One year anniversary.

Back in Oman again….. A few thoughts: March 15th marked one year since I set foot in a country whose actual geographic location I had to google before coming here… One year! A lot can happen in a year. While this is my second time living as an expat, I’ve never made it to the…

On Lemonade, and living in different time zones

Re-listening to Lemonade again, and finding some new favorites. Beyonce really did nail EVERYTHING, specifically the aftermath. There is a beauty in a way, of going through this terrible,awful thing with your spouse but then deciding okay, fuck it, we are going to work through and heal from it…….and then making it through the other…

New Year, New Festivities! Banana Boat review

Wanted to post some info about my recent experience at the Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara. We recently brought in the New Years in Doha. (For those not familiar, my husband works there) For accommodation, my husband and I stayed at the Westin, (which is also REALLY nice, and will write about in a separate…

Road trip #LifeinOman

Road triipppppppppppppppppp! In lieu of our Holiday, (thank you your Majesty!) I decided not to fly out and instead do staycation.   Day 1: Decided  to explore the sights and sounds of Jebel Shifa, which is located about 1 hr  and some change north from where I live in Muscat.  Jebel means “mountain” or “hill”…

About Loss..

About Loss.  When loss is not a physical person, but sometimes a memory. We lost a storage unit once. There were a myriad of reasons, 20something forgetfulness, mid 20 something life,, etc. One day we woke up and remembered there was a late storage payment….like…..three months before. In a panic, we called…..the auction had happened the…

On loss and dementia…

When our parents are not the superheroes we always envisioned them to be. On aging.   When your loved one has dementia, it’s a weird type of grief. Because while the person is not physically dying, the person, the memory you have of person is slowly fading.   I’ll admit, some days are harder than…

#MeToo

#Metoo   That time when a close friend admitted that he illegally recorded my husband and I having sex in his guest bedroom and masturbated to it.   He was a friend. We stayed with him in between apartments. He told us the old nanny camera in the bedroom didn’t work. We had been friends…

Banana Boat Island Doha experience

Wanted to post some info about my recent experience at the Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara. We recently brought in the New Years in Doha. (For those not familiar, my husband works there) For accommodation, my husband and I stayed at the Westin, (which is also REALLY nice, and will write about in a separate…

Bangkok. DAY 1.

Bangkok. Day 1 was cool. Didn’t get here until about 1 pm but made the most of the time. Gotta chance to eat some street meat for the low, (squid, pho, some random type of beef/porky types of things) hopped in a few tuk tuks, oh and got some nice pampering in for low low…

Disappointment.

The other day,  I had a female candidate withdraw herself from the swim instructor position. The reason why? Because her family will not allow her, and does not approve of her teaching in front of and with men. (We have male instructors and also several fathers who are in our parent/child style classes and also…

Affirmation.

Last night was such a reminder of why I do what I do. As some may not be familiar, in certain families who practice Islam, it is strictly forbidden to wear a swim suit in front of men who are not relatives. I specify certain, as in some cases it is fine. (For example I…

Living in the Middle East: where Tampons and Virginity intertwine

My career in the Aquatics industry has provided me with a lot of unique experiences in the amazing culture that is living in a GCC country. For example:    Whenever I interview local (usually Muslim), female swim instructor candidates , I have to ask if they wear tampons, and if they are comfortable teaching during their…