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.  :)

Back From The Dead

That's how it feels anyway. This past week I have been so sick. I was fine the first day of Eid then came down with the flu. It was terrible. Fever, cough, headache, body ache, cold sweats, the works. Then It turned into the never ending cough and I had to visit the hospital and it ended with a stomach flu and today is the first day I feel normal. Alhamdulillah.

You really should appreciate your health. I've had no appetite and lost 4 kilos from that alone. I had to force myself to eat a piece of bread just to take medicine. I'm just going to say Alhamdulillah, I'm so glad to feel normal again. I almost feel hungry today. 

I actually cleaned. I haven't cooked since before Eid. The apartment was getting very messy though, as much as the kids tried to help out, It was just not good. So when I felt up to it today, I put on a podcast and now I can sit and relax and not feel terrible just by looking around. There's always laundry. That never ends, but otherwise, the place looks good. I'm glad no one came to visit me when I was sick, the place looked embarrassingly bad. Everyone was away on Eid vacation, visiting family anyway.

I'll post pictures from Eid day, today, inshaAllah. All week I hadn't even had the energy to crack open the laptop. It's good to be back with the waking and out of bed. Alhamdulillah.

November 5, 2011

Happy Happy Eid

Any plans? We're just going to take the kids out to a movie, arcade and dinner. Most of our friends are away to visit family. I'm glad to stay local and enjoy the week off, inshaAllah. 

We're not the kharoof and fatta kind of Eid people. The food bank is a good way to go. We'll probably eat at Planet Africa or somewhere else. Hopefully, the kids will have a good time. We cleaned the apartment today and hung some decorations and balloons. I have some goody bags ready to surprise the kids with tomorrow. Hoping you all have a blessed and joyous Eid Al Adha.