Saturday, November 29, 2014

14:14 - Grumpy monday mornings and Tuke's saxy quest

I am not a morning person. I'm a 5pm Friday person :) 

This is me when i wake up on a weekday.
My typical morning routine is to wake at 7.30, snooze till 8, and literally drag my ditzy self to the expresso machine. Then I sit by a high chair looking out the window and slowly induce myself awake with idle daydreams about receiving a random offer to head-up GeeTee Bank in Lagos. All- inclusive with a castle in lekki, a bad a$$ 4x4, and all the perky teller girls lighting up the mornings with sunny-side up smiles. But that is not my reality (at least not just yet), so instead i would dutifully don on five layers of protective clothing, brace myself for the smattering cold and lob along into another day at the office. *Joy*.

All that notwithstanding, this is usually me when I step into the office.

Somewhere in between that two minutes elevator *shoki*, which I totally recommend, a transformation usually occurs wherein I become incredibly awesome. I would step into that office space, own the environment and then it’s all about the Joey Tribbiana “how u doing”, enthusiastic winks and cheerful hi-5’s whilst i grab a fat cup of coffee and settle down for work

You see, it’s been all about that magic two minute attitude transformation in between the elevator and the doorway. But the problem is that these days, I seem to have run out of fairy dust. I would dance myself into a quick frenzy, rocking that elevator shoki, azonto, etighi the whole works, and nothing happens! Instead, I enter the office and find that I’m just another black immigrant, hustling for the dollar. Does anybody else get those days, or is it just me?

So all through the week, i have entertained my office with the un-graceful dramatisation of a disgruntled, discontent Nigerian man. I know and I'm not proud of it, but i just couldn't be asked. All that need to be constantly chirpy and cheerful, is draining, so I simply let the frown linger. The tipping point was when I raised my voice and told this certain self-nominated office class-captain to get the &*# away from the desk, and everyone went quiet. I know. It's been bad. I need to get my act back together. Talk about grumpy old men.

But sticking to the positives and about breathes of fresh air, I recently discovered Tuke’s-Quest’s, which is my quick blog review for this month. Tuke is a saxophonist and a writer, and her blog is ooh yessss very easy to conclude that, if she only posted pictures of zany smiles without any worded expressions, that would be enough to make it an amazing blog page. So I’ll be calling this one, the Happy place. Check out her blog here and thank me later. Tuke’s blog reminds me of Kiah, before she left…and that line from Cab rides and the Morning after, about still beautiful people who are all elsewhere doing impossibly beautiful things. 

And this is what I’ve come to appreciate from doing these new-blog reviews. The fact that blogsville never really did die. Instead, after the sexy ones had become middle aged, in their 12hour life spans*, the magic rightly rolled along into the hands of a fresh generation of amazing people who are telling their own stories in their own way. And it only takes a few seconds to either blink and miss it, or jump right in like...

Intro: The 14-for-14 challange by Janyl. (Click here to familiarize yourelf with the '14 for 14 challenge'). This is my tenth post into that journey.

*Ref: Cab rides and the morning after - Alysia Harris.


  1. Awww, Thanks for the Love :)
    Hope you get a whiled lot of fairy dust to get you through the new month, 2015 in a bit :)

  2. Loool your poor colleagues. You need a break man. Come home, into the arms of lov....
    Off to check Tuke out.

    P.S: I'm still waiting on you for your response to my tag *side eyes*

  3. Hahaha Toin
    She is right tho, you should try the popular Christmas break option :)

    Heading to Tuke's as well

  4. heheheheheheheheh T-Notes for Secretary general of the United Nations, aswear.. hehehehehe I so love this post, you needed to see me giggling at intervals :) It was just a fun read.. hehehehe the part about the GT bank with a bad ass 4x4 is a general dream ooo Oga boss, some of us even go to the banks daily to pay in 1k Naira with an aim of getting a peek at them faaayyynnneee ladies, and ever cheerful customer care attendants. One thing though is maybe today, maybe tomorrow, but as long as we dont quit, on the long run yeah, We'll all be rich. :) A million likes for this post Chief of staff... :)

  5. Who has made my T-Notes grumpy, the cold can not be that bad.
    Come to Naija for some sunshine.

    Pele, be a good boy and don't make your colleagues scared of you all.

    Have a beautiful December

  6. Blessings....
    Hope all is well
    I see you've made some changes here.
    Careful about falling into a rut, it can take you down depression street for which you can linger is you not in tuned with whats happening inside you.

    Number one, it sounds like either you are not getting enough sleep or the quality of sleep you are capturing is poorly inadequate and not rejuvenating. Two, when last have you checked in with the "I" you know the YOU that sometimes get buried in the everyday humdrum of survival. Don't ignore her, she will settle into discontent and your will drown in the process.


  7. Halleluyah! A new post.
    I thought I was fated to enter new year being the headliner.Lol.
    So you decided to enter grumpyville just as I packed my luggage and departed it.
    I don't blame you sha. If I had to deal with cold weather, I think I would be forever grumpy.
    You are right. Being constantly chirpy and cheerful. Very exhausting. I just chill alone for a while when it gets too much.
    Welcome back. And post more biko.