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Category: wedding plans

10/12/09 12:29 - 43ºF - ID#49991

wedding FYI

If you're attending the wedding, just wanted to make sure ya'll know that costumes are welcomed at the reception!!! There will be a few young people present so no hookers please :)

Get excited!

Oh and a shout out to (e:Metalpeter) - you really are one of the most sincere and genuine guys I've had the pleasure of knowing.
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10/08/09 01:02 - 57ºF - ID#49964

trifecta

I've been sick for a few days now. Multiple symptoms which actually feel like 3 distinct illnesses that just happen to be at the same time. The trifecta of sick. I mean, if I had to get sick, at least let it be now BEFORE we get to USA for the wedding!

Rory has been away in Turkey all week so I'm looking forward to his return this evening :)

That's all.
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09/27/09 03:49 - 57ºF - ID#49863

culture clash

Finally getting to take my Eid break this week! Technically we were out of the office last week but I was still on duty. I had a doozie of a call Friday night. It almost makes me laugh because it sounds so rediculous to us as westerners, to say I had to show up and spend 2.5 hours investigating and interviewing students who decided to mix gender in one of the apartments. Over here it's such a serious offense and people are freaked out about getting deported. I'm thinking, then was it actually worth risking deportation just to hang out? I mean yes, it blows big fat goats that we can't be 'who we are' over here - but we are guests of another country, and like it or not we need to abide by their laws. I guess I traded regular alcohol infractions for major cultural clashes. At least (I don't THINK) Qatar does not participate in stoning women for 'tainting' themselves by being the presence of guys without a chaperon. Having grown up with freedom it makes it hard to enforce things like this, I almost feel like a brainwashed Nazi. This is one of the hardest parts of being an expat - when your core values are judged and infringed upon on a regular basis by a school of thought that you simply cannot identify with.

SO...got lots of wedding stuff done while Rory was also off last week. Namely settling the ceremony. I think we found the right words that 'sound like us', and the music as well. Not traditional, but not so far off it would scare the older generations. :)
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09/19/09 03:05 - 62ºF - ID#49818

eid mubarak!

At last, Ramadan is officially over with tomorrow's dawn. My students will start sleeping better, eating better, and we'll all not suffer from dehydration is this desert heat. Most exciting of all, it's Eid break. A free week off work to catch up on a massive list of 'to do's' at home and a myriad of wedding details. It couldn't have come at a better time really.

I attended a program by one of my CDAs to celebrate the arrival of Eid and had 2 of my students henna my hands. We're thinking about having a henna artist at the wedding as a tribute to where we met.

Have a good one peeps!

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Category: birthday

09/17/09 04:27 - 50ºF - ID#49792

happy birthday carey!


!HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
I hope it's full of surprises! Wish I could be there to help celebrate.



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09/08/09 08:01 - 63ºF - ID#49723

party poopers

I'm curious for a little input. If you were planning a party...and at this party you wanted certain things..and those certain things cost money...and you're willing to pay that money because you want to be happy...and you invite people to your party because you want them to join you in your happiness...

1. Would you get a little upset if someone said, "I'm not coming to the pre-party event but I'll pop by the party for a little bit as long as I can also bring my kid" (who was not invited).

2. How would you respond to such a statement?


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09/04/09 06:58 - 56ºF - ID#49695

worlds sexiest camel



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Miss Qatar 2009

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Category: wedding plans

09/03/09 06:53 - 56ºF - ID#49684

wedding planning update

The biggest lesson Rory and I are learning about planning a wedding...if you make a great team, you won't have any stress - it's the family that adds unnecessary stress to just about everything.

It would help if people stopped saying things like, "that's so far", "i don't like that colour", and "that's not my style" and started saying things like, "i'm so happy for you", "can i do anything to help", and "i can't wait to celebrate with you".

Otherwise, I can't wait for October 31st to be here!
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08/21/09 04:31 - 80ºF - ID#49591

my new favorite bedtime show

I can't get enough of this guy!

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Category: work

08/14/09 02:58 - 70ºF - ID#49530

hey strangers

I'm still alive. Been super, super, super busy with work. We've had lots of changes which included my direct supervisor quitting and dumping a shitload of her work onto me. It set me pretty far behind on my own tasks, so I've been doing non-stop long hours since I got back from the states. FINALLY, all the training is over and I can begin to relax for 1 week until school starts, and Ramadan begins, and all the conduct and fire alarms begin.

Oh, we also had a trainee that was supposed to join us and supervise the new female hall, but then she decided the package wasn't good enough for her. Yah, someone with a BA applying to get trained for a job that requires a MA decided she should get paid just as much as we do. FYI, what she was offered is what the average hall director makes in the US WITH the MA. Anyway, I get another hall to look after, because I'm not busy enough trying to keep up with new expectations and still finalize wedding plans with 3 receptions on 3 continents. Seriously, Rory and I should win some kind of award for that.

Oh top of that, I just found out our director has decided to leave too, effective October. So Lord only knows what's going to happen now.

I'm behind on loads of photos, but thought I'd force myself to at least get a smattering of some posted today. I'll sleep better tonight!

an old photo from my trip to seattle in march:

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my knitting class in may:

results after lesson 1

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results from lesson 2

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product after lesson 3

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product after lesson 4

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product after lesson 5

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snapshots from the short trip home:

my nephew ryan really took to rory, whatever rory did, ryan wanted to do too - adorable teeth brushing session

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me and my mom

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my precious bambi

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my youngest nephew, fox

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freezing our asses off during 'summer' at shakespeare in the park

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photos from the shower:

a game rory and I had to play answering questions about each other, each wrong answer equaled another marshmallow in the mouth. I lost.

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another game where teams had to place their roll of TP onto a teammates plunger....

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end of the night bonfire, it was a perfect day

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quick trip to italy:

rome, with a view of vatican city (dome)

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rory and his mate lawrence viewing the ruins

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a look inside the colleseum

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being romantic by trevi fountain
(we saw 2 engagements in less than 15 minutes)

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a pit stop in capri

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the streets of pompeii

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pretending to be security guards with our tourist radios

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hillside of pompeii

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recovered bodies in pompeii; you can actually see their expressions!

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the end
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