Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Jib jab ouch

Does the thought of sticking needles into ones body NOT scare any body? Clearly the nurse who stabbed the TWO big fat needles into my arms has become immune to them herself! "It's nothing!" she grinned. NOTHING is not mega painful m'dear :-S

/rant over.

I have had a heck of a day, seriously. But who wouldn't think that after being on the receiving end of three injection needles???

After three weeks of thinking I would be relatively pain free following a temporary emergency tooth filling, I accepted pain would be back in full force after I accidentally swallowed my filling. Yes folks, swallowed it, gulped, not chewed mind, whilst munching on some grub last week. I had been avoiding sorting the sensitive tooth issue out for several reasons, all which I baaadly regretted today when the tooth pain struck again. Hot, raging and intolerable was the pain and agony I was in. All whilst in school after enjoying eating a packet of crisps :-(

I called the emergency dentist people who thankfully fitted me in for an afternoon appointment. I had to leave school, hoping the office staff would be kind enough to arrange cover for my lessons, which thank fully they did. Twenty minutes after much cleaning, drilling, treating, filling and polishing, not to mention the injection to numb the area, I was fit and ready to go. Alhamdulilah, I am now relatively tooth pain free, at least for now anyway :-)

Couple hours later, I then hopped along to my doctors surgery for my travel immunisation jabs. On getting there, I was informed my childhood jabs had expired and I was now in need of four jabs in total, including the one, the only one that I was expecting! Part of me actually felt cheated, I honestly believed my childhood jabs would protect me forever more. But apparently not :-(

Three injections later, and two more to follow in a weeks time, all is not doom and gloom. The weather in this patch of my world, is glorious. Sunny bright and HOT! And if that wasn't good enough, the English World Cup football team have brought back some pride, we won! England 1 : 0 Slovenia.


Tuesday, 22 June 2010

After weeks of hunting, comes the foul and then the granted pray(er)

The hubs and I have been spending the last year mulling over the prospect of relocating. We have spent the past month or two eyeing up suitable accomadation, weighing the ups and downs of complex A vs complex B, will the apartment be too small, too noisy, too happening? Just some of the questions we've been debating over.

Alhamdulilah, I am glad to say we have found what seems like the ideal city centre apartment for us, and gosh I AM SO VERY EXCITED! Thrilled would be too much right now, but I'm kinda close to it :-) A little haven, a love nest just for the two of us. Without giving away too much about the exact location details to the whole wide but small world, our little apartment will be ready for us to move in to after we return from Umrah (another big YAY) in July. This is what it looks like from afar:

After viewing close to dozen or so flats, countless looong and late conversation between the hubs and I, we decided to snap this one up before the renting population of B'ham swallowed it up! Super excited.

So that was the hunting, and the granted prayer bit. Part 1.

Part 2 is where the foul takes place.

Ever since the hubs and I got married, we talked a great deal about making the Umrah pilgrimmage when we both would be ready for the next leap in our lives. With the significant changes that took place in our lives, just less than a year ago, we decided to do Umrah Hajj before moving out and flying the marital nest. Living together, just the two of us, in an unknown town does seem quite daunting, especially since we will not have any family, or close friends physically within reach of us. And so we figured we could do with strengthing our imaan and our bond with the Almighty, and ultimately seeking His blessings and love before finally moving out.

March/April was when the official search for Umrah deals began and quite shortly we realised how pricey the deals can be around July time. We came across an agent who claimed to offer some of the cheapest deals on the net, and after some enquiries went ahead with it. Since then, this so called agent has been nothing but a constant pain in the neck. Two months after paying a third of the whole payment, numerous sleepless nights and days of being sick and tired of waiting for him to send some sort of confirmation through, we realised the incompetent agent was nothing more than an unprofessional and unreliable travel agent who was more interested in fobbing us off than sorting anything out for us. Enough became enough and we decided to cancel the deal with him, despite his promises of sorting something out soon.

By that point, I had reached melting point, distraught and confused by what had just happended. I had set my heart on going to Umrah for such a long time so why is this happening right now? Doesn't Allah want me to visit His sacred and holy site?

My prayers were answered the next day, a Friday alhamdulilah, when after much hunting for a reliable and decent priced travel agent, I found one who could offer us a tailor made package on the dates that we required. SubhanAllah.

We are also expecting a refund of the deposit soon iA. *clears throat*

Moral of the story folks.
  1. Cheap does not always = cheerful.
  2. When booking flights through agents, make sure they are at least ATOL protected.
  3. Having one's imaan checked and tested is vital and prerequisite of life, always seek the guidance of Allah.
  4. Pray and then hunt for the prey :P
Okay. Long story, cut not so short! lol

Anyhoo, I'm gonna be off to help myself to a cool, sweet and milky white Magnum. For now, check out the cute ickle ducklings the hubs and I came befriended near our soon to move into apartment:

Peace and love!

Saturday, 29 May 2010

A year old already!

It's been a while folks but I hope you're all well iA! I just realised right now that it's already been a year since I started this thing called a personal blog. A year!! And what an eventful year it has been. I have realised how nostalgia can both be a blessing as well as a curse, and having a written account of some of the significant and insignificant moments of my life is definitely something new for me. From feelings of embarrassment after reading some of my ishtupit remarks, heeheehee, to feeling better realising that my journey in life is one that is moving along, slowly but surely alhamdulilah. Alhamdulilah. There is no hiding from the fact that I do find it difficult to actually click on any post link about my dad though, I don't think I'm strong enough to be able to read it fully without bursting into tears. I do want to add though, that this blog certainly has done something to let me release my fears as well as expressing the joys I have felt throughout this rather turbulent year. I love my dad dearly and although I rarely mention him in my blog posts these days, I cannot go without thinking/making a reference him almost every hour of the day. Perhaps it's okay to not always blog about something that lives on so deep within your inner being.

So yes, it has been just over a year and to be perfectly honest, I really do love reading through countless number of blogs every(other) day, perhaps even more so than writing my own! Thank you to all of you who have followed my blog, whether openly or otherwise ;-) and to all of you who have kindly remembered me in your prayers :-)

Here's to another year of blogging iA!! Wooot!

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

She's always a woman to me

I've fallen in love with this song. The "woman" seems so happy go lucky, makes me want to be like that again!

Thank yousie John Lewis

She can kill with a smile
She can wound with her eyes
She can ruin your faith with her casual lies
And she only reveals what she wants you to see
She hides like a child
But she's always a woman to me

She can lead you to live
She can take you or leave you
She can ask for the truth
But she'll never believe you
And she'll take what you give her as long as it's free
She steals like a thief
But she's always a woman to me

She is frequently kind
And she's suddenly cruel
She can do as she pleases
She's nobody's fool
But she can't be convicted
She's earned her degree
And the most she will do
Is throw shadows at you
But she's always a woman to me

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

I got sunshine, in a bag

A song can often simply sum up our complex feelings, and this song's chorus totally does that.

I ain't happy, I'm feeling glad
I got sunshine, in a bag
I'm useless,but not for long
The future is coming on
I ain't happy, I'm feeling glad
I got sunshine, in a bag
I'm useless, but not for long
The future is coming on
It's coming on
It's coming on
It's coming on

An update on yesterday: the job ain't mine.

The Headteacher called me in the evening to tell me that although I had a great lesson and interview, I was a "strong close second". Despite possessing a strong classroom presence, making the boring topic fun and engaging, good classroom control and a confident and enthusiatic manner in the interview which helped me answer questions well...I didn't get it! But hey, I was up against an internal canidate who had been there since September on a GTP who had informed the other 5 candidates that we had been shortlisted from a string of over 40 applications for the post! Why am I always pinned against an internal candidate - story of my life! LOL Oh well, Allah knows best and I'm sure better things are in store, inshaAllah :-)

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Here goes...

Salaam World

I'm feeling a little anxious. Why? Well because I have been invited for an interview tomorrow at a school I may wish to work in. I gave up job hunting, as in formally applying for jobs a few months ago when I registered with a few agencies to help me find supply teaching work from September onwards. Since then I had accepted that it would take nothing short of a miracle for me to successfully get a full time job before September for a couple of reasons:

1) Impracticality - I am currently living in a different town to where I will be working/living in Sepetmber (iA) and so arranging the travel is very impractical, especially when I and the hubs are working through the week.

2) I have no personal contact with any of the schools - which although does not automatically equate to me getting employed by the school, it does help in getting to know the staff and students which can only be a good thing.

3) ... there was a third reason, but I'm incapable of remembering it right now.

Am I moaning? *nods* *grr*

I really shouldn't be because alhamdulilah, I have got a back up plan in-case I don't have a permanent job by Sept - which is to do supply. And did I mention some of the fab benefits of doing supply? No bringing work home, no stress of planning/marking etc (unless temp-perm) as I'm expected to just teach (or sometimes supervise/babysit) the lessons I'm covering for.

And so, anyhoo I should be okay even if this interview is one from hell. Buuuut, who knows right? It's all part of His plan and I'm happy to go along with it. Wish me luck peepz!

Dear Allah, The Most High Creator, if this job is good for me please allow me to have it and if it is bad for me please remove it for me.

Friday, 7 May 2010

Election day - just hang us upside down!

If you've switched on the news or surfed the news pages recently, you will know that here in the UK our political parties have been crazy off their feet with the elections which took place yesterday.

I'm not a very political person myself, but have admittedly been sucked into watching the live political debates (first time ever to be featured in history) for the past three weeks. Nothing however could really prepare us for this messed up outcome.

The three main parties - Labour (currently in power), the Tories and the Lib Dems are now fully under the spotlight, probably in equal measure since none of the parties have had a land slide victory. In fact, although the rightist Tory party have gained the most seats in Parliament, they actually haven't got just enough to be accepted as the victorious party. As such, Mr. Brown is still Prime Minister, for now, until something called a hung parliament is arranged.

For my sake, please don't ask me what that means, just yet anyway, as like proabably every body else in the UK, I haven't got the faintest of what is going on.

Oh Lordie.

Monday, 3 May 2010

Food Entry: Rosh Pitha

What is a phitha?

A pitha is similar to a pie. Pithas are hugely popular in Bangladesh and some parts of India, where they are made on special occasions such as Eid and Pujas as well as during other times where they are served as special treat.

What is a rosh pitha?

Well, I'm not entirely sure as I only came across the recipe on a website earlier today. From what I can gather, the rosh pitha is a sweet and juicy type of swirly pitha made from milk and flour.

What do you need to make it?

For the pitha:
Half a pan of milk
Plain flour (no measured quantity, sorry, just add as you go along!)
Grounded rice flour (same as above)
Pinch of salt

For the sheera:
Bay leaf

For frying:

How do you make it?

I followed the recipe as provided on the website, but in short it sort of happened like this for me:

Making the dough

Fill half a saucepan with milk and boil it. Once boiled, add a pinch of salt and lots of plain flour and rice flour, more or less in equal quantity. Keep stirring. If the bottom of the pan catches the heat, remove the saucepan. Continue to stir until you have grounded most of the lumpy flour - BEWARE: it gets seriously lumpy. The desired consistency should be of a doughy one, so add more rice flour and plain flour until the ideal dough is reached, again making sure the lumps are broken down thoroughly.

Making the swirly pitha

Once the desired consistency and low temp has been reached, rub a little oil onto the palms of both hands from a small bowlful. Pinch a round of dough and rub into a dough ball shape. Roll out the ball further to obtain a long and narrow shape. When satisfied with the shape, swirl the dough into a small shape on the palm of your hand. Your swirly pitha should be secure and tightly coiled.

Frying the pitah

In a shallow frying pan, heat some vegetable oil before gently dropping the pitha in. As the pitha cooks, make sure it doesn't burn but achieves a golden colour. Flip the pitha over and fry the other side to get the same colour on both sides.

Making the sheera

In a separate pan (milk or saucepan), add about one to two cups of sugar with some cardamoms and a bay leaf. Pour in some kettle boiled water and allow the sugar to fully dissolve. Check by dipping in a wooden spoon to see if all the sugar particles have dissolved. When satisfied, gently drop in the fried pithas and allow to soak for five minutes or so. The longer the pitha swims in the sheera, the more the sugar will penetrate the dough.

How delicious are they?

Well and truly delish, I'm eating one as I type. I will have to go easy with these swirly treats though, oil and sugar - baaad bad combination.

Easy to make?

Have a try yourself and find out! This was my first attempt and I have to say, it was much easier than I thought it would be!

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

A Picstory: Honeymoon

For a long while now, I've been meaning to do a post on my honeymoon from two years back. Crikes. I've sat down numerous times to start writing something about it, anything, but have always put it off. To be honest, I don't think I could ever really write a proper account of what this honeymoon was for the hubs and I. The two weeks were spectacularly amazing and full of discoveries about not just a country we had only previously heard and read bits and bats about, but also quite importantly about ourselves as a newly married couple.

So, why Malaysia? Well way before we got married, the hubs and I picked Malaysia over all the other common honeymoon destinations for one main reason - the huge distance! We figured that it would be a seriously long time before we'd get a chance to fly out so far out and so Malaysia was booked! The four s's: sun, sea, sand and shopping - hah also helped clinch the deal! Other factors such as religion, halal food and the Grand Prix circuit the hubs wanted to visit also helped to put a stamp on our decision.

In total, we spent two weeks there, landing there on my birthday (as sweetly arranged by the hubs) in August. The pic-story will sum up what we saw and did much better than I could ever explain. There really is something very powerful about still images. Captivating snapshots of time, kept safe forever.

I can't actually remember a day when one of us (the hubs and I) don't mention something about Malaysia. Whether it's the delicious ALL HALAL food, politics, education, property or even the hijabs unique to Malaysia, we loved and still love it all. Not forgetting to mention the beautiful and warm people of Malaysia who made our stay there very pleasant. To the extent, actually, where we have a real strong desire to move out there one day. Seriously. One day soon, please God :-)

But that's a story for another day.

For now, I hope you have as much pleasure in looking through the collection of snaps as I did putting them together. Yes I am foodie, so be warned in case the pictures reduce you to salivate.

On a nicer note, Aimie darling, a personal thank you for making me write this post which has brought endless smiles to my face, reminding me of probably the most special time in my life yet. I actually felt quite sad uploading the last picture but inshaAllah, there is a whole life time of discovery left :-)

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Good Morning Bloggies

Salaam and Good Morning world

Gosh, it feels like almost forever since I last signed into Blogger and typed out a post. I feel kind of guilty, even sorry for not updating my blog over the past couple of weeks...buuut, there has been tonnes going on, not to mention my laziness habbits too :-S

Anyhoo. I'm currently on my hols, got the rest of this week off for Easter! When I'm not busy procasitinating, or cooking or cleaning or just generally relaxing, I will be busy with marking...grrreat! :-)

Terminator voice: I will be back!


P.S. The title of this thread came about when the hubs spotted me playing around with the blog layout this morning. Instead of saying the usual "good morning sweetcorn" he instead greated me with "good morning miss bloggy"! Hahahaha :-D

Monday, 15 March 2010

Word up

Salaam world


My apologies for not writing anything in ages. Today, I'm having a go at writing a different style of post because quite frankly I don't feel up to writing a full and proper account of anything in particular.

Music: Jamming – Bob Marley

Location: Bedroom – shame on me for bringing the laptop into our boudoir, heehee!

Mood: Happy and mellow, alhamdulilah.

Feelings: A long one. Rather relaxed. I'm at home today as I don't work Mondays and Fridays, unless called in for supply work. Tired - as it's my TOM. Annoyed – parents evening tonight from 7 to 9pm, why so late?! Also annoyed at certain types of people whom we're all bound to meet in life. I'm talking about the gossiping and insecure types who make other people's business their own i.e. they don't think twice about passing judgment on your life, yet turn a blind eye to what's going on in their own lives. Anyway, I'm sure I'll get over this one inshaAllah!

Thoughts of wonder: (more utter randomness be aware)

  1. The sky is so beautiful when it's mostly clear blue with soft woolly clouds. Reminds me of marshmallows, which in turn reminds me of hot chocolate, yum yum!
  2. I wonder how things will work out for the hubs and I went we move home to a completely different place. Birmingham. I don't even like the sound of it, and nor do I have any love for the Brummie accent, but it seems to be the best place to be moving to compared to other expensive and resourceful cities such as London and Manchester. Apologies if I have accidently upset any Brummie readers! I am not a snob!
  3. I wonder how much stuff I'll actually manage to take with us and squeeze into our one bedroom flat! I don't have enough space where I'm currently living with huge wardrobes and ample (I'm a big hoarde!) storage – hmm.
  4. I hope we all have a fun time in Turkey – less than 3 weeks away, can't wait!!! Yes, we as in me, the hubs and all my siblings! Yay!
  5. Umrah hajj. Lots of questions more than thoughts at the mo. More to come later.

Food: Not feeling up for anything 'cept for a sweet cuppa. Mmm. Just finished cooking tarka daal, that's tomorrow sorted!

What's next? An afternoon nap, oh the joys of working part time eh! Larve it! ;-)

Anything else? Sorry to everyone that has been replying to my posts. Thank you so much, it's great to know that you guys are still there and reading on. Let me also mention that I habitually read pretty much all the blogs on my list for updates and entertainment ;-) Please don't think I'm being an awkward so and so just because I'm not commenting as much as before. Truth is, I cannot be bothered to log in. I'm actually writing this post direct from Word so as to avoid logging in. I don't know why, but I prefer writing like this!


As for now, ciao amigos!

Friday, 5 March 2010

Testing testing – straight outta Word 2007!

Salaam world!


I've always logged into Blogger to publish a post but today, since randomly finding the "blog post" feature in Word 2007, I've decided to give it a shot. I'm not sure how this will appear when published since I can't see the usual blog post template but let's wait and see!





Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Two posts in one go, woohoo!

Thank you to all of you who have wished me all the best during my difficult Master's dissertation times! I can gladly say that I have now graduated and that this chapter is forever closed, alhamdulilah :-) Alhamdulilah again just because I really truly mean it!

I am so anti virus right now

Virus is the new word in my daily vocabulary. Having learned about it first in Science lessons and then in IT, I went on to further teach this to my students. I thought I was all virus'd out when I somehow mysteriously en counted a Trojan virus on my USB stick. Turns out that it somehow transferred from my school PC but luckily for me, my home anti virus software readily identified and attacked it. Computer viruses all out, I then encountered the scientific virus when members of my family were recently infected by it. Of course, spending a couple of days with them during my holidays last week would lead to me catching it too and oh boy, did I suffer or what. One and half days off work and dying of utter boredom and sickness I am oh so virus'd out.

Having just about recovered from a strong bout of virus attack, the one single piece of advice I can share is: eat your oranges, or drink the juice if that's what you're into. As soon as the sour sweet juices hits the back of the throat and induces a tingling feeling, you can be sure that you're well on your way to recovery, yessir, I know.

Monday, 8 February 2010

Thought of the day [2]

The lessons are usually not all that obvious. Yet they are there if you will think to take a look. The lessons are there in every moment, in every dilemma, in every frustration and every joy. They are there in every sadness, every victory, every discomfort and every pleasure.


Wave in the air!

Salaam everyone

What can I say, it's been a while. While I may not have logged on and typed more words (of utter randomness) I have been coming back to keep myself updated with all that is going on in your lives. What's kept me from logging on? Hmm, hard to say really. This period of time that has passed has been one of speed full of exciting-ness and sheer unknowing-ness. Forgive me for my lack of words today.

In a summary then:

  1. Blogging is cool, fun and a great 'me time' place
  2. Working is fantastic mashaAllah, just wish it was full time! This past term has been another hectic one but I am so proud of all the girls and the hard work that they have put in :-)
  3. The job hunting process returns! And it is one hell of a pooper. Really stinks. I have an interview on Wednesday and have been planning stuff for it since yesterday. Allah only knows what is in store for me. More details to follow, naturally :-) Keep me in your duas please!
  4. Another *counts on fingers* 5-6 months left before the hubs and I fly the nest, his nest, rather. Living with the in-laws must come to a natural end and inshaAllah we will leave amicably with their blessings.
  5. I graduate in 2 weeks time! Yeah that's right, I've offically earned my Masters (with Merit!). Hoorah! lol

So, there you have it. A snippet into the life of a mint.fresh.muslim.

Until next time, ciao amigos!

Sunday, 10 January 2010

France to Fine Women Who Wear Burqas in Public

I heard about this on a topical debate show the other day [I was snowed in, couldn't go to work and indulged in some morning tele :-)] and just the sound of something like this actually becoming a part of France's legislation made me shudder and wonder how the women who choose to wear the niqaab would feel about this. The pro-legislators argument that these women who wear the niqab are not only discriminating others by choosing to cover their identity, but are also degrading themselves in the process; just smacks of pure hypocrisy and ignorance to me. If this piece (of crap) passes the National Assembly, I dread to think how the hostile atmosphere between the French Muslims and non Muslims will be exacerbated, surely it's nothing but another stick to beat us Muslims with. Why we can't just be left alone to get on with our lives, Lord knows. Anyway, more than the article itself, you may find the comments made at the end of the article, slightly more entertaining. Go "The Muslim" person! Click here to check it out.

Wearing a burqa in France may soon result in a fine. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

The French government is taking aggressive action against burqas -- the veils worn by Islamic women to obscure their faces.

In a decision destined to cause an uproar, the president of France's leading UMP Party has announced that he is drafting legislation that would fine those who wear a burqa on the street or in a public place, the Daily Mail reports.

Jean-Francois Copé, who is reportedly ready to file the draft in the National Assembly, suggested that fines be as much as 750 euros (approximately $1,073).

Copé said that the fines would also apply to anyone who covers their face in public as well as men who force their female family members to wear a burqa, according to the paper.

"Permanently masking one's face in public spaces is not an expression of individual liberty," Copé has reportedly said in the past.

"It's a negation of oneself, a negation of others, a negation of social life."

The move is just the last effort by the French government to ban the controversial veil. President Nicolas Sarkozy has previously stated that burqas were "not welcome" as they stand as a "sign of subservience and debasement that imprison women," the source adds.

As we previously covered, French immigration minister Eric Besson has also called for a burqa ban, deeming them "unacceptable."

Meanwhile, a parliamentary commission investigating the veil is reportedly due to publish its findings next month.

Though France is home to more than five million Muslims, cites the paper, a recent police report stated that only about 400 women there wore veils because the majority of the country's Muslim immigrants come from North Africa, where veils are less prominent.

Still, it remains to be seen what effect a proposed heavy fine will have on the country's Muslim community -- and whether such a fine violates France's rights to religious freedom.

Fashion Drool

What I found:

This little bargain gem caught my frugal eye down in Oxford St when the hubs and I took my younger sis and bro out in London. Cost me £19 for a smart woolly coat with a hawt design on the back panels. Paaaw!

What I want:

Oh how I LOVE this coat. Every single part of it. The colour, the back buttons, the belt....oh fabulous! Shame Victoria's Secret seems to be only located in America and not in the UK :-(

Hello 2010, Hello healthy eating!

Salaam world

Okay I know it's been quite some time since I last posted anything but before I carry on, New Year's Greetings to you all :-) Start of a new decade, era and also chapter for some of us and guess what, we're already 10 days into it!!!

Aside from stuffing my face with food (and then immediately regretting it, hehehee!) I've been super busy with the usual holiday things: shopping, spending time with the family, wasting time watching movies I wouldn't pay a penny for, amongst other laborious tasks such as marking coursework, plus sorting out the piles of mess inside my wardrobes!

I really should not allow myself to get into these time wasting clean up sessions but should instead sort it out as soon as I can, rather than have it all spill out of the wardrobe first, but what can I do, laziness is a nuisance(!) Which brings me quite nicely onto the topic of resolutions...

I've come across what I think is a fab guidebook to 2010 where a comprehensive list of resolutions may be found, it definitely is worth a peek folks. I've become so inspired in fact, that I may print them off, section by section and stick them around my study! In addition to trying to adhere to the guidelines found in the aforementioned booklet, I'm working on some of my own.

From a healthy eating perspective I have four simple rules that I want to bear in mind:
  1. Eat more fruit and veg: fresh, canned, tinned, rotting #I want it all#
  2. Drink lots of water: this is a big one for me, as I just cannot seem to drink enough. Maybe lugging around a pint of water in a placcy bottle will push me to do this...
  3. Cut back on sugar: in/on foods/drinks. This is another big one for me as I have one of the worst sweeth tooths, like ever. I have the cavities to prove it *blush*
  4. Cut back on the processed foods: frozen pizzas, take-away junk, biscuits, basically anything with additives and other B.A.D and harmful things injected into foods to preserve their shelf life.
The reason I want to follow these simple rules is actually quite a vain one. I want to go back to the body shape I had before I got married, circa 2007. Since then, I have managed to go from 8.5 stones to 9 stones and although this may sound pathetic, I want to go back to my normal size 8 clothes. Most of the stuff just about fits although it's a squeeze most of the time. I know that if I can go back to my old weight, not only will I feel good about maintaining the weight I naturally had done all my life (I weighed around 8.5 stones for a good 10 years or so!) but I will also save money by not having to buy new bigger clothes - DON'T LAUGH! :-P Hopefully I will lose a bit of weight before my Master's graduation before the middle of Feb! Eeehhh! Pressuuurre!

That's not to say by the way that I'm complacent with other aspects of my life: family, career, personal etc, but rather I am still mulling over these things to still figure it all out :-)

Anyway, for now, good bye my little friends...

Strawberries dipped in chocolate/sesame seeds. Yum.