My shortest post so far.

It seems like I could use a little help from my readers here… If you happen upon my blog via Twitter, Facebook, Expat Blog, or just the information in the posts leads you here, can you let me know? I would like to get a little feedback from the people who read. I get some information from the site about visitors, but its nothing personal by any means.

What was it that brought you here?

What would you like me to write about (if you have questions or an interest in the particular country)?

Are you an Expat yourself? Or do you want to be?

What are some of the great things about where you live in particular?

Also,… feel free to promote your own blog in the comments below, I love reading other blogs.

Please feel free to comment in the section below and give me some thoughts.

This is also my way of saying I have a bit of writers block or something. I need some ideas, and my creativity needs a little jump-start. Thanks!

Listening to the howl of the wind all day -wifeabroad

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It may not seem like much…

3/17/2015

It’s about that time again when I give you all an update on my life here in Saudi… We had a pretty good weekend, actually, I will say it was great! There is something incredibly calming about being able to just relax and see a new place, and hang out with friends. It overrides the negative crap in my head for a while. Something that is both needed and very much cherished here in the desert. At least for me…

Thursday evening, we met up with friends at the grocery store to get food for the next day’s BBQ we had planned. We got our supplies and then headed to my favorite place for Shawarma’s. We then went to a nearby park to eat, since the restaurant has no family section. The weather has been really great so, the park was very full of families with their children.

Friday we got on the road about 8ish, and drove to this hidden gem along the beach. This place provided us with a sense of NORMAL life for the day. We shed our abayas, and the rules of Saudi, and just had a great day relaxing in the sun, feet in the sand, cold malt (alcohol free) beverage in our hands. And the men grilled meat for dinner, on little grills that were available for us to use. The kids and adults all had a good time. It was such a breath of fresh air. And I’m sure that everyone got home that night very tired, but a good sort of tired.

On Saturday we had another guest over for dinner. Our guest brought all the food and cooked it up in our kitchen. I didn’t have to do a thing! And it was super delicious. Bok choy, steak and rice. I will have to see if he wants to cook for us again, he can. Then after dinner we headed to the Eco Park. Half the park is still blocked off to pedestrians for some reason, but once again it was teeming with people enjoying the weather. The first time I had been to the park, the water fountain was empty of water and looked to be under construction. I had a desire to see the fountain in action while here, and I got to see it that night. The water was flowing and after dusk, the fountain came to life. It used to be the world’s largest fountain at one time. The water shoots up 73 meters according to what I have found on the Internet about it. We were quite surprised to find that it was set to music. Public music here is Haram (meaning it’s sinful or forbidden to some Muslims) but I guess once again, the rules are meant to be broken! Oh,…I almost forgot to mention that also, a surprise to me was seeing female workers at the park picking up trash! This is a first for me to see. I’ve only seen men doing this sort of work before. The women had their hair covered, but they were wearing pants. Not an abaya. Bring it on…! I want to add twenty exclamation points. I was able to play around with my camera a bit and get a few good shots, then figure out the video. So here is some visual entertainment for you to go along with my story of the weekend.

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This may not seem like much to my readers, but to us, this was one of our favorite weekends. It’s amazing how small things can bring so much joy here in Saudi.

Last night we got to enjoy a lightning show and quite a bit of rain here. This was the first time seeing lightning in the desert, for me.

To all my readers both old and new, thanks for reading, and have a great day!

-wifeabroad

Random Saudi-ness (I couldn’t think of a good title)

3/8/2015

The weather here in Saudi has been so beautiful this past week. The mornings are cool and the afternoons are getting pretty warm, but not hot. I’m still in the mental stage of looking forward to summer time temperatures, and then I remember that summer temps here mean stay inside! So I really like the fact that we can have the windows open 24/7 this time of year.

My husband invited a family over for dinner about a month ago. I cooked up tacos hoping they would like it. I had not met them, my husband had worked with the other husband. So new family over for dinner one night, and it turned out really nice. They have two young girls, who are super cute. We then got invited over to their place for dinner I think it was about a week ago. They live about 40 minutes from us, and what feels like country living since we drove past many date trees on our way out to their place. Once again, a wonderful dinner was had. I really enjoy great company here. It always seems to give me a bit more energy for this place. Especially, when I know that I am not alone in some of the feelings I have here as a female. We also got together for a dinner out last Monday. We met up at this place that looks like a fort on the outside, but you drive in and the roads are filled with shops. There is this outdoor space (for families) that is lined with booths where women sell home cooked meals. It was an experiment of sorts, since we didn’t really know what some of the foods were, that we ordered. But it was fun to try new things. There was one dish, that looked like oatmeal, but tasted like salty chicken. It kinda messed with my head every time I took a spoonful. We walked around a bit after the meal and window shopped. The religious police confronted us and told the other husband to tell me to cover my hair at one point. *sigh* I just feel like there are some things I will never understand. I know it’s a cultural thing, but it isn’t a law. And for the life of me I can’t wrap my head around it. Pun intended! I could go on and on about it…but it won’t matter. Because this couple has children, my husband and I can take them to the Toy City here in town sometime. Yes, ever since I got here, my husband has wanted to go to Toy City. It’s an indoor amusement park for kids. I kept telling him we couldn’t go, but now we can borrow kids so that he can go play! J

Vitamin Palace, is a great place to get a smoothie or juice concoction of some sort. We went two nights in a row this weekend and man, that place is so busy! The menu is a small book. I had the Beet, tomato, and carrot drink. It tasted like a garden smells. If you like that sort of thing,  you will know what I  mean. It was good. The window is filled with a real fruit display. It’s huge, and the picture I took doesn’t really do it justice. I also added a picture of part of the menu. No offense needs to be taken. It just seems to me to contradict the life here, and add to the #thingsthatdontmakesense feeling I get quite often.  After all, so many things are taboo.

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My husband and I went to get our teeth cleaned on Saturday. Oh boy,  that was painful. I don’t remember a dentist ever being so rough. I even have a few areas of missing enamel and he understood that it was going to be sensitive, yet he still hit those spots multiple times. Glad to have it done though. My teeth feel smooth! And the financial part of it was quite a surprise. Total for the both of us was under 50 U.S. dollars.

I’m not usually in a “hey, lets eat Ramen” mood, but my husband picked up this Green Chili flavor of Ramen, so I cooked some up for lunch after we got home from the dentist. This stuff is burn your mouth hot! Surprisingly tasty!

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Let’s see…what else has been going on…

A friend of ours went to Korea and brought me back a beautiful scarf, and kimchi for my husband. I can smell it, along with and the pepper, garlic, fish sauce mixture he makes every time the fridge door is opened. J

Have tried a couple new recipes with success but was mildly disappointed in the texture of cauliflower cheese sticks. Super easy to make, but not going to be a repeat. Oh Pinterest, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

We are looking forward to our small vacation next month. The hotel is booked. We aren’t going too far out of the country, but excited for the break to happen before the weather gets too hot. And then come June, we head back to the States for another visit.

My latest illustration (untitled)DenialHave a lovely day! -wifeabroad