Here are some random rambles about good things that have been going on in my life! Everyone loves those.
My friend B and I started a charity a month ago. With both of us fed up with the frustrations of living in Saudi Arabia and finding ourselves way too comfortable with complaining, we decided to do good for others. Turns out that doing good for others does a WHOLE LOT of good for yourself. If you’re in Riyadh and want to participate, please check out http://www.facebook.com/halfadate or find us on Twitter @HalfADateKSA. Even if you’re not local, you can help with monetary donations. Just send a message on the Facebook page. I swear, giving to others will do amazing things for your mood.
I made the world’s most amazing biscuits last week. They were fluffy and tender and I seriously impressed myself. And probably seriously annoyed my friends by talking endlessly about how incredible the biscuits were and trying to force more on everyone attending breakfast. I can never say that life in Saudi never did anything for me, because at the very least I’ve become a decent cook with all this free time on my hands.
My mommy arrived in KSA on Thanksgiving Day. How appropriate is THAT? So the next day I hosted my very first Thanksgiving meal, complete with a teeny tiny 800g chicken, roasted to perfection…because chickens cost like $3 and turkeys cost a literal arm and leg. She’s staying for 3 weeks, unless I can convince her to stay longer (or forever), and it will be awesome.
I’ve been on what seems like a bajillion job interviews (ok, maybe only 3) but still have no paying job. People just cannot see my awesomeness behind the glaring lack of degree. I’m still holding out hope for an offer from my most recent interview. I’ll keep you guys posted.
I’m turning 31 on Tuesday. Whaaaat?! I said it last year but I’ll say it again…I always dreaded the thought of my 30s, but now I’m so happy to be in them. The 20s were a total ripoff and I wouldn’t want to relive them even if I could. I’m thinking of having a virgin cocktail night with mom and some cool peeps. There will be dresses, heels, and other fancy things happening. Maybe it’s corny to throw yourself a birthday party, but I don’t care. Last year I held out hoping someone would throw me a fantastic 30th birthday party and it never happened. And since I haven’t officially celebrated my birthday since I turned 21 and bought a Long Island Iced Tea just because I could do so legally, I think it’s high time for a celebration.
My mom smuggled me in Christmas stuff, you guys. My parents are the best. My daughter got some jammies, an ornament, and a few books…one of which was Frosty the Snowman, which my dad recorded himself reading, which upon hearing caused me to burst into an immediate sob. I received candy canes, decorative towels, window clings (it now says “Let it Snow” on one of my windows), cookie cutters, snowmen, fuzzy pajama pants, a sweater, some christmassy socks, scented candles, AND A TREE. Yes! Thankfully the dude at Saudi customs was predictably not paying attention to her bags as they passed through the scanner, so the tree made it. I decorated it all by myself while singing songs, then turned out the lights and admired my work. It even has its own little TREE SKIRT! I took B up to see it when she was over for Thanksgiving lunch and cards and she gasped. I haven’t been that excited since I was 12. Next weekend we’re baking cookies and inviting some friends over to decorate with us.
I found $72 in my wallet the other day and deposited it into the bank, so for the next couple of days, I will not be literally broke. That’s an awesome feeling.
Someone please remind me to look back at this when I’m in another funk. Just copy/paste the link in the comments section. Thanks