I deeply thank ‘Nessa for the ABC Blogger Award nomination! I am very delighted and humbled.
‘Nessa is a talented blogger, and I really recommend you to visit her page! She has nominated me for other awards too, but because of my laziness I still have to acknowledge them! In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, however, I am going to nominate some of the coolest bloggers out there for this award; they so deserve it! In the mean time, I thank you all for subscribing, liking, commenting and visiting my page from time to time! Your presence is my energizer, my Red Bull. Hope you visit more!
Rules to this award:
1. There is no limit to how many fellow bloggers you pass this on to.
2. Share some things about you, but alphabetically, just a word or two starting with each letter of the alphabet.
So let me start with #2:
A — Ants! I admire their determination, hard work, and patience to never give up on life. If only I am half as committed to life as they are. Have you seen Antz
Africa! That’s my mamaland! Hello Africa! Tell me how you doing?!
I like the three Apples: Adam’s Apple, Apple the fruit, and Apple the company! A is also for Addis Abeba (New Flower), Ethiopia’s capital; I enjoy walking around and exploring this city; I often take the crazy blue taxis, and occasionally board the overcrowded city buses.
B — Bees! Just like ants, they are my other favorite insects. Don’t worry, am not a commie! lol Butterflies, the solo wanderers, are my favorites too! Black! I like black as much as I like all kinds of colors such as yellow, blue, red, purple, brown, green, white, and pink—not to mention sunset and sunrise colors, and mixed colors especially from a painter’s pallet. Black is beautiful. Yeah, a cliche, right? But Black is indeed beautiful; often underrated, it’s elegant, powerful. No wonder it symbolizes death in many cultures. Death is a mystery, and Black is mysterious. Me like what this
website states: Black is not a color, Black is the absence of all color
. Books! The touch and smell of new and old books turns me on! Sure, we have to save trees, but I still can’t help it, I prefer to have a paperback over kindle or ipad reading.
C — I enjoy being creative. Carrots? Umm … Cats? Minus their hair, iLike them, they are neat freaks and that makes me smile. Calypso => sounds pretty. Cantaloupe => yummy. Curious like George, I am. Chinese language interests me; I will make sure my future offspring(s) learn(s) it. Clouds => I like watching their various formations, and when I do, I see weird creatures and shapes.
D — I don’t like when people blame the Devil for all their wrong-doings! Come on, let’s take responsibility for our actions! Don’t blame the Devil! Defensive? I am. Who isn’t?
E — E is for Ethiopia. I love this country, my homeland, as much as the wrongs that happen there pain me. Scrambled Eggs => my favorite breakfast.
F — Am a fool. And am more of a feeling person. I guess that explains why I write poems. Failing is something I don’t want to associate myself with, but life is teaching me that to succeed I have to fail. Feel Free => my favorite expression. Freedom!
G — I think of God constantly. Interestingly, I think of Dog too. Labrador Retriever perhaps. Hot dog anyone? Speaking of hot dog, this was what I said to a friend when I first heard about it: how could you eat dogs, man, that’s so bad, they are not meant to be eaten, and you call them what, hot dog?! He couldn’t stop laughing. My first culture shock when I left home.
H — Hi is my favorite greeting. And I like to say Huh! Hiwot is an amharic word that means Life. And I love it. Hypocrite? You can say that I am. Feel free.
I — When I think of the word I, I LOVE YOU is what comes to my mind. Yaya, I enjoy corniness. Infinity is my favorite mathematical symbol. And 8 is my favorite number. Introspective? You can say that. Independence/Interdependence => by any means necessary, I gotta have them both!
J — Am judgmental. I judge you, I judge me, I judge everything that needs to be judged. I doubt that qualifies me to become a judge? lol My grandfather from dad’s side was a local judge, so I was told, and apparently I look like him, not like my dad or my mom. Weird? I never met him, unfortunately. I never met any of my relatives, except my aunt from my mom’s side, may she rest in peace, and my uncle, again from my mom’s side. I have cousins and an aunt in Israel. But I don’t even know where exactly they live! Maybe I will find them through this blog!
K — I miss saying Kilo! Everything is in pound here! iLike these two sayings: Knowledge is power, and the fear of God is the beginning of knowledge.
L — Light. Camera. Action. I would love to spend my life committed to these three words. Luck. I am very lucky. But ironically I am not lucky when it comes to gambling with the government, i.e., lotteries. Love => pulls me like gravity.
M — Mind. Mirror. Mirage. Miracle. Mint. Mill. Miss. Mom.
N — When I laugh, I laugh as if am in a room full of Nitrous oxide.
O — Ooh la la. Ocean => mesmerizes me. O is also for Oromia, a region in Ethiopia where I was born.
P — Power to the people. I don’t like pigs. I like pink dreams. Procrastination? My enemy, but am fighting it, and little bird tells me that victory is mine. Passion! My favorite word, but no Amharic equivalent for it, and that irritates me because I want to translate it!
R — Rumi, Rembrandt, Rabindranath. My favorite artists. Romantic? Am I? Don’t know. But I did pass “are you a romantic?” test. Does that count?
S — Sugar. I have difficulty drinking tea without sugar. First time I drank green tea, goodness, glad you weren’t there to see my face! I wanna run into Strawberry fields. Salsa moves, I so wanna master each and every one of them.
T — Time is running out. I don’t like getting old. I have a few more years before I hit thirty. And how I hate the dread of being thirty or more! I am sure am not the only one. T is for tea. I enjoy tea as much as coffee! T is also for Tigrai, another Ethiopian region my parents hail from, I’ve never been there, and Tigrigna is my parents’ mother tongue, which is kind of similar to Amharic, both are Semitic languages and both use Feedel (Ge’ez) alphabet.
U — Unconventional? I may be.
W—Wild. I can be wild. And I am in the wild wild West. Thanks cupid! Women => You make the world go round, you breathe life into it—that’s what I believe!
X — Malcolm X comes to mind whenever I see the letter X. or the X marks I used to get in grade school.
Y — Yogurt. Me like.
Z — Zebra. One of my favorite wild animals.
Jee … that was fun!
Now nomination time (in alphabetical order) …
Happy Valentine’s Day again