Happy New Year! Resolutions for 2016

January 2, 2016 § Leave a comment

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Happy New Year!

2015 was an awful year for blogging – I did none! There were a myriad of reasons: earning my MA in English Literature, looking for work, a couple of content writing gigs, working, laziness, life. We also lose some dear family members and are still recovering from their loss. But 2016 is a new year, and that means newness, freshness, change, onwards and upwards. Etc. To that end, I would like to make some resolutions that will – I hope – provide enrichment, growth, and inner peace.

  • Write more. Write a couple of paragraphs at least two or three times a week. These will mostly be diary entries, so I don’t know how many of them will make it to the blog, but I feel I need to start doing this consistently for my peace of mind. the few times I recorded my feelings were a cathartic experience, and I was able to work through some of my issues and worries. This should be kept up.
  • Blog. I’d like some of my diary entries to become blog posts, but as of right now I am keeping them as separate goals. I’d like to do post at least once or twice a week; I need to do more reviews, especially of books, but movies and TV shows should make an appearance.
  • Study for and take the GRE and GRE English Literature Subject Test. Twenty minutes everyday!
  • Blog about the books I read for my literature subject test.
  • Get my sons diaries and get them to write/draw/scribble in it every weekend.
  • Drive to new places; I’d like us to explore our New England environment more and find new hiking trails.
  • Practice salah consistently.
  • Start exercising again.
  • Stain our kitchen cabinets.
  • Start my capsule wardrobe.
  • Declutter, declutter, declutter.

Where there is a will there is a way. Wish me luck!


Morning Shuffle – week of July 21-31, 2015

July 31, 2015 § Leave a comment

I have decided to note down my iPod’s shuffle selection whenever I go to work in the mornings. I’ve decided to do this at least three times a week because (1) it is always interesting to listen to different genres and languages in one session, (2) I can hear new music and revisit old favorites, and (3) this is as unpredictable as I get.

Here is my morning shuffle for this week.


1. “Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence – FYI” from Utada Hikaru, album This Is The One. Country: Japan.
2. “Emigrantes” from Orishas, album Antidotico. Country: Mexico.
3. “The Master & Margarita” from The Tea Party, album Interzone Mantras. Country: Canada.
4. “One Step Closer” from U2, album How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb. Country: Ireland.
5. “Une Pagine Doblada” from Orishas, album Antidotico. Country: Mexico.
6. “Boohey Barain” from Hadiqa Kiani, album Roshni. Country: Pakistan.

Just a short note . . .

May 22, 2013 § Leave a comment

I am sorry that I have been away from  the blog I had started so recently. I was accepted into an English Literature graduate program, and between taking care of my two little boys and studying human rights narratives, various literary essay forms and taking care of the house, I have been swamped. Now that summer is here – and no summer school! – I want to get back to writing for my blog again. This will be fun!

In the meantime, who’s looking forward to this!

Random Musings # 1

January 11, 2013 § Leave a comment

Why is it that my 4 year old and 17 month old know the direction away from the house and the routes to the ice cream store/coffee shop/school/park/anywhere-not-home while I still have trouble know which way to turn on a one-way street! Why! And most importantly – how!?!

December 31st, 2012

December 31, 2012 § Leave a comment

happy new year

A Spinning Wheel

November 14, 2012 § Leave a comment

I have a friend who is one of the most beautiful belly dancers you’ve ever seen. She’s also a spinner with her very own spinning wheel! Its magical watching her turn colorful balls of yarn and fluff into thin, delicate strands of threads. It really is like watching a spiderweb emerge from all those spindly implements.

Mailbox Love! Posters by AllPosters.com

November 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

This week happiness arrived in two separate long slim packages from AllPosters.com. A couple of weeks ago we had we had ordered three very large movie posters (27 inches x 40 inches) during their 20% discount sale. Have a look:

Something for the mama, for the couple and for the kiddies! And before all of you start sympathizing with my dude, there are three very, very good reasons why I have the beautiful Lee Byung Hun.

1- The movie is brilliant! A nihilistic tale of crime, betrayal, revenge and fleeting romance. A favorite of us both.

2- Hubby insisted on the poster, because ….

3- … we have the following three beautiful, arty posters up in our den:

Our sons will certainly have an eclectic sense of style!

If any of you feel that mature, responsible, family-oriented adults do not incorporate movie posters as wall art around the house, please rid yourself of that notion! I will keep you posted on how these will be displayed. In the meantime, enjoy looking at something beautiful.

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