13 February 2014


...it appears that I am failing at this "Blog Attempt."  Predictable if you ask me, but I do apologize to those who had grander expectations.  Instead of trying to compensate with a large chunk of boring blabber, I will provide a few snipits in the spirit of, "better than nothing!"  :)

Morocco was Fantabulous 

              & Lanzarote was a Sweet Bonus!

I could go on & on about the neat mosques, delicious tagines, colorful souks and incredible sunsets (& a sunrise!)  I could tell you about the stinky tanneries in Fez, our crazy driver Hassan & his magic spray can, Julie's cantankerous camel or all the cool Riads we stayed in.  I could tell you about Annett's blush-inducing boy at the wine tasting, but she would kill me...so instead we could discuss her snail encounter - much better in than out huh Net? :)  (Anyone else want to give me flak about not blogging?? Hee, hee!)  I could describe the cracked volcanic landscape of Lanzarote, the prickly cacti & their unique way of growing bazillion year old grape vines.  We could debate why camel lips are more interesting than their toes & why henna doesn't stick to everyone's skin the same...but really, all I want to do is share how much my friends love me:

That's right, packed with care & hand carried across the ocean! :)  In all honesty, the biggest treat & the best part of this vacation was seeing & spending time with two dear friends.  And yes, the rumors are true, I cried like a baby reading the card everyone signed for my birthday - what a softy!  I do miss you all!  Thank you Annett & Julie for sharing not only your beer (& chips & cereal & g-bars) but for saving your $$ and vacation days to fly 1/2 way around the world to hang out with me!  I had a wonderfully memorable time & can't wait for our next adventure!

Now it's back to the grind...and increasing temperature - someone needs to tell the weatherman it's still February, ie: WIN-TER!!  Considering the snow & arctic blasts at home, I will (again) refrain from complaining.  Besides, 85F/30C is still quite tolerable :)

Thoughts also turn towards the rapid passage of time.  It's hard to believe 9 months have come & gone.  Well and good except my boss now wants to know if I'll be extending my contract for another year.  Oh, life's dilemmas!  Unfortunately my Moroccan epiphany was elusive and I've continued to avoid the topic for many weeks now..."The Meeting" is scheduled for Sunday.  I appreciate, in advance, your vibes of strength.  One, to scoff at any monetary bonuses that are offered (next to the reminders of the fantastic travel opportunities) and Two, to resist the urge to fully divulge the reasons why  it's not worth my cells & sanity to stay  :)

That's right, the tentative plan, barring a lottery-sized raise & a little chip I can insert to allow immediate Arabic fluency, will put me back in the PNW some time in May!  Of course, the #1 reason for coming home will be so I can stop writing this silly blog!!  For now, stay tuned if you'd like...I will try to squeeze out a few more entries :)