How have I not mentioned this here yet...?
In 2010, the words مالي خلق are no longer part of my vocabulary.
If I don't want to do something I'll have to think of a better excuse, or I'll just do it.
So far, so good. I threw a great party for a relative. I've baked when I'm not really in the mood. I've been to more weddings than I've ever been to. I've gone to meetings when I'd rather stay in my sweatpants...so far so good.