Weekend Snapshots: The Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield, Mass.

The Boss (a native New Englander) has been telling me about “The Big E” for as long as I can remember. The Big E, formally called The Eastern States Exposition, is held in West Springfield, Mass. every year for 2 weeks in September. The Boss and his sibs grew up going to this fair and finally this year we were in the right place at the right time with a little extra cash to spare so yesterday we set out for our first carnival date!

This is friend dough. Where I’m from, we have funnel cake but The Boss AND HIS ENTIRE FAMILY told me several times that fried dough and funnel cake ARE NOT THE SAME THING. We topped our fried dough with powdered sugar and cinnamon.

No fair is complete without a Ferris wheel!

Love this photo of a couple who just won a prize at the Angry Birds game!

The trusty old SWINGS! for all those who are too brave for the carousal but a still shy of the coasters.

And yes, my main squeeze won me a prize playing darts!

Larry the Zebra says hi!



The henna Patriots logo on my wrist explained

Little BFF’s mom was putting what we call Mehndi (sounds like: man-dee) or henna on my hands Saturday night when The Boss rolled up to our girl area (uh, the kitchen table) and told her to add a Patriots logo to the design she was working on. Of course I said no to this idea, and then The Boss said yes, and then I said no again, and then Little BFF’s mom said she didn’t know what the Patriots logo looked like (she’s British) and then I said we’re not going to do that, and then The Boss took my phone and did a Google image search for the logo, and next thing you know I’m being asked to hold still while the star and stripes are being perfected.

I’ve heard a lot about about modern couples that go halfsies on everything from chores to splitting holidays to divvying up money. So in an effort to be down with The Marriage Times I was all, “Okay, YOUR TURN!” but as it would turn out Henna Oprah never materialized.


Chatting Muslim fashion videos with Baruch Shemtov: genConnect and #waywire

(Photo taken by one of the genConnect gals.)

On the second day of the BlogHer ’12 Conference I had an interview with genConnect and #waywire about the Muslim women’s fashion videos I’m gearing up for relaunch this year. This is me chatting on camera with Baruch Shemtov. We talked about how I (obvi) wasn’t the first Muslim woman interested in making fashion work with the Islamic dress code for ladies, but the videos on this site were an original concept designed to help navigate Muslim women through the world of current fashion through an online situational dressing series. We also talked about how retailers are SO missing out on serious retail revenue and an incredibly loyal fan base buy not tapping into the (MASSIVE) niche community that is the Muslim-American woman; and don’t forget the Orthodox Jewish women either! Shemtov totally got it. And then we invisible shook hands because he totally got that too.

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.

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