Monday, September 13, 2010


So it seems that I got into the habit of writing from Eid to Eid without noticing that. Happy Eid! So much happened since last time I wrote that I don't even know where to start...

Friday, September 10, 2010


I wonder if anyone is still visiting my blog...

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Off the Market... for good!

Happy Eid, everyone and happy Thanksgiving!!
It seems like I only write from Eid to Eid!! :-) Well, this time my excuse is the new job! Like I mentioned in the last post two months ago, I finally got a job after taking an entire year validating and evaluating my diploma. The whole process was unnecessary and took a very long time between Baghdad and the embassy in DC.. and in this time when you think that emails are the best way to communicate and send paperwork, the office of Scholarships which was handling the evaluating process refused to accept emails as a formal way of communication and preferred the traditional way at the beginning. And later on when they agreed to send an email to the embassy, we found out that the embassy actually rarely read their emails and reply them!! So we had to wait a week or two every time for a reply from the embassy saying whether or not they received my diploma from the university. I get frustrated every time I remember it. I wasn't able to apply for any jobs without this evaluation, and I still can't understand the whole thing yet.
So, after the process was almost over last March, I got an offer to teach at a private university in Baghdad, but I wasn't able to start working until September because I applied by the end of the school year and if they hired me at that time there would have been no classes left for me to teach. And so I waited, and finally started working in September.
It's been almost three months since I started teaching, and I think it's the best thing one can ever do! I enjoy teaching so much even though most of the students in this school are pain in the neck! They are so spoiled, and they think that just because they pay money to get in school they should pass and graduate!! I teach for 26 hours a week over four days. It's very hectic sometimes but I never seize to discover new things every day.
Now I have a ten-day holiday: four days for Eid, and six days are my off days before and after Eid... So nice!! Now this is a much needed holiday, because.... now here's the big news...... I got engaged!! And my engagement party was just yesterday. The whole things started about two months ago when I met this old friend for the first time by chance. We know each other through the blog and an Iraqi mailing group since 2004 but never saw each before that day at college. Many days after that he came again and asked the question. According to tradition, I didn't give him an answer right away. So I asked him to give me some time to think and consult my family. Then things took their natural course and yesterday we exchanged our engagement rings in a small get together with our both families and friends. It was very beautiful, I wished if everyone I know was there, and even though it was a small gathering, it felt very intimate and nice. Before yesterday, I always thought myself as the girl who would never get engaged to be married, I don't know why I had this feeling before, but now it has changed. I woke up this morning feeling very happy and comfortable about everything that has happened so far.
Now, A and I have a long way ahead of us. We're still getting to know each other right now, and this is very important before taking the next step.. but everything is very promising and I'm happy about it. And even though there is still a month left in this year, it has brought great things to my life despite its rough start and the hard times I faced during the first few months of it.
So... Morbido is now taken.. for good and is happy about it! :-) 

Monday, September 21, 2009

A Short Come-Back Post

Happy Eid, everyone!

I know, it's been exactly a year since I last wrote here. I wasn't planning on doing this, it just happened. After I got back home I decided that I needed a long vacation from everything I ever did before: from reading, writing, researching, or even looking at books which was hard to do since they were everywhere. However, I didn't decide how long this vacation should be, I just told my family that I better get some time off after the hard work I did in the previous two years, and so I did... and without noticing, a whole year passed!

I don't have to mention that so many things happened in this year, one of them was my sister's wedding preceded by my Dad's sudden illness and back surgery (He's much better now and back to normal life)... and of course, me getting the job I worked so hard to get!

I never meant to stop blogging, I was just taking a break, especially after I noticed the lack of interesting things to write about. I felt that if I only wrote about my school things and classes then it would be too boring or that people would think I was bragging about being in graduate school. And I couldn't write about the things that were happening in Iraq because I wasn't living there and therefore felt that I didn't have the right to write about it.. And so I thought I'd better stop for a while and see what becomes of my blogging block.

But, I'm still here.. checking new posts written by others, even if I wasn't commenting.. but I'm still here, and hope that there is still some people out there checking my blog for I am coming back now!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

And It's Over!

This is officially my last week in the U.S.

Last year, I was dreading this week and almost didn't want to think of it. Yet now, it all feels so odd! I'm just not sad about leaving at all. It is like there is something in me that doesn't believe I'm actually leaving, or it's more like a feeling that I will be back here someday. It's not that I plan to come back or anything since my primary goal for now is to get a job back home, but I feel that somehow I will be back.
In any case, I'm so happy about going home and can't wait to get there! I'll be leaving the US next Saturday on a flight right to Jordan (fourteen hours or so, yuck!), then spend a night there and take my final flight to Baghdad on Monday the 29th. It will be an exhausting trip but it's worth it for sure!

There is so much to talk about, especially the past two years that went like a blink. So many incidents passed, so many lessons learned, and so many faces met. I hope that once I get home I will have more time to blog as regularly as possible and talk about all of the things I've seen here.

Wish me good luck!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Writing from the 18th Century Where there were no Blogs!!

What a shame! I haven't written a single word in my blog for five months. Sorry about that, but it turned out that this thesis work is way harder than I expected. I'm actually enjoying it very much, but it takes a very long time to read and write everything about the subject. I've been reading so much about 18th century now I think I live in that time more than I live in the 12st century!! The good thing is that I finished writing my three chapters and should be submitting the entire work in less than a month. I finally see an end for the hard work of the past two years!

Well, my visa was over by May; I was supposed to graduate then and be returning back home by early June. But I needed more time to finish my work so I requested the Fulbright to extend my visa for a longer time. And what do you know, they actually agreed to extend it till the end of August. So now I'm staying in the States till late September or until I get my diploma from the university. After that, I'm going home! I know it sounds crazy to go back right now, but I made my decision to go back a long time ago, because, I can't afford staying here on my own, I don't want to apply for asylum or anything like that because it takes a very long time and I don't know if it worths it, and I don't think I can live by myself any longer. It's not scary, but it's just so hard not having anyone to talk to and missing all events and things that happen in my family. And even though I have many friends here, it's nothing like being with your own family. So I said that's it, I'm going back, and if it's meant for me to come back here in the future then it will happen. And if not, then I'm not sad at all about leaving here.

Now I should go back to my 18th century world; I will try to tell the people there that we have blogs in the new century... maybe they will let me post more often!! :D But I should be able to post regularly by next month. I hope you will still be remembering me!

Morbido, M.A. (almost!)

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Not Ready Yet

I just realized that the spring semester started today, and I'm not ready for that yet. I still can't look at books or even get near them even though they are practically all around the apartment. This is the first time that I don't feel like studying again after taking a break, and the other thing that feels weird is that I don't really have classes this semester. All my work now is meeting with my director and writing my thesis, no classes and homeworks, and no classmates to talk with. I was wondering that maybe this is why I don't feel ready for the semester since I don't really have a "semester". Another thing, I'm graduating in May, which I don't want to even think about right now because I've always liked being a student and I'll have to be something else when I graduate.

So, I've been absent from the blog world for a very long time now and I don't have a real excuse this time except for saying that I have been rebooting from the past semester's work all this time! I did nothing but sleeping, watching tv, and sleeping some more!

I just realized that I used the word "time" many "times"!!! :D
Isn't there another word?!

I haven't started the actual work on the thesis yet, but I have been preparing for the topic and materials since summer. At the beginning I decided to write about Oscar Wild and the New Woman movement in the late 19th century, and I started reading about the topic and collecting materials, but I was short on that and I reached a dead end. So I had to change it. Fall semester started and the first novel I read was Jane Austen's Emma, and then it hit me: there is nothing better than writing about Jane Austen, especially when the interest in her novels is ever increasing all the time. So I talked to the professor of this course who is also my thesis director and she said that I can find many things to write about concerning Austen and her novels. So a new search was in session, and I started getting all those books on Austen's life and her novels and many other related topics. I know she is not a feminist and she wouldn't even consider herself so, but her novels certainly have many similar aspects. And that's what I'm going to write about. Luckily, PBS channel started a Jane Austen movies' marathon yesterday in which they will play all of the movies depicted from the six novels that she wrote. I watched Persuasion yesterday and I liked it a lot. My friend said that it's not the same as the novel at all, but I still liked it. Right now, I'm reading The Jane Austen Book Club.

Oh, did I mentioned that I went to New York last week? I went by myself but I met my friend there. I had a great time and visited so many places in two days. The trip was actually three days but the third day was for traveling back, it's about an hour and a half on plane, but it took me about three hours on the bus to get to the airport because it's located in another city.
This will need another post, with pictures of course!

Countdown has begun!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Quick Thoughts Before Class!

I just finished my first class for the day, and while waiting for the second class to begin, I thought of writing a post.
Last time I wrote that I was having troubles sleeping and that I wasn’t feeling sleepy at all times. Well, after some talks with other students in our graduate lounge, I found out that everyone else at graduate school is having the same problem, if not worse! A student told me that she actually can’t sleep at all because she doesn’t have time between doing all the assignments for classes and going to her job. So she only has a time for a short nap around 6 o’clock in the morning, and then she has to get up and go to work!
But believe it or not, after I knew that I wasn’t the only one in this situation I could sleep well now! I started by forcing myself to waking up early in the morning even when I have nothing to wake up for. By the end of the day I could manage to sleep. It’s been like this for a while now and it’s still working :) but I hope that this non-sleeping problem won’t come back with the end of the semester and the fast-approaching deadlines. I was having all those plans for Thanksgiving break but I had to cancel everything and just stay at home and work on my paper cuz of the deadlines. However, I managed to go on two nice trips to reboot and get ready for the heaving work, and above all, the thesis.
Well, I don’t know what to else to say for now, and there is not much time left for class. So I will go, hoping that I will find time to write a real and decent post with something interesting to say. I’m not checking the post, so I apologize for any typos or weird sentences that may occur.

P.S. Dad, I was so happy to read your comments on my post, and I hope that you will read this one too. Believe me; I even tried to count my books, not just sheep! But it’s ok for now :)