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A Weekend With My (Non-Psycho) Internet Friends!

Hello from Kuwait (again)!

Just FYI (because you care), a posted a ton of new pictures of Jordan, my big girl’s weekend (thanks to Theresa), and other random shots from our trip home. So if you’re bored (I mean-really, really bored), there’s lots to keep you occupied.

I suppose I should get started with a recap of my wonderful nestie girl’s weekend!

I had met retired blogger Sarah last fall while on vacation, so not only did I know she wasn’t a crazy psycho killer, but I also knew she was so incredibly wonderful. I had not, however, met Theresa until just this past weekend! Oh- and BTW, all of the photos provided are courtesy of Theresa’s camera. As it turns out- Theresa is not a psycho killer either. In fact, she’s just as great as Sarah!

BTS has been in contact since the old days of the nest- about 2 years or so. In fact, Theresa and Sarah are the big day brightener in my life each afternoon as my day comes to an end and their’s just begins. I always know I have an email to look forward to from my two internet friends. We’ve done a lot of group emailing over the last couple of years, so it was only fitting that we’d finally meet.

It was a great time. Here are just a few pics of all the fun (the rest are posted on Flickr):

We went to the Ft. Worth rodeo our first full day together. Aside from the bronco riding, the wild cow milking (yes- wild cow milking) was my favorite event.

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Sarah’s poor husband was a good sport about letting her have two strange internet friends invade their house. His only stipulation was that we didn’t drool on his pillow. Oops!

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Alright- we were faking. I mean, afterall, the three of us look wonderful (think Jessica Simpson) when we sleep- our mouths don’t hang open all gross like that.

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Sporting our team pride:

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Our first lunch together:

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Theresa discovered everything really is bigger in Texas:

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She also discovered steak fingers! Retired blogger Sarah and I almost died when she asked what they were! Here she is with her new favorite food (ha ha):

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The weather was perfect for Theresa, a New Yorker, but for a transplanted Sooner in Kuwait, it was a bit cold.

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Sarah, her hubby, and two dogs Evie and Rascal:

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Theresa and Rascal:

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BTS, Friends Forever <3

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It was a great weekend. I’ve been talking for a Nestie Reunion for ages now, so it was nice to finally get together with some of the friends I’ve gotten to know through the nest. Now we just need to plan and carry out a big mass reunion so we can ALL finally meet! What do you guys say? Spring/Summer of 2009? excaim

As for other, much less exciting things in my life, jet lag has finally hit. Will and I are feeling its full effects. Work sure will be fun when I’m as awake as a newborn puppy. Oh well, there’s nothing a Starbucks latte can’t cure, right?

Alright, I’m off to relish the last few hours I have of vacation with Will and the dogs. More to come soon and very soon.

<3

Hello From America!

By the time you read this post you’ll never guess where I’ll be-

That’s right, my friends, A-FREAKING-MERICA!

I know you’re shocked, right? It’s not like I’ve been talking about this for the last 3 weeks or anything (ha). I’m typing this from Kuwait, but setting up an auto-post so this shows up tomorrow. So, that means I need to oooh and ahh over how great America is (although I’m technically not there yet).

Guys- the snow in Minnesota is beautiful!

Christmas is everywhere!

I missed Wal-mart!

Does it sound like I’m typing this from America, or that I’m faking that I’m typing from America?

Do you care?

I didn’t think so.

Besides, when this posts I really WILL be there. Home sweet home. I’m so excited! I can’t even contain my jubilation. In fact, let’s all let out a gigantic yell of cheer! Ready?

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!

Gosh that felt good.

Vacation has finally arrived, and not a moment too soon. This weekend was spent working, packing, and celebrating Christmas with my family.

Actually, it was more like working, working, celebrating Christmas with my family, and doing a little packing.

I don’t know what my problem is, but I really hate packing.

You’d think with how much I went on and on (and on and on and on) about being ready for vacation I would have been more than eager to throw a few things in a suitcase and head home. However, that hasn’t seemed to be the case. I did so much procrastinating last night.

“Will, let’s watch a Prison Break!”

“Hey, I forgot we bought a book about Petra while we were in Jordan. I should read it RIGHT THIS SECOND!”

“Gotta pack clothes… gotta pack clothes.. Okay- I’ll bring these jeans. Hmm, I wonder if they still fit? I wonder if ANY of my clothes fit. Let’s try on every single item I own right this second to find out! Then let’s organize my closet by color! Better yet- by alphabetized brand!”

I’m hopeless when it comes to packing guys.

Not only that, but I bring entirely too much with me.

I’ll be gone for a month? That means I need 30 shirts.

I’m going to church 3 times? That means I need to bring 6 outfits so I can change my mind once each Sunday.

It’s really bad guys, really bad.

I could never be on Survivor or the Amazing Race. Options people! I need options!

I probably failed to mention that I’ll be shopping at Mall of America for a day or two while we’re in Minnesota. SO- not only am I starting out with entirely way too much stuff, but I’m also accumulating MORE stuff to pack. Do I smell a Heavy Baggage Fee in my future??

Will can take it out of my Christmas money- I’m not rummaging through my bag to make it more proportionately sized, darn it! I did that last year and it’s nothing but a big mess.

You start with one heavy bag,

then you start transferring,

then you end up with a lighter bag,

and then the other bag you just added crap to is heavy-

so then you have to dig again and add and take away, add and take away until finally you’re wearing half your suitcase and your purse weighs 30 pounds.

I’m not doing that again! I refuse to wear three sweatshirts at one time again. Not only does it get hot, but I look like the Marshmallow man from Ghostbusters! It just doesn’t work out very well. Bring on the fee.

So that’s all for now my friends. Look for me and Will on Monday Night Football! We’ll be the insane looking hicks with our chests painted “Yo Adrian!” Okay, I’m totally lying. My whiteness would blind you. I’ll just stick to a jersey or something more traditional- like a foam finger… yeah, that should be good.

It’s good to be home! Oh, and FYI, I may stink at feedback for the next couple of weeks. My apologies in advance.

Yay for vacation!

A Date With The First Lady

Can I just start off this post saying the stuff below has no political implications. Put the knives down people!! I’m not takling politics! I’d be excited for this opportunity no matter who was in office!

Now- having said that-

Guess who I’m having dinner with tomorrow night!?

GUESS!

If you guessed the couple I’m obssessed with right now, you’re wrong.

The person I’m having dinner with is almost as wonderful as them, but not quite.

I’m having dinner with Laura Bush! The First Lady herself!

.........

Okay, I’m totally lying.

But it could happen. She’s in Kuwait right now (if you care, click on “Kuwait” for the full story). I think she’s out meeting troops at one of the camps today, but I’m not sure. I know she hasn’t come to mine yet, darn it!

Yeah, yeah, I know you all “hate” (ha ha, although for some of you, the “ “ may need to be taken out because you really do feel that strongly!) the President and you’re throwing up your Starbucks vegetable quiche right now, but I don’t care. I heart Laura Bush.

There I said it!

I <3 Laura.

I was thinking about calling up the Secret Service and seeing if the First Lady will be available at 7:00 tonight for dinner at Pomodoros.

Hmm- do you think Laura likes Italian food? I hope so.

Maybe we should go fancier…

Hmm…

Anyway- we'll discuss what book she's reading now, all the fun events she's going to while she's in Kuwait, and what she really thinks about some of the First Ladies in the past.

I could take her to some of the souks here and we could buy her a huge and absolutely gorgeous Arabic dining table. I’m sure it’d be perfect for all the special guests that eat with the Bush family.

What else could we do guys?? I feel like a really boring hostess!

I wonder what Laura likes to do on her down time? I bet sitting on the couch watching King of Queens isn’t one of them. Maybe it’s my duty to show her a slower pace of life while she’s here? What do you think? I’d even let her pick between Papa Johns and Pizza Hut. I’m such nicey.

Or-

I could just sit at home with Will and eat Papa Johns while we watch a few Everybody Loves Raymond.

That’s not too bad either.

I guess it’s always good to have a back-up plan incase my plans with Laura fall through.

So, say what you will about the administration’s policies- I’m going to show The First Lady a wonderful time in Kuwait!

Okay, or not.

I’m off to (hopefully) have a good and work free weekend.

Say a prayer that in the next 30 minutes I’m not told I have to come in.

posted in News,Q-8 bullet permalink bullet 10.25.2007

Random Scatterings

I need a break from thinking

RIGHT

THIS

VERY

INSTANT.

Although I don’t really have much to say (but really- do I ever??), I feel the need to step away from whatever it is that I’m doing and just chill out.

Hmm-

Chill out.

Note to self: find out if that is still “cool” to say.

Anyway, there’s not much going on worth mentioning (again- is there really ever??). I just felt the need to post.

Wait.

I already said that.

Oh well. Moving right along.

I’m so ready for the weekend. There’s really no particular reason other than the fact that I’m just ready. Ready, ready, ready.

Did I ever tell you guys that Kuwait swtiched their weekends

Ohhh

about 6 months ago??

Ha, not that you really care.

Anyway, Kuwait switched their weekends from Thursday-Friday to Friday-Saturday the first of September. So- tomorrow is my “Friday!” I’m so ready to get on with it.

What else??

Oh- if you know of any wonderful loving dog lovers in Kuwait, could you send them my way please?? Will and I are starting to stress a little about what we’re going to do with poor Bosworth and Lucille while we’re in Jordan next month. Boarding is outrageous here, so we’d really prefer not to.

See!?

SEE!?

This is why we need friends, Will!

I highly doubt we’ll be able to meet and become best friends with the couple I’m obsessed with right now. So, we’re going to have to suck it up and either donate Boz to science research or board the doggies.

I’m still holding out for our best friends, but don’t worry- I won’t dump the dogs on them. We both know that if I did that they’d run screaming and never want to see us again the second Boz hiked his leg and peed on anything that looks remotely close to a tree or fire hydrant.

Or really, anything at all for that matter.

Poor Boz.

We started sticking his nose in the pee and telling him “no” lately.

Are we bad dog parents?

I read to do that somewhere…

I hope you’re not calling PETA right now.

Anyway- it just makes you think, you know? I mean, you’d never do that to your kid- so why stick your dog’s nose in pee?

Ahahaha- sorry, I just had a visual of doing that to a kid.

I’m a nerd.

Okay, back to the matter at hand.

I don’t know if it’s working, I hope so. We’re not very consistent- and as we all know- consistency is key.

The Gooolden Key.

Wow- this is a really dumb and random post.

Anyhow (hmm- let’s count the times I say “anyhow” or “anyway” in a post! It’s quite frightening I’m sure), as you can see, I’m a little scatter-y today. I needed this release though. I feel a lot better!

Happy Hump Day! More to come…

An Earthquake in Kuwait!?!

Seriously!

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007gdc2.php

How weird! I wish I had some cool story to share, but I don’t.

How crazy!

Hmm, I’m thinking I need an “I Survived the Q-8 Quake” shirt.

posted in News,Q-8 bullet permalink bullet 8.19.2007

An Annoying Weekly Update

I’ve unofficially declared Tuesdays (or Mondays, or Saturdays or any freaking day of the week when I’m all dried up and out of any real substance to talk about. heh- who am I kidding? When do I ever have real substance on here?) Update Day. Because, well, as you all know I have so much exciting and fresh information to discuss about my thrilling life in Kuwait (ha).

Something Actually Worth Reading...well...sort of
I was so excited to hear that one of places Will and I are visiting this year was named one of the new 7 Wonders of the World! I was already excited to go, but now? Now I’m just plain stupid about it. If you were too freaking lazy to click on the link for the grand revealing (don’t worry, I’m lazy too and rarely click on links), I’ll go ahead and tell you what new Wonder we’ll be visiting this year. We’re going to Petra, Jordan!

Will and I decided we really need to make the most of our time here and start planning the trips we’ve been talking about forever but just haven’t done because “we still have 103 more years in Kuwait.” However, we’ve already been here 2 (which is hard to believe!), so before we know it, it will be time to go home and we will have missed out on things we wanted to do. So, we committed to taking a few short trips during the rest of our time here. We invited my family along, so it should be a good trip. We’re going to stay on the Dead Sea a few nights, see Petra, go to Amman- it should be a good trip! I’m most looking forward to Petra, though. Mainly from an eschatological aspect (wow! you didn’t know I was a smartie, did you?). Will, however, is looking forward to swimming in the Dead Sea. I hear it’s physically impossible to swim in it because of the salt content- so watching him attempt to swim will be quite a show.

I have quite possibly the craziest story ever in all the world (okay, that’s a total flat out life) about planning our trip, but sadly, I can’t share. You can thank the Kuwaiti people that monitor the web for trigger words that I can’t even write in this post. Let’s just say it has to do with Jordan’s neighboring country- a place most Arab countries believe does not exist. Ha ha- or as my friend Sarah says, “the Whole-y Land.” Was that a good hint? I freaking hope so. Anyway, we had a creepy experience last weekend because of it and found out that the Ministry flags and blocks all calls to “that country.” Maybe one day I’ll get to tell you about it. Since I just taunted you with half a story and got you all like, “What the crap is she talking about!?!” I’ll go ahead and move on to something else. Sorry for the ambiguity.

Not Exactly Worth Reading
Other than the Jordan trip (which seems forever away), there just doesn’t seem to be a lot going on.

Last Tuesday afternoon I got an email from the wife of the couple we went out with (hmm, did that sentence make sense?.. who knows...). She asked us out on

The
Longest
Date
Ever.

It’s this 6 hour tour thing. It sounds like a lot of fun (ha- Will was thrilled), and I was actually looking forward to it until Will mentioned, “Uh- we couldn’t even carry on a conversation for an hour. how are we going to manage 6!?!” He’s right. This reality has set me into a panic. I think the couple might be just as frantic because I haven’t heard from her since the initial email. She told me she would find out the times and then get back to me. Granted, it’s only Tuesday, but now I’m wondering if they want to “forget” that we had made plans. I guess I’ll find out soon enough. I’m sure 6 hours will produce a plethora of blogging material. I’ll keep you guys posted on what will either be the 6 Hour Stand Up or the 6 Hours of Continual Conversation… or lack thereof.

Are you Still Reading!?
Last Thursday I went to Will’s camp to work out with the guy that is whipping my Will into shape! It was a lot of fun...well..fun might not be the right word. I was glad to get to see Will in action and see all the “abuse” Will says this guy puts him through. The guy was really great and helped me make some improvements to my own program. That’s not exactly how I would like to spend every Thursday, but it was nice to work out together and finally get to meet the guy that has helped Will drop almost 10 pounds.

We bought $80 worth of grapefruit last weekend. Yep, we love our citrus. I think we looked like complete morons checking out. I should also mention that we went to 3 different grocery stores this weekend too. Yeah, that was loads of fun. Every store has something the other ones don’t. It’s quite a headache. So, Will and I decided we would limit our grocery needs to 2 stores and just load up on things we need from the 3rd. That’s exactly what we did. Will loves these Del Monte jars of pre-cut grapefruit. We took all that was available and proudly walked out with 2 (extrememly heavy) bags. Isn’t that sad!? $80 and 2 bags? For freaking grapefruit!?! Gotta love the prices they slap on imported goods.

Hmm… Want to see the most beautiful hospital? Go here. It’s the newest and best women’s hospital in Kuwait. It’s like a freaking hotel. My mom had her surgery there. Surprisingly, it’s cheaper than most “normal” hospitals in the states. I have no idea why I just linked you there… probably because I need to make a doctor’s appointment and wanted you to know we actually have normal hospitals here and not something from behind a farm shed. Uh, well, we have those too- but at least we have options, right!? Sigh, sadly I still don’t think you guys are any more eager to move here.

What else?… I started re-reading the book of Daniel last week. I forgot how much I really enjoy that book. I’m only like 5 chapters in, but I feel so refreshed by the things I’m encountering. I just want to sit and continuing reading on and on. Here’s just a few things I’ve tried to focus on from my readings (in normal people’s language):

God wants us to give all of ourselves to him, even in things that seem sort of trivial.
Just because the “in crowd” is doing something doesn’t mean it will make you better in the long run
God stands tall with those who are faced with adversity
Pride comes before the fall, and God alone is sovereign. <- that's what I read about today- King "Nebby's" prideful heart.

I'm reading the book along with a Prophecy commentary I got for my birthday. It's really enriched what I'm reading. Also, Beth Moore has an excellent study on Daniel, but it's better to do with a women's Bible study group, so I think I'll hold off on that one.

Go Ahead and Leave, It’s Pretty Much Downhill From Here
Boz has started doing the weirdest thing! He pees directly into his food dish after he eats. “What in the freaking crap are you thinking!?!” I constantly yell. He just cocks his head and looks at me and is all, “What, woman?! It’s MINE! ALL MINE!!” MUHAHAHAHAHA.”

This marking his territory crap makes no sense to me. I guess I’ll just at least be thankful men aren’t allowed to walk around doing the same. Think about all the wars that would break out over that!

Alright, alright. I think I’ve put you through enough crazy ramblings for one day. I wish you all a wonderful day!

More to come <3

You’re Gonna Wish You Were a Fly on the Wall

If Will and I lived in your neighborhood we’d be your back-up back-up friends.

You know the ones I’m talking about- the ones that aren’t even stored in your phone- or even in the old Nokia you haven’t used in years. Reaching us requires a lot of research on your part.

We’re the ones you call when you’re desperate.

The ones you finally settle for after sitting on the couch for hours, racking your brain as to who else you could possible call- someone. Anyone. You try your dog walker, your babysitter, the senior citizen center, even your freaking gynocologist before you call us. Ha- in fact you’d rather be spread eagle in the stirrups at the gynocologist than go out with us.

Hoooney!! Who can we call!?!” you whine, popping your shoulder and kicking your legs like a kindergartner that wasn’t picked for Feed The Fish duty.

That’s when your husband chimes in, “Well, there’s always the...”

“Don’t say it! Don’t even utter their name! You know I hate how he’s always talking about football, and her! She’s in a whole other world! Don’t even get me started!”

You banter back and forth, and finally decide that sharing a meal with two boring Sooners has to be better than another night on the couch watching Mary Tyler Moore reruns. At least, you hope it is.

That’s the kind of friends we are. We wouldn’t even make your JV list.

The truth is- Will and I don’t get out much here in Kuwait. If we must actually brush our teeth, shower, and look alive on the weekends, our date of choice is with my parents (yep. We’re so cool… It’s pretty sad when you double with your parents every single weekend.). I’m thinking really hard, and…

wow!…

I don’t think Will and I have been out with any other couple the whole 2 years we’ve been here! Granted, you may remember “Fred and Ethel Mertz” from the old blog. There’s been a couple other invites here and there, but other than that we’ve hit a dry spell.

When we first moved here that’s all I wanted- friends. “Friends! Friends! Friends! Give me Friends!” I would say. However, after the first year I was sort of like, “Sleep! Give me sleep!” Something about being over here sucks the life out of you, and lazy weekends are the Duracells that get you through.

Well, guys, these Duracells won’t be fully charged this weekend because Will and I have a date.

Yep, that’s right.

A DATE!

I feel like an awkward teenager all over again. The nerves, the anticipation, the obsessing…

Here’s how it went down:

There is a family that works at my company. I know the mom and dad of this family. Every time I see the mom she reminds me she has a daughter that works here now and she’s my age. Oh! and she has a husband too! the mom adds. I’m always nice and do the, “Yeah, maybe we’ll get together sometime,” song and dance, but never really planned on acting on the idea.

Until last week.

The daughter emailed me. She asked if we had plans for that night of the next. My stomach sank. “I know! I’ll call Will!” I thought to myself. “I know what he’ll say! He’ll be the one I can blame a ‘thanks but no thanks’ on.” <- I knew he'd say, "NO WAY! We don't like people. We're curmudgeons that live in a cave, remember?"

However, he totally shocked me. "Yeah, I guess," he said.

WILL! You were supposed to say no!! Oh- and by the way- he conviently fails to remember the part where he readily agrees. He is blaming this whole thing all on me. Such a typical male.

So, I emailed back and we set something up. I wasn’t prepared for anything last weekend. I would need plenty of time to prepare for such a catastrophic event. So, we planned dinner for this Thursday.

It was a date. An official blind date. No backing out now. We entered into a legally binding social agreement when we said yes. These can only be broken by a Congressional hearing. Or bribing the other couple with a free Johnny Carinos appetizer coupon. There was no way out.

Ever since we sealed the deal, I’ve had second thoughts. Perhaps it was the, “Of course- we can always go out for sushi” comment in regards to where we should meet for dinner. “Always go out for sushi,” I thought. “She makes it sound like going out for sushi is what everyone does on a Thrusday night. It’s just like dinner at Applebees!” Maybe it was that. Will loved the sushi idea (ha).

Or, perhaps it’s the whole notion of the “double date” that’s giving me second thoughts. It’s not only just a double date- it’s a BLIND DOUBLE DATE! We have to sit down for at least an hour with these people. Share a meal. Find mutual interests. Muster conversation. Remember what I said earlier!? We don’t date! I don’t even know if we’ll be able to produce audible conversational sentences to these people. It might come out sounding like dolphin squeak. Heck- we might not even be able to squeak! We might just sit there, drooling all over ourselves and trying to speak in hand gestures- just like the cave men we’ve become.

Then there’s the “other people opinion factor.” I told a couple people about the big date and ended up getting mixed feedback. Two told me they knew the couple and said they were, “… nice people...” However, they said it in that hesitant way- like they wanted to say more but didn’t want to ruin us from ever going out again. Plus they know we never ever get out and are thinking to themselves, “Dang it, They NEED human interaction. Even if the couple practices contortion stances for fun.”

Sigh. I just want the truth people!

The truth!

“You can’t handle the truth!” one said.

She’s probably right.

So I have the feeling our blind date couple started thinking about the potential awkwardness as well because I got an email from the wife asking if we could change the time of our get together. Now, instead of having supper, we’re having breakfast.

Breakfast…

Breakfast?!

BREAKFAST!

What made them decide breakfast!? Which then had me stressing out even more.  Breakfast means they might be apprehensive about meeting us too.

Hey- it’s one thing for us to be stressed about meeting them, but they’re not allowed to feel the same way. They have to love us. There is no other option. So, after I got the, “can we change the time” email I started wondering if she had asked around about us like we asked about them.

“What did they ask?”

“What did people say?”

“I wonder if they’re judging us before they even notice us!”

“HEY! They can’t do that!”

and then laughed because I’m doing all of the above, but darn it- they can’t!

So, it’s breakfast. Breakfast seems so much more laidback than dinner. Breakfast is easy. There just seems like less pressure. If we have to go on this blind date- breakfast is definitely the way to go.

Ha, I’ve been joking about it all week. I told Will we should send them an email that described what we would be wearing, how there would be a newspaper in the upper left corner of the table, and that we’d be drinking iced tea (hahaha). He thought I was a weirdo.

“We don’t want to scare them before we even meet them.”

“But Will! How are they supposed to find us?!”

So at the start of the week I had the attitude of- Let’s just get this stupid thing over! However, as the day is finally on my doorstep, it appears I’m singing a different tune. I’m thinking about what I’m going to wear, things to say, what I’ll eat… it’s like I’m dating all over again! I hate this dating drama. I thought I got married and it would all end-

but they don’t tell you that, do they? The fact is that dating gets WORSE when you get married because now there’s four people involved. Will the husbands mesh? Will the wives? Can the husbands tolerate the other man’s wife and vice versa?

Blind couple dating...sigh… I’ve heard everything now. What a way to enter into the couple dating realm after a two year hiatus, huh?

Wish us luck. Maybe I should have a contingency plan in place in case all goes south- like if I send my mom a text message that says “deliverance,” she’ll call 20 minutes later saying she needs me right away.

Okay, now I’m being ridiculous.

Did I mention I have a Gigantor zit on my chin? What a way to make a first impression.

Wish us luck. Who knows- maybe we’ll have a good time. 

odds and ends? it just depends!

I gotta level with you, life has been pretty dull lately.  I almost feel guilty taking up space in the blogosphere with mindless chatter, but that’s never stopped me before- so why now?

Let’s see…

We’ve been letting Boz (AKA Booger- that’s for you Annie) n Lucy sleep in our room each night because it simply wasn’t working out in their other room. We get up at about 3:00 each morning (I know! It’s freaking crazy!), so come the weekend, they would be barking ready to be let out at the same time. You can imagine my mood. So, the pups upgraded and sleep in our room- and no, not with us. A few days ago Will came to bed after I did, so he was in charge of getting the puppies situated.

Let’s just say my poor husband failed.

Water?

Check

Toys?

Check

Puppy Pad?

Check

Close the bathroom door so the dogs don’t massacre our 32 pack of toilet paper?

Crickets chirping in the background…

Yep, Will dropped the ball. When I got up the next morning I realized- hell really did freeze over. The snow storm that enveloped Colorado made it’s way all the way to Kuwait, namely our bedroom (hmm- did anyone else notice my font change!? What’s up with that?).

What a freaking mess.

I don’t know why, but for some reason Will and I go through a lot of toilet paper. You’d think we were a family of 7 or something. We don’t buy the pansy 12 roll pack. That’s for kids. We buy the 32 pack- and boy did that bite us in the butt this week.

I was very annoyed that morning, but later in the day Will came to my camp for lunch and we had a good laugh about it. I bet the dogs sure did have fun! I think they even thought they had created a giant puppy pad because there were 3 pee spots among the snowy damage. Pretty funny.

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Have I told you guys about our notebook?

Will and I have decided to keep a financial notebook this year. Our goal is to try our hardest to live off just our living allowance and not salary, so we keep seperate notebooks of everything we spend each day. At the end of the day we total the amount and at the end of the week we subtract our total from our monthly allowance.

You know what? It’s amazing to know what I waste money on! I don’t spend money much, but about 3 times a week I’ll get Starbucks. I never realized how much money I was drinking each day. The notebook has really been eye opening for us and in some weird way it’s made us closer. It’s sort of been fun sharing our spendings each day and totaling the amount and figuring out how we’re going to make it the rest of the month without dipping into our checking account.Like a team challenge (ha ha, I’m such a dork. I’m sure Will doesn’t see it that way). We’ve eaten at home a little more too. When you’re spending KD instead of dollars you don’t realize the damage you’re doing (1KD=$3.46!!!). All in all it’s been a good experience and made me a better spender.

What else can I bore you with?…

I’m still taking belly dancing, and I still look like an idiot. It’s fun though and that’s all that matters. They do this freestyle thing at the end of class where the instructor put on music and each person is supposed to listen to the beat and sort of see if they can incorporate the moves into the song, well let’s just say I hate hate hate freestyle time. I just stand there and the instructor is always like, “please dance!"Ugh, the longest 5 minutes of my life I tell you.

Did I tell you she doesn’t speak a lick of English either? The whole class is in Arabic- it’s so funny. I just stand there and have absolutely no idea what’s going on, so I just sort of wiggle around like she does, hoping I’m already doing whatever she’s saying. I’m having a lot of fun though and getting a good workout. I think I’m going to ask my mom and sister to go with me to one of the souks to pick out a pretty jingly skirt for my birthday. Those jingles really help keep the time.

Okay, okay, enough of this boring update crap. I have a secret confession: I’ve been lying about having nothing to talk about.

The truth is, I wanted to see how long I could type about nothing before people got bored and clicked without getting the news that lies below (ie: the boring odds and ends). Who knows why I’m such a dork, but I am. So- enough with the boring odds and ends crap. If you’ve made it this far you deserve better. Here’s the good stuff:

It’s official, I have to paint my toes and buy some sandals.

(and pack, and finish work stuff, and do stuff for my class, and, and, and)

We’re Sunny Miami Beach Bound Baby!

It’s been a whirlwind week, and a prelude to a whirlwind trip. I still can’t believe we’re doing it!
When I left the house Monday morning (Sunday night your time), the Colts were down. I left the house with the feeling that we might not be going. I wasn’t happy, I wasn’t sad, I was just sort of neutral.

As I got to work, Will called with the big news- we were, in fact going to the Super Bowl. He was beyond excited, I wish I could have been there to see his reaction. It was really cute. He took the day off to make all the arrangments (which means I can’t complain if we’re staying in the ghetto or driving a beater rental car because I had no part in helping). I knew it wouldn’t matter if I helped when I got on to look for hotels and saw that a Days Inn was going for $350 a night during Super Bowl weekend. I told Will that if he didn’t find something outside of Miami we were going to have to sell Boz and Lucy to the state or maybe even a Chinese Hello Kitty store- seriously. So, we’re staying in the burbs and driving a little ways, but hey- we have to maintain our notebook integrity, right!? smile

We leave next Thursday and I’m so very excited. It will be a very quick trip, but I know it will be so much fun. Everything is good to go, so now we simply wait for Thursday! Okay, I’ll get off this manly, sweaty football talk (just typing about the Super Bowl makes me want to put some pads on and act like a savage- and we just can’t have that!), but I had to tell you our big news.

Before I sign off I want to share something Will wrote to our familes. He knew his parents (mainly his mom) weren’t thrilled with the fact that we were going, so he wrote our familes a short letter to sort of explain some things. I talk a lot about Will on my blog, but I thought it would be sort of neat to share something from him so you could know him a little better (Shh! Don’t tell him I shared this with you, though!). It’s nothing spectacular, but I thought it was good because as Will has said as long as I’ve known him, “Life is too short.”

To our Families:

Let me start this email by stating something that I hope you all realize about me already; “I am not a man who believes that either circumstances or events should shape or direct an individual’s life.  Instead, I believe an individual should rise above and even shape circumstances and events in their own life.” However, I do believe that events can act like mile markers in our lives, helping us to remember exactly where we were when something significant occurred, i.e.. the assassination of JFK, September 11th, and so on.
With that being said, Brittny and I have decided to create a mile marker in our lives.  On February 4, 2007, we will be in Miami, FL at Dolphin Stadium when the Colts take the field in Super Bowl XLI. 
I know exactly what your thinking, “Why spend a significant amount of money, just to sit in the end zone, when you could have saved your money and watched the game from the convenience of your own home(from what many would call a better seat)?” While I admit I see the logic in the previous question, I don’t consider sitting at home and watching the Colts participate in their first Super Bowl in 36 years memory making! 
When I considered the timeframe of 36 years, several thoughts came to mind.  The first was the fact that 36 years is 10 years longer than I have been on this earth.  The second was the thought of “the man in black hightops,” Johnny U, who lead the Colts to a victory in Super Bowl V, and the fact that his life has come and gone.  The third was the fact that 36 years ago the Colts were the Baltimore Colts, not Indianapolis.The Colts didn’t move to Indianapolis until Mayflower trucks transported the franchise from Baltimore in the middle of the night on March 28, 1984.  As you already realize, 36 years is a long time, and I know I would regret the decision not to go if the Colts took another 36 years to return.  There are no guarantees in this earthly life other than death, and Brittny and I are choosing to take a once in a lifetime trip that I will remember long after I am old and gray- gray meaning grayer than I already am smile

____ (from there on there’s travel info and other boring stuff that you don’t care about)_____

Love to all,

Will, Brittny, & the Colts...All Super Bowl Bound...Miami or BUST

P.S.  Don’t worry about my well-being if the Colts lose, I fully understand that the Super Bowl is still a game and anything can happen. I simply consider it joy to be able to watch them participate in the greatest single event in all of sports, however that doesn’t mean that I won’t be doing everything in my power to will them to their second Super Bowl Title smile

***
So there you have it. If you were wondering if we were going- we’re going. We’ll be there alright- clad in Colt blue and big smiles, ready to cheer them to victory. Our seats are horrible and in the endzone, so I doubt you’ll be seeing us on TV- unless of course we meet up with some rich executive that wants to lend us his box seats!

Since I’ve written a book anyway, want to know a cool side story?

My dad is a huge NHRA fan. This past summer he was in Indianapolis for their big racing thing (ha ha, love the technical jargon, right). Well, he was wearing a Kuwait T-shirt about one of the camps we work at and he got talking to someone about living there- turns out he was talking to the NHRA President! He let my dad and his brother sit in their suite to watch the races! Isn’t that the coolest thing ever!? He got to eat their food, use a real bathroom, and mingle with the “big wigs.” Too cool. I guess you could say that trip for him was sort of like this trip for us- something special he’ll never forget. Anyway, I doubt we’ll be as lucky as my dad, but hey- we can wish, right?

So that’s my update. Next time I post it will be from the beach with my freshly painted toes in the sand. Look out Miami!

Go Colts! Beat the Bears!!

<3

posted in News,The Old Blog bullet permalink bullet 1.26.2007

Labor Day (no- it really IS my Labor Day!)

Ahhh, my first day on the job… well not really.

Coming in today was honestly a huge waste, but I’m here so I’m going to make the most of it. I don’t get to in-process until tomorrow, so I can’t get anything done. Oh well, I’m getting paid on my first literal Labor Day. smile

I got to “sleep in” until 4:45 this morning. I literally threw a tantrum when the alarm went off. I wish you could have been there. I was kicking my legs all over the bed and fighting with the covers. “I don’t want a stupid job!!”

I was really glad that Will is able to be here on my first day! Things are still up in the air with where I will be going, but we know for sure Will is going to be transfered next week. It’s really terrible because it is the most remote (but also busiest) desert camp and is an hour and a half away from the city. :( Anyway, I’m glad that he will be here this week with me while I get adjusted to everything.

We got to the camp and I had to get my badge. The system was messed up, so we had to wait almost an hour. I looked like I was in the wrong place. I was the only woman and was all dressed up for my first day. The office was full of men, plus the TCNs kept filing in (TCNs are third country nationals. They do a lot of the menial jobs everywhere in Kuwait. I know that sounds bad, but that is the way things are in Kuwait) They have to hand their passport over to the office in exchange for a badge, that way they can’t run off, or if something happens they will know who it was. It literally is sort of like an indentured servant sort of thing. Crazy.

Anyway, I got finger printed and badged. Then Will dropped me off at my mom’s office because he needed to get to work. My mom is the only westerner in her office, so it gets sort of boring, so it was good for me to liven things up. ha ha.

I got there and about 30 seconds later I met my first company employee other than my mom and Will. That was fun, and I got a lot of “real world” insight. Maybe I’ll tell you about that later. It was a pretty funny conversation.

I got my badge, but I don’t have a lainyard (or however you spell it) so I can’t wear it, so I have to carry it around everywhere… and you all know by know that is a major liability for me. I often forget to wear deoderant because I am always running so late and want it to be one of the last things I do… how am I supposed to carry a badge around!!! AGH! Okay, now you all TOTALLY know I’m crazy. I will skip the times I’ve forgotten to brush my teeth (that has to always be the ABSOLUTE thing I do every morning… and I guess I am running so late and rushing around so fast that I totally forget. How in the WORLD do you forget something so foundationally elementary!? Only me), or the few times I forgot to wear a bra in college because of how late I tend to run in the mornings. Yes, yet another confirmation of how totally out there and goofy I am.

My mom, knowing this would be a problem for me, took me to HR to get a cord. However, the badge police said “No lainyards until tomorrow! We can’t give them a day early!” I guess getting a “necklace“ to wear is a BIG DEAL here. Oh goody! I get a necklace tomorrow!! heh.

After that my mom took me to Green Beans Coffee to get a chocolate frappe’. <3. Since this camp is closing in a few months everything is BARE! They have a Subway in a tiny trailor and you have to order outside in the miserable heat. They have a PX ( like a small walmart type place) that got moved into a small double wide. Their mess hall is even in a long trailor! It’s kindof sad to see this place closing. It has been here since Desert Storm and was “the“ place to be if you had to come to this hellhole. An end of an era I guess. Arafjan and Buehring (I forget how to spell it) are kind of taking Doha’s place now. Okay- I’m sure you all wanted to know that! Sorry for my rambling!

My boss (I can’t WAIT to tell you all about him, but I won’t be able to do that justice because I think we’ve all learned a valuable lesson from Dooce, as well as many others, that you are a crazed maniac if you are going to post about work stuff) is gone this morning, so I won’t meet him until this afternoon. You’ll never guess what he wanted me to do today! He asked my mom yesterday if she could DROP ME OFF AT HIS HOUSE on the way to work today (around 4:15 in the morning) so I could hang out and then he would drive us to this port where the people in the office I’ll going to be working at are having a photoshoot type thing. WOW! Talk about creepy. “Hey, Brittny, I don’t know you, but come over to my house and I’ll make you french toast while we wait for the photo shoot.“ Is that even allowed!? Hmm…

I’m nervous about meeting him today.

Anyway, I’m not really sure what this afternoon will entail. Maybe I’ll get to see my office or something once I meet my boss. I also have to sign for a computer which is very exciting because despite the terrible time difference and the fact that I will never get to read any of your blogs until the day after you write them, I will have access to the nest! The company blocks a lot of stuff, so I was glad to find out I’m good to go.

I may have to do the gas mask drill today too, but I pray not. I am so not looking foward to that! They give you the same mask thousands of others before you have worn: sweaty faces, greasy faces, excessively dry faces… on and on… and you have to have it strapped to your face for 6 minutes. AGH! I don’t know if I’m going to have to do it, because they are moving the gas masks to another camp. Thanks guys! I feel real safe now! What about me!!?

That is about all the excitement I’ve had as a grown-up today. I have to go to the bathroom extremely bad, but I don’t know if I can do it. I have a thing with bathrooms )I’m a huge germaphob), and since the base is closing they took out the bathroom trailors and put in port-a-pottys. AGH! Imagine the last port-a-potty you’ve been in plus a thousand degrees and 80% humidity. You can’t blame me for holding it now.

Will is taking me on a date to lunch, so I am totally excited about that. I wish so much that we could work at the same place. Oh well, at least we have the next couple of days.

I’m hoping to have more time to post this week, but I’m not really sure how things are going to go. I know we aren’t going to be moving until next week, so until then I’ll have my parent’s computer to use at the apartment. Hopefully once we move I’ll have more of a work rhythm and I’ll be able to sneak a post during work everyday.

Wow, What a busy and stressful first day! I’ll glad they have me to hold the fort down! ha ha

Have a good Labor Day… one much better than laboring like me!

<3

PS: Here’s a pretty interesting link. It feels good to know the Kuwaitis have offered a large amount of hurricane relief

sorting my Katrina thoughts

"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:14
My mind and heart have been far from Kuwait the last few days.

This may become a strange, blabbering, and confusing post today, but I just need to get it out- so just know I am making sense to myself and I apologize if I make sense to no one else… though it wouldn’t be the first time.

Katrina has made me miss home so much more. I know that may sound totally off the wall, but for some reason, homesickness was one of the emotions I’ve been feeling all the more since the hurricane hit.

I feel so detached from life back in the States. I just feel so far away and not up to date on the things that go on. We have a few news channels here, mostly middle eastern and international, and we have one 24 hour American news network (which isn’t the greatest because it takes show from several different American news channels and a lot of the time they are talk shows like Hardball), but it isn’t the same. For example, the big news over here has been the Iraqi bridge tramplings, with the hurricane also being covered but not extensively like back home.

I guess I’m talking generally in the paragraph above, that is an everyday detachment I feel, but with the news and details of the many things that are ensuing after the hurricane, I feel so lost. Okay, so you may say, “It’s bad. It doesn’t take a genius to know that, and you could be on the most desolate of islands and know this information,“ or “Why would you even want to have your eyes glued to the tv watching more footage of the same tragic things?“ You are right. I just wish I could do more with the knowledge I have. For Will and I all we can do is send money- which is definitely something that is needed, but I wish I could just go and volunteer and do so much more than send a check. I’m sure lots of other people even living back home but in states far away from the mess feel the same way, but I guess I just feel like things are a little more impossible over here.

My heart feels so sad about everything that has taken place this week. I have yet to read a good story of hope, though I have to believe there are some that deal with rescues. I have felt so discouraged with the selfishness of our people, but then i have to stop and wonder if I was poor and had nothing to begin with, and had the few things I had were ripped away from me in a storm, would I be the same way? Would I be the same Brittny if my life was like some of those affected? I don’t really know. Okay, maybe I should clarify. I’m not talking about the terrible things going on like rapes and shooting at helicopters or stealing TVs, but I mean just the basic instinct of chaotic survival that has seemed to consume the thousands of people affected. I just have to thank God that he spared me from this tragedy so I didn’t have to find out.

We were without power a few hours this week, which was a minor inconvenience, but you would have thought hurricane Katrina ripped through our complex with the way some people were complaining. I was so angry with the selfishness of some people. I wanted to bring a New Orleans citizen over here to testify that there are bigger things to worry about than not having power for a night.

As we ate our pizza over candlelight that night we thanked God that we had our family in one piece, knowing our minor electric problem would go away quickly. So many thousands of people are not as fortunate, and I wish I could have had them all over and fed them and given them a place to stay for the night. Visions of grandeur I guess.

I think back to the saying “it takes a villiage to raise a child,” and I firstly wish that were always true, but I also wish it could be applicable to the situation at hand. I wish- and I guess this is me wishing we lived in a perfect world- people would have come together in strength and numbers to be a huge team through all of this. Sadly it seems any bond has fallen apart, as I read in one article that as a woman asked a police officer for some sort of aid he curtly replied, “Go to hell. It’s every man for himself.” That seems to clearly sum up the way many people are responding to what has happened. Is that how it really is there? Is that how things really are with most people? I hope not, but it guess I am left to wonder after the way people are responding.

I am rambling on and on, and rambling has never done much good. It has never made a huge difference.(I believe there is power in words- but not so much in my scatterbrained ramblings). Words can only go so far, and truthfully they don’t go very far when something like this happens. It is actions, not words, that make change. I wish I was able to take more action, but I will do as much as I can over here. I pray others will cease with the verbage and the “I hopes“ and take action too.

Anyway, my prayers, as well as the things I can do are with those affected by the storm. It is hard to see that God has a plan with something like this happens, but He is a perfect God and I know He does.

Thanks for letting me sort that out today, whether it made sense or not, I feel a little better getting it out.

Have a wonderful Friday

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