Foster Kittens

Tomorrow I drop these two off at the animal shelter so they can find their very own FAMILY ! I had these two for about 4 weeks and it was very fun (as you can see) and will miss them ! Although, kinda of excited to not step on kitty litter as I walk around my room.

Fostering kittens is a great way to help out your local animal shelter. It provides a loving comfortable home until your kittens are old enough to be adopted out.

Basically = you get to play with cute kittens for a few weeks. And you are helping out the kittens by socializing them & they don’t have to be stuck in a tiny cage. WIN !

Home

In 2012 when I was joining Emirates and moving halfway across the world , I received lots of advice.

“What are you thinking?! You can’t be serious. You don’t love your family?! And don’t want to be near them?”

“That’s a Muslim country. Aren’t you Christian? Won’t they throw you in jail?”

And I went for it.

At the end of 2016 when I said I was quitting Emirates and moving home, everyone had lots of advice:

“What are you thinking!! You can’t quit without having anything lined up. Are you crazy?!”

“You are going to be so depressed. You will regret this.”

And I went for it .

Both times , when I was joining Emirates and then quitting , people thought I was crazy.

Guess what.

I never regretted moving to Dubai. And I still have had not one bit of regret leaving.

I enjoyed my 4 years there.

It’s been 6 months since I moved back.

I am enjoying being home. I don’t have to fight jet lag or count down my days of when I have to leave.

And I get to spend my time with these three (and their moms!).

 

 

Dubai World Cup: 2017

..and the two years previous (included at the end).

The last week of March I was in Dubai again for a quick trip. It was nice to go back for a final visit to the place I lived for four years. I timed it so I could attend The World Cup they do every year -it’s so much fun.

Dressing up + champagne + fascinators.

How can you go wrong? (you can’t!)

This year the weather was acting up and being weird, which made it more interesting — but definitely just as much fun!

(FYI: The movie clip at the beginning is from My Fair Lady , when they go to the races. All of the outfits are amazing.  )

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie


Three ingredients . So easy and so delish. And the cherry on top?! You can satisfy that sweet tooth with it being good for you too.

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie

3 ripe Bananas

3c old fashion oats

1/2cup chocolate chips (sugar free or 80% dark chocolate)

Smash bananas. Add oats. Should be cookie dough consistency. Add chocolate . Scoop onto sheet and flatten. These cookies do not change shape so they can be close together on the trays.

Bake 350F 12-15 minutes

This recipe , you don’t even have to measure. Eyeballing it is easy (and quicker)! Just make sure there’s enough oats. If it’s too “wet” the texture is more banana-y and you will miss that chewiness the oats bring. But no matter what you do with this recipe , they are still yummy!

15 Hour Airplane Essentials

I used to think I could not sleep on a plane.

Probably half the reason: I really enjoyed flying = excited.

The other half : the sleeping in public bit. I didn’t like it.

That changed pretty quickly when I moved overseas.

My job was based in Dubai. So anytime I would go home on vacation (which was whenever I could) I had to make this quick little 15 hour flight. Twice (don’t forget the return trip).

DXB – SFO : 8,099 miles

That’s halfway around the world!

I got pretty good at sleeping on planes. And knowing what I would need for these airplane rides (my go-to carry on essentials). I thought I would share it with the internet world in case it might help someone.



1. The Clear Bag

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This see-through bag is my favorite accidental discovery! I had been given a toiletry bag (with the little shampoo and conditioner travel bottles) which is how I came to have this magical bag.  Nothing is more annoying than having a tangled mess of ear bud cords wrapped around everything else. Bonus: you can see what is inside!

Items inside:

Ear buds to listen to music, Adapter if you need it, Chapstick it’s the worst when your lips are chapped and you can’t do anything about it at 30,000 ft. Eye DropsEye Mask : life changer when you are trying to sleep. I could sleep anywhere, anytime with this bad boy. Cough Drops, extra Bobby Pins/ Hair Ties : because not having one sucks, Perfume to hide that airplane smell, Breath Mints/ Gum to hide that airplane food, Passport if you need it, Lotion for my face/ hands, Ibuprofen or some type of pain reliever .

 

And then you have all your other standard items; Sweater, Book, Makeup, Hairbrush, Sunglasses, Phone Charger, Food Bars, Tissues, Water, Socks, Pens.



Tips I want to highlight:

Nothing is worse than being cold, hungry, or thirsty.

H20 : I would always buy a water bottle. Or two! Especially longer flights, usually the water they provide with the service is just not enough.

Food Bars: I made sure I brought food bars/snacks with me. I remember one time I had to fly the 15 hours to LAX and then catch an hour flight up to northern California. I had slept through the last food service before landing into LAX and didn’t have time to eat in between the hustle of changing planes. The food bar was a life saver. Also, sometimes airplane food isn’t enough or doesn’t taste very good and its nice to have another option.

Sweater/Jacket: Airplanes are cold.



I hope this list was helpful or at least reminded you of something you might have been forgetting.

Happy travelling !

Snow Weekend (pt1)

Everyone deserves a Snow Weekend away! And last weekend, Lake Tahoe was our goal. Luckily for us, this trip did, in fact, happen.

But not without the nail biting, dead-stop traffic waiting, CalTrans for updates dialing, and 2nd resort planning moments!

The previous two days brought a good amount of snow/ rain for the mountains and that resulted in mudslides and trees falling over on most highways. We stuck it out and fortune was on our side because we made it . A lot of cars did not. After waiting for previous minor mudslides/trees to be cleared from the road (4 hours worth of waiting!)  a major mudslide occurred on our HWY 50 in a spot we had  just passed. It would have been a little heart wrenching to be told to go home after so much time and effort had been invested in our trek!

RE Camera

Where most of our waiting took place. At least our view wasn’t too bad.

RE Camera

RE Camera

part of the gang

RE Camera

I’d say it was definitely worth it.

 

Happy happy 

Loving my time home. Dubai feels like ages ago. 

My two sisters and I are enjoying unemployment . Their excuse : being moms. My excuse : nothing! Ha!
And in other news , here is a video I made of our 16 year old dog Poocha. She had her usual visit to the groomers and came back with bows in her hair. It was too cute.