SIDEBAR VI

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I know I’m deviating from the alcohol theme with this image but it’s just this one time. 🙂

When I started writing this, I had so many thoughts floating around in a circle over my head that I planned to have serve as the preamble to this Sidebar but it’s been difficult to grab even one and put it down.

There is a lot to say. A whole lot. Especially with everything happening in the world.

So while I wrestle with my thoughts and hopefully get them to submit, I thought I’d just share the fun part of the Sidebar.

Books

I’ve read only four books recently. I mini-reviewed the first three — Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel, And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini & Travellers by Helon Habila — here and I just finished the fourth — The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair.

I’m not sure about writing a review for The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair because I just finished it and I think I’m still processing it. The book is a lot but in a really good way and when I started I couldn’t put it down until I finished it. I honestly didn’t realise I’d enjoy a crime thriller this much and it’s a genre I’m going to start paying more attention to.

Anyway, I’m glad I’ve started getting through the pile of books that keep calling out to me each time I wake up. Here’s the pile:

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I wonder what I’ll be pulled to read next.

 Music

I haven’t listened to any new music worth sharing 😦  but if you think there’s a song, album, mixtape etc. I absolutely have to listen to, please share it with me.

Ps. I’m currently partial to the following genres: funk, soul, hip-hop and jazz.

 From around the web + randomness

  • I should’ve mentioned this a long time ago but I did a 30-day photo challenge on Instagram — @theemixtapejournal  — and because I’m so generous I added a song to each post.

  • I spend a fair amount of time watching hyper-realistic drawing processes on YouTube. I don’t even know what it is but they’re just so satisfying to watch. Please check this and this out. People are insane. I mean I see it, I just don’t believe it.

  • I picked up a new hobby — colouring. I know it sounds a bit ridiculous but I find it soothing. I got an adult colouring book & colour pencils to help me learn about some aspects of design (pretty much to help me practice mixing and matching colours), for visual stimulation and of course, for fun.
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My first colouring. Showed it to a few friends and now I’m an artist in their eyes. My favourite people in the world are the ones that indulge me lol.
  • I love the Zikiko Sex Life series. The series explores the sex lives of Nigerians. You can read the latest episode here.
  • Knowledge is power so I’m arming myself with as much information as I can find on COVID-19.  Shoutout to my friend, Oyeronke (my very own public health whisperer), for pointing me in the right direction.
    You can read this paper that rebuts the popular claim that COVID-19 was deliberately created and this one on the origin and genomic variations of COVID-19.

 

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it”

– John 1:5

 

Peace and much love to you,

Ehmie O.

Ps. Featured images were taken by the writer.

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