Friday, February 23, 2007

What fun is it being cool if you can't wear a sombrero? -Calvin

Like Calvin, its been one of those big bubble sorta days. Ever had em? Those of the fairer gender can surely relate to such days every now and then, every so often. Its actually been a big bubble sort of week, the sort that could even make a teletubby want to punch somone! But since its the day of the 3bt, I'll put the wallowing on hold- for just a second, so here are my three, or six.. beautiful things Thursday.

1. Winning two cases in a row because its nice to win and justice is cool and its nice to know this law degree is worth something after all.

2. Waking up to a clear blue day and open toed shoes after a solid week of cold gray grump- inspiring weather.

3. Delicious, savory books, you almost feel sorry reading because reading them means they will soon be over.

4. Advil for quelling the pain when the novacain from the cavity filling wears off. Is it supposed to hurt post-filling? Please make dua a root canal won't be needed. *gulp*

5. Staying up til' 4am laughing and talking with close friends and still having ten hundred more things left undiscussed.

6. Picturing one of those friends who shall remain nameless but knows exactly who she is wearing a sombrero, beads, and carrying a big yellow bag as she boards a yellow submarine in Hawaii. Because how can you be in a wallowy mood when the Beatles song 'we all live in a yellow submarine' is playing in your head?

feeling better already....

34 comments:

Anonymous said...

:)

momyblogR said...

Yes, justice is GREAT!!

Advil is a beautiful thing!

And, I have a friend of 20 years that I talk to every single day and we STILL have ten hundred more thing left to talk and laugh about.

Great post! :):)

mystic-soul said...

Very good. Nice heartful and lovely post. My fav. was # 5

Suroor said...

Oh, I'm from Scotland so I love # 2!!!

I pray you don't need that nasty thing the name of which starts with "R" Ouch!

Maliha said...

Salamaat,
Awww...i feel better reading this :) I love/hate number 3 too, when I hand a delicious book to someone else (normally my lil sis) i get this twinge of envy..ahh, what would the world be without good literature?

Bee Amma said...

Ive been refraining from buying "on beauty" because although i loved "White Teeth" i could not for the life of me get into "The Autograph Man" Hmmm maybe it shall be my next purchase as i've just gobbled the 3 books that i had waiting on my bookshelf, hehe

Aisha said...

Mommyblogr, Mystic thanks :) btw have you had a cavity filled recently? Does it hurt slightly afterwards?

Suroor, Scotland huh?? We want to visit there one day soon insh'allah! Have you had "R" *shudder* I'm so nervous. The doc said if the pain continues through the weekend its in need of an RC :(

Maliha, amen to that! Have you read Khalid' Hussein's Kite Runner? It's a must read.

BeeAmma, Autograph man was okay. It was not the best but I read it like you b/c of "White Teeth" I am still reading "On Beauty" but I've heard from many people its great and ech page is beautuflly written :)

Maliha said...

Salamaat,
Which one is better "on beauty" or "White teeth" (I have heard so much about her and I want to check her out.)

I hated Kite Runner, I guess it's a book that you either love or hate. The protagonist was sooo whiny! I couldn't stand him...There were other things too...

Aisha said...

Really, that is so interesting yoru take on Kite Runner. I was annoyed with the protagonist for a great deal of the book but it didnt make me dislike the book. His father and the other situations in the story were so compelling, and he even knew he was nothing exceptional as he pointed to the true heroes in the world like Ali, his father, etc. It was my favorite book of all time but I can easily see how someone would not love it. I am still reading On Beauty so I'll get back to you on that but did you like the ending to White Teeth? I was sad about it b/c it just didnt give me proper resolution :(

mystic said...

I think Kite runner is a marginal book. I could not see anything literary in that book.

It is a tale of a spineless man who is trying to do some self-psychotherapy by writing a book..(ya pretty harsh criticism)

Aisha said...

Wow Such harsh criticism!!! Im so surprised. I thought the book was very well written with very well defined characters. I think a lot of what we see as spineless occurred when he was a child don't you think? I think a child raised the way he was would respond as he did. I think its nice that he does not apologize for it. As an adult he showed bravery by going back and trying to save the son of his friend. Yes he was very very bad to his friend and he's not the hero of the book in my opinion. But I thought it was a well told story. What books do you like?

momyblogR said...

Me? A cavity? Naaaaaaah, I wait a go right to the root canal, lol! I had one done this xummer and it was a JOY!

According to Webster...2. a treatment involving opening, cleaning, filling, etc. such a channel. NOT fun!

Yes, it did give me grief for many, many weeks to follow. And yes, I'm still wairing for my crown. Unfortunately it will not be going on me head, lol! But thankfully, it finally decided to just give up the ghost, so there is no more pain.

Hope it's feeling better.

Sobia said...

I love Calvin and Hobbes! he he

And I'm sorry about your week!

You are such a good writer though, I really enjoy your blog so much!

Anyway, hope things brighten up where you are!

Anonymous said...

down south (of India), people roast and grind their coffee at home with some spices thrown in for good measure, and then a decoction is prepared out of this using filters. A few drops of this decoction can be mixed hot milk or hot water to make a cuppa. A cup of this is enuf to give any Coffee chain a run for its money.... :-))

mystic said...

I can see the guilt of character and his going back to afghanistan(thats why I said self-psychotherapy) but still I see this as a marginal story. Personally, I did not find anything exciting or different in his story except a mere fantasy of bravery in author's mind who lives in california and practice medicine.

Personally, so far my all time favourite is "A fine balance" from rohinton mistry.

Maliha said...

Salamaat,
Your "all time favorite" Aisha...really? Wow. I remember getting into a huge debate with one of my friends over this book. We were on two ends of the spectrum. She thought it was great and actually liked that the protagonist was weak/less than perfect/whiny etc.

There were some things about it, I found straight up corny. Like how Asif turns out to be the Taliban. I also wished he gave a more nuanced analysis of the Taliban (yes we all do know the CNN version and yes they were horrible, but a good writer would show different facets of the story.)

I could sense he hadn't been back to Afghanistan in many years, from his descriptions...and when I got to the end the author actually confesses that. Which irritated me too...

It was one of those books that I kept reading to the end hoping it will redeem itself. Maybe I am being a tad harsh...

I haven't read Zadie at all, I was just wondering whether you recommend any of her works...was "White teeth" any good?

Aisha said...

Mommyblogr, well apparently my dentist wants me to have my cake and eat it too b/c not only did i get a cavity filled but he claims that in this tooth I will also need a root canal most likely!!!! UGH. I am praying as hard as I can that this does not happen but my tooth is in a lot of pain even with the advil these days :(

Sobia!! So nice to hear from you, I'm glad to know you're still reading :)

Mystic, I need to put that book on my wish list (a fine balance) I havent read it yet and you just reminded me i wanted to.

Maliha, no no yo'ure not too harsh, I can see all your points. I think it makes sense. I didn't mind the cornyness etc I guess. As for Zadie Smith, one thing she is not, is corny. She's a good writer. I am not sure if I recommend White Teeth over "On Beauty" b/c I havent finished on Beauty yet, but maybe Beauty would be better because shes a more seasoned writer now. White Teeth was her very first book. On ?Beauty also was nominated for the Booker prize... so I guess as an educated guess here i'd go with Beauty :)

frenchita said...

Aisha,
join the club..me too have teeth problems:(

pixie said...

Great list, masha'allah!

Aisha said...

french, it sucks no?

Pixie, thanks :)

Bee Amma said...

ok i went out and tentatively bought "on beauty" and if i don't like it.......I'll know who to moan to!!! mwahaha! :P :)

Neelam said...

Hi, Aisha, just popping in again. I wanted to say "White Teeth" is my favorite book ever; I think you'd like it too. I wrote my undergraduate thesis on it, and it was wonderful to basically read the book over and over again for a year and a half. =-) It puts you in a good mood, because it is optimistic and laugh out loud funny (although the depiction of British Muslims can be a little shocking at times). You can tell Smith was younger when she wrote "White Teeth"-- "On Beauty" is definitely a more serious and mature novel, and it shows that she isn't slowing down even after her sophomore slump (ie "The Autograph Man"--ugh, I don't recommend it).

frenchita said...

Aisha, yeah it sure does SUCK! I have to undergo a surgery next week:( And today have a blood test..:( But I guess we should look around..people have to bear much more..imagine getting a chemotherapy..bottomline is Alhamdulillah :-)

The friendly lion said...

i'm praying it isnt a root canal! its exactly how my brother's root canal happened, he went to the dentist for a cavity but was told he needed a root canal which ebded in 4 days of agony :(
havent read the kite runner yet might read it now!

The friendly lion said...

no fair, i cant comment on the movie reviews blog :(

if you thought the departed was good, you should watch blood diamond, im certain it would earn a 10 on 10 :)

mezba said...

I can so relate to #3.

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Aisha said...

Bee Amma! Aik minute! I am not done reading the book. Im only on chapter 6 so just know that! If the ending is awful then we wil both be sad together :)

Neelam, thanks for commenting! I looove White Teeth. It's such a great book. I saw the miniseries of it ona flight once from Paris to the US. On Beauty has a very different tone to it but I like it. Autograph man was well written but just not... good. Im glad she was able to recover from it! How exciting to have written a thesis on the book. what was the theme/topic??

Frenchita, thats good that you maintain your perspective, it could be worse! Is it a root canal?

friendly lion did htye end up filling the cavity? or tell him to get an RC instead? Mine filled it so the thought of him making me do a RC as well irritates me! Oh and the movie reviews, I turned comments off (book reviews as well) b/c Iwould always forget to the check them! :)I heard Blood Diamond was good. I really awnt to see it, it also has an important mesage I heard. I wlil have to check it out soon! Thanks for the advice :)

Mezba, any you could recommend?

Enyur said...

Good to hear you're feeling better...and congrats on winning your cases!

I couldn't agree with you more on #3. I just finished reading Family Matters by Rohinton Mystry. I was so absorbed in that book and almost hated it to end...but I really wanted to know how the author concluded his novel...and when I actually got to the end..I was a bit disappointed. Not sure if you read that book?

frenchita said...

No, not a RC. My jawline's really small, and that causes the toothache. I have to get two of my tooth pulled out in order to create space, then put on braces for 1-1and half year. The surgery's this wednesday..

mezba said...

Kite Runner
White Teeth (Zadie Smith)
Nightfall (Issac Assimov)
Arranged Marriage (C.B. Devakaruni)
Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
The Last Juror (Grisham)

Aisha said...

why am I not surprised we have the same taste in books :) Ive heard a lot about Angels and Demons, is it similar to "Da Vinci"?

Neelam said...

Oops, Aisha, I didn't catch in the comments that you had read Zadie's other books! I am glad to encounter another dedicated Smith fan. I wrote my undergrad thesis on the theme of salvation in the novel, how everyone was looking to something else to "save" them: many of the female characters relied on men for their so-called "salvation", while other characters looked to science and history (fate), while Archie kind of stood apart from everyone else-- even though he described Samad as his hero at one point in the book, he really didn't rely on anyone else to "save" him and took responsibility for his actions more than other characters did. Anyway, it was okay, but I was particularly proud of the title: "The Soteriology of White Teeth." =-) It's a very intellectual-sounding mouthful.

Aisha said...

Oops, Enyur didnt notice your comment! Hope yo'ure doing well. Long time no see missy!

Neelam that is really cool. I guess its fair to say "On Beauty" is about beauty and the different forms it takes, the way we perceive it, and the way we seek it? I am not fully finished with it but its one of those books I wish I had read with a group to talk about what things mean, etc. I really love it!

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