Did you know that you could Ask Me Anything anonymously?
Q: How did you and Ali meet? Post wedding pics!!
Ali and I met during our final year of college. He attended UCLA and I went to USC and we were rivals! But we didn’t let that stop us since neither of us really care a lick about football.
We were engaged about a year after we met and despite the fact that we were 23 and had no clue what we were getting ourselves in to we got married in June of 2000.
Wedding pictures can be found here… http://fancythatfancythis.com/2010/05/27/how-we-met/
Q: How did you and Ali meet? And what was it about him that you fell in love with?
Here is my 100% honest but shallow answer…Ali had a convertible and an unlimited budget and he spoiled me like I’d never been spoiled before. He threw me a birthday party for a dozen friends at a rooftop restaurant 2 weeks after we met. We hit all the best restaurants in Beverly Hills and Hollywood and splitting the bill was never even an option. He invited me to Hawaii a few months after we met and even though my parents naturally said “no way” I was pretty excited to be invited anyway.
Here is my 100% honest but not-so-shallow answer…Ali sat through Great Expectations on our first Valentine’s Day even though he likely thought my preoccupation with Gwyneth was a bit scary. He catered to my ridiculous requests like driving to In-n-Out to get me a hamburger and then driving to McDonald’s to get me fries because I couldn’t have one without the other. He let me buy our first condo even though he had no idea where it was or what it looked like because he was working in France for 3 months before we got married. Talk about trust!
After all these things how could I NOT have married him?
Q: How did you and your husband meet? How did you know he was the one?
There is no simple answer to this question but I’ll leave you with this….ask yourself if a guy would put his jacket over a puddle for you to walk over so that you don’t ruin your shoes. If the answer is yes then I say there is a pretty good chance that he is the one.
And just to clarify I have never asked Ali to do this but I am 100% sure that he would if I ever asked him to.
Q: What does your husband do? You both seem to have a lot of travel opportunities! AND I love the look of your daughter’s room from your About pg! nice pic of the family! did you decorate it yourself, or hire someone (or a friend)?
Ali works in marketing for a computer hardware/software reseller. He has always travelled quite a bit and now that my job is flexible I am finally able to go with him from time to time. I also take real vacations now, something I never used to be able to do. That will soon change though as Maya starts kindergarten in the fall and I won’t be able to take off whenever I feel like it anymore. Not that I should be doing that anyway, as I have a child!
Maya’s room was decorated, for the most part, by my mother. When we moved in I had the stripes done by a painter but my mom did almost everything else. My contribution was the rug which I don’t particularly care for anymore and I ordered the canopy for Maya’s bed. I like things to look nice but home decor doesn’t particularly interest me so I leave it to people who know what they are doing.
Q: What skin products do you use?
If I may steal part of a quote from Clueless – my skin is like a Monet…from afar it looks pretty decent but up close it’s a big mess. What I’m trying to say is that although my skin looks okay in the photos you see on this blog it really isn’t that good! When I was younger the dermatologist gave me every prescription known to man with no results. It was only after I eliminated sugar, soy, peanuts, almonds, and dairy that my skin and I formed a fairly good relationship. I use Cetaphil face wash and SPF 15 moisturizer, Avalon Organics Night Creme, and I wear little to no makeup. Things are precarious but I’m hoping for the best.
Q: What is your typical workout routine?
I used to be obsessed with the gym….you can find that post here. I still exercise every day but no longer at the pace I used to. I do yoga 3-4 days a week (from yogadownload.com), I run 1-2 days a week, I do strength training 2-3 days a week, and I walk a few miles every day. Lately I’ve been determined to get to level 3 of the 30 Day Shred and I am slowly making my way there.
Q: Do you have a secret wish for your daughter, in terms of her career plans, talents, etc? What I mean to say is, do you have a dream for her?
This is a really good question. Like any parents I hope that Maya will do well academically and I secretly want her to be a high-flying investment banker like my brother. But I’d be just as happy if she was a chef. I just want her to love what she does so that she isn’t 34 and flailing around like her silly mother is.
Q: What are your top 5 favorite foods?
Prior to my numerous allergies, my favorite foods were bread of any kind, chocolate chip cookies, brownies, waffles, and scones. Carb city, right? So how ironic is it that I am gluten-intolerant?
Now that I can barely eat anything food doesn’t really hold that much interest for me anymore. My favorite things now are those that don’t bother my stomach – rice, eggs, salmon, dark chocolate, and corn chips. And right now I’m crossing my fingers that I didn’t just jinx myself!
Q: What is your favorite book?
There is no way I can narrow it down to one. But a few of my favorites are:
Q: Would you like to have more kids? If so, how many?
I always wonder why I had to pass two tests in order to qualify for a Driver’s License but nobody intervened to determine if I’d be a suitable parent or not. All I can say is that Maya only has the government to blame for the fact that she may need to seek counseling later in life.
Considering the damage I’m currently doing, I think I’d be crazy to consider ruining yet another child’s life. So no, there will be no other little Din’s running around!
Q: What is the food you miss most that you cannot eat now?
I definitely miss some good sourdough bread with tons of butter on it! No gluten-free bread can even compare.
Q: What are your favorite snacks? what do you typically eat for breakfast/lunch?
Breakfast usually entails a very haphazard bowl of oatmeal or cream of buckwheat with maple syrup, made in the microwave. Sometimes, when I’m feeling especially fancy I throw some raisins on top.
Lunch is often scrambled eggs with a brown rice tortilla or a random concoction like quinoa mixed with salsa, spinach, and black beans. I’ve learned that salsa makes anything palatable and I go through it like its going out of style.
I don’t usually snack but if I need some energy I’ll have a couple of dates or some dried apricots.
Sorry my meals are so uninteresting. Allergies can do that to you!
Q: Any advice on success? (I’m a college student getting a BS in Marketing and minor in psychology ) and also whats your favorite non-fictions books? (BTW -LOVE YOUR blog, the humor is pick me up in the morning!)
A: First off, your compliment just made my Wednesday morning, so thank you for that. Secondly, I’m not sure I am qualified to advise on success as I am still trying to achieve that myself, but if there is one thing I can’t emphasize enough it’s that you should pursue a career that you LOVE. Looking back, I really wish I’d gone a different route instead of choosing the more stable/realistic path because I believe I would be much happier and further in my career now.
My favorite non-fiction book include The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster (although her subsequent books are not nearly as entertaining), and Slave by Mende Nazer. I could not put this last book down, and to put that statement in perspective, I was in labor while I was reading it.
Q: Are you religious? (How) does this play a part in your daily life? You look like such a fun parent! Love your blog!
A: Thank you for the compliments! I am fairly sure Maya doesn’t consider me much of a fun parent now but I do hope she does eventually.
I am fairly religious in some ways, i.e. I fast during the month of Ramadan and I pray regularly. But I also wear things that I probably shouldn’t. I try! I have to work harder than most because both my brother and Ali demand that I do prayers on their behalf. They are THAT lazy.
And my brother is going to kill me for writing that.
Q: What is the craziest thing you ever did in college?
A: For some reason I have a feeling my brother asked this question. He wants me to admit that I got a tattoo during my college days, and even though I’ve sworn up and down numerous times that I do not have a tattoo, he doesn’t believe me.
The truth is that I was almost as boring back in college as I am now. The worst thing I ever did was wear a few things my parents wouldn’t have approved of. There were also few months during my junior year where I smoked a few cigarettes here and there. I have no idea why I did it but I am really glad that habit never stuck. All I can say is that if Maya is even half as boring as I was then I will be a happy mother.
Q: Does your kid drive you crazy?? Your posts make it seem that way sometimes.
Yes, Maya does drive me nuts! But please take my sarcasm and complaining with a grain of salt because I am prone to exaggeration and I have little patience in general. The truth is that Maya is a really good, smart, loving kid and I love her to death!
Q: Hi Ameena! I know you grew up in L.A and lived in Toronto at one point. Have you lived anywhere else? Where are you from originally? What is your favourite place you have ever lived? Sorry for the abundance of questions.
Sorry for the late reply and thank you for the question!!
In addition to Toronto and LA I’ve in Washington DC, but I don’t remember living there at all because I was way too young.
I’m not at all crazy about LA! I prefer Toronto but Ali hates the cold weather. Still, I want to move to NYC or London or Paris. One of these days…
Q: What are some of your favorite blogs? Do you mostly read food/health blogs?
I love so many different types of blogs, and while there are too many to list, I especially enjoy reading about more than just food. I like to learn about different cities people live in or trips that they take. Mainly, I like to read about things that I don’t get to experience in my life!
Q: Are you interested in eating disorders?
I’ve certainly learned more about eating disorders in the last year than I’ve ever before! I am really shocked that so many people have eating disorders and my main concern is to make sure that Maya doesn’t develop one when she gets older.
Q: Have you ever suffered from an eating disorder?
No I’ve never had an eating disorder.
Q: Do you ever want to give Maya away?
When Maya was little I wanted to give her away every single day. But now that she’s older and can communicate I feel like we are in a much better place.
There are still days when she drives me nuts but for the most part, it’s kind of fun having her around!
Q: Hi Ameena, I love your blog & your easy (yet sophisticated) style of writing. My question is, do you have a hard time finding friends who don’t envy you, seeing that you have so much going for you? How do you know how to pick them?
First off, thank you so much for the compliment – I really appreciate it.
Secondly, I don’t have a lot of friends (not going to lie). I think this is because thanks to work and Maya (and Ali!) I just don’t have time to keep up with a whole lot of people. I have a few good friends from ages ago, and we have a large family so I stay really busy with them.First off, thank you so much for the compliment – I really appreciate it.
Funny, but I don’t think people really envy me. Most think I’m crazy for working and they think I’m uptight and too demanding. And I can be (again, not going to lie). I think my high expectations makes it hard for me to pick good friends, so I just stick with the ones that are tried and true.
Hope that answers your question. And thanks so much for reading!