*peeks at blog*

Assalamu alaikum wr wb,

Long time no see…if there is anyone here.  I’m still alive.  It has been a very eventful year.  I made umrah and broke my foot halfway through.  I met Sh. Hamza Yusuf.  Squeaky is still the love of my life.  I got a promotion at work.  I started watching Doctor Who (and promptly fell down a fangirl rabbit hole with no end in sight).  I learned how to sew.  I pulled off my first official convention cosplay.  And inshaAllah I am buying a house soon.

fat cat insisted on pawing at my Madinah dates,even though she didn’t like them

Not sure if I will come back to blogging.  I don’t feel like I have anything insightful or inspiring to say deenwise.  Tumblr keeps my inner fangirl happy.  I’m starting pinterest-ing house decorating ideas.

Allahu Alem, time will tell.

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wanderlust

ll that is gold does not glitter,

Not all who wander are lost;

The old that is strong does not wither,

Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,

A light from the shadows shall spring;

Renewed shall be blade that was broken,

The crownless again shall be king

I’m tired now. Literally exhausted. I’ve always been a “tired” kind of person, but each day seems worse than the one before it. Doctors don’t know what is wrong. Nothing is off in my blood work. Nothing is wrong with my thyroid. I exercise, and generally eat healthily. Eventually, I’ll go in for a sleep study, when I have a free minute to spare. But for now I’m tired. I don’t even have the energy to read anymore.

My blogging days began as a way to record the interesting things I found in my online wanderings. Over time, my own thoughts began to appear, followed by recipes, and yes, many many pictures of Squeaky. What little energy and brain power I have left is used up at work, leaving me nothing to use in blogging. As such, it’s lain essentially dormant for months.

But my online wanderlust has not abated. For some reason, while picking up a novel is daunting, I seem to have no trouble meandering around the internet. So here I am on tumblr. I hope that this format will allow me to put something online, connect with people in some way. If I have no energy left to compose a post, I can dash off a quick thought, or share a picture of video easily.

http://umms.tumblr.com/

jihad

““Writers write with ink on pages to advocate Islam.  But these three men wrote with their blood in the annals of Islam. On that blessed morning, these martyrs sacrificed themselves in defence of our community, to defend their family members, to defend their homes. They made themselves an example of what a Muslim should be and what Islam is.” “

Sh. Muhammad al-Yaqoubi,
referencing the 3 brothers who were killed during the riots

“These three men are shaheed.  They went out to defend their community. There was no selfish gain in what they did.  That is what jihad is really about.”

Community Member Mohammad Khalid

When I heard that these three young men were senselessly run over last week, my heart sunk.  But alhamdulilah, they died as martyrs, defending their families, during this blessed month.  We all have to die, and subhanAllah, they died while striving for Allah (swt).  SubhanAllah.  SubhanAllah.  SubhanAllah.

food matters monday

Last week was staff appreciation week at work.  Every year, you earn raffle tickets through participation in different events, and at the end, you can put them in for drawings on any number of prizes.  My strategy has always been to put all my tickets in the prize with the least number of other entries, and thus far, it has served me well.  This year, I won a combination griddle/grill pan made by the fine Minnesota firm Nordic Ware.  Yaay!

So of course, I had to make use of it this weekend.  I decided on grilled summer squash, marinated in a citrus mixed herb concoction from Vegan Soul Kitchen.  Mix up the marinade, slice up some squash (recipe also recommends using various peppers), let sit for at least 3 hours, and then grill.  All in all, it turned out well, although it probably would have been better on an actual grill.  AbuS gave it high marks.

The best part of it all (IMHO)?  The marinade is reusable.  I stuck it in the freezer when I was done, and plan to pull it out to marinade some more vegetables later this week.