November 17, 2013
Word of the Day: Behind! That is not Arabic for Bottom. Ha…I am about 2 weeks behind on blogging!
I don’t know if I can remember everything I have done for the last two weeks? I have been having a lot of fun and the thought of sitting down to remember day to day at this point makes me avoid my computer. Sooooo, I am going to dedicate this blog for Day 91 – 106.
So as I look through my calendar I see a lot of the same things such as playing tennis and golf and really enjoying the weather here now. It is usually about 60 degrees in the evening and about 70 – 80 during the day. Humidity is down which helps so much!
The holiday’s here are fun! We were told that we couldn’t bring Christmas items and anything religious but I see it here. Not a lot but it happens. The Xpats over the years have learned how to get items shipped here evidently. It is a risk but if you label the boxes differently it helps. I am still on the fence as to what I want to do about holidays. In my opinion, we won’t be here so, why decorate? Not that I am trying to be a scrooge but because I am being realistic. In fact, my neighbor who is Canadian puts Christmas lights up every year. It looks great! Others wonder how she gets away with it? Anyway, it is the Magic KIngdom. The people here do love the holidays and get into quite a bit. You just can’t ignore our traditions. I will at least buy a Poinsettia at the garden shop to have in the house to show some Christmas spirit. After all Courtney is coming and I am SO EXCITED about it. I start to cry when I think about it.
A typical day here is tennis and/or golf. I also spend a lot of time with my new friends. The women here like to have groups of gals over for coffee/tea/lunch. So many socials, so little time! LOL…there is so much to do here that I haven’t even scratched the surface. I need to manage my time more wisely!
On Nov. 21st, Meghan, Doloroes, Susan, Heidi and Michelle and I went to Bahrain for the day. We went to The Ritz and had our hair and nails done. I hadn’t had my hair done since I left Denver! Yikes…scary! Anyway, we had a blast. We took over that salon. ;0) We then had lunch at Primavera and Italian restaurant at The Ritz that over looks the ocean and beach. We had such a great time! Susan knows the staff there very well so we got the red carpet treatment and on our way out the staff handed us each a rose. I couldn’t believe the service. It was the best service ever. The chef came to our table and spoke with us and we didn’t want to read the menu so he surprised us with the freshest fish and everything else you could think of. We ended up getting home really late!
On Nov. 25th I went to my first doctor appointment. It was quite the experience. It is different. I do have a General Practice Dr. from the states but I have been told to go to my doctors back at home for anything major. So I will go to my Dermatologist at home and my dentist and OBGYN because they know my history and I trust them. John Hopkins is taking over here so it will get better but it takes a long time for change to happen here in general. Fingers crossed that Tim and I stay well. I want to come home in March, I think? I need items I can’t get here and I miss everyone!
We bought a grill finally. Tim didn’t want gas as it is difficult to find the gas tanks. Strange, eh?! I will post the pictures as well. It is also a smoker. Easier to find the supplies for this one.
Thanksgiving was fabulous! We were invited to a friends house. I met this gal the first day she arrived. We were at the mail center and she walked in holding a little girl who is 2 years old with a huge smile on her face and I said, “Hi there!” Wow, what a smile. Her Mom said she smiles all the time. I said that is great! We talked for quite a while and I said here is my number when you want to get together for some coffee/tea. It ends up she is an Aramcon Brat. Grew up here and her husband now works here. So she is back! Her Dad has been here for 30 years. He is well liked and high up. There were 22 of us for Thanksgiving at her parents house and everyone was very nice of course. We ate outside and the table was gorgeous! Most of the XPats celebrate Thanksgiving on Friday due to the fact that our weekend is Friday and Saturday. (the weekend used to be Thursday, Friday). We are the ONLY country in the world with a different weekend. It will never change because Friday is their Holy Day. I say make it a 3 day weekend. Ha…Friday, Saturday and Sunday! Nobody asks me.
I am excited because someone was selling a Cuisinart Food Processor (110v) so I bought it from her. I think I mentioned most of the houses have been converted to 220v. That is what the King wants. But our house has 110v so that is what I need. At some point they are coming around to convert our house so I need to be prepared to tell them to keep some 110v.
I have been getting Courtney’s room ready for her. It has been a lot of fun. It is coming together. I will post the pictures. I am not done but close! Yippee…
I have maintenance here installing these really cool lights in my living room. I will take a picture and post next time. This is great here because we never have to do any maintenance. We just call 939 and tell them what we need and they schedule it. It is really great! Tim is spoiled! Ha…
We also had more bushes, trees, and vines planted today. The gardeners here are so helpful. Although, I think I have to have some of the plants moved. It is funny that they ask me where I want them, I tell them and then they plant them somewhere else. ;0)
I am heading over to a “holiday” party tonight. Jewelry for sale, ornaments….Should be fun! These women go all out. It is always nice to spend time together to learn about how this place operates and where to travel, good restaurants….I love it!
LIFE IS SO INTERESTING HERE! It is NEVER a dull moment and every day is different. The only thing that stays the same is my love for you all! I miss you lots and think of you daily. I hope your Thanksgiving was fun and I wish you the Merriest Christmas too. I try not to cry. Even though I am having fun, I still have moments of home sickness.
Thank you to those who have reached out to us. I know we are hard to reach at times, but we will talk soon.
Flying Jay Hawk aka MELinda aka Minister of the Interior