Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Kinney's popular Web comic, which began in 2004, makes its way to print as a laugh-out-loud "novel in cartoons," adapted from the series. Middle school student Greg Heffley takes readers through an academic year's worth of drama. Greg's mother forces him to keep a diary ("I know what it says on the cover, but when Mom went out to buy this thing I specifically told her to get one that didn't say 'diary' on it"), and in it he loosely recounts each day's events, interspersed with his comic illustrations. Kinney has a gift for believable preteen dialogue and narration (e.g., "Don't expect me to be all 'Dear Diary' this and 'Dear Diary' that"), and the illustrations serve as a hilarious counterpoint to Greg's often deadpan voice. The hero's utter obliviousness to his friends and family becomes a running joke. For instance, on Halloween, Greg and his best friend, Rowley, take refuge from some high school boys at Greg's grandmother's house; they taunt the bullies, who then T.P. her house. Greg's journal entry reads, "I do feel a little bad, because it looked like it was gonna take a long time to clean up. But on the bright side, Gramma is retired, so she probably didn't have anything planned for today anyway." Kinney ably skewers familiar aspects of junior high life, from dealing with the mysteries of what makes someone popular to the trauma of a "wrestling unit" in gym class. His print debut should keep readers in stitches, eagerly anticipating Greg's further adventures. From

I wanted Abdulaziz to improve his English. While we were at Border in Oman, I asked him to pick up some books. He got some comics and a book called "Diary of A Wimpy Kid". I didn't like the title, and didn't like the fact it had more illustrations in it, however after reading it with him. I can say it was very funny and enjoyable to read. Last weekend, we stopped at Jareer because I was looking for some books and asked Abdulaziz to pick up another book so we can read over the break. After few minutes he rushed towards where I was browsing carrying a boxed set of the Diary of a Wimpy Kids series. He was really excited that he found more books about the series. It cost KD15, a bit pricy, but I didn't mind since he really enjoys reading it. As soon as we got back home he went through the illustrations in the four books, but then later that evening we started reading it together. When there were words he didn't know their definition, he underlines them and the next day he can check out their meaning on . As much as I wanted him to use a regular dictionary, I know he would look up those words if he used a regular dictionary. I highly recommend this book, for boisterous preteen boys, who you want them to sit for thirty minutes to read.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Friday Pasta: Lorenzo

It was one of those lazy days, when even the boys weren't in the mood to go out, and the help had the day off. "So, are you going to cook something or are we eating out?" Fahad asked me. I wanted to cook, it has been a while I didn't cook anything, but I felt lazy. "I guess we're eating out." I replied. Abdulaziz protested. He was busy playing a game on his computer with his friends. "Nah! Your eyes need a break from the computer." I tell him and pull him from where he was sitting and send him away to change, threatening if he didn't do so and very quick, I'll confiscate the computer for the rest of the break. Ahmed had no problem. He was excited to get out of the house and was expressing it by jumping from one sofa to the other and from one arm chair to the other until he scared the life out of me when he toppled from the arm chair. Now we're ready, we get in the car, I'm driving, and Fahad curiously looks at me. "Have you decided where we're going?" I nodded, smiling. "Lorenzo. It has been awhile we haven't been there, and I'm craving Roberto's pasta." "Roberto isn't here."
Roberto is an Italian restaurant owner and chef, who fed us the best Pasta and Italian cuisine I've ever had in my life! "I know! That's why we're going to Lorenzo!" I reply a bit exasperated. Gee! Men! On the way, I explain to the boys we're going to Lorenzo which serves Italian Food. You know I'm one of those mother's who is a bit neurotic (well not a bit but I try to ease on them a little), and want my boys to be the perfect little gentlemen they are and know about everything. "Bas mama! You're boring me!" Abdulziz finally snaps. Ok. So I shut up for the rest of the drive. Salhiya Plaza was practically empty. Only few families here and there and the weather was a bit windy. I wanted to sit inside, but Fahad thought it was better if we stayed out, knowing the boys, they wouldn't sit still and would want to run around the fountain. Of course he was right.
As usual, the service was impeccable and the food exquisite, and the weather held until the end. Hence, we had a wonderful meal. Even the boys enjoyed their food and didn't move until they were full and done with their meal. As soon as the sun went down, it grew more windy and cold. We felt too full for desert, so we ordered chocolate cheese cake slice to go.

My order, Trio Pasta. All three pastas are very delicious.

It was a bit too much for me so I shared some with Fahad and

the boys.

Fahad's order, breaded chicken fillet and fries, I shared

with him some of my pasta.

Abdulaziz's order Lorenzo's Lasagna, the best ever!

Ahmed's Alfredo with mushrooms and chicken in Penne.

It was so yummy!


I know I haven't been posting much lately. Since my return I've been swept in a whirlwind of work and family obligations. Even my besties are complaining they haven't seen me since my return. The craziness of the "New Season" has started earlier than usual. When I say "New Season" I mean by the season when the weather starts to warm up and the demand on ice cream increases. Not that we haven't been doing well in winter, al7amdullah, even when the weather was cold we've been selling ice cream. Thus, inshallah we'll be introducing an array of new flavors, new products and themes at Gelato Italiano. So I hope beyond hope everything will go on smoothly and as planned. The boys have been occupying the second half of my day. Abdulaziz has a new teacher, only this teacher has started the curriculum from the beginning because after giving them an assessment test, they were not within the required level. So go figures! What level was he expecting when the class had three different teachers and I do not know how man substitute teachers from September to December. And my boys lives has been disrupted from my absence. Not that my sisters didn't do a great job, but they didn't follow the rules of the daily routine and everything was in a mess when I got back and took me almost ten days to get them to get used to my drum beat. Yes, I'm a tyrant! I've been reading a lot. By the end of the day, when the boys are tucked in bed, and I reach the "tetnee7" level, the only way I de-stress is by opening a book and get sucked into the story I'm reading. I've been reading a lot of business books too "yuck!" only because Fahad scolds me and says I do not read things that would benefit me. I've been reading a lot of posts from blogs I follow, unfortunately there is something wrong with my computer which is preventing me from posting any comments on some blogs. I need to get it fixed. Inshallah after the break. So I hope I'll be posting more in the next few days.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Kuwait Film Contest

Reminder to all who wants to participate: The Deadline to submitting your film for the Kuwait Young Film Contest is March 10th. Please visit their website at for information about contest, its rules and regulation, and how to submit your film. Or visit their facebook page at And subsicribe to their youtube channel for some tutorials, filmmaking tips & tricks, and some further updates. Best of Luck to all!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Wisdom Of the Week

Money can’t buy happiness

but...somehow, it’s more comfortable to cry

in a Bentley than on a bicycle…

Friday, February 18, 2011

حبيبتي يا كويت

The Cutest ever!!!! Just love it!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Wisdom Of the Week

"Life Is like a Box of Chocolates...
You Never Know What You're Gonna Get!"
Forrest Gump

Monday, February 14, 2011

Red Velvet Valentine's At Gelato Italiano

It is a Red Velvet Valentines at Gelato Italiano! Enjoy our all new Red Velvet Gelato available at Ahmed AlJaber Street Branch. Spread the Love!
Tel. 22434434

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Zain's Celebrations

Amazing Vids... I'm really adoring that chubby kid! He is so cute!

Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Valentines Day!
May all your days filled with love and joy!
"To my one & only beloved. As one day in a year of your love to remember.
There is no need, my mind, soul & heart Loves You! all year round. F"

Friday, February 11, 2011

Wisdom Of the Week

"When you are in the light, everything follows you,
but when youenter into the dark, even your own
shadow doesn't follow you."

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Le Notre's Love Cake

Place your order now by calling 185050 ext.28
This Cake looks luscious!

Cool Chanel Ad

I love Chanel make up, and this advertisment is really cool!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Wings Of Love

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