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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Year of Firsts: Lazy

Hello Friends. I  haven’t forgotten about you and I hope you haven’t forgotten about me. This is a long post and mostly because I have been lazy. Shame on me. Here it goes…

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5/5 Stars. Would drink again.

July 19thimg_51551img_51531 Found these gems. I’m not sure if I would buy it again, but it was delightful. I’d certainly recommend you giving it a try if you find them in stores.

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I love mochi and admittedly picked these up bc they’re cute, but I have to say I was a little disappointed. They weren’t very pink and the strawberry flavour was lacking.

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First time taking a Snapchat selfie.

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Went into Wawa for an iced coffee and this is the first time I have been left confused by a coffee machine. How does this thing work? There were no buttons or tabs or anything. There were nozzles for the coffee to come out but no way of getting the coffee out. Help!

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First time trying watermelon flavoured frozen yoghurt. It had a very Italian ices texture to it. Totally worth it.

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Didn’t even know lavender melon was an option.

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I’m not too sure how to feel about these. The first few taste kind of funny. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but then my tastebuds got used to it.

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It’s the season for watermelon flavoured everything and I’m not complaining.

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Who knew you could buy banana bread without walnuts? I like it more with walnuts but this was still pretty tasty.

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I love kombucha and love this new green flavour I found at Trader Joe’s.

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This was a massive disappointment. I followed the directions exactly. The cookie part didn’t spread out so well. The brownie part was super thin. The flavour was lacking. It didn’t taste good and it smelled weird while baking. Strong pass.

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I didn’t realize how much I loved peanut butter filled pretzels until now.

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I know that juices and smoothies are packed with sugar and while this is nice to have as a treat, this sugar content is insane!

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This is one of those things that end up in your house but no one is quite sure how it got there. Not my cup of tea, let’s say.

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Eurotart is officially my favourite frozen yoghurt flavour ever.

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This is the first time that I’ve been in a public restroom that has an enforced time limit. The world is crazy.

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This is the first time I’ve knowingly committed a fashion crime. Socks and sandals! I know, I know, it goes against everything I believe in. I have an excuse, but it’s not a good one. I was on a train and their compression socks and it was a long ride and my toes were cold and… I’m sorry.

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I’ve officially watched all the Leprechaun films. They’re quite special.

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This is the first time I’ve gotten words of encouragement from money. Thanks, I think.

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Whole Foods really missed the mark on this. First, the burrito was mostly rice and second, whoever cooked this batch of rice has clearly never made rice before. The rice was not cooked and was rock solid.

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First time having Easter chocolate this late in the year. It’s still ok, right?

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First time visiting the Bridgewater Mall. They have this Lolli & Pops store. It’s candy heaven.

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This is the first time tracking my cell phone screen time. Interesting findings.

 

Well, that’s all for now. Until next time…

Peace and Pistachios,

Heba

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

 

Hey, Whatchya Doin’?

When did you last step outside? What were you doing?

I went out earlier today to get some meat from the butcher shop. You know, last minute shopping before shops close for New Year’s.

Happy New Year’s! Hope you have a safe night and an amazing year to come?