more conversations with boyfriend

me: so houston’s gonna be like a real big city and not like a fake big city?

boyfriend: yeah

me: like new york or chicago?

boyfriend: if the economy keeps going the way it is, yes.

me: like london, paris, milan?

boyfriend: this isn’t rupaul’s drag race.

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one bad yelper spoils the bunch

it’s not really just one but it’s because of reviewers like this guy who fancies himself a critic more than a consumer that ruins yelp for me. i always forget that yelp is just a community of people whose reviews are based on their own personal preferences without trying to be objective.

in other words, they’re more opinions rather than evaluations. it’s the same reason i don’t ask people for fashion or hair advice. the truth is, most people don’t have a clear vision of how they want to look, much less how to execute that. how can i trust them to tell me what is appropriate for enhancing my personal style when they can’t even determine theirs? i should always keep the same attitude about yelpers. while reading reviews is useful, the most trustworthy opinions are the ones you form yourself from firsthand experiences.


and by the way, i happen to love mambo’s seafood on hillcroft.

this is technically playing soccer for mls, right?

so because boyfriend was unfairly terminated from his job for getting surgery (thanks a lot, houston zoo), he took another job a month ago. he is one of three tour coordinators for mls futbolito, a soccer tournament that travels across the country for the summer (from what i can tell, the three coordinators are basically in charge of making the entire thing run smoothly but don’t quote me on that). i wasn’t too keen on him being away for an entire summer but it’s good work experience for him. anyway, one of the stops is houston which brings me to my next point: the tournament is going to be here next week!

the following is from the futbolito website:

As the official 4 v 4 tournament of Major League Soccer, MLS ¡Futbolito! brings fast-paced soccer action to 8 communities across the country. The day-long event offers food, music and fun activities for the whole family, all alongside a fierce and fun soccer competition for all ages. Sign your team up today, and we’ll see you on the field!

it’s free if you just want to watch but there’s a fee to sign up a team. if you’re interested at all or want more information, the mls futbolito website has an faq section. if you have a question that’s not on there, maybe you can hit me up and i’ll annoy boyfriend about it. it gives me a reason to blow up his cell phone.

(mls ¡futbolito! in spanish)

ice on memory ln.

i logged into my old kodakshare account and found some long-forgotten pictures. aside from painfully reminding me that my hair, which is now disgustingly straight and flat, used to be full of volume and wavy, it also brought to my attention that the first time i went ice-skating in 2006 was also the last. sad.

i was obviously more concerned with the camera than holding onto ahmed, who was also an ice-skating novice at the time

some fun houston things to do in july

friday july 10, 2009:


village girls boutique

village girls boutique

if you don’t have anything planned for tomorrow night, village girls boutique and sephora are hosting a runway show in rice village. not only will you get to see a show styled by village girls and free consulations by sephora artists, there will also be free give-aways, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and 15% of anything in the store.


date: friday, july 10, 2009
time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
location: village girls boutique, 2509 rice blvd, houston, tx
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wednesday july 22, 2009:

the coffee groundz on bagby will be hosting a poster exhibit of jason mcelweenie‘s work. jaymac‘s pretty cool so go and support our favorite canadian, eh?

date: wednesday, july 22, 2009
time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
location: the coffee groundz, 2503 bagby (corner of brazos and mcGowen), houston, tx

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ongoing july 1-october 23, 2009:

in case you’re in the mood for some brain food, starting this month the imax at hmns is showing a documentary called journey to mecca:

Journey to Mecca is an IMAX® dramatic and documentary feature, filmed in Saudi Arabia and Morocco in both English and Arabic, with background Berber. The film tells the amazing story of Ibn Battuta, the greatest explorer of the Old World, following his first pilgrimage between 1325 and 1326 from Tangier to Mecca. His perilous journey resonates with adventure while presenting an unforgettable picture of Islamic civilization during the 14th century, culminating with Battuta’s first Hajj. The story is book-ended by a close-up look at the contemporary Hajj, a pilgrimage to Mecca that draws three million Muslims from around the world every year, to perform rituals that have taken place for over 1,400 years.

wednesday, july 1 – friday, october 23, 2009 at 11:00am
location: houston museum of natural science one hermann circle drive, houston, tx

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nothing to do on sunday? do a 5k run/walk… if you’re not a soul-less monster

taking steps that matter

taking steps that matter

i, for one, think that going to church on sunday is fantastic! i think it’s even more fantastic when you put your faith into action by doing something for somebody else. this sunday, the houston chapter of the network of arab american professionals is holding a 5k run/walk for gaza.

if you didn’t get the facebook invite, go check out the naap 5k run/walk site and register to participate in this awesome cause. the donations will be distributed through anera to help the people who have been affected by the recent events in gaza.

here are the specs:

when: sunday, march 1, 2009
time: registration: 9:00 – 10:00 am, race starts at 10:00 am
where: eleanor tinsley park, 500 allen parkway houston, tx
how much: $15 and open donations will be collected
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don’t forget to register! online registration closes at 10: 00 pm tomorrow on february 28

hannah waggett, i’m looking at you! (don’t make me into a soul-less monster… seriously, i don’t want to go unless you go haha)