December 26, 2011


You post about what's on your mind right? Well the girl who was beaten in Tahrir is on my mind. I can't get her out of my head. I don't usually talk about politics on my blog and this bit of news has come and gone but it's just really bothering me.

I wont post the video or a photo, if you haven't seen it already, it's easily found on youtube by searching "blue bra girl".

I was horrified watching that as anyone would be but I'm also horrified by the reactions and responses I hear about it. Several women I've spoke to say things like:

"Why was she only wearing an abaya over her bra?, she should have been wearing something more underneath" 

 Like really, she should have known she was going to be beaten to a pulp and dragged through the street by her clothes, and dressed accordingly, right? I myself, more often then not wear an abaya without a shirt underneath. Why should I? I'm covered and it's no one's business what I'm wearing or not wearing under it.

"Why was she out there? She should have stayed at home"

Oh, is that because they aren't part of this country? Women aren't part of society and don't have the right to protest or fight for their country, huh?  SCREW THAT. The revolution is not over and going out there doesn't warrant the savage beating she received.

 "It's fake. It's a set up. That video was doctored"

 I don't buy that for a second. Some people here will believe anything. Like they can "photoshop" video? People are in denial. So that footage was some CGI or something?

The other thing is that people here keep referring to her as the girl who had her clothes pulled off or that had her bra show AS IF that is the issue. Is it really the fact that she was exposed the big crying shame here? NO. It's the absolutely barbaric pummeling of her body that is. You can't just gloss over that!

This is why people started a revolution in the first place. Basic human rights.  Where is the dignity when something like this is possible and to top it off, people blame the victim.  This woman could have been any of us, our sister, our friend. Any one of us could have been brutalized and humiliated like that. When such misogynistic, ignorant crap comes out of the mouths of other women, it makes me sick and it makes me angry.  Everyone should be.

I would really like to hear your opinions or feedback on this, whether you agree with me or not. I'd like to hear what other people think.

December 22, 2011


I want a kitty so bad. Today we were going to dinner and saw these two that seem to live in a hole in the wall in outside our building. They are so cute.  I love the little black one.

The kids loved looking at them and of course took photos like mom.:)

Then, after dinner, we went to buy some things and Dawood wanted to buy a fish. So we went to this pet shop. It's a sad place. As soon as we walked in, the cats started meowing. This mama cat and her kittens stole my heart.

I felt so bad for them, The kittens are being sold for 250LE each and they are still nursing from their mom. The little orange one kills me, shes so cute!!

If I had the room and no allergies I'd take them all home. Poor kittehs.

Oh yea, here's  Dawood's fish.  No name yet.

December 18, 2011

What's Up Lately

Random goodness coming atchya

My mom is here, it's nice to have her around. :)

Keep Egypt in your prayers, please. I don't like talking about politics here but I would feel odd not mentioning it.

I'm waiting on the school to give us the mid year exam and vacation schedule. Hoping we'll get it on Monday. I swear our school must be the slowest/latest with these things. People would like to plan around it, huh?

I'm thinking about doing a behavior/chore chart for the kids. It's worked before but we didn't stick to it. Any ideas?

Here are a few photos from when we were in Cairo last week for a minute. Really we went and came back the same day, just spur of the moment. We're weird. 

Dawood hitting some pins

Zayneb with a life size cut out of MJ

Safiyah thought Marylin might like a piece of her lollipop.

These are from the other night at a seafood restaurant that opened here recently. 
Zayneb and Salwa

Dawood and Safiyah

Me and Essam
  Yummy food

Check out all the new nai lpolishes I've got. The 3 glittery ones I got here, the rest my mom brought from the US.

 We baked some brownies tonight. This is all that remains. To be fair we gave some to my neighbor. This recipe is awesome.

 Now go and make some brownies. But write me a comment first.

November 27, 2011

Who's In The Wrong Here?

So I witnessed a little situation yesterday while getting my highlights redone. (very happy with the results) So anyway, I go to this place that's owned by an Italian American woman and she employs a few European trained professionals. What's your take on the situation I'm about to describe?

While I was in full foil mode an Egyptian woman came in, holding a baby girl and wanted to get her nails done. She wanted french gels and that would take an hour and half. She didn't have an appointment and wanted to do this on the spot. I don't understand this at all.  Where did she plan on putting her baby while she had her nails done? Obviously she couldn't hold her, and there's no like, child care or anything. Why would she assume it was ok to bring her baby along?  The owner let her know it would be impossible and the woman called her sister to come watch the baby. The owner held the woman's baby girl while the woman had her nails started on for nearly an hour until the sister showed up with a baby of her own. She sat in the waiting area while the kids started to cry and fuss.

In that moment, my hairdresser said something like "Ayayay, in Europe it would be not possible to bring a child in to a beauty center, but I know this is Egypt and Egypt is Egypt" The Egyptian woman who came to watch the kids replied "I don't care for Europe or America, I'm here in Egypt and you should be grateful for Egypt because you are working in Egypt, and if you want more people to come here(the salon) you should be more nice" Then the hairdresser said, "Not for me, for client" She had a good point, I mean if someone comes in for a massage or a manicure even, whatever, they don't want to hear a baby crying. They came to be pampered and relax. The Egyptian woman got up and left to go sit in her car.

So I know that in Egyptian salons it's totally normal to walk in with no appointment. It's fine to bring your small child. And I know that we are in Egypt. But this is a place of business. Should things be lax like Egyptians like it, or should things go according to the place? I don't know if Egyptian clients would be annoyed by a baby, I would think anyone would be. I just can't understand how she came in with a baby. Where did she plan on putting her?! She wasn't even in a carrier or stroller or something. I guess it's clear what I think, but what do you think?

November 22, 2011

Nostalgic Pins

I have a board on Pinterest called "Nostalgia" I love finding stuff from my childhood that I've totally forgotten about.
Before texting, we passed notes.

I seriously thought I was the only one who did this!

How creepy was the premise to this show??

Remember these books? My sister and brother used to tease me and call me "Goose Off Goose" The goose who always procrastinated.

I loved this show, It's so awesome, I wish it showed here. Something you can watch with your kids.

Remember school lunches?

The best day in Gym class

I always wished she'd see me in her magic mirror, but alas, she never saw a "Mona"

Remember this game? We had a different version where you had to put two peices together then fit them in the thing before it popped!

I loved rollerskating

I had this! My dad got it once when I was like 11, it was awesome.
What childhood stuff do you miss?

November 16, 2011

Recent Purchases

Here are a few things I bought during Eid.

I have been eying this ring at Accessorize for months but waited till I got it for 50% off :) Ain't it sweet?
Picked up this necklace too, I love that it has all colors and matches anything.

Like my new boots? They're super cozy and very cool.

Kind of childish? I don't care, I love stationary stuff.

My new purse! You know I love roses and I love the long cross strap.
And you KNOW I love pretty lining!

What do you think?

November 14, 2011


 So on the Eid, we just went to the mall for some fun, shopping and dinner. They showed a free movie for kids. Kung Fu Panda 2. (Old I know) It was cute. The kids played at the arcade and met friends. We had dinner at Planet Africa, it was yummy.

At the Theater. Anyone else tear up when Po's mom gave him up?

Safiyah & Salwa playing the dance game.

Aren't they sweet?
Dawood begrudgingly taking a photo for posterity.

Acting crazy. Who's acting?
Dinner, I love the potato skins here, I'm gonna try to make them.

The gals

Me and Z

This snake freaked me out all through dinner.

This was 2 days later on a trip to exchange something.  :)