Saturday, February 28, 2009

30 days! woot woot!

Whew! I have done 30 straight days of posts (I started on Jan 30th) and at times it has been exhausting. I decided to try it out for a few reasons. I wanted to see firstly if I could even do it, I also wanted to see if activity on my blog would increase and I finally I wanted to see what I would talk about....

Looking back I have realized that I have posted more in the last 30 days than I did in the first 6 months of last year! But this exercise has made me realize that there is a happy medium here. Perhaps every other day?

This endeavor didn't go with out it's challanges. I'm not sure if you noticed but my life isn't exactly bubbling over with excitement all the time. So trying to think of thing to post about got a little hard at times. Also there was the great MacBook crash of '09. I was able to continue posting even through this great challenges and I think I am a better blogger for it. Ok, not really, but it sounds good right?

I enjoy blogging it's sort of like an outlet for whatever is going on in my world and also a to keep my family and friends up to date on my life at the same time. There are so many memories from my time here in UAE captured on this blog and it means even more to me now that I have lost my hard drive and lost all the pictures I had taken in the last 3 years.

I enjoy going through my own posts about different knitting projects I have worked on or different fun things I have done with my husband. I also enjoy sharing these memories with you! Although I gotta say at our first U-knitted Amiras meeting I think we were all a little surprised out about how much we already knew about each other just through reading our blogs!

So thank you for putting up with my endless posts in the last 30 days. I may cut back on my post now... but only a little.

Friday, February 27, 2009

No Knitting Day

Today has been a no knitting day. In fact out side of Monday, this has been a no knitting week. I have just been to tired by the time I get home to pick up my knitting. My two projects just stare at me accusingly for spending yet another night with something to do besides knitting.

Today I woke up late and then read some Breaking Dawn (the 4th book in the Twilight series) which is better than the last three if you can believe that. Then we got ready and headed for the big city eerr well Abu Dhabi that is.

On our way there I saw this

It's a building that is in the shape of a dot. Why you might ask? Because they can.

The weather right now is beautiful so we have decided to enjoy it as much as possible so we headed for the beach!

And just to let everyone who is still dealing with the winter climates know.... It was 95 degrees here today (thats 37 C). It looks like winter and spring are over and we are now heading into summer in full force. I know I know it's mean to rub it in but just remember that soon it will be so hot that we wont be able to breath with 110 F (42 C) 100% humidity

After the beach we went and saw Slumdog Millionare. It was a great movie and I can see why it won all the awards. I'm not going to tell you anything about it cause I think everyone should go enjoy it for them selves but I found it really thought provoking. Not only that but it shed a lot of light on what a big population in the UAE might have left behind when they moved here.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Oh the weekend

This week was quite a stressful one for me. There were deadlines. There were meetings. There were even long distance phone calls to Angola where I spent 5 minutes trying to get the person on the other end to under stand who I was. But nothing compared to Monday.....

I spent nearly the entire working day of Monday at Emirates ID trying to get my card. In case you don't remember from my previous post, the Emirates ID is a new initiative by the UAE in which all citizens and Expats are required to get Identification cards that will in time (in theory) take over as drivers license and e-gate cards.

So back to my day at EID. I have say the experience wasn't as bad as I thought. I did have to wake up at 5:30 just to wait an hour and a half to get into the building. Then I spent another four hours sitting and waiting for my number to be called. Fortunately I went with a friend so we chatted while I knitted. When I finally got called, the Emiratie helping me had heard of Oregon before! I KNOW! He started listing off the starting line up of the Portland Trail Blazers and I just stared back blankly nodding and thinking to my self if only he preferred college football.

The other good thing that came out of spending 6 hours waiting for my 15 minute appointment was that I got a LOT of knitting done. I made great progress on my Noro Striped Scarf II... but I'll post those pics later.

The only feed back I would like to provide to the kind Emirates ID people is perhaps you would like to provide a little bit more adequate parking. I just don't see a sand ditch as being a proper area to have parking. Especially when you have a perfectly good parking lot that is just not accessible from the road yet because seriously why have a parking lot that people can drive up into right? Nope instead you make them park in the sand ditch and walk up the sand hill to get into the building.

But what did they do right when they built the building you ask? Well they put it next door to a McDonald's, And that my friends makes up for all the sand hills and all the ditches I ever had to walk through.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

That's what she said

I use to watch The Office on NBC and think about how funny it was but that it was probably a bit overblown and exaggerated. I mean seriously what kind of manager could be that clueless as to what reality is? How could someone keep getting promoted... Doesn't upper management know what's going on??? Really no one could make it to such a high position of managing a team of people if they constantly are offensive and plain in-the-dark about which employees are working hard and which are, well, hardly working.

The Office was made to make you laugh because you think to your self at least i don't work there! and because you know that stuff doesn't REALLY happen. No Way. It totally played up or made from stories that have been modified over time to become more and more ridiculous.

I must say, when I watch it now, I do not feel that it is so unrealistic. And it's funny because it's SO true.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Abu Dubai?

Well if this doesn't promote security and spending here in Dubai than I don't know what will...(insert sarcasim)

But on a lighter note

Monday, February 23, 2009

To be a kid again

Sometimes when i'm having a particularly rough couple days I start to think "Uugghh. Why was I always so anxious to become an adult! This is hard!" I remember what it's like when the bills weren't my problem or what it was like to not realize that cars needed to be serviced and that's always followed with more car bills. I day dream about summer vacations off of school, lounging around, watching tv. I could eat whatever I wanted because I hardly understood what calories were and besides gaining weight was normal it meant I was growing up! I use to get frustrated and think about how when I'm a grew up this or that wont be a problem anymore.

So when this happens I like to list all the reasons I like being a grown up.

Driving - I love driving. Especially when I'm having a bad day. It makes me feel in control

Eat Oreos before dinner - On some days this is crucial

Eating ice cream FOR dinner - I admit to nothing

Stay up late (or go to bed early) - picking my own bedtime is fantastic!

Unlimited access - Not being restricted by age, distance or coolness to get into places is great. Although I hardly go to those places anymore, but still

Shopping - This is great! I like to buy purses and yarn

Getting Paid - Having financial freedom is good. It would be even better if I didn't keep getting those dumb bills all the time

Not being in high school anymore - need I say more?

Putting the cup on the coffee table with out a coaster - I don't actually do this. I mean, it's a wood table. But i could if I wanted too and that's the important thing


Ok your turn. Let me what you like most about being a grown up.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Eeney, Meeney, Minney, Moe.....

Ok, I'm getting a bit tired of knitting the lace repeats on the February Lady Sweater now. So I decided to pick out the buttons that I'll use and will you believe I'm having a hard time deciding? I know! Who would have thought. Me. Indecisive.



So these are the three I narrowed down too. I really cant decided because honestly I think they all look great. I love them all for separate reasons.

The first ones: From Jennifer and I Love the chocolate color with pink and the heart shape is really cute.

The second ones: From the Button Drawer. They are goldish in the center silver towards the edge. I like the colors and I did buy this with the FLS specifically in mind because I love the antiquey design they have.

The third ones: I also got from the Button Drawer. They are Mother of Pearl with a little design carved in. They also shine pink in the light and I like that.

My husband says either the chocolate hearts or the goldish and silver ones. But honestly I like them all so I thought I would ask for your opinion. What do you think? Which ones would you pick? Or perhaps seeing as how I have three button holes I should just do one of each?

HAHAHA just kidding just kidding. But I had you going there for a second, didn't I?

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Thanks Princess

I have been making some progress on my Noro Striped Scarf with Rowan Tapestry... But you might notice that one of the balls has now been rewound


Yup thanks to my precious Princess I was able to try out my brand new ball winder. See, Princess sensed that I was anxious to give it a go and therefore took it upon her self to unwind the ball thus giving me good reason to rewind it. Of course Princess didn't want it to be an easy process for me. Nope. She made sure to spread the yarn all over the house and even figured out how to get it knotted up a bit.

Because of her thoughtfulness I was able to do my first ever ball winding! Well alone at least... Charmaine let me test hers out a few times. So this was my first solo ball winding! and It came out better than I hoped. I made sure not to make the ball too tight as that would stretch out the yarn and I even got a TP roll to stick in the middle so that it would hold it's shape.

So now that cleaned up Princess' attempt at help, I can get back to knitting!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Package!!

I got a package from my Mom. It's so amazing that she sends me these care packages so often. I know all the people at work love it when I get them because I will often share my goodies with them...

This last week I received a big one! And this isn't even everything... (there were Double Stuffed Oreos and conversation hearts too!)



In this one my mom sent the new Glam Knits pattern book by Stephanie Japel. I'm so excited there are like 8 patterns I have already begun pondering. And I also got my very own ball winder!!! woot woot! Now I just have to figure out how to use it.

My mom also sent me the Sunday Comics from the Oregonian. I had forgotten how much fun I use to have reading them every Sunday. It's great to have little pieces of home here with me.

And, of course, no yarn as per my request. I have decided to go on a yarn diet as my stash is getting larger than I can handle. So as a result I decided to go three months (to start with) with out purchasing yarn. I am proud to say that I have now made it through the first two months!! Honestly I really do have enough yarn to keep me busy for a while. I really don't need to keep adding to an already, umm, healthy stash. There are plenty of projects that I can work on with what I have. And then I can go buy more yarn!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

WIP Update

As promised yesterday, it's time for an update on my Works in Progress.

First the Noro Striped Scarf II which isn't actually made with Noro but rather Rowan Tapestry. But the Rowan offers the same effect and it was in my stash. Couldn't argue with that!

I'm really loving the way the colors are coming out. I just can't wait to see what the finished product will look like.



and HERE is my February Lady Sweater!!!

Look I separated the sleeves and everything!! I am now plowing my way through lace repeats.

Although I have to say you ladies, working on the same sweater with me, seem to make this lace go much faster than I can manage. But I'm getting the hang of it finally and I'll keep knitting away and soon I'll be working on the sleeves! woot woot!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Mac is Back!

My trusty MacBook is back safe at home... completely refurbashed!!! woot woot! It's so weird having a computer with nothing on it. It's a blank slate just waiting for me to pile information into it. At this point I can even delude my self into believing that I can develope and adhere to a whole new organization process in order to make sure everything is easy to find and that I wont have duplicates all over the place. Clearly labled foldersm, dates and names that represent, in a systematic way, what each file is and best of all a clean desk top. I'm sure I can keep it up for oh about 8 minutes. But until then, I will have the most organized computer on the planet!

Something I learned from this experience is that sometimes we all need a "go to" that will offer an instant smile and good mood.

Whenever I'm stressed, down or about to go into a tense situation I just watch this video and I feel all better....



I know you are worried about my knitting becuase it has been so long since I have given you an update. Rest easy in knowing that during this whole Apple melt down I was still knitting away on my FLS and Noro Striped Scarf II so tomorrow (because my computer is finally back home where it belongs) I will be able to show you up dates! woot woot!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Oh it's bad

So my husband dutifully took my Apple to it's doctor's appointment this morning and waited while the magical man gave his prognosis.

:::Sigh::: There are tears in my eyes (not really but going for effect here) as I report that the hard drive completely crashed and needs to be replaced. This means I have lost EVERYTHING. All the papers I wrote, all my iTunes and all photos I have accumulated in the last 3 years including all of my adventures in Dubai and Abu Dhabi are all gone. Fortunately my blog (thanks blogger!) and my flickr account (thanks flickr!) have a lot photos saved on them… Also my wedding photos are all on discs waiting patiently to be reloaded onto my old but new computer.

I quickly contemplated just buying a whole new computer rather than fixing the one I have, but when I considered that all I do on it is blog, lurk, play on ravelry and the occasional yarn/book shopping it just wasn't worth it to shell out all the extra money. I'd rather pay less and have my trusty MacBook back, who has seen me through the two hardest finals weeks in my career at University of Oregon and has traveled with me, literally, to the other side of the world.

So instead of a replacement, my MacBook is in the trusty hands of its Doctor who said my new hard drive will be bigger and better than the old one! And as a bonus he's giving me a new processor which is 4 times faster than the old one! Woot woot! Even better, he says my Apple should be out of surgery and back home late this evening. Fingers crossed!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Oh my broken.... Apple

Uuggghhh my apple died. I don't know what happened but yesterday I was puttering around the Internet when everything froze.

"Ok no problem" i think to my self "I'll just re-boot"
I shut down, wait a minute and then hit the power up button

Then I wait. The computer is on but it's blank. "Well sometimes when I reboot it takes some time" I console to myself.

And then it happens. I get the ominous "?" picture flashing on the screen.

"Uh Oh, that can't be good... Wait, no! I'll try re-booting again! That will definitely fix it" thinks to self as desperately pressing power button yet again

Nope to the "?" AGAIN! Ugghhh. Fortunately I resisted the urge to throw my Apple across the room. Instead I made an appointment at the Apple Doctor for tomorrow. He will bring my MacBook from the "?" abyss. I hope.

So until then I will be working on a borrowed laptop. A laptop not as user friendly as my MacBook. :::sigh::: Now I keep trying to use all the Macintosh tricks... curser to the upper left hand corner to make the windows easy to toggle between, curser to the upper right hand corner to make all the windows go away so that you can access the desktop easily. Windows just don’t do the same nifty tricks. I miss my Apple already

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Pink what???

Ahhh just when I thought I had seen it all with a Bling Bling Refrigerator, I see this:

It's a Barbie Pink Range Rover Sport. This is serioulsy something I would expect to see in a pink box in the toy isle of Carrefour. But nope, this was sitting just meters away from my front door today and let me tell you it's life size. What's even better is that I'm willing to bet it's a guy's Range Rover. I guess black or blue or even white wasn't good enough for him. He thought to himself "No this Range Rove Sport was meant to be pink and I am the man to do just that!!"

I wonder what the resale value is for a Pink Range Rover Sport?

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Singing in Wahda

Hubby and I headed for Al Wahda Mall in Abu Dhabi today. We needed to get some things done and I wanted to check out the Banana Republic sale... But when we got there we were overwhelmed by noise. Music. Bad music to be precise.

We had lunch because we were starving and while we were eating we mused over what the music could be coming from.

Me: Maybe it's a DJ for some promotion
DH: No way. The music is too bad to be a DJ
Me: Is that the Beach Boys they are playing?
DH: Sounds like it. Yup definitely not a DJ. Perhaps a Filipino band?
Me: Hmmm Maybe but the singers sound different.
DH: Wow. Now they are playing Robbie Williams

We finally finished lunch and headed for the escalator to see what was going on....

There was a whole fun center(ish) set up in the entrance. And the music was was coming from the green and white box...


Oh yes people. That is karaoke. Voluntary karaoke in a mall. See the guy in the green booth? He is singing his heart out like he's on stage at Carnegie Hall. Hubby and I were so taken that we stood there for a good 10 minutes taking it all in and trying to figure out why people would do this voluntary in public. Seriously you would have to pay me like I was Beyonce to do something like that.

Friday, February 13, 2009

An Abu Dhabi Day

I headed out to the BIG CITY (i.e. Abu Dhabi) today has I had my U-Knitted Amiras knitting group today!! It was so much fun! We celebrated Sydney's birthday and even had a lady from Abu Dhabi TV to come by and do a piece on us!! I felt so fancy. We spent hours gabbing and knitting it was great... Although I must confess I never get much knitting done at these meetings because it's too hard for me to knit and talk and drink coffee at the same time... especially when I'm working on Lace!

But as I'm sure plenty of the girls will post pics from today's meeting I thought I would show you a few of the other things that I saw today....

This one's for you, mom!! It's a little white birdy with a long neck that I saw while driving though the city on my way to the knitting group.


Today was the Abu Dhabi Jet Ski race!! I hear this is a very important race for professional Jet Skiers (?). Is that a profession? That's like being a professional chocolate eater or professional nap taker or even a professional princess!


Look at this sign for a Dentist that's next to my laundry place. Do they really think showing that picture will entice people to come inside? I tend to think the picture of the beautiful smile is the better rout to go... I mean show the customer what they will end up with. Not what they have to got through to get it.


Finally at dinner, where I had an incredible steak, I captured this. A beautiful picture of Sheikh Zayed Mosque. I know I have posted picture of it before but they are blurry and not great quality. This one came out clear and detailed. Isn't it amazing?
For bigger just click.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Beauty of Dubai

Well those of you in Dubai and Abu Dhabi (or perhaps anywhere on the Arabian Peninsula) knows the beauty that was today.

For those of you in lands far far away.... Let me show you!

We had a dust storm. Always so much fun and great for my allergies too (insert sarcasm here)
This is the view from out side my office. That dot is the sun. You know how usually people say don't look directly at the sun... well today you can


This is my car. I swear it wasn't that dusty when I parked it in the morning. I always thing it's funny that we use windshield wipers out here to get the sand off the windshield WAY MORE than we ever use them for water


Here's the highway on the way home... You just have to go back to this post to see what it usually looks like.

Isn't it just beautiful? Nothing like going out side and breathing in a mouth full of sand. It ends up everywhere. In your eyes, your hair, clothes and best of all, your nose. It's even better if it's super windy out side because then it stings as it hits you too!

And on a separate note (and sorry for the blurriness but it happens) this is one of our new public busses. It's huge and weird looking. Very skinny form the back but quite tall, as you can see, from the sideThis idea is good because the busses around here run out of room quite quickly, leaving only standing room. I have to say they aren't very aesthetically appealing but I like the initiative. Dubai is really trying to make public transportation more accessible. Good for them.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

FO: Noro Striped Scarf

That's right! I finished the Noro Striped Scarf!! Woot woot!

Here's my beautiful scarf...


I have to say the I now understand the hype. This scarf is just amazing to knit. The 1 x 1 rib is enough to keep you from getting too board but definitely easy enough that you can do this while watching tv.



Also I noticed that the color changes were a big motivation for me to keep going on this scarf. I just couldn't wait to get to whatever color was coming next!



The best part is my husband loves the scarf too! Finally I knit something (for him) that he loves!

So here are the details

Pattern: Noro Striped Scarf from Brooklyntweed
Yarn: Noro Silk Garden in colorways 268 & 08 from The Knitting Bee in Portland, OR (thanks mom for sending me the beautiful yarn!)
Modifications: None - If it ain't broke; don't fix it

p.s. sorry the pics aren't fantastic... i was having camera issues

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

You're really getting to know meme

Another Meme from Sydney!

One word answers

1. Where is your cell phone? table
2. Your significant other? Hilal
3. Your hair? short
4. Your mother? Jersey
5. Your father? Cali
6. Your favorite thing? internet
7. Your dream last night? twins!
8. Your favorite drink? coke
9. Your dream/goal? stability
10. What room you are in? living
11. Your hobby? knitting
12. Your fear? loss
13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? there
14. Where were you last night? home
16. Muffins? chocolate
17. Wish list item? flight
18. Where you grew up? Portland
19. Last thing you did? dinner
20. What are you wearing? pj's
21. Your TV? flat
22. Your pets? princess
23. Friends? close
24. Your life? unplanned
25. Your mood? stressed
26. Missing some one? Family
27. Car? blue
28. Something you're not wearing? hoodie
29. Your favorite store? KnitPicks
30. Your favorite color? pink
33. When is the last time you laughed? hours
34. Last time you cried? week
35. Who will resend this? you?
36. One place that I go to over and over? Beirut
37. One person who emails me regularly? Mom
38. My favorite place to eat? mexican
39. Why you participated in this survey? curious
40. What are you doing tonight? reading

much harder than I thought

Monday, February 9, 2009

Oh to be a Princess

I worked from home for about half the day today. I find sometime, especially when I have to work on Excel, that I'm a more efficient worker from home. I'm able to get the boring stuff done rather than let my self be distracted at work. Don't ask my why I'm able to work even though my FLS sits right next to me begging for just a few more rows but I am.

While I was working from home today Princess reminded me just why I named her "Princess"



While I worked, she spent some time sleeping in the hallway, then sleeping on the living room floor, then finally sleeping where you see her above. She decided to sleep right next to me while I was working. Purring quite loudly, might I add, just to rub in the fact that she was happy and relaxed while I was pulling at my hair attempting to figure out Excel.

I don't know where you apply for her job but sign me up!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Too funny

funny pictures of cats with captions
more animals

Too funny had to share! I think I have even made that face the last few times I read the news.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

The Success of the Eyelet

Yesterday I promised you a picture the progress on my February Lady Sweater...



I know it doesn't look like much but really there's a lot of hard work and perseverance that got me this far. The pattern calls for 38 YO to be distributed evenly over 207 stitches. Now it doesn't take much to figure out that 38 doesn't go into 207 evenly. Nope I had to do some heavy duty math. 3 times. Yup I'll admit it. I'm not afraid. I'm not ashamed. I had to redo the eyelet row 3 times. I re-knit it three times and I still have one extra stitch (shhhh don't tell). My solution to this problem it to just knit two together on the next row cause I really can't stand attempting this a fourth time.

So now I head forth in to new territory (for me at least). I shall attempt the separation of the sleeves!!!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Dragging weeks

Lately the weeks seem to be dragging... well dragging until I get to the weekend and then it flies by!

I think this is due to a particularly heavy work load that results in decreased knit time. I seem to be making hardly any progress Sunday through Thursday. I'm excited when I get one or two rows done before I'm falling asleep face first into yarny goodness. I then drag my self to bed where I attempt to read. Books that use to take me a day or two to read now take weeks! Weeks I tell you! I read like 3 pages a night and the first one is review from when I fell asleep the night before.

But on the weekends I spend hours trying to make up for lost time. Like today for instance. I woke up at 9:30 and sat on the couch knitting at my leisure. It was fabulous. I got all the way to eyelet increases on my February Lady Sweater which is great progress for one lazy day and tomorrow I'll be able to make it all the way to the lace! Woo Hoo!

Tomorrow I will show you pictures of my progress.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Home Sweet Home

I'm a little reminiscent of home today. The weather was beautiful in Dubai today and the air smelled like home, like Portland.

So I thought I would share a little of home with you. Just a peek because I know I will want to share more in the future.

These two pictures are from a Washington Park which sits in the middle or Portland City. It's the biggest national park that sits inside city limits in the nation. Yes I'm proud of that. Anyhow just a drive up a hill in the city will bring you smack dab into the middle of a dense forest with trails winding all through the park. This is something I completely took for granted living so close to it all the time. I should have spent more time there wandering around and enjoying the natural beauty of the forest.



This is the Portland Rose Garden. It's huge and has thousands of types of roses. I love it there. Totally worth the allergy attack. In fact the purple rose that I keep to the right here is my very favorite of them all.



This is the Oregon Coast. Cannon Beach to be precise. It's seriously gorgeous. And if your a fan of Goonies then you'll recogize Haystack rock.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

My Drive Home

My Drive Home

By Lindsay

I had a decent day at work today in Dubai. Not too stressful but not too slow. Just got things done as one at work usually does. I left the office at my usual time to head home to Abu Dhabi. So I made my way across the street. The fun of crossing the street (as some of you who have stopped by know) is that it s quite similar to an obstacle course where one needs to dodge heavy equipment, ditches and cars all at the same time. Really it's just pain good fun. Oh and I do this in high heels might i add.

I finally made it through the battle field, oops, I mean street, to my car. I spend nearly 10 minutes trying to back out of the parking spot because a little white civic parked illegally behind me. Either side of me were two SUV's parked in just a way that I was squeezed in the middle with out much room to maneuver. Now the fun (if you will) of the civic's faux parking spot was that it was just far enough to give me hope that I could eventually get out but just close enough (especially considering the cars on both sides of me) that I actually couldn't get out unless I wanted to add some customized body work to my, his or probably both cars. I was about to key or rather leave, a kind note on his car when he came strolling out to his car where he proceeded to slowly get in. This may surprise some of you but it occurred to me to voice (yell, scream, shout) my unhappiness with his parking space but I thought that I was perhaps not in the best frame of mind to do this in a civilized manner and I really wanted to go home.

I finally get on to the road (whew). I turn up the radio and start to relax. Now I can just GO HOME. Oh wait, I need gas. Yup as I have to do every other day, I needed to stop for gas. I of course head for my favorite petrol station where the guys all know what I want before I roll my window down... It's crowded when I get there so I wait patiently in line for my turn to come up. I'm in no rush and I can wait like everyone else. The first spot opens in the 2 car bay but my car wont fit between the two pumping cars in the back to get up to the front spot. Again I think "it's ok I can wait." But the guy in the white Landrover, he can't wait. He's VERY important so he drives around all the waiting people and backs into the front spot. :::sigh::: So at that precise moment the second car pumping in the line finishes up and is ready to go. "Yay!" I think to my self "now I can get my gas and go!" but White Landrover Guy has parked diagonally so that no one behind him can pass including the car who just finished up in the spot I want. Yes people, we all got to wait for White Landrover Guy! He's just THAT important.

I finally got my gas and started to head out of the gas station where I was promptly cut off by a Gold Landrover with his hazards on. Ok my fault for not seeing that one coming (not really but I'm trying not to explode in my car) so I head for the highway where I start making the drive home. Fortunately outside of a little high beam assault (where the guy behind you flashes his high beams at you until you move wether you can safely move or not) the drive was quite smooth.

At least it was smooth until I got to the exit for my house. I took the turn trying not to get squished by a semi, but I'm use to this so no prob. I head straight and that's when I see a bus transporting laborors on the side of the road. "huh" i think to my self, "i wonder why they are standing so weird facing the road?" That's when I figured out that these men, GROWN MEN were relieving them selves FACING THE ROAD!!!! Seriously?? This was the best place they could find??? They couldn't go behind the bus or better behind the building that they were parked next too?!?!?! Thankfully I didn't see anything that made me want to poke my eyes out with the bic pen I keep in my purse. I just looked forward and sped away.

I take the next turn where I'm nearly side swiped by a car because I'm not going over the speed bump fast enough for him. He nearly hits a guy on his bike but that doesn't seem to slow him down. Nope. It would be the bike's fault if he got in the way of the ginormous SUV driving on the wrong side of the road, not the SUV driver's fault.

At this point I'm exhausted. I finally make it home with out further incident, but it's the United Arab Emirates and that's an accomplishment in it's self. I parked and dragged my self into the house where I have been doing some knitting therapy working on my February Lady Sweater ever since.

True story people. I had to share because it's too unreal to believe to those of you living far far away... and for those of you living here, I thought it would be nice to commiserate with someone.

The moral of my story is that you can either laugh or cry and sometimes choose to shout. Today I laugh!

The End.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

What's wrong with this picture?

I was sitting on the couch, knitting away on my February Lady Sweater and look what happened!



Ahhhh!!!! THE YARN BROKE!! My Blue Moon Fiber Arts yarn broke. I really have no idea how this happened and the break looks quite clean. I would suspect Princess but she hasn't seemed interested in this yarn... plus she's an eater not a chewer and there were no wet ends (big clue). Anyways I fixed it but I was so excited that I would only have to weave ends in once because of how big the skeins are and now just rows into the beginning I'll have another join. :::sigh::: It's ok though. At least I have the buttonholes figured out, FINALLY.

But I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this was just a fluke in the yarn.

Monday, February 2, 2009

25 things

I was tagged by Sydney on Facebook but I thought it would be more fun to respond here:

So 25 things you don't know about me... well mom and dad you may know some of these

1. I don't eat fish or anything that lives in the sea/ocean/river... Haven't even tried any of it in years. My husband doesn't eat beef or chicken - this makes cooking fun!

2. Sometimes when I'm driving down the highway and I see the blue water, camels and palm trees, I think to my self "I live in paradise"

3. Sometimes when I get cut off for the 12th time as another dust storm rolls through and I'm explaining where I live to the Pizza delivery guy for the 100th time I think "What IS this place? Definitely not paradise"

4. I use to collect Coca-Cola memorabilia. A lot

5. I still, to this day, won't drink Pepsi... Mostly out of habit now or because I'm really stubborn

6. I know more about cars than my husband. I like cars

7. I use to have a customized car... That I customized. I really wish I could find a picture to show you, because it was sweet! A Honda Civic Coupe that had too many things done to it to list here

8. I enjoy knitting for others... I like to think of the person I'm knitting the item for the entire time I'm knitting it. It makes me feel like I'm giving them something more special than a scarf or whatever cause it actually has my love in it (i know it's cheesy)

9. My high school mascot was the Crimson Tide and I always thought that was a dumb mascot

10. I still miss my toy poodle.

11. Even though I have made mistakes I still wouldn't have changed anything in the last 5 years because I know there's no way I would have ended up here and meeting my husband otherwise.

12. I have gone 6 weeks with out buying yarn

13. But I did buy buttons today

14. I really miss seeing mountains in the distance

15. I know someday I'll really miss seeing camels in the distance

16. Living in the middle east had taught me more about being a confident woman than I had predicted

17. I have NEVER broken a bone and the closest I have come to surgery was having my wisdom teeth removed

18. I miss college and the way I always knew what was expected of me

19. The Twilight series is seriously good. Seriously

20. I know how to sail. And the memories I have of sailing with my dad are ones I think of when I miss him a lot

21. I look just like my mom and I love it!

22. I still call my big sister for advice and I'm not sure she knows how much I appreciate that.

23. I love english muffins with butter and peanut butter. Especially when I'm having a bad day

24. I read post secret every sunday

25. I use to be a professional ice cream cake decorator

Gotta say that was kind of therapeutic... Ok everyone How about you?

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Foggy Nights in Abu Dhabi

I went on a walk with my husband around our neighborhood. It was a beautiful cool night and there was a layer of fog hovering over everything. I love the fog (except when I'm driving) because it makes everything look so peaceful and quiet.




Here's Jerry following us on our walk. A little spooky huh?