100 Days in Appalachia plus Eid

Salaam everyone! I hope you had a fantastic Eid.  My husband had to work on the first day of Eid, so we delayed our family Eid dinner. One thing we weren’t able to delay, however, was opening gifts. The girls woke up when daddy came home from work and were so excited that we opened…

Ramadan Traditions

  Every year for Ramadan, I prepare a food for my family called pepperoni rolls. This is important to me, as I am Appalachian. Pepperoni rolls are the WV state food, and they are found in some states throughout Appalachia. Since I am living outside of my country and outside of my culture, it is…

Ramadan Activity Kit

  If you read my blog regularly, you probably already know about some of the books I bought for my daughter this Ramadan. Those books, however, pale in comparison to the Ramadan activity kit I ordered, which is pretty much the holy grail of Ramadan entertainment for children. I ordered an activity kit from the company…

Ramadan Reads

Asalaamalaikum everyone!   I hope you are having a great Ramadan thus far. I wanted to drop a quick line to share some of my favorite Ramadan related books for children. The  first one is called Ramadan (Celebrate the World). It has some of the most gorgeous illustrations I have seen! It also does a…

Emptiness

Today I don’t have much to say honestly.  There isn’t a lot going on due to COVID. I recently went to an secret funeral for a friends sister, so that’s that. We all live in the same housing complex so it was easy to sneak over and give my condolences. She’s shattered, even more so…

Ramadan Ready

I’m one of those really cheesy and annoying people that gets super hyped up over holiday stuff, including Ramadan. Especially Ramadan. Like, as soon as it’s Ramadan I break out all my best Ramadan decor, wear traditional dresses, light up my lanterns, etc. Since I have had children, my excitement has tripled. This year, however,…

What’s really under the abaya?

If you ask anyone to describe what a Saudi woman wears, most likely they will say a long, black garment. Technically, that answer is correct. Saudi women are required to wear an abaya, or robe-like garment when they are in public. With that being said, just because women wear abayas in public, doesn’t mean that they aren’t…

Everything is temporary

While I am waiting on my visa to arrive, I feel like everything is so temporary. I can’t make any solid, long term plans because I don’t know how long I have until I return back to KSA. The other day there was a really great sale on chicken at the grocery store and I…

Sheeple

Eid prayer starts around 6am, so I decided it best to stay with my Saudi friend the night before Eid so that I wouldn’t have to worry about finding transportation early the next morning to celebrate with her. I arrived to her home as soon as her brother, mother, and daughter were leaving to go…

Mosque sick

Homesickness. It’s peoples number one excuse for why they don’t want to work in a new country. And to be honest when I first moved here I thought it would plague me. After moving to Qassim I was so upset I wasn’t in Riyadh I woke up from a dead sleep at 4am and cried…

Going Away Party

My friends had me an amazing going away party last weekend at Ritter Park. They are the best. It was a lovely after noon. The weather was amazing and people brought food, which is awesome because as you have probably come to realize I really love food. Usually I hate saying goodbye, but they made it…

How did you get your job?

Another FAQ I get is “How did you get your job?” Personally I do feel like this question is a bit silly, cause I got it like any other normal job. I filled out an application, did an interview, and was hired. I had been applying for jobs in my area, however I couldn’t find…