Monday, October 05, 2009

Hello World!

Long time no posting... my excuse is flimsy, but I have been rather busy on the work front and gained my 2nd staff member to my 'massive' team this week.  Problem is with a new starter, you have to spend alot of time in getting them familiar with things, getting them involved in projects etc etc and you have less time to do your things and then less time for everything else!  So, my apologies.

Quick run down on all things...

Zoe the Dog is doing "ok" and has improved with anti-inflammatory drugs but that can only be kept up for a week or so.  She has improved to basically having a limp instead of her rear leg being totally spastic and floppy but we're worried that she'll deteriorate when the medicine has to stop.

Life in the Green Community is very busy as we've quickly developed a social life!  We saw some live comedy on Thursday night and we had a BBQ on Friday night and the kids have been having parties for school friends and sleep overs with kids in our street.  All been very busy, but really feeling like home now.  I also ran my second session of D&D this month and that went very well and Niki stepped in and really stole the show with some great play.

We're also counting the days down to our first visitors from home!  Niki's parents arrive in less than 2 weeks now to stay with us for three weeks and also our nephew Scottie is coming over from London to meet them as well.  We've booked another trip to The Atlantis and we're also planning things to do when they're here.  I will be taking the first week off work as well, so that will be a good break for me too.

Niki has ventured further in her driving.  Brooke had a birthday party at the next housing community north of us, some 20mins drive away and Niki drove with me riding shotgun.  She negotiated some three lane round-abouts and the trucks etc on the highway and did really well.  She needs to now get to our local shopping mall (Ibn Battutta Mall) and park the big 4WD there.

On our own touristing stuff, we visited the Dubai Marina for the first time this weekend.  I thought it was just a big conglomerate of high rise towers, but its actually a very stylish cafe precinct and beach area.  We went for lunch there on the weekend, but we'll pack the swimmers too next time!  Also, we went to the industrial area of Sharjah on the weekend to a furniture warehouse.  Many people had recommended it and it was good looking furniture and very cheap.  We picked up a massive coffee table, and two side tables plus some ornamental pots for just 2300 Dhs.  That should now complete our major housing furniture purchases!

But we also need to buy a BBQ.  It is getting cooler (if you call 37 celcius cool!) and its now BBQ season.  That should be the next purchase, but we just want a little webber or something, rather than a massive BBQ.

And finally, we're looking at booking our flights home for Xmas!  We'll be back in Oz in mid December through to early January.

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