Falling off the wagon

Oh no, yesterday I messed up almost a week of uninterrrupted posting. I’m so ashamed, and feel like I’ve let myself down so much 😉

So today you get two posts just to make it up.

I’m afraid I’m going to have to complain more about the heat here in AD. Not the outside heat mind you, that is totally expected and understandable, we are in the Middle East after all. No my issue is with the inside heat.

Last year we had a problem with the air con all through the year, we were sharing with our neighbours and it was a constant case of them turning it off, us turning it on, turning it higher, turning it lower, and it not working at all. Summer was hell, I spent a lot of time in our local mall. Finally the ‘thing’ died completely in October and we had individual aircons install, and instantly felt like we had gone to heaven, I actually used to sit with blankets on me during the day, and we both had to use quilts at night.

Then a few months back it started getting warmer, no matter how low we put it the flat never seemed to cool down. Now the heat inside the flat is like the outside in the evenings, slightly warmer in the day time but not as bad as the actuall outside temperature. Today for example I was cleaning the fridge, not a particularly arduous task, just spray and wipe really. Within 5 minutes the sweat was pouring off me, I’m pretty sure my pathetic attempts at exercise don’t even come close to making me that sweaty. The only reason cross stitching doesn’t have the same effect must be because I sit right in front of the floor fan when I do it, I’d rather be annoyed by charts flapping in the breeze than soaking my stitching.

We are trying out a few theories as to why it’s so hot, but if none of them pan out in the next week we’ll have to call our landlord (who doesn’t speak any English) and get him to send someone. I’m so glad hubby is the one talking to the landlord, I give up communicating when people don’t know English at all. Quite bad really when I’m not a native speaker myself, oh well.

What do I want NOW? Ice Cream



First post of June NaBloPoMo, and a hellish evening

I decided to try the (inter)National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) thing again. I made an attempt last July, and think I stuck with it for two days or something, do let’s hope I stick with it the whole month this time 🙂

The theme for the month is ‘NOW’, and I’ll see if I can’t include it in my posts every now and again (see what I did there). Actually my plan is to end all posts by saying what I want right at that moment.

You catch me on a pretty crappy day actually. As you might know Abu Dhabi is getting mighty hot, the easy way around that of course is to spend your days inside as much as possible. So that’s what I do, all errands are left for the evening, the humidity might be high but I can live with that.
So back to today’s crappiness. I had to go get the laundry and sone shopping done, left the house at 6 pm, sun was still up but so much cooler. Got to the road to get a taxi and what did I see? Endless line if cars. I waited for 40 minutes before I got a taxi, at even then I had to walk to the other side of the road. Well fast forward 20 minutes, laundry handed in, groceries bought, clean laundry collected, and 20 people standing before me in the queue. So I decided to walked up to the main road, it was a quick walk, 5 minutes maybe. Then I proceeded to wait for 35 minutes for a taxi!! And some abaya clad lady who had just got to the bus stop tried to steal my taxi in front of me. Well I was having none of it, told her there were about 7 others in front of her in the queue, got past her and jumped in the back. Another 20 minutes and I was home.

But this was not the end of my taxi woe, oh no. Hubby was working late (it’s been that kinda week) so I said I’d come into town and keep him company. I only stopped at home long enough to hang up the clothes and put away the groceries before I went out again. Well this time I only had to wait 20 minutes for a taxi, jumped on and said “Abu Dhabi mall”. I swear the driver laughed at me, mockingly even! Long story short (or is it already too late for that), he refused to go due to the bad traffic, and I walked home calling hubby to let him know he was on his own for the evening.

And they all agreed it had been a great day…

Soo, what I want right NOW is:
MORE taxis in AD (because I’d rather be stuck in a traffic jam sitting in a nicely airconditioned taxi, than standing by the side of the road waiting for one)
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Almost a month

It seems I have unintentionally done an anti-NaBloPoMo, not posted for a month. Ack, the shame, the shame! Would I be forgiven if I said I’ve been QUITE busy this past month. Oh goody, I would hate to have the guilt hanging over me.
Well I have cross stitched loads, completed a XS bookmark for an exchange on craftbubble.com, stitch mother’s day cards from hubby’s mum, nan and grandma, got off to a great start with the Mystery Wedding sampler, stitched some more on my HUG cushion (not really enough to brag about though, still plenty to do) and frogged Tatty Ted.
That’s right, Tatty Ted is no more. Originally I had actually joined UFO week on CSF so I could finish off his BS but as I got a closer look at it I realized I had made soo many mistakes that I feel the only way forward is to start from scratch.
Other than stitching I have been on a quick holiday to Bangkok (loved it, didn’t want to leave) and best of all, my novel is coming along brilliantly, all the story holes have now been filled and now the great edit of 2010 can start, plot holes, misnamed characters, resurrected henchmen beware, by the time I’m finished you will be no more 🙂 or so I hope. After the edit it’s going to a beta, I’m hoping I’ll be on track for that in May. So lots of updates ahead, stitching pic, holiday pics and all shall appear this week

National Blog Posting Month

Right, so I always get sucked into these gimmicky things, NaNoWriMo and ScriptFrenzy to name but a few (ok so I haven’t completed Scriptfrenzy, but seriously, YOU try to write a screen play, it’s hard!!), and today as I was tinkering around on the WordPress Dashboard THIS was one of the WordPress News Items.

Long Story Short: From today (which is 19th of July here in UAE) until 18th of August I will endevour to post at least one thing every day as part of National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo). I don’t actually have internet at home so this should encurage me to get out of the house and in to town every day (YES, I will indeed brave the heat), and I might even get a tan, although with my usual SPF 50 that is less likely …

Unlike NaNo, which is where the NaBlo peeps got their idea, this challenge is not restricted to one month out of the year, instead you can pick which month to do it and even start mid month like moi. The only rule really is you have to post every day for a month. The helpful people over at http://nablopomo.ning.com/ even post monthly themes for inspiration and this month’s theme is ROUTINE, using the theme is optinal, but I can see how it would be helpful when feeling a bit uninspired.

So keep your fingers crossed that I’ll get into a routine and not eff this up 🙂

Oh yeah, before I forget, here is a link to My Page at NaBloPoMo.

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