be a perfect fit on me. I couldn’t bring myself to leave it behind. I also bought a pair of black flats and sandals.

So, Christmas

I left the city to spend the day with my extended family. Knowing I had to go to work that night sort of made me make the most of my time there. Usually some of my family and I stay up all night together but this time I missed out on that. I also missed out on a lot of the food and the cake (my cousin always bakes cake for us). My brother drove me back into the city, to work, and we were there in no time since there was no traffic – most people had travelled back home…upcountry for Christmas. I got to work about half an hour early. My colleagues got there early too. At least we got to release the day shift guys before dark.

Work was okay. It wasn’t a busy night. Still I stayed up all night when others went to rest. I just sat there and read a novel, and when I started feeling sleepy, I caffeinated.

Boxing day was spent lounging in bed. I did a bit of reading. I had work the next day and the day after that (27th & 28th). Some of us didn’t really break for the holidays 😌.

I stayed home this past weekend (29th & 30th)…didn’t set foot outside on Saturday and only went grocery shopping on Sunday. Today, the 31st of December, am at work.

God bless you all

✌️

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Wash day came early

One of the reasons I don’t straighten my hair as often as I would like to is because of what happens when I workout.

This…

*sparkling*

I literally had sweat dripping off my hair

🙄

I don’t have the option of heat-styling my hair everytime I workout. I did however polish up my style today with a straightener before heading into town. That’s the second time I’ve done this in like 3 or 4 days!

Don’t let the shine fool you

I figured I’d moisturize and seal my hair effectively once I got home and even went ahead and got me a few products to do just that.

However, after seeing some short pieces of hair on my top (hair breakage) those plans changed rather quickly.

So this is what’s going to happen instead; an overnight oil prepoo treatment, a sulfate-free shampoo wash and a moisturizing deep conditioning treatment. I’ll then air-dry my hair in braids.

That ought to restore adequate moisture into my hair.

Hair update

Am 2 weeks post relaxer today!

I did a relaxer touch up on the 11th and followed that up with a henna treatment and a deep conditioning treatment.

I wore my hair in an airdried state for a week, water-only washed it a couple of times, then a week later I straightened and trimmed it.

Yesterday I passed a straightener through it just to polish up my style and that’s the look you see up top.

Looks like this is going to be my style for the week.

Hope you are having a blessed Sunday

🙂

Since I last posted…

I ran a half marathon. Run-walked is more accurate. Lord knows I can’t run an entire 21km distance. Yet.

Approaching the finish!

I treated myself to a book haul…several book hauls actually. Picked some fiction books for a start and got carried away – I haven’t read like 20 of them….I know. I know. Don’t come for me y’all. I just can’t stop buying books…that’s my current guilty pleasure.

I’ve been juggling studying and reading novels but will have to put aside the novels to focus on an upcoming inter-agency competition at a symposium (am part of the team representing my agency). Priorities I tell you. Back in 2016 I took first place in the individuals category. I was with a different agency then. Am currently working at the agency that took first place. There was no competition last year so I feel like I have titles to defend. No pressure. Right?

That said…

Am currently reading finishing up John Green’s Turtles all the way down. I didn’t mean to start it when I did – should have waited till after the competition really, but I can’t not finish it now.

Random pic

This book is so well written. There’s a level of vulnerability that comes with it. It sort of triggers feelings/thoughts in you…makes it personal and I believe anyone reading it would become more understanding of those who have OCD and anxiety. Yeah, kinda geeked out about the book 🤓 It’s a good read. Pick it up.

I worked one too many overnight shifts (and sometimes 24 hour shifts) which am happy to do but nothing beats showering at home, followed by breakfast in bed and resting in my own crispy sheets. Yes, I have breakfast then sleep.

I got a relaxer touch up at 12 weeks post. I honestly thought I’d make it to the end of the year…till like 18 weeks post, but having a bad hair day everyday wasn’t doing much for my overall appearance (and confidence). Also, am itching to cut my hair again to even things out but I also want to grow my hair long 😕. Dilemma dilemma. Also, not feeling bangs anymore. Lately I’ve been feeling like they only look good when I wear my hair down straight and that’s not my everyday style. I think I’ll grow them out.

That’s all for now.

 

Till next time, have a blessed day/night

I went for a run this morning.

Me!

Loop-ish route

I woke up to what sounded like pouring rain but it turned out to be water overflowing from a storage tank in my building. I actually went to the window and looked out to confirm that it wasn’t rain ’cause that would have messed up my plan to go run.

I made myself a cup of green tea and managed to waste a lot of time doing nothing important. When I realized how much time had passed, I hurriedly changed into running clothes and left the house.

Green tea

Outside, there were a few people walking about. I came across some guys coming from a night out – drinks still in hand. Someone asked me if I was going for a morning run, another one went like, “at 5?!” never mind that it was 5:40a. Someone else cheered me on while heavily leaning on another for support. I basically had my own cheering squad – or so I told myself.

Running route

When I got close to my gate on my way back, I slowed down and walked for a bit. I stopped the tracking app on my phone when I got to the gate.

Results!

Once inside the house, I grabbed a bottle of water because I was perched! I haven’t been eating right (I had a whole pack of Maryland cookies for supper last night! Not intentional. I just fell asleep early before having real food). I’ve been spiralling in the nutrition department to be honest and my body is letting me know all is not right. But I look better than I feel 😐

Today’s goal: eat clean

I’ve made some more green tea, with freshly squeezed lemon juice this time. Today has got to be a success. Today is going to be a success. Putting out some positive energy out here

Lemon green tea

Have a great Saturday!

🙂

Deep conditioning night

Gone back to how it was in the beginning when Wednesday night was my designated deep conditioning night, although to be quite honest the following took place this morning because…laziness.

I started off with the above airdried mess which was a result of last evening’s water-only-wash. Let me explain that. Last evening I run water through my hair in the shower so that I could have my hair damp while applying the deep conditioner to it. That was unnecessary by the way.

Starting point

Deep conditioning treatment

I poured the above products into a container and mixed them up into a creamy consistency which I then applied onto my hair.

I worked my hair into a bun, wrapped that up in cling film – no more plastic bags for me since they were banned in Kenya. And then I secured that with a scarf. Two actually.

Old pic

I melted the coconut oil and poured it into this little jar for ease of access once it solidifies. It’s so hot nowadays but somehow, this oil stays solid! I saw the old version I used to buy. That one is cheaper and I liked it better. I’ll purchase it before the weeks over.

Melted coconut oil

I still have the deep conditioner on my hair but am going to rinse it off now…need to head out and look for something to eat!