“The word a-shams (the sun) is feminine, and qamar (moon) is masculine. The sun burns itself to give light and life to everything around, and the moon is muneer, meaning it reflects the light. Within itself it has no light; it radiates the brilliance of the sun. So when we shine as men, the implication is that we are reflecting the glorious light of our women.”
—Shaykh Abdullah Adhami


The weather has been nice to us lately. I’ll just assume it’s because of my last blog post 🙂 This past weekend was a lot of fun. On Friday I woke up at 7 to go to my 8:30am soccer practice, went to class, lunch, Friday Prayers, made PB&J’s and handed them out to the homeless, and saw my first IMAX movie. It was an AMAZING experience. It was a documentary called Arabia and the images were incredible. After that, we explored the science museum a bit but I plan to go back because everything was pretty much shut down by the time we went. Afterwards, we went to grab dinner at Coliseum, a popular restaurant close to us, then went to a small frozen yogurt shop and discovered a very cool local band! The lead singer came by to drop off a CD for Limah. Then Limah, Kairshma and I drove to an art gallery where we saw paintings and drawings by young Sudanese refugees. It was cool because when you look closer at the paintings, the deeper meaning really shows. It’s so interesting. Then we went to watch the movie “My Name is Khan”. Oh my goodness I cried my eyes out. It was so emotional. The length of an American movie, the drama of a Bollywood movie. It was REALLY good. I am satisfied. Afterwards, we went to lookout at the city skyline. It was beautiful and I can’t wait until I can have a picnic there and fly my kites. Sunday night we had our first co-ed soccer team, which we won (GO POWER UPS!). It was so much fun. I put war paint on everyone and we had a million extra players who became cheerleaders and fans in the stands 🙂

(photo from a beautiful fall day <3)

Monday was the busiest day of my life. I did parkour for a couple of hours on some of the city rooftops and through the alley ways with some of my favorite VCU kids, and then we got frozen yogurt because it’s delicious. I had two meetings back to back and then I had my RA interview at 7:30pm. AND THEN I had my first soccer game for my all girls team (GO MOJO’S!) and we won because the other team didn’t show up 🙂 hehe.
Good times.


Yo Winter, I’ma let you finish but Autumn is the best season of ALL TIME!

I love you and everything but I would love you even more if you left. I’m sorry but this is the way it must be. I hate that things didn’t work out between us and I would love to see you again later this year, but for right now, what I really need is a season that will keep me warm. The snow you left me was wonderful, and I will always remember the school breaks you gave me. I really do like you. Especially when you’re cold enough that I have to wear my cute warm & fuzzy hat. I want to go back and take photos like these and sit under the warm sun, have picnics, watch the planes fly high above, and sing to the people who pass by. But most of all, I want to be warm.

moving on♥

“You can spend minutes, hours, days, weeks, or even months over-analyzing a situation; trying to put the pieces together, justifying what could’ve, would’ve happened… or you can just leave the pieces on the floor and move the fuck on.”

Tupac Shakur
He was a smart man.

one year♥

PINKGINGERALE, est. 02/12/2009
It has been exactly ONE YEAR since I made my first blog post 🙂
anyway, this is VERY exciting and I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading what I’ve enjoyed posting.
i love peaceeee;

random tip of the day: Don’t PARKOUR! in your favorite pair of designer pants. they WILL rip and you WILL get a bloody leg. also, it’s a serious sport, or way of life, rather and it is important that we embrace it by jumping off of the tallest buildings and highest cliffs. we don’t waste time with small speed bumps or curbs, oh no. we are hardcore.