Preparing for Ramadan

Ramadan is just 5 weeks away so the preparations at our place have begun. It’s a mix of spiritual prep mixed with food prep — our religion is cool like that. Yesterday I got started with 2 Indian dishes and this week The Boss and I plan on making a few pizzas and pastas. The system is simple: we cook, portion and freeze; veggies are prepared fresh each day.  Then during Ramadan’s busy days and nights we pull out a combinations of entrees and sides, thaw and enjoy for iftaar (the breaking fast meal, which I documented in photos here last year), and head to the mosque for the extended prayers held in the evenings. Since the month can be physically and emotionally exhausting it’s nice to get the busy work out of the way. I realize that cooking for or during a month where we abstain from eating seems a little counter intuitive, but we all know what happens when you try to whip up a meal when you’re starving and tired: you end up eating an entire box of Pop-Tarts BY YOURSELF. Don’t let it happen to you.

New in town

I’m the neighbor that wakes up at 6 a.m. and starts hanging stuff on the walls WITH A HAMMER. You’re welcome, New York. You are welcome.

DIY photo display

I wanted to hang some photos of The Boss and me above my desk at home, but it would have been too costly to get them printed and put in the frames I wanted. So instead I decided to experiment with a little DIY.

I went to Staples and bought photo and black construction paper. Then I swung by Michael’s and picked up some inexpensive twine and a pack of mini clothes pins. In total, I spent about $30.

I printed the photos out on 2 sheets of photo paper, cut a backing out of black construction paper for each photo and taped them together. Next, I cut 2 pieces of the twine (about 3 feet each) and hammered them into the wall using tiny nails; I used the clothes pins to secure each photo to the twine.

To make the display look more intentional I took the excess twine on the edges and tied into bows.

 

 

 

 


Cereal enigma

My lovely cousin is in town from India with her husband and this is what she did at the breakfast table this morning.

I know. I’m glad I documented that too.

Internet, help me organize my photos!

Maybe “30 million photos” is a slight exaggeration, but I kid not when I say that I am incredibly overwhelmed at the idea of trying to organize my pictures. Every year-ish I try and tackle this project. The last time I went into Photo Organization mode was when we were living in Los Angeles. Between working retail, freelancing and my perpetual job hunt I decided to carve out some time to buckle down and start organizing, categorizing and cleaning up all my photos. Obviously since I’m still talking about this you know that I have yet to create a strong framework that will help keep my photos neatly filed away.

So I’m turning to you, Internet. In your vast oasis of information and various skills, I’m asking for help regarding how to tackle this massive project. What’s the best way to categorize photos? How many categories should you have? How long should you keep photos? Do you always keep multiple copies of every photo? I got my first digital camera somewhere around 2006 so that’s how far back the photos on my computer date; I am not even ready to tackle my photo boxes yet — though organizing my printed photos is actually an item on my Life List. Because IT’S THAT SERIOUS.

Better than a keychain

The Boss was in Los Angeles on business recently and swung by our favorite halal butcher shop and grocer on Venice Blvd. to pick me up some souvenirs. What happened after this picture was taken is too shameful to detail on the Internet, but I will say it involves a tummy ache and an upcoming trip to the dentist.

Makes my heart go pitter-patter

I’m teaching a girl’s lacrosse clinic for local high schoolers before their season starts this spring and it feels so good to have a stick in my hand again for only the second or third time since I played in college. I made an adult league back in Northern Virginia in 2009, but a few weeks after try-outs (before the season even started) The Boss and I decided to move to Los Angeles where the sport was just starting to garner some attention. It’s been a while since I’ve run drills and thrown around and I can’t even express the joy my heart feels to be a part of this — I didn’t realize how much I missed the sport until I started working with these fresh-faced teens. It’s so nice to see the girls work to develop the core fundamentals of the sport and prepare for what will hopefully turn out to be a winning season.

Flashback to present day

Me: Hey, this came out of your cereal box so I saved it for you.

Him: IS THAT JUSTICE LEAGUE?! OH YEAH!!!

I don’t know what’s cuter: his reaction to the comics or the fact that he’s still eating cereal that comes with prizes.

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