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How do we listen to songs?

I was just wondering…

While I studied for my exams last month, Agnes Obel’s Dorian was my favourite ‘sober up’ song. It got me in the mood to tackle the fundamentals of Constitutional Law and Human Rights when all I wanted to do was eat and fall asleep. I also listened the ‘Peaceful Indie Ambient’ playlist on Spotify every study session and I loved my routine. I fell in love with these songs, some more than others. Some so much that I got to know their names and added them to my personal playlists.

But now, almost a month after my last exam, things are different and I don’t feel the same way about these songs. This makes me sad and I find this strange; my sadness over songs that I don’t like as much anymore. It seems the songs stopped being important as soon as I wasn’t listening to them to help me study. Strangely, they now sound different and I feel weirdly nostalgic about the stressful period when I enjoyed listening to these songs. I don’t know what to listen to anymore and those songs were just really good. It’s hard to move on from that level of greatness. I probably listened to these songs so much that I grew sick of them. Whatever it is, I am mourning my lost love for these gems. Saddest of these gems is Childish Gambino’s Pop Thieves, which no longer makes me as happy and cheerful as it once did. This used to be my ultimate ‘feel good’ song and I am sad it no longer has the same effect on me.

While I acknowledge that this outburst of sad emotions might seem a little “over the top” for songs I don’t like as much as I once did, these are the things that fortunately or unfortunately (depending on how you choose to see it) plague my mind at 1:36am on a Thursday in the last week of February.

Love,

AA.

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A number of things I would rather do than study: A guide to procrastination

Aside: To any prospective employers and school admission offices that happen to stumble upon this part of my life, I just want you to know that this and almost all the other posts on this blog are tongue-in-cheek and attempts to be funny (some failed). In reality, I am a hardworking and passionate European and International Law student trying to get a First. Thank you.


Hi there! This is a random list of numerous ways I have procrastinated in the recent past. For fellow procrastinators and all those looking to get into the club.

Google Hans Zimmer

I listen to Hans sometimes when I study and I knew we had become buddies when I could correctly guess his songs when they came up on Spotify radio. Anyway, one time I was studying and I realized how little I knew my buddy Hans. So yeah, that was pretty much the end of that study session.

Take a Childish Gambino break

This is where I watch all his music videos on YouTube. Telegraph Ave is my favourite.

Clean my room

Because you know, a clean space helps to declutter your mind and helps you focus.

Stare at my pinboard

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My pinboard has a lot of interesting stuff. Human Rights flow chart, French verbs and rules, OSCOLA reference guide, deadlines, calendar… I just get lost sometimes.

Read The Philosophy Book

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Pretty much speaks for itself.

Eat everything within sight

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I don’t actually have one strand of hair in real life.

I have gotten over this. I realized my life was at risk when I started panting after my 10 minute slow paced walks to my lectures.

Listen to the soundtrack of Les Misérables

I am huge fan of Les Misérables (the movie). I listen to the songs (which are very interactive by the way) and play the scenes in my head. One Day More is probably my favourite to sing along to. Javert’s part is the best. I don’t understand why Russell Crowe got so much flak for his role as Javert and his singing. I thought he was great.

Think of things to add to this list

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Make paper boats

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I have done this for as long as I can remember. It’s basically a part of me now. It’s my reflex ‘tired of studying’ response.

Look for solutions to my procrastination problem

I really see this as a problem. I always get things done but sometimes I wish I could be like those enthusiastic law students that seem to be on top of the work load situation. It’s fascinating.

Anyroad, my whole life is filled with procrastination. I’m in too deep. I’m procrastinating right now. I don’t really think there’s a solution but my advice is to procrastinate productively (I mean you can’t really go wrong with watching Ted Talks). This way, I don’t feel like I’m entirely wasting my life.

AA.

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I’m not so sure about University

It’s 3:16 am and I can’t sleep.

(Well not really. It was 3:16 am when I made this entry into what you could call a journal. Now I’m listening to Childish Gambino and binging on MAOAM Stripes.)

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MAOAM spelt backwards is MAOAM. Mind=Blown.

I’ve been trying to sleep for almost 30 minutes now but I’ve given up. I’ve learnt not to fight insomnia. I watched this video on YouTube.

Anyway, I’m listening to Cary Brothers. He’s my go-to guy for these types of moments. His songs always rise to the occasion. They’ve never failed me.

University has been somewhat disappointing so far. I’m not sure I like my course, I spend more time sleeping than studying but I find it increasingly difficult to fall asleep. I’m always tired and I’ve gained a considerable amount of weight. The weight gain doesn’t bother me so much. I just hide under big sweaters and I don’t take pictures.

IMG_0376I’ve been putting off updating the blog because I feel guilty when I’m not doing anything related to school. I always have so much to do but I don’t actually spend my free time doing these things because I’m the queen of procrastination. I have a ‘Guide to Procrastination’ post in the works. That’s how serious I am about procrastination. I feel this immense pressure all the time for apparently no reason and I always feel like I’m running out of time but I’m not sure for what exactly.

I currently don’t feel like being at university is the best use of these 4 years of my life but I have absolutely no clue what I’d rather be doing. I envy those people who seem to have it all figured out and act like they’re enjoying every step of the journey. Like the boy who told me he had completed his Contract Law coursework when I had barely started to understand the question and the people who sit at the front during ‘super group’ seminars and always have all the answers. It’s not all bad to be fair. I take non-credited French classes which I like.

I attended a Law careers’ fair recently and while it answered some of my questions, it left me more confused. I don’t think I want to be a lawyer but I can’t help feeling that not going into a legal profession of some sort is going to be a waste of the Law degree I spent years and a lot of money (which belongs to my parents) getting. Yes, I know “no knowledge is wasted… blah blah blah” but that’s just how I feel.

I have a phobia for decision-making but I’m tired of being so indecisive. I mean, at what point do you stop being ‘still young to have figured it out yet’? I once had a conversation with a History student who was in his final year and he wasn’t sure what he was going to do after he graduated. He said he would take a gap year, travel and go skiing. What if I’m still as clueless as he is in my last year?

I’m not asking to have a master plan for my future with detailed routes and directions but a basic idea would be nice. I hope I don’t feel this way during the rest of my time at university. That would be horrible.

Update: Although I was sad and almost depressed when I wrote this, I currently don’t feel this way and I don’t intend to drop out of university.

It comes and goes in waves.

Love,

AA.

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When Life Gives You Lemons

Sometimes, life just happens to hand you lemons you never asked for and because I understand that we might not all like lemonade, here are some other things you could do when life gives you lemons.
Life handed me quite a number of lemons this past week. It’s been slightly difficult getting back into the school grind. I’m not sure I fully understand what my degree is about at the moment.
To add to my confusion and unproductiveness, my immune system went on vacation and life handed me a cold and a cough from flu hell. All the reading I had to do practically went out the window at that point and I have no idea what my lectures were about. (I still attended all of them. I’m a good student)
And to make sure I had my full dose of vitamin C, my next lemon was delivered during one of my many attempts to cook. The knife mistook my finger for the onion I was meant to be chopping and left me with my first knife cut in years.
Anyway, this was what I did with my lemons.

I drew faces on them. Just look at them. Looking all happy and ruining my life.

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Then I took pictures of them and the bad luck they brought along.

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Finally, I cut them up and added them to the many cups of tea I had afterwards.

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This was surprisingly therapeutic by the way.

Love,

AA.

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The Ramblings of a Dropout

It has been a fun year pretending to be a school dropout but alas, my gap year has come to an end and the time has come for me to be reunited with my education. It doesn’t matter that most of my brain cells are probably dead by now and I’ve forgotten how to learn boring stuff I have no interest in.
Fear not though, I have no plans whatsoever of abandoning my blog. I’m just here to share some thoughts on this unplanned year I have spent at home, in my city, the Buj aka Abuja.
Sometimes life won’t always work out the way we plan and that’s okay. Life happens (I no longer have life plans. I’m currently following a live in the present plan). Anyway, this year, I did a number of things, which I am proud of.
I started this blog and even though there have been times when blogging stopped being fun, it has been an interesting experience. I’m glad I did it.

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I learned (attempted to learn) French and even though I’m far from fluent, I’m getting there.

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I conquered mutant rats.

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I learned how to sew clothes and I almost lost my finger in the process.

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I discovered a hidden love for football all thanks to the World Cup. Actually, I think I just like the World Cup. I don’t understand football leagues. I mean, how do you choose a club to support? On what basis do you make your choice? With the World Cup, I’m a default supporter of Nigeria because I’m Nigerian but how am I meant to choose a team in the English Premier League or Bundesliga to support? Plus, the World Cup is dramatic, with slow motion replays and emotional theme songs.

I miss hearing ‘Oweyaaaa’ every 5 minutes.

I learned how to drive.

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Well, not really.

I discovered my inner Picasso.

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I spent A LOT of time with my family and I got to know them better. I also learned more about myself in the process, which was strange but interesting.

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Baby Aladi

I started cycling again.

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I grew a beard.

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I also started working on my ‘DJ-ing’ skills just so I can be called DJ Ojay, because it rhymes.

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Although I’ve been away from school for quite some time, and was unsuccessful in switching to an English and Literature degree, I’m excited to go back and I’m looking forward to embracing my European and International Law degree (just saying ‘Law degree’ sounds boring).
I shall probably leave my blog title as it is because even though I’m off to university, deep down, I’m still a rambling dropout. (I know that doesn’t make any sense)
Thank you my lovely readers for trusting me with time you’ll never get back and I look forward to sharing my university adventures with you even if that means giving up my boring and uneventful lifestyle. You shall hear from me when you hear from me.
P.S. If you never hear from me, I just want you to know that I probably got lost in the world of coursework and deadlines while I was rediscovering what it feels like to be a student.

Love,

AA.

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We Should All Be Ambidextrous

This post was meant to go up weeks ago but I am the queen of procrastination and I can be terribly lazy sometimes. Also, WordPress gives me a headache anytime I try to put up a post.
This topic is part of my list of things that keep me up at night. Shouldn’t we all aim to be ambidextrous? I mean, what if you lose the hand you always rely on? What happens then? You would end up having to learn to use your non-dominant hand and feeling sorry for yourself. If you had learnt to use both hands from the start however, you won’t waste time trying to learn to use your non-dominant hand and moving on from losing one hand would be relatively easier.

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Take Ser Jaime Lannister, of the House of Lannister, Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, aka Kingslayer, aka Jaime in Game of Thrones, for example. If he had learnt to fight with his sword using both hands, losing his sword hand wouldn’t have been that big of a deal. Also he wouldn’t be wasting his time learning to use his left hand at this crucial period when he could be plotting how to sit on the Iron Throne like everyone else in Westeros. PRIORITIES! (To be fair, Jaime isn’t particularly a very politically ambitious man)

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As awfully pessimistic this might sound, I just feel that it is better to be prepared. This is why I am learning to use my left hand for things I normally use my right hand for. That’s why the drawings in this post look sort of sick but I’m getting there. I have no excuse for my terrible attempt at comic strips however.

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P.S. Same thing for learning Braille and moving around in the dark. Just in case.

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What I’ve learnt from Sewing Clothes

I have spent the last three months learning about patterns, cutting them out and sewing them. So, you are free to blame my absence on my sewing lessons. Well, I’m done and I’m back now (sort of) to share some of my thoughts on learning how to sew.

You require a truckload of patience.

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There will be times when you will need to rip out those really tiny stitches you just made and there will be times when you just feel like burning your sewing machine and burying the ashes 6ft under but these times will pass.

Invisible zips are the devil.

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Literally.

Being able to make your own clothes is greatly satisfying.

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I always feel a great sense of accomplishment when I make something and it actually fits! I can only describe this feeling as being akin to eating a really good doughnut. I don’t know, I just really like doughnuts.

You can’t make every outfit you see on Pinterest.

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And that’s okay. Some of us were made for the simple things in life. Not being able to make that loose-fitting playsuit with centre front button stand/zip, including cross over straps at the back shouldn’t get you down.

Don’t force it.


I can’t count the number of times I have botched up something I was making because I was tired, hungry or grumpy. If it isn’t working out, just leave it and come back when you no longer feel like cutting your fabric into pieces and smashing your sewing machine.

This post is obviously based off my experience when I was introduced into the world of patterns, fabric and needles. There might be people who are just born to sew and will have it easy from the start. Whatever your case might be, bonne chance!

Love,

AA.

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New Books!

Lately, I have been feeling a bit out of touch with my literary side and I felt the only way to solve this problem was to get new books.It doesn’t matter that I have about four books that I never got to finish reading; there’s just something exciting about getting new books.
I’m quite familiar with the authors of the books I purchased. I’m a bit sceptical about buying books by authors I have never heard of before.

But how would I get to discover new or hidden talent? I don’t know, everything good will come, perhaps?

Everything Good Will Come -Sefi Atta

Everything Good Will Come
-Sefi Atta

I read this many years ago but I have absolutely no clue what it is about. I just can’t remember. A few days back, my brother was complaining about something and I said to him, “everything good will come”. I then realised that this was the title of a book I had read in my youth years ago and as soon as I saw it in the store, I picked it up.

How Intelligence Kills -Okechukwu Ofili

How Intelligence Kills
-Okechukwu Ofili

I read Okechukwu Ofili’s blog and I follow him on Twitter and Instagram. I have read many excerpts from this book on his blog and I’m also a big fan of his sketches. For these reasons, this book was a must have for me.

I haven’t read these books yet and can’t really discuss them. I may or may not do a review when I do read them but if you’ve judged these books by their covers and they seem like your cup of yummy rooibos tea, you can get them here and here. I got mine at the Silverbird Lifestle Media store at Silverbird, Abuja. (They never have any new books by the way)

Have a lovely day!
AA.

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Manuscript Found In Accra: Paulo Coelho

 I recently read Paulo’s Coelho’s Manuscript Found In Accra. The book takes the form of a question and answer session, with the Copt, a Greek sage answering various questions directed at him by some inhabitants of a city about to be destroyed. I describe this book as Paulo Coelho’s guide to life and in this post, I am going to share what I consider to be the most impactful quotes from this great book.

Losing a battle or losing everything we thought we possessed will bring us moments of sadness, but when those moments pass we will discover the hidden strength that exists in each of us, a strength that will surprise us and increase our self-respect.

 

Solitude is not the absence of company but the moment when our soul is free to speak to us and help us decide what to do with our life.

 

In a desperate attempt to give meaning to life, many turn to religion, because a struggle in the name of faith is always a justification for some grand action that could transform the world.

 

If you are never alone, you cannot know yourself.

 

Don’t try to be useful. Try to be yourself: that is enough, and that makes all the difference.

 

Walk neither faster nor slower than your own soul, because it is your soul that will teach you the usefulness of each step you take.

 

We are afraid to change because we think that, after so much effort and sacrifice, we know our present world.

 

And tomorrow, when the sun rises, all you have to say is:

I am going to think of this day as the first day of my life.

 

And if I’m alone in bed, I will go over to the window, look up at the sky and feel certain that loneliness is a lie, because the Universe is there to keep me company.

 

Success comes to those who do not waste time comparing what they are doing with what others are doing; it enters the house of the person who says ‘I will do my best’ everyday.

 

Do not try to make the road shorter, but travel it in such a way that every action leaves the land more fertile and the landscape more beautiful.

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Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Love,

AA.