Tuesday, June 12, 2012

There's a New Girl in Town

and it's not Zooey Deschanel.
A new roommate arrived about 3 weeks ago to fill the last empty room in my apartment. Her name is Cherie and she is from Indiana. She will be a nurse as soon as her license arrives from the Health Authority in Abu Dhabi. For now she is working in the same office building as me. This was her at Lulu, our grocery store her first week here.
Lulu is a really normal grocery store except for the occasional odd ingredient like camel meat.
Cherie is super sweet, clean, likes the pool, gets my sense of humor and watches Modern Family. That means she is staying if it's up to me.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Easy Like Friday Morning

Summer is here in the UAE. It was 51 this weekend which is 123 degrees and we only have about 4 more degrees to go. The hottest it really gets is about 55 on really bad days. The hot weather sort of keeps you trapped inside. If you want to know how we feel then wait until it's July or August in New England, then get in your car, roll up the windows and turn your heater on. The wind blows here and it's as if a heater has been turned on and put right in your face.
This Friday we went to our friend Ahlam's house for breakfast with her family. It's nice to visit people in their homes because doing anything outside feels like a chore.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy International Nurses Day

Yesterday was Florence Nightingale's birthday, she opened the first formal training school for nurses. It is also the day the whole world celebrates Nurses.
As Hallmark would put it "Some superheroes just don't wear capes".

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Happy Cinco de Mayo

It was a Cinco de Mayo party so we had to have Mexican Mustaches
Today is Cinco de Mayo. I live on the Arabian Peninsula so we threw a Mexican Bunco Party for all our Mexican friends. Since that number is zero we invited people we work with instead.
There were winners

There were losers

There were party goers

There were prizes

There were many people having a lot of fun

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Al Ain FC

A few weekends ago Trey, Jessie and I went to an Al Ain vs Bani Yas football game. By football I mean European football not American football. There aren't really people here who play American football. We sat in the "family section" because Jessie and I were there. If Trey had been alone or with other men he could have sat in the main stadium seating.
It was cool because the televised half time show commentary happened right in front of us. At half time we went up to see a friend that Trey and Jessie know and he just happens to help manage the Bani Yas team. We got to up into the VVIP, no this is not a typo. This is the Very Very Important Person section. There was also a VIP section but we passed right by that to go where we belonged.

Monday, April 23, 2012

some people say "don't wish your life away" but, i am just getting the countdown started:

Monday, March 19, 2012

And Jessie's an Athletics Announcer

Jessie's moment of stardom!
This past week the Al Ain Club for the Disabled hosted the 6th International Athletics Competition. Oasis Hospital served again as the medical sponsor for the event by providing staff and an ambulance.
After a small injury Oasis Hospital staff provide support to a UAE National athlete.

We went to support our medical staff and some of the athletes that Trey and the guys from the hospital compete against in wheelchair basketball. When we arrived our friend Percy who runs Oasis Living Magazine was the announcer for the event. She quickly pulled us all in! I ended up being "interviewed" over the loud speakers and Jessie subbed in for Percy's partner when he stepped away! Jessie was a pro, announcing names from all over the world in track and field events she was unfamiliar with!
And I added this one because I like that you can see the field behind Trey. They are throwing the javelin in the distance.