Archive for June, 2004

Quiz Time!

Let’s lighten the mood around here with a Quiz lifted from A Moment of Peace Blog. Brother Safiy, thank you for this! I am editing for appropriateness…

What is your Name: Umm Hamza
What Colour Trousers are you wearing now: Black linen… not that you’ll see much with the jilbab
Where are you at the moment: in my cubicle at work
What are the last 2 digits of your phone number: 76
What was the last thing you ate: Fried egg and cheese on an english muffin
If you were a crayon what colour would you be: purple
How is the weather right now: shiny, cooler than normal at this time of year
Last person you talked to on the phone: The secretary of the head of Dept of Public Works for M-ville
The first thing you notice about the opposite sex: Hair, as I try to avoid eye contact. Looking down is just more dangerous.
How are you today: refreshed
Favourite beverage: Dr. Pepper or water
Favourite Sports: Futbal Americano
Hair Colour: I am having a white hijab day.
Eye Colour: Brown
Do you wear contacts: Nope, can’t stand the lil buggers
Siblings: 1 older brother, 1 younger brother and sister
Favourite Month: June
Last Movie you Watched: One last night on cable where the girl says to Michael Douglas in a sing song voice “I’ll never tell.”
Are you an orange?: I like oranges… as for being one. No.
Chocolate or Vanilla: Chocolate!!!
Living Arrangements: overstuffed apartment
What books are you reading: Ender’s Shadow, Orson Scott Card
What’s on your mousepad: A dell adverstisement
Favourite Board Game: Trivial Pursuit
Favourite Smells: My mother’s cooking
Buttered, sweet, plain or salted popcorn: Buttered, but I do enjoy sweet too.


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Asalaamu alaykum,

This is a Monday afternoon check in. I am doing ‘the usual’ which is work. A slow day, but then most days seem slow here anymore. I am having problems with short term memory becoming part of my long term memory. In the past, quite possibly pre-child, I had a very good, cohesive grasp of the projects that were working in my geographic region and didn’t have problems with transferring that knowledge between different requests for information. Nowadays, I can’t even keep the facts of my largest projects straight and I almost sure that I am dropping the ball in large ways that are being noticed. I do know that my desire for this job has a direct effect on my performance. I am only staying here for the health insurance.

Life is stressful in our house as of late. Hubster works a lot and at non-conventional hours. He takes it for granted that someone else will usually be watching our son (usually me) during his off hours.

We (I should say Hubster) is planning our trip to Morocco. My job is to get my passport and my son’s passport. This, however, entails some planning in and of itself as both parents and the child need to be present to sign the documents for the passport of the child. As it stands, Hubster and son will be leaving around the 18th of August and I will follow between September 2-4. Every day that goes by I am more upset by this because I feel that my needs as a mother and a wife are being neglected by his need to visit his family for so long (can’t waste money!) and his absolute need to visit his Shaykh during some big brouhaha in August. I just can’t get any more time than 10 or 11 work days off for vacation. I can’t accrue anymore before the vacation. Maternity leave and gall bladder surgery wiped me out. Anytime I suggested that we just go for two weeks I was told either:
a) let’s not go at all (a typical all or nothing answer),
b) it costs too much to go for such a short time,
c) I can’t possibly see everyone that needs seeing in that amount of time.

But as it stands, my son will be away from me for two weeks and its killing me. My other option was to bring him myself which is nearly impossible as I can’t coordinate his care and work while hubster is gone. I keep trying to look at the bright side of having Hamza being his father for two weeks: it gives me a chance to relax and unwind (probably bored), see some friends or a movie… But its not working. Its been all lose-lose in this whole situation. And, to add insult to injury, my son’s first birthday is the day after they leave for Morocco… I know its not a huge party day, but it is memorable for me as his mother.

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O Merciful, transform my fears into hope. In the name of Your glorious Qur’an relent toward me. Allow its light to illumine my way; endow me with the resolve to follow its dictates. Help me recite it night and day that its wisdom might blossom within my soul.

-Prayer upon finishing the Qu’ran

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Facial awareness

I found an interesting little test online to find out if you can tell the difference between Koreans, Japanese, and Chinese faces. I got about 60-70% correct, but I also had a lot of exposure to Japanese students and faces when I was in college which helps you learn how to discern the difference.

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I found a brain usage index while I was template searching. I am not quite sure what this tells me…

My Brain Usage Profile:

Auditory : 55%
Visual : 44%
Left : 66%
Right : 33%

You can meaure your brain usage here.

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Quiet Weekend and Mommy Poll

I apologize for the silence. Its just that nothing is happenening right now either a) worth blogging about or b) not blogable as its too personal. The majority of my life is becoming option b. I have made the mistake in the past of blogging about personal items in a public forum and paid quite dearly. So I do avoid it when I can.

Here is a mommy poll that I would like to get responses to. Its as close as I can get here to talking about something very personal. How long would you let your baby’s daddy take your child on vacation with him? Would age of the child and destination affect your decision? (This all assuming that you are not attached at the breast to your child, at which this becomes a moot poll and can be measured in hours *grin*)

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To Morocco We Will Go…

Well… after a war of wills and a whole bunch of indecisiveness on my part, we are going to Morocco. In late August. It will be warm. And I am a heat ninny.

Work has been less than cooperative about the time off. I requested a leave of absence over and above the time I actually have saved up so we could go altogether for four weeks to meet my in-laws for the very first time. They denied me the LOA because it would not be of any benefit to the agency. [expletive deleted] So, I will have ten days of vacation and personal time ( = 2 weeks) saved up by the time August rolls around, barring another freak hospital visit to remove another less-than-necessary organ. However, here’s the kicker: Hubster is going ahead of me by two weeks with our son. I am trying my very best to look on the bright side of this.
1) From a logistics standpoint, I cannot possibly handle my son alone on an overseas trip. Carseat, child, carryon bags do not equal two arms.
2) I have a two week mini-vacation at homebefore leaving — 14 days of sleeping whenever I want, eating whenever I want, and doing pretty much whatever I like whenever I like. This is good. I miss this.
3) Hubster has let me take the Munchkin to my parents house without him. This is a cross country trip.
4) My parents have taken care of the Munchkin without either of us when I was in the hospital for my gall bladder. Cross country again.

Patience and prayer… I really wish hubster would shorten his trip to coincide with mine… but somethings are not within his sense.

I am really looking forward to this trip and going somewhere completely new and different. Any suggestions from folks who have traveled overseas on how to deal with food issues, health issues, bathing issues, and lack of air conditioning with hijab? (Remember, I am a heat ninny)

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