Got a writing gig, mashAllah

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahAs usual, I've neglected my poor blog and let it lie fallow for a long time. Amazing that nothing wrote itself in here while I was away. I've been pretty busy in real life, chasing kids, feeding hubby, doing all that wonderful domestic stuff that I detest, but, hey, can't let the kids run around naked!I've still been teaching in Second Life. I have the weekly sisters' halaqah, and while the numbers are small, the ladies are very interested … [Read more...]

Tuesday, Life Getting Back to Normal

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahToday is Tuesday. The daily routine consists of hubby leaving the house early for work and me sleeping right through, lol. Obviously I'm not in my routine of getting up to feed him. Alhamdulilalh, the baby did not wake up, or if she did I didn't hear her. I slept from about 11 pm to 8 this morning. That's going to have to change when Abdel Hamid starts school next week.Alhamdulillah, I feel a bit better today. The bleeding has subsided … [Read more...]

Health Care in America… Or Not

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahAs I write this, I'm having a miscarriage. Don't read of if you don't like the thought of blood, or if you don't want to hear about it. I don't want to hear about it and I'm experiencing it...I had a positive preg test in July. I was just getting over the flu, no idea if that had some effect. On the first of August I started spotting. Very light, brown, old blood, no gushing or anything. I have had four miscarriages previously, in … [Read more...]

Holiday Weekend Over, Business as Usual

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahIt's Tuesday morning and I've got most of a cup of coffee in me. Kids are fed, except Abdel Hamid. He can do the honors himself; today is a cereal day. The baby is at my feet. In her usual fashion, the moment I start typing she starts fussing, as if I haven't been holding her half the morning already. Yusef and Yasin are squabbling over cartoons. Yasin is sick. His fever has really knocked him down, poor guy. I'm out of the liquid … [Read more...]

Danger Danger – Husband in the Kitchen!

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahOkay, so today I worked. I usually go to the office on Sundays and do eBay, leaving the children in the care of Daddy. So far it has worked out okay. I come home to the same number of children that were there when I left and they all call me "Mommy". Usually I'm home around four or so, in time to make dinner. When they are with Daddy, they eat a lot of cereal, apples, more cereal...Today, I went in late (hubby's fault), and consequently … [Read more...]

For my FB Sisters: A warning on fortune-telling

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa Rahmatullah"How Many Children Will You Have" "You Will Have Three Girls""What Will Your Future Husband Look Like?" "Cute""Will Your Next Baby Be a Girl or a Boy?" "Congratulations... It's a Girl!"Are these "harmless" Facebook quizzes, or statements of disbelief? I see these quizzes from people on my friends' list at least several times a day. It always makes me stop and think. You are taking a quiz that purports to tell you something about your … [Read more...]

Lo-Tech Coffee

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimOkay, when I got married I was not a coffee drinker. I would have the occasional - no, NOT Starbucks - the occasional 7-11 coffee if I was taking a road trip, but other than that I would drink water or a soda. Marriage and children tend to sap your energy, and eventually I got a coffee maker. I corrupted my husband, too. He went from being a traditional Egyptian tea-drinker to a "I can't leave the house in the morning without my cup of joe" guy. I take breaks from … [Read more...]

I should be in bed, but I’m on a sugar high….

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahYes, as the title says, I should be in bed. A friend of the family came to visit my father-in-law and see how he's doing, and, well, he brought cheesecake. So of course we all had to have some, even though it was eight o'clock. So I'm high on sugar and not ready to sleep yet. Plus, I have to remove two little boys from the bed before I fit in it, not an easy thing as they are all floppy when asleep and I swear they gain weight at night. … [Read more...]

Woman caught with heroin in Laos

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahI've been kind of following a news story on CNN about a woman who was allegedly caught with about two kilos of heroin on her in Laos. She is in jail there now, and possibly became pregnant as a result of rape while in jail. She is awaiting trial right now.I have mixed emotions about this. First of all, rape is a horrendous crime and no woman should ever have to submit to it. Being in a filthy hellhole of a prison with inadequate food and … [Read more...]

All Priests Should Practice “Edibacy”

The latest "scandal" to hit the Roman Catholic Church is the tale of a priest, Father Alberto Cutie, who apparently had a two-year affair with a woman. This, of course, violated his vows of celibacy.Now, I'm a Muslim, so the whole "you can't serve God unless you give up sex" thing is a nonstarter for me. But I thought I'd offer a tongue-in-cheek commentary on it all. Since worldly pursuits such as eating, drinking, and having sex all distract one from pastoral duties, I think that, in addition … [Read more...]