eid saeed

Except I have no new clothes for eid.  I had intended to go to Target over my lunch hour on Monday and get a spiffy sun dress to wear.  Except I worked through it.  So then I thought I’d go after work.  Except I worked through it.  Yes, dear readers, it is 4:30 a.m. and I am still working.  I had small breaks for salat and for iftar, but other than that, I’m aiming for 24 hours straight.

Alhamdulilah though, I impressed our client, which is key to keeping and gaining business.  Alhamdulilah.

I hope your Eids are happy and blessed.

brain dump

I was suppose to be making itikaf today.  But instead, I am at work.  On Saturday.  Again.  The to do list before trial only seems to grow, no matter how late I stay and how much I accomplish.

But alhamdulilah.  I need to be grateful.  I have a job.  I get paid overtime.  And people seem to think I’m competent enough to trust me with these projects.  Alhamdulilah.

Once again, the end of Ramadan draws near and I have not accomplished what I had intended.  Bah.  Trying to make the most out of these last few days leaves me sad.  I pray that Allah (swt) will allow me another Ramadan.

It is State Fair time in Minnesota.  And we live right across from it.  Which means our parking lot is crammed with fairgoers.  AbuS had to shimmy the car out so we could go to an iftar last night.  We told the parking lot guy that we needed better access to get out today.

State fair means our normally quiet neighborhood is brimming with people.  Squeaky and I went out yesterday for her usual brush/grass nomming.  I had thought all the people and cars would distract her, but no, her heart is in her stomach.  She chowed down and only occasionally glanced up and sniffed at the interlopers who would call kitty!

The state fair also means noise long past UmmS’ normal bedtime.  We could hear whatever band was on when we got home from the masjid last night at 10:30.  Then fireworks at 11.  And this will continue until September 5th!

But alhamdulilah.  The bus to work is only a little behind.  And we are going to the fair for Eid!  Well, not exactly eid (since I HAVE) to work, but on September 2nd, iA.  I hope to attend the taping of an NPR program I love, fawn over some adorable baby animals, check out cows (I come from a long line of Dairy Farmers) and see sewing demonstrations and enjoy some koshari.

And that takes me to the end of my break.  Back to work.  Alhamdulilah.  Alhamdulilah.  Alhamdulilah.

food matters monday…on tuesday!

Ramadan has been a relatively quiet time in the kitchen of Casa Squeaky.  Meals are simplified, and we benefit greatly from masjid iftar leftovers.  Still, our table showcases nature’s bounty with abundant fresh vegetables at every iftar.

Earlier this year, I’d begun to dabble in Middle Eastern salads, and have fallen in love with the idea of whole grains + veggies.  The formula is so simple – pick a whole grain and add whatever looks tasty at the farmer’s market.  For this week’s iftars, I put together a simple salad that is fresh and filling.  My apologies for the lack of good pictures.  One of these days I’m going to figure food photography out.

  • One large cucumber, diced
  • 4 ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced (I would have added more, if I had any)
  • 1 cup of dry whole wheat couscous
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • good olive oil
  • dark leaf lettuce

Prepare the couscous as directed.  While it’s soaking, dice the vegetables.  When couscous is done, fluff with a fork and mix with the diced veggies.  Stir in lemon juice and olive oil.  I keep this mixture in a separate container, and chop lettuce fresh for each meal.  Plate a helping of lettuce and top with 2 or 3 heaping serving spoons of the couscous veggie mix.  Good hot, cold and room temperature.