Sunday, July 31, 2011

St. Thomas!

So my loverly niece Macall and her beau Brandon are getting hitched next May in St. Thomas and I am SUPA PUMPED! We haven't had a family vacay in about 3-4 years so we are in desperate need of one! So not only do we get to hang out in a tropical paradise, but also we get to hang out with my amazing family that we don't get to see very often and celebrate some loving!

Aren't they some cuties?



Literally cannot wait to see these ladies...




We are gonna be sunning and drinking and giggling (oh and having a WEDDING) here ...



WOOOOOHOOOOO!



Can't wait family!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Last 10 Movies I Saw

I rate movies three ways: Awesome, Good, Okay,Sucked. Yep, I'm pretty simple that way.

1. The Stoning of Soraya M. - Good
2. Rabbit Hole - Sucked
3. Winter's Bone - Okay
4. Just Go With It - Sucked
5. The Next Three Days - Sucked
6. Leap Year - Okay
7. Conviction - Awesome
8. Morning Glory - Okay
9. Due Date - Sucked
10. The King's Speech - Okay

Any recommendations?

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Joe's new digs


Actual quote from Joe: "I didn't get much sleep last night because the rats in the walls were fighting"

Needless to say we are very happy that Joe has decided to move to a new location. It's a beautiful home in the heart of Raleigh's Historic Oakwood neighborhood. Sure it is still relatively close to the tough ghetto section of town (roughly 1-2 blocks) but at least it isn't IN IT.

I went to Joe's old house last week and here is an actual picture of what I saw as I was driving there...



..okay it may have been homeless people instead of zombies and it may have been 2-3 homeless people instead of 80..but you get the idea.

I mean they were wandering in the middle of the road!

Anyways....



I didn't take pics of the whole house of course because I am a genius, but here is the front door! And his neighbors have chickens and they are very cute.

Here are their neighbors across the street from their porch...



I couldn't sleep there because I would be scared this would happen...



Ok enough about zombies for now.


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Lightbulb!

Lately I have been having pretty bad headaches/migraines. I am used to having headaches pretty much nearly every day due to my TMJ but man it's been way worse. My doc recommended that I try massage therapy to ease some of the tension in my neck/back.

So today was my first massage. I'm not going to go into it but all I will say is that the "woman" was the biggest BEAST of a woman I have ever seen, and my body hurts quite tremendously.

ANYWAYS. The point. She asked me when I had my lapband surgery.
I said September 29th

She said "Wow so like a year"
I said "...oh my GOD it has been almost a year"
She said "how much weight have you lost?"
I said "Thirty pounds"
She said "You know that's ridiculous right?"

UM... HOLY SHNAZBALLS. This beefcake of a massage therapist is the one giving me a light bulb moment cause when she said that my exact thoughts were..

"HOLY SHIT THAT IS COMPLETELY RIDICULOUS! I AGREE!" (sorry mom)

So I'm not making any big promises or oaths but I am simply reveling in the statement that it is in fact RIDICULOUS that I've had this surgery for almost a year and lost only 30lbs. Actually, my words are that it is COMPLETELY EFFING RIDICULOUS"

I am going to have to whip my still fat but into shape and get this show on the road!


Sunday, July 10, 2011

My Friend Sara.





I met Sara in high school. We are kindred spirits. We are both random and wacky and inappropriate. After high school we talked off and on, but sadly more off than on. We got to facebook chatting today and I (obviously) stalked her facebook page for awhile. Then I saw she wasn't wearing her scarf (or hijab that I have always known her to wear. I always thought Sara was brave. She wore her scarf after 9-11 and despite what anyone else thought, she wore it with pride and was always confidant in who she was and what she believed in. I adored her for her spirit and bravery. I wasn't that sure I could be that visible about my beliefs especially in such judgmental times. That brings me back to the present.

Sara posted a note about her "coming out" and not wearing her hijab anymore. I wanted to share because I think it is beautifully written and honest and soul baring... and also I am so proud that she is someone who I call a friend.

"Breaking up with a piece of fabric was one of the most difficult decisions I have ever made.

I became a 'visible' Muslim a few months before 9/11, so it is difficult for me to separate the hijab from Islamophobia, and breaking those stereotypes was at the core of my identity.

I did not know who I was without it. Being 'That' Muslim girl became, to a certain extent, my crutch. I used to associate taking off the hijab with bowing over to the pressure of Islamophobia. While I have never believed that clothing correlates with faith, I did fear that people would perceive me as one who 'gave up'. My focus was on debunking stereotypes and representing Muslims in a positive light. Disrupting the 'usual image' of a Muslim woman was just another day on the job. That began to override my own spiritual journey. Negotiating my identity is still a very real part of my existence. I am not alone in this. Many of us carry a lot of different cards, I just happen to be making sense of a very visible one.

At this point in time, wearing a hijab is not right for me, but I refuse to be ashamed or apologetic about it. I am the same person. I still make questionable fashion choices, I still speak to strangers, and I am still very loud. I am not ashamed of my identity, and I was proud of being a hijabi. However, I think that I needed to find myself outside of that persona.

I debated 'coming out' on Facebook, for a number of reasons. It is uncomfortable for me to 'come out' to an audience that consists of many people that I have not spoken to in years. It is for this reason that I refuse to outline some of the deep and personal feelings that are tied into this decision. At the same time, as I start to build my experiences as a writer, I felt that I could no longer progress without allowing my picture to be online.

It is my hope that I will be met with sincerity and support from my peers, especially from the community that I grew up in. For those of you that would like to engage in a theological debate, I am not interested. Pray for my soul, if you'd like, but keep it to yourself. For those of you that are interested in gossip, I won't indulge that either. (In the words of every internet meme: Haterz gon hate) Finally, to those who support me, and have listened to me struggle with this change, thank you. You have kept me sane.

And finally, to my sparkly hijabs: It wasn't you, it was me."

-Sara Yasin


So Sara, you will always have my support! Also I'm pretty sure you will be a world famous journalist quite soon :-)


Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th!



If my (evil corporate) company recognized national holiday's these are the pictures I would be posting...











But since I spent today working instead of sunbathing with a drink in my hand and grilling out, all you get is this..



Now please don't set off fireworks until 2am.. I'm old and need some sleep. Thank you.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

I Need a Cowhide

Normally when I tell people that I really really want a cowhide rug they look at me like I am crazy. But alas people, it is beautiful and you are missing out. Just because you have a cowhide rug doesn't mean your room is super Texan or Southwest! It can still be super modern, although that is not my taste, it can work! I am partial to the light colored hides that are maybe a bit freckled, but all different sorts can work...

Lighter Varieties:







(seriously how fabulous is this?!)











Darker Varieties:






(see? Ree has one!)




Beautiful colors!


You can see some for sale here. I want that second one BAD!

No Bake Hot Pimento Cheese Dip!

Yummo, and all you need is a microwave!

Ingredients:


  • 8 ounces, weight Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
  • ½ cups Mayonnaise
  • 1-½ Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  • ½ teaspoons Mustard Powder
  • ¼ teaspoons Salt
  • ¼ teaspoons Black Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons Jalapenos, Chopped
  • ½ cups Pimentos, Diced
Directions:


1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
2. Pour into a microwave-safe dish and microwave for about 20 seconds, or until hot.
3. Serve warm with tortilla chips or your favorite vegetable sticks such as celery, asparagus, or cucumbers.