Friday, October 15, 2010


Found this on twitter and thought I'd share it here. A list of 20 untranslatable words, I've never heard of most of them. The only ones I knew were the Arabic (of course) ya'aburnee (which has a lot of varieties depending on the dialect), the German Schadenfreude, and the Japanese kyoikumama. After reading this list, I got an amazing idea for my dissertation. Instead of working on what I am working on, I'd like to compile a list of Arabic untranslatable words in works of literature and film and see how they were dealt with. My brain says this is just another tactic of procrastinating..oh well, maybe I'll do a short paper on it after my dissertation, if by any chance, by that time, I'm still interested in academia..

I'm currently in love with P. G. Wodehouse, I can't believe I only stumbled upon him last year. Reading my first Wodehouse that's not part of the Jeeves and Wooster series, it's called Uncle Dynamite, and I'm lovin' it. Besides a few random books, my reading has been solely studies related, and I haven't been able to actually sit down and enjoy a book because my mind goes "OH! Include so and so in Lit Review" "You forgot to book an appt for such and such" "They said they'd call you for a job interview, why didn't they?" etc.

This morning, I woke up with a song in my head. I youtubed the only two words I knew of it and found that it was by a band called The Temptations. Ooold, but this song's been played in so many movies that it's carved a niche in my mind. Reminds me of the movie My Girl as well...ahh, those days.

Saturday, October 02, 2010


The weather's getting better. Finally. I'm not a summer person, did I mention that? I burn easily, I have rosacea, I feel like I'm dying slowly when I'm out in our hot humid weather, even if it's just for 5 minutes. I literally suffocate, and the idea of hitting the beach sends shivers down my spine. I look at people sun bathing or swimming and I'm amazed at how they can handle the sun. It does not look relaxing at all. At the ladies club, I'd be the one sitting solo at a table in the air conditioned beach cafe when the weather's decent enough for everyone to hit the waves. Sun, sand and water? Egad. Maybe because I don't have the hots for swimming either. But I think, I think I might like swimming, in say late november or december. The weather gets to be actually pretty decent around here.

I'm talking about the weather. What has the world gotten to. My insomniac self has been slowly making its presence known these past few weeks. I thought I had gotten the better of it ages ago, but maybe it just misses me. To get sleep a-coming, I decided to read a book my cousin lent me a few months ago. Before I die by Jenny Downham. I thought I'd sleep before finishing the chapter I had started a few days (weeks) ago. I have nothing against YA, or depressing books. But when I tried to read this earlier, I couldn't get into it. Thing is, insomnia was on a roll, and before I knew it, I had finished the book. An extremely short summary would be the list 16 year old cancer ridden Tessa made for herself, things to do before she dies. It's depressing, sad, and the writing's not really good. I finished it somehow, then sat thinking of certain people I knew, because altho the style wasn't good, it's hard not to be touched by something so realistic. If the style was any better, and the plot well constructed, I'd have ended being a blubbering fool barely mid way through the book.

We take things for granted. Health, family, friends, everything, then we bitch about the things that could go wrong, or went wrong. I know I do that sometimes. I'm going to make a conscious effort in not doing that anymore. Mind's all very sombre today, I blame Before I die.

On another note, I got my bangs cut last week. The bangs cutting phase has been going on with me for 2 years now, shouldn't I have gotten bored of it by now..well, at least I've tried most of the bangs styles, only a few left! Then maybe I'll let them grow out..

Thursday, September 23, 2010


I've had this book on my TBR for some time now. I finally read it, during Eid break and it was quite entertaining. A dash of Wodehouse, mix well with Jane Austen's sense of humor, drop onto England mid world wars and sprinkle generously with laughter, alternating with a good dose of family drama. The narrator of both books is Fanny, a young girl whose mother left her dad and as a consequence became known as 'the bolter'. Her father also ditched the familial scene and she was left under her Aunt Emily's care. Spending her holidays with her Aunt Sadie and her kids, we are taken on a ride with her cousins the Radletts. Uncle Matthew's fierce temper, Sadie's absentmindedness, Linda's romantic dreams, Louisa's practical nature. Oh there are lots of occasions where you'll laugh. The writing is elegant and simple, and you can see yourself being immersed in their daily lives, their ups and downs, and yet, amongst all the little chuckles you will also see less frivolous themes of loss, war and others.

I read the book and was so interested in knowing more about the Mitfords. I wikied them and found out lots of surprising facts. A nazi Mitford, a fascist, a communist..I might be tempted to pick up an autobio on their family sometime soon.

Not sure what to read next. Perhaps, my translation books. After all, my dissertation has to be written sometime. Man, but have I upped my level of procrastination to higher unheard of levels. Seems like I'd do anything these days except hit those books..aaahhh

Saturday, July 03, 2010

June 4th

When I read Julie & Julia a couple of weeks ago, I remembered Martha Stewart's Cupcake book. Why? Well, because I had made a sort of similar deal with myself when I got it. I said I'd try all the cupcake recipes in it (175), but I didn't give myself a deadline, and that's probably why I've only done 12. BUT I've done each of these twelve recipes at least 3 or 4 times! For school bazars, fund raisers, for parties with themes, that's gotta count, right? :p

Anyway, although I didn't enjoy reading the book all that much, I was very intrigued by Julia Child. I wanted to know more about her, and I, of course, had to get her French cooking book. It doesn't have any pictures (which is usually a must for me when it comes to cooking books), but I think I'll try out a couple of the recipes I've read about. The ones that don't need several hours of broiling, boiling, and steaming. Check out some of her videos, they're actually fun and entertaining..makes me want to go back in time, for some reason.

So, I'm way behind with my birthday resolution post. I've managed to do a total 3 out of my 7 items to do list! GOODNESS GRACIOUS, right?! But..well, Maybe I'll have more determination this year. My first resolution is that next June 4th, I actually post something, rather than a month later (like now). Other than that, here are a few things that I should probably work on:
- Read more.
- Finish my masters.
- Get a job.
- Continue with German classes.
- Write something.
- Start skating again.
- Learn how to sew/crochet and knit more.

Another 7 items. Last two are from last year's. I might have better luck this time around, who knows. I have a batch of chocolate chip cupcakes in the oven, so I'd better move my behind and get to 'em before I start seeing smoke..which has happened before, unfortunately!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Over & Out

It's March 29th..bookcount '09 is officially over and I seem to have read less books in '09 than in '08. A difference of 3's not a lot, but I had hoped to surpass it. The good thing is I read more Arabic books in '09, and inshalla '10 will have even more Arabic books. Here's to hoping my reading list for '10 grows substantially bigger!

March has been a slow month for books..because...because...I finally did the LASIK last week! More about that later, but booyyy am I SMILING.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Bookcount '10

I thought I might as well try and move the start of my year to Jan rather than March. I only started keeping count of books I read in March '07 and that's why my book year, if you will, starts and ends then. While I'll still keep adding books to my other list till March rolls by, I thought I'd start a new fresh list that starts in Jan. Long story, huh?

I already know I made a couple of reaaally good friends this year. Here's to more:

1)- The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.
2)- A Great & Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray.
3)- Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister: A Novel by Gregory Maguire.
4)- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
5)- The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Book 2) by Suzanne Collins.
6)- The Piano Teacher by Janice Y. K. Lee.
7)- Masquerade by Melissa De La Cruz.
8)- Revelations by Melissa De La Cruz.
9)- Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott.
10)- Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott.
11)- The House at Riverton by Kate Morton.
12)- The Van Alen Legacy by Melissa De La Cruz.
13)- رائحة الزنجبيل لصالحة عبيد غابش.
14)- How to be Good by Nick Hornby.
15)- عايزة أتجوز لغادة عبدالعال.
16)- The Giver by Lois Lowry.
17)- حكايات صغيرة لأمل الفلاسي.
18)- The Hidden Warrior by Lynn Flewelling.
19)- The Oracle Queen by Lynn Flewelling.
20)- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson.
21)- Sarah's Key by Tatiana De Rosnay.
22)- Oryx & Crake by Margaret Atwood.
23)- Airhead by Meg Cabot.
24)- Everyone Worth Knowing by Lauren Weisberger.
25)- Jumper by Steven Gould.
26)- Julie & Julia by Julie Powell.
27)- The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson.
28)- The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest by Stieg Larsson.
29)- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows.
30)- The Housekeeper & the Professor by Yoko Ogawa.
31)- After Dark by Haruki Murakami.
32)- The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.
33)- Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry.
34)- The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau.
35)- Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen.
36)- 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher.
37)- Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffeneger.
38)- To Sir, With Love by E. R. Braithwaite.
39)- 'Tis by Frank McCourt.
40)- The Calligrapher's Daughter by Eugenia Kim.
41)- The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (book 3) by Suzanne Collins.
42)- The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford.
43)- Love in Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford.
44)- Uncle Dynamite by P. G. Wodehouse.
45)- The Girls from Ames by Jeffrey Zaslow.
46)- The Dogs & the Wolves by Irene Nemirovsky.
47)- Lady Susan by Jane Austen.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Shall We?

My new year's post is late by a week. Great way to start the year, oui? ;o But then again, I was never big on new year's resolutions and the such. This time however, I have two burning items on the famed resolution list.
  • Finish my Master's program!
I'd be dead worried if this time next year I'd still be slaving at my masters and serving as a dead weight on society. Right now, I have a second internship lined up which I am very excited about (teaching math). And I would love if I could get a part time job, anyyywhere as a translator. A home based one would be ideal, but hey, who's complaining?

Right now though, I'm not going to worry. I am going to sit back and relax in the few days I have remaining of my holiday. C'est la vie. SMILE.