What are the top 3 characteristics you would want in a husband and what's the one trait that would make you run in the opposite direction?
Friday, December 28, 2007
What are the top 3 characteristics you would want in a husband and what's the one trait that would make you run in the opposite direction?
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
When someone you love is going through a difficult time, it's important to check your emotions at the door in order to help them. It doesn't matter how what's happening makes you feel. You're not the one dealing with this situation. What matters, is that the person you care about is in trouble. Focus on them, their problem, and how you can help them out.. even if it means leaving them alone to sort things out.
When you want to support someone, you should do it wholeheartedly.. or not at all.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
Slept at 3:30 am, woke up around 10:30.. back to sleep at 11:30 till 12:45.. had lunch.. watched a movie.. back to sleep around 2:45 pm till 6:45.. watched some soccer games.. had dinner.. and now am watching NFL.
Life is good!
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
* If you were to choose the most important trait that you would want in a wife, something that MUST be there.. what would it be? (No more than 3 things please.. so pick your top 3).
* Also, what's the one thing that you do NOT want in your wife? The one thing that would be the deal breaker for you? (Only one thing please.)
Sunday, December 09, 2007
I think it's finally time to write a post, totally dedicated to you! Here's to a 15 year friendship and to the highlights during that time period:
* Thinking I was a 'rich Arab wench!' :@
* Yelling at me every time I used a 'bad word'
* Rushing to my rescue with Sudafed! :)
* Correcting my English, even though it was proper British English
* Me correcting your spelling!
* Scooter.. bad hand/eye/brain coordination.. corn field! Nuff said!
* Saving me and my car during the snow
* Breaking your roommate's bed by BOUNCING on it!
* frosted cookies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yum
* Thinking I don't know that you've been reading my blog! :) (Thank you SBC)
* Purdue/Michigan State game, 50 yard line, freezing cold, Purdue down by 11 with 2 mins left, yet coming back to win it
* "I'm a Basketball God!!" "White men can't jump!!"
* Diving in the dumpster, head first, to save my magazines (which you threw in there to begin with!)
* Green Jello and Chocolate Milk!
* "I'll graduate first" "Yeah but I'll make more money than you!"
* "Send $$"
* Basement.. Pin Ball Machine.. Drum set.. Huge Screen TV!
* The best Christmas and Birthday presents I've ever gotten
* Friday nights sitting under the stairs in the dorms, waiting for the drunks to come "rolling" in
* Breaking the news to me in Mar/Apr 1999, thinking I'd be disappointed. Whereas the truth is, I'm very proud of you for making the toughest decision in your life. You owned up to it, regardless of the consequences!
* A freakishly loud camera during your wedding!
The list goes on and on. I can never do 15 years justice in one post. One thing I do know is, family isn't just those who share our DNA. Although we don't communicate that often, I am thankful for having you in my life. You've been a great brother.
Saturday, December 08, 2007
Every year, the family goes on a camping trip.. I have a crazy family, so it's great to go out and spend time with them. The adults usually act more childish than the kids! We had a blast. My cousin went nuts with a Hummer and almost flipped us over, but what's camping with no adventure and risk?!
Happy Camping Season!
Marzouq: you asked for a steak, so here you go.. although, it won't appeal to you cuz it's well done! :P
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
First thought that crosses my mind when I wake up in the morning is "When will I sleep again?!" I sit there and count how long before it's bed time again! As the weather starts getting colder, this is just gonna get worse!
** Please note that this blog has moved to http://msb73.com/
Monday, December 03, 2007
Overall, it definitely was. A lot has happened that I can look back positively on. As for 'bad' things, there are only two main events that I can think of. One was something 'normal' that I'd encountered before. The second was a major blow to me and my system. Luckily, that passed and things got sorted out a few months later.
Things I knew and relearned this year: Life goes on.. no matter what happens. How we react to things is what makes the difference in our life and the lives of those around us. It's also best to clarify matters and ask questions, rather than make assumptions - no matter how 'clear cut' the situation seems. Oh, and that there are a lot of psychos out there! :)
My advice: don't be negative! The more positive we are, the higher the likelihood of us seeing the opportunities that lay in front of our eyes!
May 2008 be a great one for all!
Sunday, December 02, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
As explained in my previous post, tickets sold out on the first night. After many calls and inquiries, we were told that more shows will be added. Great.
So I sit and monitor their site (must've hit refresh a billion times!) and they finally announced that tickets will go on sale Monday 26/11 at 10 am in the MOE. I called and the lady told me that they're not placing the tickets on sale online. I have to get someone to personally go get the tickets and it's 2 tickets maximum per person!
After chasing down everyone I know in Dubai, one of my friends said she'll find a way to get the tickets today. Just got a call from her now saying that tickets are ONLY on sale for those who were wait-listed and who'd gotten an sms from Showtime. Whatever is left, will then go on sale tomorrow for the general public.
Seriously?! Why didn't anyone say there's a waiting list and why advertise it if it only concerns those who got the sms? I'm so annoyed by this, I've totally lost interest in going to see the show.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
With the many changes to the way we live our lives today, 'ever after' has been replaced with 'for now'.
Call me a cynic if you will, but I don't believe in 'I love you so much, I would die without you!" You won't die without them and with time, you'll get over it. What I do believe in is mutual respect and decency. That will carry you a lot further than love ever will.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Tonight, unranked Arkansas just took out #1 LSU in triple OT! Arkansas went for a 2 point conversion that succeeded, while LSU attempted the same for the tie, but failed. With this upset, the field is wide open for both Missouri and Kansas to prove who wants it more. The big game is tomorrow and these two teams are old rivals. Should be a great one!
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
As of 11 pm Bahrain time last night (midnight Dubai time) I sat myself in front of the net and started clicking and refreshing, waiting for the tickets to go on sale. Eventually around 2 am, I gave up and went to sleep. Throughout the night, I kept waking up up and checking, nothing.. nada!
This morning, I checked a few more times until I got a bad feeling about it. Called Dubai, and lo' and behold, SOLD OUT! They all sold out last night! I'm so upset that I never even had a chance! I was sooo looking forward to this.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
But without mobile phones, how did we ever manage to meet up somewhere? Now-a-days, we constantly use our mobile to figure out where the other person is, when they're arriving, and where we're meeting up. "Wainkom?" "3ind el food court.. yala ta3alay!"
Imagine your mobile taken away from you for a few days. Will you be able to function?
Monday, November 19, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
Monday, November 05, 2007
The Colts put on a great performance. They handed the Patriots a lot of firsts this season (first interception for Brady in 176 passes, first time not to score in the first possession, first time to not score first and longest trailing time in a game.) The defense put a lot of pressure on the Patriots and ended the first half with a Colts lead, 13-7.
The Colts held on to the lead (20-10) up until the last 3 minutes of the game, when things completely turned around. The Patriots defense kicked it up, stopping the Colts' offense. Then Brady brought it home by scoring 2 touchdowns that took them to win the game, 24-20.
Although heartbroken at the Colts' lost, I am proud of the fact that they "brought it" to the game last night. They played with heart and while I expected them to get clobbered, they held their own for most of the game. I'm sure this is a lesson though, that they've got to hold on till the last whistle.
Although I royally hate Brady now, the Patriots and Colts have so far forced themselves to be the teams to watch this season. 8 more weeks till the playoffs.
* This is an interesting article, check it out! Click Here
Sunday, November 04, 2007
The business trip was a success overall. But enough about work..
Stayed at the Emirates Towers and it was nice. The never ending supply of Toblerone they offer was a nice bonus! I got upgraded to the "Chopard Floor", which is an all female floor made to 'pamper' women. I took some pics but too lazy to upload them now. Perhaps later.
Had dinner at Marina Walk Saturday night. The weather was gorgeous, view amazing, and atmosphere relaxing. Oh, and food was pretty good too. I also got to watch "The Kingdom". I really enjoyed the movie.. thought it was very well done!
All in all, a great trip. Planning on a repeat by month's end inshAllah.
So, anyone got a cure for this constant tired state I'm in these days?
Friday, October 26, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
A little girl and her father were crossing a bridge. The father was kind of scared so he asked his little daughter, "Sweetheart, please hold my hand so that you don't fall into the river."
The little girl said, "No, Dad. You hold my hand."
"What's the difference?" asked the puzzled father.
"There's a big difference," replied the little girl. "If I hold your hand and something happens to me, chances are that I may let your hand go. But if you hold my hand, I know for sure that no matter what happens, you will never let my hand go."
In any relationship, the essence of trust is not in its bind, but in its bond. So hold the hand of the person whom you love, rather than expecting them to hold yours..
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Now to top it off, college football is following suit. So many upsets last night! The top 25 got clobbered!
Ok I'm done. Back to our regularly scheduled program!
Monday, September 24, 2007
Monday, September 03, 2007
Saturday, September 01, 2007
Some people enter our life for 2 weeks. Yet during those 2 weeks, you feel like you've gotten to know everything about them and they take over a big portion of your day and thoughts. Other times, you know someone for 7 years.. it seems like an eternity. They'll never leave you. Not after all you've been through. Not them!! Right?
One day though, they just walk out of your life. It doesn't seem to make any sense. You are suddenly left feeling very unstable. Very confused. No reason seems to make sense. So you sit there, you wonder.. you get upset, annoyed, frustrated at that void they've left behind. At the end, you accept it and think 'it's their loss' and move on!
I've had my share of losses. Some friends whom I thought would stick around forever are long gone. But I'm ok with it. In the end, I am nothing more than the sum of all my experiences. Whatever I've faced in my life, good and bad, have made me into the person I am today.
I am thankful for all those who have walked out of my life.. and even more thankful for those who have chosen to walk in. Such is the cycle of life. Whether we like it or not, we move on because life moves on!
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Looking back, I don't think that's 100% true. No one really completely fools us. The majority of the time, the signs are all there. We see them, yet we don't pay much attention to them. We think that it's normal.
It's not until the 'feces hits the rotary atmospheric ventilation facilitator' ($#it hits the fan) do we look back and suddenly 'see clearly'. As they say, hind sight is 20/20. So don't wait until it's too late. Open your eyes and look out for yourselves.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
"I don't know how to describe it!" he said. They just make a guy feel like she belongs to him. That she's his. That there's no other person in the world for them except him."
I was intrigued. I asked him to give me examples. He couldn't. "I don't know. The way they look at you. The way they say the right thing at the right time. Their use of words is perfect! I don't know."
The odd thing is, this isn't the first time I've heard someone say this. And every person who has said that, couldn't give me examples of what they were talking about! I would love if someone out there knows and could help shed a light on this issue!
Again, I'm not talking about the physical aspect!
Monday, August 27, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
I hate the way you talk to me,
and the way you cut your hair.
I hate the way you drive my car,
I hate it when you stare.
I hate your big dumb combat boots
and the way you read my mind.
I hate you so much it makes me sick,
it even makes me rhyme.
I hate the way you’re always right,
I hate it when you lie.
I hate it when you make me laugh,
even worse when you make me cry.
I hate it when you’re not around,
and the fact that you didn’t call.
But mostly I hate the way I don’t hate you,
not even close…
not even a little bit…
not even at all.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
There are certain events in life that totally shift our direction and change us deep within. You go about life, with your set of beliefs and morals. Then something happens to challenge all of that.
You’re suddenly faced with the difficult decision of continuing with the old or taking a risk and jumping on with the new… knowing, that your life may never be the same again. That one decision, that one moment in time, can never be taken back once that choice has been made.
Some people play a big role during these pivotal times. They help facilitate and sometimes expedite the transition. One person who played a huge role in my transformation just contacted me out of the blue today.
It was great hearing the updates and knowing, that while it’s been 16 years since we first met, and probably a good 12 since our last encounter, that the memories are still alive.
Sunday, July 08, 2007
You're driving along the highway, all's going well.. when suddenly, for no apparent reason, the person in front of you decides they want to hit the brakes.
Right, see, I drive an SUV and so I can see what's in front of that person.. NOTHING! There is no car in sight. What is it that possess these brake-loving people to just suddenly brake?!
Saturday, June 30, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
Over the past month, people from my past have suddenly resurfaced, thanks to technology. I've come into contact with people who graduated with me from high-school and it's been GREAT catching up with them. It's interesting because when you meet people from your life back then, it forces you to think back and remember what you were like.
I'm such a different person now. Some people I was friends with then, I would never be friends with today. People I never gave a chance in high-school, I'd love the opportunity to get to know them better now.
This forced look at the past makes us realize how what we've gone through in life has shaped us into the person we are. Had we not made those mistakes along the way, we would not be the person we are now. Our life, our personality, our outlook is nothing more than the sum of all we've gone through up until this moment.
So much has changed.. and so much more will. I wonder what I will say one day when I look back at the MSB I am today!
Sunday, June 03, 2007
Age is a funny thing. I was so depressed when I turned 20 cuz I was no longer in my 'teens'. I kept saying that I was 'Twenteen'! Then 25 hit and that was horrible. Quarter of a century old. Yekh! 27-28 were blah years. 29 numb. 30, surprisingly, was amazing! I was no longer the oldest of the 20's. Overnight I became the youngest of the 30's!
Now, 34 has arrived. I must say, I don't recall anything after 30!
Enjoy the cake..
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Back in 1983-1984 I read some lyrics that stuck with me forever. The song is called "April 24, 1981" and it was written in honor of the singer, Rick Springfield's father who had passed away. Very short song with the following lyrics:
"I know all your life you wondered
About that step we all take alone
How far does the spirit travel on the journey
You must surely be near heaven
And it thrills me to the bone
To know Daddy knows the great unknown..."
This morning I woke up with those lyrics stuck in my head. Couldn't figure out why. It's been AGES! And then the phone rang at 7:30 to inform us that our neighbor had passed away.
She fought a battle against cancer for over 20 years. She was brave in her fight and never let it get to her. She had 5 sons to raise. I'm impressed and envious of how devout her and her husband were. Every dawn her husband would take their 5 sons and go to the mosque to pray Fajr. And no matter how many times the cancer came back, they fought it together just as hard.
This morning she will be laid to rest after a long battle. Allah Yer7amha.. o E9aber ahelha.
Monday, May 21, 2007
A bit long, but worth the read:
نزعل ونتكبّــر … وحنا من الطيـــن …
والكل منا صــــدّ.. لا أقبل خويّــه .!
نفخر .. نقول إنا على الصد قاوين …
وهــــيّ علينا في الحقيقـــــة قــــويه.!
نشفق على الطيبة و كسب الكريمين..
وهذي بنا ؟؟ لاشك فعــــلة رديـــــــــه .!
ننسى نهايتنا وعلى وين ماشيــــن ..
وننسى الزمان اللي جمعنا ســـــــويه .!
المشكلة ماهي بـ حاجة لــ تخمين …
ولاهي بعد ياناس صعبـــــة القضيـــه .!
دق الرقم : كيفك .. هلا فيك .. وأهليــن …
أنــا الخـــوي ….اللـي مـــــزعّــل خويــــه .!
قلّه : تغيب وصـــورتك داخل العين ..
ويبقــى لـ حبك في خفـــوقي بقيـــــــــــــــه .!
أخوان حنا … لو يجي بيننا شيــن …
و مانفتـــــــــــرق دام المحبـــــــة نديــــه .!
خلك قــوي لاتحتــــكرك الشياطين …
قبل الفوات .. وقبل وقت المنيــــــــــــــــه .!
كلّم خويــك بـــ اطيب الهرج واللين …
وأعرف جميل الهرج يمســــح رديـــــــه .!
هذي هي الدنيا … من الحين لـ الحين …
لابد بين الناس تحصــــــل خطيـــــــــه .!
ومن لايقدّر غلطــــة أحبابه الحيــن …
يقـــــرأ حـــــروفي ويعتبرها هــديه .!
باكر .. تمر سنين وسنين وسنيـــــن …
والــــــكل يرحـــــــل في الدروب المـــــديـه .!
صدقني تندم .. وأذكر حروفنا زين …
تندم على خلك إذا غاب ضيّـــــــــــــه .!
دنيا غريبــــة .. وأكثر الناس ماشين …
وكم صــــاحبٍ والله دفنته بــ يديــــــه
قال تعالى (فمن عفا وأصلح فأجره على الله)
* Source Unknown
Friday, May 11, 2007
When you're having fun, it flies away. Yet when you're hurting, it seems to help you heal. Time, depending on whether it's on your side or not, can either be your best friend.. or your worst enemy.
"Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road..
Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go..
So make the best of this test, and don't ask why..
It's not a question, but a lesson learned in time"
Monday, May 07, 2007
You know how they say that you shouldn't speed towards the end of the month because Police try to meet their quota then? Well, in Colorado, I would suggest you don't drive at all!
Police in Colorado have issued a '16 tickets per shift' quota! That's 2 tickets per hour. And, for those officers who don't meet the quota, they are questioned to find out why they have been 'slacking'.
Read the full report here.
Saturday, May 05, 2007
There are times where deep down inside we refuse to give up on that one thing.. Refuse to walk away from that one person. We know it'll never work out but a part of us keeps messing up our rationality meter, distorting its equilibrium.
A part of us refuses to give up hope even though on the outside we make even ourselves believe we're long past that something. I realized last night that a part of me was holding on to a past that's best left there. I realized that while it was more part of my subconscious, it was still pulling me back to an extent and a weight I didn't need to carry.
So instead of me giving you advice to break free from it all, I'm going to do that myself. Here's to leaving the past, in the past!
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Sunday, April 29, 2007
So here’s the thing, no one really dies of a broken heart. I know it’s tough. You feel like you can’t breathe. Like something is literally pulling at you from the inside, squeezing your heart to the point that it makes it difficult to function.
Life is full of tests and obstacles. “Broken Hearts” are just one of them. Everyone at some point or another will feel the disappointment of being wrong about someone they thought would be around a lot longer than they were. Life goes on though. It has and it will and it will not stop for anyone.
So have a good cry. But then wipe off your tears, look out the window and smile. Know that you either keep walking or be left behind. And remember, at the end, we’re all leaving each other anyway!
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Saturday, April 14, 2007
My sister just delivered the first grandchild in our household. A beautiful little baby boy whom I fell in love with before he was even born.
So here are my updates:
* I finally did it and quit my old job
So, all in all, things have been good al7mdl'Allah. I wonder if me taking a break from blogging had anything to do with my change of luck?! :) I'll come back for a while and test that theory.
Monday, February 05, 2007
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Barring the random genetic mutation, and a few unexplained scientific miracles where the XY chromosome holders do indeed cater to that image we have built up, the bitter truth stands still! The movie version of a fairy tale does not exist in real life.
Therefore, for all the ladies out there who've been in those shoes, "NO MORE THE BEST FRIEND!"
- Thank you, 'The Holiday'
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Now that I have a couple days off, I don't really have much to say! I'm in a 'bleh' state.. not in a bad mood or anything.. I just don't have anything to write about. Help!
Hopefully, I'll be back on track soon.. until then, don't forget about me! ;)
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Thursday, January 11, 2007
I think that's partly to blame for why we always have to find a reason for everything. Even death!
I was just talking to a friend of mine whose grandmother passed away this week. She wasn't sick, nothing was wrong.. it was sudden. Somehow, my friend and her mom have found a million reasons why they blame themselves for the grandmother's death!
Why the guilt? It's God's will. But then it made sense. There was no illness to blame for the death.. no accident to blame the driver of the car.. which leaves negligence and our own actions as the main targets for the blame! After all, negative outcome = wrong doing! :/
Friday, January 05, 2007
* If you call me and I don't answer, don't keep calling me unless it's an emergency. I will see the 1st missed call, just as good as I'll see the 50th. So stop miss calling me. It won't make me any less busy or any more available!
* If you've miss called me a million times and left me a million sms messages.. and I still haven't responded... GET THE HINT!
* If you call me and I'm on the other line, stop calling every 5 seconds. I saw that you're trying to call and as soon as I'm done, I'll call you.
* If you whine every time I call you about how long it's been since my last call, it'll just make the time gap even longer before my next one!
* If I ask you something via sms please respond via sms - don't call instead. If I was able to talk to you, I would've called to begin with.
* If you have a quick question and I didn't answer your call, just sms me. It's easier for me to reply with a quick sms instead of having a long conversation while I'm at work.
* When you call and I sound busy, I probably am.. so get to the point.