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Rama-Diary Day 3 (or 4)

Guess who thought it’d be a good idea to go to 3 different grocery stores yesterday, even though he said he wouldn’t after his day 1 debacle? This guy, that’s who.  When you’re hungry, you gravitate towards food, as if staring at it and imagining how it will taste uncooked makes up for not being able to eat.   As if all that staring and envisioning leads to a fullness of the brain despite the stomach.  Bottles of water never looked so tantalizing.  Hell even pork (which I do not eat), looks good (I know I am not the only one who thinks that).  I can’t even stare at hand sanitizer the same, because it looks like delicious water to me.  Aside from that though, everything else has been fine…. I haven’t snapped at anyone yet (and that is a win). True story, yesterday an Ice Cream truck came to our work parking lot offering FREE ICE CREAM.  OF COURSE THAT WOULD HAPPEN (Side note, there is a Muslim dentist that works in this same complex, I’m pretty sure it was not a coincidence). By the way the grocery store debacle I faced left me with all this stuff that I thought I would make in one night because I craved it all, but instead didn’t actually even unload from my car.  Well except for making halal pigs in a blanket, those things were incredible. Be jealous. Mmm, dang it that just made me hungry!

Last night’s Iftar: Koosa Ma7shi (stuffed squash).  If you don’t like this dish, you have issues (ahem big sis).  Pigs in a blanket (halal!), and half a chocolate chip cookie.

Suhoor: Protein bar, banana, 1 bottle of water, 3 cups of water (2 Pee breaks!).

And with small hallucinations like these, you realize that as hungry or thirsty as you may get when you’re fasting, there are others less fortunate that live like this daily.  They don’t have the luxury of eating at 8:34 PM (today’s time) on the dot.  They eat when they can, they drink when they can.  Sometimes its days, weeks or even months for an actual decent meal.  That’s one of the reasons behind us doing this, to feel for the less fortunate.  It’s not about all the complaining about hunger and thirst and fatigue, it’s about realizing that we should be thankful for what we have every day, and perhaps when we see those that are less fortunate, we maybe can help them out.

This has no relevance to anything I typed, but this kid is freaking awesome!

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Rama-Diary Day 2 (or 3)

I’m still alive Alhamdillah (Praise be to God).  Day 1 (or 2) went as expected. Tired, thirsty, hungry, not hungry or thirsty, still tired. It all hits at about 3 PM and then just loops until you eat.  The vicious cycle.  Day 2 (or 3) is pretty much the same.  Walked by coworkers eating food and drinking their delicious watery looking water (how else does water look?). Anyway, I’m not hungry, but I am having visions of pizza, steak, hamburgers, cookies, biscuits, ice cream, and much much more dance through my head (if you’ve ever fasted you know exactly what I am talking about).  My brain knows I can’t eat, so it’s just cycling through the catalog of all the possible foods in the world (A hamburger with cookies as a bun? SURE, why not!?).

Things I remembered not to do again, although I’ve told myself from all the previous years before not to do them, but will inevitably end up doing possibly as soon as today include:

  • Going to a grocery store during lunch time, wow I wanted to buy everything.  (Side note Hebrew National has 97% fat free hot dogs that are 45 calories now and taste just like the regular ones, which is phenomenal.  This right now is my top moment for the year, 2013 so far you are winning the last decade)
  • Taking a nap before it’s time to eat, but waking up with 30 minutes left.  You wake up hungrier, and you become tireder (is that really a word?).
  • Sleeping early.  My intention was there, it just never happened, still stayed up late.  Such a good planner, just the execution needs work.
  • Walking into a kitchen with food cooking 30 mins before it’s time to eat.  Smells delicious, but hurts my feelings that I can’t eat.  Be ON TIME, not early, not late, ON TIME.
  • Get close to the door at Taraweeh, for ventilation purposes, both cooling and smell wise (you ALL know what I’m talking about).

Iftar last night: Chicken, corn, leftover pasta, 3 bottles of water.

Suhoor: Protein Bar, Banana, 1 bottle of water, 2 cups of ice water (only ONE Pee break!!)

Here’s to today being a shorter day than yesterday (we eat one minute earlier suckers!!). Day 2 (or 3) I got you  son!

Hasn’t happened yet!! Still 27/28 (or 26/27) days left though.

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Rama-blog

It’s that time of the year again folks, to all my Muzzies, ‘Slims, and Muslims (those are all the same), Ramadan Mubarak!!  Let the mass texts (don’t send me a mass text you lazy bums) and emails fly!!  Let the annual game of Crescent Moon Hide and Seek begin.  To those of you fasting today, you guys have better seekers than those of us starting tomorrow….overachievers.  But seriously, in the technological age that we are in, how is it that we can’t all start fasting on the same day?? Did we or didn’t we see the moon?  And if we did, why couldn’t someone take a picture? I mean seriously, put that thing on Facebook or Instagram, and the whole world would know what’s up.  Or perhaps we could do something smarter and just follow whatever MECCA does!! It’s MECCA!!! They are most likely to be on top of their game guys.  Every year the mosques announce that everyone will be following the national guidelines provided by some organization (no idea which one they all would agree on) and EVERY YEAR 2 mosques about 10 minutes from each other start Ramadan on a different day.  The organizational skills of the muslim communities are second to none!!! Please realize that was sarcasm. Last year I blogged on the beginning of Ramadan here: https://idonesaidit.com/2012/07/20/the-hungry-games/ (shameless plug).  There are more things to know about it, but since Ramadan hasn’t started where I live, you guys will just have to wait and see what else I gots to say bout dat! So to all my non-fasters today, enjoy your last breakfast and lunch for a month (I know y’all will because I’ve already seen you guys Instagram the pics).  And to my fasters, Ramadan Mubarak.  Just remember, if you’d have lived one mile up the road, you would have started fasting tomorrow and not today!!

What moon? Brother I’m looking, I just don’t see it! Khalas, we will start in 2 days!

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