March 30, 2005

Adventures in Shopping....

with 4 kids. I doubt I will be doing that again very soon.

Ok so on a trip to Carrefour, which by the way is the biggest, best superstore in Egypt, I had a little situation. E was elsewhere and I thought It would be nice to do some shopping and I wanted the kids with me so they could choose stuff. All good right? Before we left I made sure no one drank too much and they all used the bathroom. When we got to the mall,(45 mins later) I asked if anyone had to go before we went into the store. Nope! Ok so we're shopping, we get some stuff, our carts getting filled up, having fun...Then Dawood all of a sudden, starts doing a little dance and says he has to go to the bathroom. I didn't plan on that one. What could I do. I'm like, can it wait? (when it obviously can't) He said, no. Then Zayneb's like I wanna go too. Now mind you. Dawood is not yet 7 and the store/mall was really crowded and It was impossible to consider sending him alone. The bathroom is outside of the store in the mall, quiet far away. One lady overheard and offered to take them to the bathroom and comeback. I thought that was weird and while she seemed like a normal person, I wasn't having it. SO, I parked my shopping cart by the entrance, LUGGED the carseat/carrier/Safiyah, threw my massive diaperbag/purse/messenger bag over my shoulder, held Salwas hand, made Dawood and Zayneb hold hands and walk in front of me, and weaved my way through the huge Mother's day crowd. (it's in March here?) to the restrooms, all the while trying not to lose the kids. It was an ordeal, but looking back, I don't know why I freaked out.

Speaking of public bathrooms, I still take Dawood with me to the ladies room and I don't know how long that will go on. I'm scared to let him go in the men's alone, but I think the other women might not like him in there much longer. What to do?

Anyway, next time I go shopping with the 4 in tow, I will have someone else with me. Or put diapers on 'em all!

What A Pity

Ok, If you are an Arab, you probably know who Ahmed Zaki is, and you probably know that he passed away a few days ago, Allahyerhamo (may god have mercy on him). He was an Egyptian actor, probably the best.

Anyway, They televised his ganaza, or funeral. It really made me sad. Not because he died. We are all gonna die and he was a man just like any other. What made me sad was the way the public mourners were acting. A ganaza is a solemn, serious event. MANY people were behaving as if they were attending a soccer match! It was ridiculous. People were Yelling and screaming and cheering his name DURING THE ATHAN AND PRAYERS OF GANAZA AND ZDUHR! (funeral/noon prayers) They were pushing and shoving to get close and try to touch his casket and go into the burial area!! That really angered me. It was pathetic. Anyone else see this? It was really disappointing as an Egyptian.

Back to Life... Back to reality...

But its a good thing. I missed my daily routines. Home is where the heart is, where you hang your hat (or hijab) and all that great stuff.

A few things I wanted to comment on about the town my inlaws live in. It's called Damanhour, its about an hour from Alexandria. It's pretty nice, and stuff is way cheaper than here. Get this: High speed internet connection in your home...40LE a month! That's like $6US! An hour of dial up here costs 1.50LE so you can do the math. The town is really quaint and not too rural or too city like. One thing I love is watching people from the balacona or balcony. Everyday people put out their blankets, comforters and pillows out to sun and air out. They beat their rugs that way too. Not too pleasant if your below them though. Also, there's this really cool thing people have in Egyptian balconies. A sabat or basket is a wicker or plastic basket on a rope that you lower to the street to buy stuff! It's awesome! The kids LOVED this because we could buy cotton candy from the horn blowing, balloon selling cotton candy guy that came by everyday at 2:30 this way without running downstairs. You can buy produce, newspaper and other stuff this way from these moving street vendors. Is that cool or what?? I'm really asking.

Balconies do freak me out though. Little kids want to peer over and its REALLY scary. Thankfully I don't have one in my apartment but if I ever do, which is more than likely since most apartments have them here, I will put a lock on the door up high. Call me paranoid but the thought of a kid peering just a little to far gives me nightmares.

March 29, 2005

Internet...How I have missed you.

It's good to be home! I have been at my inlaws for the past 11 days, in case anyone noticed I was gone! I have much to blog about but we just got back this morning and I'm just sorting things out, deleting junk e-mails, unpacking and all that fun stuff. Later!

March 13, 2005

Warning:This label causes great laughter

This is from a package of rulers and pencil that came free in a cereal box. The Warning is too funny. This picture is really blurry, but it says:

  • This product was easy to burning, aloof the high temperature, please.because maybe beget any danger and the product's definition distort.
  • The product have some keenness part, so need to prevent bruise.
  • The product only befit measure and study, unable to do other definition's mensure.
  • Needed the paterfamilias accompany. if the children haven't 3 years.
HA! WHY even have a warning if you cannot even understand it?
If you're like me and find this type of stuff hilarious, check out

Aloof the high temperature. PLEASE!!!!
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March 11, 2005

Same old, Same old....

Just blogging to say What's up. Nothing new here. I just wanted to post and say Salams. InshaAllah you are all well.

March 9, 2005

Dawood, after many silly faces settled on posing with the KFC menu. Posted by Hello

Zayneb, It was kinda hot yesterday, that's why she's a bit sweaty. Posted by Hello

Here is Salwa 3 yrs now, this was taken yesterday. Posted by Hello

March 6, 2005

A typical day at our house. Zayneb and her fake smile, Salwa's napping on the couch, and Safiyah in the carrier. Dawood was still at school. Posted by Hello

March 5, 2005

By the way....

I didn't mean for the last post to sound snotty, to those who ask me that, or whatever. I just don't feel comfortable taking more credit than I deserve. Like when someone says, "How do you handle them all" or "You must have no time to yourself", I don't know what to say, you know? Not to say that it isn't hard, because it IS hard. Very hard sometimes, but it's not REALLY hard on a daily basis. Just wanted to clarify. As you were.

It's Under Control, InshaAllah

Ok, so I have 4 kids ages 5 months through 6 1/2, alhamdullilah. I am constantly being asked "How do you do it?" Really, it's not that hard.

Somehow there are enough hours in the day to tend to the children, fix breakfast, pack lunches, cook dinner, bake desserts, nurse/feed the baby, oversee homework, change diapers, wipe butts, iron clothes, wash dishes, general cleaning, do laundry, play with kids, spend time with husband, keep in touch with friends and family, and news and deen on the internet, watch some TV, and sleep (well some sleep).

The thing is, I enjoy most of those things. (I like having a clean apt. and clean clothes, but the actual task is not one that I particularly LIKE to do) Most of the time I am not running around like a chicken without it's head. It's a pleasure and a blessing to have the responsibility of caring for my family. Besides the rewards are far greater than the effort.

Yesterday the kids and I went to a lovely birthday party at a friend's house and it was great. The kids were great. Not one fight over a toy, not one whine, not one bathroom accident, not even any spilled food/spoiled clothes. It was wonderful to just enjoy myself, converse, and meet new people. Alhamdullilah. I made a point to praise them for their good behavior, 'cause you know I call them on the bad behavior. I could see they were proud of themselves, and that was a good feeling.

March 2, 2005

All together now..."AAAWW" Posted by Hello

LYLAS (Love ya like a sister)

I just have to say a shout out to D, my bestest friend in the universe, EVER. You know who you are. I got to talk to her, last night after many months of Yahoo messenger tag. This made me think of all kinds of crazy, funny, silly stuff we used to do. Reminiscing about our BFF antics at around ages 12 through 19, I found my self laughing out loud. (Truly LOL, I mean how many times do people type LOL and they are not actually laughing out loud? People should just write: "I find that mildly amusing") We were SO cool, and it feels like yesterday and a lifetime ago at the same time. Good times.

March 1, 2005

"More quotations than you can shake a stick at!"

We have this new satellite channel here, mbc4, (not to be confused with mbc1 Arabic , mbc 2 English movies, also awesome and mbc 3 cartoons) and Its wonderful. Full of wonder.

Well for here, it is. They have ABC, and CBS news (not that it's great, but interesting to watch) and "Good Morning America" (in the afternoon), "Oprah"(ain't she looking great?), "Law and Order", "WHEEL....OF....FORTUNE!", and "Jeopardy"! All I need now is "The Price is Right", and it would be perfect! (A NEW CAR!!!) Then again the game, being about prices in the US, would be kind of irrelevant.
(mbc4 has a domain but it's not up yet)

Other cool shows are "Seinfeld", "Friends", "Third Rock", "Monk", and "20/20". They also do show some dumb stuff too like "Joe Millionaire" (foolish girls), " I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here", Days of our Lives", "Angel", "Buffy", "X-Files" (sorry cult-followings, just my opinion).

The other good channel is Onetv. They show cool programs like "The Amazing Race", "Survivor", (old seasons, still new to me) "Gilmore Girls", (YAY!),"Extreme Make-over" (yikes), "CSI", "Alias", "Punk'd", "Blues Clues", and "Pinky and the Brain", in ENGLISH!! Some other channels show it dubbed in Arabic, but its just not the same!

EXTREME CLOSE UP Posted by Hello