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Category: about doha

09/11/07 05:00 - 64ºF - ID#41047

ramadan approaches

Ramadan will start within a few days. I guess Muslim scholars are still observing the moon to decide the official start date. It should be either Thursday or Friday. It's going to be an interesting month. Here is the warning e-mail I got from the US Embassy:


[box]Muslims are required to fast from sunrise to sunset during the month of Ramadan. As such, it is illegal in Qatar to eat, drink (even water), or smoke in public during fasting hours, approximately 5:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. This includes inside motor vehicles. Official times for sunrise and sunset will be announced in local newspapers. If Muslims are present in the work place, they expect non-Muslims to respect their fasting and not eat, drink, or smoke in front of them, or to prepare food that they can smell or see.

As it is illegal to serve food or drink during fasting hours, restaurants will be closed during daylight hours. Restaurants will begin serving food at sundown, but expect them to be crowded, especially during Iftar, the first meal immediately after sunset.

Please avoid driving in the hour immediately before sunset. One should be extra alert at this time, as many Muslims will be rushing to family member's or friend's home or a restaurant to break their fast. Many accidents occur at this time, some very serious.[/box]

Yah, so I'm pretty excited about the potential to FORGET during this month long holiday and get arrested for drinking water in my car. Wouldn't that be some shit. I'm sure it would make a great chapter in my book.
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Category: potpourri

09/08/07 04:52 - 77ºF - ID#40999

dysmenorrhea

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(this one says it all)




BUT IT'S THE BRUTAL PRICE YOU PAY TO AVOID THIS ONE!!


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Category: birthdays

09/07/07 09:15 - 77ºF - ID#40982

mexican fiesta

I want to say thank you again to those of you that remember my birthday. It really meant a lot to get your messages while I'm so far away. My little get together just wasn't the same without you all.

I did get a unexpected treat. The author I previously mentioned just happened to be in the office at the moment they decided to surprise me with song and cake. Being the birthday girl and all, I felt brave enough to ask for a photo with her. She's a very shy woman and at first declined but then agreed since it was my brithday. It will make a nice compliment to my signed book :)

After working all day I headed over to my aunt and uncle's place to prepare dinner. Fajitas, pinto beans, 7 layer dip, beer and margaritas. It was tasty. Finished with sweet red velvet cake. Yum.


Me on my 2nd birthday

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30 years later

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with Marguerite

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party folks

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party hair (i tried lilho)

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it was almost 100 degrees at 1am!

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i missed you all, muah!

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Category: potpourri

09/05/07 05:21 - 83ºF - ID#40951

she married a bedouin!

So today I met Marguerite van Geldermalsen. She's an unasuming and quiet woman, thin, with a wise and weathered face. I didn't recognize her at first because the photos in her book are about 20 years old. I had the privelage of sitting next to her at lunch before she gave us an informal talk about her book and the experiences that brought her to finally writing this memoir.

In a nutshell, it is the tale of how a young twenty-something woman from New Zealand found herslef married to a Bedouin. Are you shocked yet? You should be.

What made my meeting her even more extraordinary was the connection I was able to make with her. I don't think I can find the words to properly express the nature of my mind when I travel. But she knew...she knew exactly....and I understood her equally as well. Someone at my table asked her a question about one of her many adventures. Rather than some long winded reply she gave a little shrug of the shoulders and made a small noise as her eyebrows lifted in a smile. It was priceless.

an excerpt from her book:
" Taking the chance often was [infinetly more interesting]. It didn't even occur to me to nervous on this occassion. I suppose we were two and he was small but I don't think that even crossed my mind. We were looking for adventure and we were finding it."

If you're curious to learn more: www.marriedtoabedouin.com


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Category: potpourri

09/04/07 07:03 - 74ºF - ID#40935

in this moment

Things that would make me super happy right now:

1. Two or three TV channels in English.

2. 9 consecutive hours of sleep.

3. A nice cold Dr. Pepper.

4. A piano.

5. An attractive (to me) man sitting on my sofa rubbing my knees as they drape across his lap.

6. That same man then massaging my scalp.

7. Getting my teeth cleaned.

8. Being acknowledged.

9. Plants in my apartment.

10. Holding my nephews.

11. A hug from a friend.

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Category: potpourri

09/01/07 04:13 - 60ºF - ID#40872

lost braincells

I've been sick for 2 days now. Nothing momentuous, just a standard cold. Well, I think I actually had a mild fever yesterday too. Anyway, it's nothing to really keep me out of work. So I drag my ass out of bed this morning, get dressed, put everything I need in my bag for the day, pack up my computer, get in the car (I usually walk over but I thought I had a massage today so I was going to leave right from my office). As I pull up I realize the parking lot is quite empty. It's 10am so it should be overflowing. Hmmmm. Right, THAT'S BECAUSE IT'S SATURDAY YOU FOOL!!!!

Yah, I thought it was Sunday already. Maybe I was excited to be off duty. Maybe the fever burned a few more brain cells than I could spare. Anyway, back home now, on the sofa, curled up in a blanket. I'll still do some work since I'm awake right now. The sofa's not a bad place to do light work.

On a completely different note, I just want to tell you all how much I really love the Blue October album Foiled. I like that the songs are so different from each other. The lyrics express these great emotions and I just REALLY get them. I like that feeling.
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Category: about doha

08/31/07 02:48 - 75ºF - ID#40860

would you like perfume with your meal?

Last weekend I was invited to lunch by a Qatari colleague of mine. She and her family offered us a traditional lunch, which is served family style on the floor. It was such a great experience to go into their home and share this with them.


Here we are preparing to dig in!

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The food was delicious. That orange looking thing in the right corner is actually the burned rice from the bottom of the pot. Apparently it is rude to not serve every bit of what was prepared in the kitchen.

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Dessert was a type of cheesecake served with Qatari coffee. It looks like tea, tasted like bland green tea, but having the two together balanced each other well.

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After that we were served actual tea. You can get fancy sugar cubes here. Different colours or even some with other flavors mixed in, like mint or cinnammon.

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Once we finished with the meal they brought in an "aoud". It's a special type of incense. It is used to cleanse you after the meal. It smells nice but burned my eyeballs.

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After we are cleansed, it's time for perfume! Yah. It's something you can't miss when you're walking around an Arab country, they looooove their perfume.

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Category: about doha

08/29/07 03:57 - 67ºF - ID#40796

neat things

  • I had a dream I slapped someone in the face in the middle of a party. I didn't realize just how satisfying this drama move could be.

  • Enjoy the photos. I really wish you could be here to experience them live.


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driving around town

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on the corniche, view of downtown

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electricity street (in the old part of town) name so because it was the first street to get electricity in doha

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sunset on campus...i really must head out for more desert sunsets

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i told you about the gondola rides at villagio mall

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carey look what i found at the grocery!

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dinner at a lebanese joint in the old souq

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down by the old souq

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Category: potpourri

08/22/07 04:05 - 73ºF - ID#40674

bullets

  • I'm getting a massage tomorrow.

  • I can't wait for above mentioned massage.

  • I can't wait because I'm in tremendous pain, as a result of my worn out mattress.

  • I inquired and they are going to buy me a new mattress :)

  • I'm watching Lola Rennt (Run Lola Run)

  • It makes me miss my fun coloured hair badly.

  • All this talk of hair lately makes me miss Lilho.

  • I'm going to buy plants at the plant souq this weekend.

  • I'm going to buy paint and supplies to start painting my apartment as well.

  • I think I'm going to paint the following quote on one of my walls: "Highly developed spirits often encounter resistance from mediocre minds" - Albert Einstein.

  • I think Theecarey will understand what I mean with that quote.
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Category: hair

08/21/07 03:50 - 67ºF - ID#40658

long locks

I live with my hair. It clings to my scalp with relentless force. I twirl my fingers through it every single day, I tie it up off my hot neck every single day, I SEE it every single day. However, it still managed to surprise me when I saw my profile. My hair is getting long! Remember when you first met me?

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2 years and about 25 haircuts later.....


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