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// she's only happy in the sun.
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waltz, tango, push pull swing

a week incredibly full of

drinking coffee again and wondering why i ever stopped.
dancing whenever. wherever.
i’m completely enamored with my iphone
but even more enamored with the boy who makes it work when i can’t figure it out
so many friends in one place
heart expands to fit them all in
warm nights
full to the brim
cafe chatter till late
familiar eyes that hold gaze and converse without words
morning arrives too soon
unmade bed a constant
now rushing to pack
realizing nothing i need is clean
a weekend of service awaits
and finally
this is not-a-poem
and i love this polaroid

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i am sure that…

cynthia rowley and i would be friends.


it’s somewhat strange that he arrived yet i am the one that feels like i am finally back home and nothing really makes me happier than having tea in hand, listening to stories about his adventures in a land full of black rock and blue lagoons.

a stack of magazines and newspapers with lush typography and uncluttered design ‘because you like to cut things out’ and my heart is grateful for being understood so perfectly.


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this weekend…

1. holley discovered vegan agave sweetened mango cheesecake at wholefoods. it was worth every penny of the eight-dollars-a-slice we paid for it.
2. i actually purchased the rhianna cd. and blasted it as loudly as my car speakers could handle. and i’m not at all ashamed to admit it.
3. i was reminded how late summer nights are conducive to laughter.
4. i stumbled on this quote and it struck a chord:

from suffering i have learned this:
that whoever is sore wounded by love will never be made whole unless
she embrace the very same love that wounded her

- mechtilde of magdeburg

5. i bought 16 packets of polaroid film and dreamed of all the possibilities.

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one. more. sleep. till we can have these sorts of very important conversations in person.

if i were to knit, this is what i’d make for you:


he would be my first mate on the high seas on my viking ship.
well, second mate.
first mate is reserved for you.

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ten things part two.

ten things part one

ten things that i will find instantly endearing about you

1. you carry around a kaleidoscope in your bag.
2. you can do a flip. front. back. doesn’t matter. i’m always going to be super impressed.
3. you talk about books like they are your good friends.
4. you create handmade cards.
5. you take dressing up in costume really seriously.
6. you don’t miss the previews when you go to the movies.
7. you know how to have fun at the supermarket.
8. you are never the first to release the hug.
9. you understand that a camera is an essential.
10. you bring me a glass of water or a piece of fruit at random intervals during the day.

ten insignificant things that annoy me just an insy-winsy bit. or maybe a lot.

1. using text shorthand. ‘C U soon’? ugh. chances are no, you won’t.
2. when you give someone your camera to take a picture of you and your friend and they cut you off at your ankles so you are feetless. why? WHY?!
3. tea that isn’t scalding hot.
4. the stickers on fruit.
5. how easily ipod earphones get tangled up.
6. overhead lights that can’t be dimmed.
7. overhead lights in general.
8. not being well versed in html.
9. cafes that close too early.

ten things i will never forget. in no apparent order

1. scanning to find your face in the crowded lunch room
2. that one final kiss on top of my head
3. cramming into the light blue VW beetle to get mc donald’s ‘shaker’ fries and frozen cokes.
4. lying on my bed, sun-kissed legs up on the wall talking to you on the phone. for hours.
5. the smile that came over my face when i picked up the jar of almond butter you left outside my door.
6. lying on our backs so full of thanksgiving food that it hurt to laugh.
7. opening the small brown box to find a tiny shivering puppy.
8. calling you on the train from melbourne to geelong and hearing your voice break out of sorrow for me.
9. sitting with you in the cramped hotel office explaining that we weren’t a threat to the country of pakistan.
10. waiting anxiously for you to arrive. seeing your face. and knowing it was worth the wait.

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not-a-paid-endorsement. but an endorsement, nevertheless.

this week i received a lovely box of goodies in the mail from a boy who obviously knows the way to my heart.

the gem in the stash was peanut butter bumpers cereal. a cereal that is sugar free, wheat free, yeast free. but NOT free of deliciousness. in fact, it’s so good that it is try-not-to-eat-the-entire-box-and-yet-you-DO-good.

eat them by themselves as a crunchy mid afternoon treat. or splash cold almond milk for a end of the day wind down supper. they take me back to simpler times of being seven years old and getting up super early on saturday mornings to watch fraggle rock.

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las paletas flavor of the day…

rose petal.

verdict: oh.so.delicious.

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a roxanne hai recommendation

ladies and gentlemen, may i introduce you to ‘fail blog’ – a blog that thrives on failures. otherwise known as the blog i’ll be reading daily.

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what’s for dinner?

today i got a message from jen asking if it was okay that she just lives off a diet of pretzels and natural yogurt. the answer of course is a resounding YES. and it got me thinking about the times in my life where i have just wanted to eat one or two things. those same one or two things at every. single. meal.

last summer m2 and i literally lived off pb&j sandwiches.

in haifa it was cheese and crackers, and sometimes we’d mix it up a bit by adding apricot jam to the mix.

in college i survived on toast and diet coke. (at this point i would like to formally apologize to my kidney/liver/spleen/any other internal organs that suffered from my diet coke addiction.)

i’ve definitely eaten edamame for three meals in a row.

i consider frozen blueberries the perfect meal. and anything that you can add blueberries to becomes my new favorite thing to eat.

also, just give me three minutes and a tray of assorted nuts, raisins, and dried fruit and it will seem like a hoard of locusts descended.

right now my two miracle foods that always satisfy are las paletas and popcorn. did i mention you can get the popsicles in avocado flavor? AVOCADO people. how can you resist this magic?

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if you see things like this and send me a text about it you have a permanent place in my heart

a little boy (prob 7) just walked into coffee bean in a full darth vader costume on…he ran into the pole because the mask was on! amazing

- ash

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a list of important public service announcements

1. quddus has the best list ideas. hands down. to even try and compete with his creative genius would be a waste of my time. and your time.

that’s why i unabashedly steal his brilliant ideas and write my own version.

happy Q?

2. i had las paletas for the third day in a row. i’ve now tried tamarind, pineapple & chilli, and blueberry strawberry. tamarind is still in the lead.

3. i used to have an electric toothbrush in australia but left it behind because of the plug/electrical conversion nuisance, so i was back to regular toothbrushes that make you do all the work.

until i recently bought an oral b triumph and it has changed my world. it’s amazing how much brighter my smile is. well, that’s not really a fact but if you lived inside my mouth you would be so much happier i’m sure.

4. as i was writing the above point i thought about something i read on dooce the other day:

There we were whispering in the front seat of the car about how we were going to convince our daughter to eat a pancake. If that is not the dumbest first world conversation. Other ones we’ve had in the past few weeks:

This iPhone is too heavy.

Someone was using my favorite treadmill this morning, so I was forced to use the stationary bike.

This refrigerator isn’t big enough. Let’s buy another one and put it in the garage.

i think the next LIST i’m going to write is ‘dumbest first world conversations’ because writing about how my electric toothbrush has changed my life could definitely head up that list.

5. from what i hear iceland is ultra cool. and not just cool temperature wise. but cool because it’s nearly always daylight and its colorful and everything, EVERYTHING, including the buttons in the elevator are stylish. as great as iceland might be, i am looking forward to dev’s return from the land o’cool.

and not just because i want pecan blueberry pancakes.

although that is one of the many reasons.

Aug 08


inspired by this charming list.

1. you are my best friend.

2. sometimes i might choose a hobby that sounds odd, like wood whittling, but if you support me, it will all be worth it in the end.

3. i cannot be trusted to navigate. my sense of direction is warped. but, i promise you that if we do get lost i will treat it as an adventure rather than an inconvenience.

4. i have a pretty low to zero tolerance for video games where the object of the game is to kill others. video games in general kind of irritate me – unless i’m playing, and even then my boredom threshold is about 30 minutes.

5. i used to be really bad at apologizing. i’m working on this. the best way to get a sincere apology out of me is to hug me tight. even if i just said or did something miserable. which i know is a lot to ask. but when you hold me i’m reminded that it’s safe to be wrong.

6. packing, decorating, making friends out of strangers, and time management are things i’m good at. i’m pretty lousy at wrapping gifts neatly, long division and track and field events.

7. when you smile at me from across the room nothing else matters.

8. i’m not opposed to having breakfast for dinner.

9. no matter what the weather is doing, going for a brisk walk outside always puts me in a better mood.

10. sleeping under heavy blankets with the window wide open in the winter is one of my favorite combination’s.

11. i will always be down to snuggle on the couch with you, a good movie, a blanket, and treats.

12. it is immensely reassuring that i can trust your judgment for background music when we have friends over for dinner.

13. i would be proud if my sons turned out just like you.

14. dancing to cheesy disco music when we can’t decide what to do is always a perfectly reasonable option.

15. watching you say prayers with our children will make my heart melt. every time.

16. i love the ‘idea’ of dawn, but prefer dusk. early morning sleep is very precious to me. i’d rather stay up super late, then get up early.

17. when it comes to gifts i favor creativity over cash value, but i am partial to gadgets with lots of buttons, second hand treasures, and hand written letters.

18. please don’t make me watch sports on tv. (the olympics are an exception)

19. laughter is key. i want a home filled with laughter. if i’m not in a laughing mood sit me down in front of the office, or fawlty towers, or flight of the concords and then come back in thirty minutes.

20. tea solves a lot of my problems

21. it’s a necessity that i inhale your neck when you get out of the shower. just deal with it.

22. expect that ten times out of ten i will want a bite of what you ordered.

23. expect that nine times out of ten i will wish i ordered what you ordered.

24. i don’t take long to get ready. in fact, i can usually be ready to walk out the door in ten minutes or less. if i take longer it’s probably because i can’t decide on what to wear. when that happens you are welcome to pick something out for me because i trust your style.

25. my name will always sound sweetest when you say it.

26. i’m an exaggerator but the flip side is, my stories are usually interesting.

27. we will travel a lot. when i travel i wear the most comfortable things i own besides pajamas and i curl up into a ball and try to sleep the entire distance from point a to point b.

28. even if it grosses out our children i’d like to always be affectionate towards each other.

29. let’s always make time for dates. the more the merrier. science museums, skating rinks, libraries, parks, prague, you name it. i’m there.

30. please feel free to remind me to look up at the stars or examine the perfection of a cobweb.

31. your family is as important to me as my own.

33. i don’t follow recipes but i can pretty much make a decent meal out of anything we have in the house.

34. i don’t mind carrying your keys/phone/wallet in my handbag as long as you don’t mind carrying my handbag when my shoulder hurts.

35. i am picky about my cutlery i use and the dishes i eat out of. if plate or bowl is up for question, know that i’d always prefer bowl.

36. if we make decisions as a team we can’t go wrong.

37. i’m so glad you wouldn’t dream of littering.

38. you should probably anticipate that i will take far too many photographs of you, our children, our life together.

39. when you catch me looking at you adoringly what i’ll probably be feeling is amazement and gratitude that out of billions of people on this earth, i was lucky enough to find you.

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happy birthday mum

today i was telling a friend that one of the greatest lessons i’ve learned from my mother is to always give people the benefit of the doubt.

i’ve realized that i’m sometimes quick to assume the worst…if someone doesn’t follow through on something they said they would do i take it personally, if someone is late i might think it’s because they didn’t care enough to be on time, if they order water with ice and lemon for me a voice in my head might say with a whine ‘why can’t they remember i prefer room temperature water with lime’?

on the other hand the things my mum would naturally feel in each of these three scenarios is ‘oh, they must have gotten caught up in something important. i’m thankful that we are all healthy and happy, this little thing can wait’, or ‘they must be late because they were helping someone in need – it’s more important that they drive carefully and not speed, then arrive on time’, and the ice thing ‘it’s so lovely that they thought about me when they ordered their drink…how lucky we are to have access to fresh, clean water’.

i know – a far better approach.

this is just one quality of the OH SO MANY that make her my hero.

i love you mum.


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going for gold

creative genius credit: ashley ludwin

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all the important things covered.

Ladan: so when are you coming to visit?

me: december/jan

Ladan: ooh

me: three weeks i’m thinking

Ladan: cool
NZ too, yeah?

me: my grandparents are coming from iran
i’ve never met them
in my entire life
well except for when i was born

Ladan: wow
thats exciting
are they cute?
like sultanas?

me: probably
i hope so

for the benefit of my dear american readers – sultanas are the same thing as raisins.

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another day in the life of a broadway show marketer

marabeth and i are listening to the localized ad for The Backyardigans (the children’s show she is promoting):

cue the annoying but infectious (the worse combination) sound bed

then there is this ‘voice’

the voice over that gives the details about the show, date, venue etc.

this was the part she was supposed to ‘approve’ because it was the radio station that localized the ad

marabeth catches my concerned look and says ‘yeah…how exactly do you tell someone, ‘it’s great, except you sound like a child predator’?!

and that’s when i lose it. put my head on my desk and laugh till i cry.

can i just say, i love LOVE L.O.V.E working with my best friend.

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a fellow list lover

i’m pretty sure i’ve linked to this gem before.

i found a few that made me smirk.

Five groups, apart from “women and children,” who should get to leave a sinking ship first
October 11th, 2006

1. people who always use turn signals
2. persons who have never purchased a greeting card
3. Broken Social Scene
4. everyone who can and does continue to publicly breakdance
5. un-ironic wearers of suspenders

Five modifiers you might have intended when you just said “literally”
March 28th, 2006

1. completely
2. kind of
3. almost
4. not at all
5. figuratively

Five more terrible fake reality TV shows

February 4th, 2008

1. Are You Smarter Than an Ottoman?
2. Project Segway
3. Would You Eat This for Money?
4. America’s Next Top Preclear
5. Who Wants to Be a Cultural Footnote?

Aug 08

heaven on a stick.

today holley introduced me to las paletas – a little shop that sells gourmet mexican popsicles in the most exotic and delicious flavors you can imagine.

she had totally built this place up to me. gone on and on and ON about it. she told me about how there was no signage, and no advertising and yet there was always a constant stream of people pouring into the store. needless to say, my expectations were sky high. and ladies and gentlemen, las paletas did not disappoint.

i had just had a massive lunch of sweet potato fries and grilled trout (i recently decided to give pescetarianism a whirl. pescetariansm is like being an not-quite-vegetarian. i eat dairy and fish but no mammals or birds. we’ll see how long i last before i demand a nearly rare steak) so i wasn’t super hungry, and i wasn’t even really feeling like a popsicle.

so there i stood in front of their chalkboard full of options and decided on ‘tamarind’. you might not know about tamarind but it is one of my favorite things. there was a time when i was eating so much dried tamarind that i was wearing off the enamel on my teeth and they started getting really sensitive so i had to lay off the tamarind (and the pomegranate sauce, and the whole lemons, and the citric acid through a straw) but i digress – it’s basically an incredibly sour fruit used a lot in indian cooking.

so i order my posicle.
i unwrap.
i place in my mouth and woah.
it was hands down the most delicious popsicle i’ve ever had in my life. it was as if they had taken some fresh tamarind, mashed it up, frozen it and put it on a stick.

i’d been mourning the fact that there is no pinkberry in nashville, but i have to say, this beats pinkberry. in fact, i think it beats any other cold dessert i could get in nashville.

i can’t wait to go back and try the other flavors, and take friends, and watch their wide-eyed surprise and thorough enjoyment and bliss

…so here’s to yet another addiction.

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