Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Hi folks, Teddy here.

Just wanted
to let everyone know that
I have certainly
earning my keep lately.

Here I am keeping a watchful eye on the new grills,
while not stepping on
the grass.
Would you believe a sign is now posted
warning against letting
us dogs
walk on the grass. 
It seems we carry diseases.


When I head out the front door of our building, 
 I must
diligently watch over
 the placement of the new barbeque grills.
They were brought in several weeks ago
but I'm supposed
to watch
and let everyone know
when they are ready to use! 
Hmm, hmmm, hmmmmm!
I can smell
those burgers grilling

It shouldn't be long now!!

And then
when I go out our back door
I must watch over
the construction of the new mosque.

I must say, it is coming along beautifully!

And then last, but certainly not least,
I must watch over
the new
that were planted
right beside our Palm Trees.

As you can see,
I've been keeping really, really busy!
It's a hard job,
but somebody has to do it.

And that someone

Yup, you can call me

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


I am, admitedly, a bonafide addict!  Nope, it isn't alcohol or cigarettes, sheesha or drugs (thank goodness!), that is the is Photoshop!

After being introduced to it at Ayesha's two day seminar earlier this year, then getting together every week with other Photoshop addicts (you know who you are), I'm beginning to get the hang of it!

At first my projects were simply aimed at getting familiar with working with layers.  I'll not bore you with posting any of those!

Now I've finally progressed to "copying" some artwork that I've seen hanging at Gallery One, my all time favorite store in Dubai!  When I saw their sand and texture pictures I thought to myself, "I should be able to do that!"  And I did!  Though I can't exactly take credit for the design (darn it!), the photos are mine.  And I put them all together in Photoshop!   WOOHOO!  Baby steps people, baby steps!

Next on my Photoshop wish list of things I want to be able to do.....I want to create a photo montage that resembles a piece of art (just like Ayesha does!).  Ayesha is an artist and when I grow up I want to be just like her!!!!

I may be making slow as a snail progress on Photoshop.... 
but progress is progress!


Monday, November 28, 2011


And here we thought we were going
to Meydan
for an American Women's Association (AWA)
night at the horse races! 
We had a suite, a wonderful buffet style dinner,
and unlimited drinks (yes, the adult kind!). 
Top all of that off
with a great group of men and women
and it made for
a fabulous evening!

Some donned hats,

others donned traditional dress...

but EVERYONE was enamored
with the spectacular

Look closely at this picture....what do you see?

It's what made the evening 
EXPLODE off the charts
of "Memorable Moments in Dubai".
 (Look again!  Look again!) 
Would you believe that
The Amazing Race (Australian)
was being filmed right there at Meydan,
before our very eyes! 

We saw two teams
 (Ladies in Pink) & (Two Really, Really Nice Young Men)
run into Meydan
where they sat in the grass, mingled with the locals,
watched a couple of races, received their next clue
....and ran off again!

I actually walked up to them
and asked if the rumor
 that they were with The Amazing Race was true. 
 One of the Ladies in Pink replied, "No, no we aren't," 
then looked away. 
(She didn't dare look me in the eye and lie!) 
Then one of the Two Really, Really Nice Young Men,
behind the (lying) Lady in Pink,
smiled and winked several times! 

John and I made like
the groupies we are (we LOVE The Amazing Race!)
and stood around taking pictures
of the host;

The Amazing Race banner and contestants' backpacks;

one of the show's producers
standing nonchalantly
with the next clue

the same producer
being filmed
holding the next clue;

and then,
last but not least,
we saw Team Pink....

.....getting ready to....

their next
Amazing Race clue!!!!

Then off they ran!*!

What an AMAZING RACE night it was! 
We never dreamed that we'd be watching


Sunday, November 27, 2011


John and I planned a non-traditional Thanksgiving this year!  Since our family was gathering in the states (thanks Mike and Patte for feeding our boys!), enjoying turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, (OMGoodness, I'm getting hungry just thinking about it!) we decided to go with a totally different kind of Thanksgiving.

We purchased tickets to go listen to the delightful Michael Bolton sing at Madinat Jumeirah.  We planned to enjoy a nice dinner before the concert at one of the many wonderful restaurants there.  We would sit outside and soak up the fantastic evening breeze, while savoring the exquisite tastes of a delicious meal (that we didn't have to cook!).....

NOT!  Let's just say I kinda screwed things up!  John worked all day and I didn't.  After an AWAM Gals coffee at The Talk, I leisurely strolled home and pulled out what I thought were the tickets for Michael.  I about died when I read, "You can pick up your tickets at the Virgin store in Mall of the Emirates."  Oh noooooooooo!

I emailed John to see if he could pick the tickets up on his way home from work.  He did, but as always on a Thursday night in Dubai, the mall was crazy busy.  And the roads around the mall were choc-full of cars trying to get to the mall!  Needless to say, it took a tad longer than was planned!

We arrived at Madinat Jumeirah only to find out that the concert was being held at the Arena.  Arena?  Who ever heard of an Arena at Madinat Jumeriah?  We walked and asked and walk and asked....finally found the Arena outside the lobby of the Mina A' Salam hotel!  Who knew?

When I booked the tickets I chose Gold Standing.....not realizing that Gold Standing really and truly meant we'd be STANDING!  Oh noooooo!!!

So we grabbed our spot to stand, then looked around at what was being offered food-wise.  WHAT?  No turkey?  Not even a turkey schwarma?  We settled on a good 'ol American all beef hotdog (for me) and a chicken schwarma (for John).  Throw in a diet coke for me and a Fosters for John and that's what we ate for our Thanksgiving dinner!  Truly memorable!

We quickly forgot about our lackluster Thanksgiving meal when Michael walked on stage.  For the next hour and a half we were rocking to his music!  (I have videos, however, they are not wanting to load.)

After Michael's concert ended, John and I walked away feeling pretty awesome!  After all, how many people can say they have have ever gotten up from a Thanksgiving meal without unsnapping their pants and feeling quite miserable?

It was great.  It was wonderful.  But guess what is currently thawing in our kitchen sink?

Oh yea, baby!  That little guy is going to be roasting in our miniature-size oven in just a few hours!  I've got my stretchy shorts on and I'm ready to dig in!

Thursday, November 24, 2011


TODAY is the last day of
in Dubai.

Up and at 'em early,
drinking coffee on the balcony
(for the last time boo hoo),

packing bags,
and watching the judge in
clipping articles (he finds them very funny!)
from the Gulf News
the very last
morning in Dubai.

Then off to run those last minute errands....
making final purchases
and keeping their fingers crossed
that everything
will somehow fit in the
 over-sized luggage (can you spell OVER-SIZED?)
they came with!

Ate their last
on a dhow called Aprons & Hammers.

Then off to the Palm
to look
at some purses
and to drive onto one of the Fronds!
(Thanks Andrea!)

to pack some more
and then off to
Madinat Jumeirah for some
last minute

was surprised and delighted
when they
an unassuming young woman
a Cincinnati Reds
baseball cap.
(yes, as in Cincinnati O.H.I.O.)
John breathed
a sigh of relief that a substitute
had been found
and therefore, he could
hold on tightly to his Hoosier roots!
She made a perfect H
for O.H.I.O.!!
(The young lady moved to Abu Dhabi from Cincinnati
and teaches kindergarten there! 
She LOVES living in the UAE
but was thrilled
to run into a couple of fellow O.H.I.O.ians!)

Home again to change into
the unthinkable --
long pants and long sleeves (OMG!),
prepared to greet the cold weather
that they will face when they
arrive home to

When we dropped O.H.I.O.
off at the airport
I decided
I really don't like the phrase,
"All good things must come to an end."

But at least we have hundreds
(and I mean HUNDREDS)
of photos
O.H.I.O. in Dubai!!


Wednesday, November 23, 2011



got up at the crack of dawn,
stopped for a
steaming cup of java,
drove two hours til they crossed the border
into Oman.


So they could jump on an old dhow
and cruise through the
Gulf of Oman,
 that's why!

They swam, they snorkeled, and they made
O.H.I.O. proud.
(With the help of a new friend from Poland!)
Thanks, Leszek!

Even John joined in (bless his heart!) and forgot his
Hoosier heritage for a moment
and became
in O.H.I.O.,
 just for prosperity's sake!

The setting was
for a ride in an old dhow along the
Al Hajar Mountains
in the
Gulf of Oman.

They swam.....

they fished......

Someone (Me! Me!) was successful....
but, sorry, 
not O.H.I.O.!!)

....and they enjoyed a delicious

...while watching an absolutely
the water!

As they came
to the end of their cruise,
with the shoreline and the mosque within view......

O.H.I.O. agreed
that it had, indeed, been a
memorable day
on the