Hello my darling readers! When I think that it has been two months since I last blogged, I get very sad and guilty. I apologize for my unexpected hiatus. For those of you who follow me pretty regularly, you know that I am a college student. This is, inshAllah, my last year and this semester has been one of my most challenging. I have to write papers at least once a week and I don’t have as much free time as I’m used to. Actually the semester is almost over, and I’m freaking out a little bit. But I’m not going to focus on that. Instead, I will try to sum up in this post what has happened in the last two months in my life.
September seems so long ago. Of course there was Eid, which was wonderful. I guess I did hangout with my friends a lot, and I still am. I have trouble finding people to be friends with and maintaining a relationship with them. So it’s nice to have spend time with people who also value me as their friends. They are both Muslim women as well, which I think is helpful because otherwise I have to explain a lot of parts of my life to non-Muslims. One of the downsides to spending time with friends is that we go shopping a lot, which means I spend more money than I should :p But my husband got a new job working at the airport, Alhamdulillah, so we do have more money to spend
As I mentioned above, a lot of my classes are writing. I prefer these types of classes to ones where you take quizzes and exams, but they require a lot of preparation. My Rosario Castellanos class is very intense and we have read everything from poetry, to short stories, to plays. But she is a very interesting lady. My Salman Rushdie class is less strenuous than my Castellanos class, but we have to read novels instead of shorter works. So far we have read Midnight’s Children, The Satanic Verses, and Haroun and the Sea of Stories. Rushdie is a very acclaimed author, but my favorite is Haroun, which is a children’s book. I think that says a lot about me 😛 Satanic Verses I also liked but in his adult novels, Rushdie’s convention of writing can be a bit hard to follow. But I encourage you to check out both authors to see for yourself.
October.. October. Well there was Halloween. Halloween honestly sucks as you get older because it is geared more towards children. But I did dress up as Cruella Da Ville and I think I looked pretty cool. There was midterms, which was very stressful. I also filled out my graduation application!! So inshAllah everything is all set for me to graduate. I haven’t heard anything about my application lately, which makes me nervous, but it has only been a month and I’m one of the thousands graduating. So I try not to worry.
November is here, which of course you are aware of. I’m not going to go into the US election, because I’m still in shock. This was my first time voting in the presidential election, which was kinda disappointing. But this month has been much more relaxed because we have a lot of holidays. Like Memorial day, we got Election day off, and tomorrow is Thanksgiving, so we get a 5 day break. Thanksgiving also is less fun when you are an adult, especially if you are in charge of cooking. I’m not going home to visit my family, so I have to cook. However, I am not making a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, because I barely decided Saturday to make anything at all. Usually we eat turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, etc. I am making steak, hummus, estamboli polow, which is rice and potatoes in a tomato sauce, salad, and sweet potatoes, which is the only thanksgiving type food I am making.
Oh I forgot to mention Xerxes. He is now about 8 months old. I think in October he was neutered. I thought that after the surgery he would be much calmer and bite less, but that didn’t happen. He is still the same ol Xerxes and adorable as ever. I’ll leave a few pictures of him here for your enjoyment.
Sorry for the short post. I don’t know when I will post next, but probably sooner than 2 months. I also don’t know when my next Aneksi installment will come out because I’m working on other stories for my creative writing class. But I’ll do my best! Until then..
Star of Persia