The last couple of months have just flown by. Here are a few of my favorites 🙂
Halloween in the Penthouse. My residents and I haunted our hall for a competition.
We placed 2nd, but ours was obviously the best 🙂
The girls worked really hard and the 18th floor was completely transformed.
ROADTRIP!
The girls and I headed to George Mason for Lyrical Art night featuring Ammar AlShukry and Boonaa Mohammed!
It was so amazing, and we were so happy to be there. I got to see a lot of my old friends that I had grown up with (Mosque kids<3)
Asma, Radwa, Marwa and I hanging out with George before the show.
The next night Samirah’s friends and I surprised her with a super bridal shower/bachelorette party!
She was bombarded with silly string the minute she walked in.
party favors 🙂
delicious, delicious snacks. We had wayy too many and had to avoid sweets completely for the next month.
Just kidding, there’s no way I could ever completely avoid sweets.
the greatest thing in the world that everyone should own at some point in their lives:
CHOCOLATE FOUNTAIN
sparkling cider
WHAT IS THE BRIDE WEARING?? the blindfold is no excuse for this fashion nightmare!
It was so much fun; she had to wear everything that was given to her in this suitcase.
we also played Toilet-Paper Bride, Pin the Lips on the Frog, Who Knows the Bride Best, and Karaoke 🙂
My sister and I made these cupcakes for my residents 🙂 It was a penthouse cupcake factory! Deliciousss.
I obviously need to cut down on sugary foods. I’m working on it!

Mountains Beyond Mountains

A couple of weeks ago, my friend Kairshma and I decided we needed to go hiking. We chose a challenging trail, packed our backpacks, and headed to the mountains.
long narrow road on our way to the mountains 🙂
walking down the road to the foot of Old Rag Mountain with Kairshma
let the climbing begin. It was hiking all of the way, then when we got towards the top, there was a lot of climbing
All those trips to the rock-climbing wall in our gym definitely paid off 😉
a 5 mile hike up, my first time climbing a mountain
we picnicked with our bagged Panera lunches on the big rocks at the top 🙂 IT WAS SO COLD.
Autumn
Kairshma and I met this really cool guy when we got to the mountain.
We actually hiked a lot of the way with him and he told us all these stories about his life. He’s done so many things, and I think he’s fulfilling all of his dreams, one at a time. He’s worked so many different jobs and he’s in school again to try his hand at even more!
“Climb a Mountain” is now crossed off my bucket list. It had been forever since I really hiked and it was such a great feeling to just take a weekend off and enjoy a nice trip to the mountains. Next time, we’re camping. I haven’t been in years and I’m dying to rent some tents and head back to the mountains.
It was really challenging, but SO worth it. I burned 2195 that day. I feel accomplished.
Wanna visit Old Rag Mountain and become a mountaineer like me? DO IT.

the constant variable

What they say about Virginia plates remains true; they’re completely awesome. I stumbled across this license plate while with some friends downtown last Spring.
Tonight was kind of terrible. But then I randomly came across this photo in one of my old albums.
Keep your faith strong and you’ll find strength in overcoming each barrier you face. Lesson of the day, eh? You can’t really go wrong there.
Anyway, I thought you all might enjoy this. And now I’m making a list in my head of potential license plate letters for when I get my first car (or Vespa, whichever).
I just need a break from being busy! There’s no place I’d rather be than home right now. I’m trying hard not to count down the days until winter break so that they’ll go by faster. I’m excited for Samirah’s wedding and Thanksgiving, which are both fast approaching.
Now back to the 10,000 assignments I have to do by tomorrow evening. I only wish time was on my side.
Will the lion sleep tonight? I highly doubt it. Not in this mighty jungle we call college.