Jun 14, 2010

Saudi Arabia IS a democracy.. in its loosest terms

I am pretty sure I have some people shaking there head, wondering what this crazy lady is rambling about. But as  I sat here in deep thought wondering why things are not moving forward as fast as I would like, it hit me; Saudi in a small way IS a democracy (Ok.. maybe not the being elected part ). Lets take a look at a some examples. As a woman, I will obviously mention the driving issue, and why n the year 2010 woman are still deemed unable to get behind the wheel in their own country; it is not because of the leaders, as King Abdullah is all for women driving, but rather the the people he rules that have chosen not to be enlightened enough to allow women to drive on the roads of this country. The strict segregation between people is also something that is not put in place by the Ruler, but once again is something the people he rules have chosen. A Dictator would have long ago said 'sod them', I will do as I please, but in all realities what the people want in this country is of utmost importance. While people sit around blaming the Ruling family, I say we need to educate the common idiots people around us, the regular folks int he streets, the ones that are forcing this country to progress at an extremely slow rate, as many of them want us to go backwards instead of forward

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That was just my two cents on the topic...

Jun 6, 2010

Double Lives.... Saudi Style...

On Thursday morning, I  got my children all dressed up, and my husband and I decided to go to the mall to do a bit of retail therapy. We chose Faisalya Mall, as there are some shops there that I needed. After walking around a bit we ended up at the Harvey Nichols Cafeteria. We were seated, and I was kinda happy to be somewhere where smoking wasn't permitted. (the mall is a no-smoking mall). Anyway when we were seated,  I started to smell that all too familiar cigarette smoke. I got annoyed and asked the waiter why someone would be smoking here. He told me he really couldn't stop people. I replied that it was in fact his job, and that I would love to be the one to stop people to stop smoking if needed. Anyway, my husband gave me his look; the look that says just ignore it, and let us eat without incident. I shut my mouth. Then I started hearing some music being played, I didn't mind, it was kinda nice to have it. I looked towards the source of the music, and I see these three ladies (They were in their late 20's) playing music, and smoking, and just acting like children (You will find that many lades here don't act their age- some often remind me of my annoying teenage years). I stared at them, and loudly told the waiter that he need do his job and ensure that people do not smoke in the restaurant, as I have 2 babies here with me, and as non-smokers we had the rights to be somewhere without that poison. They didn't even bat an eye, and I was 300% sure they heard me. I asked the waiter to move us to another table, and once there, it was out of site out of mind. Anyway let me give you a quick description of these ladies, they were sitting there not covering their hair (I don't judge that, as I myself usually remove my head covering as well), they were all made up... actually let me skip this part, as  it really isn't too important. One at a time the ladies got up (5 minutes after one another), and sashayed there way to the washroom (the whole hip swinging left to right, MAJORLY fake walk). They were in there for a while, and my husband starts laughng and asks me if there is an exit through the washroom, and  replied.. Nope. Anyway he paid the bill, and ran to the lower floor to pick up some perfumes he wanted. I took my time and let my daughter finished. And all of a sudden 3 girls come out of the washroom, only this time they were fully covered. Two of them had their eyes showing, where the other had her entire face showing. If I saw them outside I would have never guessed they were teh same girls that were all done up, with their hair all done, smoking and listening to music. They looked like typical Saudi girls clad in their 3bayas. And at the point it hit me, these girls have to have 2 personalities. One for their families, and one which is more attune to who they really are. I am so happy my parents allowed me to be me, and always encouraged me to be me. It must be terribly hard and at times all too time consuming switching between personalities. But I guess in this society its all too normal, as this is what they have been seeing all their lives.

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Jun 2, 2010

Catch ‘em Being Good

As Parents we tend to focus on our kids bad actions, and tend to forget to give any focus whatsoever when they actually do something good. I found a great piece on a blog I was reading, and thought I would share it with my fellow facebookians ;) Here is a list of words we can use with our kids when they are doing good.... Catch ‘em Being Good....

* Fabulous
* Excellent
* Outstanding
* I appreciate that
* I like that
* Super
* What an imagination!
* Well done
* Phenomenal
* I knew you could do it!
* Fantastic
* Nice work
* Spectacular
* Sensational
* Hurray for you!
* You brighten my day
* Wow
* What a good listener
* You’re so helpful
* Marvelous

You can add any positive words to this list in any language you speak at home. Let's show our little ones that they don't only get attention when they do bad things...

Source - http://www.2wired2tired.com/
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What changes after having a baby....

Haven't posted anything on this blog in a while... so thought I would share this list I found..  find sooo many of the points are sooo true!

What changes when you have a baby? A better question may be: What doesn't change? Here, writer and mom Rebecca Woolf lists her most notable post-baby observations. Then scroll down to read our favorite comments from readers about how their babies changed their lives.

1. You finally stop to smell the roses, because your baby is in your arms.

2. Where you once believed you were fearless, you now find yourself afraid. [See a reader's perspective in #22, below.]

3. The sacrifices you thought you made to have a child no longer seem like sacrifices.

4. You respect your body ... finally.

5. You respect your parents and love them in a new way.

6. You find that your baby's pain feels much worse than your own.

7. You believe once again in the things you believed in as a child.

8. You lose touch with the people in your life whom you should have banished years ago.

9. Your heart breaks much more easily.

10. You think of someone else 234,836,178,976 times a day.

11. Every day is a surprise.

12. Bodily functions are no longer repulsive. In fact, they please you. (Hooray for poop!)

13. You look at your baby in the mirror instead of yourself.

14. You become a morning person.

15. Your love becomes limitless, a superhuman power.

And from our readers...
1. "You discover how much there is to say about one tooth." — Ashley's mom

2. "You finally realize that true joy doesn't come from material wealth." — Anonymous

3. "You now know where the sun comes from." — Charlotte

4. "You'd rather buy a plastic tricycle than those shoes that you've been dying to have." — Sophie's mom

5. "You realize that although sticky, lollipops have magical powers." — Roxanne

6. "You don't mind going to bed at 9 p.m. on Friday night." — Kellye

7. "Silence? What's that?" — Anonymous

8. "You realize that the 15 pounds you can't seem to get rid of are totally worth having." — Brenda

9. "You discover an inner strength you never thought you had." — Ronin and Brookie's mom

10. "You no longer rely on a clock — your baby now sets your schedule." — Thomas' mom

11. "You give parents with a screaming child an 'I-know-the-feeling' look instead of a 'Can't-they-shut-him-up?' one." — Jaidyn's mom

12. "Your dog — who used to be your 'baby' — becomes just a dog." — Kara
[Many readers begged to differ, saying things like, " I disagree with number 12. My dogs are my additional children," "Nothing about previous babies, whether two- or four-legged, changes when a new miracle comes along," "My dog will never be 'just a dog," and "This is sad to me. My dog is still my baby too."]

13. "You take the time for one more hug and kiss even if it means you'll be late." — Tracey

14. "You learn that taking a shower is a luxury." — Jayden's mom

15. "You realize that you can love a complete stranger." — Dezarae's mom

16. You find yourself wanting to make this world a better place. — Arizona

17. If you didn’t believe in love at first sight before, now you do!  — Ciara

18. You start to appreciate Sesame Street for its intellectual contribution.  — Anon.

19. You have to quit watching the news because you see every story from a mother's perspective and it breaks your heart. — Brooke&Boys

20. You just plain love life more - everything comes together and becomes better because of one tiny person and your love for them. — Anon.

21. You finally find out the real reason you have those breasts. — Anon.

22. In response to #2 [above], I'd say that where you were once afraid, you're now fearless. I was always very timid and shy and let myself get walked all over … but now where my kid's concerned, I'll speak my mind and really connect with my inner "b"! — gummismom

23. The support you get from other people surprises you, because the people giving it are not always the ones you'd expect. — japanese_macaque

24. Nothing is just yours any longer. You share EVERYTHING! — DylanLsMom

25. No matter what you've accomplished in life, you look at your child and think, "I've done a GREAT job!" — Anon.

26. You want to take better care of yourself for your child. — Treasor

27. You can have the most wonderful conversation using only vowel sounds like "ahhh" and "oooo." — littlehulk2008

Its been 7 days...

Ok, so its been 7 days (ok today is day 8) since I have come to the full realization that my weight will not melt off without any work. My metabolism has slowed down significantly, firstly due to having my second baby, and secondly due to having a thyroid problem (which I have not begun medicating for). I was in Duba a few weeks ago, and when I returned  started my usual facebook picture uploads, only this time I did not dare add any pictures of me that showed anything from the waist down. So on Wednesday May 26th 2010,  started walking away the pounds with Leslie Sansone. This is not the first time I used her to lose weight. In 2003 I used her and lost 15 kg in less then 6 months,  think it was more or less 4 months, but I was doing 6 miles a day, and had a more active life in Toronto. Anyhoo,  am currently doing 3 miles a day, cut down on what I eat. I am not going to go on a diet, I smply want to teach myself to portion control. Let me make it clear though, I have never been those women who sit down to HUGE plates of food, but as I am getting older nature is doing its best to keep the fat on me, and  need to fight. So I have a goal of about 1 1/2 kg a week, about 6 kg a month, and hopefully in about 3-4 months I will have lost atleast 15kg enshallah. I must stress, that  am NOT going on a diet;   I don't believe n quick fixes, and just need to figure out how to maintain a good balance once I get this initial weight off me. I must also remember that I am breastfeeding my son, and will probably do so for at least another 10 months enshallah.

Wish me luck, and  I will try my best to keep my weght loss fun and chalenges up-to-date on perhaps a weekly basis :)

Till then...

Om Lujainty and Mansouri
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