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This blog is an honest look at what life is like for this particular American convert to Islam. We're taught in Islam to cover our sins, to not air them, for fear of lessening the severity of sinning. In this blog, I may relate past indiscretions from time to time. This isn't to make light of them, but in the interest of educating Muslims and non-Muslims alike as to the realities of life as an American convert, I present my mistakes honestly. I make no excuses for them, nor do I claim that they were okay to make. I am not perfect, and I make no pretenses as to that. If others can learn from my past, know that Islam, and religion in general, is open for people no matter what mistakes they've made, then I will gladly air my sins when needed.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

A week of updates!

So, it's been a while.  Sometimes life takes over and does things I don't want it to.

Anyway!  Where was I?  What was my last post?  Wow, it's been a week?  Well, let's see what happened this past week.

Monday I hung out with my friend Muzhda; Victoria came, too, and we went to the Roseville Galleria, then back to Muzhda's for an Afghani dinner.  It was too spicy for me, but yummy.  ^_^  It's always awesome to hang around Muslims; I don't get to do it often enough, because it's generally a bit of a drive to get to the masjid, and after Jummah prayers, I tend to go back home to sleep because I work at 10pm on Friday nights.

Tuesday I got new contacts and ordered glasses, thanks be to God!  Very awesome.  Pictures to come soon!  I also had dinner with Victoria.

Thursday I went rollerskating with Victoria and her boy, and brought my baby brother.  Wow, rollerskating is SUCH great exercise!  Work was, as I recall, uneventful.  I've been really tired all this week, so I just kinda chilled.

Friday I made it to Jummah prayers, but, uh, this week is my off week for prayers, so I sat upstairs.  After, a couple girls and I went to Arden Fair Mall and hung out.  Again, it was awesome socialising with other Muslims.  (As a side note, I used to think Arden Fair was Arson Fair, which led to much amusement for my family when I told them where summer camp had gone to)

I went immediately to the family night the masjid has, where there was conniving to get me a husband (read: much acting like 12-year-olds).  Victoria, Kubra, and I met this really cute Bosnian Muslimah.  I have such a girl-crush on Kubra, lol.  She's so adorable.  ^_^  So is Admira, our new Bosnian girl.  She's a white chick, so we thought she might be a convert, but she was born Muslim and got married 8 months ago, then moved to America with her husband.  He wants us to teach her English, and when she asked him questions in Bosnian, he'd say, "Sorry, I don't speak Bosnian.  I only speak English."  They were adorable.  Work was exhausting, but Ricardo let me take an hour lunch and sleep, so that helped.  I ended up sleeping through Saturday class, but I'm not going to work late for Gina on Fridays any more; school has to come first.

Saturday's tea party was fun!  I want to have another one.  Work was blah; I got off two hours early.  One guy kept looking at me and finally asked, "What sort of religion are you?"  I was cranky, so I said, "I'm not a religion in and of myself, but I practice Islam."  And another guy asked where I was from, so I gave him a really weird look and said, "Uh, America?  Where else?"  Yeah, I was cranky and tired of people assuming I'm foreign.  God willing, next week I'll be back to my usual self.  :D

Today we had the convert support group meeting, which was aaaaaawesome.  Victoria and I learned a secret, which no one else knows, and I'm not going to say, bwuahahahaha!  :D  It's an awesome secret, rest assured, and I'll totally blab all about how I knew it first when it's not a secret any more.  I'm updating from Victoria's house; we're rolling up characters for a Pathfinder roleplaying campaign.  Did I mention I know a secret?

We also learned that a friend's brother passed away in a car accident yesterday, so she and her family are in our thoughts and prayers, and please keep them in yours.

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