Thursday, June 24, 2004
Party day had finally arrived. Foolishly, I had committed to working at K9 on the morning of the party when instead I should have been at the Fish Market at 8:00 a.m. to swoop up the prawns and lobster for Jim’s birthday feast.
posted by KKT at 5:31 PM
As soon as I wrapped up things at K9, I headed for the Fish Market but stopped at Spinney’s on the way for flowers, baguettes, and lettuce. A quick stop at the house to put flowers in water and pick up cooler for the seafood before heading back out. Once at the fish market, I found they were hosing down the isles and found the men reeking of fish guts smoking cigarettes and wondering why a white lady was trying to buy seafood at 2 o’clock in the afternoon. I knew this would be the scene I would find, but figured they could accommodate me – even in that late hour. A nice group of men helped me find prawns, offered to clean them, and then informed me there were no lobster. “Hmmm…. fine,” I thought, “I’ll just go to Carrefour.”
After arguing over the charge to clean the prawns, I was off to Carrefour to buy lobster. They had none. Then to Spinney’s in Bur Dubai. They had none. Then to Spinney’s Umm Sequim (where I had just been an hour earlier, across town), but not before stopping at Park ‘n Shop just to check. Neither had lobster. So before returning to the smaller, high-price fish market to buy the last three overpriced and undersized lobster in Dubai, I call my husband. I’m in a panic and he can sense I am knotted up like ball of Christmas lights. “Don’t worry,” he says. “We’ll just have steak and shrimp and get some chicken.”
Right. This is easy for men. To just change course in the middle of party planning mode. After the “Seafood Boil” invitations have been sent, after making “Seafood Boil” t-shirts with lobsters on them. Now, I’m supposed to serve up chicken and say, “Ooops. Silly me – planning a seafood boil when the main f’n dish is OUT OF SEASON.” This is like the time my fiancé, now husband, said to me upon discovering that we couldn’t get our mothers flights into Dubai in time for the wedding date I had planned, the wedding date I had printed on 200 announcements, the wedding date I had told family, friends, and a preacher, he said “We’ll just change the date.” Ohhhhhhhhhhhh, no mister!! We’re NOT changing any date. We’re getting those women here on the date I freakin’ planned!!
As I de-vein the 5 Kg of prawns I had just paid a man 25 Dhs to do for me, I settle with the fact that we will be having chicken, not lobster and that I will just burn the darling t-shirts.
Around 5:00, my husband pulls in the drive and begins hauling grocery bags out of his trunk. The bags of ice I asked him to pick up. He gives me a big kiss, says please don’t be upset, and opens a bag full of…
The party was fantastic. The food was brilliant. It was a very happy birthday and everybody pulled on their darling, lobster t-shirts before sitting down to our little feast.
He’s my hero. I love him. He’s my lobster finder.
Tuesday, June 22, 2004
Tomorrow is The Man's birthday party and I've been getting prepared all week. On Sunday night, I made some groovy t-shirts with the help of some neato iron-on printer paper. The chest decal reads "Let's Get Crackin'! Jim's Birthday Seafood Boil, June 23, 2004, Dubai, UAE" and then in the middle it has a frost mug of beer, a red lobster, and a martini. Tre' dahling!! I made enough for every guest to take one home - hopefully they won't think I am tre-cheesy!
posted by KKT at 6:24 PM
Last night (the actual birthday) we went to the Dow & Anchor for delicious dining and drinks - with a view of the Burj and beach. We had a great time talking and laughing until about 9:00 when it hits. It being the humid heat wave that drapes you around that hour every night, forcing every mammal into the nearest air conditioned shelter. So we headed home, stripped down, and jumped straight in the pool for a starlit skinny dip.
Today I was lazy. I returned some email, layed out for a while, watered the garden, did some grocery shopping, made a Margarita Cheesecake (Yum yum, but sadly so not on the diet!), Kim's Famous Spinach Dip, and Cucumber Dill Dip for the party. Oh, and picked up the dry cleaning and returned movies. Whew. That's a full day, no?
I do have a lead on a super cool job, but don't want to get too excited for fear I will jinx it. Cross your fingers, say a little prayer, and touch your nose three times with a breadstick - whatever it takes!!