(It is a tough job, but someone has to do it.)
I have . . .
Cooked breakfast (bacon) for a group of engineers who have been living in Saudi Arabia. They asked – Real bacon? (Pork cannot be consumed in SA.)
|Pork is kept in a special "dirty closet" at one grocery store. You can not buy pork anywhere else.|
Almost every night, hosted a cocktail hour for several friends and co-workers in our flat.
Hosted an engineer from the States in our flat for 3 weeks. He is relocating here and it was great to have him stay with us.
Cooked breakfast every morning for D (hubby) and the visiting engineer.
Fixed lunches every day for D and the visiting engineer. (Kobar, SA doesn’t have a lot of lunch opportunities and they like to eat at their desks…)
Cooked healthy dinners every night for D and visiting engineer.
|A cuban fish recipe from my father-in-law. Yumm.|
Attended a morning meeting with 250 other ladies from all over the world.
Attended a morning coffee with 100 other ladies on a man-made island on the north side of Bahrain.
Went to lunch with 30 other ladies at the Gulf Hotel (famous Bahrainian hotel) where they gave us a cooking demonstration. That was fun!
Met the American Ambassador and his wife at two different events.
Met the Turkish Ambassador. She is an inspiring woman.
Attended a large evening reception at the Ritz Carlton. The food was amazing!
Met numerous dignitaries and celebrities at the reception.
Started taking Arabic lesson (this is a lost cause for me).
Attended a ball at the Ritz and danced to some great jazz. WOW!
|The Gatsby Ball made the papers!|
|Getting ready to leave for the Gatsby Ball.|
|Here we are at the company dinner.|
|Appetizers at the company dinner.|
|Desserts at the company dinner.|
Whew. . . .
I am lucky. I have a great life and I am having a WHOLE bunch of fun.
I read a blog the other day written by a mom who lives in Doha. She said she was luckier than a lotto winner. I would agree that the expat life is blessed.
I have almost everything I would like in life right now. I can see down the road and know that the areas where I want more, they are coming. I need for nothing and I have the greatest husband in the world who is also my best friend.
It is perfect? Of course not and I would not want my life to be completely perfect.
To quote our pastor at the Boston Avenue United Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, “The good things in life are like a hot fudge sundae. If you had to eat one every day they would not be special nor would they taste as good. “
However, right now I cannot complain. I feel like I am having hot fundge at every meal. Even the heat is giving me a break and the weather is wonderful.
Tomorrow we are off for a holiday in Turkey. We will have some great sights, wonderful food and fun times together learning more about this area of the world.
When we come back from Turkey, I leave for the US where I will visit my youngest daughter who is expecting a baby!
I will be apart from D (my husband) for 3 weeks. This is the longest we have ever been apart since the first months we were married when he spent 6 weeks in SA on another engineering job. Life has come full circle in 34 years.
I am going to miss him terribly and I know he will miss my hot breakfasts and warm kisses. But they will be that much better when we are together again.
D will look forward to being back together as much as I will and things could not get much better than that.