The Keys


These are my keys. Yes I have a little Miss Naughty keychain. I love the Mr Men and Little Miss series. I found this totally by chance and got two one for myself and a Miss Chatterbox for my sister.

I only have 3 keys. The car key, the apartment key and the key to my mum’s home. And yes I carry a Sharpie pen.
The key to our apartment and the car key need no explanation.

But why I still carry the key to my mum’s home is a long story. The day I got the key was a great day. I can’t remember any of it, but I do remember feeling older and wiser when they gave me a copy. I felt like an adult ready to face the world. But this isn’t the same key I was given. A couple of years later someone lost their key or gave it to my grandmother or something and I had to give my key up and thought I would have to make another copy. I remembered that my dad’s key chain was in my drawer and that it might have a key to the apartment. It did, and that rusty key is the one on my key chain. It is a key that I am not going to give up. After my dad died my mom gave away almost everything he owned in the house except the few things we could save or could not be given away. His keys sat in my nightstand’s drawer and still do. He had this cheap promotional key chain but it had Ayat Al Kursi on it so he liked it. It is green and plastic and had lots and lots of keys on it. I loved staying up waiting for him and hearing the keys jiggle in the door is still a happy memory. Whenever I hear my husband’s keys in the door I get the same feeling. It is a feeling of happiness and safety, that those who have gone out have come back and are safe at home. Keys are symbolic. They mean that you belong someplace. When I first got married I remember the day my husband gave me the key. It was also the same day our furniture arrived and the same day I went out and unlocked the door for the very first time with my own key. The first day of my new life. We have changed the lock a number of times but the original key is in my jewelry box because it is not just a key. It is a symbol.

The rest of the post is in my head but I am getting all emotional so I am going to stop now.

What is on your key chain?
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Thursday’s Thought: Inside vs. Outside

Thursday's Thought

Your image has to match your inside self for everything to fall in place correctly.
You can’t be awesome on the inside and look frumpy on the outside and expect people to see inside you and treat you accordingly.

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Tuesday’s TEDTALK: Superheroes Inspired by Islam

I love the idea!

Friday’s Five: Pooh Says

Hello my lovely lovely blog readers. Happy Friday!
Winnie the Pooh sometimes says the smartest things ever.
So here are five smart sayings by Pooh.

  1. “You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”
  2. “If the person you are talking to doesn’t appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.”
  3. “Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.”
  4. “Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.”
  5. “People who don’t Think probably don’t have Brains; rather, they have grey fluff that’s blown into their heads by mistake.”

Thursday’s Thought: Hats

Thursday's Thought

I think hats are the most amazing invention in history of mankind (ok that’s a huge exaggeration but who cares). When I was a child I remember reading a book about a box full of magic hats. The children would try on the hats and become pirates, firemen and lots of exciting other things. I can’t remember the name of the book, but I can remember the illustrations very clearly. Ever since then I felt that if I could just find the right hat I would somehow fit in and belong.
Then I got older and read the book the Six Thinking Hats, again I felt that hats were magical only this time they are practical too.
I smile whenever I see hats in shops, I sometimes try them on. Lulu thinks it is hilarious. I even let her try them on. We must seem like a crazy duo. We probably are. I made her a couple of hats and she does enjoy wearing them. Every time I set out to make one I imagine myself making it with magic yarn so she could be something amazing, something only she can imagine. A hat that could take her to magical forests and enchanted worlds. A hat that could take her to the depths of the ocean and a hat that could take her to the moon. A hat for every interesting and colorful world there is in the universe, real or imagined. A hat that is hers. A hat that can show her where she really belongs and who she really is.
I don’t think I’ll ever stop making hats, trying to make the perfect one, now will I ever stop looking for my own perfect hat.
So if you see someone in a store trying on hats that makes them look terribly hilarious, smile and wish them luck that this is the perfect hat for them.

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Tuesday’s TED Talk: The riddle of memory vs experience

This is one awesome talk by Novel Laureate Daniel Kahneman. The next time you do something make sure you save the best for last for a happier memory of it. If you have no idea what I am talking about, watch this TED Talk.

Friday’s Five: Mini Letters

  • Dear Weather, Thank you for improving.  Yours, Sick of the heat and humidity
  • Dear Little Toys, You hurt when I step on you, I hope it hurts you more.  Yours, Ouch in my foot
  • Dear Husband’s Socks, Where are you hiding?  Yours, I Looked Everywhere for You
  • Dear World, RELAX!.  Yours, Looking for Peace of Mind
  • Dear Blog Readers, I hope you like the new banner, Jessyz

Thursday’s Thought: Join in with your thoughts

Thursday's ThoughtI always have these crazy random thoughts running in my head all the time. Some are totally smart and others are totally weird. But I want to share some anyways.
Every Thursday I’ll be posting one thought and I am inviting you to do the same and then link up your post by clicking the Linky button at the bottom.
I just have one rule if you want to join in. No idea is stupid and no one should make fun of other people’s thoughts.
Simple right?

This week’s thought:
“What would be a good alternative to democracy?”
I’ve been reading Think Before it is Too Late by Edward DeBono and he argues that democracy was designed for stability and not progress. So what would be a good system especially for Egypt? He gives some ideas and examples like adding a huge number of empty seats in parliment which would be affected by general polls. I find it really interesting but very befuddling. Again, how would you even begin to implement a new system in Egypt, logistically speaking at least.

So what are your thoughts?

Tuesday’s Ted Talk: The world needs different minds

It’s no secret, I think TED Talks are amazing. I would actually love to attend a TED meeting, but since I can’t I have the next best thing. I can listen and watch all of these amazing, inspiring and smart people whenever I want to. I ususally upload them onto my iPod and listen to the audio versions in the car while I am running errands. I am sometimes moved to tears from the touching stories or inspired by all the passion.
Starting this Tuesday I will be picking out my week’s favorite and let you know why I loved it. This helps my brain stay organized. I read and listen to lots of interesting stuff that I love to share all the time but I always forget about it whenever I want to blog, so this will make it easier for me to remember to let you know about the amazing stuff out there.

This week’s talk is by Temple Grandin titled The world needs all kinds of minds. Grandin is diagnosed with high functioning autism but is also a doctor of animal sciences. I already knew that autism was a spectrum and people were either completely non verbal or could lead normal lives and become very successful. I found the talk to be inspiring and very interesting. I am sure that living with any kind of disease is a very difficult thing, but her advocacy for dealing and directing children diagnosed with autism is incredibly uplifting. It isn’t about using high tech expensive things, it is about going back to the basics and helping these kids use their different but still nevertheless amazing minds to succeed in life.

Friday’s Five: Childish Fun

One of the perks of having young ones at home is getting to watch kids shows all the time (to the point you actually want to smash the TV with a chair)

Some of my favorites are:

Timmy Time – Timmy Steals the Show
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