Wednesday, April 30, 2014

8 months: I Can See The Finish Line!

Hello Readers near and far!

Thank you so much for the kind messages and emails about my car accident, I really appreciate it and I am doing much better. I still have some neck pain but besides that I am feeling much better. 
     Things around here have been quiet. The temperature is rising and that is making it hard to be outside for long periods of time. The temperatures hover around 42 C in the day and 30C at night. I think I am going to have to give in and get a membership at a gym (this often includes pool access when the gym is part of a hotel). The gym is in the new Rotana hotel that just opened in February , they are giving ADEC teachers a 20% discount in the annual fee and it translates to about 1000$ Canadian a year. Expensive by Canadian standards but pretty normal by UAE standards. My health is very important and I think that a thousand dollars is a small investment to take care of myself. I will also have access to the pool:
I will also have access to the jaccuzzi and      steam room and sauna.  The only thing that sucks is that the amount has to be paid all at once and cannot be broken up into two or three payments.  They agreed to give me a three day trial so I am going to start that tomorrow.

Thursday night I had a Cinquo de Mayo themed game night. I made margaritas, guacamole and my friend made pico de gallo. We had a blast. I downloaded an 'urban' version of taboo and it went down.  Hilarity insued. Words like 'baby daddy' and 'cornrows' wereon the list. I am definitely going to have another one before the year is out.

Friday there was a Hip Hop Night party here in Al Ain. The music was great ( he even did a little reggae set). I got dressed up and looked pretty nice if I do say so myself (if I do day so myself, if I do say so myself-Jay Z voice).

Shoes- Steve Madden

Next weekend I am heading to the kingdom of Bahrain! Woot woot! 

Have a great week! 


  1. I just wrote you a whole speech about my concerns and my thankfulness for finding you're blog, but for some reason it didn't post :( SOOOO... Ill just state the basics... Hi :) My name is Sydney. Thank you for making this blog it has helped me in ways you wouldn't even understand. I graduated from college in 2012, but I have been teaching since 2011 when I returned from Spain (where I was living for six months). I want to teach in Abu Dhabi, but I am scared that because I didn't graduate with a Bachelors in Education they won't accept me. I graduated with a Bachelor's in Spanish and I have been teaching Spanish to Kindergarten students for almost 3 years. I am getting my TEFL certification right now so that I can be somewhat of a candidate. Do you think that I have a good chance of getting an interview or will the Bachelor's in Spanish and not Education hurt me?


    1. Hey Sydney! Super cool that you have taught in Spain. To be honest ADEC is strict about their teachers having degrees but I am not sure about private schools and other establishments. I am so sorry that I could not be more helpful. Good luck with your journey.

  2. You look great in that dress! I think the gym membership is worth it, just for the pool.

  3. Thank you Caroline! Will call you this week.

  4. So glad you are feeling better! Where did you find the urban taboo? I would love to play! Thanks!

  5. If you have an iPad go to the App Store and search 'taboo' and it is call Urban Guess or something like that.