Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Best. Party. Ever!!!

I can't wait until next year!  It was great, sooooo awesome.  The decorations were amazing and there had to be at least 100lbs of spiderwebs used.  I can't even imagine how long it takes to put them up and how much it cost do buy them all.  We were allowed into the house, which was done up like a haunted mansion.  There were bats hanging from everywhere and little treats around every corner.  Dry ice punch, 3 bars meaning a wait time of 0 all night plus waiters, which was a blessing and a curse.  The costumes were so much fun and some were definitely creepy like Rorschach and the accident victim.  We arrived fashionably late, weren't on the list even though we RSVPed first! to our friend, but after a call it was all cleared up.  

After getting in, we had our first drinks and wandered around amazed at the size of the place and how eeeeeeeeeverything was covered in some pretty funny/scary decorations.  There was a cave, carriage with ghost horses, huge tents and the small haunted house in the back garden.  No one made it into the pool this year, at least while we were there.  The schwarma was great as well as the other Middle Eastern food, but I was seriously sad I didn't get a cake pop or other sweets.  It seems that we were all a bit distracted from the food as the evening progressed.  The band played some rocking music and Liam fell off of one of the raised platform with a "dancing" pole.  

We were very happy that the taxis knew where the party was and were waiting en masse outside for us to make our hasty retreat.  On the night I thought we left at midnight, turns out it was closer to 2!  I can't believe we stayed out that late.  And we were one of the first people to leave.  Our friends who came with us and were supposed to be leaving for a beach camping at noon the next day left closer to 6.  Let's just stay we're still recovering from the weekend festivities.  It won't be something that we do again for about another 11 months and I'm already looking forward to it.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Halloween Festivities

  1. Women's group Halloween party
  2. Grown up EPIC Halloween party
  3. Halloween cookie decorating event
  4. Beach day
  5. Trick or treating and party in a friend's compound
  6. Halloween baking
All in 4 days!

I'm definitely looking forward to No. 2 and No. 5.  I can't wait for this grown up Halloween party.  I've missed it every year since I moved out here.  It's at a couple's stand alone villa, there will be 400 people there.  She hires private security to man the gate, costumes are mandatory and you have to be on the list.  They also provide an open bar, food, prizes for best costume and gifts and other surprise treats.  It's a party of legend and I'm sooo pumped to be going.  I have no idea how they pay for this thing every year, but I'm not going to look a gift horse in the mouth.  It generally ends at about 5am...I'll be happy if we make it to midnight, but I intend to live it up!  I can't wait for a schwarma.  I'm going to be a Tetris cube because we had some boxes, construction paper and tape laying around.  

Z is still pretty oblivious about the whole Halloween thing.  She's just happy to dress up and play, so it looks like I'll have to eat her candy for her.  Boo just smiles at everyone as usual, so cuteness is her costume.  It's still in the 90s here and humid...still waiting for fall/winter...

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Missing the chill

One thing that always throws me completely off about being over here is the fact that it doesn't get cold.  There might be one night in an entire year that it drops below 60.  It's kind of crazy and makes the holiday season kind of weird.  I'm used to bundling up, gloves, hats, scarves, sweaters the whole lot and over here...nothing.  I mean you might put on a sweatshirt, if you're out at a party in January and everyone is sitting outside.  It won't get below 90 at all this week, which means there's going to have to be a serious mod done to Z's Halloween costume that comes complete with batting.  I'm going to need to cut that out, so the poor thing doesn't pass out while trick or treating.

This brings me to the other odd thing about being here.  The things that are so ubiquitous in the US can go by completely unnoticed over here.   You have to make a real effort.  For Halloween, friends in a bigger compound mostly filled with westerners will be doing trick or treating at about 60 houses that are all in a less than 1/4 mile loop.  This is sweet for candy collection and not tiring out a nearly 2 yr old!  Which will be followed by a party.  But I definitely miss walking up and down hills and all over my huge neighborhood that I had growing up.  And for Thanksgiving, I'll see if I can get my hands on a turkey from the supermarket, if not we'll have to put in a delivery order at one of the hotels.  They do a turkey, stuffing and a few sides special at the major hotels for expats.  Almost no one even gets that day off, but it is the beginning of the weekend (it's Friday/Saturday here), which means the whole day off and watching the game atmosphere is certainly different.  And the biggie, Christmas is usually celebrated with a huge buffet, bouncy castle and mini golf for the kids.  Everyone is sitting outside and enjoying the sun.  We're going to make a solid effort to rotate between being here and with my family for Christmas because we want the kids to have that 30 person family dinner with freezing temps and everything is closed feeling.  When we can't get there, I'll be sure to keep the cookie baking, Christmas movie watching, house decorating and Christmas songs at an almost amount to make up for it.

I freaking love this time of year!!!!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Animal Parade

We had a fun family day out this week filled with animals just like Z likes.  We got to go to the huge fish tank in the mall, which was great because we didn't even have to pay for the aquarium admission.  I mean the tank it probably 30 ft high and 30 yards long and filled with sharks, sting rays and all other kinds of cool fish.  Z freaking loved just sitting there in the stroller and describing the fish to us "flying" around in the tank.  Then we decided to really give her a treat and eat in the Rainforest Cafe.  She wasn't scared at all, which I was kind of anticipating  but we did have to keep her from climbing the walls to go hang out with the monkeys, tigers and elephants.  We had a good long day filled with walking, a little shopping and some food court snacks.

Z picked up 2 pairs of shoes from Payless, Liam got a hat, which is a big deal for him cause his head is a bit on the large side! and some cargo shorts.  I begrudgingly picked 2 outfits for interviewing/starting work that actually look professional and fit me.  I hate clothes shopping.  HATE!!! Part of it is that I have a lot of weight to lose and the other part of it is that I just hate going shopping and trying things on.  I think it's flashbacks of my mom dragging me to her 5 hour shopping/fitting room bonanzas.  I got one dress and one top/pants combo that can definitely be mixed with other things.  I'm just hoping I get to use them soon.

Advice needed:  If someone says they are going to show your resume around and think you would be a a great addition to the team, how long do you want for a response?  This person is the second highest person in the department with definite hiring authority and they currently have 4 positions open in that department.