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Depressive blog

I just noticed that I have a really uplifting title to this blog, but I have chosen truly drab colors that are, quite honestly, depressing. Butchy Waffers, the lovely site I have borrowed this design from has an alternative format this template in a grey and orange motif that looks moderately more alive. This may take a couple of days to implement as I have yet to decide how I will do the rewrite… Its just color changes.

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Almost Toddler-hood

With a broad grin and two fisted pull up on the side of the crib, Hamza has leapt from mere infancy to Almost Toddler-hood. I knew this change was coming, but I didn’t expect it to progress as quickly as it is. He just figured out crawling last week! Although he still looks like a clutzy puppy, he is getting quicker and more agile. He turns on a dime. He can get to anything. Lint on the floor gets his attention.

I need to vacuum. Everyday.

I need a gate. To everything.

Hamza is on the loose. Run for your lives! Alternatively, help me keep him from nosediving off furniture or the balcony. May Allah ta’ala protect him, ameen!

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I’m a Man Hater

Not really, but it felt interesting to say for a moment. Actually, I am more annoyed with men than anything, and probably truly irritated with just one in particular. As a mother, I find myself so much in tune with my son. I hear the slightest noise, I know when he wakes up, I know his schedules — is it milk time, food time, play time? I know the toys he likes and the ones he just tolerates. I am such a mess when he is too tired and too hungry to figure out which one he should fix first. I am exhilarated when we have an afternoon where the play and discovery are so perfect to be close to unreal.

I don’t think that fathers get all this.

Some of you do… Chance alone says that some of you will. But the majority of you can sleep through crying, not know what to do when your baby wakes up at night, and be more apt to watch the news with your son in your lap and not even look at him. As if he needs to see the gore that is considered news on CNN, al-Jazeera, MSNBC…

Unless the sensitivity fairy comes and touches the man in my life, I think I will become a man-hater. How sad.

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Migraine Weekend…

The tell-tale blind spot in my vision, followed by the not-so-nice sparklies where the blind spot was… I suppose I be thankful that it started on Saturday night versus the daytime…

Anyone who has had a migraine knows they’ve had one. If you have to ask, you didn’t have one. Its akin to being run over with by a MAC truck with nothing to show for it afterwards.

Doc gave me some Zomig to try last time I was there because the migraines are becoming a more common occurrence. The Zomig is not a cure all for the migraine, but better than nothing and much better than anything I had at hand.

This one makes two for the last week. Getting migraines is so frustrating because I become almost completely useless because any and all actions cause my head to pound mercilessly. I had an appointment with the doc because I hadn’t had migraines with any regularity since my childhood and I wanted it checked out. She thinks its because I stopped taking fluoxetine which I had been on for about two years. I am back on it, in a sort of so-so basis which I am sure is no help to the migraine situation.

GMail

Blogger has a link up right now to do beta testing for Googles new service, Gmail. You have to have an active blogger account to get the link to come up your screen. Gmail could either prove to be blase or really cool… The account comes with 1 Gigabyte of space for storing your email. (1 gigabyte translates to 1000 Megabytes… wowzers! My yahoo account used to have 6 megs and presently has 25 megs by the grace of paying 26.95/month for my DSL service)

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Word of the Day
I have had the word quotidian stuck in my brain since I woke up this morning and so I decided to find the definition and share it. I don’t remember where I saw it, but I think it was from a rather good smack down someone gave another person in one my Yahoo! Groups…

quo·tid·i·an ( P ) Pronunciation Key (kw-td-n)
adj.
1. Everyday; commonplace: “There’s nothing quite like a real… train conductor to add color to a quotidian commute” (Anita Diamant).
2. Recurring daily. Used especially of attacks of malaria.

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Triggering Advertising

I want to find out if I can trigger the blogspot/google adverstisement to different topics. Presently, it’s talking about auditory canal illnesses (if I say the actual word, I will get more adverstisements regarding it)… I could say some rather off color words, just in a list… but then I might get weird hits from pervos. So… looking at my bookshelf above the computer monitor. Words from titles on the shelf:

Muhammed, arabic, Quran, shariah, Islam, Morocco, North Africa, Origami, Aquarium Fish, Mediterranean, cookbook…

We shall see what we get advertised for in the coming days…

Right now, however, I must go retrieve the toys my Evil Munchkin has thrown off the ExerSaucer.

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The 22 Questions …

I wasn’t going to do this, but lists of questions just beg to be answered.

1. Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18, find line 4. Write down what it says:
“The boat sailed along until we came to a town called Salehiyya, which is very fertile.” – Naser-e-Khosraw’s narrative of his journey for Hajj, from 1000 Roads to Mecca, edited by Michael Wolfe

2. Stretch your left arm out as far as you can. What do you touch first?
My styrofoam cup of soda. Mmmm.

3. What is the last thing you watched on TV?
About half of the movie Windtalkers last night (I suppose that was on DVD). I watched an infomercial this morning for the Magic Bullet mixer.

4. WITHOUT LOOKING, guess what the time is.10:30

5. Now look at the clock, what is the actual time?
10:17 am

6. With the exception of the computer, what can you hear?
People laughing about six cubes away. Its actually very quiet in here for once. Good sleeping sounds.

7. When did you last step outside? what were you doing?
845 am, this morning. I was walking from my car to the building.

8. Before you came to this website, what did you look at?Yahoo! Groups.

9. What are you wearing?
Blue jilbab, grey scarf. And to make it a happy day, cotton capri pants and a tank top. (I look nice on the outside, comfy on the inside! Who else but mujelbabatun get to wear tank tops year round??)

10. Did you dream last night?
Yes. Can I remember it on command? No. It will probably drift across my consciousness sometime today.

11. When did you last laugh?
Earlier when I was reading an article about how French Sikhs can wear their turbans because it is a cultural dress, versus a religious one. The funny part was a paragraph that used the world clarify or its cousins four times in two sentences… I know, vague, but read it and you will see what I mean.

12. What is on the walls of the room you are in?
I have a state highway map on wall of my cube and a wildflower poster on the other wall, along with various other maps and phone number lists. All in-house publications.

13. Seen anything weird lately?
Not really.

14. Last movie you saw?
I was watching Windtalkers last night. Haven’t been to the movies since I was on maternity leave… the last one in the theatre was Last Samurai.

15. If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy first?
A house. With cash.

16. Tell me something about you that I don’t know.I like to sew and embroider.

17. If you could change one thing about the world, regardless of guilt or politics, what would you do?
I would find a way to make the Third World self sufficient so it doesn’t need to suck up goods, services and culture from the First World cultures that are propping them up. So many beautiful cultures, languages, and people are turning into little clones of the West. How boring.

18. Do you like to dance?
Sure do. And now, I have an appreciative audience: the baby!

19. George Bush: is he a power-crazy nutcase or someone who is finally doing something that has needed to be done for years?
He’s a nutcase.

20. Imagine your first child is a girl, what do you call her?
I really want to have a good Gaelic/Celtic name for her. I think they are very beautiful.

21. [Same question for a boy]
Hmm… Hamza?

22. Would you ever consider living abroad?
Yes. I would love to be able to travel and know I would find a way to live anywhere I went.

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