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Happy New Year! I hope your Christmas was lovely and that 2017 is off to a good start.

I’m not normally a splurger but I bought myself a new laptop! I’m using it now for the first time and this means I’ll probably stop talking about my five-year-old laptop with the broken screen—how such a gentle fall damaged the screen like it did is still beyond me. My new toy is gorgeous, with a 17″ touchscreen and the specs…well let me not make you drool. The only “downfall” is that it’s not an Apple laptop—if you had asked me a year ago, there was no way that my next laptop would not be a MacBook Pro but Apple made some significant changes to the latest model that have not been well-received so I decided to pass for now. (#waymorethanfirstworldproblems)
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2016 in review

I started doing this “year in review” meme in 2005 (which was a review of 2004) on another blog and with the exception of last year I’ve never missed a review. Now I’m going to continue the tradition on this blog, because who doesn’t like a good review?

If you’d like to do the review too, grab the text in Text (HTML) format or Visual format.

  1. What did you do in 2016 that you’d never done before?
  2. Ride in an Uber. In Nigeria. Continue reading

Thankful: December 2016

It’s the last Thursday of the year and we’re still here! Thank God for this wonderful gift of life.

2016 has been an interesting year—some awesome things happened to people around me and while it didn’t go as I had hoped, there’s so much to be thankful for, like good health, protection (in Nigeria this past summer and also as I went out and about locally, jumping in and out of my car at odd hours sometimes #nightowl). More specifically for December:

  1. A good friend had her third child three weeks early but mom and baby are both doing well and were able to leave the hospital several hours after the delivery.
  2. I was a co-emcee at our local Yoruba association’s end-of-year party and I sounded less nervous than I usually do AND I actually did some unscripted talk that went over really well; definitely a thankful point!
  3. I am thankful for provision: not once this year did I have to worry about how I would pay for something that I needed; I never had to compromise my needs due to the inability to afford something—such a blessing.
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Thankful: November 2016

Happy Thanksgiving to you if you’re US-based! Regardless of where you live, I hope that you have plenty to be thankful for.

I love that American Thanksgiving always falls on the last Thursday of the month because that means I’ll always be posting a Thankful post around Thanksgiving. Given my love of many parts of the “traditional” Thanksgiving meal (listed in order of preference: stuffing, turkey, mashed potatoes), I want to start taking advantage of being American (by birth) and celebrate Thanksgiving in November (in addition to Canada’s October celebration).

There are several things that I’m thankful for this month, so let’s get started.
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Not the girl I used to be in matters of the heart

Six years ago, I thought I’d met the guy I was going to marry: he was in Nigeria while I was in Canada but with God on our side and what I thought was a clever plan to bring us together again, I was sure it would work. I was 31 and ready for marriage, I thought. I started a new blog that was specific to that blossoming relationship; the blog was password-protected and I gave my closest friends access to it. But things didn’t go the way I hoped, and the meat of those two-and-a-bit years is captured in my Love and Learn series. Six years later, my non-Nigerian friends still remember his name; I guess they heard it a lot! Continue reading