Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Shukranjaziiling

Also known as . . . THANKSGIVING!

Although I may be 1/2 way around the world for the big day, possibly wearing a shayla, or trying to practice my extremely limited, hybrid Arabic/English while eating, I've still been able to enjoy some pretty special Thanksgiving celebrations the last two years.

My fond Turkey Day memories from 2009 and 2010 include . . .


(L: Molly, 2009; R: Sarah, 2010)


(L: Jill, 2009; R: Sarah, 2010)


(L: Molly, 2009; R: Sarah, 2010)


(L: Jill singing "Albuquerque Turkey," 2009; R: Sarah capturing a round of Thanksgiving Trivia: American Edition, 2010)


(L: Jill, 2009; R: Sarah, 2010)

Happy Thanksgiving!
-m.

P.S. Shukran + Jaziilan + Thanksgiving = Shukranjaziiling!
(Thank you) (Very Much)

Monday, November 29, 2010

Snapshots from Nepal

































We're back! Nepal was quite the experience. Lots of pictures, lots of stories, lots of adventures I want to remember and even a few escapades I want to forget . . .

More to come!
-m.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

happy thursday!

happiness comes in many forms:

this delivery in my mailbox makes me happy.

(thanks, Ellie & grandma!)


this picture makes me happy.

(like stillabletolivewithmyselfasateacherevenwheneverythinghitsthefan happy.)

this facebook status makes me happy.

Cathy Mosher Doing well after foot surgery. Thanks for all the prayers and calls.

this memory makes me happy.

(who doesn't love bubbles?)

this song makes me happy.

Glee - Don't Stop Believe
Uploaded by Bugabookas. - Full seasons and entire episodes online.
(it can make you extra happy when you sing it with your cute little cousin, ciara, under a starry night sky in your grandparents backyard.)

this product makes me happy.

(silly neck)

and last but not least, this email makes me happy.

(really really happy! eeeee!!!!)

be back in a week!
or so . . .

happy thursday!
-m.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Maintenance

living in an aparment building has its downfalls. however, it also has its perks--quick fixes rank high on the list.

first it was . . .

mold. all over my bedroom. making me congested. eww.
quick fix: reported it to maintenance then came home the next day to a newly painted apartment. (not sure if this killed the spores, but i hope so!)

then it was . . .

a gushing ceiling. a giant lake. wetlands in the kitchen.
quick fix: called the front desk and 30 minutes later they were installing the new water-heater. yes!

next it was . . .

nasty pollution. one dingy building front. yuck.
quick fix: 2 days of painting and presto!

i'm looking forward to the far-far-away day when i'll hopefully be able to afford my own place. in the meantime, however, i'm trying not to get too spoiled. if only home maintenance and repairs were always this easy!
-m.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Sunrise in Fujairah

Miracles by Walt Whitman
To me the sea is a continual miracle;
The fishes that swim--the rocks--the motion of the waves--the ships,
with men in them,

Sunrise on the beach; Fujarah; February 2010

What stranger miracles are there?
-m.

Want more Walt? Head here to read the rest of this poem.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Summer Edition 1.0: Try-A-Tri

In addition to watching Reid race, I also had my own little 'event': the Lake Samish Triathlon.



Now I'd like to clarify that as far as I'm concerned, this was an 'event' -- not a 'race'.
Honestly, I'm kind of a weirdo when it comes to competing. It's a definite love/hate relationship. (Heavy on the hate.) I like having a goal to work towards, but that's about it. I absolutely detest the last minute training stress, the pressure I create for myself, and the morning-of-nerves that always seem to overshadow the enjoyment of it all. (Maybe it comes from my old Pony Club and eventing days?)

Before the 'event' started I was a real mess. Afterwards, however, I was already looking forward to my next one.

3 Things to keep the same for the next time:
1. Doing it with one of my dearest friends.
2. Just focusing on finishing.
3. Not letting myself wear a watch.

3 Things to change for the next time:
1. I'll make sure to train a bit more. In the weeks that lead up to the triathlon I was busy visiting friends and family all around Washington. That kind of made sticking to a consistent workout schedule a bit tricky.

A quick tour of the course with Freda & Wayne

2. I also know to put my bike together sooner rather than later. Waiting until the last minute was not the brightest idea.

Huh? How does this fit back together?


Forget it. I'm taking it to a bike shop . . .

3. Be a bit more prepared for the elements. After a stretch of picture perfect summer weather, the morning of the triathlon we woke up to a wet, rainy, and cold Bellingham. Bleh.


Not sure what percent of this snazzy expression should be attributed to nervousness and what percent to absolutefreezingness. At this point I just wanted to go home. Seriously. (Too bad my mom wouldn't let me!)

Finally, after all of the waiting, we got down to the real deal.
SWIM:



We're off! My sister swears that I'm somewhere in this shot. I'm not so sure, because right around this point I started charting my own course . . . (Another goal for next time? Staying with the group!) The best part of the swim was that the water was warmer than the air. I was actually hot by the time I finished the swimming portion.

BIKE:


The bike leg was my favorite. It was also the coldest. (I pretty much lost all feeling in my hands and my toes. Thankfully I was still able to control the brakes!) I liked being able to see people I knew out on the road (like a parent of one of my former students and my chiropractor) and I also liked the fact that I didn't have any technical difficulties. Thank goodness.

RUN:
Running was my least favorite component. I had a super slow start. Maybe because my legs and toes felt numb? Maybe because my shoes and socks were so waterlogged that it felt like I was running with weights? Regardless, it took me much too long to find my stride and to pick up the pace. Definite area for improvement next time.

Coming on the home stretch! I'm pretty sure my legs were like lead at this point. However, I was able to rally and finish strong.


The very best part of the triathlon was the time I was able to spend with my former colleague and forever adventure buddy, Jane. (Let's just say I probably wouldn't have done it without her.) Training together was a true honor. Thank you!

Looking forward to summer season 2011!

xo!
-m.

P.S. Special thanks to my mom, Caitlin, and Larry for being our outstanding support crew and for taking most of the photos!