Year of Firsts: Ramadan Edition

Hello Friends,

I’m still going with my Year of Firsts resolution. Every day I try and do something new, to keep me fresh and alive. Let’s dive back into it!

May 23rd

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Believe it or not, this is the first time I’ve ever had a Tropical flavoured Starburst.

24th

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First time seeing and buying Eid cards in a store. It felt nice to be included.

25th

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I’ve never had Guava tea before. I think the aroma was more guava-like than the flavour, but I’m not complaining.

26th

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This is the first time I’ve seen this ad. I’ve heard and read about CoolSculpting before and never really thought much of it. I did give a funny look at this poster when seeing the top lady and definitely laughed out loud by the “Don’t try this at home” disclaimer in small print.

27th

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This was my first time baking cinnamon rolls. Is there anything better than warm pastries? Because they were so warm out of the oven, the icing just melted and looks funny. Please disregard the old pan, it’s been through a lot, but it’s the best.

28th

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This is the first time I’ve used one of those apps to filter me into someone else, in this instance a pirate. The filter suggestions were… interesting.

29th

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This is my first lazy attempt at making energy/fat balls. Tastier than they look, I promise.

30th

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Many will try, but no one will ever make a peanut butter cup like Reese’s. Gave these Trader Joe’s version a try, they weren’t bad.

31st

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Usually, when we make Muhamar/Musakhan we go with a flatbread option, but this time we tried to make them into rolls to stay on the lighter side for Ramadan. Yummy.

June 1st

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First time having this variety of Icelandic water.

2nd

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Found these at the Dollar Tree. They were tasty but oh so salty.

3rd

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This is the first time I tried braiding my hair since my haircut. Having short hair is quite the adjustment.

4th

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I used to play around with copying Arabic calligraphy I found online all the time. I’ve been seriously out of practice. I tried giving this block type for the first time. It’s not quite what I want it to be. I should really practice more.

5th

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Don’t laugh at me. I took an old pic of my grandparents and followed this Photoshop tutorial. The photo actually looks a lot better than what it once was, but I’m not sure the techniques used in the tutorial were exactly what this photo needed. I’m trying to learn.

6th

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We were gifted a container of cookies and this was the only cookie with pistachios in it. It’s certainly not the first time I’ve had a cookie stuffed with pistachios, but it is the first time I’ve been gifted a cookie with pistachios. I wish there were more.

7th

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First time giving myself a flower crown. Everyone does it and it’s not really my thing, but I wanted to see what it looked like.

8th

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Usually, when making a salad I go for chicken, sometimes fish and occasionally steak. But this recipe for a ground beef based salad was pleasantly delightful even if it looks like a mess.

9th

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More sweets as gifts. This is a combination or twist of ma’amoul and harisa. So sweet.

10th

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This is the first time I’ve fasted all of Ramadan in the summer season. I  had to stop a few years ago because I was having blackouts while summer fasting. It’s still a struggle but I’m getting better.

 

Eid is upon us and if you’re interested, you can support my adventures or gift me some new items to try and add to my Year of Firsts.

Peace and Pistachios,

Heba

xoxo

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Year of Firsts: Distractions

Between life and fasting and procrastination and life, I’m slow on the updates. No surprise there but despite the raging cycle that is every day, I have been keeping true to my New Year’s Resolution to try one new thing a day. And here you have it…

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First time I heard this song on the radio. I think I like it.

4th

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First time I’ve had these crazy sugary delights.

5th

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First time trying to breathe using a nebulizer.

6th

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First time eating these supremely salty snacks.

7th

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First time I tried the sugar-free version of my favourite chocolates. Not the best, not the worst.

8th

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First time I’ve gotten a certificate for my hair donation.

9th

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First time trying a cake ball.

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First time having one of these. I like to real sugar version much better.

11th

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First time downloading this app. It’s an entertaining educational tool.

12th

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First time doing a colour by numbers via an app and not in an elementary school classroom.

13th

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First time giving a Ubiome sample.

14th

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First time solving a colour puzzle.

15th

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First time reading it’s book. I’m enjoying it.

16th

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First time fully pixelating myself.

17th

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First time trying to take a picture of my food but the mood lighting kept getting in the way.

18th

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First time having mulberries. I thought they only existed in country songs.

19th

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First time giving this cookie a try. Meh.

20th

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First time walking past the flower section and feeling like this one specific bouquet was made for me and only me. For real. It’s like they were calling me.

21st

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First time catching my cat sleeping with his head on a pillow.

22nd

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First time devouring this cheesy goodness.

 

Best of luck with your fasting or non-fasting endeavours. Ramadan Kareem!

Peace and Pistachios,

Heba

 

Year of Firsts: At It Again

I’m still sticking true to my New Year’s resolution. Sometimes it’s tough. It’s easier to back into a routine of doing the same things and not trying anything new, but I still give it my best.

April 23rd

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First time editing a story that was translated into Hebrew.

24th

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First time eating some taquitos.

25th

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First time eating a cinnamon cookie that I was disappointed in.

26th

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First time visiting House of Cupcakes.

27th

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First time reading a book about Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

28th

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First time eating a Torku chocolate bar.

29th

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First time eating parmesan cheese crisps.

 

 

30th

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First time eating this. Heard great things about it and it was nasty. Idk what y’alls tastebuds are thinking.

May 1st

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First time inside the Princeton Uni bookstore.

 

2nd

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First time using this app to animate me and it’s super creepy.

Until next time…

Peace and Pistachios,

Heba

 

Year of Firsts: Back to the picture posts

I’m lazy and overwhelmed with deadlines so I’m back to my picture posting ways. Here it goes…

16th

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17th

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18th

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19th

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20th

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21st

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22nd

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Until next time.

Peace and Pistachios,

Heba

xoxo

So here I am again, back to my picture post ways. I have however set up a new schedule for myself so hopefully I can stay more up to date in a more timely manner in terms of my Year of Firsts.

April 3rd

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4th

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5th

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6th

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7th

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8th

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Year of Firsts: I’m here

And I’m staying on top of things. Yay me! If you’re new here: I made a NYE resolution to try and do one new thing a day. I try and document my new experiences on this blog. Keyword: Try.

Yesterday was April Fool’s Day but I was not fooling around. As some of you know, I was recently diagnosed with a tumour and had to have surgery to remove it. The myofibroma was in my hard palate and my doctor had to dig out a good part of my mouth, nose, sinus area. Painful indeed, but what was worrying were these boney, hard ridges that had grown on the resection site. It was painful, almost like having little knives on the roof of my mouth. Well yesterday, one of them ripped itself out of my mouth. It is so bizarre. It is sharp and difficult to break and disgusting and a mini-shank.IMG_3601.jpg

April 2nd… Today… Yay!

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My kitty has been chewing on my wires, literally killing them with his punctures. And now I’m giving these babies a go because I can’t afford to buy new wires on the regular (And I obviously want to keep my furrbaby safe.)  I hope it works.

Wish me luck.

Until next time…

Peace and Pistachios,

Heba

 

Year of Firsts: Pic Post

I’ve been having technical difficulties and that brings me to the point in which I have to resort to another pic post instead of going into depth about it all. Forgive me…

March 12th-

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Year of Firsts: A month of procrastination

Yeah, I know. I said I would stay on top of things, but I clearly haven’t. I have procrastinated so long on this year of firsts posts and really the reason I’m getting it now is that I’m using this as a method to procrastinate doing another task I need to get done. Because I’m the worst and don’t want to put anyone through an encyclopedic blog post, this post is simply going to be a picture post. I still held and continue to hold true to my new daily experiences though.

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3/15

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3/16

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Have you all been able to guess what I’ve been up to? I really need to stay up to date on this more frequently. I know that when 2019 comes around, I may or may not achieved all I wanted, but I’ll know that I kept my New Year’s Resolution and it will all be worth it.

Until next time… Hopefully sooner rather than later…

Peace and Pistachios,

Heba

Year of Firsts: I Haven’t Forgotten

I promised myself last time that I wouldn’t get this behind on documenting my Year of Firsts, but as usual, I have an excuse. I got the flu or some type of flu-like thing that has left me with a raging fever. It’s upsetting because I get my flu shot every year and it’s worked like a charm for almost a decade, but I imagine my surgery left me in a state of lowered immunity and here I am, burning up. Let’s hope this sickness lets up and lets me get back to my life.

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So here it goes…

February 17th-

If you know me, then you know that I am the Queen of Oily Skin. Seriously, I wish I could bottle it up and use it for fuel. I’d make a killing. I do on occasion get the odd spot of dry skin. Literally, just a tiny thumbprint size spot over my eyebrow. But for the first time in my life, I had dry skin. Like really super dry skin. It didn’t make sense. The only thing I could think of was that the painkillers I was on were messing with my hydration. My skin felt like sandpaper. I tried this cotton mask and it helped. It wasn’t a save all, but it helped.

 

 

 

 

The 18th-

I was surprised by the gift of roses. I’ve never gotten roses before. I mean, I’ve given roses and bought roses for myself, but no one has ever given me roses. On a semi-sidenote, roses might be the only flower that looks just as pretty dead as it does living. Maybe.

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The 19th-

I’m taking advantage of this whole surgery deal and eating all the ice-cream for breakfast I can get. I hadn’t been to a Coldstone in ages, mainly because the last time I was there (maybe 5 or so years ago) they messed up my order super badly and still made me pay for their mistake. I don’t like it when someone puts a damper on my dessert parade. However, I was waiting for a prescription refill and went into the neighbouring Coldstone. I picked up this concoction of some of my favourites. Cake Batter. Cookie dough. Brownies. But after eating Halo Top ice cream for so long, it really became apparent to me how dense the Coldstone ice cream is. Not that I didn’t notice is prior, but the side by side comparison is wow. [I tried to upload the pic of my Coldstone ice cream just like I do all my other photos, but it’s not happening. I gave it 10+ tries and I think the folks at Coldstone are trying to tell me something. They messed up my order and now they “messed up” my post. Oh well. Use your imaginations. LOL]

 

The 20th-

This teeny tiny little can of pineapple juice. It’s not that it’s my first time having pineapple juice, it’s the first time I actually learned why pineapple juice gives me tongue blisters. You can correct me if I’m wrong, but from some eager googling, I gathered that the bromelain in pineapple juice is also used as a meat tenderizer and well yeah. I imagine it wasn’t the best choice of beverage post maxillectomy, but it was yummy.

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The 21st-

I honestly don’t know how I would have gotten by these past few weeks without meal replacement drinks. Up until recently, they’ve been doing a good job of fending off that hunger. I tried and have been consuming many of the more popular and easier to find flavours, like vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. Believe it or not, this mocha latte flavour was hard to find. And it was a welcome relief. Not only was it a nice break from the other flavours, but because I haven’t been able to have a real cup of coffee, as to not aggravate my nerves, this was a great substitute.

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The 22nd-

Back to the Halo Top. I surprisingly liked this Red Velvet flavour. I’m not a fan of red velvet cake. That’s more because I’m not a fan of cream cheese frosting, which always seems to get paired together. I just don’t get the big deal behind red velvet cake, but this ice cream was alright, as far as ice cream flavours go.

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The 23rd-

As mentioned on my Twitter account, I started playing Cat Condo, because you know, having real-life pet cats isn’t enough. I don’t really get the point of the game. I mean, I do, but what’s the ultimate goal? You match up the cats to get new cats and add on a new piece of the cat condo once you’ve matched up a certain amount of cat pairs. Then what? Has anyone “won” this game? Is there a point in which the game says that you can’t build your cat condo any further? What’s the end-game? I need to know!

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The 24th-

Three words: Disappearing shipping insulation. I have a video that I took of the shipping insulation that was included in my frozen juice package that I’m honestly too lazy to upload. But, it’s so very cool! So I’ll just direct you to the directional video because I’m feeling quite feverish and really need to lie down again. Forgive me!

I was going to say, “Until tomorrow…” But every time I say that something gets in the way and it ends up being a week until I can get back to this adventure. Not to mention my Firsts have been kind of lame since my surgery… So I’ll leave you with this:

Until next time…

Peace and Pistachios,

Heba

xoxo