Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Shout-Outs and Prayer Beads

Oh, Hump Day.  You are not dreary like Monday, and yet you're not nearly as fun as Friday.

So, first-- a couple of shout outs!  The first one goes out to my Grandma Isoke for reading my blog!  I called her the other day during a power outtage (multiple towns were without power... I was at work and had to sell body products in the dark. Not fun.), and she commented on how she liked my blog and wanted to learn how to make one.  I told her it was easy, and that I would teach her the next time I visited.  This comes from the person who just realized you can change the size of photos:

A Pic of a Hamburger I Ate One Time.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Ndeya's Squee of the Week

Okay, so I have something to squee about!  I got a new cell phone, and it's WAY COOLER THAN THE LAST ONE I HAD!!!!!


Okay, so here's the deal.  I got my first phone about six months after I graduated from high school (I know, I know, I was way behind. Get over it.).  I was really excited because it was my first big purchase, and I was paying for it all on my own.  It was an exciting moment for me. I got myself the Pantech Matrix:

That's actually exactly how it looked, because I did indeed get the red one.  I thought it was so awesome, the bees knees, if you will.  Well, flash forward to 2011-- it's not so awesome anymore.  I can't use the internet, and even if  I could, the browser would make me cry (I've been spoiled by my iPod Touch).  It's also kind of bulky, and it was beginning to show signs of cell phone death. So, after being a loyal customer since 2008, I decided it was time for an upgrade.

It's Tuesday Already?

I know, I know. I haven't posted in three days. I have an excuse!!!!!

Okay, so I didn't post friday or saturday simply because weekends are usually when all I do is work (yes, I also work during the week, but usually shorter hours so I can get my homework done and go to school), and I feel that people are out and about on weekends anyway, so they probably won't have time to read my blog anyway. So, I will most likely keep my posts on weekdays.  Also, on Sunday I began doing research paper that was due... yesterday.

Yes, I'm a huge procrastinator. Sue me! Anyway, I spent most of monday researching/writing this 5-8 page pager, and ended up with 7 pages right in time for my class!  And when I got there, I was informed that the research paper deadline had been moved to NEXT monday. On the plus side, I have a whole week to tweak it (I probably won't even look at it until next week, just being honest).  However, all that time I spent writing that paper (4 hours) I could have been BLOGGING. And I'm never getting those hours back! So, I apologize to the few who read this blog consistently.  Please, keep reading! I will be updating on a regular basis, no fear!!!!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Craft of the Week: Knitting!

I woke up this morning and thought "What should I do today? Oh yes, update my totally awesome blog!"

Then I went to work and forgot all about it.  So here I am now updating, trying despartately to think about what I'm going to blog about as I stall by finishing this sentence... Ah, yes.  Let's do a craft of the week.  And since this is my blog, I'm gonna start off with something I know: Knitting.

If I had a basket of yarn, it would be a basket of RAINBOW yarn. Just sayin.
 I know what you're thinking: Ndeya, knitting is so lame, only old women with 3+ cats talk about knitting.  This is where you would be wrong.  Oh so wrong.  Because knitting is actually kind of fabulous, and here's why:
  • It can be relaxing!  I often knit when I'm stressed out.  The constant motion of the hands and fingers kind of lulls you into calmness and contentment.  It's definitely a stress reliever.
  • It focuses your energies into a single goal:  finish the project! When you're knitting something with an intricate pattern, or just something that requires a little more brain power than the regular knit-purl-repeat I use so often in my knitting projects, you're gonna need to keep count of how many stitches and rows you have to follow the pattern.  If you don't you will end up in knitting hell-- there will be tears, and trust me, no matter how loud you yell at your yarn it will not add the stitches you lost, nor will make accidentally added stitches disappear.  It's important to keep your focus so your end result is favorable.  As an added bonus, focusing on the knitting helps you to focus less on how much your life might suck.
  • You can make stuff you'll actually use!  As an avid scarf wearer, I can attest to this.  And you can make more than just scarves (although, to be honest, that's all I've been able to officially complete when it comes to knitting projects... I'm still a novice, forgive me).  You can knit socks, vests, shirts, pants, dresses, potholders, bookmarks, purses, bags, babie booties, hats, headbands, gloves, mittens, legwarmers....  These are all things you can use or wear on a daily basis, which is why knitted gifts are always so awesome.
  • You feel really cool after you've finished a project.  I always think about how probably millions of women used to knit/crochet/cross stitch all the time to make clothes, and we just take it for granted.  I'm just saying, it's a little kick-ass, don't you agree?
So, I took a couple of quick pics of a selection of scarves I have out of the DOZENS I have in my collection (I love scarves. Seriously.).  I picked them out because I know they are handmade with love and I wear them often.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Um... Photo Montage?

First off, let me squee a little as I announce this blog has had 34 views in three days. *squee!*

I know, it's only 34 views, but hey, that's better than zero views!  I'm kicking ass!  Anyway, I've realized that I have another segment I want to do, and I don't really have a name for it yet, but this is how it's gonna work: I'm gonna post a picture from my life (a picture of some significance) and I'm going write the story behind it.  That way, those of you who don't know me can get to know me, and those of you who do know me can reminesce with me. 

Alright, let's get this started! Let me dig through my photo library......

Our Altar From Last Year's Harvest Feast
  This is a picture of the Altar we created for our annual Harvest Feast.  We started the Harvest Feast two years ago, when I (an eager baby pagan fascinated with all things Halloween) decided I wanted to do Halloween MY way.  I didn't want to go out drinking (I'm not old enough to drink anyway), and I didn't want to go trick or treating (you're NEVER too old to go trick or treating, but I wasn't feeling it that year).  I wanted to celebrate my favorite month of the year, spend time with family and friends, and really embrace this alternative way of experiencing my favorite holiday.  So I told my mom we were having a dinner party on October 31st.  It was happening, no backing down, we were gonna make a buttload of food and stuff our faces whether she liked it or not.  She agreed, and so began our Annual Harvest Feast.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Getting Structured

Okay, let's give this blog a little structure!

If I had my way, I'd be taking classes everyday to learn about a multitude of things: anything from mythology (roman, greek, native american, egyptian, japanese, chinese... pretty much all kinds of mythology from a bunch of different cultures) to knitting.  Unfortunately I'm unable to take 50 classes a year just for fun, so I've been limited to what I can learn through books and on the internet.  However, with the creation of this blog, I've decided to branch out.  If the information can't come to me, I will seek it out, and I'm hoping that this blog will help me accomplish that goal.  With that said, here's the plan:  I'm giving this blog a little structure.  I'm the kind of girl who appreciates a little form and focus in her life, so I've decided to do some weekly and daily segments to my blog. I've narrowed it down to the following segments:

Random Picture Montage

Because I take pictures a lot, I thought I'd do a little picture montage so you get a feel for who I am. 

If you don't already know, I'm kind of a weirdo. Anyway, let's commence with the pictures.

Me in the car

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Adventures in my Hometown

A few weeks ago I made my way up to my hometown to see my sister perform in a community play.  She played Beauty Rose in Beauty and the Beast.  I know what you're thinking: isn't her name Belle in Beauty and the Beast? Well, this was not the Disney version.  In fact, this particular performing arts group is headed by adults who write their own original scores and scripts for popular play titles.  I could spend all day talking about how much I think they SUCK at writing and composing, but this isn't about but let's not get into that.
Let me tell you, despite having to say/sing terrible lines from a terrible script, she was fabulous.  I wasn't allowed to take pictures during the show, but I managed to get a couple of shots of her in her outfit after the show:

I took this right before her smile fell off.
 I was very proud of her performance!  Her voice was beautiful, and she actually acted without being super corny and over-animated like some of the other kids in the cast.  Of course all of the kids did well, but she was a mile above all the others when it came down to it.  I was a little shocked-- this was my little sister, the one who likes to stick her feet in my face when I'm sitting on the couch, the little sister who I still think of as dorky 10 year old I left behind when I moved out of the house.  There she was, on stage; she was a whole different person.  She had poise and grace, she was mature and talented, and I felt conflicting emotions when I saw her perform.  On the one hand, I was so happy for her and proud that she was so talented.  On the other hand, I was saddened that it wasn't me.


Oh look, you've stumbled upon my blog. Good for you! Let me introduce myself.

My name is Ndeya. This is my blog, Ndeya Says.  As you might have already guessed, this blog is about everything I say and more: what I think, what I feel, what I see in my world.  I'll start out by saying that I'll do my best to be as grammatically correct as possible, but forgive me if a few things slip through the cracks.  I'm only human.

Okay, here's what is going to be included in my blog:

  • Random events that happen in my life
  • topics of interest to me, such as knitting, music making, exploring my town, travel, baking- you know, the usual.
  • topics that pertain to my everyday life: the LGBT community, my exploration of spiritual paths, everyday family interactions, and cultural issues
  • pictures of whatever I like and think you might like, too.
My hope is that people will gravitate toward my blog because they can relate to me and what my life entails-- we may all be different in this world, but we all share similar interests, feelings and experiences in this big world, and I hope by blogging I will connect people who feel like no one can relate to them.  I don't know if my blog will reach a lot of people, but if it does, I'll be glad of it.  If not, that's okay, too-- writing is a really cathartic and enjoyable experience for me, and having a large group of followers is just a bonus.  If I can reach just one person who wants to read what I have to say on a "regular" basis, then I will be satisfied.