September 20, 2010

Back To School And Pretty Things

So school's back in (Cue the angels singing) and the weather is getting nicer. We're actually having the AC off sometimes now. It's nice. I feel a little cluttered mentally. It's partly to do with actual clutter and also to do with the kids' schedule not being quite set yet. They have a half day all this week and the bus driver is still getting used to the route, etc.. Hopefully by next week we'll have it down. The four of them now get on the bus together in the morning which is easier, plus the bus comes almost and hour later than past years. It's much better this way. Another thing is, you know that feeling you have after a trip or vacation and you come home and feel blah? Yea. I gots it. Thankfully though I have school starting to distract me. It's been a looong summer and I'm definitely ready for some quiet mornings and meeting friends for coffee in the AM, etc.

So enough of that. Here are some Pretty Things!

Hijab pins. You can never have too many.
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Cute notebook & Gel pens. The kids got new school stuff so I got jealous.

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My new clock! I love how it looks. Hate how it sounds. It scared the crap out of me the other morning. It'll just be a clock, no alarm, thanks.

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I love this purse. It's my smallest one and the long strap lets me wear it across, hands free. It's more of a gunmetal grey than silver like it looks here.


Dangle-y peacock feather looking earrings. Cute?


Another pair of wedges. I like them cause they're really light.


I've got a pile of laundry with my name on it and it's not going anywhere. Till we meet again...

September 19, 2010

Eid Etc.

Hey, everyone, hope you all had a nice Eid. This past week has been a busy blur, but a fun busy blur. We spent the first day of Eid at the mall here 'cause they had some fun kid activities. We saw Shrek The Final Chapter, for free at that! The kids played arcade games and jumped on the trampoline and bounce house. We had dinner at Planet Africa which just opened, the food was good but they gave me pita bread instead of tortillas. No biggie, they should have just said they didn't have any but whatever.

We went to Cairo for a few days and I just loved it. It was really relaxing. I love hotels and the carefree feeling you get when staying at a hotel or resort. The first two days we went in the pool and it was actually a little chilly but we still got a little sunburn. We spent a day at Dream Park, which is an amusement park and had loads of fun. I love roller coasters! Plus the lines were pretty short. We won a couple of bears with the claw type machine and then the last one the guy just opened the case and gave to me cause I'd almost gotten it a couple of times and it would fall back down. We played a little air hockey and ate some zalabia, all in all a great day. The last day we went and saw Cats & Dogs, The Revenge of Kitty Galore. It was ok, cute. The 3D wasn't that great but the kids enjoyed themselves. Here are some pics:









This book made my trip. I loved it. Anyone read it?



September 10, 2010

Blessed Eid



Hoping you all have a wonderful, fun, happy Eid today!

September 3, 2010

Fasting Is Not That Complicated

I can't understand why some people make the deen difficult. I've heard so many weird things that people think voids your fast in Ramadan, it's just ridiculous.

A friend of mine was taught that you can't remove hair during Ramadan days, like threading and waxing etc. What? Why? It's not true. Some people think you can go swimming while you're fasting because water might enter your body some how. Well, it wouldn't be intentionally so what the heck? Most fasting people don't go to the beach during the day because it's hot and you'll be thirsty but It's not forbidden. What about diving instructors or swim coaches? Should one not shower because water might get in your mouth? Silly, I say. Inhalers don't invalidate fasting either. It's going to your lungs and ummm helping you breathe!

Some more stupid things people have asked (on a site) if they invalidate fasting:
  • Bee/scorpion stings
  • Acid reflux
  • Suppositories
  • Popping pimples?!
  • Hugging your wife
  • Vaccinations
  • Eye/Ear drops
Allah made Islam easy. Why do people make it hard? I know the people asking are asking out of ignorance and want to be sure not to do anything to invalidate their fast but lets use some common sense. The things that invalidate one's fast are as follows:

  1. Eating and drinking
  2. Intercourse
  3. Things that take the place of eating and drinking, such as injections that provide nourishment
  4. Vomiting deliberately
  5. Menstruation and postpartum bleeding in the case of women
(Some people believe donating blood and cupping invalidate the fast because it will make you weak)