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A Really Long Blog Post (You've Been Warned)

It has been a really long time since I've blogged...almost 3 weeks. Although I have gone longer without blogging, but this time, for some reason, it feels like a lifetime. So many things have been happening in my life...and so many things I've been neglecting, which I shouldn't...

First of all, this past month, and starting from June 8th, I've been caught up in the Euro Cup fever! I've seen almost all matches (except for 3 or 4), and been cheering for my favorite European team Spain! Luckily for me, they ended up being the Euro Cup champions for 2012....it was an awesome match!

Second, I've been really busy with work. If you have been reading some of my earlier posts, my colleague in my team have resigned and I've been handling all the work load on my own! I work in the advertising industry, and more specifically in the media planning & buying aspect of advertising, and if you know about advertising, then you know how stressful my job is...(clients nagg…

I Miss You Dad....

It's been exactly one year since my dad passed away...and it's been really hard dealing with his death. There's not a day that passes by where I don't think about him...i miss him so much. Every single day since June 21st 2011 has been hell for me...and I'm still trying to deal with him not being here and it's hard....

There are so many things I want to tell him, and want him to see all that I have accomplished this past year...so many things I need his advice on...and it's just too hard because I will not be able to do that...

RIP Dad...I hope you're in a much better place now and watching over us...

"You used to call me your angel
Said I was sent straight down from Heaven
You'd hold me close in your arms
I loved the way you felt so strong
I never wanted you to leave
I wanted you to stay here holding me

I miss you, I miss your smile
And I still shed a tear every once and a while
And even though it's different now
You're still here somehow
My hear…

I Can't Stop Listening To...

This will be a new regular blog post starting from today. Each week or so, I will be writing about songs that I can't stop listening to for the week.

For this week, my top 5 songs are:

I Won't Give Up - Jana Kramer: I heard this song on One Tree Hill and I immediately loved it! I've been playing it on my iPod non-stop.

Anywhere Else But Here - Simple Plan: This is currently the soundtrack for my life from 9am - 6pm! I first heard the song yesterday and I just couldn't stop playing it all day yesterday! It describes exactly what I feel when I'm at the office. It's very catchy, upbeat and a really nice song!

Sick of Dreaming - Alexander Cardinale: This song was featured on One Tree Hill in season 8. The first time I actually listened to the whole song comes with an interesting story! A few weeks ago I tweeted that I pre-ordered One Tree Hill season 9 DVD online. Anyway, the next day I woke up to find an email notification from Twitter that "Alexander Cardina…

I Hate the Flu!!

Last night, I started feeling a little sick...I had a sore throat. So I took some cold/flu medicine and I went to sleep. I woke at 3am, with my throat still sore :'(
Anyway, I tired to go back to sleep, and when I woke up this morning, I was feeling a bit worse, but I went to work as usual...So I took some cold/flu medicine and took more after I got back home...

We'll maybe it's the slight fever or the runny nose or sore throat, but this is what I imagined, a conversation between my body and the germs/virus/whatever...

- My body: Hmmmm, Nadz hasn't gotten sick in almost a year...maybe it's time to get sick.
- Germs/Virus: did anyone say sick?!... PARTY at Nadz and everyone is invited! woohooo!
- My body: oh germs and viruses! Hello!

Never-mind the conversation....it's probably the fever talking!

I Hate That Building Down That Street....

A few days ago, my uncle and I were taking a family friend who came from abroad to a certain store as she needed to get some things. Anyway, I didn't really know where the store was located, but I knew I hated that street...or actually, I hated a certain building down that street...it was the cancer center where my dad passed away.

As I said, I didn't really know where the store was located, and I didn't know where we were going to make U-turn as the store was on the other side. As we neared the U-turn, that familiar grey and white building came into view, with the words 'Cancer Center' clearly displayed on one side. 
I started to feel my heart breaking all over again, and I felt I was going to cry that instant. I couldn't look ahead, I immediately looked to my right and closed my eyes...I just couldn't bear to see that building again!
The last time I passed by that street and building was the night of June 20th, 2011...just one night before my dad passed a…

Three Weeks Worth Blogging About

Hello!

I haven't blogged in 18 days, but so much has been going on in my life...where should I start?!..

Well, over Easter I traveled to Lebanon.
I love this country for so many reasons! For one, I'm half Lebanese, so Lebanon is my second home. I've lived 4 amazing years of my life in Lebanon where I attended university over there and met the most amazing best friends who became my family away from home.
My Easter break was great! It was fun filled, and most importantly I got to see my best friends and spend time with them!

After the break was over, I returned back to reality...back to work...back to the boring routine life...
However, over the past two weeks I've been getting great news at work!

April 19th started as any normal, long boring Thursday...I've even tweeted "I'm falling asleeeeeeeepppp at the office! When will this day be over?!". But, a few hours after that, I was busy working on a certain task, when my colleague suddenly looked at me wi…

All For Nothing!

Last weekend I decided to create a music mix to put into my car. Since my car can take MP3, I created an MP3 on a DVD disk, to play in my car.

So, I got a 4.7 GB disk, and started filling it up with music. I was choosing my songs carefully, creating a real mix filled with rock, pop, alternative, hip-hop, rap and even opera and musicals! The CD could hold over 1000 songs since the capacity of the disk was so huge!

Anyway, I've spent two days, listening to songs on my laptop and copying them to the CD. After long, long, loooong hours, blurry teary eyes and lots of hard work, my 'Real Music Mix' was ready!

I jumped into my car and decided to try it.

I inserted the disk into the player....and suddenly the player threw it out...literally! I tried it again, but the same thing happened!
I almost broke down in my car...I've spent two days selecting the best 1000 or so songs, only to discover that my car doesn't really share my taste in music...

I guess I must have burned t…

It Was There All Along...

Whenever I'm in my car, I always have the radio on. But instead of having a certain favorite station,  I have a bunch of CDs with a mix of my favorite songs. My car can take up to 7 CDs, six in the player that goes into the trunk and the seventh is mp3 enabled, which is in the front.

Anyway, I spent all of last week searching for a certain CD, that I haven't listened to in months, and I was so sure I had in my car...I looked everywhere (well, almost everywhere), I searched the CD case in the glove compartment and all the other compartments in the car, but I couldn't find it. Then, I started to doubt myself...I started to wonder if I actually had the CD, or if I was just imagining that I made that mix...or maybe the songs were only in my iPod and I thought I had them on a CD....I felt like I was going crazy!
So the week passed by, and I 'settled' to listening to my other CDs, even though I really wanted to listen to the missing mix....
Well, today, I was driving to …

Not Ready For Goodbye...

Next week is the final episode of One Tree Hill ever! Although I am very excited to see how it all ends, I am not ready to say goodbye to this amazing show (even though I have all seasons on DVD and planning to buy season 9 as soon as it's out).

Anyway, I have this habit of ruining the surprises of this final season by reading spoilers online...I decided not to do that for this episode, because I want to be surprised....unlike previous episodes, where I kind of knew or had an idea of what was going to happen....thank you spoilers (I'm being sarcastic here!). Although some things managed to surprise me!

Instead, what I've decided to do is to write down, on a piece of paper, what I think will happen in the finale. And after the episode is over, I will cross off the things that I got right!

Season 9 has been the best season ever of One Tree Hill...although all previous eight seasons have been amazing as well. But seriously, during season 9, there were some moments where I fel…

The Dinner Party

Tonight, one of my close high school friends, who I've known for 20 years & her husband invited me and two of my close high school friends over for dinner at their house. It was such a lovely evening! We spent it joking, and just talking about random things...including an argument about what existed first; marketing or engineering, which is still in debate at the moment...

Anyway, we were sitting around the dinner table, eating the amazing food my friend prepared, and suddenly we started exchanging food recipes...at that exact moment we all started laughing and wondering the same thing..."when did we grow up and started talking about food recipes?!". So, ok, now we're all 25-26 years old, but I remember us 10 years ago, we used to talk about mindless things, and worry about nothing but high school stuff...and now we're all grown up. We all have jobs, one of my friends is married and the other is engaged...but when we all get together, we remember the old days…

Another Random Memory

It seems random memories are popping into my mind at totally random times...today, as I was waiting for the valet to get my car at the mall this memory suddenly crossed my mind, for no reason at all.....

It was May 2005 when I was a freshman at university. I was sitting in my dorm room with my roommate and one of our friends waiting to register for sophomore year's classes. Before the registration period, we had to meet our advisers to discuss the courses we're going to take, check if everything is fine for the current year before registering for next year's classes and to get the PIN required for registration.
Anyway, I did all those things and I got my PIN from my adviser, and everything was fine. I was just sitting my dorm room waiting for the clock to strike 3pm so I can register for my courses.

It was 3 pm...time for registration...I tried to enter my PIN code, but it didn't work! I tried it again and again and again but with no luck. I was freaking out because I …

A Random Memory...

This is just a random memory from 2006...

It was the summer of 2006, when a close family friend of mine and I decided to go to Manhattan for the evening. So I decided to go in style! I was wearing dark jeans, with baby blue top and high heels. We were going by train because we wanted to spend the afternoon walking in the city. My friend kept telling me to change my shoes and wear flats, but I didn’t listen and insisted on wearing heels. Like I said, we were going by train, and the train station is not so far from her New Jersey beach house, so we decided to walk to the station. When we realized that we might miss the train we started running, and me being in heels, I was practically crying the whole way to the station. Once we reached the station (on time), we boarded the train and I took a good look at my feet to find that some blisters had already started forming! And the whole way to Manhattan, my friend kept telling me “I told you to change your shoes”.
The minute we reached Penn…

Life

I was going through some old notebooks from 10-15 years ago, and I found something that I wrote about life. I wrote this over 10 years ago and I thought I'd share it with you.
So here it is....

Life!
It's something you have to do. It may, sometimes, seem meaningless, while at other times, it may seem everything to you.
It's a path you must walk. An adventure with so many hidden obstacles and choices that leads you to destined outcomes. It's a journey that leads to fate. Your own destiny is tied up to life, just as life is tied up to your own destiny, that's written in the stars.


It may seem long, but don't be fooled. Days and years could measure life, but seconds measure it more accurately. One moment could change your life, but that doesn't mean that it has changed your destiny or fate, because your fate outlines your life plan, while the moments play its part to fulfill your life script.


You must capture every moment in your life, every opportunity, and make t…

The Parties Continue

2012 seems to be the year of the parties! And I'm glad...it's better than the horrible, depressing 2011... One of my close high school friends got engaged and yesterday was her engagement party. It was being held at the ballroom of one of the major 5* hotels in town. It was such a fun night!
I wore a beautiful long green strapless dress with heels (finally I discovered that I have heels that I can walk and dance in!). My hair was styled in a wavy half updo and I did my own make up.
The party was amazing! We spent the entire night on the dance floor, dancing the night away! It was such an amazing night...
Her wedding is coming up in  a few months, and I'm looking forward to that!

Don't Wave At Strangers

I can't help but put myself in certain situations where I feel like a compete idiot afterwards....

So please feel free to laugh...

Today I was crossing the street to my house when suddenly a car that looks exactly like my uncle's car comes down the street. So the car slowed down, and flashed it's lights...at that moment, I was pretty sure it was my uncle...so I decided to wave at the car. The person in the car waved back and kept on driving...that was when I realized it was not my uncle, but a complete stranger....

I felt like a complete idiot in that moment, but I was relived I didn't decide to joke around and jump in front of the car when I thought it was my uncle... I would have either gotten myself killed or yelled at by  a total stranger...

A Drive In The Sun...

For the past few days, the weather has been amazing! Today, it really feels like spring...the sun is shining, it's warm outside, clear blue sky, and most importantly...quiet! The only thing I could hear right now is the chirping of the birds outside my window.
I woke up this morning and decided to do something that I haven't done in almost a year....I went for a drive! Instead of lying in bed till noon like I usually do, I got into my car, opened the sunroof, turned up the radio and drove slowly to nowhere... It felt great...I was driving aimlessly, with warm fresh air coming from the sunroof of my car, and my favorite songs blasting through the speakers...The scenery was great, the hills on the side of the highway were covered in green grass and spring flowers..
I found myself near Starbucks, so I decided to pull into the drive-thru, order a cold Caramel Mocha with extra caramel, and continue my drive, taking a different road on the way back....
I love days like these...I hav…

I Miss You...

For the past few days, I've been feeling really down...It has been almost 9 months since my dad passed away, and it's still really hard for me to accept that he's gone.
Sometimes I lie in bed, hoping that all of this is just a really bad nightmare and I'm going to wake up from it soon, but then I realize that it's real, and I breakdown all over again...

I don't know if things will ever get better...Will I ever stop crying myself to sleep? Will I ever be able to look at a picture of him again without crying? Will I ever think about him without crying? Will I get through writing this post right now without crying? I can't even see the letters on my keyboard or the screen through my tears...

I miss him so much!

I miss him telling me to be careful when I'm driving in rainy weather....I miss sitting with him and talking about everything....I miss hearing him tell me about his days in college....I miss him giving me work related advice....I miss him telling …

Me...The (Fake) Computer Engineer (Part 2)

Just a follow up note regarding my previous post...

My laptop has been fully fixed by the fake computer engineer...aka Me!

I turned out to be a genius after all.....My laptop is working better than ever! .... I hope I didn't just jinx it now...

Me...The (Fake) Computer Engineer

Ever since I got back from my trip on Tuesday night, I have been trying to fix my laptop...
The laptop was perfectly fine when I left it at home before my trip, and when I came back, for some unknown reason, it was taking too long to start up....and what I mean by too long is over 30 minutes!!

So for the past few days, I have been trying to fix my laptop myself (yes, I was pretending to be a Computer Engineer...with no success at all!). Last night I tried to get my laptop to start up, and I've spent my entire night (literally...I was up until 3am) trying unsuccessfully to fix it....

I never give up when trying to do something difficult. My closest friends in university even nicknamed me "007". I stay working on whatever until its done, or solved or fixed.

So today, after I woke up a little bit after noon (ok, so it was 1pm...I was up until 3am the night before), I sat with my laptop in front of me and continued to try to fix it....after around 4 long hours my laptop was…

The Right Music To Fly

I wrote this blog post while I was on my business trip, and since I didn't have my laptop with me, I wrote it on paper and I'm posting it now....

Whenever I travel on  a plane, I am obsessed about listening to the right song when the plane takes off and lands....And not any song would work...the beat of the song has to match the speed of the airplane as it's taking off or landing....crazy right?!
Well, it all started back in August 2007....
I was sitting in plane waiting for it to take off from New Jersey to Florida. I had the airplane headphones on, and I was listening to a random radio station on the flight's entertainment system. As the plane was on runway ready to take off, the song "Sleepless" by Until June starts to play, and it was the first time I've ever heard this song. So anyway, the beat of the song at the beginning, perfectly matched (in a way) the speed of the plane as it was taking off...so with a big smile on my face and listening to a go…

Party All Night Long!

Today was the day of the Oldies Party that I was helping my alumni club organize...it was such a loooong but AMAZING day!

Around noon, I went to the club to help prepare for the party. There was a lot to be done! So dressed in a pair of jeans and hoodie, I headed over to the club, ready to work!
The first thing we had to do was to cover the floor-to-ceiling windows of the club with some sort of thick paper, as we were going to have 3D projections all around. After spending around 3-4 hours covering the windows, it was time to organize the seating, set up the DJ equipment, the 3D projectors and make sure everything is ready and in place for the party.

Around 5pm, I went back home to get ready for the party at night. So after curling my hair and applying my make up, I was ready to put my costume on. I was going as a Hippie! The good thing is that I didn't need to look far for a costume...what I did was wear a bohemian style top, paired with  a pair of jeans, flat boots and hippie a…

Hello Blog...I've Missed You!

It's been a REALLY long time since I've blogged...I'm surprised I didn't delete my blog...
Well, so much has been going on in my life...close high school friends getting engaged and married, shower parties to attend, volunteering at my university's alumni club, work and studying for my GMAT exam!

Well, last weekend, I attended a wedding for one of my close high school friends. It was such a fun night! I got all dressed up, did my hair & make up, and wore really high heels (which I ended up taking off in the middle of the wedding). Normally, I am the least likely person to dance at a party, and my friends know that. However, at the wedding party, I spent the whole night on the dance floor, from beginning to end!
It was such an amazing night, although I was barely able to walk the next day (note to self: never wear high heels to a party!).

And speaking of parties, as I mentioned earlier, I'm volunteering at my university's alumni club, where we organize …