What is this feeling, so sudden and new?

I KNOW that is not the first time I started a blog post with that title. For years, I wanted to see Wicked and when I finally had a chance, I was like, "Meh." That is so classic Rafia. What is NOT classic Rafia? Drinking green tea. Willingly. I'm a chai girl. Have been since… Continue reading What is this feeling, so sudden and new?

Running in December, with a cough, and in hijab

I ran outside in December! It was, I will admit, unseasonably mild today. When I checked the forecast on Friday and saw that it was going to be in the 50s today, I thought, "I hope I feel better by Sunday. Gotta try to make a December run on the trail, if I can. How… Continue reading Running in December, with a cough, and in hijab

Yay! December is here!

Why am I so happy about the start of December? I have nothing against November in theory. But I was so ready to be done with the month. I even changed my calendar to December a day early. I really did not need that extra day. November was a busy month of events, including a… Continue reading Yay! December is here!

Trips back home, “holiday” eating, and back to life, back to lality.

In exactly one month, it will be my three-year wedding anniversary. But it's been only three years? Really? Why does it feel like Mr. Rafia and I have been married for longer? Is it because when I reflect on where I was before getting married, I cannot recognize who I was and who I have… Continue reading Trips back home, “holiday” eating, and back to life, back to lality.

“Can we say that shoes from Texas are dumb?” My trip to Austin in bullet points.

I just* got home from a 3-day trip to Austin, Texas to attend and present at an academic conference. This was my first time in Texas. This was my first time attending and presenting at an academic conference. This was also my first real solo trip, i.e. not visiting family or a friend. I had… Continue reading “Can we say that shoes from Texas are dumb?” My trip to Austin in bullet points.