Friday, October 15, 2004
Ramadan, the Muslim holy month, takes place during the ninth month of the Muslim calendar. A time for worship and contemplation, Ramadan marks the day the Koran was sent down from Heaven via the angel Gabriel to Prophet Muhammad. To allow for complete devotion to their faith, Muslims must abide by stringent rules from dawn until sunset for the entire month. Eating, drinking, smoking, and sex are strictly forbidden during daylight. In addition, Muslims must show greater sympathy for the needy and poor. Fasting plays a key role in accomplishing these goals by allowing for greater concentration on the spiritual, generating empathy for the hungry and cleansing the body of overindulgence. At the end of each day, Muslims break their fast with a meal called the iftar. Following the custom of Prophet Muhammad, the fast is often broken with dates, then followed by a prayer and dinner. Muslims also generally have a pre-fast meal, called the suhoor, which occurs before dawn. The evening of the 23rd day of the month, or Laylat-al-Qadr ("the Night of Decree"), is a very special day in which all sins are forgiven and any act returned multi-fold. This night is believed to be the one on which Muhammad first received the revelation of the Holy Koran. The day after Ramadan ends, Muslims celebrate a holiday called Id-al-Fitr, a three-day "Feast of Fast Breaking." During this time, gifts are exchanged, large meals consumed, and the company of family and friends enjoyed.
posted by KKT at 1:43 PM
Send a Ramadan E-Card!
JT called me from Denver this morning and gave me the play-by-play recap on last night's Astros-St. Louis game. The one they lost 6-4. Sounds like it was an exciting game... wish I could have been there. I'm so excited about them being in the playoffs, but I really wish they'd WIN some!! I wish I was there to join in all the Astro Buzz at home.
posted by KKT at 1:27 PM
Wednesday, October 13, 2004
posted by KKT at 7:59 AM
Here is number 69. Apparently, the license plates with three digits or less are pretty important people.
You've Got (Junk) Mail.
posted by KKT at 7:31 AM
There's nothing like that "You've Got Mail" feeling. There's also nothing like that feeling being quickly exterminated by seeing that the single (1) Yahoo! mail you have in your inbox is from Southwest Airlines.
A lot of good some cheap flight from Houston to Phoenix is gonna do me...
Tuesday, October 12, 2004
posted by KKT at 10:19 PM
my husband loves stale popcorn. i've never seen anything like it. now, i love popcorn as much as the next guy - probably more, but only if it's fresh, hot, and preferably buttery. we both enjoy popping a bag of corn and sitting on the couch munching away, giving the occasional syncronized backward toss to the dogs. but my husband pops an extra bag so it can sit in the bowl for snacking at a later date. ewwwwwww.
but i love him. i love him so much, i thought it would be great to make him his very own, special popcorn bowl.
yesterday, i drug my neighbor ailsa over to Cafe Ceramique to paint him one for Christmas. Ailsa painted an airplane piggy bank for her son. i stayed for over four hours painting this bowl, and I must admit, I think it's pretty damn cute! even the employees were hanging around my table complementing my skills. Damn. I'm artsy fartsy!
I hate not knowing what to say on this thing!! I'm doing the 3-day crash diet again. Just to throw a kick-start in my arse about getting back on track. I've gained so much weight in the past year! Argghh... very frustrating to be so fat & happy. Hmph.
posted by KKT at 9:40 PM
I bought five new tops today. Two black, two white, and a green. I was top-poor, I guess. After the top fest, I stopped by Gisele's to say hello. I think I'll go out with her and Dean tomorrow night. He has some work colleague in from out of town that they're taking to dinner. Beats sitting at home on a Wednesday night! I'll probably wear a new TOP!
I think I hired a new gardener today also. I was outside watering the grass this evening and a man on a bike asked if I needed a gardener. Just as I was saying, "no. than...." my brain kicked in and said, "Yeah! Maybe I do!" I think he'll start next month. He's cheaper, speaks fairly good English, and guarantees the grass will be green. We'll see about that.
Tomorrow is last day of 3-day crash. I'm sure I'll ruin all this hard work with cocktails in the next 24 hours...
Miss my honey so much. I can't believe it's mid-October!! Where does the time go?!