Thanksgiving in Dubai and 99 Foods you’ve never seen before!

"We should just be thankful for being together. I think that's what they mean by 'Thanksgiving.'"— Charlie Brown ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Last Thursday was Thanksgiving back home, in the United States. Even though the U.S. isn’t the only country to celebrate Thanksgiving (Canada being the other), it definitely isn’t a holiday recognized in the UAE, which meant ...

Fast Friends: 36 Questions for Stronger Relationships

“When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” - When Harry Met Sally   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~   A few weeks ago, Rocket and I attended a seminar with Stanford professor, Francis Flynn. As we were eating lunch, he ...

The Art of Cooking…for Non-Artists

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” -Virginia Woolf ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  If you know me, I love surprising loved ones on special occasions, especially if I can actually manage to surprise them (which isn’t always the case)! Rocket is extremely difficult to surprise. Part of my strategy is to ...

Just Smile and Run!

“It don't matter if you win by an inch or a mile. Winning's winning.” - The Fast and the Furious. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  The first time I rode a camel, I cajoled my younger sister to join me before we left a fall festival in the United States. Even though I was nervous, I figured it was ...

Exploring the Region Part 2: Muscat

"Hold on, here we go! Next stop, knowledge!" - Finding Nemo ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  I’m constantly reminded that my experience in the Middle East contrasts greatly with my previous misconceptions about the region. Before I visited, news reports framed it as a volatile desert environment with limited diversity. As I sit in a cafe at Dubai Garden ...

Intentional Love: The Art of Preparation

"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success." - Henry Ford ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A few weeks ago, Rocket and I had lunch with two friends, one married and one single, after church. Our married friend asked us questions pertaining to our first year of marriage, which proved to be the start ...

Ready, Set, Go!

“I live my life a quarter mile at a time.” - Dom, Fast and the Furious ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ As I sit back at an empty desk in Rocket’s office, gazing out the window, it finally hit me: I’ve settled nicely into my new home. I have my own group of friends, we finally finished decorating our ...

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