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Welcome to my blog. Here I share my successes and failures along my journey to becoming an anthropologist. My most prominent interest anthropologically are the new approaches to handing food security/healthy eating in the US, particularly in urban "food deserts". I enjoy the Anthropology of Tourism as well; combining food and tourism has scholarly promise. My other interests which have converted into anthropological hobbies of sorts include converts to Islam, diaspora of Muslims, and MENA in general. I also have some interest in historical archaeology.

I welcome comments, discussion and even respectful debating. I will however keep discussions to a respectable level. I reserve the right to ban anyone from this forum.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Husbands are wonderful...sigh....

At least mine is. He has his ways but mostly, he is a doll. He is thoughtful. Case in point: he almost always does the dishes and if I cannot do the cooking, he will do his best there as well. He is thoughtful in ways that make me tear up like suprising me with having the laundry done and the living room cleaned.
My honey is patient as well. One of his best qualities btw. In addition, he will befriend anyone no matter what "class" they are...meaning he does not think he is better than anyone.

School is not hard just overwhelming with the volume of work. Still making 'A''s.

I know I am not posting meaningful items. I want to but my time is sooooo limited. I think I will have to soon.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

focusing on a specific topic

I have not posted in a while and of course it is due to my busy schedule with the combination of work and school. I find school fun but sometimes I am stressed only due to the amount of reading that needs to happen by a deadline. Other than that, things are easy. I am getting straights 'A's' which is cool. I was watching a show called 'Good Eats' last night and most people know what that show is. I like his way of combining food science with fun but sometimes he adds a different element. Last night, it was on pancakes and a Food Anthropologist was on the show talking about American Indian's and their way of making corn cakes on hot rocks. I thought that it was a very cool segment!!!

That said, I now have another direction I may go into but still stick with Middle Eastern Studies. I may want to diversify to Food Anthro. I used to be in food science so this is a natural progession. There is a school in Indiana that focuses on Food Anthropology. I have so many decisions I need to make. I am hopefully going to take Nutritional Anthropology next semester to see how I like it. I am also taking 2-3 classes in my minor.


Friday, October 10, 2008


I was at my lousy job yesterday and was able to meet a nice couple. The husband had a Harvard University shirt on. I asked if he is a professor. He confirmed it. Seemed very down to earth. He told me if I can get in, there is money at that school to be had in terms of paying my way through. Its 35,000 roughly for the first year of grad school. Ouch. Add that to living in the Boston area and one is in for a shock. Not really. I am from Chitown. :)

I think I need "I can get into Harvard" confidence. I did poorly in college back in the day but I have improved greatly mainly due to my age/maturity and also my deep desire to do well. I have a nagging voice in my head that I am not Harvard material. The other voice tells the first one to quiet down.......

Other choices include University of Arizona, UCLA, University of Michigan (if I get moving on my Arabic...).

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Book sale

For all those who know me, know I love books. So much that I will use my last dollar on a book. Today, my DH (dear husband) and I went to a Friends of the Library Book Sale. They were my friend today! :) I did not find too many novels but found an awesome dictionary, a writers guide, some cookbooks and books for the kids (my nephew and my brand new niece). My husband found some sci-fi. Not my cup-o-tea! :) I found a book called The Cultural Literacy Guide (or something like that). I didn't buy it though. Good thing we managed a run to the car after the sale. There was a art festival (where we bought nothing!) next door. We hung out, and I made myself sick on funnel cake. Goodness, I ate almost the whole thing. Do NOT send me nutritional info on that. I am not interested. :) It's a tradition after the book sale.

School is going well. I am still an 'A' student. I still have one class I am not liking but that is par for the course at some point in school.......

I wikll write some more posts that have some depth to them. I am really busy these days (like the rest of the world huh??).
peace out, anthrogeek10

Friday, October 3, 2008

I need a housecleaner

I really do. Donations are accepted. I try and close my eyes and tune out things when I am home. This sucks.


I am so irritated. I know I shouldn't be though. My husband is a wonderful, loving man. No doubt. Problem now is that Sea World, where he works (I do too) cut his hours to 3 days. Umm...thats not good. He needs a JOB that pays a living wage. Since he is off for 4 days out of the week, I was hoping he would take the initiative to clean the place. Umm..no. Guess not. I ask him to do dishes and what not and he DOES do them. His standards are not up to mine. Most of the women know what I mean. A friend of mine gave me the number of a housecleaner. I am tempted to use her. I go to school and take 4 classes and work more now that we need the money. next week is full time school and full time work fun. I canceled a sub job today due to the fact that I have homework due by the end of the day. Plus, I need to buy a printer at Office Max. I need one.

My apartment, on another note is driving me batty. They have major plumbing ussues regularly and shut our water off regularly. If not all the water, then just the hot water. They leave notices when it suits them. I don't get these notices on our door. Its rediculous. I complained but he was condescending to me and I told him so!! Big ass. I almost want to move but electric is included in our rent. Florida=hot=air=high electic bills. We also have snakes. The iguana is not with me now due to our small place but one day......

Off to do an assignment. I am taking The Human Species and they are discussing mammalian traits....all things I know already, which is a change!

peace out...