Friday, March 03, 2006

"You know, Hobbes, some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help" - Calvin

It's one of *those* days. A wallowing sort of day. I'm a world record holder in wallowing. On a wallow sort of day, one little thing and my mood twists into a pretzel. I'm betting roughly half the world can relate. There is the oft quoted cliche which states: Life is 10% what happens to you, 90% what you make of it. Very profound.. in my hunt for the above quote I came across this one.. equally.. um, profound: I had a stick of Carefree gum, but it didn't work. I felt pretty good while I was blowing that bubble, but as soon as the gum lost its flavor, I was back to pondering my mortality- Mitch Hedberg. The man is deep.

So here's me focusing on the good...

1. A friend made a really sweet gesture about one of my writings. I'm too shy to say what it is they tried to do, but it means the world to me. You have no idea how that put a smile on my face and gave me faith in myself.

2. Today before Torts Amanda gave me a Mitch Hedberg CD! Thanks for thinking of me. And thanks for thinking of me with such a cool CD!

3. Going out today for pizza with a friend and her cute baby for lunch.

4. Today I ran 2 miles in my best time- ever

5. Spring break starts NOW.

6. I get to catch up on my studying... okay losing the happy thought .... oh yes! I will get to see my family including the lil nephew for a little bit of the time... happy thoughts back.

7. I got my paperwork to go to Brazil today.

8. I also got a paid summer internship that will accomodate Brazil.

9. A good friend invited me for dinner Saturday. She cooks real good.

10. I made really good meatloaf on Tuesday. My first time trying meatloaf and I was so scared. I hate baking because I feel so helpless. Put it together and... wait. Just wait. I watch it every few minutes wondering how its doing. I am not a controlling person... just can't handle food cooking without me stirring...something. But it came out FABULOUS. Here's the recipe incase you're curious. I have very fond memories of my mom making meatloaf and I always wanted to make it but it looked so complicated. I did it! Truly pleased. So pleased I bemoaned the missing camera charger for I truly wanted to share the marvel that was my meatloaf. Splendid. Truly.

11. Elmo balloon is still up and flying high in our living room. For my dad's birthday, my brothers purchased an Elmo Happy Birthday Balloon. This was in December. It is March. It is still up. If I could find my camera charger it would be on here. It's the little balloon that could. It annoys me at times with its big perky grin as it sways to and fro in our living room. I feel it taunts me. But maybe it's just smiling and saying "I dont care what you think of me, I will keep on flying high, and be me" That's sweet. Maybe scary that I'm personifying a helium balloon, but still, sweet no?

Feeling better already...

26 comments:

Dil-E-Nadaan said...

Hooray for you!! Especially on that paid summer internship!!! NIIICE. MAshaAllah.

Shabina said...

what a smile-inducing list! except for meatloaf. uhhhh.... :)

koonj said...

That's inspiring. You were wallowy but you didn't wallow. So unlike me. Yes, I'm inspired.

So true about baking. Is it because we're desi, and baking should only be tandoori?

Aisha said...

Nermeen, thanks! :) Are you going to Africa?

Shabina, why the hate on the meatloaf? :'(

Koonj, lol wow honored to have inspired you. Shabana a lightbulb just went off with your thought about baking. Yes. It *is* because we're desi. What *do* desis really bake beside tandoori? Wow- how profound. It's my genetic makeup screaming at me to stop baking, my very DNA shaking its head at my errant ways. Wow.

Baraka said...

Salaam sweetie,

Congrats on the paid internship - I'm so excited for you!

The guy at the cafe told me today that every minute of his life just gets better and better - because he chooses to see it that way. So I love that you took a mood and turned it around. Brava!

Warmly,
Baraka

ASH said...

Aisha: Good post, it made me smile as always. Except for the meatloaf, as a Gora who grew up with meatloaf all the time........I loathe it! I cannot even stomach the thought of meatloaf. But I will just be nice and say that I'm sure your meatloaf is awesome.....just don't offer me any. :)

Aisha said...

Baraka, that man had a great perspective. I used to have that perspective.. trying to gain it back :)

Ash, lol yeah ppl not to pleased about meatloaf, at least as much as me, but for me its a novelty....

mezba said...

Given that the first time I cooked 'polao' it came out grey (I added the wrong spice) I will probably mess up the meatloaf, but the recipe looks really good, have to try it with the weekend coming up. I like meat!

Aisha said...

Mezba its' good. I didnt use the bacon obviously and I didnt put mustard in it, but I still thought it came out great. Do share your opinion on it when you make it :)

Aisha said...

btw- a man that cooks, very cool!

Southern Masala said...

Aisha, congrats on the internship, that is great! Send me an email and let me know which one you finally decided on. Also, i am so jealous that you are going to lunch today and I can't. Instead I will be sitting in a stuffy firm downtown counting down the hours till this stupid Trial Techniques is over. Ack, I am wallowing too! Maybe I should make a good list too, to get myself out of it.

momyblogR said...

Yes, I HATE it when not even my rocketship underpants don't work!! You know it's going to be a bad, bad day, lol! And TWO mile? That right there would do me in before my day even got started. :(

Your going to Brazil! Hm, I must have missed that one...HOW did I do that? I'm so excited for you....send me a post card. :):)

I've gotten some GREAT recipes off that site and everything that I've made turned out fabulous.

Baji said...

LOL. My hubby and his family love meatloaf. I make many, many variations of it and it is so easy. I even used Garam Masala. My hubby always requests it and ponders, "why do Americans joke so much about meatloaf?"

Aisha said...

Southern Masala, we missed you today! The pizza was very disheartning for me though because it used to be amazing and it's nto so good with new ownership.... But insh'allah there's always next time :)

Mommyblogr, I was watching ER i dont know if you watch it but the episode was AMAZING and I didnt even realize I was running so fast I looked down and was happily surprised :) I'm going to Brazil in May! :) Email me your address and I will send you a postcard! :)

Baji, really his parents like it? I will have to get some of your recipes from you. Have you tried the one I made? The link is on there. Hey, why *do* so Americans joke so much about meatloaf?

wayfarer said...

Good stuff mashAllah. Thanks for the pizza! It was great seeing you. Have a great spring break. Loved the quote you used. Funny. :-)

opinionatedinjerzee said...

glad you are feeling better.. sometimes its nice to write down everything.. helps you mentally sort our stuff as you write.. have a good spring break.. it is hardly spring here in nj... cold and icy!!

Aisha said...

Wayfarer, great seeing you too. I love Calvin and Hobbes, this quote sums up a bad day quite well! :)

Amzu, thanks :) Hope spring peeks in on y'all soon too :)

~Pink Gerbera~ said...

salam,
Love your blog Aisha, very cool! But I liked your list, I tend to wallow once in a while but you're right it's important to concentrate on the good happy things! :D

BBCD said...

So impressed with you sis, its a wonderful quality being able to count your blessing when your feeling down. And Mushallah dont you have a lot of blessing to count :)

Aisha said...

pink gerbera, thanks for visiting! yes happy thoughts can help the blues... :)

BBCD. aw thanks :)

Raheel said...

paid intership great.. Good luck!!

can I borrow that elmo baloon?

Champ - Love Hound said...

Busy, should say very busy But the way you described all these things show that you also enjoyed doin' it.

Thankyou for your comments on my blog. I'm sorry I was busy packin' 'n' stuff, I'm in Paris right now for my Match, Pray for me,ok!

*Smiles*
God bless you....

Sohnii said...

Aww Aisha... :D hugss... u make me smile :D

Aisha said...

Raheel, lolz :) sure I'll send it your way! :)

Champ, wow!! have fun in Paris and good luck w/ your match.

Sohnii :) Aw glad I did that :)

momyblogR said...

I do watch ER...all the reruns on the weekend, latenight, lol! I LOVE that show.

Woo-hoo, and postcard from Brazil. I'll email you my address.:):)

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