Love tap

If you ask Min how to show ‘love’ he squeezes his hands into his chest, smiles and goes, “cheyee.” So last week sometime he started doing this thing where he stands over either The Boss or me, slaps us in the face, on the arms and head several times and then show us his sign for love. Naturally, as parents, our first reaction was to be like, “Gentle, don’t hit.” More on that in a second. I tell Min “aystaa” (gently) several times over the course of one day since he often bulldozes through the house like a drunk penguin ....more

Anuta state of mind

I’ve spend the last few months obsessively and aggressively trying to clean my space of things. Between the laundry and the meal prep and diaper changes and dinners and clean up and bath time sometimes I can’t help but cringe at the sight of our spice cabinet filled with spices we never use and at the seven t-shirts in my dresser drawers I keep calling “pajamas” even though I can’t remember the last time I slept in any of them. Back in ’09 when The Boss and I lived in Los Angeles, I watched an episode of the BBC TV series “South Pacific,” which featured the tiny Polynesian island Anuta with a population of less than 500 ....more

The best scrambled eggs, really!

I’ve come up with the best scrambled egg recipe, you guys! I’ve made some version of these for quite some time, but after a few months of tweaking the spices I was using I’ve come up with a real winner. Here’s what you’ll need: – Eggs – Turmeric – Sea salt (or other salt) – Coarsely ground black pepper (or whatever kind of black pepper you have) – Cumin – Paprika – Cayenne pepper (or other red chili powder) – Fennel flower, or “kalonji” (which is often mistranslated as “onion seeds” at South Asian markets) – Oil of choice (I recommend olive or grape seed for this recipe because other oils add a strong flavor that messes with the integrity of the eggs.) – Butter or ghee I pre-make a dozen eggs at a time and portion into smaller containers for The Boss to heat up and eat before work in the mornings ....more

Point taken (said, your mom)

First this happened: ...more

Date night do-over

I know I’ve been honking about how The Boss and I need to get a crib for Min on twitter for the last few months. Spoiler Alert: We still haven’t gotten one. The Boss wants to pick one together (he’s such a romantic, you guys), but by the time he gets home from work and we eat dinner, no one is in the mood to get online and try to understand crib conversions and proper mattress ventilation ....more

It started out as tuna

After Friday prayers, Min and I set off for the local market. I like to have our week’s meal-prep done by the weekend so there’s less work for me during the week. Ah ....more

Cashew and date smoothie (raw, vegan)

One for me, one for Min! ...more

Post-Meal Uncontrollable Laughing Syndrome

Anyone who knows me well, or has gone out to eat with me, knows that I have Post-Meal Uncontrollable Laughing Syndrome. Also known as PMULS. While I was unable to get any medical doctors to confirm PMULS as an actual diagnosis, I know it’s real because I’ve suffered from this condition since I was a kid ....more

Safety first: What to do if you’re being followed

Today I’m sharing helpful tips from a police officer on what to do if you think you’re being followed. Yesterday I tweeted about a very uncomfortable encounter that Min and I had at the local grocery store. It was a little before 5 p.m. and still daylight (though yesterday was overcast and muggy) and we were parked in one of the aisles when I noticed a man in his 40s looking at Min ....more

Trailblazers

Meeting new moms reminds me of starting my freshman year of college. I remember asking my sister Uzma how I was going to make new friends after having the same group of friends for so long. What if I went through college without ever making a friend? ...more