A TEST. Are you a Professional ?

Let’s see if you have what it takes. but please dont cheat. give your answer then scroll down.  

The following short quiz consists of 4 questions and tells whether you are qualified to be a “professional”.

Scroll down for each answer. The questions are not that difficult.

1. How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The correct answer is: 
Open the refrigerator, put in the giraffe and close the door.

This question tests whether you tend to do simple things in an overly complicated way.

2. How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wrong Answer: 
Open the refrigerator, put in the elephant and close the refrigerator.

Correct Answer: 
Open the refrigerator, take out the giraffe, put in the elephant and close the door.

This tests your ability to think through the repercussions of your actions.

3. The Lion King is hosting an animal conference. All the animals attend except one. Which animal does not attend?  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Correct Answer: The Elephant. 
The Elephant is in the refrigerator.

This tests your memory.

OK, even if you did not answer the first three questions correctly, you still have one more chance to show your abilities.

4. There is a river you must cross. But it is inhabited by crocodiles. How do you manage it? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Correct Answer: You swim across. All the Crocodiles are attending the Animal Meeting.

This tests whether you learn from your mistakes.

According to Andersen Consulting Worldwide, around 90% of the professionals they tested got all questions wrong. But many pre-schoolers got several correct answers.

Andersen Consulting says this conclusively disproves the theory that most professionals have the brains of a four year old.

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From Craft room to bedroom, the journey continues.. ..

The change in the sleep pattern seems to be going good. Last two days I started my day at 5:30 and 4:00 consecutively. but that also meant that I JUST crashed out at 11:00 and 8:30 pm  on both days !!!!!       It felt abnormal, but somehow I am in that huge hurry to join in the rest of them. Sam is a happy boy. The kids are perplexed !

Sam did an incredible job of the stairway and lounge room painting job. I was simply  blown away on Sunday morning. He can amaze me with an occasion treat, but this one overwhelmed me.

Suddenly I can sense the pace picking up, We are nearly 85% done on the Craft Studio. But today’s the bedroom clean-up day .. ho boy .. its goinna be choatic, lotza coffee and lotza breaks.  There are dozens of chores on my task list and I have no idea how I am goinna get thru this one. but i will. Besides Sam is absolutely frustrated with the look of the bedroom. We cant even make it to the bathroom in the dark without bumping into some cartons !

I must confess I am a hoarder and this room has been bearing the brunt of my desires !  Over 3 months, the cartons kept stacking up and I couldnt get them in place, either becoz of the exam season or we had scores of visitors or plainly also coz when all was fine, I went lazy ! Incase your wondering why cartons ? Well coz I cant stand things scattered in plastic carry bags, I prefer to pile them up in cartons and keep them in a corner, since we have run out of corners, they now occupy large spaces in the center of the room. I am miserable, should i visit a shrink ???

I will update on the progress.

I’ve learned .. ..

I’ve Learned
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I’ve learned that, no matter what happens, how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.

I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles three things: 
1. A rainy day, 
2. Lost luggage, 
3. Tangled Christmas tree lights.

I’ve learned that, regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.

I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.”

I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.

I’ve learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you. 
But, if you focus on your family, your friends, the needs of others, your work and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you.

I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.

I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.

I’ve learned that every day, you should reach out and touch someone. People love that human touch – holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.

People will forget what you said … people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.

I’ve learned that you should pass this on to everyone you care about.

I just did. 

Sometimes they just need a little something to make them smile.

Author Unknown

I wish

I have to share this poem with you. It is so beautiful and really reminded me of where I was goofing up on the kids. I have used the “Not Now” and “Clean up your room”  several times. I am quilty of evading my quality time to letting them enjoy The playstation or the computer games. But juggling between my kids, home and my business has definetly not been easy.. So I think this poem came as a reminder of slowing down and enjoying the moment with the kids. I am not certain who the author is so if you do, please let me know and I will glady credit it to her.

I wish .. .. ..

I was so busy through the day, I did’nt take the time to play.

When you brought your games to me, I told you “Not now,” and quietly,

I cleaned the house, I’d iron and cook, but when you’d bring your story book, And ask me to sit and read to you, I’d say, “I have too much to do.”

I’d tuck you in your bed at night, you’d say your prayers, I’d dim the light.

Too quickly I’d pass through the door, I should have stayed a minute more.

Life’s much too short, each year flies past, my little boy grew up so fast.

No longer playing by my side, for me to nurture and to guide.

The books and toys are packed away, no longer are there games to play.

No precious bedtime prayers to hear, that all belongs to yester-year.

My days once busy now are calm, the hours empty and too long.

I wish I could go back and do, all the things you asked me to.

At the time you don’t realize it, but raising your child is the best time of your life !

   

 

Slow and steady ..

Naush's family

Naush's family

Phew, what a good feeling it is now that I have managed to make “some” walking space in the Craft Studio ( CS ). So I started with assisning drawers for all the packaging materials like : carry bags, cellophane sleeves, envelopes, lace and fabric decorated bags. Have placed all the party decoration and christmas decoration in the large IKEA cartons and placed them behind the plastic drawers. I am a major Ikea fan so almost all my home is decorated with Ikea stuff.  Placed all the large rubberstamps in the new white draws. Wow its been alot and yet the room looks like a crash site !  Later perhaps tomorrow. 

The temperature has been soaring to 51 degrees Celcius. There have been more 50 heat stroke cases. I really pity the poor labours who are so involved in making such lovely homes and roads for us in this furnance like weather. The water cooler we placed out of the house, now empties every single day. Sam has been refilling it virtually everyday. But there’s a whole lot of blessing we gather when scores of people come and get cold water in such monstrous temperatures.  

I am in a delimma, whether I should take the kids to Abu Dhabi Fun City or stay home and continue my CS adventure ??  Poor boys, they have been happily taking the back seat over the past 3 weeks, with their new gift, playstation 2 and the new computer with the graphic card and games that they cant have enough off ! Sam is goinna fret and fume when we get this months electric bill !!

This is a picture of my birthday this year at my sister’s house.

Left to right : Bilal, Eman, Sawaab .. Naughty, naughtier, naughtiest .. exactly in the same order !!

Mission : declutter and organize the craft studio

The Organized clutter !

The Organized clutter !

Reorganizing and decluttering my craft studio seems even more of a nightmare than I had initially expected it to be. Its been nearly a month and Not even 10% of the mess is done with. There is barely any space to walk around, ;let aside organize. To make matters great, the Airconditioning conked out and the guys who came for the repair looked at the rooms upstairs as though a hurricane had hit our home. Sam is so distressed becoz of all the spill-off cartons in our master bed room.  Virtually everyday, I’ve had to deal with the fear that anytime now, the bubble is goinna burst !! Being a perfectionist has its flaws. I cant trust anyone to do he kinda work that I know I am doing and therefore, I am carrying more than my share of the load.  I will post the labels for the drawers and shelves in my next post hopefully.

Well at least it is a relief  that the boys study room is ready and looks brand new. I completely loved the colors and impact the stripes are making. I will post a photo soon enough. Also a list of all the things I learnt from my organizing escapade

Here is a list of some of the interesting sites I found which helped in the decluttering and organizing bit :

Craft room organisation 

Create a stylish, efficient craft room
A practical article by Chris Casson Madden on the key points to consider when planning a craft room
Space for Crafts
Economical solutions for craft areas and storage in the home
Organizing Your Craft Room
Some good advice on organizing a craft room by Karen Booy
Designing Sewing and Craft Areas
Cynthia Townley Ewer advises sewers and crafters to establish an ‘activity center’ around which a room is designed

Decluttering 

Claiming Your Space: A Guide to Reorganizing a Room and Reducing Clutter
Judy Camp discusses planing the space, visualising the activity to take place in that space, clearing out the area and decluttering and then planing from there.
Clearing Clutter To Create
Scott Andrews suggests that clutter hinders creativity and points to clear steps to declutter your life
Sewing Room Declutter
Decluttering advice from Cynthia Townley Ewer
Get Organized!
Advice on how to tackle a declutter spring clean by Lisa Hightower

Using Space Effectively 

10 Ideas for Using Your Space Effectively
Maria Gracia lists key ideas for controlling clutter in the home which can easily be applied to sewing and craft rooms

Indian School Kuwait

My charming sister Shaheen

My charming sister Shaheen

What a lovely day it turned out today. It was closest to the perfect most birthday so far. The love of my husband and children, The calls from all over from those whom I love and cheerish.  And ofcourse a lovely family meal with my sister Shaheen and her sons.

I was wondering If there is anyone out there, who has studied from Indian School of Kuwait, passed out 10th in 1987 ?  Particularly girls, It was not a co-education school so I would’nt know many or probably any of the guys.

If you happen to read this message, please do leave a message for me. Amongst my close friends were Muna Mammi Kutty, Monica Narang, Mearle Menezes, Nisha, Joesphine, Mamta Sanghvi, Reshma, Sharmishta, Naushaba, Sangeeta Vedi.   Ofcourse I have tried to find these people on Facebook as well, but I am sure they are all married and have taken their husband’s family name. Well, in any case if you do know anyone who studied from Indian School in Salmiya in Kuwait, it would be great to get in touch.