30.10.05

The most special day of my life…..

Yesterday was truly the happiest day I've had on earth. I would like to
go back to my very wonderful wife soon, so this will be short and sweet.

Highlights of the day:

1. Seeing the most beautiful woman in the world walk up the aisle, and knowing she was coming to be with me. Forever.
2. Looking into her eyes and making a vow to be with her for better for worse, till death do us part.
3. Realisng that God has blessed me with the best set of friends in the world.
4. Waking up at 5am this morning to see a gorgeous woman next to me.
Realising that she'll be there every morning till the end of time.

I'M LOVING BEING MARRIED.

Tomorrow, we're off to Prague for our honeymoon, so it's gonna be quiet
around here, and I won't be able to look at any blogs till the weekend.
Thanks so much to Sez and sppadic who both showed up, and gave wonderful gifts as well !!

See you all on Saturday :)

P.S. A friend has posted some pics at this link

I promise to sort out some photos when I get back.

29.10.05

What’s the worst that could happen?

Blocked toilet 12 hours before your wedding.

Just got back from Asda with bleach, and all sorts of stuff to clear up the blockage, not having my missus not being able to use the loo on her first night here !! It's 2 am. I'm getting married in 12 hours. I think I need to sleep............

28.10.05

Last day of freedom

And here we are, 24 hours to my wedding. Where did all the time go? I can still remember proposing to her, I can still remember when we started dating !!!

So here we go, I'm as nervous as turkey at Christmas !!

27.10.05

Prague, here we come !!

I got the visa....(breathes a heavy sigh of relief).

So we're going to Prague for the honeymoon !! I'm so excited, I can't
contain myself. I've arranged a cab from the airport, and I've been
researching the sights and the city in general.

That's not to say I haven't been doing wedding stuff.My mum is in town,
and in charge if you know what I mean. To be honest, I've been trying
to spend a lot of time by myself, are the nerves beginning to show.
Maybe, just maybe.But then, all I need to do is speak to her (my
fiancee) on the phone, and it all melts away. I remember why I'm doing
what I'm doing, and all fear is gone.

Wedding rehearsal tomorrow.

The wedding is now in 1 day, 17 hours, 00 minutes and 34 seconds.

Oh crikey.


25.10.05

SHould I….

a) cut my hair myself (as usual)

b) use a barber (will be the first time EVER in the UK!)

for my wedding?

22.10.05

My Dilemma

The price for the honeymoon is going up daily, and if I don't pay for
it now, it won't cost the £250 I thought it was going to. It's
currently at £296. If I wait till Thursday to pay for it, I will pay
£400. However, if I don't get the visa, I'm stuffed.

Although it looks very likely I'll get it, I had all the documents they
wanted, and the woman sounded very positive, even telling me to 'Make
sure I buy travel insurance, otherwise I won't be allowed into the
country'

Advice please?

Does lastminute.com do refunds?

21.10.05

Counting my chickens

Apparently, the visa hasn't yet been given.

Here we come…

I got my visa, so that means we're going to Prague for the honeymoon. I'm a bit excited, as:

1. I've never ever been to a country where English isn't spoken

2. I've only ever been to 2 countries in my life, the UK and my native Nigeria.

So it's gonna be fun !!

I was at the Czech embassy from 8am this morning, and there were 3 people ahead of me in the queue. One Egyptina, another Arab and a South African girl, and we all chatted away as the rain fell all around us. By 9am, the queue had grown to 15 people. We got in, and I got attended to right away, it was less than 5 minutes for the interview, and I go to pick up my visa on Thursday !!

YAY !!

18.10.05

Custody hearing in Liverpool

A seven-year-old boy was at the centre of a < ?XML:NAMESPACE PREFIX = ST1 />Liverpool courtroom drama yesterday when he challenged a court ruling over who should have custody of him. The boy has a history of being beaten by his parents and the judge initially awarded custody to his aunt, in keeping with child custody law and regulations requiring that family unity be maintained to the degree possible. The boy surprised the court when he proclaimed that his aunt beat him more than his parents and he adamantly refused to live with her. When the judge then suggested that he live with his grandparents, the boy cried out that they also beat him. After considering the remainder of the immediate family and learning that domestic violence was apparently a way of life among them, the judge took the unprecedented step of allowing the boy to propose who should have custody of him. After two recesses to check legal references and confer with child welfare officials, the judge granted temporary custody to Everton Football Club whom the boy firmly believes are incapable of beating anyone< ?XML:NAMESPACE PREFIX = O />.

17.10.05

I just realised

In the midst of all the shopping/planning/phone calls/negotiations I'M GETTING MARRIED NEXT WEEK !!

I'm gonna to be looking a bit plain on the day, no waist coat for me, I can't find one for love or money !! Any suggestions?

I was in High and Mighty (store that sells clothes for big and tall men) today and had a look at some shirts. I found the best incentive to lose weight. They had casual shirts that fitted me perfectly, for about �90. Oh dear. I might pick up some of their packet shirts for work, those were about �20 a pop............

Anyway, so it's getting closer.............

16.10.05

Wedding

I don't want to hear that word.

Everything I do now is wedding-related. It's getting to me.

Every single phone call has to do with someone calling to find out how
plans are going, someone who is miffed they didn't get an invite, or
someone who 'is in town and would like to come along'.

12 days, 15 hours, 29 minutes 42 seconds to go.............

And then I don't want to hear the word wedding until it's someone else's and I'm going there to have fun and enjoy myself.

That aside, I can't wait to get married.

I'm happy, excited, scared, nervous, estactic, anxious, ALL AT THE SAME TIME !!

10.10.05

To all Network Administrators…..

If you use Microsoft Server products....before you sleep every night, pray this prayer:

"Dear God, please don't let my Primary Domain Controller go down/crash".

If you don't, you'll come to realise that the 'redundancy' Microsoft
provides for their domain controllers is A COMPLETE WASTE OF TIME.

I've had a horrible, horrible day.

9.10.05

It’s a sad. sad day

Yesterday, as the English were celebrating qualifying for the world
cup, me and Nigerians around the world were wondering what might have
been. Nigeria had a slim chance of qualification, if we beat Zimbabwe
at home, and Angola failed to beat Rwanda, we were through. Zimbabwe
needed to win to qualify for the African Nations Cup, while Rwanda were
bottom of the group, and their result was meanligness to them. There
had been accusations the Rwandans had been bribed to lose by the
Angolans, and that the Nigerians had been paying people to try and beat
the Angolans FIFA stepped in, and both matches went on
simutaneously......

Sadly, it was not to be. Nigeria quickly took control of the match, eventually wining 5-1. But
in the 58th minute, the Angolans scored the only goal in the other
match to render our result useless. And so, for the first time since
1994, Nigeria won't be at the World Cup. However, our football
administration has been in dire straits, with FIFA potentially kicking
us out soon.

There was drama all over Africa, as 4 nations qualified for the first time, signifying the shift of power in African football.

1. Togo - Coached by former Nigerian Captian Stephen Keshi. Togo have
surprised many by qualifying ahead of Senegal. However, they had to
come from behind to beat Congo, so it was close, and Senegal's 3-0
victory was useless.

2. Ghana - Despite being one of the powerhouses of African football,
producing such great players like Tony Yeboah and Abedi Pele, Ghana has
never been to a world cup. This time, with the 'Chelski' Micheal
Essien, they have made it ahead of South Africa and the other Congo.
(DR)

3. Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) - with Chelsea overrated, overpaid
striker Didier Drogba, the Ivory Coast had a tough job with Cameroun
and Egypt in their group. On the last day, Cameroun needed to win
against Egypt, and had a late penalty with the score tied at 1-1. An
entire nation were in shock as the ball hit the bar, and bounced out.
And Cote d'Ivoire's 3-0 victory took them through. Oh dear..The image
of an inconsolable Samuel Eto'o will be classic viewing for years to
come.

4. Angola - Of all the seeded teams, Nigeria had the easiet group on
paper. But they were too complacent, and losing to Angola in Luanda was
our undoing. We drew with them in Nigeria, and with both teams getting
18 points, Angola's superior head to head record took them through.

5. Tunisia - The only team with world cup experience. It wasn't easy qualifying ahead of Morocco....but they did.

And now, I'm off to cry into my pillow.

7.10.05

Long time, no blog

I've been really, really busy at work, but finally, things are starting to slow down.

So how have you all been? I feel like I have so much to say, and nothing to say at the same time.

As for wedding preparations, it's all going well, apart from the caterer who's decided to pull out from it all, with 3 weeks to go. Hopefully, we'll find someone else, but it was a pretty good deal, and now we will probably have to spend more money, which we don't really have.

Sadly, it seems we have to cancel the honeymoon, as we can't afford it. We may go off for a few days somewhere nice and local, but right now, it's not looking good, and it's killing me. At times like this, I feel like going to rob a bank...... !!

I'm come down with a cold, which is both good and bad news. Bad, because I my colds usually knock me for six for a few days, good because this particular cold is going round the office, and there would be nothing worse than catching it close to the wedding.

OK, so that's a small update on what's been happening. I'll do a few posts on football, games and movies a little later today.