Friday, June 27, 2014

The World Cup, Abu Dhabi-style, excuse me, not one of our household's favorite sports. Sure, we have been to games where we know the high school girls that are playing. Sure, we like supporting our coaching friends (shout out to Jamie and Leah), but overall, give us basketball or actual football over soccer any day of the week.

Now, because we are educated sports fans, with a semi-decent overall intellect, we know and recognize that the rest of the world LOVES soccer. And, as we all know, are quite passionate about their teams, especially when it is World Cup time. But, there is a difference between knowing and experiencing it and goodness, it has been awesome to experience it.

When you put a bunch of soccer-loving, western ex-pats in a country where it is way too hot to go during the day and all the World Cup games are being played at night, you get an excellent chance to have a good time cheering for your home country's team. Almost every hotel has carved out a little extra space for World Cup game viewing. And by extra space, I mean, extra space via HUGE, air conditioned tents, with multiple screens for your viewing pleasure. And when I say that they have added extra seating, it is extra seating in the way of couches, bean bag chairs, and beach loungers.

And unlike the colors in my photos - IT IS AWESOME!


And really, soccer fans? I'm supposed to get excited about a tie? Or even worse, a loss? I just don't get it. Sorry.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Catch Up - Working, Living, and Blogging

I told you from the start that I am a terrible blogger. I forget to post for weeks (okay, okay...months) at a time. Life just got really busy (in a good way) the last two months and I haven't really made time for blogging.

So, here is a quick update:

Our first school year with students is officially over. WE MADE IT! And now, we have two more weeks without students to complete end of the year teacher duties. We never thought we would say this, but we almost prefer it when kids are at school - the days are going by a lot slower now that we just have teacher meetings and end of year cleanup tasks. DON'T GET ME WRONG: it is easy and painless at school these days, but the hours tick by slowly. I think that may also have something to do with the fact that we are on a two week countdown and CAN'T wait to get home!

Even though these last few weeks are crawling by, the last two months have flown. With the school year ending, our work weeks vanished five days at a time. And between World Cup games and water parks, chilling by the pool and hanging out with new friends, our weekends disappeared even more quickly than our weeks.

Here's to the next two weeks (fingers crossed) flying by!