'me time' and 'in-law time'

It's been a busy, busy week. I've knocked myself out this week, but I also managed to take some time out for me. Actually I did that twice! - Once was a trip to Sheila's to get my hair cut. I went with one of my friends and we had a good time. We laughed, joked, dragged out Sheila's cd's and played music that we all knew the words to so we could sing along. It was fun! - and I look better with my hair cut.

More 'me time' last night. A get-together with many of the American ladies who've been here for years and years. We never go hungry when we meet - last night was no exception; sloppy joes, potato salad, macaroni salad, grilled lamb, corn, mixed salad and eggplant salad - I can't even begin to describe the desserts! - yummy!

I really needed the 'me time' because next week will be 'in-law time'. The Islamic holiday called Miloud is next week. This is Prophet Mohamed's birthday and actually in Islam, birthdays aren't celebrated. In Libya Miloud is celebrated with the kids getting new clothes, toys and setting off fireworks and for breakfast many people eat a traditional dish called asida. Many of the women will get new clothes too.

My in-laws like to act as though they are so super religious and say Miloud celebrations are 'bida' (innovation) and shouldn't be celebrated. But at the same time they'll all be showing off the new clothes they bought for the occasion, etc, etc, etc. uuugh! - I'll go as usual, sit quietly and let the kids have fun. I always bring a magazine or a book to read (I've got 2 National Geographics that I haven't read yet - saving them just for the occasion).

I'll survive. I always do. . . . got to remember to stop by the pharmacy and pick up some panadol.

Comments

  1. Hi -

    Family dynamics is a wondrous thing to watch! That is true in my family and sounds as if it is true in your family also!

    Eggplant salad! YUMMY YUMMY --- Want to swap recipes?

    Alao, please tell me how you got your blogger program to list names of all commenters at the end of each post.

    hale
    BlogginTheMaghreb

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  2. Here's the way I did it:

    List commenters' names on a post


    http://help.blogger.com/bin/answer.py?answer=1197&topic=41

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  3. TELL YOUR IN-LAWS THAT ANYTHING THAT IS NOT PROHIBITED IN ISLAM IS PERMITTED. AND TO PROHIBIT THAT WHICH IS PERMITTED, IS AN ACT OF SHIRK. FOR ONLY ALLAH CAN PROHIBIT AND PERMIT THINGS, ALL THAT WHICH ALLAH HAS NOT PROHIBITED HE HAS GRANTED AS A FAVOR FOR MANKIND. ALLAH IS ALL KNOWER, HE HAS PERFECTED ISLAM.

    ITS BEST TO KEEP QUITE ABOUT THESE THINGS.
    MAY GOD BLESS EVERY ONE ON THIS BLOG. HAVE A NICE DAY!!!!!!!

    I had to delete the first one i put an extra O in GOD.

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  4. You are actually READING while visiting in-laws????
    How do you manage?

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  5. I always bring something with me to read whereever I go - I can read in all kinds of situations, I've gotten used to it.

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  6. your lucky you get to read. My goodness if I tried that Mr. Man would have heart failure. Reading would be seen as 'disrespectful' and me feeling 'superior' yadda yadda.

    They don't celebrate the Mawlid here in Saudi. Now that isn't surprising lol

    You really didn't have to say a bunch of american women got together. Just by the list of food I could tell. Potato salad.. mmmm sloppy joes.. lol yea no americans there.

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  7. nzinga - yes I read! On the occasions that I forget to bring a book I take a nap - this is especially easy since we're sitting on cushions with pillows there.

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  8. If it weren't for Panadol I don't know what I'd do.You know the song "Money makes the world go around.... "(Cabaret, Liza Minelli)
    for me it's PANADOL !

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