Year of Firsts: So behind

I’ve been completely absent minded about keeping up with my Year of Firsts posts, but I’m still trucking. So here goes nothing…

August 11th

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Giving this new Bevespi inhaler a try.

12th

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Never been able to buy this in NJ until now.

13th

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Not quite like our family recipe, but still a good deal.

14th

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Sobiyet plus baclava. Enlightening.

15th

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Halal Chinese food from China Pagoda in Paterson, NJ. Good stuff.

16th

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It was a legendary experience.

17th

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Turkish pastry shop with the essential group of elderly men sitting out front socializing.

18th

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A hair salon named after Palestine.

19th

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Not usually a fan of croissants but these weren’t bad.

20th

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It’s not easy being green but it was tasty.

21st

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I never win, but only play to see if I can beat my previous time.

22nd

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Rainbow bagels are strange. The green dough just takes over and gets all stuck in your smile.

23rd

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People want to talk to me about work and I have no idea what to say.

24th

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Just trying to get money for spending money.

25th

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Gave it a try. It’s not a bad collection.

26th

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I will try anything to help with this asthma. However, this was a failure and did nothing.

27th

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Trader Joe’s has these labelled as “teeny tiny potatoes.” Teeny tiny potatoes with lots of flavors.

28th

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This is the day I realized that all cards should be pop-up cards.

29th

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This is a really good book. I’m glad I picked it up.

30th

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I don’t make a habit of reading food labels, but this made me laugh. First I’ve seen of this Good Stuff.

31st

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Monstress is an interesting book, to say the least.

September 1st

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Now I know what my eyes would look like on a thumb.

2nd

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First time paying my phone bill with change.

3rd

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This lemon zinger cake was disgustingly sweet. I’ll pass.

4th

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Got a free jade roller. Can’t really see what the big deal is.

5th

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Trying to sniff the stress away. Why not?

6th

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Adding this to my list of favs.

7th

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This is probably the only time I’ve ever been able to read a graphic novel in its entirety in one sitting. I’d highly suggest this to anyone and everyone.

8th

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Sahara in Manville, NJ makes their own bread. It’s perfect.

9th

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Give a new hairstyle a try.

10th

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Poke bowl for the win! Okie Pokie is an amazing restaurant.

11th

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This is the day I learned that rabbits can be litter trained. Who knew?

12th

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Now I know why I never buy sandwiches at Wawa. So disappointing.

13th

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The freshest berry cake ever.

14th

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First time I’ve ever seen anyone pray for a hurricane. I think you’re supposed to pray to be safe from the hurricane or something but you don’t usually pray for one. Nice try.

15th

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Trying to keep track of my asthma symptoms. It’s like a full-time job.

16th

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First time seeing a pulmonologist. Let’s hope this leads somewhere.

17th

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I’ve never felt like a job description was meant for me until now. I can sweep and mope, easily.

18th

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Usually, I can coax these hairs to chill out with product, but not this time. They were too excited to sit down.

19th

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A blended pumpkin spice latte. How have I never had it blended before?

20th

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Gave the perky pigtails a go and now I wish I had a gold beard.

Well, that was a fun catch up. Can’t believe the year is almost over. Where did the time go?

Anyways, until next time…

Peace and Pistachios,

Heba

xoxo

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New Year, New You?

Salutations!

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2017 is almost up– Thank GOD! And boy was it a rough year. As some of you may know, my life has been at a standstill for quite some time. I have gone through Plan A, B, C, D all the way through Z.

How many times can I do the same thing over and over again without seeing results? That’s the definition of crazy, right? And I can’t do this craziness anymore. Every time I have broken out of a rut, it was because I took an extreme chance that others perceived to be pretty questionable. But ultimately, it worked out somehow.

Seeing as funds are lower than ever, I’ve decided to make my New Year’s Resolution simple and more open-ended than the average resolution.

As 2018 approaches, I hope it brings about new opportunities and to inch that motion forward. I’ve decided my New Year’s Resolution is to do one new thing a day.

It doesn’t have to be anything crazy or costly. It could be as simple as trying a new workout, cooking a new recipe, walking a different route, giving a new diet plan a go, a new hairstyle, signing up for a new class or reading a new book.

The list could go on and on, but the important part is that something new has to happen everyday. Every single day.

I need new. Anything new. 2018 is the year of NEW.

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I have to at least give it a try.

Peace and Pistachios,

Heba

From the NSC Press Office: On-the-record Comment on Egypt

Dear Journalist Colleagues,

 

Please find below an on-the-record comment from NSC Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan regarding Egypt.

 

Regards,

NSC Press Office

 

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“The United States has had a decades-long strategic relationship with Egypt.  Since the August 2013 Egyptian government crackdown, we have made clear our commitment to simultaneously pursuing our security interests and our support for meaningful Egyptian political reform.  Following the events of August 2013, President Obama ordered a comprehensive review of our security assistance to Egypt. 

 

Throughout this process, the President’s national security team carefully examined our military assistance relationship with Egypt to determine what types of support make most sense – for the United States and for Egypt – under present conditions in Egypt and the region.  Now that the process has been completed, the Administration will use the flexibility provided by Congress in legislation this fiscal year to provide additional military assistance to Egypt.  The Administration will not make the so-called “democracy certification” in that legislation.

 

The following decisions were made:

 

·         In the interest of U.S. national security, President Obama has directed the release of 12 F-16 aircraft, 20 Harpoon missiles, and up to 125 M1A1 Abrams tank kits that have been held from delivery.

 

·         The President has directed the continued request of an annual $1.3 billion in military assistance – specifically, foreign military financing (FMF) – for Egypt.  With this level of funding, Egypt will remain the second largest recipient of U.S. FMF funds worldwide.

 

·         At the same time, the President has decided to modernize the U.S.-Egypt military assistance relationship.  First, beginning in fiscal year 2018, we will discontinue Egypt’s use of cash flow financing (CFF) – the financial mechanism that enables Egypt to purchase equipment on credit.  By ending CFF, we will have more flexibility to, in coordination with Egypt, tailor our military assistance as conditions and needs on the ground change.

 

·         Second, beginning in Fiscal Year 2018, we will channel our FMF funds toward the acquisition and sustainment of new equipment in four categories – counterterrorism, border security, maritime security, and Sinai security – and for sustainment for weapons systems already in Egypt’s arsenal.  In this way, we will ensure that U.S. funding is being used to promote shared objectives in the region, including a secure and stable Egypt and the defeat of terrorist organizations.

 

These measures put our assistance programs more in line with current core U.S. priorities.  They will also create a U.S.-Egyptian military assistance relationship that is better positioned to address the security challenges of the 21st century, including the growth of an ISIL-affiliated group in Egypt that has launched devastating attacks on Egyptian soldiers and civilians in the Sinai, and to advance the military assistance relationship in support of U.S. national security interests.

 

We will continue to engage with Egypt frankly and directly on its political trajectory and to raise human rights and political reform issues at the highest levels.”

 

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