Saturday, July 27, 2013

The One About a Lot of Things

Hey guys, 
It's been a while huh? Yeah, it has been a pretty packed month for me. Still is actually. 

We're observing fasting this month because it's Ramadan and I have to go to classes anyway. Do you KNOW what that means? It means I sleep around 4 am and have to wake up two or three hours later to go to class without having any COFFEE!! I think I have told you before, I am not a very nice person without my morning coffee. Somehow my communication skills and my caffeine intake are interrelated. 

Why don't I sleep earlier you ask? Well, it's because since we're fasting everyday, eating as late as possible makes us not pass out of hunger during the day. Yeah, that's why. Also, because we're fasting, I can't come home after classes and take a nap. I gotta run into the kitchen to make us something to eat to break our fast. Some days we go out though, because if not I might just sit on the kitchen floor and cry. 

Please don't think I am complaining because I have to fast. I am not. I have no problem with not eating. But I DO have a problem with not having coffee and going to morning classes. That's my only problem you guys. I swear. 

Also, it's that time of the semester when all assignments are due and there is a mid-term exam like every week. That's why I'm super busy, I hope you all understand. 

But hey! It's not all bad. Staying hungry for thirteen hours straight makes you want to eat something good for breakfast everyday. You know what I mean? No? I mean, you don't want to eat just anything. So I've been making a bunch of different stuff lately. And it's pretty cool. The coolest one yet was last week. It's probably no big deal for most people, but for me it is!

A week ago, Nafew decided to buy a duck. I don't know why, he just did. Maybe he had a dream. I have never cooked a duck in my life. I haven't seen anyone cook a duck. Heck! I have never eaten duck before! But he bought it anyway. And it was a whole freaking duck. With the head and feet! Don't believe me?

HA! Told ya! 
Please disregard my disgusting kitchen :/ The place is old as fahk.

So we went to Mr. YouTube to learn how to debone the thing because I didn't want to cook the bird whole my first time. And Nafew did it! It wasn't too bad considering it was his first attempt and we didn't have the right knife or the right work surface. Yep, we don't have kitchen counters. That's how old the place is. 

That's not technically a countertop because it's this small square at the end
of the thing where we keep a cheap gas stove on :D

And then I went to Mr. Google for a recipe and every single one kept asking for shit I have never heard of, or shit I can't put in my food, so I took bits and pieces of everything and made this!

Roasted duck with orange sauce, which I forgot to take a picture of.

I'm not posting a recipe here never post recipes. But if you maybe want it, let me know and I will email it to you :)

We're gonna get a four day vacation to celebrate Eid al-Fitr and we're hoping to go somewhere and have fun.

PS: 26th July was Independence Day back home, so Happy Independence Day to all Maldivians out there!

Have a great weekend! :D

Friday, July 19, 2013

The One Where I Went to a Concert

Remember that time I told you about going to this music competition and I had something to tell you about it? This is the post where I do! 

It was a great night in so many ways. First of all, I haven't been to a music show in forever and I missed it. And it was so great being there. Live rock music is the best!

Secondly, our friend won the award for best vocalist and we were thrilled for him :D

Also, there were so many people I know so it was fun hanging out with them.

Before the competition started, there were two opening bands. The first one was a staff band of the university where the competition was held and this lady came up on stage and murdered Rihanna's Diamonds and I wanted to leave. But then this local band named Hard Candy came up and they were awesome!

But the highlight of the night was when this competing band named The Fallen came on. Jaws hit the floor when this leggy lady in knee high stockings and a pair of hot pants belted out a incredible rock song. She claims her name is Sunshine but there nothing sunny or shiny about the songs she sang. 

Start from 3:40. And yes, it's really her that's singing.

And later my husband ditched me for  a photo op with her. Nah! I told him to go because all the guys were clamoring for her attention and he was stuck with me. I waited to post this because I wanted to get that picture from our friend with the fancy camera but he keeps forgetting. 

So there you go. The night the girl with the voice that I can't describe because my vocabulary won't allow me blew everyone away.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Nocturnal Wisdom

Lately I've been noticing that I drink a lot of water at night. Particularly close to bed time. I have also noticed that I don't drink nearly as much water during the day. Especially on weekdays. Because I have classes on weekdays and more water means more bathroom breaks and I really don't like using public bathrooms. But then again, who does?

When I was little, I remember being told that I have to drink at least seven glasses of water a day. And then somewhere down the line it changed to ten I suppose because of global warming and all - I really don't know for sure because I'm not a scientist okay? I'm sure the ten has now become a twelve or a fifteen, I haven't been keeping track. 

Nigella Lawson is a self diagnosed 'Aquaholic.' Apparently she drinks like three liters of water. At night. Also around bed time. But I only drink like half of that so I guess I'm not that far gone yet.

Did you know that if you drink too much water your cells could swell and burst?! Me neither! But I'm pretty sure I heard it somewhere, so I'm gonna keep it in mind. Just in case you know, to be on the safe side. Also, according to the Spice Girls too much of something is something, I forget the actual lines and I don't want to look it up but, I'm sure it it wasn't a good thing. 

PS: This post is brought to you by insomnia, or so I think because this is the crap I think about when I wake up to drink water and can't go back to sleep at four in the morning .

PPS: Ramadan Mubarak to all my Muslim friends out there :) 

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Rock Concerts, Lingerie Shopping, and Maahefun

I've been having a pretty cool weekend. By cool I mean totally average for everyone else out there, but for me. I hardly go out. For many reasons. But this weekend, I haven't stayed home a single day. 

Did I tell you that my weekends start on Thursday afternoon? Because my last class of the week ends and three on Thursday!? It totally does!

Anyway, here's what I have been up to. 

On Friday I went underwear shopping with a friend because I haven't done that in forever - because Nafew won't go with me. Apparently it makes him feel uncomfortable.

But hey! Who knew you could have so much fun shopping for lingerie? My friend took me to this small boutique she goes to all the time and I went crazy in there. I kept grabbing handfuls of stuff in all colors and patterns so that I can TRY THEM ALL!! 

Then in the changing room I was so delighted that all of them fit perfectly and made me look like I had something to show But then it got weird when the sales lady stepped into the changing room. Unannounced. And took over the fitting. She was all in my business adjusting my personal stuff and I felt a bit awkward. I mean, I was doing just fine by myself thank you very much!

I couldn't upload an actual picture of me in my newly purchased
articles of sexiness, so I drew a picture of me in the changing room
for you instead :)

Yesterday I went to see a concert. It was more like a competition but it was so much fun! It began a little mellow and honestly boring, but then the bands began rocking hard and it was insane. I'll write another post about it with more details because boy do I have something to tell you about that night! And I'm going to need the pictures from my friend to show you guys.

And today I am going to a 'Maahefun'

Maahefun: Celebration marks the beginning of the Ramadan, Where the Muslims in Maldives celebrate the taking of their last meal before beginning the month-long fasting. It is a traditional celebration where everybody gathered to have their last meal before fasting  (Wikipedia, 2013)

Turns out I can't tell you all about traditions of my home without consulting the internet but there you go.I'm expecting it to be fun because there will be live music and food and people I know.

Will be back with more :)
Hope you're having a great weekend!

Monday, July 1, 2013

I Hear They Work Really Hard But They Are of No Use To Me

Let’s talk about ants. I moved to my new place knowing I’ll have a few problems with sharing a kitchen with two guys. But what I came to was not what I had expected. They didn't seem to be too familiar with the concept of regularly cleaning up the place where they keep their food. So shit kept piling up in places and ants found them. I came here to find a whole bunch of ant eggs on top of their refrigerator. I am so glad I decided to bring my own refrigerator with me.

Anyhoo, I have been trying to clear them away. I sprayed insecticide wherever I found them. Hee, hee! That reminds me of a joke I heard ages ago.

A large number of ants were found dead today. It is suspected that they committed insecticide. LOL!

Photo credit: Troup1 via photopin cc

Ahem. Back to the topic.

I keep the kitchen as clean as I can (I wanted to say really clean but standards among individuals may vary, so there). Everything is put away. Nothing with food in it is kept without a lid. And I wipe the counters and table after each use, and every time I see even a single ant on them. I am tired now but the ants keep coming.

Last night I washed the container I keep sugar in. Then I left an unopened bag of sugar on the counter because the container was not dry yet. And today I woke up to find ants in the bag of sugar I had not opened yet! GAH!

Sometimes I keep stuff like muffins or cupcakes in the microwave because I don’t want to put them in the refrigerator because it makes them hard and I don’t have the right sized Tupperware to put them in. We used to do it all the time in the other apartment in case an ant might find it, and it worked. Not in this house though. The other day, I found them in there too!

Also, I have never HEARD of ants getting into refrigerators in my life. But in this apartment they do. They only make it to the very bottom and die of cold there. It’s super gross!

I asked Google, but it kept telling me to find the source and pour boiling water in there to kill the queen. I don’t know where the source is! I have searched everywhere and guess what? They seem to be coming from everywhere too! Google did tell me to do a bunch of other stuff but they all involved finding the original nest and I can’t find it.

Ooh! And for about three days a few weeks since we moved, I kept waking up to a strange phenomenon. Every morning without fail for those three days, I kept finding masses of dead ants in the living room near the couch. I don’t know what caused it because it’s not there when I go to sleep. Strange huh?

So, I need help. If any of you know how to get rid of a kabillion ants please contact me.