November 29, 2008

Recent Buys


I just got this shampoo, my friend used it and raved about it so, being the product queen that I am, I have to try it out. It's not clear in the picture but it's "Radiant Brown" It's supposed to boost shine for brown hair. I'll report back with a review after using it, inshaAllah. She actually raved about the whole new Sunsilk range. For those of you in the area, the one in the orange bottle for damaged hair, she said it made her hair softer from the first use, without conditioner! She also uses the one that brings out blonde highlights on her daughter and says it works. (Her daughter is 2)

My friend who sells Avon gave me this eyeliner. She got it free and already had it, so yay me. I tried it today. It's really dark black and it's the cool swivel tip kind that you don't have to sharpen. It hardly smudges and I'm always touching my eyes, so you know it's good.

I picked up this big silver bangle recently and I love it. It's easy, goes with most stuff and I wear more silver than gold anyway.

Little purchases like this make me happy. If that is wrong, I don't wanna be right!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars


We made these a few days ago using THIS recipe. I finally found some reasonably priced oatmeal here. They were gone quick, the kids loved them. They tasted much better than they looked.

November 28, 2008

When In The Masjid

Hijabee Tagged me for this meme, a really good one....

The Rules:
Link back to the person who tagged you.List 3 ahadith you’d like to pin up in your masjid and why.Tag some of your fellow bloggers by linking to them in your post and don’t forget to post a comment on their blog to let them know they’ve been tagged.

1.Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, "A man saw a dog eating mud from (the severity of) thirst. So, that man took a shoe (and filled it) with water and kept on pouring the water for the dog till it quenched its thirst. So Allah approved of his deed and made him to enter Paradise." And narrated Hamza bin 'Abdullah: My father said. "During the lifetime of Allah's Apostle, the dogs used to urinate, and pass through the mosques (come and go), nevertheless they never used to sprinkle water on it (urine of the dog.)"
I've seen people FREAK OUT when a stray dog just comes near the front outside area of the masjid.

2.The Muslims should keep away from the Masjid all selling and buying transactions and crying out about something lost. Imams At-Tirmthi and An-Nisa'i reported that the prophet (S.A.W.) said: "If you see some one selling or buying inside the Masjid, say to him: May Allah not make your trading profitable. And if you see someone crying out inside the Masjid something he has lost, say to him: May Allah not restore it to you, for the Masajid were not built for this."
Every friday during the salat, fruit sellers gather outside the masjid waiting for the prayer to be over and sit there, not praying of course and the second the Imam makes Salam, they are calling out about what they're selling. Granted it's not inside but most of the people praying are outide just next to these sellers.

3.The Muslim should keep the Masjid clean and in good shape and smell because it is the house of Allah (S.W.T.). The prophet (S.A.W.) considered spitting in the Masjid to be a sin that could be forgiven only if the Muslim cleans the area. Imams Bukhari and Muslim reported that the prophet (S.A.W.) said: "Spitting in the Masjid is a sin and its expiation is clean it." When the prophet (S.A.W.) saw a spit in the Masjid, he used to remove it with a stone. The companions of the prophet (S.A.W.) used keep the Masjid clean. Imam Abu Dawod reported that Abdullah bin Omar (R.A.) used to put perfume inside the Masjid when Omar (R.A.) sat on the Minbar to deliver Friday speech.
Our masjid has trash all around it, inside the gates, above the roof and it's very unbecoming of the house of Allah. I once mentioned to my neighbor what if we organized a clean up, it would be a good lesson for the kids and she told me that would be crazy and everyone would think that's insane. Sigh.

I tag anyone who wants to do this!

Athan

One of the good things about living in Egypt to me, and to many people is getting to hear the athan (call to prayer) 5 times a day. We have a Masjid (Mosque) right next to our house and we hear the athan loud and clear.

One problem.

One of the guys who calls to prayer has a positively horrible voice. I mean really offensive. I'm not being nit picky here. Seriously it's atrocious. He does the call at least half the time for over 3 years now, and to make it worse? He tries to do all these vocal acrobatics, and I hate to make this comparison, but a la Christina Aguilera. Plus sometimes the speakers give off an obnoxious, screeching feedback noise. Some people might see this as petty or even blasphemous, but I'm not saying its a huge issue but it is quite irritating.

I mean, wasn't Bilal, (May Allah Be Pleased With Him) the first Muazzin, chosen for his good voice? I feel awful saying this but the athan is meant to invite one to prayer not make one cringe, shudder and hope it's over soon. This guy has ruined something beautiful. There's really nothing we can do but hope he's replaced. It's just something we have to endure.

November 26, 2008

Raising Our Boys.

As a mother, in general, I know I have the huge responsibility of bringing up our children in a good Islamic environment and do our best to instill good values and morals in our children, inshaAllah. Raising girls is another post, coming soon , but right now I want to talk about raising our boys.

These cute little rascals we have now will be new generation of Muslim men. It's so important to raise them to be compassionate respectful, and self sufficient. Our husbands need to be positive examples of a good Muslim man and a role model they can look up to. The way our men treat us will directly effect the way they think men should treat women. The same goes for how we allow ourselves to be treated.

I think it stems from people wanting boys more than girls. This is stuff from the jahiliya times This is still going on. Men and women preferring and hoping for boys over girls. Some will have 5-6 girls till they finally get a Y chromosome and whoop-dee-doo, a boy. When they get their boy, I suppose some act as if he can do no wrong and he's treated like a king.

I believe in treating kids with fairness and equality. I will not be one of those parents who lets the boy come and go as he pleases while his sisters sit at home all the time. I will not instill that double standard. He does things for himself and will continue to do so. I can't tell you how repulsive it is when I witness Egyptian family dynamics displaying such sexism. The sister will iron her brother's shirt or make him tea. He has 2 hands. Get up and make your own damn tea SON! Boys are not helpless in the kitchen unless we raise them to be. Why people coddle their sons this way is beyond me. It is certainly not beneath any boy or man to do things for himself. Why the Prophet himself (peace be upon him) mended his clothes and shoes and sweep the floor. Why don't some men look at the sunnah when it comes to this? Because it isn't self serving.

I want my son to not be afraid to cry when he is in pain, emotional or physical. I want him to treat his wife (one day) with respect and understanding. To pick up after himself and help out around the house. I have seen Egyptian mothers freak out if their son picks up a baby doll and plays with it. If little girls can play with dolls to mimic their moms, why can't little boys play daddy? Same with play kitchens or cooking toys. Is it so horrible to let your boy play house or push a doll in a stroller? Don't these mothers wish their husbands were more like that? The natural interest a boy may have in these activities is quickly squashed and a truck or toy gun (a whole nother post) is put into his hands instead.

Let us be the change our Ummah needs. Let's raise our sons to be really great guys as well as good Muslims. Our daughters in law will thank us one day.

November 25, 2008

This Post Has Been Brought To You By The Lettter F


Tag Time...

The rules...
List 10 things that you like that begin with a certain letter. Khadra picked F for me using random.org. Easy Peasy.

  1. Family.. gotta love 'em. Honestly my sister and brother are 2 of my best friends.
  2. Friends..The best thing in the world.
  3. Faith...Most important.
  4. Fashion..Yes you can love fashion and be hijabi...it's ok, really.
  5. Fun/Funny people. A good sense of humor is the best characteristic someone can have.
  6. Faces..I love to study different faces. It fascinates me, we all have 2 eyes a nose and mouth and still everyone looks different.
  7. Furry friends...I love animals.
  8. Freebies. 'nuff said.
  9. Food! Who doesn't?
  10. Flowers. Roses are best but I love all kinds of blooms.
Feel free to do this tag if you want...I'll pick a letter for you if you wish.

November 24, 2008

The Weekend

So my Dad came and spent a couple of days with us. It was good to see him and the kids were having fun with all the grampa stories, games and tickles. Look at these pretty chocolates Dad brought me.

Fancy.

So we went to our favorite place for dinner, The guys had T bones and I had the chicken schnitzel. The kids had pizza. Anyone looking for good food and variety in Hurghada, Bulls is the place. Now everyone in my immediate family has dined with us there.


After that we walked for while at the promenade. Burned off some of those dinner calories. We can fix that, just have some coffee and Cinnabons.


Alhamdulillah it was a nice visit. Maybe we'll go see him in Alex on Eid break, we'll see.

November 23, 2008

Cya

Hey everyone, not sure I'll be posting for a few days, busy with my dad visiting. Hope to catch up on all your blogs by the end of the week. Hope all is well with all of you. Later peeps.

November 22, 2008

On Cleaning.


So inspired by Molly's post I had a woman come help me clean the apartment. I did the bedrooms and she cleaned the kitchen, bathroom and mopped the floor. All for 20 LE. The whole place was clean in just a couple hours time. By myself it would have taken me all day. She did bring her daughter which was a bit of a problem with my kids and their toys, but all in all it was a great help and very much worth it.

Look how happy she is.

On the topic of cleaning, I have some jobs I really don't mind and other I despise. For example as much dust as there is here, I don't mind the act of dusting, it's easy and I particularly like polishing furniture to a shine. I use a mix of half lemon juice half vegetable oil and it cleans and shines wood really nicely.

Vacuuming? I love it. Nothing's done till the floor is clean. I just vacuum the area rugs, I found that vacuuming floors doesn't do as good a job as sweeping. I put a cotton pad, (the kind you use for your facial toner or astringent) doused with Victoria secret vanilla body spray in the on top of the exhaust filter and it makes such a nice scent while vacuuming.

I can't stand ironing, it's so tedious and tiring, I know some people love to iron, but I hate it. Also the possibility of ruining something is always there. I've scorched a few items before and it sucks when something like a nice scarf or pair of pants become trash because of a stupid mistake like the wrong setting.

Half way through writing this post I realized I'd written a similar one before like 3 1/2 years ago! Whatever, it's been a while and it's just similar in topic, not in content. Oh well. What are your favorite and least favorite chores?

November 20, 2008

Bucket List



Jessy tagged me, the rules:
"Simply state any number of goals you want to achieve in the next 8-10 years. Let them be small goals, big goals, silly goals. It is always nice to think about a bucket list, write it down, and share it. But most importantly, tag others to do the same when you are done."
I'm gonna go ahead and make it a true Bucket List, things I want to do before I kick the bucket, although I don't like that expression because it insinuates suicide. In other words, stuff I wanna do before I die. Everything on this list is InshaAllah (God willing).
  • Go on Omra and Hajj
  • See my kids grown, and happy, productive good people.
  • Visit my brother in Dubai
  • Visit my sister in Riyadh
  • Be a healthier me
  • See a real change for the better in Egypt
  • See Tokyo, Paris and London.
  • Cross country road trip across the US
  • Earn a place in Jennah (Paradise/Heaven)
I tag anyone who feels like doing it!

Well That Was Weird

A woman just walked up to Safiyah as she was waiting for the bus downstairs and wanted to kiss her. Safiyah was shy and looked away and then she looked up to me and said "Ana 3aysa a bos-ha" Meaning I want to give her a kiss. I was like huh? She went ahead and put her arm around Safy and kissed her on the cheek. She took a few seconds, it seemed like she said something to her in her ear.

That's weird right?

The thing is she was walking in a different direction and changed direction to go to my daughter. She said "Rabina yekhaleyhalek" as she walked away, which means "May Allah keep her for you" It's a nice thing, but what the hell? Who does that? I know people here are different, but it still freaked me out. What could I have done though? I was in the balcony and it just happened. Even if I was there with her, I would have just told her she's shy and try to avoid it, but I don't think that would have deterred anyone. Weird right??

November 19, 2008

Supermarket and Stuff

I went grocery shopping tonight at Metro and they have this great thing where for small delivery charge they'll take your shopping cart full of items and you can leave, then they'll deliver it to your house. It's good if you want to save a bit of time and save yourself from carrying heavy bags up 3 flights of stairs!

I saw pomegranate "rubies" ready in little containers but it looked cloudy, so I didn't get any.
I also saw actual Hershey's chocolate chips, but it was 22LE for a smallish bag, so it was a no go. They have a lot of imported products, like 25LE for a jar of Skippy peanut butter and 46LE for a bottle of Eggo pancake syrup. I went for Shoprite brand syrup for 20LE.

They didn't have the Raid liquid mosquito killing pluggy things though...I don't care I'm spraying Raid in my bed room a hour or so before I hit the sack, I can't have another night like last night.


Choco? Not Chocolate? It says 70% milk chocolate so I guess they can't write " Milk Chocolate m&m's" like it is in the states. They're 5LE now, but it's only a once in a while treat.

Look at the pretty colors!

So my Dad's coming to visit in a couple of days and it will be good to see him inshaAllah, it's been a while. The kid's are exited for his visit. I'm already thinking of what to cook him, and I need to clean the house. Hopefully we'll get to show him Hurghada a bit as well.

I gotta go put the laundry out on the line before it gets rank!

Random Thoughts

  • Why is it that I always get an itch just when I've finished polishing my nails?
  • I hate when people have spit in the corners of their mouth. Ew. You can't not look at it.
  • Big mug+vanilla tea bag+cinnamon tea bag+ regular Dilma tea bag+milk= SOOO good.
  • If you're kids don't know how to answer the phone correctly, don't have them constantly answer the phone. The correct reply for Salamulaikum is Alaikum Alsalam boy, not Who's calling?!
  • Why do I love the smell of citrus spray cleaner or citrus notes in perfumes but I hate the smell of people's hands after they eat oranges?
  • I'm still awake since last night, it's 9 am... the mosquitoes and now I just can't sleep...figures.
  • Last night I used this Moracan mud mask and as it dried it pulled my face in the weirdest ways and I had to look in the mirror... I laughed so hard I cracked the mask all over.
  • I'm gonna go try to get some sleep while the kids are at school and I still can.

Stung

Mosquitoes kept me up all night!

How is it that a tiny, seemingly insignificant thing, weighing about 2.5 milligrams can ruin my entire nights sleep and the next day!? Yea, I googled that...I was searching for what mosquitoes' purposes was in the grand scheme of things. I found this:

What good do mosquitoes do?
Mosquitoes fill a variety of niches which nature provides. As such, placing a value on their existence is generally inappropriate. Although the fossil record is incomplete, they have been known from the Cretaceous Period (about 100 million years ago) in North America. Their adaptability has made them extraordinarily successful, with upwards of 2,700 species worldwide. (Source)

Whatever! Screw that, Yea, it's one of Allah's creatures but not in my house, please.

Ugh, I'd cover up with the blanket to protect myself and just peek out my face to breathe and I'll hear that zzzzzzzzzzzz... and before I know it, I get stung in the face. The weird thing is here in Hurghada, during the summer? Not a one. It's only when it starts to get cooler. I've tried checking the room for them first but they are fast sneaky little blood suckers. I hate spraying Raid or whatever. I'm going to buy those plug in things today. Safiyah woke up with a mosquito bite on her eyelid! Jerks.

November 18, 2008

You Did WHAT??

So I have a friend, an Egyptian lady. Most of the time she's great. Really honest and straight forward. You can always count on her to give you the truth, weather it's about how a cake turned out or your new hair do. Sometimes it can be a bit tactless and hurtful. I've learned to take the good with the bad... most of the time.

Now I have another problem with her. It's not about me, but I can't just say it's none of my business.

Last night we met to look at a shop where I was going to exchange some pajamas. She said she'd been meaning to check out that store and look at some new winter pj's. The shop is near her house so she said she'd come down for a few minutes and leave her baby with her neighbor, so we went to the store and I got what I needed. She on the other hand was asking about everything in the shop and getting friendly with the sales girl. (She said this way, she'd give her a better price.) So finally 45 minutes later she finds what she likes and tells the girl that she'll be back to purchase them. When we get out of the shop I'm like...Why were you taking so long? Don't you want to get back to the kids, your neighbor probably didn't think you'd be long. I had Zayneb with me and the others were at home with E.

Then she says it.

She said she left the 9 month old baby alone at home with just his brothers, ages 6 and 9. I was like WHAT? Why didn't you just leave him at you're neighbors? Her neighbor wasn't home so she left the baby at home. Dumbfounded. I knew she left the older 2 alone to get groceries all the time before she had the baby and I told her that's crazy...there's a hundred things that could go wrong. I can't believe she went out, taking her sweet time, leaving the baby at home! She could tell I was upset. She said the older boy can handle it. What the? He's 9! What if something happened!? She didn't even bring her phone just in case! I have left my 10 year old at home alone ONCE for an hour. I told her people get arrested for that in the US...she laughed it off. She kept wanting to chit chat on the street by her building..I was like "Go upstairs to your kids!" She was all "Go home", like offended! This is really bothering me...what do I do/say to this woman!?

November 17, 2008

Toy Nostalgia

I'm a nostalgic person by nature and I recently heard someone refer to an actress as a Fashion Plate. One thing came to mind...

OMG. remember Fashion Plates? I loved these. We didn't have them but my cousins did, Oh the fun we had putting together outfits and models!

LiteBrite was awesome. We'd draw or write something on it with the lights on and then turn off the lights for that TA DA effect!

My dad got me the Heart Family once and I loved them so much. My set had a little boy and a little girl, and the dad had real hair not like dumb old Ken.

Nothing puts a twinkle in a girl's eye like a shiny new barbie in that pink box! I would put her back in the box to "sleep" when done playing with her till eventually I decided she needed a hair cut. We once pretended Barbie was going to a Micheal Jackson concert and wrote MJ on her cheek and she was never the same.

I also had a case for barbie clothes and to hold Barbies. They don't sell the doll's clothes separately here for Barbies and similar dolls like "Fulla" etc.

What do you do when you can't afford a Cabbage Patch Kid? Pretend you don't like them anyway and make fun of them by buying Garbage Pail Kids. Yes those disgusting cards that came with the razor sharp slice of gum. Unfortunately there was a MonaLisa spoof one called Mona Loser. I hated that one.

Finally, the good old ViewMaster! I'd lie on my back staring through these till I had rectangles around my eyes.

Those 80's toys were so great. Sometimes I wish I go back and be a carefree kid for a while. I still play dolls with my girls though. What were your favorite toys as a kid?

November 14, 2008

Make Up Faves

I love make up, I always have. There was a time I didn't like to go to the corner store without a full face of make up. Looking back now, I don't know why, but now I barely use any when going out but I do use it on a daily basis for myself to look nice for my husband.

Here are my current favorites.

Cover Girl Lash Exact mascara in Very Black. This is better than a lot of department store mascaras I have tried. It never clumps and it looks natural cause of the silicone brush.

Revlon Skinlights Glosslights in Topaz, it shows up a lot lighter than it looks in the tube and is very silky not sticky.

Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey. It looks really dark but it goes on this really great sheer ruby shade and you can intensify the color with more coats.

Revlon Skinlights in Golden Light. This gives your cheekbones that dewy light relecting look and it feels cool on the skin.

This trio came in a set together for brown eyes. It's called Trio for Browns. The eyeshadow set takes the guess work out of what color to put where. The lavender is for all over the lid, the brown for the crease and the light shade on the brow bone. With the purple liner and brown mascara this looks great. I love the liner because it's the swivel type not the pencil that you have to sharpen. The mascara is nice too because it's not clumpy and a natural color.

This Clinique lip set is great because it has 3 kinds of lip color in one compact. Colour Surge Lipstick in Rose Spectrum, Long Lasting Soft Shine Lipstick in Bamboo and Colour Surge Bare Brilliance Lipstick in Blushing Coral. The first one is the most glossy, and the long lasting one really stays on and its a pretty, light shade. I like the retracting brush too.

This Eye palette by Clinique is a great variety of colors one could use alone or together. It contains Colour Surge Eyeshadow Super Shimmer in Blue Lagoon, Colour Surge Eyeshadow Velvet in Buttermilk, and Colour Surge Eye Shadow Duo in Cofee Shop. High Impact Mascara is a more Dramatic look for lashes in Black.

November 12, 2008

What's In A Name?



I've noticed a new trend to spell your children's names in a unique way. I don't get it. It just makes it harder on the kid. I'm all for unique names but why make up new spellings for common names? What difference does it make when there are three boys with the names Aiden, Ayden & Aedyn in one class or three girls named Kaylee, Kayliegh & Kaelee. The name still isn't unique, its just spelled weird. I recently read on a mom's board that a woman's son was named Nzoah..."Like Noah but the Z is silent" What? Why put it in there in the first place? Maybe it's a cultural thing but it would behoove the parents to remove the silent Z(?) for the sake of the child.

As a Muslim growing up in the US I was glad that my name was easy to spell and pronounce even if it was an uncommon name. Thankfully my parents gave my siblings easy names too, Eman and Omar. No way to mispronounce them. When my kids were born I tried to give their names the best spelling so they'd be pronounced correctly. Dawood, Zayneb, Salwa, Safiyah. Dawood's teachers sometimes spell it Dawoud or Dawud. Zayneb's is the most troublesome, the Miss actully tried to tell her that she was spelling her name wrong. She'd write Zenab or Zeineb. I finally sent a copy of her US birthcertificate so she'd believe this was the correct spelling. Salwa's is easy and no problem. Safiyah gets Safya or Safiya, I want her to learn to spell her name correctly, so I keep changing it on her books where the teacher writes it wrong.

Grrrr!

I HATE LITTERBUGS! I teach my kids to throw their wrappers and trash in the trash can and if there isn't one, to hold on to it till they see one. Common sense, right? So this morning Safiyah had a cookie wrapper in her hand while waiting for the bus and the lady that helps the kids on and off the bus told her to throw it on the ground before getting on the bus! Safiyah didn't get it or hear her so the woman took it from her hand and chucked it out the window! UGH! It is SO typical! Keep the bus nice and just throw your trash on the street! I'm teaching my kids one thing, and this school employee is teaching her to do the opposite!

Keywords


I love looking at my Statcounter to see what keywords led people to my blog, sometimes they're funny, always interesting.

  • LADY'S LIPS MAMA BAG- Ha, I guess that led to the bag post.
  • blogspot.com + "warhammer gold- That stupid site that spammed me!
  • origami Ramadan Lanterns- I have posts about origami and posts on Ramadan, sorry no origami lanterns!
  • bad things about egypt- This person found what they were looking for.
  • friend points out faults- This post.
  • ummtravis-They were trying to find you Ummtravis, hope they did through me!
  • gabriel hurghada- Don't know about Gabriel.
  • mama mona- Exactly.
  • pics of fancy biscuits for eid- Fancy? Why thank you.
  • herebabes- Wha?

PUPPIES!

I can't stop watching this. Live streaming video of puppies! Right now 2 are wreslting and three are sleeping, occasionally looking at the wrestlers all annoyed. They are so cute! Now 4 are play fighting, and there's one more that just came in! This totally made my morning a happy one, check it out.

Seems the site is down?....Puppies COME BACK! Nevermind, they're BACK!

November 11, 2008

Adventures In Baking



New PJ's always feel good!

So today my neighbor had me over for a little baking party while the kids were at school. We made pizza dough that she froze for later and cheesy popover thingies. While making the dough, one of the eggs another friend cracked was ROTTEN! It was so disgusting and she had just bought them a few days ago! It was watery green and smelled SO RANK! Thankfully it was in a bowl and it didn't taint the dough. but man, it was grrrooosss.

The popovers use a lot of butter, and you have tor roll them out, fold, refrigerate 3 times over but they came out so good, light and airy, MashaAllah. Kinda like a croissant rolled up with cheese inside. I doubt I can make these on my own, I screw up anything with yeast, but it was fun just hanging around talking and playing with dough!

November 10, 2008

Beauty Loot And Randomness

Wasn't I just talking about perfumes? My husband brought me a new one on a business trip, MashaAllah. Gotta love Duty Free! Escada Incredible Me. Now that's a perfume with some confidence. I love the bottle so much. It's a great scent with some vanilla and sandalwood notes, two of my favorites.

Some random stuff:
  • Several days a go, hot oil splashed on my foot while cooking and while it doesn't hurt anymore, there's a red mark that looks like a heart.
  • I slept just 2 hours and I'm waiting for Safiyah to go to school so I can go back to bed sweet bed!
  • I might be baking bread with my neighbor today or tomorrow (hope it's tomorrow, I wanna sleeeeeep)
  • I'm exited cause UmmTravis might come visit me next week, InshaAllah!
Gotta go help the kid get ready...later!

November 9, 2008

Hurghada


I thought I'd do a post on Hurghada, the town we live in.
Hurghada is a vacation destination by the Red Sea. It's a beach town filled with European tourists on holiday soaking up the sun. I like that it's not crowded and polluted like Cairo, but the downside is that stuff is a little more expensive here than it is in Alex or Cairo. It is quite out of the way too. It's a 5 hour drive to Cairo and 7 hours to Alex. We do have sunshine all year round and relatively mild winters but we hardly ever get any rain. It's drizzled maybe 3 times in the 4 1/2 years we've lived here and while rain might make a mess of some of the roads, I really miss a good downpour.

Like most of Egypt, around the main roads and touristy areas, it's well kept and clean, and of course inside the hotels it's gorgeous, but just go into the side roads and you'll see trash on the ground everywhere and unpaved bumpy roads. There's also a lot of construction going on here everywhere. Another thing is there's not much to do here for entertainment. The beach is great in the summer but other than that there's just the promenade, sitting at cafe's and such. There's a mall opening nearby in 2009 though so we are psyched!

I do love the Red Sea though. It's the best sea to go swimming in. Warm, clear, clean and very calm. There's no waves and the water is shallow for a really long way in, so you don't have to worry about the kids and floaties. You can even sea schools of tiny fish right below you sometimes. The Red Sea is famous for divers and we've seen dolphins jumping while on sea trips. Here's a couple of pictures we took!

Pancakes!


This morning the kids asked for pancakes so I pulled up the pancake recipe with the most ratings on Recipezaar and whipped some up. What are pancakes without syrup? Nothing special, if you ask me. Recently we finally found syrup in Egypt. At Carrefour to be exact. This bottle of Mississippi Belle was 17Le and lasts us at least 4 or 5 pancake or french toast breakfasts. Not bad. It's not the best syrup, a little on the watery side but it does the job.

November 7, 2008

Perfumes


I love perfume and have quite a few favorites mostly gifts from cool people who love me! I tend to lean toward white flower scents and musks, also sweet scents.

My favorites, left to right, Escada Sentiment, Gucci Envy Me, Avon Pur Blanca, Avon Far Away, Body Shop White Musk Too, Cacharel Amor Amor, Lolita Lempicka (FAVE!), Lancome Tresor, Clinique Happy.

Chill out, haram police, I only use them at home. What are your favorite perfumes?

November 6, 2008

SPAM!


GRRRR. I woke up this morning to an inbox full of comments, there were about 90, so I knew there was somthing wrong. Overnight I was spammed with 85 comments on 85 posts on my blog from some stupid site. It took me an hour and half of deleting comments and emails from these asshats. Half way through I clicked on their link and tried to find and email address to complain. No email, but they had this live help thing. It went like this.

Me: Stop Spamming my blog!
Customer Service: Hello, can I help you?
Me: Yes, you're site sent me 85 spam comments on my blog, Stop it!
Me: This is not how to do business, your site claims to be a professional company.
Customer Service: OK
Customer Service: Sorry
Me: Thank you.
Customer Service: Your Welcome
Well that was weird.

So should I use the word verification thing on commenting or take their word that they'll stop? I don't know how many blogs they do this to, so how do they know which mine is? I really don't want to have to go deleting forever again, what a nightmare!

November 5, 2008

YES WE DID!!!


WHOOOOHHOOOOOOO! I am in tears with happiness! It's a new day for America. It's a new day for the world! I am watching the world celebrate Barack Obama's win for the US presidency! This is a day for the history books! Congratulations BARACK OBAMA!