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March 26, 2014

My OCD is in overdrive because I haven’t posted in a while. Allow me to catch you up quickly:

Ali spent two weeks in LA, came home for 5 minutes, and took off again for Seattle, and then LA, where he currently is.

I’ve been enjoying the fact that the I have our master bathroom all to myself.

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This week I became THAT girl who changes her shoes at work.

I know there’s no excuse for ugly footwear – even during a commute – but I walk miles and miles a day and my feet hurt ALL THE TIME.

I have no other choice.

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Maya turned 9 and celebrated with a magic-themed party. She asked for a magician, a puppy, and a pasta bar.

I bought her Garfield comic books in lieu of a pet, served overcooked pasta and shrimp, and called it a birthday.

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I got over my guilt and gave our housekeeper the green light to come twice a week.

She uses loads of toxic chemicals (although they have a lovely lemony scent), but coming home to a clean house on Tuesdays and Fridays is worth losing a few years of my life to whatever magic Ajax and Windex contain.

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And finally, my credit card was stolen and instead of heading to Bloomingdale’s or Best Buy, the culprit charged up $800 at 7-Eleven.


83 Comments leave one →
  1. March 26, 2014 2:40 am

    Whaaaaat costs $800 at 7/11???
    Fully support the cleaner. So worth it.

    • March 27, 2014 5:52 pm

      It’s worth every penny. The best money I spend all week.

  2. Seana permalink
    March 26, 2014 4:07 am

    I need a housekeeeper. If for no other reason to pick up after my husband. As I type this now, his sweaty gym clothes are on the bedroom floor. Yuck. Good call on no puppy. We had 2 birds. Thankfully, my daughter gave me the go ahead to get rid of them. One hour on Facebook, someone claimed them. Talk about me getting lucky. Criminals are criminals, which is why they are not the brightest nor savvy individuals, Thus the major shopping spree at 7/11. 800$ is a lot of Slurpees and Big Gulps! Don’t worry about your boots. You should see some of mine. Vanity goes out the window when it snows 🙂

    • March 27, 2014 5:54 pm

      Gym clothes are right up there with socks. So gross. I’m sorry you have to pick those up! I’d say leave them on the floor but I have a feeling you have my OCD-tendencies so I totally get the dilemma.

  3. March 26, 2014 4:44 am

    Can your housekeeper come to Michigan twice a week to clean my house, too? I love and hate when REB is out of town for work. Pro: I get the bed all to myself. Con: I can’t sleep very well without him and my little stumpy corgi takes up room like a big dog would. Sorry your card was stolen, but at least they didn’t go to Bloomy’s or something. Then again, maybe we should be concerned they wanted all those slurpees….
    And hey, I’m an ugly-shoe commuter too. I leave a pair of cute black flats at work to change into when I have to wear something, you know, warmer. Because snow in springtime in almost-April is totally normal.

    • March 27, 2014 5:55 pm

      I have a pair of flats at the office too…they take up hardly any room in my drawer and match just about everything. The only problem is that my feet freeze INSIDE too.

  4. March 26, 2014 4:52 am

    Yeah, I love Method products too, but nothing works as well as Comet. Trust me, I’ve tried.

    • March 28, 2014 6:08 pm

      I agree…that green container of Comet holds something magical…

  5. March 26, 2014 5:23 am

    Happy birthday maya. big hug. Its wonderful to have housekeeper. takes so much stress of you. I hope the Universe brings you some ‘windfall” to compensate for your loss of credit card.Take care

    • March 28, 2014 6:08 pm

      Thank you Anita!

      Although I can’t complain, the credit card company was great about the whole thing.

  6. March 26, 2014 5:25 am

    I should really be shocked with the news that your credit card got stolen and all that, but for some reason the idea that one person has a master bathroom all to themselves seems far interesting and appealing. Damn!

    • March 28, 2014 6:09 pm

      I know. Having a bathroom all to oneself is really just the best gift ever.

  7. March 26, 2014 5:27 am

    We recently had someone obtain our credit card information (let me clarify and say that they did not have our actual cards) and use them to buy $300 worth of stuff at a Kroger (why Kroger?!). I don’t know how that’s possible but all I can say is thank goodness for AMEX and their awesome theft alert system!

    And NY suits you Ameena! You look so happy!

    • March 28, 2014 6:10 pm

      They didn’t have my physical card either, which makes the whole thing even more confusing.

      I am so happy. Thank you for saying so. 🙂

  8. March 26, 2014 6:58 am

    I’m a terrible person. I laughed at the last part. Not because your card was stolen, but because of where it was used. I really hope 7-Eleven sells wine. That would make the blow less harsh.

    Happy Birthday to Maya! I hope she had a fabulous time without a puppy. I’m sure you made it well worth the loss. Send her my love!

    • March 28, 2014 6:11 pm

      Ali and I were speculating just now that maybe one can get a cash advance from 7-eleven via their credit card? I have no idea what else makes sense!

      And on behalf of Maya, thank you!

  9. Taking On Magazines permalink
    March 26, 2014 7:09 am

    I have to say that I laughed out loud at the last one too. That’s very funny. I’m figuring it was a trucker and he filled his semi with gas. That would be about $800 these days.

    Happy birthday to Maya. I really like the ice cream cones embedded in the cake and may just use that idea when June rolls around.

    • March 28, 2014 6:12 pm

      Oh maybe 7-eleven has a gas station attached to it…that’s an interesting idea. That makes sense!

  10. March 26, 2014 8:32 am

    Slurpees and chips for everyone! Seriously, $800 at 7-11?

  11. shashi @ permalink
    March 26, 2014 9:03 am

    $800 at 7-eleven – whaaaat?????
    Happy belated birthday to Maya!

  12. March 26, 2014 9:16 am

    Happy Belated to Maya..She is always welcome to come baby sit Bailey 🙂 Sorry about the credit card situation, but im really curious as to what could you possibly buy at 7-11.

  13. March 26, 2014 10:22 am

    My check card was recently stolen and they went to Walgreens & 7-11 and spend $600!? What were they buying??

    • March 28, 2014 6:24 pm

      Your thief headed to 7-11 too? Weird. I can kind of see Walgreens…medicine maybe?

  14. March 26, 2014 10:23 am

    How do you even spend that much at 7-Eleven?

  15. March 26, 2014 10:41 am

    I guess they are stocking up on slushies at 7-Eleven.
    Happy Birthday to Maya, beautiful cake and great theme. Always great to read your posts Ameena!

    • March 28, 2014 6:25 pm

      Slushies! I haven’t had one since I was a teen. Those giant cups contain some scary chemicals…

      Thanks for reading. 🙂

  16. Lydia permalink
    March 26, 2014 10:43 am

    Happy belated birthday to Maya! I’m sorry about your stolen credit card. I hope they catch the thief soon and that $800 is dropped from your account. Also, like everyone else, what worth $800 in 7-11?

    • March 28, 2014 6:26 pm

      Thank you Lydia! And no problem about the credit card…luckily none of it was our responsibility.

  17. March 26, 2014 11:31 am

    Belated wishes to Maya!
    Its really such a relief to have house cleaners, the moment I schedule cleaners, I feel relieved from so much work… Seriously wonder what the person would have bought for $800 at 7-11:)
    Have a great week ahead Ameena…

    • March 28, 2014 6:26 pm

      I feel so relieved too! It’s a Friday, our place is spotless. I’m already looking forward to Tuesday. 🙂

      Have a great weekend Deepti.

  18. March 26, 2014 11:52 am

    Hi, I just started following you and find your posts very humerous! I love your daughters bday cake? Where is it from because must have that for my bday this year possibly made of ice-cream! Happy Birthday to her! Sorry about your card! 7-11? couldn’t you buy everything in a 7-11 with that much? My father-in-law had someone take out a mortgage under his name! Took years to resolve but everything is okay now! Have a great rest of the week!

    • March 28, 2014 6:28 pm

      Maya’s cake came from Haagen-Dazs and was crazy about it, definitely a hit.

      Scary for your FIL, how on earth can one take out a mortgage and not expect to get caught?

      Thanks for reading Sonal! And for the nice comment.

  19. March 26, 2014 12:24 pm

    wtf can you buy at 7/11 for that much?! maya looks like such a grown up!! omg i would die for a house keeper even once a month! halllp.

    • March 28, 2014 6:28 pm

      The housekeeper is worth every penny. Seriously, I highly recommend just giving it a whirl once!

  20. March 26, 2014 1:27 pm

    You have 7/11 in NY? I love me some 7-11 but I cannot imagine what I would spend $800 there on! So odd. I really would love to have a house keeper. I am so jealous. And the shoes thing! Who the heck cares if they aren’t cute. You have to save your feet and having foot pain is so not worth it.

    • March 28, 2014 6:29 pm

      I haven’t seen a 7-11 here, maybe they are in the suburbs though.

      Foot pain is the worst…so I’m glad my ugly footwear is justified. 🙂

      Thanks for the comment CeCe.

  21. March 26, 2014 2:00 pm

    shouldn’t the $800 bill have raised suspicion in the counter clerk? and he should’ve asked for ID? maybe it wasn’t all at once. I hope you had fraud protection.
    So glad to read your posts again, I missed them the last couple of weeks.
    Happy Birthday Maya !

    • March 28, 2014 6:30 pm

      That’s what I was wondering too…no ID required? It’s not like one can do an online 7-11 purchase, right?

      Thanks for the nice comment Archana…I appreciate it!

  22. March 26, 2014 2:38 pm

    A pasta bar, huh? That’s an interesting item on a 9 year-old’s wishlist, haha. Sounds like you have a budding foodie on your hands 😉 .

    I would have loved to have her cake at my 9 year-old birthday party though (love the ice cream cones!). Wait…I would still like to have that cake on my next birthday 😛

    • March 28, 2014 6:31 pm

      Maya is a total foodie. She appreciates good food, something I never could appreciate at her age.

      The cake is from Haagen-Dazs so it’s definitely possible for any age. 🙂

  23. March 26, 2014 2:54 pm

    You could always get her a guinea pig. They are so cute and relatively easy to clean up after. The cage will smell if not cleaned regularly- like every week or two. They don’t poop on your carpet, don’t require walking and are pretty low cost to care for. I love the “magic” themed party.

    • March 28, 2014 6:31 pm

      I don’t do pets of any kind. We babysat Maya’s class stick bugs for a week and I was happy to see them go!

      I love animals Laurie but not at home. 🙂 I’m OCD, that’s why!

  24. Jessie E. permalink
    March 26, 2014 3:13 pm

    Oh man, I’m sorry to hear about your credit card 😦 😦 Once I discovered my number had been stolen when someone charged something to a pet store in the UK. It was weird.

    Maya can’t be 9! I still remember when she was 5. Happy Birthday to Maya!

    The shoe thing is completely understandable!!!

    • March 28, 2014 6:32 pm

      A pet store in the UK? How very strange. How is that even possible!

      And on behalf of Maya, thank you for the birthday wishes!

  25. March 26, 2014 4:01 pm


    Our credit card was stolen recently – I think they bought an Apple computer with it.

    • March 28, 2014 6:32 pm

      A computer I can understand….

      When are you coming to visit us??

      • March 28, 2014 10:44 pm

        😦 no plans. But I do need to find time to see my mom…it will probably only be 2 days though in Fort Lee. Lemme know next time you’re in LA!

  26. March 26, 2014 5:56 pm

    Ok first off what the heck kinda 7/11 did he go to? Secondly, does ANY 7/11 have $800 worth of stuff? And lastly, how are you holding it all together? I get it – the cleaners are part of therapy..:)


    Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

    • April 4, 2014 5:37 pm

      The cleaners are an integral part of the therapy. The best part! 🙂

  27. March 26, 2014 7:34 pm

    I feel you on hating ugly footwear for commutes! I refuse to ever become the person who wears sneakers with a suit. I don’t care how far I have to walk, I just can’t do it!

    • April 4, 2014 5:37 pm

      I can’t do sneakers either. I really want to but just can’t do it!

  28. Med permalink
    March 26, 2014 10:33 pm

    Oh no! Was it stolen again? Or is this the same one you had mentioned? Did they get your number or actual card?$800 at 7-11! Wow. I wonder if it was all alcohol and lotto tickets. Also, hope Maya feels better soon 😦

    • April 4, 2014 5:38 pm

      Was it stolen before? I don’t remember. But they just had the number somehow.

      Maya is doing better now. Sorry it took me so long to comment!

  29. March 26, 2014 11:58 pm

    Is it wrong that I’m envious of a 9 year old’s hair? Because I am. And $800?! The only thing I can imagine being purchased is lottery tickets.

    • April 4, 2014 5:38 pm

      I”m envious of her hair too. She has Good Hair. I have to very much work at it!

      Thanks for the comment Ramble On!

  30. Sapna permalink
    March 27, 2014 5:20 am

    You are hilarious. Happy birthday Maya. You’re growing into a beautiful young lady. I totally get the toxic chemical dilemma you’re in.

    • April 4, 2014 5:39 pm

      Thank you Sapna! Such a sweet comment, I appreciate it.

  31. March 27, 2014 9:31 am

    711? WTF? What are they…Hillbillies?

    Did you make that cake. I am sooooooo envious! WOW.

    • April 5, 2014 3:28 am

      No way did I make that cake! But I appreciate the fact you think it was possible. 🙂

  32. March 27, 2014 9:33 am

    Maya is growing up to be a beautiful as her mom – it is wonderful to see how she’s grown through your blog. Forgive me Ameena for giggling at the last bit. I am sad your credit card was stolen (taken while bending down to change those shoes perhaps?) but found it hilarious what they did next. I trust you got your money back? Make sure Maya knows all her fan club here wish her a very happy birthday 🙂

    • April 5, 2014 3:29 am

      Thank you Ken for the nicest comment! And no problem, I agree it’s hilarious that a trip to 7-11 was in order for the thief (thieves?).

      Thank you also for the birthday wishes – on behalf of Maya of course!

  33. March 27, 2014 9:36 pm

    Sorry your card got stolen. It’s a pain especially if you have auto pay set up. I wonder what’s with these people who steal credit cards.. Their first stop is always at a 7 eleven or gas stations. $800..Wow! Have they started selling electronics at the store?

    • April 5, 2014 3:30 am

      I get the gas station..and someone mentioned that 7-eleven has gas stations so may that explains things?

  34. March 28, 2014 10:36 am

    Stealing AND shopping at classy places! Aren’t you expecting a bit much from a robber? Jokes aside, I know how horrible it feels when someone steals a card and goes on a shopping spree, been there 😦 Happy happy birthday Maya!
    P.S: Missed your posts. XO

    • April 5, 2014 3:31 am

      Thank you for missing my posts HM…so nice of you to say.

      And also, I wish I could go on a shopping spree…

  35. Kimberly permalink
    March 29, 2014 3:42 am

    Happy birthday to Maya!

    When my credit card was stolen, what they did was a purchase gift cards for the amount of $1,000 from Starbucks. My credit card company told me they then trade those cards for cash. Nice. What surprised me was that the purchase didn’t send up a red flag with the cashier!

    • April 5, 2014 3:31 am

      What an interesting idea…smart. I guess 7-eleven must carry gift cards too, which then makes a lot more sense!

  36. April 4, 2014 3:48 am

    No need for ugly commuter shoes! I live in London and flat shoes are an absolute must when travelling to the office, so I just make sure I buy lots of cute flats 🙂 Personally I feel I should be able to expense these purchases to my client accounts!

    Stumbled across your blog randomly. I used to live in Los Angeles and your daughter is adorable. She also has my favorite name – I’m married to an Indian and we also hope to name a daughter Maya one day.

    • April 5, 2014 3:33 am

      I’m trying to not be so envious that you live in London. I LOVE London! And yes, flats are an integral part of my wardrobe but I walk to and from work (about 4 miles a day) and the support is not so good! I need something better but am not exactly sure what.

      Thanks for the comment. I appreciate it! I am definitely going to check out your blog. 🙂

  37. squigglefloey permalink
    April 8, 2014 12:54 am

    Ameena! I can’t believe I’ve been away from your blog for so long! Do you remember me? haha. Maya looks so grown up. And by being away from a long time I probably just stopped reading blogs for half a year. She looks so gorgeous! 😀

  38. April 14, 2014 7:00 am

    Happy belated birthday to Maya, she is a lovely girl.
    *kisses* H
    p.s. how does one spend $800 at 7/11???? Thats a lot of freaking snickers bars LOL.

  39. April 14, 2014 10:41 am

    Um, I know you read this a million times but what the hell could they have possibly bought at 7/11? Do they even have alcohol? You cannot even buy lotto tickets with credit cards. I am so confused!

    Also, happy belated (almost one month late) birthday Maya!!!

  40. shauna permalink
    April 14, 2014 9:54 pm

    What the heck?????!!!! $800 at 7-11?? What in the world? Does everything in 7-11 even add up to $800???? Oh my, it’s been too long Ameena. I’ve been so busy. But, I’m catching up now. I was cracking up about this. Happy day to Maya. She looks grown and beautiful, but not too grown. 🙂 You also look radiant as ever. Good to see you and read your hilariously clever posts. Take care,

    Shauna xoxoxo

  41. April 15, 2014 10:02 am

    Hi Ameena,
    Wishing Maya a belated Happy Birthday!
    Cannot imagine what they must have bought at 7-eleven with $800 . That’s a lot to spend there.

  42. April 24, 2014 10:59 pm

    Happy birthday to maya. She has grown up so much. She had her 6th birthday around the time when I started reading this blog. Having the master bedroom all to yourself is a great feeling. I realized it after my marriage :D.

  43. April 25, 2014 4:15 pm

    I promise you I am a worse blogger than you are. Blog guilt, who knew? Miss you. My Vermont housekeeper uses toxins (brings her own products/doesn’t like mine) so since we’re both dying sooner than we’d like let’s make plans.

  44. May 9, 2014 7:10 pm

    Borrowing the phrase from Laura – Blog Guilt – Yeah me too. Been away far too long 😦 But it is soooooo good to be back 😀 !! Glad you gave in to the cleaning lady temptation – soooo worth it!

  45. May 10, 2014 8:25 am

    Talk about OCD kicking in. I have been driving myself crazy because I have dropped out of the online world almost completely and I feel like I have a nervous tic.

    Happy to be here, though, and see Maya, who is looking so grown. 🙂

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