Friday, April 17, 2009
Because I have nothing big to share today, here's a sampling of some of the random thoughts I've had lately.

1) I've now heard the song, "Girl From Ipanema" twice this week on the local radio.  I think I could say with certainty that that is more than I've ever heard it on the radio in my entire life leading up to this week.  I believe that says something about the quality of radio here in Qatar.

2) I'm watching, "The Constant Gardener" on tv right now and I'm quite confused.  It's not at all what I thought it was about.  I thought it was about a gardener who was passionately in love with someone - not a murdered woman involved in working against drug companies in Africa.  I'm confused, but still watching.

3) I don't understand how rain here in Doha makes the cars even dirtier than they were before the rain.

4) I bought a breadmaker this morning at a moving sale.  I used to have one, but sold it long ago because I felt I didn't use it often enough.  But I miss the smell of freshly baked bread and the kids miss the fresh pizza dough.  I found it for just 20 riyals - about 5 dollars.  Not a bad deal!

5) I'm hooked on a new reality show called "Running in Heels."  I don't know how long it's been running in the States for, but it's only been on a couple of weeks here.  It's about three interns at Marie Claire magazine.  Oh my gosh, is the one girl mean!!!!  I mean, just downright nasty.  She's always late, doesn't do a good job, is constantly scowling and then wonders why she doesn't get the plum assignments.    Hmm...I wonder?

6) I'm holding out hope for finding some good stuff for the house in the next few months.  Doha has a very transient population - most people only stay for about 2-5 years.  Many people leave in the summer once school is out.  I'm already hearing of moving sales as people prepare to go.  (Hence the breadmaker mentioned above.)  What I really need is decorative things to make the house feel more put together and homier.  Today I also got this great set of carved candlesticks that look great on the piano.  Tomorrow I'm going to another sale by three families from church that are all moving back to the US and I'm hoping to make a bigger score there.  Sales like this don't happen often here.  It's not like in the States where you can just go out driving around and find tons of garage sales, so this is a great chance for me to pick up some things for a song.

I think that's all I've got for now.  Like I said, just random things running in my brain.  Hope you all have a nice weekend!!


runningtherace said...

I have a short attention span, so your random list was perfect! I'm glad to hear what's been on your mind. Congrats on the breadmaker. I bought one last summer that I still haven't used. I think I got it for about $5 as well. I love moving sales!

runningtherace said...

I also bought a food dehydrator. Haven't used it either!

Leeann said...


I haven't heard of the song or the tv shows!! Funny!

Glad things are settling a bit at work. I hope it continues to improve.

How are Emily and Daniel doing with school, now that it has been a while? Are they glad they are there? Are you? What is Ib's take on it?

Claire said...

The Constant Gardener was weird...but I liked it. Rachel Weisz has become one of my favorite actresses.

I haven't heard of "Running in Heels," but then I don't watch t.v., so that's no surprise. :)

Great score on the bread maker. I'd love to make my own bread.


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