Meal Planning Done Right

The kitchen was in desperate need of restocking after we returned from our trip- as I usually plan to use up as much supplies as we can before we travel so that nothing rots or expires in our absence.I had started making a list of the usual needed items before realizing that this would be the…

Year One, Honestly

I’ve been trying to write this retrospective post for about two weeks now. This is, in fact, the 26th attempt according to WordPress. Which amazes me as I’ve never had any trouble writing any post for this blog, even the heavier topics that I’ve tackled. So I decided to take a deep breath and just let the…

On Grieving

Mourning sucks- but not because you’ve lost a loved one. It’s what comes after that is infinitely more difficult. That damned if you do, damned if you don’t situation you find yourself in. Two weeks ago, a dear uncle of mine passed away after a year long battle with cancer. From his diagnosis to his death,…

20 Blogging Confessions From Beyond

This morning, Joe’s Box posted an interesting list of his “bloggers’ confessions” and invited others to follow suit. After spending the whole day brainstorming and reading Farrah’s take on it, here are several of mine. Writing is the only activity I have been doing for as long as I remember. When the internet gave people…

A Week of Healthy Eating (and Lots of Chicken)

You may have read in yesterday’s post that I’ve finally taken action towards leading a healthier lifestyle by asking for help from a professional. And sure enough, the Monday morning following my appointment, I had a meal plan sitting in my inbox just waiting to be implemented. It was all up to me to make…

I Finally Asked for Help

I’ve known for a while that I’ve gained weight- and in the process lost some of my confidence, undid the hard work I put in at the gym for the past three years, and the ability to wear some of the items in my closet. I even wrote a full post about it when the realization…

So, I Haven’t Been Writing Lately

I have to be honest with you: throughout 2015, I would internalize every conversation, every incident, every meeting with a vendor in hopes that I would later use it as material for the blog. Challenging myself to write every single day also made me more attentive to my surroundings and even a better listener. It…

This is Getting Ridiculous

I promised myself I wouldn’t talk about weddings after I posted the quick summary video of our wedding a few months ago. There’s no need to dwell on the past after all.  I even unfollowed all the accounts that I used to look at for inspiration because I don’t need them anymore. Time to make…

How To Turn A Bad Day Around

Tuesdays are cursed-at least for me. Tuesdays always mean missed deadlines, unexpected problems, endless meetings, hastily consumed lunches at the desk while scrambling to finish a task, and most importantly, getting stuck in traffic. I no longer hate Mondays, like everyone else, because it always pales in comparison to the day that follows it. Naturally, I’m…

Ready Or Not

Getting married has clearly given those surrounding me a free pass to invade my privacy. And nothing is more obvious then how I’ve been on bump watch since I tied the knot. A protruding stomach following a heavy meal, a more loose shirt because I feel hot and sticky especially in this weather, and even…

A Few Words About My Husband

I couldn’t focus on work today so I found myself reading some old posts on this very blog- posts from around the time our wedding planning had hit its stride and our marriage was getting closer and closer.  I’m really glad that I wrote all of those thoughts and experiences down, as now and almost…

Cooking Differently

Last week, Ahmad returned from his parents’ home armed with enough shish barak and vermicelli rice to feed a family of four over a few days. He was also visibly upset. The dish of meat stuffed dumplings cooked in goat yoghurt is one of our favorites but it takes almost forever to get done- much…