April Wrappers (e-learning, ramadan + more)

Hey girl hey. And boy.

This month went by in such a blur but it’s great to be alive. Although quarantine is supposed to be boring, I somehow still wrote 2000 words so I’ll keep this intro straight to the point. If you haven’t read my last wrapper post, press here, skim through to what interests you and let’s get starteddd.


(E)-School

E-learning officially started for me in April and I’m having mixed feelings. On one hand, I love the flexibility but on the other, nothing beats the classroom. Here’s the monthly wrap up of my first month though:

Cooking class is weird without being in the school kitchen but our teacher assigns things for us to do in our own. I honestly really like it because I’m spending a lot of time trying to learn some recipes from my mom and just coming to terms that I need to eventually learn how to cook no matter how scary it looks. This is hands down the most enjoyable class as the assignments are edible lol. But can I just say that cooking meat is the scariest thing ever – there’s so much sizzling and I’m looking at becoming a vegetarian when I move out. πŸ˜‚

Can You Really Cook with Olive Oil? – Dr. Cate

On the other hand, every subject goes downhill from cooking. Accounting is pretty fast but the amount of brain cells I lose are more than the cells on that Excel sheet. I find myself constantly calling my friend or emailing my teacher for clarification but so far so good.

Brain Cells GIFs | Tenor

History is even worse but I’m really liking the deduction of an hour in class to ten minutes a day because that’s all my mind can handle from World War One. He just gives us the slides and questions to answer and though it’s straightforward, it’s not the most enjoyable.

Bored in Class - The Simpsons Gif (183355)

And finally, this biology unit had me exploding. I’m slowly starting to grasp things quicker but facts are only sticking to my short term memory and each presentation is a good 80 slides. It was kind of difficult to teach myself and the assignments sometimes take forever to complete but ah well. I’m grateful and technically they won’t count our marks if it goes lower than March but there’s no harm in learning new things.

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How are you finding e-learning? πŸ™‚


Life

First and foremost, my g and h key started working again. It’s really weird but one day they just started working. Read my last wrapper post if you’re confused haha.

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I started to wake up really early in quarantine and doing chores really early in the morning. However, as soon as Ramadan started, this was followed by 10 hour sleep cycles and I end up waking up at noon and losing half my day rip. I’m trying to figure out a sleep schedule that works so everyone better leave suggestions in the comments.

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Corona has definitely spiked in April but I sort of tune myself out of the news now. May God help us all and if I get it, that’s what was decreed and if I don’t, alhamdullilah. I’m feeling really neutral about it as no one close to me was affected yet (al.) but slowly I’ve been hearing about my distant relatives getting diagnosed and I hope it all gets better soon.

UPDATE: Ontario confirms 42 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday

We don’t celebrate Easter but my siblings wanted to do a home egg hunt so we got chocolate on sale a day after Easter and we did it Amazing Race style. Perks of living in a Christian country because America literally has a holiday every two weeks and I’m not complaining about that discounted chocolate.

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I made banana ice cream for the first time and it was so good!! All you need to do is freeze bananas and put them in a food processor. I’m starting to really look into healthier eating so I want to try out date brownies and more variations of healthy alternatives. Do you guys know any that I can try?

CHOCOLATE BANANA ICE CREAM - Butter with a Side of Bread

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And finally, Ramadan has been really amazing so far. I put up a calendar and I’m trying to test out different schedules to see what’s right for me. I’m also trying Aida Azlin’s Ramadan Challenge and you guys should definitely try it out too. Spiritually, it’s a little bit less than last year but there’s still 18 or so days to go so I’m still hopeful for further focus. There’s so much to look forward to every day and I’m just really happy to be alive and witnessing Ramadan this month.

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Movies I Watched

I know I said I stopped watching movies but before Ramadan, we had a prime video trial and my sister and I watched a lot together lol.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (film) - Wikipedia UglyDolls (2019) | UglyDolls Movie Wiki | Fandom Stepmom (1998 film) - Wikipedia

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Wonka is SO creepy!! And this movie should be a full on horror genre because it’s so eery and ghfhjdfn.

Ugly Dolls: Aww I really liked this movie. I felt there was so much metaphor in it and how looking at the world around us makes our heart incline to there being a bigger purpose. It would be really cool to have “Today’s the Day” mentality towards death and preparing for the afterlife but I’d end up being too stressed.

Stepmom: Omggg Stepmom was so good. I watched with my little sister thinking it’s a family but there were some very awkward moments in there. I think it’s a great message though and I legit started to tear up!

Books I Read

Women's Rights: A Historical Perspective by Abdallah H. Al-Kahtany The True Message of Jesus Christ: Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips ... Restart by Gordon Korman

Women’s Rights: Very eye-opening and factual. I was really shocked to see how women were treated throughout history and I’m just feeling grateful to be living in a time where women are given the respect they deserve.

The True Message of Jesus Christ: This is a 200 page textbook I had to read for an online course and it was really interesting. It talked about Christianity throughout history and a lot of scriptural analysis. I think it’s very useful for Christians and Muslims alike to broaden their understanding so I’ll link the pdf here if you wanted to read it. Please read this only if you have an objective mindset and note that it’s very textbook style so you might not want to read it in one shot. πŸ˜‚

Restart: I haven’t read Fiction in forever in hopes to start reading Non Fiction but as you can see, me and Non Fiction don’t blend. So I thought I’d read a book my sister was reading and it was really good. It’s about an 8th grader jock who loses his memory and sure, I thought 8th graders were a bit young but I was an 8th grader 0.2 seconds ago so it’s all good. If you read it with a high school context in mind, it’ll be enjoyable. πŸ˜‚


Blogging

April was a great month for blogging! My posts had 2-4 day gaps and I managed to post 8 times. I felt a whole new motivation for blogging this month because of Ramadan, trying new recipes and collabing more often. I also started to set an hour aside every day to comment on other people’s posts because I was literally lacking that for the past YEAR. Hopefully I can continue to improve for May and my Friends Answer post is STILL exploding. It’s a nice visual for my self esteem but again, Google should pick have picked a more meaningful post. 😭

Blog Post Of The Month

5 Things To Cut Out of Your Life This Ramadan ft. Hiddenzzz

why i love chores

April’s Most Popular Post

Attempting To Make The Viral Quarantine Drink (ft. only 3 ingredients)

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This one took the least effort for me to write but you guys liked it most so I’ll try to make shorter posts like these every once in a while.

Blogger Of The Month

Amber has literally been ALL that I was reading this month. She finally came back from her 100 year hiatus and I’ve been binging her posts ever since. Every time I go to my Reader’s, I’m like “where’s Amber and where’s the next writing prompt that I need tissues for?” Amber participated in a 15 day writing challenge and I encourage everyone to check it out and to vote (for Day 2’s story)πŸ˜‚ for your favourite novel idea.

Favourite Blog Post from the Blogosphere

Community in the Face of Crisis by Gracie

I remember reading this post and forgetting to comment as I had to go do something but it REALLY stuck with me. Gracie is a gem and I love all her reflections. This one opened my eyes to how so much of the support we are giving each other now shouldn’t disappear after Corona. The healthy coping methods we started instead of going to bars and clubs shouldn’t stop after Corona. The grocery shopping for each other and the walks outside and everything should continue and keep building even after Corona hopefully finishes. And for me personally, my time for blogging and learning outside of school shouldn’t decrease after corona. Thank you Gracie for this thoughtful post!

And thank you to EVERYONE for your support and posts this month – I loved them all and I will try my best to read more in May!! ❀


April Favourites

Favourite Book: Restart. Though I found the two other books interesting, my heart is definitely more moved by fiction. πŸ˜‚ I’m trying to grow up y’all but it’s not working out. I liked them all though.

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Favourite Movie: Stepmom

Favourite Youtuber: With Love Leenah and Kristina Kuzmic

Talking modesty & style @withloveleena | Inayah - Inayah Β  Kristina Kuzmic - Naseba

Cravings:Β Desserttt

Hobby: Listening to lectures (the grandma is back)

Fav Outfit: PYJAMAS. But specifically pyjama bottoms and a random T shirt. I’ve also been loving braids lately.

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Fav Day of the Week: Lost track of the days to be quite honest but Friday remains my most productive day.

Fav Quote: β€œWhat beautiful teeth it has”

Lol I can explain but I came across this story of Jesus while I was reading about God’s attribute of Forgiveness and Concealment and it gave an example of how human beings can apply this attribute on a life level by not pointing out the faults in other people. The story, in summary, is that when Jesus and his disciples came across a dead dog on the street, the disciples talked of the terrible smell and Jesus said “praise to be to God, what beautiful teeth it has”. This story doesn’t have basis in the Bible or Quran but was just a tale told in the East that people retold orally. And I’m not sure why that really stuck with me but I guess I always thought of myself as an optimistic person when in reality I wasn’t really seeing the best in others and situations. I would always point faults in others in my head because in reality, I was just treating others like mirrors. So this is a great reminder to just always try to see the good in things.

5 Tips for Keeping Your Dog's Teeth Clean – American Kennel Club


May Goals

But first let’s see how we did in April.

  1. Survive e-learning βœ”οΈ
  2. Do Pilates daily (0.5)
  3. Blog twice a week βœ”οΈ
  4. Go on a walk in the neighborhood once a week (even tho I love indoors) βœ”οΈ
  5. Thrive in Ramadan even tho mosques will be closed (0.5)
  6. Attempt the 30 day quarantine challenge ❌
  7. Watch a Caillou episode in French every day (don’t laugh πŸ˜‚) (0.5)

4.5/7 – not bad not bad!

Now for May goals.

  1. Finish the 99 Names Textbook
  2. Finish 3 courses on Deenstream
  3. Read every Arabic children’s book at home
  4. Blog 8 times a month
  5. Revise every chapter I know (Quran)
  6. Complete the daily Ramadan challenge
  7. Do Pilates every other day
  8. Have a great birthday and Eid!

I’m looking forward to May and apparently my school wants to open May 31 but I doubt it. And ahh 2 more months til summer!!


Anddd that’s all for today.

I asked a million questions throughout the post so here they are again:

How are you finding e-learning?

What’s your sleep schedule like?

Any healthy alternatives to junk food? (eg. ice cream to nice cream)

Do you think schools are going to open again this month?

How’s life? Blogging? April favourites? May goals? Ramadan? Eid?

Tell me everythingggg.

I’ll see you in my next post.

Bayyy. πŸŒ™

26 thoughts on “April Wrappers (e-learning, ramadan + more)

  1. Elsie LMC says:

    E-school sounds challenging! When I was younger my family did a come dine with me for fun where we each took turns cooking and I went out of my way to avoid cooking meat because I knew it would turn out raw no matter how long I cooked it as well as the sizzling πŸ˜‚ I like the idea of banana ice cream because whilst we seem to be running out of other things we always have bananas for some reason! A recipe my sister swears by is using banana in pancakes as a substitute for eggs and they taste so good! Both versions of Charlie and the chocolate factory used to creep me out but that one did the most, especially when they’re waiting to go into the factory and the song plays with all the porcelain dolls catching on fire πŸ˜¨πŸ™ˆ You did so well with your April goals, best of luck with your ones for May! ✨ Take care πŸ’•

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    • Bayance says:

      That sounds so fun! My cousins do that and my mom’s like “Bay come cook for us” like mmm how about in 5 years when I get over my kitchen fears? πŸ˜‚ Ahh meat will come out raw with me in no time. Oooh I’ll definitely give that a go! RIGHTTT?! Like who directed this? And why is it rated for kids? πŸ˜‚ Thank you so much and you as well!! ❀

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  2. ash @ starlight strands says:

    ok but i 1000% agree with you on Charlie and The Chocolate Factory – i watched it a few months ago and it was SO CREEPY!! also, history is definitely one of my least-favorite subjects so i’ve been procrastinating it way too much lol. 😳 e-learning overall for me is proving to be okay, but like you said, nothing beats the classroom. my sleep schedule is also TERRIBLE haha, some days i’ll sleep at 12 and wake up at like 10 and then other days i’m waking up at 6!! πŸ˜…

    good luck with your May goals, i hope you have a beautiful month!!! πŸ’–πŸ’–

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    • Bayance says:

      IKRRRR πŸ˜‚ Same here ahhh! We have a big assignment coming up and I’m going turtle pace. So true! And ahh omg πŸ˜‚ That’s literally the same with me.

      Thank you so so much!! ❀ You too!

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  3. β₯ D says:

    Online classes have been interesting for me too. I agree with liking the flexibility of it but it’s nothing like the classroom environment! Your cooking class sounds so interesting, I’d love to see what kind of things you’ve been making! I took a similar class last quarter; it focused more on bio/chem so I didn’t get to actually cook) but I really enjoyed it!

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    • Bayance says:

      Righttt?! Do you wake up early to do schoolwork or do you just ease it into the day? Ahh I’ll definitely include some photos in May wrappers and possibly more recipe posts this month – tysm for the suggestion! Aww rip but that’s also really important because with my limited chem knowledge I freak out every time I see a chemical reaction lol. πŸ˜‚ Glad you enjoyed it!! And tysm for reading!

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      • β₯ D says:

        I definitely ease it into the day! I try to work in the early afternoon though, because by the time 5PM rolls around I can’t be bothered anymore. πŸ˜…and yes, please include them!! Cooking is something I have yet to get into, when you mentioned how cooking meat can be scary with all the sizzling I couldn’t relate more πŸ˜‚

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  4. autumngirl says:

    I feel like I haven’t read one of your posts in ages! but I am back now and you best believe I’ll be spending the rest of Ramadan reading all your posts i’ve missed out on haha, Your cooking class sounds so fun!! I’d love it if you did a blog post maybe showing us what you made, maybe also Iftar/Sehri meal ideas, that would be fun. I LOVE With Love from Leenah, one of my favourite youtubers on the platform, I recommend you check out the ‘Five Dolls’ channel, they’re a group of Muslim sisters and their brother who make amazing ‘Ramadan come dine with me’ videos, also ‘TanyaSlays’ is another wonderful Muslim youtuber, check them out and let me know what you think! Hope your Ramadan is going well and hopefully it will continue to go well Inshallah, hope all your family are staying safe, I’ve heard the coronavirus cases in the US are really bad, it’s the same here in the UK, but for some reason they’re going to ease lockdown anyway! Stay safe xx

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    • Bayance says:

      Sis ahh miss you!! Thank you so much for stopping by! Oooh yess I’ll be posting more recipes inshAllah and I made an Iftar Appetizer post last week if you wanted to check it out. ❀ OOOH tysm for these recommendations I will definitely check them out! You as well!! ❀ I'm in Canada and they want to start re-opening stuff soon despite the continuous growth so I don't even know anymore. You too!!! ❀

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  5. arshia says:

    Ahh, I really enjoyed reading this post!! I love these end-of-the-month wrap-ups because everyone’s doing their own thing, thriving, and it’s just so motivating and inspiring!
    Wonka in the movies was definitely very, very creepy. I had so many nightmares with him in them when I was a kid, which is sad considering I love Willy Wonka from the books! And Stepmom is such a lovely movie; definitely one of those classic favourites for me!
    Loved this post! Love to you!

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    • Bayance says:

      Ahhh thank you so much!! ❀ That means so much!
      YESSS OMG! I think I'm going to stick to books from now on because what is thisss πŸ˜‚ Oh my yesss!!
      Thank you SO much for reading and ahh lots of love ❀ ❀

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  6. Amielle says:

    The accounting part had me laughing. LOL! Gurl trust me. I feel like my brain cells aren’t even working anymore during this quarantine thing!! I’ve been sleeping so late and waking up at noon also and voila half of my day is gone also.

    But wait. I don’t remember Charlie & The Chocolate Factory being so creepy?? I can’t even remember anymore! Hahaha I watched that movie when I was a kid and I remember enjoying it? I don’t even wanna rewatch it now cause I don’t want it to seem creepy to me now! Hahaha

    Good luck with May!! Inshallah, everything will be better πŸ™‚

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    • Bayance says:

      BFdjfjgfjfkdj so glad I’m not the only one! πŸ˜‚ I’m sleeping wayyy more than I need to.
      Don’t watch ittt. πŸ˜‚ Keep the memories good. Idk why but as we get older, we start to see everything as creepy like even a smiley face. πŸ˜‚ It might be trust issues.

      Thank you so much!! Yesss – you as well ❀

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  7. BriN says:

    Haha edible assignments sound graandd🀩🀩😁 Its great that you’re having the extra subjects online too! For me there’s only studying. 😢 And oh wow the banana icecream looks awesome! I actually don’t like banana-flavoured anything but this one makes me rethink.
    And yayy this post was really fun! And sometimes I think the kids are more creepy than Wonka because I have some serious thing for Johnny Depp πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ₯°β€
    XX

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    • Bayance says:

      It isss πŸ˜‚<3 I let myself study for max 3 hours a day but I'm not sure how that will work out if assignments get bigger. πŸ˜‚ Ahh my sister is the same but she liked the ice cream so you should try it! ❀
      Tysmmm! OMG πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚!!

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  8. Amber says:

    E-school I tough, I totally agree! My physics teacher set me this crazy PowerPoint and it too me hours to get some of the slides assignments finished, I was spending sometimes half an hour on one slide! πŸ˜‚ It’s just so annoying having to email work all the time and checking if its right, I get so paranoid that I’ve got everything wrong and just ahhh! 😀 Deep breaths Amber πŸ˜‚ Wonka was so creepy, I totally agree, I remember getting so freaked out hen I was a kid, I think thee should be an age rating on that film πŸ˜‚ I il definitely be watching Stepmom, I’m so proud of you reading Bayance! πŸ’– How do you read non-fiction books?! I guess if it’s something you’re passionate about it’s fine, to be honest I read a non-fiction book about the teenage brain that was ally interesting πŸ˜‚ Oh and one about how to have a positive mindset! Okay I actually like some non-fiction books lol! and aww I got blogger of the month πŸ₯° Thank you so much! My 100 year hiatus PAHA! It did feel like that though πŸ˜‚ Thank you so much for promoting my Writing Challenge! And you posted so regularly, well done! I want to *try* post regularly this month, let’s hope so! πŸ˜‚ Good luck on your May goals, I hope you have a wonderful month because you deserve it so much!! πŸ’—

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    • Bayance says:

      I totally relate to e school struggle especially when it comes to the sciences!!! You’re so right about the overload on slides. I thought e school would take shorter but I was wronggg. πŸ˜‚ Yesss deep breaths. There should be!! πŸ˜‚ I’ll try to find ones I’m passionate about and haha that seems really interesting – what was it called? No problem ❀ It felt like so long don't ever pull one again πŸ˜‚ (jk do it if you have to) Yesss I can't wait to read your posts. Thank you so much!! hfjdhkfjn you too!!! ❀ ❀

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      • Amber says:

        Exactly!! Science is definitely the worst e-school lesson ever! Tell me about it, the worst part is when they do. A video to go with the slides, the video can be anything up to 50 minutes long and I have to keep pausing to do the assignments! πŸ˜… Glad it’s not just me, and I thought it would be so much shorter too! πŸ˜‚ For sure, it’s called Blame My Brain by Nicola Morgan. I honestly don’t plan on it, I’m enjoying blogging so much at the mo! πŸ’• Awww thank you!! πŸ™‚ Anytime Bay x

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  9. galeeh says:

    Sleep schedule during ramadan exactly a mess haha πŸ˜‚ my tips is to get enough sleep at night. Do not try to pulling all nighter if you don’t want to fall asleep in the middle of suhoor

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