Ramadan Kareem


Isn't this house crazy? Remember the movie Richie Rich? This is a good example of the randomness of the houses here.

Isn't this house weird? It kind of reminds me of McDonalds.
Just a good ole pile of trash, no big deal... don't worry about cleaning that up

We're over halfway through Ramadan! I'll be so glad when I can bring my coffee to work again, but I could get used to the 7 hour work days! Only a month until we go on vacation. The countdown has officially begun. Summer is somewhat winding down. The heat wont be going anywhere for a while, but friends that left for the summer are coming back and the town seems to be waking up a little bit. I'm so ready for fall. I can't wait to get into Prague and just breathe fresh air!
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Here are some random pictures from the past week or so. Enjoy!

New Lantern


Check out one of our newest lanterns! We have quite a few now! This one reflects pretty cool patterns on the wall when we light a candle in it. We bought another recently that's just glass from Pottery Barn (they just opened a big store here - Pottery Barn is slowly taking over the world). They had them on sale for 5KD, so I could resist even though it doesn't really count as a souvenir from this part of the world!

What's Been Keeping Me Busy

Work has been good so far. I'm really enjoying the project they have me on. There are some stressful times, but I think that comes with the territory. I'm excited to be working on something portfolio-worthy again! Here is a sneak peak at one of the renderings that was done of the exterior of the building. Its a 25-story court complex and I'm working on the interior. Its pretty cool. I'll try to post more as the project develops!
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Other than that, we're not up to much. Its 11 am here, I'm on my second cup of coffee and Jason is still snoozing after getting a new game and probably staying up way to late to play it ;)
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We're 1.5 weeks into Ramadan so far and no slip ups. Its not too bad. Most places are closed from 3 pm until sunset when the fast is broken. Sometimes I forget and try to go do something during that time and can't. I also had to run errands once this week during the day and it wasn't fun to be in 50 degree celcius weather without any water! A little over two weeks to go until the end of Ramadan.
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I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Oh Kuwait...

{Sorry about the blurry picture, but this sign is so funny I had to share!}
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It's week two of Ramadan and no slip ups yet! So far its not too bad. I'm enjoying the shortened work hours. It makes the days seem so much longer when you're done with work at 3! There's a room at work set aside for those not fasting to hide in and eat at lunch time. It never fails though, no matter what I have for breakfast at home before I come in, I'm starving/dehydrated all morning. I'm certain its all in my head!
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Husband's birthday was yesterday, so we celebrated big over the weekend and then just had a quiet day yesterday. Nothing like having your birthday in the middle of Ramadan!
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Other than that though, it's pretty quiet here. Many families, especially westerners, travel this time of year to get away from the heat. So we have lots of friends out of town right now. We're just laying low, counting down the days until Munich!
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I hope everyone has a good week!

Update

{Picture taken on my drive home last week}
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So I've been bad about posting lately. Honestly it's been on my mind a lot, but we seem to have fallen into a routine as it's become so hot and our exploring has been limited. Today is the start of Ramadan. I'm able to go into work a half hour late and will get to leave at 3:00, but the catch is that I can't eat or drink anything while I'm out unless I hide. I'm going to eat a big breakfast this morning, I think. Did I mention this lasts a month!? :/ I'm counting down the days until we leave for vacation!!
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Other than Ramadan, things are going well. I've started a new job recently and have now been there almost a month. I was able to jump on a big project from the start that's been keeping me very busy. Its so nice to feel productive again.
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Next week is Jason's birthday, but we're going to celebrate at the house with friends this weekend. I'll try to snap some pictures over the weekend :)
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Until then... I hope everyone has a great week and a wonderful weekend!