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I know its a little late in the game but I just discovered Anthony Hamilton, my latest crush.  This is the same Anthony Hamilton of “Charlene” and “Coming from where I’m from” fame.  I always liked those two songs but I wasn’t familiar with the rest of his work.   I bought his relatively unknown (at least to me before this) album “Southern Comfort” and i’m in love.  My favorite track by far: “Don’t say what you won’t do”.  Other favorites are “glad u called”, “never give up”, and “they don’t know”.  Unfortunately i can’t find videos from this album on youtube but to get a taste of his work here is

Sister Big bones (featuring Monique)


and Coming from where i’m from

So mzee and I have been talking about getting a second car for a couple of years now.  We’ve been quite unconventional for Californians by sharing the one car since we’ve been married.  Yesterday, almost quite on a whim we ended up buying a new car.  Not any old car, but my dream car!  (I’m trying to convince mzee that he’s quite lucky that my dream car isn’t a pricey merc or beemer!).  I’ve been salivating over the Prius for years and now I’m the proud owner of a 45/48 miles per gallon (aprox 20 km per liter!) powder blue prius!!
my new baby!

my new baby!

I think this is exactly the kind of car that would do really really well in Kenya especially as fuel prices continue to soar.  What are the chances of hybrid technology being introduced there in the form of new cars though?  Pretty darn low according to an industry player I had a chat with when I was there.  In fact it sounded like there were absolutely no plans to go that route.  The only hope is for Kenyans to be able to import used hybrid cars from Europe and Asia where i gather their production and sale is not government subsidized and so prices remain high.  Which is all too unfortunate because with the growing pollution problem, mass adoption of hybrid cars (which i’m sure would happen if Kenyans had access to them) could really make a difference.

I’m finally back from an intense five weeks in Kenya. I hardly blogged while there as I had a long list of things to do for project A and barely had any down time.

Sometimes blogging is a bit like taking pictures.  It requires that you stop and disengage from whats going on so you can report on it.  Instead I decided to focus on being present for every moment and I thoroughly enjoyed my time there.

In the meanwhile i’m trying to get caught up and preparing for the new semester teaching full time.  I’m excited as I get to teach a seminar on the political economy of developing countries!

The pregnancy is going well even though my evening sickness (morning sickness is a joke!) is still with me and the doc seems to think i’ll probably have to deal with it for the rest of the pregnancy.  I’m at 19 weeks today but still not really showing though my clothes don’t fit at the waist anymore.   I can now feel the little munckin moving around in there which is absolutely incredible.  Next week we find out the sex though i’m convinced we’re having a girl.