November 12, 2012

Camel Burger Eating, Sushi Making and Other Shenanigans

This weekend was a super busy one and filled with some firsts. It was my friend Khadijah's birthday weekend, despite being sick she was determined to live it up to the fullest. We stayed local and took advantage of some of Abu Dhabi's offerings.
The festivities began on Thursday night which is the start of our weekend. We went out to a little club called Warehouse. It's less pretentious than most of the other clubs around here so you can totally be chill and act a fool if so desired (many people do-which is part of the entertainment). They have a pretty good live band and great music otherwise. Didn't get home until 4 am.
Cathy, B-day girl and me


Friday began with tea, it's our tradition to have tea and relax. Some shopping for Turkish lamps and the best part, feasting on Camel Burger. Yes, actual burger made from camel meat. That's me, taking a chomp out of the burger. Surprisingly it was pretty good. I would definitely eat it again.
Camel Burger goodness

Saturday was by far the most awesome day I have had thus far. We went to a sushi making class and lunch. It was so much fun. I can make sushi y'all!!! Come over, I'll make you some. lol.
Not to toot my own horn, but it was well delish. I haven't had sushi in the longest, so it was delightful.
After the glass we hung about the Yacht club and chatted while sipping on some bubbly goodness.
If the opportunity ever presents itself for you to take a class I highly recommend doing so. It's pretty cool.
the lovelies



My work










Later that evening we checked out a Polo game. I've never watched a game of polo before but it was exciting. I am not usually a big sports person but I couldn't help but get into the game. There is something about men on horses chasing a ball across lush green grass. Kinda sexy.

To say I had a blast would be an understatement. I am still exhausted but it was well worth it. Looking forward to more fun times.

November 8, 2012

TGIT

Thank God it's Thursday! I've been looking forward to today since Sunday. This week has been particularly tiring. So much so that I've taken to napping in the afternoons, something I thought I would never do.
All I can think about each day is that I can't wait to get into bed, I would be worried if I was the only one feeling this way but all my coworkers are having the same experience. Those little kids requires so much energy. It's frightening.
By the way, have I mentioned how much I love my kids? Omg, they are sooooo cute even the extra naughty ones. It's amazing how much of a connection I've made with them despite our language barrier. I have no clue what they're saying when they talk to me and they only understand a fraction of what I say. I try to communicate my love for them non-verbally and they eat it up.
They catapult their little bodies to give me hugs and they yell my name when they are playing and wave at me.
It definitely makes teaching easier , well the management part of it when they love you. I am very blessed to have this relationship. They make me laugh everyday.
I'm planning to enjoy my time away from them, as much as I love them.

November 2, 2012

My Moment With Dr. Seuss

Who knew Dr. Seuss could be so poignant?

I was thinking about my life and my move because I do that sometimes when I'm alone and I still can't believe that I did it. This is my life and I am living with this decision everyday and I'm not regretting it at all, the good, the bad or the ugly.

So what does Dr. Seuss have to do with any of this?
While checking out a very amazing and inspiring lady's blog (check her out here ), I came across her post on the poem Oh The Places You'll Go. 
I had an instant connection to the poem because it's so true of my life. All the emotions and my experiences have been summed up in this poem and I have to admit I did get a little emotional. Lol, fool that I am.

There are days when I feel lonely and miss my mom and friends from home. I question some of the decisions I've made and days that are just no fun. 
I've been in some seriously funky moments that made me want to cry- mostly those dreadful
 PM-essing days but they still count. 
The poem reminds that life is a roller coaster ride that has its highs and lows but everyday is a new day to live to the fullest. I just have to get through the bad days  and find joy in the adventure.
In case you aren't familiar with the poem, check it out below. 





Oh, the Places You'll Go!

Congratulations!
Today is your day,
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You're on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go.

You'll look up and down streets. Look 'em over with care.
About some you will say, 'I don't choose to go there.'
With your head full of brains, and your shoes full of feet,
you're too smart to go down any not-so-good street.

And when you're in a Slump,
you're not in for much fun.
Un-slumping yourself
is not easily done.

You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.
Some windows are lighted. But mostly they're dark.
A place that could sprain both elbow and chin!
Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?
How much can you lose? How much can you win?

And IF you should go in, should you turn left or right...
or right-and-three-quaters? Or maybe not quite?
Or go around back and sneak from behind?
Simple it's not, I'm afraid you will find,
for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.

You can get so confused
that you'll start in to race
down long and wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place

The Waiting Place...

...for people just waiting.

Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or waiting around for a Yes or a No
or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, perhaps, for their uncle Jake
or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.

NO!
That's not for you!

Somehow you'll escape
all that waiting and staying.
You'll find the bright places
where boom bands are playing.

Oh, the places you'll go! There is fun to be done!
There are points to be scored. There are games to be won.
And the magical things you can do with that ball
will make you the winning-est winner of all.
Fame! You'll be famous as famous can be,
with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.

Except when they don't.
Because, sometimes, they won't.

I'm afraid that some times
you'll play lonely games too.
Games you can't win
'cause you'll play against you.

All Alone!
Whether you like it or not.
Alone will be something
you'll be quite a lot.

And when you're alone, there's a very good chance
you'll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.
There are some, down the road between hither and yon,
that can scare you so much you won't want to go on.

But on you will go
though the weather be foul.
On you will go
though your enemies prowl.
On you will go
though the Hakken-Kraks howl.
Onward up many
a frightening creek,
though you arms may get sore
and your sneakers may leak.

On and on you will hike.
And I know you'll hike far
and face up to your problems
whatever they are.

You'll get mixed up of course,
as you already know.
You'll get mixed up
with many stray birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
and remember that Life's
a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with you left.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed!)

KID YOU'LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!

So...
be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Alenn O'Shea
you're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So... get on your way!

By: Dr.Seuss
1904 - 1991