Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Weekend, red and more...

It's 3:20pm and i'm done with classes for the day. I had a very interesting marketing class and an okish operations one. I spent the entire weekend indoors(Welcome to my life). I am such a hermit lol! Anyway, sans the royal fuck up that's PHCN, I had a good weekend. It was sleep, more sleep, youtube, my hair, series, series, food, sleep, my hair and more series. A fab weekend in  my books :D. Nothing beats just doing you. I was supposed to go have some coldstone(I've heard so much about this place) icecream with my boss but i was too lazy to get off my bed. My friend also invited me for a party at his that involved drinking games and the Lagos fashion week after. My cab guy was majorly responsible for my not going but i was also quite finicky seeing as he informed me late. Let's go back to my hair....

I wore my afro out last week and had a ton of fun trying out different hairstyles. I've decided to wear the fro out this week as well. I spent most of yesterday watching natural hair videos on youtube and ended up doing bantu knots on my hair. I wore the bantu knots to school today and i'll probably have it in knots for two more days before taking the knots out and wearing it in a bantu knot out(another natural hair style). Three of my friends are currently transitioning(natural hair lingua) and I want to do one of their BCs(a natural hair acronym meaning big chop). I'm currently obsessed with the colour red. My nails, lips and loops are red today. I want to put red highlights in my hair. I was going to dye the whole thing red but the business world may not look too fondly at that idea so random red streaks will have to do.....for now.

I started typing this post yesterday but I had to put it on hold as my attention was needed urgently elsewhere. Anyway, It's 6am now and my finance case needs my immediate attention but I need to vent for a bit. Swift(an internet service provider in Nigeria) customer service center reps are so going to get it from me this morning. Recently, they've been showing such high levels of ineffectiveness. The other day, I couldn't log-in to my account. I was told either my username or password was incorrect which was absolute bollocks seeing as after a couple of hours, the same username and password worked. Last night, I changed my service plan and till i went to bed, my account with the ISP did not reflect this but my bank account had been debited so in essence, I couldn't access the internet. I woke up this morning to find out that internet access had been restored but my account details don't make any sense. First of all, my service plan has not been changed although I was charged for the new plan which is more expensive. Secondly, it says I have used 2.3GB of data between last night and this morning which is virtually impossible as I have been sleeping. Thirdly, it says my expiry date is the 22nd of December which also makes no sense as I paid for just one month. The most annoying part of all this is that I'll be charged for the call i make to their customer service reps and from past experience, I'll be on hold for what seems like forever and when they eventually get to me, the line will get interrupted mid-conversation and I'll have to start the process all over again. URRRGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!!!

In other news, I am seriously considering getting the iphone 5 and as usual, I have been doing a ton of research on the phone. I wish I knew someone who owns one so I could question 'em extensively(I'm such an OCD patient when i want to purchase a new gadget). My dad hit me up on bbm late last night and I was smiling throughout the convo. You see, he isn't really a techie person so it's always so cute when he makes the effort to "use technology" lol! Anyway, now i'm thoroughly homesick :(. I'm also stuck on that piece I told you about and the deadline is around the corner. I need inspiration.

Till I can find some,

Friday, November 9, 2012

Real vs Unreal

I had the weirdest dream last night. One of the Niger delta big boys recently moved into my estate and the front of his house is always filled with cars and random men. Literally ALL the time i go by, people are sitting outside drinking or chatting or just staring. I can't avoid his house because it's on the way to/from mine *sigh*. Anyway, I dreamt of this man(whom I have never met/do not even know what he looks like). In my dream, he was trying to recruit my flatmate and I. Some type of temporary tattoo was being drawn on our arm with the promise of a permanent one to come. We were told we had two days to decide if we were going to accept to get the permanent version(which he had already promised us was going to be extremely painful). I remember running home and immediately calling my mum. I was so frantic and i kept telling her I had to relocate because I was scared for my life. I obviously was not planning to get the permanent version so my answer in two days will definitely be NO. During the duration of this dream, I felt like it was all real. Even after i woke up, it took about two minutes to finally realise it was all a dream and extremely unreal.

I woke up to a tweet on my twitter timeline this morning which read: 

"So you gained weight in over a period of 5 years, and you want it gone in 2 months.....makes sense???"

Now there is a context to which this tweet would in itself have made sense but the author failed to include that caveat and that in itself, made this tweet extremely debatable. Of course you can lose weight that was gained over a period of five years in two months. I don't think the focus should have been on the period over which the weight was gained but instead the amount that was gained. I personally know a ton of people who have achieved this with the most recent being my college friend Joan who lost hers through weight watchers. You need to see her today. She went from a size 12/14 to a size 6/8 in less than two months i might add. In my opinion, the real question should be "How much weight was gained?". "Weight gained over a period of five years" is an extremely subjective measure. You could gain from as little as 5 pounds to as much as 100 pounds over a period of five years. That tweet could both be very real and very unreal as well.

I spent the latter part of my yesterday interviewing some students for five spots in a club I co-founded with four others. The name of this club alone is a good way of deducing the qualities we are looking for in the candidates we will eventually choose and in my opinion, a great way of disqualifying yourself before wasting ten minutes of my time. Every time i interview people, I sympathize with people on the HR(Human relations) track. Ten minutes in, and all i want to do is rip my hair out and scream. Imagine doing that as a career. HELL NO! You ask a candidate a question and he/she spends five minutes telling you why that question is a very good question. Like come on! Of course I know it's a good question. That's why i asked it damnnnit!!! Let's just say my frustration level was at an all time high and after everything, only one candidate impressed me. People really need to learn how to go straight to the point during interviews. The interviewers more often than not have a ton of people to interview. Beating about the bush only makes you a thorn in their side. I am still wondering how some of the people I interviewed could have realistically thought they were a good fit. Case of real being soooo unreal. 

It's friday(In case you weren't aware :p) whhoooppp!!!!!! I honestly don't have anything planned for the weekend but it's always awesome knowing you have two days to just sleep if that's all you plan to do. I have a marketing plan to turn in very soon and I have decided to use one of my family businesses for the plan. I'm very excited about that. Dunno if i told you guys i was going for the John Molson case competition in January. Totally looking forward to that as well although there's so much to do in terms of getting ready. I am trying to feel like a winner. I never do that because i always think it is unrealistic. I mean it is safe to assume everyone participating in the competition has what it takes to win. All you can realistically do is your best right? Well.....this time, i want to tell conventional real to take a hike and embrace the idea that I WILL WIN(my team that is). I will also go out on a limb and call that real as well albeit unconventional.

My song for the day is "River" by Emeli Sande.

 Till tomorrow or next,


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Wham, Bam, Kazzam, Complex!!

This morning has been all about the US presidential election. Votes were cast, counted and speeches were given. Apparently Romney didn't have a concession speech 'cause he was so sure he was going to win. What do you know about faith? Anyway, Obama has been re-elected from all indication so yay!!
Continuing from yesterday's post, i went out after SB's birthday and i had the weirdest and most baffling conversation ever. It was like wham, bam, kazzzam...you hear this, now you hear that but i'm not on drugs or cheap bleach. Yea I know i'm losing you lol! I'll try my best to re-enact the conversation i had but people are indeed weird creatures.

I'm quietly sipping on my henny and coke and enjoying the view from where i'm seated...

Dude: Do you smoke?
Me: Nope
Dude: Do you drink a lot?
Me: Nope. Just occasionally
Dude: I wanted to stay in tonight but my friend dragged me out. 
Me: ok
Dude: Tell me about yourself
Me: *chuckle* I hate that question. If you want to get to know someone, get to know the person. Don't take the easy way out. I never answer that question unless it's a job interview
Dude: I'm sure many people ask you that
Me: dunno
Dude: I wouldn't be feeling this place if i wanted to go out. It's too dull. Do you like dancing?
Me: Yea but I don't feel like dancing. I'm fine right here
Dude: I'd like to be your friend. A very close friend. Like if i don't talk to you for two days, i'd be worried
Me: err...... I don't make close friends like that.
Dude: oh! why?
Me: I don't trust people
Dude: ok. 

Almost an hour later and after many in-between conversations with other people,

Dude: Like Peter just said, I'm married and my wife trusts me and i can do whatever i like. She's in the states
Me: ok.......
Dude: I'm not asking for anything else. I just want to be your close friend. Like for real. The kind of friend you can depend on and call when you're in a jam and if i can, i'll come bail you out. You getting me?
Me: I guess.....
Dude: yea. like we can hang out and i can come visit you and we can be friends
Me: ok (hesitantly. i'm still gauging the dude)

At this point, i'm thinking i may have been too quick to judge the dude. I mean he is married (not like married guys are always faithful but he could be among the faithful bunch) and i met him through a good friend of mine who shall be called Peter for the duration of this post but i was getting a weird vibe and i always trust my instincts.

Me: I think i'm going to quickly dash off to another spot. I want to see a close friend. Haven't seen him in forever and i hardly come out.
Dude: where is he?
Me: not too far from here
Dude: ok. I can take you
Peter: Cool. My clients are here and i'm kinda working so Dude taking you works. Just call when you want to come back and we'll come get you.
Me: ok
*exit Peter*

Less than a minute later,....
Dude: who is this person you are going to see?
Me: How does that matter?
Dude: well....I wouldn't want to take you to go see someone that is below me.
Me: HUH???
Dude: I am a CEO and i don't know who this person is. 
Me: WTF?? What are you saying exactly? You can't take me?
Dude: That's not what i'm saying. I can't take you to see someone that's below me. I can give the car keys to Peter and he'll take you.
Me: o wow!! You just heard Peter say he is working. I'll go take a cab but in future, put your money where your mouth is
Dude: My money is where my mouth is but I'm a CEO. The car i brought is the least of the cars I have. I know you're a big girl but i'm bigger than this guy. You just watch
Me: WTBF??? who cares what car you brought? Why are you comparing yourself to Close Friend? We aren't trying to date or anything so what does it matter? 
Dude: I'm not trying to date you. You just watch out for me. I own houses. I'll give my keys to Peter.

At this point, I feel like i'm the lead character in a terrible movie. WT..actual..F?? You couldn't make this shit up even if you tried.

Me: What happened to the speech you just gave about wanting to be friends and being close etc? You know what, let's just keep it moving. I'm about to get really pissed off if you keep talking to me.
Dude: You just watch out for me. I'm bigger than the guy you want to go see. i don't know what this guy does. 
Me: Please stop talking to me. You have such a complex it's amazing. Who gives a bleep about what you have? WTH?? 
Dude: I don't care what he has either. I don't know this area that well. I'll give the keys to Peter if he wants to take you
Me: So Peter isn't a CEO yea? Fucktard.

I totally lost it. I called his ass out to Peter immediately. I was so angry. I probably can't remember some of the shit he said but it was a truck load of BS mixed with a ton of confusing and decorated with a bucket of inferiority complex. Why do some guys feel the need to compare themselves to other people even when no one could care less? What type of complex do some people have? Does it stem from their upbringing or was he just showing off his jealous side? I guess i'll never know. After a few choice words between Peter and himself, he took me. I wanted to take a cab but Peter wouldn't have that. Urrrggghhh!!! Anyway, I had an awesome (rest of the) night.

Yesterday was an AMAZING day. We had GE(General Electric) day in school and i met a lot of awesome people and won the opportunity to hang out with the GE Execs at their office sometime soon. Totally looking forward to that. Have I said B-school rocks today? Well...there. I have a finance test on Thursday so today is study day. I think it'll be a good day.

My song for today is "Roses' by Nas. I'm currently writing a piece for a project I'm a part of based on this song.

Till tomorrow,


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

2 years later....

It's been two years and some days since i was last on my blogger. Feels like just yesterday although SO MUCH has happened. I've missed this. Just talking.... I feel like I can't do this on my wordpress because I've kinda branded(practicing my B-school lingua. I'll get to that in a second) the blog to be about creative stories and i can't just go on there and ramble. Don't get me wrong, i'm always excited when i'm able to create a story i love but nothing beats just letting loose. I have two years worth of pent up rambling in me and i just want to scream.


So I've decided to come back here...where it all started, to just talk. I finally went natural. Yep! I'll be two years in December. Totally LOVE my afro. I love it so much, i changed my instagram handle to afrobooboo but instragram keeps using my old handle then correcting it after what feels like donkey years(about 30secs but who's counting?) uugghhh! So i changed it back to the old handle this morning. I'm still looking for where to use afrobooboo though.....*thinking*. I started B-school a year and some months ago and it's been awesome so far. I feel like i am only just going to school lol. I go to class and i learn. That hardly ever happened in University. I'm sure many people can relate. If you can't, well count yourself among the lucky few. It's been extremely value adding thus far. I worked briefly in an oil & gas servicing company during the summer break and that was awesome as well. I think i fully appreciated all i'd done in B-school then. I built financial models, process flow charts, Tem...ok ok i'm stopping. I can almost hear a lone snore in the corner(Yes i said lone. bite me). You get the drift though...It's been a brilliant experience. I worked in the music industry for a bit as well during my two years away from here. That was extremely eye opening. I have a lot of respect for the industry now and i made a lot of friends. It's really not as easy and many people don't appreciate the hard work that's been/is being put in.

Back to the present though....I miss my friends and my family a lot. I'm so far away from everyone and everything, it's annoying. It'll all be over in July though so yay! I've been counting down religiously. lol. I got chosen by my B-school to represent 'em in a case competition in Canada in January so I've been preparing for that. I'm very excited but it's been very stressful. I've had to joggle that with my usual school load, my other non-school load and life in general. *whew*. Again, not easy. I think I want to have a kid soon. I LOVE my friend's kids. I'm such a softie whenever i'm around them. They get whatever they want. I think the universe is telling me to start thinking about settling down. I've always wanted to get married and have kids early so i'm not averse to the idea but with all that's going on in my life, i don't know. Anyway, i've been thinking about babies lately. I haven't had a gummy bear in FOREVER. I feel like someone is punishing me. I don't have time to go buy some and the ones I love take quite a journey to get. urrrgghhh!! You'd think the universe would hear my cry and get some supermarket owner to start stocking em in my area. hmmm....now i think of it, maybe i should suggest it to one of the supermarkets. I'll buy everything. lol.

It was SB's birthday on the 2nd and seeing as she's amongst the few people that can get me out of my zone, i was at hers. I've missed her so. She's now a big auditor(I feel like inserting yes ke cos that's what she'd say lol). Whenever i remember the ICAN period, I'm always very excited for her. She's still as tall as ever(not like i was expecting a shorter version. in fact, just scratch that). I had an awesome time. We didn't really catch up cos she had a couple of people over but hopefully, soon we will. I went from hers to one of em club spots and had a conversation with a guy that's most definitely going to inspire my next post. I am very sure i had a WTH expression on my face. Dude was just something else. Anyway, it's 6am now and i need to go get ready for school. I haven't read any of the two cases I have for the day and class participation is very important here.

My song for the day is Breaking the law by Emeli Sande. I've been all about her recently.

Afrobooboo (yay!! I found where to use it :p)