I’ve been nominated! You like me, you really like me!

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(Sorry, I just had to! Credit)

I’ve been seeing these going around for a while and now that Geeky Muslimah of Troublesome Thirties has nominated me, I feel like I’ve been initiated into a secret club… that all of a sudden has no members. Thank you for nominating me, Geeky Muslimah! Who says academics live in ivory towers? Not she, that is for sure!


11 Facts About Me

  1. I am afraid of fish.
  2. I’ve been told by pretty much all my teachers and friends (although my sister is still in denial) that I have perfect handwriting.
  3. I love to sing and have been in various choirs throughout my life. The funny thing is, I still don’t know how to read music.
  4. I wanted to be a lawyer once upon a time ago, then an animator, then a chemical engineer, then a journalist for like a day, then a lawyer again, then a person with a PhD, and now I would like to be a “writer.”
  5. I majored in Economics as an undergrad. I went to a really, really small liberal arts university in the suburbs of Chicago which allowed that to be possible.
  6. A lot of people say they love chocolate, but I dream of chocolate. Literally, all my dreams are dessert-related.
  7. I never learned to ride a two-wheeler.
  8. For the longest time, I was deathly afraid of open staircases (and escalators, for that matter!). I would refuse to climb them, thinking I would fall through the cracks. Which is hilarious thinking about it now, because I was a chubby kid. If anything, I’d get stuck.
  9. Oh yeah, I used to be severely overweight for most of my life. At my highest at the age of 18, I was close to 220 pounds (I’m 5’2″). Between 2006-2009, I lost over 100 pounds. I’ve been battling with those fickle “last” 10 pounds ever since.
  10. I have over 10 years of French language instruction (albeit, intermittent) and to this day, the only thing I can say with confidence is “Je voudrais le gâteau au chocolat!” (Actually, did I say that right?)
  11. I love Richard Simmons, like for real.

Geeky Muslimah asks

  1. What motivated you to blog? I began blogging for the first time in 2003, before it was a thing. It served as a much-needed outlet for all my emo teenage frustrations. But what really kept me going were the fellow bloggers, some of whom became my friends (Shout out to Laura, whom I am trying to get to blog again!). When I decided to blog again earlier this year, it was because I again needed an outlet for my new life changes (marriage, new home, change in employment). And I really missed that sense of community! You, reading this, are the reason why I’m still here.
  2. What do you wish you could experience, but probably never will? Being a Broadway actress or a Bollywood playback singer. At first I thought, being a man. But honestly, I wouldn’t want to be a man. As nostalgic as I can get, I don’t really want to go back in time – but I have to admit, being able to witness Prophet Muhammad (saw) and to be a companion, that would be pretty amazing! Don’t you just love the range of my answers?
  3. What is your favourite book genre? I like contemporary literary fiction, written from the perspective of minority (female!) or other underrepresented voices. Is that a genre?
  4. If you could acquire a superpower, what would it be? A part of me wants to say telepathy, but that could soon become a curse, if Professor X is any indication. The ability to absorb knowledge without much effort?
  5. What is your favourite desert? CHOCOLATE CAAAAAAKE! But I recently had Chocolate Bread Pudding and now I don’t know. Seriously, I am having a crisis here, people! What does this development mean for the future of this blog?
  6. If you could abolish one thing, what would it be? Arrogance, in all facets of the term.
  7. What is your biggest pet peeve? Untidiness. I didn’t think I had inherited this from my dad. Marriage is very educational, folks.
  8. What is the greatest experience you’ve had so far in your life? Graduating from the University of Chicago. I am not even kidding. It still seems like a dream.
  9. What is your biggest regret so far? Not spending more time with my maternal grandmother. She was the only one who lived long enough to see her grandchildren. I wish I could go back in time and tell her that I love her. I don’t think I ever did.
  10. What is your greatest hope for the future? That my children are grateful for having me as their mother – for loving them as they are, being a good model of character, but also never limiting their dreams. This sounds kinda selfish, I know. I’m being realistic though. A mother’s love is one of the most powerful things I’ve ever witnessed. It’s what keeps me going in a world that at times seems not worth it.
  11. What is the wildest thing your imagination ever came up with? Corin. My sister’s alter-ego.

My Questions for You – Yes, YOU!

I’m supposed to nominate 11 other less-known blogs, but since all my regular blogger friends have either already been nominated or have over 200 followers (also, I don’t want to leave anyone out), I’m asking anyone who reads this post to answer my questions. If you comment, you must answer! Even if you’ve never commented before, ANSWER! Please? Thank you!

  1. What is your favourite dessert?
  2. What is your favourite animal? (Sorry, had to!)
  3. If you could choose any career and could switch this second, what would it be?
  4. If you could be any literary figure, who would you be?
  5. What is one thing that is/was extremely popular that you simply cannot stand?
  6. What was your favourite show as a child?
  7. What is the one thing you like most about yourself? Heck, list ’em ALL out!
  8. If you were to go back in time and had to switch places with another person, who would it be?
  9. What is your biggest guilty pleasure?
  10. If you were to lose either the ability to speak or write, what would you choose?
  11. If an alien were to come down to earth, what would you say to it to convince them that earth is THE place to be?

Thanks for making it to the end! :)


16 thoughts on “I’ve been nominated! You like me, you really like me!

  1. 1) Anything with chocolate in it. I’m not that discerning….chocolate is a must.
    2) Wolf. A wolf pack is a thing of beauty.
    3) Astronaut. I’d jettison myself on Mars and volunteer as the first colonist.
    4) Emile Zola
    5) Pretty much anything that is “trendy”.The whole hipster culture (ugh)
    6) Il était une fois l’espace (a french cartoon)
    7) My nerdiness, it makes me the perfect travel companion since I often double as a portable encyclopedia.
    8) Attila or Genkis khan. I’ve always wanted to conquer something :) or any of the Muslim polymaths (Ibn Haytham, Ibn Sahl,etc…). Can I inherit their knowledge and brains?
    9) Binge watching…I could probably do something more productive.
    10) Neither. But I’d settle for losing the ability to reply with snarky comments….that could only be a (+) right?
    11) I would convince him to leave as soon as possible and take me with him more likely. Sir, I wish to apply for a refugee status to whatever planet you come from, where must I direct my request?

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  2. 1) Blini! Especially with all sorts of fruit. Or maybe cotton candy. I can’t decide.
    2) Cassowaries are definitely my favorite animal, they’re just so weird!
    3) I’d be a business owner, and open up a stationary store.
    4) Jane Austen? So difficult, so many writers had such interesting lives.
    5) One Direction. Football. Golf. Duck Dynasty. The list goes on and on.
    6) Probably a Russian show called “Nu Zaietz, Pagadi!”, which translates to “Well, You Just Wait!” Sort of similar to the American Tom and Jerry, I think.
    7) Hm, I’m not afraid to try new things? My natural curiosity? Something along those lines.
    8) Maybe either Lewis Carroll or Sylvia Plath, depending on if their knowledge and talent was transferred to me as well.
    9) I have a particular affinity for intentionally watching lame movies and picking them apart as the plot progresses. Out loud. It’s rather fun, I must admit.
    10) I would lose my ability to write. Well, can I at least type?
    11) I would have to tell the alien about marvels such as pierogies, cats, macarons, mochi ice cream and all manner of frozen desserts, for that matter. Those are pretty compelling reasons the earth is THE place to be, in my opinion!

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  3. 1. I CANNOT CHOOSE. Cheesecake probably. And mom’s loki ka halwa. Teehee.
    2. I have a phobia. You can’t imagine how many times i’ve taken longer routes or turned and walked in another direction to avoid cats on the street.
    3. Probably an educationist. And entrepreneur.
    4. Rupi Kaur
    5. The word “bae”. UGH.
    6. Scooby Doo and Ben 10.
    7. I’m a good listener, and speaker. Lulz.
    8. Enid Blyton
    9. Excessive usage of social media
    10. Neither? :( I’m compelled to say I’d lose the ability to speak, because sometimes we don’t think before we say something, and you can’t take that back. Less misuse of the tongue.
    11. CHAI! Music? Flowers! Internet! Then I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s not a 100% convinced. I’d ask him to PLEASE let me see the galaxy/solar system.

    THIS WAS TOUGH. But it was challenging. I enjoyed using my brain. Hehe.
    I died laughing when you said you considered being a man. LOL. What even? And I CANT work in an untidy environment. Why are all men like this?

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  4. Ahhhh! Congratulations, my dear! As soon as I saw the blog title and the entry preview that there was an image, I just knew it wasn’t going to be Sally Fields. Though, to be honest, I thought you’d post an image of your girl, Tyra! All the nobel prizes for you!

    Do you think you’ll ever post a chocolate cake (or chocolate bread pudding? I’ve said too much) recipe? I’d love to see what you consider to be the ideal gâteau au chocolat.

    Will we get to know more about Corin one day? :D

    I will answer those questions soon; I promise!

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  5. Haha! I can’t recall a moment of Tyra befitting this particular occasion. But now you’re making me brainstorm a post where a Tyra .gif would become almost necessary. Hmm…. *thinks away*

    I’ve been thinking of making a chocolate cake for my husband’s upcoming birthday, but he said he wants ice cream cake and I’m not sure I can deliver on that just yet. But it shall be a blog goal!

    I don’t think Corin will ever merit her own post, so I’ll tell you now. My sister likes to draw. Back in the day (when we still lived in Markham), she drew a picture of herself or maybe just of a random girl, I don’t remember, wearing on outfit she once owned, in MS Paint. I named the girl in the photo Corin, because it clearly didn’t look like my sister. I don’t know where Corin came from, or if that’s even the moment she was born. But Corin became like a secret friend of my sister and I and we even made a joke song, complete with hand gestures.

    Can’t wait to read your answers!!!!! I am waiting.


  6. Darn it, Rupi Kaur is 23? I should read some of her stuff! I didn’t know you were afraid of cats? I thought about being a man for a second, only because men have it easier in today’s world, but honestly, men are such simple beings. I’ve come to appreciate the nuance and complexity of being a woman, even if I struggle with it everyday. But only in our age, taking right and liberties for granted. Thanks for your answers. I’ve learned so much, as I always do from you, Naureen! *muah*


  7. I have to admit, I had to Google your first two answers! Are you Russian – or just a Russophile like me, or rather like I once was? I no less of a Russophile than I was before, it’s just that I’ve become lazy. It was great reading your answers – thank you!


  8. I feel the same way about chocolate, except I think pairing it with fruit is a downgrade. What’s your take on this important issue?

    I’d take you on my travels! :)

    Thanks for answering and again, thanks for nominating me, GM! Are you okay with me calling you GM – or do you prefer Geeky Muslimah? I feel like I may have asked you this before, but my memory fails me yet again!

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  9. GM is totally OK :) As far as pairing fruits with chocolate, I call it blasphemy. Why would anyone desecrate chocolate like that? It is so wrong, so very wrong. Glad to know I’m not the only one who feels like that.

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  10. Yeah! Not directly from Russia, but of Russian heritage. I spoke a lot of Russian, read the literature, watched the shows, and everything as a child, but less so nowadays. Definitely something I should get back into! :)

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  11. Ice cream cakes are easy, as they’re more of an assembly job than any sort of “cooking” (unless you plan on making the ice cream yourself?)

    Once there are hand gestures involved, the thing is as official as official can be.

    My answers! (FINALLY)

    1. What is your favourite dessert? Red velvet cake with cream cheese icing. I’m not a fan of eating all that red food colouring, but the cake is so good :(.

    2. What is your favourite animal? (Sorry, had to!) Tigers!

    3. If you could choose any career and could switch this second, what would it be? Since I’m lucky enough to be doing my career of choice already, I’m not sure how to answer this question properly. I guess my improper answer would be: pub owner in The Shire.

    4. If you could be any literary figure, who would you be? Um, i guess that lady who wrote the 50 Shades books. I could somehow become a millionaire after writing mediocre fanfiction and just changing the names of the characters after it gets picked up by a publisher.

    5. What is one thing that is/was extremely popular that you simply cannot stand? Apple products. I just can’t seem to use them without getting frustrated and wanting to punch it.

    6. What was your favourite show as a child? Art Attack.I rarely made anything from the show, but I was enraptured every time it came on tv.

    7. What is the one thing you like most about yourself? Heck, list ’em ALL out! I’m very independent and self-sufficient (except when it comes to emotional stuff. In that case, I am needy as hell).

    8. If you were to go back in time and had to switch places with another person, who would it be? Catherine de Medici after the death of Henry II.

    9. What is your biggest guilty pleasure? Eating junk food and binge watching media content. Something I wish was doing right now.

    10. If you were to lose either the ability to speak or write, what would you choose? I would chose to lose the ability to speak. I work through so much stuff by writing, that if I lost it, I would be a mess (well, more so).

    11. If an alien were to come down to earth, what would you say to it to convince them that earth is THE place to be? “We have this thing where we add cream cheese and powdered sugar to the tops and sides of chocolate cake that we colour red for nostalgia reasons…”

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  12. YAY!!!!! YOU ANSWERED. Thank you for making my day, Laura! I have to say I’m not a huge fan of red velvet. I like my chocolate to be brown – does that make me racist? ;) ART ATTACK! Oh, TVO. Canada had the best children’s shows. I can’t reminisce with my husband :( I loved that show. Although Neil was British, so perhaps it wasn’t a Canadian show. But whatever. We don’t have to tell the Americans. Thank you for opening the window of hours of nostalgic joy once again, Laura!


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