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.

What living in the Hoosier state has done to me

I don't know if it's because I live in Indiana now or because Mr. Rafia is a fan of sports, the other night though I whispered to him (whispered because I'm sick and can't talk without coughing every 30 seconds), "I kinda enjoy basketball." I hesitated to even say it, but it was true. I… Continue reading What living in the Hoosier state has done to me

My first iftar!

Okay, so obviously I did not have my first iftar last night. I've been fasting for close to two decades - and I have attended plenty of iftars in my lifetime. FYI: For my non-Muslim readers, "iftar" is the name of the meal Muslims eat after breaking their fast. But last night was the first… Continue reading My first iftar!

It has begun… or will begin very soon! i.e. some pre-Ramadan thoughts.

Ramadan will begin this evening and thus, tomorrow will be the first fast of this lunar year for many Muslims living in North America. I now live in the land of calculations (i.e. ISNA), so I know for a fact my first fast will be tomorrow. But whether one follows the moon- sighting or not,… Continue reading It has begun… or will begin very soon! i.e. some pre-Ramadan thoughts.