Category Archives: California

Being driven crazy

That’s what driving 12 hours a day make you feel, like you’re being driven crazy. You gain a whole new respect for truck-drivers, who are usually only appreciated by me for the shade their huge trucks provide when the sun … Continue reading

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Hotter on the Inside!

Our ridiculous excuse for a refrigerator (brand Maytag; moral of that story: avoid the brand like the plague!) finally decided to pack in for good, and it did so with flair. Refrigerators apparently have heaters in them (who’d have thought … Continue reading

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Waves upon Waves of Heat

Oh my Allah, it is so hot. Yesterday, of all days, when we decided to spend the day outdoors at a local botanical garden, was the hottest day for that date in 95 years. It was an uncharacteristic 95 degrees. … Continue reading

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Navigating Negotiations

We were waiting at a red light, which seemed to be taking forever. Eyes were wandering around, looking for something to distract ourselves with. We saw two girls on a bike. They came to stop at the intersection. The girl … Continue reading

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It’s a cold day

This is a post dedicated to my sister. Today is her first day back to school (awwwwwww isn’t she cute?! mashaAllah!) and like an excellent student, there she is chatting with me, on Web Messenger. The dumb thing about web … Continue reading

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The rush is finally on

This past month has, by all accounts, been slowly economically. I believe it, because until this past Friday, shopping has been painless: it was easy to find parking way up front, we could walk in and out of any given … Continue reading

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Smoky Skies

Last week was filled with days of raging fires in southern and central Cali, which burned about 1000 homes and 17,000 hectares of land. All we could smell for days was smoke, and this is what our skies looked like … Continue reading

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US$4.40 and rising rapidly

We went out yesterday to the library, and my eyes happened to fall on an ever-present gas station. The average price of gasoline out here is US$4.40 per gallon. This is astronomical, and only last week, it was around $4.01. … Continue reading

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I am so angry

I was reading the LA Times online, intending to link to two opinion pieces, when another headline caught my eye: Tough love ends in family tragedy. I am not a person who is too big on tough love, so this … Continue reading

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I should have…

I went to vote, and I discovered that my name was not on the list of Active Voters at my precinct. So, they gave me a provisional ballot, which, according to ever-trusty Wikipedia, is “used to record a vote when … Continue reading

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