Beyond Penniless

May 19, 2014  |  My Life, Sad

One of the most interesting things is how this universe works, its so weird sometimes that you never know when you are given a chance to do something it in fact is in your best interest.  Being unemployed for the better part of the year had me exhausting my savings fund to a point where I am now in debt to others.  I am so in debt that I just cannot feel happy about receiving my new paycheck because I know I have to replenish everything I have exhausted (and that means putting a hold on enjoying and spending money on things I might love or want).  I know it takes time for things to get back on track and nothing happens overnight but that doesn’t stop me from going to bed wishing to wake up in the morning and find out that I have won a lovely amount of cash to put me out of debt and restart my savings.

Are you a saver? Or do you live from paycheck to paycheck? I personally try to save at least 30-40% of my salary for that rainy day.  Sometimes I would save a lovely amount and then blow it off on a trip to NYC, other times I would just keep on saving to either purchase a car I wanted or just to have that little nest for when I wish to not depend completely on my salary.

If you do save, do you find yourself digging into that fund during the month and using some of the amounts you have saved?  I sometimes find myself in trouble and have to dig in (i.e. When you take your car in for service and find out you have to pay an arm and a leg to have some parts changed :P)

Whitney “The Voice” Houston dead at 48

February 13, 2012  |  Death, Sad

Growing up in the 90s I was surrounded by amazing singers (well not surrounded in the physical sense but more or less the non-physical for lack of a better word) I grew up listening to Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Tupac Shakur, Ja Rule, DMX, Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Craig David, Brandy, Monica, and so many more but my ultimate favorites in my early teen years was Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey.  I distinctly remember going home from school popping in Mariah Carey’s latest cassette album “Butterfly” increasing the volume and singing along (off tune of course but still I loved it).  But we’re not talking about Mariah Carey here, we’re talking about Whitney Houston whose voice was truly indescribable and who will always be remembered as “The Voice” as well as “The diva to end all divas.” Whitney gave us classics such as “I Will Always Love You,” “Greatest Love of All,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (who loves me),” “I Belong to You,” “It’s Not Right But It’s Okay,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” “My Love is Your Love,” “When You Believe,” and so many more.

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Her album “My Love is Your Love” was and always will be my favorite of them all.  Whitney, you will forever live in the songs you have left behind.  On Saturday at around 3:55 p.m. Whitney Houston was pronounced dead by the paramedics in her room in the Beverly Hilton hotel.  The hotel where she was staying on the eve of the Grammy Awards.  The cause of her death was unknown but an investigation was being conducted to attribute the cause of death.  Her death came as a big shock as she had just performed 2 days earlier and was seen to be in good spirits.  But one never knows.  I was preparing a Tribute Page dedicated to her at work today with my colleagues and came up with the beautiful gem you see below.  But one thing stood out while researching her life and reading the different articles out there, a quote Whitney Houston once said to Diane Sawyer in an interview, it stuck and resonated with me, and made me think of how true it was on all accounts.

The biggest devil is me.  I’m either my best friend or my worst enemy.

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The Day My iPhone 4S Flew

November 12, 2011  |  Apple, iPhone, Sad

Today was the day my iPhone 4S flew from my hands, it actually flew! Seriously I’m not kidding!

I was on my way upstairs to my room when this happened, going up the stairs from the basement I reached the ground floor of our house and in one hand I had my iPhone 4S, I was checking a whatsapp message from Sister #3 (aka Your Battlefield) when all of a sudden my phone flies out of my hand and lands in the basement!

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Our house is made of granite floors!

I immediately gasped and raised my hand to my heart and ran down the stairs to check on my baby hoping that none of it shattered to pieces.  I turned on the lights and immediately start to look around searching for my baby.  I found the case I had my phone in face down and immediately I worried that the front of it had shattered to pieces.  I turn it over and realize there is no phone in it! It’s just the case there!!!!!

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I continue to search frantically until I find it a few feet away and it too was facing down! I was about to cry, my feet were about to give in when I turned it around and saw that nothing happened to the front nor back glass of the phone.  I was relieved to say the least but I went about checking my baby as if it were in fact a baby, checking for internal bleeding and all that jazz.

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It was turned off, and I worried that it won’t work again, fortunately after turning it back on everything was working, except when I noticed the chipping up top where the plastic meets the antennas! Its a minor fracture not noticable to the naked eye but its still there.

My heart literally stopped today and started back up when this all happened.  I am attached to my children (yes I call all my electronic devices children and well even though it’s sad it’s true) and so this happening wasn’t easy on me.

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All is well again in the world, and let’s hope this is the only fall it will ever experience! And no I won’t buy another phone just because this one is fractured. The only major thing was that the case got a bigger chip and in my books better the case than my child!

The Most Moving Steve Jobs Eulogy EVER!

October 31, 2011  |  Apple, Sad

Last night I came across the best eulogy published about the innovating genius Steve Jobs.  Little did I know that I would actually end up crying before sleeping but that’s another story.  This eulogy was published in “The New York Times” by Steve Jobs’ biological sister novelist Mona Simpson.  Her eulogy gave us all an intimate look at his last moments; his life; and his last words. [Note: by the time I got to the last words I openly cried my eyes out and it felt so real that such a visionary has been lost to us all!]

Take a moment to read this lovely eulogy and share your thoughts.

A Sister’s Eulogy for Steve Jobs

By MONA SIMPSON

Published: October 30, 2011

I grew up as an only child, with a single mother. Because we were poor and because I knew my father had emigrated from Syria, I imagined he looked like Omar Sharif. I hoped he would be rich and kind and would come into our lives (and our not yet furnished apartment) and help us. Later, after I’d met my father, I tried to believe he’d changed his number and left no forwarding address because he was an idealistic revolutionary, plotting a new world for the Arab people.

Even as a feminist, my whole life I’d been waiting for a man to love, who could love me. For decades, I’d thought that man would be my father. When I was 25, I met that man and he was my brother.

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iMourn for Steve Jobs

October 12, 2011  |  Apple, Sad

While the Newspapers and other companies mourn for this amazing man I too am in mourning for him, whether I dedicate my mourning by wearing an Apple Shirt or by having one of the most amazing friends (L4a I LOVE YOU!)a person can have drop by their local Apple Store and write a post-it for me and stick it up on the window.  I mourn in different ways!

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So does my cousin Lulwa (this photo was taken before the news of Steve Jobs death made rounds on the internet).

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But that is not all, I was able to see how different people all around the world mourned the passing of this amazing guy and I wished to share it with you guys.

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Pixar Mourns the Passing of the Great Steve Jobs

October 12, 2011  |  Apple, Sad

I am sorry but because Steve Jobs is a huge part of my technological life I would like to honor his memory with numerous posts about him.  And therefore if you find that I am obsessing over this, in reality I am not, I am just sad that we lost a visionary such as him.  Some people might say that most “apple users mourn the passing of Steve Jobs as though he was their father.” And in a way it’s true.

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Pixar was one of the companies Steve Jobs headed and with “Toy Story” he put the company on the map in direct competition with Disney.  This week we see them and some of the characters mourn his passing.  Most of these characters are either angry, in denial, or have begun to accept the reality of the situation.  All in all it is very sad.

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Pixar characters in Steve Job’s Black Highneck shirt

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The Newspapers Mourn Steve Jobs

October 11, 2011  |  Apple, My Life, Sad

This past week has truly been one of the saddest ones I’ve experienced.  I never thought that the news of the passing of Steve Jobs would effect me this much but it has.  I cried the moment I heard the news and felt sad for the remaining days.  Every moment I remember his passing and the fact that he was so young and we still haven’t gotten the most out of his brilliant mind I feel that pang of sadness again.  But one of the most amazing things I’ve seen was the fact that the newspapers all around the world dedicated a whole frong page to this brilliant man.  This man who gave the world the best inventions who shaped how we live today, they gave him a whole front page, whereas newspapers in Kuwait didn’t bother much (only a selected few did that).  I am proud to say that I dedicated a whole page in one of our sections in the Al Watan Daily Newspaper (Friday Oct 7 Edition) for this great man.  I am happy that I got to work with an awesome Page Designer all the way until 7:30pm to whip up the page.  I will give you the version we wished to have run in the newspaper but weren’t able to for other reasons but this is our personal tribute. [Link to the Page that was Published]

Steve Jobs was the first to bring to us beautiful fonts in our computer systems, and since as he mentioned in his Stanford Commencement speech “Windows just copies Mac” now computers all around the world have that joy.  Without these fonts, without these computers I doubt you can see a beautifully designed newspaper, magazine, flyer, hell anything! Because of this I am saddened by the passing of Steve.  Because he changed the world in so many different ways yet there was still room for more.

Thank you Steve for bringing us these amazing devices, for bringing us computers, laptops, and destroying the need for those laptops with our beautiful iPads, for allowing us to have our music right there in our pockets.  For revolutionizing everything we see today.  You will forever live in our hearts and memories with every Apple device we pick up.  I personally wish that you are now at peace from that deadly disease and hope that your family finds the strength to mourn your passing.

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