Thursday, February 25, 2010


"The word a-shams (the sun) is feminine, and qamar (moon) is masculine. The sun burns itself to give light and life to everything around, and the moon is muneer, meaning it reflects the light. Within itself it has no light; it radiates the brilliance of the sun. So when we shine as men, the implication is that we are reflecting the glorious light of our women."
---Shaykh Abdullah Adhami

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


The weather has been nice to us lately. I'll just assume it's because of my last blog post :) This past weekend was a lot of fun. On Friday I woke up at 7 to go to my 8:30am soccer practice, went to class, lunch, Friday Prayers, made PB&J's and handed them out to the homeless, and saw my first IMAX movie. It was an AMAZING experience. It was a documentary called Arabia and the images were incredible. After that, we explored the science museum a bit but I plan to go back because everything was pretty much shut down by the time we went. Afterwards, we went to grab dinner at Coliseum, a popular restaurant close to us, then went to a small frozen yogurt shop and discovered a very cool local band! The lead singer came by to drop off a CD for Limah. Then Limah, Kairshma and I drove to an art gallery where we saw paintings and drawings by young Sudanese refugees. It was cool because when you look closer at the paintings, the deeper meaning really shows. It's so interesting. Then we went to watch the movie "My Name is Khan". Oh my goodness I cried my eyes out. It was so emotional. The length of an American movie, the drama of a Bollywood movie. It was REALLY good. I am satisfied. Afterwards, we went to lookout at the city skyline. It was beautiful and I can't wait until I can have a picnic there and fly my kites. Sunday night we had our first co-ed soccer team, which we won (GO POWER UPS!). It was so much fun. I put war paint on everyone and we had a million extra players who became cheerleaders and fans in the stands :)
(photo from a beautiful fall day <3)
Monday was the busiest day of my life. I did parkour for a couple of hours on some of the city rooftops and through the alley ways with some of my favorite VCU kids, and then we got frozen yogurt because it's delicious. I had two meetings back to back and then I had my RA interview at 7:30pm. AND THEN I had my first soccer game for my all girls team (GO MOJO'S!) and we won because the other team didn't show up :) hehe.
Good times.

Thursday, February 18, 2010


Yo Winter, I’ma let you finish but Autumn is the best season of ALL TIME!
I love you and everything but I would love you even more if you left. I’m sorry but this is the way it must be. I hate that things didn’t work out between us and I would love to see you again later this year, but for right now, what I really need is a season that will keep me warm. The snow you left me was wonderful, and I will always remember the school breaks you gave me. I really do like you. Especially when you’re cold enough that I have to wear my cute warm & fuzzy hat. I want to go back and take photos like these and sit under the warm sun, have picnics, watch the planes fly high above, and sing to the people who pass by. But most of all, I want to be warm.

Monday, February 15, 2010

moving on♥

"You can spend minutes, hours, days, weeks, or even months over-analyzing a situation; trying to put the pieces together, justifying what could've, would've happened... or you can just leave the pieces on the floor and move the fuck on."

Tupac Shakur
He was a smart man.

Saturday, February 13, 2010


cutest little panda baby in the world, i'm adopting you.
and you will be my valentine.

Friday, February 12, 2010

one year♥

PINKGINGERALE, est. 02/12/2009
It has been exactly ONE YEAR since I made my first blog post :)
anyway, this is VERY exciting and I hope that you've enjoyed reading what I've enjoyed posting.
i love peaceeee;
random tip of the day: Don't PARKOUR! in your favorite pair of designer pants. they WILL rip and you WILL get a bloody leg. also, it's a serious sport, or way of life, rather and it is important that we embrace it by jumping off of the tallest buildings and highest cliffs. we don't waste time with small speed bumps or curbs, oh no. we are hardcore.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


The Jefferson Hotel
I appreciate beautiful architecture.
[I took this photo when I went to a conference there last semester]

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


An old friend, Nnenna, visited Alan and me this past week and I got to spend a lot of time with her and really talk to her. I’ve always been one to care about what everyone thinks of me, and to care about people even when they don’t think twice about me. Nnenna made me realize that I worry too much about things that are not important at all. There are bigger things to think about and more important things to care about. My problems don’t even compare to those faced by people in Haiti, for example. Anyway, I’d like to be more care-free about the smaller things and look at the bigger picture. I wasted a lot of time thinking about petty shit.

For my English class we have to do different service learning projects and I’m going to help out with fundraising for Haiti. You should help out somehow, too.

Monday, February 8, 2010


my fish are hungry. feed 'em, please!
they're new, so be nice :)
[click the tank to feed them]

Sunday, February 7, 2010

things to remember♥

This isn't mine but I COMPLETELY agree.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

look up more♥

I've witnessed some of the most beautiful sunsets during my first semester.
A lot of people don't notice the sky when they're walking. I get so distracted by how beautiful the sky is that sometimes I can't even walk straight. Especially during the night. When you live in the city, the stars barely show, but the moon makes up for it.

Friday, February 5, 2010


The other night I went to a Halaqa and we discussed gossiping and how bad it is. And we talked about how it's so normal in conversation these days to talk about others which makes me feel DISGUSTING because that should never be something that becomes routine. It's very true though. And those who gossip with you also gossip about you. Which seems like it'd be completely false when you think about how close you and some of your friends are, but really, they have other friends that they're just as close to. What is keeping them from spreading what they hear? Especially when it is such a normal thing. And aren't most of the things we gossip about really irrelevant? Yes. So from now on, even though I don't feel like I gossip uncontrollably, I'm trying to really stop talking about people and help others to stop, too. So far, I'm doing very well and it's no loss at all. I feel inspired :). Completely off topic, I'm not eating sweets for a week. That includes soda and coffee, which I don't drink very often anyway. And this morning I joined a pretty legit soccer team. We had our first practice at 8:30am just to see where we're all at skill-wise. I'm amazing at soccer... just kidding. But I love to play. It's a lot of fun. I get tired really easily though, so I'll need to work on that. Today, as it snows outside, I'm going rock climbing with Erin at the gym! YES.

"Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people."
That is Eleanor Roosevelt. Obviously it's true.

Thursday, February 4, 2010



the sad truth.

"It seems to be typical of life in America, where opportunities, real and fancied, are thicker than anywhere else on the globe, and that the second generation has no time to talk to the first."
-James Baldwin, "Notes of a Native Son"

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

not a love story♥

this won't be the last of my 500 Days of Summer -related posts! get excitedd ;)
blogged as i listen to the soundtrack my [super cool] roommate [who i love] USB'd me. heheee.
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