Cheesy bye bye 2008, hello 2009

An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in, a pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves and a realist doesn’t need to stay up because he knows that the old year will leave and the new year will start.

Almost everyone and their brother has a 2008 roundup of events post, a bye bye 2008 post, you suck 2008 post or a hello 2009 post. I keep thinking what was 2008 to me and then I realize right now my milestones are monthly and the month starts on the 20th in reference to my daughter’s birth date. It’s not that I think my life started when she was born or that it ended for that matter, it is just an easier milestone to follow. I am just counting baby milestones and encouraging, nourishing and teaching her new tricks. The outside world exists and matters and 2009 will start tonight whether I like it or not. I don’t make new year’s resolutions because I make them every night, I try to think of the day and think of what I could have done better and resolve to do more of it or less of the things I should not have done.  Some days I am just glad the day is over and that the next will be a fresh start.  Instead of resolutions I am sharing my wishes for 2009.

  • I wish 2009 will be a good year for everyone.  I wish everyone would think before they acted and choose to do the good thing.
  • I wish 2009 will be a right year for everyone.  I wish everyone would think before they acted and choose to do the right thing.
  • I wish 2009 will be a green year and that everyone will try to be more environmentally friendly because we don’t want to live in a polluted ugly world.
  • I wish 2009 will be a caring year.  That everyone will go the extra mile for the people they care for and will pick up the phone and call their loved ones and let them know they care.
  • I wish 2009 will be a conscientious year.  Listen to your conscience it might tell you what you need to do.
  • I wish 2009 will be a humane year.
  • I wish 2009 will be a beautiful year for everyone.  Make an effort to bring beauty into your lives.
  • I wish 2009 will be a forgiving year for everyone.  That it might forgive us for our mistakes in 2008 and that we forgive those who have wronged us.
  • I wish 2009 will be a patient year for everyone.  Patience for our shortcomings and those around us.
  • I wish 2009 will be a positive year for everyone.  Positivity is what helps us keep going.
  • I wish 2009 will be a hopeful year for everyone.  Hope for a better future.  Hope that you can change the world even if it will take one small step at a time.
  • I wish 2009 will be a year of change for everyone.  Change bad habits into better ones.
  • I wish 2009 will be a year of health for everyone.
  • I wish 2009 will be a productive year for everyone.  Work hard, play well and enjoy life.
  • I wish 2009 will be a year of growth for everyone.  Grow old gracefully,  grow emotionally, mentally and financially.  For those little ones may you grow taller and stronger each day.
  • I wish 2009 will be a educational year for everyone.  Learn from your mistakes and move on.  Take that language course or  a pottery class.  Learn a new word every day.
  • I wish 2009 will be a happy year for everyone.


Photo by Today is a (nz)Dave

Things to enjoy before motherhood

Motherhood is an awesome thing, really, it is.  Having a baby changes everything, really, it does.  There were so many things I took for granted before I had my daughter.  I sometimes miss them but sometimes I’m too sleep deprived and totally numb to care.

  1. Sleeping in.  Sleeping in general takes a back seat to caring for a baby.  They wake up at night and need stuff like nursing, diaper changes or just a cuddle.  I sometimes am amazed how my body can sometimes manage on a couple of hours of sleep for days.
  2. Going out in 5 minutes.  Now it takes 45 minutes.  Change diaper, feed baby, make sure diaper bag has everything, change clothes, comb hair (I guess this is why bald babies need less time to go out), change diaper again, find the missing hair clip, comb hair again, find missing sock under the sofa, put on said sock and shoes, find keys, find wallet, find cell phone.  Mommy then needs to get into clean clothes and we can leave the house.  In the car you need another 10 minutes to put baby in the car seat especially if said baby has learned how to wiggle out of the harness.
  3. Going wherever you want.  I haven’t been to the movies in 10 months.  I really would love to see a movie, but I don’t want to annoy everyone else with a crying baby and I don’t want to have to get up and take her our if she cries and miss all of the nice bits in the movie.  God bless DVDs.
  4. Traveling light.  Diaper bag, mommy bag, toys, food, stroller and that’s only what you need for a quick pop to the shops.
  5. Being selfish.  Yes, being selfish was fun.
  6. Me time.  Just sitting and chilling out is something I miss.  Babies seem to have this internal system that lets them know when you need to relax and they suddenly need to play and make a mess.
  7. Manicures and pedicures.  I still occasionally manage to go and get one but they are very few and far between.
  8. Clutter free living.  I have two toy boxes (well one box and one big fish looking bucket)  but still some toys find their way under the coffee table, in our bed and in the kitchen.  I make a big deal of teaching my daughter that the toys need to sleep in their boxes hopefully that one day she will learn to do it herself.
  9. Getting sick.  Getting sick is a luxury because who will do all of the things mommy does for baby?  Once I figure out who can do them I will get sick.
  10. Driving recklessly.  Driving was something I never imagined would have changed because I am more or less a safe driver but now I drive much slower and always feel like I need to be extra careful.

On a more positive note, I get to watch lots of Sesame Street.

Who moved my brain?

Who Moved My Brain? Revaluing Time and Attention

View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: gtd time)
Another really cool presentation from SlideShare.  Made by Merlin Man who blogs at

Guest Post at The Positivity Blog

I had a guest post published on the Positivity Blog about building your own support group in a new country a couple of days ago.

Hot Trends for 2009

View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: keynote branding)
The presentation is done beautifully.

Who are you connected to?

Za3tar has created these awesome blog readership graphs by using a script which generates how blogs link and are linked to on Qwaider Planet.  He has even made one especially for ChocolateMintsinaJar (so cool).

It is interesting to see how these blogs are connected.  Like any community, some blogs are more active and connected than others.  It would also be interesting to see how these relationships change with time in terms of connectivity and in the strength of this relationship.

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Turn your marriage into a fairy tale

Shake That Brain have created an amazing photo storybook based on Fairy Tales Can Come True (Just Not Every Day!), with interesting tips on marriage.  They have used sixties style stock photos which make the tips so much more interesting.


Grammar, punctuation and spelling in blogs

It totally annoys me that many bloggers disregard the basic rules of grammar, punctuation and spelling.  Spelling mistakes annoy me the most because using spell check is a 2 minute thing that makes posts look cleaner and easier to read.  Yes it is so easy to make mistakes, it’s also very easy to type a post and “Publish it ” without thinking twice.  Just a quick read will make sure you catch the little errors that when left in make it look like you don’t care much about your blog. The tricky part is realizing that you wrote “proposes” instead of “purposes” and your post makes no sense now.   If you think in Arabic please write in Arabic, some posts really only make sense in Arabic but if you are going to do a literal translation of an Arabic phrase that means gibberish in English like “don’t cut my bread I run on children”, please refrain.

5 Common Mistakes that make you dumb
5 Writing Tips for Better Blogging
How to Write a Better Weblog

Friday’s Five: Jobs I’d like to try

  1. Astronaut
  2. Barista
  3. Librarian
  4. Detective
  5. Radio Presenter

The perfect pair of shoes