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August 14, 2010

I had a great (in my opinion) post all ready to go just now.  After spending a ton of time perfecting it I showed it to Ali who said I should rethink posting it “as it may not be good for your career.” 

It is kind of ironic that someone who just a couple of days ago said, “This egg white omelette doesn’t taste very yolk-y,” has such foresight.

So my post tonight will be sub-par because after spending so much time on the aforementioned post I really don’t know what else to write.  Plus I am operating at about 65 percent thanks to lack of food/water.  But complaining during Ramadan is frowned upon so I’ll stop while I’m ahead and leave you with these 3 thoughts instead:

1. Jet Blue employee Steven Slater is NOT a hero, I do not admire him, and he’s going to regret his stupidity.  If he gets a book and/or movie deal I might just throw myself over the Santa Monica Pier.

2. I will not be watching Eat, Pray, Love.  I have more to say on this but anger and/or jealousy is also frowned upon during Ramadan so I’ll stop here.

3. Making banana muffins probably isn’t the best thing to do when you can’t eat, but baking with Maya was all I could come up with to keep her busy for 30 minutes.  So muffins it was:

Killing Time During Ramadan Banana Muffins

  • 1/3 cup white or brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1 ripe banana, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

Mix the wet ingredients (except the sliced bananas) and then the dry ingredients (except the 1 T. of brown sugar) separately.  Combine the wet and dry ingredients in one bowl until just mixed.  Fill 6 muffin cups until 2/3 full, top with banana slices, sprinkle with brown sugar, and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. 

I’m off to not complain, be angry, jealous, lie, cheat, or steal.  So basically, since there is nothing else to do, I’ll be going to sleep. 

Good night!

52 Comments leave one →
  1. August 14, 2010 3:36 am

    Husbands are good at restraining us from doing things we would later regret. I’ve had it on my mind to post on a specific subject for a long time but he pulls me back from that edge that would be a long free fall each time.

    If it helps, tell me something you want to rant about and I’ll do it for you so you can feel better but not complain during Ramadan.

  2. August 14, 2010 3:51 am

    #2 – I agree. I read the book about 3 years ago and I liked it well enough at the time…but it wasn’t mind-blowing for me.
    I dislike Julia Roberts, so that is a big motivator not to see the movie (well, “dislike” might be too strong a word — lets just say I am not entirely fond of her). But I think that a lot of people want to see the movie because it might “inspire” them….but I feel it would make me kinda angry (jealous? annoyed? irritated?), something like that.
    If I had a car, I would like to spend a day browsing stores and see a movie. Boy, this reality is a hard one to chew!

    Girl, you are quite dedicated. I eat big every 2-3 hours, no fail…good luck.

  3. August 14, 2010 3:54 am

    Oh, and as for professionalism – I agree. That is why my name is not attached to my current blog.
    If I decide to attach my name to my current blog, I would have to go back and delete some posts I think.
    I know of some other people that attach their name to their blog and then actually talk about others on that blog — its really not fair to the other person…if the blog author wants to say their own name and risk their professional day-to-day job than fine…but I don’t think its fair to drag others down with them!

    • August 14, 2010 3:55 am

      That said, I think you should write what you want when you want. As long as it is not completely insane…its your blog – gotta be real and stick to being you.

  4. August 14, 2010 4:00 am

    Lol the first thing that came to my mind when I heard about the Steven Slater thing is “This guy’s gonna get a book deal and maybe even his own reality TV show”. I really, really hope that’s not going to be the case, though, because then I might just have to join you on the bridge diving.

    I probably won’t be watching Eat, Pray, Love either. A part of me wants to, just to see if it’s all it’s hyped up to be, but mostly I’m just turned off by the whole “this book/movie is going to change your life!” message they’re trying to send across. I mean, it was an enjoyable enough read, but I didn’t find it life-altering…

  5. August 14, 2010 4:05 am

    I always admired those who can survive Ramadan. What a sacrifice! But you’ve found a great way to release steam. I would devour those muffins in a heartbeat!

  6. August 14, 2010 4:11 am

    So, I hadn’t actually heard the entire story about the flight attendant until I clicked on your link. I’m sorry, but if we all got to act like that when we were frustrated with our jobs, I’m pretty sure we would all be arrested at some point. Some people… I swear.

    Those muffins look delicious! If you are having trouble eating them all due to your fasting, feel free to send them my way. 🙂

  7. August 14, 2010 4:47 am

    Ameena, if you have a chance to check out the article referenced on ENJ (Empty Nut Jar), you’ll know some of the reasons why I probably won’t see it. I just couldn’t get past India. Italy was great because it was all about food, but I couldn’t seem to keep up after that.
    And Ameena, I have to say that your humour under duress is nothing short of graceful. Your brand of sarcasm is so endearing. Forge on, my sister!

    • August 14, 2010 10:17 pm

      Hi Jaya – I just checked out the article you mentioned (for anyone interested the link is and I absolutely loved it. I agree with almost everything this article touched on, most importantly that EPL could easily be called Wealthy, Whiny, White. So true. I will admit a love for GOOP and Gwyneth though. What can I say? I am a flawed human being. 🙂 Thanks for the compliments (as always) and the great link!

  8. August 14, 2010 4:51 am

    The flight attendant story annoys me too. I mean I “get” why people think it’s “cool” or whatever, but that’s something that should just be kept in our heads… ya know… like you think about escaping down the emergency shoot with 2 beers, but you don’t actually DO it!! Very irresponsible and it sets a terrible example… not just for children but for adults also. B/c you KNOW there will be copycats b/c of this. People will think it’s ok and that they’ll make national headlines and then they’ll end up insulting other people while ruining their own careers.

  9. August 14, 2010 4:59 am

    At least Maya can eat the muffins, right. 😉

    As for ‘Eat Pray Love,’ I’m *so* anti… and yet I have to see it. The book was annoying and I know the movie will be, too, yet I can’t resist food porn and watching the Italian countryside, Indian villages and Indonesian beaches. It’s too hard to stay away.

    HATE all the ‘Eat Pray Love’ tours that have popped up. If the entire point is to ‘find yourself,’ that’s certainly not going to happen on a guided tour with 50 other Americans.

  10. August 14, 2010 5:03 am

    Nice looking muffins. Glad you got a little foresight with that post. Not sure what it had in it, but it sounds like juicy and controversial stuff. As for the Jet Blue employee, I am sure we have all had those days at work where we think it, we just don’t do it, but everyone has a breaking point. Medically, I do wonder. I have heard multiple reports, and if he was hit on the head in the way it is claimed, and has a large bump, it is entirely possible that he was acting very out of character, because some trauma to the brain. I know people who have had brain trauma and it scares their family because even the most docile person will sit and yell obscenities to their spouse. They can act really out of character, and I think whether that was really the case or not, he will use that to his defense, but in reality, it is possible (assuming the media reports are correct).

  11. August 14, 2010 6:00 am

    Ha, love the name of the muffins. That must be terrible to bake and then not be able to eat any of it. You have some serious willpower because I would cave by 3 in the afternoon, lol.

    And Ameena, you complain away on here!! This is your blog and not eating all day, well, I would be complaining too!

  12. August 14, 2010 6:10 am

    jealous is also a word you might use to describe my feelings on eat pray love. can we all just quit our jobs and get on a plane to italy to stuff our faces with pasta? (my next post will explain my thoughts on this well.)

    the muffins look good, love the name. you seem to be doing an excellent job fasting and being nice! 😉

  13. Michelle permalink
    August 14, 2010 6:41 am

    I used to not mind the JetBlue guy after the original story. It just made me laugh. But now that he is smiling so wide with all of the attention he’s getting, I’m pretty sick of it. He will probably be getting his own TV show soon. Ugh.

  14. August 14, 2010 7:09 am

    I don’t like the Jet blue guy, because he getting attentions for not doing the his job. Regarding the EPL i don’t care what prayer she did in India. Killing banana muffin looks delicious but hard to make during Ramadan

  15. August 14, 2010 7:15 am

    I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Eat Pray Love! I’ve been slooowly working through the book “that will change my life.” I loved Italy because it was all about food, but the chapter on India is downright annoying. I admire the author for doing the ashram thing for so long, but really there is so much more to India that she could have done/seen/EATEN! I was hoping for yummy Indian food stories but there were none.
    I’m in the middle of the Bali chapter now and it’s only getting interesting because of the man she met.
    I was watching Oprah on the treadmill yesterday and got really irritated when Julia Roberts said she was glad that they filmed the movie in sequence because she would have hated to go to India after Bali…because Bali was “heaven on earth.” Obviously I’m biased, but she must have missed out on the good parts of India and I think Elizabeth Gilbert did too.
    I do like Julia Roberts in other movies though… so I might Redbox it…maybe…

    • Med permalink
      August 14, 2010 11:08 am

      I agree, I saw Julia Roberts say that as well and I found it very insulting. I guess she didn’t make it to Goa, or any of the other very beautiful parts of India. I also really enjoyed the book at first but lost interest in India. I like Julia Roberts but I was not happy to hear she would be in the movie, I think her stardom will take away from any message the movie may have otherwise possibly offered.

    • August 14, 2010 10:24 pm

      I had no idea that Julia Roberts was on Oprah but I’m glad I missed that interview. India is such a beautiful place and I think it’s pretty sad that both Julia and Elizabeth missed the whole point in going there. I’m sure Bali is gorgeous too but I’m a bit biased too. 🙂 I’m still waiting for the book to change my life. Let me know when you are done and we’ll compare notes!!

      • eatmovewrite permalink
        August 15, 2010 7:02 pm

        I just did a review of the movie (which is technically a review of the book too, in some ways). The movie isn’t quite what the book was, but it does show some things India-wise that the book did not. 🙂

  16. August 14, 2010 7:47 am

    So, I’ve obviously been out-of-the-loop. I don’t even know who the Slater guy is, and then when I tried to find out more about it, I just couldn’t force myself to read about a flight attendant. Maybe I’m a total jerk?
    I read a really funny review of the movie of “Eat, Pray, Love” on I didn’t read the book, so I probably won’t see the movie, but I’d love to hear your point of view…
    Finally, I hope that you ate, swore like a sailor and did lots of other ‘bad’ things in your dreams!

  17. August 14, 2010 7:49 am

    I can’t even imagine what you could write about that would be non professional or bad for your career…

    but good for you for reflecting on the consequences just in case.

    I have no clue what is eat pray love, it sounds like a blog to me, and the only think I keep thinking is …was that a blog turned movie???

    and the jet blue guy…yeah, more attention, more fame. oye

    what self control you have Ameena, I could NOT bake anything and keep it out of my face!

  18. actorsdiet permalink
    August 14, 2010 8:20 am

    i’m curious to see what the post was – can you send it to just me or is it lost forever?!?

  19. August 14, 2010 8:39 am

    Yeah that flight attendant story is insane and not worthy of a book deal AT all. I really hope that does not happen. ugh.

    I like the slices of banana on top of the muffins. It looks delicious!

  20. August 14, 2010 8:39 am

    You are truly cracking me up! I would not have had any self control if I had baked those muffins. They look so good.

    I agree with everything you said. The Eat, Pray, Love thing makes me want to throw myself over the Santa Monica Pier.

    You are doing a great job 🙂

  21. August 14, 2010 8:50 am

    Definitely not a hero in my books. Simply put, a hero to me is one who helps another person without thinking of themselves. Putting others in danger because you cannot control yourself is far from heroic in my views.

    Hey, that sounds like a fun recipe for K and I to enjoy too. I’m going to try those this weekend when we have the time 😛 Thanks for sharing that Ameena! Hope you have a wonderful weekend with your family!

  22. August 14, 2010 8:54 am

    Oooh, now I totally want to see the first post as well. And props to you for baking during Ramadan. I’m pretty much useless. Soon, we’ll be resorting to boxed Kraft mac n’ cheese for dinner because I have zero energy to make any food.

  23. August 14, 2010 9:22 am

    Ramadan Mubarak, Ameena!
    These are some long fasting hours we have this year considering it’s summmer! I’ve definitely had to remind myself to bite my tongue and not get the road rage that is second nature to me on the road so I feel you with the compression of angry feelings 🙂
    Those muffins look delicious! 10 more hours…

  24. August 14, 2010 10:54 am

    I agree…that man needs to get some things figured out. And I’m also not going to see Eat, Pray, Love but I’m curious to hear your reasons.

  25. August 14, 2010 11:51 am

    I want to know what the post was about!! I do love banana muffins 🙂

  26. August 14, 2010 12:45 pm

    These muffins look fab! Hahaha, I hope you are doing well today and not fighting, complaining and lying! Hahaha, too funny 🙂

    I love reading your posts 🙂

  27. August 14, 2010 1:46 pm

    just the name alone of these muffins is making me giddy!! your hilarity is the highlight of my day!! ❤
    mmm id love a batch of KTD ramadan muffins please ❤

  28. August 14, 2010 2:43 pm

    You’re so good about Ramadan! I once worked with a girl who was working full time and taking classes and I never knew how she did it while fasting! I think I would just want to sleep all day.

  29. August 14, 2010 3:08 pm

    Nice post! I want to read what you did write!!! It’s not meant to be perfect girl!!

    I made banana cookies/muffins today too! Weird. I’ll be posting them soon…only unlike you I CAN and (unfortunately) ARE eating them…all…

  30. August 14, 2010 3:23 pm

    Eat Pray Love is very “take it or leave it” to me. I may end up seeing the movie because I know all my friends want to see it and I’m not going to refuse to go…but I don’t expect the movie will change my life or even “make me think”. The book was very blah. A woman got paid to go on vacation, fix her life, and write a book about it. That’s great, but it’s not really applicable to every one else’s life, so why is it supposedly a self help book? I don’t really get it, but I don’t really care either.

    I hope you are getting through Ramadan 🙂 I would probably sleep through the whole thing too- or at least I would stay in bed all day. Then again, I don’t really have that option most of the time!

  31. August 14, 2010 5:34 pm

    Hey Ameena, Happy Ramadan! You know, I’ve tried to do Ramadan with a family member that does it, and I didn’t last very long. I felt bad about being such a wuss, as I wanted to be supportive to my Muslim family. It was hard though, and I’m not Muslim. Hence I gave into my hunger…
    Funny how one is not supposed to not feel angry or jealous and such, but no food just helps one to be all the more unreasonable (smile). Anyway, probably a good time to read the Qu’ran…

  32. August 14, 2010 5:34 pm

    Hey, it’s GREAT you’re sticking to your guns. And those muffins look awesome.

    What if you created a list of projects to get done by the end of Ramadan? Doesn’t need to be home improvement. Like…tracking down a small shop you’ve heard about but never visited. Adventure! I mean, I doubt Indiana Jones was thinking about his tummy as he was racing from giant boulders.

  33. August 14, 2010 5:41 pm

    I don’t think I’m going to see the movie either, but probably because I read the book and usually don’t like to see films after I read the books they were based on, because they’re often disappointing. And I liked the book, and read it before it became the big life-altering book it is considered to be now. I just enjoyed it as an interesting story.

    • August 14, 2010 7:20 pm

      I’m with Lisa on the movie! I am excited to see it though — but I do think it’s just a good story. There are issues of money, privilege, womanhood, white-ness and blah, blah, blah, but I don’t really care. I respect Gilbert for trying to figure things out in whatever way she could and writing about it in a loving, emotional way. But, as an emotional writer I might be biased.

      Also, I have a girl crush on Julia Roberts.

  34. August 14, 2010 9:01 pm

    You crack me up. Hope you’re getting through Ramadan. Those muffins look like dealbreakers good job resisting!

  35. August 15, 2010 4:05 am

    I apparently have negative amounts of foresight because do you see the things that I post? I’ve mentioned sex how many times in the past two weeks? I’m sure it will come back to bite me in the ass at some point. But we’re all adults…right?

    Muffins for ramadan. I like it.

  36. August 15, 2010 7:09 am

    Ameena! Thank you so much for the kind comment. I really am sincere about what I say, so it meant so much to me- especially since I am going through a ridiculously hard time! I think this post is hilarious!
    1. I will throw myself off the pier with you! Why not make it a little more dramatic (and get some publicity/movie/book deal out of it too?!) and jump from the Empire Tower?
    2. I loved the book- and jealously just may make me hurl my smuggled in snacks at the movie screen.
    3. You muffins look Divine, and you are a fantastic mother! I wish I had someone like you in my life that I could go to for advice/reassurance/solace etc. You are an amazing lady!


  37. August 15, 2010 9:53 am

    I completely agree about the Jet blue guy…something was amiss before the “incident”…
    how do you cope with the crankiness of your hunger??? It must be all encompassing and something that possibly both detracts and inspires a sense of faithfulness?

    • August 16, 2010 5:41 am

      I am definitely cranky, but it is more from exhaustion than hunger. I wake up at 4am and I don’t go back to sleep! But I do try to take a nap in the afternoon. Anyway, 4-5 hours sleep makes me more cranky than not eating.

  38. August 15, 2010 3:34 pm

    Probably smart not to jeopardize your career on the blog. Good choice. 😀

    I barely know the whole JetBlue story, but it doesn’t interest me at all. Neither does Eat, Pray, Love. (or Julia Roberts, for that matter) Sounds like we’re in the same boat!

    The muffins look great! I love baking when I’m feeling stressed or angry– beating batter together is a good way to release some aggression!

    Hope your day gets better!!

  39. August 15, 2010 4:14 pm

    You showed some major power by not eating those delicious looking muffins. I would not have been able to do it!!
    ❤ jess

  40. August 15, 2010 4:16 pm

    Mmm muffins are amazing! Especially blueberry and chocolate chipp X)

    hope you’re doing great! 😉

  41. August 15, 2010 5:04 pm

    It’s funny, I swear it feels like time actually slows down during Ramadan (and then speeds up the entire rest of the year). Do you feel like that too, lol?! The muffins look delicious!

  42. August 15, 2010 5:56 pm

    Love the name of the muffins and surely they could be adapted for any time of life when we feel 65% 😉

  43. eatmovewrite permalink
    August 15, 2010 6:59 pm

    lol. You crack me up with the “nothing else to do.” I love how grown up your little one is. Oh, and I have no idea how you didn’t consume those muffins. I’m sure the smell during baking them was painful.

  44. August 15, 2010 9:04 pm

    O hun, I hope you didn;t think i was glorifying that steven guy when I wrote that post about career suicide. I think he totally snapped way out of proportions and I think he knew the media would be all over it. What a publicity whore. Those muffins look awesome, I’ll be sure to try them, maybe when yom kippur rolls around.

  45. August 17, 2010 9:11 pm

    I can’t imagine how tempting it must have been to bake those muffins. I probably would have caved!!!!

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