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August 2, 2007

It’s our last week in the U.S. and I’m sick. I woke up Sunday morning with a sore throat and everything just progressed from there. I crammed a lot of activities and trips for this last week but all had to be canceled. Bleh.

Time flew by so quickly. It’s going to be hard to leave this place, people, and the good times behind.


Video Picks

July 28, 2007

Righeira – Vamos a la playa. This reminds me of a summer I spent with my cousins in Rome many, many moons ago. It’s a stupid catchy song.

Skin – Purple. One of last summer’s songs.

Ryan Paris – Dolce Vita.  Another song that reminds me of summer in Rome, ages ago.

Raf – L’infinito. Still love this song and so does my two-year old daughter. Especially the ending, she loves to belt out the “ooooooooooh ooooh ooooooooooooh, l’infinitoooooooooooooo”.

Zero Assoluto – Minimalisimi.  One of my favorite Italian groups.

-Because I like to expose you to Italian music. 🙂


Datalounge Style

July 14, 2007

Cool breezes while I’m sitting typing this on the deck. Cool breezes through our windows at night. PBS. Went for a paddle boat ride this afternoon. WalMart a few days ago; notebooks for ten cents each. No dust. No high temperatures. No dusting every hour. No sayeedi construction workers drooling while I’m watering the garden. Pine trees. Rustling of leaves. Birds, even hummingbirds visit us. REAL pizza. Had a gyro and Greek salad for lunch today. Plentiful, organized parking. Not wearing any makeup and not having to worry about what I wear when I go out. I can totally kick it relaxed and comfortable style. People know how to respect a line. Barnes & Noble. Borders. Marshalls. Filene’s Basement. Total strangers wave and say hello, with a smile.

Jealous, bitches?


Family Time

July 11, 2007

We moved to our rental home yesterday. It’s only five minutes away from my parent’s house. It’s a cute house; a typical Cape Cod home and very basic. We were really spoiled at Gramma and Papa’s home. Two high-speed computers in my parent’s office plus wireless connection on our own laptop which we brought with us. Satellite TV, TiVo, toys galore, books galore, steps from the lake, multiple television sets (including a flat screen in the kitchen), DVD players, and my father’s computer’s speakers are better than our stereo back in Kuwait. He must have a sub-woofer or something because the bass totally rocked.

We decided to rent a house this year because there’s four of us now and my children are, well, how do I say this? Very hyper. Destructive at times. Plus I expect a few visits from cousins and well, how do I say this? We can get wild and my parents are both busy and work hard. My cousin Kerrie (same soul, different bodies) is coming down this weekend and we do nothing but laugh and sing. We get raunchy and immature. We still make prank phone calls.

One of my paternal aunts passed away before our arrival and will be buried tomorrow. It’s going to be hard. I loved her so much and was looking forward to seeing her this summer. She was the type of aunt every little girl wishes she had. Impeccable taste in everything, fast cars, single, opinionated and held nothing back in terms of saying what was on her mind. She was beautiful, inside and out.

After the burial, we’ll congregate at a cousin’s house and so that is something I’m looking forward to. I was actually friends with one of my cousins before I knew we were related. We used to walk to elementary school together and one day she asked me if my grandmother’s name was Virginia. When I said yes, she told me we were second cousins. A few years back it happened again when two of my cousins (one first, one second) were working at Nokia. I love coming from a small State.

I’m being called inside to deal with the children who are restless and want to get out and have some fun. Ciao for now.


Cape Cod Summer

July 9, 2007

Cape CodThere really is nothing better than summertime on the Cape. We arrived via London on Wednesday night. We were lucky because Heathrow was basically shut down on Tuesday and all flights to Boston were canceled on Thursday due to a “suspicious package”. Security was tight but we had no problems. We spent the night in Boston because there was no way I was going to ask my parents to make the trek from the Cape to Boston on the 4th of July. The next afternoon my parents met us with two cars because we (I) had so much luggage. We had so much luggage that our driver to the hotel asked if we were moving to Boston. My husband said, “No, that’s my wife. She packs like that every trip.”

My children are in their element here. They’re enjoying their grandparents, playing miniature golf, swimming, and family get-togethers. They’re having a blast just taking walks around my parent’s neighborhood, picking flowers, breathing fresh air, and playing with their cousins. They LOVE Toys’R’Us and Cape Cod Mall. They love Papa Gino’s pizza and Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies. There’s no dust and no cabin fever.

Cape CodMama (that would be me) is enjoying Barnes & Noble, Marshalls, Borders, wireless internet connection, birds singing in the trees, TiVo, clean crisp air, the greenery – my God, the greenery: enormous old trees, the smell of freshly cut grass, manicured lawns – but most of all: friendliness. People here are so friendly that I’m taken aback a bit. I’ve had the door held open for me at every single place I’ve been to. I’ve had strangers start pleasant conversations with me. I love going out with no makeup, hair up in a clip, wearing comfortable clothes and being surrounded by people who look just as relaxed as I am. There’s not a lot of pretentiousness here. It’s so relaxing and peaceful. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to coax my children into going back to Kuwait come August.