It's been a busy, busy week. I've knocked myself out this week, but I also managed to take some time out for me. Actually I did that twice! - Once was a trip to Sheila's to get my hair cut. I went with one of my friends and we had a good time. We laughed, joked, dragged out Sheila's cd's and played music that we all knew the words to so we could sing along. It was fun! - and I look better with my hair cut.
More 'me time' last night. A get-together with many of the American ladies who've been here for years and years. We never go hungry when we meet - last night was no exception; sloppy joes, potato salad, macaroni salad, grilled lamb, corn, mixed salad and eggplant salad - I can't even begin to describe the desserts! - yummy!
I really needed the 'me time' because next week will be 'in-law time'. The Islamic holiday called Miloud is next week. This is Prophet Mohamed's birthday and actually in Islam, birthdays aren't celebrated. In Libya Miloud is celebrated with the kids getting new clothes, toys and setting off fireworks and for breakfast many people eat a traditional dish called asida. Many of the women will get new clothes too.
My in-laws like to act as though they are so super religious and say Miloud celebrations are 'bida' (innovation) and shouldn't be celebrated. But at the same time they'll all be showing off the new clothes they bought for the occasion, etc, etc, etc. uuugh! - I'll go as usual, sit quietly and let the kids have fun. I always bring a magazine or a book to read (I've got 2 National Geographics that I haven't read yet - saving them just for the occasion).
I'll survive. I always do. . . . got to remember to stop by the pharmacy and pick up some panadol.
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