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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-Diary Day 1 (or 2)

First day of Ramadan (or second depending on your zip code).  Hunger hasn’t set in yet.  Neither has thirst.  Hallucinations haven’t started coming yet.  Viewing pictures of food on the computer has not led to me wanting to print them up and just eat them.  Fortunately no one has come around with delicious smelling food.  All and all an uneventful morning.  I have checked the time for sunset 5 times thus far, you never know, it might come sooner.  No one has come to me yet to ask me if I want any food.  The world hasn’t ended yet.  So yeh, day 1 thus far is going smooth.  Get at me at like 6 PM when I still have 2.5 hours left til I can eat or drink anything.  Actually avoid me, it’s probably not gonna be pretty.

Suhoor this morning : Banana, Protein bar, 3 bottles of water (and 4 subsequent wake me up pee breaks between 430 and 730 AM)

Let’s see how long I can stay sane today… must not think of food…dang it I just thought of food…dang it I just did it again…Ramadan Mubarak…

Ramadan, brings a new meaning to “clock management”

 

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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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Group Texting…

Don’t do it.  Or do it but have people annoyed at you.  The only time a mass/group text is appropriate is with regards to plans for an event aka “hey dinner tonight at 7, let me know if you’re in.”  Something along those lines.  When should you not group text? In every other situation.  Christmas, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Ramadan, Groundhog’s Day, and 4th of July are just a few examples of when it is not appropriate.  A group text indicates to it’s recipient that you are not a genuine person.  Why? Well because you just sent a message that wasn’t personalized and tried to pass it along as if it was.  Every person that you know has a different type of relationship with you, so you can’t just say “Merry Christmas from the (insert family name).”  That’s weak sauce right there.  If I don’t get a personalized greeting for holidays (or even my birthday…) I just assume that the person sending the message is being lazy.  Yep, you’re lazy.  99% of the people you sent that message to hate group messages (even when you hide that you sent it as a group message).  We all know you were being lazy and thought you could trick us.  We also are all now annoyed by you.  The 1% who aren’t annoyed are the people who live for texts (if you were thinking that group texts didn’t bother you during this little rant, then you fall in this 1%…congratulations).  So if you get angry that nobody wished you a happy something or a merry whatever when you sent a group text that included that person, you only have yourself to blame.  Chances are they already sent out their group text with a greeting…you just didn’t make the cut…ouch, burn.

Let’s end all the confusion! Down with mass texting!!

 

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The Hungry Games…

Today marks the first day of Ramadan, the Holy Month for Muslims all over the world.  For those of you who actually know a muslim or two, you know what this means.  From dawn until sunset (whenever it is light outside for those of you who are bad with time) muslims must refrain from eating, drinking (yes that includes water), and having sex (yep, that’s right, no day time hanky panky) for a whole month. This is known as fasting. But read that again, I didn’t say they can’t eat or drink for a month, I said they can’t eat or drink from dawn until sunset for a month.  If you are still confused, please stop reading this now and start reading Green Eggs and Ham (ham, is forbidden to eat for Muslims) at page 8 so that the story is ruined for you. So if you hear someone say they are fasting, just know that it is not some new P90x ultra workout.  So for those of you who don’t have any personal muslim friends, but can recognize them as if you were working airport security for the TSA, please make note.  The reason those brown people/covered ladies/bearded dudes/ay-rabs/mozlims aren’t having lunch isn’t because they are plotting to take over the world.  It’s because they are offering a form of submission to God.  Speaking of God, the word for God in Arabic is Allah.  That’s right, Allah isn’t a separate God, he is God.  Just like queso means cheese in Spanish, this is just a translation.  So ignorant people, PLEASE pick up on that.  Other important qualities Muslims must adhere to during this month include abstaining from lying (pretty sure everyone should do this)and learning how to be patient (again, everyone should jump on this train).  So what is so special about this particular month (which moves every year folks, based off of the Lunar Calendar)?  To Muslims, the month of Ramadan is the month the Holy Quran was revealed, that is why it is so important.  The Quran is the Muslim people’s Bible.  I am no scholar, and I won’t pretend to be, but that’s just a simplistic perspective for you guys.

So here comes the fun stuff. Let’s talk about what tends to happen during Ramadan.  I’ll go list format because it’s easier and I’m lazy.

  • Some fasting Muslims will be very cranky in the first week.  People need their coffee.  They may not be friendly.  Avoid annoying fasting people in the morning.
  • Although Muslims fast to teach them how those who are less fortunate are, at night, all bets are off.  If you’re wondering why your Muslim friend described a feast for the last 3 days, it’s because they had a feast the last 3 days.  30 days to be exact.
  • Your fasting friends will constantly check the clock.  As they check the clock, you will hear them mumble things like “man I’m so hungry” or “I just need water, the food thing doesn’t even bother me”
  • At some point a non-Muslim will say they will fast with a Muslim co-worker or friend.  This will last all of 3 hours until that person “accidentally” drinks some water.  They will then say it’s too late and will go out to lunch with other non fasting people.
  • Fasters will hear from non-fasters “I don’t know how you do it” or  “you look tired/sick you should drink a little bit of water.”
  • If you’re Muslim, all of a sudden you will be invited out to lunch by so many people who have never so much as offered you a piece of gum. Suddenly corporations will have sponsored lunches for an entire month.  Suddenly that girl next to you in class will offer you a candy bar to eat every single day, when she’d never done such a thing. Ever (thanks for that Jennifer).  Suddenly everyone wants to eat lunch at work.  They will drink that Gatorade in the middle of a conversation.  They will eat that burger as they “work” during lunch.  Nothing you can do about it my fasting compadres.  That. Just. Happened.

Islam (the arabic word for submission or peace) is the second largest religion in the world.  It is also the fastest growing religion in the world.  To all the non-Muslims who read this, know that the more you learn about people, the easier it is to understand them.  For all the Muslim people who read this, have a blessed month of Ramadan, and know that not everyone understands your religion just like you won’t understand theres.  Do what you can to teach people about yourself and your beliefs and learn what you can about people who are different than you so that you can understand where they are coming from.  Building bridges since Lego’s in 1985 (I’m guestimating that to be when I first started using Lego’s).

If you’re fasting, try your best to be kind, honest, and approachable.  Achieve what you can out of your Holy Month people.  Don’t just be of those who only get hunger and thirst from this Ramadan.  16 hours of not eating or drinking.  Eek, if I turn off the lights and hide under my blanket can I drink something??

Grrr…you have to be nice to this guy. But man, the day after Ramadan is over you’re goin’ down!

 

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