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Where Have I Been?

Nadeen here!

Jacques in a far away world of Florence, Italy and while I miss her dearly I’ll be spending my semester a little differently.

And while it is true that her life is way more exciting than mine at the moment, it’s still not an excuse as to why I haven’t been posting regularly.

I have learned that although I am extremely busy this semester, this blog is a tool I use to relax, and I need to start utilizing this more often.

Since we haven’t spoken in a while, I’ll briefly update you on all the new happenings in my life.

First off, I’m currently an intern at Refugee Services of Texas.

I’m absolutely in love with everything I do at this internship. It is alot of work, but it is also extremely rewarding. I get to use my arabic and spanish, while DIRECTLY helping families who just arrive in the US because of unfortunate events happening in their homeland.

I’m especially appreciative of this internship because of all the important life skills I’m gaining such as problem solving and multi tasking. We held our annual cycling fundraiser this weekend, where rode a 10 mile route to raise money for refugee and asylee families in Austin who are in need. I am thankful for all the sponsors that I had, and our whole nonprofit raised about $25,000 in total. which is absolutely amazing and one cannot even begin to imagine how directly helpful this money will be for so many families in Austin, TX.

The event was fun before and after the ride. There was yoga, breakfast tacos, live music, beer, and more. and it was at Yellow Bike Project! 

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Second, I’ve taken this whole Face Painting thing to the next level and started my own mini business. 

I created some business cards, put up a few ads on craigslist, and have received a great response!

If you’d like to book me for a party, you can email me at nadeenabouhossa@yahoo.com

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So these are all the “important,” productive, life factors in my life.

Other than that, I’ve really been enjoying myself and learning how precious time is, and instead of blabbering away you can see some highlights in photos. (I got the new iphone 5s for christmas, so my photos are way better quality now 🙂 )

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^^my new room

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I made Arrepas (venezuelan meal) for the boysIMG_2497

their faces show the deliciousness IMG_2516

We put up a hammock in the hall of our house, but of course it’s only for cody 😉IMG_2609

Made candles at home! It was fun but really messy and alot of work. IMG_2614

Gotta have a strong man to cut up all the wax so it can melt properly IMG_2621

Taaaa-daaaaa! They smelled delightful. One of our housemates got a lil wild with mixing scents and she ended up throwing hers away cause it smelled like puke. (oops)
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My man and I went on a sweet little getaway over MLK weekend. (thanks groupon getaway for making it affordable)
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The weather was perfect! IMG_2685

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I cook for my house every Thursday, and I want to start updating you all on what we cook cause it’s been great and unique this semester! Here are our chicken and bean enchiladas con mucho queso IMG_2718

This has been the coldest winter in TX that I can ever remember. 3 snow days so far, including tomorrow! (that’s the real reason why I’m blogging :)) And as tortuous as it’s been to deal with this freezing weather (continuous nights in layers of clothes drinking hot tea and cuddling – it’s actually not so bad), I’ve been happy cause I get to wear this monkey hat my brother gave me a few years ago. IMG_2780

A few days ago, when I started this post,  I couldn’t remember how the sun looked like or how I could even begin to fathom to pull out some shorts, so that’s why I wanted to post this photo from the week before. a day of beautiful sunshine all day, cause I wanted to go back to that day in the grass.^^^^^^
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Last weekend, we went to a wild child show here in Austin, where they were shooting their music video. It was at the coolest house I’ve ever been to. You be the judge by the looks of these photos.
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(sign waiver to jump on this trampoline ^^)IMG_2825

play some chess IMG_2828

smoke machines!! IMG_2831

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and we were in the front row 🙂IMG_2847

after the show, arrakis had our around the world. where we go from room to room and engage in some activity. my room was carnival themed. we played twister and drank some cotton candy stuff with obnoxious music in the background. it was great and unfortunately there were no photos taken. One of my housemates, Nick, put all our spare mattresses in the dining room and made this his room designated for wrestling matches. IMG_2872

So that’s how my life has been. No complaining here, I always say I consider myself a pretty lucky girl.

I promise you all ONE blog post a week, with more detailed descriptions of life and there are lots of concerts coming up that I will photograph and talk about with you all.

I also have been crafting a lot more, and I want to document that as well.

Thanks to everyone who reads, it means so much. and let’s all say how much we miss jacqueline. I shall live vicariously through her by eating pasta everyday 😉

xoxo,

Nadeen Abou-Hossa

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Co-ops: The Affordable Alternative

Hello! So much going on in my life right now I can’t wait to fill you guys in!

Living in Austin where there are 19381491201092 students, you find yourself having to sign leases literally a year early. Thus, I have currently been looking at housing options for this summer/next year. I absolutely love the little area I live in now in north campus, but me being the spontaneous girl I am, I want to try something totally new and out of my comfort zone.

As of today, I officially decided I want to live in a co-op next year.

A Co-op is pretty much a house where all the members (students living there) own the organize and manage it in whichever way they please. Every house runs differently, but each members plays a vital role and they all work together to organize chores, cooking, cleaning, etc.

The more research I did, the more obsessed I became. Austin has a TON of huge co-ops that house up to 100 kids, but I’ve been looking into the smaller ones that hold about 15-20 students per house. It’s so great because they are all so close to campus, extremely affordable, and such a great experience!

I’ve been doing my research, and I narrowed down my search to a few houses. Tonight, I went to go have dinner at one house I am really interested in: Arrakis.

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I wish I could’ve taken pictures inside because it was literally the coolest house I have ever been in. Every wall painted with fabulous designs, special words written on the stairs,a projector.

Not only this, but the dinner the members made was incredible: cous cous, chickpea sandwhich, and carrots. Everyone gathered around the table, ate, and talked about their days. I had never been exposed to this type of environment before, but I absolutely loved it.

Check out this video that includes a tour of the house! I promise you won’t be bored

http://www.iccaustin.coop/join/arrakis.shtml

(I took this picture on my way home today, the tower was lit up burnt orange with a #1 and I couldn’t resist)

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hook em!

-Nadeen

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