Wednesday, November 19, 2008

ETISALAT ROCKS...or NOT

Asalam Alaikum,

Last night we went to a big Etisalat party at the Hilton here in Abu Dhabi. I wont say we had fun but it wasn't really bad either.

You know when you go to a big party and the host gets up and say "Are you ready to have fun?!" and the crowd shouts back? Apparently nobody here does that kind of thing...our host tried a couple of times and on the last try the dj actually played the noise of crickets chirping.

They did have some interesting entertainment, including an Arabic dancer who twirled around and around, a singer who was wearing way too little clothing for a party that had children, and a belly dancer, who ironically was wearing more clothes than the singer.


Our little family.


the twirling Arabic dancer.


this is the belly dancer...
I have posted before about the men in this country and the staring problem... notice the crowd of bachelors with cameras in front of the stage, they stayed there for the belly dancer and the singer.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Easily Amused, And We ARE the KING!

Asalam Alaikum,

I am rather easily amused, as evidenced by the following---
This is a sand storm, it was like when you're little and the second you see one flake of snow and everybody runs to the window to see. Our whole family ran outside to see the sand storm, I don't recommend that you follow our example, as the sand will get in your eyes.

This is the DS with his new favorite toy---Leaves. Thats right people what they say is true; your kids don't like the really expensive toy you just bought, they are more excited by the box...or the leaves on the ground, or an empty water bottle.

And finally-



They were so excited to go to BK but pics for the blog?...not so much. I have not had a real burger in a restaurant for a long time, in the US we couldn't cause the meat is not Halal and we always had to get the fish. It was so tasty, and I could just feel myself gaining a pound or two!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Uh huh, Sheep that glow in the Dark!

Asalam Alaikum,

I am the biggest dork I know! Glow in the dark sheep! I know you are all sooooo thrilled by this.

So on to real life---

Some progress has been made on the KAL...I took it to the park with me when we went yesterday. We went to the Baniyas Public gardens...it was pretty nice, very clean and well maintained. Entrance fees were dhs 1 each(adults, they didn't count the munchkin brigade), and the carnival rides dhs 3 each. I sat on the swing and knitted on week 6 of the KAL, as it is now possible(read-not over 100 degrees f) to knit outside!(but only at night)

We shall end todays post with the cutest baby ever, helping mommy in the kitchen today!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

knitting update! woohoo!!

Asalam Alaikum,

Ok so I have been on the fence about the kal on the UAE board on Rav, but today decided that I wanted to jump in. I picked up a skein of something-or-other from one of the tailoring materials shops, in a slightly variegated green that I thought would be nice.
So here is what I got finished during the DS's nap-


And here is the finished pics of the Mobius Confetti Shawl. I am pretty happy with the way it turned out, and it was a quick knit, easy on the hands...garter stitch till your eyes roll up into your head.



Because I am a little on the lazy side you now get this pic of a long finished hat that I finally got around to taking-

This is Odessa I liked it but the beads were a bit of a pain.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Oman and all that Jazz

Asalam Alaikum,

And so for the fourth time I have been to Oman...and this is the first you hear of it. There are good reasons why, first, we have never had both the camera and the batteries in the same place at the same time. This is a large obstacle to photography, cameras are important, batteries are important also. Second, every time we go it is usually a quick dash to the border and back after my brother in law gets out of work..at night... not very blog worthy really.

This time we went during the DAY!!
Here is me the DS and the DH Near the Omani border stop-


And here is the DS, he found some Rocks!!! Yay for rocks!
(after kindly allowing me to take this pic, he promptly threw the rock at me)

After our border dash we drove around Buraimi for a while, then we went back to Al Ainand headed toJabal Hafeet for some climbing!


I like this one, you can see the road that goes up the mountain in the distance.

And here is the DH posing on a rock-


It was pretty fun, and it was not as hot as it normally is which was awesome.

Knitting update---

this is the Moebius confetti shawl which has recently been finished, updates to come.