Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Day 28--a little sleepover . . .

30(ish) Days of Fun::Caitlin's Arrival to the First Day of School
inspired by Mighty Girl

. . . with the bed bugs.

they showed up at the beginning of the week and just kept inviting more of their friends. believe me, they were NOT welcome little guests. don't know for sure where we I picked them up, but there's no denying that they really love us me. (i had over 63 bites on the first night and more each night after that. caitlin had 0.)

thinking i was clever, i put down double sided tape and circled the bed with Pif Paf. they didn't like my ring of poison and decided to fight back. with vengeance. all over my face. jerks.

i now have a new plan of attack: it's called garlic and a silver stake. watch out!
♥, Molly

update: i got rid of the mattress the next day and slept on a yoga mat inside my circle of defense until the sprayers came. i also took everything out of my bedroom and baked it in the car. 21 days later i finally vacuumed up the ring of poison. 24 days later i still have the bite marks and am slooooowly putting my clothes back in the wardrobe. im not brave enough to let them bring in the bedframe quite yet, but a mattress on the floor is just fine. i think they're gone, but i'm trying not to be too optimistic. hello worst nightmare!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Beluga + Mariachi Band = Cuteness

Although I'm not pleased to see this little guy confined to a glass cage, I am glad to know that he appreciates a good mariachi band when he sees one.

♥, Molly

Day 27--Lunching at the PQ

30(ish) Days of Fun::Caitlin's Arrival to the First Day of School
inspired by Mighty Girl

Every visit to Abu Dhabi deserves a little trip to PQ. Caitlin ordered their lentil bread bowl. I tried a pesto and goat cheese salad. Both were enjoyed.

♥, Molly

Monday, August 29, 2011

Day 26--Ski Dubai FAIL

30(ish) Days of Fun::Caitlin's Arrival to the First Day of School
inspired by Mighty Girl

Ski Dubai seemed like the perfect grand finale to Caitlin's trip and a great way to celebrate my Abu Dhabi anniversary. (2 years on August 22!) Unfortunately, 'the coolest thing to do in Dubai' became 'the coolest thing NOT to do in Dubai'. It was a true FAIL. As you can tell by the picture, we made it there--we just didn't quite make it out on the snow. The slope is closed and isn't set to reopen until the first. Bummer.

♥, Molly

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Day 25--a little fun in the sun

30(ish) Days of Fun::Caitlin's Arrival to the First Day of School
inspired by Mighty Girl

I don't quite know how a month has gone by so quickly, but it's nearly time for Caitlin to head back to the States. I didn't want her final week in town to be a repeat of last week (where I spent 90% of my time on the couch). Instead, I wanted to get out and about to make her visit worth remembering.

We decided to spend our day at one of the prettiest pools in town. Aloft is a bit of a drive from downtown, but less crowded and less expensive than most of the other major hotels.

images from the Aloft gallery

I spent a good portion of the day reading in the shade . . .

. . . while Caitlin took full advantage of the pool.

It was a nice way to spend the day.
♥, Molly

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Day 24--Dinner at Cafe Arabia

30(ish) Days of Fun::Caitlin's Arrival to the First Day of School
inspired by Mighty Girl

Tonight we went for dinner with my dear friend, Laura.

Although Abu Dhabi has hundreds of Lebanese restaurants, when you're really craving fattoush there's only one place to go: Cafe Arabia. Luckily, it didn't take much effort convincing Laura and Caitlin. We were all on the same page and we all ordered the same meal. If fattoush x1 is fun enough, fattoush x3 is even better.

♥, Molly

Friday, August 26, 2011

Day 23--Chemo-Hair Coverups

30(ish) Days of Fun::Caitlin's Arrival to the First Day of School
inspired by Mighty Girl

After coming across this post we decided to change our plans for the day and make a few non-hair hair tutorials. Yes, I think it's time to wear more scarves and turbans.

A few internet searches later and we were set, to the best of our limited fashionista abilities, to recreate some of the looks. There are a bajillion ways to wear head scarves, but given the circumstances we only focused on styles that offered maximum scalp coverage. We found some great videos & tutorials here, here, here, here, here, and here.

The Kerchief :: if you've ever played dress-up then I'm sure you're quite familiar with this standard fave. I was recently re-inspired by Brigitta von Trapp.

1. Start by folding your scarf into a triangle.
2. Place the middle of the triangle on the crown of your head with the point behind you.
3. Bring the long ends of the triangle to the back. Tie in a knot.
For a beach look (or in my case, unintentional biker-dude) you can tie the knot over the point.

Broadband :: Another facile style everyone already knows. We made the width of the scarf a bit wider than normal for extra camouflage.

1. Fold your scarf into a triangle.
2. Starting at the point, continue folding until you're left with a long, thick strip.
3. Place the middle of the strip on the crown of your head.
4. Bring the ends to the nape of your neck. Tie in a knot.
5. Secure with hairpins as needed.

Slingshot Headband :: This works best with a scarf that has a bit of texture to it.

1. Start with a long strip.
2. Fold the strip in half by putting two ends in 1 hand and the resulting 'loop' in the other.
3. Going from the back to the front, bring the 2 ends of the scarf through the loop.
4. Make it tight and snug. Then pull the loose ends towards the back of your head, retracing the way they came.
5. Tuck the 2 loose ends into your turban.

The Bow Headband

1. Make your scarf into a strip.
2. Going from the front to to the back, place the middle of the scarf on the crown of your head, bring the ends to the back, cross them once, and bring them back to the front. (If your scarf is short, start with your scarf in the back and bring the ends to the front.)
3. Tie a bow.
4. Adjust the loops and ends as needed. Twist the bow to the side as desired.

Twist and Shout Headband

1. Make your scarf into a strip.
2. Begin in the back and bring the ends forward to the front.
3. Twist the ends once, twice, and then wrap them around to the back of your head.
4. Secure with a knot.
5. Shout.

The Kumari Headband

1. Fold your scarf into a strip.
2. Begin in the front by placing the middle of the strip on the crown of your head.
3. Wrap the scarf around your head, bringing the ends to the back.
4. Cross the ends and once again bring them to the front.
5. Tie the ends off in a knot (or just cross them if your scarf is too thick) and then tuck them into your headband.

Un Turban Simple :: par Cynthia

1. Fold your (fairly big) scarf into a triangle.
2. Lay the triangle over your head with the middle of the scarf at the nape of your neck and the point covering your forehead.
3. Bring the ends from the back to the front.
4. Cross them . . . (Depends on your scarf, but sometimes crossing twice works better.)
5. And then bring them to the back again.
6. Secure your turban by tying the ends in a knot
7. Take the point (that annoying bit hanging over your face in the front), pull it up and over the 'knot' in front, and then tuck the tip back down into the turban.
8. Readjust by tucking & tweaking as necessary. Yay!
Or, you can just buy a pretty turban if that's more your style.

I'm still on the look-out for new ways to appear less bald. If you have any more non-wig-solutions, please send them my way!

♥, Molly

P.S. Special thanks to Caitlin for taking all of the photos and for not being too annoyed when I wanted to delete every other picture. ;-)