Friday, December 6, 2013
Sunday, December 1, 2013
To some, this may be a late post but my thoughts are that Thanksgiving is NOT just about families getting together to "break bread" and bless the table proclaiming they are thankful for what they have and blessing to all of the less fortunate, once a year. We really take a lot for granted.
Though I am away from my family since I work in Saudi Arabia, I am thankful ALL YEAR LONG for the extended family that show me more than they tell me how much they care about me. I am thankful that I have good health to continue to be gainfully employed and enjoy the liberties of working abroad.
I am thankful for the disappointments; otherwise I would not be able to distinguish what really matters. I am thankful for those down days which make me appreciate those happy times even more. I am thankful to my naysayers and life challenges that make me stronger and a better person than I was yesterday. I give thanks to something we think is simple such as waking up in the morning. It gives me another chance to "do over". I am thankful for all the love, laughter and life.
I end this post with an email I received from a friend (thanks Agnes!) about gratitude. I don't know the origin of these profound words but the affect they had on me are beyond words.
"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, bring peace for today and creates vision for tomorrow".
Thanks for your readership.
All the best,
Saturday, October 26, 2013
September 25th, wraps up two years living and working in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Last year has really flown by. I was supposed to be heading back to the States but my employer has not been successful in securing employment for me as yet probably due to economic situations going on there. So while the efforts and resolutions continue there, I will continue to play in the sand here, until such time, I return home.
Meanwhile, over 18,000 "hits" on GMarie's page and 84 posts later, my adventures in Saudi Arabia, where I actually slip sometimes and call “Home”, continues. After recovering from a bad case of the flu, I started off 2013 with a trip to the spa and a visit to one of my favorite Italian restaurants in the area; Olivio’s Italian Ristorante located on the fourth floor in the Radisson Blu Hotel.
A few of my close friends passed away this year; Dinah White aka “Nana”, my dear friend, Margaret “Tookie” Borel and fellow blogger, Carol Fleming-Al Alroush. All great women who lived extremely full lives and were fearless trend-setters.
Some excerpts of Nana’s story can be found in a book called, Praying in the Moment: Reflections on the Election of President Barack Obama by Shauna Jamieson Carty. The New York Times also did a story about Nana.
To wrap up the year, I played in my first golf tournament at Dirab Golf Course. I believe I played alright for my first time. I had a few balls I lost and some that I hit off into the tree lines, but the highlight of playing was where I scored a birdie on a par three on hole 16! Also, I made second runner up (my teammate was first) on the scorecard for longest ball on hole 18!
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
It was a frustrating but nonetheless a very good learning experience for me. My team scored a 71. We tied for 6th place with 2 other teams. There were ten teams in all and I was the only female golfer. Columbus Day is the next tournament. I plan to play. The more play, the better I can become. No LPGA career in the future, but I can dream!
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Gone ...always in our hearts, but certainly.....NEVER forgotten!
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
PEAS and RICE (called “cook up rice” in Guyana)
Thursday, August 22, 2013
For those enthusiasts who love to get the adrenaline rushing through the thrill of racing, VIVA Karting Track is the place to go! The racetrack was about a 30 minute drive from the hotel. Once we arrived we went to the club house to register and pay for our racing sessions. I was a bit apprehensive to register being that I am in no way a thrill seeker of any sort. Speed and heights are just not my idea of excitement. But, I didn’t want to be the “baby” in the group, so I put on my big girl smile and slowly handed the attendant my fee.
Next was for the ladies and gents to go to the changing rooms and “suit up”; overalls, gloves and helmets. I don’t know about everyone else, but I am so glad that we had a safety brief! This was my first time participating in this type of venue so I surely did not want to have to fake my way through this! Now it was time to get in our cars. Why did my car have to be the first car; leader of the pack!! The attendant yelled, “Take off!” And take off, I did!! I pushed the accelerator so hard; I lost control of my car and ran virtually off the track! Once I regrouped and lined my car back forward, I decided to go a bit slower. After about 10 minutes and my group speeding past me twice, I decided to just call it quits, get unsuited and just watch everyone else race. At the end of every race, the score is sent to your email. I came in tenth place.............I did say that speed wasn’t my thing!