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Im at home and have been ever since I came from my apartment today. I went to check room sizes after having looked at the same couches on multiple occasions. Im so tired and have been today while en route to school as well as on the way home. Its the Eid holiday but its not a big deal to me as for the people who have been here and who need a break. I HAVENT STARTED REALLY WORKING YET! lol

Today I felt rather ignorant. And though Im not anymore, I wonder if we were offensive to anyone who may have seen us. . .okay, so there was a lamb tied to a tree outside the school and all we heard was "baaa baaaaa". We didnt know if it were tied to the tree or where it came from. We were taping it with our technology and one (funny) teacher was "communicating" with it. Just think of the movie Finding Nemo where she was speaking "whale". It was too funny to hear the lamb/sheep respond!

After a short while of wondering whether it would charge us or wondering where it came from someone asked the security guard if he knew where it was from. . .the teacher was asking if it were tied up and tried to motion this question. His response was yes (technically) but his motion didnt look to me to be "tied up" at all. Then I remembered what theyd said the previous day about slaughtering a lamb for Eid. I dont know much about Eid and Ill probably read about it because I DO live here. Anyway, I wondered what his perception of us laughing and looking at the lamb/sheep was. Were we disrespectful? He doesnt understand English nor did he have a frown or any look of disapproval. Im not even sure he saw us. I do want to be cognizant of and sensitive to the culture . . .the important part is that one not remain ignorant.

And speaking of. . .I am picking up Arabic words and phrases. The kids follow directions when given by someone who speaks their language and that makes sense. When I say the little words I do know they respond (most of them) and we have no type of relationship at this point. That and all kids know what a look of disapproval is. Now, how often they get it is really up for debate!!!

Other than that, Ill be getting my bed Monday, appliances this weekend if I order them tomorrow which I plan on doing. getting cleaning supplies Fri morn so that we can clean saturday morn. Tomorrow Im going to look at a place for furniture just to see what they have. . .I think my initial plans are not going to happen and it started with not getting the bed I wanted originally,lol. That part is cool. I found that I CAN paint and the manlord (I just like saying that) is going to bring me samples and a brochure Saturday.
Did I mention how service oriented this place is???

There are so many stores in back roads. . .you could really miss out if you miss a turn on a good little store. For this reason, I would love to have a bike just to hit up the back roads and get to places easier. Its no more dangerous that walking to cross the street-at least where I live which isnt tourist club.Maybe if I could walk normally it wouldnt be a big deal.

Beginning to put my stamp on my room. DANG!!! I need baskets for work and was supposed to go get them today. grrrrr. Its not too late.
What to do.What to do?!


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