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An interesting day

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Thanks to my furbaby Annie, I woke up at 6:45 this morning, fed her then SHE went back to bed!

Then this morning I heard a strange noise outside but ignored it. All of a sudden there was water streaming onto my patio. Apparently the outside irrigation water faucet on the house next door blew off and the water was streaming all over. I mean the WHOLE faucet/spigot thing blew off. This is the sewage water that is used to water the outside trees and gardens. I called 4 times in 1/2 hour to get maintenance here to stop it. After 45 minutes some little guy comes with NO tools, grabs a tree branch and tries to stuff it in the hole where the water is coming out then leaves! Well that blew out and water is all over again. Finally I guess someone came and put a cap on it. So now I have sewage sludge and sewage water all over my patio but no one bothered to clean it up.

Then later in the afternoon we were invited to the American Consulate for New Years Eve............$300 PER PERSON NOT INCLUDING DRINKS! Now I am homesick for the USA but NOT THAT BAD! GEEZE, it used to be 1/4 of that! Now I know why only the Saudis can afford to go and drink. this is the first time in YEARS that we have had any kind of invitation to OUR OWN Consulate (Embassy) for any kind of function. Normally Americans don't get invited here, only foreigners and mostly Saudis. The Consulate is not here for OUR entertainment.

Still not sure when my husband will be home, he is hoping for Monday but only if the equipment he went to fix works.

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DGPIAFFE16 12/20/2010 10:26AM

    ugh that's the worst to deal with! One year on Christmas Eve our dishwasher flooded the kitchen!
And $300?! And it doesn't even include drinks?! Are they crazy?!

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HJFOGARTY 12/19/2010 5:14PM

    yuck what a mess! sorry you had to deal with all that in one day! will send some strong get it fixed vibes so your dh can return home. and doesn't that just stink 300 bucks - you would think they would allow americans to go for free and charge the others! after all they should be there for you! hope your day got better and I really hope someone goes and cleans up your patio - hope that cap holds better than the stick did - what a mess.

take care of you tho! and hope your week gets brighter!

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HDMARTIN88 12/19/2010 5:06PM

    Wow, what a crazy day! Hope tomorrow is a little calmer!

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SUZYMOBILE 12/19/2010 4:59PM

    Obviously it isn't there for your entertainment if they're charging you 300 bucks apiece for it! Geez Louise!! Don't you folks deserve something decent??? "Interesting day" is a mild understatement, my friend!

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VALI_T 12/19/2010 3:47PM

    Well isn't that just what everyone wants to deal with a week before Christmas?? All I had to do was go in to work for someone who had called in sick on a Saturday. Now I'm not nearly as ticked off about having to do that because there was absolutely no sewage involved in my day. I hope someone cleans it up for you soon.

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December 17

Friday, December 17, 2010

Not much happening here.
I'm not feeling well, had a bad cold or flu for a few days now and just tired so no exercise.
Husband is still on a business trip.

I called my Grandson for his birthday the other day, can't believe he's 11 already, seems like he was just born.

It's back to being hot and humid again, temp is 92 at almost 1PM.

That's all from here, going to go lay down again.

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GRAMMYEAC 12/18/2010 4:35PM

    I'll send you some of our weather, if we can have a little warmth here.

Actually, today was really nice... Got into the low 30's here. Of course, it was single digits to start the day this morning. We've kept the students indoors the last 3 days of this week because the temps were so cold outside!

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HDMARTIN88 12/17/2010 6:16PM

    92 sounds heavenly since I live in frozen Ohio! Take care of yourself so you start feeling better!

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SUZYMOBILE 12/17/2010 5:03PM

    Eleven years fly by, don't they? He's such an awesome kid, so chatty and full of information! I just loved him!

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DGFOWLER 12/17/2010 5:25AM

    Hope you are feeling better soon. Would you send some of that warm weather my way? It's 10 degrees here this morning in Ohio. Burrrr.... Have a blessed day ~ Donna

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My walking buddies

Thursday, December 09, 2010

On Wednesday I posted that I had walking "buddies" on my morning walk. Here is a picture of what was walking behind me.

Went and got another spaghetti squash today, this time it cost $17.00 and I bought an "American Green Pumpkin" aka acorn squash.

It is grey and overcast today, got my towels ready and my canoe on stand by. If it does rain, it will flood and my carpets by all three doors will be soaked up to 2 feet away from the door then they will stink. Not much I can do except hope if it does rain, it doesn't rain much.

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JOURNEYOF3 12/12/2010 2:03AM

    Looks like you have a great attitude.

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HJFOGARTY 12/11/2010 5:02PM

    Robin that is almost a scary picture! lol but you are setting a good example! glad you are finding some fun in it all! you are so amazing! enjoy your squash and can't wait to see what you do with them!!! have a great weekend!

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RWETHAIRYET 12/10/2010 8:18AM

    I'm in agreement on the bleak. And for $17.00 is it at least a good spaghetti squash???

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HDMARTIN88 12/9/2010 9:34PM

    That is quite the image of your walking buddies... And $17.00 for a squash, WOW! I definitely appreciate spending the $3.00 on my butternut squash yesterday!

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DGPIAFFE16 12/9/2010 4:36PM

    That does look a little bleak but good for you for still being motivated! You're definitely setting a great example for your buddies ;)

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SUZYMOBILE 12/9/2010 6:55AM

    Sorry, Robin, but that looks so bleak! No wonder you miss NH!

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GRAMMYEAC 12/9/2010 6:24AM

    Are you starting a walking craze? You're setting a good example for all these folk!

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Cranberry team progress

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

This week I have logged my food and fitness every day. 3 out of 5 days so far I have eaten within my calorie range and had 8 cups of water. I have made new friends on the team.
Saturday-today (Wednesday) I have gotten up and gone for an outside walk each morning, doing either 2 or 3 laps around the compound. This morning I had walking partners, a group of black draped women were walking along behind me. not sure how many, the black blobs all kind of merged together into a big blob.

Did I bit of online Christmas shopping, I just need to get in contact with a family member to find out if I should get what I saw or not.

It's still pretty depressing here, I just can't kick the blahs.

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JLYNN931 12/9/2010 12:29PM

    Awesome job with the tracking and walking! Good luck this week!

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HJFOGARTY 12/8/2010 9:02PM

    sounds like you've had a good solid week and that is so great! you are working so hard and I love to see you feel good about all you are doing for yourself! that did make me laugh about the black blobs tho! hope your blah's go away! but I'm with you there - this isn't my favorite time of year!

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HDMARTIN88 12/8/2010 8:32PM

    Congratulations on doing such a wonderful job! Your dedication to yourself, your goals and team challenges is going to make this a very successful competition!!

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ROCKETNUT 12/8/2010 1:50PM

    Wish I could send a snow flurry your way - that might stir things up a bit... :)

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Is it really priceless?

Monday, December 06, 2010

I made it to my calorie level today and went 7mg over on fat because I had home made garlic bread.
The bad part is I only got in a 27 minute 1.3 mile walk this morning. I just couldn't get going early enough.

This is my December melt down time. Emotional and mental meltdown. Sunday I had a hard time holding it together just reading peoples happy happy joy joy, tree decorating pages all over the internet. Makes me want to turn the computer off and sit until January but I know I have to deal with it, cry or not.
Did the math:
round trip plane tickets for 2 for 2 weeks - $1,205 PER PERSON(here to point B, pick up passengers, to point C to change planes to point D to change planes to final destination-chance of lost luggage - 95% + 30+ hours from departure to home) Decent airlines with one layover start at $1,500
Groceries for 2 weeks $300
gas for car for 2 weeks traveling to see family - $200
turning up heat in the house - $700 electric bill for 1 month + wood for fireplace + extra propane fill up.
gifts, purchases etc - $500 minimum
I estimated the whole 2 weeks around $5,000
My husband doesn't have any vacation time so that would be 2 weeks off without pay since this company or this country does not recognise Christmas
My passport had to go with my residence permit for renewal and will take at least a month. So I just continue the depression until it passes, trying to smile.

Hope tomorrow is better

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KEAMOM1510 12/7/2010 6:43AM

    Ahhhh, I feel the same way!! I spent my monthly budget all the way up to JUNE!!! Try to do something that will make you smile and feel calm. Even if it seems like it will stink! I cancelled my normal routine yesterday and walked around a kitchen store with my husband. We bought a strainer (woohoo!!) and then had an inexpensive but very nice lunch together. I really needed it to recharge my batteries.

I hope today is more positive and relaxing for you.

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RWETHAIRYET 12/6/2010 8:38PM

    Robin, I'm sorry, and I think I have it tough over the holidays with all the jolly, rah rah, what do you mean you don't have your tree up, where's your christmas spirit crap. And I don't have several thousand miles separating me from family.

It will pass.

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ROCKETNUT 12/6/2010 6:33PM

    I'm sorry, Robin - I hope tomorrow is better for you, too...

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