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Maya Strikes Again

June 8, 2010

My last few posts have been kind of depressing, haven’t they?  I’m not usually a complainer (every person who knows me is scoffing at that statement right now) but I do think I need to lighten things up around here before I lose the few readers that keep coming back.  So allow me to list the things that I am grateful for right now:

1. I am grateful that I had a chance to meet up with Lynn again yesterday, this time at M Cafe.  She wasn’t scared off by Maya running around in circles up and down the streets of Beverly Hills after consuming half a giant piece of chocolate cake.  Lynn didn’t even flinch when Maya threw up all over the bathroom floor after eating too much of the aforementioned cake.  And as if that wasn’t enough Lynn brought me some of the much coveted Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride Tea which tastes identical to a sugar cookie. 

Thank you Lynn, for putting up with Maya and her shenanigans, and for the tea – you are too generous and kind.  I can’t wait to meet up with you again.

2. I am grateful that Maya narrowly missed my new shoes when she threw up all over the bathroom. 

3. Is it terrible that I’m grateful Maya threw up in someone else’s bathroom? 

4. I am grateful that several other people, including Joanne, are willing to give up their kidney for me if I ever need one.

5. I am grateful that instead of a stuffed animal Ali finds security in having all of his technology in arms reach.  Laptop?  Check.  iPhone?  Check.  iPad?  Check.  Wireless card?  Check.  Landline?  Check.  I believe he is fully covered in any emergency.  Or in case he needs to send a text at 2 am. 

Excitement is building around here for the iPhone 4G which will be released June 24, 2010.  Certain members of the Din Family are counting the days.

6. I am grateful that after breaking out and dusting off our rarely used but much hated iron, I was able to place it safely back in the laundry room cupboard.  I swear, the lengths I will go to for my child are endless…

Side note – our wedding registry contained about 1,000 things and the only thing our guests didn’t purchase?  The iron.  It was a sign!  I’ve also refused to buy an ironing board and continue to use this classy sheet on top of our washing machine instead.

7. After countless revisions my first Toastmaster’s speech is ready for Friday.  I am grateful that the dream I had last night that I had terrible stage freight and couldn’t speak was just a dream. 

8. I am grateful that my good friend Maie is taking me to The Roof Garden at the Peninsula for lunch today.  She is a hard-to-find good offline friend who has about 100 things going on so I feel pretty special that she has time to spend with me on the rare occasion she isn’t saving someone’s life. 

9. I am grateful that I am going to be in Washington D.C. next month…even though I am nervous about how I am going to single-handedly entertain Maya for 3-4 days while Ali mingles with other computer nerds at a Microsoft conference.  Anyone interested in meeting up?

10. I am grateful that I didn’t complain a single time in this post!  I think I set a new record for myself.

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  1. June 8, 2010 6:19 am

    When I moved out and into my house, I suddenly felt like I had to buy an iron. Now keep in mind that I rarely ironed at home and really own no clothes that require ironing (on purpose), so I have no idea why I felt this was a necessary component to the domestic puzzle. Couch? Yes. Iron? No. It’s been two years and I have yet to use it…

    She missed your new shoes? Thank goodness for small miracles. It seems my pets always find the one little square of carpet among miles of tile or the one “important” paper to puke on. So it goes, I suppose 😉

    I’m grateful that I’m using up a couple PTO hours this afternoon. Even though I have nothing to do and it’s rainy, it beats sitting at work!

  2. lowandbhold permalink
    June 8, 2010 6:22 am

    I would have been incredibly grateful that my kid threw up in someone else’s bathroom. I don’t do puke.

    I don’t have an ironing board either. Or an iron. I have a little travel iron that I bust out occasionally, but mostly I just shove my wrinkled clothes in the dryer or wear them as is.

    The pic of Ali’s technology is hilarious.

  3. Jessica permalink
    June 8, 2010 6:23 am

    A little complaining never hurt anyone! It’s good to get things off your chest and just talk…or in this case, type.

    I don’t think I could’ve been as good of a friend as Lynn. If I had seen Maya throw up, I’d be right next to her doing the same thing. I have a pretty weak stomach.

    Irons are overrated anyway. I just use my dryer and some wrinkle releaser spray stuff.

  4. June 8, 2010 6:58 am

    That’s a pretty good list to be thankful for 🙂 Mircrosfot doesn’t havea conference in Houston? Ali sould request one for here so we can meet up 😉

    • Ali permalink
      June 8, 2010 5:19 pm

      Two years back, Microsoft had their conference in Houston right after fourth of July – 12,000 people were not too happy.

  5. Priyanka permalink
    June 8, 2010 7:06 am

    I hate ironing. It is one thing no one can make me do. Yay for toastmaster’s

  6. June 8, 2010 7:09 am

    Aw man! If I lived in DC, I’d totally hang out with you. But I’m three hours north. That’s a bit far for a blogger meet up.

    Have you ever checked out dream moods? It’s where I go every time I have a bad dream. It’s pretty eye-opening.

  7. June 8, 2010 7:21 am

    I’m going to DC with the fam in a couple months. So I might just have to enlist you to scout out some fun places to eat while you’re there… 🙂

  8. June 8, 2010 7:21 am

    ick my boyfriend always has all technology at arms reach too. i instated a “no cellphones in bed” rule.

  9. June 8, 2010 7:33 am

    Aww love this post!!! It’s not bad that you are glad Maya threw up in someone else’s bathroom. I don’t do vomit, which can be a problem when you work with 5 year olds. One time one of them projectile vomited on a computer… ummm probably one of the most disgusting things I’ve ever seen? When I get married, my husband is going to deal with that whole thing. Oh yes, it’s going to be in the vows.

  10. June 8, 2010 7:34 am

    I am grateful for your hilarious post! Also, for the puke story. Is that strange?

    The other day I was at Target, when a little girl in the next stall had a similar incident. Her mother was nowhere to be found. Needless to say, a Target employee started yelling at me (thinking this kid was mine) and it took me several minutes worth of shock and horror to blurt out that this little girl did not belong to me. It was one of the few times that I was grateful not to be a mother!

  11. June 8, 2010 7:40 am

    Your post made me grateful I don’t have a child to throw up near me. That part of motherhood never really sounded fun. And, of course, I’m psyched for a meet up when you’re in DC!

  12. June 8, 2010 7:54 am

    aww lunch AND she brought you cookies… that’s precious! yikes about the barf and shoes… i dry heave everytime i have to witness someone barf eww i cannot handle it! i love DC, was raised up there in Maryland. there is SO much gallery/sight seeing to do there with war history and the like its ridiculous!

  13. June 8, 2010 8:01 am

    Isn’t Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride Amazing??

    We’re pretty pumped about the iPhone 4 around here too–Hubby has held out for the newest version 🙂

  14. June 8, 2010 8:13 am

    When you are in DC you can check out the National Geographic Museum! It is so cool, and it is also free! 🙂

    • June 8, 2010 6:53 pm

      Thank you for the recommendation Meredith. Maya is all over anything that is free! 🙂

  15. actorsdiet permalink
    June 8, 2010 8:29 am

    i’m glad maya didn’t have a reprise at your bathroom at home! glad you liked the tea!

  16. June 8, 2010 8:29 am

    Aw, you know I love gratitudes 🙂 How fun that you got to meet up with Lynn! I’ve been dying to try M Cafe! And I’d love to meet Maya 🙂

  17. June 8, 2010 9:13 am

    I don’t even have kids yet, but I think I would also be very thankful that my child threw up in someone else’s bathroom!! 😉 I am not ok with vomit – even that of a sweet child’s. One of my students this past year projectile vomited all over me as I was handing her a clinic pass. And it was right in front of my principal as she was observing me for my yearly evaluation. Lovely.

  18. June 8, 2010 9:58 am

    I’m digging the gratitudes 🙂

    Have a great time in DC! There’s always lots of fun things going on there in the summer – I’m sure you and Maya will find plenty to keep yourselves busy. Have you ever been to the National Zoo?

  19. June 8, 2010 10:03 am

    ok i’m not going to deny it, i’m super jealous of you and Lynn that you guys get to have blogger meet ups and have lunch/dinner with each other and Maya. two of my favorite bloggers in not one but two posts plus an adorable as can be little girl, it’s a good day in leeqie land 😉
    Totally not terrible that you’re glad Maya thew up in someone else’s washroom, just shows your honesty. hope it was nothing serious and that she’s ok now.

    hilarious picture of Ali! hope you’re having a great week 😀

  20. June 8, 2010 12:07 pm

    If you end up staying in DC longer than expect let me know ASAP!!!!

    I hope my kids puke in bathrooms that are NOT mine!

  21. June 8, 2010 12:15 pm

    I would be thankful my kid didn’t throw up in my bathroom too!!

    PS – I don’t even own an iron. Hehehe.

  22. June 8, 2010 1:02 pm

    Lol, I remember watching my niece when she was only about 2 and taking her to the library. She puked all over the floor and as mortified as I was, I was also glad we weren’t at home. So, I completely know what you mean. 🙂

  23. June 8, 2010 1:11 pm

    Ha, I love all of the technology! It looks like our bedside table and drives me nutso. Can’t we be at least be free of it when we sleep?!

  24. June 8, 2010 2:17 pm

    I found you through Lynn Chen’s blogpost. Of course it is better if your child throws up in someone else’s bathroom! So much for that healthy chocolate cake….
    My kids are in their 30’s and we still tell stories of famous vomiting episodes in our family’s history.
    Anyway she is adorable. That was a great photo. I bet she loves D.C.- there’s so much to interest children there.

  25. Leah @ Why Deprive? permalink
    June 8, 2010 2:17 pm

    “3. Is it terrible that I’m grateful Maya threw up in someone else’s bathroom?”

    Hahaha oh Ameena, you never fail to crack me up! I would be SO grateful if my kid threw up in someone elses bathroom and not mine. 🙂

  26. June 8, 2010 2:44 pm

    aw, poor maya! poor MOM! hope you and lynn had fun despite the chocolate cake 🙂

  27. June 8, 2010 3:02 pm

    you are such an amazing mother, i know what ur saying, and i totally can imagine all the little things you do to see ur little girl smile. UR FANTASTIC!

  28. June 8, 2010 3:36 pm

    u two look so pretty. wish i lived in L.A and could meet up at fancy eateries!

  29. June 8, 2010 3:45 pm

    I’m grateful for the laughs that your posts always manage to get out of me. That’s hilarious that Ali keeps all of that stashed next to the bed. I sleep with my iPhone next to me so that I can check what time it is when I wake up in the middle of the night, and my mom gives me grief for that, claiming that the “waves” are unhealthy for my brain. I don’t even want to know what she would say if I slept with that amount of technology around me…

    Oh, and I’m happy that Maya missed your shoes as well. From what I’ve seen, your shoes are too darn nice to be vomited on.

  30. June 8, 2010 3:45 pm

    This is such a cute perk-up post! I love how the little things get recognition for just being simple and wonderful 🙂

  31. June 8, 2010 3:55 pm

    Ahaha, Ali sounds like a typical graduate from the University of Waterloo (where I go to school)! We’re always boasting about being the most high-tech university in the world. Whatever that means. I put my school to shame because I still don’t have a cell phone. But that’s, of course, very typical of me. Outlier! 😀

    I’m grateful that my kale seeds are sprouting and that I have vegetables sitting in my fridge. (Remember that I am a college student. Having food in the fridge is ALWAYS a big deal, period.)

  32. oc2seattle permalink
    June 8, 2010 4:47 pm

    I hate ironing and am horrible at it. Anything that has to be ironed goes to the dry cleaners in our house.
    I thought that iPad was yours??? Did Ali completely take it over – LOL
    There is so much to do in DC I’m sure you’ll have no problem keeping Maya entertained – the freeze dried ice cream at the Air and Space museum alone should be fascinating 😉

  33. louisianagrown permalink
    June 8, 2010 5:21 pm

    I can’t believe you feel that way about ironing. A always viewed you as such a neat, organized person. I would think you’d want your clothes STARCHED.

    But I’m grateful that I have blogs to read like yours, that keep me entertained and let me know there might be people just as grumpy as me out there.

  34. Michelle permalink
    June 8, 2010 5:26 pm

    I thought my problem with technology-by-the-bed was bad! Ali is too funny.

    I’m so sorry about Maya. That reminds me when my big brother and I had a pizza and chocolate milk eating and drinking contest when we were in Hawaii. All I remember was throwing it all back up.

  35. June 8, 2010 5:29 pm

    Good luck on your speech! Toastmasters seems fun, I wonder if there is one in my area. Funny thing–I love to iron and both of my irons have something wrong with them so I am hoping I’ll get one as a wedding gift!

  36. June 8, 2010 8:30 pm

    Very nice post. May be running around after eating is not a good idea for Maya. My daughter threw up a lot since birth until she was about 3. I got used to cleaning up after her but now I can’t imagine doing it again. My iPhone is used as the wakeup alarm, time check, timer, calendar and alerts and so on, so it’s next to the bed too. I think we are tech-laden LOL…. Your DC trip should be really fun – there could be at least one giveaway treat everyday for Maya from MS and vendors. I know you are not too big on freebies, but bring some good ones back to giveaway – OK. It would be totally cool if you can visit the White House.

  37. June 8, 2010 9:21 pm

    I am grateful for your awesome blog that always makes me laugh.

    esp the pic of Ali’s junk

    oh and the title


  38. June 9, 2010 4:43 am

    I just love your blog. And this grateful list. I laughed out loud in the light that you portrayed Mayas chocolate cake/throw up incident. I I also love Ali’s technology station. HILARIOUSly put. I can’t wait to see how you spend time in DC with your adorable adorable daughter.

  39. June 9, 2010 5:13 am

    May you always have much to be grateful for daaaaaaahling. I too am major excited about the next apple iphone–it comes out on my birthday, how cool is that?
    *kisses* HH

  40. June 9, 2010 8:37 am

    Haha! This is so great! I love how you take a different “spin” on the gratitude – not just the sky, the sun, etc…which are important!! but hey we need some humor – and to find gratitude in those things that can easily be seen as not so gratuitious…

  41. June 9, 2010 10:36 am

    I think I’m depressing too…much more so than you though. I try to be bright and shiny sometimes, but I’ll admit, it’s not really my personality. I’ve even tried to write down things that I’m grateful for, but I can only come up with lame cliche answers. Oh well, I have your list to entertain me for now!
    I love the Sugar Cookie tea…it tastes just like sugar cookies, I don’t know how they do it! I stocked up on it last time I saw it in the store…You can only get it at Christmas time in the U.S so I wasn’t about to pass up the hoarding opportunity.

  42. June 9, 2010 11:35 am

    Oh gosh, this makes me smile. I hate ironing too (a danger with business clothes!). You will find lovely things to do in DC, no doubt 🙂

  43. June 9, 2010 11:55 am

    YOu had me cracking up with #3 and #5, though I do sleep with my blackberry next to me, so I can relate and I have sent a text at 2am in the morning…once.

  44. June 9, 2010 12:15 pm

    AWwww poor Maya, I hope she felt better after her “incident”

    I love going out with girl friends for lunch, and I love that tea!

    Hahaha….ahhh iPhone here we come!


  45. June 9, 2010 2:03 pm

    hahaha I would be grateful about the vomit in someone elses bathroom…i HATE vomit…hearing it, seeing it, dealing ith it…its a huge serious phobia of mine, so yeah, I would be grateful for that too! hahaaa

    I have my iphone preordered!!!

  46. June 9, 2010 2:33 pm

    Oh! I wish we would have been in DC at the same time.

    You and Lynn look so beautiful!

    Ah… technology. I can understand most of it… just not the iPad. Not yet, anyway.

  47. highonhealthy permalink
    June 9, 2010 4:20 pm

    I tried ironing once and that lasted for about 5 seconds. Why spend time smoothing clothes out when I can just wear them wrinkled? Wrinkled works for me! We don’t own an ironing board either, just towels that get thrown down on the counter.

    You and Lynn look so pretty. 😀 I wish I lived in LA! It looks about 100000x more exciting then where I reside.

  48. June 9, 2010 5:15 pm

    It’s definitely always a good thing to try and remember what we’re thankful for.

    i don’t own an iron. And I’m pretty thankful for it. Because it means I don’t feel guilty when my clothes are occasionally wrinkled.

    Maya sounds adorable, even if she is hyped on chocolate cake on occasion. But aren’t we all!

    And yes I’m so glad for your shoes. That would have been a tragedy!


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