Tuesday, December 28, 2004
Friday, December 24, 2004
Today Sara was all excited about the muscle rub. She was having a nice time sniffing it and she kept asking me a million questions about it.
'Where is this made?'
'What is in this stuff?'
'Why is the bottle so small?'
'How much did you pay for it?'
She was being rather annoying and after a while I just ignorred her. A while later the kids said there was something wrong with the cat. It was drooling and of course trying to hide behind my computer. I yelled at the kids to grab the cat - the last thing I need is a sick cat throwing up behind my computer.
They caught the cat and we were trying to figure out what was wrong. Yusef said it smelled like medicine and I got all in a panic thinking the cat had got out and ate poison somewhere.
Yusef said 'Hey mom, it smells like muscle rub!'
Wouldn't you know it? Sara had put muscle rub all over the poor animals nose. It's the kind of stuff that has capsicum (otherwise known as red pepper) in it. We cleaned up the cat, but it is still not very happy. I hope it feels better tomorrow.
Monday, December 20, 2004
So now that I have a few days off and I am going to do my best to enjoy them. I did notice that the house gets quieter when I open the TV for the kids (I have it locked with a password). Now they are sitting in front of it like zombies.
Thursday, December 16, 2004
Wednesday, December 15, 2004
In the afternoon I went off to work. I guess while I was gone the kids spent most of the time observing the poor cat and discussing what to do. In the end, they decided to find her a boyfriend. Off my kids went, running all over the neighborhood, chasing all the tom cats. God only knows what the neighbors thought. They didn't succeed in catching one.
I got home from work in the evening and had to go out again with Mustafa and Nora to see if we could find Nora a winter coat. While we were gone the kids went out again to hunt down a tom cat and see if they could catch one. - By this time it was about 9:30 at night.
We got home and walked in the door. The kids were all excited. They had foud a boyfriend for their cat! The poor tom cat was terrified! Ibrahim was chasing it all over the house. Of course it decided to try to hide behind my computer.
AAAAAHHH! Get that thing out of here!
Ibrahim caught it, grabbed it by the scruff of its neck - it was snarling. We opened the door and threw it out!
The cat is still in heat and now I'm sure the neighbors think we are really crazy. (But they pretty much knew that already anyway).
We'll have to get the cat spayed before the kids give the neighborhood a repeat performance.
Sunday, December 12, 2004
You're not surprised to see a goat in the passenger seat
You think the uncut version of "Little House on the Prairie" is provocative
You expect the confirmation on your airline ticket to read "insha'allah"
You don't expect to eat dinner before 10:30 p.m.
You need a sweater when it's 80 degrees outside
Your idea of housework is leaving a list for the maid
You believe that speed limits are only advisory
You have no problem with tractors driving 40kph on the highway
You think all cops drive Audis and Mercedes Benz'
You know whether or not you are within missile range of Iraq
You get excited and spread the news when "Oreo" cookies show up at the grocerystore
You fully expect to go to jail when a local national hits the back of your carat a stop sign
You know which end of a shawarma to unwrap first
You think that the further you inch into the middle of an intersection, thefaster the light will turn green
You consider it normal for the same section of the road to be dug up three timesby contractors in the space of a few weeks
You understand that the true definition of a nanosecond is the time interval between the light turning green and the guy behind you honking his horn
You think that all gas stations are made of marble
You can receive every TV station crystal clear except the local one
You get used to using the cold water tap to get hot water during the summer
You make left turns from the far right lane without a second thought
You expect gold for every birthday
You think Pepsi begins with a "B"
You think that a box of kleenex belongs on every dinner table
You think water only comes in bottles
You understand that when someone says "Bukra (tomorrow), Insha'Allah" to you itreally means "Sometime during this calendar year"...if you're lucky!
Thursday, December 09, 2004
Wednesday, December 08, 2004
- Gotta console myself somehow, don't I?
Dateline : Condo On The Med. ,
You are not going to believe this ! The locust came back yesterday and they swarmed overhead from 2:30 p.m. until dark at 6:00 p.m. It was so weird ! We had thought they were all gone the other day but all of the sudden they came flying back over our area surprising us all . It was just a few ……….. thousand , then it was a millions , and finally it was billions flying so closely packed that it was like a fog at some point .They flew in from the east , then they turned around and flew back over us going to the east again . The people around us started fires and the smoke scared them . You could see them heading in one direction and then take a sharp turn to avoid the smoke . A plane flew over and they freaked , scattering to the 4 winds ! They descended to the ground , some of them , to land in the field behind our apartments to chop the tender green shoots of grass that have shot up after the last rain we had , only to left off in a dusty beige cloud because a car drove by the field . The noise frightened them away . They were flying so low at one point , that they were bunching off the top of our apartment building .People were below , walking around like nothing going on , as the locust were mostly high up in the air ! It was so strange to see this going on outside my very own window . Surrealistic , if you could just imagine it ! The oddest thing was , when grasshoppers/ locust swarm like this they are called gagraious locust , and gagarious means to talk ; but when we braved opening the window , all you heard was the silence . There wasn’t any noise at all , none . Smoke from fires set all over the surrounding countryside drifted lazily across the Mediterranean Sea that the locust tried to avoid being pushed out over because the temperatures were cooler than the land temperatures . Sunset the temperature dropped over the land as well and the locust disappeared . We assumed that they would be around again at day break , but they had just disappeared ! Magic !Pouf ! Gone , I hope for good . I don’t know what the damage to the country side is as the very strangest thing about this whole thing is , no one wants to talk about them now that they are gone . Maybe they think it will ginks them ?Odder yet , there were no little bodies littering the ground today either !Not one single one .
This is all the news in English from your intrepid reporter , from:
The Condo On The Med , ; this is Sydney Hamed signing off for now!
Sunday, December 05, 2004
Well, today I found out why. It seems that her son has found himself a girlfriend and they will have the biyan (engagement) on Thursday. She came to invite me along. I guess it would look funny if all the women in the family go except for me. I'm not sure if I'll be going though. Mustafa hates this particular sister - and her son is a creep. But most of all it will be dead boring. I hate these kinds of events.
Here's a thought: I could go and bring Ibrahim along to spice things up!
Thursday, December 02, 2004
Wednesday, December 01, 2004
Tuesday, November 30, 2004
Wednesday, November 24, 2004
Sunday, November 21, 2004
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Saturday, November 20, 2004
Mustafa complained about the growing garbage pile. He kept saying things like 'I think this one is still usable.' 'That one's a classic.' 'I'm sure this one could be fixed if we take it to the tailor.' 'I think if we keep this one it will come back in style again.' - but most of all he kept saying - 'I spent a fortune on these clothes and none of you appreciate it!' - Finally, God blessed us with his mercy - Mustafa decided to go out and leave us be.
The kids got bored after a while and I had threaten them with bodily harm if they didn't help me finish off the job. But we got the job done and we won't have to do it again until it's time to take out the summer clothes.
Wednesday, November 17, 2004
It started to rain the evening of the second day of Eid. This settled the sand. The third day of Eid I stayed home and tried my best to clean house.
Saturday, November 13, 2004
Reflecting on their problem, the park administrator thought of Ted Standen, a redneck part-time worker, who was responsible for cleaning the animal's cages.
Ted, like most rednecks, had little sense, but possessed ample ability to satisfy a female of any species. The administrator thought they might have a solution. Ted was approached with a proposition. Would he be willing to mate with the gorilla for $500.00?
Ted showed some interest, but said he would have to think the matter over carefully. The following day, Ted announced that he would accept their offer, but only under the following four conditions.
1. "First,", Ted said, "I don't want to have to kiss her on the lips." The park administrator quickly agreed to this condition.
2. "Second", Ted said, "you must never tell anyone about this" The park administrator again readily agreed to this condition.
3. "Third," Ted said, "I want all the offspring to be raised Southern Baptist." Once again the administrator agreed.
4. And last of all Ted stated "You've got to give me another week to come up with the $500.00."
Thursday, November 11, 2004
Wednesday, November 10, 2004
I'll be happy when it's all over. . . very happy!
Saturday, November 06, 2004
A baby girl! My nieghbors daughter had a baby girl. They still are thinking about what to name her - maybe Azdam.
In Paradise there is a gate called al-Rayyaan, through those who fast will enter, and no one will enter it except them; when they have entered it will be locked, and no-one else will enter through it. (al-Bukhaari).
Wednesday, November 03, 2004
Of course, while we were out Ibrahim was busy doing 'his thing'. He turned the water on in the bathroom and flooded the entry room sitting area. Carpet - furniture, the whole shabang! This morning I got up to try to continue to straighten up the mess and Ibrahim decided to complete the deal by running out of the kitchen with his cup of yogurt and tripping and spilling it on my newly covered chair. Thank God I made the cover so it could be taken off and cleaned. It is now in the washing machine - we will see what it looks like after it comes out and dries.
Haven't even thought about what to cook today. . .
Monday, November 01, 2004
Actually I think the only bad thing is the crowds. Clothes are plentiful here this year. All colors, styles and sizes. Elhamdulillah! The good (?) old days when there was nothing in the few shops are over, and I hope they never return.
There are tons of beggars out there. I can't imagine where they all come from. They seem to pop out left and right during Ramadan. A little Egyptian girl came up to us with her hand out. Mustafa asked her how old she was and she said she was seven. I think she was more like a malnourished 12-year-old. It's very sad. At the same time most of these beggars look healthy enough to do an honest days work - but since they can make more money begging they don't even bother looking for a job. Now that is more than sad!
Did you Know . . .
In many processed breads and baked goods is an ingredient called L-cystine and it is used as a dough conditioner. L-cystine is derived from human hair. There are companies in India and China that actually specialize in selling human hair for the manufacture of L-cystine.
You may be a cannibal and not even know it! You'd better read the packaging of your food very carefully.
Does this mean I'm entitled to TWO VOTES? What does this say for Florida?
It doesn't really matter anyway, because I've decided to sit this one out. I mean really! Who is there to vote for anyway? Bush - absolutely not! Kerry - another no way!The rest of the candidates are just a vote for Bush. So what is the point?
Thursday, October 28, 2004
Wednesday, October 27, 2004
I hate Libyan soup - and I especially hate 30 days of it. So not having to make it or eat it will be pure pleasure! I got to where I hated even the smell of it.
We still have bought nothing for the kids to wear for Eid. Mustafa hates buying Eid clothes. I will see if i can get them done in three days time. Take two kids out every day - or maybe three at a time. The sooner we get the shopping done the better. We bought new cabinets right before Ramadan for the kids rooms. So they have plenty of space to put anything new.
Maybe I will find something nice for myself. A skirt and blouse or something -But what I would really like is a new computer chair - this one hurts my butt when I sit too long in it. Or maybe I should stop sitting so long in it . . .
I still haven't voted . . . sigh . . . can't make up my mind . . .
Sunday, October 24, 2004
Isn't she cute as a button! A friend of mine sent this to me a while back. It's a picture of a relative of her husbands from Gharian. Gharian is a town in the Jabel Nafusa Mountains about an hour and a half drive from Tripoli. A long time ago Libyan girls were tattooed - now it is very rare to see a girl or young woman with a tatoo - only the old ladies. But I think this woman is so sweet - she has lovely sparkly eyes - Masha'allah!
Now that the middle of the month is almost here I will have to get into the swing of things and start looking for Eid clothes for all 6 of my kids. Now that is a painful experience! Crowded shops and having to take the kids out in a public place. Well - while I'm out there I DO notice that there are all kinds of misbehaved little brats - not just mine! But Ibrahim is absolutely the worst - can't get him to listen or settle down - and he's like a 'bull in a china shop'. I'm sure he will manage to break something. . . . say a few prayers that I make it through the Eid shopping.
Thursday, October 21, 2004
Otherwise, Ramadan is just moving along. One week is over! Today we are eating yesterdays soup and I sent Mustafa out to get some bourik and pizzas from the bakery. I am sick to death of all the cooking so I am having a break today. . . three weeks to go. I hope that we go to the farm tomorrow afternoon. I need a good walk and some fresh air. It will mean that I have to get dinner started early so we can go out in the afternoon.
Wednesday, October 20, 2004
Sunday, October 17, 2004
hmm . . . should I give the vote to Nader ? . . . sigh . . . I'm so undecided . . . if I don't make up my mind soon it will be too late to vote.
This afternoon, Yusef and I went shopping and bought fabric to make a slip cover for the chair in the entry. I let Yusef pick out the fabric. We got home and I cut it out and then I sent the kids to borrow Hamida's sewing machine. Ibrahim was thrilled with the sewing machine! He kept trying to get under the table and push on the foot pedal. Finally I threw him out of the house and told him to play outside. While I was busy with the chair, Nora and Sara were busy in the kitchen making pizza and setting the table. I got the chair covered just as Magrib prayer was being called and Mustafa was walking in the door. Yusef did an excelent job at choosing the fabric - it matches the sofa perfectly!
I'm pleased with the way the day turned out!
Friday, October 15, 2004
Thursday, October 14, 2004
rice pilaf . . . garlic bread . . . salad . . . custard for desert . . .
plus Mustafa has brought home juice, and zalabaia (this gooey sweet they eat
in Libya during Ramadan) . . .and of course we'll have dates and milk.
I am pooped!
Best Wishes for a very happy Ramadan! I've updated my page about Ramadan in Libya. Click on the picture to have a look.
Wednesday, October 13, 2004
Well . . .
I went out and bought new soup bowls . . .
I have the major housecleaning caught up . . .
I got Mustafa to have both of the stoves and ovens repaired and in proper working order . . .
I downloaded a whole buch of nasheed to listen to while I am slaving away in the kitchen . . .
I guess I am ready.
One thing I didn't do this year was to start cutting back on my coffee intake . . .
I will be one crabby lady for the first few days . . .
Sunday, October 10, 2004
Saturday, October 09, 2004
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