Cows, zoomies, and cake – that’s all I need for my birfday!

Who would have thought that today - February 3rd, just days after a polar vortex hit the Midwest, with wind chills at 45 degrees below zero FAHRENHEIT - would be a perfect day to run a race? It's going to be sunny and 51 degrees. The only reason I even signed up for the race… Continue reading Cows, zoomies, and cake – that’s all I need for my birfday!

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

Football and the potential unraveling of self-identity

Yesterday, I attended my first ever football game. It most likely won't be the last one I watch. My husband's birthday is on Tuesday. To celebrate, I thought I would surprise him with tickets to see his favourite football team, the Indianapolis Colts. This is Mr. Rafia's first birthday as a married man, so I… Continue reading Football and the potential unraveling of self-identity

The problem with calling someone a “role model”

To the otherwise really nice guy that posted "Islam needs more women like this," my response is "Um, no." I think it's great that we have so many female Muslim athletes competing in the Olympics this year. The whole world seems to be in love with Ibtihaj Muhammad, and I don't blame them, because she… Continue reading The problem with calling someone a “role model”