Friday, December 30, 2011

Friday Feature-A year in Review

Asalamu alaikum,

****This is a scheduled post as I will be in Karachi for a while, please do comment, and I will post them as soon as we are setup, Thanks!****

So I started the "Friday Feature" last December, and have managed to write just about every Friday for a whole year.

I think it has helped me to write more on the blog, and to get content up even if I feel kind of lazy and don't want to write, even though the ideas are there. InshAllah I will be able to keep it up in the new year(after we get the net setup again).

Here are the "Friday Features" of the past year.

So anybody have a favorite Friday Feature post? Anything that you particularly like or maybe that you didn't like? Any particular topics that you want to see?

Friday, December 23, 2011

Friday Feature- Packing Up

Asalamu alaikum,

We have a lot of practice in packing suitcases. We packed up a bunch of suitcases and left our home in Florida, to go to Detroit(to visit Tariq's cousins), then on to Boston(to visit my parents), then again to come over to Abu Dhabi. Then again, to go to Pakistan, then to come back to Abu Dhabi, and again back to Pakistan, and Tariq came to Abu Dhabi every couple of months for his visa. Then we came back from Pakistan during the last week or so of Ramadhan, and now once again we are packing.

We had hoped to be able to stay here until Tariq's interview at the embassy(could take a while though), but circumstances changed, and we are again off to Pakistan. We have more work to do there, and inshAllah it will be finished quickly.

So when packing we have some tricks to fit as much as we can, (within the weight limits), and to protect what is breakable. For example, one reason that I roll my suits, is to fit more in the suitcases. The rolls also make a nice cushioning layer for the breakables. We don't usually pack just once, last minute items frequently require a re-pack of the whole deal. So it is sometimes like a giant game of Tetris!

We also have a list of frequently used items that get bought just before anyone in the family travels to PK. To most people it probably looks like a grocery list though! Some of the top items are -Garam masaley(black pepper, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, etc.) the brand of powdered milk my Father in law prefers(Nido), Nivea cream, body sprays and perfumes, jars of the jam we all like, and the preferred brands of shampoo, and soap(Lux in case you are wondering ;-).

We are leaving shortly, and since we turned off the net before we left it may take a while to get settled in and get it turned on again. So in case I go quite here for awhile, don't worry, InshAllah I'll be back on soon!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Recent small knits

Asalamu Alaikum,
Here are a couple of things I have been working on lately.

This is the start of a set for on of my sister in laws in Pakistan who is expecting her first soon. InshAllah, I will also be making some bootees, maybe mittens and a pair of longies too.

Pattern:Just made up, but the star on the top is from the August chapter of Knitter's Almanac.
Needles:US 5
Yarn:Local acrylic

Pattern:Stockinette Baby Surprise Jacket
Needles:US 5
Yarn:Local acrylic

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Scary Sight

Asalamu Alaikum,

We went to Al Ain the other day. Normally the drive takes about an hour, but this time it took about an hour and 45 minutes.

Just outside of the city, we drove by an accident. It must have just happened, because as we came up to the back of the crowd of cars, the first police car zoomed by us. We saw first a couple cars on the left side, just a couple of dents, then part of a bumper, and on the right the car missing said bumper. A bit after that, on the left, a tire and the car it had come off of. We thought that must be it, four cars, but there was still so much traffic. As we drove on a bit more, we saw two more cars on the right, and another car and what looked like a pile of scrap on the left

I have never really seen a serious car accident before. There was glass all over the road, and bits of car. As we drove past the pile of scrap, we saw there was still a man inside. Every one else was standing on the side of the road, next to their cars. There were a couple of guys trying to open the door and take the man out, but the car was so twisted that they were having difficulty. As we got past the accident and out of the crowd, all I could think about was that poor man in the twisted wreck. He had been moving and didn't look seriously hurt, Alhamdulillah. I was so afraid. I don't even know him. I said a dua for him, and we continued on, but we were all quiet. No one in the car spoke for a while, and we didn't feel like turning on the radio.

All of the other cars involved were the larger SUVs favored by a lot of people here, but the car with the trapped man was just a older model small sedan. It probably did not stand a chance against the others.

After a bit more driving, an ambulance drove by us. I just prayed that the man we had seen had been able to get out ok, and that he was going to be all right. It was a scary sight, and I still feel odd thinking about it.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Friday Feature-Just an update today

Asalamu Alaikum,

InshAllah I will work on updating more, I have been having a bit of a rough time lately. :-)

So I have had two colds coming right after another, and Saad has been sick at the same time. So for a couple days there we basically just snuggled up in bed and were miserable together! While we were sick Tariq had to go away on business to a little place close to the Saudi border called Silah. While he was there working, he got sick too! Poor guy was all alone, with no one to take care of him.Alhamdullilah we all got better, and now just have a bit of the sniffles.

There is also a lot of family drama that seems to be somewhat normal in a lot of the joined families that I know.  I am just trying to be patient, because we have recently had some good news-

Our I-130 petition was approved! This is just the first step in our process, InshAllah it will all go as smoothly. I just keep praying it doesn't take too long, as I really want to go home. I miss my family. They haven't seen Saad since he was like four months old, it is really time to go now. Please make dua for us.

I have finished the vest I was working on for my father in law(inshAllah pics soon!), it is a very satisfying piece of knitting. I worked really hard, with small needles, and somewhat fine yarn(for the non knitters-small needles and yarn, generally means longer time to knit as the stitches are smaller), without a pattern, and it turned out wonderfully! Alhamdulillah!

So that is the basics of what's up lately,