Saturday, October 09, 2004
We all have that one pair of shoes that we wish we had the foresight to have bought every single color and every single pair of your size in stock? Last summer I bought a pair of leather, white beaded flip flops that I absolutely loved. One night the dogs chewed the toe off one flop. The very next day I returned to the shop to buy another pair, and to buy every other size 41 laidback flip flop they were selling. I was told they would no longer be carrying those shoes. The horror!!!
posted by KKT at 8:36 AM
I kept the chewed pair in the closet, just incase anything happened to the new pair. Sure enough, I had to use the "good flop" from the first pair to replace one from the new pair. And now, the final set of flops are nearing their final days. I did a google search to see if I could order them online and found a new online shopping haven (not they would ship to me, of course!). See SHOP FEET above.
Wednesday, October 06, 2004
it takes a bossy American...
One of the things I was looking forward to seeing when I got back to Dubai was how well my garden would look after a month of no doggie wee and time to grow. Somehow, I was not surprised to see most of the grass burnt to a crisp. This would be the second load of grass that has been put in the garden and the second load of grass that we have paid someone to basically kill. The problem is simply lack of water. I know I bitch and moan about this gardener thing, but this is getting ridiculous. First I was told that the garden wall was burning the grass. Why, then, is the grass on the outside of the garden wall lush and green? Why? Because I gave them sprinklers to use (this is a new concept in Dubai, where all gardeners stand dumbly with a garden hose in their hand). They throw the sprinklers on, go work on other gardens, and come back after a few hours. So the outside gets sprinkled for 2+ hours and the inside gets the splish-splash hose method for about 15 minutes.
posted by KKT at 10:26 AM
When Manman comes for his monthly salary, I ask him why the carpet grass was dead, and don't give me the burning wall excuse. He had a new reason this time - the slope of the ground causes the water to run off. "Well," I said, "you made it that way. Fix it." Naturally, he protested and insisted that a fertilizer would bring it back. Bring it back?! Bring it back?! That was thick, new pads of carpet grass only two months ago, my friend! I gave him the choice of either bringing new grass or packing his mower and going home.
My new grass was installed yesterday.
Tuesday, October 05, 2004
Surprise! Surprise! I'm alive... thanks to all of you who have sent personal emails checking on my vital stats over the past month.
posted by KKT at 10:53 AM
Since our return to Dubai, things have been moving like a sandstorm! For our first few weeks back home, we opened our home to two of Jim's bosses and then to our friend from Egypt who was here for a training course at Jim's office. Basically, I felt like we were running a small B&B for a while! Althought it was nice to have visitors, I was glad to have our home back to normal and spend a little quiet time with each other after our long holiday at home.
Speaking of the holiday at home... what a great trip!! I couldn't have had a better time in Houston (well, maybe if the Astros game had worked out with JE, but maybe next year...)! My afternoon shopping, drinking, and eating with Katie and The Jennifers was awesome. Those few hours made me realize how much I missed my "girl time." The downtown pub crawl was a total hit!! I couldn't believe how many people came out - I felt so loved to be surrounded by all the people I've missed so terribly this past year. I regret that I couldn't spend more one-on-one time with many of you... hopefully, I will be able to make another trip before next summer. Everyone looked so happy and healthy - I couldn't wish for anything more. Toward the end of my time in Houston, I was relieved to feel satisfied with my visit. Before leaving Dubai, I was concerned that my trip would only make me more homesick and that I would have a hard time leaving, but thankfully - it was a bittersweet departure. Although I miss my friends there, my visit made me realize my life is in Dubai right now. Getting my brain wrapped around that took a while, but it feel nice now. It feels nice that all the people that I love are doing well where they are and that they will always be "there" for me - whether it's in Houston, Atlanta, Mobile, or wherever their life chooses to take them.
After over two weeks in Texas, it was time to head North to Canada. This was my first time to meet all of Jim's family, so I was excited and nervous. All my worrying was for nothing as everyone I met was very kind, down-to-earth, funny, and witty. I had an absolute blast with all of them. Jim and I took off on a four day road trip around Southern Alberta, which was beautiful. I kept asking why he would never want to live there, but he assured me a Canadian Winter was not something I wanted to experience on a regular basis. I still think I could tolerate it - the bonus being all the nice people there! We had a great time driving through Lake Louise, Banff and numerous other small mountain towns. Jim's sister and brother-in-law had a huge "End of Summer" party that turned out to be a challenge as it was cold and rainy... people were running around with Hawaiian flowers in their hair and huge down ski jackets! No matter - there were bottomless spirits to keep us warm.
I could go on and on... but the pictures tell a better story.
Some of you know that my sweet Shiner Granny suffered a major stroke last month. This has been weighing heavily on my heart and mind... thanks to all of you that have kept her in your thoughts and prayers. Times like these are when I feel the furthest away...