Saturday, May 31, 2014

BACK HOME IN INDIANA!

It was awesome being 
BACK HOME IN INDIANA
during the month of May!
I am far from a car buff, but I LOVE the
INDIANAPOLIS 500!
It is the perfect place for people watching!
This year, John and I 
went to the inaugural running of the
GRAND PRIX.
It was sooooo much fun!




The next weekend,
we went to the 500 qualifications.
AWESOME!
(And it certainly didn't hurt that the weather was beautiful!)






And then, on Memorial Day Weekend,
we gathered with dear friends
for a holiday cookout.



Yes, May in Indiana is a blast!
Today is the very last day in May and we've been 
BACK HOME IN INDIANA
for nearly two months!
Wow, time flies when you're having fun!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

TUESDAY NIGHT YOGA CLASS!!

Reunited with my 
FAVORITE YOGIS!
And after class -- a Mexican dinner! 


It doesn't get better than that!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

GIRLFRIENDS WALKING THE MONON TRAIL!

SHALLIE
and her girlfriends,
(Mitzy and Jenni),
took a long walk on the
MONON TRAIL!



And then they took a break,
sat on a bench,
and shared a story or two!




Oh yea, we humans walked it as well!
(Thank you ladies, for inviting us to join you!)


And after our walk,
(and a picture or two or three),


we all enjoyed 
our well earned lunch together!


Girlfriends (and Baby Hank) walking the Monon Trail!!!

Monday, May 12, 2014

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!


It was the 
PERFECT MOTHER'S DAY!



I got to spend it with two of my
FAVORITE PEOPLE,
for the first time in four years!


HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY, everyone!*!

Friday, May 9, 2014

WEEKEND IN VIRGINIA!!!


No matter if it's the
ARABIAN SEA
or the
JAMES RIVER,
it's always fun to eat lunch by the water on a 
glorious spring day!


Add in a 
BLOODY MARY (or two)
and it's extra special!



Add in some
TURTLES
and the day (in my mind anyway) became
PERFECT!



Add in some
BUTTERFLIES,



some beautiful 
FLOWERS,


and some TIGGER time,
and our weekend in Richmond, VA 
was complete!


John attempted 
(note the word, "attempted") a
GROUP SELFIE...


...so we opted for photos taken the
old fashioned way!



Great seeing you, Joe and Scho!!!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

OH INSHALLAH!!!



SQUIRREL ALERT!!!



Did you hear me, people?
I said,
"SQUIRREL ALERT!"



For the last time, people.....
SQUIRREL ALERT!!!


Oh INSHALLAH!!!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

IT'S GOOD TO BE HOME!

What can I say,
except that it's been busy around here!
As a "REPAT", I have immersed myself in things
that I never got to do in Dubai!
Things like painting, cleaning, gardening....
and I have honestly 
LOVED IT!
Well, except for the cleaning!  
But it's been fun digging in the dirt
and painting a room or two!
I am sooooo grateful for our downsized house 
with its downsized yard!
(Makes it all quite manageable!)

But the best part of being a "REPAT":

...When Jonathan gets home from work and 
tells me about his day!
...When Jas and Chloe drop by for a quick visit!
...When I see Shallie running through her back yard!
...When John's brother, Jimmy, stops in to catch up with us on his way home from Florida!
...When I get calls & texts throughout the day!
...When I attend my awesome Tuesday Night Yoga class!
...When I meet friends for lunch (with Shallie) and go 
walking on the Monon Trail! 
(which I'm about to do in approximately six hours!)

Yes, I miss my life as an EXPAT.
I miss Dubai and I miss all 
the awesome friends we made there.

But I can still say, 
(even though it's only been 2.5 weeks), 
that  
IT'S GOOD TO BE HOME!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

HAPPY EASTER!

HAPPY EASTER, people!

John and I and Jon and Jas and Chloe and
SHALLIE, 
(and maybe CHEWY- I sure hope so),
are heading north to
K-town
to spend Easter Sunday with
FAMILY!!!
This will be our first holiday as
repatriated expats
and we get to celebrate it with
FAMILY!!!

Wishing each and every one of you
a blessed and 
HAPPY EASTER!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

THE DAY OF RECKONING!


When expats
repatriate back to their home country,
look out their window
and see this.....


....they know it is
THE DAY OF RECKONING!
John and I
immediately began questioning how the contents
of all these boxes
(also known as our "air shipment")
were going to fit in our downsized home!



We are happy to report that 
everything is put away,
but are still wondering if our camel will
survive the chill in the air!


We shudder to think what we will do
when the 20 foot container
arrives!



Tuesday, April 15, 2014

GOOD NEWS * BAD NEWS

GOOD NEWS!
(We ordered beer with lunch at a little cafe!)



BAD NEWS! 
(This isn't white sand from the Arabian Sea, people!)


OH JOY!

Today I joined a gym.
OH JOY!
It's a necessity after living four years in
DUBAI!
OH JOY! OH JOY! OH JOY!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014

THE LAST HURRAH IN DUBAI!!!



Oh, the joys of jet lag!
One huge benefit, however, is the time I have been given
to catch up editing and posting pictures!

MY LAST HURRAH IN DUBAI.....
is now another check mark on my Bucket List--
DIVING WITH THE 
SHARKS AND STINGRAYS
in the DUBAI MALL AQUARIUM!

Yvonne and I are about
 to enter the bowels of the aquarium!
YIKES!



We are soon joined by our fellow divers,
Wendy and Janette,


and proceed to sign our lives away!
Be sure to read the first line of the form, people!
YIKES!


Yup, we just agreed to swim with the
SHARKS and STINGRAYS!
YIKES!



This is the view from the mall --
let me just tell you, it was way different inside the tank!


A group of our friends came to watch....
Watch what?  Who knew!
YIKES!


It was beautiful deep down in that water!


And then a shark came to visit!
YIKES!



And another....and another....and another!
YIKES!



Take a close look at those teeth, Internet!!!
Are those some 
gigantic chompers or what?
YIKES!



I LOVE this picture as it shows
the four of us diving inside the aquarium
and it shows the reflection of all of our friends who
were watching!



I'm happy to report that no
SHARK or STINGRAY
had us for lunch!
Speaking of lunch, we all gathered afterwards
and enjoyed a great lunch together
in celebration of our survival!


Thank you ladies,
(and sharks and stingrays),
for making my 
LAST HURRAH IN DUBAI
a fantastic memory!


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

WE MADE IT!


After a seven hour trip from 
DUBAI to MUNICH,
and a ten hour trip from
MUNICH to CHICAGO,
and a one hour trip from
CHICAGO to INDIANAPOLIS.....

WE MADE IT!!!

And I'm happy to report that 
SHALLIE
did amazing on all of those flights!
As long as she sat on my lap (in her carrier)
she was PERFECT!
When we arrived at the Indianapolis Airport,
she stood guard over our bags
while I sorted out our missing luggage!
(Not to worry -- both pieces were delivered the next day!)
She may have been all tuckered out, 
but she was a real trooper!



And what a great way to come home!
Thanks, Jill!!


It's hard to believe our
HOOSIER LIFE IN DUBAI
is over after spending four wonderful years there!
But it's great to be home!
Last night, Jason, Chloe, Chewy and Jonathan
came to dinner (we grilled out...woohoo) and
IT WAS AMAZING
to be together at long last!
However, SHALLIE and CHEWY 
need to learn to use their inside voices!

WE MADE IT!
WE MADE IT BACK TO THE GOOD 'OL US of A!