Plain Ol’ Me

Tomorrow is the first day of a brand new year. Tomorrow you get to become anyone in the world that you wish. Who are you? You can choose to by anyone, alive today or someone gone long ago. If you decide to stay “you” share your rationale.

If tomorrow I become

Somebody else, you see

the question I have

is who will be me?

Who will look after my home?

My husband and my son?

Without me I am sure,

They will have no fun.

But if I was to think of it

Now who would I be?

The Queen of England,

Or Angelina Jolie?

How would I manage it?

Who would I delude?

Life would be tough

With such a big brood.

Let’s just say for now,

I’m happy to be

Nobody else

Just plain ol’ me.

Daily Prompt: A Brand New You

  1. North Acton Tube Wisdom | As I please
  2. My blogging year – 2013 in review | Sue’s Trifles
  3. Tomorrow I will be ME! | I am Shira
  4. King Arthur | alienorajt
  5. Change Is Hard | Momma Said There’d Be Days Like This
  6. The Old Me Is The New Me | The Ambitious Drifter
  7. Turn the Light on | A Teacher’s Blog from Land’s End
  8. I Just Want To Be Me: Daily Post | Just Visiting This Planet
  9. Three Wishes… | Kate Murray
  10. Daily Prompt: A Brand New Me, Effective Tomorrow | Melissa Holden
  11. daily prompt: a brand new you,effective tomorrow | aimanss…
  12. Living reality. | Hope* the happy hugger
  13. A New Mentality for a New Year | Lewis Cave
  14. WordPress Is Having A Barbara Walters And Oprah Winfrey End Of Year Special | The Jittery Goat
  15. A Single Organism.
  16. DP Daily Prompt: A Brand New You, Effective Tomorrow | Sabethville
  17. Freedom I am after thee | dandelionsinwind
  18. Daily Prompt To Motivate You into 2014 | Misifusa’s Blog
  19. 242. Metamorphosis | Barely Right of Center
  20. Daily Prompt: A Brand New You, Effective Tomorrow | Incidents of a Dysfunctional Spraffer
  21. Daily Prompt: A Brand New You, Effective Tomorrow | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  22. A Brand New You -Effective Tomorrow | The River Mom
  23. Daily Prompt: A Brand New You, Effective Tomorrow | Nicole Sloan’s Books
  24. EFFECTIVE TOMORROW | hastywords
  25. The Hybrid Evolution | johnny ojanpera
  26. The Power of Change | meanderedwanderings
  27. Who could ask for anything more? | Life is great
  28. A Brand New Me? | suzie81’s Blog
  29. DAILY PROMPT: BRAND NEW ME, STARTING TOMORROW! | SERENDIPITY
  30. Daily Prompt: A Brand New You, Effective Tomorrow | Awl and Scribe
  31. Let’s do the MetaMorphing Warp again! | An Upturned Soul
  32. A Brand New You, Effective Tomorrow | The Story of a Guy
  33. Evolution | Pixie Polly
  34. Metamorphosis | Destino
  35. Be Who You Are | Retrofocus
  36. I want to be a better Me | Reinvention of Mama
  37. A New Me? | Flowers and Breezes
  38. Shedding the Past | Nicola Kirk
  39. A Brand New Me! | A Crazy Chef
  40. S. Thomas Summers | Daily Prompt: Metamorphosis
  41. Quoting Popeye | My Author-itis
  42. A Brand New You, Effective Tomorrow | Geek Ergo Sum
  43. Daily Prompt: New Year, New You | On Thick Ice – The Spurious Imaginings of Reality
  44. Captured just in time. | The Land Slide Photography
  45. Daily Prompt: A Brand New You, Effective Tomorrow | Basically Beyond Basic
  46. Daily Prompt: A Brand New You, Effective Tomorrow « Mama Bear Musings
  47. A Pup’s Resolutions… | Haiku By Ku
  48. Butterfly Journal | Through the Peacock’s Eyes
  49. 2013 Intentions – Metamorphosis Daily Prompt | Linda Long Writes!
  50. You Say You Want a Resolution? | Thoughts & Theories
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  52. Pee Here Now and Tomorrow, Too/Daily Prompt | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  53. Surfer Rob is one singular sensation | Rob’s Surf Report
  54. The Daily : A Brand New You | Patty Ryan Lee
  55. Looking Back | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  56. The Past, The Present, The Future | andthatgotmethinking
  57. Too Many Sweaters: New Years Resolution | The Library Lady and Rosie Bear
  58. A Brand New You, Effective Tomorrow | The Nameless One
  59. Celebrate Recovery First NLR | lifewithgreeneyes
  60. Daily Prompt Challenge ~ Transformation | soletusknow
  61. I’m magic, I’m me. | 61 Musings
  62. oh 2013 and the importance of having a clean ass | FamousFeline
  63. I am not that girl anymore | not4faintheartsblog
  64. Metamorphosis | Everyday Jetsam
  65. Daily Prompt: A Brand New You, Effective Tomorrow (Hitler’s Publicist, Yoko Ono, A Native) | The Uncustomary Housewife
  66. Day 0 | waitloss
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  68. I choose to be me | michelle tries blogging
  69. Hello 2014! | kaffechai
  70. New Year, New Me | Future Manhattanite
  71. Becoming | Muddy River Muse
  72. Where I Want to Go | Make A Wish
  73. The New Year | superpsychotic1990
  74. Shedding The Skin I’m In | A Wild One Within
  75. Daily Prompt: A Brand New You, Effective Tomorrow | Gradual Thought
  76. Daily Prompt: Nouveau Moi est Old Me | One Starving Activist
  77. metamorphosis of a myth | peacefulblessedstar
  78. WP Daily Prompt: Metamorphosize, or Not to Metamorphosize | by LRose
  79. Another Year Bites the Dust | Lynne McAennyl
  80. Rebirthing. | Veni, vici, vidi
  81. Chapter O N E | the bippity boppity beautiful blog
  82. Chapter 2 0 1 4 | the bippity boppity beautiful blog
  83. My secret identity | tjbarkerseattle
  84. Tomorrow: A New Me | Author Kim Fry
  85. Meet The New Me – Same As The Old Me | Edward Hotspur
  86. Daily Prompt: Brand New Me | Morrighan’s Muse
  87. Who are you? New Year’s Resolution | In my eyes
  88. A Gradual New ME | Write Through Life

A Good Idea

The best idea I’ve had is to write down some of my son’s interesting anecdotes.

You know that moment when your child does or says something cute and funny or really smart and you feel proud and happy and can’t stop laughing? A few weeks pass by and you still remember that feeling but for the life of you, you can’t remember what exactly it was that your child said.

After that happened a few times to me I decided I would start writing it down.

I wrote my son’s anecdotes in the form of a story. Then I thought “What would my son think of his own stories if I read them to him? He might find them dull if it was just text and no pictures. So why not include some pictures.” That’s when I started illustrating the stories. When I compiled them together and read them to him he wanted to hear them again and again. That got me thinking, “Other children his age would like them too, wouldn’t they?” I found a publisher on the internet and wrote to them. I sent them my work and that’s how I got it published. I didn’t want to wait for a traditional publisher who would take years to publish my work, if at all. By that time my son would be much older and the moment would be lost.

One good idea led to another. My publisher suggested I start a blog. I did. And here I am writing to you all about how it started.

My books and my blog have kept me busy. I have worked for more than 10 years in a telecom company and I am used to being busy. And now that my son is older and going to school I had some time to myself which I didn’t know how to utilize. And so my good idea solved my problem.

Most of my good ideas come to me when I’m lying in bed at night. Everything has been done for the day and my mind is free to think. That’s when some sort of brainwave pops in. And then I have trouble sleeping as I’m planning out all the details and I can’t execute them till the next morning. When I finally do go to sleep, the excitement I feel when I get up in the morning is unmatched.

Daily Prompt: Brainwave

  1. Hikkikomori | 365 days of defiance
  2. Vege-might | As I please
  3. I hate Inspirational Facebook Update Pictures | As I please
  4. Kitty Plans | Momma Said There’d Be Days Like This
  5. Gather close; let me dismantle a story… | alienorajt
  6. Ideas… | Kate Murray
  7. Daily Prompt: Brainwave – The meaning of Yummy in picture | littlegirlstory
  8. DP Daily Prompt: Brain Wave | Sabethville
  9. Bright ideas | Bullet holes in the wall
  10. Phoneography weekly: Waterloo Street (四马路) | We Live In A Flat
  11. The Lurker’s List | Idea
  12. Bore Me With How Clever You Are: The Story Of Clever Carl | The Jittery Goat
  13. Brainwave | Geek Ergo Sum
  14. Bright idea. | Hope* the happy hugger
  15. Garden of Ideas | Finale to an Entrance
  16. Luminous Leaves | Travel with Intent
  17. don’t say-BE | peacefulblessedstar
  18. DP Daily Prompt: Brain Wave | nugs321
  19. Brainwave | The Story of a Guy
  20. BRAINWAVE: IT SEEMED LIKE A GREAT IDEA AT THE TIME | SERENDIPITY
  21. Daily Prompt: Bright Idea | On Thick Ice – The Spurious Imaginings of Reality
  22. The Best Idea I Ever Had | NoPantsRomance.com
  23. The Lost Art of Problem Solving | meanderedwanderings
  24. An Atmosphere of Imaginary Brightness | An Upturned Soul
  25. Daily Prompt: Brainwave | I really just pretend to know stuff
  26. Farewell, songbird. | Randomlyabstract’s Blog
  27. S. Thomas Summers | When Writers Can’t Write, They Should Write!! Here an Idea!
  28. When does an idea count as a brainwave? | Sue’s Trifles
  29. Story Of A 1964′s Grand-Ma ! | Shadows Of The Divine
  30. The Classic Wish… Two Places at Once | Cornelison
  31. Full Moon… | Haiku By Ku

My Year in Review

As the year comes to a close I’d like to take a look at some of my accomplishments and letdowns.

I wrote, illustrated and published two children’s books. These books are based on my son Nadir’s adventures and are for children aged 3 to 6 years. I did a few book readings including one at my son’s school where I read my books to more than 100 children. I was also hoping to do a reading in a children’s hospital but was not able to mostly because of lack of effort on my own part. I hope to rectify this next year.

followsI started my blog at the end of July and 200+ posts later I’m quite happy with my progress. Some posts I am very proud of even if they did not get the response I had hoped, some not so much. The key to writing I am told is consistency and that definitely was there. I was nominated for several awards but am still longing for being “Freshly Pressed”.

My son turned 4 this year and by the Grace of God he has grown into quite a personality! His confidence, wit and humor never cease to amaze me. He has been my inspiration in my writing and creativity. On the other hand, as a mother what worries me are his picky eating habits and although he has made some progress this year, there is still a lot of work to be done.

My husband and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary this year. Time sure has flown by and I am looking forward to more good times.

This entire year my husband has been working in another country and commuting on weekends. This was tough but manageable. However where we didn’t notice any negative affects on my son for most of the year, I think the absence of his Dad is finally taking its toll. We are hoping that by early next year my husband will find another position/ job and we can settle down together.

In terms of travel I made two international trips to Turkey and Oman and two national trips to Fujairah and Ras al-Khaimah, emirates in the UAE. All of these were short trips for leisure and each one was special.

Overall it was a good year for me and my family and I hope the momentum will continue next year with more good things to come.

And to all my readers, best wishes for a great New Year!

My Week in Pictures (Beach Resort)

We visited Ras al Khaimah, an hour’s drive from Dubai for the holidays and stayed in the beautiful Hilton Beach Resort. We got upgraded and the views from our room terrace were just gorgeous.
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From sunrise to day views, sunsets to night views, each view was breathtaking.

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And of course the little guy enjoyed himself thoroughly as the beach was very nice and the hotel also had a Kids Club with many activities for the children.

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Give it away?

You’ve just won $1 billion dollars in the local lottery. You do not have to pay tax on your winnings. How will you spend the money?

I thought about this for some time and I decided to stick to my first response. If I won cash in a lottery I would just give it away to charity. It wouldn’t feel right to keep it. After all I didn’t earn it.

Although I am not working, my husband is, and he earns enough for us to be very comfortable. I intend to stay married to him for many years to come and so with God’s Grace I don’t think we would be in a situation where money is short. So I really don’t need it and I can think of many others who do.

I normally don’t take part in lotteries and if I do it’s just for the fun of it, not that I think I will actually win something. If I won something small like an electronics item I would probably keep it. But cash is something different.

Of course first I would have to convince my husband. I know he wouldn’t be happy that I would want to just give it away. He would tell me to pay 1/10th for my pledge and keep the rest. But like I said before I didn’t earn it so how can I keep it?

I really do believe that the more you give away the more God graces you with, and God’s Grace is much more valuable than any amount of money.

Daily Prompt: You’re a Winner!

  1. Billion Gold Coins | 365 days of defiance
  2. Daily Prompt: You’re a Winner! | George and Nigel
  3. A Billion in the Bank | As I please
  4. Geek Ergo Sum
  5. What is a biscuit? | littlegirlstory
  6. DP Daily Prompt: You’re a Winner | Sabethville
  7. It’s MY Billion Dollars | Everyb0dyd0thefl0p.com
  8. Depends on when you ask I guess… | thoughtsofrkh
  9. Daily Prompt: You’re A Winner! | From Slacker To Scribe
  10. A Novel About Finding Treasure And What To Do With It | The Jittery Goat
  11. A Billion Dollars of Fun | 61 Musings
  12. Daily Prompt Challenge – Rich | soletusknow
  13. 238. Billionaire | Barely Right of Center
  14. A Dream Come True | Flowers and Breezes
  15. Daily Prompt Challenge | Jottings and Writings
  16. Getting Rich and the Tribble Epidemic | Rob’s Surf Report
  17. Daily Prompt: You’re A Winner!!! | Nicole Sloan’s Books
  18. Daily Prompt: You’re a Winner | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  19. If I Had a Billion Dollars… | Traci’s Space
  20. daily prompt: you’re a winner | aimanss…
  21. Mega-Jackpot Crazy Town | PROOF OF GOD! …and other tragedies.
  22. My Other Blog | Daily Prompt: You’re A Winner!
  23. money cannot buy | sarahscapes

 

What Nadir said (At the resort)

We’ve been on vacations on a beach resort the last few days and Nadir, my son has really been in his element. He would strike up a conversation with anyone and everyone he would see, from the desk manager to the housekeeping staff, the room service staff to people in the elevator and even the guy who came to fix the internet.

He was coming back from the beach and on the way he told the guy in the elevator where he had been. “The sand was very clean” he said to him, “I’m going to take it home with me.”

In the playground he was having a conversation with an older boy.

Boy: How old are you?

Nadir: I’m 7 years old. (He’s just turned 4)

Boy: Really, you’re 7 years old???

Nadir: Actually I’m 10.

At Santa’s visit to the Kids Club he wanted to go back to the room and play with the toy that Santa had given him. We, on the other hand were eager to know what Santa had said to him. After a lot of probing he said, “He gave me the present and told me to go to my room to play with it!” Smarty pants!

I recently bought him a soft toy (cat) and this has become his favorite. He calls it his pet and took it with him on the vacations. When he was leaving the hotel room to go to the beach he told his dad to look after his cat. When he came back his dad was not in the room. Later when he returned he questioned his dad, “You left my cat ALONE?” Poor Dad was at a loss for words!

He told the lady who saw us to our room at Check-In that he would like to see ‘N’ written on the hotel (instead of H for Hilton) so that the hotel would become his. He also wanted to know how much the hotel was for. The little guy has big plans!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Joy

We hardly get any rain in Dubai so when it rains and usually overprotective Mom let’s him play in the rain, it is the most joyous moment ever. Here is little Nadir dancing in the rain.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Joy

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  12. Joy: Weekly Photo Challenge | The Ambitious Drifter
  13. Weekly Photo Challenge: Joy | nancy merrill photography
  14. Weekly Photo Challenge: Joy | From My Horizon
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  16. MyBlog – solaner
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  19. WPC: Joy | Books, Music, Photography & Movies : my best friends
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  21. Joy: Weekly Photo Challenge | Just Another Nature Enthusiast –
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  27. Weekly Photo Challenge: Joy | Ruined for Life: Phoenix Edition
  28. WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge : Joy | In Love With Words!
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  30. Weekly Photo Challenge: Joy | The Eclectic Eccentric Shopaholic
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  38. Weekly Photo Challenge – Joy | Joe’s Musings
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  42. Weekly Photo Challenge: Joy | Jinan Daily Photo
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  45. Joy in 2013 – A photographic review | suzie81’s Blog
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  47. Joy….(wp Weekly Photo Challenge) | Daily Observations
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  55. Photo Challenge: Joy | Drops of Magic
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  58. Weekly Photo Challenge: Joy (a series) | Reflections and Nightmares- Irene A Waters (writer and memoirist)
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