July Things

July, oh how I love you. Your sunny days, afternoons filled with laughter, nights filled with movies; a month of memories.

August is officially here, and that means school is almost here. I am sorry for all the college worries lately; it's just that chapter of life.

July started with my dreaded wisdom teeth surgery. I hate the idea of not having control over my words, so I decided to go for a local anesthesia. Meaning: I was numb for the procedure and had nitrous oxide (laughing gas), but I was still completely conscious. I could hear, feel (pressure), and talk. The removal wasn't awful, but the recovery was. I love crunchy, hard, solid foods: cereal, granola, cookies, bread. Eating mush was hard. I just didn't eat a lot, but nourishing your body is important for recovery (and life, in general). Overall, it wasn't a fun time, but it's not meant to be!

I also went to Houston for a wedding! Here are some pictures because traditional clothes are fun, right?

I hope you had an awesome July, and may August treat you well!

❤️ ,

Hira

 

June Things 

Hello July, and goodbye, June! Yes, it is that time. Another month gone, and less of 2017 to live. I feel like I say this every month, but wow 2017 is almost over.

June has been incredibly busy.

I started the month with heading to college orientation, which was kind of intimidating. I signed up for classes, walked (a lot) through the UT campus, and learned a lot about university life. I feel like I’m not prepared at all, which, I guess, is normal. But, wow. I’m just not ready– and that’s coming from the girl who has wanted to go to college since kindergarten. I know it’s the nerves, but as a type A, intense, anxious person, I’m not the most excited. I’ll let you guys know how it goes once I begin!

I also completed the month of Ramadan and celebrated Eid! Here are some pictures:

I also got my wisdom teeth out yesterday, which was terrifying for me. The overall procedure was pretty painless, but the recovery is killing me. I love eating bread, and I can’t. I know, first world problems– I am just thankful I could afford the procedure. 🙂

I hope your June was incredible! I will be posting more soon, I promise.

❤ ,

Hira

March Things

Can you believe March is over? It is officially April, and I am in total shock.

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This year just keeps moving, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate small moments in my life, right? This is what happened in March!

I finally got a new camera! I have been using my iPhone since the beginning of this blog (that was in 2014), but this spring break I finally invested in a real camera. I’m still getting the hang of all the accessories and features, but overtime I’m sure my pictures will get better. 🙂 For now you can view my developing photography page.

I also finally announced my College Decision (!!!), which is so exciting. It shows that I’m one step closer to college. Ahh, how? All I keep thinking is how much I’m going to miss my parents!

I also got my senior pictures taken! You can view a couple of them here (aren’t they so good)! 🙂

This month I finished reading The Help, which is officially on my favorite-books-of-all-time list! I couldn’t put the book down. I love books that make me think and reflect on my life– this one definitely did that.

As April begins, so does AP season– ugh. It’s ok, though. This is the last AP season I will ever experience, so I will make it count. 😉

 ❤ ,

Hira

2016 Things 

2016 is over. It is crazy to type that. I remember writing last year’s recap. I mentioned so many different things that aren’t even relevant to my life now. It’s so crazy to observe how one year can change someone. I am not the same person I was last year, and I will definitely change this year.


In 2015, I turned 16. Now I am 17 years old. That is so crazy. Also, I finally got my driver’s license, so if any of you think you will not be able to get your license just remember I passed my driver’s test– and I am a nervous wreck when I drive.

This year, has been such a blessing. I have been able to experience so many wonderful things– and share these experiences with people I love.

Remember I went to California? Disneyland and and Universal were definitely some of my favorite theme park experiences. 


College applications were a big thing in my life in 2016. I am so excited for the future. So many positive remarks in this post, right?

One of the best experiences I had this year was going on a trip of a lifetime with some wonderful friends. Growing up I would always watch movies with the plot surrounding a group of friends going on a getaway over break. This year, I got to have a first hand experience. In December, I went to the Eastern Caribbean with two close friends (and one wonderful chaperone). We ate food, visited beaches, and had a blast. I will post something soon with more details. I am so grateful for that opportunity. Ahh, it was so memorable.


I also went to Canada, which was also memorable. I got to experience the cold icy winter that Texas refuses to bring (which I am thankful for because while I love the cold… I think I’ve had enough). I will make a separate post with some travel pictures and details soon. 


I know this year has been very sporadic with my posting. It just irks me to think about all the missed posting and lack of baking. Hopefully 2017 will bring lots of desserts, and more posts in general. 

A new thing I’m planning for 2017, is more lifestyle/college posts. I want to create a space on the web where I can share big events in my life along with tips that I’ve discovered in my so far short (but very rich) life. Also, because I’ve just first hand experienced the college application process, I want to produce some college content. So, keep your eyes open for that! 

All in all, 2016 wasn’t great from a worldwide perspective. There was lots of violence, controversy, and death. From a personal view, however, I had many life changing opportunities– and for that I’m truly grateful. 

Now on to 2017, a new chapter filled with graduation, college, my eighteenth birthday, and many more blessings. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this corner of the web. I truly appreciate it!

Happy New Year ❤️, 

Hira 

 

June Things

Hi, friends! I haven’t had a super talk-y post in a while (aside from the Cooking Confessions post). One of my favorite thing about blogging is rambling, and giving my opinions on various topics (that you may have no interest 😉 ). So, June is officially over! The end of the month makes me kind of sad because I am one step closer to school, but it also means I am one step closer to graduation. Definitely bittersweet.

This month I took my cap & gown photos! Seeing myself in the gown was crazy. I feel like I keep talking about graduation, but I don’t think I will ever stop (sorry). I also wrote one of my college essays, it is still in its rudimentary stage, but it’s coming along.

These are some of the sample photos (“look and order”), which explains the watermarks. 😉

Aside from school stuff, I have been having a really chill summer. Reading. Watching movies. Baking. Volunteering at a local clinic. Spending time with my family. Sorry for the terse sentences, they add more emphasis, lol.

I have some exciting recipes to share with you guys, so stay tuned. I know my blogging has been pretty inconsistent, but it will become more scheduled soon.

I feel like there have been so many great movies out this summer Finding Dory, Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Shallows  (which includes one of my favorite actresses, Blake Lively), Tarzan. Have you seen baby Dory? My heart melted when I saw a picture of her.

I have been reading Anna Karenina, it is very long. I haven’t really gotten into it, so I don’t have a real opinion, but once it progresses I will let you know what I think.

Where is 2016 going? It is going by SO fast!

How was your June?

♥,

Hira

 

 

May Things

I can’t believe May is officially over. School is out, and I’m officially a senior. Like, what? May has been the BUSIEST month yet. I had never ending AP tests along with my brother’s high school graduation. In my family when someone graduates it is a big deal; every family member from different corners of the world comes to visit. My extended family stayed at our house and it was an absolute mess, but I love it when my family comes to visit. 

Also, during big occasions there is always a big party. A party with a banquet hall and fancy chairs. So, my brother had a graduation party with lots of guest and food (the most important part, right). It was definitely overwhelming, but at the end a lot of fun. 


This is picture was a family picture! It includes me, my 2 brothers, my parents, & my adorable grandfather (other family members were included in a different picture). 

I also burned brownies. I wanted to take brownies for my for my friends, and while baking them I forgot about them in the oven (I turned off the timer and then forgot about them). 


They look really sad. 

I finished reading The Great Gatsby, which was one of the best mandatory readings I’ve ever had. I loved all the characters depth and the ease of reading. Read it if you haven’t! I also watched the 2013 movie, which was also really good. It was colorful and the music score was interesting with the 1920s. 

Overall, I know posting during the school year has been rough. I have had SO much stuff to do, but I promise that summer = more posting!

❤️,

Hira 

March Things

Hi, friends!


March is officially over! I know I say every month that I’m shocked that the month went by so fast, but it is true. How is it already April?

This month I finished reading: Breaking Night by Liz Murray. This book was one of the most inspirational books I have ever read. It is a true story about Elizabeth Murray and her journey from being a homeless teenager of drug addicted parents to a student at Harvard. The beginning was very depressing, but as the book progressed it took a sharp turn to the route of self-realization and later Liz’s success. If you need a good book, this is one is perfect.

I also watched Zootopia, which was the cutest movie ever. Oh my gosh, I can’t say enough about how much I enjoyed it. My initial thoughts were it was going to be stupid, but I was pleasantly surprised. Go watch it now, go!

My family and I also celebrated my Grandpa’s 80th birthday! It’s definitely crazy, like, how can someone be 80 years old.

I can already tell April will be a stressful month. I have SO many AP test to study for; wish me luck.

What have you been up to?