In Other News…


So I have big(ish) announcements to share with you all today! No, this news has nothing to do with writing, fashion, poetry, books, baking or cooking, which apparently is what this blog is about, and my sad, boring life. But I sometimes forget this.

Considering how random my posts are and how sporadic they are, I can’t imagine anyone really being interested, since I’m not sure who exactly reads this blog. I mean, according to my analytics, people do read it, but other than my friends (who I’m sure are just humouring me so I don’t keep pestering them), who else reads this?

If you read this blog, can you pretty please (with a cherry on top), head over to my new Facebook page and click ‘like’? If you do, I’ll bake you hundreds of cookies (chocolate chip, peanut butter, sugar, any type, you name) and will beam them to you via cyberspace 🙂

All right, now on to my news! So yesterday I had orientation for my job as a cashier at Wal-Mart! I know, I know, some of you might be staring at me, cross-eyed right now, thinking, ‘THIS is your big news. Lame, extremely lame, Ikhlas’. Yes, it’s not the most exciting announcement, like say, me announcing I’ve landed a five book deal with Penguin or finding out that I’m the long-lost heir to the Mughal empire, but it’s pretty up there, in my opinion. ^_^

All kidding aside, I’ve been trying to find a part-time job for several months now, but the market’s so hard for newly graduated students, that I just kept applying to anything and everything (clarification: anything and everything that a humanities grad qualifies for, which apparently isn’t much) and thankfully, got something now.

Even though I’m part-time, because of my new schedule, I’m going to be pretty busy and posts are going to be (even more) sporadic.

Something else that’s going to affect my blogging schedule (‘pfft!’ you say, ‘as if you have one’) is my volunteer commitment. I mentioned before that I’m part of planning an Islamic convention that’s going to be happening May 18-20th, which is less than one month away! Being the hospitality coordinator means that all I end up doing every day is reading emails constantly, watching the number of emails grow exponentially in my inbox, and running around shouting, ‘I have so many things to do!’ It’s stressful and time-consuming, but I absolutely love it. It’s so rewarding to put one’s time and energies into something that you enjoy doing, just for the fun and experience of it.

So what have I been reading these days? There is a particular book that hasn’t left my side, and travels all day with me from my bedside table to the kitchen table to the couch and then back to my bedside table.

Fodor's Walt Disney World 2011: With Universal, SeaWorld, and the Best of Central Florida

This is my second exciting announcement! I’m going on vacation to Orlando, Florida! I am so excited, its all I think about and dream about. Again, this might not be the most exciting thing, like say, travelling back in time or packing for a mission to space, but it’s pretty up there. ^_^

All joking aside, my family and I have never been on a vacation, unless you count muggy, polluted Pakistan (which I don’t), so this is going to be a real treat for us. 😀

Given how impatient and prone to over-excitement I am, it’s all I think about, when I’m not agonizing over that book that I’m supposed to be writing or the convention I’m supposed to be planning. Seriously, my family has on numerous occasions told me to calm down (not an unusual occurrence in my house) as I babble on about what clothes I’m going to take and the outfits I’ll wear, or the yummy treats I’ll make for the road trip there, or what fabulous reads I need to purchase, or what rides I need to go on (Harry Potter world, duh).

My family has appointed me as ‘vacation coordinator’, so between my volunteer commitment, a new job, and that book I’m supposed to be writing, I have more than enough to keep myself occupied.

I will also be baking this weekend and will hopefully have some yummy recipes to share with you all on Sunday or Monday! I know I completely shirked my recipe-blogging duties (bad Ikhlas!) but I have not one, but two recipes planned for this weekend, so you’ll all be in for a treat! 🙂

All right, this post has gone on long enough! Again, if you enjoy reading my rambly writings, please check out my Facebook page!

As always, thanks for reading,


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  1. Yousra says:

    Hi Ikhlas! I secretly read your blog from time to time, hehe. Congrats on getting a job! You’re right, the job market is not the best and it’s very difficult to find a job these days. And I haven’t been on vacation anywhere besides Pakistan either haha, hope you have fun in Florida! 🙂

  2. Rav says:

    That’s fantastic Ikhlas! So happy for you! And I think your blog is absolutely fantastic – I should comment on it more frequently! =)

  3. Safiya says:

    Congratulations on your wal-mart job! I am not yet out of college, but very scared because of reports like yours and others! Orlando will be awesome and make sure to update your blog afterwords to tell us all about it. 🙂

    Oh, and Pakistan is at least an interesting country to visit! The only place I have been to is Ireland…as a tourist 🙁
    Update soon! Have fun in Florida!

    • Ikhlas says:

      Thanks so much, Safiya! 🙂 Oops, sorry to scare you! I don’t want to sugar-coat things either, but it is hard 🙁

      Haha, I’m not going till June, which I probably should’ve mentioned! Oops.

      Hmm, I supposed Pakistan can be interesting, but it’s not very relaxing, what with the heat, mosquitoes and the light always goes out!

      Thanks again for your comment 🙂

  4. Kate says:

    Oh my Gosh!!! Orlando! That is so exciting, I am super jealous that you get to go to Harry Potter World (or whatever it is called)…you will have such a blast! Take lots of photos, and drink a butterbeer for me!

  5. Natalie says:

    Ooooh! Have fun in Florida! I went back when I was 12 and remember loving it! Also, I love your new Facebook page! All of your yummy recipes that you keep posting are teasing me! I’ll be waiting for my shipment of virtual cookies lol!

    • Ikhlas says:

      Thanks Natalie! I went when I was 4 and I’m pretty sure I loved it hehe.

      Aww thanks for liking all my teaser pictures! I wish we could send food in the mail; I would totally ship stuff down to you! 😀

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