Thursday, December 29, 2005

Year in review...

Writing from Orlando, Florida where I can lounge in sandals sipping ice cold lemonade by the beach in the dead of winter and have computer access :) As the year's end approaches I looked at Huda's entry from last year and though.. good idea for a meme! I would LOVE to read *your* meme's on this topic. Please let me know if you do it!

1. What did you do in 2005 that you'd never done before? Visited San Francisco and Boston, made a chocolate cake.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? As a lot of you already know, I have a list of 101 things to do in 1001 days. Those are my "new years" resolutions so to speak :-) I am making progress!

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Kashif's sister had a son and one of my best friends who I've known since 8th grade had a baby girl.

4. Did anyone close to you die? No, but our friend Aasem lost his father. He's in Pakistan right now... my heart goes out to him and his family and to the families of the earthquake, tsunami survivors, katrina survivors who lost more than I can imagine with one fell swoop. May God watch over all...

5. What countries did you visit? None besides the one I'm in... Why couldnt this have been asked in 2003 or 2004? We went to so many!

6. What would you like to have in 2006 that you lacked in 2005? A book proposal created and sent. Also, find time to read for fun.

7. What dates from 2005 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? May 20th was the last day of school and my last day as a teacher. I dont know if I will ever return

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Giving my students hope for their future. If only they can tuck that in and keep their hope with them... as a bubble over them sheltering them from the temptations to fall off track. If I get a call from just one student that said they made it to college... that will be perhaps my greatest acheivement.

9. What was your biggest failure? I wanted more self discipline in many areas and I dont think I've mastered it as well I could have.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? I can't complain, this was a good year. I do have pain in my right shoulder which from time to time restricts my active mobility in that arm though if someone helps me move it up or down it can. Anyone have any ideas? The doc said "drink more water and sleep differently and lift weights"

11. What was the best thing you bought? I gots me an ipod, furniture, and ofcourse Office space... with flair :) [I think I just like saying that!]

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?Kashif's for always having my back, and though I dont know Baraka or Jane they merit celebration because they are brave, strong women who are truly inspirational.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Those who defrauded people who intended to give to charities for Pakistan's earthquake victims and Katrina hurricane victims.

14.Where did most of your money go? bills..GAS... *sigh* It was almost cost effective to quit my job so as to save my car from wear and tear and the enormous gas bills.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Charlie and the Chocolate Factory coming out because I read it to my students each year and (sorry!) I didnt like the old one and going to San Fransisco.

16. What song will always remind you of 2005? Songs by the Simpson sisters... and Kanye Wests "We want prenup" song... :( Not b/c I liked them.. but b/c they are played in every store, radio station, etc. ad nauseum...

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? happier
b) thinner or fatter? Plead the fifth
c) richer or poorer? richer where it matters, in the heart.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of? Exercising, working on my writing...

19. What do you wish you'd done less of? telling myself I'll get to it tomorrow.

20. How will you be spending Christmas? I spent it with my family suffering from a high fever and chills but also got to watch the Indian movie "Pinjar" describing the tensions between hindus and muslims pre-partition of India/Pakistan. Powerful stuff.

21. Did you fall in love in 2004?I loved.

23. What was your favorite TV program? Desperate Housewives

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year? There are people whose behavior disappoints me, angers me maybe, frustrates me, saddens me.. but I dont know if I hate anyone..

25. What was the best book you read?Dancing Girls of Lahore

26. What was your greatest musical discovery? Though she's been around for a while Alanis' latest CD is beautiful. Also Jason Mraz and Damion Rice.

27. What did you want and get? A little more free time because of quitting my job. My hair grew long again.

28. What did you want and not get?An internship at a law firm.. I'm not giving up hope though.

29. What was your favorite film of this year? Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sisterhood of the traveling pants... and as for rentals: Before Sunrise

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? 26 which is hard for me to fathom... we were in Sarosota visiting Kashif's new nephew. We had an icecream cake and my parents drove over from Orlando with Aamir... later in Atlanta we went to Melting Pot and I got me an ipod! :)

31.What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?If I had worked on my writing and actually mailed out the queries I stayed up all night writing.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2004? Express summer lineup was the first time I dressed most true to my personality. T'was great!

33. What kept you sane? Don't know how sane I remained. Writing my feelings down helped. Exercise helped. Talking about it helped.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Lauryn Hill because I love her music, Angelina Jolie because she uses her fame and fortune for good, and Johnny Depp for absolutely superficial reasons.

36. Who did you miss? I missed students who moved on to third grade and who I could see slowly succumbing to the pressures of their environment. I missed their hugs or sweet smiles which were now secretive incase a fellow student saw them and called them a "baby"... I missed their hope because in some it was quickly fading..

37. Who was the best new person you met? I met lots of cool people. For sure it was beyond awesome (hehe Asim) to meet Zainab (his wife).. Zainab if you read this, you rock! But also... it was great to meet all of you in the bloggersphere who are insightful, funny, wise... knowing you all has really helped me be a better person.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2005. Rumi was right, you can't move the way fear moves you. I was terrified of quitting my job to go back to school, but I did... and though there are pros and cons. I'm thankful I did.

39. What political issue irked you the most? I dont know where to begin...

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year. "You’re only dancing on this earth for a short while And though your dreams may toss and turn you now. They will vanish away like your daddy’s best jeans Denim blue fading up to the sky And though you want them to last forever You know they never will. - Cat Stevens

I wish I didnt end on such a Debby Downer lyric. Maybe its just how I feel now. Maybe I'm too hard on myself. I just feel that I could have done a lot more with this year which is why I feel sorrow that its ending. BUT I'm grateful at the peaceful year. I'm grateful my family is alive and well. And I'm grateful for so much more. I hope that 2006 will be just as good but I hope that I will push myself harder to actualize my potential.

40 comments:

say what? said...

aik post kae liyae itni mehnat :o

aah ..

point taken about alanis! i need to get teh new album now

Aisha said...

yeah... lol its a bit lengthy :)Re: Alanis. I dont know if its her latest actually. I got it a long time ago but just heard it recently. I'm not sure the name of the album but it has the songs "Hands Clean, Flinch, So Unsexy" good stuff in my opinion.. the words are beautiful but maybe just to me b/c I can relate to them.

say what? said...

aah, naa i heard those back a few years.
loved the video though.

Hands clean is nice :)

do try aimee mann, you wont regret.

Anaa said...

u have a realy nice blog...
this post is good to read but yeah lenghty,,,
with u abt "charlie and choclate factory " nice movie ,,,,

Baraka said...

Aww, that's so nice Aisha. I really appreciate that...it's been so great getting to know you over the web!

And try acupuncture for your arm, it may help! Email me if you have questions.

Raheel said...

great idea.. I've posted this too :)

Jane said...

Aisha, it is wonderful to have you back! Enjoy your time relaxing by the beach, it will be over too soon, I'm sure.

roora said...

it was nice sharing things with you

rehtwo said...

Wow! Oh, and by the way, I think the total sleep cycle is about 1.5 hr on average (obviously, depends on the person). It was on my final :-P

Omar said...

I like your response to #39!

Nice blog BTW...

Aisha said...

Vox,I think I heard Aimee Mann before and I do like her stuff!

Annaa welcome! glad you liked charlie as well :) It was enjoyable and I felt closer to the book.

Baraka, thanks for the acupuncture tip I'll have to read on it. Lately the pain is really awful it makes it hard to change clothes, to eat, etc.

Raheel, yay! can't wait to check it out! :)

Jane, thanks for your well wishes, you're right it will end all too soon.

Roora :)thanks

Rehtwo: thanks!!! So 1.5 hours of sleep and one can be okay? because they'd go through both cycles? (Thanks for all your advice!)

Omar: welcome! yes its a bit depressing but it summed up my feelings :(

Amani said...

U used to teach?? So did I. I taught elementay school English at an Islamic school in New Orleans. What grade/subject did you teach?

Aisha said...

Salaam Amani! I taught 2nd grade in Atlanta. Loved it :) What about you?

momyblogR said...

OK. First, yay for getting back to us your fans, lol!

I can NOT believe you are 26. You have the insight and wisdom of someone far older. You are so well spoken and have such passion and compassion for so many important things. I swear the teaching world truly lost a gem when you left. The kids that you touch during your time were very blessed. You are the teacher they will all remember.

Oh, and if you ever write a book, I will most certainly buy it.

Great, great list. I enjoyed reading it.

Knightmare said...

Maybe I should also do a 'year in review' post too. My God! You have 39 points in that post.

mezba said...

Happy New Year. My strangest thing this year - visiting an Aamish village in Waterloo.

Tee said...

This was a great meme! Maybe I'll do it later - if I find the time away from those guests! Ergh ;)

I like how you took the time to do all those different colors - it looks great - and the fact that you blogged this from Orlando makes me jealous. (That's where my guests came from. LOL. Why leave there to come to the frozen north??! ;) )

I don't know where to start as far as comments to your meme answers. It was just very interesting and I enjoyed it. Great, honest answers.

As for your shoulder - have you tried taking glucosamine? I've heard great things about it.

Aisha said...

Mommyblogr, you are really much much too kind to me, but I appreciate it :) You should do a meme too.. though I guess with kids and all 39 Q's are a bit much :)

Knightmare i'll be checking on yours to see if you did so :)

Mezba how did the Amish react to you?

Tee, someone left the warmth of Florida to freeze? Some people, I tell you... *shakes head*... Hang in there :)

Sohnii said...

Aisha!!! Happy new year!!!
Nice post! I did it too :D hope ur arm feels better soon.. acupuncture is supposed to be realy good i heard.. a friend of mine is doing it all the time.

Mia said...

Enjoy your vacation! I did the meme by the way. I had some free time this morning and viola!

FM said...

Happy New Year 2006

May you succeed in your goals. Amen

with regards
FM

obcity said...

Best wishes for the year dear - Make all your wish come true.

Champ - Love Hound said...

Nice to know more about you. May God bless you a happy 2006.

Jane said...

Did your meme, girl. Happy New Year!

Ali said...

Best wishes on the year to come. This survey/post is a great idea!

Zainub said...

Happy 2006 and beyond Aisha. I don't know what it is, but something inside me tells you'll certainly get internship at a law firm this year. Good luck and all the best, been fun reading your blog.

mayya said...

ohhhhhhh you liked dancing girls of lahore too, the fauzia saeed one right? but wasn't it taboo, its a lil sad too, to read about girls who wanted to break free but couldn't because of the viciousness of the entire system that held them to their roots and the fact that its a female dominated society, the birth of a female is rejoiced compared to rest of our society

Aisha said...

Sohni,Jane, Mia Thanks for doing it too! I checked them out already! :)

FM, OBcity GSJ, Boxing Champ thanks! and happy new year to you too! :)

Zainab, welcome! Thank you for saying that. It really gave me a good feeling to know someone's hoping it will work out for me. Insh'allah it will.

Mayya I havent read Taboo yet, my mom did and I'll have to find an english version of it b/c she read it in urdu. The one I read is called Dancing Girls of Lahore by Louise Brown, me and my mom exchanged summaries and it sounds like both are very similar. Louise brown lived in the red light area for three-five summers/winters and documented the lives of women and men in that area. Very fascinating read. If/When I visit Pakistan I'd very much want to visit that area... but I'm sure its not a place tourists are supposed to see... have youe ver seen it? What's it like? I have a vision of sheer desperation.

Kashmiri said...

Ahaaaaaaaaaa

u were a teacher??

Man im thinking of getting into it, gimme some advice maaaaaaaaan!

mayya said...

aishaaaa: lol dunno why I'm elongating the 'a' heh, the heera mandi area of lahore is very very famous and popular for tourists as well, and well distinguished guests are invited there to see mujras etc. :p There's this very famous cukoos den just outside the area which is a restaurant made out of a brothel by a painter who's mum was a prostitute. So when you're on top of that restaurant you can see the badshahi mosque and the lahore fort and a gurdwara and the backside of the red light area, very very interesting, and the best DJ's in town are in that area ;p heh
you just HAVE to come to lahore and see it for yourself, there's just sooooooo much to lahore!

TwinTopaz said...

Aisha...Happy new year ;)

BBCD said...

Salaams Big Sis! Happy New year to you and Kashif Bhai too!!

Dancing Girls of Lahore was definatly the best book i read last year too!! Wonderful! i even wrote to the author to tell her, she appreciated that! :o) *geek* lol

Aisha said...

Kashmiri- that's awesome that you're thinking of teaching! Email me anytime for any advice questions you might have about it. It's a great field.

Mayya, interesting! So is that area no longer a real red light district, just a historical site? I heard aboutthis painter. Lahore does sound so intriguing. Insh'allah someday I'll visit.

Twin- you too! :)

BBCD: Yay, salaam BBCD are you back??? Thanks for your well wishes. I should contact her as well, good idea!

mayya said...

no no, the red light area is very much there. heh
dunno if you've read this short story, its been translated as well, in which an entire community sets up around the red light area and then later decide to kick the dancing girls out, they go and settle in another area and with time yet another community establishes and sets up around them. hehe

oh have you read or seen umrao jan ada?

Anisa said...

i did this one on my blog!

Aisha said...

Mayya, interesting, but is it safe to visit those areas if they are alive and running? Yes I saw amrao jaan many yeara ago my parents watched it all the time growing up:)

Anisa, awesome! can't wait to check it out!

Baji said...

Wow, thanks for taking the time to share so much of you.

mayya said...

lol yes its actually more safe for girls then for the guys who go with you as they get pestered by pimps there ;p
but do go in a group of friends with some strong guys

Emory said...

Completed it and thank you.

Self discipline is a cornerstone of success. Without it you will never realize your true potencial. Master this one, and the world is trully your oyster.

Aisha said...

Emory, in the movie "The Emperor's Club" the protagonist said a cliche which for some reason truly moved me... " a man's character is his fate " truly. I pray my self discipline improves in '06

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