“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.

I got 99 problems – and dishes are number one

Before I begin, I'd like to preface by adding that I dreamed I wrote this post. Well, actually, it was more along the lines of: I had just prayed fajr and wanted to go back to sleep; but in between that wanting-to-sleep and unfortunately-I'm-awake zone we all tussle with each morning, I started writing out… Continue reading I got 99 problems – and dishes are number one