Friday, June 29, 2007

Forward Movement, enshallah

Here's some interesting information on one of the problems people are working on to resolve here.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

I Heart Colorado

Well, lucky for you, I'm suffering from jet lag. It's 3:37am, and having nothing else to do, I decided to post pics from my spectacular trip to lovely Colorado.

Let's begin with how amazing Colorado is!!!!

This is one of my favorite places in all of's secret though.

The lovely bride, who's wedding I promised I would be in.  I've never met someone so deserving of someone to love her the way Brady does.  I'm so excited for them!

The Fowlers, who's wedding I missed this past Feb.  I want to be like Kelly when I grow up and Jeremy and I get to speak Arabic!

Another wedding I got to attend with a bunch of high school friends.  Julie and I rocked the dance floor.

Meet the new Kaylee Bell Manning.  (The precious daughter of Jereriah and Lisa, who were the first of my friends to have a honeymoon baby!)

And I got to see my cool lil bro, Steakhouse, in the CD release show of Whiskey Blanket.  He rocks my face off.

This is my cool friend Jon who I hadn't seen in almost 2 years because he was busy adventuring around South America.  We played Spanish scrabble, minus the spanish.

Some of the most amazing friends in the world!  I wish I would have had more time with them!

Julie always helps me to be silly!

And James does a great job tolerating Julie's and my sensless talk...for hours and hours.

Meet Hulk: the worlds longest-living fish.  He's over 2 1/2 years old at this point.  Jereriah and Lisa have taken good care of him since I left him in their care.

And finally, some shout-outs to fun people I saw, but didn't get pics with, so I had to use old ones.

My Grizzly Rose crew...and so much more!  Lauren-my-heart, Jeff my southern boy with a cool truck, and Niles my Starbuck's lover who introduced me to Luciles.

Joseph taught me how to play Shuffleboard and made a few too many references to belly dancing, I randomly ran into Boston but hardly recognized him!  Ummm, I don't remember the last time I saw Puck.

Who knew Amy, my "study" partner would become such a great friend!  I could spend hours upon hours with her!

Forrest and Janelle never cease to inspire my heart.

I think I've almost spent more time in Joy's bed than my own.  She hooked me up with a sweet light-up frisbee.  

JoDee always suprises me with her crazy stories and the places she visits.  This time, she taught me how not to get eaten by a Grizzly bear in Alaska.

Emily made me laugh so hard, I cried and almost drove off the road.  She also made me sing Shania Twain karaoke...but I still love her.  Sadly, Jonathan lives in Georgia, so I only got to talk to him on the phone.

And there you have it!  It was a fun-packed 2 1/2 weeks.  I can hardly wait to return and see everyone again!  


Monday, June 25, 2007

Feeling a little crazy...

...because of how much I love it here! I just returned from my 2 week vacation to Boulder, and I suprised myself at how good it feels to be "home." (Is it really home?)

Let me tell you what I returned to, and you can decide if I'm crazy or not:
1. On the plane ride, Newsweek magazine informed me that my city has the worst air quality in the world.
2. I spent the taxi ride from the airport trying to convince the taxi driver why I didn't feel like marrying him and trying to avoid telling him I live with a single foreign girls.
3. My room temp right now (at 8:51pm) is a mere 90.6 degrees.
4. There are cats fighting outside my apartment.
5. It smells city.

And yet, I can't help but smile and say outloud how much I love it here!!!!

Am I crazy, or what?

Pics from fun vacation coming soon!

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Long time no see...

A few weeks ago, I had the honor of attending another wedding. As usual, it was more of an adventure than I expected. When I arrived at the wedding, I discovered it was a "men only" party so I was dropped off at the neighbors house while the men smoked sheesha and ate fruit.

The neighbors were really wonderful and friendly, and a great chance to speak Arabic since they didn't speak a word of English. They were also typical Arab hosts and offered me more than I could handle. One of the things they offered me was Fayrouz, a popular fruit-flavored soda here. Instead of being in a plastic bottle, it was in a glass bottle that the companies refill and reuse on multiple occassions.

Well, a few sips into my pineapple Fayrouz, I felt something on my lip and looked at the rim of the bottle and found a round, black spider. Not wanting to offend my hosts, I quickly removed it and continued drinking my Fayrouz. No harm in a spider, right? Well, about halfway through my drink, I felt something round wash into my mouth. I froze, cheeks full of pineapple Fayrouz and spider. I couldn't figure out how to get the spider out of my mouth without making a scene, so I swallowed. I had to swallow, so I actually swallowed. At that point, I looked in my bottle and saw a 3rd spider floating. When I saw that, I decided that 3 spiders was enough Fayrouz for me. I spent the rest of the night trying to forget about my experience and enjoyed my company.

The next morning, I woke up feeling not-quite-myself. Attributing it to sleepiness, I headed out at 6:45am for my 4 hour language lesson. When I arrived, I could hardly sit up straight, much less speak Arabic, so I laid on my teacher's couch for an hour until I got the strength to walk down the 6 flights of stairs and catch a taxi. She sent me off with a plastic bag (just in case) and I made it down 1 1/2 flights of stairs before I started throwing up (for the 2nd time in 14 years, I might add!). I climbed back up the stairs and layed down until I could make it home. After my first taxi driver got in a fight and I had to find a new taxi, I made it home and spent the day with a fever throwing up.

After speaking with a friend about it, we realized that a spider probably crawled into an empty bottle, laid a nest of eggs, and moved away. And I, lucky me, got the bottle full of spiders nest and proceeded to drink half of it.

Hands down, that was the most disgusting experience I've ever had. The end.