I have been walking by Madewell every day for the last few months and have been lusting for all the beautiful pieces in their window displays. I finally walked in this past weekend and had to stop myself from buying almost everything in sight. 

I love that bright colors are back in. Can you rock suspenders? I think they look so cool on some people but am sure I would look ridiculous in them. These are some of my favorite pieces at Madewell right now.
I love a t-shirt that can be dressed up or down.
What a great summer dress!
This is a cardigan I would wear every day.
I love hoods on jackets. No umbrellas needed!
Almost got these this weekend.
I could wear them all summer long with that peep toe!

A lot of things in the store are not on the website so if there is one near you, definitely drop in.

goals progress report

Almost 1/3 of my goals have been accomplished! And February isn’t over yet!

2. Read 24 books. Five books read. (Hunger Games, Bossypants, Tis)
3. Join the gym. Joined in January. Quit in January.  
My dreams of being like this girl are donezo.

4. Make perfect rice three times in a row. Tried twice. Failed twice.

It looked so promising!

8. Go to Michigan at least six times. Went once in January. 

Trying to save as many trips for the Summer and Fall slivers.

9.  Get at least one new mentor. Done. At my NEW job!

10. Meet ten new people who I like enough to send a New Years card to. Four people met.
21. Go on a  hike. Done. Rock Creek Park and Shenandoah National Park.
27. Learn to knit. Done! Knit one scarf. Working on second.

I tried to do a border on my second scarf but got so frustrated 
with the purling that I unraveled the whole thing. Oops.
28. Send five birthday cards in the mail. 2/5 sent to A. Younis and D. Deeg.
29. Send five care packages in the mail. 2/5 sent to A. Younis and D. Deeg. 

Attiya’s package in a recycled Amazon box.
31. Hand out ten $5 subway gift cards to homeless people. 1/10 handed out.
32. Host ten dinners. 3/10 hosted. 

33. Lose ten pounds. (I am on a ten roll here.) 2 lost.

34. Smile more. Done.
42. Give Feraz his birthday, Eid, anniversary gifts, etc. on the actual day. Valentines Day gift given on time.
43. Write a meaningful card for each. Done once.

Sometimes it is fun to write your meaningful card on the wall.

44. Forgive everyone I have ever been mad at. Done.

48. Take a photography class. Signed up.
53. Make an effort to look nice even when I am home with just Feraz. Does anyone else look like a total slob when they are just around their partner? Done! Just put on a touch of make up in the morning and brush my hair and wear coordinating clothes at home.
55. Mentor someone. Done. 
57. See four shows at the theatre. 2/4 seen. Ballet at Kennedy Theatre and The Gallerist at the Atlas.
59. Write 20 letters. And mail them. 2/20 done.
64. Have at least five guests at our house. 3/5 done. S. Sethi, J. Memon + family, O. Abbasi.
A visit with us includes a yummy breakfast.

65. Make a fire in our fireplace. Done.

66. Make s’mores on the fireplace. Done.
68. Ask the landlord if I can paint the pantry cabinet. Done.
69. Go to three museums. Done. The Smithsonian, The Textile Museum, The Corcoran Gallery of Art.

Saw this beauty on the way to the Textile Museum.
74. Be good at taking compliments. Done.
75. Go to a comedy club or show. Done. Norm Macdonald at DC Improv.

This guy is funny.

77. Grow something. Done. With generous help from Feraz.

83. Go to Luray Caverns. Done. 


86. Buy pepper spray. Done.

90. Color my own hair. Done.
92. Take the day off on my birthday. Done. My birthday is Saturday this year. Ha.
94. Go to a national park. Done. 
98. Be kind when it is hard. Done. But just once. Must do more.
99. Do something around the house that I would usually ask or expect Feraz to do. Done. I take out the garbage sometimes now.
109. Have a candle lit dinner. Done.


Our union is like this: You feel cold, so I reach for a blanket to cover our shivering feet.

A hunger comes into your body, so I run to my garden and start digging potatoes.

You asked for a few words of comfort and guidance, and I quickly kneel by your side offering you a whole book as a gift.

You ache with loneliness one night so much you weep, and I say here is a rope, tie it around me, I will be your companion for life. -Hafiz