College/University Started

Hey faithful readers,,,,if I am sorry for the lag this week but alas, College/University resumed this week for the kids and me. I am taking Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing as well as Neural Basis of Speech, and a class that I hope turns out to be and Easy Peasy one….Educational Psychology. I will be in classes on Tues and Thursday from 4pm to 6:45 pm and on Mon and Wed from 7pm to 8:15pm.

Yay ME!!!! If I am not a puddle of goo at the end of the semester it will be a really good thing. I am looking into getting a digital recorder….anyone have any suggestions on a type to buy? I am really going to need it in the A&P class…she talks really fast and I can’t write that fast and forget taking a lap top however I may give that a whirl too as I can type pretty fast!!!!!

On the KAL front:
I am done with the first cuff đŸ˜¦ Sad I know but I gave us until the end of February officially to finish the KAL. So hopefully I will get both mittens done in that time frame and if not…..Well at least I gave it a go right?

The Dashing KAL

I am doing another KAL as well on Facebook with some intrepid knitting friends and I am to the hand portion of it as well gonna start the thumb in about 14 more rounds. ahhhhhh the joys of knitting.

Saturday will still be my regular Farm Day… Will be heading out to Jacobs on Saturday for some well earned R&R and co-hosting the event with Dina another faithful Barnie.

Until next time!

Hanane

LIFE RAMADAN EID LIFE

Well, Here I am finally at the keyboard after too long of a time away from this blog. But can we all say: “LIFE” Yes that four letter word that gets us all distracted from things we like to do.
School has started back up for me, plus I am working and still trying to homeschool the kidlets.
Busy busy busy. Just call me SUPER WOMAN!!!

The past 29 days we have been in the whirl wind of Ramadan, tomorrow is the last day. Can we now say: “Thank God!” (not being sarcastic…..much). It is just a busy time of year. With all the dinners and the not eating and the late prayers. Next year I am taking Ramadan OFF!!! NO! I don’t mean I am skipping it I mean I am doing nothing else for the entire month!!!!!

I swear, you break your fast you get a burst of energy, you go to the evening prayers and the next time you look at the clock it is 12:30am and you think GESH I should probably go to bed because I gotta get up before dawn tomorrow. Then tomorrow comes and you do it all over again. For 30 days because “WE” never have a 29 day Ramadan EVER!!!!!

Somehow I don’t think that is right I mean at least once in the 20 years I have been Muslim, Ramadan should have landed on a 29 day month right? I mean seriously what are the odds that for 20 years with it moving 11 days earlier each year that it would never land on one of those SHORTER months? HMMMMMM????? I smell a rotten fish in the basket. I guess they think better save than sorry. But maybe with the NEW”high tech”, (astronomy LOL) let nasa decide, we will actually start having a 29 day month. MAYBE!!!!

Well like I said we have ONE MORE DAY….count it ONE!!!! Until Eid on Wednesday. I took the kids shopping for new clothes today, that is always such a beating!!!! The boy was more dramatic than the middle girl this year over what he wanted to wear. Who knew! Then after that ordeal I had to go to work and be on my feet for 5 hours. I am sore and tired. But I am awake because…..well I really don’t know why I am still awake.

Oh yes I do,,,I was going to write an Ethics paper that is due tomorrow and instead I am here typing a blog post instead.

I guess when I wake up before dawn tomorrow and before I go to class at 9am I will write the paper because honestly I am beat!!!! And because it is fast approaching the witching hour of 12:30am when I say, “I guess I should really be in bed to do this all over again tomorrow, God willing”

Good night my dear friends!!!!!

Hello All!

Well, today I may have stuck my foot in it on the Ravelry boards. In particular the qustions on Judaism. Zionist question! Yes…open mouth insert foot that is me! What else is new right.
If I fall under attack, any suggestions?

We have only one rule on the group and that is play nice, I played nice, I truely did, I just stated my opinion, and offered facts to back my opinion. We’ll see if it brings down the fire and brim stone.

Have a great day!

Islam and Muslim what do they mean to you?

Well Dear,

I think I have done gone and PO’ed everyone in my Online World Religions class today. Not that I really care but DANG. I can only take so much of people using the term Muslim and Islam to describe horrible things.

My professor get this said that, the Terrorist themselves use that label. Personally in all the news story I have seen, it hasn’t been the case. Your average lead-In is Muslim terrorists bomb……. Islamic Extremists do……… Then when you get to the story of the video, letter, whatever. It is alway Hamas, Hezbollah, Al-Qeada. At least that is what I hear them saying. I don’t know I guess in the Arabic to English dictionary that some people have these words translate to Muslim and Islamic.

My quote on the discussion boards was ” if you are going to label one whole portion of society by it’s belief system then you should do the same for the rest of the world.” The IRA and Basque parties need to be called Catholic Terrorists, etc……

I also cut them off at the pass by telling them not to give me any crap about them killing in the name of God, because there have been many non-Muslims who have killed in the name of God. Mothers, Serial Killers etc.

I mean seriously here folks if a serial killer were to be found tomorrow and he happened to have been raised Muslim the media would attach that to Serial Killer. Muslim Serial Killer Mo Ahmed was arrested today in Podunk, USA.
You know it would happen that way.

Ok enough ranting about my religion class.

Don’t Judge a Book by It’s Cover or Person by their Nationality, Relgion etc.

I really don’t know what to title this entry. I was over at Trampled By Geese and was reading her post from yesterday. (that’s the link in case you want to read what she said). She made a very good point about not judging a whole portion of society based on the actions of one. (I think she referred to a Turkish Jerk and not being able to judge all Turks by him)

I know tons of Muslim people who truly believe that Jews are evil. That God put them here for us to destroy. I can’t look at Jewish children playing or Jewish mothers mothering, etc with out thinking these are human beings.

I am going to give a tell you of a horrible failure on my part, I wasn’t there, but it was related to me by my husband and my son. Now mind you this was about 7 years ago, at the beginning of what is being called the second Intifada. and the little boy who became it’s poster child. There was a little boy around 11-12 that was killed in the violence while he and his dad were trying to get home. It was on all the news shows on the Satellite TV that my husband watches, they talked about it at the mosques there were flyers banners etc with the pictures on it.

Well not long after this all happened my husband and son went to Morocco and on their way home from Morocco they had a long layover in London. Well they went out and apparently ended up in a very Jewish neighborhood on a Friday evening around sunset, (nothing happens by accident does it) and there were a lot of men walking with their sons to shul, and my son asked who were all these people dressed alike and were they Muslims etc. My husband told him no they were Jewish and it was time for them to go to prayer.

My son ( and here is my failure ) after walking and looking turned to his dad and asked “Jews really have kids?”

I just felt terrible he was only 6 years old and what he had seen on the news had effected him in a way that he thought surely Jewish people could not have children or even like children if they were killing them. So as best I could, when he got home I made sure he knew and his sisters knew that there are good and bad people all over the world. Religion, Race, etc has nothing to do with it. Evil is Evil. Good is Good.

I am very proud to be who I am and I want peace in that area of the world for all, I don’t pray for Palestinian victory or Israeli Victory I pray for Peace. I cling on to anything from the Jewish or Muslim world that is going toward peace, that is pointing out the bad on both sides.

I shared this bit of information with you because I want you to know, that we all have to be careful about how we let news, and just random actions from clouding our judgment of the whole, because the parts don’t alway equal the whole. Also it’s was a demonstration of a saying my mother always said. “Little pictures have big ears” Meaning children pick up what they want and if it isn’t explained to them properly then they can grow up with wrong ideas about things.

Lesson learned: Talk to your kids about what’s being shown on TV.

Peace
Hanane

Coming Along

Hi Katie,

Ramadan is coming along, very slowly, but it has been good so far. School is also coming along, I didn’t realize how hard 19 hours would be to deal with. Busy, busy. Lots of reading, and studying. Which I should probably be doing right now instead of writing this post.

The kids are doing well, things have settled into a routine. The New co-op is working out well for the kids on Thursdays. Sahara’s work and school schedule is just as hectic as mine. I have to admit that I have not added any work hours to my already busy schedule, I am afraid I would drop the ball on the school end.

Knitting, well small quick projects today I cast on for a pair of baby booties, for an Eid gift.

Small and quick those are the keys to my knitting success as of late. Sad but true.