Ammani Loot

So so so, my sister arrived from Amman yesterday and brought me some loot:

Some fun stuff from Jo Bedu:

Lazga indeed!

I just died and went to heaven…

I am dead!

Bisset shaware3…

Zbaleeeeeeh…hahahaha

And the most thing I am excited about…

He even signed it for me!!!!!

Thanks a lot Arab Observer, I can’t wait to read it!!!!

And that concludes my post about …can’t finish, going to eat ba2lawa!!!!!!

The Best Thing That Happened To Me In 2012 … So Far

And it comes in a jar.

It’s a butter … that is made out of …. Wait for it … waiiiit for it … COOKIES!!!!!

It’s Trader Joe’s Speculoos Cookie Butter.

Heaven in a jar

Who thinks these things up? How crazy is that? Someone sat there and thought, hmmmm, I am going to take some cookies, ground them up and make them into butter because hey, life NEEDS spreadable cookies.

To the person who invented cookie butter, will you marry me?

It is sooo delicious it’s not even funny.

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What Your Child Should Be Reading: Part 3

It’s been a while since I posted one of these so I think it’s a good time to do that.

My first recommendation today which is good for 3 – 8 year olds is:

1) The Little Miss and The Mr. Men pocket books

These book are a delight, they are enjoyed by both little 7aki who is 7 and little Buddha who is 2.5.

It all started when little 7aki received two of these books as a present;  Little Miss Sunshine who can’t stop being happy and Little Miss Whoops who goes to visit her brother Mr. Bump and the rest was history. Now whenever I get a chance I get 2 or 3 of them at the used book store.

They are cute short reads and they talk about how people are different. You can for sure find one that best describes your kids.

Mine are:

Little Miss Stuborn would be my beoved buddha. Seriuosly stubborn.

… and Little Miss Brave/Naughty would be little 7aki. There is no Little Miss Brave! Not cool.

My second recommendation that is good for 3 – 7 year olds is:

2) The Pout-Pout Fish.

This book is really adorable; it’s about this pout-pout fish that would not smile even when all his friends ask him to until … well you have to read it to find out what turns his frown upside down.

He goes around spreading his dreary-wearies all over the place. Little 7aki loves to read this part.

And he goes blubing all over imaginable surfaces. This is little buddhas favorite; she traces the bluuuuub with her finger while she says it.

Good book, very clever rhyming, my kids love it.

And that’s it for today. Hopefully I won’t take this long for my next kids review.

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For more of my kids reviews:

Part 1

Part 2

And for more other books go here

 

My Favorite Blogs of 2009

I was supposed to do my 2009 favorites in 2009 but what can I say, I can never conform to any deadlines or rules, rules and deadlines are for sissy’s.

So  I am going to do it starting today. And by starting today there could be more on the way, or not.

Today I will tell you about my favorite blogs of 2009:

1) Driven by Curiosity by Madas.  (http://madas.jordanplanet.org/)

Love her subjects. Love her style. Love her writing.

And to top things off she has multi-talents.

Here are some of my picks:

An experience of a girl on the streets of Amman

Inheritance uncles and daughters

Why knowledge of HIV prevention is not about to spread any time soon

Why don’t men break the umbilical cords that attach them to their mothers?

2) Southern Muslimah. (http://southernmuslimah.blogspot.com/)

Once I got hooked on her blog in 2009 she decided to “Exit the stage“. Bummer but I wish her all the best.

I find her style very relate-able and calming, I enjoyed reading her posts.

My picks:

My mind as five star five subject (My answer is yes you can and please do :) )

A poem on Saturday

Gone to the dogs

Pass the fox you angry raisin (Still makes me laugh, hahahaha)

3) Waiter Rant (http://waiterrant.net/)

Waiter turned blogger turned published author. He has amazing talent when it comes to writing.

I was reading him before he published his first book he was an anonymous blogger who basically ranted about being ,well , a waiter. Pretty interesting and funny stuff. But once he got published and was on Oprah his writing transformed and became much much more. I really enjoy his writing.

My picks:

The Eyes Have It

Balance

The Last Face

Chivalry

4) Violence Unsilenced (http://violenceunsilenced.com/).

This blog is heavy duty. About twice a week a woman shares her story of abuse whether physical, sexual or verbal.

These are the stories of the survivors. I really hope women in similar situations read it and get inspired to do something.

5) 7iber.  (http://www.7iber.com/)

I love me some citizenship media.

This year 7iber really took off and blossomed. The variety of the subjects , the quality of  stories are pretty remarkable.

My picks:
Abused, Discriminated Against and Labeled as the Enemy

A Legal Framework Against Sexual Violence

Discriminating Law; Legalizing Injustice

مقالة مصورة: داخل مركز إصلاح وتأهيل الموقر

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Updated: Here are some honorable mentions:

. The Mom Slant. (http://www.themomslant.com/). Very well thought out articles (posts) I really enjoy her analysis.

. Girl Gone Child. (http://www.girlsgonechild.net/) Such poetic writing. She makes motherhood magical.

. Momversations . (http://www.momversation.com/) . Here you have a bunch of moms who bring up a subject and talk about it  on camera.  I really enjoy the different points of view and subjects.

What were your favorite blogs of 2009?

عرمرم Aramram

Aramram is the first Interent TV channel that is brodacst , or hosted, from Amman, Jordan.

I love it.

The clips are great. It’s Done by young people for young people and it covers so many topics that are not covered by the main stream media in general.

Sometimes it’ funny, sometimes it’s inspiring and it’s always creative.

What I love the most about it is that it’s in Arabic which makes it for our Arab youth, makes the message reach everyone not just a certain segment in Jordan and the Arab world.

What a great site and a great job. I hope it continues and does not fade with time.

Keep up the good work guys!

Here’s the link. GO WATCH IT. It’s an order.

(http://www.aramram.com/)

What Your Child Should Be Reading: Part 2

Todays books are all chapter books geared more towards 5 – 10 year olds or when your child can remember what was read to them the day before and can be excited about what is going to happen next.

1) The first series is the Magic Tree House series:

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Travel through time with brother and sister Jack and Annie through a magic tree house. They have a friend called Morgan La fey who gives them missions and riddles to solve, all they have to do is point at the book cover and say “We want to go there” and it takes them to the time period in the book.

These books are fun, educational and promote the imagination. They also build riddle solving skills like looking at the clues provided by Morgan and while reading the book recognizing those clues and solving the riddle.

It has been educational to me too especially the books that are about the Roman and Greek times, they talked about Plato for people PLATO!

I LOVE THESE BOOKS.

2) The second series is the Junie B. Jones Books.

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The books are hilarious! Junie B. talks about what goes on in her life and how she is dealing with all those scary new things that are happeningto her , like her first day riding the “Stupid Smelly Bus” she does not like it and she is just too funny!

Very light hearted books that talk about all sorts of things that happen to kids in kindergarten and grade one, like the time a boy invited everyone to his birthday part except for Junie B., also the time when Junie had a Little baby brother .

Lots of emotions and how to deal with them in a very easy going humours way. Reading them makes little 7aki giggle which has been a delight.

Part 1

What Your Child Should Be Reading: Part 1

I LOVE children’s books. Even before I had my little 7aki I was drawn to these books and I loved reading them.

Here are some of my favorite children’s books in no particular order.

They are for different ages, from toddler to Teenager.

1) Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd.

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Such a cute book where the little reader gets to say goodnight to everything in the room , from the picture frame to the brush and the comb ,makes for a very good bedtime ritual.

As a bonus, there’s a little mouse that keeps moving around and is in a different spot on every page, it’s a lot of fun for your child to find it.

2) I Love You Through and Through by Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak
illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church.

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Oh how I LOVE this book. You get to read it to your child and point to everything you love about them, from their head to their toes.

3) Green Eggs and Ham by  Dr. Seuss.

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 The rhyming, the illustrations and the suspense while Sam is trying to convince the thing to try the Green Eggs and Ham makes the children listening to the story mesmerised. Does he try them? Does he not?

And because of the rhyming and the word repetition, it’s great for beginner readers.

No wonder it’s the fourth best selling English-language children’s hardcover book of all time.

More recommendations to come.

A Couple of Funny Doses

I just finished reading “The Undomestic Goddess ” and “Can You Keep a secret” by Sophie Kinsella.

The first is about a high profile lawyer who gets mistaken for a house keeper and the second is about a woman who gives away all her secrets to a stranger which comes back and bites her in the butt.

Both are easy reads and very predictable , like a teen romance novel (rewayat Abeer anyone?) but for adults.

Fun ,witty and charming.

Currently reading: Remember Me? by the same author.

Best Invention Since Sliced Bread?

Audio books!

As you all know I have been a bit preoccupied and my hands have been a bit tied up.

As I felt my brain shrinking from all the things I was not doing ( like say working and reading) I went RUNNING to my public library to try and solve the shrinkage problem. As I was browsing the isles I glanced something that made me jump up and down with glee … an audio book , non other than “Shopaholic and Baby“. Granted taht this book is for brain dead people which , ummm I was on hte verge of becoming, and since I did not want to start reading books that could cause me to hurt my brain after not using it for a while I borrowed it and OMG did I enjoy reading listening to it . I finished it in a day. I never knew audio books are so much faster to read listen to!

The fact that it took me 1 day means that I can go through MORE books now while peanut is latched on sucking the last brain cell that is left feeding!

There is still heaven on earth! And the best part is, they are FREE!!!!

So my book review? The book was funny, light and brainless just like the doctor ordered.

currently listening to “The Undomestic Goddess” another light book, baby steps people, baby steps.

A word of advice? Don’t listen to it while there are kids around unless you are using headphones ; there is a bit of swearing . Try and explain to a four year old why the lady on the CD was saying bad four letter words.

All new Mommys out there (or any book chalanged people), go visit your public library NOW!

Now you see it, now you don’t

I want this bike

I want this bike

I went and watched “The Dark Night” on Monday and I will leave you with this image:

The Jokers idea of a magic trick is to make a pencil disappear in a mans head. Now you see it, now you don’t.

So yeah. Go watch it. I loved it and it gave me nightmares that night.

Apparently pregnant women have very very vivid dreams which are caused by … pregnancy… so I watched it and I could not but dream it all. Anything that happens to me during the day I have vivid dreams about at night so maybe watching it was not the smartest thing to do. But I loved it.

The joker was brilliantly creepy, the plot was smart because I could not predict ANYTHING and I am always usually the one ruining movies for people because I never fail to predict things but I sure was surprised again and again with this one.

The most annoying thing about the movie? Batman’s voice. I kept wanting to drink water whenever I heard him speak because I am sure he ended up with a sore throat after the movie was done.

Go watch it, unless dark movies give you nightmares.

I like dark movies.

While watching the previews 2 movies caught my eye: Tropic Thunder which I am dying to watch , it looks SUPER funny. In it Robert downy Junior plays a black man, he is unrecognizable, so funny.

could you spot Robert Dwoney Jr. ?

Could you spot Robert Downey Jr. ?

Another one is another comic called Watchmen, the same director that did 300 did this one , yeah if that doesn’t sell you then nothing will. Looks OUTSTANDING. Watch the trailer.

Same director as 300

Same director as 300

In other news this weekend is a long weekend so I am phsyced about that. And the weather for a change doesn’t SUCK with rain.  Or that’s what the weatherman said.

A Quarter or More?

I was reading this post (which is brilliant and hilarious) at the same time.

The author says: “as you grow older, do you notice how the value of the dropped coin you’re willing to chase after keeps getting bigger and bigger? At one point you stopped crawling after pennies because, after all, it was just a penny. Soon after, nickels weren’t worth bending over for. In no time at all, dimes are more trouble than they’re worth. With age comes the realization that the time, effort, and energy required to retrieve dropped money requires careful calculation.

So the older you get the less likely your are going to make the effort.

I thought to myself,  hmmm, what coin would make me bend down and pick up ?

I think a quarter would be my coin, I have dropped many pennies and nickles and dimes that I never retrieved but a quarter I always retrieve.

Does that mean I am still kinda young (at heart) ?

What’s the smallest coin you are willing to pick up?

NC-17: No one under 17 is allowed . Some Of My Favorite Blogs Rated

Keeping with the theme of the previous post I rated some of the blogs on my blog roll, similar to a movie rating and oh boy this is just tooo funny.

1) First all the bloggers that are RATED G where all ages are admitted:

First Let me Rate Roba’s And Far away. You can practically give your kids Roba’s link with no fear.

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Then I rated Naseems Black Iris, Also pretty good, but Naseem, you said Bitches!!!! LOL.

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Then It was Hamza‘s turn, Hamza, how many times do I have to tell you to stop blogging about your drugs escapades????? HAHAHA. J/K

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The Observer, Awwwww even the worst word you used was pain. PUTS ALL OF YOU TO SHAME!!!!

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Hani Obaid was not too bad, maybe by ass he meant Donkey? LOL

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Then it was Bakkouz‘s Turn . Shame on you Bakkouz. Oh the language you use.  Actually Bakkouz is pretty good. I think he meant Donkey too. HAHAHA

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2) Now we enter the blogs where some PARENTAL GUIDANCE is required where some material may not be suitable for Children:

First off the shock of  the century is non other than Kinzi 8O .Oh kinzi the violence you have on your blog. LOL. I honestly thought Kinzi’s blog will return nothing but it did. Life is always full of surprises.

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Then it was KJ’s . So you get PG for saying Crap??? Hmmm, I demand a recount. I think you should be in the rated G pile :-P .

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3) Now we enter the realm of those blogs that kinda hover on the edge of being bad, the PG-13 blogs where Some material may not be appropriate for Children under 13.

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First off non other than me, 7aki. Wow, violent and a potty mouth. And people send me emails sometimes telling me that my site is a family site and I keep telling them, dudes, trust me, it’s not.

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Hareega is also rated PG-13. I laughed sooooooo hard when I read the words he uses. Hareega, a question: Why are you obsessed with faltulance? LOOOOOOOOL.

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4) Now we start going into the serious stuff, The blogs Rated R. That people under 17 need an accompanying parent or guardian.

The first and only blog on this list is Bambam.

Wow I never knew that Scat means Poop. Again, we live and learn.

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5) THEN I rated Rambling Hal’s , and oh boy you are in for the ride of your life. The undefeated champion of all blogs. Drum rolllll pleaaaaaaaaaaase.

NC-17: No one under 17 is allowed 8O HAHAHAHAHA. walik Hal shu haaaaaaad? My favorite word is stab.  LMAO

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To see how your blog rates go here

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A Dose of Inspiration: Three Cups of Tea

How do I begin with this one?

Today I just finished reading Three cups of tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin and it was the most inspiring REAL story I have ever read about a man educating the girls and boys of Pakistan and Afghanistan one village at a time.

Greg Mortenson dreamt of climbing Pakistan’s K2, the second highest peak in the world. He failed his mission but while he was recuperating from his failure in a small village called Khorphe, he saw a number of boys and girls sitting by themselves in a field studying, with no teacher, no classroom , no books. Just holding sticks and using them to write on the dusty ground. He was amazed how hungry they were to learn and how they had the energy and will to do it by themselves.

After seeing that he vowed to Khorphe’s wise leader Haji Ali that he is going to come back and build them a school no matter what it took.

This school was the first of over two hundred schools to come. Other than building schools his organization also is teaching refugees in camps, sponsoring and expanding already crumbling existing public schools and building women centers all over Pakistan and Afghanistan when the whole world turned their back on those poor people.

A man who fights the Taliban, poverty, ignorance , extremism and seeks peace through books not bombs.

This man deserves a Nobel Prize. He has so much drive! And to see an American Christian care for the poor Muslim boys and especially girls of Afghanistan and Pakistan more than any other person or organization EVER did wins him the utmost respect from me and all the people who have worked with him or have spoken to him.

A very inspiring book. A MUST MUST MUST read.

To read more about Greg and to see some amazing pictures visit his blog .

To donate and learn more about his organization visit www.ikat.org .

Currently Reading: The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil By Philip Zimbardo

One Sheet of Paper

AMAZING

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The Michael Jackson Dance

Check this out.  Soooooo funny. The audiance goes WILD.

I love “Britain’s got talent”. It’s were I first heard of Paul Potts, you should DEFINITELY check the link out, he is soooo good he sends shivers down my spine.

 

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