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Another boreing weekend

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Another weekend, same nothing-ness. As usual we went to the grocery store, picked up a turkey for BBQ turkey for Christmas. I don't care for it, but DH and a couple others do. Stopped at GNC, stopped at the sports store and got one of those ab roll out wheel things then came home, woo hoo, what fun.

We made jalapeno poppers from a recipe DH found on the Hungry Girl site and they were really good. They were baked in the oven and used crushed wheat flakes cereal.

Other than that, nothing exciting. I took my rest day from exercise, but walked briskly through the mall and took the stairs.

  
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LCNASSUK 12/10/2009 2:01PM

  There's so much to be thankful in your weekend, when I remember that, I find my normal way to go about life is really pretty eventful and fun! ;)

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LCNASSUK 12/10/2009 2:00PM

  There's so much to be thankful in your weekend, when I remember that, I find my normal way to go about life is really pretty eventful and fun! ;)

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Uh oh, Snow at home in NH

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Just what I was afraid of, lots of snow back home in New Hampshire. Before I left my home in October, I left my patio furniture out, umbrellas and all, because my son said that they would go up to my house when they took my car back and put all that away. My 2 patio umbrellas, screen house, chairs, glass table top, grill etc. Well he never made it and my daughter never made it down there either so by now my patio furniture is most likely broken if it hasn't blown away. I should have lisstened to my instincts and done it myself. My car isn't in my garage either where it should be.

Max is all comfy upstairs, very wobbly on his casted leg but doing ok. He really is a good boy, he doesn't talk much at all, he's about 14.

  
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HJFOGARTY 12/9/2009 1:06PM

    ohhh he is so cute! and today we are getting a ton of snow - OMG atleast 8 inches here already and no end in sight - they say 14 is the number but I'm thinking it may be more than that! oh my! enjoy your weather and give max a scratch from me. . .so cute! he is lucky to have a great friend like you :)

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RWETHAIRYET 12/9/2009 12:54PM

    ooh, he's a pretty boy...looks like my polly!
I can tell you for sure, your stuff is at the very least, buried.

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SIANAN74 12/9/2009 10:59AM

    Remember that as annoying as it is... it is only stuff. Luckily, you and your family are safe.

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Did my blood type change?

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

I have to have a residence permit to live here, called an Iqama (Igama) which is valid for 1 year. It's time to renew it and every year we have to have our blood typed. Why? I have no flipping clue, I thought I've had B+ blood since I was conceived but I guess somewhere along the way I went to some exotic country and had blood cleansing and blood exchange. What a bunch of morons here. Now my arm has a purple spot and it hurts. They use cheap band aids that stick to your arm.

We also picked up Mr. Max from the vets this afternoon. The sneaky cat had his foot re-set and bandaged the other day then overnight he chewed the bandage off so they had to do surgery to wire his foot together and then they casted it. He is resting comfortably in a closed upstairs bedroom so he can get better.

So that is my 3 point blog post for the day

  
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SOFEDUPP 12/9/2009 9:50AM

    Sorry to hear about your cat. You must be very special to be able to change blood types. My arms are usually bruised when they take blood because they do not listen to me. Hope that get better soon.

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VALI_T 12/8/2009 6:48PM

    Poor Max emoticon Our little 4 legged children just don't seem to get the whole concept of leave this annoying thing alone because it's going to help you get better. I hope he's back to being his old healthy self really soon.

As to your blood type, the only way I know of that it could change would be for you to have a bone marrow transplant from a donor who had a different blood type than your original type. So why they want to test you every year is actually a pretty good question, especially when you consider that even with a somewhat rare blood type like B there are millions of other people in this world who would also test as B Positive. Genetic testing would be a lot more useful in proving that you are who you were last year but it takes a lot longer than just a simple blood type. (And it costs a lot more, too, though I doubt that's a major concern where you're currently located.)

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RWETHAIRYET 12/8/2009 1:38PM

    I guess they just want to make sure you didn't sneak someone else in in your place, lol. Though you'd think fingerprints might be more accurate!!
Hopefully, max doesn't chew through that cast! Yuck!

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KERRYMONIQUE 12/8/2009 1:34PM

    I hope your arm feels better emoticon

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December 7, 1984 - 25 years ago

Monday, December 07, 2009

On December 6 1984, in a blinding snow storm that closed major airports on the East coast for several hours and with a 3 year old and a 6 year old in tow, I boarded a PanAm 747 jet at JFK. 12 1/2 hours and 8 time zones later, at 1624 hours on December 7 1984, we landed in a whole different world, a land that time forgot. Saudi Arabia. The children grew up in this strange land, made friends they will never forget, visited foreign countries they will never get to again, experienced life that is difficult to explain to others, moved back to their birth country and are now grown adults with families of their own. 25 years later, my husband and I however are still here in the land that time forgot. WHY you may ask? The only answer I can give right now is that it's a job that pays better than a job in the USA, IF we could find a job in the USA right now. It pays the mortgage, car payment and drug prescriptons. It's warm in the winters compared to the snow and frigid temps at home in New Hampshire, it is better than trying to run 2 full households-one for me back home and one for DH here.
Do I like it here? NO, HELL NO, but like I wrote above, it's cheaper than trying to run 2 households and only getting to see my husband for 3-4 weeks a year. I have the internet, SparkPeople and my cross stitch to keep me busy.
We can't openly celebrate any non muslim holiday, I can't drive, women do not work in public, there is NO alcohol, NO pork, I have to wear a black coat like drape thing out in public but I do NOT COVER MY HEAD OR FACE. Before going on forever ranting I'll end that part here.

YAY, happy anniversary to me----NOT!

It's still overcast, VERY humid and cool here, if I didn't know any better, I'd say it was going to rain.

  
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HOPE2BE 12/7/2009 10:30PM

    Happy Anniversary to you and ;you are so brave to stay with your husband even though you may not like it. Some say love for children come first but the husband should come first when the children grow up. If there's anything you'd like sent over to you let me know.

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JUDYK17 12/7/2009 8:35PM

    I think I would do the same thing to stay with my husband. Sometimes we have to make the hard choices to keep our families together. I think a commetment that is lost on some younger adults. Will you be able to retire back to the US?
We will be here for you and tell you all about the snow and ice.
We'll wish you a Merry Christmas!

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/7/2009 6:34PM

    You are a brave survivor, living where you need to live to make a living. Today, your 25th anniversary, I got the e-mail from my daughter in law at 1:30 p.m. central time, US... my son in on his way in your direction, and a bit beyond.

While online friends may not be the same as folks you can hug in "meat space"... it's better than being wholly isolated. I'd be happy to send you some of the major snow storm that's brewing here overnight tonight and through tomorrow, but I don't think I'd like the sandstorm you might send back. emoticon



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RWETHAIRYET 12/7/2009 11:07AM

    Wow, and I complain about having to contemplate moving to New Jersey!! That's more than "foreign" enough for me. And to do this for 25 years and raised your family there....can't even begin to imagine.
One thing I keep meaning to ask you. I know what you can't get there for foods, and that what we consider commonplace here can be very "dear" there. What is cheap and readily available?

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HJFOGARTY 12/7/2009 10:30AM

    Robin I tip my hat to you - 25 years - wow - you are a strong woman to put up with that for so many years - and I understand the employment part of it all - and I would like the warm winters - it is freezing here today that is for sure! you really are an amazing person and I'm so glad that I've had the chance to get to know you. and so you know it is overcast here today too but like I said not anywhere near 80 - lol take care of you today! and smile because you are worth it!

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My dad is ok!!

Friday, December 04, 2009

I'm so happy and relieved, my dad's PET scan came out clear, so NO LUNG CANCER! We're all very happy.

I stitched my way through the weekend too for the first time in over a month and finished the project. I finished the stitching part but I'm going to wait to finish it as an ornament.

  
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SOFEDUPP 12/5/2009 9:38AM

    That is great news. I am glad to hear that.

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MARILYNIM 12/5/2009 9:36AM

    Am glad that your Dad is okay. That is good news.

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JUDYK17 12/4/2009 10:15PM

    So glad to hear your dad is ok! It's news like that, that make the world look a little brighter.

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JAVAJO47 12/4/2009 8:49PM

    so glad to hear everything is ok with your dad! I know it has to be a big relief. Also....just love the stitching you just completed. I wish my eyes were good enough to take up counted cross stitch again. Be sure to take another pic when it's made into an ornament.

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SIANAN74 12/4/2009 3:52PM

    Awesome!
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ANTEEKER 12/4/2009 3:45PM

    I am happy Your Daddy is okay! Hugs emoticon

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ANTEEKER 12/4/2009 3:45PM

    I am happy Your Daddy is okay! Hugs emoticon

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ANTEEKER 12/4/2009 3:45PM

    I am happy Your Daddy is okay! Hugs emoticon

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ANTEEKER 12/4/2009 3:44PM

    I am happy Your Daddy is okay! Hugs emoticon

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