Dear Football Widow, Weep Not!

Article by Anthony Mbugua
Posted: June 11, 2018  

You will see football headlines enough times this June to be convinced of the need to invest in a statement jersey that reads, “Football Ain’t My Cuppa Tea”.

Tis the season for grown men to be folly, all over a leather football going into a frame with a net. This is when you’ll see a side to your hubby that you’ve not seen in a while; the side that makes you think football and the World Cup is God’s gift to him, and that you’re not part of the heavenly equation. This is when you’ll quietly listen, with curled lips and rolling eyes, as all the flattering words you’d love to hear are used up on Salah, Messi, Neymar and the “beautiful game”.

Well, have no fear that you’re being sidelined. This is the time to rejoice and make real the quote, “When the cat’s away the mice will play”. Here are a few tips on how to make the most of your new-found ME time.

Movies, movies, movies! It couldn’t be a better time to watch all those movies your family doesn’t like watching on movie night. You can start with Disconnect, which is an awesome Kenyan movie. The Devil Wears Prada is a classic movie to watch if you’ve ever needed a reason to convince yourself why 9-5 sucks, especially in the fashion industry. What is stopping you from watching The Notebook for the 400th time with your Kleenex on the table this time? Oh, by the way, there are No Strings Attached to whatever you want to do (wink, wink Mila Kunis and J.T).

Binge TV. The final season of Scandal was epic so why not enjoy your free time by watching Olivia Pope for one last time? Or if you look hard enough, you’ll uncover plenty of Kenyan TV shows like How to Find a Husband on some of the streaming services. This is just one of the local shows you should catch up on if you haven’t already. Alternatively, the time to watch reality TV shows is now or never so if you haven’t checked out Nairobi Diaries, here’s your big chance. Or binge on the Real Housewives of Atlanta; I hear Kenya Moore delivers sass for days. Shade will be thrown and you’ll be left asking, “Who said dat?”

Delicious Delights. Oh yes, you do deserve all the delicious bits of life. It’s a great time to experiment with new recipes. You can focus on stuff you know he’d hate (meat-less gourmet salad anyone?) and invite your crew over to enjoy a ladies’ night.  Need inspiration? Look to one of our favourite Kenyan food bloggers such as Pika Chakula, Kulanini and Kaluhi’s Kitchen for recipe inspirations.

B is for Books. I Am Too Pretty to Be Broke and Other Lies is one sobering book by Kenyan author Joan Thatiah. There is also Things I’ll Tell My Daughter by the same writer which will offer great insights. Oh well, I would have recommended you read Fifty Shades of Grey but I know those pages might tear since you’ve started on it again, for only the hundredth time. If you’re into business and you barely get time to flip a page, ditch Rich Dad, Poor Dad for The Seat of the Soul. Oprah Winfrey says it changed her life and business. Goals!

Yours sincerely, a caring soul.


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