We Are All Just a Bunch of Crazies

I was browsing the Freshly Pressed section the other day and came across this lady. Her blog is called High, High, Higher and it – was – awesome!

What really impressed me were her blogging challenges. Tons of other bloggers have weekly challenges or games or activities where they invite the readers to take part. Much like the Daily Posts, they help out with inspiration and writer’s block. Sometimes I join, sometimes not. Depends on whether I’m in the mood or not.

But I couldn’t let this particular challenge pass me by without contributing – twice! The idea is she started a fictional story which is continued on by the blog-sphere community. Each person picks up where the previous commenter left off by including one or two paragraphs and the imagination takes it where it wants to go.

And let me say, this story has gone to some amazing places. The collective imagination of everyone who joined is mind boggling. The whole story reminds me of something Terry Pratchett or Tom Holt would write (it took me half an hour of brain-racking and searching Goodreads to remember Tom Holt’s name – oh why, oh why did I leave my awesome library in Cairo?). The story has become crazy, bizarre, out-of-this-world and completely fun and imaginative.

To check it out or contribute, click here….


Renovating – Or In My Case Novating

I’m sitting here on the floor writing this post. Why am I sitting on the floor? Because I have no living room couch. I have a TV stand, a small bookcase, a children’s table and two chairs and an endless supply of beige carpets and walls. And you all know how much I love the colour beige (ugh – puke).

My lovely, lovely home

My lovely, lovely home

So, my unfortunate lack furniture may not be that bad except I cannot invite anyone, and I mean anyone, to my house. Being an interior designer, this house rains so much shame on me that I’m drowning in it. We have an old Egyptian saying that goes “The carpenter’s door is always in need of repair.” If you didn’t get that, all you need to know is shame on me, shame on me, shame on me for having a house looking like this. I can’t even invite Adam’s classmates over for a play date (enter the pity sighs).

But we’re finally taking action and buying some key furniture pieces for our house after our trip to Vancouver. And there is my dilemma. I’m totally lost, I don’t know what to do. I can’t make a mood board because I can’t change the walls or carpets and I refuse to work with beige. I don’t know what sizes to buy because I don’t know how long we’re staying here and what size our next house will be. And I don’t know whether to save and buy everything I need or splurge and by piece-by-piece.

Since I don’t know many stores here yet, I have to go with the big brand names. I also have a very modern, simple taste, so some of the stores like The Brick and Sears are not my type of thing. And while I love IKEA, and all, I can’t fully furnish my house from it. But if I go over to Potter Barn or Crate & Barrel or Ethan Allen I won’t be able to buy everything I need, I may get a great couch but end up putting my computer on the floor because there is no desk.

So here is the list of my current furniture needs. These are the basic needs. I’m not even thinking luxury items. Carpets and lamps can wait.

– A bed: I sleep on a mattress on the floor. But that I think is settled. I’m buying this one:

The Hemnes bed in this colour

The Hemnes bed in this colour

– A couch: So, so many options. Looking for a small two seater in a dark colour. Should I get IKEA? Or a beautiful C&B or PB one? What’s the difference? IKEA is around $900. PB & C&B range from $1700-$2500.

PB, so pretty but $1800? Ouch     

– Chair: I want to get this lazy boy. I had it in my home in Egypt and it was solo comfortable. But I also love all those upholstered chairs out there, so pretty. And I don’t know which to get.


– A desk with a filing cabinet and a working table. Our home computer and printer is currently in a box on the floor. I’m going back and forth between the PB set or the IKEA extremely modern desk (which I would mix and match storage and working table with). They are two totally different styles. And the problem is, if I get everything I need they will set me back from $900 (IKEA) to $1200 (PB).

The PB Workspace set but in black

The PB Workspace set but in black

The IKEA option

The IKEA option

– Book case:  But that is easy too because eI’m doing the Hemnes serious. II’m just adding units to the one I currently have to make a complete system.  But I need to decide which wall to put it up against as that will affect how many units I buy.


– Coffee table: A nice to have but I can ignore for awhile. I would an upholstered ottoman but haven’t seen one I like.

Now that you’re all aware of my dilemma, any advice? I’m pretty sure my husband will be extremely grateful if you helped me make up my mind.

Award Season

liebster very-inspiring-blogger-award2 oct-27-2012

I’ve been nominated for several blog awards over the past couple of weeks and it’s so exciting. And since I’m practically sickness free (only the sniffles) it’s time to make good on my promise. But, and there is the but, I’ve been putting off the acceptance part because of the nominations. remember the Daily Prompt that said if you could only read or write a blog which would you do? Will I would totally write and not miss reading. Writing is my escape, my one link to sanity. So sorry, I will not give that up.

Let me tell you a little secret which I’m extremely shameful of ; I don’t read other blogs that much. Which means I don’t have a lot of people to nominate. Not a lot of people (I know) that are pulled me in. And defiantely not a lot of people below 200 followers. If you’re reading this and thinking; ‘She’s a mean bitch’, then I would understand and totally forgive it.

So, back to the awards. I’ve been nominated by Cupcake in Cairo and Cranky Giraffe for The One Lovely Blog Award / The Very Inspiring Blogger Award and The Liebster Blog Award respectively. And since like I said, I don’t know that many effing people I’m gonna combine the two awards in one post. Plus they’ve made my job so so much harder. Mainly because they were top of my list for the awards. So go on, check them out.

So I’ll start with Cupcake in Cairo and The One Lovely Blog Award / The Very Inspiring Blogger Award by thanking her so much that she thought of me, and by telling her that I miss her cupcakes and cakes. Or mainly I just miss all of her.


Second, here are the award rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you.
2. Add The One Lovely Blog Award The Very Inspiring Blogger Award to your post.
3. Share 7 things about yourself.
4. Pass the award to up to 10 nominees.
5. Include this set of rules.
6. Inform your nominees by posting a comment on their blogs.


7 things about myself:

1. I don’t like heights. It’s not a phobia and it’s not a fear. Heights just make me uncomfortable. And I’ve been bungee jumping regardless.

2. I grew up hating cooking and baking, but ironically I’m pretty good at both (if I do say so myself). I still think cooking is a waste of time though.

3. I wanted to be a neuro-surgeon growing up until my parents sat me down when I was 16 and gave me a long talking to about how I would end up spending my whole life studying. And I hate studying!

4. Always thought I’d not get married, have no kids and would spend my life dedicated to work and travel. There’s life for you.

5. I love, love donuts! Krispy Kreme is like dying and going to heaven. Tim comes a close second.

6. I give off the first impression that I’m arrogant and stuck-up but that’s because I have zero-social skills and am extremely awkward around people I don’t know.

7. I’m not much of a people person. Yet ironically my house and life was always full of family and friends. I was known as the hostess of the group, the one who brought people together.


Next onto Cranky Giraffe  and The Liebster Blog Award.

First off, I have to say CG has been one of my favourite bloggers when I first started re-blogging around two months ago. She’s funny and articulate. And more importantly I felt a connection happen between who people who have never met but can somehow understand each other (hope she feels the same, otherwise this will be Awkward).


Award rules:

1.Pingback to the person who nominated you.

2. Answer their questions.

3. Make up new questions.

4. Nominate 11 bloggers who have less than 200 followers.


Answer the questions:

I’m doing that in this post because this one is way toooo long.


Make up questions:

1. How would you want as your best friend most: Barrack Obama, Brad Pitt, Justin Bieber or Steve Jobs (RIP)?

2. What is your favourite movie? And not the one you tell everyone, but the cheesy, embarrassing, which-everyone-hates-but-I secretly-love  movie?

3. If you could switch lives with someone who would it be? And why?

4. What cartoon character do you relate to most?

5. How do you imagine yourself dying?

6. What is the most mortifying, embarrassing moment of your life?

7. Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer or The Avengers?

8. Chocolate, lasagne or sweet’n’sour chicken?

9. What was the happiest moment of your life?

10. Facebook, love or hate? And twitter?

11. If you found a genie in a bottle, what would your three wishes be? (And no peace on Earth please).


Here are my nominations. I don’t think most of them are under 200, they are definitely not 10 or 20, but who cares, they inspire me.


5 Kids With Disabilities


Jill Ann Schmehl

Bug Bytes

Jessie Homemaker

Cupcake In Cairo (For the Liebster Award)

Calling All Bad Mothers

I’ve been sitting here for the past hour trying to find something, anything to write – yet I’m pulling up a big fat blank. I then looked at the Daily Prompt, hoping for a lifesaver, or a polo or any kind of candy that will save me (excuse the very badly phrased pun) and I found this:

You have three hundred words to justify the existence of your favorite person, place, or thing. Failure to convince will result in it vanishing without a trace. Go!

Really! Seriously guys, that’s all you can think of? I’m one of those people that have the mentality ‘If I need to justify anything then to hell with it! I really can’t think of anything that I need to stop from vanishing. Wait, should I reconsider my boys and husband. You know, something, nah, it’s just not worth the effort.

Anyway, post-less I’m still trying to search for something, anything to babble (or type) aimlessly about for the next 500 words or so. After all if I have any hopes of every being a writer someday (which thanks to the crap put forth by 50 Shades of Gray – I’m now convinced is very doable), I need to get writing. So there I am, scouring the internet and looking at my craft pictures and all that, when up comes my youngest; Jo. He’s wanders to where I’m sitting, looks at me and then starts screaming at the top of his lungs. Hoping by piercing my ears with his annoying screeches I will give in and finally pick him up. Jo is like a benign growth on my hip. A talking screaming big lump. He’s big, he’s annoying and he just hangs there and does nothing. Yet if I try to remove him, I’m in for a nasty procedure.

So there he is begging and crying and just asking me to pick him. I take a look at him, pull out my phone, snap this picture:



And then go on writing this post. My husband finally gets a hint from all the screaming, or removes the ear-plugs he somehow magically has on whenever our kids are being annoying and comes to pick him up. 5 minutes later, Jo wanders over and we repeat the same scenario.

Yes, I’m a bad mom. But I did get some cute pictures. And on top of that I am now at officially 396 words, wait now it’s 401, 402, 403…. And there is my post for today!

Anyone out there have any ‘bad mom’ moments they would like to share. Make me feel less bad about myself? Not that I feel that bad, but you know; sharing is caring.