December 28, 2006


So Eid's the day after tomorrow and so far we're just having a kids party, my 2 neighbor friends and I. Tomorrow, I gotta:
~buy party supplies & groceries
~bake brownies & chocolate chip cookies
~decorate the apartment
~clean said apartment
Sooo, I thought I'd wish you all a Eid mubarak early, tonight. Have a good one people!

Alhamdullilah, we got the stuff from America so everyone has new clothes for Eid. Wonderful family and friends helped to get this stuff to us. So kind of everyone that helped supply me with coffee, makeup, magazines and Old Navy goodness. The December issue of InStyle is calling me but I promised myself that I wouldn't crack it open till I finished the pile of dishes. Allure will be my reward for finishing 2 loads of laundry tomorrow. I'm cool like that.

The kids made "Happy Eid" signs today with the crayons my mom sent them...They've never seen 94 crayons in one truely is a thing of beauty. Thanks mommy!

December 23, 2006

What's up people?

Eid is a week away, doesn't feel like it though. No plans as of yet, maybe a small kids party.

Mid year school vacation is coming up, just exams now, so I can say goodbye to the 5:30 alarm pretty soon!

I moved the fridge from the over crowded living room into the already tiny kitchen, but it's surprisingly better this way. Safiyah can't keep opening the fridge to stuff her face with halawa, and the living room is just a smidgen less cramped. We took the door off of the kitchen since we never close it anyway. It makes the kitchen a little bit roomier, and I just put the child gate on when I want to keep kids out.

Pay it Forward is on. I love this movie. Kevin Spacey is always great and Haley Joel Osment is tragically adorable in this role.

I made peanut butter oatmeal bars last night. They were so good! Even my neighbor who never heard of oatmeal raved!

Potty training Safiyah is getting really trying. You would think It would be easy after training the other 3. Not really. Each kid is different, I suppose but everyday I feel like giving up and putting a pampers on her. Today she took the liberty of getting up from her nap and taking of her soiled diaper, and smearing the contents on the wall. All before making a peep. Yea, that was gross. Thank God for Dettol.

December 20, 2006

Blooog Patroooool!

I love BlogPatrol. It tells me I have visitors from the US, Canada,Egypt, Saudi, UAE, Qatar,Taiwan and Japan! ( I have a fascination with Japan/Tokyo since I saw a travel show about it. Tokyo seems so cool, clean, organized, modern and the home of HELLO KITTY!!) Blogpatrol also lets me know that people have found my blog by searching:

-are spicy foods bad for laryngitis
-breastfeeding and halawa
-how to make an origami lucky star
-mona blog egypt

Plus, visitors' browsers, screen resolution, operating system and IP addresses. By the way, why do they provide this info? Is it just to show they can? Why do I care if a visitor in the UAE is browsing with MS IE6 on their MAC and their screen resolution is 800x600? It's still cool though.

December 17, 2006


You Are Marge Simpson
You're a devoted family member who loves unconditionally. Sometimes, though, you dream about living a wild secret life!
You will be remembered for: your good cooking and evading the police
Your life philosophy: "You should listen to your heart, and not the voices in your head."

I have been really wanting a feline friend lately. I know that last time we had a cat, I couldn't breathe or whatever, but I really want a cat! Maybe it was just that cat? Am I being naive? Get your daily dose of cute at The daily kitten.

December 15, 2006

Apartment Therapy

I am in love with this site and the entries for the "coolest smallest apartment" contest at

Motivation to declutter and decorate around here a bit. My favorite 2 entries are "Lucy's Love Shack" and "David and Im's one space".

The site has loads of other cool decorating ideas and home tours. Check it out peeps!

December 13, 2006

Word Cloud

This is cool, thanks Safa!


Hey, I'm Back again, I felt like no one reads this so I didn't feel like blogging for a while, but we got DSL now and I've got more time, plus I feel like it. If you read this blog, leave comments? Even just to say, Mona you suck. Thanks!

Anyway, not much new around here. Can't wait for the kids school break, I'm hoping they combine Christmas, and Eid for a week of or so, InshaAllah. I don't know if we'll go to Damanhour/Alex, but I feel like we just went.

I'm exited that we MIGHT get to go to Cairo next week to see 2 of my aunts and 2 cousins, on their stop over to Hajj. I haven't seen them in 4+ years and I'd LOVE to go, we're gonna see if we can, InshaAllah. Plus they're bringing wonderful American stuff for me with them so thanks and Alhamdulillah for that!

Anyone ever eat Pancit? It's a delicious Filipino dish my mom got from a co worker long ago and I am craving it. I made it a few weeks ago and the kids loved it, as did my neighbor. I had lost the recipe but found it on good old trusty recipezaar. It's rice stick (angel hair type noodles made of rice), shredded cabbage and carrots with chicken and green beans, its really yummy.

We got sugar cane last week and its more difficult than I remember. Basically you peel it and chew on it and spit it out! That sounds so gross. I guess it is. We put newspaper down and the kids had a ball. I guess it was fun as a kid, now it's just too much work. I might as well just eat spoonfuls of sugar, easier and a lot less mess but just as pointless.
What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Midland

"You have a Midland accent" is just another way of saying "you don't have an accent." You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or one of those big southern cities like Atlanta or Dallas. You have a good voice for TV and radio.

The West
North Central
The Northeast
The Inland North
The South
What American accent do you have?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz

Another cool blog thing swiped from Safa.

I guess I watched a lot of TV or something. We moved around the US a lot as kids but mostly lived in NY/NJ. I always knew I had no accent! Take the quiz and leave a comment on what your results were! By the way who says bag rhyming with vague??