Sunday, June 24, 2012

Nyambura, go the F**k to sleep.

See, it is fifteen minutes past midnight and I still can't sleep. I went to bed an hour ago but all I can do is toss and turn. Counting fluffy sheep didn't help.
Truth be told, sleepless nights like this are not alien to me and they do not bother me...Much.
True, I'm so going to be in trouble five hours from now when the muezzin in the nearby mosque calls.
 I'll hit the snooze button thrice, grumpily shower and dress up, skip breakfast and rush to the office where I'll do the zombie shuffle till mid morning.
But there is something about the stillness and alone-ness of midnight that I find enchanting. It is the one time of day that I thoroughly enjoy retreating into my mind. Everything for me feels heightened; the silence is louder, the stars are brighter, the monsters under the bed seem spookier, the cold bites and I can taste every subtle nuance of the emotions stirring within...
So I'll pick a book and read or watch re-runs of my fave shows, reflect some or brood as I scribble and doodle in my notebook till I drift off.
Tonight I roll out of bed, grab a duvet and patter to the living room, throwing it on the couch before heading to the kitchen. I pour myself a bowl of cereal, chop up a banana, throw in the slices, cover it all up with warm milk and voila: a tasty midnight snack.
 My mind is too dog tired to read (I'm currently reading 03 books:  A dance with dragons by George R.R. Martin, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Fearless fourteen by Janet Evanovich) and the best it can do is muse idly while unwinding...
Armed with my snack, I settle in the couch tightly wrapped up in my duvet and start watching re-runs of Friday night lights; the only show to ever make me tear up in recent times. To me, it will always be a timeless, achingly beautiful classic.  It was not every one's cup of tea -if your attention span is abysmal or gravitates towards the adrenaline-pumping, jaw dropping dramatic, then you won't be able to sit through an entire episode of FNL much less watch all the five, sublime seasons.

I could ramble on and give you a detailed review, but the hour is ungodly and I'm worried my review won't do the show justice so I won't. However, if you're into soulful stories that are character driven, awesomely written and have heart, then by all means add the show to your must-watch tubey list. But first, do watch and savour this FNL trailer; a beautifully poignant montage that captures everything I loved about this show...

Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can't lose.

Mob Wendos,



  1. You must have been heartborken when it ended poor thing. I've never watched it, but after your description, its on my list.

  2. Had a bout of insomnia last night as well. I decided to curl on my couch with my mac going through Alex's tales, watching TMZ on mute & having a glass of something alcoholic I found in the fridge. I laughed myself to sleep (ok, so maybe the said drink help a tiny bit too).
    The one Joey from JoeyTales introduced me to Alex's blog & the sassiness, my gosh! I am hooked!
    Now y'all are wondering why I am bringing up Alex's blog here, but there was a comment somewhere about Nyambura telling her positive dating experience. Just putting it out there that I am waiting for that piece...some of us (read me) need to hear that positive dating experiences do happen. No pressure. Unless of course she delivered & I am not aware of it?

    Now to reading; The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay & The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt are my current reads. The first two I liked & I just started the 3rd one and loving it so far.

  3. @ Alex: Darling, click on the trailer link and watch all five minutes of it. You'll understand why I was crushed when it ended last year.

    @ Anon: Good wine & good stories: now that sounds heavenly. And yes, I do owe her and now you a story or two. I'll see how to go about it soonest...Alex is something no? I call her the badass dame; a Foxy Brown of sorts :-)

    I read lovely bones and loved it so much, I ended up buying my own copy. The other 02, I've just added to my reading list...

  4. Yes, she really is something :-)
    We are eagerly waiting on those stories. By the way, have you ever read The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown? I think I read somewhere that you like characters with an interesting mind set no? if you do, then I hope you've read this one or will in the near future.

  5. If only I could transfer some of the sleep in my head. After spending the better part of Tuesday night at K1, then being up watching soccer on Wednesday and Thursday, I could sleep on gravel!

    But on reading the paragraph about being enchanted by the stillness and alone-ness of midnight, I will set my alarm for 3am one of the days when I get to bed early :-)

  6. I don't like to imagine sleepless women spending a night alone. It makes me feel as if some man somewhere is skipping his calling.


  7. Will be waiting for you to wake up ;)

  8. My ears were burning some time back, and now I know why. Hahaha... I don't know whether to be shy or slightly scared. Si you could at least flash me when you're giving me names? :-)

    Happy stories Nyambura? The clock it ticks, and ticks, and ticks...

  9. Sleep is one of the few things that I enjoy in this here world, so it must suck when you can't sleep when you want to.

    I have seen the trailer, consider me SOLD. I'm totally gonna watch it. Thanks Nyambura :)

  10. I will be waiting for a review on the books...

  11. @ Joey tales: And to think I only do those Let's-dance-till-04 am raves once in a looooooooong while :-)

    @ Cheupe: Karibu, Dr.Trust me, he's one of the 'elite' few who (after yours truly) get to enjoy the benefits (read: A beautifully buzzed imagination) of my keeping 'ungodly' hours...

    @ Alex: Badass dame it shall forever be, unless you decide to join that 'other' team... you know the team I’m talking about...

    @ Shekyn: Funny enough, I can't sleep for more than 06 hours...even on a sleep-in Sunday...As for Friday Night lights; its one of those cool and profound TV shows that make me wish I were a screenwriter

    @ Mackel9: Books were awesome. I recommend you try the Song of fire & Ice series (Dance with dragon is book # 5)...even if you've watched the TV show, the books still leave you wanting more...

    @ Chris: *head tilts* Hey you :-) I'll be at your place shortly...