Monday, January 02, 2006

Kolahagga and Mafeesh - Everything and Nothing

Happy New Year! Wow, 2006 already!? I remember when it was a year ago and we put our house on the real estate market hoping it would sell. Alhamdulillah (Thanks be to God) it sold as well as it did at the time.

So much has happened since my last post. Let's see -- well, first of all we moved to a bigger apartment in the same development. It is helwa owie (really beautiful). We thought we would never find anything in this hot real estate market until the spring. We've been here two weeks and are finally settling in -- can't you tell the pc is hooked up once again?

Christmas was interesting. I really missed being with my family with all the traditions that my parents raised us on. The pierogi, split pea soup and holupki are sorely missed, but I was able to find saurkraut at a large supermarket chain so I'm going to be rolling cabbage this weekend. I was very sad on Christmas, but the day passed quickly and I was able to get my mind back on to my work.

Mira had a nice visit from Santa. We were able to put up a tree and now know where to shop for next year's ornaments. I hope to bring the ornaments back with me from the US that my one brother is holding for us.

Every January marks bittersweet anniversaries: it will be 9 years since my Mom died, and just a week later, Hassan and I celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary on January 30th. And if that's not enough, I turn a year older in February. Ugh, I hate to mention how old I'll be, but Valerie, you know the true age.

We have one month off from work beginning January 6 and ending February 4. The vacation combines the Eid al Fitr (the Hajj) in Islam and a winter holiday that we must take. I will probably work some of the time just to catch up on paperwork and hopefully we will do something fun like go to Luxor and visit the temples. And maybe, if I'm lucky we will be able to look for a nice dining room set for our apartment. We'll have to see how things play out.

I hope everyone had a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.

I wish everyone the very best for 2006!

Ma'salaam,

Marian

2 comments:

Joe Pilgrim said...

Marian, we also missed you and Mira and Hassan at Christmas Eve dinner when we broke oplatki with each other.
I tried phoning you on your cell phone but you could not hear me. I kept hearing you say "hello-hello" and my heart was sad. By the way, I just started a blog myself here. I think it is "jwpilgrimprogress". Love, Dad
ps: for Mira xoxoxoxo

Valerie said...

Marian - Happy New Year to you as well. I was thinking of you over the holidays and hoping you were able to find peace and happiness while being so far away from you family. Email me when you can, I really would like to keep in touch.

Ah, yes another year older. Just can't seem to stop the hands of time huh....
Take care -
Val